Minimalism – Feeling the Benefit

I’m trying hard to do the same but it is not easy. The right frame of mind is key.

Jem Weston

It’s been a full month since I finished the Minimalism game and although I’ve not been counting – I’m sure I’ve got rid of at least the same amount of stuff again!

I’ve done big clear-outs before, but this time it feels different. I’m not just getting rid of a few things so that my stuff fits in to the space I have – I’m gradually getting rid of everything I don’t use, wear or love and putting in place systems so that I acquire less “stuff”.

We now have a bookcase which has virtually no books left on it and empty boxes under the bed and on top of my wardrobe which were once stuffed to bursting! At some point we’ll have to decide which pieces of furniture to keep because with less stuff to store we need less furniture to store it.

The process is difficult. The most…

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Cushtie cushions!

I’ve always fancied learning how to make a cushion and when the opportunity arose at Crafty Angel I jumped at it!  https://www.craftyangel.co.uk/


Crafty Angel has been open for just under a year and you could not find a more peaceful setting for this creative haven.  Angela is a graphic designer and this is reflected in her flare for fabric choice and attention to detail.  She is also great fun and a skilled teacher immediately putting you at ease.


Everything was supplied to make a piped, button back cushion.  All one had to do was turn up and bring a packed lunch!  Tea, coffee and an impressive selection of soft drinks and cake appeared at regular intervals too!   The only decision one had to make was which material to choose.  Believe you me, with so much fabulousness that was hard!


Three ‘fat quarters’ are all it takes to create this cushion along with some piping and covered buttons.  Along with learning how to make the actual cushion there were lots of top tips on sewing and use of equipment.  I for one had no idea you could unscrew a thread spool and store your needles inside!  Well did you?!  (Ok, so it’s just me!)

Firstly, we made the piping which was actually more straightforward than I’d imagined.  Placing it round the cushion was a little bit more tricky but again Angela demonstrated techniques to create a professional finish.


Once the binding was on it was then time to put the whole thing together and make covered buttons and button holes.  As before, all the stages were demonstrated and we had all the tools required, including state of the art sewing machines to make life easier.

Even when muggins here managed to accidentally cut through the cushion backing the ‘Crafty Angel’ came to the rescue with the most ingenious solution.  I wonder if you can spot him!


There were three of us on the course today and it wasn’t even lunchtime when we’d all decided we want to return for more ‘Crafty Angel’ magic!  Future workshops will include dressmaking, umbrella making, machine embroidery, lampshade making, knitting and crochet with Rowan Yarn, bag making, quilting and book binding to name a few!  Personally, I can’t wait!

What’s More to the Point!

‘More to the Point’, 120 Kings Street, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2PQ. 

I felt like I’d walked into the pages of a Debbie Macomber novel when I visited here today.  You know sometimes you just need a day that restores your faith in humanity…..well this was it!  We live in uncertain, unsettling times and anything that allows one to forget about the woes of the world for a while is right ‘up there’ in my book!  

There was a steady stream of enthusiastic customers who all received a warm welcome and advice if they required it.  A comfy sofa and a cuppa was also on offer to regulars and newbies alike.  

Enough of this misery in January palaver!

Right, enough of this ‘misery in January’ palaver! All this ‘dry January’, frantic dieting and rushing off to join a gym is a load of twaddle! Yes, Christmas is over but it doesn’t mean we should all wear sackcloth and ashes and self flagellate! Some of us have birthdays in January and the days are getting longer! I’m on a one woman mission to cheer everyone up. Go out and have that glass of wine, eat cake and be merry! It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to enjoy yourself (if you’ve given the plastic a bashing last month), go see a free exhibition, go see that buddy you haven’t seen in ages and go for a walk (after all the gym costs a packet and you’ll have lost interest by mid February anyway).

It has been a while, but let’s begin a new story…

It has been a while and I’ve missed this.  ‘Whirlwind’, a bit frantic, frenetic, whatever you like to call it, the last few months have whizzed.  There have been some low points but on the whole this is an exciting new adventure I’m on.  Today on the way to visit a customer I walked down Scotland Street in Edinburgh and this is what I saw….


Although Pat, Domenica, Angus and the others did not appear to feature in this mini library it seemed appropriate that Ian Rankin was there as he also features in Alexander McCall Smith’s tales of Edinburgh life.  ‘The Complaints’ introduces another Edinburgh copper Malcolm Fox and not the bolshie D.I. Rebus whom I happen to be rather fond of.  

In the rather optimistic hope that it might in fact, all be true, I moved on in search of ‘No 44’……..


Alas not, this, as they say, is the end of the road.

Hard to believe……..or too excited to sleep!

The doors opened to the public at the Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace today……..and it was busy, busy!


I spent the day ‘cuddling’ balls of yarn and talking knitting with lovely creatives from ALL over the planet…..Denmark, the U.S., and closer to home.  

A fashion show of the latest Rowan and Patons designs was popular with visitors to the stand.


There are pattern books to compliment all the yarn on sale, two limited edition yarns on offer and a 15 % show discount (yarn only)!  You can meet the designers too!  Dee Hardwicke ladies and gentlemen!  http://www.deehardwicke.co.uk/


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