Monday, 19 March 2018

Week 11

My fantastic week off!

12th - 19th March

From left to right: planted our front pots for this first time of the year, haircut!, parakeets in Gurpriya's garden, lovely new koi bullet journal spread, more snow..., hollographic loveliness, white back garden, rainbow at the end of the road, and rage at a courier delivering a parcel like this!

Week 10

Happy times!

5th - 12th March

From left to right: Koh Thai with my brother for dinner!, Pat's Mother's Day flowers, a bit of evening crochet, finished my book, a new recipe - Burmese chicken and sweet chilli sauce (homemade!), sorting out cupboards and putting things in jars, watching Hannibal!, lovely lunch with lovely Gurpriya, and cute little Toby =)

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Bujo Update

Just continuing from my post in January with the pages I have completed since!

Week 9 (part 1)

This is probably the first spread that I "designed" myself. I found some cute little doodle tutorials on Pinterest for the animal, but otherwise just went with the flow and am quite pleased with my first attempt at my own spread. I think it's super cute and a nice way to end a month! I have put a crochet tracker on the opposite page...

Crochet tracker

I'm going to keep adding to this one as the year goes on, drawing finished objects (to the best of my abilities!).

Week 9 (part 2)

Really happy with my month header here - it's cute and a bit different to my other ones that I have finished so far. It took me ages haha! Opposite is a pretty simple but effective spread to finish the rest of the week. I like this one and will probably stick with this theme quite often - the boxes are a decent size, and it all fits onto a page nicely.

Week 10

This took me forever. It started out looking a lot like week 9, but then I decided to start doodling...and I couldn't leave it half doodled. I nearly gave up and intended to come back to it later, but I finished and I think it looks good. I'm happy with my lettering on this page as well - it's a font that is simple of effective.

Week 11

My week off! This is my current week - can you tell that I was excited about my annual leave? Decided to throw some washi tape at this one, and I think it works nicely on the folded back corners. Also pretty happy with my rainbow gradient on the bottom - that's all pencil by the way.

Week 12

Was so happy with the washi tape that I used on the previous spread, that I went a bit mad on this one! I'm happy with the look of this spread though - it's nice and colourful and totally different to all of my previous ones. I used a bit of scrap wrapping paper in the "odd" day box, just as a filler.

Week 13

Back with the washi tape! I am loving this spread and I got to use some of my new Mildliners on it - the grey work really well on the trackers. Just adds a bit of detail. It's been a while since I've done any hanging garlands, so I'm pleased with these. Can't believe I am about to start my April header page...where is this year going??

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Week 9

So very cold!

26th February - 5th March

From left to right: curry making, little ice clusters on my car windows, finished my owl lovey, -6 and it's nearly March...lovely, icicles, snow!, wrapping up in the freezing weather, ice fishing anyone?, and some bullet journalling with my extra day off!

Saturday, 3 March 2018

The Beast From The East

Those of you who live in the USA or in the colder areas of Europe will probably laugh at how us Brits got totally nailed by the sudden cold snap we had at the end of this week, but it literally brought the country to a standstill. I even had to take my first ever snow day!

When I left work (early) on Thursday evening I was faced with this. It doesn't look like much, but there didn't appear to have been much in the way of gritting, and our cars here aren't cut out for this kind of weather - I drive a Peugeot 107. I set off at about 5pm with two of my colleagues in tow, who later bailed on me and walked - I don't blame them, they got home before I did in the end!

My "usual" commute of 10-15mins took me a total of 2.5hrs on Thursday night. I am not even kidding, it was horrific. I have a choice of hills to go up to get home, but regardless I have to go up a hill. I opted for my usual one and almost made it to the top without help - a group of teenagers pushed me the last 5m or so, bless them. I travelled the whole way back doing 10mph and under and got stuck once more, when two lovely men came to my rescue and pushed me over a hill again - big thank you to all of the wonderful strangers who were helping people get home! It then took me an hour to travel the last half a mile to my house. I refused to abandon my car at this point - it was just going to get smashed up or cause more problems by being left on the side of the road, so I was determined to make it, and eventually did! It is the most snow I have seen in my adult life, and it fell pretty quickly. People panicked, got stuck in the their cars and some slept in them - it was ridiculous.

Woke up early the next morning, with the intention of making an attempt to get into work, and was faced with a thick layer of freezing rain on top of the snow we'd had the day before. Nope.

That's my driveway, by the way...

The back of the house had some really decent icicles and the snow was pretty thick out there. The ice was where the issue was though!

Beautiful but evil! Even our windows were covered in a thick layer of freezing rain, which actually lasted all day - it was madness.

Dave decided to make an attempt to get out of the road and try and get into Bournemouth to work. After he'd hacked into his car (again, freezing rain...) he managed to get it just off the drive and got stuck. There is a slight incline on our road, but his car was having none of it! He then decided to try and get back on the drive, again with little luck. I, and two passers-by, had to push.

Upon calling my boss I found that only 5 or 6 people (plus a handful of doctors) actually made it in to work. I didn't stand a chance getting out of my road so stayed put. Dave decided to work from home in the end, as did all of his colleagues. I have never heard the roads so quiet out there!

Stuff is beginning to thaw out now. I managed to make a trip to Tesco this morning to stock up on essentials - namely milk and toilet roll! Also got some food to get us through the next few days, as I wasn't able to collect my shopping on Thursday night due to the weather conditions. Luckily, my order is going to be refunded, so it's not the end of the world. Annoying though!

So that was our little British brush with the cold. There wasn't lots of snow, but more an ice issue that was the problem. I'm not sure why we seemed to be so unprepared, as the news had been talking about it earlier in the week. At least everyone I know is safe and well though. On a plus, I got to do a bit of crochet yesterday and read some of my book. Now going to make a cup of tea (hooray for not needing to ration milk!) and have some lunch. Hope you're all keeping warm, wherever you are!

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Owl Lovey

Just checking in to let you know that I have just finished my next little project - an owl lovey for my colleague to give to a friend!

I'm pretty pleased with the outcome! Decided to go a bit crazy with the colours, and mix it up a bit, but I think it looks cute. This is actually some of the cotton yarn leftover from my wedding bunting, so it was good to find a little project that I could finish some of that off with!

I used to Quinn The Owl Lovey pattern by Carolina Guzman, and it was so easy to work from. There were some excellent pictures and diagrams as well, which was really helpful. This was my first time working crocodile stitch, and although it's a little laborious it is well worth it! The pictures on how to do this were fab and much appreciated.

I took a few of the rounds off of the "blanket" because of deadlines. I think it still works though. Looking forward to giving this to my colleague tomorrow!

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Week 8

My garden is waking up!

19th - 26th February

From left to right: my daffodil bulbs are starting to come out!, an evening beer, blue skies and nice weather, birthday cake at work, cotton stitches, snowdrops in the garden, lovely light and leaves, a blast from the past - playing Stronghold!, and seeing tiny little yellow daffodils appearing in our wild garden.