Friday, 15 June 2012

Stuff.......



The weeks are speeding by at an alarming rate. I'm trying hard to get the time to sit in my little crafting corner to churn out bits and pieces, getting what's in my head, into some sort of woolly reality.



The half term has passed and now it's the run to the finish line of the school year. Goodness me that's scary.



My plan, to be on here less and be in the real world more (so I can get more achieved), has not seemed to have paid off. I am still so far behind it is unbelievable! I need more time. I think we all feel like that though. I have been rushing about here, there and everywhere. Also, walking everywhere, takes a huge chunk of time out of my day. I am trying to adjust to that. Still managing to find time for a little relax in between the hustle and bustle of life though. There wouldn't be any fun to the day if I cut that out totally!



The days are mixed, the weather is mixed. 

One day i'm summery......


The next.......


 thick wooly socks....


and my favourite.....a shawl has become a staple...




I am trying to pack a lot in. Apologies for visiting less. I am trying to have strict rules about when and how long I am on the computer each day.



I have been pottering about with crochet. I have ideas in my head i'm itching to get started on. It's all Autumny stuff. 



I find I like to work on Autumn/Winter in the Spring/Sumer and vice versa. I wonder what the point is of working on Spring/Summer stuff in the Spring/Summer when it will be finished when the Autumn comes. My head is buzzing and I seem to be flitting from one project to another at incredible speed. 


I'm soaking up inspiration too, my brain is overflowing with crafty make ideas.

Trying to balance this all is a juggling act. Sometimes I find myself automatically saying 'no' to Baby Bear when i'm trying to catch up with emails at the computer. I don't even hear what he asks. It's then I just turn it all off and make sure I give him my undivided attention. Sorry if you ask me something and it takes a while for me to get back to you. I do try, but sometimes, I forget where the question was asked and I cannot find the emails. I have been trying to make a better filing system, but some still fall through the net.

So, that's my catch up. Apologies for the hash of photos on this post today. what can I say? I'm lazy!

I'll leave you with a snap of my bargain find of the week.


I seem to be finding it hard to resist novelty salt and pepper shakers. Who'd have thought it! An Ebay bargain that brightened up my day no end. Little pleasures and all that...........!


I hope that you all have a great Friday and a super weekend.

Hopefully soon I might have something to show for all this crafty pottering i've been doing!

xxx

52 comments:

  1. hellooooo lovely one...such a bright cheery posting! your photography makes me giddy in happiness on the 'cheering me up factor!'...your tea set, oh' my ive died and landed in cocorose heaven ;0)xx....i love your shawl and crochet too.
    you look so wrapped up and cosy and i just love it so...guess what??...i have sunshine through my windows--- glorious sun on a friday- how perfectooo in deeedy ;0)xxxxx

    i love the lacey nets on your cabinet- beautiful x


    happy, skippy, sunny weekender my sweet xxxxx

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  2. everything you do is so beautiful and so sweet! I love your photos and all your work. thanks so much for these wonderful moments I spend with you! I want to enjoy your blog for many years! Congratulations!

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  3. Beautiful photos showing a snapshot of your days. Yes, the days pass all too quickly with never enough hours to do everything.
    Lovely crochet, gorgeous china and pretty shawls - thanks for sharing such prettiness!
    Gill xx

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  4. PS meant to say I love both your painted cabinet with the lace, and those gorgeous blue bird cruets!

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  5. ooo so much i love about this post. Your shall looks gorgeous!! and the round cushion on your chair is so lovely - i may try and make myself something similar xxx

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  6. Thank you for the delightful photos today. I have three hours in the morning of getting people/dog up, ready and to their destinations and then at 10am I sit and read my favourite blogs. Yours this morning was a delight to the eye.
    I have a vision of your thoughts and creativity as a mass of pigeons that's just had a cat jump in the middle of them. It tickled me because that's how I see my brain at the moment too. xx

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  7. I know a while ago that you questioned why you blogged and said you thought your blog wasn't particularlyoriginal. I absolutely love it and it makes me happy. Your pics are lovely, like a stylist's dream. You have a talent for all this, very much like Kazzy. I think you should have a book. I would buy it. i can imagine a collaboration between you and Kazzy, a home style, crochet and just loveliness book. I bet you think I am crackers now.
    But I know you are busy! I understand totally, there are not enough hours in the day! It makes me feel a bit all over the place sometimes. Anyway, what you do get done is lovely and you will be super fit from walking.
    Tracy
    xxx

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  8. I hear you on the "more time": I could do with an extra twelve hours a day and an extra four days a week to get all the creative stuff out of my head and into reality. But then if we did have all that extra time, I would probably fill it without any thought whatsoever and still need more! Don't let it get you down: someone once said, "this too will pass" (sorry I don't remember who!) and there is a lot of truth in that. Do what makes you happy and everything else will fall into place. :-)

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  9. I love your photos and want some Pip china muchley, muchley! I am using my wrap everyday at the moment, it is so cold and wet here. We are still using the woodburner at the momemt which is unheard of for June! Have a lovely weekend and I am looking forward to seeing what you create when you create it!. Dev x

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  10. Oh Vanessa, I want to say to you stop saying sorry and stop feeling guilty!!! Give yourself a break woman x x x we are all, after all, only human. Not super human. It does not mean your failing in any way. Life's just too bloody full on. Then I'm a fine one to talk because I feel exactly the same! I seem to spend most of the week whizzing around chasing one errand after the next and then the house gets neglected. I don't know about you, but I feel knackered. My whole body aches with tiredness. Modern family life and being a Mum of busy children and a hectic house with a husband to take care of too is bloody exhausting. Who looks after us?! That's why I think we should look after ourselves and stop with the sorry. No more sorry!!! I for one don't feel the need for you to apologise for not blogging daily! We all live hectic family lives. I find it hard enough to find the time and space to shave my legs let alone blog and take pics which then need fiddling with! Half the time all I want to do right now is either sleep or sit and crochet!! You're a real woman, a real wife and a real Mum x x x we're all just trying to do the best we can and that's enough x x x no more sorrys love!!! OK!!!!

    I'm looking forward to refusing to get out of bed tomorrow morning!!!

    Love & hugs,

    Jo x x x

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  11. love the
    socks &
    shawl
    ...

    talent trawl:
    trawling the net for
    outstanding creativity

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  12. Love the shades of yarn in your first photograph. Gorgeous! I agree with Jo and everything she has said above xxx

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  13. Me too, totally agree with Joe (I did manage a quick leg shave this morning though ;0) )
    I just love your photos here I scroll through your photos first then I go right back up to the top and read it all. Your new crochet makes are beautiful and I'm looking forward to seeing them in their full glory later in the year. I am also in love with your new salt and pepper pots! Hugs xx

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  14. Thank you so much for taking the time to update your blog with such gorgeous pictures. I have been popping by to see your latest makes since I first googled Cath Kidston style crochet (back in Feb now)et voila your pretty blog/crochet popped up!

    Love your top picture and how the middle circles looks like hearts. Beautiful, you have such an eye for colour. Wishing you a wonderful day!

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  15. What beautiful crochet eye candy today! Yummy yummy colours :) I know what you mean about automatic answering while on the computer too, I've catch myself doing that before and then realise what I've done. It makes me walk away from the computer too! I also know that ' stop the world a while so I can catch up feeling too'. Don't worry, it'll all get done in good time. Don't sweat it, you're doing a great job!

    Sandra x

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  16. Such a beautiful and inspirational blog post - thank you! I am wondering if you can share or direct me to the pattern for the crocheted shawl, I just love it and must make one for a gift! Thanks again, hope your weekend is beautiful.

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    1. Hi Andrea.

      This shawl was not made by me, it was a shop bought one in a sale last year. I did however, buy it with the intention of seeing if I could figure out it's pattern to create another one, as I love it so much. If I can then I will post about it! : )

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  17. You have managed to create some beautiful items. The shawl is just stunning, hope you will share the pattern/link.
    Yes, we have to be disciplined or we would spend all our time on here looking but not doing.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Carol xx

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    1. Hi Carol,

      As with the above comment, this shawl was shop bought, but I do hope that I will be able to figure out the pattern and re-create it in another colourway. If I can pull it off, I will post about it!

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  18. Another one here totally agreeing with Jo, you have your priorities in perfect order so please dont feel guilty for not blogging! I love all of your photos, such prettiness (I desperately need more prettiness in my home, more blankets, more gorgeous girlie cups, saucers, plates, spoons etc!!) The grey shawl is amazing & Ive just rushed to IG to see if you had put where the pattern was from only to see it was shop bought! If you do have a go at figuring out the pattern please share!! I desperately want to make myself a shawl as I dont have one (yes I know!!)but I just cant find the right pattern!! xxx (Not only do I need more prettiness, I also need to stop using so many!!!!!!!!!)

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  19. Congratulations!!!
    Amazing pictures! I love crochet and your taste is impeccable in every project!
    Hug,
    Martina xx

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  20. What beautiful crocheted goodness! Love all the beautiful colors! The sweet family of blue birds is absolutely adorable. Great find. Wishing you a lovely weekend full of creating! xo Heather

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  21. Vanessa what a lovely post full of scrummy photos, I'm the same woolies one minute sandals the next, crazy weather! Love your shawls by the way. Can't wait to see your pottering results all look very pretty so far! Have a great weekend, lets hope it's sandals not wellies!

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  22. Hi Vanessa,

    Good to one of your posts! You have been working hard! Your granny circles look very pretty and I love the scarf. Did you make it yourself too? It looks very pretty on you.

    Wish you a happy weekend! Hopefully we will have some sun.

    Madelief x

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  23. Those little circles are absolutely GORGEOUS!! *sigh*

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  24. Don't apologise for your photos...they're great!
    I have started a little S and P shakers too,yours are really cute.How come I missed those on ebay?!
    Happy weekend.
    Hope you get some 'me' time...well YOU time,well you know what I mean! ;0)

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  25. Beautiful photos, every one of them. Love the colors in the first crochet one, rich & autumny!!!!
    Gosh I've been wishing for LOTS more hours in the day so much recently, crazy busyness, now I just want to slow it all down & do nothing this weekend, wish me luck!!!
    Have a sweet one
    Karen xxxx

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  26. Muito lindo seu xale favorito.
    Parabéns.
    Dá a receita dele.
    Beijo.

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  27. No need to apologise - real world people are more important! I love your crochet colours - strange, as I normally wouldn't have picked them!

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  28. It's always lovely to pop in and see what you've been up to hon. I find myself nodding along with the things you say as it seems so relevant in my life too. I am having less time on the computer lately and it certainly has its benefits. Although I am still managing to ignore the massive pile of washing that needs folding - a skill I am proud of!!!!

    Have a fabulous week hon. I hope that summer weather sorts itself out for you soon!
    Leah
    xxxx

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  29. I love seeing all of those motifs stacked up. Beautiful.

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  30. Happy weekend my friend...it is crazy weather here too...most of the time I am in my cozy socks too. xoxo

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  31. Loving the crochet motifs....is that another blanket on the go? Lovely pics! Looking forward to seeing some crochet creations complete. X

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  32. Thick woolly socks my goodness - it has been soooo cold recently.

    I hope you find some more time to catch up,

    Nina x

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  33. What a lovely blog! My daughter and I enjoy spending time wondering around. We look forward to spending more time with you. *!*

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  34. Gosh, this post is inspiring from top to bottom! I hope the summery starts to outweigh the chilly, but even so, I'm off now to hunt up a fringed shawl pattern like yours. :)

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  35. I love hearing what is going on all the way over there! & your bits and pieces are so sweet! Minnesota has crazy weather like that too...Keeps ya guessing! :) Take care!

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  36. Oh those photos are so cute! I love 'em!
    And I am sure that we all feel like there isn't enough time in the day! I know I sure do!! But it looks like you've done a lot of work there!! :D
    -Britney of Lemonwood and Honey

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  37. Hi Vanessa, it's great to see your photos, I love coming by and catching up on your visual treats. I love a good shawl too! My friend crocheted a beautiful one for me and I have it tucked round my shoulders to keep the chill off. Perfect for this chageable weather! ♥

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  38. It's lovely to hear from you and no you're not lazy! This is a lovely post and I very much enjoyed coming here to see your latest makes and finds. :) I'm feeling a little under the weather today and it's made me feel so much happier after visiting you. Thankyou. :)
    Jess xx

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  39. I really enjoyed this post...everything is just beautiful! That crochet shawl put me in a tizzy,what a great purchase. Love all your crochet!!!!

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  40. This juggling all the different parts of our lives is sometimes so hard...........love all your lovely stuff.
    lily x

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  41. well when you have things to do it never seems as if there are enough days or time in the day...So like me I just tell me ...to do what you can do and that's that's cause if I don't I will make me crazy...Have a great Thursday with love Janice

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  42. A post of really lovely pictures. Stop beating yourself up!! You can only do what you can do.

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  43. I love those crocheted circles, and the colours you've chosen are gorgeous! Could you tell me what pattern you used? X

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  44. Hoola!!Tienes un blog precioso y con unas fotografias espectaculares!! el chal me encanta podrias decirme con que nº de agujas lo has hecho, es super bonito!!
    besoooss!!

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  45. You're always so stylish! Ive been treating myself to greengate latte cups

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  46. What a lovely blog post!
    I'm making the same circles and turning them into circles in squares, for a blanket I thik but that might change...

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  47. perfect mother bird and baby birds. I loved it. WOULD BEND :)))))))

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  48. Your blog is so lovely to look at. It in inspires me to craft and make my home beautiful. Can you please tell me what the blue china pattern is? Thank-you!

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  49. Coco!
    I have just discovered your blog, and I am truly inspired and can I just say totally in love with your blog. I love the colours, the patterns...everything! Thank you for sharing all your work, inspiration and ideas. Can I ask a question?! What are the names of those Japanese books in one of the photos above?! I love their patterns and designs, but unless I have a recommendation find it difficult to buy one. Many many thanks.xx

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