5 Things To Do When It’s Snowing In November

“Snow in November,” I hear you shriek at me!

Yes loveliness. Snow. Big, thick, dollops of wetness.

As yesterday was such a beautiful, sunny day, this rather caught me by surprise.

Here are my 5 ideas on how to make the most of this freak event!

1. Chicken-Clean-Out in the style of Supermarket Sweep.

As Sunday is coop clean out day… nothing will stop me, especially not a bit of incidental weather. So, I will gather all my equipment by the back door, put as many clothes on as possible {paying special attention to neck and lower back areas, as they are prime snow-collection zones} and time myself to see how long it takes me to refresh Keith and Steve’s dwelling house. I will be marked on the state that I arrive back in, swiftness and grumpiness on finishing.

2. Start the woodburner early.

Stack up the logs, light the fire and make sure there’s a lot of suitable comments {concerning coldness and battening down hatches} being thrown around to make us feel like we’re trapped in a blizzard in the arctic and not just having a bit of a mizzly day in Dorset! 

3. Bake scones/cakes/etc.

Basically, anything that involves turning on the oven for a little extra warmth and has the plus side of making you look house-wifely when people pop round for tea.

4. Plan a film afternoon.

This will involve a two-pronged approach:

Firstly, use the prospect of a film and eating the results of the above baking, as a carrot, in which to encourage people to get their jobs done {*ahem* hoovering Mr Dorset Finca, if you were wondering}.

Secondly, it is necessary to gather all blankets and pillows to make a nest in which you can all huddle while watching said film. Preferably a good classic like The Holiday. 

5. Allow the cat some lee-way. 

It’s cold. He doesn’t want to go outside. He surprised himself by slipping on the back step as he went out this morning and I shouldn’t have laughed.  I’m going to let him have a nice warm towel to sit on in his favourite place and give him lots of loving remarks. “Good kitty“.

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5 Things To Do When It's Snowing In November

“Snow in November,” I hear you shriek at me!

Yes loveliness. Snow. Big, thick, dollops of wetness.

As yesterday was such a beautiful, sunny day, this rather caught me by surprise.

Here are my 5 ideas on how to make the most of this freak event!

1. Chicken-Clean-Out in the style of Supermarket Sweep.

As Sunday is coop clean out day… nothing will stop me, especially not a bit of incidental weather. So, I will gather all my equipment by the back door, put as many clothes on as possible {paying special attention to neck and lower back areas, as they are prime snow-collection zones} and time myself to see how long it takes me to refresh Keith and Steve’s dwelling house. I will be marked on the state that I arrive back in, swiftness and grumpiness on finishing.

2. Start the woodburner early.

Stack up the logs, light the fire and make sure there’s a lot of suitable comments {concerning coldness and battening down hatches} being thrown around to make us feel like we’re trapped in a blizzard in the arctic and not just having a bit of a mizzly day in Dorset! 

3. Bake scones/cakes/etc.

Basically, anything that involves turning on the oven for a little extra warmth and has the plus side of making you look house-wifely when people pop round for tea.

4. Plan a film afternoon.

This will involve a two-pronged approach:

Firstly, use the prospect of a film and eating the results of the above baking, as a carrot, in which to encourage people to get their jobs done {*ahem* hoovering Mr Dorset Finca, if you were wondering}.

Secondly, it is necessary to gather all blankets and pillows to make a nest in which you can all huddle while watching said film. Preferably a good classic like The Holiday. 

5. Allow the cat some lee-way. 

It’s cold. He doesn’t want to go outside. He surprised himself by slipping on the back step as he went out this morning and I shouldn’t have laughed.  I’m going to let him have a nice warm towel to sit on in his favourite place and give him lots of loving remarks. “Good kitty“.

My 4 Tips To An Inspirational Home Office

I suddenly realised that I am spending more and more time at the computer…

“I need my own home-office,” I said demandingly one morning.

“Ok,” was the answer. “You can have the landing.”

…and that’s where it all began!

I thought long and hard about what I really wanted from the space (whiteness, calmness, minimalism).  I had a clear-out but was determined to be realistic about what I needed to have around me and therefore what I would require in the way of storage solutions.

I decided upon a top 4 to promote an inspirational space:

1. Something exciting to sit on your desk and create a bit of atmosphere. I chose a beautiful lamp that looks white and clean in the day, but creates a cosy glow to work by in the evening.

2. A bin in an outrageous colour to add balance to all of the white!

3. Mirrored Storage. Remember – I have only been given a little landing as my space and therefore need to create the impression of as much ‘room’ as I can.

4. Layered blinds in different textures. To soften up the hardness of the desk and provide a bit of shade from the afternoon sun.

I am so interested to find out about other people’s working spaces. Do you have a list of ‘must haves’? Apart from the requisite mug of hot chocolate of course.

My Craft Room – A. Whole. Room…!

We’ve had a bit of a clear up and guess what we found…

A. Whole. Room.

I know. Amazing.

So, what better way to use it than to turn it into a craft room of delights!?

After an afternoon’s worth of pottering about, I had:

1. Labelled up some little trays to organise my smaller crafty bits and pieces. Things like washi tape, stencils, brushes etc. will go in here.

2. Found a lovely box to put the hardcore crafty stuff and obviously had to make a label for that too.

3. Transformed an old flower pot into a desk tidy for myself.

4. Strung up a little washing line, for things that are either inspirational or need drying. Hopefully I’ll change the hangings every week or so.

Phew.

Tomorrow I’ll be addressing the bare wall situation… but what to do… what to do…?

Any ideas?

Yog-aaaahhh

{as advocated by the guru on my new DVD}

Again… I know… have I been living in a hole for, like, a bazillion years?

I used to let the yoga mad population, with their love of little rolled up mats and their stretchy fabrics pass me by.

Then I tried it.

Oooh – well, my mat is called The Warrior and is bright orange.

Ahhh – I have a good night’s sleep after even the shortest of yoga sessions.

Eeee – I get to buy exciting new comfy work-out clothes or stay in my pyjamas.

(either way it’s a win-win in my book)

If you are reluctant to join this ever expanding yoga-tribe.

I say embrace the Downward Facing Dog. Go on. You’ll love it!

Motivate Yourself to Sew

{sewing inspiration}

New Year’s Resolution – try to sew.

I love making things that look pretty but I will do anything to get out of doing jobs like hemming or fixing *very large yawn*.

If, like me, you need a bit of inspiration to get out the needle for the boring-snoring jobs…

Follow these easy steps:

1

 Find a box or container that is unusual or gorgeous in any way and makes you want to clap uncontrollably every time you look at it.

2

Go shopping and buy a few new ‘sewing essentials’ (lovely thread, sweet little scissors, dressmaker’s chalk etc)

3

Spend an afternoon by the fire, arranging your supplies in little see-through boxes and putting them beautifully into your sewing basket.

Now find some projects to get stuck into! You could… make your own Frank (see here) but then, I am biased because I love him so much!