Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Last night I knitted an egg!

My almost egg shaped knitted egg!

Pattern taken from Rhythm of the Home. As a beginner knitter I felt really good to complete this little project. It took only an hour or so and the most difficult part but was getting started on three needles. It might even give me the confidence to attempt a larger knitting project one day soon! I think I will embroider MJs initials on it and hang it on our Easter tree. His reaction made me so happy, he kept saying 'Look Daddy, Mummy knit egg, look look.' M was not quite so impressed!

I'm now pondering the possibility of knitting MJ some coloured balls to help him learn his colours.

Finished birthday bunting...

The photos are not as clear as I would have liked but all in all I'm pleased with the final product. I'm finding that the more bunting I make the quicker and better it is. I hope this bunting lasts a long time and helps celebrate many birthdays in our home.

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Aubergine Cushions

Cushions completed in just the nick of time for my Mother in laws birthday. They should look much better in her breakfast room with her aubergine wall and matching accessories.

Just now

:: Just now I am sitting at our computer.
:: Einaudi is playing his piano beautifully in the background. I don't think I will ever tire of his sound. Apart from this there is silence.
:: Earl grey tea is steaming from my white china mug.
:: Chocolate mini eggs are disappearing fast from MJ's Winnie the Pooh bowl.
:: I'm exploring Rhythm of the home more fully. What an inspiring website.
:: And thinking of knitting an egg (also from Rhythm of the home) for our Easter tree (yet to be made!).

Just now I am going slow...

What are you doing just now?

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

'I wandered lonely as a cloud'

As I stole a moment of calm in my chair, drinking earl grey tea, reflecting on yesterday, thinking of today when my nostrils were filled with the smell of daffodils. Just a small bunch have bloomed in a jug of water sitting beside me. I'm not sure I have ever appreciated the strength of smell daffodils release or how their amazing colour can brighten a room and lift a soul.

Wordsworth also felt they were worthy of his words.
          I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed--and gazed--but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

Happy Birthday bunting progress.

A birthday card made but waiting to be signed and sent.

Friday, 12 March 2010

For a special friend

Finally it has arrived at the 'yellow door' and been received by my dear friend.

It is a collage of memories and aspirations for a friend I have had for a long time. The road she has travelled hasn't always been smooth or straight but it has been guided by one who cares deeply for her and is stronger than any of us.

I had much to say and yet find it hard to express what I want to say. (Note to self- perhaps a creative writing course is required for 2010).

My dear friend- I trust you 'welcome' many to your new home and share with them the strength that you have gained along your journey so far, inspiring them to continue walking the road before them, whatever the weather, not forgetting a coat and hat!

Thursday, 11 March 2010

A fantastic holiday

We all survived the seperation. MJ had a great time with his grandparents and their dog and we had a lovely relaxing kid free few days.

Iceland is an inspiring country. Sparce and isolated yet friendly and captivating. We did lots of relaxing in the hot geo thermal outdoor pools. I loved the coolness of the air on your face, the warmth of the water surrounding your body as you marvelled at the vast open landscape.

Since returning home on Monday I have been catching up on the chores and making Mothers day gifts. This brooch I made for my mum in an evening!

And even had time to start the 'happy birthday' bunting which has been in the pipe line for a few weeks. I might even get back to it now while MJ has his nap, or get a cuppa and dip into this months Ethical living magazine which popped through my letter box this morning.

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Mixed emotions

My bags are packed and soon it will be time to say goodbye.

We are leaving Mj with his grandparents for 4 whole nights. I have mixed emotions...lots of emotions. Happy that M and I will have some time alone together. Happy that I will get some time to reenergise physically and mentally. But oh so sad that I will not get a cuddle from Mj for 4 whole days. Sad that I won't be there for him when he wakes and calls out in the morning! Will we survive the seperation?!

Yet, as I type I am reminded of Mothers and Fathers who have lost children and children who have lost parents never to see them again. Lets not forget those directly affected by accidents, earthquakes, floods and illnesses. But, celebrate the family we have and the precious time we have together.

'...yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.' The bible, James ch4v14

See you next week!