Monthly Archives: February 2016

A Yellow Door

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A year or so ago I stumbled over a cottage with a yellow door. I wanted to buy that cottage and it was for sale and it had a yellow door. The fact that I didn’t have the money, didn’t want to move and Hubs knew nothing about it was irrelevant. The cottage had a yellow door and I wanted it!

I explored beyond the yellow door and had myself moved in and decorated  each of the tiny rooms. I would have a dresser with yellow China cups and a cream couch with yellow accents throw.  I spent hours fantasising how I would visit this cottage ever weekend and never ever change the colour of the yellow door.

To this day I don’t know why this tiny cottage, up a lane in Snowdonia, with a yellow door was so attractive to me. It was definitely something to do with the yellow door. So guys if you are selling your home paint the front door yellow!

Meanings of Yellow in Other Cultures
In Japan Yellow means Courage and Nobility
In Islam Yellow means Wisdom
Hindus consider Yellow a Sacred color
Buddhist monks wear Saffron Yellow robes
In many Middle East countries Yellow represents Golden Prosperity
In Egypt Yellow is reserved for Mourning
In India Yellow is the color used by Merchants
To Native Americans Yellow is the symbol for unconditional Love
In China Yellow represents Honor and Royalty

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The secret of Happiness

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Today I took myself, the dog and my Fitbit for a walk along the country lanes where I live. The sun was shining, the birds were singing and the flowers blooming.

I would like to take better photographs but hey you can’t be good at everything!

the snowdrops are blooming in drifts whilst the daffodils are just bursting through their buds. I nodded to the Wizard of the woods who I pass almost daily and admired the beautiful countryside.

Moel Famau is the highest hill within the Clwydian Range, formerly Flintshire Range, on the boundary between Denbighshire and Flintshire in Wales. The hill, which also gives its name to the Moel Famau country park, has been classed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty since 1985. It is also surrounded by several well-preserved Iron-Age hill forts.

A northern part of the Offa’s Dyke footpath, one of the UK’s most popular National Trails, crosses the summit of Moel Famau and the Jubilee Tower.

I have no idea how the elephant came to be in the garden but he is a long time resident and  brings a smile to faces.

Anyhow I do know the secret of happiness! The secret of happiness is knowing when you are happy and celebrating that fact at that time. There’s not much point in saying that you was happy last week or last year. You need to know that you are happy now. And I am!💃

Breaking News

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BIG news!                 Hooray!            Holidays! 

       Yippee!                Great excitement!           Travel! 

                 New Job!               Happy Days!                Cruise! 

There hasn’t been a lot of time to blog lately because I’ve been so busy! The BIG news is that I am going on a cruise to teach crafts!! Whoo Hooo! My first cruise is in five weeks and I’ve been planning, organising and trialling the various project that I’m going to demonstrate. I will tell you over the next few weeks what these projects are as I now have a programme of events. I have a contract with the cruise company and I have vast excitement! My long term plan is to work my passage all over the World but let’s see how the first cruise goes!

I have finished re lining a small case that I found last summer in a charity shop. It only cost £3 and is very vintage, in great condition and looks lovely with its new flowery lining.In the 60’s we used to call these cases “beauty cases” as they were used to carry all our beauty products ( and I had a lot!) This upcycled case will be used as a carry on case for all my travels of which there may be lots! I HOPE!

 

The Colour Orange

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The Colour Orange
imageThe colour orange is the colour of adventure and social communication

The colour orange radiates warmth and happiness, combining the physical energy and stimulation of red with the cheerfulness of yellow.

Orange relates to ‘gut reaction’ or our gut instincts, as opposed to the physical reaction of red or the mental reaction of yellow.

Orange offers emotional strength in difficult times. It helps us to bounce back from disappointments and despair, assisting in recovery from grief.

I was in Costa Coffee with Darling Daughter when I noticed the beautiful windows dressed with orange blinds. It was a photograph waiting to be taken! ( above) colour therapy assures us that orange is a truly feel good Colour. It works for me

The colour psychology of orange is optimistic and uplifting, rejuvenating our spirit. In fact orange is so optimistic and uplifting that we should all find ways to use it in our everyday life, even if it is just an orange colored pen that we use.

Orange brings spontaneity and a positive outlook on life and is a great colour to use during tough economic times, keeping us motivated and helping us to look on the bright side of life.

With its enthusiasm for life, the colour orange relates to adventure and risk-taking, inspiring physical confidence, competition and independence. Those inspired by orange are always on the go!

I will definitely be wearing more orange colour in the future!

Crochet Project Mix

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Way back in September last year I attended Yarndale 2015 and I’m already looking forward to Yarndale 2016! I have GOT to finish at least some of the projects that I purchased before returning and yes, you got it! Purchasing more.HardWorkAheadSign_thumb

One project that I invested in was a crochet throw ( or afghan )  from Attic 24. It is called Attic 24 Coast Ripple Blanket. I adore the colours with the sand, sea and surf tones it’s gorgeous.

The instructions for Coast Ripple Blanket were clear and precise but I couldn’t get a grip of it. I’m a fairly novice crocheter never having followed a pattern. I decided to abandon the Coast ripple and try a pattern that I had my eye on from Sandra Paul at http://www.cherryheart.co.uk in conjunction with Black Sheep Wools, old friends of mine.

I made a colour chart card before I started the work and this has proved an invaluable aid to sorting out the colours. It’s also a good use of one of my hundreds of postcards!

This pattern is called “Spice of Life” and is  a great way to learn new stitches. It is rather like working through a sampler of crochet stitches. I am making very good progress and love the “Coast Ripple Spice of Life”  throw that is emerging from my crochet hook. Cozy days ahead!

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Minimalism can be Hard Work

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This is so very true!🌍

Simple Living Over 50

HardWorkAheadSign_thumbThere seems to be a false belief that minimalism is all about easy living. It is true that it leads to a life of less stress, but when it comes to work folks who live this lifestyle work just as hard as those who don’t. The difference is that us Simple Living folks understand the value of our hard work. We direct our hard earned money in a direction that allows us to pursue a life that becomes much easier, less burdened life.

We save money, we pay off debt and find affordable solutions to living like living in a smaller place, or purchasing smaller homes that we actually can afford. On the weekends you won’t find us hanging out at the mall, but you might find us hiking or cycling a great natural trail. We drive older model vehicles and make sure that when take them out that we…

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Christmas for Granny Lush

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Well it is a little late, just a little,but one of my lovely Christmas gifts was a gift box from Lush. I have a great selection of Lush boxes and or tins, collected over the past few years. I love these boxes but I REALLY love the contents

This year’s,lip salve,lip tint, Lushious box had the Twelve Days of Christmas theme and inside was divided into Twelve compartments. In theory, and if I’d had the time, it is designed to be a treat for each of the festive twelve days. In truth, life has just achieved a level of normality, and I can finally enjoy this treat to its full.

I have used nearly all of the shower gel called Lord of Missrule. It’s doesn’t fail as a gorgeous, soapy treat, lovely,Lush shower gel. The Hair conditioner has yet to be tested but smells delightful. There are lip tints and lip salves both well used. The box, which fastened with a luxurious ribbon also contained some divine soap, hand treatment and body lotion.

This gift didn’t fail to be an extreme Lush indulgence. All of the contents are fabulous and can’t fail to please. No wonder I’m a lovely Lush Granny!!