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Another tassel

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I thought that my next post would probably be about the next few rows of my CAL blanket. But even though I’ve been clicking the refresh button on my email every few minutes this morning there is still no notification telling me that the next rows have been posted! So I thought that rather than sit around impatiently I would do something to occupy my mind instead.

My first step was to go out to the garden and take photos of a couple of things I’ve done/made over the last 16 hours.

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The first is another tassel! Almost as soon as I’d posted about my bead tassel I felt the need to make one entirely with buttons. So I got out my colourful threads and button box and got to work.

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I made this in a slightly different way to the beaded tassel. I used a different colour thread for each strand, weaving it through the buttons all the way down and back to the top again. When I had 4 strands I simply knotted them all together (I’d made sure to leave the ends fairly long) then picked the two longest threads to be the loop at the top. I threaded these through a larger button, then stitched them to the knot to secure. It’s not particularly neat, but my eye is drawn to the buttons rather than the knot, so I think it’ll be ok!

Here’s the other one as well (I felt it needed to be photographed in the sunlight!)…

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On Thursday evenings I meet with a small group of people from church. We spend time praying together and looking at what the Bible says and how we can apply it to our lives. This week we were discussing the importance of the Bible itself. Reading the Bible is something that a lot of Christians (myself included!) find hard at times, so one of the things we discussed was how to get the most from the times we read it. I often find (just in life in general) that if I write something down I remember it better. So I decided that I should use my journal more often to jot down things that jump out at me as I read the Bible.

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This morning I read Isaiah 40. It’s filled with amazing imagery, so I thought I’d get my colours out and write it in a jumbled up kinda way.

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I’m not a great artist (as much as I’d like to be!) but I had a go at adding small pictures to the text anyway. I like the way it all looks on the page and it was a great way of getting me to focus for a much longer time than usual! It’s definitely something I’ll be doing again.

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Anyway, I must just go and check my emails again…

 

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February

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I’ve had blog posts running through my head all week, but no time to write them down. Now it’s Saturday and I have all the time in the world and the words have run out! So instead of words, I thought I’d give you some pictures of what I got up to in February.

I enjoyed some early (and very short lived) signs of spring.

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I made my first ever crochet necklace. It’s still on my desk and I just love looking at it!

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I made a cover for my journal.

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I whipped up a super quick baby boy blanket.

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I’ve also been working on another project since the beginning of the new year, but I’m making it as a birthday present, so I won’t be able to show you for another couple of months.

What have you been up to this month?

A morning by the sea

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I know I’ve posted about visits to the beach before, but every time I go I just can’t resist taking more photos! It was cold and very breezy this morning, with thick grey clouds at times followed by blue sky and bright sunshine! I do love our British weather, it’s just so changeable. Here are some of the things I saw and did this morning…

…a solitary daffodil waiting for the others to catch up.

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…bright blue skies over the cliff.

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…listened to the lovely soft scrunch and crunch of walking over pebbles.

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…caught up on some reading and journalling.

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…enjoyed watching the sea and sky changing.

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These photos were taken over about half an hour. I sat in the same place and took them every couple of minutes. It amazes me just how steadfast and changeable the sea and sky are. Just beautiful.

 

Journal cover

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Two years ago I started a journal. I looked for ages to find a good book. In the end I settled for one with lovely paper (thick and smooth) and an ok cover. I thought at the time of making a cover for it and now I’ve finally done it! And in the process I have made good use of some of my new fabric, ribbon and buttons.

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It’s a simple design – basically a rectangle with the ends folded over for the book cover to slip into.

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A ribbon stitched along the back ties at the side to keep a pen in place.

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I think the pocket on the back took longer than everything else put together! But I’m quite pleased with the stitching, even though it took so long.

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I loved all these buttons and couldn’t choose between them, so decided to stitch all of them down the spine!

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I’m really pleased with how it turned out, and it only took a few hours from start to finish. I can’t believe it took me two years to get started on it!

Back to normal?

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My post on Wednesday was a little frantic. I was feeling really tired and like I had soooo much to do.

But now it’s done and I’m wondering why I was panicking. Just like every time I start worrying about something – it seems so big at the time, then after I think ‘Well, that was actually ok’. And yes, I’m still tired, and yes, the kids were grumpy and cranky the last couple of days. But I survived and everything got done, and now I have a whole week off – yay!

Anyway, back to Wednesday. It wasn’t all frantic rushing from one thing to the other. I actually had a very nice couple of hours in the middle of the day – I was only teaching until lunchtime, and had an after school meeting at a different school. There wasn’t really much point going home in between, so headed up to Ham Hill with my picnic lunch. I’ve not been up there for years, and I didn’t really remember much about it, apart from the fact that it’s a nice place to go with a couple of hours to kill!

I wandered around for a bit until I found a nice looking spot to sit and eat my sandwiches. I was surrounded by flowers and greenery and an everchanging pattern of clouds.

It was mostly a relaxing haven in a hectic day. Apart from the huge and bouncy German Shepherd that decided to come sniffing around. He came bounding out of nowhere, no owner to be seen, and raced right over to where I was sitting and slobbered on my sandwich. Nice. I wasn’t best pleased, especially when the owner finally came round the corner and seemed completely unconcerned by the fact that his dog was now dribbling in my hair.

But things picked up after that – I ate the rest of my lunch (the bits without dog drool) – then got on with the fun things. I spent a while writing in my long neglected journal…

…and enjoyed a few chapters of my book.

I was distracted every now and again just looking around at the scenery. And then this bright green bug landed on my pages…

The photo doesn’t really do him justice – he was a gorgeous shade of green and was all shimmery. I’m not usually a fan of bugs, but this little guy was quite lovely.

I ended up with funny grass patterns on my feet after a while…

(I included this photo mostly just to show you the pretty buttons on my flip flops!)

Back to reality, the last couple of days at school before a holiday are always a little crazy. The kids (and teachers) are all very tired and fall out a lot more easily than usual. But we’ve had some fun too. We made crowns ready to wear to the Jubilee ‘cream tea’ we had this morning.

The kids also got creative this afternoon, making scenery and finger puppets to tell a story inspired by royalty. We had some really quite crazy stories, but it was great for them to use their imaginations. Their creations were cheap and cheerful (we only used paper, pencils, glue and scissors) but they loved it.

And now I’m off for the weekend. I’m going to stay with friends for the Jubilee weekend – I have no idea what we’ll be doing, but sure it’ll be a lot of fun. I’ll be taking some for of craft with me too, but haven’t decided what yet. I’m going to go and pack now and hopefully make up my mind.

Hope you all enjoy the weekend (Jubilee or otherwise) and I’ll stop by next week. 🙂