January’s Simple Pleasures + Other Highlights

Country cottage inspired bouquet

It was beautiful in Chepstow today. The morning started out grey, but by midday it was breezy and bright and the earthy smell of spring was in the air.

The local florist shop smelled heavenly of lilacs when I stepped inside. You could call today’s bouquet a treat for having kept to my 2013 goals so far, but honestly I just thought they were too beautiful to miss. (Insert naughty self-satisfied giggle here.)

Whenever I see creamy pink roses I dream of bringing them home to a magazine-esque country cottage filled with vintage floral prints and the smells of home-made bread and wild flowers.

… We can all dream, right? ;)

My Project 365 is so far a success. I’ve taken just over 700 photos. That’s more than I took in the entire year of 2012.

Don’t worry! I’m not going to share all 700, just some highlights:

 This month has been all about enjoying simple pleasures:

    • Spreading butter over oven-fresh bread.
    • Petting our new cat.
    • Keeping fresh flowers in the house.
    • The abundance of yellow everywhere I go.
    • Silky yarn slipping through my fingers.
    • Comforting cold-weather foods.

It’s been a steady start for Crafting Fingers, too. It’s been so much fun connecting to other crafters through Twitter and their blogs.

Be sure not to miss January’s DIY projects:

My learn-a-craft-a-month project is giving me some unexpected insights into the world of crafting, and I’m enjoying it more than I thought I would. (Which says a lot.) I’ve finished a couple little crochet projects this month, and I even added a king-sized crochet afghan to my life list. Why in the world didn’t I learn to crochet sooner?!

Stay tuned tomorrow for news of February’s craft-of-the-month!

Lots of love,


What have you been working on this month?
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