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Ah, the sunshine has me dreaming of actually being able to wear fun clothes not covered by coats and scarves and layers (in reality thought, nothing will change apart from the thickness of my coat!) But I saw this Joy dress over the weekend and fell in love - it screams summer to me. I can't stop thinking about it. I'm a massive fan of sheffield based art - now if only they did skateboard this in a snowboard version. You have to love any headphones that incorporate a nice bit of floral and Ankit have a whole series of them - I'm pretty sure they'd improve my music listening everytime. . Helen Instagrammed a photo of her Dark Rum Candle last weekend and I'm a little bit obsessed. And I've been thinking for the longest time I need to step away from my black and brown sandles for the summer - I think these turquoise numbers might be just the show to do it. I'm only just noticing the colour theme here too........
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Crochet 101



I’m pretty lucky that my WI is filled with a team of super crafty and lovely ladies, so when one of our members and crocheter extrordonaire, Adele, offered to run a beginners crochet class at her local haberdashery, Pins n Needles, I jumped at the chance. I’ve crocheted before, I learnt (or so I thought) to crochet beanies from a couple of the boys I lived with on my season in Mammoth, but it appears my listening, or their teaching had me doing it wrong……And now, after a 3hr class I am in awe of all you crocheters! It is SO hard.



I’m pretty lucky that my WI is filled with a team of super crafty and lovely ladies, so when one of our members and crocheter extrordonaire, Adele, offered to run a beginners crochet class at her local haberdashery, Pins n Needles, I jumped at the chance. I’ve crocheted before, I learnt (or so I thought) to crochet beanies from a couple of the boys I lived with on my season in Mammoth, but it appears my listening, or their teaching had me doing it wrong……And now, after a 3hr class I am in awe of all you crocheters! It is SO hard.
My fingers were cramping from holding the wool. I kept hooking the wool the wrong way round, I felt like causing people harm with the hook at times and as you’ll be able to see below I kept dropping stitches. I essentially spent my time making a string of knots and a mis-shapen square! I’m not sure it’s the sport for me.





Despite this I had a wonderful morning and got to chat with some lovely ladies. Now, dare I attend the granny square class?
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Crafty Creatives 10


At the weekend I finally got the chance to pick up my Crafty Creatives box - It was delivered Wednesday, but my postman seems to ignore my requests about leaving things in a safe place. So it was Saturday morning before I got to see the lovely goodies from this month's box. The hardest part about this wait was not looking at the blogs I know would have written about it too! But it was worth the wait as I don't know if there could have been a more perfect box for me.
This month's theme was BLUE and it was veritable feast of goodies including paints and canvas, cute little beads, a lovely gingham, glittery beads (some which would be perfect for a diy caviar nail finish), a new product called Jumping Clay, a little kit to make a mobile, a cute little print, and maybe my favourite, little felt balls in varying shades of blue and grey!


I’ll be honest, I’ve don’t nothing with the kit yet, but lay it out on the table and look at it (which made me happy!) but the plans are rolling round my head so it's just a matter of time.

Are you a Crafty Creatives-er? If so, what did you think of this box? And what are you thinking of making?

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Blog North #4


At the weekend I was lucky enough to be invited to attend Blog North #4 with my lovely friend Sam who was speaking at the event. I've been watching the Blog North events with a keen eye after missing out in tickets to their first event a few years ago which I thought would have been super relevent. I'd seen this one, but as it was aimed at foodie bloggers I wasn't sure it would be relevant. But, oh was I wrong. We arrived at the uber cool Duke Studio's to be greeted with a washing line of biscuit badges to write our names on in icing sugar. Is their a better sort of name badge than an edible one?


As I was there with Sam, I sat in on her sessions about blogger engagement and what Taylors of Harrogate are looking for with their partnerships which was super useful as she not only discussed what Tayors as a company are looking for but it was really useful to hear what other bloggers want from partnerships.  But actual attendee's got to choose from two of four sessions, with Paul Winch Furness teaching food photography, award winning Emma Sturgess running a workshop on the art of food and drink writing and the lovely Cindy, my Travelling Notebooks partner discussing growing you readership through social media. So notonly did I get to go along to the event, and meet some super cool people, but I got to have a proper catch up about London with Cindy too (and discuss the rubbishness of southern water!)



Lunch was served in the form of some North African/Middle Eastern street food from Cafe Moor in Leeds Market, with soup and cous cous and tagine and literally the most delicious baklava I have ever tasted. And you know the best thing? They're at Glastonbury too, making Falafal. Can not wait to eat it ALL!

We also got the chance to hear from the lovely Lynn of Clandestine Cake Club, who has graciously agreed to come and chat to out WI and Leigh Linley too - both of whome have just had foodie books published as a result of their blogging!


Then, well, then, there was cake. Seriously, all the cake, ever! And some amazing goodie bags too. 






And if that wasn't enough, we got to head down to the Gallery on the ground floor to sample Bompass and Parr's latest crazy invention - the Whiskey Tornado, which is basically a whirl of whisky vapour that you inhale. Now, I am not a massive fan of whiskey, but they did tell us about a cloud of G&T they created which sounded amazing - if anyone wants to build me one, well, you know where I am!

Ooooh, and one more thing, check out this new service we found out about, Hash Gordon, which pulls in photo's from the web and lets me show you all the images tagged with #blognorth4
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Pin it Do it


The lovely ladies over at Olive Dragonfly have featured my Stamp making DIY crafternoon in their wonderful #Pinitdoit series. This is such a great way to capture all the posts where people have pinned and then actually created something. If you have something you've pinned and made, get in touch with them!
I pin soooooooo many things for the 'to do - one day' list that it's lovely to see other people actually creating things from their pins too.

If you want to see the original post on how to make stamps, you can here and you can see all of my DIY-y posts here.
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Oh, hai April. Here's hoping you're calmer than March!

You know when time just runs away from you, for maybe a day, or a week, or a month? Well, March was that very month. It was a whirlwind of holidays and weekends away and seeing friends and surprise tickets to see bands and visiting people. And a lot of midweek commitments too. It was full of big meals and rich cakes and lots and lots of alcohol. It was also full of some very bad hangovers (thank you everyone who helped make them). All in all, it was a great, great, month.

I loved every single moment of it, but now, I need a little time off. So April you are being welcomed with open arms as a month of calm weekends and saying no to midweek events, of healthier eating and less drinking and maybe a little exercise (lets not kid ourselves that I’ll be totally good). A month of focusing on some fun projects that I really want to get done and of not spending so much money. And with the Boyf in India, again, I’m hoping all this might be a little distraction for me too. 

What are your plans for April? Anything fun? 
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