23.12.15

OH CHRISTMAS TREE

Christmassy weekend

Living in a teeny tiny London flat means that space is very limited and we definitely don't have enough room to squeeze a Christmas tree in, I wouldn't even know what to move to try and fit one in. So Steven came home with this little one which sits perfectly on our table, and luckily enough I found some tiny baubles at work to decorate it with. I used a few decorations left over from last years fun with air dry clay and the star is from some garlands that were too tangled to sort out so they got the chop. Very cute!

Christmassy weekend
Christmassy weekend

I've even made gingerbread men this year that I took to a Christmas gathering last week. These ones were vegan and had a more cakey texture then crunchy biscuit which was a nice surprise. I haven't baked for a long time as I don't really like our kitchen that much (its very small and gets very hot very quickly) but I enjoyed making these so hopefully it will give me the motivation to do some more baking...perhaps in the 11 whole days I have off from work! Yippee!

Christmassy weekend

So that's it now, I'll see you on the other side. Hope you have a very merry christmas!

21.12.15

THE WEEKEND BEFORE CHRISTMAS

Weekend before xmas

Well it's officially Christmas this week, just three more days at work then its 'stuff my face till I can't stuff it no more time', for 11 whole days. I'm ready for the break.
This weekend was spent doing lots of Christmassy things to make sure I am firmly cemented in the festive mood.
We lit my new Christmas candle to fill the house with cinnamon and spice or whatever flavour it is, it's actually really lovely - not too sickly sweet for a christmas one (space.nk if you're wondering).

Weekend before xmas

Finally wrote out the remaining Christmas cards...after attempting to make my own I gave up and went with an M&S multipack, sometimes you've just got to know when to spend a fiver.

Weekend before xmas

Last week the latest branch of Honest Burgers opened up round the corner from my house. Yes, I have to walk past it everyday to and from work so to really get me tempted they sent me a voucher for a free burger...dangerous tactics.

Weekend before xmas
Weekend before xmas

I opted for a spiked winter warmer cocktail (rum!) which was delicious

Weekend before xmas

And then I ordered the Tribute burger and Steven got the veggie one which is a fritter style, those rosemary fries are just...too good.

Weekend before xmas
Weekend before xmas

A couple of friends of ours saw us stuffing our faces through the window so we ended up next door at Brick Brewery for a few of drinks with them...its Christmas after all!

Soup
Soup

Sunday was spent wrapping presents, eating homemade squash soup and finally watching National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Officially Christmassed up to the eye balls.

7.12.15

GETTING CRAFTY

Craft

This week I finally got round to making (and finishing some!) Christmas presents which means I can relax a little now and spend my Saturday evenings until Christmas drinking that bottle of Baileys we bought. I'll share those pics after the big day though (of the crafts, not of me drunk!)
I have however, been busy making other bits and bobs for purely selfish reasons. The first one was this scarf that I knitted, I shared it on Instagram a little while ago but I have been wearing it non stop since I finished. Well it's actually ended up being a snood because it was a little too short for a scarf but wrapped round twice I think it looks fine. It only took about a year to make and cost approximately £30 in wool...but...I did make it myself and all that!

Craft

I've had this plain white lampshade hanging around for ages now and I keep meaning to do something with it, originally I had planned to do some fancy stitching patterns but in the end I settled for covering it with this lovely Liberty fabric.

Craft
Craft
Craft

A nice bright addition to our living room.

Craft

This wooden crate was lying around on the side at work so I grabbed it at the first chance I got - I can't resist a crate or an empty hamper for that matter, I will always find something to put in it.
I gave it a lick of grey paint and now it lives next to the sofa and has all my crafty bits in, purely because they were scattered all over the floor and I kept losing needles, whoops... but this has solved everything!

Craft
Craft

When I have made things in the past that I have seen on Pinterest it is very rarely a success...but I have to say this this cute little pouch I made for a friends birthday present turned out not bad at all. I worked out an envelope template, ordered some soft leather off ebay and I was away! I did have a slight problem with the pouch gaping a bit but thats nothing a bit of fabric glue can't solve. Ideally I'd like to use a harder leather to make it sturdier but I'm putting it down as a successful work in progress.

Craft

And finally I have made myself this laptop cover out of wool felt which I really love. Since I took these photographs I have restitched the edges pink and made them a bit neater, I used some leftover Liberty fabric from the lampshade to line it with and I have to say that I got a fair few compliments on it when I took it to work the other day. I think this has to be one of my more successful makes to date...as in, it actually works and doesn't look 'a bit shit'.

Craft
Craft
Craft

The only problem is 100% wool felt is so flipping expensive! But it's definitely still cheaper then buying brand new, so I feel like its a winner all round.

Craft

And next up I need to tackle making Christmas cards, I bought this lino kit in the hopes that it would be super easy and I'd have a work of art in no time but sadly its not quite working out that way. Its actually really difficult to make it look half decent...soooo fingers crossed that I manage to finish them before I miss the last post!

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