Tuesday, 25 November 2014

MY FAVOURITE CRAFT BOOKS

I spent most of Sunday morning feeling really inspired and wanting to get my craft on. There was only 1 problem, I had no idea what to make.

I have a whole box under my bed full of craft supplies and a huge bag full of fabrics, why do I not know what to make. I decided to get out my favourite craft books and get inspired! I posted this picture on Instagram and thought I'd share a few of my favourite craft books as I adore them and can easily (as I did Sunday) spend hours flicking through them and getting all sorts of ideas.


My first one is this Mollie Makes Christmas: Living and Loving a Handmade Christmas. This is the book I was reading in the instagram picture. It's got loads of Christmas craft ideas in for gifts and decorations. The instructions are easy to follow I just wish the templates at the back were more to scale. My best friend brought me this last Christmas and it's been a favourite of mine ever since.




Another favourite of mine is this DoodleStitching: The Motif Collection, I brought this from Amazon when I was looking for craft books. I love doing cross stitches and wanted to move onto something similar so I brought this book to try out some embroidery work. Truth be told I've only actually used it once but I find it a joy to flick through.


This next one I LOVE so much! I love the idea of having things around my house that I've sewn and made and every time I look through this book it makes me want to do just that! This Sally Walton Home Sewn Home book is easy to follow, lots of beautiful images and a massive inspirational read.




Then we have my queen, Kirstie Allsopp, I love this women - All her TV programs, all the books, all the events gah I just love her! My boyfriend brought me this book for my 22nd Birthday and there is so many projects in here that I want to try. It isn't just one craft either, there are loads of craft projects in this book with really easy to follow instructions and again of course the images are a dream to look at! Kirtsie Allsopp Craft, I highly recommend.




If your a crafter do you have any favourite craft books?


With Love,

Sian x
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Sunday, 23 November 2014

LIFE LATELY


I had a really busy period after my holiday to Tunisia and went completely MIA, I completely forgot and lost sight of how much I enjoy blogging and being apart of this wonderful community.

Mark and I had been talking about moving in together for such a long time and before I went on holiday we put a few requests to view a few places but nothing really came of them. Then the weekend I came back from my holiday we viewed 4 properties in 1 day. It was exhausting and by the third one we'd began to feel a little uninspired. The fourth viewing was the one! We fell in love with a little maisonette by where both our parents lived. It's so close to our families and the area we grew up in, it was in a little col-de-sac, really quiet and when we were walking around, just felt like home. We put a request to take it off the market the very next day and within a week we had our move in date. It was stressful, it was hard work but it was totally worth it.




We didn't have any furniture, the day before we moved in I went to a charity shop with Mark's Mom and brought our sofa (a total bargain, it's beautiful) a coffee table and 2 wardrobes. We didn't have a fridge for a month and we still don't have a washing machine. We are getting there though, it has been hard work and there are still boxes and bags which haven't been unpacked but it is home.




The blog had to take a back seat, otherwise all of this would have just been a lot harder. Moving in whilst working full time was a nightmare, by the time we get home from work and cooked dinner it was time for bed and that has been our routine for a long time. There just isn't enough time in the day. Weekends have been spent sorting and tidying.


I have so many plans for this plans and cannot wait to start sharing the progression with you all.


With Love,

Sian x
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Sunday, 21 September 2014

MY HOLIDAY IN TUNISIA: PART 2

I know in my last post I said the last of my holiday pictures that I want to share with you all would be up last week, but I've been getting home from work pretty late all week (insert sarcastic voice: public transport just keeps getting better and better) so by the time I've got home I've just wanted to switch off and do nothing.

I thought I would share a few pictures of our beautiful hotel. If you want a mixture of relaxation and entertainment then I would recommend Dessole Riviera. It was absolutely beautiful, the hotel was well maintained, the staff were friendly, the facilities were on point - they had a spa, hairdressers, 2 restaurants and a buffet room, as well as a drinks and snack bar which is open all day. The swimming pool was really big, there was a separate kids pool and water slides (these were really fun). The hotel had it's own private section on the beach with lots of parasol's, they also have members of staff walking up and down the beach and pool who will fetch you deck chairs and cushions. I actually cannot fault the hotel at all!

This holiday was easily one of my favourite holiday's I've been on. Tunisia is such a beautiful place, I've already said to Mark we're going back!
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Monday, 15 September 2014

MY HOLIDAY IN TUNISIA: PART 1

Just yesterday I arrived back in England from an amazing week away to Tunisia with my family. I'm going to be honest, Tunisia was never somewhere I even thought of visiting, but after falling in love during my holiday I'm already longing to go back.
We stayed in a gorgeous hotel called the Dessole Riviera in Port El Kantaoui, a gorgeous location near the harbour. I wanted to share a few of the pictures I had taken whilst I was away - which I took rather a lot, so I'm splitting it up into two posts. The next post will be up on Tuesday so keep your eyes peeled.
The weather was perfect most days, very hot (too hot for me to sit in) however we did have a few showers of rain which was rather refreshing. Hence the dark skies in these pictures above. The four images above are from the harbour, which was a 20 minute walk from our resort. A truly beautiful place to visit, they have shops and restaurants all around - did get a little (little being a huge understatement)  annoying, as you couldn't actually walk past any shops without being bombarded by every waiter/shop keeper asking you to come inside "look in my shop, cheaper than Asda" I don't know how many times you can turn down a camel fridge magnet. 

At first you're polite, "no thank you, we've already eaten" but then after 9 or 10 shops of this constantly happening I got to a point of just wanting to say "just fuck off!!!!". It takes the fun out of an enjoyable stroll around the shops and I found myself not wanted to ever see another shop keeper again!
On our last day we went to Sousse, one of the bigger cities in Tunisia where they have a huge market, which is where these next lot of photos are from. Again a truly beautiful site, it's all along a giant city wall. We again though got bombarded by shop keepers trying to sell us their goods, we actually got to a point where we didn't even want to walk past and look at something because as soon you're caught looking at a pretty rug or an amazingly detailed garment you've had it. Someone is pouncing on you to buy and no matter how many times you say "no, I'm just looking. It's very beautiful" you physically have to run away from them.
 
More pictures from my holiday in Tunisia will be up on Tuesday. Have you ever been before? Where's your favourite place you've been on holiday?

With Love,
Sian xxx
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Sunday, 17 August 2014

A DAY TRIP TO DUDLEY ZOO

A few weekends ago Mark and I decided to take a day trip to Dudley Zoo and I thought I'd share a few pictures of our adventures to the Zoo. 

I hadn't been in YEARS, the sun was shining so we packed a picnic and jumped in the car. A friend had told me they'd refurbished a lot of the zoo but I couldn't remember what it looked before it'd been that long since I'd gone. It was slightly disappointing as we paid £14 each to get into a zoo where 85% of the animals were nowhere to be seen. It isn't a very big zoo and considering it was a beautiful day we assumed most of the animals would be outside enjoying the weather like us but the majority of the animals were inside where we couldn't see them. That however was the only downfall to the day, I'm not being a negative Norman here - we did genuinely have a lovely day!






Where's the best Zoo you've been to? The best one I've been to is Rotterdam Zoo in the Netherlands.

With Love,
Sian xxx
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