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Hello my lovely readers 🙂 Long time no see, how’re you doing?

Yesterday I finally took my exam and I was really looking forward to write another blog post. Today I wanted to make a post about one of the things that I really enjoy, but I haven’t had time to do in the past weeks, a DIY. This is a really simple DIY, but I think the result is really cute.

Ayer finalmente hice mi examen y estaba deseando escribir otro post en el blog. Hoy quería hacer un post sobre una de las cosas que realmente disfruto, pero no he tenido tiempo de hacer en las últimas semanas, un DIY. Este es un DIY realmente simple, pero creo que el resultado es muy bonito.

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No, You can’t have too many books.


Live to Write - Write to Live

cranky book cat Library cat says, “Don’t judge me.”

Over the course of his life, Umberto Eco amassed a collection of some thirty thousand books. The twentieth-century Italian novelist, philosopher, and medievalist housed his personal library in a labyrinthine expanse of long, bookcase-lined hallways that led to and through dozens of rooms, each of which was filled with rows of heavily laden shelves. Nestled here and there were large tables stacked high with more books and piles of manuscript pages. It was the kind of place you could easily—and if you were a bibliophile, happily—get lost in.

While my own library is immeasurably more modest than Signor Eco’s, the two do have something in common: both include a number of books never read by their owner.

I used to feel guilty about all the unread books on my shelves, but that was before I read about the “antilibrary.” The term was coined by

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Bingley and its Five Rise Locks

Bingley and its Five Rise Locks

Love Travelling

We decided to visit Bingley to view the famous Five Rise Lock staircase on the Leeds Liverpool canal, which is the steepest in Britain.   Bingley is located in West Yorkshire and can be accessed by train as Bingley is on the Airedale Line with regular services from Leeds and Bradford.  The Locks are approximately half a mile from the town centre just off Beck Lane and street parking is available nearby.

image Traditional signpost at the Five Rise Locks, Bingley

image Lock keeper and boater operating the ground paddle

The Locks opened in 1774 and rise a total of 60 feet allowing boats to be lifted or lowered in five stages.  A lock staircase is where the locks open directly from one to another, meaning that the top gate of one forms the bottom gate of the next.  As a boat enters the lock chamber to descend the staircase the water…

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Adventures in Cinnamon Rolls


The Lazy Homesteader

Cinnamon 7Early last week, Rick came home talking about cinnamon rolls.  They sounded so good, I started craving them myself.  I am not much of a baker, but I decided to look for a cinnamon roll recipe that would make something resembling a Cinnabon.  I love how gooey Cinnabons are.  The recipes I’ve tried in the past always bake somewhat hard, dry rolls.

Well, thanks to google, this is what I came up with.  It’s adapted from recipes that I found on this blog and this website.

1 (¼ oz). pkg. yeast
1 c. warm (not hot) milk
½ c. granulated sugar
1/3 c. melted butter
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs
4 c. all-purpose flour

1 c. packed brown sugar
2½ TBS. cinnamon
1/3 c. butter, softened

8 TBS. butter, softened
¼ c. (2 oz.) cream cheese
½ tsp. vanilla extract
1/8 tsp. salt
1½ c. confectioners sugar

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Kids Sewing – Ottobre Kids Design Magazine and New Look

Kids Sewing – Ottobre Kids Design Magazine and New Look

saturday night stitch

Over the past year I have been doing a lot of sewing for my kids. They love choosing fabrics whenever they come fabric shopping with me. Unfortunately I don’t always have time to write the individual blog posts for them so I have collected all the pictures I could find of some of the kids clothes.

New Look 6423 – this is the second time I have made these. The fabric was bought from B&M Fabrics and it is a great quality that has stood the test of many washes whilst still maintaining brightness.

This is a set from Ottobre Kids design Magazine Summer 2016 Issue. The leggings are capri length which I thought was cute for summer. The fabric was also from B&M Fabrics in Leeds Market. They do great quality jerseys there.

This dress is the same pattern as the T shirt above from Ottobre Kids but I…

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