Talk About Your Joys…

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Stripping it back to the simple happy things today….apart from the VAT paperwork which must be done…washing on the line, happy cats in the sunshine, off for my daily walk and putting my shop visit within this walk….some great music on the radio today, some ZZ Top, Bon Jovi, bit of dancing around the sun room.

Still going through my boxes of things which must go….my only online shopping today cat biscuits and cat litter….oh and a sneaky little crochet book…

This one is just £4.00 at the moment, bargain!!

Find it on Amazon by clicking on the picture (affiliate link).

My sanity is this easy blanket, using up all of my scrap yarn.

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Right, off for a power walk in the sun….keep up the good work folks…we will do this!

And keep on talking about your joys.

Geri x

Not Right Now….

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It has been pretty hard to accept that the plans we had sailing along quite nicely have suddenly been halted.  But they have not been demolished, it just means they were not supposed to happen right now…it does not mean they will never happen.  Use this time wisely to prepare for “afterwards” because we have to do this for there to be an afterwards.  Most people have had a wobbly moment and then thrown on the big girl pants and looked at what they can do rather than what they can’t do.

I am lucky that I can continue to list and sort my things from home.  Yes, my sales have almost stopped but that’s fine, it’s there if anyone fancies some retail therapy and it will still be there when we are allowed out and about again.  For now I am listing it and storing it away on a shelf so that I can turn my house into a minimalist heaven….well, not quite that extreme, just tidy.

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For now my sanity remains with crochet.  I am making this blanket out of the huge bag of random colours I have left over.  Then, I am going to learn to block it properly!  Then I am working through the pile of patterns I have bought over the last few years.  There is always something you can do, but, if you feel like feeling sorry for yourself under the duvet for a day….do just that!

Huge hugs and lots of love to you all….you have got this!!

Geri x

What is Possible Today?

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A lot of people waking up today, no work, no social gatherings….what do I do now?  Make a list of all the things you have wanted to do at home and had no time….and just do them…

My sales have of course dropped, but I still have some orders so I am still popping out to the warehouse (on my own, nobody else there) collecting and packing.  The Royal Mail then collect it from my house, so I am still working…however, I am about to start a new blanket, a Christmas present project, absolutely for some yarn therapy!

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So, how are you filling your unexpected free time?

Geri x

Finding Joy at Home…

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So, it’s lunch time and all I have done is drive my daughter to work and try and find out when my Hermes delivery will be collected….

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So….I am heaving my three large boxes to a safe place so that I can go and get my parcels ready at work….luckily it isn’t raining! Yay!

So, joy at home for me is crochet….I haven’t done any in so long!  Just before the virus got worse (adding here that thankfully I don’t have it)  I had decided to finish all ongoing projects and properly eat healthily….Now, I am going to make a cake and start a new blanket…oh indeed yes…

Take some time to find some fab patterns and crochet websites….I will share with you as I find them….today I am liking The Crochet Swirl…

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Just click on the picture above and go and check it out…. I adore these Cath Kidston inspired colours!

More links tomorrow my lovelies…

Geri x

Happy Thoughts

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Perhaps not the hugs right now….I do miss that! I am such a hugger….

Strange times….but chin up, it won’t be forever, use the time wisely, do the things at home you never usually have the time for….relax…

Finally scrolling through Instagram is a great hobby, absolutely no worries of catching anything there, so get in there and discover some new accounts…get lots of inspiration.

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One of my favourites, Adindas World….click on the picture for her Instagram account.

Happy thoughts people xx

Hibernation Time…

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Oh very surreal times….like anyone else our sales have dropped significantly but we are OK, we just practice frugal eating, we don’t need anything except food and Netflix really…the thing I miss the most is seeing someone I know and giving them a hug…

My heart hurts for those people who have lost loved ones and are sick, the people who have or will lose their jobs or businesses…at a time like this it is so important to keep each other going, to help each other, find some humour in trying times.

If you can look at it as hibernation time, make plans, evaluate your goals because this will be over soon, it will seem like ages, but it will be over.  Clean your house, soak in your bath, read those books you have been meaning to read, get lots of good sleep.  Yesterday the sun actually came out, we sat in the garden, oh that was nice.  Keep sharing things on social media…I love the Italians singing and dancing on their balconies!  Feel free to use the comment space below and say how you are coping and throw a virtual hug out to everyone else!

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Picture shared from the Instagram account of Janette Manrara...  dance in your kitchen my lovelies, you have been given some at home time, use it wisely…

Geri x

 

Wash Your Hands

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It surely is a crazy world out there.  I have always washed my hands but I am now massively more mindful of it…I admit I am washing my hands more now than before, when I get to work (where I work on my own) when I get home, before I eat always….

However, I am pretty confused on what to believe and what not to believe….I understand people with current illnesses, the elderly, the very young should be concerned and take all precautions, better to be safe… But are we supposed to be locking up our elders because a fair few of them are pretty stubborn and not interested in taking these measures.  It might just come to that!

I don’t understand the panic buying of toilet rolls, however, I always buy mine in bulk from Amazon and had just had a delivery so if you saw my supply here you might think prepping had been happening here.  I struggled to get a packet of pasta last week, I see the rice is now running low…it’s all a bit mad.

Luckily I work on my own and my only public visiting place is the shop for the food, where it is disappearing fast.  Pretty happy to stay at home here and chill with books, Netflix (currently Peaky Blinders and Drive to Survive) and of course finishing up some crochet projects.  Also listing listing listing because we are still selling all of our stuff, hoping to get away in Joycie the Bubble Hymer pretty soon…

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And these little beauties are having no trouble relaxing….so, be like a cat….keep washing and keep chilling….it will get better.

Take lots of care guys.

Geri x

Why Do We Have All This Stuff?!

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A very good question….we have so much stuff!  I am currently determined to get rid of it all, some is being sold, some is being donated and some just given back to the person we borrowed it from and forgot to return it…oops!

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I have been collecting jewellery, I am not entirely sure why? I love it, I like cleaning it and making it sparkle….but I rarely wear it…and it all deserves to be worn…so I am keeping the few bits I absolutely love and DO wear…the rest is being auctioned in Ebay or listed in Etsy…find the tabs above guys….it it doesn’t sell after a month it is being donated to my local charity shop…

I can’t begin to tell you how fabulous it feels to see some space slowly appearing!  AND when this stuff is all gone, the crochet will come back, I am missing it!

Happy Friday 13th my lovelies!

Geri x

Friday February 28th 2020

Oh dear, oh dear it has been a while….I shall update on why…

I thought I might consider the life of an Ebay reseller and have been trying it out.  However….in my search for simplicity it doesn’t really fit.  I purchased some pre-loved clothing and jewellery and suddenly my laundry sessions became unbearable and my ironing pile was like a mountain, my bedroom is full of boxes.  I have to admit feeling huge satisfaction cleaning jewellery though, this may continue.

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So, pop over to Etsy or to the Ebay shop because I am selling it all right now….it’s not for me…I want to establish floor space and counter top space and this doesn’t work.

Concentrating now on family time, travel, books, crochet and cooking….mostly cake…and investigating budget meals….the piles of clothes must go!

Going on a business trip with Christopher and having some time in the hotel to myself I almost finished an old blanket project and enjoyed it so much!  Yes, the hooks are coming out again!  I have missed reading, no books here in ages so this will change, the odd book review coming your way.  And, recipes….and links to my favourite books and crochet patterns…I am relaxing just thinking about it all…

Watch this space…

Geri x

Friday January 10th 2020

I have decided to just go with the date as a title….easy, simple, that’s all….

Today another day of running up and down the hill, doing “parcels to go” in the warehouse and unfortunately not listing as many items as I have on my pile ready to list….I did make healthy snacks though and put my feet up in my favourite socks for a cup of tea….you know I am an ambassador for quiet time…

I have managed a couple of really lovely little vintage listings….a gorgeous tapestry/carpet bag, in really nice condition and a pair of beautiful vintage chromium plated earrings for pierced ears….Both of these have gone into the Etsy shop, so click on the tab up there at the top as normal to make your way there.

Tomorrow is the weekend, yay!! I will be listing as many as possible to get back on track and making space in our new smaller house….I have lots of jewellery and some new clothing for you…Happy Friday Evening All!

Geri x