Oh, I’m sorry! I dropped off the radar again. It’s all been a bit of a muddle here over the past weeks. I dived into Monty Don mode with the arrival of the wonderful greenhouse, and then the builders arrived.
We are having an extension built. A lot of my front garden has been scooped up and taken away, and in it’s place cement has been poured, and there are walls growing. We haven’t even got to the place where the existing walls come down…
eeeek! *repeat to self ‘it will be lovely when it done, it will be lovely when it’s done…*
It flung me into a bit of a mental block and I’ve been finding it REALLY hard to pick up my blogging reins again. However, I’ve given myself a virtual ‘boot up the bum’…….and here I am!
I have no excuse really because last month I had a wonderful day at Blogtacular listening to and learning from some really inspirational speakers. People like life coach Natalie Lue, the writer Greta Solomon, the blogger, broadcaster and author Emma Gannon, and Catherine Dean, Editor of Mollie Makes. And these are just the ones I got to see! Add in the chance to meet up with lots of like minded people and eat delicious food and it was a really inspiring day. I will certainly be looking to go again next year if I can, who knows, I might meet some of you there!
(If you look very closely you’ll see me, marked with an arrow and under a white balloon! So I must get my act together now I’ve dived back in. In the meantime, there is one lucky winner of the Mollie Makes Comic Relief Magazine, P Collingwood. Congratulations!
I really will be back very soon, promise! See you then…x
Hello, my lovelies! I hope you’ve had a wonderful Easter break and didn’t eat too much chocolate. We did…I feel a spot of dieting w?ill be in order after our hols.
As my iPad is on hand, and the Wifi isn’t too bad, I’m writing my latest post in sunny Wales and share some of my holiday snaps. It’s so beautiful here. This is the view from the conservatory of the cottage we are staying in.With the door open, all you can hear is the sound of birdsong, interspersed with chickens, the cockerel, geese and ducks and occasionally, Dylan the sheepdog. Over the hill there are sheep……and lambs! I’m afraid I’m just a bit soppy about lambs but I don’t think Higgins would be too impressed if I took one home.The hills been rather a strain on my poor flatlander legs but we’ve found some beautiful places to walk and my head is filled with the colours of Spring. This time of year there are so so many shades of green as the new leaves start to open, and Wales is particularly blessed with spring flowers. The fields are golden with the bees’ favourite, dandelions and the woods are carpeted with bluebells. I’ve never seen so many wood anenomes which spring up along the roadside… …and the gardens are full of blossom.Having decided that my latest crochet project was too big to bring, it was absolutely necessary for me to find a yarn shop (or two) for supplies to keep me busy in the evenings. So, I started with some super chunky and a pair of e-NOR-mous needles which was super fast to knit…Which meant an expedition to find another wool shop (I have a long suffering husband!) Abergavenny came up trumps with The Wool Croft, and an irresistible half price offer on this gorgeous Louisa Harding wool/silk blend…There are so many different hues in this yarn, every row has a different flavour!
I’ll be home next week, feeling refreshed and full of ideas so I’m looking forward to being back here with you.
Hello, lovelies…have you wondering where I’ve been hiding? I have to confess to disappearing down the rabbit hole, and longer I was down there, the harder it became to climb out!
But April is here, the sun is shining and I can see things more clearly now.
I’ve had to come to terms with the fact that Brexit has done for Planet Penny and the cotton yarns. The supplier is in Europe, and between the fall in the pound and the prospect of customs and duties the knock on effect to my prices is just not viable. I need to find another direction, and that what I’m working on right now.
In the meantime, the stock I have remaining is still available in the Etsy shop. When the Rainbow, Ice Cream and Pastel packs have gone I will create some one off collections with what is left .
Planet Penny Cotton – Rainbow
Planet Penny Cotton – Icecream
Planet Penny Cotton – Pastel
So if you would like the chance to purchase one of the last ever packs of Planet Penny Cotton, be quick, there aren’t many left!
In the meantime I am going back to my eclectic creative roots here on Planet Penny to see what happens next, I hope you’ll join me. In the meantime, there’s always Higgins!
See you soon….x
Such an age since I was last here, but for various reasons November became a little manic. But December is here and I wanted to say hi and a thank you for all your visits and support. Planet Penny has just gone over one million views, which is HUGE!
Here in Norfolk we have been enjoying the most beautiful late Autumn weather. Bright skies and frost, and fabulous colours.
And it’s encouraging to realize that after the 21st of this month, the days start getting longer again!
I thought it would be nice to start the first day of December with something cheerful from the Make Today Happy blog, the Act of Kindness Advent Calendar. Hop on over and find out what you can do to make people happy this month. The world needs this more than ever at the moment!
I’ll be back soon with some more December cheerfulness…x
The start of the September Term… (Higgins…who chewed my pencil case?)
That September term feeling. It never goes away really. By the time you’ve done umpteen years at school yourself, and then however many with children buying shoes and sewing on name tapes then it’s sort of ingrained in one’s psyche. (I DO need a new pencil case!)
So it’s a good time to start something new and inspiring, to make something happen.
To that end I have signed up to the Business Bakery’s 100 Day Goal which started on 1st September. If you’ve not heard of it, the 100 day Goal is a fantastic way of giving procrastinators like me some much needed oomph and focus instead of just drifting along. I’ve been adrift for sometime!
So, my goal is to give Planet Penny a bit of spit and polish, and possibly a sprinkle of glitter. I’ve been blogging since 2007, definitely time for a spring clean. You might find my 100 days of actions just a teensy bit tedious if I list them, but I hope as the weeks go by you will notice some differences, and spot a few sparkles! And of course, any feedback will be gratefully received.
Do you get that September term feeling? It’s much easier to make new plans at this time of year whilst you’re still shaking sand out of your shoes. Not during the dank days of January when you are trying to eat the remains of the Christmas cake and left over toffees in the Quality Street tin! (or maybe that’s just me!)
See you soon…x