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.

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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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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)

Woolly Wales Weekend

This weekend was Wonderwool – I’ve been debating whether or not to go for a while, but after a minor (hah!) meltdown in the car park I made it in and found some lovely things, and chatted with some lovely people too.

Not many purchases this year – having not knitted for a fair few months I’m destashing rather than enhancing.

I did however get some lovely batik fabric from Textile Traders (below), a fantastic Niddy Noddy from the ever lovely Mulberry Dyer, and some base yarns to play with.

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and we saw the knitted exhibition…do you remember seeing the knitted house a few years ago? There was lots of press about it. Well the same people organised this one. Storybooks, a dragon and sheep…

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There was also a new (I think) addition to the food stands…Chips! and tasty chips at that!

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2014 was a good Wonderwool year, especially considering I’m not really knitting anymore.

As always, I spent the rest of the weekend in Llandrindod with family, including meeting a gorgeous new addition in the form of 10 month old Skye.

Lots of things have got me thinking recently – about time, hope, dreams and forgiveness, but that’s a whole other post. Now I have to go get the baked potato out of the oven before it’s a burnt crisp.