A list of happiness (3)

I’ve decided to move my happiness list to Sunday this week, partly because it makes sense to write it actually at the end of the week it talks about rather than at the start of the next and partly because I already have something I plan to blog about tomorrow. Like always the list is in no particular order and is not intended to be entirely comprehensive (on both previous lists I’ve thought of other things after I’d hit publish). 

Going to book club and spending a couple of hours chatting about all sorts of things with the other lovely ladies while drinking tea and eating cake. Evening rain showers. Starting the final week of my 100 Days Project. Spending an afternoon babysitting and having so much fun playing. A successful and easy shopping trip for clothes that left me feeling good about myself. Leftover profiteroles. A West End themed YouTube spiral. My new Geeky Stitching Club subscription arriving. A Saturday evening spent sitting outside with good company. Finishing a reading to do list over two weeks early. A really fun last Beavers meeting of the term. Gluten free fish and chips. Making lots of progress with my cupcake cross stitch.

What’s made you happy this week?


Saturday Song 

A very late post today but it’s been a very busy day. I wanted to share this song a few weeks back, it had been the featured record of the week on the drive time show I tend to listen to on the radio and with each daily play I loved it more. There was no video though so I’ve waited and now there is one and I can finally share it. The band are called Wild Youth, the song is their debut single and it’s called All or Nothing.


A bit of the West End for a Wednesday 

I spent part of this evening watching some of the videos from this year’s West End Live event on YouTube. There are some great performances but sadly the sound quality isn’t all that  brilliant. While I was watching them I spotted this from Amber Riley at the Olivier Awards which is brilliant:

and also then led me to rewatch Jennifer Hudson’s Carpool Karaoke which I love:

and is another of my favourite things so I couldn’t resist sharing the joy here. 

Life · Words

No regrets

I went for coffee this morning and spotted this quote on the wall:

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

It’s apparently attributed to Mark Twain. Regardless of who said it I found it completely spoke to me, it’s gone into my quotes and words book but I wanted to share it here too. 


A list of happiness (2)

I really enjoyed stopping and thinking about the things that had made me happy for last week’s post so thought I’d do it again this week. So in no particular order here are the things that made me happy last week.

Casting on a new knitting project. FaceTime. Starting and finishing a cross stitch card that made me so happy every time I looked at it. Friday morning coffee and cake. The Doctor Who finale. Getting the start date for my new job confirmed. A lovely meal out. Tea in my new bedtime mug. Buying my ticket for YALC at last and sorting out my hotel booking. Watching so many episodes of all my favourite TV shows. Instagram stories. Getting a gorgeous package from Liz’s shop. Buying new craft materials storage. 

What made you happy last week?

Life · Photography

June in pictures.

At the end of every month I get a Monthly Collage email with a collage of my Instagram pictures for that month. I’m doing a photo a day challenge throughout 2017 on Instagram so it’s a pretty nice round up of my month. Here’s my June.

Like last month it’s pretty dominated by my daily photos of my 100 day project, I started the month with the best intentions to take more pictures but it petered out over the month. The 100 days ends midway through July so I think it’ll be much easier to focus on a bigger variety of photos.  


Cast off… Cast on. 

After casting off my secret knitting project last weekend I intended to have a bit of time away from knitting. As I mentioned a couple of days ago I’ve got lots of cross stitching queued up, and I have a couple of crochet projects that are entirely neglected (but have no set completion deadline) that I could pick up if I wanted some yarn time.

If you’ve been reading my crafty posts for any time you probably already know the way this one is going. Yes, tonight I cast on a new knitting project. I’d got the best of intentions and then I saw a Facebook post by Love Knitting which showed off someone’s project. I clicked through and found that the pattern was sold by them, the Baby Angel top, and without much further thought I was purchasing it and raiding my yarn stash for something suitable.

The pattern has two versions, a plain one and a lacy one, and can be made in three sizes (0-6 months, 6-12 months, 1-2 years). I’m making the largest size lacy version and using Stylecraft Special DK in Plum. The construction of it is really clever, rather than working top to bottom (or vice versa) you are knitting side to side – your cast on edge is the edge of the left hand button band and your cast off the edge of the right hand button band. Short row shaping is adding shape, and the sleeves are little cap sleeves that are knit within the overall piece so that there are no seams and there’s no sewing up to do.

It’s not big enough yet for any progress photos. I took a couple but the detail isn’t showing up yet. There’ll be plenty of opportunities for them before it’s done though I’m sure.