Thursday, 31 December 2015

Happy New Year and Farewell.........











It's time to say a HUGE goodbye to you all.

A little sad not to be posting anymore, but I know it is the right decision.

I just wanted to once again say a 

heart felt thank you 

to you all. It has been such a lovely space to have here and I have so enjoyed you following my creative journey. You have all been so awesome. Encouraging me and making me feel that this passion of mine is worthwhile.

My journey shall continue on Flickr and Ravelry and it will be lovely to see some of you on there.

This little space here will stay live and you can always contact me should you have any crafty questions. I'll still be reading blogs and commenting so it's not a complete goodbye.

So......the VERY VERY best to you all for 2016. May you be blessed, be creative, and see the beauty in the everyday.

Much love to you all

Vanessa

xxx

edited to add: You don't have to have a Flickr account to view any photos I post on there. Just click on the Flickr ball in the sidebar and it will link you to my Flickr Feed.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Some Things I love........









....Having my first hot drink of the morning, sitting in front of a twinkly Christmas tree when the rest of the house are still dreaming their dreams.

....The scent of cinnamon and cloves that fill the air when I walk in the house.

....A good hand cream

....Hot water bottles.

....Santa mugs

....My new snuggly duvet that doesn't want to see me get out of bed for days.

....Twinkle lights, that make me believe in magic.

....The smell of a hot flannel on the face.

....Freshly baked cookies.

....A new yarn ball to play with.

....Green Bic pens.

....Snuggles with the Bears, watching a movie

....A clean kitchen

....A really hot latte

....Layers..to wear, and on my bed

....Plump cushions

....Writing lists

....Jumping over puddles

....Listening to wind and rain

....Feeling excited by a new crafty project

....Discovering a pretty new Christmas tree decoration.

....Coffee and a good book in bed

....Red and white gingham

....Homemade blankets

....Wristwarmers

....An appointment free day

....Tunnocks tea cakes

....Red Pillar boxes

....Snow Globes

....Walking in Fog

....My iTunes Playlist

....Cosy Slippers

....Darning in the last end of a blanket

....Reading heartwarming news

....Daydreaming

....Waking up to the sound of birdsong on my alarm clock. It always puts me in a good mood.

....Sparkly nail polish

....finding something I like in the perfect shade of pink.

....Pressed glass. I'm a sucker for it.






Some of my favourite things.

What are your favourite things?

xxx

Friday, 18 December 2015

Favourites.....




Looking back at bloggy statistics, I thought I'd just share my most popular posts of all time here on this post.

It's no surprise, this being a crafty crochet blog, that they are all crochet makes......


in 1st place:


in 2nd place:


in 3rd place:


in 4th place:


in 5th place:


The Evening Sun Blanket and the Serendipity Blanket are my two top favourite blankets I have made to date. Alicia Paulson's Sunshine Day Blanket makes up my top three I think.



















The scarves inspired by a post on Vanessa Cabban's beautiful blog (sigh, still miss her so terribly in the crafty community) are my favourites too. They never fail to bring me colour joy when I wear them.





The waffle post, really was a waffle post, but full of my most recent makes. I had been a busy bee Blanket making and the baby blankets were a dream to make (so much so, adult blankets were made soon after). The pom pom edge blanket is a faithful friend to me. Bright and happy, I love it in the summer. The Rosy Posy blanket was a mammoth job! It was huge, but it was fun to do. It was made to be kept in the car for picnic and seaside trips and just general car snuggling on long trips.








The hot water bottle cover tutorial, is always a big hit some Christmas time. You all know me by now. I don't do tutorials, simply because I am so pants at them, but so many asked for one, and I did a general one to cover all sizes of hot water bottles, and it seemed to be a hit. I have it bookmarked, as I need to make some more for myself. My other covers are looking sorry for themselves as they have been so well used.





So, there we go.

Your favourite posts.

I just thought it was nice to share with you what you have liked the most since I have been blogging.


xxx



Monday, 14 December 2015

Privileged.....


















 I was driving very early this morning. It wasn't a usual thing for me to do, and the morning still felt like it hadn't quite risen from its slumber.

I have been listening all week to Ludovico Einaudi's 'Elements' album. I ADORE strings and Piano and I was playing 'Night' in the car. It seemed so fitting of the surroundings at that very moment.

Do you ever get it, when all things come together to reach one point; that you know is a significant moment to you? I'm not really so sure I can eloquently express this very well, as it's more a feeling than any spoken word can describe.

Anyway, driving through the countryside still so sleepy, with a hint of the sunrise....it felt quite ethereal. But mostly, I just felt this overwhelming surge of utter privilege. To have all my senses upon me. To be able to witness the sunrise and the sunset. To be able to feel the chill on my hands, and the sun on my face. To have the love stare back at me though my children's eyes. To breathe the morning air, sit quietly on a bench and watch the world go by, jump and sing like a loon in my house, run on a beach, cry at a sad film, watch deer jump through fields. I just felt what an awesome gift to have.







I think I have been thinking a lot this past week of people in my life who have passed. I miss them, and I miss that they don't get to see these moments that I see and feel. We forget sometimes in the hustle and bustle of life, just what we have, just how spectacular it all is.....and just what a privilege it is.


xxx