Hello! Thank so much for being here, for popping in to see me, and for all the wonderful well-wishes that you left after my last post. Goodness me, I've had a very odd week! But I am feeling very much brighter This Week and thankfully have managed to haul myself out of my little feeling-sorry-for-myself funk.
On Friday morning I went on my usual jaunt around town, and bagged myself some very necessary feel-good remedies ready for the weekend. A divine magazine, some luscious dark chocolate, a bunch of gorgeously pretty flowers and a bag of the sweetest red cherries.
It was exactly what was needed to remind myself of lifes simple
pleasures, of the happiness that can be found in small things. Silly,
silly me :: I had temporarily forgotten.
To be totally honest with you here, for the record, my domestic life is a complete shambles, not just last week, but pretty much most weeks. And for the most part it doesn't bother me in the slightest. I usually have the knack of skipping over The Piles, ignorning the weeds, planning cheap and cheerful family meals in order to provide a little spare dosh to buy plants/yarn, and flying by the seat of my pants with the other domestic chores. The Little People are quite used to opening their clothes drawers and finding them empty cos I often get behind with the laundry. We have grown accustomed to a certain level of mild chaos around here, and I am very, very expert at Diverting my own attention from it. All I have to do is prettify the place a little, bake buns, put flowers into jugs and miraculously the mess and chaos dissolves completely from my minds eye.
It's only on quite rare occasions when I suddenly find myself overwhelmed with the chaos, when it takes over and becomes too great to ignore. If you've been reading my blog for a while, you will have seen it happen from time to time. Good thing is, it doesn't last long.
I mean, just look at those flowers!!! How could you walk into a room with those beauties at centre stage and not be completely captivated by them? They are, in short, the most fantastic Diverters-from-mess and in my opinion every home should have at least one powerful bunch of chaos-busting flowers, all of the time.
I've been meaning to show you this little crocheted bottle-jacket, I made it a few weeks ago. underneath the hooky stripes is a small olive oil bottle which struck me as just the right size to hold a bloom or two.
I made it in rounds of Double Crochet (thats UK double, or US Single), working up in straight rows until the neck of the bottle began to narrow. Then I sort of winged it and began to decrease stitches on each row rather randomly until it looked like it was making the right shape. Its a bit wonky, but I'm really pleased with it actually.
I love the way the colours work together, and how neat and dense dc sticthes look compared to the trebles I usually work in.
Talking of crochet and yarny stuff, I have now had my car mended (yipppeeeee!) and have also managed to jig the finances a little in order to set some money aside for an imminent yarny purchase, most likely tomorrow. So the Big Blankie will be on the go again, and I'm really, really looking forward to going full steam ahead with it. I've missed it. Frogging the white was quite thereputic in it's own way, but when all's said and done, frogging is not nearly as much fun as hooking.
Chores are getting done too, slowly but surely. I have hacked the jungle-grass back down to normal height, and yes yes yes, you were all SO RIGHT about the seeds. Those little packets tend to panic me and make me feel so guiltily aware of how badly organised I am, that I forget that they could still have time to work out.
So thats the plan for later this week :: seed planting. I suddenly remembered how fantastic it was picking nasturtiums and cosmos into late October last year, and that autumn flowers are almost better than summer ones.
I could maybe even kid myself that I deliberately planned it that way.
ps the above textile picture, found with a bunch of others in one of my larger Piles when i was sorting through last week. I'll show you the rest perhaps, I think I may put them for sale in my Etsy shop? I had quite forgotten about them, there are 8 altogether.
edited to add :: my etsy shop can be found at www.attic24.etsy.com but you know what, it's still empty! So by all means go have a little lookee at my stitched banner and read my teeny bit of blurb, but there is nothing yet to buy I'm afraid. You can bet that I'll let you know when the virtual shelves have merchandise though, and thanks so much for your interest xxxxxxxxxxxxx