Saturday, 27 April 2013

Happiness continues...

It's been quite a busy fast-paced and hectic week for me. I have hardly had any time for my crafts. The after work gymming regime doesn't leave me much free time in the evenings and when I'm tired I don't I feel like staying up and creating. I'd rather go to bed and read myself to sleep :) I just have a feeling time is just flashing by! As if I was measuring time with passing weekends and weekend blog posts.
My happiness continues. Despite being tired, it's been a good week - I've got a couple of deliveries of craft goodies this week, won a fierce ebay bidding and today me and my bf went to the Cheshire countryside to participate in the annual meeting of the Society of Biology (bf belongs there)

The lecture for the gathered members was preceded by greeting with coffee / tea and followed by a tour round a local brewery (Spitting Feathers) and beer sampling...

 ... and finally followed by yummy rustic ploughman's lunch. We had an opportunity to eat some gorgeous local cheeses and chutneys. This is the very charm of the British countryside - rustic bakery, local foods, flavours and quality products.

We loved the two collie dogs - Kito and her "son" Porter which live on the farm and these two guys were playing around with each other non stop. No one could resist giving them a pat.

It was a great day! With the sun in the sky and little frolicking lambs on the hills, I feel so much happier. 

On the crafty side,  some sweet Panduro papers have finally arrived at my place, all the way from Swedish Malmo. I like Panduro products - they have that Scandinavian feel visible in the choice of colours and patterns. Their seasonal stuff is great too. Do check their website for the products and ideas.

When I saw those natural brown printed papers with the Scandi patterns - I fell in love with them this instant so I had to order them! They will make a great background for my future Christmas cards. Naturally I couldn't resist the cross stitch themed papers and stickers either. 

My another discovery - a good Polish online bookstore in the UK - - a great source of assorted Polish books. Now living in the UK doesn't have to stop me from accessing the Pl literature. I'm so glad about it. I was so chuffed I managed to find all these 3 books in one place. Been eyeing them for a while! Such a great treat to me :)

Very excited and anxious to read these books!

Still on the book frontline, I went to the WHSmith's book / stationery store in Broughton today and I was overcome by the choice of the crafty magazines that are currently on sale in Britain. What a choice! I'm losing my orientation. Seriously. In addition to those relatively new mags that have been on the market for a while but not too long like for eg. Craftseller, Mollie Makes, and Simply Homemade -  some more turned up - Homemaker, Handmade, Mollie Makes (Home edition), Making, The Crafts, The Paper... etc In recent months at least 3 or 4 news ones must have hit the shops. There is even more good news for me: a new cross stitch magazine has turned up too  - Cute Cross Stitch , Spring 2013:) Check their new facebook page for more info and blog updates. Yet another one to put into a shopping basket ;)

Well, I'll confess to you - I'm addicted to the crafty mags. I regularly buy all cross stitch mags and Mollie Makes (on subscription) and from time to time I treat myself to a card making or sewing or knitting mag. What about you? Do you buy them? Ho well do you use them for your projects? Do you collect them or pass them to somebody else? Tell me about it. I'd love to hear.

Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment. Hope you all have had a good weekend. x x 


  1. Glad you had such a great time in the countryside :)
    I buy more books than magazine, mostly about knitting and Nordic stuff. I saw some very nice items in Polish style in a magazine while ago, I think it was on Debbie Bliss fall-winter 2012. Do you use Polish patterns in your creations?

    1. Guess what - I also find myself buying more and more books about knitting - all sorts of knitting guides and also books about fair isle knitting and nordic knitting. all in the hope of mastering those awesome knitting techniques.think we all make a circle of similar interests :)

      What sort of Polish patterns do you mean? Folky patterns of paper cutouts perhaps? - I love these on my scrapbooking papers and stamps - there will be soon some folky "Polish" style cards as I've placed a couple of orders with Polish folklore themed stuff and hoping to sit down and make some :) really looking forward to it :)
      thank you for your comment x

  2. You have had a busy work! And love all the crafty supplies that you ordered. And oh...magazines are my weakness. I tend to get more home magazines than crafting magazines because the crafting ones are so expensive, but they make for wonderful treats. I love Artful Blogging and Somerset Home and Somerset Life. I get Victoria, Country Living and Early American Life (which is about old homes, sites and misc. historical things) on subscription.

    1. Thanks Heather x
      Don't we women all love them? So inspirational and beautiful in their presentation. It always makes me drool over the photos of gorgeous interiors :)
      I'm mostly craft-magazine oriented, if i was also buying magazines about home/garden, i'd surely be ruined lol
      I heard there are great cross stitch magazines in the usa - especially around seasonal holidays like xmas or halloween. mmmm.... if only i could raid an american kiosk!

  3. Good morning Martha,
    what a lovely post about british coutryside! I guess, the visit of the brewery and the bakery was fun and yummi ;O)
    I am looking forwards for our friends coming back from Singapore, then we will visit them in UK ;O)))
    I lovel the dogs and the new papers you got!
    Have a lovely new week,
    take care,
    big hugs to you,

    1. Hi Claudia,
      thanks for popping by.
      I hope you will enjoy your future trip to the uk. When are you coming over here? Surely, you will have to share some photos on your blog later! I'm looking forward to hear more about it x x


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