29.3.13

READY FOR THE LONG WEEKEND


So the first week of my new job is done, I love it! It feels so good to be learning things again and working for a company that gives us Easter eggs (!!)
Although I really enjoyed it, this week has completely took it out of me and I'm still trying to figure out my blogging time and craft time all that stuff so please bare with me for a little bit till I get sorted.

I think I must have timed it perfectly starting a new job with 4 days off at the end of the week, plenty of time to recharge and do all the things I've been meaning to do for a while. I had planned to spend today catching up on some sewing but the sun is shining so brightly that I don't think I can resist heading out into London. Saying that though, I've been up for over an hour and can't seem to move myself from my bed...so who knows how this day is going to pan out.

The lovely people from my previous job bought me some very thoughtful leaving presents that I wanted to share with you. The first being a voucher for this amazing craft workshop place, I've been wanting to learn how to knit for ages now (and I learn much better when someone is showing me rather then watching videos) so I think this is the perfect opportunity to take on a new craft. I was also gifted this very useful book which I would recommend to any Londoner. Everything is organised by area and after reading some of the write ups of the places I've already been to, they are very honest in what they have to say.

Hope you all have some lovely plans for this long weekend, we have a stack of chocolate to get through so I'm sure that will keep us busy!

25.3.13

WEEKEND CATCH UP

My weekend started on Friday afternoon with lunch at The Diner in Camden followed by evening drinks with the lovely people from my (now old) work. They gave me a good send off with a few tears and some lovely presents, will definitely miss seeing their faces everyday!
Saturday was spent in our pyjamas watching films and napping on the sofa (Ill Manors is probably not the best film to watch when wanting to relax...) and then a takeaway in the evening whilst watching Saturday Night Takeaway, yes! Sunday was spent catching up with my 'to do list', managed to get a few bits photographed for my soon to be open Etsy shop (SO CLOSE!) and ate a yummy veg roast in the evening. It feels like we haven't had a relaxing weekend for ages so feeling ready to take on the week now.
Today is the first day of my new job, I'm so excited/nervous I don't really know what to do with myself! Will be back later in the week once I've got myself sorted out. Hope you had a lovely weekend!

22.3.13

PARIS IN NINE HOURS

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To say we were only in Paris for 9 hours, I managed to take a ridiculous amount of photos. I spent the whole of last night sorting them out and finally have them ready to share. 
Luckily it didn't rain whilst we were there (as every forecast had scared me in to thinking), it was pretty dull and miserable looking though which naturally makes for some very French looking pictures! Paris
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I'd really recommend a day trip to Paris, we loved every minute of it. We walked a million miles, saw all the tourist spots, bought baguettes, macaroons and crepes, such a cliche but we were definitely embracing the Parisian way of life for a day.
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The best part of the trip was when we arrived at the top of the Sacré-Coeur, the sun had come out and the view was unbelievable. Then this crazy man started doing some amazing tricks with a football which we couldn't take our eyes off! (He wasn't actually crazy...just crazy to be hanging off a lampost whilst balancing a ball!)ParisParis
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I felt so refreshed at work yesterday (which didn't last long), must have been all that amazing food. Last day at work today, heading out for lunch with everyone then out in the evening, can't wait! It felt like today would never come!
If you want to look at some more pictures I took, check out my flickr page. 

20.3.13

TRES BIEN!


Today we are spending the day in Paris! I've always wanted to get the Eurostar there and back in one day whilst living in London, it seems like a very romantic thing to do so we couldn't resist when they had a sale on earlier in the year. The weather forecast isn't looking too good but a day of eating pastries and wandering around is just what I need. Then I've only got Thursday and Friday left at my current job before I start my new one on Monday, eek! Everything seems to be happening this week, how exciting!!

18.3.13

TOURISTS FOR A DAY

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This weekend we had Steven's family visiting. I love it when we have visitors, not only do we get to see family and friends who we haven't seen for while but we also get to be one of those annoying tourists for a weekend, you know the type that stand on the left side of the escalator (!) and dawdle up the street with a backlog of people trying to get past (I know, I know...) But it also means that we get to explore places in London we haven't been to before and that is one reason why I love London so much, I don't think you could ever be bored here. Unfortunately the weather wasn't really up to scratch and the sideways rain and fierce winds made me a little worse for wear (as you can see in the picture above!) but we had a great time all the same.
We took the Clipper from the London Eye up to Greenwich which is a great touristy thing to do, it cost us £4 (with a travel card discount) and you get to see so much on the way, including HMS Belfast (highly recommend visiting), Tower Bridge and Canary Wharf.
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When arriving at Greenwich the first thing you see is the Cutty Sark (wouldn't recommend this as much, quite over priced for what it is) and lucky for us we were greeted by the sun, for the only time this weekend! We took a stroll round the corner to the National Maritime Museum where we had a quick look in at the Arctic Convoy room (before we were evacuated due to a fire alarm), I love this area of London, it feels so different to any other part that I've been to.
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We then walked the VERY steep hill up to the Royal Observatory and took in the seriously amazing view of Canary Wharf and the City of London, I could have spent all day up there, if it wasn't for the howling wind! We finished the afternoon off with a stroll around Greenwich Market, I wish I hadn't eaten just before going here because the food stalls looked soooo good, we'll definitely be going back soon to give it all a try.
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I would love to hear if you have any great places to take tourists in London (obviously EVERYWHERE but you know what I mean!)

15.3.13

DIY iPHONE CASE

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I've had my boring iPhone case for over a year now. Isn't it just the most boring thing I could have picked?! I bought it when I first got my phone as a temporary one but haven't got round to replacing it yet (one year later...), I've only just changed my wallpaper from the one it came with! So I thought enough is enough, instead of buying a new one, I will save a bit of money and make the one I have look a little bit nicer.

I drew the 'design' with a pencil first and because this particularly boring case is a sillicone one, it made it super easy to punch the needle through. I like the bright colours I chose, it reminds me of chalk on a chalkboard! This definitely must mean I'm no longer boring, right? And all for 10 minutes of craft time, brill!

13.3.13

BROOKLYN FEAST

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Last night we went to Brooklyn Feast in East London, 8 beers, 8 street food trucks. After going to FEAST on Sunday, I thought I might be a bit 'foodied' out but I was craving one of Spit and Roast's chicken burgers so was more then happy to go. The idea of the evening, I think, is great, a chance to try 8 of Brooklyn Brewery's beer (most of which you can't seem to find anywhere over here) and eat loads of food, win! Prior to the event they released a food pairing menu suggesting which beers to drink with which street sellers food.
The tickets cost £6 and this included a free beer and a value of £3.50 for any food stall, which I think was pretty decent of them to include all of that for six quid.
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Like I said though, the idea of the evening is great but in practise I'm not sure if it really worked and I really really wanted it to. I think it may have just been down to lack of organisation/too many tickets sold but they opened an hour late which isn't a massive deal but the sun certainly wasn't shining and hanging around in Dalston isn't top of my list of things to do in London. We found that once you got to the bar (20 minute wait) the bar staff didn't actually know anything about the different beers they were serving which was a real let down and they had no change, which actually resulted in Steven getting a free beer (why am I moaning?!). After about an hour or so the queues for the food trucks were huge and the layout of the trucks and bar meant that everyone congregated in one area so it was just a mass of queues.
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It probably sounds like I'm just having a bit of a moan but I thought it would run a bit smoother then it did (a bit more like FEAST where there never seemed to be more then 3 people queueing). Saying that though, the food was amazing, I finally had a Big Apple Hot Dog and a slider from Spit and Roast and Steven was really impressed with the other beers he tried, especially Brooklyn Blast! Definitely worth the £6 entry fee and if they put another one on, I'd recommend getting there early!
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After two street food events in 3 days I guess its salad for the rest of the week now...

11.3.13

FEAST, TOBACCO DOCK

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This weekend we went to FEAST which was held at Tobacco Dock in Wapping. Since booking the tickets a few weeks ago, I have been doing plenty of research in to which stalls to visit to get the most out of the day, although this all went out the window when we got there, everything looked too good!
Because of where it was held (an old tobacco storage factory) and our typical British weather, we spent the majority of our time there huddling under one of three heaters situated near the entrance, it was SO cold with a mix of hail and rain coming in through glass roof!? The venue looked great though, long benches with beautiful flowers and candles everywhere, they really put a lot of thought into it.
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Even though we arrived fairly early when it opened it soon filled up, a few of the more popular stalls developed long queues but they seemed to go down pretty quickly so there wasn't any grumbling (from stomaches or mouths!). My tactic was to eat from street food sellers and not ones that have restaurants too, although I do wish I had got the lamb burger from Dishoom, everyone was walking round with one!
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The highlight for me was the Buttermilk fried chicken slider from Spit and Roast (a smaller version of the bun they sell) which was good value for £3.50 and the perfect size for an event like this.
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I am still dreaming of this burger now, seriously. The chicken was unbelievably good and the fennel slaw and korean hot sauce made it ridiculously tasty, I am going to have to hunt them out at Brockley Market I think!
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The pizza we shared from Pizza Pilgrims was very tasty and so quickly served, which I was really impressed with. The pizza tasted so fresh and the dough was so light, just what you want.
I also had a Hix Fish Dog which was nice but if I'm honest I wasn't overly fussed with but we did have the salted caramel dog-nuts from there which were sugary goodness.
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With Steven being vegetarian I think he found it slightly frustrating that not every stall had a veggie option and I was actually quite surprised that some of the food stalls didn't give an alternative but saying that he certainly had plenty to eat.
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We finished our day off with the 'Special' from Meringue Girls which was (I wish I could think of another word) amazing!! The perfect amount of chew... and cream... and caramel... and pistachios!
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All in all we had a great day eating, definitely looking forward to the next one (hopefully when the weather is a bit warmer though)!

8.3.13

BLOG LOVING

I love to read other peoples blogs every day, I love it when I get lost in a web of following link after link, discovering new blogs and amazing people that create such beautiful posts. To celebrate International Women's Day I want to share with you a few links to some posts that I have found particularly interesting recently written by some very talented ladies...


Picture credit: Randomly Happy

>> Elena from Randomly Happy is posting a step by step guide on how to make a gathered skirt, I would love to have one of these for every day of the week so I will certainly be joining in (when I get round to  picking my fabric!) You can follow her simple instructions over on her blog. I absolutely love the colour she has used to make hers, wouldn't it be nice with some embroidery on too...ohh that options!

>> I found this easy tutorial on how to do a fish tail braid over on Drifter and the Gypsy written as a guest post by Emily from It Girl Rag Doll. I'm trying to grow out my hair a bit and I always want to try new things with it (if I had the patience!), this looks much simpler then I thought it would be!


>> These beautiful prints by Lucy at Peas and Needles. I love London art work, these would look great in a child's nursery. 


>> Junkaholique was one of the first blogs I began reading and since the birth of their daughter I have loved the updates of all the things they have been making for her (such a talented couple!) and how they are adjusting to their new addition to the family. They seem to have this whole life thing pretty much nailed too, plenty of time spent exploring the country, visiting plenty of car boots, and making beautiful things for their job (Rust) and for their home. What more could you want!?

>> This post by Kirsty on A Safe Mooring on 3 ways to jazz up your blog is really interesting. I love blog design tips and I think her blog looks great. Doesn't the HTML&CSS book look so much fun?! I think learning design stuff would be so much easier with a book as beautiful as that. The links she gives throughout the post are all really helpful, well worth a read.


>> One of my favourite blogs is One Sheepish Girl by Meredith. She is seriously talented when it comes to sewing/crochet/knitting, her ideas are really inspiring and I love seeing what project she has on the go. She recently posted a 'how to' on embroidering shoulders, don't they look amazing? So simple but instantly make a plain sweater look interesting. She has some really great ideas on her blog that make me really want to learn how to knit!!


>> And finally, Charlotte from Lotts and Lots has posted a DIY on how to make a flower crown. We made these when we had our amazing blogger meet up by the sea and she talked us through how to make them then, she's such a natural teacher. Doesn't it make you want to have one especially for that Sunday morning trip to the supermarket?!

Hope you find some of these links useful. I would love to know what posts have been catching your eye this week.

6.3.13

PRIMROSE HILL

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Yesterday the weather in London was so sunny and bright that I couldn't resist taking a walk around Primrose Hill on my lunch hour. I took a few photos of the things that I passed on the way, such a beautiful place to visit, it's like you're in a quaint village somewhere in Kent! I kept my eyes peeled for celebs, and may have loitered around Kate Moss' usual places for a bit but to no luck. When I move jobs, I will miss having such amazing places to go and spend my lunch hour, I best make the most of it in the 2 weeks I have left!
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