How are you all doing out there??? Hope you are keeping warm or cool wherever in the world you live & whatever the season is where you are :-)
The last couple of months have been a bit of a blur with all the activities going on (kitchen renovations etc) but this has also been coupled with lots of other goings on - helping a friend run her shop while she had time off, looking after a neighbour who was ill, having relations to stay, helping a friend pack up & move house - it is great to be able to help out but sometimes you just need to know when to say enough, & take some time out to recharge your batteries. I have been trying to do this lately . . . without a great deal of success, but am working on it! ! ! I seem to really struggle being able to simply say "I'm sorry, I'm just not available at present" - & boy oh boy do people know how to take advantage! !
Today - just for myself - I made a huge pot of vege soup in my old crock pot which I saved for & bought when I was aged 20 - quite a few years ago now ! ! (32 actually)
This crock pot has been carted around a few homes with me & is still going strong - I can smell the soup still cooking away & it is a comforting, warming smell. I know the crock pots available today are pretty swish looking appliances but I quite like my trusty old, slightly cracked, stained-in-places crock pot.
We have had a few minus 2 degrees frosts & it has been soooo cold - I look at the poor little plants out in the garden & wonder how they survive & bounce back . . .
I look out at my wheelbarrow full of pansies & I wonder how they manage to poke their happy little faces up when they have spent a night out in minus 2 . . .
When my Aunty rang to say they were coming to stay I smiled politely & said "that will be lovely to have you" - then I hung up & looked in at my spare bedroom which looked like this the other week (remember) . . . (& I think I may have said something I cant actually print here) ! ! !
|Now I am sure there is a bed & carpet in there somewhere! !|
most of the time.
However I am pleased to say it now looks much more like this here . . .
And when they left today I even managed to complete the doiley bunting I had begun a few months back for this room. I had squirrelled away some favourite lace doilies as I had in mind I kind of wanted a "snowflake" effect - what do you think . . .
When I first made it I sprayed them with spray starch but they still "flopped" so I dragged out my old bottle of "Stiffy" fabric stiffener & painted it onto them.
I have to say - one of my very absolute favourite things in the whole world - is bunting :-)
For some reason, it always makes me smile wherever I see it.
Whilst clearing out the room I happened to come across a small basket with some craft supplies in it & accidently dropped it & who do you think happened to fall out . . . my missing Willis golly from a few posts back. (sorry Nero for blaming you for running off with him) - after I got over my shock I decided to finish the poor old chap in case he went missing again.
|Here he is face down in the masking tape having his boots painted on|
|Happy at last to have my brother back with me :-)|
I had a nice surprise in the post last week - an unexpected one - a customer that had visited the cottage for the first time a month or so ago, sent me a lovely canvas print she had made from a paper serviette - she wrote in her note "I had such a lovely time visiting you & your big fluffy dog, I thought I would send you something that reminded me of your place"
It most certainly brightened a bleak, cold day - how lovely of her (& clever)
|I am dreaming of times when the lavendar is flowering & I am not hauling firewood all day long|
I have spent this afternoon cutting out another bear order - yes I know I need to do some serious work on learning to say "No" - like my sewing, I am a work in progress.
This particular fur is so fluffy & messy I had to sit on the floor with the vacuum cleaner beside me sucking up the bits before I could move anywhere - a couple accidently got sucked up - but I have rescued them :-)
Not very good photography but gives you the general idea.
I hope to be back next week with the finished product to show you all.
Wishing you your own "me-time" folks & take care & have a wonderful rest-of-the-week.
I am off to sample the soup :-)
Julie X x x