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I needed that!


Hello lovelies!
I do hope you're all well?
I've taken a week off from work and have made a quick visit home to see my family. It's been a much needed trip and something I have been so desperate do!
It's been amazing being at home, getting to spend a little time with my family. Hanging out with Mum and Dad and getting to see little Poppy! It's been quite some time since my last visit....long overdue!
During my quick trip it also happened to be my Birthday. It was lovely to spend the day with my family. I was showered with birthday cards and received some special gifts.


Amongst my gifts were Phillip Pullmans new book, which I just can not wait to get stuck into. A journal (from my sister), designed specifically for bloggers (that's going to come in useful!) and my favourite Marks and Sparks cherry liquor chocolates! YUMMY!!!


We spent my Birthday in Bath, walking around the city and enjoying the beautiful Autumny weather. In the evening we returned home for a yummy Chinese take-away where my brother and his boyfriend popped by to join us for dinner. It was great to have the whole family together, something that doesn't happen often, but I hope we can do again sometime real soon. 

Sunday morning (the day after my Birthday), Dad, my sister and I went to Westonbirt arboretum to enjoy the sunshine and take Poppy for a nice long walk


The weather was glorious and the Arboretum was picture perfect, especially at this time of the year.


Poppy had a lovely walk, meeting lots of doggy friends and running through the fallen leaves.
It was so nice to be out with her, seeing her so happy and settled with my parents has been so special.
I had been a little worried that she wouldn't remember me as it had been a long time since I last saw her. I shouldn't have been concerned as she went absolutely bonkers when I walked through the door. Showering me with kisses and having a hyper half an hour of running around the house with excitement.
I love her so much, but she's really having the best life with my parents, I don't regret the decision to give her up at all. She's living a wonderful life and I still get to be involved with her!


My beautiful sister is also a favourite of Poppy's. Poppy doesn't leave her side when she's visiting my parents.
Look how happy Poppy looks with my sister, highlighted by the glorious orange and reds from the beautiful trees in the background.


Gosh!! It was good to get out in the sunshine and get some fresh air. I miss the country air from where my parents live. It kind of always smells like farms (horse and cow poop, you know the deal) but it's home and it makes me feel alive!!!

You know what else I miss.....Mums roast dinners!!
Of course she had been busy whilst we'd been out walking Poppy and upon our return the house was filled with the smell of home cooked deliciousness!
Look at that!!!!!


It's been an amazing few days and a much needed time with my family. You know that feeling, when you just need to be at home. I needed that!

Now off to London for a couple of days before heading back to Germany. I'll be sure to take a few pictures and update you over the next days.
Until then....

Gingham - Chapter 1


Hello Lovelies!
How are you all going,  I hope your week has gotten off to a good start? 
I've been working hard at the theatre, rehearsing people into the show. The rehearsals never seem to end, it"s a good job I love my job though! 😊
Getting "organised and on top of things" continues to be a theme of mine. I'm hoping that this isn't just a phase, but more of a permanent habit of how I'm going to continue to be.....fingers crossed! 
As per usual I'm making daily lists. It's nice having a list each day that's doable and not too long. It"s far less daunting and more manageable than my usual million things todo.  I"d always be so overwhelmed as to how I was going to be able to get everything done. 

Now that I've had the mega sort out of my yarn (as mentioned in my last post), It"s time to get started on a new project.
I had something in mind after seeing a post by Tiffany from  Daisy Farm Crafts on Instagram. Her Gingham blankets were gorgeous and I noticed that she had a full tutorial up on her blog. .. Perfect!!


I popped over to her blog and read the instructions on how to make the blanket. Along with the instructions  Tiffany explained the importance of finding the correct colours of yarn for this project. With her advice in mind, I sat down and had a raid of my new paintbox yarn and played around with some different colour combinations. 
Along with my new yarn I had a flip through the sample booklet I had from Stylecraft, it was tricky trying to find colours that would work well together, in order to create the desired effect of true Gingham. 


From the paintbox yarn I came up with a rather jolly combination. It used a combination of 6 colours instead of the 3 used in Tiffany"s tutorial. 

 

I took some pictures of the colours and arranged the photos in order (using Diptic). This gave me a rough idea of what the blanket could look like with this specific colour combination.
Here's what I came up with:


It's very jolly!
I think that this could look wonderful! My only concern was that I had too many colours to work with and that the blanket would be an absolute nightmare to work up.

I continued to play around colour combinations and had ago at coming up with a 3 colour option, as used in the tutorial. 
I chose these colours from the Stylecraft Life range. I loved them because of the rustic tweed look. 


Again I took some picures of the colours and arranged them so that I could get an idea of what the final pattern could look like: 
 

I liked the look of this!
Nice deep pinks with a slight tweed fleck. I think this was going to be the one!
I of course had to run the idea by my Mum (just for a second opinion), before I splashed out and bought the yarn. She agreed, the pink blanket. She felt the first option was a tad childish looking, I think I agree. Since I was probably making the blanket for myself and I'm certainly no child!! It would have to be the "grown up" option 👵🏻

I ordered the yarn and let it sit on the shelf in my craft room for a couple of weeks.
Then on Monday the time arrived! Time to give it ago.....


I'll keep you posted on how I get on with it! I'm currently working the dreaded foundation chain! BLURGH!!!

Hope you're having a spiffing week?

Declutter



Hello Lovelies!
Thanks for all of the amazing support and love you have shown me over the past days! For the continued encouragement and for giving me the energy and inspiration to knuckle down and get on with things! 

Part of my "getting back into it" has included a mega blitz of my apartment, sorting out the old and unused and making space for a calm and less cluttered environment. 
I kind of live by the mantra "messy apartment, messy head".
Let"s just say for the past months my apartment has been a war-zone, imagine what my head has been like! 

So at some point I needed to get things together and sorting through my belongings seemed like the place to start. I went through every room. I emptied drawers and decluttered. I went through my wardrobe, Did I wear that this year, no? Then off to charity it goes!
I've been ruthless to say the least and it"s felt insanely good to have a little less of everything. 

My final room that need the declutter, was the craft room. 
Do you realise how many random balls of yarn I had accumulate over the past years!? All bought with an idea in mind, but placed in my yarn box and somehow forgotten. 
I tried to sort it, to reason with myself, but I was terrible at deciding and so I rather abruptly decide to get rid of it all! To start fresh. I sorted the yarn into bags; new balls, nearly new balls and scraps. 

I made sure to keep the yarn I needed to finish off projects that had already been started. Other than that, it all went!
I gave the majority of it to a seniors home down the road and the rest is boxed up and ready to send to my Mum, so she can dish it out to her friends. 

It felt good to start over.....That being said I couldn't have no yarn in the house, so I treated myself to a stash of new yarn.....
I had seen this yarn popping up often on Instagram and was mesmerised by the colour selection. 


This is Paintbox dk and I'm in love!!! It"s a dk weight cotton that comes in 56 colours.
As I'm really into playing around with smaller projects and amigurumi,  I've pretty much only been using cotton over the past months.
The cotton I can get locally comes in 8 colours, but the yellow doesn't match the color range (frustrating to say the least).
So I splashed out on this and got the colour pack from love knitting.com.
It was pricey to buy the whole lot in one go. I had a browse online and found that it was far cheaper to order from the German website than the English (€50 cheeper!!!!!) and I could use a discount code that gave me 15 percent off. So I got all 56 colours for just over 100! That is pretty good value if you ask me!!

The yarn arrived and I was over the moon!!! It's really gorgeous, amazing quality and as hoped....the colours were EVERYTHING!!!!


Being freshly decluttered and having lots of space, I organised the yarn into crates so that I could easily see all of the colours as well as easily access it.


Isn't that just breathtaking!!!
Having a selection of colours at hand is really inspiring me to create and get working on new pattern designs. Sometimes I"d get frustrated towards creating because I didn't have the correct colour for a project, hence the ever-growing stash of yarn that I once had.
I'm hoping this selection of yarn will stop me from hoarding! (Thats the reasoning behind the big purchase at least!)


You know me...... I had to take the yarn out of the crates for a nice picture!!! YUMMY!!!
Here it is with my stylecraft yarn! my complete stash!!!! Aren't you proud!!! ok...so I do have some more yarn on the way, but it"s for a project....I swear!!! Do you think I have a stash problem?
I rest knowing that I'm definitely not the only one.
Maybe we should start a support group?  SAA (Stash-aholics Anonymous)

Be back soon!