2020 and 2021 have smashed so many of us. And personally, I would like to be done with them. I’m happy to move onto 2022. But I also know not to wish away time, as it is so very precious. So in an attempt to bring a bit of control back into my life, I am getting stuck back into working! More crocheting, more blogging, more working on my Etsy and Ravelry shops and I hope you’ll join me for the ride!
Way back in 2019, what feels like so many years ago, I posted a few round up posts sharing some of my recent doings with you beautiful people, and I figured it was time to bring it back. So here is my ‘What are you doing Mummy’ post because what Mum doesn’t hear that question 738 times in a day!
MAKING – Crochet bunting in all different forms! I am playing around with a few versions using fabric/t-shirt yarn and my favourite, using fingering weight hand dyed yarns I have picked up over the years.
READING – I have a couple books I am reading through slowly at the moment depending on my mood. Firstly there is Sustainable Gifting by Michelle Mackintosh. I love the idea of being more intentional with the gifts I give and this book has some great suggestions in it.
Next is Futuresteading by Jade Miles. This book is a wonderful journey back to living off the earth and living in a way that gives back to the earth and helps it rejuvenate and leave the earth better than when we began.
And finally Ultimate Road Trips Australia by Lee Atkinson. Now this book is pure dreaming material. Given how much of the last two years Melbourne has been in lockdown and our borders have been closed, there has been ZERO holidays happening in our household. So this book is giving me all the pack up and leave feels, which is still not possible just yet, but it is helping me feel like I can actually plan ahead and look forward to something.
LISTENING TO – The Soul Craft Festival 2021. Felicia Semple from The Craft Sessions is the brilliant mind behind bringing together some incredible crafters to have amazing conversations. I invested in a ticket for this festival given our current lifestyle in 2021. I wanted something to help me get through the cold weather in Victoria in October. My favourite conversation so far was the very first one with Jamila Reddy. I sat there the whole hour intermittently wiping tears from my eyes and gasping ‘Wow.’
Also – I have been listening to a new podcast, by my awesome cousin-in-laws, Steve and Chris. The brothersnothers podcast is so good. So many emotional chats, opening up about mental health and having conversations that are hard but so necessary. If you are looking for a new podcast, check it out here.
WATCHING – You know I am actually not really watching anything at the moment. If I have any down time, I am either listening to or watching on my phone The Soul Craft Festival, listening to light and happy novels on Audible to escape reality for a few moments while I crochet.
LOVING – Our backyard. We recently moved house out to a smaller town in West Gippsland on an acre and a quarter and all that space outside is a dream come true. Having fully grown trees in our yard, wide open spaces for the kids to play and room to kick a football without it going over the fence is just incredible. We moved in during Winter so we are very much looking forward to some better weather and enjoying the yard without all this rain. But man the kids are loving it, and so am I!
EATING – More than I should. Oops! No, not really. Just more bread than I normally would and boy does my body know about it. I find it so much easier in the summer to eat better, and especially with the tough 2 years we have had, I am finding it difficult to avoid the chocolate!
DRINKING – Coffee. All the coffee. We brought our coffee machine with us from our old house and I don’t know what I would do without it. ALL THE COFFEE!
WEARING – My husbands hoodies. They are so warm and cozy and comforting!
COOKING – Not much! Hubby took over cooking dinner because after a few years of the kids complaining about what I cooked, I was struggling with motivation to cook anything other than nuggets and chips for them. So he took over and bless his heart I haven’t had to cook too many dinners recently! The last thing I made was a birthday cake for our Lewis, who turned ONE on the 15th October.
WANTING – TO GET OUT OF JAIL!!! Seriously. Victoria has felt like a jail the last two years. I am craving a holiday, a break, a change, and that is top of my mind most days lately!
NEEDING – To see all my family and friends again. I know it won’t be long, but I NEED to cuddle my family and all my nieces and nephews STAT!
I’d love to hear what you’ve been listening to lately? Got any happy novels, inspiring podcasts, or even TED talks to recommend?