One Battery Pack, Still Gorgeous and a lot of Kitsch

 

 Hey readers, scanners and browsers, hope you’ve all had a great week.  Bit of a mixed-bag week of things I’m loving but that’s life right – bit of this and a bit of that?!
1.  Anyone else a bit of a tech geek?  No?
Ok who is on the go all day and often runs out of phone charge…?
Gotcha!
Hence this weeks first up is the Technet Power Bank.. sexy I know.
Great technology, to me is just that, great, amazing and sometimes darned beautiful (when it works)!  This piece of kit is pretty fab because it meant that last week when we were away we didn’t have the concern about a lack of plug sockets.  It will do eight full recharges of a phone from flat and does iPads too.  Invaluable if you need that kind of a thing, highly recommend.  Bought it on Amazon here.

2.  Second, Still Gorgeous.  We stumbled upon this shop in Harrogate about three weeks ago as we’d parked right outside and saw the pretty dresses hanging out the front.  Picking up about eight off the rail to try, we wandered inside to find it was a kids clothes exchange.
You can buy off the rail and walk out however, if you have old clothes you want them to sell on your behalf, they will do so and you get a percentage back.  We walked away with two big bags of the most amazing quality kids clothing, brands like Massimo Dutti, Benetton, Burberry, Noa Noa and Joules.  We visited again this week and picked up a few colder weather pieces (hello!) and all I can say is it’s well worth a visit.  I generally can’t be faffed with thrift buying/raking through racks to find a bargain… it is JUST NOT MY BAG… but this little place is easy enough to navigate and on the two days we’ve been in we’ve been very happy with our purchases.  They do have a Facebook page apparently … Will find link… Ok here it is (click) to which they post their latest pieces.

 

3.  Lastly, a little bit of quirky fun.  Headed to the till at Boots I saw a stand with these on display.  Lots of varying designs, I wondered what they were for £7.50 and soon realised – hair ties.  The selling point though, clearly, was that they are a little bit of arm candy too because… ‘who doesn’t have a bobble tied round their wrist at some point?’  Well if you’re one of those people,  these are a bit fab, they hold and don’t snag your hair and just look kinda fab!

 

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CHESTERS by the RIVER

Strawberry Shortcake

“Ooh this time last week”… do you ever say that?  Well we are today because last Sunday we spent a large portion of the day at one of our favourite lifestyle places to hangout, CHESTERS.

Blackboard and Chalk Signage

Chesters is everything you’d want for a relaxed and terribly civilised Sunday.  Nestled by the River Brathay at Skelwith Bridge, everything within its doors is housed behind a beautiful slate facade looking every-bit the part in its woodland surroundings.  Yes, you’d think there’d be a picture of the exterior but it monsooned last Sunday so there was most definitely no way I was going to get that shot!

Cakes, Cakes and more Cakes

Each time we have returned to Chesters from when we first discovered it ten years ago, it has only ever improved; something you would never think it needed because of it being so darn perfect as it was.

Chester the Dog

Complete with outdoor decking you can descend to the river to if you fancy a paddle on a warmer day, else don the wellies and just go for it.  It’s a place you go to gently while away the hours eating, drinking and if you fancy, doing a spot o’ shopping… what’s not to love?

Ok first up, the food…

Food ready to be cooked Orange San Pellegrino Some amazing multi-bean dish Thai Chicken SaladHow do you choose?Victoria SpongePeanut BlondieLemon MerangueBarista at work Cute Tipping Pot

Amazing right?!  The menu is fantastic and extremely good value for money, if visiting you have to play a game I invented here called ‘Cake Roulette’.  Simply buy the same number of cakes as per people in your party (maybe add in a coupe of extras) then take a bite and pass it round!  Means you get to sample more of the INCREDIBLE baking that happens here.

On the other side of the building is an absolutely delightful shop selling everything from books to exquisite pieces for the home, girly things, man stuff.  These pics are only the smallest representation of what’s there but needless to say, post eating it makes for a very happy experience!

 

If you’re planning a trip to Cumbria any time soon, this place is most definitely worth a visit, you can visit their website here to find out more.  Happy Days! X

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The Camera or The Creativity: Which Came First?

It has occurred to me over recent months, as it may have you, that social media ok Instagram, has opened up a whole world of creativity to people who didn’t even know they wanted to take photos.  In none of my school years or further education did I know I wanted to take pictures of pretty things, and ultimately it be a way of making a living.

Whilst upside down the other night in downward dog (err Yoga?!) the two questions below came to me:
Question
How am I creative?   If you want to get a little bit further behind this thinking you can watch a video that inspired the above (here) it’s by Sir Ken Robinson, great thinker and totally my take on things too.
In Harrogate last week with my cousin and our kids, I was aware that, on a regular (albeit lovely) day I was walking along taking photos of most things; the children, the flowers, the townhouses.  I have not always been this way inclined.
Lavender and BlackBeautiful DoorsTwisted Trees Hide and Seek

 

It wasn’t that I was trying to capture every moment to brag about on Instagram (hello!) nor that I was so busy trying to capture the ‘perfect shot’ that I couldn’t be in the moment, but to me it is enjoyable to walk along snapping away!
Town Houses in HarrogatePink and Black, stunning contrast Black DoorLavender and RailingsFine Door at 108Huge HydrangeasWhat a PorchWellington Street
The Royal Baths
This is a new thing.  Taking pictures of beautiful things followed by the process of creating a feed or stream with them… I LOVE it!  Confession: I’m a little picky and if, after posting, I check my feed and I don’t like how the latest pics sits with the others, it comes down!
The purchase of a new camera a few months ago (Panasonic Lumix GF6) and discovering Instagram have definitely been instrumental in the desire to create something beautiful.  Yet to think that ten years ago this was not available?  Amazing!  We have Apps and editing tools at our fingertips, once only afforded to ‘designers’, now we can all experiment.  This is not idling away the time, it is being CREATIVE.
Creativity is ideas, it is new territory and is definitely the discovery of OUR STYLE OF LOVE.  I’m discovering my STYLE OF LOVE all the time.  Maybe you’re more creative than you realise….?  Can I encourage you to see the time spent doing things you love not as wasted time, but as time exploring your creativity which is vital to your STYLE OF LOVE.  The world needs it!
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How to Make World Map Bunting

If you’re throwing a summer party this would make super-cute cheap decor!  Bunting has certainly had its comeback and one wonders have we not all seen enough?  That said,  recently we threw a baby shower and wanted something ‘blue-ish ‘ to be able to transform the room a little and so it did.  We also thought this would also be a sweet present to give away to our Mom-to-be for baby’s room, so after scouring the web and seeing some nice-but-pricey stuff decided to get crafty.  It cost £2.99; Here’s how to make!

Finished Bunting

You will need:
1 x large world map (kids drawings/home lifestyle or decor magazines also make great images for bunting).

This huge Collins map ⇓ was from Jespers in Harrogate, you can also buy from ‘The Works’ for the same price.  It comes rolled up so open it our if you can, a few hours before making to allow the paper to de-curl.

Take One World Map

Ribbon or String as long as you need it to be.  We had this grey grosgrain ribbon in and so cost of the ribbon hasn’t been factored in to the £2.99.  If you are buying your ribbon it may end up making the total a fiver!

Grey Grosgrain

Red Grosgrain

Red would also have looked nice but as I was making the bunting double-sided, wanted a thicker ribbon.

Lastly, you will need a piece of thicker paper/card for a template, (can be a cereal packet or whatever else you have), scissors and glue

 

Defining the Shape

Decide on a triangle size.  Ours was going to be put up in quite a tall room so wanted it reasonable big.  We made it 18cm across and 22cm down to the point.  Leave a ‘lip’ on the top of the triangle, deep enough to be able to fold over your ribbon and touch the paper again on the reverse.

Ready to Trace

Fold over the lip on the template and mark where the edges need to be cut to match your triangle edges.  It should look like this ⇑ once cut.

Pattern

Take your large world map, turn it over so the you are drawing on the reverse and starting at the top draw round your template.  Make sure each new tracing of your template touches the one before (shown as F’s here).  This not only makes cutting out easier but means you can use the upside-down triangles this creates as the reverse of your bunting should you want one.  (Yes, they will be upside down but that doesn’t really matter.)

Fronts and Backs

When you have finished you will have two piles.  One (left) with the lip on it one (on the right) of all the ‘waste’ triangles that we are going to use for reverse.

Measuring Out

At this stage, is you are unsure of how many triangles you need to cut and can lay out your ribbon on the floor, just do a mock-up on the floor between the two points you are going to hang your bunting.  Allow a hand-width for spacing.

Fold

Use a ruler to create an edge whilst you fold over all the ‘lips’.

Folded Edges

Glue

Now all the preparing’s done, the fun part.  Glue your triangles (with lips) over your ribbon and if you decide you want, glue on your backing triangles.

Use Hand Width to Space

I just used a hand-width as a guide for spacing; quick, and easier than measuring.  Finally, hang!

Baby Shower Bunting

 

One world map made seven and a half meters worth so it’s definitely value for money.  Happy making and do let me know if you decide to try!

 

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Milk Bottles, Mini Rodini and Muchos Veg

Happy Thursday bloggers! Hope you have had a good week and if you’re in the UK have been enjoying this warmer weather… Sooo nice!  This week I’m going to mix it up a little (I know – living on the edge!), so today’s post is ‘what I’m loving this week’ and Sundays’ will be more of a feature post.  Time restraints, life, school holidays are all responsible so we’re just going with the flow! Loving so much right now, where do I start?!

1. Schools out but these milk bottles are in!  At the weekend we threw a baby shower.  It was such a sweet event and more pics from that will be on their way.  Meantime, I wanted to share these with you because if you are involved in hosting any little kids (or big ones) over the Summer then these ‘old school’ milk bottles with candy-stripe straws are super cute and look just delightful!  I ordered these online for £13, inclusive of straws and delivery, check them out (here: click!)

2.   Next up my little girl is LOVING this amazingly cute print dress by Mini Rodini from Herbert and Stella in Ilkley.  I’m not one for buying branded clothes for the sake of wearing a brand, I only tell you it’s Mini Rodini so you know what you’re looking for!  Herbert and Stella is a children’s clothing and toy boutique, they stock up to a size 7 so at nearly age 8 (and very tall) I was dubious as to whether I’d get away with this but it’s perfect and I think we’ll see at least a year/ 18 months out of it.  It also comes in a T-shirt/PJ top, bottoms/leggins, rompers and goodness knows what else!  The new season prints launched TODAY and it’s all very whacky circus prints, so if you fancy something a bit different for your little strong boy or girl then have a look at their online shop here.

3.   Lastly, I posted this picture on Instagram this week. It’s homegrown, allotment veg and it tastes blooming lovely!  The sentiment behind the post you can read below:

Ah you know those lovely people who have feeds or timelines full of all things earthy/ au naturel that you think 'oh too sweet but whose life looks that effortlessly fab'?! He he!!! #score! Ah my Father asked if I wanted any veg from the allotment when they came to visit which I said we would. He walked through the door with it just like this.. A wee #trug which was so picture perfect I was so grateful! There on the bottom left is a #rose he's grown too called #Audrey! Incidentally, the day previous we'd been treated to dinner by my sister (another gift). After they'd all gone home I thought about this #GIFT. I mused that sometimes it can be the finished meal all 'wow' cooked for us and served by waiters that we receive, and then sometimes it's in it's rawest form, complete with slugs coming out the lettuce... Yet both gifts were just that, a gift and so special in their own way that each were appreciated equally. It's not the size or cost of what we give in life, it's the heartfelt outward expression on giving of ourselves, our time, our love, that matters... What do you think? #justsaying #lifestyle #blogger #Yorkshire #vegetables #homegrown

Ah you know those lovely people who have feeds or timelines full of all things earthy/ au naturel that you think ‘oh too sweet but whose life looks that effortlessly fab’?! He he, #score!

My Father asked if I wanted any veg from the allotment when they came to visit which I said we would. He walked through the door with it just like this… A wee #trug which was so picture perfect I was so grateful! There on the bottom left is a #rose he’s grown too called #Audrey.

Incidentally, the day previous we’d been treated to dinner by my sister (another gift). After they’d all gone home I thought about this #GIFT. I mused that sometimes it can be the finished meal all ‘wow’ cooked for us and served by waiters that we receive, and then sometimes it’s in it’s rawest form, complete with slugs coming out the lettuce… Yet both gifts were just that, a gift and so special in their own way that each were appreciated equally.

It’s not the size or cost of what we give in life, it’s the heartfelt outward expression on giving of ourselves, our time, our love, that matters… What do you think? 

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