Just about bordering on odd, I see things through different eyes.The heading says it all - I live, I love, I craft, I am me...


What's every one up to?

Gosh! What has happened to the weather? Moss and I went out early and in the gentle sunlight we walked around our local nature reserve waiting to Youngest to hop off the bus. The birds on the pond were happily swimming or preening and other dog walkers and their equally muddy dogs were pottering around. All enjoying the crisp cold air and blue sky.

But now? Urgh!

Any hoo, I am working on a couple of commissions at the moment, which is why I am a little quiet on the blogging front, so I thought I would just popped into say hello, see what you are all up to and to say that I have set up a new dedicated blog for my art - kjsutcliffe artist LINK HERE. It is still mid construction but I would love it if you popped in and said hello :)

Until then - keep warm (unless in Australia!) xxxxxxx


That Friday Feeling!

Where there is a spring in your step,
a bounce in your stride...
A Friday that feels good
and positive
and filled with happy things. 
Like a parcel in the post,
the first coffee of the day,
family coming home, 
an uplifting sound track,
blue sky....
or a cat in your way,
sharing your space,
filling your life with fluff and fur
and purrs. 
A day of infinite possibilities,
I definitely have
That Friday Feeling!

Sending wishes that you do too :)

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Happy happy xxx



Another dull day, weatherwise that is, here inside, it is warm and quietly busy.

I am busy mentally wrestling with my latest piece of work, I need to step back and stare and sort out the knowing that 'it is not right' with the 'what is wrong'.

The cats are busy either sleeping or grooming themselves. Pepper has firmly placed her furry rump beneath my light pronouncing it as a 'cat sun bed'. So now I am sharing work space with my littlest helper.

Pan has declared that she is the perfect weight and shape to hold down the duvet and is busy doing precisely that.

My Youngest is in bed, busy being quite poorly. His voice has gone from his usual baritone to a rather husky squeak which he sporadically supplements with a wracking cough and snotty nose - like I say, it is busy in here today ......

As for my latest hare?

Well after frowning and thinking and stepping back - I decided it was the face and in particular the eye that was displeasing me.
  I am a little happier with it now, will leave it and go back and see - often that helps.
And you, 
what are you up to on this midweek day - is your weather grey and bleugh, 
or are you feeling too hot (as I believe some of my Australian friends are!)
do you have the seasonal snots and coughs, 
are you painting/sewing/crafting/working?

whatever you are up to - have a magical day :)


The unexpected kindness of others

As I sit in the early morning gloom, dog on my feet and two cats asleep curled up next to me. There is the scent of coffee quietly filling my nostrils and the radio singing to itself in the background of my thoughts. I know I must get on with painting.... and I will, but first, a quiet moment with my laptop.

I am shaking my head in wonderment at the kindness, the unexpected kindness of folk I know.

This weekend a parcel came from Australia - the boys were goading me to wrestle it open immediately, but some how I felt sitting down with my morning tea and opening with bit of decorum was more my style. So I did.
And as soon as I saw the hidden treasure - I knew exactly what it was!
Thank you Susan (and Keith of course!) of Granny Smith's Quilting for my glue gun stand!  I love the way it stops the gun from falling over (which mine did constantly!) and comes with it's own 'drip tray'. Happy happy!

On Friday, a friend who has the most wonderful taste in furniture and a beautiful home offered a beautiful duck egg blue Welsh dresser to me. It is one I have often admired and have been known to run my fingers along it when I walk by! I would have taken it there and then, but drew a sensible breath and took out a tape measure. With a bit of sorting out in the kitchen ... it will fit! (I have never broadcast my dislike of my kitchen but it is something I 'live with' rather than love, this dresser will change the whole room - I can't wait!)

I am humbled by both gifts of kindness, thank you xx

Before I go - a quick update on my crochet snuggle rug - 
It keeps on groWING and I love it 
So, back to painting, enough blogging now.  

Oh, talking of which (painting not blogging) - Inspired by my wonderful glue gun gift, I had a bit of a tidy up in my craft cupboard (affectionately known as 'Jonathon Joe') and I came across a couple of cushion covers I'd painted years ago when Eldest was a very small person and we were still living in Africa .... I'd forgotten all about them.  
They were both well used and have the stains to prove it!

They both hark back to a different life.

What wonderfully unexpected goodness has happened to you recently?
What lovely moments of kindness have you received?
Go on share, it is lovely to hear what you have been up to :)

Now, I really must go - it has been lovely chatting :) 
Have lovely and Happy Monday!


There is a drought ....

Guest post by Pepper
Dear diary thing, 
(not sure how my hooman works this poota, her paws seem to fly over the buttons)

I am being subjected to the greatest torture a cat can endure.

I am being denied my 'cat rights' at every turn.

I am being foiled on every attempt.

And what my dear bloggy purrrrsons am I meowing about?

Well, hsssssss, let me explain exactly what my hoomans are doing to little ol' me

I am refused drinking water.

You heard it here furrst.


I am not allowed to lie in the basin in the bathroom with my parched jaws open
 and drink from the tap while my hoomans clean their fangs
I am not allowed to jump up on the sink in the kitchen
 and slake my thirst from the tap while Himself-hooman is washing up. 
I am not allowed to sit in the bath while junior hoomans are showering - they complain something about me watching them and it makes them nervous..... 

 I am not even allowed to sample the vintage of the paint water on my hooman-mom while she is painting - I have been forced to try and knock off what ever object she tries to balance on top of the small jar of precious water to p.r.e.v.e.n.t MEEEEEEE from washing my dry mouth and throat.

Oh I know there is a bowl of water in the back yard* full of water hidden in the plants and
I know there is a bowl of water in the kitchen **
I know there is a bowl of water in the bathroom ***


 (with or without the nervous pink hooman trying to shower at the same time)

AND I AM COMING FOR YOU(r glass of water at the side of your bed purr purr purr purr)

Edited to add...

*the bowl of water in the back yard? You silly cat, it is the one midst the plants you like to roll in!
**the bowl of water in the kitchen? You ridiculous cat, it is the one away from your food so you can drink in peace
***the bowl in the bathroom?Good grief cat - it is that LARGE one on the floor near the radiator, not the bath, not the basin but the B.O.W.L on the F.L.O.O.R!  gah  


Who cares if it is grey outside? Inside is full of colour!

Now I am not one for singing (only in my head where, accompanied by full orchestration complete with choir and conductor, I am sing spectacularly in tune....) but today I am struck by this little song ....

 ♪ ♫ ♩ ♬The weather outside is frightful... but the fire is so delightful.... ♪ ♫ ♩ ♬

Inside, surrounded by two cats - both snoring, a dog on my feet (which is making them so toasty and warm), a son (I think he is doing coursework but... who knows, he keeps sniggering at his screen so I suspect a slight deviation has occurred) while I am busy with my creative mojo juices working overtime.

Over the weekend there was a slight break in the weather, it was still very grey and wet but we managed to get out and do a decent walk. I love it when the walk is a little distance away as it gives me the most delicious guilt free crochet or knitting time.  (Did you notice the 'wonderful' grey stuff through the car window?)
Although outside was particularly driech it did not matter in the coz in the car it was full of colour, happy sounds of chatter and music and crochet of course!
I am yet to get photos of my snuggle rug that show the true colours, hmmmm, never mind, trust me when I say as the blanket grows - the happier it makes me :)  When I started it, I was a little put off by my initial colour choices, but now I am loving how it is turning out!  

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Now before I forget....During the month of Fbruary, I do my annual 'Heartthon' for the first 14 days leading up to Valentine's Dy.   I won't be hosting the scavenger hunt during February as  I am kept busy with posting a daily hert themed photo and a story and you are more than welcome to get involved. I have already had a couple of you lovely bloggers asking to join :)

If you are not sure what I am talking about - have a look here and here and see what you think!

But until then my lovely bloggers don't forget there is still time to join in our Scavenger photo hunt. If you are new to this I shall explain.

A list of ten words or prompts are given at the beginning of the month and you, armed with your camera take photos inspired by the words.  These images can be recently taken or something from your archives, all you need to do is post the photos with a little story for each one and then link your name on this blog. We can then all hop over to read and share photos and stories!  Sounds good doesn't it?  To see some posts have a look here and here (the second link gives additional links to some of the photo-hunters who joined in).

This month's list can be found on the right hand side of my blog 'January's Words 2017'. There is still time to join in and don't worry if you don't manage to complete the full list - I would still love it if you participated!

We ran the photo hunt for several months last year and it was a wonderful way to meet new folk and read new blogs - so don't be shy, join in - it will be fun!(◠‿◠)

Happy Tuesday to you all 
Scavenger photo-hunt BIG REVEAL for AUGUST is...


Saturday's practicing gratitude thoughts

It has been a good day - nothing outstanding, nothing earth shattering but a gentle wonderful positive day.  Chores and routine things have been completed, shopping done and meals cooked and eaten.

I've been building up my stock and quietly adding it to 'my shop' - the silly thing is ...each time I do, I take a big breath, hold before I press 'submit'. Then when its done, a moment of a heady cocktail occurs filled with fear and elation before I tell myself to 'get a grip girl' - oh what a roller coaster of giddiness. 

Already I have had sales and enquires regarding commissions, I must be going in the right direction!
Now, as an antidote and calmative,  I am crocheting more rows of my 'snuggle-rug' (as this particular blankie is quickly becoming known).
I can feel it calling me back to carry on adding more random-ish rows. I am loving the methodical rhythm of the hook as it carries the yarn through, yarn over, pull through, yarn over, pull through ... delicious.

While I work, I can think, I can plan and I can be grateful.

I can think about the future and how positive it appearing to be.
I can plan out new art work and new designs.
And I can be grateful for all the support and belief and encouragement - it is very humbling and makes my heart go squeeeeeee!

Please excuse me, I need to go and rescue Himself, he is having to share the settee with all that yarn which seems to want to engulf him with their happy colours, warmth and cosiness and I think that is MY job! *hehehehehehehehehe*

Enjoy the rest of your weekend xxxxxxxx
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