Downtime

 

April collage

I seem to have taken an unplanned technology break over the past few weeks. I’ve managed Pinterest and the new Family Guy app whilst watching TV, but not much more than that! In fact, Feedly has a slightly daunting 200+ unread blog posts waiting for me…

April is always an eventful month for me, and this one has been no different. This month, amongst other more mundane things,  I turned 26, had my first ever afternoon tea, assembled a whole house full of Ikea furniture, ate far too much pizza and curry and baked a ridiculous amount of cake.

With all the running around I felt like a bit of lo-tech relaxation, so I picked up the crochet hook for the first time in forever and made the little guys you can see above. An Easter Bunny and an…Easter Diplodocus. Because dinosaurs laid eggs? Yeah, we’ll go with that.

I’m feeling a bit more with it now, so hopefully I’ll be diving head-first back into the Internet this week. I’ve signed up for Rosalilium’s Blog Every Day in May to give myself a bit of a kick up the bum too, so expect a little more noise around here over the next month!

Reasons to be cheerful

Hello! Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend so far!

I was looking forward to lovely, busy Saturday today – my other half is away for a friend’s birthday so instead of going to his place like I usually do, I’m staying home. I had hoped that this would mean a day of industrious sewing and traipsing around shops…but unfortunately my body had other plans and I woke up with a cracking headache that I cannot shift!

I usually get grumpy and let myself wallow in self-pity when I’m feeling poorly, but I’ve decided to make an effort to look on the bright side a little bit more. So, here are a few things that have brightened up my day:

A nice stack of magazines

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Sometimes it’s nice to come away from the computer, put down the phone and get into something made of paper. I was moaning the other day about how Elle Decor never comes free with Elle here – when I was living in Spain they used to all the time – so I was pretty chuffed that WH Smiths had them on offer. Homemaker is a monthly staple for me, it’s the perfect thing to flick through if you’re running low on inspiration. It a great mix of crafts, interiors and recipes and the design is seriously pretty to boot.

Ice cream

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Who doesn’t feel better after ice cream?! These little pots come from Aldi, they’re £1.99 for four and they are amazing.

Making something

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I’m pretty new to sewing, and the amount of concentration required to not make holes in my fingers was just a bit much today, so I picked up the hook and crocheted a little pin cushion instead. Much more relaxing and far less dangerous! If you’re interested, the daisy pattern is here.

Right, I’m going to get into bed and catch up with Call the Midwife. Don’t judge me. I just watch it for the frocks, honest!