Monthly Archives: April 2013

New Year/Springtime Resolutions

I have felt inspired these last few weeks. You know, that bubbling feeling inside where you feel restless, excited and full of anticipation. I think it has something to do with spring finally arriving. I love spring. Spring and autumn are my favourite months. Nature fills me with hope, new beginnings and fresh starts.

So I’ve been thinking. Reflecting on these feelings.

Last year was about becoming more emotionally healthy. And still is. And will be for a while. But this year. This year I feel has a different beat. It is about becoming more physically and spiritually healthy.

In the back of my mind I have been contemplating running. The physical act of running. I am NOT a runner. I’m not sporty. I even hate the word pivot from traumatic netball days at school. In fact I tell a lie. I spent two summers in North Carolina at Lake Lure with an amazing “family” Camp Lurecrest. For a while I ran every other morning before the children woke which meant a 6am start. I loved it. The air. The space. The quiet. But that was over 10 years ago.

I’ve muttered to friends that to run sounds good.  I want a healthy body but I’m not a runner. However, deep down a yearning to run has awoken and I can’t shake it. So a few weeks ago I programmed Google maps to the nearest sport shop and I bought my 3rd ever pair of sporting trainers since being 17 years old. My last pair would have been 10 years old in May.

And I have run. Small. Little. Tiny runs. But runs nonetheless. And it has felt good. My body aches. And it feels good. My mind thinks about the next run. And it feels good.

Spiritually, I feel like I am stretching my limbs after coming out of a period of hibernation. A lot has been going on under this pile of crispy dry leaves. I have been grappling. I have been wrestling. I have been testing. I have sat in silence. It has been good. And now. Now I want more than I can get from under these leaves alone.

Pile of leaves

It feels good to have this fresh sense of desire to grow in different ways. Yahoo. Here I come 2013 (even though you are already 4 months old).

naomi x

Quilting & Ironing

Up to now I have been using a small IKEA ironing board. It did the job but was low to the ground and after many years had lost its padding so any ironing showed up grid marks.

Finally I found a TV table to convert into a new ironing board. It is perfect. Easy to store and it folds out at the same height as my sewing machine table.

I bought an ironing board cover and felt pad at my favourite Aldi supermarket.

Here’s a quick how to:

TV Table Ironing Table

TV Table IRoning Table cut

TV Table Ironing Table string

Ironing board cover & felt pad

and here is the end result:

TV Table Ironing Table 1

Excuse the loose threads which need trimming

TV Table Ironing table

In action:

TV Table Ironing Table Final

It has just make ironing that little bit more enjoyable.

naomi x

A Little Encouraging Bookworm Gift

My lovely cousin is completing her English Literature degree with two littlies and that’s no mean feat.

So by way of a little encouragement from afar we made her a treat to open and sent a little package

Bookworm Gift

Everyone needs something sweet to munch on when the going gets tough.

naomi x

100th Post = Bucket List

This is my 100th post since starting my blog at the end of October (I later added some posts retrospectively from a private blog). Wowzers! 100! That’s a lot of writing and photos.

My 3 most popular posts so far have been:

1. Dinosaur Applique T-Shirts

2. Hot Air Balloon Craft

3. Fairies? Sylvanians? Dollies? Elves?

I felt I should celebrate such a milestone. I was going to write 100 things I wanted to achieve however, it turns out that thinking of 100 things is harder that it seems. This will be an ongoing ‘bucket list’. Nothing too fancy. I’ve included some big things to get excited about but they are mainly achievable, realistic goals that will make me smile. So in no particular order:



1. Create my family tree

2. Have a dog as part of the family

3. Have a full body massage, facial, pedicure and manicure in one day

5. Make my own perfume scent

6. Spend one week sans any social media type technology i.e mobile, computer

7. Fly first class

8. Read 13 books in 2013

Activity/Sport Related


1. Not feel scared of physical exercise and to actually enjoy some form for an extended period of time where I feel I can say “I am a runner/swimmer/etc”

2. Run a marathon (okay maybe just a little one)

3. Watch a full game of American Football

4. Learn a dance confidently i.e salsa/tango etc etc



1. Know all my favourite verses by heart

2. Re-read the Bible in its entirety in one year

Sewing Clothes

TV Table Ironing Table Final

1. Sew a coat

2. Sew myself a garment (which I will actually wear)

3. Sew an entire matching outfit

4. Become confident at applique and rock at it!

5. Embroider something, a picture, a wall hanging etc.

Sewing General

1. Make seasonal cushion covers (Winter/Spring/Summer/Autumn)

2. Make a proper sofa cover


Patchwork Quilt Design

1. Make a patchwork quilt

2. Make myself and my minou a quilt



1. Knit an item of clothing (more than a hat or scarf) that I can wear

2. Knit a tea cosy (because how adorable is that?!)

Food/Baking/Yummy Things


1. Be able to bake a reliably good white loaf from scratch

2. Have a signature dessert

3.  Find my favourite bottle of red/white and rose

4. Eat frogs legs. I ate everything but this whilst living in France



1. Create a lovely garden space

2. Regularly grow my own vegetables



1. Go camping again

2. Visit Italy

3. Visit China

4. Have a holiday on a boat be it barge/sail/ship

5. Take my daughter on a nightwalk Mann style

6. Go on holiday where it is cold and snowy (something like this)

7. See the Northern Lights

8. Go on the Orient Express

9. Go to Poland

10. Go on a camper van holiday


To be continued…

Breakfast Smoothie

These are great for those mornings when you have to be out of the house before 8am with a littlie. A nutritious, healthy, quick, portable and filling breakfast – yumsville. They are similar to our Frozen Yogurt Smoothies but packed with a little extra oomph to keep you going.

Frozen Fruit Smoothie

Oats Smoothie

Banana Smoothie

Milled Linseed, Gojiberries, Sunflower & Pumpkinseeds Smoothie

Yogurt Smoothie

Milk Smoothie

Blender Smoothie


For a little extra pazzazz:

OJ Smoothie

Passion Fruit Smoothie

I keep my amazing blender on my work surface so it is always easy to grab and use because it is so compact it doesn’t get in the way. I love it.

have a yummy breakfast

naomi x