Easter – The Stairway

I had some time off over Easter – the week beforehand was spent up in Formby and then a few days of solitary painting and sorting and recovering. I found out my paints – that I haven’t used for months, and although I only painted some photoframes and boxes, it reminded of the calming effect they have.

One of the projects I’ve been planning for a while for the house is a ‘rogues gallery’ for the stairway – there’s been a pile of frames and photos building up for a while, so I took the time to sort and hang and measure and decide on frame colours, and the below is the result.

(Captions when you hover over the picture)


Baby F Quilt

A lovely colleague at my now-not-so-new job left on maternity leave a few weeks ago, and as she is so lovely, I made her (well, really her baby) a little quilt/blanket.

As I’ve only really done one little bit of patchwork before (a purse when I learnt) I of course did the sensible thing and followed a pattern…erm, or rather no I completely winged it. I am however happy with the results – there are a few finishing touches that aren’t *quite* as neat as I’d hoped, but  certainly for a first finished project I’m a little proud.

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It’s not going very well… (30 before I’m 30)

It’s nearly Christmas and I’ve done only 5 of my 30, and my plan to do another 5 in one (epic!) trip has come across some seemingly insurmountable stumbling blocks (although I am ever hopeful this is only temporary).

That obviously still leaves the majority to do, and now I’m working full time (In a job that is challenging and interesting and I don’t dread going to every day no less). Along with being about half way to achieving one of the blank spaces (more on that after Christmas) which is fun, scary, challenging and brilliant all at the same time, I have come to the realisation that I’m not going to do it.

This is both a failure and disappointment, and a sign of how life has changed – and I’m choosing to concentrate on those aspects that are mainly for the better.

There are a few things on the list that I’m planning on doing before/around my birthday anyway, and you never know what the next 7 weeks will bring.

I spotted a ‘thing’ on twitter about 15 in 15…maybe that’s more achievable?

Christmas Tree

Well I’m certainly not feeling particularly full of the festive spirit recently, but a new colleague persuaded me to buy a christmas tree. I slowly warmed to the idea and when a box of vintage decorations was unearthed in the unpacking of boxes(oh yes, I’ve moved again, more on that at a point when I have impressive photos  to take and less time than now).
And so this is what happens:



Is this?

We’re all going to die, we don’t get much say over how, or when

But we do get to decide how we’re going to live

So do it


Is this the life you want to live?

Is this the person you want to love?

Is this the best you can be?

Can you be stronger, kinder, more compassionate?


Breath in

Breath out

And decide



(stolen from Grey’s Anatomy Season 10 Episode 1)