Thursday, April 17, 2014

Here & Now






Loving...rediscovering a knitting project that was almost done - and finishing it off! The best feeling.
Eating...homemade flat breads and salad wraps 
Drinking...warm milky hot cocoas
Wearing...jumpers and gumboots
Feeling...content
Wanting...more opportunities to play with my new Macro Lens
Thinking...about this electric fencing to make our bossy free range chickens stay in the paddocks they're supposed to!
Dreaming...of knitting lots of throws and accessories this winter



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I have to say thank-you to everyone who read my last post and took the time to comment. So many interesting thoughts and different opinions. 
But they all mostly said the same thing...we blog because we love it and in general the blogging community is a wonderful thing to be part of. 
My thoughts exactly! 
Thank-you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts with me, and for stopping by this space, I truly do appreciate it :-)

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Care to join me with a Here & Now post? I'd love to see one!
Hope all is well in your world,

Sarah x


PS I've changed my Google Profile name to Chantille Fleur, so if you don't see me commenting but see my blog name you know who it is...which you probably would have figured out any way, but I just thought I'd mention it 
:-)



Friday, April 11, 2014

Keeping It Real





Blogging can be a tricky business. There is a fine line to walk of sharing enough, without posting your entire life's doings on the internet. What amounts as enough and what amounts as too much varies from person to person, I suppose.

Amongst keeping my life private, I also like to keep this space real. I don't want to create a fantasy life on the internet, where everything is always perfect or the hiccups are only minor. But at the same time, how do you keep it real whilst keeping it private?

Can you have an interesting blog whilst keeping most of your life private?
A lot of the most popular blogs that I know of are quite personalised. They tell you what they do, where they go and post photos of themselves and their family regularly. You know where they live, what their tastes are and what month (or day) their birthday is.
I do enjoy reading blogs like this, and whilst I want mine to remain interesting, I'm also very conscious of not sharing too much of my life here, for everyone and anyone to read, and that can sometimes be quite hindering.

Sometimes I wonder what drives me to blog, taking into consideration that in "real life" I'm quite reserved about my doings, until I know someone well, and I'm really not that into sharing my life on the internet. I don't use Facebook for social purposes - my profile is completely locked down and any information that wasn't required to fill out isn't; I'm not a huge Twitter fan and Instagram is basically a photographic version of Chantille Fleur. What drives you to blog, do you think? And do you ever have moments when you feel you ought to delete it or post about less of your life?

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How do you maintain the balance? How do you keep your blog real?
I'd love to know your thoughts!

Sarah x

PS I hope you have a good weekend! If you are near this large cyclone please stay safe. We're waiting to see which direction it takes to find out what kind of preparations to take. xx




Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tea Party Tuesdays ~ April Edition

Welcome to this month's edition of Tea Party Tuesday. Do take the time to share some tea party pleasures of your own! The Tea Party Tuesdays button has an easy to grab html code that you simple copy and paste into your own post. Linking up has never been easier! I'll do my best to share all of your contributions on Twitter as soon as they are entered! If you'd like to get social with yours too, remember to use the hashtag #TeaPartyTuesday




tea pot myer // tea cup lark // coasters me // cookie make bake love

I just had share this sweet weekend purchase with you. I couldn't bear to leave this cute two-cup polka dot tea pot behind, so home it came. It makes a very yummy pot of tea, too, I might add. I think it is because it's strainer is long and narrow, going all the way to the bottom of the pot and creating a very even brew. It also holds it's warmth very well. I'm starting to sound like a bit of a tea pot nerd here, aren't I?
I could easily collect them - tea pots, not nerds. You can get so many different shapes and colours in them and some - like this one - I just find adorable!
What do you think?


CHANTILLE FLEUR


What Tea Party inspired delights have you to share this month?
Follow the instructions at the top of the post to play along
x



Friday, April 4, 2014

Floral Friday



 On a rainy afternoon a month or two back, my sister and I sat down with a cup of tea, a bucket of beautiful fresh flowers and various other bits and bobs. Just for fun, together we crafted a beautiful floral garland. It was a prototype, something we'd wanted to try for ages and I was so happy with the results.

It was heaps of fun and fairly easy, and I really don't have the best excuse as to I why I haven't gotten a tutorial up here for one! (I promise I will one day!)


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I'm joining Trishie and a group of other lovely bloggers for Floral Friday. This month's theme was Flowers as Art, and although I'm really not sure that a homemade floral garland counts as "art", I couldn't help but join in!

"Floral Friday is a monthly photography project with different themes each month. This series is about fun and taking time out to smell the flowers. To play along next time, please email me for next month's theme."


Happy Friday, and have a good weekend, won't you!

Sarah x




Wednesday, April 2, 2014

And Then Spud Found My Knitting




You know how in my last post I mentioned that if I knitted every day my jumper would soon be finished? Yes, well, so I thought. The warm weather arrived for a few days - March has been awfully strange - and stopped me in my quest. But the heat subsided and I had every good intention of getting back to my knitting.

I was sitting outside one afternoon, doing some paper work and enjoying a cup of tea and chatting with my Mum. Spud went running past, but I didn't take any notice.
"Sarah, is Spud supposed to have your knitting??" 
As Mum spoke, I glanced quickly at Spud and screamed (I'm not usually the screaming sort, not even when I see a snake).
My book, notes and iPod went flying. My scream had made Spud drop the knitting in fright and I rushed over, grabbed it and ran inside like my stitches depended on it...which I suppose they kind of did.
I frantically darted to my needle jar and started jabbing needles into all of the dropped, unraveling stitches, desperate to save them.

I actually thought I had saved them, and was busy figuring out how to ladder back up the couple of rows he had unraveled when I realised there was no point. Right on the cast-on edge, Spud had chewed two generous sized holes.



I am glad that he only attacked the front, and left the completed back undisturbed. If he'd ruined the whole thing it'd probably be in the bin right now and I'd be choosing my next project. Which is slightly tempting....not the bin part, just ignoring the fact I have to knit the whole front all over again and beginning something new.

I told Spud he's lucky he's cute. I'm not sure he knew why.