Sorry I haven't written a Happy New Year post before now - but I'm feeling a bit "un".
Do you know what I mean?
No? Didn't think you would really!
I'm just feeling a bit flat and all the un- words like
un-motivated (or should that be "de-"?)
un-economic (why do I keep spending money I haven't got?)
and then a few of my own inventions like
(and I'm the kind of person that really NEEDS to feel bouncy and sparky)
un-thin - oh yes, very definitely un-thin
although I'm not necessarily completely un-happy
but it means that I'm wandering around blogland seeing all your lovely posts and inspiring New Year's Resolution type ideas and it's just making me more aware of how un-resolution-y, how nothing-y I feel. Which then makes me go all introspective.
But the problem with being introspective is that I don't much like the view.
So I haven't been blogging and now that I'm back at work I'm really struggling to keep up with reading and commenting - but I'll keep trying.
But enough of all that. Do you want to know what has been going on?
It's been snowing!
Had you noticed? ;o)
And last night is snowed and snowed and snowed so we have loads and loads of the white stuff - and very pretty it is too - unless you actually want to go somewhere!
Frustratingly, despite all the white stuff and the nasty-pasty icy roads the Little Lockets are blessed with practically the only schools in the region that have stayed at open which means they've had to go to school (not happy) and I've had to go to work (really not happy) and I've been late every day and had to leave early some days so my timesheet is looking really bad already this month which means I will be trying to catch up for ages :o(
Mr Locket and the Littles have gone for a walk and a bit of sledging but it has just started to snow REALLY heavily again so I'm not sure how long they will last. I've stayed at home to tidy - can you tell how hard I'm working?
I've done lots of knitting lately - but forgotten to take photos.
I made Mum a lovely Noro Blossom scarf like this one
Dad a pair of Cash-Soft mittens
Bossy-Big-Sister Ally a Mousie by Ysolda
My friend and childminder Janice a pair of silk and merino mittens a bit like these
and my friend Jane a Noro Blossom scarf and mittens just like
(modelled by mad-dottie-locket)
I've also caught the lets-knit-hats-in-one-and-a-half-hours bug from Anna and Moogs but as Mr Locket and Fred are actually wearing theirs at the moment there's no photographic evidence.
And I bought lots of lovely bargain wool at John Lewis this week - the one perk of working in Newcastle centre being the ability to pop into the shops on the way home.
But my new obsession has been jewellery making so lots of family and friends received bracelets for Christmas made by the Little Lockets. Here are a few I've made for myself
and this is the gorgeous necklace and bracelet that my much cleverer jewellery-making friend Alison made for Mr Locket to give me for Christmas
But, being the sad kind of person that I am, what REALLY gets me excited about beads and jewellery making is playing around sorting them into these little boxes and arranging them "just so".
And I really love how the boxes fit perfectly inside this tin.
I have another tin that the contents "fit perfectly" in and it makes me happy every time I use it!
That says a lot about me really, doesn't it?! Hmm, perhaps I should have kept it to myself!!! ;o)
Ok then. For someone who isn't in the right kind of mood for blogging, I seem to have wittered on for rather a long time - but it's put me in a much better frame of mind so for those of you who have made it to the bitter end - thanks for reading!
Oh, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!