…gnomeo, oh gnomeo…

Despite failing my Christmas gnome challenge quite spectacularly, mainly due to my complete ineptitude with spatial awareness, my current love of gnome cuteness continues apace. Not only are they cute, but my cross-stitch group are all equally enamoured. We are always sharing our latest gnomeish find. Following the end of the Christmas cross-stitch marathon, I found myself at a loss […]

…hacking the Harriet…

If there’s one thing I’ve learnt over the years, is when the tickle of inspiration is less of a tickle, and more of a smack around the head, I need to follow it. For whatever reason, some projects get under my skin and will not leave me in peace until I get stuck in and start creating. Most recently, I […]

…EMBRACE 100 days…

I have a conflicted relationship with the 100 days project. I’ve vaguely sort of considered the idea for many years, and given it a half hearted attempt. In 2020, in the depths of that long first lockdown, when life revolved around pressers and zoom and wiping down the groceries before they came in the house and setting up outside hand […]

…MOCS & SOCS…

It’s no real secret around here, that if there’s one thing I love more than crafting, it’s crafting along with a friend. Long weekends especially, are made for crafty shenanigans and challenges and communal projects. One of the favourite parts of a communal project, for me, anyway, is it often pushes me in ways I wouldn’t be pushed, if I […]

…12 days calendar…

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my podcast partner gave to me…. quite possibly one of our coolest projects ever. It all began back in November, when we saw all these amazing advent calendars popping up all over the place. They were all so fabulous, but also niche. What if, went the theory, we DIYed it? What if we made […]

…gnome run…

Of all the stories to come out of 2021 that start with “remember that time”, some we’ll remember with a vague sense of dread, some with a hangover of long-past-but-still-felt terror, and others…others we will laugh at our delight at our own hubris. Possibly we’ll never again smell homemade bread without thinking of the sourdough craze of lockdown 1.0. Very […]

…EMBRACE the new year…

The last two years, my word has come to me, almost on its own. This year, not so much. I’ve got a bundle of things I want to work on, and projects to focus on, and no matter what word I played around with, nothing seemed to fit it all. I felt a bit of pressure to come up with […]

…DIVE into NYE…

What. A. Year. I didn’t quite know, back in January, exactly how much DIVE would come to mean to me. I took it literally. I found so many opportunities to DIVE into projects and down rabbit holes. Most notably, in 2021, I decided to DIVE into a podcast idea that has existed in some format since April 2019, and took […]

…and so this is Christmas…

Happy Christmas Eve, friends! We made it! With all the everything going on, it hasn’t been quite the fun, relaxed lead up I’d planned at the start of the month, but life is like that. We are well and healthy, Christmas is back on track after a negative test for one of the main players of the day, and once […]

…gnomes in progress…

Twas two days before Christmas, and all through the house…this crafter was laughing at the very lofty ambition to stitch 12 gnomes in 24 days. Possibly, if it was the only thing I had to do. But there have been outfits to sew and biscuits to bake and rocky road to make and kid craft to manage and blog posts […]