*148* Christmas wreath

I don’t know why I do this to myself… but the moment the calendar gets busier, the to do lists longer… my brain tricks me into thinking that I can do MORE and I can MAKE things… Yeah right. I should be laying in the bath in the dark with only a candle and some […]

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*114* postcards from Japan, Hiroshima

Just under an hour from the centre of Hiroshima, half way up a hill, in a quiet residential street there is the most gorgeous ‘ryokan’ you can possibly imagine. A ryokan is a is a type of traditional Japanese inn that typically feature tatami-matted rooms, communal baths, and other public areas where visitors may wear […]

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– 2018/201 – wreath making, again

“Oops she did again…” Last night I had a gorgeous night in the company of lovely women making Christmas Wreaths.  Yeah I know… you just can’t have too many, I don’t care what you say. There green branches everywhere… First we had a lesson, which made me realise that the old ‘glue gun manoeuvre’ is […]

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– 2018/138 – a weekend away

I’m back. I’m tired. I’d like to get back to bed but I have a lunch date with a friend, a laundry room that is so full I need to excavate the washing machine in order to use it, half a dozen 13yr olds coming later on this afternoon for a get together (they’re not […]

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– 2018/121 – more randomness

Am I the only one who reaches the last week of school completely frazzled and confused?       ‘My daily life is an endless round of washing clothes for various ‘sports days’ and ‘activity days’ which require ‘old clothes’ or clothes that can get wet or covered in paint or ruined (why??)… then there’s […]

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-2018/95 – macrame lampshade (part 2)

The lampshade is finally done and I couldn’t be happier. Here it is in its place in the conservatory:   and look how warm it looks when it’s lit! It glows. good night.  Sweet dreams. SaveSave

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– 2018/69 – back home

Whenever I’m come back from holiday I feel the need to ‘sort things’.  I have the urge of diving into cupboards and purge things, throw away the surplus… start afresh.  Now this could be a total denial of the amount of washing that five people produce in a week in a hot country I’ll be […]

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– 2018/31 – how to hang a quilt

I love quilts on wall.  I love rugs on walls too but Mr M doesn’t like either of the options so the only place where I’ve been able to hang a quilt is the spare room.  Lucky guests, right? Because of this inexcusable aversion/taste lapse etc.  I’ve had to wait for my dad to actually […]

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– 2018/25 – vintage crockery –

You know what they say about buses… you wait for ages for one to arrive and then two show up at once.  Same with vintage finds. Last weekend?  the one before? who can remember… I popped into a big charity shop (thrift store for you across the pond) on the way back from a super […]

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