What a cold, wet, miserable last couple of weeks it’s been here!!
Looking out of the window is simply depressing
None of the ever closer coming festive cheer here yet.
Clouds....clouds & more clouds
Not the fluffy white ones, I soooooooo love
the ones you stare at floating in the blue sky on a lovely summers day
trying to figure out what there shape reminds you of.
Oh no we have been “blessed” with the grey drizzly ones
covering the sky like a thick heavy curtain,
making the daylight hours a permanent gloomy grey.
It hasn't stopped me from being busy with making “this & that”
and I really would have loved to have shared by now some of it with you.
But with the light being so dreadful inside and out
taking photos has really been no fun.
I’m not a fan of taking photos in artificial light or using a flash
somehow I am never happy with the end result
and so every attempt to take some over the last couple of days
was abandoned be me.
My favorite blogs speak to me with their photos and I try to do the same on here
as a good post to me is as much about the photos as it is about the words
they go together like
spots & stripes
chocolate & marshmallow
Christmas & candy cane
So as soon as the drizzle cloud curtain lets just enough light through
for me to take some pretty photos of my “this & that” I will be sharing it with you.
Until then wherever you are have a lovely week! xxxx
we have had cold grey wet start to November just like October ended.....
all the lovely autumn colours have turned into sludgy muddy browns here,
the only exception to this I have noticed during our woodland walks
are the last bits of green around.
The mosses and ferns are radiating with there richness in colour!
The sky is a permanent dull grey with a damp feel in the air and
the lamps at home have to be on all day.
Time for me to snuggle up when ever I can.... under a quilted throw with a hot drink,
this is the perfect time to start a new knitting project.
I’m in need of a scarf....
at this time of year I’m rarely seen without one ....
A green one is needed....
over the last couple of weeks my wardrobe has had a influence of clothing in a mix of greens....
When I step into a good yarn shop, I'm stepping into a Aladdin's cave
so many lovely yarns....
Autumn has definitely started to slowly arrive here
....I can feel a chill in the air....
....the leaves are turning orange, red and sparkle in the sun....
There is nothing more fun for me on a sunny Sunday afternoon in October
then a long walk with Mr. Mc and the Paperdolls....
....I love the sound of crunching leaves under wellie boots....
....I love wearing woolly jumpers & tweed jackets again....
....I love to watch the Paperdolls exploring in the autumn woods....
....I love being covered by pretty amber coloured leaves gently falling from the trees....
....I love the blissful beauty of autumn....
I just loooooooooooooooove autumn!!
Have a beautifully coloured week wherever you may be.
Thanks for stopping by, it is always nice to see you here again!
Earlier this year I would have described myself as a daily baker who loooooves baking.
Nothing really fancy just little every day cakes....muffins....scones....cupcakes.....cookies etc.
Hardly a day went by where there wasn’t freshly baked goodies waiting
in the kitchen for the family coming home.
It’s been a couple of months though since I last baked anything.
In all honesty I think I suffered a tiny bit of baking burnout after
the last Vintage Tearoom at the end of July.
But watching the current Great British Bake Off has reminded me
of just how much I miss baking after all.
So baby Paperdolls birthday last week gave me the perfect excuse
....not that I really needed one....
to get started again.
Traditional style birthday cakes, the sponge ones with butter-icing and jam in the middle
aren't really baby Paperdolls thing and she intensely dislikes royal icing
....well she isn't fond of any icing really.
Her favorite cake has to be strawberry cake and a close second are brownies.
With strawberries out of season, brownies it had to be.
Brownies made from yummy dark chocolate with a gooey chewy center
and large chunks of white & milk chocolate through it....
dusted with a little icing sugar ....strangely baby Paperdoll likes it on brownies....
and sprinkled with 100 & 1000s plus smarties.
Super Scrumptious was the verdict by baby Paperdoll and the rest of the family.
And for me it was a perfectly fun way to start my baking adventures again
and I enjoyed it that much, I was baking yesterday again
....so maybe not daily baking for me just yet but weekly!
I normally have two coffees on a school-day morning,
the first I only sip on, in between emptying the dishwasher trying to organize everyone
having breakfast and leaving the house on time with all they need
....school bags....gym kit....lunch boxes....keys etc....
But after giving my last goodbye kiss for the morning,
I take a deep breath enjoy the calm that has returned to the house and have my second coffee.
I call this one a “me” coffee.
“Me” because it is all about the things I really enjoy doing whilst drinking coffee on my own
....like reading the latest posts on my favorite blogs, feeding my Pinterest addiction
and jotting down ideas for “must make” projects.
Most of my “must make” ideas are swirling in my head for quite a while before I put them on paper. No different with this little one, I have been wanting to make a hot water bottle cover
since last winter, but somehow couldn’t decide if I like to crochet or sew one
means the idea stayed in my head buried under lots of other “must make” ideas
that are all suffering a similar fate indecision by me.
It was only when I needed the hot water bottle last week that I thought about the cover again.
Not sure if it was the wind outside and the blue sky with the fluffy clouds or
baby Paperdoll’s request to go kite flying but somewhere in all that
I had the light bulb moment.
So on my next “me” coffee I started sketching the idea down.
Funny thing is....when I know that a design is right then I know its right
and it is easy for me to work from that.
I hope this makes sense?
At first I thought of using a grey linen fabric as the base but as I opened my fabric cupboard
my sight fell onto this lovely cloud fabric I had bought in Denmark recently.
I had bought it just like so many of my other fabrics with no specific project in mind.
And like so many of my projects it evolves and changes slightly as I work on it.
Quilting a couple of the clouds has given the cover a very lovely snuggle feel.
And I am so pleased with how the kite has worked out.
I LOVE...LOVE...LOVE... kites!!!
I could waffle on forever about my great childhood memories
trying to fly kites on windy autumn days....
This kite reminds me of the ones I made as a child from paper with lots of ribbons!
Let the cold days come we'll be toasty & snug!!!
Have a beautiful autumn week!