Travelling Books, decluttering and stitch meditations

Travelling book, Singleton button quilt to play naughts and crosses game

I was pleased with how my Dorset button naughts and crosses game turned out for Gemma’s travelling book this month. These buttons are quite addictive! Singleton buttons are a variation on the Dorset button. At a time when button making supported many rural families, each had their own unique style.

how to make a singleton button

Singleton buttons get their name from the Singleton family who specialised in this particular type of button. They are easy to make, you can find the tutorial on my made for mi, blog. What I think is great about them is you can match the buttons to the fabric perfectly!

Clarke and clarke plates

I have joined the Stitch meditation group on Facebook, the idea is to spend 20 minutes stitching randomly. I managed to do one random piece but it is just not me, instead I like to use up old scraps and do a little meditation stitchery – without any particular purpose. It is the best way to really experiment with stitches – even though I end up with button hole stitch one of my favourites.

Blank prepared squares for meditation

It is one of those activities that once you have done it, it is so pleasing and calming you wonder why you don’t find time to do it more often. Sadly – it is all to easy to find an excuse not to. Last Sunday, I spent the afternoon overlocking cream and white cotton squares, backed with a fine muslin, so that I have no excuse – the stash of squares invite me to do a stitch meditation. I have also put a stash of fabric scraps, cotton Perle and some embroidery hoops ready – so that it makes it as easy as possible to pick up.

prepared aida for embroidery

I’ve also been doing a huge clear out – since I moved (nearly two years ago) I haven’t really got organised – so Easter weekend we shifted two major rooms round which seemed to disrupt the whole place! I had lots of Aida, so I created a couple of prizes for the raffle at the Embroidery Guild.

Kitchen cupboard organising

The kitchen cupboards are beginning have a little more organising, I have given away a great deal of items and it has been a really lovely experience. I use Facebook Marketplace mostly, I met a lovely couple who came to pick up a tall bookcase, and ended up taking away some Ikea shelves and a couple of smaller bookcases for me. I could never have got them to the tip, and it was so nice to see them go to a good home.

So far I have given away a clothes rail, a hallway cupboard, two small coffee tables and three car loads of items to the local charity shop. I also gave away some pink rock boots – the lady who picked them up was delighted, she had just passed her HGV test and would be wearing them for her new job! Another lovely man, collected some Irregular Choice shoes for his girlfriend. Giving things away gives me such pleasure, and it frees up space!

Pastry can be just like playing

I’ve been baking – I found a book in the reduced section of the local post office, that simply winked at me, it is a baking book by Chilli Vanilli, and it has totally transformed my baking! For the first time I understand how gluten in flour should either be encouraged, to make bread or discouraged to make cakes! The recipe for pillow soft Victoria sponge is divine!

recipe book review

Not to mention it has a mint green cover with pink edged pages! I have been making a lot of little fairy cakes using the recipe and they have disappeared in no time!

That about sums up what I have been up to recently, I notice the elderflowers are just about ready to make some cordial.

ttfn x

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Breathe Journal Review

Breathe journal review front

One of the frustrations about being creative, is that it is all to easy to wind up in a creative fog. I find that there is so much on the internet that sparks my creativity but I can quickly reach saturation point that has me struggling to sleep with too many ideas swirling around my head so much so that I find I can’t settle down to create anything.

I handle this in two ways, firstly by limiting my research; I find it is very easy to go off on tangents. Secondly with a mindful approach – focussing on one project at a time until completion. This has greatly reduced the number of u.f.o.s (unfinished objects) and has made the creative process so much more productive.

Breathe journal intro

As a lover not only of journals but a convert to mindfulness, I was thrilled to spot this little gem on the supermarket shelves among the magazines. Its a 52 week journal combining mindfulness and target setting. The artwork is beautiful and inspirational, with a brief guideline and introduction. There are no dates, which is another great thing, because you can begin anytime of the year.

breathe journal plan

I know I start things with good intentions – and have tried diaries before but always found them discouraging. There are busy days when good intentions slip; and blank pages seem like a reprimand. Which is why I have always preferred undated journals – there is no reproach just pick up where you left off. So I am delighted that while it may be a 52 week planner, it is divided up into 4 week targets that are not dated, so you can have gaps and still achieve what you want.

breathe journal reflections

The journal prompts are very encouraging and a good jumping off point, alongside some very pretty artwork. Prompts such as: things that raised a smile this week, a favourite quotation I discovered, a new word I want to use more.

 

breathe journal 4 week

Each section begins with a four week plan which is further divided into weekly plans. It helps to break down habits or encourage creative time and you can focus on a different area each month.

breathe weekly plans

there are small sections for every day, with little boxes and banners to add inspiration or encouragement. It certainly will help to keep track of all the smaller goals. At the end of the four weeks there is a page for reflection.

This is a beautiful journal, well thought out and will certainly help me to create more mindfulness in my life.