Blackberry and Crumble are the dogs, not a comment on baking. These are, as we always tell people, great names for dogs until you have to stand in a field shouting them, and then you just sound like a bit of a wally...

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Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Jack of all trades, master of one...

I’m back, thank you for all those who have enquired as to my whereabouts – I haven’t fallen off the world or under anything heavy. I developed a significant aversion to my laptop after submitting my dissertation and the twitch only subsided after I found out that I had passed! Hoorah. Having every word you write scrutinised doesn’t half take the pleasure out of writing!

I’ve missed this space – missed the thinking positively that comes with it and the comments from other bloggers. I’m also way behind on keeping up with the blogs that I read – although people do all seem to slow down a bit over the summer.

I’d join in with the ‘I’ve sewn 100 name tapes in’ comments, except I didn’t (black sharpie pen, initials on the label) or the ‘100 creative ideas for packed lunch’ comments, except Bob has school dinners or the ‘I’ve put away my summer wardrobe’ comments except I pretty much wear the same clothes year round – just more or less of them.

I can tell you that I made jam (blackberry) which was lovely and have eaten this with scones, toast, cake… (all clothes a little snug  - winter layers are my friend) and raspberry which was nearly as good and reminded me of my Granny.

I made place mats, with pockets for cutlery. These immediately had jam spilt on them, I nearly broke my neck running across the kitchen to soak them in cold water to avoid the stain (successfully, I know you were wondering)

I made a cushion cover… actually I made two because Bob *needed* one to go on his bed with the other lovely things that mummy has made (manipulated by a 10 year old, moi…)

I decoupaged a cardboard deer head (obviously)… sticky, messy – fun though!

I’ve started a crochet blanket – I am on a mission to use up what I already have (how much is too much yarn… discuss). 12 squares down, 88 to go…

I’ve comfort read old books that I have read 100 times before (the little princess, the secret garden, the alexia tarabotti novels – steam-punk, corsets, vampires, werewolves)

I’ve attended the wedding of the year… fabulous mojitos (and pimms, and champagne, and gin, and wine) and watched the railway children with my parents (daddy, my daddy… sob)

I’ve spent time with friends and family without my dissertation playing on my mind… it’s been wonderful.


  1. Golly you're impressive!

    And Alexia Tarabotti sounds right up my street!

  2. I can't speak highly enough of alexia... (And really not impressive ( I refer you to sharpie marker pen etc)). It took much tantrums and tears to get here! x

  3. Well you certainly haven't lost your sense of humour while being snowed under with your dissertation - and - congratulations on your pass - and - I can tell you are slightly relieved to have it over and done with!!!
    Joy x

  4. I love your placemats. What a totally fab idea. Can I steal it immediately?
    Lovely to have you back by the way.
    Carrot. x

  5. Ah you sound so relieved. I made place mats too check out my blog. Glad you are back with us. Jo x

  6. Congratulations on passing! I can understand you wanting to take a break from the laptop after such a stressful deadline - I still have anxiety dreams about my masters thesis, 15 years on. Lots of creativity and happy things here. Those place mats are fun. x

    1. Thankyou Gillian - it's a relief to be sure! I've enjoyed keeping up with your summer