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Gingerbread House Day

December 12, 2017

Oh, how I love gingerbread and gingerbread houses and what’s more Christmassy than the warm spicy smell of a gingerbread house pervading your home?

Today is Gingerbread House Day when gingerbread lovers are encouraged to make and decorate their own gingerbread houses. Failing that you can buy a kit or an already decorated one in the shops. It doesn’t matter how you get your gingerbread house, just that you have fun making it, displaying it and eventually eating it. Yum. Enjoy.

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Pretend to be a Time Traveller Day

December 8, 2017

DCF 1.0

It’s the stuff of dreams (or nightmares): how would you like to be able to travel through time? Think of the things you would see and the people you could meet!

Okay so no-one can yet time travel, but that hasn’t stopped the Koala Wallop online community from setting up Pretend to be a Time Traveller Day. Started in 2007, the day was set up and its basic premise is for people to have fun pretending to be a time traveller, either from the past or future. Dress up, meet up with likeminded friends and have fun.

And here’s my favourite time traveller…

 

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Birthdays, lunches, reading, making…but no tinsel

December 5, 2017

I am not doing it. Not yet. No sir. There will be no baubles, tinsel or elves on this blog this week. They might appear next week, but this week is strictly Christmas free. It’s not that I am being bah humbug about this, but I like to leave Christmas decorating until nearer the big day. So you’ll not be finding Christmas decs up at my house just now…that’s a job for this weekend or maybe next week.

So how are you? Hope you’ve had a good week. I’ve been really busy over the last couple of weeks with social events galore. I have barely been in. Last month, there were five family birthdays and four practically family (but not blood or marriage related) birthdays (ie close friends) to celebrate, including my own and the boy’s. Most recently me and the kids were at an 18th party at my friend’s house. Her daughter, who is just lovely and I wish I could adopt her, turned 18 and there was a big family bash. It was a great night. I thoroughly enjoyed it although I partook of too much wine and suffered for it the next day. Happy birthday E…have a great party weekend with your friends this weekend.

I’ve also been lunching and that’s thrown my diet right out of the window so have decided to ditch it until after Christmas when, I hope, my new kitchen may be usable. Talking of that, the extension has been going on good guns: the roof is on, the windows in and they are doing the insulation as I write. Am so excited. It’s already looking amazing.

Other big news and DarkIsle is now available in a special 10th anniversary edition. So go and buy it now. If you know me personally I will be happy to sign it for you.

Also want to give a wee mention to my Uncle Ian who sadly died this month. He was a lovely man, an ex Glasgow policeman who was full of good humour and a brilliant mimic. He will be missed.

What else have I been up to? I’ve been knitting away for my new Etsy shop called CosyCosy Studio (link is here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CosyCosyStudio?ref=shop_sugg). I’ve only got a few things on there just now, but will be adding to it. Would appreciate genuine and helpful feedback on my products if you have the time.  At the moment, there are some hand knitted lap blankets and hand-made cards, but I have some scarves to add this weekend. Am just about to add the lining to them and then they will be ready. The first is a hand knitted yellow Alpaca lap blanket, the second a hand knitted green basket weave pattern blanket and the hand stamped and hand painted Three Kings Christmas card.

Books I have been reading over the last couple of weeks include Ruth Goodman’s How to Be a Tudor (am right into the Tudor era at  the moment) and Alexander Langland’s Craeft. Both of them you may know from the Tudor Farm, Wartime Farm etc programmes (which I love). Ruth, in particular, is a lively and interesting writing and I’ve read books of hers before. This is the first time I’ve read anything of Alex’s and I’m enjoying it too. Hers is about – surprise surprise – ordinary folk in the Tudor era and his is about lost crafts. Loving reading both.

If you are wondering about the photos used in this blog today, they were taken before 9am on various mornings over the past week except for the last one, which was an afternoon pick a few weeks ago. I love the autumn colours and the blue skies. If you look carefully at the pics you’ll see three wee dogs running around having fun. The pics were taken on our daily walks around the River Clyde area where we live. They love it, I love it. Even when it’s freezing cold, it’s great to get out into the fresh air and enjoy the views of the river.

Right I am going to finish up here and wish you adieu until next time!

Dawn xxx

My favourite pic from the last couple of weeks:

 

 

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November 30    My birthday, St Andrew’s Day and Stay Home Because You’re Well Day

November 30, 2017

As well as being my birthday and St Andrew’s Day (patron saint of Scotland), today is also Stay Home Because You’re Well Day.

Now I’m not advocating you phoning in “sick” to work and taking the day off, merely highlighting that today is the day it is.

Founded by Thomas and Ruth Roy, the point of this day is to take a moment to slow down and enjoy life. 

So if you’re up for it, take an annual leave day and stay home. Put your feet up, watch the telly or better still read a good book.

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November 23 Fibonacci Day

November 23, 2017

Today, which is also my friend Jane’s birthday (happy birthday Jane), commemorates the Fibonacci sequence and the man who brought it to the world’s attention in 1202…Leoardo of Pisa. He was the first to bring the sequence to the European world and raise awareness of its importance in the furthering of science. It first appeared in Indian mathematics and was connected with Sanskrit prosody.

To celebrate, study and research the sequence and where it appears in nature.

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November 17 Button Day (this day is dedicated to my friend Sharon who works with buttons)

November 17, 2017

Big and small, plastic and metal, ones with hols, ones with shanks. Buttons are everywhere and come in all shapes, sizes and colours.

Button Day was founded in 1938 as a celebration for all those who enjoy collecting and crafting with buttons (I am one of them, I love buttons).

To celebrate, start your collection. Snip them off old clothes and start a button box (or jar in my case). Reuse them in new projects.

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November 8 Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day

November 8, 2017

It does what it says on the tin…cook something bold and pungent today. What will yours be? A delicious curry? Something Mexican? Maybe Cabbage and fish? The choice is yours.

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