I am feeling very happy today for a number of reasons. Firstly, because I have just finished drinking a lovely cup of hot chocolate and have relaxed on the sofa for the evening with my crochet basket at my feet, ready for when I have finished this blog post and also because I have finally finished my crochet Happy Flower.
I saw Lucy's flower on the Attic 24 blog and literally stalked the blog until the pattern was available. I was actually crocheting it in parts as Lucy was uploading the pattern (she uploaded it in three parts). I love it. Although I crocheted it immediately and then stiffened it by painting the back with PVA glue as Lucy recommended it then sat in my craft room waiting to be strung together for a good few days, but now it is done and it is just soooo, well, HAPPY.
It looks so pretty hanging in my craft room. I have plans to make some crochet bunting for my room too so that is going to add to the cosiness. I also now have the comfy armchair and a fluffy rug in there so it is looking a little less 'officy' and a little bit more like a real retreat for me. I keep telling Mark that it is MY craft room but he kind of likes it in there too.
Tomorrow Mr Youde and I are going away for the night without the kids! So that is another reason to be cheerful (part 3).
We are not venturing too far but we will be spending the night in a lovely hotel in Exeter and we have booked into Michael Caine's aBode restaurant to sample a bit of fine dining. We have stayed at the hotel (Royal Clarence) before and I think we ate in the restaurant too but that was before I (we) knew anything about Michael Caines and his culinary brilliance so we definitely didn't savour the experience. Although, I think I ate my weight in his gorgeous créme brülée.
I can't wait! It is going to be great to get away and spend some time together.