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the day your blog stops being neutral

the day your blog stops being neutral

  Today, this blog tips over the edge and finally becomes the blog I’ve been wanting to have for ages now. It will still be about nothing, don’t worry, but all sorts of nothing.    I hadn’t realised before but what I’m missing here is the freedom to be myself.   I want Britain to stay in Europe. There, I've said it in public. I’ve gone from being a blog about nothing to being a fearless blog about nothing.   When I started this blog, it was purely a place for me to find my written English voice and share… View Post

lighting things up

lighting things up

      I'll have to stop choosing a little word for my year, seriously! First there was change, and all these unexpected scary changes landed on top of my family and I. Then it was choose, and all of a sudden I was confronted with some tough choices (and a lot of change). This year it’s light and I’m sure I suffer from the Winter Blues, mild as it may be! This one little word exercise must be jinxed for me! It's gotta be!   How can you go wrong with light? What surprises can come of it? These were questions I… View Post

Creative project 2016

Creative project 2016

As we all know, March April is the best month for announcements, especially new year project announcements. So here I am, perfectly on time for that, ready to share my creative project 2016. I’d been thinking about creativity and how to explore my photography and the art of making more and more in 2016. I’d been thinking about it for what felt like fo-re-va and as a consequence I’d gotten absolutely no-whe-re! Of course! And then it came to me. My creative project 2016 edition. But let’s go back in time a bit, a fair bit. Two people told me… View Post

and then I saw her

and then I saw her

My morning wasn't going to plan at all and it sucked and wasn't life shit and oh I'm so annoyed now. And then I saw her.I was walking fast, almost as fast as my thoughts and my anger and my now ruined mood for the day. And then I saw her.I was sporting a frown as deep as a 100-year-old farmer's wrinkles in a black and white photo. And then I saw her. She was 6, or maybe 7, it was hard to tell. She was walking to school holding her Mother's hand and listening intently to something she was… View Post

The Crafter’s Box

The Crafter’s Box

At the end of last year, as my mind wondered through creative projects and a firm desire to let my creativity roam free so I could see some in 2016, I came across The Crafter’s Box. The concept for The Crafter’s Box is pretty straight forward – a subscription service of a monthly creative project using different crafting techniques. The idea was enticing and the photos of the first box on Rya weaving were so stunning I couldn’t resist. On Christmas Day, thank you to the advent of the internet, yours truly gave herself the first January box to just… View Post

Purl Soho happy baby blanket

Purl Soho happy baby blanket

A new colourful happy blanket for a new baby in the family. My goddaughter has a little chubby month old sister and I wanted to welcome her with lots of love, colour, softness and happiness. Mission accomplished. When my goddaughter was born, I made her a happy baby quilt. I loved the process and the quilt, but I didn’t want to repeat it for her sister. So I chose knitting. I came across Purl Soho’s Super Easy Baby Crib Blanket on Instagram. Siobhan was knitting one and was kind enough to tell me the pattern and wool she was using… View Post

::inspiring Mondays::

::inspiring Mondays::

A long weekend in Portugal and a sunny day make for a great start to the week. And a good day. The colourful baby blanket – which will have its own post because I think it deserves it – was well received by both parents and baby. Interestingly, it was also well received by her toddler sister who fancied its softness the minute she touched it and wanted to curl up with it. (and no, it wasn't because it was a present for the baby because she didn't see that bit :)) Little brother and I got some quality time with… View Post

::inspiring Mondays::

::inspiring Mondays::

  The sun is shining.  Let’s read that again. The sun is shining.   That sentence alone could be the whole of inspiring Mondays today, but… there’s more! I know, amazing, right?    The sun is shining and the weekend was amazing(ly productive) and the week looks good from where I’m standing. I’m almost lost for words because the reason I re-started this little series was to notice all the happy in my life and not to boast about it. Guess some weeks are easier than others and that is part of the process; by documenting it here I’ll have… View Post

::inspiring Mondays::

::inspiring Mondays::

Oh look, what's this? Inspiring Mondays are back?, I hear you asking… or not! I don't know if the series is back, but I needed it today so – here we are! Hello, people! Having a good day?   For the first time in what feels like forever, I had what the internet would describe as a typical Monday – unwillingness to leave the warmth and softness of my bed, everything going wrong right left and centre, and let’s throw in a bad hair day for good measure. And how about some gusty winds, would you like some’ them? There, done.… View Post

let there be light

let there be light

2016 has come (and almost gone) and I took my time to make myself at home in this new year. I've been savouring time and gathering my thoughts, slowly, not rushing through minutes so the hours fly past at light speed. And that is my first goal of 2016 – slow down and enjoy life. At the end of last year, I walked around in circles – possibly literally – wanting to find a creative project for 2016. I felt uncreative, unmotivated, and quite frankly bored and was hoping a creative project would make it all better. Turns out, feeling all those… View Post

working on your dreams and other things of …

working on your dreams and other things of late

  We're one step closer to making this business of ours a reality, my brother and I. I've spent the last weekend sewing, getting us ready for a Christmas fair this coming weekend. I'm excited and petrified, possibly in equal measure. I've established measures of success and then changed the goal post… And then moved it some more. Because, you know, you want to be realistic but not too much and certainly not too little, until basically all your ideas of what success looks like are hiding for cover!  I'm afraid of the dark so naturally I thought I was… View Post

November rant and dream making

November rant and dream making

November is most certainly my least favourite month. It’s really just not my thing, with the first frosts, and ridiculously short days, and depressing darkness, and all the good things still so far away, like Christmas or, say, spring. People go on and on about how January is depressing, but I don’t see it, I really don’t. January brings the promise of a new year, new beginnings, light at the end of the tunnel with the countdown to Spring. November? Not so much! These reasons make November the perfect month for projects and decisions – to add some spice to… View Post

dreams on a Friday

dreams on a Friday

The day started off glorious, absolutely glorious. As I sat at the table having breakfast, I saw it turn, slowly at first, until that familiar all-covering grey took over the skies. What ensued was depressing and wet and dark. From my desk at work, I saw it turn again into sunshine in all it's autumnal glory. There's something magical about the autumn light in this country that makes me love it above any other time of the year. I'm a fan of seasons, more than I am of any particular season, but autumn in Britain? Well, autumn here really makes it… View Post

inspiring Mondays and getting the ball rolling

inspiring Mondays and getting the ball rolling

It's Monday and every so often I'm reminded of a series I once ran back when I was writing way more than I am now. For different reasons, I've also ended up remembering that last year I blogged everyday in November. It was great and exactly what I needed at the time, which made me consider doing it again this year. But then November started and I can barely tell what day it is, so the thought never left the planning stages. And as I sit with Olivia next to me, I realise a year ago both Olivia and I had… View Post

lucky

lucky

In my job, you see a lot of the best in people… and the worst, I'll have you know, but I make a daily choice of (re-)focusing on the good. I'm sure you think the same of your jobs, but I can only speak for mine, so bear with me.  Yesterday evening I received a lovely email from a colleague saying I was amazing to be doing what I'm doing. It was sweet and warmed me inside. Also, for the millionth time in the last year, and more specifically the last three months, it made me marvel at how incredibly… View Post

a year ago today – Lisbon Half Marathon

a year ago today – Lisbon Half Marathon

A year ago today, Nicky and I ran the Lisbon Half Marathon on a very hot sunny day. And I loved it. A week later, we set off on the Oxford Half Marathon which we ran separately; it wasn't as much fun, but I did it and wasn't even achey the next day. I was also a bit faster than in Lisbon, but for the first (and possibly only!) time in my running history, I didn't care – it was all about the fun indeed! I had grand plans then to keep up my runs; not to increase my distance… View Post

time, that thing you have (not)

time, that thing you have (not)

Do I really have time to post? Hahahahaha… *read as delusional (and possibly slightly manic) laughter!* I think one of my life’s mantras is definitely “you should sit in meditation for 20 minutes every day, unless you’re too busy; then you should sit for an hour”. Definitely that but replacing meditation with writing.  Yep, that’s it. For the first time in what felt like months, last night I rested. First, I watched a film. As in, I just watched the film and nothing else. I didn’t knit nor checked my phone. I cuddled with Olivia because how could I not… View Post

things of late

things of late

I've been working a lot – not shown above! – and whilst I don't think one should work all hours, I'm happy. I'm happy in what I do, who I do it with, who I do it for, and what I'm achieving. I'm happy and also tired. And tired gets me all nostalgic. *** Many moons ago I thought I had a split personality attached to my writing. Turns out that is pretty common; it's actually a thing. You're not the same in every language you speak because each of those languages has its own set of emotions and learning… View Post

finishing stuff

finishing stuff

Hello there! It’s Wednesday, it’s been a spectacularly long day with far too many minutes and not enough hours, I’m tired and had dinner whilst walking home from work (what have I become?!), so… I’m now home drinking a deliciously warm cup of red berries tea in my enormous mug and I thought to myself “Do you know what’s missing in your lives right now? To see the face I gave the little frog I knitted centuries ago!”. Yeah, that will cheer up the world! So voilà! Cute handmade frog face done! This frog is now my goddaughter’s best friend… View Post