Category: My Life

#26 Inspired February

When Christmas becomes a hazy memory and the lull of the new year has officially worn off- you know its February.

January bills paid (almost) and the bank account is hung over. Its the time you look to sorting paperwork, updating records and getting more or less used to writing ‘2016’!

I spent the last few weeks just trying to get back into some sort of order and routine, following a short visit to London in the New Year. When we got back there was a sense of newness in the air- a peace, a calm, a new start. A welcome and beautiful feeling.


Health & Diet

I’m not one for diets, but having a healthy diet is important. Getting back into ‘healthy fruits and veg’ is bound to be hard after all the comforting stodge Christmas and New Year had to offer. That’s when my sister gave me the idea of the super-simple smoothie which even someone as restless and preoccupied as myself can benefit from!


It works with anything you have around at the time, you just need a good blender to whizz it all together for you. It takes minutes and proved to be an easy way to get about 3+ portions of your 5-a-day in without having to chomp your way though the (cold and uninviting) fruit 😉

I use 1x Banana, 2x satsumas, 1x pear, 1x apple, grated carrot, chopped spinach, half cucumber, berries, a splash of any fruit juice – in any combination! There, easy and delicious.

Books, Books, Books

I love popping to the local library with the kids when I get the chance. Over the last couple of weeks they’ve have had a small sale on books; some going for as cheap as 10 pence! Well, you can imagine how happy that would make a bibliophile like myself…….


Esther’s inheritance is a gem I picked up at the sale, never having read anything by Sandor Marai previously. The Sunday Telegraph likened the ‘rediscovery’ of Marai in these works as finding an Old master painting in the attic. I would have to agree; there is an air of timeless elegance about his work, this in particular. A short read and a book I thoroughly enjoyed. I look forward to discovering and reading more of his work in the year ahead.

Personal Endeavours…

My Family Tree


The journal in the picture above is the very same I had featured in a much earlier post about my crafty & cultural experiences around Scotland during a short trip here in 2013. I absolutely love this journal and have been using it to map out my family tree- a wonderful project I’m working on with my dear Granny and Grandad whenever I get the chance to visit them (they are in London, of course); they definitely love being involved and me being the data freak that I am, is savouring every detail.

I have been looking to load my information into a suitable software program, as the vastness and complexity of the information requires much careful management. So I’ll keep on the look-out for that. Its an amazing project to be working on and one that I hope will expand into a sort of resource for the family and my future generations!

Knitted Shawl

I spent so long on crochet projects recently that I was worried I would lose the skill to knit (gasp)! I started myself on a simple knitted shawl and ‘phew’ I was knitting again.


Its a plain shawl with a simple (knit-purl)* stitch format. Putting to good use the cream woolly balls my mum had left stashed away amongst her belongings. I think a repetitive pattern such as this is a good way to practice and tidy up your hand and again its a fun thing to do when you’re watching the telly or sitting with the kids while they play. And if I can get it finished before winter is out, I’ll have a snuggly shawl to wrap up in during those cold, stormy, Scottish evenings.






#25 Abstract January

“I’m looking for an inspiration. Looking at life as it is, its meanings, I’m looking for answers. I am inspired by beauty; beautiful people, stories, shapes and colours. Colours that bring beauty to life. My colour is red.


If I attribute a shape to my life it will not be square or round, it will be a heart. A heart full of love and thoughts…happy and sad… and full of other things. Things I love. Love is red.

Love is beauty, my love, everyone’s love.


I’m looking for an inspiration. I don’t know if I’ll find it in something I see, smell, taste, hear or feel. It might be in someone I know, or will just meet.

I know I would be inspired all the time, if only my heart and mind were in concerted rhythm, but this is seldom the case. I don’t know if that’s just me……or if its meant to be.


I love writing, I am looking for Inspiring words. I wish my life to read like a beautiful piece of work, with all the love and tragedy I have known. I want the moments of elation and moments of tension to shape the story. I want it to be mines. I want..I want….I want…..


I want to collect my thoughts, my mind likes to wander, to scatter… outside my window, around the world, in this time and another.

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I need an inspiration. Seeing is not always believing. Everything changes, nothing stays the same. I want change…. wait…. no I don’t, not entirely and not suddenly. I want pace.

I want to be knowledgeable and have all worldly wisdom, I want to meet and admire the wise. I want to learn. Learn about what I like and love. I want art and culture. Knowledge is empowering. I want to possess this power. Power is red


I’m looking for an inspiration. Will I have it today, tomorrow, or never? Is my inspiration you? Will you ever know?

We are non the wiser with the affairs of the heart. It cannot think, but it does. You cannot deny that it does. We follow where it leads, and sometimes this is to nowhere. The heart is red.


I am looking for an inspiration. Perhaps my inspiration is me. I am strong, sure and sensitive. I am robust and delicate. I can be what I want to be. I am me”





#16 Blankets for a new baby

Well its pretty unforgiveable that I haven’t posted a thing since January but I’m hoping when you hear why perhaps I can be let off the hook this once (blushes).

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When we received the news of the arrival of baby number two in January we were over the moon! We weren’t expecting the torturous hyperemesis gravidarum that followed a few weeks later. Life as it was known came to a stop for about 18 weeks. I couldn’t work, struggled to maintain any normality at home and also missed a close family member’s wedding (gulp). Anyone that has experienced the horrific nausea and vomiting episodes that HG can bring on does not need me to elaborate any further. I was back at work at 20 weeks and have managed to scrape myself together to dabble in a bit of crafty goodness here and there – after all, a baby gives the most perfect of inspiration for crafting and creating! I will however only touch lightly upon the bits and pieces I have been assembling as we would be here all day otherwise!

Just know that as I grow and the countdown begins, it is getting harder to dedicate time to sewing but it appears to be a great time to finish up projects as well as use up the scraps you always promise yourself you would.

For my toddler…….

Felt Soft Toys

My DD turned two in May and she certainly has her favourite cartoons and characters – as words begin to spill out of her little mouth its easy for me to come to know what her favourites exactly are.

Mr Crab

She seemed to have a liking for sea life and especially crabs! I figured crabs would make a pretty cool toy! I had loads of Felt lying around so I got started. Its a gawky clumsy toy but oh so loveable at the same time!


Body and Eyes: Felt

Limbs: Cotton fabric of various design

Stuffing: Craft stuffing

Nanny Plum

I simply love this character in my daughter’s favourite tv programme – she’s funny, witty and a tad bit loopy! The doll was loads of fun to do, though a little tricky. Still, happy with the outcome.

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All parts: Felt of various colours

Stuffing: Craft stuffing

Turning-2 party dress

I had a bee in my bonnet about making my DD’s second-birthday dress. It was always going to be red or pink, and I was lucky to find great red net material in my stash. It took a while but as I was determined it all went smoothly. Adding a lining was the most difficult bit, but it just about fit under the needle of my machine so all went well. The hubby requested a splash of blue to break up the red, and buttons and trims are a brilliant way to do that!


And now, a few things for the baby….

The sponge changing-mat-cum-resting mat

I started out making a changing mat, but when it was complete it was so comfy I figured it could quite easily be a mattress too, for baby to lay down and have a nap. So, the jury is still out with this one. The fabric and lace used for the removable cover are all scraps and therefore aesthetically they may not be that exciting. However, I can always throw together more covers in prettier fabric and trimming combinations.


The pretty basket cover

I have a little basket which I threw together this pretty cover for – again all scraps! I think the yellow ribbon really makes it! It can be used to pop anything such as nappies and cotton pads into.


And last but not least!

The chunky wool blanket

What better way to keep toddler or newborn nice and snug than a chunky knitted blanket. I used two big chunky balls of wool in this medium sized blanket and was happy with the result.


All we do now is wait for this little one to make its appearance!