Welcome to Willow in Winter


Hi, I’m Ada, welcome to my blog! I write about my life as a 27-year-old living in a small city in England. Most of my posts are about my embroideries, tv shows and books.

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My latest posts

My reading goals for 2023

Let’s ignore the fact that it’s already February when I’m writing this post with my reading goals for the year, but for me, January went by so fast that I barely had time to acknowledge a new year had started.

Reading Odd Girl Out and being on the Autism Spectrum

A year ago, I started going to therapy to figure out why I have social anxiety and how to manage it. I’ve always been shy and felt awkward around people. When I was a kid, I was told that was normal, some even found it cute, but I always got the same response from adults,…

A year in the life: Review of my 2022

It’s reaching the end of 2022, and I’m trying to remember everything that happened this year. My memory is pretty bad, and I struggle to keep track of time and always mix events that happened in completely different times (and places!).

How I’m coping with SAD (Seasonal affective disorder)

I’ve noticed since I’ve gotten older that the colder months affect me more than they used to. I love autumn and winter, rainy days, cold walks in the woods, long scarves… I spend my summers wishing for days like these, but when the time comes, the cold weather also affects my moods in ways I’m…

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Halloween cross-stitch and pumpkin carving

Happy Halloween! Don’t you love this time of year? It’s been raining almost non-stop every day since October started. The streets are full of colourful fallen leaves, there are pumpkins everywhere, and I finally got to wear my winter coat.

Visiting a pumpkin patch

I started October with one of the best autumnal activities, visiting a pumpkin patch. We drove to a farm thirty minutes away from the city, and it was like stepping into another world. While in the town where I live, people seem unaware that it’s autumn and all the shops are instead displaying Christmas stuff,…

Autumn 2022 mood board and colour palette

It’s officially autumn! After an endless summer full of heat waves and ice tea, autumn graces us with her presence. The air is getting colder, the brown leaves are falling, and my closet has returned to its preferred form, full of cardigans, sweaters and witchy boots.

Travel diaries: Birthday in Copenhagen

I’ve spent this past year reading books about Denmark: The Little Book of Hygge and The Little Book of Lykke by Meik Wiking, The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell and The Almost Nearly Perfect People by Michael Booth, so it came as no surprise when I told my partner I wanted to spend…

Movies that shaped my childhood

I grew up in the early 2000s when humour in movies was terrible, and women were sexualised from an early age. I was a kid the first time my dad took my sister and me to a video rental shop in town. It was the beginning of the DVD, and I became obsessed with the…

July 2022 Book Wrap Up

This month has been a weird one for me. We had an insane heatwave, I complained about it in a previous post, and we also had family over visiting from Spain, which increased my social anxiety and made me stress a lot about little things. Those two combined meant I didn’t read much this month.…

July 2022 Monthly Favourites

This month I’ve started a digital journal, I’ve never done one before and I don’t know if I’ll stick with it, but I had fun creating my July favourites. I thought it’d be cool to keep a record of the things I liked the most each month.

Summer 2022 bucket list (heatwave edition)

Do you know what the world desperately needs in 2022? Multiple heatwaves happening at the same time, just to shake things up a bit. England is experiencing never-seen-before heat. We’ve just reached 39°C in my city, and it’s driving my little autumn heart insane.

June 2022 Book Wrap Up

I hate summer, but I love summery books. I love holiday-related books and summer romances, I get to travel to unique places and live through other people’s stories while I’m stuck in my town working all season.

Personal entry: An introvert’s survival kit

I was reading Quiet Girl in a Noisy World by Debbie Tung, and I fell in love with the illustrations of her life as an introvert. She described exactly how I feel, and I related so much to all the situations she illustrated. I enjoyed her book, but what most captured my attention was her…

May 2022 Book Wrap Up

May has been a month of great reads. I read nine books, the most I’ve read this year, but that’s what happens when all the books are so great, that they don’t last long.

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