#1.0 Does it spark joy?

Well there’s a question.

I’ve been seeing an awful lot on social media about a Netflix series by Marie Kondo ‘Tidying up with Marie Kondo’

The shows described as Author Marie Kondo offering tips on the art of keeping your home and workspace tidy and organized.

Now, I haven’t actually got round to watching this for a few reasons. Firstly, I love a good tidy & enjoy nothing more than getting rid of things that are cluttering up my house. I don’t think it’s a good idea to watch something that will encourage me to do it more.

Secondly, I want my marriage to work! My husband is a massive hoarder. It’s really quite frustrating how much ‘stuff’ he actually has. We’ve just moved house & it was so painful trying to get him to clear out any rubbish & organise what he wanted to keep. There were several arguments about it. All very frustrating but thankfully we got through it.

The last reason I don’t think it’s a good idea to watch is because I’m in my third trimester & ‘nesting’ will probably kick in soon. I don’t need further encouragement.

As much as I have these reasons not to watch it, I’m intrigued with the mindset behind the work Kondo does. One of the phrases I keep seeing is ‘does it spark joy?’

A valid question but not black & white. I can understand picking up things around my house like a lamp or maybe a dvd & asking this question. But do you think it can be applied to every day life?

I think it can to an extent. But I don’t think it’s that easy! Obviously you ask yourself does your relationship, your work etc spark joy, but if it doesn’t it’s not as simple as putting it in the bin.

Have you watched this Netflix series? Any successful stories of how you’ve used this mantra ‘does it spark joy?’ Let me know!

For now I’ll continue spending copious amounts of time watching Netflix and binge eating as that’s certainly sparking joy in my life until this baby arrives ☺️


#5 WIP Wednesday 25/3


Happy Wednesday crafty crafters! I hope you are all having a productive week 😊

Rather than posting ‘every day’ progress on my current projects, I’ll be posting once a week under ‘WIP Wednesday’ an update of what I’m working on… I’ve got this idea from magazines I follow on fb. (I wish i was witty enough to have made this theme up on my own). So, my thought process behind this is that in doing this it’s less likely to bore you guys & hopefully you’ll appreciate my progress more!!! of course if the mood strikes me I will certainly post some other updates especially if i’m moving between different projects πŸ™‚

Unfortunately I’ve been sick the last few days so haven’t been as productive as I would like. I found that i just could not focus on stitching when i wasn’t well & as you all probably appreciate I don’t want to get something wrong & then need to un-do all my hard work…There is nothing more demotivating! I did however sum up the courage yesterday to start my new wip I shared with you all in my last post.

It’ll be my first project that I’m completing in all one colour, so far it certainly makes a nice change. After a few hours on it yesterday I do think it’ll be something I work on little & often. I’m already tempted to put it down & start another small project on the side but for now I *WILL* resist the temptation & focus on this project for another week or so.

Below is a picture of my progress so far, I really love the ‘tye-dyed’ Aida!

On my last post you’ll be able to see what the final piece will look like. The chart is 4 pages which is always pretty daunting when you start off, but i do like a challenge… even if it does take me years to complete!

What are you currently working on??

P.s. I am currently working on updating my xstitchbee blog further with some details about myself as I realise it is fairly sparse at the moment… as they say Rome was not built in a day! i’ll keep you posted!