We've had some very changeable weather here this past week, a real mixed bag. I've really enjoyed the brief spells of clear sky when the sun has put in an appearance, but they have been short lived.
Mostly we've had a lot of rain, and if it hasn't actually been raining then it has been threatening to rain on us at any given minute. But it's not been too bad, and I continue to enjoy my daily walks to and fro delivering and collecting my two youngest Little Peeps.
I am so in love with the town where I live, it is just so right for me. I love the old cobbled streets we walk down every day and the old stone buildings, and I love that I feel a genuine sense of belonging here. It has become my home town, and I love it.
I've been thinking a lot about routines these past few weeks, about how the hours string together and how to make the most of my long, busy days. I am still fine tuning my Time Management Skills, and so far feeling pretty good about it in general. I am attempting to be a tad more organised, a smidge more in control of my ever increasing workload. One of the things that I am really enjoying this year is my newly acquired bread making routine...it is such a great thing that homemade bread found it's way into my life! Every other day at 6pm I make up the dough and sit it to rise over night. Then every other morning at 6am I set about transforming the dough into a warm fragrant loaf. Warm, buttered bread for breakfast is just sooooooo good!
Life at home is pleasantly busy. I am trying to be more diligent with Daily Mess, trying to at least keep our table reasonably clutter free. It never really is free of stuff of course, but I am ok with that, at least we don't have huuuuuuge piles of it at the moment. My hyacinths are growing beautifully and make me so happy, I absolutely love to watch their steady growth day by day.
The flower buds are there now just waiting to open, and I can't wait for that pretty blue colour and that heady scent.
My afternoons are usually spent completely entangled with Little B. He is very engaging these days, chatty and funny and very insistent that I give him my complete undivided attention. I am more than happy to do so, as it usually involves us cuddling on the sofa, sitting to write and draw, or often baking. This afternoon though, he chose to snuggle quietly by himself and before long had drifted off to sleep....oh such bliss!! Daily naps are a rare occurance these days, and it was such bliss to observe his sweet sleeping face, and to have an hour of unexpected quiet time.
Actually, although I would love to have nestled down and crocheted while he slept, I spent the time in the kitchen. I have re-established my Weekly Menu Plan, after a long while without it and this afternoon I pulled out my slow cooker and made a chicken and lentil curry. The recipe is a tried and tested one from my favourite Easy Slow Cooker book, which has the most wonderful selection of tasty, simple family meals. I just need to remember to use it more often.
My mornings are mostly spent out of the house, doing various yarny, chatty things. Working I suppose....hmm, yes I can say that word, but it hardly, ever, ever feels like work. This morning I was down at the studio working on my first Yarndale project of 2014. Yes yes yes, we are on again for another fantastic woolly weekend festival, 27th and 28th September! I have a tonne of creative ideas for this year which I'll be chatting about in the next couple of months, and I'll be starting work again next week on the social media side of Yarndale too. I'm very much looking forward to it.
Something else I've been doing this past week is creating a blog for the Studio, somewhere for Tracy and I to post news about forthcoming workshops and studio open dates.
I had in mind to create an image that could be used to advertise our workshop dates, something pretty but functional. And being the techno-eejit that I am, I decided to do it the old fashioned way by creating something Real to photograph. So much stuff is produced digitally these days, but I wanted to make something real. It was time consuming to do (harder than it looks to get right) but I'm pleased with the results.....
I just need to add some digital text now, to tell you about my first few workshops taking place in the next few months....when the studio blog is ready (hopefully early next week) I'll let you know. I'm kind of happy-excited and worried-nervous about it :o)
I'm continuing to LOVE the work I'm doing for Simply Crochet magazine, and thank you so much to those of you who wrote to tell me you enjoyed my first column. In next months mag (issue 15), I will also have a sweet project alongside my monthly blurble, I'm excited to see it appear on the page.
In between all my worky-yarny-writey stuff, I am also making time to hook my poncho rows...oh those rows are a bit swoony you know! I'm so very nearly there, I've got one more row (just one!) and then I'll be trying to decide on an edging. Not sure what to do yet, but I do know there won't be any tassels. No, no tassels. Something else, something pretty, something perfectly perfect. I am waiting for inspiration to strike, I hope it comes soonish.