How far into January should we go until it is uncool to say Happy New Year to people? One day…one week? Well no matter whether it’s cool or uncool, I want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year.
I have had a very relaxing break over the last few weeks with Hubble. It was so enjoyable. Catching up with family was great too. I got to meet my new niece, Miss M and she is as cuddly as she looks in the photos I was sent. Best of all, she smells divine. I caught up with my other nieces and nephews as well – all so grown up compared to 2 years ago when I last saw them all. It was a sombre occasion then with the passing of my Stepfather so thankfully, this time was for a joyous occasion.
I decided on a quilt pattern for Miss M’s quilt. I didn’t want it to be really babyish. I wanted something that she can use for a long time and I wanted it to be easy to put together. I decided to use some 5 inch charm squares I had bought from the Fair last year. They are from Urban Chiks for Moda and the capsule is called Spellbound. I also used some white on white paisley fabric.
I laid it out in all sorts of combinations before deciding to go with the above combo. In the flesh it is much brighter looking. I have sewn all the squares together into rows and now need to join the rows. Then I’ll see if the quilt speaks to me about adding a border or two. I can’t wait to give it to her.
Having all this time off has allowed me to potter around the house and do some things I’ve had on the list since we moved in. I have started a little indoor garden in the foyer where it gets lots of natural light. I only have 2 plants so far but I’ll get more as I go along. It gives me such joy to see them every morning. There is nothing quite like having plants indoors to give you a sense of calm.
We also did a big tidy up outside and I planted a new geranium and added a little bird bath in one of bushes for the finches and wattle birds who spend a lot of time there. At one stage I saw about 10 birds in the tree. I’ve never seen so many in the one tree before.
Hubble and I also did some DIY, or rather Hubble did the majority of it. You see I hurt my back picking up a basket full of wet laundry and couldn’t bend down. We have had this secondhand king single bed that has been sitting in our spare room for about 18 months. We finally bought some of Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint to paint it and a little set of drawers to go with it.
What I love about the chalk paint is that you very rarely ever need to prep the piece beforehand. We just wiped them over with a damp cloth. We did two coats which left just a tiny bit of the wood colour showing through (it was quite dark). It gave it a vintage/distressed look which was exactly what I was going for. On the drawers I replaced the knobs with some that I bought in First Avenue in Kalamunda. They are gorgeous! The unpainted part of the drawers will be painted an Old White colour to match the knobs. However I just want to sit with it a bit and wait till I have the quilt and everything before confirming that’s what we’ll do. I’ll put some pictures up when we’ve bought the mattress and the bedroom is finished off. Our next DIY is our dining setting…but what colour/s to pick?
I decided that I would do Hugs N Kisses Stitch Therapy 365 this year. It’s a project where you stitch just one thing from the panel each day for a year. They are pretty simple designs and you get sent the pattern every morning. It is not so much to do with the panel of stitchers that you will have when you’re finished but with the moving meditation you do each day as you stitch your design. The calmness and clarity you feel as you embrace the moment of stitching each day. I’m really enjoying it so far, although I am 3 days behind because we had something three nights in a row last week and no time to stitch. Here’s just a couple of stitcheries I’ve done so far.
Well, that’s about all from me. I’ll try and write more regularly now that life has gone back to some semblance of normality.
Have a great week.
Until next time…get creative!