Tuesday, 24 January 2012

The further adventures of Big Ted

Remember Big Ted? He's over two years old now and is getting a bit mischievous. Earlier this afternoon I went to my desk to study and found him snoring noisily on my journalism folder:


I nudged his leg slightly but he must have been in deep REM sleep and wasn't to be woken up.

Eventually I had to bang around the room a bit and do some printing. My printer is sooo noisy so he woke up pretty pronto when he heard it. Here he is still sitting on my folder.



Naughty Big Ted!

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Sweet Cottage Cross Stitch

OK. So you may not get this.


I tried to do my own version of alternative cross stitch. You can view a page of it on Pinterest.

When I began stitching this a couple of months ago now I had no idea where I was going with it. I made no chart, I just copied the little cottage pattern and did my own thing with it.

So that's it really. No practical use. Just several hours of stitching in front of the telly. Sometimes that's all you want. Right?

Friday, 6 January 2012

Things to do this weekend

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The first week in January can be the worst for motivation. Two weeks of chocolate, TV and family chats are good at the time and a break from the normality of your routine, but if you're anything like me I couldn't wait to get going again.

I have fallen into a rough routine in my 9-5 weekdays and I get more done when I try really hard to switch off and do something completely different at the weekend. Avoiding my bedroom where I study, write, and create during the day helps me do this.

I find spending time in the kitchen helps me to stop thinking about articles, what to make next for my shop or what the latest rejection letter means.

This weekend to rejuvenate after a four-day stint back at 'work' after Christmas I will mostly be:

Seeing if I can find citric acid and heart shaped moulds to make the bath bombs featured above!

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Making bread! This looks utterly delicious and I haven't made any bread for ages. I love the process of kneading the dough. It's a repetitive action which I find satisfying!

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Watching new Danish drama Borgen. It's from the same producers as 'The Killing' which I enjoyed when it was repeated on BBC4 and I began to watch back through series one on iPlayer. It was compelling and I found the political side fitted well with the criminal plotlines. I hope Borgen is as good. I'm sure it will be as it has good reviews. It's on BBC4 at 9pm tomorrow if you're in the UK.

Catching up on podcasts such as 'Electric Sheep' as my iTunes has broken again after installing an update! This is the third time this has happened and when it works again, if it ever does, I won't be installing any more updates ever again!

I hope you have a lovely weekend!
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