Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Thursday, 20 June 2013

This week I'm mostly loving...

....this art from Clare Elsaesser.



I'm not normally a pink kinda gal, or a painting kinda gal, but the colour combinations and the mood of these really caught my eye.

I understand this kind of hiding - (behind pretty things) - it resonates with me. I have days like this.

I particularly like the 1st one, 'So Much', the stripey top appeals too.

You can see more of her work on her blog, and her etsy shop. 

x

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Time flies


4 years ago today I held a brand new tiny 5lb 6 baby boy in his new home.
Today he's not quite so tiny, but he still feels brand new, every day he surprises me, makes me laugh and fills me with wonder.
I've just held his hand to help him to get off to sleep tonight. Today has been fun, and tiring.

Happy birthday little man x



Saturday, 15 June 2013

That old chestnut...

So where does the time go?

It seems a hundred years ago we went to France. It seems a hundred years ago we came back!
I can barely remember it (except a beautiful beach, happy splashes in the pool and (of course) a few choice words exchanged when following a 'diversion' in downtown Rouen).
But yes, we did have a holiday, and we did return, I just decided I would like a little bit more of doing not much at all upon our return.
In reality this meant not much ipad/mac/pen/pencil but still much cooking/cleaning/shopping/school running.
Oh well.

Today was the boys long awaited school summer fair. Promises of sunshine, bouncy castles, face painting and candy floss. Hey, 3 out of 4 ain't bad. (you guessed it, no amount of parent volunteers could help run the sunshine stall today).
So after a damp day, a large piece of chocolate fudge cake and a cuppa I found myself thinking "ooh, i wonder what's been going on in the world of pinterest?" (as you do).
And there we have it, I'm back.

I came across this Buddha quote and found it to be rather apt, so wrote it up to share with you all.

Have a happy weekend. I look forward greatly to catching up with you all.



Saturday, 25 May 2013

Happy Holidays


We're off to France for half term.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed for sunshine. Or at least a few degrees warmer than Blighty.

Whatever the weather though it'll be good to have a break, to escape the day to day, to see new things, eat good food, drink good wine (well, cheap, good wine) and be together.

Enjoy your week, whatever you're getting up to....

See you soon!
x

Saturday, 18 May 2013

S'cat'urday Sketch



Am working on a little commission for a friends cat-mad daughter.
Loving the simplicity of this, although suspect I will have to bling it up a bit for the 9 year old in question!
Will post a pic of the final print at some point, but am considering this simple version for my etsy shop, as I already have had a few cat-a-holics asking for a copy.... if you're interested then please let me know too!

Happy weekends all

x

Thursday, 16 May 2013

A bit of a tart...

Well, now that I've got your attention please let me explain, not that sort of a tart, but a bit of tart on top of a lot of cookie. Oh yes.


I wouldn't be any sort of a blogging friend if I didn't share this recipe with you all, because believe me these are lush. (whether you opt for the tart bit or not).

So way back in February our little rhubarb plant looked like this.


Cute, little and full of springtime promise. It certainly has delivered all it promised - and more.

So we are being inventive with recipes now - as much as I love a good crumble it's really only a pudding in our house, and these cookies? Well they can be eaten any time of the day, not just after a meal!! My very inventive title?
Rhubarb and white chocolate chunk cookies.
Descriptive non?!

Do try this at home (especially if you're experiencing an abundance of rhubarb) I find any fruit combo will work as it does add a lovely tartness to offset all that sweetness, but I guess you could also add nuts or dried fruit as well...the choice is yours. The not so secret ingredient to why these are so yum is the quantity of condensed milk they contain. Well, I didn't say they were good for you did I?!

 1 Cut up the 'barb into bitesize chunks cover with some sugar for 15 mins in the oven under foil.
 2 Get stuck in (now the time to bring in the little'uns) and mix that dough and that white chocolate!
 3 Flatten small chunks of dough into cookie shapes and press your rhubarb in the middle of each disc
 4 Pop in the oven for 25 mins and tuck in.

So this is my little version based upon our first try when we used raspberries and white chocolate. For the proper recipe instructions click the link!

And enjoy.

x




Saturday, 11 May 2013

Sketch Time...!

This weeks inspiration came from Annie at knitsofacto - in response to my last few posts. Thanks Annie, these words really do say it all. Do check out Annie's blog if you haven't seen it, she's a very clever lady, always has wise words and lovely posts.

The poem goes on....

Dust if you must.
But there is not much time
With rivers to swim and mountains to climb!
Music to hear, and books to read,
Friends to cherish and life to lead.

Dust if you must.
But the world’s out there
With the sun in your eyes,
the wind in your hair,
A flutter of snow, a shower of rain.
This day will not come round again.

Dust if you must.
But bear in mind,
Old age will come and it’s not kind.
And when you go, and go you must,
You, yourself, will make more dust.

...and is attributed to Mrs Rose Milligan from Lancaster. The poem was first published in the September 15th – 21st edition of The Lady (magazine) in 1998.

 One day I'll illustrate it all! (and nicely!)

What do you think of these wise words? Agree wholeheartledly or yearn for a tidy house? ; )

Happy weekends All.

x




Saturday, 4 May 2013

Saturday sketch





Thank so much for your advice last week!
I have excelled this week in writing lists.
And on Monday and Tuesday I actually acheived what was written on said list!
It went a bit downhill from there, but hey it's a start.
And the above words are set to remind us all that even when you've got washing up to your ears and dust forming layers on your telly, don't forget to do the happy bits too.

And - the sun is shining so what's not to be happy about? ; )

x


Friday, 26 April 2013

On being an Organised Person




Morning All.

Been a bit quiet around here of late.

I'm having a bit of a lull me thinks, and I'm sort of understanding that this happens to me  occasionally, where I have to shut down a bit from the cyber world out there, collect my thoughts, do things without writing about them, draw things without posting them and get on with life I guess.

Not that I've actually done much to write about or drawn much to post because I have, I suppose, just been doing all the things I really should do all the time, but am not actually that good (read: rubbish) at doing.
I call this being an Organised Person.

I'm pretty frustrated that I'm so crap at being an Organised Person, because I reckon I did use to be pretty ok at being one a while back.
Then, for a time, I quite accepted that I tackled things as they came up, didn't have much of a diary on paper despite saying yes to doing pretty much everything (it was all stored in my head! when I remembered anyway) and got on with life in a sort of haphazard way.
It worked.
However, now, it seems, it does not work.
Increasingly I am rushing to do things, fit things in, forget things are happening and doing things twice because the first time it went wrong. And it's doing my head in!

I guess I need to get on with writing things down, more list making, prioritising, reading things PROPERLY and well, just knowing what I should be doing and when, but this seems like quite a difficult task in itself!

(It was easier when I 'Real Job and No Children' because that job was all I had to do, and not the other bits too. Or rather I did have to do the other bits too, but 'just' not the child bits which actually is what completely and utterly now is my reason for being.)

I love being at home, being my 'own boss' and especially not having anyone to tell me What To Do.
But in fact that is actually what I need.
This is an odd post for me and now I read through it a bit of a whinge, so perhaps I need to just stop feeling a bit sorry for myself and get on with getting organised.
But please, could somebody tell me how to do it?!



ps. My creativity has also stumbled a little this week. Inspiration came in the form of my jolly tesco's tulips. A Still Life Saturday Sketch this week folks! x





Saturday, 13 April 2013

The Saturday Sketch

Hello friends.
We're up north for the last few days of the easter hols, so I have to admit I haven't been up to much sketching, but in true 'Blue Peter' style, here's one I made earlier... (and it was waiting for such a sunny Saturday to be posted in all it's glory!)


Wonderfully fitting words for today from a good friend of mine who has dabbled in a little songwriting and much guitar strumming in recent years. Thanks for the inspiration Tel!

Happy weekend all, hope to be back with more than just a sketch for you next week....back to school next week! xx



Saturday, 6 April 2013

The Saturday Sketch


Can you believe it's still snowing?

This week, I've been mostly drinking tea.
That, and enduring outdoor school holiday 'fun' with the wind lashing my ankles and numbing my nose. Why is it that my children can play merrily in baltic temperatures 'sans' coat, whereas I have triple layer protection + big scarf + long gloves + hot beverage in cardboard cup, and I'm still freezing??!!!
Clearly I didn't go down the slide enough times or scoot with the wind behind me.
Oh well, at least I was the only one moaning!

Well, here's to a sunnier weekend, and guilty pleasure trip to Ikea. (Frames to be bought for a new print order - that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.)

Happy weekend x

Friday, 5 April 2013

The *slow* decorating movement....


Sadly, this is not my bedroom.

However, I am onto it. (as you know)

So far so good...

* Carpet chosen.

Thanks for all your comments I really very much appreciated them and they gave me good food for thought. In the end we stuck with the carpet idea rather than the wooden floor + rug idea and I found a lush colour that is very hard to describe but maybe 'seal' could be used... but  neither blue grey nor brown and *hopefully* perfect.

* New slate for hearth fitted today.

Thanks husband.

* Still to decide on bedding.

I really really want 100% linen but my wallet doesn't. Seen the Bodie & Fou bedding above? Yum. But £220 yum. So actually yum, but not yum.

Well, have seen a reasonable set in H&M and my virtual basket has been waiting for days for me to confirm the order but
a) I'm not that good at online shopping, my decision making process slows right down if offered time.
b) I'm dubious as to the quality and can't be bothered with the faff of sending it all back if it's rubbish.

Is this just lazy - should I just buy it - have any of you guys out there bought it and if so, is it nice and not like a scratchy new tea towel? Or is there a wonderfully cheap, wonderfully good quality 100% linen bedding company out there that I just don't know about? (wishful thinking I suspect!)

Happy weekend all x

ps I may just start a slow decorating movement (you know, like slow food? ) then I might just get away with quite how long it's taking me to finish this room of mine. x



Saturday, 30 March 2013

The (Easter) Saturday Sketch...


..plus a bit of photo-editing to add some *sparkle* to our weekend!

Happy Easter everyone x

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Reading the (wall)paper

Decorating a room means I am actually 'allowed' to spend (read:waste) time browsing online homeware stores in the hope I might come across something that's absolutely perfect for said new room that I can actually afford.
Well, the latter rarely happens, but I do tend to put in my all when it comes to the actual time spent waiting for it to happen.

I found this wallpaper today, from here
I like it, it's a bit quirky.


Its £128 a roll, so like I say, I'm still waiting for the stuff I can afford to pop up, but it would be great to liven up a dull corner.
(While I write this I am just thinking...my loft must be holding at least this amount of once read books so maybe I should just retrieve them from their darkness and stack them up in my dull corner..hey presto...what a saving!)

x



Saturday, 23 March 2013

The Saturday Sketch #3 (and more)



Hello, hello.

How easily a week flies by!
So, can you guess what we've been up to this week?

Yep, inspired by Gillian's decorated start to the year, ( and my my hopelessly un-decorated bedroom for the past 10 years) I got cracking with some bedroom wall painting and dreaming of new duvet covers, prints and accessories for our little retreat.

I always think I quite like decorating.

However, I remember now, this is not strictly true.

 What I like is when its over.

And then the dreaming of nice this, nice that and nice the other can stop being dreaming and start, well, being.

I have already taken the bold step of choosing white, yes WHITE for the walls. I'm so lame!

This is so I can nick Gillian's idea of changing colour schemes when the mood takes me and it only involves swapping a few cushions and putting up a different picture - and not spending any of that 'big-ish' money. Top tip.

Yellow is up there too, a) because it is so cheery and b) because I already have a yellow eiderdown that is waiting to be unleashed into its full glory.

And undyed linen, as my headboard and curtains are staying (a lot of open weave ikea linen fabric went into making a valance, headboard cover and curtains and I"m not ready to replace all that effort on a sewing machine)

But the big decision now is choosing the flooring.

When we moved in we stripped the floor back to the original pine floorboards, and although I still love this look, the time has come for something a bit softer under foot.

But what colour carpet goes with white walls, natural linen curtains and a yellow bedspread?

('Natural' makes me nervous, because really it's just brown, and I'd like something a bit well, nicer than just brown.)

What would you choose? Have you seen any great pics that might work?

I'm really loving these prints from inaluxe and this Isa mountain range....and I'm thinking grey might be a good option....decisions, decisions...




Well, back to the painting. Woodwork now. Then the end is in sight. Hoorah!

Happy weekends to you all

x


Saturday, 16 March 2013

The Saturday Sketch

I'm not sure I've ever posted 2 days in a row before, but committed as I am... here's your Saturday Sketch #2:


There's an empty wall in my bathroom, above the toilet.
I was inspired to fill it. (The wall, not the toilet.)
I'm liking this one!

Happy weekend to all, and thank you for all your lovely comments recently, they inspire me too, and are always a pleasure to read.
x

Friday, 15 March 2013

Writers block


It seems I am not alone in my recent brain-fug with regards to creating.

On a run-of-the-mill en masse nursery 'play-date' for Mr Jim at the local sweat-pit-that-is-a-soft-play-centre this week I discovered a fellow creative lurking within the plastic padded wall structure behind the curly-wurly slide.

She is writing a novel.

Or rather, not writing a novel -at the moment- as she awaits a flash of inspiration for 'the next bit'.


Aha, I said, I know that feeling! And I told her of my Saturday Sketch idea. I also pointed her in the direction of the lovely elephantine blog whose "Fiction Friday" might just inspire her in the same way.


We also decided that what was absolutely required was a meeting of 'creative minds' (!) at least once a week in the Waterstones cafe in town, where we would, well, drink coffee if nothing else, but hopefully inspire each other somehow too.


It was nice to meet someone new. Whose eyes lit up when I told her of quirky little ideas.


So when I came across this a-m-a-z-i-n-g typewriter on etsy yesterday, I immediately thought of her. 

Who could fail to be inspired to write if this was your preferred method?

(I know it inspires me to draw it...just look at those colours!)

xx

ps if you don't know Rachel's blog over at elephantine then do go and take a look, as well as the fiction she makes gorgeous jewellery and has wonderful taste when it comes to pinned images.



Monday, 11 March 2013

The Saturday Sketch

Ok ok, I know its Monday, but I had a little idea on Saturday, and this is the first time I've had chance to think about it properly, or write it down.
So I have decided to keep you guys entertained, and myself creatively brimming with a little weekly challenge.
No, don't worry, you don't have to join in, (unless you want to of course..you never know!) this is a challenge to myself, to keep the creative juices flowing, and possibly help when I'm a bit stuck for inspiration (which is currently happening).
Every week I *hope* to post a Saturday Sketch.
It can be anything, in any form, so we're not expecting miracles here, it's likely they will be in pencil, maybe pen, will doubtless involve more words than pictures, be based upon something we've done or made or how I'm feeling... and they will quite probably be messy. But hey, thats the nature of my Saturday Sketch.

First up:
And yes, we (I) made it, and it is yum. And lovely comfort food it is for this freeezin' weather today!

Hope you enjoy this little peek into my sketchbook x


Thursday, 21 February 2013

Our sugar saucers...



So, I'm not a great baker. I try, (frequently) as I love a good something sweet to go with my cuppa, but I've never really done enough baking to really understand what I'm doing.

When I saw these 'sugar saucers' pics last week and realised
a) I had everything I needed to make them already
b) They were very attractive to small children
c) The sprinkles would hide any certain baking errors I would make (ie burning)
and
d) It was half term this week

...then all the boxes were ticked. Job done. (well, almost.)

The original recipe comes from a great food blog Lottie & Doof.
As it's an American recipe (although they very kindly included a metric equivalent - thank god) there are some ingredients which aren't necessarily going to be in your cupboard.

However, (and remember I said I don't really understand what I'm doing when it comes to baking) I substituted the things I hadn't really heard of for things that I had heard of, and more importantly didn't have to scour Morrisons for.
Despite my lack of baking knowledge this seemed to work. (Note: google was very helpful in this matter.)

I also halved the listed quantities of the original recipe as even I could see that 600g of flour to start with was going to make a lot of cookies.


Sugar Saucers (from Piece of Cake: Home Baking Made Simple by David Muniz, David Lesniak and Rachel Allen)
    *  4 cups (600g) all-purpose flour
    * 1 teaspoon baking powder
    * 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt (I used rock salt)
    * 1 1/2 cups (340g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
    * 1/2 cup (120ml) canola oil (I used sunflower oil)
    * 1 cup (225g) granulated sugar
    * 1 cup (200g) confectioners’ sugar
    * 2 large eggs
    * 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
    * rainbow sprinkles or 'hundreds and thousands' for decorating

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
Cream the butter then slowly pour in the oil, and then add the two sugars, the eggs, and the vanilla. Make sure to stir well after each of the additions. Slowly add the flour mixture, about a quarter at a time. Mix just until the flour disappears. My dough was a bit sticky here so I added a touch more flour.
Refrigerate for at least an hour.

Preheat the oven to 180c. Line two baking sheets with parchment.

Divide the dough into small balls. Roll each ball in sprinkles until thoroughly coated.  Place them on baking sheets with enough room for them to spread (if you are making giant cookies you will probably only get 4 per sheet). Use your fingers to flatten each ball slightly.
I didn't roll mine nearly as small as I should, forgetting (or not knowing, actually) that dough spreads like a good'un.


Bake for 12-20 minutes, depending on the size. Bake until the edges start to turn golden. (if you catch them in time!).
If you and yours can wait, then cool on baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.






 ...And it worked!
The children thoroughly enjoyed every bit of the process (well, except the waiting for them to cool down bit) and we had perfect half term treats for them and their pals.

And I learnt to trust myself a bit more when to comes to making biscuits...and, that practice makes perfect!!




Please note though, 300g of flour still makes a lot of cookies. And they're very sweet.

Enjoy x






Saturday, 16 February 2013

Blush

Maybe all this valentines *pink* has seeped into my brain...if it has, it's (thankfully) come out in a much softer way. Here's my 4 blushing fave pins this week. I'm loving this pink copper. And isn't that bike just FAB?

Have a gentle weekend...I plan to!

x

ps you can find more of my pins here

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Daily Bread...




I am lucky. I have a man who likes making bread.
He bothers about the mixing, the proving, the waiting, the cooking, the air, the texture, the crumb.
He is still working on his perfect loaf.

This one tasted and looked mighty fine to me.

We eschewed the traditional Sunday Roast today in favour of a slightly more European meal.. 

Well, except perhaps the Laughing Cow triangles!!

On a grey day such as today (it hasn't stopped either raining or snowing - but not *fun* snow T says!) this type of meal suits us well. 
No moaning about *anything*, (even green things are devoured with enthusiasm) the wine flows, we eat and eat and keep on eating until there's nothing left. It's a slow meal, a bit here, a bit there, just the way we like it.
(In actual fact we ate much more than shown here but as soon as the rest was put on the table the boys really were all thinking I was a bit weird for taking pics of their lunch, so I gave up and tucked in.)

And so we dream of sunnier days and look forward to more of the same, and perhaps even a little holiday.....

Have a good week ahead friends x

Oh, and p.s. if you're in the UK there is *just* time to treat yourself or your loved one to a valentine message from my little print shop! Go see!




 


Friday, 8 February 2013

This week's colours...



So after a gloomy, and certainly chilly start to the week, we finally saw the sun again. And how it lifts my spirits!
It's not until we have one of these really gorgeous blue skied early mornings that I realise that mostly I just *get through* the winter.
Oh, don't get me wrong,  the odd snowball fight, cosying by the fire, toasty slippers and layers of woolly comfyness I can deal with (for a bit) ..
..but really I'm a Sunshine Gal.

And so I feel like spring is finally springing today. Things are stirring, the sun is really shining, and there were jewels waiting for me 'down the lottie' this morning to boost me even more!


So this week, we're forgetting the greys and whites and a big shout out to Gorgeous Green and Perfect Purple! Hello Colour!



How about you guys... what are your colours this week?

Hope you've had a good one! x


Ps Hellooo to all two and two's new friends! Welcome... It's lovely to have you here. x

Thursday, 31 January 2013

A little time out...



...I mean, it'd be rude not to celebrate the final deliverance of some sunshine with a coffee, fruit scone, an indulgent mag and some green and yellow things....wouldn't it?

Hope your day was sunny too!

x

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Market day...







 Yes, you guessed it. We bought chillis!
Watch out tastebuds.....there is a man in the house making chutney.
And not just any old chutney.
This chutney will blow your socks off.

I'm not a massive chilli lover, but with chunk of cheese (and even a crumpet - weird I know) this chernobyl chutney is delish.
The smell has been permeating through the house for a few hours now... come tomorrow I'll sneak a bit, although I guess really I'm supposed to wait for it to 'mature' a little. 

I'll let you know how it tastes tomorrow!

x

The recipe? Yes my man will share it.. (in man-speak)

1kg tomatoes
9 red chillis (or less for a less firey version)
2 red onions
450ml malt vinegar
2 tbsp olive oil
250g sugar

Chop it all up, throw it in a pan and boil up the lot for 4 hours (or longer if you want it really sticky). 
Five jars for two quid. Not bad. 

ps. thanks so much for your replies to my last post, very much appreciated x


Monday, 28 January 2013

Doubt....



I've had a grumpy weekend.

I didn't have anything to talk about, to write about, to do, even.

I couldn't put my finger on why I was feeling so rubbish and then I thought Oh yes of course it was those unthought-about, unnecessary comments I received about something I had been working on last week. The little thing I pushed to one side easily when I was busy-busy-busy reared it's ugly head the minute I had 5 minutes to enjoy the weekend.
Mr R would say Just forget about it! Don't listen! (as I no doubt would if the tables were turned) but when you feel shit about something, it's not that easy is it?

And isn't it funny (and typical) that all you can think about, despite all the happy smiley cheers of enthusiasm you've been getting along the way is the negative bit.

But those words up there are right.

To start doubting is to start losing little bits of the dream and Hey I'm not ready for that, There's more to come, I want to carry on dreaming, And creating!

It took some, but by Sunday evening 2 excited day trippers to London (the boys), sausage and mash, a finished project I'm very proud of and an Etsy order (wahey!) won the day.
And "pants" to the silly thoughtless over inflated sense of importance ego tripping woman anyway.

Well. Now I've got that out I think I'll go and demolish the massive bar of Galaxy I've just bought from Londis. x


ps. to all those lovely comments with regards to my posh breakfast last week, it VERY RARELY happens. And the good photographs were just fluke!


Tuesday, 22 January 2013

This morning...

.....I will...

Vacuum,
Clean the bathroom,
Put a wash on,
Tidy up,
Make a shopping list,
Buy some milk,
....and loads of other mundane things I'm sure you don't want to read about...
But first....



I will eat.

Have a good Tuesday!

ps. If you haven't tried it, this fig jam really is lush.

Friday, 18 January 2013

White out!


See the sky? This is how white it outside right now... you can't see a thing!

I expect most of you guys are experiencing this too, or are prepared for it coming.....

My little love birdie adds a cheerful winter glow to the proceedings though don't you think?

So, what about you, what are your plans for the snowy weekend we have in store for us...fireside cosyness, snuggling down for a few days of eating heartily (it's essential to keep warm, you know) or rosy cheeked frolics, snowball fights and tingly fingers when you come back indoors?
A bit of both for me I think (although I may try and persuade the boys that they'll have much more fun if I just watch them from indoors!)

Have a good one.

x

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Our week so far...

Well..it's only Tuesday!

Hope you're all having good weeks so far and have enjoyed getting out and about, seeing inspiring things and triumphed the weather (in whatever form it took!)

ps if you ever get the chance to go the the V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green then do. An excellent afternoon out.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

The 'not so' January Blues....

Happy 8th of January!

Random, I know, but remembering that sometimes January can be a bit of a doom and gloom month for me, I've decided to THINK POSITIVE and in this month of back to work, back to school, still cold, still dark month, to celebrate the ordinary and take each day as it comes.

As I speed-read a few blogs last night in the whirlwind that was 'getting everything ready for first day back at school' Lou's post struck a real chord with me.
As my first morning alone (!) for 3 weeks I was ready for an intense morning of getting jobs done, rushing about and ticking things off my list and feeling in uber contol and organised. (This state of mind doesn't present itself to me very often..)
Then Lou reminded me that actually, what I would really like to do the most for myself would be to sit down, have a cup of tea, s-l-o-w read some blogs, plan new prints for my little shop, and *dream* in the drunkeness of peace, quiet and solitude.


I'm dreaming of my beautiful place...ideally let it be filled with sunshine, warmth, cosyness, and a nice cup of tea (ok- once it's past 12pm I'll have a glass of red please).
Of course, once I've had my moment of getting lost I'd love to be surrounded by my boys and my wonderful friends, but for now, this is just for *me*.

How about you, where would you like to 'get lost'?

(If, like me you can only dream, then let this print inspire you!!)

x

Friday, 4 January 2013

A (belated) Happy New Year!


Happy New Year to All!

Rather a lot of radio silence from me over the last week or two, we've been North, South, well and (mostly) poorly, and as busy as Father Christmas.

Today, I have taken down the last of the decorations, eaten the last of the panettone, watched Ivor the Engine on repeat with my train-loving boys, and r-e-l-a-x-e-d!

It's been a funny old Christmas holidays and I look to this New Year with excitement and anticipation of what's to come. (No flu, or sickness please!!!)

So here's to more ....

wonderful blog reading
taking it easy
getting some fresh air
making soup
drawing
making stuff
growing our own
not working too hard
laughing
playing
holidaying
and drinking tea.

I could go on, but I fear I will lose you....

2013, hello.

x