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Sunday Sevens

Welcome to my first ‘Sunday Sevens’. I am really excited to be doing this-there are so many little things I consider sharing and then decide they are not worth their own blog post so I just forget about them. I’ve put them in order of my week so far-when I look back I realise just how busy I’ve been!

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Some of you may have seen this before, but this week saw me enter my first cardmaking challenge with this little bee card. It was a momentous occasion and I definitely plan on entering more!

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The clematis in our garden has flowered in the last fortnight, almost a month later than usual but it was well worth the wait. I bought it for my birthday 6 years ago and I never tire of seeing those beautiful, pale pink star-shaped flowers each spring.

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As well as working on the allotment, the children and I filled up the planters on the conservatory walls with the rescued plants from our larger planters. We had great fun counting plants and choosing which ones needed to go together. We also planted hanging baskets with these, and since we had one or two plants in various colours the baskets are far from symmetrical, at least in their colour scheme. Never mind-they were planted with love!

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This does not look like much, but it is in fact my first chart design for a crochet bag charm based on Twilight Sparkle’s cutie mark. It was quite a challenge to draw out a 6 pointed star, as you can see from my repeated attempts! The graph paper pad is from my university days (10 years ago!) and has moved house several times. I was pretty glad I kept it and the bag charm turned out quite nicely in the end. This is significant because it reflects my crafting style-I like to be involved in the design element whenever I can, and see the process through from beginning to end.

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“What is that?” I hear you cry. “Why on earth is she posting a dead flower?” (If you think this one is a bit odd don’t look at 7!)
It is (was?) a buttercup; a very simple reminder of our adventures this morning. I don’t know about you, but I get so caught up in planning what to do next that I sometimes forget to enjoy the present. We went for a walk to the shop and saw some buttercups, which reminded me of my childhood when we used to hold them under each other’s chins. If it shone yellow, you liked butter and if it didn’t, well, you didn’t like butter. William and I stopped to play this game for a few minutes and had the best time. Jess held the buttercups all the way to the shop and back again and loved playing with her brother, especially when he tickled her chin. We weren’t in a hurry, and it was just lovely to be in the moment, enjoying life’s most simple pleasures. I know that all sounds a bit twee, but it matters so much in our busy lives.

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Yes, really, I am finishing off my weekly round up with a photo of a packet of floor wipes. This is because so much of my week has revolved around the damn things. It’s the only downside to this outdoors lark-the floors get filthy. You tell the kids to take off their shoes when they come in from the garden for a wee, which they do (about 50% of the time). They go back out and forget to put their shoes on, so they get mucky socks and then come back in, trailing mud behind them. I’ve tried all sorts of rules but for now I may as well just resign myself to being like Cinderella and cleaning floors constantly. It’s a small, but annoying, price to pay for all of the fun we’ve had. I’d better add a few more packs of wipes to the shopping list! (It’s fair to say here that it’s not only the children who are to blame-the size 12 muddy footprints gave it away.)

That just about sums up my week in pictures-the good, the bad and the ugly!

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