Thursday, 19 October 2017

The Knitting and Stitching show 2017!


Hi, 
Hope you've had a nice week. I am currently on half term which is so nice I have had most of this week off and will have all of next week, but I have quite a bit of home work. 

Last week I went to the knit and stitch show at Alexandra Palace, which I love. I went last year and really enjoyed it so I had to go again this year. It was a trip with my College textile group. Due to the nature of the event, I don't have that many photos, but I'll chat you through it all the same. 

We had to meet the group at the train station at 9 o'clock. Me and my friend got there really early because you can never tell how the busses are going to be so we always set off early to make sure we're not late to the train. But that was a good thing because it meant we were able to go and sit in this really cute bakery and eat some breakfast. 



We both had chocolate croissants. They were so good!



We then met with our other friend who was also going on the trip and waited for the rest of the group to turn up before getting on the train and heading to Alexandre Palace. When we got into the building we started looking around there was so much amazing stuff! One of my favourites was a hand sewn quilt with different panels for each season which then had more panels each with individual things associated with that season, such as ice cream, autumn leaves, chicks, snowmen, sleighs and a lot lot more. There was also a long line of bags each stitched with an interesting patterns or in interesting shapes. I was able to take a picture of one of the bags. This was the most unusual of the bags. 



We then carried on looking around at all the different exhibitioners work. There was some really interesting things for example there was some work made with really thin lace and layers of acrylic either side, these created really cool shadows on the wall.

It was so busy there were no tables to each lunch so we had to sit on the floor, which was fine as we were only eating sandwiches so it was kind of like a picnic. When we were finished we went to look around the market hall. I love that bit. It's filled with the most amazing fabrics, wool, and any other textile based craft you can think of. One thing that was being sold was a book showing you how to needle felt realistic looking creatures - the book is called "the natural world of needle felting" By Fi Oberon

Here is an image of some of a needle felted scene using animals shown in the book.


It is very difficult, if not impossible, to go to the knitting and stitching show and not buy anything! I bought some really lovely dusty pink fabric to make a cushion, this was bought from Soft and Still. I also bought a set that allows you to make a hanging cactus garland from Handicraft, and some really pretty felting fibres (I'm not sure where these were from)


Thank you for reading hope you enjoyed! I would definitely recommend the knitting and stitching show if you like that sort of thing! Have you ever been? What items can you never resist buying, let me know in the comments below! 
Bye for now, see you next week, for some halloween treats! 

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Scrapbooking Tips!

Hi
Hope you're having a nice week and enjoying autumn! Today I am going to share with you 5 tips for scrapbooking! I love scrapbooking. I think it's a really great place to display all the bits, bobs and photos you keep without keeping them tucked away in boxes or piles that you're never going to look at again. One of my favourite things is looking back on old scrapbook pages and remembering what I did - like a snapshot of the day, week or a particular event. I tend to scrapbook one day at a time, and on days where I have done something fun or exciting. 

Tip 1
You're going to need a scrapbook. This can be any book preferably one with plain paper. Think about the size you want - you don't want a book too big you can't fill a page with a day's worth of stuff or a book so small you can only fit tiny pictures on it. I would also recommend trying to find a scrapbook with a pocket in the back so can keep your photos and materials before you have scrapbooked them.

Tip 2
You should consider if you want your scrapbook to have a theme running thoughout or if you want each page to have an individual theme to reflect the day you've had. I don't have a running theme. I like to make the page suit the activity, for example if I am scrapbooking a day with my little cousins I may make it more childlike with little animals, cars or things that they like, whereas if I'm scrapbooking my Birthday I will add balloon pictures, colours and probably birthday themed stamps. 

Tip 3
Collect things. By this I don't mean the items such as photos you what to scrapbook about, I mean collect things like stickers, gems, coloured paper or card, any pretty or themed bits you want to add to your book to make it that bit extra special! 

Tip 4 
Keep things. Now by this I do mean keep photos, postcards, tickets and wristbands relating to anything you want to scrapbook about. One of the things I really love to put in my scrapbook is Polaroid photos, I think they look so cute and work well in a scrapbooks. I use the fujifilm instax mini 8 camera that I got for Christmas last year. 

Tip 5 
Add a date and a title. I know this is not school and you should be enjoying your scrapbooking, but it makes it so much nicer looking back in years to come if you can see exactly what you were doing that day and when it was. You may want to write this in nice coloured fine liner pens.

Here is an example page from my scrapbook that I made of my summer holiday!
If you want to see what else I got up to on my holiday you can click here for part one and here for part two  (slight plug but it is one of my favourite posts!)

Now it's time to get going if your new to this and want to start a scrapbook, some things you could start with may include birthdays, summer holidays, a day out with friends or family and of course halloween is coming up so if you're doing anything exciting this would make a lovely scrapbooking page!

These are just some things I think that it is nice to consider when scrapbooking obviously I'm no expert so if you can think of any other tips please leave them in the comments below. I'd also love to know if you keep a scrapbook and what your favourite pages are. Thank you for reading, hope you have enjoyed! 
Bye for now, see you next week! 



Thursday, 5 October 2017

What's in my bag!


Hi
Hope you're having a nice week! This week I have decided to do a what's in my bag post, partly because I love reading this style of post (probably because I'm a tad nosey) and I hope you will too. I think most people have at least a little nosey streak! I did an inflight travel bag post before I went on holiday you can read that here, but this one is a general day-to-day bag.

First thing, is of course the bag. This bag is from Accessorize  I bought this quite a while ago but it's lasting well. It's good for shopping because it fits quite a lot of stuff in it. It has two main pockets with a zipped compartment in the middle, another zipped compartment at the back and a few little phone pocket bits inside. 


 Next thing is my purse. I really love this purse from Cath Kidston. I have had it for many many years and it is still in perfect condition! I did buy other purses in this time because I wanted a change but I kept going back to this purse because the others annoyed me!

This is a phone charging purse thing! This is so useful. It is like a little purse thing but has a battery pack in it to charge phones. It's pale pink with glitter, that doesn't shed. I hate when glitter falls off things you can't tell from the picture but the glitter writing reads "Too posh to care". You get about two complete phone charges from this which is perfect for a longer day out. My Mum bought me this from America when she went away with her work I'm not sure of the name of the shop but it was from a mall in Ann Arbor.

Next is the essential bag items that I have in every bag! I have hand sanitiser, a small ted baker body spay, lip balm and hand cream. I have the Zoella beauty "hungry hands" cream. I think I got it around last Christmas but then put it away for the summer but now that autumn is here, I am going all out with the gingerbread scent.

 I always try to keep on me some hair bands and hair clips just in case. Sometimes, but not always, I will pop my pressed powder and lipstick into my bag too. In this photo I have the Loreal true match powder and the Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick in the colour 16.

 And lastly I have headphones, I use the ordinary headphones that came with my phone. I always find headphones get tangled at the bottom of my bag so I bought this little bag keyring thing from Cath Kidston which I think is really cute and keeps my headphones safely inside.

Thank you for reading, hope you enjoyed! What is the one thing you MUST always keep in your bag? 
Bye for now, see you next week!

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Chatty Update!


Hi
Hope you're doing well! This week's post is a chatty update of what has happened and what is coming up in the near future.


School is well underway after summer. So far it is going well. All my classes and timetable has stayed the same and I am happy with it. In my textiles class we have begun the designing stage of the project which I am enjoying but struggling with a bit as I find drawing quite difficult so drawing out so many designs takes me a long time, but I do have an idea I want to use I just have to develop the idea and make it. 

The pressure is on however with uni applications and writing personal statements and making final decisions on where people want to apply to go next year. I was struggling quite a bit with this whole process of deciding what to do as I am not sure if I even want to go to university and I definitely don't feel ready to go yet! But I have made a decision. I am going to stay at the sixth form I am at now and complete the Art Foundation course which will help me develop me skills in textiles and design and if at the end of this course I do decide to go to university to study design or textiles, the course really helps and some university courses even require an Art Foundation on application. 

In the summer you may remember me talking about my Etsy shop which I loved making things for during the summer, but then I got ill so everything kind of stopped and I spent the beginning of my summer holiday feeling rubbish. Then I had loads of school summer work to catch up on before I went away, so I did not spend as long as I would have loved during the summer doing crafts and making things, but now that I am feeling better I am slowly working on it and making things again! As well as this, I am planning to do a Christmas fair stall with cards and other things that I have made. 

I know it is still September, but I feel like the run up to Christmas is starting. I love this time of year I like halloween, I love Christmas and I like the cosy feel this time of the year has. However some of the things I am not looking forward to is the dark mornings and dark evenings! I really hate when I have to wake up and go to school and it's dark. Then when I come home and it's dark again, it feels really miserable. It also feels so so cold on the bus! I do however love wearing boots, hats and scarves!

During the summer I was unwell, which started with really bad hayfever which kept getting worse and caused my chest to become really tight and uncomfortable, which caused me to cough and made me wake up during the night. I went to the doctors and got hayfever tablets but the tight chest and cough continued to annoy me so I went back to the doctors and had more tests. It turned out to be asthma so I was given inhalers and began to feel a lot better. I am still on those inhalers and it does flare up still sometimes especially this week, which I think it is because I currently have a cold which is why some of my posts during the summer were not as I would have liked.


Thank you for reading, hope you enjoyed! What are planning to do in the run up to Christmas?
Bye for now, see you next week!

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Cookies

Hi all,
Hope you have had a good week. This week I wanted to share with you these cookies! They were so tasty. I feel like they are a bit autumnal (really can't say that work!!). I think they're autumnal because of the toffee. Toffee reminds me of autumn, is that just me? Probably because of toffee apples!


Ingredients 


140g golden caster sugar 
225g self raising four
175g unsalted butter at room tempriture 
2 tbsp milk
50g ground almonds
2 egg yolks
85g ready to eat dried apricots 
85g chewy toffees (I used dark chocolate ones to make the cookies chocolatey)


Method

Preheat the oven to fan 170'c, conventional 190'c and gas mark 5.

 Using an electric whisk, beat together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.
Then stir in the egg yolks and ground almonds. Cut up the apricots and toffees if they are big and add them to the mixture along with the flour.



 Mix well until the mixture is like dough, then roll into walnut size balls and place on a baking tray. Flatten the balls to make the cookies. Leave room between the cookies as they will spread and then brush  with the milk and bake for 10 minuets or until cooked but still slightly soft. Leave to cool for 5 minutes on the baking tray before placing on a wire cooling rack.


And then enjoy!! These are really good with milk or hot chocolate!! You could also experiment with different fruits! I really like these with the chocolate covered toffees! 

Thank you for reading, hope you enjoyed! What is your favourite flavour of cookie? Let me know in the comments below, let me know if you make these yourself!
Bye for now, see you next week!

Thursday, 14 September 2017

My holiday in Croatia (part 2)

Hi all 
I hope you have all had a good week! This is the second part of what I did in Croatia! If you missed part one you can click here to read it. This post will talk about what I did on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Wednesday



On Wednesday me and my family went to Montenegro. First we went to a walled city called Kotor. The photo below shows the wall, with a large doll/statue thing sitting on it. I'm not sure what it is or why it's there. Inside the walls we looked around the shops inside and walked around. We then stopped for some lunch I had a vegetarian pizza. When we were eating there were loads of cats and fluffy kittens they looked very cute!





When we had finished there we got back into the car and drove up a large mountain to see Lake Skadar. The views on the way up were so pretty we stopped a few times to take photos.  The first picture below is one I took on the way up the mountain looking out over the sea.


 (Here is an image looking out onto lake Scadar)

There was lots of green pond weed on the lake (I'm sure there's a proper name for it but I don't know it) and little wooden boats, It looked very pretty with the mountain backdrop and very different to England.

 (Image taken in Perast)

We then went to Perast which was very pretty overlooking the water.

(Image taken from the restaurant)

We ate a restaurant called Dandin in Perast it was really nice I had an avocado and mango salad! 


Thursday 


On Thursday I went on a boat tour around the Elephite islands. We went to three islands called Lopud, Sipan and Kolocep. The boat tour left from Dubrovnik harbour at 10:40. Below are some images I took. 
First we went to Sipan 
 (Here is photo I took on Sipan)

(Another Photo taken on Sipan)

We weren't on Sipan for very long so went for a walk, took some photos and then sat on the beach. I love the photo above and if you look closely it looks like the boat is floating! We then got back on the boat and ate lunch, I thought this would make me feel sick but the boat was quite steady!

Then we went to Kolocep
(Here is an image I took on Kolecep)

On kolecep we walked around, taking photos and went for a paddle in the water.

And then finally we went to Lopud, we were on Lopud for the longest amount of time but I didn't take any photos there. Instead I went swimming in the sea! It was so lovely and very warm! Then after swimming I had a very nice ice-cream! We then got back on the boat, someone did fall in the water when getting back on the boat, which was quite scary but they were okay and we made it back to Dubrovnik. We then went back to our apartment and ate dinner.


Friday 


On Friday I went to Split which took a long time to get there in the car. Originally we were trying to go to a national park with waterfalls but that was taking too long to get there so instead we went to Split. When we finally got there it was past lunchtime so we were all hungry so we went to a restaurant for lunch, I had a veggie burger, which was really good! Then once we had eaten we went inside the walled city. There seem to be a lot of walled cities in Croatia. Inside were shops, cafes and restaurants. There was also a palace called palace Diocletian which looked very old and grand. We went down inside the palace basement. Below are photos I took of the palace.

(Here is an image of the Palace)

(Here is an image down in the basement looking onto the market.)

 (Here is an image of an art exhibition in the palace basement)
 (an old palace beam)

(A sphinx missing its head) 


Saturday


Saturday was our last day in Croatia. We spent most of the day at Kupari which was only a short drive from our apartment. At Kupari there are old hotels that were ruined during the war with Serbia. There is also a beach in Kupari so we went swimming!  
The photos below were taken of the Grande hotel! The metal detailing on the building was pretty!

(Image taken of the abandoned hotel)

(image taken outside of the abandoned hotel)

Thank you for reading, hope you enjoyed! Where is your favourite place to visit? - let me know in the comments below!
Bye for now, see you next week


Thursday, 7 September 2017

My Holiday in Croatia! (Part 1)


Hi all
Hope you have had a nice week, and that those of you going back to school after the summer holidays are not having too bad a time! I have gone back to school and already I am looking forward to the weekend! But let's forget about that for now and go to a sunnier place because this week's post (as I promised last week) will be all about my holiday in Croatia! I had a really nice time, and some photos that I love so I of course wanted to share these and talk about what I did, this is like my online holiday scrapbook/diary! I am going to do this in two parts because I have so much to say and feel as one post this is just going to be too long!
Enough with the waffle and onto what I did...

Sunday
Arriving in Croatia

(Image taken before the plane set off to Dubrovnik)

Me and my Family got up early on Sunday morning, and by early I mean ridiculously early we got up at 2:30 and left our house at about 3 in the morning! We then arrived at the airport at 4 AM and went through check in and security. Once in the airport shopping bit and restaurant it was time for a 5 o'clock breakfast, for this very early breakfast I had a very large and tasty sandwich!  Then as we were eating our very large sandwiches the voice speaker thing came on and said that our plane was now boarding so we had to take our sandwiches with us to the boarding gate. We then finished our breakfast and boarded the plane. On the plane I did some colouring that was in my on flight essential bag (you can view that post Here), the flight went so quickly. When we got off the plane in Dubrovnik  I could feel the heat hit instantly! It was now about 10 o'clock so we went through the air port, then got the hire car and headed to the apartment! On first glance of Croatia it looked LOVELY I especially like the pointy trees that seemed to be everywhere! The apartment was really nice and had a large balcony with a lovely view over the water.

(These were steps leading up to the apartment and looking out over the water)


Once we had unpacked and had been to a shop to get the essential food items we headed down over 300 steps to the old walled city of Dubrovnik. The city looked very grand with big cathedrals, towers and lots of shops. We walked around the shops for a while before heading back up the 300 steps - that was hard work in the heat and having had very little sleep the previous night!

(Here is a picture I took on the first day looking down a street in Dubrovnik)
Once back in the apartment we had some bread, chutney and cheese on the balcony overlooking the lovely view! 


Monday
Cavtat

(Image taken in Cavtat)
On Monday we took the car down to a place called Cavtat. It was a bay with many restaurants, and lots of ice cream! When we got there we found the car park, which was very busy so it took us ages to find a space, then when we eventually did we went for a walk. We walked around a pathed walkway which took you along the waters edge. The views were amazing I love the picture above of the sea and mountins through the trees. The trees were so pretty I loved walking along the tree lined pathway with the water and mountains to one side! We then went out for lunch at a restaurant called Konoba Taranj, I had broccoli pasta which was really nice. What was not so nice is that I ordered Fanta Orange - here's a tip - if you ever go to Croatia or somewhere else hot with many wasps don't order Fanta! I had one wasp fly over it then fell into the bottle of Fanta it then got out again and many many more wasps came to lick (if that's what wasps do?) the Fanta  from the wasp that fell in and before long there were A LOT of wasps at the table, and I really DON'T like wasps. Other than that however (I did not have Fanta again that week) there were no problems with wasps.

(Image of a tree lined walkway in Cavtat)

We then went back to the apartment and ate bread and chutney on the balcony. Above is a picture i took of the sun setting from the balcony that evening. 

Tuesday
Exploring Dubrovnik 

(Image taken of an entrance into the walled city of Dubrovnik)

On Tuesday we spent the day doing things in Dubrovnik. First we went on the cable car which was really cool. I am sometimes afraid of heights but the cable cars did not bother me. When at the top of the mountain the views were amazing. There were various platforms to look out at and a souvenir shop. There was also a restaurant, amphitheatre and museum about the war. We walked around and took lots of photos before heading back down in the cable car. 

Below are some pictures I took when at the cable cars:

 (This image was taken from the cable car on the way up)

(This was the view from the top looking over the walled city of Dubrovnik)

(This image was also take at the top overlooking the mountains and greenery at the other side)

When we were back in the city, we went out for lunch and ate at a restaurant called Romerquelle it was so good! I think this was my favourite meal of the week! I ordered a grilled peach salad with tomato mozzarella and walnut puree. I also liked the way this meal was presented!

(Here is an image of the grilled peach salad)

After lunch we had another walk around the city and went in some more shops. We then went down to the water and me and my Mum got a glass bottom boat ride from the harbour. The glass bottom was really cool we got to see loads of fish I did try to take some pictures of them but they moved too quickly! It looked so pretty on the water. The boat rocked quite a lot which did make me feel quite nervous but it was all good and we got back to the shore safely. 

(Image taken from the boat)


(Image looking down into the water through the glass)

When finished we headed back to apartment and again ate dinner on the balcony!


That's it for this week but come back next week to see part 2! You can subscribe on Bloglovin on the panel to the right, so you're sure not to miss it! I will be talking about Montenegro, Split, another boat ride and visiting a hotel that was damaged in the war. 

Thank you for reading, hope you enjoyed. Did you go anywhere this summer? Where would you like to visit? Let me know in the comments below. 
Bye for now, see you next week!