Disclaimer here: I can knit, but I am not, from choice, a knitter. If you give me a free choice of yarncrafts, I will go for crochet every time. Knitting comes under the too fiddly to be bothered with label. That said, like many people, I admire good handknitting, and appreciate the skills used. Also… this book is so not just about handknitting. You’ll see. … Continue reading Book Friday: Seasonal Slow Knitting (Thoughtful Projects for a Handmade Year) by Hannah Thiessen
Four more weeks. Four more weeks. Four more weeks. And international travel seems a distant dream on the horizon (why oh why does Microsoft tempt me with screensavers of Crete and Corfu, Capri coast and California when the closest I am going to get to any of them is a Capri Orange or a quick rewatch of Mamma Mia? And the people who would usually … Continue reading There’s Just No Getting Away From It This Year…. so I might as well read a book.
I spend all day most week days at my desk, typing, filing, phoning and basically staring at a concrete jungle outside. Cars pass, the crossing beeps occasionally and sometimes a fight starts at the pub on the corner. It’s very urban and, apart from the plants on my desk, has no natural elements in it. Yesterday I had a rare (very rare) day off office … Continue reading There’s Hygge in Them Thar Birds!!!
It would seem strange if, after showing you my extensive planner collection (not complete: never complete. Like all enthusiasts, if you offer me a new planner, I will say yes) I didn’t follow up with a book on planning. Planning can be a real pain in the posterior, especially if you read a dour, dry business planning manual. Even the most popular time management technique … Continue reading Book Friday: Plan a Happy Life by Stephanie Fleming
I’m an artistic type, I have always floated along on a wave of inspiration. Or I’m a careful planner, with lists and pages filled with ideas, advice and quotes. Or I’m somewhere in between, with days when I plan and days when planning is the last thing I think about. Blame my star sign: I’m a Gemini and at any one time I can be … Continue reading Managing my Menopausal Mind: Or How I Learned to Embrace Organisation and Live More Hyggely
The last few weeks have been lovely. I’ve consciously been on social media less, read less and done less than ever before. I’ve kept no to do list handy, planned no activities or thought ahead by no more than 24 hours a day. Even what we eat each evening is chosen from a variety of meats and ingredients bought in the weekly shop. And it … Continue reading Press Pause.
Subtitled ‘Living with Less and Ending Up With More’, Simple Matters sounds like my kind of book. Erin Boyle is a simplicity blogger that I have read and enjoyed for a few years now, at Reading My Tea Leaves. She lives in New York, so about as far away from my life as you can get. That’s oneof the great things about simple living, though, … Continue reading Book Friday: Simple Matters by Erin Boyle.
Myquillyn Smith, who posts as The Nester, is one of my favourite home bloggers. Seriously, this woman has her head screwed on right. She tinkers with her home, often big style, but keeps a minimalist look that is totally liveable in. I first read her book, Cosy Minimalist Home, and loved it. Nobody wants to live in clutter, right? But not everybody can achieve the … Continue reading Book Friday: Welcome Home by Myquillyn Smith