Some warm thoughts on a cold January day

My all time favourite flower, the sweet pea, always brings a smile to my face and I love picking them for the house for their sweet scent. So I was more than glad on a miserable day in January to spot the above beautiful specimen on Daughter of the Soil’s blog – makes me think of summer days ahead. I also like to make things (including my own greetings cards) and, like a magpie, save all sorts of things for future use – I particularly liked the Christmas decs (thinking ahead!) on Knitting Crimes and Other Craft Adventures. A friend of mine is a serious card maker (known as a cutter and sticker in her house) who has “friends in the computer” according to her husband. So if there are any other “cutters and stickers” out there with recycling ideas I would love to hear from you.

Sitting in front of a crackling fire on a chilly evening is also a favourite of mine and I decided that in an attempt to be a bit greener I would make some paper logs. I get a lot of ribbing from “him indoors” who likes to remind me of just how long I have had the log maker and just how many logs I have made. For two years now the log maker has languished in the shed and I have decided that 2008 is the year for log production to go into full swing. I want to show him Melanie Rimmer’s efforts at Bean Sprouts to prove that they really are a good idea. There is also a “dry” log maker and I am interested to find out the pros and cons of both types. Are there any other log makers out there who would like to give us all some hints and tips?

What makes you happy on a miserable day?

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