Friday 26 January 2024

✨πŸŒžπŸ’›Friday's favourites✨πŸŒžπŸ’›


Well, it's rather late to start wishing new year wishes, but I will... I hope January has started well for you all here in blogland.

Thank you kindly for your encouraging comments as always. I'm glad blogs are still something people like to look through & read. I find blogs cosy and comforting and the joy of the simple pleasures mainly. So on that note I thought I'd start with 'Friday's favourites'... Little joys of January mainly. In true British style I start with the weather! 😎 Oh hasn't it been a sunny month. Yes OK the odd bursts of rain, but such lovely sun beams too... Some have been rather frosty but bright blue sky! Today I took my mum on a local railway viaduct walk, through hilly fields and country lanes mainly to show her the snowdrops... We stopped for a lovely picnic in the sunshine. Such a lovely, Friday favourite thing to do. ☺️✨🌞✨πŸ’›

✨✨⭐πŸ’›Another favourite is the skies lately, wonderful cloud formations and sun sets, Pink skies and low Winter sunshine. We walked miles one day, I was feeling proud with my step countπŸ‘πŸ˜‰just over 23,000 steps. I want to walk alot more this year. 
✨πŸ’›πŸŒž✨πŸ’›✨Also enjoying cosy comforts like snuggles on the sofa with granny blankets, good read and hot chocs... 
✨πŸ’›πŸŒžπŸ’›✨⭐ My favourite movies this month have been 'Mrs Harris goes to Paris', 'julia julia', 'out of Africa' (seen this film so many times but always enjoy it) and 'Miss Potter' (another favourite). Stevie loves his stand up comedians so often watch them too. He's definitely more into Sci fi, action films that usually when I nod off on the sofa and he has to keep waking me up hehe. Does your partner do that to you?... 
✨✨⭐✨πŸ’›Another favourite thing to do this month is watch the river, I live right by the River tavy, well a few minutes walk away... It's actually part of my walk routine. I love to follow the river up and along to the park. Even on wet days. The eb and flow helps my well being, so much bird life, wildlife, changes weekly and new wild flower shoots bring comforting thoughts of Spring. The river takes the weight of rains on Dartmoor and sometimes it's mood dramatically changes... I love those stormy swirling, gushing, aggressive river days, so powerful and the noise. So impressive. 
✨⭐✨πŸ’›✨🌱⭐🌱Another favourite Winter cheer is our National Trust memberships. We do get so much out of our membership as the parking is free and the walks are wonderful especially during winter time when the historic houses are closed until Spring. We went to Saltram and enjoyed the fairy houses lining our walk. The mass of hellebores & snowdrops were beautiful too. Despite feeling frozen that weekend as temperatures dropped dramatically. We literally power walked to keep warm. The stables hold a second hand bookshop it's so well priced. I love looking for vintage books and second hand magazines. I must remember to take some of my books to donate. 
πŸ’›✨⭐🌱🧚‍♂️🌱✨⭐Another favourite thing to do is paint & work in my junk journals.... I've loved working more with collage pieces and acrylic paints. I'm enjoying 50s pastel shades and working on larger canvas boards. Anyway that's just a small collection of Friday's favourites... I have found over recent years to take January gently, no big life plans or resolutions just one step at a time... And enjoy those simple pleasures.
x    K a z z y    x  edit: I will be adding Spring, Easter junk journal ephemera prints to etsy soon 

Sunday 31 December 2023

✨πŸŒŸπŸŽ„πŸ‘Dec 2023✨⭐


I cannot believe it's almost New year. 

I thought while I had a moment before the celebrations begin later I'd start a catch up post. And a little reflection on the year that's been. Firstly, I must say thank you to You for joining me here it means so much I know blogging seems old fashioned and slightly ignored these days so if you do still follow it really does mean something to me. I've kept blogging through this year but at times I've questioned is it really worth it any more?.but some how I still feel it's worth doing even if just for me, a sort of monthly record of little joys through each year. So I plod on... Life has felt quite a struggle for me this year, so  many things have hit my mental health badly & although I keep things positive here on my blog it's not always been so rosey behind the scenes. So many challenges, changes, day to day struggles... And on top of that the horrific & upsetting News around the world has taken its toll on me.  But, December spent with close family really helped me. Stevie & sophs have been my rocks, my joy, my strength, my everything! ✨🌟❤️😊 I'm so lucky to have them both. And that's what Christmas to me is about after all. Spending quality time together. My birthday really was extra special... 

✨🌟✨πŸŽ„πŸ‘❤️ ✨⭐🌟✨ We've enjoyed family trips making use of our National Trust memberships to Buckland Abbey, The frost Christmas & the Magical barn lit up with Christmas trees & a medieval market.

🌟🏑❤️πŸŽ„✨🌟Also up on the misty Mizzle Moorlands of Dartmoor... Walking side by side with the ponies.  We've also had trips to Totnes. I really enjoy the festive atmosphere & shop window displays, musicians, artisan, food market and vintage goods.
✨✨πŸŒŸπŸŽ„❤️✨⭐ Also, during December is the Dickensian evening in my market town & the Christmas tree festival in my local church... It's a magical night... Handmade lanterns light the sky on a parade & the market square has live bands, carol service & funfair and locals dress up... My mum even morris dances with her group. Roasted chestnuts fill the air and stalls selling Christmas puddings, gifts and mistletoe. 
✨πŸŒŸπŸŽ„⭐✨✨🌟 Birthdays have been celebrated this December... And I've dressed the home for Christmas... I do enjoy getting out the box's of Christmas decorations... It's a shame to have to take it all down again, but I like a fresh start on New year's day... But here are some highlights of our cottage at Christmas ✨πŸŒŸπŸ€ΆπŸŽ…πŸŽ„πŸŽ‰πŸΎ⭐πŸŽ‰✨🌟🏑❤️
... And some pretty moments of Christmas in between.. Including after Christmas walks and doors with wreaths... 
An acrylic painting I did over Christmas, Mr Bunny Sparkles and the snowdrops 🐰✨🌟✨
✨πŸŒŸπŸŽ‰⭐πŸŽ„❤️🏑🍾🌟✨❤️πŸŽ„⭐✨🌟✨ And that was the last week & days of December 2023,  I look back through this year with hope and warmth... As a proud mother of a wonderful daughter and so lucky to have such a loving partner stevie... We are a small family unit, but with big love & support for each other... I wish you all well & best wishes for the New year, x   K a z z y   x
P. S this view from a Cornish trip to Looe, walking off all those mince pies heheπŸ˜‚πŸšΆ‍♀️🚢‍♂️🚢‍♀️πŸ’•⛅🌀️🌞🌊⛱️πŸšπŸ’™πŸ’¦

Thursday 30 November 2023

✨✨🌟🏑🌲Cosy nights♥️


We've had frosty mornings & lots of Mizzle drizzle rain clouds and even sleety snow over Dartmoor this November. It's been bitterly cold ... We have had bursts of sun but blink and you might miss it. It's that time of year when I find it hard to be creative in the evenings. I just want to cosy up in my pj's and woollies and sip hot drinks and warm up in front of the fire. One day last week I was painting with my fingerless mittens on. I really do feel the cold. Lots of candles out and twinkly fairy lights to feel cosy. This month seems to have whizzed by in a flash again (I can hardly keep up) and I can't believe it's December at the end of this week!!. So it's yet again another catch up. ✨🌟 

✨πŸŒŸπŸ’•✨🌟We've had fireworks night in my Market town. Then a trip to the old part of the city for late afternoon tea & a walk round the Barbican including the Elizabethen gardens. Children in Need Morris dancing in my Market town... And I joined in on #Folktaleweek on Instagram which I managed to complete 3 paintings for using the prompts. I love seeing all the inspiring artists, crafts people on there too. We also enjoyed a vintage toy collectables fair where my partner has been down sizing some of his comic hero collections. He did really well our stall was like a bee hive at one point we felt like proper traders. I do love chatting to everyone there & so many old toys. But I was good I didn't buy anything. We also visited Exeter's Christmas market... 

It's been a very busy, hectic, tiring and emotional month for our family, lots going on behind the scenes and my mental health definitely has been suffering ... My daughter is still loving her new career in her Accountancy apprenticeship & job. But it's definitely still very tiring travelling & the walk to her new jobs premises. She also trains with a theatre drama group & started driving lessons every week. She's on her 6th driving lesson this week. So proud of her❤️
 I've been enjoying making a Christmas junk journal, recycling old magazines & clippings....A good way to take my mind off things ✨🌟🌲✨🌟 I'm not sure I'm quite ready for the build up to Christmas yet I've been struggling alot lately... Life is a bit of a roller-coaster at times... Wishing you all a merry December, x  K a z z y  x

Saturday 28 October 2023

πŸ‚πŸPumpkins & prints🧑🍁

Sweet, whimsical blessings and all the magic that Autumn brings...πŸŽƒ✨🌟🍁It always has been my favourite month! And the month that made me a mummy... 17 years of my beautiful, sweet hearted Sophs... ✨🌟✨✨

✨🍁🌟🍁🌟✨🌟✨🌟🍁🌟🍁✨It's starting to turn much colder & boy it's been a soggy old month so far...Time to get cosy in the cottage... 🧑 Sharing all my favourite joys this this month... Lots of beautiful National trust walks... 
πŸπŸ§‘πŸ‚πŸŽƒWonderful Pumpkin harvest at Buckland Abbey, national trust. Absolutely enormous pumpkins! 
🧑✨πŸ‚πŸ✨🌟Beautiful golden, red Paths of leaves... Woodlands looking magical in the glimmer of sunlight... 🧑
✨πŸŒŸπŸπŸ§‘πŸ‚Definitely was a magical misty trip to the moorlands of Dartmoor... All the red berry branches look so abundant & beautiful... And Saltram gardens looked like a fairytale a few weeks ago now. 
✨🌟🍁🧑✨On a beautiful sunny day a few weeks ago we headed to one of our favourite Devon market towns, Totnes.... You have seen me mention this place many many times here on my blog... Always a wonderful, folky, artistic, eclectic, bright, colourful town.  Street music fills the air and a lovely bustling market, especially on Fridays. 
✨πŸŒŸπŸπŸ§‘πŸ‚Rosehips & hawthorn berries fill the Devon hedgerows... 
✨πŸŒŸπŸπŸ§‘πŸ‚πŸŽƒPumpkin picking at Ben's farm shop & the pick your own fields behind... It suddenly poured with rain but eventually the the bright Autumnal sunshine appeared... Such a fun day! πŸŒžπŸ‚πŸ§‘πŸ‚πŸŒŸπŸ‚
πŸ‚πŸŒŸπŸπŸ§‘πŸŒŸ✨Naughty treats on cosy Autumnal days... Candles and cake just perfect! Niiiiiice & snug... πŸ§‘πŸ˜‹
πŸπŸ‚πŸ§‘πŸŒŸ✨✨Wonderful bookshop at Saltram stables, it's a second hand bookshop and I found this wonderful big scarecrow book & the history of them! I've really enjoyed reading it & all the pictures... 
πŸ‚πŸπŸ§‘✨πŸŒŸπŸ‚πŸI made some large tag decorations witches & a autumn rabbit with trims & mixed media πŸ–€ edit: all Sold on etsy. I will be adding more Festive prints this week... I'm joining in on Folktale week on Instagram during November... ✨✨🌟✨
✨🌟🍁🧑✨πŸŒŸπŸŽƒAutumnal Shelfling...
I Hope you're enjoying the beautiful Autumnal landscape around you,
x   K a z z y  x
P. S Adding some festive prints into my Etsy over the next few days... (pin dolly studio)