This post was inspired by a friend of mine Lea over at A Freeze Frame.
Loving my newest tea/coffee mug to my collection, which I hope I don’t offend, says “It’s mother fucking tea time”.
Thinking about treating myself to the newest issue of Pompom Quarterly and the New Gudrun Johnston book, is it allowed?
Eating carefully through the day so I can pig out on an evening! Seems a good plan.
Wondering If it’s okay to make myself a box of Christmas eve treats since I don’t get my Christmas presents till later Christmas day and the rest get opened on the 28th?! Who could beat some nice self gift buying ;)
Listening to A very She & Him Christmas album.
Making The Taiga Mitts for my boyfriend as a gift and working on the Coronis sweater from Pompom Quarterly.
Feeling tired, I’m hoping these multi vitamins might help and a few earlier nights a week.
Dreaming what my Christmas boxes might be like.
Finding it hard not to express my love of chocolate by wolfing a load down :)
Celebrating I won a competition from Pompom quarterly to win a Cirilia Rose book, I’ve never won anything since I was a child and I can’t wait to browse it’s pages, I was gob smacked I gave a big thank you to the Pom pom girls and a Merry Christmas. :)
Watching I’ve managed to get myself hooked into watching Gotham, I believe it to be the best TV series out at the minute.
Reading the Goldfinch is taking a while but I love it and all the magazine reading I need to catch up on.
Enjoying making my reading list for 2015, I want to read a good amount but I also want it to be a realistic goal.
Struggling to see any problem with buying myself Christmas gifts ;)
Hoping I can adjust a vintage shirt I bought at the weekend to fit me better, It’s so nice it would be a shame.
Wishing my Grandad was still around to celebrate Christmas with us.


I know I’m mostily of the Knitting posts and recently picked up the fabric and thread but in my decision to start using my sewing machine more often I created my own pattern stash with a few beautiful vintage patterns and haven’t looked back. When I saw the pattern pyramid and all the beautiful vintage and non vintage patterns at offer I was so thrilled to be joining in on it’s travels of the world.

Now it’s over stayed it’s welcome in my home and needs to be on it’s way again to another beautiful winner.

So here’s how it works:-

I create the giveaway for this fabulous box of patterns that so many other sewing fanatics have helped put together.

You have until the 13th of December to to join in, just add your email, name and blog in a commentyou will need a blog to enter so you can also put a call out for your own giveaway once recieving the box.

and I’ll pick a winner on the 14th ready to be posted on the 15th of December.

You will then be the host of your own giveaway and responsible for picking a pattern for yourself and adding some patterns to the box to then send on the merry way.

The patterns haven’t been checked for completeness – its the luck of draw!

My fun started here:-

Sewing pattern giveaway to be honest had forgotten this was arriving in the post I was wondering what on earth I’d ordered lol! Then the enjoyment kicked in. :)

Sewing pattern giveaway so many patterns to choose from it’ll take you forever to decide like it did for me.

Sewing pattern giveaway weeks of deciding I narrowed it down to these three and I popped three of my own back in the box so it was well rounded and fair. I love the pinafore dress.

So I’ll look forward to picking one of you lucky winners :D X

In the same theme of Mathilde Heart manech’s post – At Home: The Animal and London Calling, she ask What’s going on in our own homes. I figured I’d go along and answer but in the form of a new post of my own.
I haven’t felt like I’ve had a proper weekend at home in ages, first of all my trip away to Blackpool then second my trip away to staithes and thirdly our day trip to Birmingham NEC for the classic car exhibition. Busy, busy, busy.

At Home

Anybody else starting to get that festive feeling? Ever since my mum gave me a christmas mug a few weeks ago I’ve been wanting to start celebrating! Some would say it’s wrong but it feels so right. For months I’ve been thjinking with my Grandad being gone Christmas won’t be the same and It won’t but he’d still want me to enjoy it. So this year I’m celebrating for the two of us. With most of my Christmas presents bought I’ve been treating my vintage tree to some new/old decorations. How pretty are these?

At Home

Even if we’ve been busy out and about these past few months, I’ve still managed to fit in a project or two or maybe even three? I’ll update you on a post soon. Including Christmas Knits….


Always find it hard with the whole giving instinct of the holidays not to buy everything for myself lol! However sometimes needs most so I’ve been treating myself to some back issues of Pom Pom Quarterly. Luxury Knits through and through perfect for the winter months.

So what’s happening in your humble abode?

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My favourite bag this week.

‘The Pretty Cheep’ project bag by Bluesky Alpaca Available to purchase from the Loop London Online Shop.

This drawstring cotton muslin bag comes in five different bird designs all in different beautiful perky colours perfect to brighten up the winter months. Also the little red tag is to slip information about your project.

Such pretty little bags and I adore Swallows so elegant.

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I haven’t shown a recipe in a while but whilst rustling up a meatball dish a few nights ago I’d made a meatball sauce that was so tasty it was to die for. Will was so shocked at how nice it was that silence commenced as he shovelled down the meal. Even when full I was left wanting more just to taste it. I don’t always freely let myself experiment with seasoning my dinners, if there’s more than two herbs added it’s adventure time!
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So for the past seven weeks I’ve been waiting for October/November to arrive. For a while now I’ve been needing some time off. I’m one of these people that take there holidays in odd days throughout the year, as I need a day off rather than using a chunk of time. We’ve worked so hard this year at work especially this summer with barely any time off, with a lot of stress and earache so I threw caution to the wind and booked a full 6 days from work. I’ve worked here 4 and a half years now and I’ve only ever booked a week off around the Christmas holidays.
Anyway I’m super excited, I’d like to say I don’t have much planned but actually I do have plenty. My parents kindly arranged a small break away with us, so I get to spend some good quality days on a family holiday, something I’ve not really done for a good ten years and I’m very much looking forward to that.

The rest of my break I intend on some rest and actually do some knitting of my own. I’ve had a lack of inspiration of the summer and a definite need to hold up on the knit front. However now the seasons are drawing in and the pressure at work is easing I want to start creating again my mind is buzzing with projects to start that I’ve found online and in my new Pompom Quarterly magazine. So I’ll be mostly held up in the warmth with my cat and boyfriend eating everything in sight, knitting and listening to pod casts. Sounds good doesn’t it?

There’s also the celebration of Halloween and Bonfire night which who doesn’t love all that. We don’t really get Trick or Treater’s but it’s still a good excuse as any to fill our home with sweets and cookies. Then with bonfire night there’s the toffee apples, hotdogs or pie and peas. It’s like pre fattening for Christmas or exercising the stomach so it gives into the turkey and stuffing more easily. Wondering off topic there a bit, food just gets my brain working into over drive.

Just before Bonfire night is our two year anniversary together but to celebrate this year Will has kindly booked us a few days away at Staithes a fishing town above Whitby. I can’t wait it’s such a sweet thing to do and we’ve never stayed away together unless it’s at a friend or family home. Even better is the fact the place we are staying at has a cat there named Shirley. I’m a big cat lover so this maybe me happy, however I believe it made my cat slightly jealous. He’ll be fine about it when I return home smelling of lady kitty. I won’t be able to shoo him away.

Essentially I have a full and entertaining month and I wanted to share it all with you, I’m hoping this month will help me feel better than I have and learn to relax once more. Do you have any exciting plans in October/November? Please do share x

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I love little quirky posts that are more about showing or sharing interests with others, it feels rewarding to think I may boarden someone elses tastes.

1. I’ve purchased my first ever copy of PomPomQuarterly independent knitting magazine. Initial reaction:- It’s perfect. A wonderful selection of patterns with a few bits of crochet and embriodery so a little mix of other crafts. A couple of articles and beautiful photography. If you are a Ravelry user Pompom comes with a Redeemable code so you can grab a digital copy too. That’s all either it comes quickly and so perfectly wrapped in tissue paper with a caring hand written thank you. So sweet. Then when you think you’ve Ooooed and Aaaaahhhed enough you’ll find they have a fun and quirky podcast. I only wish there was more episodes.

2. I’m wanting to start a small sock project and I’ve been on the search for socks yarns. When on facebook I randomly came across this little Etsy shop ‘Hand Dyed by Kate’ her shop has a small range of rainbow skeins in semi solid and a few varigated yarns. So far my favourite shades are ‘Damson, Pumpkin and Red Apple‘. Strangely enough are all quite autumnal shades, It’s looking down a packet of starbursts. “Which one do I choose?” When I figure out I plan to start the adorable ankle ‘Picot Socks by Lydia Gluck‘. I’m in a massive need of a home project.

3. Pukka Peppermint and Liquorice Tea Omg! I never believed I’d find a love for herbal fancy teas and to be frank I found peppermint tea an acceptable one and hated Camomile with a vengeance but this is just a beautiful blend and give your mouth the WOW factor. I literally think I’ve found my favourite fancy tea.

4. I think a lot of people out there have already read and reviewed this book. Well I’m still reading it ‘The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt’ I know I’m behind on my reading but this book is fantastic so far and I advice you pick yourself up a copy and sit back in a quiet room with a cup of fancy tea and turn those pages.

5. Have you ever seen ‘Joy the Baker’ blog?! No, well if not don’t just check out her recipes but if your like me and love a podcast whilst your knitting or working away in something listen too ‘Joy the Baker and Shutterbean’ podcast it’s great fun, chatty, girly and discussing a lot of random topics it’s basically listening to two best friends having a great and loving connection. These girls are great and always make me smile.

Do you have any favourites if so do share? you might show meto something great I’ve been missing! x

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