Friday, 18 July 2014

Friday Happies

1. Pretty things that come in the post.


When I was young and carefree I worked in a bookshop in the centre of Leeds. Most lunchtimes I would pop to the shops, and often found my way into the branch of Accessorize just around the corner where I'd invariably leave with some kind of, well, accessory. Now, I just buy them from Etsy. I guess I haven't really changed all that much. Same fripperies, different shop.

That tablecloth does go in the wash, I promise!

 2. Flowers in the house. 

Whilst staying last weekend, my Mum accidentally snipped these hydrangeas from my neighbour's plant while cutting the hedge. Lucky me! Do you ever feel that some people just don't deserve the amazing plants or gardens they have? I mean, my neighbour, he's really nice, but I know that he NEVER does anything to his front garden, and yet this huge, amazing, abundant, glorious hydrangea blooms every year, and it's all I can do not to sneak round there after dark and liberate a few flowers. I have two, yes two, blooms on the weedy hydrangea in my garden. Maybe I should start neglecting it? Oh wait, I already do that.


Mum also bought me a bunch of sunflowers. I like sunflowers, and I love my Mum, and not just because she buys me flowers. She's a constant ally, giver of love and support, warmth and humour. I don't know if I tell her that enough.


3. Extra time.

But not in the football sense. I had anticipated that I'd be spending all day Wednesday baking in school. Instead, we were done by 11 am and I unexpectedly found myself with four hours all to myself, which felt like a reprieve in a busy week. I felt giddy when I drove away from the school. Right then, I thought, prioritise yourself here Gillian! So I went to my local yarn shop, bought some more cotton yarn and planned a little holiday project, then I rang the tax office, then I sat at the laptop and caught up on a huge amount of banking, admin and other boring stuff for two hours which was extremely satisfying. 


4. End of term.

Although, technically, we break up on Monday, so we are not quite there yet, but it feels like end of term. Teacher gifts (washcloths and soap) are finished and wrapped, cards are made.



I like teachers (we have a few in my family so I am biased) and I especially like the ones at our school. Now is not a fun time to be teaching, I think, given the current political climate, and I am more than happy to give them my support through beautifully exfoliated skin and scribbly felt pen cards. (Angus wrote: "Mrs C. I like you. Love from Angus.)

So, that's us, just bumbling along until end of term, counting down the days until we go on holiday. Is it warm where you are? Here, it's been perfect. Yesterday was especially gorgeous; sunshine, blue skies and really properly warm weather, in the high twenties. It feels good and right and how summer should be. 

50 comments:

Louise said...

What a bonus that Wednesday afternoon was and the flowers look lovely. It's really not a good time for teachers. I work in school's and I actually quit teaching in the autumn term as I decided nothing was worth the pressure and working hours it involved. I've just been doing supple TA work since then and I've seen so many teachers becoming ill, breaking down in tears and becoming increasingly fed up of losing evenings and weekends to school work. At leave Gove has gone - hopefully things will ease up a little without him in charge.

Amy at love made my home said...

The teachers gifts are so pretty and will be much appreciated I am sure, and the notes from the children will definitely touch their hearts!. I love your yarn colours, they look so pretty all lined up on the mantel. Your note about the tablecloth made me laugh! It is obviously just very popular in your home!! xx

driftwood said...

happy Friday! what lovely teacher gifts, beautifully styled x we finished school today, oh so happy xxx

Col | Hello Olive said...

I love your teacher appreciation gifts! And those yarns... I am drooling over those colours. Looking forward to your seeing your creations. Have a wonderful weekend! x

Gillian said...

Yes, it's warm here but not quite as warm as you're having. Very humid today with some rain. Your teacher presents are very thoughtful and beautifully made. We bought 3 hydrangeas today and my husband is currently planting them in a newly dug bed. He's great that way; I get to do the dishes and he gets to dig. Win, win!

the linen cloud said...

Yes it's warm here, if a little muggy. Your teacher gifts are lovely. A really thoughtful gift. We're already three weeks into our summer holidays. Lazy days abound! Enjoy your weekend lovely ... Bee xx

itsjustperi said...

Love the sunflowers , so bright and happy. That's a great idea for a teachers gift, why didn't I think of that one ... doh ..

Ingrid Orens said...

Lovely, the washcloths you made for the teachers !
And I'm looking forward seeing the pics you'll make with your real Diana :-) !

SandyShoes Cornwall said...

Gosh, that must be one of the nicest presents a teacher could receive - lucky them! I wish I could claim that ours will be homemade but not this year. Have a good weekend! x

Leanne Paxton said...

I love your teachers gifts. I am totally stealing your cream tea idea from last year for all of Olly's nursery teachers (there are a lot). My father in law has a massive hydrangea that he cuts back to a stump every year. And every year it grows back as big as a tree.
Have a lovely weekend. I'm afraid it does sometimes rain here, but we have just got back from having tea and fun at Godrevy, and it was perfectly lovely. I'm sure that you aren't far from there. You must go. You and your family will love it.
Leanne xx

niki murray said...

Lovely wash cloths. My teachers are getting bath bombes and cupcakes x

galant said...

Those are just too too too nice to use as wash cloths! And what lovely soap!
Margaret P

galant said...

PS I love your idea of Friday Happies, things which make you happy (perhaps not just on a Friday, but you collect your happy thoughts together on a Friday, perhaps?)
Margaret P

Gracie Saylor said...

Such a clever way to give the cloth and soap, Gillian! You have inspired me to go find a pattern like the one you pictured here. I have only crocheted two dishcloths and would like to try one like you made. xx

Linda Gilbert said...

Gillian .. I love those washcloths too. Could you just tell he if they are worked in trebles or half trebles. Have a lovely weekend

Jacqueline said...

I think it's such a special moment when a child says thank you to their teacher and passes on their gift, yours is so thoughtful.
My daughter in law had to pop £10 into a kitty to buy vouchers for her children's teachers.
I'm not sure about that!

Joy said...

I am glad to see you have your priorities right Gillian, yarn come first! And isn't it such a happy sense of freedom once you have those 'jobs' done - banking, admin, etc.. Your washcloths are so pretty and I'm sure will be very happily received by the teachers; your sunflowers are gorgeous too and how pink is that beautiful but 'neglected' hydrangea, I love it; your darling Mum will have to clip that hedge more often, won't she! A very lovely post once again, thank you Gillian, xoJoy

Jennifer said...

Lovely teacher's gifts, Gillian. They will be much appreciated. Your mum sounds wonderful and I hope you do tell her but I am sure she knows how you feel about her. You're learning from her to be an excellent mother too.

Anonymous said...

Those wash cloths are so pretty Gillian! I really need to make/buy myself some new ones - I'm currently using the little babe's wash cloths with fish on them - they work just the same. Moms are wonderful, aren't they?

The Creative Academic said...

Such a lovely week of happiness. I love the washcloths -who wouldn't want to receive one? The yarn lined up on your mantle is beautiful, I'll be looking forward to seeing your next project... Even though your photos are inside this week they have that summer light quality -really beautiful! Have a lovely week easing into the summer holidays x

sustainablemum said...

Enjoy your summer holidays! It had been warm here but this weekend is not forecast to be, just when the children have finished school round here.

Susan Smith said...

I love hydrangeas and hope to plant at least one here. Your teacher's gifts are lovely. Warn where we are? No, definitely not. Take care.

melanie said...

Such lovely things! I bet the teachers were over the moon with their gifts :-) x

CJ said...

What lovely teacher presents, you've done them so beautifully. I like the look of your holiday project, I do love cotton yarn. We've finished school now (yesterday), it's such a relief, those last couple of weeks are always a bit mad. Next year my eldest will be in year 6, so he'll be leaving primary school in July. It suddenly felt rather close as I watched all of this year's leavers saying their farewells. Gulp. There have been thunderstorms here and lots of rain. I'm not complaining though, it saves on the watering. Keep going with that hydrangea, it will no doubt get there in the end. Have a lovely weekend Gillian. CJ xx

Anna-Marie Field said...

Beautiful sunflowers and lovely gifts, Gillian!!!! You did them really nicely!!!! Love the colors!!!! Have a super holiday!!!!
Love
AMarie xxx

Rene said...

I love those washcloths. Could you post a link to the pattern or give us a brief idea of the pattern? Thanks so much!

amanda peters said...

I've put sunflowers on my shopping list, and the crochet flannel is such a cute idea.
Amanda xx

Tammy Chrzan said...

Ahhh you know I love your wash clothes!! And that necklace!!! Love it!!!
I'm so glad you have happy Fridays! You deserve it!
Tammy x

A little happy place said...

Oh I do feel happy now, what a lovely post! I love the colours of your yarn and teachers gifts are gorgeous, I'm sure they will be very well received. Sarah xo

Annie Cholewa said...

I do hope these tremendous thunderstorms are passing you by!

Just catching up here after my three weeks unplugged. I didn't expect to miss my favourite blogs as much as I did.

forgetmenots blue said...

Hello Gillian
I love your Diana jewellery. Ladybird likes is amazing I'm very tempted by some pug collar clips hmm maybe when the wedding is paid for. Lots of lovely Friday happies. Your teacher gifts are stunning I must have a go at them great idea x

Julie said...

Your teacher gifts are so lovely and I'm sure will be well received. I also love your rainbow row of yarn. x

Lisa said...

I'm sure the teachers will love your handmade gifts, pretty and useful.
The shades of wool you have bought are really lovely, looking forward to seeing your new project.
Who can resist a new necklace!
Lisa x

HWIT BLOGG said...

You have a lovely blog and so much inspiration!
Have a beautiful day...
Love,
Titti

mags said...

I would have been so touched as a teacher to have received your lovely gifts. They will feel so appreciated because of the effort. I love them. I'm surprised phoning the tax office didn't take 2 hours, they must have improved! Hope it's a wonderful summer holiday with your lovely young ones. Xx

Ladybird Diaries said...

Lovely post. Those sunflowers! So beautiful and cheery. Your teacher gifts are just perfect, I am sure they were very well received. It's warm here but damp, we had lots and lots of rain yesterday.
Marianne x

Marion Ogden said...

Love your happies as always. That camera pendant is so cool and cute. I've seen similar designs but on brooches in Folksy. Have lots of fun wearing them! Your teacher gifts are wonderful and so well made... Hope you're having a great weekend! x

Julia said...

I just love fresh flowers in the house, and you have some really gorgeous ones. Wow, the sunflowers are just awesome! Our weather has been rainy and damp for the past three days... I am ready for some sunshine! I hope you are having a lovely weekend!

Anonymous said...

It is rather HOT and sunny where we are!

Anonymous said...

From a tired and emotional teacher - a hand made gift is so very much appreciated. My favourite this year a book mark made by my book loving pupil who knows I love reading too. The emotional bit - you can never tell your Mum too many times how much you appreciate and love her. I would give anything to be able to tell mine again. Enjoy your special time over the summer with your precious little ones. PBP - private blogging peggy!!

Emily said...

I absolutely adore your table cloth. I would find it hard to take it off the table long enough to wash it. ;)
The hydrangeas are beautiful!!! We can only grow the white ones in our climate...our winters are too cold for the colorful ones...I'm glad you have those two to enjoy. :)

Taciana Simmons said...

Love the washcloth ... So very cute. In fact I just mentioned yours on my last post. I had been looking at the ones you made for Christmas and was soooo inspired. I started making some which I think will be for Christmas gifts. You are so very thoughtful my dear friend. Have a wonderful summer. We have been on summer vacation for about 3 weeks now.

Janice said...

Think those washcloths are bloody lovely. Wish I was your kids' teacher. 'I like you' written down from a child is the highest of compliments - lucky Mrs C.

Gillian said...

I think about them throughout the week, then post on a Friday. It's my favourite day of the week.

Gillian said...

They are worked in trebles. It's based on this pattern, although I have tweaked it a bit:

http://www.yarnspirations.com/assets/files/pattern-files/pdf/Bernat_HandicrafterCotton015_cr_dishcloth.en_US.pdf

Gillian said...

Hi Rene. They are based on this pattern. I've fiddled around with it a bit so that the start and end of each row is not down the middle of the square, but hidden in the corners, but essentially this is it:
http://www.yarnspirations.com/assets/files/pattern-files/pdf/Bernat_HandicrafterCotton015_cr_dishcloth.en_US.pdf

The pattern is American so I converted it into UK terms in my head as I went!

Liana said...

Love the washcloth and soap idea! Reminds me to 'boil' some soap and crochet gifts to Moms.

Kate-Em said...

Such lovely colours in all these photos. I have to confess to having a massively neglected hydrangea and it is blooming at the moment!

KirstenLN said...

Catching up on your blog I just need to say that I love the Friday Happies!

Claudia said...

Love those washcloths and such a neat way of presenting them. Must keep this in mind. Thank you!