Wednesday, August 25, 2010

My Perfect Afternoon...

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Last night, I couldn't sleep. I was so excited because I had decided that today was going to be a perfect day. My legs were dancing under the sheets and it was a good job dh was working away otherwise he would have got kicked a few times. I had managed to get dd into craft club at the same time as ds going to nursery which meant I had two and a half blissful hours all to myself. I love my kids to bits but one needs a break now and again and this was it.

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Before I dropped them off, I made sure the house was relatively tidy and hoovered up so I wouldn't waste my precious time. Then I baked scones. I baked them just before dropping them both off so they would be perfectly cool and ready to eat when I got home. I went out and bought some double cream and Bonne Mamam Strawberry Conserve. I served it up with Whittards Irish cream flavoured coffee in my new favourite cup. Ohhhh yummmmm. Delicious homebaked scone with a slightly crunchy outside and soft and crumbly on the inside. Not like shop bought ones with the baking soda aftertaste. I sat there at my kitchen table and browsed my mags. Perfect.

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Then I did a bit of hooky. Loving this so much. Have I said that before? I think I may have to buy another pack of the yarn as I am going to make this super big for our bed. The rest of it I will make flowers with. There are plenty of uses for this gorgeous yarn. It is soft and easy to work with and the colours are fab.

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And a bit of stitching. I so wanted the unicorn's ear finished but never mind - these things take time. Listened to Micheal Silverman's Jazz for a Rainy Day on Spotify. Lovely relaxing piano music. It wasn't raining, in fact, it was quite a reasonable day with a bit of sunshine but this music was also.... perfect.

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Whilst looking at my mags I noticed this:

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Can you spot the crochet blanket? £175 from Toast!!! Hmmm excepting the colours, not so disimiar to my Baby Steps.

I got some home decor inspiration and am set on this:

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Previously I was adamant it would be this:

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I am on a very nice journey of self discovery at the moment and am never quite sure of what I like but I am definitely moved toward the red. I kind of lost myself the last few years with one thing and the other and now I am trying to make out the pieces of the jigsaw that make me up if you get me. It's an interesting journey and I will share more things about "me" as I find them out! Our living room is desperate to be decorated. It is very plain and a sort of yellowy cream and very boring. I like bright bold colours and the red room is just so cosy and I think will be ideal for the coming autumn season.

Well, so long for now good readers. I have much to share but that is enough for one post. I am thinking I should blog more regularly and not leave great big gaps. Passing by your way soon. Big Thank You to all my new followers as well. Some don't appear to have blogs but if you do then leave me a comment so I can find you too. xx

39 comments:

Vonna said...

What a super fabulous blog post Hazel! I think self-discovery is just the thing to make a girl feel good, not to mention the redo of the home. That is where it all begins :)
I look forward to reading and seeing more about your dicovery and your home makeover!

anneke said...

Sounds like a perfect couple of hours! I remember how rare these houres were, nowadays my kids are older and more away from home ;-)

natalyK said...

That does sound like the perfect day!

valerie said...

Oh yum! Your scone with cream and jam looks scrumptious!

Love your crochet stripey blanket. It's turning out wonderful and so colorful!

Deborah said...

What a lovely way to spend part of the day. Sometimes you just need alone time. The blanket is beautiful.

jane said...

That sounds like a perfect day to me Hazel, hope you manage to do it again soon. Amazing the prices they charge for handmade items isn't it. I am doing a crochet blanket but I love your stripy one and want to do one of those too.
The idea for your living room looks lovely, very warm and cosy.
Good luck on your voyage of self-discovery....

Riet said...

Hazel, this looks a perfect day. Our kids have holiday till the beginning of September.
The scones look very delicious!

Cath said...

Sounds like a great day , those scones look delicious .X

Melanie said...

Those scones look devine! Love looking at the mag pics, I definately agree about the red decor, it seems so much more warm and inviting, especially with autumn just around the corner. You can curl up on the sofa with your crochet blanket and be all snug.

Angela said...

Sounds you had a wonderfult imte and planned out your me time perfectly.

If I can offer one word of caution with regards to your decorating plans. My husband came with an orange/red 3 piece suite which was great as it replaced my grotty one. However after the extension was done and it was time to decorate getting a colour for the walls that went with it was a marathon of a job that took months and numerous sample pots. Keep the red for the walls or soft furnishings that you will probably replace when your redecorate again.

Berit said...

That scone looks like heaven!! And, I love Bonne Mamman--I kept a couple of empty jars and they make the most perfect water glasses. :)

Maggie said...

Sounds like the perfect afternoon, and those scones looks delish :-)

I love the look of the red room too, i decided to paint one wall in our dining room red last year and it really does make the room.

BTW, look out for the postie :-)

DebbieSFL said...

isn't it wonderful to just have you time--it's so rare these days. i decided this weekend that i am going to try and have tech-free sundays starting in september. i haven't touched a needle (stitching or sewing in almost 4 months) and i really miss it. thanks for the additional inspiration to be a little more "conservative" with my time.

Cindy said...

That really does sound like a fabulous afternoon :)

Your crochet blanket looks wonderful!

Shari said...

wonderful post! Wow, I need a morning like that....Hazel, it sounds heavenly!!!
Your crochet looks wonderful...so pretty!
I love the pictures of home decorating!

Carolyn NC said...

What fun!

DonnaTN said...

I love warm colors so I would favor the red too. If I lived nearby I'd come help you eat scones and drink coffee. Yum! Your hooky and stitching progress is looking good. You can make a beautiful throw/blanket for a lot less money!

Sonda in OR said...

Sounds like a lovely day!

Bernardeena said...

And very yummy scones they were too! Was great to see you last night x

Christine said...

What a delightful way to spend the afternoon.
I love the red room from those magazine photos, it looks so warm and inviting

Aussie Stitcher said...

I know exactly what you mean, we all need a little bit of 'me time' occassionally. It looks like you made the most of your alone time, well done.

Margaret said...

Sounds like you had a perfect idyllic afternoon for sure!

Sally said...

Sounds like absolutel heaven Hazel :)

Mylene said...

The scone looks yummy! Love both living room pictures and wish i can get something looks like it when the renovations over, hopefully just before x'mas.

Julie said...

YUMMY that scone looks gorgeous, and i love you new cup and saucer, so sophisticated and posh!

Your blankey looks great, i am loving crochet work, it does grow so fast and makes you feel so good to see it grow.

Hope you have lots more indulgent and ME times in the future!

Loraine said...

What a fabulous day! I know what you mean about red. I love red, and I have my front room pony walls red, the fireplace and bead board downstairs red, and my stairways and reading nook red. It just takes a splash to add a lot of drama!

Love your blanket!

Kathy A. said...

Oh what a wonderful afternoon. You painted a picture in words and photos. What fun it was to share with you.
I like the red too. I'm looking at the color "paprika" for my new home.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Hazel what a super day! I can almost taste your scones here across the pond!

Carol said...

Oh, that does sound like an absolutely perfect day, Hazel--especially when you start off with such a scrumptious looking treat to eat!

Love both of your possible re-decorating themes. I have a red dining room and do love it--especially in the fall and winter.

Hope you get more of those days "just for you"--they are so important when you have young children...

Jackie said...

It looks like you had a fantastic time Hazel! Doesn't it feel good to play hookey?! The scones look better than anything I've ever seen!

I think it's normal for our tastes to change over time. I love red and can definitely see why you'd be drawn to it. Keep us posted on what you decide to do!

Joy said...

What a lovely day! After "discovering" myself, I chose both color ways. In the fall and winter I have reds and warm colors and spring and summer I pull out the cream slip covers and go very light and airy! Enjoy your journey...

Raggedy Ann said...

Hello Hazel!

Absolutely LOVE red for a living room, that is what I have :)

Those scones look absolutely delicious!

I hope to try that crochet blanket stitch one day soon, I hope I can do it!

Raggedystitches,
Louise

Tina said...

What a wonderful day.
Those scones look delicious,you really do cook some lovely goodies
Stripey blanket is coming on lovely,lovely colours you have chosen
Rose is looking good to.
Tina x

Shropshire Suz said...

Hi Hazel sorry l think you asked me a bit ago about the yarn yep 100% Acrylic l sell good range of colours and a lot softer than most acrylics but l do use 100% Merino and lots of Colinette yarns depends on what l'm making
Find a lot of the pure wools itchy so do a lot so l like this soft acrylic for blankets and cowls anything next to my skin
new camera arrived l'm excited and off to play photographer for a while hehe
Hugs Suz x

Mrs Grant said...

OMG Hazel! I'm not stalking you, honest! What a beautiful blog, you are so creative, am addicted already, been here reading and admiring your handiwork and your daughters (kids are gorgeous). I completely understand the precious moments you've had alone today, sadly with Noah being so young, when i get time alone i am either ironing, housework-ing or minimin-ing! Will be an avid follower and admirer forever...donna x

Blu said...

Those scones look delicious!
Looking forward to seeing your home makeover.

Brigitte said...

I was completely enjoying your blog post. A wonderful day! And your scones look so tasty with the double cream and the strawberry jam that I'd love to make some myself.

Teri said...

What a wonderful way to spend part of a day. The scones look yummy!

Robin said...

Move over girlfriend! I think you need a pal to enjoy those goodies with. lol

The pics for you home re-do.....oh so pretty. Please post about your progress.