Cross Stitch Semi Happy Dance

I have another cross stitch update for you and after months and months (and a mini hiatus to work on a different project) I have reached the end of all the white stitching on my Christmas project!

Here’s where I was last time:

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I finished the lettering and the borders. That was the top of the piece so I have unfurled the fabric and you can see the whole thing now:

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The Move – Goodbye Guernsey

The move has crept up on me. I can’t believe we’ve lived in Guernsey for three years. It feels like it wasn’t long ago that my parents made the decision to move here temporarily and now we’re leaving. The first photo we took when we moved into our flat here:

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I’ve loved my time here even though I have rarely left the flat! It’s been a lovely change and I’ve enjoyed being able to go outside easily, have bbqs and the meals out that I’ve had with family. Having a restaurant less than two minute wheelchair ride away had been awesome. My health has improved too, being able to do little things easily has made a huge difference. It’s going to be a massive change going back to living upstairs in our old house. But I do hope that I might manage to make it down the stairs once or twice a month. Maybe. Continue reading

Book Series I want to read in the future (Book Series #5)

This is the final post in my planned book series lists. I’ve done book series I loved but DNF’d, book series I’ve started and will keep reading, book series where I’m waiting for the next book to be released, and book series where I’ve bought the first book but not read it yet (there were a lot of those!). But time for books I wasn’t to read in the future.

That means series where I haven’t read or bought any books in the series and at least the first book has already been published (and the second book has at least been announced). That might seem like a lot of rules but I still have plenty of series to add to this list!

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Looking back through my goodreads want-to-read shelf to compile this list has made me remember some amazing books I added ages ago but now really want to read all over again (thanks past me). So this list got a bit longer than planned! I haven’t added every series that I have interest in reading just the ones I really want to read the most otherwise we’d be here till Christmas.

I managed to shortlist 11.

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The Five Year Shawl

I’m moving next month back to London after our three year temporary move to Guernsey. Which means I’ve started looking through and deciding on all the things to pack and what to throw away. Obviously, I started with my yarn stash (because that’s the most important thing, right?)

Looking through my stash was a little bit of a wake up call. There were quite a few balls I just wouldn’t use anymore as they were Aran weight or thicker which I think is too thick for most crochet projects personally and I can’t knit anymore. So they were mostly easy to get rid of (although I still have my expensive green rowan yarn I shared with you a couple weeks ago). That cut my stash in half (to be fair the last couple of years I have been trying to use up my stash rather than buy new yarn so there wasn’t that much)

But then I came across a few projects that I hadn’t finished. Projects which I’d taken with me three years ago last time we moved and hadn’t touched since! Ooops! So my new goal was to get them finished before the move.

Now there were only really two projects: A small blanket which, if all goes to plan, I will share with you soon. And a shawl (there was also an amigurumi dragon in parts but I don’t see me completing that)

So this shawl, I started it in 2013. Five years ago. Luckily for me I used ravelry to track it so it was easy to find the pattern and I had left myself notes on where I’d got up to. According to my notes I went back and did a few rows after I first moved here in 2016 but it’s sat on my shelf, within easy reach, and untouched since. Continue reading

Book series I bought and haven’t read yet (Book series #4)

It’s time for another look at the book series. I’ve talked about book series I loved but DNF’d, book series I’ve started and will keep reading, and book series where I’m waiting for the next book to be released.

There’s just so many series out there but I’m almost there. This is my penultimate book series post (for now, but if you have any more suggestions for book series posts then let me know in the comments!). Next time I’ll be talking about book series that I haven’t bought yet but this time I’m looking at series I really want to read where I’ve already bought the first book but haven’t got around to reading yet. Unfortunately there’s quite a few!

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These are all books I have on my kindle, most of which I bought in sales because I knew I wanted to read them but being a mood reader I haven’t actually done it yet. The books on my kindle are piling up but I’m sticking to my book buying ban. It’s been 1 month and I haven’t bought any. Go me! The whole point of the ban was too be able to read the books I already have so hopefully I’ll get to some of these soon. Let me know which ones you recommend most.  Continue reading

Cross Stitch Progress

Cross stitch update time as part of the stitchalong where we all post what progress we’ve managed on the projects we choose to work on.

I’ve got a lot done in the three weeks since my last update.

Here’s where I was last time:
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I managed to get that last bauble finished and then moved up to the last section at the top. I don’t have a photo of the finished bauble as I had to fold the fabric up but I’m sure you’re imagination can fill it in. But here’s the top section and where I got up to: Continue reading

Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag

We are half way through the year, I just want to take a moment to say….HOW!?! I apologies for all the comments I’ve left on everyone else’s posts that just amounted to me saying that. But seriously, how did we get here already?

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Anyway, as you may have guessed by now, it’s time to share some mid year reading progress with you and answer a few bookish questions.

Reading stats:

Read: 31
midyearStar rating:

5* – 8
4* – 13
3* – 9
2* – 1
Average rating: 3.8

 

I’ve read more 3 star books than I would have liked but I’ve also read some amazing books so far this year too. I’m not sure if I’m getting better at giving books 5 stars or if I’m simply getting better at picking books I will love because the last two years has definitely seen a big jump in 5 star books for me. (I used to only give 4 or 5 a year)

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