We are taking it easy this summer, spending a great deal of time thinking, talking and planning. Discussing what's really important to us. Taking stock of our lives and working out what actually makes us happy. August is always quiet for us and this year, more than any other, we have welcomed that period of slowing down.
There has been plenty of opportunity to sit in a comfortable chair to stitch or crochet in the evenings.
I have been inspired (as usual!) by Vanessa and have started to crochet a new blanket.
|A gorgeous new set of bamboo crochet hooks from Lisa Pocklington at getsmitten.com|
I started this blanket the very day that Vanessa posted about it. I'd had a little stash of Rowan 'Pure Life' organic cotton sitting in a basket for a while and planned to use it for a tea cosy that Cuckoo shared on her blog last year. Just hadn't got round to it yet. But - as soon as I saw this puffy floral square I fell in love and immediately knew that the chalky pink and cool cream organic cotton would be perfect for such a pretty pattern. Happily (or maybe not) the yarn has been discontinued now and I was able to top up my stash for half the usual price. Happy me!
|Stash of squares by my bedside. Slowly growing!|
|I've created a craft space in the top room at home. I'll show you properly sometime but I love it!|
My crafty adventures do not end there! Andrew bought me a jam-making kit (at my request) for Christmas and I mentioned, in passing, to the post lady (random, I know, but she's a friend now) that I still hadn't used it. She promptly descended on me early one evening (it was planned!) with two punnets of apricots and a bag of sugar. This apricot jam was the result:
|How much do you think I enjoyed prettying up the jars? Yep, loads.|
Spurred on by my success, I made strawberry jam last week. Another winner *high five*. I've well and truly caught the bug - can't wait to make chutneys and pickles.
Tonight, the husband's football team is playing so I'm going to sit and do some more of my cross stitch. Have a lovely week everyone and thanks for popping by.
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