Book Friday: Craft Your Own Cozy Scandi Christmas by Becci Coombes (Gift ideas, craft projects and recipes for festive hygge)

Full Disclosure: Becci Coombes, the author, is a member of The Hygge Nook on Facebook and also follows me on Instagram. I’ve ordered from her shop, http://www.hyggestyle.co.uk before now and I really love the scandi style she has. When she got in touch and offered me a review copy of Craft Your Own Cosy Scandi Christmas, I said yes straight away. Not because it was … Continue reading Book Friday: Craft Your Own Cozy Scandi Christmas by Becci Coombes (Gift ideas, craft projects and recipes for festive hygge)

The Advantage of Homemade is It Just Has to Suit You. (Advent is Coming)

I am a great fan of homemade items: blankets, pictures, clothes, food, whatever. If you can make it yourself, I love it. I love the skills that are showcased, the thought that goes into the creation and the fact that you get a completely unique product. I also love craft classes, especially if one is a beginner at a craft. There’s something so comforting about … Continue reading The Advantage of Homemade is It Just Has to Suit You. (Advent is Coming)

Book Friday: One by Jamie Oliver (Simple One Pan Wonders)

I have been married 29 years. We celebrated our 29th anniversary on 22nd October this year. I find it amazing that we’ve been married for anything like that long. More amazing, perhaps, is that we spend so long together. Bar a few hours when I teach or visit friends and relatives, we work, live and sleep within 10 m of each other. It’s okay: I’ve … Continue reading Book Friday: One by Jamie Oliver (Simple One Pan Wonders)

29 Days to Advent…. and I’m getting ready to Celebrate!

When people say that computers don’t have a sense of humour, tell them perhaps they don’t. But they do troll people. Today is a grim, grey, cold day. Windy outside, which adds a chill to my life, and I am huddling over a single candle flame and wondering where in the house is my collection of fingerless gloves. My Cratchit Days are upon me. And … Continue reading 29 Days to Advent…. and I’m getting ready to Celebrate!

Electricity Free Evenings? No Problem.

Today’s UK news was full of the idea that, come January and February, the UK could have planned blackouts, when electricity supplies are cut to certain areas to preserve the available gas. Understandably, this sounds like a scary prospect until you sit and think about it. I think people who are into hygge are ahead of the curve on being able to handle the blackouts. … Continue reading Electricity Free Evenings? No Problem.

September Small Things Day 3: Autumn Colour

I’m not a big one for going overboard on seasonal decorating, except at Christmas when all taste and restraint goes out the window and every space is filled, but I do like having some areas of the home that change to display the season. I love decorating my fireplace, for example, and there’s a slate cake display that I find irresistible to fill with candles, … Continue reading September Small Things Day 3: Autumn Colour

September Small Things 2: Garden Crochet

Five Minutes Peace. Don’t we all benefit from that? And I find my peace today in the garden. When I got home from work, Second Son had decided that the state of our garden was unacceptable. He’d mowed, he’d broken up an old and knackered table for firewood and he’d brushed up leaves off the patio. I reaped the benefit with nearly an hour of … Continue reading September Small Things 2: Garden Crochet

September Small Things 1: New books

September 1st: Official start of meteorological Autumn. I mean, I declared it Autumn on 1st August and, despite the heat, I see no reason to change that idea. What September really means is official approval to enjoy the turning of the leaves, admire the flavours of coffee available and crochet a large wrap or blanket without risking completely overheating underneath it. And, today, books. I … Continue reading September Small Things 1: New books