Sunday, February 28, 2016

Brightening Up My Room

Its was very cold yesterday, the temperature dropped overnight to -8 and the frost didn't lift much all day but the sunshine was brilliant

I opened the lounge window to let some fresh air through but the state of the glass was filthy.  I know its not the best time to clean them because you see all the smears in the sunlight but with OH helping it made an enormous difference.
Because we are high up he first had to put a hook into the wall to attach the ladder to stablize it.  He did the outsides while i did inside and because he could give it more elbow grease than me, we were relatively smear free.

I had a good polish and hoover round and that led to moving my bits and pieces around.
A bunch of daffs and tulips are a lovely cheap way to brighten the mantle.  The jug is years old but i love it as its so colourful.

I was so excited when i found these Russian dolls in a charity shop on Friday.
I was only charged £1 for them!! 

My little cottage is holding my secret stash of creme eggs!

OH dug these bottles up years ago when he was on a building site.  The green keyring was brought for us by our elder Grandson on his very first school trip away from home so is precious to me.  In the background you can just see a little button heart i made.

This is a John Rocha jug and i fell in love with its shape.  Its about 10 years old now and has a little chip in.

I am happy with my mantlepiece now.

My handmade angel always hangs from the mirror.

My shelves got a little polish and tidy.

Alex was enjoying sunning himself on the windowsill.

This side of the room looks pretty colourful too.
Bonny is enjoying the sun too.

Terri X

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Since i've been Home

Its been a chilly couple of days with snow showers on and off.  Since I've come back from my trip south I  have really felt the difference in temperatures and i had to wear 3 jumpers yesterday to keep warm!  We are running low on coal and wood so i ordered two sacks of coal to be delivered but cannot get hold of our usual wood supplier.  I will give it one more day and if not will have to get some elsewhere.  This will be our third delivery this winter but the stove with a back boiler just seems to gobble fuel.

On Monday I went to one of my craft clubs and finished off my little knitted croft house.  I think its really cute. Here's a photo of the rear.

I have already started another with different colours.  I think i will be making quite a few.

After finding out that Mother's Day is on the 6th March i set about making a couple of cards and had to make a Get Well and a couple for upcoming Birthdays.

I recycle any cards we are sent and only buy card blanks and a few stickers when i see them for sale cheaply.  I was given a card making magazine with a load of backing papers inside for my Birthday a couple of years ago so that was a good long lasting pressie.

I made some SW scones to have with soup for lunch.  These are made with a packet of instant potato, a tub of cottage cheese and 3 eggs.  

The soup is Jack Monroes carrot, cumin and kidney bean.  It tasted better than it looked and i spread marmite on the scones.  It was a very filling lunch.

A heating engineer appeared on the doorstep to check on our heating system as it was only put in the house in the summer.  He found that a duel programmer had been connected when it should have been a single one so he changed it.  OH got home before me and the first thing he said to me was "am I going nutty?  I've been pressing the buttons on the programmer but one's disappeared, there's only a lump there!"  I couldn't stop laughing as he didn't know it had been changed as we hadn't expected a visit.

I hope we don't get too much snow overnight as i need to get up the hill in the morning to get to work.  I didn't make it today.

Terri X

Saturday, February 13, 2016

My Early Valentine's Present

This lovely dish is my Valentine's present, thanks OH.  It is Tain Pottery and i have been collecting items in this design, which is called Fearn, for a while.  The pottery is all handpainted and i love the bumble bees and flowers.  It is also oven, freezer and dishwasher proof.  I think this size is perfect for a crumble.

I have 6 dinner plates, 3 side plates and 6 bowls and I don't believe in keeping them for best so I use them every day. 

I have decided to mix in a few of their tartan designs and you can see i have started with a couple of bowls.  You can also see the yellow minion plates which i use when the Grandkids come just peeping in the background.

I accidentally picked up these in their Buchanan design!  I have to admit that i only ever buy their seconds as half the time i can't see much difference with them and the firsts and of course it means i get them cheaper.

The darker green/blue tartan design is called Forbes and i took my bowl from the firsts pile and asked the sales assistant if it could possibly be a second.  It was a bit cheaky of me but there weren't any in the seconds and after at first saying no, she then said she was sure she could see a pinprick in the design so i could have it at the seconds price!

I have a few odd pieces of the pottery, the jug is Forbes but the other two are just samples i think.
I will continue building up a tartan collection bit by bit and in the meantime enjoy using those that i have.

Terri X

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Self Care

After being ill this January and another Birthday passing,  I made a decision to take time to practise a little self love and care.  It is hard sometimes to be selfish but if i dont take the time to look after my own wellbeing, how can i be there to help my loved ones. 

The last few years i have felt depressed, there have been tough times financially and emotionally alongside going through the menopause.  I think i got hit hard with a virus as i got too low, i felt worn out and tired when i got up in the mornings and dragged myself through the days.  My body aches and pains even resting in bed and I just wanted to wake up with some energy.

Last week a conversation with someone reminded me why i wanted to be where i am.  I had forgotten over the last few years and although i haven't achieved exactly what i wanted, this chat rejuvenated me.

I have started to eat healthily again and lose some weight, 9lbs off already.  I am cooking up new recipes as its so easy just to stick to the same things and although they have not all been a success i have enjoyed cooking again. 

I plucked up the courage to join a meditation class and i think i am going to get a lot out of it. I certainly felt more relaxed than when i went in. 

 I have been going to two separate craft groups in different villages and meeting new people.

I have been asked to do another craft fair and i am determined not to stress myself out over it this time and enjoy making things to sell.

I have taken a couple of trips to Inverness to go to the cinema.  I used to go regularly before we moved here and have always been a movie buff and i missed it.  Ive been to see Star Wars in 3d and The Revenant.  I would like to see Eddie the Eagle next as i remember watching him ski jump.

I am taking any opportunity that comes my way to do things that i enjoy from trips out to spending time with friends, singing at church and also taking alone time to read or knit or watch tv.  I have loved "The Real Marigold Hotel" programme.

Trips south to visit family are very important to me too and i look out for cheap flights and trains to continue to see everyone as often as possible.

I look forward to spring and getting outside in the garden. I have noticed that the evenings are drawing out at last, its not getting dark until gone 5pm now.

I'm feeling better :-)

Terri X

(All pics from pin interest)

Monday, February 8, 2016

In my Craft Room

It's been a while since i've been in my craft room as i lost my crafting mojo after having a virus since Christmas.  I am at last feeling back to normal and wanting to start again so whilst OH went out for a walk, I took the opportunity to make him a valentines card.  I am flying south on the actual day to spend the half-term with the Grandkids so we can celebrate the day before I go.  Even though we have been married 35 years this March we still mark the day, not with lavish presents (although he can buy me something if he likes!)  but usually having a nice meal and a card and just spending the day together.

 I have a lot of hessian so i decided to paint it but i'm no artist so had to keep it simple.  This has sparked further ideas for making a few cards

I have lots of odd bits of vintage embroidery i could use and once sewn on i plan to hand sew a few words.

I am also knitting this lovely little croft cottage.  The pattern is out of the current Landscape magazine.  Its based on an actual cottage in Applecross peninsular in the Highlands.  I havent got the correct needle size but i found some cable pins in the right size so i'm using them.  They are a bit tough on the fingers as a lot more pointed but they'll do.  If it comes out ok i plan to make others in different colour combos so have been digging out odds and ends of wool.  I will show you when its finished.

Storm Imogen is blowing down south.  It makes a change for us not to have it,  its just a damp cold day here.  Last week we were battening down the hatches ourselves and i have never seen so much water on the roads as it poured off the hills.  The road over the mountain down to Inverness is blocked with a landslide and the dam in the village is still pouring water over the top so the loch levels are really high.  One casualty of the storm was the little Broons house on the loch,  it is now gone and part if it is floating in the water.  So take care outside everyone.

Terri X