I was quite looking forward to January. New year, new diary, declutter the house, GO GO GO!¬†Well it’s the third week now and I’m feeling a little bit “meh” about January to be honest.

I think what I mean is … why isn’t it spring yet? Really, spring should happen just after new year and I think it’s quite selfish of the year/weather/calendar/whatever that it doesn’t happen this way. I’ve bought some narcissus pots in the vague hope of kidding myself that spring is nearly here.

They’ve bloomed pretty quickly, probably because of the central heating but it is very nice to have some flowers in here.

Do you ever feel like you’re not quite sure what you’re working towards? And that each day is a bit samey but you can’t work out how to change it? I don’t know if that’s a January thing, a Heather thing, or because all of our weekend time is spent doing boring and stressful things – we are preparing for more renovation work but it is distinctly not fun. Why everything in this house has been so badly build/made/installed I don’t know but it’s such a headache trying to sort it out.

There’s actually a little bit of sunshine at the moment, which is confusing because it snowed this morning! Just for ten minutes and then it stopped. TTB asked if it was Christmas Day, and then was a bit miffed when we went outside to find that there was no thick white covering everywhere. I think Christmas books have a lot to answer for with that expectation!

Tiny Tin Girl has been hilarious lately. She has THE cheekiest little face I have ever seen, and the most delightful smile. She does this thing where she looks at you when she’s smiling, and she nods her head twice and crinkles her eyes as if you say “YES! I am smiling at YOU!” But … she is a little pickle! She chews everything, like a puppy, and has a particular taste for paper and card. I caught her yesterday, she’d pulled the hardback copy of “Room on the Broom” off the shelf and she was chewing the top of the spine. I exclaimed her name and she turned around and gave me one of her super smiles, and then turned back to do some more chewing! Pest. She also climbs on things. Boxes mainly. Standing up, bopping up and down, waving her arms because she’s so delighted with her efforts. She climbed up the wooden toy garage, which was next to the play kitchen, as if it was steps! Oh that girl, she keeps me on my toes that’s for sure.

Fortunately for her, she has learnt to wave, clap her hands and dance to music or when I sing, which is terribly endearing and makes up for all of the chewed books we now have.

How’s your January going?

Simply Stripes Blanket Progress


Oh my goodness, plain straight stripes are so much fun to make! They require no thought, no counting, hardly any colour planning and they are so quick. I can sneak half a row here and there throughout the day and it soon adds up. Pesky ends can wait until later. I’ve done 25 stripes now and it’s looking about half way done. I’m so pleased with this colour scheme as well, it makes a change to just use six colours (listed here) and to not be following a repeating pattern.

What are you working on at the moment? Leave me a link to your blog post about your current project and I’ll make a list in this post so everyone can see what you’re making x

Edit –¬†thank you for sharing your projects! Not everyone has a blog to link to, but if you click on the comments to this post you can see what everyone is making xx