Thursday, 29 January 2015

Creating For Those You Love......


It's a wonderful thing, creating something for someone you love. To pour love and care into what you're making. To think about them, about their special qualities and quirky ways, as you stitch, or knit, as you hook or bake.
As I wrapped up this blanket for my daughter, I thought about how special it felt to make this for her. My love went into each stitch. She's seen it, throughout its's a difficult thing to hide. But you know something, that's ok. This isn't something easily purchased from a shop, this one took my time, lots of my time. Maybe, just maybe, by seeing how much time this took, she will appreciate and value it more. If not now, with her teen brain.....but in the future.
There was a big, big smile on her face as she unwrapped it. She's snuggled under it right now, like a lot of teens she spends a lot of time in her bedroom, this will help to keep her warm and cosy.
Yes, there's something incredibly special, and satisfying, creating something for someone you love.
Back tomorrow with my last Positive January post,
Amanda :) xxx





Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Liberty Love.......

Most of you know how much I love my vintage sheets, their cheerful colours and happy designs.......but I'm just a little bit in love with Liberty too. Well actually it's more than a little.
After saving 'small change' for almost a year, I had enough to buy myself a whole rainbow of Liberty.....and so this lovely lot is destined to become my Liberty quilt.
I've been busy on Pinterest, collecting images on my Liberty Love board, musing over ideas. I'm not going to make even one snip until I'm absolutely sure what design I'm happy with.
I made a pledge to myself this year, not to purchase any more fabric or yarn, until I'd used up a significant amount of the stash I'd already acquired. And so far, I'm doing well.....I'm using up my yarn on several projects, and I've enough vintage sheets to last me a lifetime!!!
It's easy to get overwhelmed with Stuff, things you collect, things you think you need, but in the end it can feel a bit suffocating. So I've started the process of looking through my 'stuff', editing out stuff I don't actually's going to take a while, but it feels good.
We've had a great weekend. It's birthday celebrations this week, my daughter is growing's a privilege to watch her growing into such a gorgeous young woman, but sometimes I feel just like pressing the pause button! We've been to the cinema together, girly shopping and lunch at our favourite Italian. This week it's a birthday tea with family and then later in the week pizza with friends. Small celebrations, with close family and friends, just as she likes it.
I will be back later in the week with my Positive January Liberty will be in there somewhere........
Have a good week,
Amanda :) xxx


Friday, 23 January 2015

Positive Thinking January......


This week as been a very pleasant week, it started with a very relaxing and restorative weekend.....then just rolled into a calm, kind week!
Lots of.....sorting and stroking of yarn and fabric, and the inevitable crochet! My WIP is growing nicely. Time with Big Sis, always a positive thing!
I've got myself a blender so I'm hitting my 'vegan eating' goal firmly on the head. This week it's been Pistashio, Walnut and Parsley Pesto, tossed into wholemeal spaghetti, and the most delicious homemade hummus. I'm going to do a Fitness Feb, but more on that soon.
I've enjoyed being at home, it's been bitterly cold this week.....and yes, the heating has been on, a lot, unfortunately MS and freezing temperatures don't like each other!
The tulips have been replaced by a pot of tête-à-tête daffodils, reduced at my local supermarket....these will be popped in the garden after they've finished.
I'm hoping this weekend will be a good one too, time to be spent with my daughter, a cinema trip planned, a lovely lunch in our favourite Italian, and shopping. Time with my other Posh Sis, you can NEVER have too many sisters!
Hope your weekend is all you hope it will be and more!
Thanks for popping by,
Amanda :) xxx



Wednesday, 21 January 2015

A Very Kind Community...


This week has been a Good Week.....nothing out of the ordinary, nothing too special, but a good week. Time with friends, time with family, time alone....yes, it's been good.
It's a funny old malarkey this blogging business don't you think? I've said it before, but it really does feel like I'm just having a little chat with friends. So many of you pop by each day to have a peek in my world, and I often wonder why. But then I love peeking in on so many of your worlds, so I do understand.
I've had so much support since I started this blog. Something I never envisaged. This really is one wonderful creative community. And not just on my blog, I see it all the time, all over blogland. And isn't it wonderful......when there is so much sadness in this world, so many awful things's great that in our own community, people reach out to each other.
Just lately I've received some very lovely parcels, gifts from people who wanted to show me they cared. A pin cushion from my lovely friend Penny, yarn from Annette, and the most delicious Liberty bunting from Clare.
Annette and Clare don't know me, but wanted to show me they care. Wanted to show me they were thinking of me. Penny does know me, and still wanted me to know she cared!!! This just bowls me over, makes me feel hopeful.
You may not realise it, but by stopping by my blog, letting me know you've visited, you've really helped me get through a very difficult time. So thank you, THANK YOU.....I feel like I've emerged through, a slightly different person because of the path I've travelled, but I've emerged!
I'd love to hear your stories, what has being part of this community meant to you? How have you been affected by this community?
Thanks My Dears, for reading, and for your support....
Amanda :) xxx



Monday, 19 January 2015

Relax And Restore......


After the Stress Fest of last week, I was so ready for the weekend. To relax and restore. My weekend lived up to what I hoped.
Saturday was busy, but good busy, enjoyable busy.....visits from sisters, visits too haircut, always a good thing, and long overdue! A trip to Ikea, and a bag full of goodies.....I love their wrapping paper and ribbons!
Sunday involved.......sleeping in, slow breakfasts, crispy gardens, good food, keeping warm, watching films by candlelight......and lots, and lots of crochet.
So I'm ready for the week, facing it with a smile on my face, it's amazing what two days can do........
Have a great week everyone, thanks for reading,
Amanda :) xxx



Friday, 16 January 2015

Positive Thinking January


So here are my Positive Things for this week of January.......
Coffee, tea, seem to feature heavily.....time to sit and reflect, time to bake, time to crochet, time to blog and connect, time with friends, gifts from friends....and a bunch of tulips, gift to myself. It's been a very stressful week here, I can't share the details because they aren't mine to share. I've felt the impact of that stress on my body, and its sent my MS symptoms a bit awry.
So I've needed to hold on to those Positive Moments with both hands this week, as tight as tight can be.....and today I'm glad it's Friday, a chance to relax and spend time with my family. Time to heal.
I'm not too sure what we will be doing this weekend, we've deliberately kept it 'plan' free.....give us all time to rebalance. And if the weather lets us, there will definitely be time to breath in fresh air.
Whatever you are doing this weekend......enjoy!
Amanda :) xxx
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