Friday, 25 September 2015

Five On Friday

A random assortment of things this Friday!  A little of this and a little of that a little of something else too.  Perhaps a pick and mix would be a better description.

One

Some more crochet.  I started this on holiday and as it is turning colder I am looking forward to making good use of this.  More details will follow when I do a reveal post.


Two

Have you ordered anything from Wool Warehouse and received it in one of these lovely organza bags and then not known what to do with the bag when your project is finished.  Well, may I suggest using them as laundry bags.  I washed something in one this week and it worked so well.  Item washed and dried and all safe and no bits caught.  I will be using the bag again.


Oh, and what is this thing I washed.  This.


It was made by my Mum - in 1975 according to the date! - and used to hang on the back of my baby brothers bedroom door when he was a child.  Hubby found it in our loft this week in the middle of a roll of posters.  You know, the obvious place to keep it!  I thought I would wash and iron it and then hang it on the back of my office door.  It likes living on the backs of doors it seems....  Just need to iron it and get a hook and.....

Three

The yarn I ordered in July to continue to make my New England Hexi Blanket never arrived, so at the end of August I cancelled the order and got it from somewhere else.  So now I am back to work on it I thought you might like to see how it is going.  I have loads of hexies made, but I was nearly out of the creamy coloured yarn to join it all together.  Once this is done, I can do a bedroom reveal to you!  Everything seems to be waiting on something else right now....


Four

A few little lovelies from the garden.


The yucca sprouts are doing really well!  I am very pleased with them.


There is still plenty of colour in the garden too and now that the grass has turned green again it looks lovely out of the window.


Mr Robin is very happy, although he does appear to be playing hide and seek!


Five

Since getting back from our holiday I haven't been feeling myself.  I think because I was icky, the change of seasons and the fact that I am not back in my routine yet.  I don't know about you, but I often feel a bit flat when I get back from a holiday.  All that rushing around before then off enjoying yourself, I need to get back to me again.  I am feeling rather anxious right now actually, probably because I know that I am busy until the middle of October and I feel the loom of Christmas, which I realise is ridiculous, but sometimes I just feel the weight of things upon me.

All  I want is to feel that I have a day to myself to do nothing at all!  Silly and probably selfish, but that is how I feel.  I have a need to hibernate and hide myself away.  So I am going to give myself a few days off blogging to have a change of scene and do some decorating of the house for autumn and let myself just be in the times that I can do that.  Not a whole day, but still good!  I will be fine, you just know how it is sometimes.  Or perhaps you don't.  I am a real contradiction.  I hoard and I chuck, and I am an extrovert and a deep introvert too.  If you don't see me around for a little bit that is why.  All good, just off playing elsewhere.  But you know I will be back!  And I really am alright!!  Really.  No need for any worries!


I hope that you all have a great weekend!  Do go and read some more Five On Friday posts.  I will be by to read all of yours, see you over at your place!

Amy

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53 comments:

  1. Greetings Amy. I love the first photo and the bright colors. I too order from Wool Warehouse and the yarn comes packaged so pretty in the organza bags. I hope you get a much needed rest and enjoy your day. Thanks again for hosting a great party. Pat xx

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  2. Sorry you are feeling a bit flat after coming away. Think it is not a selfish thing to take time out for oneself, think it actually very important for self being. so enjoy and just do what you want do. We will be here. Love the v stich crochet and your mum's embroidery is lovely, that's something to cherish.

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  3. I love your v stitch project Amy it looks bright and cheerful and your hexi blanket is coming on great, I think those bags are so useful, I haven't used any of mine for a laundry bag but it's a great idea. Mr Robin is so cute hiding himself there in your garden, they are cheeky little birds I always think. I know just where you are coming from, I always feel that way when I come back from holiday too it soon passes and in a while you feel as if you have never been away. Sorry I couldn't join in this week it's been a bit manic here, have a great weekend, I'm off to Yarndale yay! I wish you were going too :) xx

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    1. ooh Linda, enjoy Yarndale, had hoped to go but was no to be x

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  4. You've got some exciting and colourful projects on the go to get you back in the swing of things after your holiday and the sun's out, yay! Have a good weekend. x

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  5. I love that hexi-blanket! Have a good rest (from blogging) and I look forward to seeing you back when you are ready. Take care. x

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  6. Love the crochet in the top photo. Fabulous colours. Looking forward to finding out what it's going to be. Also, please let us know what stitch it is. Thanks. Katharine x

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  7. Good tip on the wool warehouse bag - I'll definitely be saving it once I've finished my blanket. Talking of which, your hexie blanket is gorgeous; such lovely colours. I haven't tried crocheting hexies yet but after seeing yours I think it may be next on my list! Hope you feel back to normal soon. xx

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  8. I really need to start joining my hexagons but I can't make up my mind which colour to go with. I'm thinking of black but I'll probably change my mind a few times before I start!

    I hope you can find yourself in your time off from blogging, Amy. I won't be the only one thinking of you, I'm sure. :o)

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  9. I like all your bright crochet work Amy, and look forward to your 'reveal' posts. Good for you taking some time off for yourself. You always strike me as someone who puts the maximum effort in to everything you do, which is lovely, but everyone needs some time to just relax and be themselves, without deadlines and extra pressures piling up. X

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  10. Hope you get back into the swing of things again soon. I know just how you feel. I'm constantly up and down. The hexie blanket is looking lovely, I like the way you have arranged the colours.

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  11. Love these posts, with a little bit of this, a little bit of that. Take as much time off as you need. We'll still be here. Happy weekend!

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  12. Hi Amy - Love your crochet and can't wait for the reveal. I know exactly what you mean about coming home from holiday and feeling flat. I felt the same when we came back from our Scotland tour. On holiday I think we feel totally relaxed and don't seem to worry about life in general and then when we get home reality hits us. Take care. Joan at www.aviewtothefells.com

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  13. I love that v stitch crochet, I've got that earmarked for a future project, not sure what yet but I love the stitch so much. You must take after your mum with your crafting, what lovely stitching, and a great way to wash it. I've just had a delivery in one of those bags and I've actually got some small, delicate things which need washing so I shall have to remember that. Enjoy your rest from blogging and have a good weekend.

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  14. Lovely crochet Amy and funnily enough I ordered some yarn from Wool Warehouse this week and it came in the very same organza bag - so lovely to have it arrive without being all wrapped up in a load of plastic that immediately gets thrown away. Enjoy your time away from the blogosphere, see you back here soon. Jane xx

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  15. Time off sounds like a good idea. Rest, rebalance and recuperate, my friend XX

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  16. Hope you start to feel better soon, take a break and spend sometime on her own thingsxx

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  17. That's so cute you found the stitchery your mom had made. I love finding treasures like that.
    ~lisa

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  18. Oh my goodness! What a joy to have found your mother's needlework. I see she did such careful work as you you do!

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  19. Sorry you are feeling icky. Maybe you don't need long holidays, they do tend to disrupt the system somewhat. We hadn't been away for ten years (truly!) but then we do live in a gorgeous area, the sea on our doorstep so to speak, and even a countryside park within the Borough, but in July we had three days away in Cornwall (a washout, overpriced hotel, grubby village, won't go again) and three days in Somerset (glorious countryside, delightful B&B, will go again) and we found just three days sufficient to unwind but not to upset our usual daily rhythms or eating and sleeping. A holiday at home is no bad thing, just prepare for it as you would a holiday away and treat your home town/village as would a holidaymaker - visit art galleries and museums on your doorstep, eat out in cafes and restaurants, and you will be just as refreshed without the hassle.
    Margaret P

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  20. What a color filled post!
    I'm looking forward to knowing what the bright stripes are for- and, Rest well - feel yourself again soon.

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  21. Girl girl! Take a mini-break to gather yourself. I'll do Five on Friday next week. Today is my birthday so I had to post about THAT! Have a nice little "reboot" good Amy!

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  22. Love the crochet, both projects. Looking forward to the big reveal. Hope you are more yourself soon, take time to rejuvenate and have a good weekend.

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  23. Love the colors you are using for your hexie blanket. So many projects; so little time! Enjoy your time away, Amy, then you will be perking along. Christmas? Oh is that this year? LOL!

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  24. Oh I do like the hexi blanket you're working on. I know what you mean about the letdown after a trip. I also notice that the changing seasons affect me, I have no energy.

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  25. Hey Amy,
    Another lovely Friday post! Your Mum's sampler is quite lovely, and I think the back of your door makes for a charming continuity of care!
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Leanne xx

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  26. The embroided 1975 alphabet hanging is gorgeous. I love crochet things so look forward to you revealing more.

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  27. Hi Amy, I love your crochet projects, so pretty!
    So glad you had a nice time away. It's always hard to get back into the routine again.
    Enjoy yiur break and take care.
    Julie xo

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  28. I love all of your random bits Amy! That alphabet your Mom did is adorable. Great idea to hang it back up! ;) Your blanket is coming along beautifully and I love the colors!

    I know just what you mean about after coming back from holiday. It's important to take the time for yourself and get back on track! Enjoy the rest and some lovely Fall time. Blessings. xoxo

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  29. It is lovely that you have resurrected your mothers needlework - you obviously get your talents from her. Don't worry about Christmas yet Amy there is plenty of time before it arrives.

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  30. I love the vibrant colours in your v stitch crochet and am intrigued to discover what it is going to be. Enjoy your time out. I've had some enforced time out from everything myself this week and it's done me good. I have to brush myself off tomorrow though and get back on the daily treadmill. My best wishes to you. X

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  31. Sometimes it is just great to be random ... it makes for a good read.
    Love your mothers needlework - that is special.

    Sometimes it is just good to take time out, take some deep breaths ... before continuing.

    I hope you have a happy, peaceful and restful weekend.

    Take Care

    All the best Jan

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  32. Good tip! Now where did I put the warehouse bag. I just love your crochet projects, you are so clever x

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  33. What a special thing to find in the loft, beautiful. Enjoy your break, hope you feel more yourself too xx

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  34. Hope you feel better soon. Take care of yourself. I tend to feel the same way about trips/vacations/upcoming events...and I have learned to have "me" days....basically I stay in my jammies all day, read, sleep and nothing much else. I feel so much better by the end of the day, and ready to start all over again the following day!

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  35. Hello Amy, I know the rushed feeling after returning from holiday - laundry to do, a bit of housework and getting everything back on schedule. I must admit life is easier with retirement - no rush to get back to work. :-)
    The alphabet sampler your mother made would be lovely framed behind glass to preserve it, they were a common sight in farmhouses of our ancestors and many are showing up at antique stores for sale.
    I recently saw a cartoon on FB that made me smile - a young girl was trying to show her grandmother how to eat a plate of noodles (possible spaghetti) and the grandmother absentmindedly took out knitting needles and knitted a piece with her dinner. :-)
    A gorgeous raspberry coloured mum for fall. Thanks for hosting.

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  36. What a pretty hexi-blanket !!
    And have fun during your blogbreak, I can understand the feeling... Whenever I don't feel at ease, I just cocoon a bit and shut out the "world outside". The best way to get back in your daily routine !
    Xxx

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  37. The hexie blanket looks good! What a nice surprise to find your mum's alphabet sampler. I hope you feel back to your usual self soon, take care dear Amy. xx

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  38. take care, a break is sometimes what we need xxx

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  39. Hi Amy, just on catchup and that was a lovely post, until I realised you're not feeling yourself. I do feel for you and hope a break will get you back into the swing of things. I'll pop an email over the next few days and you just take care of yourself.

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  40. Love the colors in your crochet work in the first photo. Beautiful mums, too - so lush and full and my favorite color for mums. Have a good blogging break. We all need time for personal renewal!

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  41. I always feel low at this time of year and if you have been ill too your energy will be low. Take care and have a good break, we all need time to ourselves just to sit and think and potter about when we feel like it:)

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  42. A lovely five as usual, and thanks for the brilliant idea for the WW organza bag! I just got one this past week :-) And yes I know exactly what you mean/how you're feeling... I always get the blues after a holiday, and sometimes the thought of a busy week is exciting, and other times all I crave are just a few days with nothing planned so my mind & soul can catch up.
    Enjoy your break, lovely... Hugs xx

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  43. It is hard to get back into a routine Amy but I am sure you will do this very quickly. I get low when summer comes so know what you mean but I have to say that Autumn makes me pick myself up again and start getting ready for all the holidays, gathering things for Christmas, halloween and birthdays, as well as collecting bits and pieces to make the house all cozy and welcoming. Take good care of yourself lovely lady xx

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  44. Your chrysanthemums and crochet all look fabulous! I have quite a few of those little bags from Wool Warehouse, your idea for using them as laundry bags is a great one. I've been using mine as project bags for the many WIP's that I have :)

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  45. Hi I am guessing No 1 will be a snood? Will you be posting the pattern please?

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  46. Your first picture of crocheting - V-stitch I think - is lovely. And I really love the hexie blanket - the colours are so calming. I have used the Wool Warehouse bags to put finished items in to give as a present - having taken out the Wool Warehouse ribbon and replaced with something nicer.

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  47. Lovely piece of work by your mum, good old hubby for finding it, what a great idea to get it to sit behind the door .
    Now you go off wrap yourself in your most loved blanket get some tea , toast with butter and raspberry jam and ruminate .Sending hugs










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  48. I love that you still have your mum's sampler and that it will be back on display as it should be.
    Oh, I know exactly how you feel - I am a person of complete contradictions too! I am an introvert who loves my own space and solitude and yet I can be an extrovert and I love people! I am a hoarder but I hate clutter! I love Autumn but at the same time the end of Summer makes me really sad! Since coming back from our holiday I have felt really low and desperately wish I could leave my day job.
    Anyway chin up chuck ... onward and upward as they say :)
    Take care, M x

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  49. Oh I know just what you mean about post holiday slump. I had a chest infection on holiday but didn't really realise it and thought it was a combination of the heat and missing the children, it's taken it's toll now that I am back. I hope you feel more like yourself soon lovely xx

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  50. I am so behind on reading posts so I hope by the time you read this you are feeling a bit better Amy. Love the colours and design of your hexi blanket.

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