Wednesday, 5 February 2014

A Little Restless......



Ever get that feeling?

When you just can't settle on one thing.

You realise you are wondering aimlessly a fair bit.

Not really getting much done.

I'm feeling a little like that at the moment.

Maybe too much to do and not knowing where to start.

I think this flipping weather is getting to me. Whenever i'm feeling a little out of sorts, I quickly stop myself in my tracks. I remind myself, that whatever I feel is 'rubbish' is someone else's 'great'. It always pulls me back up. The constant grey, wet and cold is really getting to me and i'm really having to fight to remember what warmth and dryness are like. But........my house hasn't been flooded for weeks like some, and i'm with power, unlike others. So what is there to complain about?

I've finished my blanket, and i've put my other project on hold for a while. I'm not 100% sure about it. I've spent a fair few hours on it. There's a long way to go still, so I don't want to waste it making something i'll not use. Maybe it's because my hands are idle too? I feel like I should be doing something. Not sure what. I've told myself no more blankets. I counted 15 in the house. Ooops. Trouble is, I still have a few more in my head that have been on my make list for a good couple of years. I really want to spend more time getting to grips with knitting, but I feel, all the time I have these blankets in my head, concentration on knitting won't be 100%. 

My plan is also to get to grips with my sewing machine this year. Truth be told, she scares me. I want to make freinds with her and let her show me what can be achieved. I have had several patterns for garments in my head for the past 5 years. I'd love to wear more home made stuff. My procrastination is getting the better of me........

.....always.

So, today is a sigh day. It has been a packed week in some respects, but a restless one in others.

I battled the wind this morning for the school run. I power walked up the steep hill (and nearly keeled over when I reached the top I might add). It looks like it's about to downpour yet again, and the wind is howling.

Steaming hot tea and a colourful read might do the trick, before I dive into the never ending pit that is the wash basket.

I'm still striving for 'simple' in my everyday...I just wish this weather would let up a bit. Sodden ground and grey land and grey skies......it doesn't inspire. Having washing flapping on the line and marvelling at the doors and windows being open is what i'm dreaming about.

I'm dreaming about it A LOT.

I need Pinterest a great deal at the moment. It's like a little ray of sunshine......

xxx

42 comments:

  1. I think you are in the same mind set as me. I seem unable to pick up a crochet hook or even think about a sewing project. I have been burying my head in netflix a lot. Which I seem to need and hate it all at the same time!

    I have been distracting myself with setting up a new blog and will be closing my old one down eventually. Hoping that maybe a new something will kick start me. So far it has been an epic fail! lol.

    Hope things perk up for you, and with this rubbish weather there is always a need for one more blanket surely? lol. I think if they get
    used bring you happiness in the making and using then they are worth a place in your home.

    Good luck with the sewing I would be interested to see what you come up with.

    Oh and I like your new header by the way, love the pencil effect.

    P x

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  2. I think we are actually meant to hibernate during winter. I love/hate winter. I love to be lazy, snuggled up under a warm crochet blankie with hot chocolate, hooking away and watching movies. I hate the dry skin and static hair!! But after winter I always feel like I can take on the world again (after my brief hibernation). Last year we hardly had winter - it was ridiculous really maybe a few cold days (13C was the coldest one I think) - I actually felt cheated!!!! And do you know that I am struggling to find my groove this summer - I think it is because winter never happened! Weird how the weather affects our lives!

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    1. Yes I think that too! Hibernate and re-appear in March! x

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  3. Love the header....I see you have discovered waterlogue, me too... isn't it wonderful? bright and cheerful unlike the weather its howling outside,
    sending you a sunny smile from rural Dorset.....
    Daisy j

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  4. I'm feeling the exact same way! I've had a really bad cold and that hasn't helped, but my head feels like I've got hundreds of browser tabs open and I just don't feel very 'settled'. I've got lots of ideas, but don't feel like I'm achieving much! I'm sure the weather does have a lot to do with it, the wind and rain are pounding against the windows as I write this!
    On the upside I'm still in love with the bobble edging on your blanket and I'm waiting for some yarn to arrive to have a go at it....hopefully that will cheer me up! x

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  5. Try to make a list of everything you wish/want/dream about, and try to prioritize it. I know the feeling...
    Try to put yourself out of the "bubble" and see what's the most important right here and now.

    Love,
    Cat

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  6. I have been feeling that restlessness too, way over the other side of the world, it must be catching! I think it is adjusting back to school and 'normal' routines after the summer holidays, and also because I am a chronic procrastinator! Good luck with the sewing, my machine has been in mothballs for a long time, she could probably do with a dust off and a fire up, I have bought several patterns to try out but that's as far as I have got! Have great day, Julie x Oh, and I didn't think you could ever have too many blankets!! :)

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    1. I'm so with you on the chronic procrastination! x

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  7. Oh Vanessa, it's a funny feeling that one isn't it ? I definitely think that Jan/Feb are always strange months. You know what though - go for those blankets! I swear they are the most therapeutic form of crochet and maybe that's just what you need right now.
    Take care,
    Kate x

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    1. Yes Kate, there is something really wonderful about making blankets, 'tis true! x

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  8. I was thinking this morning - I can't remember when I last managed to put the washing on the line. This weather is really boring isn't it. I know just how you feel, I'm in the office and should be working, not wondering around blogland! Whoops!!
    x

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  9. I think your finished blanket is just incredible. Love the colors and the pattern. I have some blankets in my head too, but I try to push them aside as I have many more sweaters in my head and in my yarn cupboard that need to be made. So sorry the weather is so glum.
    Hugs and hope the sun shines soon.
    Meredith

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  10. Your blanket is gorgeous! I love your new banner! They are watercolours, right? I am complete rubbish at painting pictures. Furniture, yes. Pictures, good heavens no!! Your blog is always so cheery and colourful and is one that I visit everyday. I think many of us are aimless this winter. While I have no flooding, it is grey and snowing and the wind chill is horrid. It will make us love spring even more! Have a wonderful day!

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    1. Yes, you are right.......without this horrid weather, perhaps we wouldn't enjoy spring as much! I hope it arrives a little early this year! x

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  11. Hi Vanessa! Thanks so much for dropping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment. I am amazed at all your beautiful work, photos, etc, etc. here. It's such a inspiration to see others loving the same things as I do. I surely can relate to our post today. I've been living in the dark for months now and plum sick of it as I am sure most of us are. I do hope you find a little inspiration today. I am sort of in between projects and not sure what direction to go in either...it will come!
    xx Shari

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  12. You and me both, feeling restless. I'm so over this winter, and long for the sun I have not seen (literally!) in months.

    I do love the granny square blanket in the background of your photo. I'm not usually a red person, but there is just something so very uplifting about red. Maybe that is what I need now... something red!

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  13. Perhaps getting out the sewing machine will lift you out of the doldrums...a pretty little project, something simple using fabrics that make you happy, even if it's just a patchwork cushion - then you can find the mojo for more involved sewing patterns. As for the crochet, scarves are miniature blankets if you think about it... ;-) Hang in there, at least that's what I keep telling myself in between steaming cups of tea! Chrissie x

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    1. i'm trying to summon up the courage to get the sewing machine out! x

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  14. You would have laughed if you'd seen me this morning on my sewing machine. (I had to blow a hefty covering of dust off it first). All I was doing was shortening an Ikea curtain panel. Bloody nora, what a palaver. I must have measured the thing a dozen times only for it to keep ending up wonky. The needle plopped out suddenly half way through the seam. Then the thread on the bobbin ran out. It's a minefield, V. I don't mind telling you, the air was blue. Anyway, it's done now and I've put my machine away. I think I need a lie down! ;-) xxx

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    1. PS. How addictive is Waterlogue?

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    2. I'm so scared of it! It's like it laughs at my efforts! I have only hemmed stuff really. I made a couple of cushions and a pair of really large curtains which turned out okay but that's it. I want to make clothes for myself. I just need to grit my teeth and dive in! And yes, I love waterlogue. A boredom app search a couple of weeks ago made me stumble upon it. A lot of people seem to know about it so maybe I am late to the party and it has been done to death and moved on, but it's fun. I love watching the layers appear, they fascinate me!

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  15. Maybe it will cheer you up to know you aren't alone. We had another huge snowfall here in Chicago last night and it's still falling. Everything seems to come to a standstill. I know now would be a great time to start some projects but...well, there are always good books and Pinterest! :)

    XO,
    Jane

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    1. The weather is quite incredible isn't it? Snow in parts of America, constant downpours here in the UK and scorching temperatures across Australia. I hope things will move along soon for all of us. x

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  16. Sorry that you are feeling out of sorts. There is nothing wrong in saying that you feel this way even if you are aware that others are in a worse situation, if you are not feeling right you should feel quite alright to say so. I do hope however that you will start to feel more yourself again soon. Re the crocheting, if you want to make a blanket don't feel that you shouldn't because you could either donate it to a charity or if you can bear to donate one of your old ones and keep the new one to replace it. I hope that you get the sewing machine under control this year as you wish to, I can do straight lines only, but it is amazing what you can make just going along in a line! Take care of yourself. xx p.s. love your colourful teacup! xx

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    1. I need to learn to do a straight line first! I'd win first prize for wonkiness! x

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  17. I have just discovered your blog via some beautiful hot water bottle cover pins on Pinterest. I am in love with your style. Congrats on a BEAUTIFUL blog.

    Pinterest certainly does lift the spirits!

    I'll be back often! ^_^
    ~Miss Michelle ( www.delightfulhandwork.blogspot.com )

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  18. Hi Vanessa,
    I live in Australia in a small country town. We are in the middle of drought. I have to buy water to be put in my tanks so I can drink and wash. I look outside and it's brown and dusty. Even the chooks kick up dust when they walk. My roses are dying and my sheep are getting thin. I read your blog and wish we could swap weather (and lives!) for just a couple of days. I dream of the cool and rain. It's waaaaay too hot to crochet, so I follow you on Pinterest ....when I have the time!

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  19. I know exactly what you mean. I get that feeling quite a bit, and I tend to feel overwhelmed and not know where to start with things. I'm trying to do a little bit of the the stuff that needs to be done, just a bit at a time. I do hope you find a project to enthuse you soon. It's not much fun without one. How about a scarf to fill the void while you consider your next blanket..?

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    1. That's what I have been doing. Little bits just to feel like I am actually getting stuff done! It's a strange feeling though isn't it? x

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  20. How your post resonated with me!!! I remember those UK days so well. I always used to wish I could take a pill on Jan 1 and wake up on March 1 ready for Spring! My solution was always decorating .... my DH never knew went he went off to work in the morning whether he'd come home to a purple hallway or a mango orange kitchen!!! I filled my house with colour and somehow it kept those grey days from infiltrating my home..... Sending love and sunshine!!! x

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  21. I'm a bit behind with your posts but just read the one with the playlist. Many thanks for posting this. Its so nice to hear familiar music put together on another playlist like you have done. I've loaded the tracks up on youtube to really appreciate the playing order. Listening also to Jane Eyre soundtrack - so beautiful... as is the film. It is shot in such a desolate yet beautiful part of England and shows there is beauty in 'greyness'. Hope you feel better soon. Pjane.x ps. Leap Year is a great movie to cheer you up, plus it stars M. Goode which definitely adds colour!

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    1. Ooooooh I must listen to the Jane Eyre soundtrack. I still have yet to see the film too. It's on my list. Just need to find the time! x

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  22. Morning lovely, the weather is becoming very samey everything seems grey, so much flooding in the west country too, i feel for somerset, then the main train lines been washed into the sea, so i think the South west is feeling rather fed up with the high tides, storms n floods this winter. luckily, there was one afternoon where i walked home in the sun light, it didnt last long bt it was enough to lighten things.
    im hoping to start a new job with training in a few weeks, its all so daunting though and most of the time i feel a fish out of water...but im going with the flow... im loving your colourful home, wonderful makes~ brighten and lift my spirits no end xxxx

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  23. What a wonderful blog I have just discovered... you've brightened my day... your blanket is just gorgeous. It's hard for me to imagine the cold as it is the complete opposite here in Australia... where you are having storms and floods... we are experiencing bush fires and extreme temperatures... hang in there... warmer days are coming xx

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    1. I've almost forgotten what it's like to feel such heat! It's funny how different seasonal climates are always fun at first, but the novelty soon wears off and we long for something else! I hope the rain pours for you soon to refresh and replenish.x

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  24. Ohh Vanessa, I know the feeling.... Don't you find that it is always at school pick up and drop off times that rains the most??
    I can't wait to see the leaves on the trees and the flowers outside, the end of the floods and rain and more sunshine for everyone in the UK.
    My poor sewing machine hasn't been touched for a while but I do have plans, loads of plans and fabrics for the spring, when I finally finish my exams... I can see you loving these Japanese simple sewing books, have you come across them?
    I hope you get better soon, it's just a bit of wintery blues, isn't it?
    Pati x

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  25. Why is it that the worst of the weather is always on the school run? I'm desperate for buds and a hint of green! Gosh how nice would that be! x

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  26. I do know that feeling - all too well!! The wind won't be helping either (my Mum's theory, but it's true!). Enjoy pinteresting......your mojo will return. Just think of our endless heat and sunshine (I'll try to send some your way!!).

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  27. I know the feeling!! I live in the Netherlands, the weather is a bit better over here than with you. Thank god it's not that cold as it was last year!
    I sometimes am jealous at people who are not creative and don't feel the urge to make nice things. But on the other hand, I would be really feeling restless I think, all the time! And what a boring world it would be, don't you think?
    I really always like your stories and your beautiful pictures!
    How did you make your header that nice? I am a bit curious about it!

    Love Ellebel (ellebel5.blogspot.nl)

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