Tuesday, 4 August 2015

making and doing

Every now and then I realise I have been accomplishing things, almost accidentally, not in a ticking things off a list sort of way.  I look around and, amongst all the undone things and the half done things, I find that something has actually been finished almost without my noticing.  So here is a celebration of July's accidental accomplishments.


At the beginning of the month I made elderflower cordial, just catching the flowers at their best.


I took cuttings from the scented leaf pelargoniums and all but one took.  Now they are in bigger pots and flowering.


This one is a cutting from Attar of Roses which is suddenly throwing up a larger and more dramatic flower than its parent.  I have been nurturing this one.


New pots have been bought and planted up.


Little jacket for younger daughter's new baby, due very soon, is growing by the day.


Old oilcloth which has been relegated to outside use was brought out and made into a new kneeler for the garden.  This also resulted in use for a piece of foam which has been hanging around the sewing room for months.


So things get done.  Life continues!

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  1. Well done! It's good to see all the little things that get done.
    http://happywonderer.com/

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    1. It's funny how easy they are to ignore until you look!

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  2. You do then well too. So doubly satisfying. Xxx

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  3. I have a piece of foam left over from a window seat. Hmmmm...

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    1. I was particularly pleased with using the foam because it had been kicking around in the sewing room, really without a home so often ending up on the floor. Very satisfying to get it out of the way and into use.

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  4. Elizabeth, this post made me smile, as I realized that I'd meant to comment on the prior post. Well, that was a lack of accomplishment, or perhaps down the alibi trail, an admission that the middle month of summer ... July...has caught me up in not quite accomplishing what I intended.

    Hoping I did accomplish some bits I'd no plan to accomplish.

    Your garden additions are beautiful, and show how nature does scatter its possibilties amongst what might to seem equal contenders. My pitiful attempts to keep some sort of plant life going on my windowsills continue to have surprising results.

    That claiming of the floral patterned oilcloth for the garden cushion is wonderful. Doesn't it bring a smile to discover such a treasure waiting in the wings?

    Every time I use a brown egg, supposedly somewhat healthily laid, but purchased from my local grocery, I wonder what it would be like to actually have a freshly laid egg for breakfast, or lunch.

    Elizabeth, you might by now tell that I am rambling, but I always wish you to know how glad I am to have connected years ago to your brilliant post. Welsh Hills Again...indeed. xo

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    1. Lovely to hear from you frances. You know that whenever you are in the UK you are welcome up here for fresh eggs and more!

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  5. Fantastic accidental accomplishments!! Somehow they are more satisfying than things on a list aren't they, although I do love crossing things off a list!! Love the kneeler, and well done on the pelargonium cuttings!!! xx

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    1. I have just taken lots more which are all looking a bit sad so I had better enjoy my success with these cuttings!

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  6. It always feels good to get jobs done

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    1. These are good because they were in my mind rather than on a list.

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  7. Accidental accomplishments? Somehow, that doesn't quite seem right for all the things you have done. The developments seem very intentional, indeed.

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    1. Well they were intentional when I got going I suppose!

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  8. Well now. Good going. Hmmm...maybe I should look around and see if I have any accidental accomplishments. Great term!

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  9. This made me smile as well, and I felt some satisfaction looking at these lovely accomplishments :-).

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    1. Thank you. It is very satisfying to do so I'm glad it is the same to read!

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  10. Isn't it fun to just putz around, using stuff that you have into "new" and useful items? Reuse is not so much about the money, but more about cutting waste. These small projects have a large satisfaction factor. That bouquet of elderberry flowers is stunning. I would get married holding that :).

    Are you feeling better/more energetic/optimistic?

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    1. I am feeling better thank you anneke. I will blog about it in a while!

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  11. If these are accidental accomplishments I wonder what you would achieve if you put your mind to it!!!!
    Congratulations on the success with the cuttings and I think the kneeler looks wonderful.

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    1. Thank you. I was really pleased with the success of the scented leaf geraniums cuttings which is fortunate because I have just done some more with ordinary pelargoniums and the are dying at speed!

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  12. Since there is a baby coming into your world soon, am passing this along:
    http://mariannaslazydaisydays.blogspot.co.uk/

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  13. So much creativity, it all looks wonderful :)

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    1. It's funny. I tend to think of creativity in the form of art and as something for other people. You are quite right. The lower level odding and making that I do is a sort of creativity. I should honour it more than I do!

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  14. We should all do this more often. Instead of lists of what we must do, lists of what we have done. And then we should stop and give ourselves a pat on the back. I love this post!

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    1. I am a terrible one for looking at what is waiting to be done rather than looking backwards! You are right. It is good, cheering and instructive to do a stop every now and then.

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  15. It is a very good idea to show yourself what you have done from time to time. Your accomplishments are well worth celebrating.

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    1. It's funny. If I hadn't had the idea of taking stock for this post I would hardly have noticed!

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  16. You've done a lot! When I have days when I seem to be busy, but nothing I did is on the to-do-list, I go back and add the things I did, just so that I can cross them off! Very satisfying. xoxox

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  17. The knitting is beautiful and you have done a fantastic job on that kneeler! Your header photo is gorgeous, what a lovely view you have all the time, even in winter.

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    1. The view is beautiful and we are very lucky. I try not to take it for granted.

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  18. I love the garden kneeler and the baby sweater. Can you direct me to the baby pattern?

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    1. The pattern is on the ravelry website and is called gidday baby. If you arent on ravelry just Google it. It's free to join and really worthwhile if you are a knitter.

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  19. So many clever, delightful things that put me to shame! I can knit but don't have the patience - not even looking at that sweet little baby jacket can tempt me, but lucky new grandchild. The garden's dfeating me and I bought a kneeler from Wilko rather than making one... it's not half as lovely as yours though. Lovely to hear about the impending arrival. Exciting times for you and your family. Cx

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    1. Ah it depends what you do with you time though, Chris! Unlike you I neither run nor write.

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  20. You seem to have been very productive even if it is by accident:) I love your Knesset, so pretty a n x practical as well.

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    1. It's interesting to realise that things keep being made and done even when I don't have any great sense of achieving things! Thank you. I am fond of the kneeler too.

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