Archive for January, 2012

If you’re new to the Scavenger Hunt then please visit Kirst’s blog to see how this all began.  Rachel over at The Awesome Lady is acting as guest host again this month, so if you somehow came here first then please do go and visit her blog to see who else is taking part!  I decided to go with a black and white theme this month…


This month seems to have been more about sewing than bookbinding, I’ve certainly spent a lot of time talking about sewing haven’t I?

Something I Made

My first adventure in quilting.  Who cares that it’s only a miniature one for bears?

Motifs: Animal

Very handily I happened to order quite a few papers which feature animal motifs recently, this is my current favourite.


Fungus of some description (I’m not good with fungi!) on a tree stump.  The stump was brought into my garden for decorative purposes and has now sprouted this fungus all over it, I’m now not entirely sure if I should keep it or throw it out…


A close up of a gorgeous panel on my Singer sewing machine.  They really don’t make ’em like this any more.

Rachel over at The Awesome Lady is guest-hosting again for February so please do pop along to her blog in a day or so to find out what topics we’ll be playing with next month.

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27th January 2012 – “A well deserved drink”

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Weekword: Weather

A list of all this week’s participants is given at the end of this post

Sally tagged me to choose a word this week (after I struggled woefully with ultracrepidarianism), and I chose weather.  A deceptively simple choice I think, because there’s just so much scope so I’m looking forward to seeing what you’ve all come up with!

The weather has been… interesting to say the least this winter.  In complete contrast to the Narnia-like conditions last winter, this year we’ve had such mild conditions that it’s been positively spring-like most of the time.  I mean really, I’ve got aphids in my garden which are happily munching on new growth which shouldn’t appear until about March.  I had to spray for bugs in January for crying out loud, what’s that all about then?

Still, the weather is what it is, and whether it’s sunny or rainy, cold or warm, it’s amazing how it can affect us.  It can affect our mood and our plans, it can make us feel optimistic or downright cynical, and it can be powerful enough to bring entire countries to a halt.  Weather is a powerful thing.

The unseasonably mild weather we’ve been experiencing this winter has made me feel a bit, I don’t know, bleugh.  It’s quite nice not having to wrap up in fifteen layers whenever I go out, but without a sharply defined winter period it doesn’t feel as though the wheel of the year is turning quite right.  Although I moan when it’s cold, I do actually like those crisp winter mornings – and for it to be a proper winter you need to have more than the odd one or two.  It’s confusing for the plants in the garden (honeysuckle flowering in December?  Roses blooming in January?), and it’s a bit confusing for me too.  I don’t feel settled, which is annoying to say the least.

But it is what it is.  I can’t change it, so I’m just going to have to change my outlook instead.  Sure I’m disappointed that I’ve not been snowed in for three weeks and therefore forced to stay indoors and be creative, but on the flip side it’s February and hopefully I’ll be outside sketching next week if the weather continues to play nicely!  Let’s be grateful for small mercies, and keep on smiling whether there’s rain or shine.

If you managed to make it this far through my ramblings then thank you for reading, and please visit the other Weekword participants to see what they’ve posted this week 🙂

I’m tagging Carmen over at Tails of a Biomouse to choose the next word.  Pop along to her blog on Monday to see what she’s chosen.

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I saw these at work and was very jealous as the squirrels seem to have eaten all the crocuses in my own garden…

26th January 2012 – “Raindrops on crocuses”

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Project 365 – Day 25

There’s something quite therapeutic about pruning, and boy did I do a lot of it today…

25th January 2012 – “A thorny mess”

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Bit of a new feature here but I hope it will become a regular one.  I’m sure most people have a wishlist of some sort, I’ve got one which is a mile long (thanks to Amazon now letting me add things from other shops to it) but the trouble is that I keep adding things, and eventually the list gets longer and longer and there are things on there from way back when that I don’t really want any more.  I should keep the list up to date but let’s face it, I’m lazy.

So Wednesday wishlist is going to be a bit different, it’ll be like the proverbial three wishes you’re granted by a genie or fairy godmother.  Three things, material or theoretical, that I want this week.  If you’d like to join in with Wednesday Wishlist then let me know and I’ll add a link to your blog.

This week I’m wishing for…

More colour in the garden.  It’s still so dull at this time of year, the bulbs are up but not flowering, and despite some flowers which are still clinging on (my summer pelargoniums and my winter cyclamen) there’s just not much to look at.  I’ve got some winter-flowering plants but they’re still quite dull.  I can’t wait for my bulbs to flower!

Cheese moments.  I haven’t had these in absolutely ages and have been craving them for a while now.  Rarely spotted in convenience stores, generally only found in pubs.  Dammit I want some!

The third thing I would really like this week is more hours in the day (or, possibly, to just make better use of the time I have).  I had a whole week at home last week and it feels as though I barely did anything; now I’m back on a gardening week and I seem to have so many ideas and no time to do anything with them!

That’s it for this Wednesday, but check back next week and if you’d like to play along then let me know and I’ll link to your blog post (please note that I’ll be away next week and posting from afar, so if you do want to play then please let me know and I’ll have to add your link when I get back to London).

Update:  Katy over at Creating Misericordia has added her own Wednesday Wishlist!  Pop along and visit her blog to take a look 🙂

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The first snowdrops have finally flowered 🙂

24th January 2012 – “First of the  year”

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