Friday, 29 June 2012

Dress of the Week: Brat & Suzie Bunny Dress

I remember seeing Brat & Suzie on Dragon's Den a while back and loving all their tops. I'm a sucker for animal images on clothes anyway!

This bunny dress is really cute, and is topped off by possible my second favourite trend, a peter pan collar. It's £40 from Brat & Suzie, check out their flamingo playsuit while you're there!

Friday, 22 June 2012

Dress of the Week: Warehouse Chiffon Prom Dress

I have no idea why I keep looking at so many fancy dresses, without having a single event to wear them to. But look how pretty this is...

It is £90 from Warehouse, and I'm just waiting for the right invite so I can rush out and buy it.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

A Marathon Effort

Although it seems ages ago now I hadn't got round to sharing my London Marathon photos. So better late than never!

It was my 3rd marathon (in as many years) but my 1st (and probably only) London Marathon.

 I was so convinced this was going to be a good picture but I was obviously a lot more tired than I thought I was. Too tired to even keep my eyes open...

I managed to knock off about 25 minutes by previous best which I was very happy about. The atmosphere was really amazing and the crowds kept me going most of the way round.

That's it for a while though, I'm looking forward to a spring with no training in it. Until I'm bitten by the bug all over again next April...

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Work In Progress

For a blog that's meant to be about my crafty adventures, there hasn't been a lot of crafting on show here recently. But I promise there has been some going on behind the scenes! Today I thought I would share some of my works in progress.

These friendship bracelets have been half finished for a while. I'm just waiting on the delivery of some studs and chains to beef them up a bit, like these ones here

I've been scribbling designs for my very first crochet blanket. I'm not one to do things by halves, and so I thought I would just go the whole hog with my first project. It will at least give me plenty of practice!

It's not often the mister actually asks me to make something. So when he requested a cross stitch Zelda map (it's from a game for the uninitiated), I jumped at the chance. And then realised what a massive task it was. He wants something quite specific so I'm giving drawing up my own pattern a go for the first time. I used to cross stitch a lot though so I'm hoping it goes smoothly!

Plus I'm mulling over a few ideas for brand new cushions covers for our front room. It's all go around here, I just need to actually finish something...

Friday, 8 June 2012

Dress of the Week: Miss Selfridge Twin Colour Dress

This dress has had me dreaming of sunny weather all week.

I've got a small obsession with mint green going on at the moment, which is probably why I keep getting drawn back to this dress. But I think the weather might need to improve a bit before I spend the hard earned £45 it would cost me.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Jubilee Cake Pops

After briefly showing off my Jubilee cake pops here, I thought I would give them a bit more attention. 

I actually got all the stuff I needed as a kit at the Cake International Show. 

The three different colour candy melts and all the sprinkles were included along with a cardboard contraption to hold the cake pops, and pretty ribbons to dress them up with. 

 I originally started decorating them all very late at night, which was a mistake. I only have one white cake pop, as the white candy melts had a slight accident...
 They were really generous with the sprinkles, I've got loads left over. Luckily the Olympics are coming up so I can make some Team GB cakes.

 Everything I've done seems to be red, white and blue at the moment, think I need to give myself a break before Olympic fever takes over!

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

A Moonlit Stroll

It's not often I go near the seafront after dark. But as the Jubilee beacon wasn't being lit until after 10pm, I got the chance to last weekend.
The moon was so bright, and was reflecting beautifully off the sea.

The bandstand was lit up for the evening and the view from it was amazing.
 Seeing your city from a different perspective is a great way to remind you why you love living there!

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

A Right Royal Knees Up

Just a few photos from the long Jubilee weekend

First version of my Jubilee nails 

Flying the Flag exhibition at Brighton Museum - clothes from lots of British designers including John Rocha and Vivienne Westwood. 

And this incredible Jasper Conran dress

 A lovely catch up lunch with friends including this rather patriotic Eton Mess sundae

 Seeing the Jubilee beacon being lit on the sea front, as well as a slightly unusual version of  God Save the Queen played on steel drums

 Jubilee themed cake pops - I thought it would be a great idea to start decorating them about midnight. It wasn't! Take 2 went much better in the morning.

 The messiest Union Jack painted on any nail ever...
The weekend was finished up by a slightly (read:extremely) damp street party

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Not Just for Grannies

I've always wanted to learn to crochet, I kind of think it's a necessary skill if you want to call yourself a crafter. But all previous attempts had been complete failures and I was pretty close to giving it all up.

But then Super+Super HQ opened in Brighton, offering a whole heap of crafty courses. Including Crochet Granny Squares, a 4 week course to teach crochet basics. So I thought I would give it one last chance...

Everything needed was included (hook, yarn, lots of biscuits) We went through the basics; chain stitch and double crochet, before moving on the treble crochet and changing colours.

By the third week, I had completed my very first granny square!

And in the final lesson, we tried something a little more tricky and made a crochet flower.

I have learnt that I am the slowest crocheter in the history of crochet. Seriously, people were completing at least two granny squares to every one of mine. Amy (one half of S+S and the crochet tutor) might actually have the patience of a saint, as she helped me fix my numerous mistakes.

So the course was really great. My crochet skills might not be perfect but I learnt lots, and the rest should come with lots and lots of practice.The dream of making my own crochet blanket is one step closer to reality. Only problem is how long it's going to take me to crochet that many squares!

Super+Super HQ is a pretty awesome little place too. Amy and Claire (other half of S+S who also took this course) are lovely and obviously really passionate about their new venture. And if crochet isn't your thing, then there's loads of other stuff going on. I've already got my eye on something else...

Friday, 1 June 2012

Dress of the Week: Oasis Bird Print Dress

If I was to buy this it would be the 3rd bird print dress I had bought in as many months (I seem to have a small obsession with animal themed clothing)

It's from Oasis, for £48 and according to the website, new in. Let's see how long I can resist for...
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