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HAPPY HANGER

Hello there!
I'm sat writing this at the hair salon, of all places. I'm multitasking .....getting my hair did and writing a little post.
I got a few little blond highlights added to my hair a couple of weeks ago. It didn't quite end up how I had envisioned ( a little stripey to say the least) So I'm getting it redone. The hairdresser said I should  go a little lighter, eeeeeeek so lets see where this ends up!!!  I've never dyed my hair before this little stint...could be a lesson learned...whatever.....as the saying goes...Blonds have more fun :-)

I have something really special to share with you all today. Something that makes my heart dance.
It's a little decorative piece that I bought for the craft room and since hanging it up, it fills the room with HAPPY.


It's a simple little wire hanging made by NOI which I believe is a shop based in Hamburg (here's a link to the shops website).
I checked out their website and they really have some stunning gift ideas.

It's hand made (which I love) and just consists of lots of shiny pretty little beads, sequins and buttons. All so bright and bold that they cant help but add a little cheer to the surrounding space.


The main part of the hanging is a nice large circle, kind of reminds me of a halo, for a very gay angel or a rather funky Christmas wreath. Underneath the circle hangs a rather pretty little heart. nice and dainty and a little more willowy looking.

I placed a hook in the ceiling close to the desk and hung the hanging from there. I wanted it to be free from any walls so that it would spin around whenever there was a little breeze running through the room
It's things like this that I love!!Handmade, fun, bright, no purpose other than HAPPY HAPPY!!!


I hope you are all having a splendid week?
I'm gearing up for a trip to Tokyo, Japan! Leaving on Monday and am crazy excited!!! If anybody has ever been and has some suggestions of things to do, maybe craft related? Yarn shops ect.... I'd love to hear your suggestions!
I've never been on a vacation like this before....and can not waaaaaaaaait!!!!!
Have a great rest of the week!

Focus

Last post was my big back to it post...and then I never really got back to it!
I feel like I've been waiting on something, but not quite sure what it is?

A couple of months ago I had an accident at work... I flew into the steel edged wall during the show and managed to tear the ligaments in my leg and foot. All is good now, but I've been out of action for some months. I had a lot of time on the sofa, which has resulted in gaining a few pounds and getting out of shape with my dancing (and apparently my mind).

It's been a real struggle for me to get motivated and get back to it, as my body is feeling all sorts of weirdness. I guess this feeling had spread to my head as I just haven't been able to focus and achieve anything at all, I'm really not exaggerating!
My apartment has been half tidy for weeks, my laundry has been half put away, the washing up is always half done...I just can't seem to finish anything! I feel like it's all part of the "quarter life crisis" I apparently have been experiencing over the past six months!!! I'm just waiting for some epiphany and my goals and ambitions to become clear.

Last night I went to bed late at around 02.00am, not so odd for me as I don't get in from work until 11.30 each evening. I tried to sleep but just couldn't calm my thoughts, I ended up drifting to sleep probably an hour later.
05.00am I was awake. As in WIDE awake!
I led in bed thinking of all the things I needed to do, I considered staying in bed until my alarm went off at 09.00, but instead told myself "now is the moment, GET IT TOGETHER"

I got out of bed and started frantically cleaning my apartment, I took the laundry off the close horse that had been dry for the best part of a week and finally put it away. I put another fresh load in the machine, took the rubbish out, swept and mopped the floor. Made some breakfast and prepared some healths snacks (carrot and celery sticks) for the day ahead.

I then went to the shops, did some grocery shopping and made sure to buy nothing bad. No sweets, no crisps, no icecream. Just fresh fruit, veg and some meat. I've learnt that I can't be rational with "bad" food. If it's there in my cupboards,  I 'll eat it all. That's been a bad eating habit of mine since my dance school days. I'm an all or nothing sort of guy and so today I decided on nothing, No "bad" food in the house!

Along with the food I treated myself to some bunches of flowers that were on offer.

I got home and gathered the flowers vases that I have around the apartment..


The flowers that I bought were all kinds of gorgeous! Bright and vibrant the perfect finishing touch to a nicely cleaned apartment.  
 

I took my time unwrapping the flowers, snipping off the ends and preparing them to place in the jugs. It felt some what meditative as I went stem by stem preparing them for their new homes.


I was almost robotic as I repeated the process on each flower. I noticed that this calm ritual was giving my mind a moment of stillness. It was giving me a chance to bring my thoughts together and focus, on what I wanted/ or needed to do. I took my time and enjoyed the ritual.


The satisfaction that I felt as I organised the flowers was bliss.
Somewhat symbolic to the organisation of my thoughts.


I placed these beauties around the apartment. Adding splurges of colour to the fresh and newly organised rooms.


I know that I sound hugely dramatic, but for the first time in weeks I felt like "I can do this", whatever "this" is?
I feel optimistic and somewhat ready, not sure what for, but I'm ready.


Never before have I been through a period of my life that I've felt so scatty and unfocussed. Have any of you guys experienced that?
I'm hoping the feeling that I have will last, the feeling of focus is a really positive one.
I'm hoping I can really get beck into blogging and work on my crafting. Crafting for myself and sharing the experience with you all.

Here's to finding FOCUS and hoping that it sticks!
Happy Sunday...speak soon,

Back to it

Hello lovelies!
Gosh it's been a while since we last had a chit chat!
I've wanted to come pop by and say hello for many weeks now, the crazy thing is I didn't know where to start, and so I kept putting it off.
I always find it a tad overwhelming getting back into blogging after an absence. I feel almost like I've let you guys down for not being consistent with my posts.
Then there's always the question of how do I get back into my Blogging? Do I fill you in on all the weeks that I haven't blogged, or just continue as if I never had a break?
I decided on a half way point....move forward and over the next posts if I feel like sharing something from the previous weeks, then I will....I guess there are no rules.

So not much has been happening on the blog front, but backstage things have been busy....
I've been working on projects, trying hard to finesse a few pattern ideas and work on new designs.
It's my goal for this year!

I have so many ideas floating around in my head, I do struggle to make them a reality though. Often its that I'm being a little too harsh on my judgement and not letting my projects have a moment to live before I decide that it doesn't work and frog the whole thing. 
I'm going to keep at it though, as I'm hoping the penny will drop and with some perseverance I'll make the ideas in my head become a reality. A reality that (hopefully) I'll be proud/happy enough to share with you guys. 

So what else have I been working on?
A little while ago I was asked to write for Simple Crochet magazine. A small article on whatever I desired. This week I received the May issue of the magazine in the mail and was delighted to see the article that I had written printed amongst the pages.


I am so completely chuffed to say that Boys & Bunting are featured in this months magazine!!
A couple of pages showing of our projects and an article of me jabbering on about us all being inspirational crochet superheroes.


It was a fun column to write and has been pretty well received, which is always nice.
I've received some lovely comments and lots of support from you guys! 
Thanks for that!
So....now I'm going to have a gander through the rest of the pages, sipping on my coffee, basking in the morning sun before work and letting the other glorious creations in this months edition of the magazine inspire the socks off me!
I'll be back soon promise....we have lots to talk about and I'm feeling more blog inspired than ever!!! Have a glorious weekend!

Love always,