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

A tiny spring mushroom cross-stitch

One of my favourite pastimes after a long day is putting on a tv show in the background while scrolling through Pinterest looking for free cross-stitch templates. I’ve collected many tiny templates, but taking the time to cross-stitch them is a different story.

April 2023 book wrap up

April has gone by shockingly fast. I read 6 and a half books, the half being The Climate Book by Greta Thunberg, which I’m still tackling, I’m learning a lot, but it’s also so depressing I have to take a break after every few essays.

March 2023 Book Wrap Up

Dear reader, it’s the end of March; what’s the weather like where you are? We’ve had snow, rain, and some cold sunny days, but now it’s dark and windy. You can tell it’s the start of spring.

My Spring Moodboard, Bucket List And Books

When I was planning my spring moodboard, two books came to mind, both by Rachel Griffin. Her books always explore magic with nature, creating worlds where witches are tied to the natural elements.

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January and February 2023 book wrap up

One of my New Year resolutions was to write monthly book wrap ups again, as I did in 2021. And yet I already missed the January deadline, so I’m forcing myself to do it now along with February.

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…

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.…

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