Thursday, 14 September 2017

A Higgledy-Piggledy Summer....

Scrolling through my Pinterest the other morning looking at an 
endless feed of beautiful Autumn pictures,
it dawned on me Summer has faded away and Autumn is now in the air.
When.... where.... how.... did this happen?

Maybe I didn't notice it as for me the Summer of '17
was the Summer that never was.
I was DISTINCTLY lacking that bright, happy Summer feeling,
instead I found myself more often then not feeling
lackluster, tired & washed out.

Please don't get me wrong I have laughed & loved a lot this summer, was good....
 it just hasn't felt quite the same as in summers gone by.

Pondering over why I have been feeling like this....
a higgledy-piggledy mix of reasons & events comes to mind,
some very personal.... others much more global.... 
their are those I can influence....
others that are completely beyond my control....
nevertheless impacting my every day.
Completely out of my control but having a big impact
on my cheeriness is the weather.... it has been most utterly PANTS!
Grey, damp & very wet best described as a giant wash out!!!
Not what I call summer!
I need warming sunshine in summer, I'm a season's kinda girl
Summer has sun & flowers blossoming,  Autumn has wind & leaves falling
I'm sure you get where I'm going with this....
Watching weather forecasts for elsewhere with their promises of
warm temperatures & glorious sunshine created something
in me I have never known I had before....  big fat weather envy!!
The odd glorious moments of sunshine we were blessed with, never quite lasted
long enough to lift my spirits & sufficiently replenish my vitamin D needs!

  Another out of my control event with big impact was being
notified in mid May that I was to be made redundant at the end of June.
 I very much enjoyed my little job and working for this company
altogether nearly nine years made this news a sad blow!
I needed a few days to wrap my head round it all!
I was lucky to find myself a new job within days of my notification but
this has meant I was unable to have anytime off with my Paperdolls
during the school summer holidays.
Something I soOo very much cherish, it is our easy, go with the flow,
 pottering at our pace time normally. Very much needed by me to
recharge my batteries, not having this time is probably the main reason
for my lackluster summer mood and why I completely lost
track of where we are in the year!

   I have had my first experience of been head hunted: the job kind.
(scary & exciting all at the same time)
A phone call out of the blue only days after I started my new job,
has left me pondering all summer what I really want verses what fits in
with my family life as well as trying to be everything to everyone.
An event where the outcome very much lies within my
control but it doesn't make the decision any easier for me
....because let's be honest here, when you are a Mum
it's more about the family then the want part in all this!
Hence why I'm still flip-flopping with my decision.

Much within my influence and then again completely out of my control
has been the building stuff in & around our house
that needed & still needs my attention, not the pretty fluffy finishing
bits & pieces I love getting stuck into but lots of that technical stuff,
very important but OH so flipping boring & therefore ÜBER exhausting!

My creative head most definitely hasn't been much help either,
working overtime with a million ideas whilst I'm lacking any time
to turn just one of them into reality.
This is one of teen Paperdoll's cake creations.... a super yummy mood booster!

 Topping all this, is the daily dose of crazy politics from
home & abroad on the evening news.
Am I the only one....?!?....
Silently screaming "stop all that crazy s**t". 
Desperately longing for someone intelligent to take control,
as I'm watching with utter disbelieving bewilderment, often cringing
with sheer embarrassment at the ignorant stupidity on display
by far to many of today's politicians.
For journalists on the other hand this Summer must have
been a dream, politicians were a gift that kept on giving.

Oh Summer '17 
you have been a strangely weird one....
not bad by any means....
but just not quite great either!

Okay moaning over!
Here is now hoping for the Autumn of all Autumns 

Sunday, 30 April 2017

A Month Well Lived....

I'm a little sad to say goodbye to this April,
 it has been a lovely month.
I have enjoyed just going with the flow taking each
moment as it comes.

Among all the grey, wet & cold we have
had a few sunny moments, mostly very early mornings & late afternoons.
I have been eating my breakfast standing in my kitchen a few mornings
this month trying to catch a glimpse of that sun and playing around with ideas
for a new kitchen that hopefully will include a little dining area, fingers crossed.
I also rediscovered my liking of bagels this month.

Every member of the family enjoyed the warming sun when it was about.
Guinness has always been a bit of a sun worshiper!  
Hard to believe this little fella will celebrate his
twelfth Birthday at the end of May!

Talking of Birthdays.... I celebrated mine earlier on this
month with this super yummy homemade burger by Mr Mc.
No cake for me this year  ....entirely my choice.
For Lent this year I had chosen to give up sweet sugary treats
and my Birthday happened to land before Easter ....c'est la vie.
But even without a cake I still had a beautiful day with
my family, pretty decorations and lovely presents.

I created a small herb garden in the back yard.
There still is so much to do in my wannabe garden but little things like
this make my heart jump with happy excitement for the things to come.

 I have noticed I seem to have a thing for wearing
sparkly shoes to the beach.

Well....truth be told I LoVe wearing sparkly shoes full stop!!!
And this month I have went a little shoe crazy
buying an unbelievable six pairs in one go.
In my defense though that is the first time ever I have bought so many all
at once, they were cheap, much to pretty only to choose just one from
and I was in really REALLY desperate need for Spring / Summer shoes. 

Been there, done that & got the t-shirt to prove it.
My first concert in many many years.
Amy MacDonald at the Ironworks in Inverness, it's a nice
small venue giving the concert a very intimate feel.  
The tickets were my Christmas pressie from teen Paperdoll.
Mr Mc & I had a great time and Amy sounds fab live.

With my Auntie visiting for a week we did what we always do
when we have visitors, exploring Scotland.
Urquhart Castle & Loch Ness was one of the destinations,
Mr Mc & I were last here over twenty years ago and couldn't quite believe
how much this place had changed.  It has become a real tourist trap
unbelievably commercialised, nine pound to get into the grounds
of Urquhart Castle for an adult only to be first channeled through
the gift shop ....extremely unpleasant.
The film that was show lacked in substance, jumping wildly within centuries.
Only our funny guide Donald saved the day.
I know I won't be rushing back any time soon with visiting family or friends. 

Thankfully for now
 the view over the stunning Highlands is still free.


My new "BFF" going by the name of chalk & I have been fairly busy,
so much so I decided it is cheaper to invest in a box
of a 144 chalk sticks.

Looking through my photos.... I realised I lived a fair bit in
creativity this month really enjoying that special time.

and a wonderful side affect of reconnecting with my blog has been
that I have made a much more conscious effort to capture
these moments the way I like to remember them.


There have also been plenty of mundane moments around this month,
seldom do they look as pretty as today´s sorting of the washing.
But mundane can have a simple beauty. 
I LoVe my washing drying outside on the line, it gets that
lovely natural fresh smell that you can't buy in a bottle! 

Moments.... big & small, good & bad, happy & sad
really are all part of the journey and this month
it has been a beautiful journey


Saturday, 15 April 2017


Wishing you all a very
HaPpY EaStEr

Monday, 10 April 2017

Spring Feeling....

The first few days of my Easter holidays have been so lovely,
just pottering about the house & garden at my own pace.

This time of year is wonderful, Spring has a magical beauty
just like Autumn.  I LoVe this Spring feeling!
There is something about these two seasons even on a mostly
grey day like today, I can't help but feel a cheery happiness.
Especially when drinking a fluffy latte from this little cutie.
 I'm such a sucker for cute whimsy and when I spotted this cup on an
Instagram post by Vanessa from Coco Rose Diaries I fell in LoVe!
Vanessa kindly let us cup-lovers know where she bought it,
only problem, Mr Mc thinks I already have way too many cups,
so I thought better of it then to buy one
 ....but seriously, I ask you is there such a thing as too many?
Luckily for me I have a sweet teen Paperdoll who is earning her own
money and when she came home with a little gift for her mummy

 I absolutely love decorating my house for Easter....

cute little bunnies, plenty yummy chocolate eggs

and fresh flowers.


My living room is filled with the most wonderful fresh scent of Spring.
No Reed Diffuser could ever come close to it.

I'm so in awe of this little posy, all it's flowers grew in my garden.
Hard to think this garden didn't even exist, nothing but
boggy grass not a single blossom in sight at this time
last year and now I have pretty spring borders. I can't help
but feel more than a little giddy with happiness every time I look
at this daffodil. The garden blessed me with seven of these beauties.

A few bulbs popped into the ground by me in late Autumn last year,
have turned to heart jumping happiness every time I walk through our gate.
I'm so no gardener, yet the garden has rewarded me generously so far!

  I also finally got round to giving the chalkboard it's Easter makeover.
 I feel a bit hippity hop myself creatively speaking at the moment,
I'm full of ideas for the house, garden and with fabric & wool,
my creative me is pushing & pulling me to get going.

Until next time....


Friday, 7 April 2017


Finally is the first day of my Easter holidays!
Oh I am soOoOo needing them.
  My brain has been all over the place and I'm still struggling to comprehend
that April is already one week old. These past few months have
absolutely flew by, leaving me little time for anything.
In an attempt to collect more of my "blink & you miss it" moments
I started on Instagram late last summer, ....a photo with a couple of words....
perfect I thought, after all I'm no natural writer and writing blog posts
can at times be a real challenge for me.
(Going through a very stifling school system that was all about knocking down,
 rather then building up has definitely left it's mark on me when it comes to writing) 
It was lovely how on Instagram I found old friends and rediscovering bloggers
whose blogs I very much enjoyed previously but who had since given up on blogger-land.
There is a nice feeling of instant connection about it all, a sharing
in the publishers moment, instantaneously, something I like.
 But somehow lately I have felt a little disconnected at the same time.
When I read blogs it is all about taking time usually with a cup of latte or tea by
my side to enjoy the photos & words of the author and
I try to comment to let the person know I enjoy visiting them.
Reading a good blog is like reading a book with lots of great short stories. 
Scrolling down the long photo-roll on Instagram I find myself doing
more & more in the passing whilst my head is really focused on other stuff.
So I have been wondering if this really is the best way for me to collect
my memories? I have actually photographed a lot less over the past
few months especially my every day moments, my camera has become
somewhat of a stranger to me and the memories attached to the few photos
I have taken mostly with my phone often becomes a faded blur almost
as soon as I press share.....funny really, not at all what I was aiming for.
Instagram just doesn't work for me the way I want it to!
I have realized that I need to give myself more time for the things I love.
Photography & Blogging
Maybe blogging isn't so history after all, at least not for me.
There are moments
some big.... some small.... many mundane....
which are magical to me I don't want to break them into what feels
like rushed snippets I need to document them for me
with the love they deserve.

This stop off at the beach on our way home from a day trip visiting
family & friends, really helped put all this back
into perspective for me.

The weather was so glorious.
No March feeling, more a beautiful June afternoon,
the late sun warming a gentle coastal breeze....

waves softly rolling onto the beach
a wonderful taste of salty air and
Paperdolls all excited at the sight of the sea & beach!

Sand melting under my feet....
I have to confess the sand was still a little cold
but I couldn't have cared less!

....OH I
 being by the sea!  

I always have!
 It's magical, almost to big for words
I feel nothing but giggly excited happiness when I am there.

I felt so blessed to have had my camera with me capture the beauty of it all!

A place like this is amazingly good for the soul!

I closed my eyes for a few seconds enjoying a warming swish across
my face from the golden glow of a slowly setting sun, inhaling
a hug gulp of yummy salty air and sinking my feet deep into the sand

.....this is exactly what I have always wanted
to preserve for eternity!
So I can still feel that feeling I had when I was in this moment
....days ....weeks ....months even years later!
Something I can't do in rushed snippets.
 So I'm not saying goodbye to Instagram but rather a Hello again to my blog &
reconnecting with this lovely space for I have realized it's importance to me!

The beach was the perfect place to hear myself and reconnect with what
is important to me, nowhere & nothing could have been better!
....I really needed this....

 Life is all about moments ....the good ....the bad ....the ugly

I need to make time to cherish my GOOD moments,
enjoying & documenting them is time well spent for me.


Friday, 27 January 2017

A little catch up....

How are you?
I hope you all had a lovely fun filled Christmas & a great start to 2017! 
Sorry I haven't been around much lately.
2016 was a year I had so much hope for but in the end
it turned into the strangest year I can remember!
So much has happened recently in this little world of ours,
and if I'm perfectly honest most of which I'd much rather
like to forget about quickly!  Unfortunately I think we won't be able to, as for
years to come the consequences of recent events will come back to haunt us!
Confronted with so much unfathomable ....crazy....stupidity....
hatred & right out lies, I seem to have lost my voice a little!
 I just felt the need to hibernate from the online & news world.
It is so soothing being a little childish occasionally putting my
fingers into my ears saying ....LALALALA.... I cant hear you!
I did start wondering though.... is my silence not a form of acceptance?
And accepting this unhinged crazy I will NEVER!!!
So I have come out of hibernation reminding myself
to focus on the positive, happy, creative & good
in social media and ignore the rest!!!
With that in mind here is a little catch up of some of my
happy, creative & every day pretties from the past few months....

I have been loosing myself
 in books, fluffy lattes, sweet treats & CrEaTiViTy!
These truffles were the tastiest escapism I have ever had.

Playing around with ideas is
a lovely way to block out a world gone barmy
and dull down that feeling of uncertainty
and I have been doing a fair bit of that!


Remember this?
My first explorations into crochet hexagons!
I finally finished it in November, making me now
the very proud owner of a beautiful hexagon blanket!!!

I LoVe this blanket so much it really deserves it's very own post watch this space!

Old frames....


 ....make wonderful chalkboards.

Me myself & I is a chalkboard addict
....what can I say!?!


Chalkboards are so much fun
can you really ever have too many of them!?!

....My Winter mantel.... 

A little tweed & tartan
found it's way into my Christmas creativeness.... 

cards & gift boxes had a very Scottish feel.

Continuing on that very Scottish theme,
I have treated myself to this most beautiful Fair Isle cardigan
in the prettiest shade of yellow wool!
I'm soOo not a yellow clothing girl but I couldn't resist this one.
It reminds me of sunshine on a frosty day.... can't help but LoVe it!

On my house front....
most exiting news, our bathroom renovation is in full swing!

 I have been playing around with ideas, planning & designing
for the past ten months....

....finally now it's all starting to come together,
I'll keep you posted!

I wish you all a wonderful weekend!!!