Archive for January, 2013


January 31st, 2013 | Other | 3 Comments

fleeting beauty right by the washing machine I had a lovely time sewing and watching this programme about Robbie Burns with one of my favourite singers Eddi Reader. I’ve seen her live and her voice gives you goosebumps. Beautiful. More beauty can be found in this little Irish film found through Toast. beauty is within […]


January 30th, 2013 | Books | No Comments

I bought this book at the school Christmas fair purely because I liked the title, ‘A Cupboard Full of Coats’ by Yvette Edwards. And I’m so glad I did. Wonderful.      

January 28th, 2013 | Other | 1 Comment

‘Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable’ Mary Oliver    

A Field Guide

January 25th, 2013 | A Field Guide | 7 Comments

here’s the paper moodboard for my third book. I’ve had the idea (the hard bit). I’ve made the Pinterest moodboard (the easy bit). I’ve bought the fabric (the best bit?) and now I just have to make it all happen. The late nights start now.


         as well as painting them I’ve been stitching leaves and bugs too. By the way, that grey thing is supposed to be a feather- it looks a little more convincing in real life.  

the last 3 days

January 21st, 2013 | Family | 5 Comments

dress in everything you own, play in snow ’til you can’t feel your fingers and toes, take off everything you own, drape wet clothes on every radiator in the house, dry Betty, eat and drink until thoroughly thawed out. Repeat.  


January 18th, 2013 | Drawing and Painting | 4 Comments

Yesterday afternoon was spent painting bugs and spiders and berries. I always forget how much I enjoy painting. It’s snowing here and I’ve just heard that school is closing. I will have happy boys home in a short while.


January 16th, 2013 | Family | 8 Comments

Tony came home with tulips. How romantic I thought. And then he said ‘I only got them because they were reduced to 60p’ thanks love.


January 14th, 2013 | Other | 7 Comments

Tony whittled me this Kuksa for Christmas. It was christened with champagne on Christmas day- but it’s been my morning cuppa since then. I love it and it’s already getting better with age.


January 9th, 2013 | Crochet and Knitting | 2 Comments

Despite being Spaniel/ Retriever the boys and I decided Betty looked most like the Red Setter knitting pattern so that is what I made (leaving out the jowls and making her nose less pointy) and learnt a new loopy stitch in the process. Next time I have to learn a new stitch I won’t do […]