News & Opinions

My ramblings 🙂

Crowdfunding

For a long time, I’ve put off attempting a crowdfunding campaign – mostly because I’m camera shy and couldn’t face the whole talking to camera thing.. I know! .. must be a touch of vanity creeping in there – not particularly proud of that, but working on it 🙂 Crowdfunding

Drowning in Etsy

Before I start moaning, Etsy is a great platform, probably the first of its kind – please don’t quote me on that- I have no idea if they were the first or not.
My take on it all though is that they’re kind of TOO big now and many of us small crafters are drowning in the sheer volume of products available. Drowning in Etsy

Number 3

You know those days when a certain number seems significant and you decide to run with it. Not lottery numbers, they’re a bit too random for my peace of mind. I’m just talking simple everyday numbers which we tend to take as a sign of something auspicious about to happen… Number 3

rollercoaster-pin

Roller Coaster

Wow it’s been a roller coaster year so far and many of us are struggling to keep up with goals, plans and general wants and wishes. 

Roller Coaster

crochetcrazy

Crochet Crazy

Well, writing and blogging has taken a bit of a back seat lately. My fingers have been otherwise engaged in creating all sorts of gift ideas for my new Etsy shop. It’s been raining a lot as well.

Crochet Crazy

knitateenagedoll-cover

Getting Ahead of Myself

…but in a good way this time! I had hoped to get all the pattens done by the end of August, but a few – more than a few- rainy days in Cornwall had me chained to my laptop and I got them all finished. Yay!

Getting Ahead of Myself

my25yearoldbaby-pin

My 25 Year Old Baby

Over 25 years ago, I gave birth to a new project that has been growing and improving over the years. When we lived off the land money was tight and I created a gift for my youngest daughter that became so popular it exploded quietly into an ongoing hobby business.

My 25 Year Old Baby

growing-pin

Feeling Grateful

Since my living off the land days I’ve had many years living without a garden. Last year I moved into a lovely house in Cornwall with a smallish but beautiful garden.

Feeling Grateful

monalisa-pin

Who Would You Be?
Someone once asked me who I would like to be if I could be someone famous. While I wouldn’t say no to being rich, I’ve never really aspired to being famous. It just seems to be too much trouble – having the media constantly watching you and not able to pop down to the shop without a bodyguard has an air of the ridiculous about it –

Who Would You Be?

StrangeConnections-pin

Strange Connections
I could theorize until the cows come home (?!) but sometimes there is just no logical explanation why we connect certain things with other certain things. When you hear a particular song, you may be transported back in time to an old flame or …

Strange Connections

FeelingBlessed-pin

Feeling Blessed
I am so blessed. As I’ve got older, birthdays have tended to be a bit quieter but this last weekend blew that right out of the window! It began on Friday when my youngest daughter and boyfriend surprised me when they flew over from the south of France and landed in my kitchen 🙂

Feeling Blessed

politicaloverload-pin

Political Overload
What with Brexit and various political leaders (?) coming and going, us Brits have had a huge dose of political stuff over the past couple of years or so. Some of it has a ring of truth, some of it is obvious propaganda and even more is pure mud-slinging. All this gets a bit tedious.

Political Overload

newwritingplatform-pin

New Writing Platform
Been busy building a new website. It started with an interest in a very well-known company and suddenly I found myself building a whole site! It’s still a freebie but time enough to upgrade.

New Writing Platform

WritingofCourse-pin

Writing of Course!
I’ve been writing professionally for years; Published and self published several books. Now I’m looking to help others write their books and get them published. I can’t guarantee an agent or publishing contract – Getting my own ideas looked at often involves a marathon of research and email rejections.

Writing of Course

yayitsmonday-pin

Yay it’s Monday
Sometimes life just stands on it’s head! Had no internet over the weekend and crappy phone signal so most of the weekend plans went out of the window.

Yay it’s Monday

rainforestexperience-pin

Rain Forest UK
With the over-powering heat this year, the tropical paradise might not be the place you want to spend time in just now, but don’t let that put you off. The Eden Project has all sorts of wonderful stuff going on….

Rain Forest UK

armchairdays-pin

Armchair Days
Okay, so I’ve abandoned my office space for a few days – mostly because there’s a pile of bills in there that I’m avoiding – and decamped to an armchair.

Armchair Days

teasnob-pin

Tea Snob
How I turned into a tea snob: Afternoon tea has been a traditional English affair for centuries but over the years has been dropped in favour of a quick snack at lunchtime and a larger evening meal.

Tea Snob

Lazy Cook got Tasty! pinterest

Lazy Cook Got Tasty
I am a lazy cook. My excuse is that after cooking for a family of six for years, I’m slightly allergic to kitchens… but really? Actually I used to love to bake, which is probably why I’ve been binge watching the Great British Bake Off on Netflix… ho hum….

Lazy Cook got Tasty

Back to Behind the Scenes