Monday, 1 January 2018

Happy New Year and what's in your cup?

Happy New Year everyone!

I may not post here as much as I want, but it's often on my mind, that I want to ... I love this little space, I love how in the past it was a place for me to share, to make friends and to be creative. I know my life is a little different now, busy with a toddler and a home, but I still want to be present here ... maybe a goal for this year?!


I saw this on Facebook this morning and it really hit home ...

You are holding a cup of coffee when someone comes along and bumps into you or shakes your arm, making you spill your coffee everywhere.

Why did you spill the coffee?
'Well because someone bumped into me, of course!'

Wrong answer.
You spilled the coffee because there was coffee in your cup.
Had there been tea in the cup, you would have spilled tea.
Whatever is inside the cup, is what will spill out.

Therefore, when life comes along and shakes you (which WILL happen), whatever is inside you will come out. It's easy to fake it, until you get rattled.

So we have to ask ourselves ... 'what's in my cup?'
When life gets tough, what spills over?
Joy, gratefulness, peace and humility?
Or anger, bitterness, harsh words and reactions?

You choose!

Today let's work towards filling our cups with gratitude, forgiveness, joy, words of affirmation, kindness, gentleness and love for others.


I know I have been very grumpy recently, I have found my reaction to things going wrong is to snap or cry ... I know I am not coping well and I want that to change ... I want to be full of joy again, for my response to every situation to be gratitude, forgiveness, joy, words of affirmation, kindness, gentleness and love for others!

What do you want to change in yourself for 2018??

Sunday, 29 October 2017

photo challenge :: native


Have you taken any NATIVE photos??

Being in Wales, unless I spotted a dragon, a sheep was my next obvious choice!

These two live just behind our house!

I would love to see any that you have taken, so please link up in the comments below if you have blogged it or use the hashtag on instagram #whereIlivephotochallenge and tag me @mariainthewood :)

Next months photo is HISTORICAL and to be shared on 26th November.


Monday, 2 October 2017

magpie monday :: wood

In August we had a new boiler fitted ... an outside boiler giving us more space in the kitchen ... eventually we want to get a bigger fridge/freezer and we need to re-do the floor where the boiler was. Losing the boiler in the kitchen meant that we lost some work surface too ... I suddenly seemed to have none! So we decided we needed a little cupboard we could use like a pantry but also free up some work surface ... Steve found this on eBay and I won it for £36!!

I REALLY LOVE IT!!

Inside there are 2 shelves and the round disk on the front is like an air vent so perfect for food!

Please ignore where it is in the kitchen ... it will eventually be moved, but we have some work to do before then!!

... and this beautiful mirror was given to me by a friend who found it in a charity shop for £5!

I stuck it up on the wall for the photo, but think I want it in the hall, but need to alter the back it so its up-right not sideways.



Have you found any bargains this month or bought any treasures?

Saturday, 30 September 2017

signing ABCD

I wanted to share some more signing with you, so thought I would start with the alphabet!

You can spell the alphabet on your fingers

Here is ABCD


... now you try!


Sunday, 24 September 2017

photo challenge :: sign


Have you taken any SIGN photos??
I had planned on finding a weird Welsh sign somewhere, but have ended up with our 'home' sign. I painted this not long after I moved in and the wooden bird was a wedding present, along with a lovely owl one!

... Cartref means 'home' in Welsh!

I would love to see any that you have taken, so please link up in the comments below if you have blogged it or use the hashtag on instagram #whereIlivephotochallenge and tag me @mariainthewood :)

Next months photo is NATIVE and to be shared on 29th October.


Saturday, 23 September 2017

learning to sign

Billy and I have been going to a HomeEd group since March, which has a focus on learning to sign. We both love this group and have made some really lovely friends!

I am not the fastest at learning languages, but I think learning to sign is really important and I have even signed up to an online signing class too!

This month our group had a challenge to video an introduction about ourselves and put it on Facebook. I thought it would be fun to share it here too and I am going to try and continue to do some signing videos to help me not have signing-shyness!


Can you sign? Are you interested in learning?

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

filofax cover

Anyone who knows me, knows I love my stationary and have always been a bit of a filofax girl!

A few years ago when Timber was a naughty puppy, he got hold of my home filofax and ripped off the band that went around it and left a few teeth marks. I always meant to replace it at some point, but they are not cheap, even second hand and so never got round to it.




On Sunday we had a quiet, cozy, snuggle up on the sofa kinda day and I managed to get a little sewing done and made a new slip on cover for it :)



I made a double sided strip and folded the 2 ends over to make pockets for the filofax cover to slip into.


I am loving it, it feels like a brand new filofax!!
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