Saturday, 12 July 2014
So I bought this cute little bird feeder which is basically a pretty yellow saucer mounted on a metal stick. I filled it straight up with bird food and then waited.
Not a bird was to be seen. Any yet all of the bird food mysteriously disappeared.
Luckily the mystery is now solved - I caught this little guy (girl?) casting a judging eye on the empty saucer. I quickly filled it up, and the pigeon quickly returned and started working through the stash (and has returned several times since).
I'm honestly just happy that it's being used. I would like to attract a bit of a better selection of birds mind you - I'm turning into a right old bird-watcher recently!
Have you had any surprising visitors in your garden?
Bye for now!
Friday, 11 July 2014
It's Friday lovely people! That means it's time to kick back, enjoy the sunshine (please British weather...stay sunny...please?) and maybe carry on with a bit more work towards my life laundry project.
By 'bit more' I pretty much mean 'start actually doing something'. Just thought I should clear that up.
|Photo from handbag.com|
So what do I have planned for the weekend? I have some birthday present shopping to do, so a visit to my local town centre is planned. I'm in need of a little pick me up, and my make-up stash is screaming out for an update so I think a trip to the Urban Decay counter. Speaking of which, how utterly amazing is this Pulp Fiction inspired set? I don't think I could carry off that lipstick quite like Mia Wallace but I'm happy to give it a go!
The weekend will also undoubtedly also involve some forest exploration. It's become a weekly ritual now, and I feel totally peaceful and calm when I'm there - until my beloved mentions the Blair Witch and I become all jittery!
I'll also be reading my way through Fat Mum Slim - a blog which I'm sure everyone else in the world already knows, but I've only just discovered, and already love. I also love the photo-a-day project. I've been meaning to use instagram more often, and think this would be a brilliant way to get started!
My last little plan for the weekend is to find my crafty mojo again - I miss crafting so much! I think I may stalk pinterest for some inspiration for little projects...if you have any suggestions I'd love to hear them!
Whatever you have planned for the weekend I hope it's a happy one!
Bye for now!
Thursday, 10 July 2014
The first Etsy shop that deserves muchos love is Kate Broughton. Kate is an illustrator and her shop is packed full of some beautiful prints, cards, notebooks, mirrors and nailart - featuring lots of different nature inspired themes including birds, flowers, whales and gardens.
Here are my current top five favourites from the shop...
Whales of the World Print - I'm still obsessing over whales and absolutely love this print! I think it's going to be going on a wishlist!
Woodland themed nail stickers - I have a few sets of Kate's nail stickers and these are next on the list - my nails suddenly feel a bit naked without some woodland magic on them!
Toadstool writing set - Made from recycled paper - I love the retro mushroom-ness of this set!
Mandarin Duck Pocket Mirror - I'm particularly fond of this because a cute family of Mandarin Ducks seem to have taken up residence on a pond near my home
Coastal Birds of Britain Print - another beautiful print, this time with a selection of British coastal birds.
This is my most recent purchase from Kate's shop - a cute little Garden Notebook for my dad and some nail decals - a bird set for me, and a crafty set for a friend. I haven't used them yet but will take some pictures when I do.
I just wanted to add that I'm not sponsored in any way to make these posts - they're just my opinions on some amazing artists on Etsy - hope you enjoy discovering them!
Wednesday, 9 July 2014
I've been a fan of Tatty Devine's jewelery and Rob Ryan's designs for quite a while now, so the two teaming up for some Rob Ryan jewelery is pretty much heaven for me. I've picked my favourite pieces above, but honestly love each piece in the collection. Sadly it's a little bit out of my budget range for now...but that doesn't mean I can't dream (and drool)!
To see the full collection check out Tatty Devine.
Tuesday, 8 July 2014
Tesco have started stocking a pretty amazing range of stationery, so my weekly shop now pretty much always includes a little browse down the stationery isle (who needs food when there are pretty folders to buy, right?). On my last visit I was so excited to see this little guy staring at me from the shelves:
I love the 'Pugs not Drugs' design and am so happy to have his grumpy yet noble face in notebook form. However, there was also a design I haven't seen before, and I had to buy it as my new notebook for work...because, well, it sums me up very nicely...
Honestly - I think I spend at least 90% of my day with that look on my face. Inside there is an equally cute design on each page...
These notebooks were on sale when I found them - for just £3.75 each - bargain! You can hopefully still find them in-store at Tesco. Alternatively there is a pretty amazing selection of Gemma Correll stationery available at Amazon.
Monday, 7 July 2014
I'm about to start another read-through of the books, but think I might make up this bookmark first. I still find myself enjoying reading actual books more than my Kindle - maybe because I've always loved bookmarks?!
Here's the pattern - no particular floss colour requirements - you'll just need a black, white, yellow, blue and red - nice and simple!
Sunday, 6 July 2014
|Etsy Treasury - Getting Organised|
Monday, 30 June 2014
This is the last of the mini designs for now - look out for some more Avengers coming soon!
I think I'm going to turn mini Mr Distinguished into some keyrings for Christmas stocking fillers (I'm thinking about Christmas already...what is actually wrong with me?!).
If you do use the pattern let me know - I'd love to see your distinguished projects!
Wednesday, 18 June 2014
Photos from http://www.onebrowncow.co.uk/
I love storage tins. I love them so much that I may need a storage box in which to store all of my storage tins if I obtain many more!
It's going to be hard to resist these tins of beauty with genuine 1950s designs by John Hanna which I stumbled across over at http://http://www.onebrowncow.co.uk.
My favourite is definitely the badger, who looks decidedly shifty, but am really in love with the style of all of them.
Would a few more storage tins really hurt?
Bye for now!
Tuesday, 17 June 2014
Phew, it feels good to admit that.
One of my favourite places to get my stationery fix is ArtBox. I have a sneaky suspicion that I'm not alone with this addiction, so thought I would share some snaps of my recent Artbox haul...
I'm determined to start writing more letters, so I've bought a couple of very cute letter sets...
|Hello Panda Letter Set|
|Happy Animals Letter Set|
I bought some cute Rilakumma tape as part of a birthday present for a friend...
|Kapibarasan Sticky Notes|
and all of the notes on the inside...
These will be a huge improvement on the yellow sticky notes I end up sticking around my desk on an average week!
Ok, time to organise my desk with my new supplies...well actually I need to organise my desk full stop - it's a mess!
Monday, 16 June 2014
I've decided that approach isn't very productive, so I'm going to start posting them anyway - please just excuse the fact that some of them won't have a 'finished item' photo to go with them!
This week's design is a tiny cute yeti - perfect for putting into a key fob or for filling any tiny spaces that are crying out for a miniature mythical creature...
Lots more patterns to come over the next few weeks - including some more Marvel characters, a Hunger Games inspired design...and a character from Frozen. If you have any requests please send them my way!
Sunday, 15 June 2014
His response was instant, and slightly worrying.
I'm telling myself it's because he has recently been playing Robot Unicorn Attack .
I couldn't resist delving into the unicorn related offerings on Etsy...and a little while later this treasury was born.
|Rainbow Unicorn Treasury on Etsy|
Anyway, I hope this treasury brings a smile to your face - is there anything more ridiculous yet awesome than Unicorns?
My abslolute favourite item is this print:
|LittleCatDraw on Etsy|
Friday, 13 June 2014
A woodland wander is definitely on the 'to do list' - my go-to place if I'm feeling a bit stressed or low on energy (plus there's always the hope of spotting deer!)
I've been testing my restraint by resisting the urge to binge watch Orange is the New Black, but I'm absolutely loving Season 2 so far,so it seems quite likely that I'll fit in an episode ...or two. I have really loved getting to know some of the season 1 characters better through flashbacks, although am finding myself less and less interested in Piper's story and more interested in the other inmates.
Divergent is finished and I LOVED it. I've started Insurgent and although it hasn't got me hooked in the same way as the first instalment I'm still looking forward to some time with Tris this weekend.
Most importantly of all, it's Father's Day, so I'm looking forward to catching up with my Dad...hopefully complete with some sunshine and a BBQ!
I hope your weekend brings lots of fun times your way, wherever it takes you!
Sunday, 8 June 2014
|Terrarium Treasury on Etsy|
Phew...I needed to take some time to re-charge my batteries this week, which I've succeeded in doing - hurrah! I'm on a mission to improve my fitness at the moment, and in the spirit of that am starting to go for lots of walks - with a view to building up to some jogging at some point - couch potato mode is definitely disengaging now the sun is out!
The only trouble I have is that I have a tendency to stop and take photos when walking! The route I'm taking at the moment is a 5 mile trek through a forest near my home - but when it's this beautiful its kind of hard to resit stopping and taking in the beauty along the way...
At the risk of sounding like a forest-dwelling hippy (which I might just be) I feel completely full of energy after a visit to the forest so I'm vowing to make at least one visit each week.
I'd love to hear about your 'go-to' places for re-charging your batteries - I think they're an important part of survival in the current hectic world!
Wednesday, 4 June 2014
I would love to be able to decorate biscuits that look this amazing - I can pretty much only manage weird blobs of icing. Luckily Sweet Petite Shop has got me covered!
|Ruby Lewis Designs|
|Loobie and Boo|
My dad is forever losing his glasses and this gorgeous Harris Tweed glasses case would solve that problem perfectly!
|Fawn and Thistle|
A couple of the items from this list will be finding their way to my dad on Father's Day, but I'm going to keep which ones it is a secret, just in case he stumbles across this post! Hope it's helped those in need with some inspiration!
Saturday, 31 May 2014
So it's the last day of May, which means the end of Rosalilium's Blog Every Day in May challenge - and I made it! I didn't use the prompts every day but I have indeed posted every day - something I honestly wasn't sure I'd achieve!
I thought I'd use this last post for May to talk about what I've learnt from the challenge...
1. That I love writing and want to get better at it - I sort of knew this anyway, but the daily posts have reinforced this. I plan to work more on my style of writing, and I'm looking forward to developing it. I find writing incredibly relaxing, so it's definitely something I want to do more of!
2. That blogging is really hard! As much fun as I've found it, there's no doubt that giving myself the head space to write a post for each day has been a challenge in more ways than one! It's easy to become really overwhelmed by some of the amazing blogs that are already out there, and I admit I had a few 'what's the point?' days. Luckily I worked out that 'the point' is that I enjoy doing it!
3. It's given me lots of ideas for more regular features I want to include as I move forward with my blogging adventures, and I know I need to sit down and give myself some space to think about content. I haven't written much about crafting this month - maybe because I haven't been doing anything very creative - but I know that's something I want to write about more!
A big thank you to Elizabeth at Rosalilium for putting all of the prompts together - and for giving me the motivational kick I needed to really give blogging a try!
See you in June lovely readers! (...can we just pause for a minute to acknowledge that it's almost June already...how did that happen?! Christmas still feel like it was yesterday!)
Friday, 30 May 2014
I have a few things I need to get done this weekend that are of the not-so-much-fun variety but I'm planning on making sure I fit in some awesomeness too!...
I'm having a big stash busting drive at the moment. To use up some of my wool I'm planning to make some of these little guys...
The pattern for these crochet cat nip mice can be found here. I'm planning on donating them to a local cat charity - I thought they could either give them to the rescue kitties, or sell them in their shop. Now I've just to work out how to make them without my cats tearing them to pieces (they go crazy for catnip!)
I'm hoping to visit Totnes - one of my favourite places to be. It's a little market town in Devon and is home to some of the best independent shops and cafes. I always feel peaceful and relaxed when I visit Totnes, so I'm looking forward to some chill out time...and vintage treasure hunting!
Yep - I'm now addicted to Divergent. It's the first book to completely draw me in for a long time, so I'm planning some time curled up with a cup of tea and my Kindle.
I'll also be working on a few cross-stitch patterns so watch this space for some geeky stitching! If you have any requests just let me know!
I hope that your weekend is a good one, whatever you may have planned!