Wednesday, 4 November 2015

She's baaaaack!

Whilst on my blog hiatus, I realised one thing. Leaving behind one creative outlet, did not inspire me to continue with another. Since things went a little quiet round these parts I have found myself in a massive creative slump. I've barely had the energy to do anything majorly creative... writing, sewing, even baking has felt like a bit of a chore. But...oh no! No more! I'm not putting up with this any longer.

So, hey...I'm back!

I stumbled across this rather inspiring quote above a few weeks back and it has been rolling around in my head ever since. And being the ever impatient person that I am, I decided that it was high time to get back into the blogging world. 
It's been nice to see that people have still been reading this blog since I've been gone (Thanks Google stats), and I've still been getting likes and views on my Facebook and Instagram channels so, that definitely told me that people still want to see what I've been up to, and what I've got to say. Thank goodness!

I'm gonna do my best not to get hung up on the stats side of things this time around though. (Remind me of that in 6 months, yeh?) I'm gonna start things off slowly.Post when I feel like it, post about things that ignite a fire inside me, and hopefully inspire others to read on in the process.

Now, I've got a sexy looking mexican stew in the slow cooker which needs tending to but, I will be back soon with more creative updates from Homespun Hannah.

See you soon.

Go on, admit it. You've missed me, yeh?

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Adventure is out there!

This isn't goodbye...this is "See you again".

Just dropping in to share with you all some details on my new project I'm currently working on at the moment. I've been squirrelling away at our kitchen table/makeshift studio for several weeks now, working on a line of handmade kitchen textiles and soft furnishings which I will soon be ready to share with you all.
In the mean time, before the official launch, please take a look at my new blog over at Marsh & Harding, where I will be sharing lots of behind the scenes information a few sneaky snaps, and maybe even a giveaway.

I don't want to close this blog down completely, as it's been a lovely way of meeting lots of inspiring people over the past couple of years, and I may even pop back from time to time, but for now I'm heading off on a new adventure and I would love if you could all come along with me too.

I'll see you on the other side.
Lots of Love,
Hannah. x

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Get out in the Garden...

One thing is for certain, as soon as the weather starts to brighten up and the temperature begins to rise a thoughts are always turned towards the state of my little patio garden. It's definitely one of the perks of living in a ground floor flat, and I often feel greatful to have neighbours with whom I can have a natter with over the garden wall, and little pots of herbs by my back door to pick from when I'm cooking dinner in the evening.

So, this past week I made sure to set aside a little time on my day off to get our garden in order. I wanted to make sure everything was tidy and in order ahead of my visit to the RHS Show in Bute Park with my folks (but more about that later) so, any treats I bought could instantly be planted out to thrive in this sunny little spot of Cardiff.

With my new gardening gloves in hand, and a couple of handy little tools for clearing out between paving stones, I was ready to go. Nothing stood in my way. Dandelions and brambles were pulled from between the cracks of the patio, weeds and grass were tugged from around my little Jasmine in the corner of the garden, giving it more breathing space to grow and climb, and pots were cleared of old compost with crocks ready for drainage when the new arrivals came.

It felt like such a great sense of achievement, slowly filling up my bag of garden waste for the recycling men, knowing that all those pesky weeds would eventually become compost somewhere else.

After a good couple of hours slaving away in the sun, I enjoyed a cup of tea, sat on my doorstep surveying my handiwork. It looks like a completely different garden. So lovely and tidy. And even better, I had space and new potting compost ready to go should I find any treats at the flower show too. 
After my last swig of tea, I headed inside to sort through my seed packets and choose what I would like to grow on my window sill, ready to plant out when all threats of frost were well behind us.
I decided on sweet peas for their prettiness and scent, to climb up my little bamboo sticks in the corner of the garden, and to encourage bumble bees too. Marigolds for their colour too, and also because they deter beetles from lovely crops like beans and strawberries which I plan on growing later in the season. And a couple of pots of chives and parsley to live on my kitchen windowsill, and be used in a whole load of summery dishes.

After a sweep up and a scrub of my finger nails, I brought my little pots inside to sit in the sunny warmth of the kitchen window, and grabbed a cheeky little nap on the sofa feeling quite pleased with myself.

I'd love to hear what you lovely readers have been getting up to in your gardens? Got any tips for me and my little patio?
I'd love to hear from you.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Adventures in the Wye Valley

Sometimes it's nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. To get a bit of fresh air, and a change of scenery. So, on Sunday just past, the Mr and I packed our bags in the car and headed up through the Welsh countryside and just over the border into England, to spend a few days in the sweetest little market town of Ross-on-Wye.
Our days were filled with exploring and walking, and generally recharging our batteries. As soon as we arrived (after cooing at the lovely view from our bedroom window) we dropped our bags and went in search of a local pub so the Mr could catch some football, and I could while away the afternoon on Pinterest with a bottle of beer in hand.

The following day, we donned our walking boots and headed off for a gentle 6 mile ramble around the local area. We headed away from the town following the river upstream before setting off across the countryside through fields of blossoming Oilseed Rape, and past viaduct ruins, with paths laid with railway sleepers. 
We stopped halfway, on our walk for a spot of lunch on the river bank, watching mischievous lambs clamber across the steep banking before getting into trouble with their mum, calling out in matronly bleats. We trudged down tyre worn farm tracks, and past cottages and farm houses surrounded by nothing but fields and birdsong. 
As soon as I saw this house at the top of the track, I vowed to the Mr that we would one day live in a house like this. That's a promise.

Our evenings were filled with sunny drinks on the terrace of our hotel, soaking up every last minute of warmth from the sun before disappearing indoors to fill our stomachs with beautiful pub fayre including, scampy and chips, yummy grilled steaks and chocolate puddings to top it all off.

Although we were sad to see our mini-break come to an end so quickly, we made sure that our little holiday lasted as long as possible and took a little detour on the way home to the ruins of Tintern Abbey, a 14th Century monastery set in the bottom of a valley in the Welsh countryside. Here we enjoyed a little picnic, sat on our blanket amongst the ruins in the peace and quiet. It was utter bliss.

It was so nice to be able to explore places that are almost on our doorstep yet, feel worlds away from the noisy city life of Cardiff. It definitely helped speak to my inner country-bumpkin, and I think a little holiday was just what we needed.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Mid-Week Bliss: Girl Crushes

Girl crushes...everyone's got them. Most people are scared to admit they have them. Not me! I am definitely proud of my girl crushes. Personally I think women don't celebrate each other enough. We're all so quick to bitch about another's flaws; cellultite, not so flattering outfits, OTT make-up...but really, who cares?! 
It's time we started  recognising those women which inspire us, the ones we secretly admire in all their creative, geeky, glory. So, here's my list of girl crushes. These lovely ladies, I particularly admire for their individuality and for being proud of what they are good at. Don't be afraid to let your girl crush geek flag fly, ladies.

Rachel Khoo.
This probably won't come as much of a surprise to you but, I think Rachel Khoo is genuinely the bee-knees. Not only for sticking two fingers up to the fashion industry and saying "See ya, I'm gonna go eat cake for a living in Paris." (Not necessarily in those exact words) But, she has nailed the look of petite & curvy without going down the seductive route a la Nigella. Not that there's anything wrong with that but, a girl doesn't need to be sexy all the time. It's just too exhausting!
She's written 3 books in English, 2 in French, and produces all the illustrations for them too. Seriously,this woman is definitely a triple threat. Not only does she make me feel like it's OK, to pick at cheese whilst I'm cooking but, she also makes me feel like I'm not an alien because I still shop in the kids department for my clothes from time to time (i.e. that delicious yellow Petit Bateau coat she's always rocking). Thank you Rachel. We salute you!

Jessica Chastain.
This lovely red-headed lady is a true American Beauty and an acting inspiration too. From being bullied for her hair colour and intelligence during high-school she has grown into one of the most incredible actresses I have ever seen on screen. Not only can she tackle gritty roles like Maggie Beauford in Lawless, she can nail acting a southern belle like Celia Foote in The Help, and even mastermind the mission which captured Osama Bin Laden, as Maya in Zero Dark Thirty. 
If anyone can show those high-school bullies who's boss, it's this lady. She gives me hope that I will one day be able to show those who picked on me as a teenager, just how successful I can be, as well as being a great role model for others too.

Alys Fowler.
Last but not least is, the lovely, Alys Fowler. This lady has truly mastered the art of finding your niche and being proud of what you're good at. After completing her degree, she studied with the Royal Horticultural Society, and at Kew Gardens. She was awarded a scholarship with the New York Botanical Gardens, and moved to the states in 1998, before returning to the UK to take up her post as head gardener at Berryfields where, Gardeners World was hosted from. This lady is a true inspiration when it comes to letting your geek flag fly. She has made a career for herself out of something which is often seen as deeply 'uncool' with a younger generation, and has even broken the boundaries of traditional gardening by writing books and producing shows such as; The Thrifty Gardener and A Home Grown Life, which celebrate a more frugal way of both living and gardening. Something which we all know I am passionate about. Not only that but, she has such an amazing sense of style and is often seen pottering about in her garden in a vintage dress and wellies, with her adorable Jack Russel, Isobel following closely behind. She makes me feel like it's OK, to spend the day with dirt under my finger nails on my hands and knees in a vintage dress, sowing marigold seeds to keep the pests off of my peas. Alys, you are just too cool for words.

Come on then ladies, let me in on some of secret girl crushes, and tell me why you find them so inspiring. It's time we started celebrating each other's quirks!