Saturday, 26 July 2014

New memories

 My parents' have just sold our childhood home and moved 50 odd miles into Norfolk. They are now less than a 30 min drive away, and have bought the most fantastic house, which has been relatively untouched in the last 50 years.

 The previous owners have left some treasures for us, too. When we visited the house, they said to write a list of anything we wanted to keep, and it's all been waiting for us. The chair and ottoman have now moved to Norwich to live in my spare bedroom.

 There are some patches of crazy lino in places around the house. It's got to go, but I love it.

 This mirror is coming home with me, too.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Fine Coffee Club

The Fine Coffee Club is just that. Fine Coffee. According to Rory, that is.
Rory came home to find a makeshift coffee wagon waiting outside in the garden when he finished work.
Thankfully for me, these coffee pods are colour coded so there is less chance of me making the 'wrong coffee' at different stages of the day. The pods can be ordered online in boxes of ten, with each cuppa working out at a cost of 19p-23p per cup. That's a darn sight cheaper than Starbucks, eh?

Handing over to the resident coffee expert:

I loved the taste and aroma of each of these 3 pods, but I naturally liked the strongest tasting dark roast espresso best. The pods work just as well in the Nespresso machine as the official pods, and the packaging was well sized so that it fitted through the letterbox. Always a bonus when you don't have to travel across the city to the main post office. The coffee tasted just as good as an espresso shot as it did when made into a frothy latte. I also love adding hazelnut syrup for a special treat.

Rory wasn't the only fan. Peggy liked the smell of the coffee too! These photos were too cute not to share!

Monday, 23 June 2014

Creative Blog Hop

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of receiving an email from an Instagram pal, Chiaki (@chiakicreates) asking me if I would like to join in with a creative blog hop. Naturally, I was thrilled. You should hop on over to her blog - full of beautiful colour palettes and creative makes. 

1. What am I working on? 

I have a bunch of projects on the go at the moment (don't we all?) I recently took on the challenge of teaching myself to knit. Most of the time I am pretty happy with my progress, but I do struggle with the frustration of learning a new skill. I also have a Tunisian Crochet blanket on the go (for Peggy) and my daily diary, which I have been sharing on Instagram.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre? 
I suppose I work on many different projects across a whole variety of techniques. I love to draw, but I'm just as obsessed with crochet and now knitting. I like to think my work is simple but striking. I like bold colours and patterns, and I guess that features in my creative process quite a lot.

3. Why do I create what I do? 

I have to keep busy. Yes, my house is a mess, and the washing needs doing, but I have to be making something. The times when I didn't make things, I nearly lost my mind. I find it nearly impossible to just sit in front of the TV. I have to have a pen, or a hook or needles on my person at all times. 

I also love to make things for other people. If anyone within a 10 mile radius has a baby, I'm there with my yarn and hook working on a blanket.

4. How does your creating process work?
I get ideas in my head which have to burst out. It may be an instant thing, or they may brew a while, but I usually can't rest until they are underway. I like to start with all the materials I need, and if it's a new skill, I read loads of information in books and online before I make a start.

I can't make in silence, I like to have loud music or the TV for company, and usually a furry creature or two sitting at my feet or on my lap. I will work all hours of the day and night until I get something right, if I have to. 

It's been a pleasure to join in with this, I love the online creative community.

I have asked the following lovely people to join in with the blog hop, so take at look at what they have got to offer:

Kath, aka inverleith - expert crocheter, instagrammer and blogger. I am totally in awe of her crochet skills!

Autumn, aka gypsybee - blogger, mid-century enthusiast and all-round crafty gal. I love her choices of colour in her work.

Nicola aka inside the cabinet of wonder - taker of beautiful photos, lover of washi tape and comic books. I'm such a big fan of her instagram feed! 

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Natural Beauty

It was just all so lovely, it had to be shared. Nature at its finest.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Catseyes can't be beaten

Glasses are not just a fashion statement for me, they are a necessity. I can't manage without them.
I love to change my specs to match my mood and outfit.
My latest pair were sent to me by Firmoo, and I was in love at first sight.

The specs (frame #F033) have a really cool wood grain texture and matte finish, but they still have the lightweight nature of plastic frames. They do feel a little narrower than my other glasses (curse my wide head) but they are comfortable, and after a week of constant use I have no complaints.
I love ordering new glasses online. I currently have 6 pairs of glasses that I wear on rotation, all of which I bought online from 3 different companies. These glasses came very well packaged, arrived quickly and were supplied with a good quality hard case and a slip case. I opted to pay the extra couple of pounds for the anti-reflective lenses, which I always think is a very good investment. It's totally worth it.

FYI, I have just looked on the Firmoo website again. How I am going to stop myself from buying the red and black polkadot catseye frames I don't know...

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Making the most of it

 Soon, my parents are due to move house.
It's great - they will be moving much closer to us, and they've found a fantastic house. I still feel sad that they will be leaving the house and area I grew up in.

One of the great things about where they currently live is the old airfield surrounded by fields. It's a few metres from their house, and it's the perfect spot for walking the dogs. Over the weekend, we decided to make the most of the great weather and set out on a lovely long walk. I took my camera to document one of our final walks there.

Could you get a happier photo than this?

Thursday, 22 May 2014

The selfie generation: are we the biggest narcissists?

We are all guilty of taking far too many selfies. Admit it. You know you do. Go on - be honest.
Most of our generation were messing about with dodgy old digital cameras held at arms length in the heady days of myspace, yet the selfie is only gaining notoriety now. And we feel pretty guilty if we are questioned on it.
We are made to feel like horrendous narcissists for using that front facing camera, but should we feel bad about taking a selfie? Yes, there are far too many duck faces and trout pouts gracing the social media screens of our phones and laptops, but surely, if other generations had the same technology, they would have done the same?
This got me thinking. Look at all the self portraits that are featured on the walls of every art gallery: surely they are just a selfie using a more time consuming medium. Rembrandt, Van Gogh and all the rest of 'em, they were obsessed with studying their own faces. Rembrandt, for example, painted himself nearly 100 times. That's some serious commitment.
Oil paintings of that magnitude would have taken weeks, if not months to create. A quick snap using the camera on our phones takes a second. Who are the narcissists now, eh?
This is all very much tongue in cheek, but I do feel like a prat for taking a selfie. Not that I do it too often (at least I try not to share them too often, there's only so much people can take), but I do think it's a valuable way of documenting our everyday life in our modern technology-fuelled lives.
Plus, they are hilarious to look back on (thank you, Timehop!)
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