Tuesday, 3 June 2008

happy anniversary us!

Today is our 3rd wedding anniversary. It has been quite the lovely day - not as lovely as it was three years ago but that would be a particularly hard thing to beat. It is a Tuesday so I was doing my childminding bit and Joe took the day of shedreworking to hang out with me which was the best gift ever. We have celebrated by eating cake all day long and I cannot imagine a truly better past time. Apart from maybe eating cake and watching the first movie we went to see together (it is incredibly unromantic but entertaining so I dare not tell what it is - am a tiny bit embarrassed because I love it so much!) but that is what we are doing now.

Matilda has given us the best present ever by pretty much sleeping through the night. I never thought I would entertain 'controlled' crying or anything like it but 13months of sleeping in 2 hour stints has changed my mind. It has gone a lot better than imagined but certainly not without tears (mostly mine I have to say!). It does mean however that Joe and I are sleeping on the inflatable in the living room. Which reminds me of when we first bought our nest (4 years ago) and slept on the 'pump & jump' whilst we decorated. All lovely!

So camping out in the front room and feeling like a whole new person sleep wise has inspired me to crack on with plans for our ideal home. Whilst I lay here on this giant lilo I am dreaming of flush white walls, soft neutral carpets, painted furniture, vintage textiles, polished wooden floors, big bright windows, sliding doors, self cleaning bathroom, bucket fulls of built in storage and the cherry on the top...a laundry room! If it's a really good dream it is full of fresh smelling neatly folded clothes as well!

Thank you Joe for putting up with me and my constant nagging. kx

Thursday, 1 May 2008

miss soft

matilda allowed me a night off (she slept straight through from 7pm-10pm...it hasn't happened since)! i had a blissful evening making this little bunny softy out of an old cashmere cardigan which had been felted (for this very purpose) and scraps of material.

have throughly inspired joe! he has sent me off to the local charity shop to stock up on woolies.

Saturday, 26 April 2008

Spring has Sprung

There is nothing like spring to give one a new lease of life.

Having just recovered from horrid baby feeding related illness and frankly never ever feeling as poorly as that in my life I feel as if I am waking up to a lovely fresh sunny sparkly world…with a very dusty house! Am full of vim and vigour and ready to tackle cleaning out the cupboards, digging the garden, painting the house, growing our vegetables, knitting, baking, finishing those graphics jobs, making all the antenatal babies birthday gifts, keeping on top of email correspondence, designing the much talked about extension, running my own business and of course updating my blog regularly with fascinating prose and yummy imagery all whilst looking after Matilda, Joe and our little nest, making sure all are happy, well fed, clean, entertained and content. I actually cannot see how I will fail.

I am not quite sure what has put such a spring in my step. Whether it really is the fields full of lovely lamblies or if in some wierd way my mind cannot let me body rest and is determined to make up for it now.

Hope I can keep up! Might just pop the kettle on and think on it some more….

Happy tulip arranging!

Tuesday, 15 April 2008

Jolie Heaven

Having finally got round to picking up the copy of Country Homes & Interiors that my lovely cousin sent over last week. I discovered the oh so important article on the delightful Jolie.

Jolie is the yummiest yarn shop ever run by
Dany & Linda. I want to move in! Looking at all the gorgeousness actually makes me feel like I may be in heaven. Well done ladies. Am thoroughly inspired. And big thank you cousin Sue!

Monday, 14 April 2008

where do the days go?

i actually have no idea what i did with my time before matilda came into our lives! tilly is almost one whole year old and i have no idea where that time has gone. i am pretty sure that i must have sat around a lot. although all that sitting around was spent wisely (knitting, designing and taking tea) i do feel a certain smugness now that i can juggle baby, washing, cooking and still present a yummy afternoon tea (admittedly not so much home baked as in days gone by but sponsored by the coop who do a jolly good lemon cup cake.)

since a tiny girl all i ever wanted to do was be a mummy and run a house and even though my days are filled with care giving and housewifery i have to confess to missing a little something. there are moments of the day - usually when miss tilly has worked herself into raisin and rice cake frenzy only to pass out in her pram - that i feel a huge urge to make. anything. anything at all. ceramics, paper, yarn, digital, textiles. anything. i am filled with a tremendous desire to create. so i arrange my environment (let moose out, do the dishes, put a load of washing on, make a milky coffee) sit down ready for urge to manifest itself as something gorgeous only for it to frankly disappoint me!

this in itself is nothing new. i have always preferred what soandso has made to my own efforts and that s okay. but that s not so much the disappointing thing...it never gets a chance to properly disappoint because it never gets finished!

so with that in mind from now on i am making a conscious effort to finish what i start!

my best waste of time

Sunday, 27 January 2008