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Where do I begin?

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Hello! I’m back! Slowly getting back into the swing of things, but really wanting to stay in my holiday bubble for as long as I can.

This is a slightly chatty and unstructured post to help me get back into the swing of things in blog land. I’ve loved having a break – it felt like I was living life instead of just writing about it. I definitely want to hold on to that thought and find a better balance for me; meaning not getting bogged down in blog reading, writing post after post after post, checking analytics ALL the time and planning way in advance when really I only stress myself because plans change.

Instead I want to write about what I’m up to, what I’m enjoying, what life looks like for me. All things my blog probably already looks like – unless you’re me who’s behind the computer screen feeling anxious. Ever feel like that?

So here’s where I’m at (a bit of a brain dump and insight into things to come!)…

  • We’re back from an amazing holiday! The best I’ve ever been on, jam packed with stories and heaps of happy memories. With that I want to write about it all, but need to work out how’s best to share photos and notes on each place. Plus, I have over 800 pictures to sort through. Eek!
  • I want to look after myself better – exercise and diet. I began changing my diet the day we got back from our holiday and I’ve been pleased with how easy I’ve found it to eat well so far. Fitness next; looking forward to getting back to my Pilates class tonight.
  • We’re buying a house! More on that next week, but it’s all come about so quickly. It’s incredibly exciting and I can’t believe it’s actually happening. With that comes packing, paperwork, clearing out rubbish, organising help, thinking about furniture and generally working out the logistics of moving my life from one house to another.

One thing at a time might be the best motto to take here and I’m so very aware that I take on too much stuff sometimes. I need to relax, enjoy this moment and let things play out as they should. But hey, little miss impatient doesn’t work like that!

Yay to buying a house, to holidaying and to living better – all good things going on.

I’d hope to be back maybe later this week or at the weekend with some holiday pics. I hope your week has got off to a good start!


How March 2015 looked…

With a little help from Instagram, here’s how March 2015 looked…

Firstly, I loved the sunshine and brighter days that came with March. Yes, it rained a bit too, but we had some gorgeous sunny days – they make even the stressful days good. March was crazy busy for Stu and me – work was busy, house hunting was time consuming and all while planning our holiday. Perhaps taken on a bit too much this year!

I shared the story of my sky blanket and received some incredibly lovely comments – thank you! Really meant the world to me. Finishing it also meant I’ve been able to take on some new crafting projects; a hat for my friend (even if we are out of winter now!) and Simple Stylish Knitting magazine’s blanket (three squares in!). Loving that magazine – have you seen it?

It was also my Dad’s birthday, the clocks changed and I had my hair cut (always feels so good after a trim!). I also got involved with Lucy’s spring time surprise project and received a very thoughtful gift back. There was also a few trips to Homebase and the likes, holiday research and a bit of shopping with my sister in sunny Guildford.

April obviously holds a holiday for us, so expect lots of Californian themed photos over on Instagram. I’m looking forward to some (hopefully) warm weather, exploring new places, time with Stu and a big adventure. What do you have planned for April?

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Enjoy April – I hope it has lots of good things in store!


How February 2015 looked…

With a little help from Instagram, here’s how February 2015 looked…

The month started with snow; Freds was less than impressed and it resulted in a rather long journey to work! Yet by a stark contrast we also had some gorgeous sunny days this month – I love that spring is just around the corner and that the mornings aren’t as dark anymore.

February also saw lots of work challenges and trips to Nottingham – all good fun, but nothing better than being in the comfort of your own home, in your home town.

There was also lunch, brunch and dinner with friends, walks to the shops, board games on rainy Sunday’s (have you heard of Carcassonne? It’s so good!). Stu gave me the Mary Poppins’ collection for Valentine’s day and we started house hunting.

And finally, of course February involved a little crafting. I finally finished my sky blanket – yayyy! The story of and photos will be coming very soon. You’ll see below that I also learnt how to do Swiss darning in knitting.

How was your February? I’m looking forward to spring time sunshine, planning our trip to California, more work changes, the clocks going forward and lots more in March. What about you?

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Here’s to a good month ahead folks!


Happy 5th birthday Freds!

My darling Freds is 5 years old today. Look at his little face…

Freds 5th birthday

I love Freds, obviously. He’s my baby, can do pretty much nothing wrong and I’d defend him to the ends of the earth. He’s a rather needy baby and the cheeky scamp likes to help himself to food from time to time, plus the vet would like him to lose weight but he gets so miserable when he’s hungry. He hates the winter; never going out means he’s carrying a little bit of winter weight.

Freds 5th birthday

5 years with Freds has been so much fun and I really couldn’t imagine what the house would be like without him. He loves visitors and will cuddle anyone. His skanky mouse cuddly toy is his favourite item and I recently discovered how much he likes peas. Weird.

Freds 5th birthday

He won’t read this post and he definitely doesn’t know it’s his birthday, but I do and what better a reason to share some photos of him? These were taken in November last year when I was trying to photograph my sky blanket. Surprise surprise, he wanted to get involved.

Finally a couple of outtakes for you because, let’s face it, I have hundreds of photos like this – as I’m sure all pet owners can appreciate!

Freds 5th birthday

Beautiful Freds, work that camera.

Freds 5th birthday

Crazy cat lady? Ohhhh yes.


How January 2015 looked…

With a little help from Instagram, here’s how the first month of 2015 looked for me…

It started with my 29th birthday and a lovely day up in London with Stu. After that I was ready (and excited) to get back to work and the routine of things, but ended up spending the week off sick with a flu-like bug. Freds obviously kept me company, bless his heart. To end a lame couple of weeks we booked our trip to California!

On those cold weekend mornings I’ve loved snuggling up at home with a good book or magazine; I was gifted some great reads over the festive period, so they’ll keep me occupied for a while. Ali and I also went to London for the day to see Matilida the Musical – so much fun. Of course there was also a lot of sky blanketing going on – not long to go now before it’s finished!

How was your January? I feel really positive about the month gone by; December was incredibly tiring and stressful, but I’ve felt in control and more relaxed this month – a good way to start the year and I hope it can continue. Have you found January relaxing? I know some fellow bloggers found the end of last year a bit too hectic!

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Here’s to a good February!


29 before 29 and resolutions for 2015

Happy new year! I’d originally planned to get back to blogging on New Year’s day, but I’ve got to be honest – I loved having a rest and a break from being on a laptop and instead opted for time with family and friends. Now I’m pumped and ready for some 2015 blogging adventures!

Yesterday I celebrated my 29th birthday – hurray! Stu took me to London for the day to celebrate and I loved our day out together. I’ll share some photos with you very soon.

Being that 28 was soooo yesterday(!) I thought I’d share how I got on with last year’s resolutions and touch on my resolutions for 2015.

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First up – 29 before 29, what is this? Inspired by Rosalilium’s list, the idea was to achieve a number of things before my next birthday. Given that I turned 29 yesterday, I put together 29 things I’d like to achieve before the 3rd January 2015.

Here’s how my list looks today; striked through items were achieved.

  1. Take a photo a day for the 4th year running.
  2. Make good progress on my sky blanket – making a note/knitting a square to match the colour of the sky.
  3. Bake key lime cupcakes.
  4. Visit the Renegade Craft Fair in London.
  5. Worry less.
  6. Watch the original version of The Killing.
  7. Play more board games.
  8. Read each Now I Know email I receive.
  9. Start learning how to do patchwork sewing.
  10. Go to a zoo.
  11. Read three books. I’m going to take some inspiration from The Tattooed Book’s list.
  12. Move in with Stuart.
  13. Spend more time with friends and family, less time on the internet (unless I’m blogging or at work, obviously).
  14. Visit Liberty.
  15. Bake a pie from scratch.
  16. Figure out how to knit in the round.
  17. Start a local craft group.
  18. Watch the original three Star Wars films (without falling asleep).
  19. Knit myself a pair of gloves.
  20. Enjoy my job. I already do, but it’s easy to take these things for granted.
  21. Save £X. I won’t reveal how much, but I have a target in mind ahead of *hopefully* buying a house next year.
  22. Make my very own Advent calendar.
  23. Create a photo album for Baz, my travelling teddy bear.
  24. Start running again.
  25. Visit Edinburgh.
  26. Have more lazy days/evenings at home.
  27. Go on a day/weekend spa break.
  28. Knit a dinosaur.
  29. Make more Spotify playlists to listen to.

So I managed to cross off 17/29 – 59%. What does that mean? I have absolutely no idea! This list was great in theory but, let’s face it, it was pretty unlikely I’d achieve all 29 things – life doesn’t work that way. I’ve also figured out that I spend a lot of time writing lists and sticking to structures and, while I work best that way most of the time, I don’t think it’s healthy for me to fixate on achieving all the time.

Resolutions for 2015? I’m really going to refrain from setting anything too strict; I’ll loosely say that I’d like to focus on the following –

  • Reading and having more downtime
  • Learning about photography
  • Improving my diet and general fitness

I have some ideas in mind of how to do these, but I’m just going to see how things go. I’ll be sure to share with you my progress here – I’m looking forward to taking better care of myself this coming year.

What about you? Any resolutions or ideas that stand out? What are you hoping 2015 will bring you? I’d love to know (I’m nosey like that!)


Welcome to This Little Space of Mine

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The day has come – my project is now live. I’m so glad you’re here and it’s so good to share it with you.

So, This Little Space of Mine – what’s it all about, ey? Well, the clue is in the title – it’s going to be my little corner of the internet where I can share anything and everything. Essentially it’s a lifestyle blog and it’s my aim to combine my love and enjoyment of being at home and my love of being creative. But let’s not get too hung up on definition; people evolve, so here’s where I plan to share my journey.

After deciding to close my previous blog, I’ve spent the last couple of months scoping out this new concept. It’s involved a lot of relaxtion, finding new inspiration and reading for enjoyment. I’ve loved having time out, but boy oh boy how I’ve missed blogging and the blogging community.

A new chapter begins and I hope you’ll join me. You can read all the latest on This Little Space of Mine via Twitter, Facebook, Bloglovin’ and even sign up to my monthly newsletter. Oh, and don’t forget you can find me on Pinterest and Instagram too.

It’s a work in progress, so if you spot anything untoward please drop me a line and let me know. As I publish more posts I’ll be adding to the top navigation and side bars – so keep an eye out.

Here goes!


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