To plan my time better and be more productive and also make time to sit and relax and enjoy the simple things much more and hopefully get out and about breathing the fresh air and taking notice of nature and all it has to offer.
I was having a quiet moment re-reading some pages in a book I was kindly sent last year by Barb. A beautifully illustrated handwritten diary by Susan Branch.
It charts her trip from the USA to England for her 25th wedding anniversary aboard the Queen Mary 2 and all that she saw and did in England during her visit. A thoroughly fabulous book and one I often delve into, the pictures and wording are so beautiful.
I often think that perhaps I should try and do a journal of my year with little snippets of information, pictures, tickets etc from adventures. Perhaps I will ....
This time I opened the page and there was a list - new rules it was titled, very apt for the start of a new year. A great list of new rules, i had better look at this page more often and take note .....
If you get the opportunity to see a copy of this book I highly recommend it.
I've beavered away on DH's socks which I told you about last time and they are my first finish of 2015. The wool is from West Yorkshire Spinners and is from Blue faced Leicester sheep, spun and dyed here in the UK in Yorkshire. Nice soft wool to knit with. My wool was purchased at the NEC and was on offer.
A perfect fit apparently and really keep your toes nice and cosy warm.
January 1st I had a break from the socks for the 'must do' new year new stitching start. I'd had a Lizzie Kate Inspirational Boxer for Christmas from Kathy - no blog, but she does read mine, so thank you again Kathy for your kindness.
I really wanted to stitch it straight away. Here's a little progress pic...
The weekend is UFO stitching time at Needlecraft Haven. The only stipulation is that you make a little progress on a UFO you have sometime over the weekend. So, seeing as i run the activity, i have to play nicely and show willing don't I? Therefore, Irish Garden has also had some attention last weekend. **was that a sigh of shock I heard, i know its been ages since I added a stitch to it**
The top outer brown border was added this time. This outer row is as big as it gets, so perhaps i'll add the other 3 borders and it will inspire me to get them filled in and get it finished.
A little reading still happening at the start and end of each day and I've finished a book this week too. Cecilia Aherne always makes me smile when I read her books, they have a sense of magic about them. The Time of My Life was my latest read, all about Lucy Silchester meeting 'her life' after a series of lies and untruths and being forced to work out what she wanted for herself in her life - it was her choice.
I hope the first week of the new year has been kind to you and you have settled back into your routines of school, work and such. Of course, you'll have had plenty of crafting time too (i hope!).
Blessings to you all