It's been half term this week. While the boys have been whizzing down snow-covered slopes in the French Alps, us girls have been home alone.
It's been a much needed battery recharge. I think the first couple of months after Christmas are always hard work - it's dark when we get up in the mornings, the weather is cold and grotty, we're lacking Vitamin D, there seems to be a constant barrage of germs to fight off, we're tired, blah blah blah - so I think this has been a very welcome break indeed.
We've had such a lovely time, my girl and me; we've been shopping, we've watched soppy films, we've cleansed our pores and painted our nails, we've been to the hairdressers, spent whole days in our pyjamas and we've eaten our favourite foods.
I've had plenty of delicious opportunity to play in my craft room too. I seem to have amassed quite a bit of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino over time so it's been promoted to a shelf of it's own, on my bookcase. Don't those colours make you want to squeak with pleasure?
In fact, all those pretty colours sitting there together, inspired me to start work on some Spring stripes.
I'm getting a lot of wear out of my coral ribbed wrist warmers but can't drive in them without my hands slipping all over the steering wheel. Do you remember my Posy Cosy? Well, I've made myself a pair of wristycuffs (see what I did there?!) using the same cross stitched design, in a lovely denim blue Baby Cashmerino. There's no thumb hole which frees up my hands, perfect for driving. I'm so thrilled with them.
Oh, and I've sewn a little rose on to some simple M&S slippers. (Don't tell D, he has a pair of trousers that have been waiting for a button for aaages!)
Since you and I last spoke, D and I celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary. He bought me some beautiful flowers. Aren't I lucky? I had exactly the same pale pink gerberas and roses in my wedding bouquet but, between you and me, *whispers* I think that was more luck than judgement on D's part!
Right, I'm going to make another cup of tea and then spend the rest of the afternoon catching up with what you've been up to. Aaah, bliss ...
Have a truly lovely weekend, my friends.