Yesterday was #InternationalDayOfHappiness and I was having a happy smiley time at work. I love my work, I help people, I talk to loads, and I end the day smiling every time. Not yesterday. Yesterday I was robbed by conmen, two young men who came in talking and yabbering, making a fuss and going off with whatever was on the desk. My mobile phone, sadly. … Continue reading How my Happiness Day turned out… Paint Your Wagon at The Liverpool Everyman
February 28th is International Hygge Day. All over the world people will be doing hyggely things, sharing them on social media and hashtagging them #internationalhyggeday. It could be as small as stopping work mid morning for a cake and a coffee with colleagues, or wearing comfy clothes all day. It could be an evening out with friends or family, visiting your parents or grandparents, walking … Continue reading Get Ready for International Day of Hygge 2018
If you’ve spent any time in the world of craft blogs, nature blogs, Oh-I-wish-I-were-there blogs or mostly just blogs, the chances are you’ve come across Emma’s website, Silver Pebble. Emma is a craftsperson, designer, naturalist and deep thinker who lives on the edge of the Cambridgeshire fens. I can’t even remember when I saw her blog first, via a friend’s recommendation, and her jewellery is … Continue reading Hygge Book: Making Winter by Emma Mitchell
It’s a funny thing, but I often remind myself that illness is my body’s way of making me slow down. And it often seems to me that, although our body keeps going through times of stress (both good and bad) at some point the elastic snaps, the body stops and we are forced either to push through the kind of illness where every step is … Continue reading Hibernation Week 1: How’s Your Week Been?
We’re back to scent as a powerful stimulant to memory here. I bet you can get just one sniff of a familiar scent and be transported back to a time or place. For me, it’s a sweet-floral perfume called Normal Hartnell’s In Love. My mother loved it, and used it every time she was going out. This was back in the 1970’s, early 80’s. It … Continue reading A Self Care Christmas Day 5: Fill the House with Seasonal Scents
You know I am not a great one for promoting products. I don’t artlessly glide names and hints into an article, nor do I usually accept items for review, except books or things I would have bought myself. In fact, I usually say no to all promotional offers so that when I say I have something to promote, you know I like it. And I … Continue reading I’m Here for the Hygge, always.
This weekend has been a crazy one for retailers. The news channels and papers have been full of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. Every website has had banners across the top proclaiming Bargains Bargains Bargains… and Facebook has been packed with even more ads and offers. I hate Black Friday. I dislike Cyber Monday. I think they are both cynical and exploitative inventions designed … Continue reading Black Friday? Cyber Monday? That’s so not hygge…. and here’s why.
When I was working, one of my colleagues was one of the hyggeliest people I knew. She had the skill of letting you into her home and making you feel secure, cosy and safe. This, despite the fact that she was married to a Grinch and struggled with feeling inadequate herself. I don’t think she knew how good she was to be with, but I … Continue reading Recipe Tuesday: Grab a Welsh cake and cwtch!