Monday Happy List

Summer Holidays edit {Week 356}

Teignmouth beach

Starting the week by writing the Monday Happy List  is something I’ve been doing for a while. It’s a chance for me to sit down and reflect on the things that made me happy in the previous week, as well as to record some of our family adventures. It’s a post I always love to write.

Summer Holidays edit {Week 356}

We started the week off in south Devon for a few days in a gorgeous little cottage by the sea. We spent a day exploring the Moor Otters Trail and climbing Haytor which the children enjoyed.

Somehow we squeezed in a trip to The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in London for a retelling of Twelfth Night for children. It was our first trip to the theatre in months and it was a great introduction to Shakespeare. We then popped over to Leake Street to explore the graffiti tunnel.

Leake Street Tunnel

I packed a bag of crafts with me and stitched an embroidered bag using a pre-printed transfer. This was a new way to embroider but was so much easier than transferring a design with pencil. I bought a pack of transfers and can’t wait to embroider on clothes and bags as well.

A few years ago (!) I bought a cute plush otter pattern to make for my daughter who loves otters. The pattern is called Squeakers the Otter by fluffmonger. I already had the fabric and cut out the pattern pieces a few weeks ago. It only took a few hours to put together and now my daughter has another otter for her collection.

I also started a weaving course by Elka Weaving with the most gorgeous loom and fibres. It’s an online course and I can’t wait to finish watching the videos and get started.

Have a great week everyone!


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    August 9, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    I’d like to learn to do embroidery, look forward to seeing what you come up with! I hope you had a nice time in Devon, it’s nice being down by the coast

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    Yeah Lifestyle
    August 9, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    Sounds like you have been busy with all the embroidery and loom work. The visit to Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in London also sounds really exciting.

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    Eileen M Loya
    August 10, 2021 at 4:47 am

    You sure had a great start this week. I am not that crafty, but I would love to learn to knit. I will look for some online courses too.

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    Bella and Dawn at Dear Mummy Blog
    August 10, 2021 at 10:07 am

    We’d love to do more crafting and weaving sounds fun! Sounds like you’ve had quite the adventure so far this summer!

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    Samantha Donnelly
    August 10, 2021 at 11:29 am

    Sounds like you had a great week, I love Devon and always had great trips there. I have not been to this part of London but sounds great fun

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    Rhian Westbury
    August 10, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    Sounds like you had a great week, Devon sounds lovely and very cool that you got to go back to the theatre x

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    August 10, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    Devon must be lovely this time of year. I think my kids would really enjoy climbing Haytor too.

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    Belinda B
    August 10, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    Devon is great this time of year – I hope you had a great week

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