In the bleak mid-winter… there is some truth to that at the moment. It isn’t the best of times and for many it is the hardest. Personally it has been a difficult start to the year and I felt actual despair for a short time. I allowed my mind to slip to that place of hopelessness, always a dark place to be. So once again this space that I have created for myself has brought me a little peace.
Next in line…
This week I have a super selection of books to read. I have a cluster of four blog tours coming, starting on Thursday with Victoria Park by Gemma Reeves . They all look amazing so I’m looking forward to getting stuck in.
And then there is this…
Not so bookish…
One of my favourite Youtube channels at the moment is The Cottage Fairy. She lives in the most beautiful landscape in rural Washington State. I find her videos incredibly restful. The imagery is stunning and the quiet calming. You’ll also find her on instagram here.
Below is a link to her most recent video as I post this but there are plenty more on her channel.
During the last lockdown I rediscovered the joy of embroidery. It is something that I’m really enjoying and find it helps to calm a worried mind. I tend to have several project on the go. I’m currently working on two cross stitch patterns and an embroidery piece.
The plant hangers is a kit I received for my birthday last year. I find these kits a great way to master new stitches (currently leaf stitch). The second piece is a cross stitch kit I bought from Caterpillar Cross Stitch. It is the Hello Deer stitch-a-long and has a lovely wintery feel to it. The stitch-a-long itself has finished but the kit is still available to buy and complete at your own pace.
Sometimes I enjoy following the pattern of a cross stitch kit and at other times I like to be able to go a little free style with the embroidery pattern. Once my sewing has improved I may even design my own pieces completely.
Some new friends arrived in the post last week. Thank you so much to the publishers for sending them to me. I look forward to reading them both.
Everything Happens for a Reason by Katie Allen – published by Orenda Books (June 2021).
She Came To Stay by Eleni Kyriacou – published by Hodder & Stoughton (available now on ebook and paperback in February 2021)