Making me happy on this chilly April Friday night:
:: A return to routine, to school, work, exercise and even - I never thought I'd say this - after school activities like swimming lessons. Our Easter holidays were a mixed bag and the normalising of our life is a good thing. My work is very busy, but I do really like my colleagues, and it has been lovely to catch up with friends and meet for coffee and things like that. A bit of everyday normal.
:: 50p bunches of eucalyptus from the florist that are still going strong a week later.
:: Handmade curtain tie backs for the dining room. Such a small change but what a difference. Instead of curtains hanging either side of the patio doors - always right in the way when I've got my hands full with a basket of washing, always covered in the kids muddy footprints as they kick their shoes off on the mat there - I moved them all over to one side and gathered them up with this tie back made from string and wooden beads. It lets much more light into the room too. Little things.
:: Free courgette plants from a colleague. Can I just plant it in a pot or should it go in the ground? It's been hardened off.
:: Unbelievably beautiful biscuits from my friend Abigail. Almost too good to eat.
:: Crocheting vegetables. Seriously, I cannot remember when I last enjoyed a crochet project so much. Lots of variety and changes in colour, nothing takes more than a couple of evenings to make - it's so much fun, and a welcome change after the long term more repetitive projects like the cardigan and blanket I recently finished.
:: Styling and arranging these crochet vegetables into little scenes for no good reason other than it makes me smile.
:: An unexpected and utterly delightful gift which came all the way from Australia, from my blogging friend Susan, who is a very skilled and accomplished quilter, as you can tell from this table runner.
I dream of one day being able to sew something as perfect as this. The colours and pattern are lovely, and I especially love the batik-style fabric the piece is backed with. Thank you Susan.
:: This sloe gin and tonic, which I've just finished. Also, it's a bank holiday weekend! I keep forgetting, it seems so soon after the Easter holidays. We don't have anything special planned.
How about you, what are you doing for this three day weekend?
One last thing that has made me very happy - your lovely comments about my cardigan. Thank you. As always you are much too kind. Happy weekend folks.