Hello hello! How are you all doing? Well, I hope! I know I’ve said this almost every month on the blog but seriously. Can time PLEASE slow down? We’re at the end of August already. I feel like I’m going to blink and then suddenly be staring Christmas in the face, which is terrifying on multiple levels (does Christmas have a face? What would it look like? Is it Santa’s face?) But it’s not Christmas yet. It’s August and we need to do a Taking Stock post to finish off the month.
Reading: these beauties. So prettyyyyy. And they’re teaching me stuff too, as well as giving me ideas. Do you have any good sewing books?
Feeling: warm and fuzzy after receiving a lovely little letter from Laura of The Lovely Jumble, along with some cute craft supplies. Thanks again, pal!
Smelling: pencils. Derwent pencils, to be specific. Is that weird? It’s more an incidental wafting than an intentional sniffing. The smell of pencils + wicker reminds me of my childhood. Do you have a strong childhood memory attached to a particular smell?
Liking: getting back into the habit of sketching with my delicious-smelling Derwents. I’m not brilliant but I find it quite relaxing. I’m loving putting my ideas for my Etsy shop down on paper, and not just with words. It’s starting to feel more real now!
Marvelling: at this gorgeous old book on gardening my Pa gave me the other day. It’s the 27th edition from 1942. Pa gave it to me because he knows I love cacti and there’s some good information in there on how to take cuttings. He likes to encourage my gardening – he’s a big fan himself. I love how raggedy it is, the half a cup stain on the front, and that I’ve got another book to add to my collection of things that remind me of my Pa.
‘Twas a bit of a crafty-themed Taking Stock, this month! Fun fun. What have you been up to this past month? Has August treated you well? If not, let me know and I’ll have a word with her.
These Taking Stock posts are based on an idea by the wonderful Pip Lincolne over at the Meet Me At Mike’s blog. Head here to check out her Taking Stock posts and to find a blank copy of the full list.1