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Friday 5 Degrees of Separation
dreaming of spring

So, its been ages since I did a Friday 5 Degrees of Separation...and since I took down my link list to update it (and haven't managed to get it back up again!), I figured it was high time to spread some linky love.

This week's journey has to start with one of my current favourite reads.  I can't remember how I stumbled on Kyrie's Are So Happy (I seem to remember it was through Abby??), but I have been a reader for awhile.  Her lovely photography is fantastic and she is full of great ideas for small children. If you haven't already, check out her recent post on "Un-Toys"

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I am certain it was through Kyrie that I became acquainted with Heather's Shivaya Naturals.  I love the quiet tone of Heather's blog and especially her Circle of Stones interviews.  There have been some amazing women interviewed in that space and I have enjoyed each one.

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One of my favourite finds through those interviews has been Lady I Swear By All Flowers, written by Chelsea.  Particularly in my current state, I am loving all of the newborn pictures, knitting and love of coffee.

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It was also through Heather that I found Gina's Bright and Blithe, and I fell in love immediately.  Her photography is great.  Her creativity is inspiring and her work to build community in her space is really awe-inspiring.

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Through Gina, I became acquainted with Hannah of Honey and Jam.  A blog about baking cake and then taking pictures of it???? A woman after my own heart, I tell you.  

Happy reading and happy weekend!!

Friday Five Degrees of Separation: T-shirts and Ukuleles

1. This weeks journey started with the fabulous whip many beautiful things so little time.  Kath is really lovely as well and I just think she (and everyone who runs those kind of meta-blogs) must work so hard to keep us inspired.  Which it does...

2. Kath led me to Connie's This Old Dress and her Necklush tutorial.  I loved them so much, I made 4..I would add to her tutorial that a stretchy, newer jersey (like stretchy shirt material) makes a more sophisticated looking necklace. The one below is made out of a shirt that didn't fit, but I can't find the tag or receipt for...

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3. Connie led me to the gorgeous ukulele stylings of Sophie Madeline...her album is just amazing! There isn't enough ukulele music in the world, if you ask me. There is even a song about knitting!!   Here is her equally delightful beard song:

4. Searching 'round 'tinternet for more info on the fabulous Sophie, I found there was a strong correlation between people who listen to Sophie Madeleine and Lisa Hannigan. Now I am the last person on the planet to know that Damien Rice's former band member Lisa had an album out? When I first heard "O", I searched high and low for a solo album by Lisa...well now its here. I love this song (and the fact that they are playing in a pub...isn't that where you always hear the first chords of something magical??)

5. Well apparently, Lisa was on Jools Holland recently and I missed it, but I did find this lovely version of the Noisette's new song Atticus (not sure if non UK residents can see performances on the BBC...but I do love the Noisettes, so find them if you can!)

Have a nice weekend, all! Kev is off up a mountain for work. We all have our fingers crossed he makes it!

Can you guess what I am doing this weekend???

 can you guess what I am doing this weekend?

Friday Five Degrees of Separation

I started this week at a little slice of life.  Rebecca is amazing in her growing, crocheting, cooking and dyeing. Oh did I mention spinning as well?  I am often in awe of the depth of her talent.

1. Her  madderdyed wool made me really get my rear in gear about doing more dying.  Alum is ordered and I think I will be hunting up some plants asap.

2. Rebecca lead me to imagine childhood.  I'd heard the shop mentioned before, but never had I visited the blog...check out the beautiful nature walks from all over the world.  Oh my goodness, oh my goodness.  I love the nature walk in Tibet.  Just stunning.


3. Imagine Childhood took me to the Cloud Appreciation Society website, who are "fighting the banality of blue-sky thinking".  I am only disappointed that a dog is a member before I am! 

4. The CAS lead me to the delightful website of its founder Gavin Pretor-Pinney the Idler...if I'd only known dawdling was a social movement earlier in life, Mr Fox would be eating his words when he said that I would get nowhere in life if I didn't finish my math worksheets!!!! 

5. But the true gem of a find was the Idle Parent Manifesto, written by Gavin's Idler co-conspirator, Tom Hodgkinson:


We reject the idea that parenting requires hard work
We pledge to leave our children alone
We reject the rampant consumerism that invades children from the moment they are born
We read them poetry and fantastic stories without morals
We drink alcohol without guilt
We reject the inner Puritan
We don’t waste money on family days out and holidays
An idle parent is a thrifty parent
An idle parent is a creative parent
We lie in bed for as long as possible
We try not to interfere
We play in the fields and forests
We push them into the garden and shut the door so we can clean the house
We both work as little as possible, particularly when the kids are small
Time is more important than money
Happy mess is better than miserable tidiness
Down with school
We fill the house with music and merriment
We reject health and safety guidelines
We embrace responsibility
There are many paths
More play, less work

(Mom, did you know you were an idle parent???)

The article for the Telegraph on socks struck a particular chord...I have often repeated to anyone who questions my family's multi-coloured feet, "Life is too short to match socks".  Its nice to know I am not alone!

Have a lovely weekend one and all! 


Friday 5: Treasure Trail

One of the best things for me about the internet for me is the wayit leads you from gem to gem along the web.  This week's trek was a particularly inspiring's how it went:

Suna's blog is one of my favourites...I am always in awe of her lovely garden, snow sculptures and woodland walks.  Well, her post on Thursday led me to:

1. These fab cereal box journals ... I am a lover of recycling, as you know, and I think these are some of the nicest handmade journals I have seen


2.  Well, the Long Thread then led me to the lovely Alpha Mom and this fab tutorial on lettering herb pots.  Such a cute idea and a great way to use up all those scraps.

3.  Exploring the blogs of some of Alpha-mom's contributors led me to a debate I hadn't been aware of around advertising and blogging and finally to the virtual door of Keri Smith, blogger and author, whose books I have oogled many a time.  Her list of 100 ideas for creativity is fantastic.  My two favourite are:
    57. Do a morning collage
    93. Write your own definition of one of the following concepts, sitting, waiting, sleeping (without using the actual word.)

4.  Keri then sent me to Orangette where Molly posted a lovely entry about cake.  As I too can often be found thinking about cake, this post really resounded with me.  There is something about her style of infusing each recipe with a story that makes for very addictive reading. 


5. Molly then led me to habit.  A blog where friends are sharing snippets from their day. I love the simplicity of the idea...

Which of course led me back to my own life, thinking about my own habits.

Good Habit:

Ellis and I spend at least 30 minutes each morning painting and drawing...usually trains, sometimes cats, mostly just colour.  Colour is good and easy.

Bad habit: I lose my glasses every morning.  Without fail.
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Happy Friday!  I have to say that this week has flown by in a bit of a haze.  I can't help but feel like it was Sunday less than a blink ago! I have 65 unread posts in Google reader and my daily 10 minute declutter has turned into a weekly 5 minute throw out the shampoo bottles. Ach well... 

Anyway, a new weekend is upon us and its going to be a busy one.  Compost is being delivered on Saturday and that means there can be no more excuses to getting a move on the garden.  To be fair, I have done a lot outside this week, peas are on their way, beans are sprouting, weeds are pulled, the back garden is tidy, onions are in, half a trench is dug, clothes pegs have been collected from the far reaches of the garden! Whew! Oh, did I mention working (for money), getting all the laundry done by THURSDAY, getting rid of 5 garbage bags of clothes plus 2 boxes of books (British Heart Foundation Shop is now completely supplied with our stuff!), cooking and cleaning all week long AND running after a 2 year old! I need a cuppa just thinking about it all.

Anyway, my friday finds:

1. Home cheese making.  It never occurred to me that you could make cheese at home...I am desperate to try, but a bit wary of the initial investment if we don't continue on.  Everywhere I've looked seems to suggest at least a £40 outlay.  Though, I can't stop thinking about using home-made mozzarella on Friday pizza!

2. Cycling to work. 


I finally broke down and made the transition from Bessie to a bicycle made in this century.  Kerstin wasn't using her lovely bike, so its now mine and fitted with a child seat for wee man.  3 days down and its fab!  We do the commute in 20 minutes door to door (including drop off of small boy).  I am kicking myself for not doing this earlier.  Freedom is on 2 wheels.  Maybe one day we'll do this:

3. Speaking of videos, have you all seen this? The work itself is amazingly beautiful, but I find the links to science and mathematics fascinating! But of course, my favourite bit is that handicraft has had such a profound effect on the hallowed halls of science!

So the wavy hats I made were a genius of science?  I thought I just couldn't follow a pattern.

4. Love these garden lanterns made out of tin cans.  What a simple idea! oh and do you think my wee village will be happy if we make one of these greenhouses made out of plastic bottles?  Too bad we don't even drink soda...

5.  I love this house on Apartment Therapy. I think the kitchen is my favourite. Any yes, I will be putting our chinese lanterns in my kitchen later today.

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1. Mama Merit Badges. Get recognition for the amazing accomplishment of mothering!  I love them!

SexNurse Plane

2. These recycled kitchens made out of olive oil tins.  Or you can make one of your own out of a cardboard box.


3. Chocolate Real Ale Cupcakes (Dark Island was substituted for Guinness to make it Scottish and even better in my humble opinion).  Gooey and wonderful.  Made ever the more delightful and moist by freezing them straight out of the oven and letting them defrost just before serving.  Locks in the moisture!


4. This picture from Margie's etsy site.  Oh my goodness is that not the cutest?  I may have to order some of her prints and this will have to be one of them!

maybe we won't need to hibernate

5.Being the Mother to one who is 2. Sigh.  Where did the time go?