Monday, 28 July 2014

Lavender Bags, Summer Job and Book Swap

Last weekend me and my sister ran a stall at our village's playgroup family fun day and I sold lavender bags which I had made. We didn't make a huge amount of money as it wasn't very busy (as some sneaky people planned a dog show and carboot sale on the same day in our village). However I am not deterred and it has made me want to run more stalls - maybe at a carboot sale or a craft fair. Also I have recently been considering opening an Etsy shop as I have been making little cushions as well and I have really got into it. Watch this space.

The mess we made pricing everything up.

If you saw my summer bucket list post (link here), you may have noticed that I hoped to find a summer job this summer (and have a stall somewhere) and, lo and behold, I have done just that - it really is rare that I complete anything that I write on my bucket lost, to be honest.
Anyway, my summer job is cleaning holiday lodges and, so far, it has been relatively nice. I love being able to go and do something and actually make some money to save for uni. Everyone I have met are really lovely and it is very convenient as it is just in the neighbouring village. So, good times, happy days.

I also bought some fun new PJs from Primarni. 'Fries before guys' will deffo be my new mantra from now on.

As well as lots of lavender bags, I have been making cushions. The first one I made was the red spotty one which I gave to my sister and then I made the smaller one in front of it which I gave to my other sister. Like all of the things I make, they have exposed stitching and are a bit rough and ready but I find that endearing. I think it is quite a romantic notion being able to see where the person who made it might have gone a bit wobbly on the stitching as you don't get that personal touch in factory made things.

I also took place in a book swap organised by Hayley of What Hayley Did and Beth of Beth Tinkerbell and I received a lovely book from Megan from Hepburn's Pixie Crop.
I was so pleased with the book I received as I haven't read anything by Virginia Woolf before but I have always been interested in her work so I am looking forward to reading this - I am currently reading North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell, just btw.

I hope you enjoyed this post and I, once again, apologise for the bad quality pics - my blogging camera is out of action as it needs new batteries.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Summer Fete Haul

A couple of weekends ago me and my sister went to the local church fete (always the best fete, in my opinion) and we spent a bit of money. Admitedly, for what we bought we didn't actually spend too much - under a tenner on my part. We stayed for the entire fete, which is something I have never done before, and we had to make two trips carrying everything home as we did buy rather a lot. However, towards the end of the day people were getting desperate and my sister got a load of glassware for free and we were given lots of great deals where people threw in extras for free which kind of explains why we had to make so many trips home.

Long term readers may have seen that last year I also did a haul from the same fete (which you can read here) - this time we managed to bring a lot more home with us (but I haven't put that all into the post - just the best things that I bought) although they didn't have so many books for sale this year.

My and my sister literally fought over this gorgeous woollen throw. And guess who got to their money quickest... 
I did say that I would share it with her but I am so taking it to uni.
And it was only £1 so a total bargain.

I got this pretty bone china bird mug from the same stall for 50p. I love the little robin and it looks like it has never been used.

Also for about 50p I picked up this 30s copy of Alice in Wonderland. Sadly, lots of the pictures have been coloured in by one creative child but the words are still legible so I am happy with it.

I picked this copy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's 'The Cost of Discipleship' for 50p. I am really interested in reading about the plights of the Church in Nazi Germany and Bonhoeffer was a character who really stood out when we studied it so I am interested to read his work.

Finally I got this cute little wreath for very little money (can't remember how much) which I am looking forward to hanging up in my room.

I hope you enjoyed this post and I will be posting more lifestyle posts soon.
Also sorry about the poor quality of the pics - my blogging camera needs new batteries and only takes fancy ones.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

South West Blogger Picnic - You're Invited!

I have recently been planning with my lovely blogging friend Miriam, from The English Mademoiselle Diaires, a meet-up of some sort here in the South West. We were already pretty set on where to host it and we ending up deciding on a picnic. I then tweeted some West Country bloggers and got a few maybes so we have gone from there and just plucked a date out of mid air (we are praying fervently for sunshine).

Anyway, the deets.
The picnic is taking place on 30th August (unless that is a terrible date for everyone) and it will be in Exeter with the intention of heading towards the Cathedral Green.
Nothing is set in stone yet but we thought it would be an idea to set out a rough date with the intention of

So, if you would like to join us, please leave a comment with your email address or Twitter handle so we can forward further info or just tweet/email either of us just so we know how much food to bring and who to expect as we don't want to forget anyone and leave them stranded alone in Exeter.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

New Look Sale Wishlist

Recently I have been despairing with my wardrobe. It seems to be full of jumpers and the only summer clothing I have I am finding really quite boring. I really want to start being more adventurous with my outfits but I don't feel like I can do this with the clothes that I have. Therefore, I have been looking at the sale items and have chosen a few things from New Look which I quite like but I am undecided whether to purchase.
I would love it if you helped me make a decision on what is the best item to go with.

Which is your favourite item?
I am very tempted to buy the scallop skirt as I have been looking for a black skirt for ages and this one looks quite fun. I do also really like the watermelon skirt but I am not sure whether I would have the courage to actually wear it.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Easy Creative Projects

Anyone who knows me, or my academic history (*cough* C in GCSE Art *cough*), will be able to tell you that I am not really an arty type. I do love art and creative projects but they always go horribley wrong and make me want to run into the V&A and destory every last shred of artistic talent out of sheer jealousy. Well, maybe I don't go that far but creative projects do always seem to leave me angry and bitter. However, in spite of myself, I have really got into one type of creativity. My room is currently full of handmade lavender bags and lavender hearts which I have made as I am hosting a stall at a fete this weekend where I hope to sell them. My sewing skills are atrocious but it is pretty easy so that is probably why I am enjoying it. It's a basic 'cut fabric, do a basic stitch, fill with lavender, complete stitch' kind of job which I can just about manage. And with no paint in sight I am sure artists nationwide can sleep easy knowing I am not out on an angry post-creative project breakdown rampage.
Anyway, I have put together a compilation of craft projects which I want to attempt and appear to be relatively easy.

How to make (don't judge - this website has quality ideas)

Please excuse the lack of links - I have managed to lose most of them.

Monday, 14 July 2014

The British Tag

I came across this tag on Emily May's blog and thought it may be fun to give it a go.
Also I tag you all to have a go at this tag too - be sure to let me know if you do!
1. How many cups of tea do you have a day? How many sugars?
It depends what I am doing in the day. If I am going out then probably just one or two but when I am at home for most of the day it can amount to around 4. Today I have had about 3 so that's probably about the average.
2. Favourite part of your roast
I am a weirdo but I am not so keen on roast. I don't love meat so that's probably why. But I do like Yorkshire Puddings as well as Bubble and Squeak. And my nan always makes this amazing plum and apple sauce which is amazing. 
Almost forgot: stuffing and parsnips. Yum yum!

3. Favourite dunking biscuit
It has to be a chocolate Digestive! Normal Digestives are quite good but the chocolate takes it to a whole new level. I find Hob Nobs too oaty and Rich Teas are feeble.
4. Favourite quintessentially British pastime?
Hhm, probably going to carboot sales. Or making lavender bags. 
5. Favourite word?
I don't really have a favourite word...I do like the word 'ladel' and the not so British word 'taramasalata' as ever other letter is an 'a' which is awful fun!

6. Cockney rhyme slang?
Ah, I've got this covered! Tried teaching my friend this as my parents are from London so I do know a bit. My dad always calls a suit a 'whistle' (whistle and flute, suit) and he calls tea 'rosie lee' but there are others which we don't use so often like Hank Marvin (starving), dog and bone (phone), horse and carriage (marriage), apple and pears (stairs) - the list goes on! 
7. Favourite sweet/ chocolate
Naturally, I do love Cadbury's but I have recently become more and more fond of Galaxy chocolate (especially their caramel bar!).
8. What would your pub be called?
Hhmmm, I have no idea! The Emerald Dove Inn?! Doesn't sound amazingly fabulous tbh.

9. No.1 British person
Colin Firth!! 
10. Favourite shop / restaurant? 
Topshop always has such nice clothing in it and they are just so cool. Restaurant-wise, I love going to Carluccio's for their tiramisu.
11. What British song pops into your head? 
Reach up for the stars, climb every mountain high and reach up for the stars! And when that rainbow's shining over yoooou, that's when your dreams have all come true!
Primary school disco hit!
12. Marmite?
I know I am a bad person but I neither love it or hate it. I am closer to disliking it but it's not too hideous.

Saturday, 12 July 2014


I have to say, I really do love Canterbury. There is something about the buildings that is just so beautiful and there is a lovely mixture of small, independent shops and big stores. They also have gorgeous parks and historic buildings - *cough* the cathedral *cough*.
If you saw a recent post that I wrote about Hever Castle (link here) or follow me on Twitter then you may have heard the reason behind this venture of ours from the West Country over to Kent. Well, rather excitingly, my poem was shortlisted in a poetry competition and I was invited to read it in Westgate Gardens, Canterbury. I was so terrified about reading in front of people but it was also really nice to hear everyone else's poetry and meet everyone (their poems were amazing!). And, even more excitingly, I won my category in the competition so my poem is going to be painted onto the underpath in Westgate Gardens so, if you're ever in the area, feel free to go and have a look!

Canterbury really does have some beautiful buildings. I especially like all the houses with wooden beams in the area - we just drove around ooing and aahing at all the pretty buildings.

Sorry for the bad picture but had to include this pic of the west city gate (I think...).

Some shots coming into Westgate Gardens.

My poem displayed (awaiting it's time to be painted on the wall). Unfortunately, though, I can't claim ownership of those fun pictures beneath it.

This icecream was so nice - had loads of chocolate sauce in it!

The cathedral! There were loads of people gathered around so I wasn't able to get a great pic.

Love the detail on that building.

We went to Patisserie Valerie and bought some gorgeous cakes! Mine was the tiramisu slice and it was gorgeous.
Please excuse the shoddy pictures - took them in the car whilst we were in the multi-storey car park

Thursday, 10 July 2014

July Haul

Recently I have bought rather a few things. Most of them have been things for uni or things I have picked up at antique fairs. But I did make some money on eBay which kinda makes up for the money I spent buying these things.

I picked up this lovely little rabbit cushion from a big flea market from a lady who had an amazing stall full of home furnishings and other rabbit themed items. My auntie picked up a lovely vintage rabbit print deckchair from the same stall.
And, yes, that is Tinkerbell bedcovers. They are my sister's - it's just easier to take the pic on her bed rather than my own as the lighting is better on her's.

I was rather indecisive about buying this throw from the same flea market. I loved the colour and it's a double which means that I will probably be able to hold onto it forever without worrying about future bed sizes. Also the print is really pretty. In the end, I decided to get it and I am glad that I did. 
Again, please excuse the bedcovers.

My auntie bought this lovely miniture book for me in an antique centre. It is a copy of Shelley's poetry and has the most beautiful cover.

I picked this up quite a while ago from Primark as I was really running low on t-shirts and I thought this simple one would come in handy as it goes with almost everything.

I also picked this up from Primark and it is a jaquard print. The neckline is quite high but I really liked the print.

I bought this tartan crop top on eBay (originally from Primark - I have a super varied wardrobe). I really love the colour and just anything tartan is good in my books.

I picked up these shoes from New Look. They are like my old worn out ones from Primark (too many barn dances) so I knew they would go with loads of stuff that I own. 

I bought this duvet set on Amazon for uni. I really like the print and it is quite neutral but also pretty - I have been a bit fussy lately in that I love old things but I am falling out of love, to some extent, with ornate items which can look a bit full-on so I am being a bit more basic with what I buy.

I was also pretty lucky this month in that I won rather a lot of Witch skincare products. I haven't tried this brand before so it will be interesting to give them a go.

When I was at Hever Castle (post here) I bought this pretty tea towel from the giftshop. Sadly it was raining so we only got to go into the smaller giftshop en route to the car but I really like the cute print of this.

I hope you enjoyed this post and I would love to know what you have been buying lately.

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