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monica
England
Interests: knitting, reading, sewing, crochet, quilting, embroidery, cinema. travelling
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I know lent is only a few days away... but that is why I'm going to give you this recipe only now: so you don't make them too many times and then blame me for not fitting into your bathing... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Even though I'm not much of a 'red' person I find red and white quilts utterly charming. (... I actually dislike the expression 'I'm not a such and such person'... what does that even mean?? No 2 once said to... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at {quilt} while you're ahead
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In between dropping off/picking up/driving boys hither and thither, Lilli the ferocious dog and I had a little stroll around Gloucester Cathedral yesterday. Such a lovely corner of the city. Lilli couldn't understand why she wasn't allowed inside... The above... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Gloves. It's the season of lost gloves. And it's too dark and miserable to be able to take decent photos of my 2nd Esme top. So there: baby glove muddy glove scary glove chunky glove happy glove (it was reunited... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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It's early morning and the sky glows pink in the window in front of me. It must be windy outside because the purple clouds fly by. No 3 is still asleep. Tonsillitis. High temperature. I should be tidying up ready... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Have you ever knitted a blanket? Me neither till this one. I always thought it was one of those bonkers things like jumping off a plane with a parachute or swimming with sharks... great... for somebody else to do. To... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Life with boys: No 1: He emailed me his homework with this message... don't get me started on the spelling 'becuase' I'll get depressed... but really? Are emails 'old fashioned' already? Me: "(insert name here) I know you're already in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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I've come to the conclusion that it's absolutely impossible to be completely on top of things. Seriously. It's like when you climb a mountain and you get to the top and you realise you're not actually to the top but... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Esme no 1. Lotta Jansdotter is a genius. The second pattern I tried from her book "Everyday Style" is the ubiquitous Esme top. Success. Slightly awks pose but I had to use the self timer and it's intimidating. Also had... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
I read something today... can't remember who said it... that went something like this: freedom is what you do with what's been done to you. I'd like to substitute 'done' with 'given'... and I don't mean it in a defeatist/don't fight for more' kind of way... I mean it as be contented with your life. Contented is my word for 2016.
Toggle Commented Jan 8, 2016 on Greetings and salutations at the scent of water
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It's time to put Christmas away. Part me feels relieved to have the house all de-cluttered... the other though it's a little sad... January is grey and miserable and cold even, and especially so. without all the holiday pretties... Anyway...... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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my boys made me promise NEVER to knit them a sweater... but perhaps a hat...
Toggle Commented Jan 6, 2016 on ribs and cables for my boys at FuoriBorgo
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I always think of January as 'clean up month'. Not really a new beginning as such... school is as before and so are the numerous activities the boys are involved with... nothing new... more of the same I think... BUT... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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It was early, the house was asleep and the bananas were slowly killing themselves in the fruit bowl. I had to rescue them. My to go to recipe for banana bread is from the brilliant Tessa Kiros' "Apples for Jam".... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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I've come to the conclusion that the days after Christmas, before it all begins again are my favourite and the most precious of all. No expectations, no demands, nothing. Just time to be together and relax. We just got back... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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My online stalking of Lotta Jansdotter carries on. Yesterday, whilst wearing my new pjs bottoms (from her pattern) I bakes cookies from her recipes. In the interest of not losing readers I'd like to point out that I was also... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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... or pjs... on this occasion. Yes, I had to scratch the itch... ... so I grabbed 'the book', my gorgeous pattern tracing paper (which makes great wrapping paper too btw) and a piece of Anna Maria Horner flannel which... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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I don't know why but it's when I'm at my busiest that I get the urge to do even more. It doesn't make sense I know... but things rarely do, I find. This gorgeous (and by no means exhaustive) list... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
don't you just LOVE old houses? especially if they still hold so many things... I find them sad yes, but also strangely comforting... life goes on... and all that. Buon Natale (glad you have your sink sorted!)
Toggle Commented Dec 21, 2015 on medieval plumbing at FuoriBorgo
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omg... your big boy is driving already? wow.... off to Uni next? in Italia o negli USA?
Toggle Commented Dec 15, 2015 on when mamma makes a key-ring at FuoriBorgo
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how lovely! tantissimi auguri Rebecca!
Toggle Commented Dec 15, 2015 on birthday menu at FuoriBorgo
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This morning I went for a run. Mentally I feel better. Physically?... let's move on swiftly... I hit the corner of the wardrobe yesterday, whilst putting on a sweater. It's blue. And it hurts. A lot. I need one more... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Boys. Recently I had to confiscate No 2's phone for one reason or another (do not make me go there, please) and when he complained that life was passing him by - he can be rather dramatic when he gets... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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We have a tree! A big tree!! But I haven't managed to take a good photo, so you'll have to wait. The elf in me has been busy on all front, we have decoration outside the house, pretty ornaments dangling... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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... yes yes yes, I know it's the 2nd today but yesterday I was busy ok? Of course I made the boys a calendar this year... I actually did suggest a tasty Lindt one... but it caused a riot so...... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead