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I have been a pretty busy girl of late. Although I have been a little more relaxed than before Christmas there has been a fair amount of running around and my crafty Mojo has been at a premium so I’ve been trying out some new things.
The Monthly Make 2011 has focused my mind and I’ve been really going for it in the craft stakes
The makes I wish to declare for January are;
1) A pair of socks. From a pattern by the brilliant sock designer Cookie a these really were a breeze to knit. The first one took me only a couple of days then I had a break cause I couldn’t be arsed was busy with other things! Anyway here they are being wonderful modelled by the oldest-most-boldest despite protestations that had she known she’d have shaved her legs 🙂
2) A batch of up-cycled purses. Made from various, reclaimed from charity shop, fabrics these are some little projects. I haven’t decided what to do with them. I have a mental block about selling things because I haven’t got a lot of faith in my abilities but maybe I’ll have a go with these. The pattern is out of my head and 3 of them have a button pocket on the back so they’ll take cards/notes and coins. Maybe they’ll become Christmas presents. I have put them in my “Idon’tknowwhattodowiththese box” Does everyone have one of those?
3) A peg bag. Based on a pattern from Sew Fabulous fabric. This didn’t run entirely smoothly but I’m happy with the finished item.
Some of these things were done quite a bit earlier in the month but the light for photographing has been shocking. In addition to the monthly make challenge I am trying to try out some different disciplines this year and restrain myself from buying lots more raw materials. I really do have enough yarn and supplies to last me forever and in the current frugal times I really must try not to amass any more! (ask me about that one in March when my will power has left me and I have succumbed to the John Lewis yarny shelves…..again!
I may have good intentions but my willpower is rubbish
I had a whim to make some gingerbread men, not something I’ve ever had much success with. This time they’ve turned out lovely. I even managed to get them off the trays in one piece. I don’t overdo the decorating them. There’s no point. These guys won’t make it through the night! I only selected the best shaped ones for a photocall, the misshapes ended up on my tum.
When the children get home I’ll be in favour. You are never too old for a gingerbread man.
This weekend was a very rare event. There was nothing at all in my diary – I say my diary but everybodies reminders get written in it because it is part of the “mum” job description. They tell me something, I write it in, I remind them several times before the event, make sure they have the relevant resources to hand, remind them again and so on and so on, but enough of that.
Nothing in diary. Much me time. I think not
Middle fediddle = GCSE revision. (Exam Thursday) I was the question master. Tectonic plates. Like I know anything about them. I tried, I really did. Followed by assisting with pastry for Lemon Meringue pie made spontaneously and still sticking all over the kitchen.
Oldest Boldest = A level Revision. (Exam Wednesday) I was the student (she’d been told teaching someone was the best revision) I now know a lot more about the life and times of Cicero than I feel I will ever need to know. Ancient history – a challenge.
Youngest Golden Boy = Kindly invited friend to sleepover despite knowing I am a really awful sleepover mum. I have just never really got it. Is it just me? Some mums do these things so well. Game of monopoly. I thrashed them, some justice there I think.
In reality minutes of MEtime could be counted on my fingers, teenagers sometime seem to guzzle more time than toddlers!
My crafty mojo is always at it’s peak in January. The excesses of christmas are over and crafting, that has taken a back seat from November onwards (in favour of shopping and stressing) suddenly holds an appeal again. My corner, the hub of all crafting activity is clear of all the Christmas clutter and I am motivated!
With that in mind I have decided to commit to “A monthly make 2011” kindly hosted by the felt fairy. Hopefully it will encourage me to do a little bit more, get off my backside and get my brain in gear. Make Januarys Mojo last a little longer than usual. In an added twist I don’t want to do the same craft more than twice over the twelve month period.
Would Mrs H please step away from the knitting needles 🙂
All in all a good year has been had! Built some bridges, kept work at bay, had some proud mumsy moments and learned some more life lessons.
Don’t really make resolutions cause I’m hopeless at the usual ones like losing weight, going to the gym blah blah blah. Been there, done that fallen at the first hurdle! No more negative resolutions for me, just positives.
My aims for 2011 are
Take more photos
Get more fresh air
Count my blessings every day
A happy new year to you and yours.
Well is it me or have the last few weeks gone nowhere?! I always find the build up to Christmas a little stressful but I have tried to chill a bit more this year and really enjoy the festivities. Here we are on Christmas Eve and I have forced myself to sit down with a festive drink and a couple of homemade biscuits that the lovely son has made today. Bless him he is such a love, his attention to detail when baking is commendable (not so with the cleaning up after but I’ll excuse him because the fruits of his labours are indeed delicious!)
I have been trying to blog for ages but somehow it always gets pushed down the list. I knew that when I took on the advent swap it would be a challenge to blog about but I am hanging my head in shame that I haven’t done a bit better.
Note to self :: Must try harder!
Anyway despite the lack of evidence I have truly LOVED the swap, I find that as “mum” “wife” “daughter” it’s too easy to become a martyr at this time of year. I have been ferrying people around, taking mum for her shopping, cleaning, cooking etc etc etc and the advent swap has been a time for me to feel that I am getting something out of the season, not just giving! It’s been brilliant to have a little treat each day to cheer the spirit. My swap partner Becky and I were both anxious and nervous that we wouldn’t live up to expectations but can honestly say Becky has excelled by sending a lovely variety of thoughtful gifts.
Completing my advent swap took a fair bit of time and anxious moments and I can remember that as I took it to the Post Office I said it was fun but I would never do another swap. I am pleased to say my opinion is completely reversed and I would definitely do another one. Sometimes in life you have to take the plunge and come what may don’t you.
All that remains to say is have a wonderful Christmas an a fantastic new year. Hope that your days are merry and bright and Santa remembers you all.
Brrrrr it’s been cold in Blackpool today. We have completely avoided the snow up to now but it came today and because the temperatures have been so cold it has stayed and frozen. The garden this morning looked so atmospheric with snow covered trees and freezing fog.
I need to update you all on my advent swap gifts from Becky. Oh my, I have had so much fun opening the gifts she sent. I have to say that we were both a little anxious about swapping, being newbies and all that, but I have really enjoyed the surprises I have received each day and now feel inspired to partake in swaps again, I can really see the attraction!
On Thursday 2nd I opened a lovely fabric heart which now has pride of place over my fireplace. It is hanging from a mirror that belonged to my Grandma and is very special to me. it really fits the bill! I will take a picture of the mirror (complete with heart) when the light here is better. The days have been terribly gloomy of late, not much daylight around just now is there? For now though here’s a shot from work where I seem to spend most of the daylight hours.
3rd December bought me some tissues in cheery polka dot packets. There is something about dotty things isn’t there? They lift the spirits as soon as you see them and make you smile. Had to prise them out of sneaky daughters mitts 🙂
On the 4th day of December, Becky sent to me (I can see a song developing here) an angel bookmark so the angels can be with me too. I’m in need of one or two angels at the moment to be honest. Although Christmas is lovely it can sometimes bring a sense of loss as well. I put the bookmark straight to use on Sunday when I got a super book of patterns for knitted flowers. I love the way it was a Sunday gift because it meant I found a few minutes to get some yarn and have a go at some of the patterns. With coffee and mince pie of course 😉
Todays gift was a book of quotes and messages “Love can change the world”. I love books like this that you can just dip into whenever you need to feel positive and inspired. I am going to keep it in “my corner” and I think that the next few weeks may see me reaching for it quite a lot! Also in the parcel was a beautiful angel poem that I am going to leave you with. I think we all need an angel of peace.
It’s day one of the advent swap that Lynda from hookinwithlaalaa has brilliantly organised for all us excitable Christmassy types.
My swap partner Becky from Angels are here sent a lovely big box of beautifully wrapped pressies and I am now ridiculously excited about Christmas. Both my daughters were completely jealous and now have high hopes and plans for next year.
My day 1 gift included a beautiful advent card (which I think looks great under my light cause the windows light up) a lovely angel pin brooch and some chocolate snow bites for my sweet tooth! I am so thrilled, can’t wait for tomorrow
I was going to photograph and blog tomorrow but I decided it was going to have to be tonight as the chocolate won’t make it till morning 😉
Let’s get this right. I love Christmas. I enjoy all the lovely things that make Christmas special. I’ve baked the cake, made and eaten some mince pies, listened to the odd christmas song and generally got in the spirit.
What I don’t enjoy is the hype. You know, the 3 for 2 offers which just make you spend more, the mammoth amounts of food and drink the supermarkets want us to buy (despite the fact they’re open again boxing day), the way people look at you when you explain you don’t actually re-mortgage the house every year to provide the children with every latest craze, the way everyone seems to be stressed and cross. I suspect I am going to hit the internet in a big way this year as well as inflicting “handmade” on people. In the quest to preserve my remaining sanity I think it is necessary.
My Christmas wish is for a peaceful time, festive TV oldies, a glass of wine or two and several (usually controversial) games of trivial pursuit!
Health, happiness and home. X