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This has been a good week. Sunshine really helps though doesn’t it folks and I’ve been trying to get outside and enjoy it as much as possible. In fact, I’ve had my first al fresco lunch of the year (picnic in the park) AND walked around coatless!!! All this sunshine has even prompted me to invest in a couple of new shades of nail vanish in preparation for the grand unveiling of my feet. That’s bound to jinx it. Baby Bea seems a lot happier to be spending time outdoors too and discovering this strange stuff called grass. I don’t think it will be long before she’s well and truly on the move soon.
So here’s to good weeks and sunshine! Hope yours was sun and fun-filled too.
L-R: My plum tree (last year’s anniversary present) has blossomed for the first time! // Flo’s new shoes (cost twice as much as mine but I love them) // Having homemade lavender cake to snack on // A pretty card Florence made at nursery // Spending time with the mister (my fave lunch date) // Watching Bea enjoying the feel of sun and grass on her feet // Having lovely new books to review // Buying nail varnish to make my feet look pretty presentable // Being sent nice things for Bea’s nursery (more on this in a special post coming up soon).
Enjoy the long weekend folks!
This week’s Happy List is dedicated to my husband (and is a bit of a soppy one – soz!). It was our wedding anniversary the other day. Five years = wood, apparently. So, naturally, he gave me a wooden bee as a gift. Not surprisingly, I think it’s perfect. Every year I also get some white tulips and blue hyacinths to remind me of my wedding bouquet (told you this was a mushy one).
I tried to go down the paper / tree route with my gift and decided to commission my lovely friend and talented artist Sarah Fitton of DitsyBird Designs to create something that summed up how I felt about my mister. I gave her the words and a simple brief and she came up with the most beautiful ink drawing for our wall. We both love it!
We also celebrated with a bottle of fizz once all three kids were in bed and asleep (which is a cause for celebration any day of the year really).
Happy anniversary Greig. Love you lots!
P.S. Have a read of my other Happy Lists here – they’re not all as mushy as this one!
It’s been a while since I wrote my last Happy List but that’s not to say I’ve been sad, there’s just been a fair bit going on. But you should never be too busy to appreciate the little things. Most of the time it’s as simple as just doing stuff that you know will make you happy. Like grabbing a cheeky cappuccino with the mister (especially when he makes silly faces in the foam) or the feeling of starting a nice new notebook (a bit like a clean slate).
On holiday I was also reminded of how much I love cycling (even if I was towing two of the littlies behind me). I must, must, MUST get my bike out of the shed and give it some TLC this summer.
It’s not just about doing the same old things. It’s good to try something new too. We were stuck for a quick pud the other night so I decided to try a ‘brownie in a mug’ microwave recipe* I had spotted on Pinterest. And it worked a treat – magic!
Recently, we also learned how to make origami animals to entertain the kids (there’s an app, of course!). It’s surprisingly easy when you know how, like most things in life. Why don’t you give it a go, it could become your new party trick?
* How to make a brownie in a mug
1/4 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of flour
2 tbsp cocoa
pinch of salt
2 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp water
ice cream (optional)
Add all dry ingredients, then add oil and water. Mix until it’s a smooth consistency. Put it in the microwave and cook for 1 min 40 seconds. It will be HOT so be careful. Add a dollop of ice cream on top and you’re ready to go. Eating things out of a cup is always more fun.
Whoop! It’s nearly almost officially February and that not only means I survived January but we’re on the downward slope towards Spring. Cue thoughts of pancakes with lemon and sugar plus hearts and flowers and Valentine treats. I’m looking forward to bulbs springing up in the garden and the return of one of my favourite things on earth: the humble tulip. It really is the little things that gladden the heart. Here are a few more things that have kept my chin up over the last couple of weeks:
The mister has been a DIY dynamo recently, putting up shelves so we can finally get some photos and prints up on our walls. It’s only taken us two years since we moved into this house! Ok, I know I am just as capable but he’s quite possessive about his drill. These narrow shelves are great (from Ikea – where else?) because you don’t have to bang loads of holes in the walls and it gives you the flexibility to move things around. It’s been so nice to have all our memories on display to enjoy every day rather than hidden away on the laptop. Although, seeing how quickly my babies are growing makes me a little broody (JOKE!).
The White Stuff obviously fell on our little patch of the country too and after discovering The Snowman film at Christmas, Florence was determined to build one of her own. Do you like his flat cap? (because he’s Yorkshire, natch!).
Obligatory Daffs shot!! Well I’m sorry but I do like them. Each year, around this time, they give that welcome bit of sunshine when everything else is a bit grey. These were a present from the mister and I snapped them because I’m taking part in an Instagram challenge called Tokens of Affection. Myself and a few others are all trying to recognise the little things that your partner (or friend etc) does to say they care. More on that in another post.
Sewing and making more things for my shop, which is now officially open *cuts virtual satin ribbon* I’ve started selling my handmade children’s clothing and accessories on etsy and you can find me here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/KatGotTheCream If you fancy a bit of window shopping (or even actual shopping!) then please pop over and have a mooch.
And, at last, we got this lovely print up on the wall too, which currently resides on my bedside wall. It’s by Sunlight on Closed Lids, a West Yorkshire based design studio created by Kate Holliday. I also very much covet the lampshades print and the girl on a swing but this one is my favourite. It’s a message for my kids to read over the years but I realise now is just as relevant to myself. It seems appropriate anyway as I kick off 2013 by putting into action some hopes and dreams.
How was January for you?
I know Christmas seems like a long time ago now but I thought I’d dedicate this Happy List to some of the lovely things I was lucky enough to find under the tree. After all, playing with your presents is one of the few things that gets us through the long, dark tunnel that is January (that and having a snow day).
So, here are a few of the things that I’ve been enjoying over the last couple of weeks. Thank you Santa/the mister.
This print by Parada Creations has made me smile ever since I spotted it in a magazine about 18 months ago. I now keep it in the office, along with my tongue firmly in my cheek, as a reminder to chill out whenever I start to take this silly blogging malarky too seriously. Oh and it has a picture of a bee too so I just had to have it really.
On rare days that I’m child-free and don’t need the baby bag and all its gubbins, I’m going to use this Rob Ryan for Alphabet bags tote so that I can feel a bit more like me and not just somebody’s mum.
Wonderful, wonderful Washi tape. The sort of stuff you never knew you needed until you had it and bless my mister for popping some in my stocking (even though I don’t think he really understands what it’s for).
This was a nice surprise: a rabbit-shaped jelly mould that is a welcome addition to my kitchen dresser. One day I’m going to astound everyone by using it for its actual purpose too.
My love of ‘granny chic’ homewares is well-documented on this blog and I just love the colours and print of the vintage fabric that was used to make this one-off cushion from Pretty Dandy. If you haven’t discovered this brilliant online interiors shop yet then I urge you to take a look (even if it is January and you’re skint). Muchos kudos to the mister for buying me this and humouring my taste!
Some new music to hum along to. I can heartily recommend both (the one on the left is the latest Bat for Lashes, in case you can’t tell).
I’ve also got a place on a sewing course starting in March (at The Sewing Shed, in Ilkley), which I’m really looking forward to and hopefully it will help me to master a few more techniques that I can put to good use in my new venture. More on that front soon!
Hope you’ve had a good week and have had chance to play with your new toys recently.
P.S. Anyone been toboganning yet?