Friday, 1 March 2013

52 Weeks of Happy...20/52


The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything.


Before I go any further, THANK YOU for the truly wonderful response to my sewing questions. Really, thank you. So much advice, so many tips and recommendations. I still have not settled on one pattern but, rather troublingly, I want to make a top AND a skirt AND a pair of pyjama bottoms AND a scarf with bobble trim.

It's been a crazy busy week here and the days have felt relentless. There has been little time for blogging or crafting or much of anything really, just rushing, always rushing. But there have been blue skies, and washing hung on the line, and signs of spring, and it's March, so winter is coming to an end. There have been lunches with friends (clearly I'm not that busy) and wine and book group. 

So, joining in with the lovely Jen at little birdie, I give you this week's happies:

1. The daffodil bulb that Bella brought home from school. We are watering it religiously and waiting impatiently for a little green shoot to appear. Bella's enthusiasm for learning and school always makes my heart sing.

2. Angus. My baby. I am treasuring every moment I have with him before he starts school in September. He has been a joy this week - smiley, chatty, busy and very affectionate. I like the way he has to line up all his toys so seriously when he plays with them.

3. Hot cross buns, toasted, liberally buttered and eaten with a cup of tea,

4. The kitchen window sill - goodbye poinsettia's, leftover from Christmas and reminding me of winter; farewell dead-looking cyclamen; hello fresh herbs in chipped and broken but still pretty mugs.

I wish you all a very happy weekend.


34 comments:

  1. The kitchen windowsill plants look great. Very fresh for springtime. I understand how you feel with Angus getting ready to start school soon. My daughter only goes two days a week this year, three days next year, but it's hard letting go.

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  2. I love the windowsill full of mugs planted with herbs! I remember my son playing with plastic dinosaurs the way your son is playing with his animals. Those were happy days. You are wise to cherish every minute of it. :)

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  3. Lovely photos! I spy my favourite Cath Kidston cowboy print in the background too. I have started demolishing hot cross buns, chocolate ones. xo

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  4. Very lovely week, Gillian! It's been super busy for me too with a house full of painters all week. The hot cross buns look so delicious and I am dieting..they are very tempting!! I love your "green" Spring Kitchen window sill! I am so ready for a new season. Spring hurry up and get here!! Have a lovely weekend!

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  5. I want those hot cross buns!!!! Yum! Loving your photos they are so colourful and full of life. xxx

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  6. Loving the reuse of old mugs with the herbs... Hot cross buns... YUM!! I think Angus's animals are ready for the ark! Great pictures! Have a wonderful weekend!
    Ivan x

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  7. Great pictures and your son reminded me of my son when he was little... He loved lining his animals and cars...great memories...he is 15 now and a great young men. Also love the daffodil from your daughter... You brought me so many good memories... My daughter brought a flower bulb from school also... We still have it in our yard :) happy.
    Love the herbs and the happiness spring brings to our hearts. Have a happy, sunny weekend :)

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  8. Great pictures. Love the new springy plants in the mugs, what a good idea. xx

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  9. Sounds like you have had a very busy week. Lovely happy photos, I love your herbs in the mugs on your windowsill, they look so pretty - what a great idea. Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog.
    M xxxx

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  10. I so miss having toys in the house, it seems only yesterday that Daniel had all his animals lined up like Angus has, yet he's 18 now.

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  11. We seem to be growing Emma B mugs in this house. I picked up a Comic Relief one last week and desperately would like to get the Coronation mug to go with my Jubilee one. Thanks for giving me a great idea for what to do with them as we rarely need to give 10+ people tea at the same time!

    I loved the animal picture. Brilliant how little children can incorporate dinosaurs into a safari scene. If only adult imaginations were so lively!

    Hope you have a calmer weekend...with more hot cross buns! x

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  12. Some mugs are just too pretty to get rid of when they can't be used for purpose.
    Hot cross buns are the snack of choice here at the moment too.
    Lisa x

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  13. Lovely pictures and I love the sound of that scarf with bobble trim ... your new herbs are very pretty in the mugs ... wishing you a great weekend ... Bee xx

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  14. My boys spend hours maniacally lining their cars or animals up and I love it! The little one is starting nursery school in September so making the most of his company now too.. Have a lovely week end.

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  15. What lovely pictures :) have a good weekend!

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  16. it's early here......and those buns have my mouth watering!@! yum. love the spring look with the herbs, too!!!

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  17. Loving those pots of herbs.....just beginning to think of my own herbs and veg patch, must be spring! :) x

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  18. such lovely images ~ LOVE the fresh herbs in gorgeous mugs on your windowsill ♥

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  19. Gillian,

    Now why did it never occur to me to use chipped mugs as little planters?

    I have a obscene amount up in the loft. They are chipped or without handles, but I can't bear to part with them. I love my mugs.

    A project for next week I think!

    Leanne .xx

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  20. what a lovely idea using chipped mugs for planters!! I usually store pens & pencils in ours! Your pics tell a story of a lovely happy home. Good luck with the sewing project. xxx

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  21. Love those herbs in the mugs Gillian, what a great idea.
    And ooh buttered hot cross buns, don't mind if I do!!
    Essie x

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  22. Love your blog, found it via last years post on the mice from mollie makes- making ours reduced me to tears last easter holiday but my kids adore them! It was worth it! This year am tackling Alicia from Posie gets Cosy's Maggie Rabbit pattern - no tears so far, can recommend it, felt not linen and no pesky turning inside out, im sure your daughter would love them. Loving your springy windowsill, my Emma Bridgewater mugs seem to drop to bits so have several that would look lovely like yours- good tip, thanks !

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  23. Lovely, happy snippets of your week. We've just had hot cross buns for breakfast with lashings of creamy butter (and a healthy platter of fruit!!)

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  24. What a lovely week. Good idea for chipped mugs. Think I may pinch that one if I can. BTW, I'm so looking forward to autumn and hopefully cooler weather!!!!

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  25. I'm with you on the fresh herbs - there's a pot of thyme and one of basil on my windowsill as of this week, and it's amazing how happy it makes me feel to look at them! I know you can get them in the supermarket all year long...but it's a sign of spring for me :)I love the animal parade - I used to do something very similar! Meredith x

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  26. I was feeling cold whilst reading blogs and now you have made me want Hot Cross Buns and lots of butter! Haley

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  27. Just to let you know that I've left an award for you on my blog. Don't feel obliged to accept it if you don't want to, I just wanted to let you know that I enjoy reading your blog.

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  28. love all that serious lining up play going on. I came downstairs this morning to find about 20 dolls and soft toys lined up on the dining room floor. Each was dressed in 'something' and it emerged they were on their school trip to the arctic!!
    Ellie
    x

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  29. Your knitting is divine. It will be wonderful to see how everything transforms into the more lovely then it already is this March in your hands. XXX

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  30. Your new window display is lovely! I have planted some herbs in the garden - they seem to be growing but I am pretty useless at tending them. Poor things! x

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  31. wonderful "happies"
    I miss lines of animals running across the floor (hmmm. I never thought I'd say that)

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  32. i love it all, especially the herb cups!

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  33. What a blessed life you have! And thanks for sharing some of the sunshine with us.

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