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

Book Friday: The Green Sketching Handbook by Dr Ali Foxon

I don’t know how time works: I just know that some weeks the time is everlasting and sometimes it flies. We’ve been watching The Lazarus Project on Sky recently, and the idea that there’s a reset point (on July 1st every year) that only some people remember if the machine resets is intriguing. Messing with time is dangerous, especially when we try to fit too … Continue reading Book Friday: The Green Sketching Handbook by Dr Ali Foxon

Book Friday: Happy Starts at Home by Rebecca West.

Change your space, transform your life. I like bold assertions and claims by books. This Book Will Change Your Life Forever has a nice ring about it… and then you read it, and realise that possibly it could… if you had the money to do everything it’s telling you to, or an army of servants to take over mundane tasks or even just space and … Continue reading Book Friday: Happy Starts at Home by Rebecca West.

Book Friday: The New Mindful Home (and how to make it yours) by Joanna Thornhill

I reallly do appreciate how sometimes a load of different interests or philosophies of a person can intersect to create something wholly personal, intensely suited to them. A neat-freak, tech-obsessed minimalist, for example, whose dream home is a white box flat in a neat, square glass-coated tower block will have a clear, clean, virtual-living focused home, while a gardener in love with organic, natural living … Continue reading Book Friday: The New Mindful Home (and how to make it yours) by Joanna Thornhill

Creating Flow… finding craft hygge in a circle.

A few weeks ago, I signed up for an art class that a friend had advertised… she was running it on a Tuesday night in a local gallery/social hub, Smithdown Social Arts Hub. It’s a short course, involving using inks, pastels, pens, paint, it was free to attend…. and it intrigued me. I draw and I have painted for fun, but I’ve never been brave … Continue reading Creating Flow… finding craft hygge in a circle.

Book Friday: No-Spend Days (Tips and Ideas to Help You Enjoy Life for Free) by Miranda Moore

How are you this Friday? I’m gulping hard and opening my gas and electricity bill this month… carefully. I know I’m not the only one, because Cost of Living seems to be the words on every other person’s mouth this month. And the ones not talking about Cost of Living are talking about Ukraine, politics, green issues or problems in life in general. The world … Continue reading Book Friday: No-Spend Days (Tips and Ideas to Help You Enjoy Life for Free) by Miranda Moore

Creativity: Mindful Christmas Day 9

December’s posts this year all share the theme of Mindful Christmas. There’ll be short posts each day encouraging us to pause and look at our celebrations in a more measured, mindful way. Every day has a concept heavily tied in to Christmas, and the plan is to look at them individually, examine what role they play in our own Christmas and, if we decide we … Continue reading Creativity: Mindful Christmas Day 9

Living my Best Life… with optional extras.

There’s a weekly task in The Artist’s Way that starts in Week One and continues in Week Two: What would your alternate life be? What would you be doing if you could do anything? I love the idea of imaginary lives, of letting myself for 10 minutes, an hour or even a day if possible imagine what life would be like as, say, an astronaut, … Continue reading Living my Best Life… with optional extras.