Project status, life status

Hello everybody!
How is your week going?
I'm finally writing a regular blog post...no review or unboxing...just me coming to have a natter with the lot of you. I haven't done this in a while, just sat down, shared some photos and blogged about my life, my journey. It feels nice to do so.

I haven't really got a theme for this post, like I said , I just felt like coming for a chat and thought I'd share some photos and ramble on a bit....hope that's fine with you all?!

So the past weeks have been the usual state of busy, I've been working a lot, working on some magazine and pattern commissions in my free time and trying to organise my life.
In 3 short weeks I'm done with Tarzan. It's a really strange moment for me, getting ready to leave the show that has been such a massive part of my life. I'm leaving just 2 months short of my 10th anniversary...Crazy!
I never planned on being with the show for so long, it just sort of happened. I've had such a blast, but it's time for me to go.
Without wishing my time away, I'm desperate for the big day to arrive. For my "life after Tarzan" to start, because the anticipation of it is making feel excited, but a little on the anxious side.


I've made a few plans and have been jotting them down in my diary. However, the initial weeks after finishing the show, I'm taking some time out.
I've decided to take some me time and am spending the best part of May in various Spanish towns. Having some time to be by myself, decide what I want to do, whilst lapping up some sunshine and energy from the ocean.....sounds like a good place to start the rest of my life.

I'm going to spend my new found free time meeting new people and exploring new places.
As well as all the exploration I want to spend some serious time blogging. Creating some new patterns, tasing photographs and taking some time to indulge in my creativity.
I have ideas literally overflowing from my head, but just haven't had the time to invest in them. I'm hoping my free time will mean I can explore some of these ideas and so my hooks, yarn, laptop and camera are coming with me on my Spanish trip.

I've started planning some new projects, picking out colours and choosing the yarn that I intend to use. The colours below are for a little idea I have for a wall hanger. In my mind it's going to be beautiful, with corals, yellows, pinks and teal. I can't wait to experiment and see where this project will end up.



I'm not just planning future projects though, I have a couple of things on my hook at the moment.
The first being a toadstool themed cushion, which I work a little each night after work. I'm working slowly to make sure that all of the details are correct.
I'm hoping to have it finished within the next weeks, so that I can share the pattern with you all. There is something about toadstools that I find so magical, not sure why? But I do think they're rather cute.


Another project that I'm working on and really enjoying is a little something made using some gorgeous lacy alpaca.
As you can see this... it's something rather colourful and cheery. I just love the colour of the yarn, each shade compliments the next so very well. I'm starting off with some granny squares and seeing where this project takes me.

below you can see the start of the granny squares, along with a few props I placed in for the picture...

  • Oprah Winfreys new book, The Wisdom of Sundays, sits on my coffee table. I read a page every now and then, its very inspiring and uplifting.
  • My New "Boy and Bunting" tags that I have had made for some of my finished projects.
  • A tassel that I bought last year in Tokyo
  • My incense burner, which I pop on every night to unwind.
  • Gorgeous tape measure, which I had as a gift for Christmas.
  • ....and an "M", for me, Matt.


....and a little further on with the project....it's going to be a nice one, can't wait to share it with you all!


Finally (you probably spotted them above) Tulips!!!
Oh how I love these flowers! As soon as Tulips appear in the shops, I know that Spring is here! That makes me so very happy.
They really are my favourite. So nice to have little pops of colour around the apartment that develop and grow each day. Then rather suddenly they start to go all crazy and droopy, hanging over the edge of the flower vase...A real fun process.


So that's it from me for now...My project status and my life status :-)
I do hope you are all doing well? What about you...What are you working on, project wise and life wise? I'd love to know, not just to be nosey, but to be inspired!
Have a sunny day lovelies!

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  1. I have been working on a Persian Tiles afghan. Cheery spring colors going here as well. Everyday I attempt a new granny square and at the end of the year there will be around 365 squares to make into a few grand things.Not sure where they will all end up,but I am enjoying the learning process of each square. I enjoy your cheery colorful blog,and cannot wait to see your creations!

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    1. I love the idea of that, creating something over the course of a year! I'm sure wherever it ends up, it will be something to be proud of!

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  2. Hi Matt.
    It’s so nice to read your post and to hear what’s happening for you, and the exciting times ahead. I love the look of the toadstools both the cushion and bunting. Xxxx

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    1. Thanks do much Gail! Yes excited times ahead.....EEEEEEK!

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  3. Hello, Matt! :-) Lovely to read your new post, and to get a peek into your new "life plans". In fact, how exciting and you never ever know where your next decision will lead you. Like is always full of wonderful, unexpected surprises when you have the courage to take those new steps on an unexplored path. Spain sounds absolutely fab and it's a done deal that all the sunshine, yummy food, happy new faces, the ocean and sea breezes WILL fan your creative flames even higher! Looking forward to hearing all about it. xxx

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    1. Thanks so much Jen! It does feel like I'm taking a leap, scares me a little. The wheels are already in motion, so lets see what happens! I'll keep you posted!

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  4. Really looking forward to reading more about your projects - i love your colours and photography.

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    1. Thanks Annette! I'm gonna make more of a point of taking more photographs, I do love that. Looking back at progression and colours is one of my favourite things xx

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  5. I'm so excited for you Matt...so many possibilities out there for you to experience! It is equally exciting to know that we will get to share in some of your adventures! You are so so talented and I can't wait to see what comes off your hooks! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you so much! Yes....I'll keep you all posted, so you can all come along for the ride!

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  6. I've followed you forever, through quite a few blogs and can't even remember how long - wishing you all great things after Tarzan and safe travels thereafter. I love coming over to your blog to see all the color that makes me incredibly happy & love seeing what's new. I do a lot of knitting socks and mitts, but crochet is my truest lifelong passion so you'll never get rid of me. I have this delusion that someday when I get sick of sock knitting I'm going to take all of my Opal sock yarns and crochet a great blanket - scrappy colorful blankets are so beautiful. Crochet A.L.L. the color! Have a great week, Matt.

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    1. I'm glad I can't get rid of you!! :-) certainly sounds like a plan with your opal sock yarn, I can picture it now....Gorgeous!

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  7. Kristina Robbie B28 March 2018 at 23:45

    Great to read an update from you! Your trip to Spain sounds like a fantastic idea. Hope you get lots of sunshine, rest and inspiration there. I'm guessing you'll try to sniff out some wool shops while you're there. I can never resist when I'm traveling.

    At the moment, I'm reading Yan Schenckel's Animal Friends of Pica Pau because of your review. I asked my local library to order it and they kindly put me first on the reserve list. I did a little dance when it came in. lol Loving it so much I've decided to go ahead and buy my own copy. My daughter is a certified unicorn freak, so that's been put on my "to do" list.

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    1. I'll definitely be sniffing out the yarn shops....it's an addiction of mine!
      So great that you got your hands on a copy of "Animal friends of Pica Pau" the designs are gorgeous! Have fun with you unicorn making, I'm sure your daughter will love I! x

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  8. Great blog, Matt! I love to see your projects.

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    1. Thanks Erica! I'll keep you posted on the progress of these projects....I'm interested to see where they end up :-)

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  9. You’re so sweet. I look forward to seeing your creations and hearing about your adventures.
    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you :-) I'll keep you posted xxx

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  10. Great to hear about all your exciting plans! I've got various things on the go too at the mo': an amigurumi lion, a penguin which I started two autumns ago, a christmas-y thing I really haven't worked out at all, and a blanket I started nearly a year ago which has driven my nuts. I've also got a few other things whirring round my noggin but it's anyones guess if they will come to fruition or not.

    Have fun!

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    1. Isn't it funny how we always have that one project which is craving us crazy! Keep at it, I'm sure the sense of achievement once its complete will be well worth the "case of NUTS" you're experiencing :-)

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  11. Matt will love to see your every day blogs and to know how you are fairing after 10years of Tarzan. You will do well in the yarny crochet community. We all inspire one another with our shares. I’m starting a ‘Sweet Caroline’ cushion project from my stash this weekend. I need another new project like a hole in the head but the creative design process is the biggest thrill for me. The weather is finally cooling a little for some of the day on the East coast of Australia so I can sit on my patio and look at my glorious garden with mostly all vegetables. Have a great Easter. Xo

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    1. I can only imagine how gorgeous that is looking out over your vegetable garden, the perfect spot for some outdoors hooky action!

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  12. I love reading your blog to see what you are creating. Major life changes on your front. I envy your May plans. I have a lot on my crochet plans in my head, mostly working on blankets for the nieces and nephews. I have 3 graduating from high school in a couple years and it takes me that long to get them done!

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  13. Hi Matt,

    I’m new to crochet and am finding the hardest bit is choosing which yarn to buy. I have the new Pica Pau book and I also have a couple of doll patterns. I’m trying to decide between Painbox Cotton DK and Sheepjes Cotton 8.

    Can you help me to decide??? Pretty please?

    Michelle

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