Pip revolutionized my life today by introducing me to the Next button in Google Reader… read her instructions and enjoy! I was totally overwhelmed by all the blogs I subscribe to in my reader, and will often just return to my 10 – 15 oldest and dearest because looking at everything is just too much. But now I have started a-fresh. I haven’t gone the whole hog and deleted everything like Pip has done, but I have marked everything as “read”, and will enjoy hitting “next” from now on to flick through the most recent updates from all of my 236 favourite blogs (I can’t bear to delete a single one!). I have found so much inspiration in just one day using this new method. I am hoping this sense of being all sorted will last.

I have started thinking about decorating for Christmas (this year I am thinking of embracing the Southern Hemisphere Summer a bit more and decorate with a kind of Midsummer-fairy-woodland theme… though I may run out of energy, as is my way, and just cut out a million paper snowflakes again. They do look pretty). There is lots to be found to start me thinking and scribbling lists. Top to bottom: Mouse House and FamilyΒ from Pottery Barn Kids, vintage wall art on etsy (sadly sold!) via How About Orange, a super cute mushroom ornament found on Sew, Mama, Sew, Heidi’s gorgeous card houses (she has the link to the templates on the bhg site) and lastly (and so cool) is a detail from Michelle’s beautiful Solstice calendar. Such an inspiration!

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18 Responses

  1. Emma says:

    I have been using Bloglines all this time to keep track of my blogs, but had recently set up a Google Reader account thinking I might give it a try. And with this whole Next button excitement, I just might have to!Gorgeous photos by the way, thanks for sharing your great finds!

  2. Bek says:

    Yes! I didn’t even HAVE google reader before I read Pip’s posts. Bless her. I only have a few in my reader so far, the rest are all book marked waiting to be added. I tried out my next button this morning and discovered I had reached “the end of the internet”. I feel like I have achieved something now. lol

  3. Alexis says:

    The “next” button has completely changed my life! Three cheers for Pip!

  4. Rosina says:

    That is great!! Thanks for sharing the NEXT tip with us. I just put it into my toolbar and it is sooo nice to see everyone’s pretty blogs instead of the boring old reader πŸ™‚ I’ve got over 200 blogs on my reader to and I just can’t seem to delete any either *grin*. Love your blog πŸ™‚

  5. Erica says:

    LOL@ paper snowflakes. oh goodness…being engulfed in the craft world this year has helped me look at christmas a whole new way – who knew you could decorate your house with more than just ten pounds of tinsel??

    well….i didn’t….


  6. Bunny says:

    Oh, I am so sad that the vintage wall art has been sold. πŸ™ I have to find more like it!

  7. jo says:

    how funny! only last night I lay in bed reading the whole solstice and christmas section of All Year Round (by Ann Druit) and went to sleep dreaming of Advent, Nativity and Midsummer Celebrations… I just hope that I can find the energy to put some of my ideas into action πŸ˜€

  8. alivicwil says:

    I’ve been thinking about buying a rudolph mouse from House of Mouse this morning…

    I’m also planning on making paper decorations for my tree, but I don’t know what! This will be our first time putting up our tree. We bought it at the Boxing Day sales two years ago, but moved into our new home the weekend after Christmas last year, so didn’t see the point in putting it up! I’m expecting not to have enough decorations to fill it – rather than buying as many as I can this year, I want to fill it with things that can be disposed of as we buy more meaningful decorations over the years.

  9. Kirsty says:

    I’m completely loving that “next” but I was a little ruthless with the reading list.

  10. Michelle says:

    I do the “all” link and go through the blogs in successive order. All on one page – you can’t get easier than that!Beautiful inspiration you have provided here – thanks!

  11. michelle says:

    I finally found my over-the-limit number of blog subscriptions in Bloglines — its 593! On your suggestion I just marked them all read (over 3000!). The shear numbers have made me pull in and read fewer. It’s a little sad, and a little sick.I’m happy you are enjoying the solstice calendar. As soon as I get this birthday party over with, I’ll get to making more felt goodness.

    Glad you’re back.


  12. meg says:

    Thanks for including my little mushroom. It’ll be a cold and woodsy christmas in this hemisphere. And thanks for the “next” tip, because of it I am leaving a comment on your lovely blog and just found out Amanda (of soulemama fame) had her baby.

  13. Cassandra says:

    oh thankyou ladies for the hot tips. xx

  14. Lori says:

    love all this great inspiration – its putting me in a christmas making mood.

  15. marrije says:

    Ooh, thanks for telling me about the Next button, Claire! Everything is so colourful and happy-making again suddenly, yay πŸ™‚ Let me add some more knitting sites to my reader.. Oh, maybe not, must get work done.

  16. Prudence says:

    Claire -Thank you so much for the package! It was so nice to receive that in the mail last week. I will definitely be putting the fabrics and ribbons to use in my Christmas Doll gifts. And my daughter is in love with the little stationary set and book. Oh, and now I have Christmas cards, too!

    Thank you!

    And I love the images in this post, too – thanks for the continued inspiration.


  17. Laura says:

    Those card houses are adorable, thank you.

  18. Morgan says:

    Lots and lots of inspiration. I love that mousehouse!! Merry Christmas!

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