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Hygge Moments – Zozie’s February

What’s been hygge for me February- well, bring crazily in love with someone leads you towards special February moments a plenty. 

I have been spoilt with treats of craft bits such such as a cute flowers stamper set, a harry Potter sticker book and a Pixar (I love Disney movies) postcard set.  These were special romantic gestures and as such really thoughtful and giving me nice hygge moments crafting and creating (which is one of my best forms of relaxation ) 

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Danish ‘Hygge’ – What is it and do you do it already?

Relaxing read next to my bed, finding out about the Danish way to live well with ‘The little book of Hygge’

I have just been introduced to the Danish word ‘Hygge recently, I am very excited as the essence of it is how I like to live my life anyway, and what this website is all about at heart, read on…

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Romance Reading this Valentine’s Day

I love a good read, and its nearly Valentine Day so let’s think romance reads.

‘Man of Mine’ is romantic, but I still like reading romance as well, its comforting and restoring after a hard day, okay I prefer a cuddle but who says we can’t have our real life romance and then read about someones else s, even if its fiction.

Romance never goes out of style, although I had wondered on my book club if the type of book that comes to mind with romance is now less in favour and considered cheesy by some, not me, yes SOME reads ARE cheesy but not all and who dislikes a bit of cheese in there reading…

I have a few recommendations for you that earned there place on my bookcases, and I dont know if you have more you can tell me about that I may not have read, it not like any of us can read everything!

1 Bridget Jones Diary

2 A gift to Remember

3 Miracle on 5th Avenue

4 Please dont stop the music

5 Pride and Prejudice

there are more but these are what spring to mind today and will give you something to look up and hopefully enjoy.

I asked in my book and craft club for any suggestions, – I cant vouch for them myself but here are the suggestions and I appreciate all of you for helping me with this list 😉 hopefully they are all great .

Myriam E Flores Perez

Have you read the Christine Feehan Dark series? Also, Linsay Sands’ Argeneau series?

I’m a vampire fan so both of those series mix romance with vampires. Also, I love that both are quite extensive series so there’s always new to read!

Sandy Dunne

The Bridgerton Series by Julia Quinn and any series by Anne Gracie and of course Eloisa James!!!!

Patricia Marsalek chambers

Anything by Nicholas Sparks. They are not your cookie cutter romance. There is always a deep story told. My favorite is Message in a Bottle.

Chelsea Garret-Kegley

I haven’t read romance books in a long time. But I did recently read Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins for a challenge. It was actually pretty good. She’s a black author & I believe her books are written in that post-slavery/pre civil rights era so it’s an interesting take on the historical romance.


Julie Driver

It’s an oldy but a fav a knight in shining Armor by Jude Devereaux

I love it because it is time travel romance and humor all in one… I do not reread many books but I do that one.

Kyra Wittenauer

Hiding in Plain Sight by Angela Evans.

Katy Marrufo

The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon is becoming one of my favorites

Emese Tunde Nyilas

I’m old fashioned: Jane Eyre! And Gone with the Wind. I like heroines who have goals in life other than “get a boyfriend”, and I like heroes who don’t lose their personality as soon as they see a
pretty face (also, heroes who want more in a woman than a pretty face).

Tiffany Meshell

My favorite all around is Outlander. I love the historical aspect almost as much as I love the main characters. The entire series has kept me company for many years!

Lesa Lopeman

Just about anything by Nicholas Sparks. It’s hard to believe his books are written by a man ! Lol

Daphne Leigh Johnson

2nd this!  * this was in response to above*

Mercedes Hughes- Barlow

I like Nora Roberts her female leads all have guts!

Tori Straughn

The Consequences series by Aleatha Romig! They’re not your typical love story. It starts out dark, but has a redemption plot through the 5 books. I absolutely loved them.

Zitta Sommers

To me at least, is a big difference between romance novels and romantic novels 😉 A lot of the books i read has romance elements, but I wouldn’t call them romance novels if you know what I mean

Romance isn’t always a no drama book or only a drama in the will she or wont she realize the hero is crazy about her kind of way, they can be exciting dramatic reads at times, Nora Roberts is an author who I have found like that at times for instance,

Please let me know YOUR favorite in the comments as well, what comes to mind when YOU think romance book? have you read any of these?

Until next time, hoping you have a lovely Valentines Day with your loved one or snuggled up in a blanket with a romance book, (or not or BOTH) have a great February 14th.



A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery – do they crochet or knit?

A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery is the first in a series by Molly MacRae.

I just finished it recently and really enjoyed it – wanted to tell you how I found it as my latest cozy mystery read.

I mean… haunted yarn shop –  gotta be a good premise for a book hasn’t it, its such an interesting idea and firstly I love yarn with my love of crochet see Crochet-A-Long 2017 announcement  


but secondly in a book ghosts can be fantastic for a story line.

One of the things I can find with a cozy is sometimes the reasons that attracted you to the book are not highlighted in the story as much as you may like,- as they are a very back part to the story BUT here the ghostly yarn shop was brought in enough, although I have to say the yarn shop itself didn’t appear to be haunted!! it was the house that our protagonist was staying in that was. (so a little confused on that one). Seeing as there was yarn (although take note LITTLE of it) I was pleased, and there was a ghost (LOTS of ghost chat ).

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WhimsyandCosy free PDF – Have you got yours? 

Just a mini blog post to draw attention to the fact that I finished the PDF… sent Monday the big wave of them … and hope so very much you enjoy the extra read.

I wanted to let you all know HERE especially in case those spam filters are naughty and put WhimsyandCosy’s treat to you there. .. and I’m pretty sure MANY of you are wanting to find out what you need to know to join in the Crochet-a-long…

☆Add WhimsyandCosy to your safe senders list if you can.☆

Read about it Here.. and  Here…

Anyone joining the email list now will get the PDF and can at any point join/do the Crochet-a-long.

Have fun. …and let me know your colour choices etc. wherever you can

…I would love hearing how you are doing

  ..am already enjoying hearing about some getting started via my club on Facebook  (search ‘whimsyandcosy craft club ).

I LOVE talking crochet and am starting the whimsyandcosy project soon myself

Remember if you want to join in hop on the email subscriber list😊

The box to sign up is usually under comments on mobiles and to the right on desktops. ..

Speak soon….

Happy Crochet! 


Crochet-A-Long 2017 announcement 

As you may know I recently announced the WhimsyandCosy crochet-a-long challenge for 2017….it should be fun.

I think and hope there are a variety of you joining in -I also hope some will be a part of the discussion on how we are doing at the WhimsyandCosy Craft club on Facebook.   (Search ‘WhimsyandCosy Craft Club’ )

I wanted to tell you – for those joining in (you need to sign up to whimsyandcosy by email to qualify ) that the THEME of the blanket will be SELF CARE! 

How better than to use Crochet as a way of increasing your happiness and me time!

Read about the CAL Here

And my crochet history... Here

….I can’t give all the detail/secrets away here but if you want to join in please sign up and very soon I will send you details. ..it’s not going to be complicated at all if you know the basics. 

Remember details will come via the WhimsyandCosy free PDF book arriving on your email soon …covering a variety of topics to entertain you and give you some (I’m sure much deserved ) me time!

I’ve been working hard on it as a treat for you. 

So the WhimsyandCosy Self Care Blanket CAL…will be launching VERY VERY SOON!  EXCITING!  – It’s going to be special and, I believe,  could really improve your life! (I am not exaggerating! )

Dive on board!! – and get ready for detail…. make sure you sign up for blog emails to not miss out.

Happy Happy New Year Friends 


All about Crochet and you


Do you crochet and have you ever done a CAL? (Crochet-a-long)

See Here for info on whimsyandcosy CAL 2017

It’s fun to talk crochet it’s one of my passions!

Read about it more Here

I find crochet so relaxing and so creative, it is fun to think what may be made or could be made, what new patterns will be followed, what new ideas you may just think of and create even without a pattern… also the fact you can make things in all those wonderful colours, the pleasure of beautiful yarn is really a big part of it. Yarn is such a nice tactile thing and I have found some very inexpensive yarns to feel lovely. (Plus wash some yarns in the machine – bonus)

Also do you have many works in progress? – I don’t want to build up too many, I would rather ‘frog’ them than that, if you wonder what that means it means undoing all your work, very easy to do but not a very fun thing!  Not something I have done yet. (starting again yes, not making it no)

There are so many ideas of what to make now – especially with great magazines and you tube.

I would love to hear if you do crochet, or if you plan to start learning it, it really is easier to learn now with You Tube to help.


I have had trouble understanding some patterns, especially with the way crochet patterns can be written in USA or UK terms, why oh why!  I am so familiar with some stitches but others fill me with the ‘concern‘ LOL.

For me, somebody showing you on You Tube in a calmly real-time way is one of the easiest ways to learn and there is a pause button to use, and I have used it. You have to work out which terminology they are using themselves though, mostly – hopefully – they do say. Or their accent gives it away.


The thing to remember is one of the BEST things about crochet is the inspiration it gives, and that it is just supposed to be a bit of FUN.  I guess no one who crochets has not struggled with something  at some point.

We must all go easy on ourselves about how WHAT WE make (or not) matches up to what our plan was and how the picture looks.

We wouldn’t get the sense of achievement if it was THAT easy, and I have already achieved more than I thought I would, so onwards  – towards the next crochet time, with a few works in progress and some hope of more completed pieces to enjoy.

It’s all in the name of FUN.


I learnt a lot from a magazine part work called ‘The art of crochet’  which I collected for a little while and had/has some great reference in it. (and you got yarn with it which was really fun for starting my yarn collection)

As I have said You Tube, I had some help from ‘Happy Berry Crochet’ doing crochet, and I love to watch ‘Jayda InStitches’ she is so funny with lots of cool ideas – brilliant.


Be ready when you start collecting yarn that you may never stop – its a fun ‘problem’ though!  Although I have barely bought any this year after getting so much last year, so I have done well.


This year may see some of you try crochet for the first time and if so I wish you luck and encouragement.  It is a fantastic hobby. Well worth trying in my humble opinion.

Happy Crafting

… and do JOIN me in the whimsyandcosy Crochet- a -long. Simple crochet no pressure fun.. look for the email sign up box


I love yarn