Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Sparking Joy

Last year, my parents bought me the book "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying" by Marie Kondo. I read it cover to cover straight away and then filed it on my bookcase, not quite ready or able to get on with it and clear the house but since then keeping in mind to try not to buy any more things which would end up as junk. 

Since my daughter has started full days at school (I know, where has the time gone) I've tried to clear out the house a little, one drawer or shelf at a time, keeping only the things that 'Spark Joy'. So far I've tackled most of the kitchen (Which felt great - 2 bags full of things we never used already taken to the local charity shops) and my clothes (another 2 bags at least).  My size hasn't really changed that much since my late teenage years, but I did have enough wages in my 20s to buy a lot of things that I didn't really need or wear.  Since some of them still had their tags on, it was time for them to go.  I was pretty ruthless!  The rest I rolled.

And then I got to the underwear drawers.  These were a disaster zone - stuffed full to bursting.  I bought some lovely drawer dividers and then had a massive panic when I unpacked them as they were huge.  Luckily they fit but I had to have a MAJOR clearout.  However the results look pretty amazing.  I can see everything clearly and theres a place for each thing.

What strikes me most is how much money I wasted on things I wouldn't use or wear.  And this makes me feel terrible. 

Now to tackle the kitchen cupboard with all the cups and plates and childrens cups and plates that is like Jenga!  I look forward to having more time to actually enjoy the things I'm left with.

Have you read any of Marie Kondo's books or attempted to declutter like this?

Until next time!

Tuesday, 25 September 2018


Hello! I'm back. It's been a while, I know, but I haven't been completely idle.

Whilst I gather together all the things I've been working on here and there, I though I'd update with this month's IHSW post - since for once, I feel like I made some decent progress (probably due to having hours to stitch on a train).

For this month, and knowing I needed something portable, I got stuck into the project curated by Mr X Stitch, some lovely xmas baubles which are going to be hung in little frames around the National Trust property at Standen House.

For more info, or if you'd like to stitch your own... please head over to the webpage
You have until the end of October.

Until next time...

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Mid October Updates

It's been a while since I did a project update... there are a few things I've got on the go... I don't always feel like hefting the big frame into the lounge so it's good to have a few handheld bits to do as well.

I did manage to put in 100 or so stitches on this one this week...doesn't look all that different from the last update, but there was LOADS of confetti... I'm actually looking forward to getting back to the big chunks of black trees.

A small Pooh bear Xmas card that has been in my stash for absolutely years... I made a mistake with it when I was quite near the beginning so it went away for an age... I'm hoping I've fixed it up enough now, and I've counted the stitches so many times that I went cross eyed and I couldn't figure out if there were any mistakes left to fix so I'm hoping for the best.

This little one is stitched on perforated card and is a Nutmeg Company design.  I really love their cards, and my family have received them on many occasions.  A bit more difficult to stitch on perforated card as your needle slips out constantly, but such a nice way to make a card.

And finally a small update to this one...It seems like I have a bit of a thing about cottages and houses, doesn't it?! Again, loads of confetti in the tree and going a bit cross eyed, but I made a bit of progress on this while we watched the amazing Endeavour series on TV... I hope there's another one coming soon - it's good to have things to watch while you stitch... probably why I have mistakes dotted all over my pieces, hehe!

I hope that wherever you are you've had a lovely week :)

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Back to the stitching

I've finally picked up my massive project again, Moonlit Waters.  I can't believe how long I've been doing it, and I'm hoping to get on with it a bit more quickly, but honestly today has been full of so much confetti that I'm not sure how long it'll take me to finish the current page!

As for the others, there's been a bit of stitching here and there, so hopefully I'll be able to provide a bigger update soon. I like when it gets to winter, you can throw something interesting on the TV, put the sewing lamp on and stitch for the evening, all cosy and homey.

Hope everyone else is doing ok, I'm looking forward to seeing what things you've all been upto, so I'll catch up this weekend hopefully.  Along with a bit of baking for Hubby's Macmillan Coffee Morning.

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Monday, 25 April 2016

Birthday Card

Woohoo! A stitching post!! (just a short one but it has a photo!)

Last week was my mums birthday and I found time to make her a pretty little card... Pattern from The Nutmeg Company.

I think it's very sweet indeed and was a fun stitch to do.  I can't wait to do more stitching over the summer.

Monday, 30 November 2015

Hello there

Wow, it's been SUCH a long time since I last posted!

I wish I could say I've picked up the crafting, got back into it etc etc... the truth is I've done a little but now the nights are dark early, it's pretty difficult once I've done the bedtime routine and the grown ups have had tea... I'm just ready to watch an episode of something interesting on TV (and there is so much good stuff that I enjoy on at the moment...) and then crawl into bed!

However, I have managed to get back into the gym a little, which has helped me feel a lot more like my old self, and we've been out and about doing heaps of toddler groups during the day which is great as Scarlett is really enjoying it now that she's just starting to toddle about with a walker... hooray for giving my back a break!  So at least the crafts are giving way to things that make me feel good and keep her happy!   She is at the moment obsessed with Ducks, and enjoying playing with her Duplo...very dextrous she is too for her age I think, but I'm probably biased.

I'm determined to get back into crafty things as I bought some rubber stamps from one of my local shops last week... they had some cards made up in the window and I just could not resist... I've struggled to get on with rubber stamps in the past but I'm determined this time.

Other than that, just trying to get sorted for Xmas... we are getting there but as usual, November seems far too early and before I know it we are almost at December and I'm nowhere near ready.

Right, I'm off to catch up on all your lovely blog posts!
Have a wonderful week, everyone!

Saturday, 13 June 2015

A little update

Wow - I've just seen how long it is since I last posted... where did the first half of the year go?  Must be time for an update!

All is well here.  I decided that I needed to make more space, so I went about ripping up all my old stitching mags and file the patterns that I thought I might ever stitch...there are way way too many still, but they are all in one folder that I can now flick through - It makes it so much easier to see what I have, and I'm really glad I did it.  It took an age though, especially those magazines where I had to chop the edges off the pages!

I've also got my stitchy bug back a bit - hooray!  Last weekend I was fired up to pick up my large project that must have been sitting untouched for over a year.  I didn't do heaps, but it was great to just sit and work on it - I'm hoping that I'll find time each week to do a bit of one of my projects, especially now that the summer is here and the evenings are lighter.

The baby is no longer a baby but not quite a toddler yet either and she doesn't really seem to be enjoying crawling since she only goes backwards which makes her quite annoyed.  She doesn't like other people at all (attachment issues) and has a real little temper on her when she doesn't get her own way as well...obviously she doesn't get that from me (*ahem*).  She has 2 teeth now and is teething really badly at the moment... she's taken to biting me when I try to get her out of the high chair (little madam!), but I think I've just about managed to make a game out of it now.

Anyway, that's about all the news I have... we continue to walk a lot and sleep a lot but thankfully we have a lovely little routine going now.

I hope you are all ok - I've seen some beautiful stitchy updates and I hope to have some photos of my stitching for you next time.