Saturday, 29 April 2017

blur of a week ...

The past week has flown by in a blur! I'm grateful for the long weekend ahead of us to catch up on home and family 'stuff' and those much needed lie in's I seem to need lately!
I seem to be going through an exhausted not happy with myself stage I'm trying to combat it with good homemade food and walking!
The fear of slipping into anxiety mode frightens me and with the Mr shortly working away I'm using all my energy up on controlling my feelings, I know I'll be fine but I also know I will have a few bad days, I always do!
So back to good food and walking...

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Lambs, Pottery and Gardening!

This week was all about settling back down to normality with the return to work and school after our much needed holiday, happily though it was only a 4 day working week so smiles all round.

School is always a worrying time as Riley is not a fan, if he is interested in the current terms project then its not so bad, this term is greek gods! Thankfully this week has gone okay with no issues which always makes for a great week
Jack is in his first year of GCSEs and coping okay with them, I still don't think he realises how much more of a workload is coming his way!

For me personally this week I got to feed the local lambs after work each day which just makes my soul smile every time I see them. That's it for another year though so I look forward to next spring already.
I had another pottery session this week, I truly love it, totally for personal pleasure, if i'm honest I'm not happy with the pot I threw but I'm hoping the decoration hides that! It sadly has a week point but I did learn the bubble blowing technique so it wasn't all bad
This weekend the garden has had all of our attention, there is so much to do and to be honest we're still not sure exactly what we want to happen but we are making a start, lots of pruning, weeding and tarpaulin

Our garden is quite large (its not all in the photo) so we are trying to make a plan to design a family friendly garden, the trampoline for the boys, a seating area, lawned area, shrubs and growing our own veg!
We are slowly making progress and we're hoping to work so much more on it as the weather allows us too

Monday, 17 April 2017

For the love of Portugal and a good read

The past few weeks have been crazy with a busy workload and the Easter school holidays
We've managed to take some time out as a family and flew off to the amazing land that is Portugal, it was truly lovely to just get away, relax, refocus and spend time together

The pool was a welcome relief to the boys as no wifi was in the house (perfect) and it was used daily
We visited a few amazing places, my favourite town was Obidos, I just loved the buildings, the history, the castle wall (no way I was walking along that!), the most amazing bookstore full to the rafters and all in apple crates
Buddha Eden was amazing! actually beyond amazing, the statues and gardens were just unbelievable!
I even spotted some pretty yarn bombing in a beautiful park that also had black swans!

No holiday is complete without a good read and I managed to finish two books from the pile of must reads at home

Both were Jenny Colgan, she's kind of a my favourite go to author at the moment for a good chilled read.
I loved both these books and would recommend them to anyone, they both made me realise that life is too short and we must do things for the 'now' and not look back on life wishing I'd done just that!

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Crochet Face Scrubbies Pattern

After creating some new face scrubbies for my own personal use, I realised I'd changed my pattern slightly so thought I'd update my previous pattern found here
I used 100% cotton and a size 4 crochet hook
MC- magic circle
SC - single crochet
DC- double crochet
SS- slip stitch
CH- chain
*pattern in American crochet terms*
  • magic circle, CH2, 12DC, SS in top of CH2 to join
  • CH2, 1DC in same space, 2DC in each stitch, SS to top CH2 to join
  • CH2, 2DC in same space, *1DC in next stitch, 3DC in next (*repeat to end) SS to top of CH2 to join
  • CH1, 1SC in each stitch around, SS to top of CH1 to join
  • Fasten off and weave in ends
The handmade soap is from the Okie Soapy Soap Shop, and is the tea tree and green clay facial bar, its smells amazing and makes my skin feel amazing, I have quite an oily skin and this soap really helps balance that out

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Pottery Workshop - Pinch Pot Windchime

Another pottery class attended ('m pretty addicted) this time it was a windchime theme, Stephanies were amazing design ideas but after searching through pinterest and seeing this I was hooked! (parden the pun) on creating something similar as a gift to the man of the house for his love of Koi!

Rather than working with clay in slab form, I rolled it out quite thick and using a circle cutter I cut out my shapes one at a time, and after a quick demonstration from Stephanie about pinch pots! I used that technique to create each scale!
Once done I pressed in doilies and stamps to add some scale details
I enjoyed making this one so much I couldnt wait for them to be fired in the kiln!
I also bagged the funkiest apron whilst there!
Stephanie added some black glaze to it and then each piece was complete
Each scale was strung together with a knot under each one, if I'm honest I'm super proud of this make and totally love it and cannot wait till another pottery class

Stephanie holds pottery classes in her workshop, contact her for more details

Friday, 17 March 2017

Learning new skills - Upholstery

I'm all about learning new skills so when I saw a local two week part upholstery course I booked on it straight away.
The project was a footstool which was included in the price, all I had to bring along was some fabric, I chose quite an old style of fabric but with the idea of making it quite contemporary!

Week one was all about stripping down the footstool and learning some techniques of how to do it properly

As you can see it was quite a vintage footstool with a very faded fabric, but once stripped it was a basic base of wood, I've brought it home to do some homework on the legs, before we start recovering next week
A good sanding and clear wax and I was all ready for part two of the course
Week 2 was all about the re upholstery, with everyone on the course doing their footstool slightly different it enabled us all to see a few different techniques that we could use on another project.

It was a great course teaching us how to use the foam, stretch the fabric, staple to the footstool, add decoration as finishing touches and tidy up the underneath

It wasn't until the end that I realised my fabric was not upholstery fabric at all, and to be honest I hadn't even considered it as a problem, I just loved the print and knew it would be lovely for the footstool, thankfully it worked really well so I know when I do this again to not worry too much about the choice of fabric and to challenge myself with a different design

The course was run by Maude & Stanley

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Pancake Day Madness

It was pure madness as I truly believe this year I totally overdosed on pancakes! Which I didn't even know was possible!
We had work pancakes and way more than the intended amount per person but they were too totally delicious to refuse!

Then homeward bound and little man requested the big fat squidgy ones!
Rather than buy them I found a brilliant recipe so they were homemade and I will be using this again and again, possibly a weekend ritual!!
So many toppings to choose from but Nutella and Strawberries won the day with lemon and sugar a close second
Fabulous recipe found here
Was super easy to follow and we managed to make a batch of 14 fat squidgy ones!

...and I was lucky enough to use some amazingly fresh baby duck eggs in the mixture...delicious and free range

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Hygge February

My month of Hygge has finished
What I've realised is that I already do so much of what is classed as Hygge! I just wanted to become more aware of it and my surroundings
I've learnt how much I love my candles and low lighting, how much I love to curl up on the sofa with the pooch, moggie or boys with a pile of cushions and a throw, I've learnt how much I love to bake and try new foods, how much I love to create and try out new crafts, how much I love fresh flowers in the house and how much family and friends mean to me

All of this I already did, but just didn't realise the importance of it on my health and wellbeing and its made me welcome more of it into my lifestyle

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Book Review - The Forgetting Time

This book was quite something! I couldn't put it down! I was totally drawn into Noah's little world and wanted so much to help him, as a Mum myself reading about a child crying over something your not able to help ease his pain is crushing!

The book flowed so well, I didn't feel distracted or took off in other directions, it made me think about life after death and I've always personally felt that there must be something more once we are gone or living this life is just a waste surely!
It made me question faith again, I'm not religious by any means, I was raised Church of England and attended our local church for many years in young adulthood until I moved away from the area and life took over with no faith included, but I truly want to believe that this life is not the end but in my own way with no pressures from faiths, just me in my own little world

One I can certainly say must be on your bookshelf as a must read
Now go find and enjoy

Friday, 17 February 2017

Frame that picture!

Making Memories count
This is an Instagram photo I took whilst on holiday in New York City, its just one of the memories that we both love, its destination will be our bedroom, I ordered a 12x12 print of it and found the perfect frame to put it in
I was going to keep it pine but I think adding a pop of colour has really added to it.
I used Frenchic Hot as Mustard, this is my new go to paint as I love their colour range and ease of use, so expect to see a few more projects popping up here