Saturday: I go to the Post Office to collect The Handmade Marketplace, to make sure I've covered everything relevant for my first blogging workshop (fully booked, how exciting!)
My friend Malini and I scour the Asian groceries in Tooting for interesting tins to arrange flowers in (the below selection are printed directly onto the tin.) I go to a pricey florist to look for ranunculus, a flower I'd never heard of before I started reading blogs, for no good reason other than wanting to style my tins and practise this hand-tied bouquet method.
I buy muslin at the local sewing machine shop to diffuse strong window light (a photography tip I learned at last week's Etsy meet-up) - and to use the rest to make Rachel's homemade paneer (already made once, very successfully.) I buy a postcard for next month's Benevolent Postcard Society recipient.
I look at the contrail-free sky and consider taking a photo for Amelia's magazine's clear sky photo challenge. I make roasted rhubarb for dinner using this recipe.
Sunday: I go to the garden centre to look for tiny terracotta pots so I can make this potted chocolate pudding for my new job's baking rota (the most stressful part of the job - on day one I found out a colleague had brought a blow torch into work for his creme brulee contribution.)
I arrange my ABC cups (just stocked) with an apt blog phrase, tidy my kitchen and take photographs for a bloggers' interview I'm taking part in. I look online for a still life photography course (clearly much needed.)
I write this post while listening to this song I heard about on Twitter (love the illustrated video too), and implement an HTML tip I learned from Muesli Lover.
Believe me, I could go on...but yet I don't have any clean clothes ready for work on Monday.
Can anyone identify with this? In an attempt to work on some kind of online/offline and creative/practical balance (especially when the sun is shining) I'm going to have a little time off from blogging. There are lots of non blog-related things I need to catch up on in the immediate future, such as engaging in the political debate - lots of good resources for the election suggested here. I still have lots of blog post ideas in my head, plus a few car boot sale outings planned, so I'll be back in full swing in a week or two!
(On noticeboard (frame bought at a car boot sale) mini bunting, French flea market cards, dried glitter rose, Polaroid from Melanie, print by Cassie.)