Happy Monday to you!
On the weekend I was commissioned to make a Small Blanket for a certain person's new doll. It's been a while since I did any crochet - and oh I did enjoy it! Whenever there has been a long absence in between hooky times, I often ask the question "Why?" I mean, it's relaxing, it's exciting, it's inspiring...and addictive - so how come I forget to do it of an evening?
Well, seeing as how I'm on a roll to free up my time (and oh people, it's actually working!!!) I reckon I can let another hour of dull TV go in order to be more productive. I've got an idea for a summer shawl - and I'm wondering if I can construct one of my own design using 100's of circles...
I'm thinking along the lines of these sorts of colours, which are hugely inspiring at any time of year for little old me, but never more so than in the depths of a gloomy, cold January:
Can you imagine it? Lots of varying shades, lots of little circles, or different sized ones come to that - Oh I can see it in my mind, it's so very lovely.
But will I get the chance I wonder? Because I want to paint more too and there are only 24 hours in each day after all (and one must be realistic). Even if I don't get round to the shawl, I'm delighted that the ideas are flowing again!
Anyway, I must tell you that the de-cluttering lark is going very well so far. Not wanting to blow the proverbial trumpet too much, I must confess it's mostly down to the very good guidance of dear Tsh who I wrote about it my last post.
Her book is very good.
Today, about three years worth of old papers were shredded and the sideboard cupboards emptied and ruthlessly sorted. Oh the relief! I actually know where things are now!!
I am terrified I'm sounding like the most untidy creature to all of you. The thing is with me, whilst my little abode is pretty neat all things considered, it consists of lots of neat piles of Unnecessary Things. Clutter that we don't need, use or even see anymore come to think of it.
I squirrel things away...Just In Case.
But not any more. We are sorting ourselves out! The hard work is obviously in the sorting and the organising parts, but it's so worth it - it can feel daunting when you think of tackling an entire house, yes - but with a bit of planning and enthusiasm anything is possible.
And whilst I'm on the subject of organising, another fabulous thing I've discovered online is this:
For people like me, who like to make lists, and have bits of floaty paper here and there with Important Things written on (and that get lost more often than not), this is just fantastic.
It's like a little online notebook/journal thing, you can write information down, and even clip inspiring web pages to a note to look at later. Perfect for a decorating project, or an online Inspiration Book me thinks!
It's free, and you can get yours here.
Before I go today, I just want to take the opportunity to say Hello to some new Followers - I do hope you're enjoying your visits here.
And last but not least, my little website has had a bit of a new years makeover. It has a nice fresh new look that I'm most happy about, not to mention a lovely new portfolio page with click to enlarge photographs of most of my work. You are very welcome to visit by clicking the link in the sidebar, or here. To compliment the new look, I'm also going to be adding some new prints within the next couple of weeks - so exciting! I hope you like the new design, do let me know your thoughts!
Have a sparkling day, thanks for visiting me,
Love Julia x x x