Monday, 18 January 2010

Things to smile about in January

Hello all!

Phew, thank goodness we can see grass and trees, the roads are finally clear and at 7 degrees it feels positively balmy! I never thought I'd hear myself say that. We went for a walk yesterday and you could (if you tried hard) think that Spring was round the corner. The birds were singing and the sun was shining. It didn't get much better.

I always try and stay positive during January, despite it not being at all a favourite month of mine. I have used the last few days to stop and look at the things which are making me smile and feel good.

These little lanterns came from the Laura Ashley sale and it was one of those purchases I thought I shouldn't have made, but now they are hanging on the fireplace, I'm really quite pleased.

Finished projects - I love completing things - something I don't get a chance to do. Intention is there but other events normally dictate. Having had the same cushion on the same green chair for years, I thought it could do with a change. Being into my patchwork and quilting at the moment, I seized the opportunity and made a new floral cushion. It's not perfect, but I'm more than happy.

Tesco came up top trumps with these plates - very Emma Bridgewater - I snapped up the last 4 which were reduced to £2. I love a bargain.

Last, but by no means least - my copy of Country Living which arrived last week, but I'll save that for a quiet time (hopefully!).

What makes you feel good during dreary January?


Isobel said...

Although I am not happy with the fact that I hd to stay indoors for more than I would like to, what made me happy was that, as being indoors, I could make time to make our new house more like home. And the feel is incredible. :)
Love your quilted cushion!

Tabiboo said...

I was looking at those lanterns at the weekend - they do look lovely.

Still have my CL to read and am waiting for a quiet moment - I may have to wait some time!!

Have a lovely week,

Nina x

KC'sCourt! said...

They are nice those plates, I wished I had bought some when I saw them!

Mummy Boo Bear said...

Lovely lanterns and pretty plates too!

Loving your patchwork cushion, they are fun to make arent they.

I brought myself some flowers today and they are making me smile!

Have a good week.


Florence and Mary said...

I love the lanterns!

I've been cosying up with my copy of Country Living this weekend

Victoria xx

Pink Feather Paradise said...

I love your lanterns... I am trying ot get more decorative lighting around my house too!

The cushion is perfect... you shouldn't put your skills down... it looks lovely in that chair... and during January I have been cheering myself up with bulbs and flowers around the house...

x Alex

bellaboo said...

The cushion looks pretty perfect to me!I buy flowers to cheer myself up,(or chocolates...tut,tut...)some tulips today,and go for a walk with Bella..she races around and looks so happy with life...I can't feel down for too long.


Knitty, Vintage and Rosy said...

Oh the cushion is ever so lovely. Brilliant job.


Andi's English Attic said...

I'm off to Tesco in the hope my local one hasn't sold out of those FAB plates. Thanks for telling us. xx

Petit Filoux said...

Sunshine coming through after all that snow - and being allowed to cook stews and roasts because it's the right time of year! So no guilt here ;-)

LittleGem said...

Gorgeous cushion, very pretty indeed! And those plates are a bargain too x