#Reblog – The Calming effects of sewing

Read this article & I had to share it! It’s amazing what crafting can do to soothe the soul & the mind!

I’ve enjoyed cross stitching for a number of years & find myself more inclined to reach for my needle & thread after a tough day at work, or even just at a time when I’m most anxious. The feel of concentrating on something that is your own & how it helps you switch off is amazing.

The Guardian- The Calming effects of sewing.

If you have a spare minute please take a read & share you’re thoughts in the comment

W is for Wednesday 30.1.19

I hope you have all been safe in the snow that’s made an appearance over the last day or so!

It’s that time of week again where I share with you what I’m currently up to this week!

Let’s dive straight in…

WHAT craft projects am I working on at the moment?

I’m still stitching the cute baby designs I got from Aldi a few weeks ago. I think you can now tell what it is I’m stitching a little bit more, so it doesn’t just look like a blob!! I’m not finding the stitching challenging but for once I think that’s a good thing as this one is helping me find my stitching groove again. What do you think? What are you currently stitching at the moment?

WHAT book(s) am I currently reading?

I’m still reading Times Convert by Deborah Harkness… shock! I’ve been reading it all month! The most annoying thing is, I am genuinely enjoying the book…I just can’t seem to keep my concentration in a place where I can read for more than 30 minutes at a time. I tend to read before bed as it helps me get myself settled but naturally it makes me sleepy! I really need to start dedicating some time during the week again to put the remote down & pick up my book!

So, I have about 100ish pages left & then I’m hoping to move into Eve of Man by Giovanna & Tom Fletcher which is for my book club. Have any of you read it before? I hear good things so I’m quite excited.

WHAT am I watching at the moment?

Currently on season 2 of Bones & enjoying it very much. I can’t believe how much I want Booth & Bones to get together! They have such good chemistry. I just want Cam to leave the series because in my eyes, she’s annoying & just getting in the way. I will say I very much enjoyed the appearance of Stephen Fry in the last few episodes! Who doesn’t love that man?!

I’ve also just finished watching The Conversations with a killer: the Ted Bundy tapes. You can see my post on it here.

I really enjoyed it to the point I went searching for other blog posts on it to check it wasn’t just me that liked it, plus read all the trivia I could find on google. (Seriously does anyone else do this after a great film or tv show?!) I’m hoping they’ll do some other good serial killers in this format in the near future.

I’ve been recommended to give Abducted at Plain Sight a go, so I reckon I’ll probably watch that this weekend coming.

If you’re a fan of Bones, serial killers etc & have watched these or have others you’d recommend then please let me know!

WHAT am I listening to at the moment?

Currently I have all audiobooks on hold in a bid to save money. That and since my husband passed his driving test I’m not really walking around as much. (Plus when I do walk I very much resemble a sloth waddling – attractive I know!)

I do love a good podcast though. I’m not very experienced in them but have found a few that I enjoy. Ones that I’m cycling at the moment are ‘Happy Mum, Happy Baby’ which is helping me mentally prepare for being a parent. (Always a bonus). Secondly I’m also dipping into a true crime podcast called Redhanded which is fab as well as random episodes of ‘Happy Place’. Again, good for giving a little perspective on things!

What do you guys listen to?

So that’s it! Please share your thoughts on the comments & let me know how your week is going 🙂

Have a good evening!

Kim xx

All 📸 courtesy of Pinterest. The cross stitch is my own!

Tale Away with me…

Last year I decided to get my act in gear & finally get round to starting my own book club. It’s one that is pretty much done online via Facebook alone due to where everyone is based. I called it ‘Tale away with me’… sadly I can’t take credit for the name, creative rights go to my husband!

During the year we read a variety of books & the aim was just to get people reading again, talking about it & maybe even dabble in a book or two you wouldn’t normally read!

📸 : Pinterest.

Books we read last year included:

He said/she said by Erin Kelly

Island of secrets by Patricia Wilson

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

The Outside by Stephen King

Paper Ghosts by Julia Heaberlin

Diary of a Haunting by M Verano

So as you can see, quite a variety! Have you read & enjoyed any of the books I’ve mentioned? Get involved in the comments & let me know!

So after October the book club just came to a halt with people not able to commit due to time/money/interest etc…

A little bit disappointing but I know it happens!

Anyway, it’s a new year & I feel like whether it’s a good time for me personally that it would be great to get it up & running.

The way I work it at the moment is to pick 4 books a month (all different genres) and ask the group to vote. On the back of this the book with the most votes is our book for the following month. When the time comes to start sharing our thoughts on the book we head to the event page (to try & prevent spoilers for those that haven’t quite finished) and have a quick chat about it!

Despite all the best intentions in the world, I’m struggling to get people engaged in this bit, and surely other than reading the book this is meant to be the icing on the cake so to speak!?

For those of you in a book club or that run one, do you have any advice on how to get people more engaged? Sometimes I’ll post questions to initiate parts of the conversation, other times I’ll leave it open for them to lead with their review of the book & branch from there… what do you find works for you in your opinion?

Any help is much appreciated! I love reading and really part of that love is chatting with someone afterwards about the book & reaping the rewards of finishing it!

If you’ve stuck with the post this far, thank you ☺️ we’ve completed our first vote for 2019 & the group have voted to read Eve of Man by Giovanna & Tom Fletcher. (One I’m really excited to read)

If you would like to join in, you can find the group on fb or Instagram & request to be part of the group!

I hope you’re all having a great start to your week!

Kim xxx

#7.0 TBT Cross Stitch

I’m using Thursdays throwback this week as an opportunity to showcase some of my old cross stitch projects I’ve completed over the last few years. Here are just a few of them…

bring on some stitchy motivation!!

Most of these are pieces I completed & gifted to other people (my fave thing to do with finished xstitch)

If you would like any more details about the designs used just comment below & I’ll do my best to dig out the original post!

#6.0 WIP Wednesday

Hi all!

I’m bringing back ‘Work in Progress’ Wednesday with a twist. Previously I’ve always posted about cross stitch projects, but this time I want to broaden the theme a little. I want to include all things I love & provide you with a midweek update on all the good things in life! The great thing about this is that the stuff I post about can change depending on what I’m up to.

The core themes I’m hoping to cover is books, tv, cross stitch & pregnancy. (Soon to be baby)

So let’s start…

What craft projects are you working on at the moment?

I’m stitching a small cross stitch pattern ready for babies room when it’s ready.

I’ve not done too much stitching since Saturday but hoping to pick it back up over the next few days!

(I’ve not got an up to date picture, so watch this space. I’m sure I’ll post one soon)

What book(s) are you currently reading?

I’m still reading ‘Times Convert’ by Deborah Harkness & on my kindle for nights when I can’t sleep I’m dipping in & out of a book called ‘A good heart is hard to find’ by Trisha Ashley. I’m only a chapter or so in but it seems like a nice easy read. I’ve read other books by the same authors before so they shouldn’t let me down.

I’ve only added one book to my reading challenge this year so far 😕

I honestly feel like I’ve lost my reading mojo at the moment which is really frustrating! If anyone has any tips on how to get back on the track please let me know!

What are you watching right now?

Bones! I’m almost done with the first season. Enjoying it very much & not finding it too much hard work. There are 12 season on amazon prime so I’ve got plenty to keep me going! No doubt I’ll want something like this for when I start my maternity leave.

What’s posts do you have in the pipeline?

I’m in the process of putting together a post about What I have learnt during my pregnancy so far & general tips to support those starting that journey. I’m thinking it’ll be a nice post to look back on in a year when baby is here!

I also really want to establish a few posting themes to get into a routine with my posts. At the moment I’m just posting as & when I feel like it but I wouldn’t mind creating a little structure & consistency. Again, if you have any hints/tips etc then please share them in the comments.

Pregnancy progress

Not really a question but a massive part of my life. I can’t really not post about it can I?! In future I might share what I’ve learnt in the last week about pregnancy or parenting when he’s here! But for now you get a nice update on me & my jellybean.

So, I’m doing ok. I’m 33 weeks & 2 days with 4 weeks left in work. Feeling fine in myself, just getting a little more tired now which is making keeping the house tidy on-top of work & maintaining my hobbies a little difficult. Baby is nice & active which is reassuring. I have a midwife check up on Friday…Just keeping an eye on his growth as he’s a little on the big side. Got myself a little chubby cheeks growing but I’m sure he’s fine.,

So that’s it! There’s my first WIP Wednesday! How’s your week going? What are you currently reading, watching or working on? I’d love to hear.

Have a good evening!

Kim xx

📸 All photos used courtesy of Pinterest 📸

#3.0 Afternoon tea, baby clothes & books

Evening all!

I probably should find a more social time to post other than after 10pm, but it seems to be the only time I can get round to posting.

Tonight’s just a quick post about today’s comings & goings. Today has been a productive & happy day ☺️ I hope you can all say the same on what was a pretty miserable Saturday.

This morning my husband put the first layer of paint in our bedroom & I unpacked a few boxes which is something to tick off the to-do list for this weekend. I also managed a little light reading of my Hypnobirthing book.

Then this afternoon we went for a drive to meet up for a friends 30th birthday. Afternoon tea in Clitheroe. It was really good! I’m still full from it now ☺️

On the way back from afternoon tea we stopped in the Trafford Centre to get a few bits & stretch my legs. I’ve found since luke passed his driving test in October that I barely walk at all anymore! That & with my cankles I really struggle so I’m trying to make every effort to be as mobile as possible. I definitely felt it after our walk round the TC. Lower back pain sucks!

Anyhow, whilst we were out I got a few items in prep for baby – disposable underwear, bottoms up spray, nappy rash cream…I also got this ADORABLE outfit which I’ve decided is going to be his ‘coming home’ outfit 😍😍😍

Isn’t it too cute?! I’m so in love with it!!

As a treat I also stopped off in Waterstones (I can never resist!) and picked up a few books for the to read pile. I’ll share a list of them in the next few days.

Finally, tonight when I’ve got in I’ve just chilled with a film ‘Unknown’ and my cross stitch.

Not a bad day all round really! Oh, I also fired off a few posts on my book club page about reading challenges for this year & voting for books to read in Feb. I’ll post more on that later!

I hope you’ve all had a good day & most the most of it.

Sleep well & bring on Sunday 🌟 xxx

#2.0 Getting back on it

Hi all! Happy Friday! I hope you’re all looking forward to a relaxing weekend!

This weekend I’ve got a few plans, afternoon tea tomorrow for a friends birthday & a hospital tour on Sunday morning. Tonight I’m home alone for a few hours.

Without any hesitation my plan for tonight was to binge Netflix & possibly get my xstitch on.

Firstly, to select my viewing. For a change I loaded amazon prime & spotted that Bones is available to watch!! I’ve always wanted to watch it so I’m pretty pleased with that.

So my Friday night has so far been taken up watching 4-5 episodes of Bones. I quite like the main characters & I’m enjoying reminiscing about my teenage crush on David Boreanaz. *swoon*

Ive also been able to muster some energy to pick up some cross stitching again! (Yay) it’s probably been about a year since I’ve done some solid stitching so feeling pretty smug. I took a picture to show off & realised it looks like I’ve barely done anything! 😳

What do you think I’m stitching at the moment? This is approx 5 hours in. Post in the comments what you’re guessing this is?

I can tell it’s been a while since I’ve stitched because my hands are stiff & my progress slow! (That & I already have fat preggo hands)

UPDATED: What I want to get done this weekend 💪🏻

  • Progress with my one & only active cross stitch project
  • Read more of my book (Times of Convert by Deborah Harkness) I’m currently on page 245. Ideally I want to reach pg350 by Sunday night
  • Attend afternoon tea (Saturday)
  • Attend hospital tour (Sunday)
  • Get my nails done (Sunday)
  • Reading & practice more of my hypnobirthing book
  • Unpack at least one more box (Front room or bedroom- I’m not picky!)
  • Fit some rest in there somewhere?!

That’s probably more than enough for a 2 day weekend. That & I tire so much more easily at the moment.

What do you want to achieve this weekend? Are you a stitcher, if so, what are you working on at the moment?

I hope you all have a happy & productive weekend.

Thanks for reading. Kim xx

#45 Might be worth resetting to a big fat zero!

So apparently my thing now is to post on my blog once a year. Looks like the last time I posted was in March 2018. Such a shame I didn’t post again after I made so much effort with my last post haha

Seems fitting that I start up again in January 2019. New year, new me & all that!

Over the last few years I’ve been back & forth with what I want to blog about. I mean I’m such an interesting person, I just don’t know where to start…

Previously I’ve posted about books & reviews I’ve done, cross stitch projects & most recently I dabbled in posting about pregnancy. But that one fell short after one post. Anyway, safe to say I’m in indecisive person. I’m also very sensible as I thought the best time to start up my blogging again would be 11pm on a Wednesday night. Like I have anything better to do?

So here’s a few things I wanted to get down on *paper* so to speak. I can then elaborate later…

In no particular order…

    I’m 32 weeks pregnant & due to have my first baby boy in March 2019
    Pregnancy itself has been ok so far, got off to a rocky start but I seem to be coping ok. I’ve got a great husband I can always rely on google to answer any worries I might have
    I’m in a creative slump. I so badly want to read & cross stitch more but just haven’t been able to get myself focused. As I say I dabble, I started a book club last year but that’s on pause, I’ve not written a book review in god knows how long let alone finish a book in a decent amount of time
    I spend far too much time on Netflix or browsing my phone when I should be unpacking the last few boxes in our new house we’ve just purchased or doing some sort of prep for this baby!
    I want to keep a journal, but keep failing at this. (See the last two points)

There’s a lot of wanting going on & not enough doing. So here’s hoping I can use this wonderful blog as my sounding board for all of the above. Who needs to pick one when you can have it all?!

Anyway, that’s me done rambling for the evening. See you all in 12 months! 😉

In all seriousness, feel free to drop me a comment & say Hi. let me know what blog tastic stuff you’ve been posting recently!

Kim xx

#43 Frost the Centaurus (1)

Good evening & Happy New Year!

I hope you are all well & have recovered nicely from Christmas & New Year. It’s all back to work now.

Thankfully I was in work apart from the Bank Holidays so it made going back to work on Monday a little easier. I am in this weekend as well so there is no rest for the wicked!

As of January 1st I started stitching my ‘Magical creature’s’ Stitch a-long (SAL) for 2016. You can see the chart here.

So this month I’m stitching ‘Frost the Centaurus’ for January.

“A Centaur or Hippocentauris is a mythological creature with the head, arms & torso of a human & the body & legs of a house. In S. Lewis popular ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’, Centaurs are gifted at stargazing, prophecy, healing, and warfare, a fierce & valiant race always faithful to the high king Aslan the Lion”

Centaurs honestly just remind me of Harry Potter… So I’ve renamed my Centaur Bane. I’m thinking Firenze is likely to be taken!

So here is my progress so far, I’m not yet finished!


I love the colour of my fabric I’m using. It’s using hand dyed even-weave from Chromatic Alchemy. Click on the name to have a look at the website. I love the fabrics on this site & would recommend using it if you are looking for something different 🙂 sadly I cannot remember the name of the fabric I picked.

I’m really enjoying stitching this, however it is deceptively bigger than you think! I’m hoping to have this box finished by the end of the week.

I’m trying to be quite strict with my projects that I’m stitching at the moment as I’m aiming to increase the number of unfinished projects I have! Right now I’m wanting to finish my magical creatures SAL first & then I’ll move onto January’s Frosted Pumpkin Passport SAL. which is ready to download on 15th! Once I’m done with that it might be time to switch back to magical creatures, although saying that by that time I’m hoping it’ll be time to finish off an UFP I have like the baby sampler from my last post or the subversive stitch I also started & am yet to finish! (See post #42).

I haven’t set myself any goals this year as it’s a big year with my wedding being in December 🙂 I am however hoping to finish some unfinished projects & a few cards as usual. I was hoping to add an element of Cross stitch to my wedding but I’m not sure what to do yet. Everything seems like a massive task that I would struggle to finish. Any suggestions? Have you added Cross Stitch to your wedding before?

Are any of you taking part in any SALS this year?

Have a great stitchy weekend!

Kim xx