Wednesday, 23 April 2014

My first craft fair (part 1)

Nearly a year ago (July 2013) I attended my first ever craft fair as a vendor.  I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to show you – oops!  It was one of the hottest days of the year, the Wimbledon tennis final was playing and my legend of a mother helped me set up my first craft stall.  If you knew my mum you would know how much of a sacrifice this was for her, especially as Andy Murray ended up winning!  *thanks again mum – I love you!

I was a little anxious at first.  I had spent the majority of the week leading up to it frantically making more stuff thinking that I didn’t have enough.  It was a beautifully sunny week that I had booked off work.  With hindsight I should have chilled my boots a little and enjoyed the sunshine, but hey-ho!

Once we got there I was really excited.  We were allocated a great spot, and I couldn’t wait to get set up and have a wander around all of the other stalls (I do after all love a good craft fair).  As you can see from the pictures, there was soooo much on offer.  There was the sound of vinyl records playing whilst girls had retro makeovers at a mobile vintage hairdressers, all kinds of different arts and crafts and plenty of antiques and vintage for the second-hand junky.

I took about a million pictures, so I’m writing this post in pieces.  Special thanks to: Greenside Deli, Juniper CreatesStudio Aitch, Me and Thee, and Vintage Rosie For allowing me to take their picture for this (extremely belated) post.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Save the Date

Because I was away for a little while on my blog break I feel like there's so much I haven't shared with you, including our Save the Date cards.  They're nothing flashy... in fact they're obviously home-made - and I love that!  I scoured the internet for ages looking for inspiration for something a little bit different.  I went back and forth between a few ideas, but in the end opted for something relatively simple.  I found the picture on Pinterest and just had to use it as it's just full of personality!

The most difficult part of the process was carving my own rubber stamp with the text you can see on the back of the postcards.  Oh my days it took ages!  But that wasn't the only painful thing about it - I knew that if I went wrong at any point I would have to start completely from scratch.  No thanks to that!!  I also didn't realise how small some of the text actually was... it wasn't the easiest craft task I've set myself; there may have been a few swear words, but I got there in the end (with only a few minor mistakes).

After painting a spotty border, printing the back (I wanted to print the text with white ink, but that ended up being far too much trouble than it was worth - and the results were not great!) and sticking the cheeky wedding pic to the front they were good to go.  Just sprinkle a bit of home-made confetti in the envelope, stick a stamp on and voilĂ .  A good effort by all I'd say (thanks Floyd).

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Spring Fever

Are you feeling it?  Spring is in the air and suddenly I'm drawn towards muted shades and pastels, floral everything and pops of colour.  I'm loving these bright mornings - what a difference it makes having actual sunlight when you wake up!  My energy levels are rising and with it a desire to eat more green food.  Spring is the season of new beginnings after all, so I'm embracing the natural desire to refresh my system.  Smoothie maker here I come!

Friday, 14 March 2014

30 before 31

About a month ago I turned 30 (yikes!).  I had a little freak-out at the time, but I'm feeling okay about it now... mostly.  As is my yearly tradition, I have made myself a new list of goals to accomplish before my next birthday.  See my past ones here, here and here.

As is also tradition, I'm sharing it here with you in the hope it'll give me some extra incentive.  I've not fully completed a list yet, but here goes...

1. Create a routine - in the hope of getting a few simple things done.
2. Find 'the dress' - no, I still haven't found my wedding dress.  Time is ticking...
3. Enjoy the gym - I joined in December and really need to work on my fitness.
4. De-clutter - kind of standard, but necessary nonetheless.
5. Keep in touch - I am the worst at this.
6. vintage shopping - I love this and want to do more.
7. Make cake - I got loads of cake maing stuff for Xmas and want to crack it out.
8. Go to the llama farm - a personal ambition of mine since discovering there is one near Sheffield.
9. Clean eating - less processed foods = healthier lifestyle.
10. Read before bed - to get me back into reading regularly.
11. Worry less - harder than it seems.
12. Practice ukelele - I taught myself as a previous birthday goal... now I need to practice.
13. Make paper/fabric flowers - possible wedding project.
14. Cut down on meat - for mine and the planet's benefit.
15. Home videos - my new camera has video (!)
16. Craft my wedding - saves money, adds personality and is fun!
17. Rotate my wardrobe - I always end up wearing the same things.  I plan to change this.
18. Betty portraits - well, she is gorgeous.
19. Eat local produce - another effort to help the planet (and local economy).
20. Purge my craft supplies - I have too much stuff!
21. Weaving - I bought a lap-loom ages ago and haven't used it yet.
22. Spa Sundays - taking the time each week to pamper myself.
23. Less personal shopping - in an effort to save money and cleanse my wardrobe.
24. Stop my bad habit - since I was a litte girl I have chewed the skin in my mouth.  I really, really want to stop.
25. Find a new home - our flat is lovely, but mouldy.
26. Get back into yoga - a past hobby I would like to revisit
27. Use less heat on my hair - I'm trying to grow it.
28. Refocus logii - something I have neglected recently :(
29. Experiment with tofu - there are so many possibilities
30. More craft fairs - one down, more to go.

So there you have it.  I'll try and update as often as I can with my progress.  Do you do anything similar?  I love making lists!

Sunday, 9 March 2014

le weekend

...I've been testing out my new camera and the verdict is - I love it!  It's been an enjoyable weekend here in Sheffield.  Lots of good food, reading in the park, getting dressed up for date night as well as dressed down for comfy Sunday.  Pretty much perfect.  I also managed to get a new blanket started - bonus.

I watched this film on Friday.  It was fun and an easy watch - you'll like it if you enjoyed Love Actually (although not as good in my opinion).  It's always good to veg out to some light-hearted comedy, but I'm ready to immerse myself in something more serious next time.  I'm thinking either Melancholia, Capote or Amour for my next watch.  Any recommendations?

Tuesday, 4 March 2014


This week has been an optimistic one for me.  I’ve started blogging again (yay!) which has given me a great feeling of motivation for all sorts of areas in my life.  I wrote a new birthday list the other week (as it was my birthday), and I’m keen to get cracking with it!  The sun is out for longer, which always makes things a little easier and is giving me much needed energy.  I also have a new camera, so am feeling really excited about using it at every opportunity.

I feel that in life your energy, creativity and inspiration naturally ebbs and flows and it seems I’m going through a stage of positivity – which can sometimes be difficult at this gloomy time of year.  I’m so excited for the year ahead… I’ve got a feeling it’s going to be the best year ever!

Friday, 21 February 2014

Having a break

If you are a follower of my blog then you will know that I have recently had a long break.  I didn’t initially intend on having a break, it just sort of happened.  At the beginning it would play on my mind – the longer I left it the worse I felt and the more I tried to think of a justifiable reason for neglecting my online space.  It wasn’t just the blog I was neglecting either; I gave up on my yearly goals, my Etsy shop and my photography.  I can’t explain why, but I feel maybe I needed it.

There was a shift in our way of life when Floyd started Uni in September.  Suddenly I was doing more at home, working longer hours, preparing for Christmas as well as having a head full of wedding plans and it seems I may have lost focus.  The things I get great rewards from like the blog, logii and taking pictures became too much for me on top of everything else.  I put pressure on myself to do well, and if something’s going to be done I want it done properly!  So unconsciously (at first) I gave myself a break.  I’m surprised it’s lasted this long, but I’m back now and I’m glad I did it.

If you’re still here, thanks for sticking with me.  I promise more for the future and am so excited to get the ball rolling again.  I’ve missed this, so if the break was good for one thing it was to give myself some perspective.