Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Settled In

A~hoy there! It has taken me a while -  all the way since this post in Feb - but I have finally committed some photos of our new home to camera. We are inherently cluttersome people and this is what passes for spick-n-span round these parts. Everything has it's place, but is more than likely not in it. Ever.

But -  we are relaxed and fairly settled here now. There are still plenty of things to be unpacked, but those boxes are, I have convinced myself, hibernating for the summer and it would be unwise to wake them. Foolish in fact. I shall let them be.

Bit's and pieces need to be tweeked and turned slightly to fit our lives, but we are feeling like this is our home now. We have redecorated parts of the house -  the wall in the hallway being the last bit to be tackled. I do love green -  but even that tone is a little too much for me. I have been able to do things that I have long dreamed of -  such as using books for wallpaper. Aaaah. I was unsure about the look of it at first -  but now I am in love with our readable wall. Alice in Wonderland and A Midsummer Night's Dream, to be precise. Yes, I like it a lot.

There is a routine forming, things are becoming more familiar and ideas are being nurtured. Oh! So many ideas.

But, for now, we are content to just breathe in this big change in our lives.

Friday, 5 June 2015

End of the road ~ turn left

Although we have been in our new home for 4 months now, we are still busy exploring and discovering so many things about where we now find ourselves. It seems dazzling to us to actually be here. To be able to walk down to the local shops for everything we need, for people to smile and say "hello" in the street, to be able to water plants in our garden and not be worried about the neighbour whinging about the water going on her balcony. To have an actual garden and not a balcony at all.

I do miss the views from our old abode, strange as that may sound. I loved the expanse of sky, watching the clouds change and those amazing sunsets we used to spy.

But, all of that aside, we are so happy here. There are more changes afoot, with The Beard starting a whole new role that shall be home based and me finally feeling more settled with him home for more than 2 nights a week. The separation, with him working down South and me being here alone, has been harder to bare for the both of us than we thought possible.

But the end is in sight. Hurrah.

When we picked our new market town and the house we now own, we literally inspected the street. We were in such a flurry of excitement, of viewing other houses -  all the while knowing this was really the one -  we never thought to go out of this street and turn left. Until a few weekends back. 

And, boy, are we thankful we did.

Past some beautiful houses and down a hedgerow lined road, we found ourselves in a glorious working fields and woodland wonderlands. We walked for a good couple of hours -  our original route blocked by some curious Piebald horses meaning we had to double back on ourselves (The Beard being a bit wary of their big ol' toofs and kicky hooves)  -  taking it all in, exclaiming how we "never knew this was here."

Before Spring had sprung proper, there were the stirrings of things to come. Birds chattering away, making themselves known to the others and looking for love. Young buds and leaves reaching for the sun, stretching, stretching, streeeetchiiiing.

We are so happy that, not only do we now have our own front door and a step to go with it, but that all this beauty is right on that step too. It's perfect for a saunter, for a gather, for a gander. I can't wait to go back and see the seasons taking shape.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Spring Time Hottie

There is something so delicious about being able to make something practical and pretty out of the basic stitches that I know. So far this has equated to plenty of baby blankets of varying styles for friends and family, all the flowers at our wedding, the odd boho-hairband and now these. 

I made this as a gift for my Aunt's special birthday and took inspiration at the fauna in bloom at the beginning of April. It just so happened to also be Chocolate Weekend, hence the mini eggs. These did not last long -  especially the ones that were left over from the party. 

I literally drank them out of the glass.

I need to become more confident in my crochet skills and despite falling behind with the raised voice declaration of "I shall get my head the hell around Amigurumi this May!! I SHALL!!" It turns out, I shall not.

 I am, however, confident in making these hot-bot covers.

An idea which makes use of those little scrappy bits you have in your work basket, I changed mine slightly to a squared off pattern  and worked the neck whilst the bottle was in place (read: my skills don't quite stretch to increase/decrease -  so I shut my eyes and hope for the best).

Adapted from #GrannyHottie by Foxs Lane, I have made a few of these now and they are becoming a firm favourite to whip up. Especially at this time of year when I can pick up the actual hot water bottle for a snip of the price. 

That said -  May it may be, but warm it ain't -  and I have a feeling I shall be getting my own one out this evening.

Mmmmmmm -  snuggly!


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