Tuesday, 17 December 2013

52 Weeks Of Happy - 50/52

I'm sat here stretched out on the sofa with Olly. I have the computer perched on my lap. He is watching Power Rangers. Tea is cooking away in the kitchen. The lamps are on and the Christmas tree lights are twinkling away. It's warm and cosy and relaxed. Bliss.

Some simple happy things from my week. As always joining in with Jen.

The Radio Times

I only buy this at Christmas. It's a tradition that goes back to when I was a child. I used to get very excited when Mum took this out of her shopping bag. TV was always a big part of my childhood. I'd like to say that I spent my younger years crafting at the Heals dining table while my Mum floated around in Laura Ashley. But no. I did not come from some dead cool family. We were a very normal bunch from a very normal row of terraced houses in a less than salubrious part of Bristol. But it was all good. Christmas and Christmas telly was a big deal in our family. It still is and I refuse to get all la di da about the evil that is telly.


When I was little, I used to avidly watch the old black and white Sherlock Holmes films with Basil Rathbone. I think it started my love for watching psychological crime dramas. I recently bought the box set of the BBC series. (It was to go into Sam's stocking, but I couldn't help myself. I have replaced it with something else..) I bleddy love this show, and am very excited at the prospect of a Christmas special and series 3. I know. More telly. But honestly it doesn't get any better than this really.

A Cushion Made From An Old Cardi

So ignore the dodgy heart corsage. That will be going. But I made this all by myself. No honestly I did. I must have read about this from somewhere (perhaps on your somewhere) and it's been in the back of my mind forever. I have quite a few old woollen items that have either shrunk a little or gone out of favour, and I thought that this was a genius little project. I am obsessed by cushions, but really nice ones are v. expensive. And I like the idea of different covers for different times of the year.

This is my first attempt. The logistics was easy, but my skills are ropey to say the least. It took me at least twenty minutes to thread the sewing machine. And I found it a little fiddly, but that's down to experience. Of which I have very little. But I don't care, because I love it!! I made it from an old cashmere (darling) cardi that I bought from Tesco when I was expecting Olly. I love the colour and the soft feel of the wool, but it just reminds me of being pregnant. So I never wear it anymore. Now my sofa can. Hurrah!

And that was the happy!


My days are crashing headlong one into the other. Much the same as yours I suspect. I need to start wrapping the presents. I need to ice the cakes. I need to make the mince pies. I need to write a Christmas food shopping list. I need to make pressies for nursery teachers. Despite it all, there is lots of happy milling about the place.

Can I just thank all of you who left comments on my last post. I think it was the most I've ever got! And hello to new followers. I'm chuffed you pressed the follow button. And a special thank you to Jennifer. I received your Christmas card this morning, and was very touched. There used to be a time that letters and cards were routine. Now they are really special. 

A picture post to follow!!

Take it easy lemon squeezy.

Leanne xx


  1. Oh I like to say lemon squeezy too. I've seen a little Sherlock and really enjoyed it, so I'll look out for more. I made a cushion from a jumper a while back too. I was a bit disappointed that it didn't felt as much as I'd wanted it to. Of course, if it had been some precious thing it would have shrunk down to doll-size, but never mind. My list sounds a lot like yours, except I haven't actually written it yet. I keep seeing amazing things that people are baking and thinking, "I should do that". But I need to be realistic. That way madness lies.

  2. I just posted a post that disappeared...twice... how did this happen?? Trying again (but copy this one in the clipboard first).

    Your cushion is fab, heart and all. I just made a couple of floor cushions myself and it took me 20 minutes to thread the needle, too. I need reading glasses, I really do! Mine were made from an Ikea bed spread, not pre-loved and not as nice as your cashmere version.
    I laughed out loud about the vision of your mum in her Laura Ashley and tried to imagine my own in hers, matching the curtains :)

  3. I posted your Christmas card nearly a week ago - I hope you get it soon! I am amazed (and not in a good way) at how long post is taking lately. (First class = 6 working days. That's shocking.) Anyway. The cushion is lush, I can imagine it's all snuggly and soft and perfect for winter. We only buy the Radio Times at Christmas and it's a tradition I cherish. And yes, new Sherlock!! I am very excited. Also, that Death Comes To Pemberley looks right up my street. xx

  4. I'm glad you liked the card. Did you notice I addressed the envelope upside down? Haha. I was so preoccupied trying to make up my old airmail stamps that I bought before the most recent rate change that I didn't notice how I was holding the card when I wrote on it. Duh. Your cushion is great! You did a great job. I don't know whether I still have any clothes bought during pregnancy...gosh, I hope not. I do admit to feeling all melancholy this month and next because I seem to only be capable of getting pregnant in January for some reason.

  5. Hello lovely. Firstly it has been my intention to get around to sending you a card too, but time seems to have grabbed hold of me and run off with me. Please do send me your home address to stiana.hubert4@gmail.com. Now I am so so impressed with your cushion, you rock!!! That's pretty darn impressive for a first attempt, go gal!! I haven't watched the Sherlock home dvd's worth getting?? Might have to do a last minute shop for doh's stocking. Sending much love your way xoxo

  6. We only buy the Radio Times at Christmas too! I love sitting with the highlighter pen and highlighting everything I would like to watch. I then pass it to hubby to set the record on the TV! It's a christmas tradition.
    I love the cushion Leanne, it is great, I wish I knew how to use a sewing machine it's a clever idea to use old jumpers and cardis.