Yeesh! Looks like a few months shot by since our last chat – super sorry about that. Listen, if you’ve got a few mins and a brew to hand, how about we have a catch up?
Happiness Starts At Home
Well, it is what they say, isn’t it? Well, we know that charity does, so why not.
Anyway, with Autumn and Winter swiftly descending on the Scotland it has been time to stock up on essentials, like fire wood.
Shifting several dumpy bags of kiln dried hardwood via wheelbarrow into the storage area isn’t the most fun of jobs but it gives me some exercise during those time that I haven’t been able to get out for longer walks and it also allows me some time in the fresh (cold) air so that I appreciate the fire even more.
Anyway, now it’s in and the fire has been on – since September, lol!
Somehow a warm log fire makes everything more relaxed and heart-warming, even the breakfast butty.
(sorry to veggies and vegans out there).
Evenings can be fun too.
For those that know me, you’ll be very surprised to have seen a beer on the go.
The reason is that I have been curious about this craft beer lark that seems to have taken the nation by storm over the past few years so thought I’d give it a go with a subscription box from Beer52.
Thankfully there was a special offer where I got 8 beers and just paid the postage. I say thankfully as I am not a huge fan and so didn’t continue with that. Was interesting to read about the beers though.
Back to the cups of tea I reckon.
Someone else has been enjoying the warm fire…
… more about her later.
It’s not just been about staying warm, I’ve also been continuing the “moving in” spruce up.
I know, I’ve been here 18 months so why is it taking so long?
I do enjoy a day of house keeping and so decided to upgrade the vacuum recently with some special nozzles …
… lord knows that they are all for however the “up and over” was a joy to use as I was able to get up and over the beams and suck up all the pollen, dust and whatever else was up there. There were a few thuds but I didn’t look in the vacuum at the end, just binned it.
Anyway, there’s more to do and I’ve also been resorting and reorganising the craft stash but in the meantime, I can sit happy with my home – probably a good thing as getting out and about these days is a rarity isn’t it?
Craft Stash Sort Out
Ok, I know I’ve done this before but I keep moving and tweaking because this isn’t really just a hobby for me but a workspace and so I really want it to be “perfect” and get rid of the annoying little niggles.
I think that I am getting there.
As you can see, plenty of light, plenty of space to work – of course it’s covered in “stuff” but it feels more manageable and more relaxed to work in which, if you read my 30 day challenge posts from earlier this year, is a billy bonus.
Now, as some of you will know, I do love my sewing but for some reason it doesn’t seem to have made much of an appearance on this blog and so I want to be able to change that in 2021.
Unfortunately this year was the year that my old machine decided to croak it so had to save up for a new one and found this wee beauty on the GUS website during a sale so snapped it up.
Can’t wait to use it. It’s obviously still in the box though, lol!
You may have seen a few posts over this last two years with my experiments in embroidery and I am pleased to say that this too will be getting more exposure on the blog in the new year and so I have invested in a larger range of threads too.
Sadly this stash acquisition (random buying) has led to a pile of stuff cluttering a corner of the room with no sense of order or way of getting to the bits that I wanted to use.
Gah! What a mess!
It was time to have a proper sort out and find some storage solutions that work for me.
I even reach out for help on Facebook and was grateful to receive some awesome tips. One was to lay all of the stash out and declutter the repeats and then pack back up based on their function.
So, needless to say, there wasn’t really space to put a mug or a bum down until I’d got that done!
Surprisingly few repeats although I did have an unnecessary amount of seam rippers for some reason. Weird as I don’t think I have ever bought a single one.
Ok, now for the storage solutions.
Google got a good old hammering with multiple browser windows, various shopping sites and several pairs of glasses being switched between until I settled on just two purchases.
The first was this trolley from Amazon. A little pricier than “similar” ones from Hobbycraft, The Range and The Works but it was all metal, was the right size, had the right amount of storage space and had all of the accessories included so it was the one for me.
It was very well packaged and also very easy to put together although I did have two screws left …
… ah well, it stayed together so I will call that a success.
In addition to the trolley I also picked up a sewing machine storage bag.
Storage sorted and it was time to pack in all of the stuff.
Seriously, how much better is this?!
Can’t believe I managed to get all of the sewing and embroidery stuff in there! Ok, well, small confession, theres a giant box of fabric elsewhere but that’s fine, at least the tools are sorted and I can get to it all! Woohoo!
If I were Hannibal from the A-Team, I’d say, “I love it when a plan comes together.” stuff a cigar in my face and grin from ear to ear.
Anyhoo, that’s what has been going on indoors, fancy coming with me outside?
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