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Some of you might forgotten already, Christmas came, Christmas went, we live in so called the ‘New Year’, in other words – life goes on. Hope moods areย  good on your side.

December was quite lovely, but today is lovely too

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xmas dinner

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new number

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Holidays being the thing of the past, I’m slowly getting back to using my free time wisely. Hmmmm. Wiser. Ok, a bit wiser. My book of ideas has got fuller over the last couple of weeks, so there should be, and I only hope there will be, new things made for my shop. I’ve noticed, I have this annoying tendency to speak out too loud before I actually have anything to prove my big words with, so bear with me while I’m looking for ways to improve that ๐Ÿ˜‰ New things and those free patterns (don’t remind me how long ago I’ve promissed them to you)… are coming!

So now, I’ve made possibly the last hedgehogs (for a while) Tom, Tim, Ted

Molly still needs to be dressed

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Big Eeva is finished by now, but she’s gonna be part of a set, so I sill have lots to do before she and Molly are’ offered in my shop.

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See you soon! x

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a new day has begun

to you

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new

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I’tsย  cold outside, but I love it. Frost everywhere, sun in the sky and a warm home to stay in. It’s a good day to be productive ๐Ÿ˜‰

Have a nice one too!

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Simple

a moment

white

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so simple yat so beautiful

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things around me. Am in love with b&W at the moment. Some white creatures in my shop too.

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Today was a good day, since I’ve managed, at last, to sort out my pictures. My laptop is getting old and although I like a lot of things in life that start with an ‘old’, my computer will have to be an exception. It’s been quite a challenge to not to have my own machine and therefore I ended up with a pile of things neglected… Among many things – no less than 1182 photos to go through which brought me some really lovely memories. So here we go, while you had a break from my blog updates – we had summer:

lot’s of swinging in the woods

and lots of skipping

What I was capturing in a picture below should be rain (or massive rain) that kept on visiting us far too often through out the summer months…

We had mini and wet, but very much appreciated holidays in Wales

two very important birthdays

and one quite big party to hold

We baked and ate …

and really enjoyed it all. Hope you too have some nice summer memories to look back to…

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Farm

not mine, Wimpole’s, although the idea of having a goat, chickens, geese and a couple of rabbits doesn’t entirely scare me. I would love to try a peaceful, partly self sustainable way of living. With lots of fresh air, lots of green, greens and lots of happy laughter. And I would definitely like a dog. Or maybe two dogs. Somewhere in South of France… or Italy… Ahh ๐Ÿ™‚ Back to the Wimpole farm then.

This place had been visited, by our family, quite a bit in the past, but then we once had a car accident on the way back from the farm. Two years later not much has changed at Wimpole:

a big softie

a typical ‘the grass is greener on the other side’

and this

a ‘blissful’ motherhood. 11 little ones and one poor mom. Respect. For what we saw… nature can be harsh. But then so can we.

Moving on – I’m officially a sole trader (yeahhhhh!!!). With not much of a trade…yet ๐Ÿ™‚ Summer proves to be the hardest time for me to complete a craft project. But I’m getting somewhere.

To be finished

and this is going to be finished too. I promise. I can manage multitasking no problem…

I can not show them today, but I also have a couple of teddies done. Nearly. Hm hm. And a few more new things already started too… So I see my etsy shop reopening in September. Before that – I’m making the best of my summer evenings.

Sitting on the terrace, watching the sky changes

enjoying the view

and enjoying some REALLY good films.

What are you up to on your evenings?

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Done

The night before…

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This morning…
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This afternoon…

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xxx

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I have been…

Baking. Spicy honey cookies are the essential dessert for our Christmas, but this year I’ve made these already twice in the last 6 days and personally am feeling like I would rather skip sweet stuff at the moment and it’s not even Christmas yet! Maybe that’s for the better…

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The recipe is very simple and the result very yummy:

500 g self raising flour
100 g butter
200 g honey
100 g sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
2 teaspoons of ready mixed spices (cinnamon, coriander seed, caraway, nutmeg, ginger, cloves)
grated rind of 1 orange

100 g almonds finely chopped

Preheat oven to 200Cยฐ. Grease 2 baking sheets.

Melt the honey, sugar and butter together. Take off the heat and let it cool down. Stir the flour, baking powder, spices and nuts in a separate bowl. Once the honey mixture has cooled down, mix in the eggs. Add the flour, orange rind and mix until blended. Gather mixture into a ball, wrap in greaseproof paper and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Roll out the mixture about 8-10mm thick. Stamp out some shapes and place them on the sheets. Brush the cookies with the egg yolk. Bake until golden brown, 8-10 minutes.

Nothing too special, but these ended up as a symbolic ‘Thank you’ for our oldest son’s teachers.

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And some ended up in my tummy… or quite a few… a lot of them actually. Eh. They are good!

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I’ve also been outside:

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We have now officially switched in to a relax mode.

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All is ready, no more rushing. Time to appreciate, time to enjoy. I’ve been very happy.

Have a lovely Christmas.

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