July 2014

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Bedroom

Bedroom

Confused? Welcome to my world. I seem to have mislaid a day this week. On Monday I spent the day finishing off de-cluttering our bedroom and giving it a deep clean, from top to bottom (I’ve never hoovered a ceiling before!). I am so pleased with myself, now it’s done. It’s quickly become my favourite room in the house. Like all the rooms in our house, it’s long and narrow, with the window to the front. Our bedroom is big enough to split into two separate areas. Read the rest of this entry »

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Old Market Hall, Rotherham

Old Market Hall

Front of the piano

Piano

I had to go to the sorting office to pick up another parcel today. Although it was still early, the day was already hot and on the way back I decided to cut through the old market hall, somewhere I hadn’t been before. If nothing else, I would be out of the sun for a few minutes and it looked like there might be some interesting little shops in there so I’d probably be out of the sun for a bit longer. I love places like this as they usually have unusual and individual shops, not the big chain names.

The piano in the old market hall, Rotherham

The piano in the old market hall, Rotherham

I felt like Alice must have done when she fell down the rabbithole! What had I stepped into? It looked like a cafe, but it isn’t, as far as I can tell. In the centre was a small closed up kiosk that houses a little business called The Button Tin. The market hall was completely deserted and it felt like I’d stepped into another world. It was cool, shady and peaceful – pure magic! I shall definitely be finding out more about what goes on here. I think it could be right up my street. Read the rest of this entry »

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This week, I have mostly been listening to This Will Destroy You

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More Goodies

Project Bag

Project Bag

Isn’t it beautiful? I was looking on Etsy for a little project bag and fell in love with this one as soon as I saw it. This was made by PapaDon, who has some gorgeous bags in his Etsy shop. I’ve always had a weakness for turquoise and orange and the design looks like knitting needles, so it’s perfect. It’s just the perfect size for a couple of balls of wool and my knitting. There’s a little pocket inside too, for stashing my scissors. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chickens!

needle caseThe needle case I’d ordered off Etsy arrived yesterday, and I’m thrilled with it. I love the chickens and I love the bright yellow background. I smile every time I look at it. I have just spent a happy hour rummaging through my old knitting basket and sorting all my needles according to size.

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The really nice thing about de-cluttering is that you can buy new clutter! Well, no, not really. I have been thinking about our windowsills though. We live in a very old house. Over 400 years ago it was Bramley Hall and in the early 1900s it was a bit of a ruin until it was bought by a builder who converted it into 5 houses. All of the period features were ripped out, but what we do have (apart from fantastic beams in the attic) is walls that are 30 inches thick. This means we have wonderful deep windowsills. What’s not so wonderful is that we all tend to dump things on the windowsills – usually things we don’t know what to do with. On Sunday I tackled the windowsill in our bedroom, which was piled high with junk, and I’ve decided that a good way to keep them clutter-free would be to buy some nice knicknacks to put on there instead. Read the rest of this entry »

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I’ve always wanted to make an afghan and Ewan’s seen me looking at stitch patterns and asked for one for his room. I’ve spent the last week devouring patterns and designs on Pinterest and Ravelry. The possibilities are endless and I love to go on Ravelry, lookup a pattern and then see the associated projects; it always blows my mind how varied the results are. In the end, I’ve settled for this hexagon design from Lucy at Attic24, mainly because the instructions are so easy to follow. I did a test run with some old yarn I had and it came out beautifully.

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He’s Been!

No, not him. Although it is like Christmas round here. The postman’s been and brought these.

Stitch markers

Gorgeous stitch markers and row markers.

Stitch Markers

Stitch Markers

Aren’t they gorgeous? I was in dire need of the row markers as I’ve started knitting a scarf for Jamie and its knitted in the round. Until these arrived I’d been using a broken zip!

 

 

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Mea Culpa

Oh dear, I started this blog with the best of intentions and it all went to hell in a hand basket as my friend, Lee would say. My only (small) consolation is that she’s on the same road to hell that I am, at least as far as her blog’s concerned. I hope that this time I can do better because finally, finally, the funk I’ve been in for years is starting to lift. I hope that it’s more than a temporary break in the clouds. I have no idea why, but then I’m not really sure how I slipped into such a deep funk or why it’s gone on for such a long time. I’ve had blue periods before but, in retrospect, they feel very distinct, like stepping off a ledge. This was more like a slow slide down a gentle incline, I was in a very deep hole before I realised what was happening. Why is the way back up so much steeper than the descent?

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