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Friday, 14 April 2017

That Friday Feeling - Thirteen Reasons, Cows and all the Music


My Friday Feeling this week is that I still feel a little bit under the weather, have had some pretty rubbish news and I'm in great need of some lovely things to distract me.

It's a Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK, and I'm planning to use it for some catching up with loved ones and maybe (just maybe) getting some productive things done. I'm chomping at the bit to finally get an online shop set up for selling general trinkets/ pretty things/ crafty supplies, so I'm also going to try and give myself a kick up the backside to get things moving. If anyone has some tips on how to motivate yourself to do something that is scaring the crap out of you then I'd love to hear them!

Anyway...here are a few things I've been loving this week...


What I've been reading...


The Cows by Dawn O'Porter. I'm only 30 pages in and already completely caught up in the lives of the women in the book. I truly believe in the #don'tfollowtheherd message that is linked to the book - there are too many messages pushed at us every day about how we should behave, how we should look and what path we should follow in life. It's something that is really resonating with me at the moment - to the point where I'm going to see if I can push myself out of my comfort zone and do some blog posts linked to the subject.

I'll do a full review of the book when I've finished I am really loving Dawn O'Porter's writing style and the characters are completely abosorbing, so I can't wait to get back to reading this evening (which is quite a rare occurrence for me these days.

What I've been watching...


Thirteen Reasons Why has been the most heartbreaking watch. I feel like everyone is talking about it at the moment - but if you haven't heard of this Netflix show then be warned that it is truly a difficult watch, and tells the story of Hannah Baker, a girl who has committed suicide, and the reasons that led up to her taking her own life. This show should be compulsory viewing in all schools, and although it's set in high school there are messages for people of all ages. The acting is absolutely superb throughout. I came out the end of the 13 hours a teary and emotional wreck - but with a renewed commitment to doing as much good as possible and being constantly mindful of how my actions might impact on others.

What I've been listening to...

For the past couple of weeks, the question is more what haven't I been listening to. I've subscribed to Apple Music and I'm now in awe at the amount of music at my fingertips. I think I've listened to every album from my childhood along with every album I've been a little bit interested in for the past ten years. And don't even get me started on how much I love the alternative rock 90's playlists. Amazing. It has made me realise how much our access to music has changed though. I used to save my pocket money, carefully chose one album and then listen to it on constant repeat for weeks. I cherished that music. To suddenly have access to so much music was a little overwhelming at first (yep, I sound old. As I'm writing this I am sat here realising just how ridiculously old I sound, and yet I can't stop...) and it made me wonder if albums are still cherished in the same way. I'm going to tell myself that they are.

Right, it's time for me to retire for the evening with my copy of The Cows, a blanket, and full acceptance that I am an old lady whose mind has been baffled by modern technology.

Wishing you all a very happy and relaxing Easter.

xx






Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Collection Crush - Easter Tableware at Marks and Spencer



I don't really decorate for Easter. Which is ridiculous really...chicks and bunnies and pastels...oh my. Marks and Spencer may change that this year when it comes to Easter dinner...because the gorgeous retro prints on their Easter plates this year are so ridiculously cute and nostalgic. Here are a few of my favourites from their Easter range this year (follow the links for more info)...

1. Easter Side Plates

2. Leaping Bunny Sticks

3. Bunny Candle Holder

4. Easter Egg Platter 

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

On Catching Bugs...

Adorable print by TheNerdyFamily on Etsy

Soooo...yeah...I've been battling a really tough virus for a few weeks now - honestly not sure at this point what it was, but it left me really tired, dizzy most of the time and just feeling generally 'bleugh'.

Sorry for the silence around these parts. I've been wiped out most evenings and not able to write a coherent sentence (I know, I know...what's new?). I'm really happy that I'm starting to feel more like my old self..and itching to get back to blogging...and crafting...and...well...anything really!

As you'd probably imagine, things have been fairly quiet at home so I have very little to report. I have been catching up on some TV so I'm planning a post on some of the best of those. I've been totally out of the loop with new Spring home ware releases, so I'm going to go and catch up on those...and try to resist splurging by writing some Collection Crush posts instead!

This post is just me dipping my toe back in the blogosphere...in the past I've found that after I've been away from my blog for a little while for whatever reason it can be hard to get back into writing - it feels like a failure. I'm not going to fall into that pattern this time. It's not a failure, it's a temporary blip!

Take care for now, and I'll see you very soon!

xxx



Sunday, 5 March 2017

Sunday Best - Wearable Sewing Accessories

I'm spending more time on sewing and embroidery projects at the moment to try and help with keeping calm (I find trying to move house so stressful!), so I love the idea of having accessories that are also functional! Here are a few pretty but functional sewing accessories I found in my online travels...




This is the items that inspired this Sunday Best collection. A gorgeous leather bracelet that is also a tape measure? Yes please! You can find this bracelet and lots of other absolutely lovely sewing accessories over at Beyond Measure


This needle minder ring by Frozen Star Handmade on Etsy is a perfect and pretty way to make sure I stop losing my needles (which I do more than I care to admit). 



This thread cutter pendant from Sew and So is equal parts retro and useful...and I'd never need to worry about losing my sewing scissors again (yep...that also happens more than I'd like to admit.



And lastly...this pincushion ring by TeenyTinyVintage on Etsy is also really pretty and useful...I love the fact it comes with two tiny floral needles as well!

Ok...I'm going to go and do some embroidery now (if I can just find my sewing scissors and a needle...)

Bye for now!

xxx





Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Collection Crush - Thornback and Peel




My love for animal themed prints continues and this week I'm very happy to have discovered the gorgeous prints of Thornback and Peel. I couldn't decide which print I loved the most (bunnies...pigeons and jellies...hens and carnations...too much amazingness) so I've picked my favourite 4 prints. If you'd like to find out more follow the links below. I'm starting to build up a bit of a homeware wishlist in case we do buy a new home (which is something I'm equal parts scared and excited about) and some of these prints are definitely being added.

1. Blackbird and Bramble

2. Chicken and Carnation

3. Rabbit and Cabbage

4. Pigeon and Jelly

Bye for now!

xxx









Sunday, 26 February 2017

Sunday Best - Pancake Day!

So it's Shrove Tuesday this week...which means it's Pancake Day in the UK...woo!

I flipping love pancakes (see what I did there? Yep...it wasn't subtle).

In honour of this most tasty of days this Sunday best is dedicated to the little yellow pieces of yumminess, and all items (and photos) are from Etsy.

Stitchrovia is my favourite Cross Stitch designer on Etsy, and this pattern is no exception.




I love the design of this plate by jimbobart so much...perfect for eating pancakes on!


Can't get enough of those flipping pancake puns? Then this adorable card by Buttonbela is for you!


Just looking through the gorgeous pieces of jewellery in NeatEats is making me hungry...and this pancake necklace is no exception! Love the little heart shapes of butter.



And lastly...this cute print from FreyaArt suggests that making pancakes is super easy.

I should be getting some house tidying done right now...but instead I think I'm going to go and research pancake toppings...that's time well spent...right?

Bye for now!

xxx







Friday, 24 February 2017

That Friday Feeling - Good Smells, a Bellabeat and some Billy on the Street




Friday...Friday...gotta get down on Friday...(yep...that song is going to be stuck in my head forever now)

I'm so ridiculously happy it's Friday this week. I intend to revel in every single lovely minute of the weekend ahead. Before I get started here's a few things I've been using & loving this week...

What I've been..smelling...


I found this range of candles by Urban Apothecary in my local Boots and have been a little bit in love with smelling them ever since. I bought the Carrot Cake and Mint Creme scents but also have Bakewell Tart, Custard Cream and Lemon Meringue on my wishlist...they smell so good I think they're actually helping my diet and keeping cake cravings at bay!

What I've been wearing...



I treated myself to a Bellabeat after hitting a health related milestone...it was a little 'yay me' present for myself. I haven't stopped wearing it and tracking my steps, sleep patterns and meditation habits. I think I'll do a full blog post on this little gadget at some point but I've been so impressed and it's definitely helped me keep my stress levels in check this week.

What I've been watching...


I love every manic inch of Billy Eichner. I think I would panic and run in the other direction if he ever ran up to me in the streets - but I can watch his clips for hours through the safety of youtube!


I have a weekend of viewing houses (we're thinking of moving home...scary and exciting all at once!), crafting for a craft swap and getting some jobs around the house finished (because...ya know...potentially selling our house) so nothing super exciting but I'm really excited to get started. For now it's time for sleep (if someone could teach me the technique to get my cat to stop using me as a trampoline in the middle of the night that would be fantastic).

Whatever you're doing this weekend I hope it's a happy one.

Bye for now

xxx



Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Collection Crush - Quail Ceramics




I've found a new source of amazing ceramic homeware...and it is packed full of bird and animal themed items...woo!

Quail ceramics make a number of homeware items...egg cups, mugs, vases, jugs, salt and pepper shakers...and more, all themed around animals and birds of all shapes and sizes. I actually own a piece of Quail Ceramics already...a budgie egg cup...which I flipping love. For today's crush I thought I'd pick out some of their woodland/ forest animal and bird items. I'll be back on another Wednesday with some more of their items with a slightly more exotic animal and bird theme (giraffes...lovebirds...camels...lions...amazing!).

The photos above are from http://quailceramics.co.uk, and if you'd like to see more of the items click on the links below...

Bear Jug

Barn Owl Egg Cup

Hare Butter Dish

Mouse Salt and Pepper Shakers

I have a sneaky suspicion that more of these items are going to start appearing in my home...so watch this space!

Bye for now

xxx


Sunday, 19 February 2017

Sunday Best - Cactus Theme

My love of cacti started at a young age when I discovered they were a plant I could keep alive despite my tendency to forget to water them.

I still have some cacti I planted as a teenager which have been faithfully carried from home to home.

I would definitely love to bring a bit of a cactus theme into my home decor to celebrate my super spikey friends...here are some of the best home-related cactus items around at the moment (although there are so many to chose from!)...

I love this cactus trivet from H & M...perfect addition to any kitchen in need of some cactus fun.


Urban Outfitters are also supporting the cactus theme with this gorgeous mug.



This cactus print from Not on the Highstreet is definitely going on my wishlist...it's both pretty and educational...bonus!

The art on these cactus cushions by The Fox in the Attic on Etsy is so pretty.


...and lastly - I love the pattern on this cactus lampshade by LightFlightLighting on Etsy - perfect for adding a bit of cactus fun to a room without overpowering it.

Ok...time to stop browsing cactus items and go and water my spikey little pals.

Bye for now

xxx







Friday, 17 February 2017

That Friday Feeling - Heathens, Hidden Folks and TED talking



This week has been full of relaxation, catching up on my to-do list and spending time with loved ones (ie a week out of the office..hurrah!). Pretty much my perfect week in fact. I'm feeling recharged and ready to tackle some new challenges.

Here are a few things I've been loving this week (not including the lie-ins, lazy breakfasts, long walks and evenings hiding under a blanket while crocheting...they're a given).

What I've been watching...

I like to have background chatter when I'm working or doing little jobs around the house. Recently I've been watching a lot of vlogger videos on Youtube. However - I think I'm not exactly the target demographic for a lot of vloggers and have struggled to find many I connect with (come on thirty-something vloggers...you must be out there). However - this week I've been listening to a lot of the TED talks which focus on psychology and have been loving the fact that they totally tick my 'background chatter' box but they are also incredibly engaging and have taught me a few things too.

My favourite so far has been this talk by Amy Morin on building a stronger mind. Really powerful.



There are so many TED talks on so many different subjects that I feel like I've got hours of entertainment at my fingertips (no more boring washing-up sessions...yay!).

What I've been playing...



I downloaded this game from the app store this week and I'm finding it to be a little joy to play. It's basically a 'Where's Wally' (or Where's Waldo in the States) style game - but with a little point and click puzzle thrown in for fun at certain points. It's not easy...the pictures are all black and white and incredibly detailed, and sometimes the things to look for are literally tiny...but the graphics are so cute and funny, with lots of hidden animations, so it's keeping me engaged. Highly recommend this as a game you can jump into for a few minutes here and there, and after the one-off payment (£3.99) it's not going to keep asking for money like so many of the freemium games.

What I've been listening to...

I watched Suicide Squad for the first time this week...which led me to the soundtrack...which led me to Twenty One Pilots. Love this song so much (and really enjoyed Suicide Squad...although more on that in another post).


I have a weekend of DIY and de-cluttering planned (fun!....well...sort of). Whatever your weekend brings I hope you find some time to do something you love.

Bye for now!

xxx

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Collection Crush - Magpie 'Birds'



As a child I used to spend hours reading my way through natural history books and think that has added to my love as an adult of prints in this old school style. I absolutely adore the style of Magpie's new collection 'Birds'. I'm planning to buy a couple of items from the range to add a little vintage feel to a couple of rooms which need a bit of colour (I love the pink of the flamingo design). They'd also compliment the current trend for large green leaf prints and all things tropical really well. Here are a few of my favourites from the range:

1. Heron Trinket Tray

Bird Coasters

3. Flamingo Tea Towel

4. Heron Cushion

Bye for now!

xxx

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Sunday Best - Last Minute Valentine's Prints


Today's Sunday Best is for anyone who may have left buying a Valentine's present until the last minute...hurrah for downloadable prints from Etsy! I've bought a few downloadable prints in the past and have always been really happy with the quality (and with the fact they've helped me get out of a few last minute present scrapes!). Here are some of the best downloadable prints on Etsy at the moment with a 'love' theme...
I'm still loving the galaxy/ space trend, and this print is no exception - so cute.


Love the typography on this print.


Lyrics from one of my favourite songs ever...and beautiful florals...this print is definitely on my list to buy in the future.


Love the style of this heart print...romantic without being schmaltzy.



Has a more romantic phrase ever been written? I think not. This print says it all.

Whatever you're doing, and whoever you're with on Valentine's Day remember you're awesome and deserve an evening of pure pampering and indulgence!

Bye for now

xxx

Friday, 10 February 2017

That Friday Feeling - Rags 'n' Bones, Archie and Simish



I wasn't sure that Friday was going to arrive this week...it has seemed like such a long week! But we made it...hurrah!

This week has been full of very non-blog worthy activities and I'm intending to make up for that this weekend. I'm hoping for lots of sun and outdoors adventures this weekend (and maybe a bit of crafting thrown in for good measure).

Here are a few things I've been loving this week...

What I've been watching


I've found a new guilty pleasure TV show in Riverdale. A teen angst and mystery show based on Archie Comics...what could go wrong? I love how the style of the show...super dramatic with a love triangle thrown in for good measure...and the colour palette is gorgeous, so it's a win for me!

What I've been listening to


Rag 'n' Bone Man has been on constant repeat on my iPod this week - perfect voice and lyrics...love!

What I've been playing

I may have made a big mistake in downloading The Sims 4 to play this week. The Sims has been another guilty pleasure of mine for many (many) years but I've managed to resist for the past couple of years. That all changed this week...it's on my laptop...my first character is created and I'm ready to earn some simoleons. Now I just need to balance the amount of time I spend in Simsville and everything should be fine. Addicted? Me? Never.

I'm looking forward to this weekend so much. Have a fantastic time, whatever you're doing, and I'll see you soon!

Bye for now

xx



Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Collection Crush - Stitchsperation




Something a little bit different for my Collection Crush this week. I'm always on the look-out for more modern cross stitch designs, and I stumbled upon these amazing designs by Stitchsperation on Etsy. 

I love all the designs in the shop which can be bought as kits. They come with handpainted fabric and the thread needed to stitch the black designs. These are some of my favourites, but there are some pretty amazing not safe for work designs there too.

I've got a few crafty projects on the go at the moment but I'm definitely adding one (or two) of these designs to my to-do list!

1. Shake it off

2. Ampersand

3. Carpe Diem

4. Makers gonna make


Sunday, 5 February 2017

Sunday Best - Ain't no Mountain High Enough



I'm currently shopping for some homeware to move my home from its current snuggly winter themed state to a brighter and spring-friendly theme. I'm loving the mountain theme that's popping up in a lot of the spring/ summer decor, and that has inspired this week's Sunday Best. If you need more mountains in your life, here are a few suggestions...




These landscape prints from Next are so gorgeous. We're currently redecorating our guest room and I have a sneaky suspicion that these prints are going to be a feature.



I love this mountain range shelf decoration from Not on the Highstreet. Perfect for adding a bit of landscaping to any shelf.



And this brooch will ensure you have the spirit of the mountains with you wherever you go... also from Not on the Highstreet.



This cross stitch pattern would make a great addition to the Next prints so I think this might have to be bought and made.



And lastly - any room needs a mountain cushion ... love this felt cushion from Jelly Bean Decors on Etsy.

What themes are you loving for Spring/ Summer? Are you tempted to bring some mountains into your home?

Bye for now!

xxx

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Getting to know matcha...




So I'm a month late to the Teapigs Matcha challenge but I'm not going to let that stop me! I've used this magical green powder for energy on and off for a few years but am going to use February as a chance to really start to build it into my daily diet.

I decided to treat myself to this set, which includes a tin of matcha and 'The Book of Matcha'. I'm only half way through reading the book, but I've already learnt a lot and it's way more interesting than a book about powdered leaves should be!

If you're new to matcha, here are some fun facts...


  • Matcha is powdered green tea - and unlike normal green tea you drink the entire contents - rather than throwing away the good bit (the leaves!)
  • It's fab for slow release energy - I sometimes drink a shot of matcha in the morning and it really helps me feel more awake for longer
  • It's green tea which means it's packed full of antioxidants
  • It can help your skin look healthier
  • It makes a gorgeous latte!
The recipe for a lovely latte is in the matcha book (along with so many other recipes...I've never tried matcha for anything but drinks, but am going to have to break that tradition...matcha macarons anyone?)



After buying the set I quickly regretted not buying a traditional matcha whisk. Luckily amazon came to the rescue. To make a lot of recipes using matcha you need to turn it into a paste first, by adding warm water. The whisk has definitely made this really easy to do (I found a lot of my other attempts just left it a little bit lumpy) so I'd recommend one if you're thinking of using matcha more.

I really love the taste of matcha, which is good news, but I think it might be an acquired taste. It's like normal green tea but with an earthier flavour. It goes really well with almond milk and is amazing as a latte with some cinnamon mixed in. 



What healthy foods/ drinks are you trying out for 2017? 

Bye for now!

xxx




Friday, 3 February 2017

That Friday Feeling - Chicago, Uncle and Books!


It's that time of the week again! Time to put your feet up and look forward to the weekend ahead (unless you're working over the weekend...which I am...but hey...it's still the weekend).

Here are a few bits of loveliness that have been entertaining me over the past week...

What I've been listening to...



Sometimes I find a song that has been around for years and just fall in love with it. At the moment, this is that song - so, so beautiful. It's on pretty much constant repeat!

What I've been watching...



Uncle - as the title suggests it's a show about an Uncle and his nephew, expect that the Uncle is completely dysfunctional, the nephew is the quirkiest kid in the world and there is one amazing musical number in every episode. I've been watching this show from episode one and absolutely love it. It's made me laugh and cry (and cringe...so much cringe) and the last couple of episodes of season 3 have been perfect. If you feel like watching something that is equal parts funny, emotional and toe-curlingly awkward than I'd highly recommend it!


What I've been reading...



Paulina and Fran by Rachel B. Glaser is the February book for the Poppy Loves Book Club. I've only just started reading it but am already hooked by the writing style. I'm hoping to do more book reviews on here now I've caught the reading bug again and if you'd like to be part of a really friendly online book club I can totally recommend this one. The online chats with authors are a brilliant way of gaining a bit more insight into the books as well. You can find out more here.

What have you got planned for the weekend? Whatever it is I hope it's a happy one!

Bye for now

xxx



Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Collection Crush - Animal Designs at Urban Outfitters




Household items shaped like animals are just so much better than boring old normally shaped items. Over the years I've tried to tone down my collection of animal themed items, but I'm not sure I can resist these mugs/ teapots from Urban Outfitters new season.

If you want to bring a little more animal into your tea drinking then follow the links below to find the items above...

1. Raccoon Mug

2. Bunny Teapot

3. Cat Mug Set

4. Bunny Mug Set

Bye for now!

xxx