1 September 2014

This Month... August

Stuff that made me smile...

« A new pretty pink iPhone « a smiley birthday Corey « a little visit to MY Palace (Holyrood in Edinburgh) « new dresses « a little nip in the air and the first signs of Autumn « a new Cath Kidston bag « getting my thick black tights out « new pretty smart lace ups « getting through my busy/stressy time « Ceilidh dancing « huge ice cream sundaes with Mark « lovely day out in Newcastle with my Mum « pretty autumn clothes in the shops « little Meg's face and mews after being away a few days.

Stuff I snapped...

« Bird spotting with Meg « Corey and my brother wore matching outfits to his birthday party, which was just the cutest thing ever! « Birthday cakes « Birthday boy « Edinburgh Castle « erm Nutella on the go, erm YES! « My little Edinburgh visit « New Cons day is always a sad one « this little welcome home face « hipster eatery for lunch « huge sundae date « and the aftermath of said Sundaes! 

Blog Posts Loved...

Little Tin Bird - Crochet Squares
How pretty are these squares? I love the colours and the slightly different granny square pattern, they just look so bright and cheerful all lined up together.  Inspires me to get going again on my granny square blanket I started for myself, oh about a million years ago...

Miss Imogen Smith - Observations of a Waitress
This post made me LOL! I've not been a proper waitress but of course I've had crappy jobs during summers at uni etc. I love her observations here, and too right people walk out if there are no scones! There should always be scones!

Wish Wish Wish - Let's talk body image
Carrie's attitude to her body image is awesome.  I find it shocking that so many people are fascinated with bloggers' and celebrities' measurements. I've always admired Carrie's style and her beautiful blog is so inspiring, what does it matter what size she wears.  Carrie addresses these issues eloquently here in this fab post.

One Ten Zero Seven - Indie Biz - Can I go Self Employed?
Loved this series, super interesting and loads of great advice here if you would ever contemplate going self employed.  It is a dream for me, a far of distant one that will never come true though.  I love making crafty things as a hobby and any little bits of money I make from selling little crafts is a little bonus but it will always be a hobby.  I'm not motivated enough to do it for real and would be FAR too scared, plus I fear I'd start 'hating' crochet if I HAD to do it to make ends meet?  But I greatly admire people who craft professionally and love hearing about how they achieved it!

August Goals Review...

1. Loose a stone-  Ha! No, I think I've been loosing and regaining the same few pounds over the last few weeks.  Oh well! Lets start again on Monday! LOL!

2. Blog more! - Yes, in August I blogged 8 times, that's double last month! Got to keep it up...

3. Marketing my crafts, - Yes, I've been really focusing on my FB page and trying to post every other day and I've seen some new commissions and emails of interest which is fab.

4. Make the most of summer - Well I just don't think we have had the weather to properly achieve this.  I've been on a couple of lovely dog walks and evening bike rides.  Even braved the park for some very rainy runs but sadly I seem to be too late and summer has gone, oh wait... it might just be hiding in Portugal though where I will be week after next... WUHU!

5. Blog reading - Yeah no, I've been reading and enjoying new posts but still have a massive archive of older posts to get through and organise..... 

September Goals...

1. Relax

I am setting one goal for this month and one goal only and that is to relax! 

I feel a bit stressy lately with a huge project at work, going away a bit and all sorts of silly deadline pressures I put on myself .  I am finding it a bit difficult to switch off and just chill.  I have a funny little nervous, anxious energy about me at the moment and I don't like it. I constantly feel like Ive forgotten something and I'm scared to look at my to do lists! 

Well this needs to just all stop. This week coming sees the culmination of a lot of hard work at work and I will be SO happy to come out the other end, then what follows is something very very rare for me, a holiday! An actual real life away from home holiday to like actual abroad! An aeroplane and everything! I have not been abroad for many many years and am super excited (and quite stupidly a little nervous!) 

So quite frankly I would just like to enjoy my hol! Then the week after I get back it's my birthday! WUHU for birthdays and WUHU for September, the BESTEST month there is.  LOVE LOVE LOVE this time of year, it is the proper start of the year for me, new academic year (I work in a uni!) and I turn a new year older. 

Oh lets hope the weather is crisp and dry and we can look forward to lovely Autumn spotting walks (and bike rides of course!) .... 


  1. Hi Jo! As you know I absolutely love your monthly round up posts. I gave a little squeal of delight when I saw your August one pop up on my bloglovin' feed. Congratulations on growing your wee crafty business - you seem to be doing great. I've really enjoyed seeing your updates over the last few weeks. x

    1. Emma, you are the sweetest! Thanks so much for the nicest comment ever! Made my day! x


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