Have you marked your calendar ready for tomorrow's start to our Gentle Art of Domesticity book study?
The busyness of Christmas and New Year often exhausts the committed homemaker so simply stopping to rest, reflect and refresh may have slipped your mind. Because that's what our book study
Rest to the body when we brew a cuppa or pour a cool drink and sit down for a while to read; reflection on the joys of domesticity we may have overlooked but which will come alive with each turned page, and a refreshing to our homemaker hearts as we discover the wonder right before us and take time to be invigorated by the possibilities yet to be explored.
Tomorrow we'll begin with my overview of the entire book for those of you who don't have it or those who are waiting for this adventure to begin before turning a page.
Are you as excited as me?!
Now into the final two weeks of his summer school break my husband is doing as much as he can in the yard, gardens and interior of the house before his spare time drastically diminishes.
I've got my favourite pineapple fruit cake baked and ready for morning tea times this week and will draw up a new menu plan when we sit down together for that lovely relaxed mid morning cuppa.
Although asking my husband to give me some meal plan ideas is not as productive as one would hope. Generally he'll reply - "I"m happy with whatever you make, dear" - or if he's missed something he particularly likes there's a chance that will be his one and only offering. More often than not this will be "gnocchi, we haven't had that for a while" (which means it's been more than ten days).
Blossom tells me Ross is exactly the same. Is it just a man thing, I wonder??
Yesterday I made a start on Lucy's "Sweet Pea CAL". All those coloured yarns look gorgeous!
Although I do wonder if I'll do them justice by the time I complete the lap sized quilt. Having not done anything like this before frustration did set in about five stitches into the first row due to the yarn splitting and a tiny single strand carrying over when I made a stitch. Regularly.
But carry on I did, twenty minutes here, ten minutes there, through the afternoon and later last night as we watched the tennis (well, as I listened to the tennis is more accurate because that yarn and the need to count demanded I pay attention).
So here I have completed the cast on row and the first row of the trellis pattern ...
Tomorrow I shall take this project along to our Tuesday sewing/crochet/any-craft-you-enjoy group at Marci's and have dear Karyn explain to me why this yarn is splitting and driving me crazy. Personally I'm sure its the way I hold the hook or how I execute the stitches. Will update you when the issue is resolved.
Last week (or was it the week before?) I showed you a sweet little 2019 stitchery I'd done and was about to use on the cover of this year's blog planner. A girl can change her mind.
Just as I was about to make it I showed a photo on social media of another 2019 design I'd created for the January Stitchery Club, along with the fabric which had inspired my choice of thread colours.
The more I looked at it the more I wanted that as my blog planner cover (and the other one will be for something else) so on Saturday I set to work...
Journal, diary or planner covers are very quick and easy to make if you're using just one piece of fabric, thin wadding and lining. The fabric is so pretty that I decided to keep this cover simple and just embellish with the 2019 embroidered hexie...
I've had the blog planner for years but never used it, however with all my fun plans for this year it was the perfect time to bring it into service.
Love that it has pockets at the start of each section because I'm a note taker and often jot ideas down on the nearest scrap of paper, so now I have somewhere to house them until I have time to properly give them thought.
I also added a few of those sweet dividers which I used to separate one of my Gentle Art of Domesticity books into topics for this year's book study.
If you're after one of these blog planners, alas, I have not seen them for years. My copy was purchased from Typo in 2014 I think...gosh, I've certainly let it languish without a purpose for a long time!
That's enough from me today, I'm sure you have your own list of to-dos ready to be tackled and I have a morning tea to serve and another bag of grapes to wash.
Oh, before I go perhaps you need a laugh?
Yes? Well, I'll fess up about the grapes.
I do my groceries online with Woolies and they home deliver. I pay a yearly delivery fee which allows me to have what I need delivered any day of the week and as many times as I like in the whole year. For someone who works from home this is a blessed thing.
Unless you don't pay attention and order things you do not want.
Such as nine bags of grapes.
Green grapes were available in 900g (2 pound) bags on the order page. Great, I wanted one! But for some reason the number 9 was stuck in my head so I kept clicking the amount required button until it hit 9. And you'd imagine I'd remember doing that, right? Nope. In one brain cell and clear our the other!
The next morning my groceries arrived and I was pretty surprised at the amount of bags delivered...until I discovered three bags held all those grapes.
Yep, $55 worth of grapes were sitting on my counter. Scrambling to check the invoice I could see there was a 9 in the amount supplied box, so off I went to the computer to check my order online because I was SURE this was a Woolies problem and not my own.
Oh no, dear self righteous Jennifer...this was your own doing.
Needless to say we've been eating grapes till the cows come home, and in fact Mr E's standing joke when I say breakfast, lunch, morning tea or dinner are ready is "But have we had grapes first?"
Yes, I tried to give bags away but only a single neighbour reluctantly accepted one bag which I almost forced upon her and Blossom just would not take one as her own fridge was bursting with fruit, grapes included.
And yes, I should have noticed the grocery bill was a bit steep, but I'd earned a $50 discount which I'd not realised at the time so it all looked fine to me.
So here we are now, two weeks later, with a final bag of grapes ready to be washed and eaten.
My mantra has been "grapes are the new lolly" (candy), though I might revert back to sweeties once the last green grape bursts forth in my mouth.
Now I'm going...blog planning to do, a cuppa to brew, cake to slice, and grapes to finish.
Oh happy days.
Hope your day is full of happy thoughts and bright sunshiny smiles!