Inspired by…my top 3 favourite crochet blogs

I’ve just spent the past week in bed getting over a nasty flu-like virus which has wiped out almost all my energy. I’ve been in bed sleeping most of the week and in between naps have been reading and watching a few films. It took until late Thursday to feel that I may fancy a bit of hooky time and crochet a granny square or two, it was bliss but I felt pretty tired after about an hour. I’m feeling less exhausted today and feeling a bit more of myself but think I’m going to have to take things a little […]

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From the bookshelf…

Reading hardback non-fiction books is one of my favourite things to do to relax and clear my head after a busy day. It has been a while since I’ve made the time or had the energy to do something I really love after work. I wanted to change that so over the past few weeks I’ve made it a goal of mine to make a conscious effort to ensure that I make time after work to sit, relax and do something I love undisturbed for 20 minutes or so a few times a week. For me this has meant making time to […]

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Inspired by…Elise Blaha Cripe

  I spend lots of my spare time immersing myself in my hobbies and have a number of blogs and people that I follow online that really inspire me. One of those inspirational people is Elise Blaha Cripe. I’ve been reading Elise’s blog, enJOYit, for well over a year and absolutely love it. Elise blogs everyday about her life. She writes about running her small business, her project Make 29, gardening, home projects, scrapbooking, goal setting, her family and making. I first came across Elise through the online scrapbooking community and e-courses that I took at Big Picture Classes. Elise has […]

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Getting some inspiration…patchwork and quilt ideas

The fabric has been bought and now it’s time to decide on the quilt design. I’m not quite sure what I am going make just yet, all I know is that I want to make quilt for our bed. It is going to be a big project and it certainly won’t be a quilt project that I can make in a weekend! I want the project to be challenging and to try out some new patchwork and piecing techniques. I’ve been busy book marking lovely quilts in my favourite quilt magazine Love Patchwork & Quilting. I’ve bought this gorgeous magazine from […]

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A fabulous day of baking :: Bake With Maria…well, with Marianne!

On Saturday I spent the day baking. Taking time out to bake is something that I rarely do at the moment and I didn’t realise how much I missed it until this weekend. I used to really love baking. I’ve baked Victoria sponges, scones, cupcakes, muffins, cookies, shortbread and loaf cakes in the past but have got out of the habit of making time to bake. I started to grow despondent following a few baking disasters with a particularly fierce oven, and always ended up making things in a rush. However attending a course this weekend changed how I want to […]

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Inspired by…The Festival of Quilts 2013

Last week I headed off to The Festival of Quilts at the NEC with a few work buddies. The whole event was really inspiring and it got me so excited about my fabric and crafty stash once more. The Festival of Quilts is ‘the ultimate patchwork and quilting experience’ and it didn’t fail to impress. Three halls in the NEC were full to the brim of quilts, fabric and supplies to buy. There were hundreds of quilts on display ranging from fine art quilts, contemporary quilts, traditional quilts, pictorial quilts and the impressive miniature quilts. I spent around 3 hours looking at […]

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Amsterdam :: Inspiring Urban Container Gardening

Last weekend we headed off to Amsterdam for a long weekend away. I fell in love with the city and felt really inspired while I was there. I loved the tulips, the elegant bikes with baskets, picturesque canals and bridges, and the simplicity of Dutch design seen in the little boutique shops and cafes. We spent lots of time soaking up the laid back city atmosphere over many coffees, pancakes and beers. With many of the residents in Amsterdam’s inner city living in apartments or houseboats, space for growing plants is at a premium. But the residents have made the most […]

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The Simple Things

  What is your simple thing? Maybe it’s the smell of freshly cut grass, walking through crunchy Autumn leaves, listening to the rain, going for a picnic with friends on a beach, growing your own herbs, giving a handmade gift wrapped in brown paper and ribbon…these are a few of my favourite simple things. One of my truly favourite simple things in life is receiving post through our letter box. Magazine subscriptions, parcels and fabric orders…I know that they will be on their way during the month but I still get so excited when the post arrives. Even more so, unexpected […]

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The joy of new books

I have a big thing for books, especially hardback books full of beautifully styled photos and fit to be shown off on a coffee table! At the moment I seem to be collecting cookbooks, books about interiors and styling, and sewing/craft books full of projects to try out. Despite our bookshelves being packed full, somehow there is always a book out there that I like the sound of! In my post New Year, New Projects I mentioned I had some new sewing books given to me for Christmas, they were The Sewing Book by Alison Smith and Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of […]

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