Saturday, 22 June 2013

Stir, stir, stir

Today I've been baking. I bought some spelt flour to make biscuits for the boy (he refused to eat them  but that's a post for another day!) Anyhow it mean I had most of a bag of flour to use up, so off I went to google...
And found some yummy looking blueberry muffins to try. So the boy and I went off to the kitchen. Usually he's happy to be fobbed off with a few kitchen implements while I work my magic(!) but not today. He wanted to be up and helping. So he had a go at stirring the wet mix. However there's only so much you can do with a heavy boy in one hand so I wondered if he'd be up for a bit of solo stirring action. So a bowl of water and a variety of stirring implements were provided and yes, turns out this was acceptable! For ten minutes at least.

Hands were also a useful stirring tool.

Oh, and in case you were wondering the muffins turned out ok too.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Coming soon...

I love to craft, in an ideal world I'd have much more time than I do to do all kinds of crafty things. I'd bake more, I'd have a bash at making my own clothes and generally make rather than buy where I could.
Unfortunately life gets in the way of this utopian vision of mine. I go to work, I look after the boy and attempt to keep the house from being taken over by toys, books, paper and other detritus. And if that sounds like I'm complaining, I'm not, I count myself singularly fortunate to have a job I love, a small boy to wonder at and a house to roll my eyes at the mess in. What it does mean is that I have rather a lot of half finished projects all clamouring for my attention. And they will get done, eventually.
Here's what I'm going to do; I'm going to make a list of the projects, and one by one I'm going to work through them and I'm going to document them here. Because that's sort of what it's here for.
So, first on the list (because its almost finished anyway) is a cross stitch for the boy's room. It's Elmer the elephant and his grey elephant friends. I'm on the last of the four elephants and then it just needs the boy's name stitched on and we're done. Phew, that was easy.
Then I'm going to finish the cardigan I started for myself. It's a beautiful brown, soft, chunky wool using a pattern that I already have made in grey wool. Once you get going, because the wool is chunky it takes no time at all. She says, trying to convince herself.
Then I'm going to start a blanket. This explains why. It will also give me the chance to try out some of the new knitting stitches in a book I got for my birthday. So not totally altruistic.
Then I need to knit hats for the boy and his cousin, because it will be winter by the time I've some all those other things. Probably.
Watch this space! Photos to follow - if I can figure out how!

Saturday, 15 June 2013

In the beginning...

Well, here I am. It's been on my mind to try and start blogging for a while, but something stopped me. Would I have anything to say? Would I have things that were worth recording for posterity? Probably not, but that's not a reason not to try.
So this will be my blog. It will be where I post the things I'm thinking, activities I've tried and projects I would like to do. If anyone else wants to read it, great, but it's really a place to collect the things I might otherwise forget.
And the name? Well, I love a good saying and one of the sayings I love is "Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy". So here goes...