Friday, 30 October 2015

Week 43

Back to work...

22nd - 29th October

From left to right: pinning motifs on my wreath, yellow chillis at Boscombe market, back to work and working the reindeer look, many windows, a lovely roast dinner cooked by the bestie's boyfriend, buying a few new Christmas props for work, reading, the lovely sparkles in my Aurora Borealis candle, and a wet dreary day...

Friday, 23 October 2015

Week 42

Coming home and enjoying my second week off!

15th - 22nd October

From left to right: the beautiful ruined church in Dunglass, enjoying my Autumn colouring book, mapping out the mammoth 7hr 30min journey home from Scotland, having a happy day seeing friends, the new covering on my Christmas wreath project, pressing Dave's blanket, another colouring page, happy blanket ironing, and a visit to a Christmas display!

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Pastel Wreath

Those who follow me on Facebook, will know that I have finished my massive blanket project! Yay!! I will write about it in the very near future, once I have been able to get some decent photographs of it in it's entirety (there is a lot of blanket to fit into one photo), so keep your eyes peeled for that. On a different note, I am able to show you my brand spanking new project. It's in it's very early stages, but I can tell you all that I am making a Christmas wreath!

Inspired by the beautiful wreath by Lucy at Attic24, I decided to throw together a project of my own in time for Christmas (I hope!) - you can find Lucy's original post here and can find links to all the crocheted pieces on her wreath, through that entry.

As you can see, so far I have only made the cover for my wreath. I opted for Sirdar Crofter DK yarn, in #81 Constance. I was originally only going to go for block colours, like Lucy's, but once I saw this in the shops I had to have it. I'll admit, I had my doubts while I was crocheting the cover but I love how it looks nice it's on the polystyrene ring. I have bought a few pretties to decorate it with, and will pick up some more bits and bobs over the next few days/weeks...whenever I see something that I like. I'm going to try and opt for colours to match the yarn, and natural woods, so at the moment I have a collection of beads, ribbon, cut out shapes, bells, and purchased some really cute gingerbread men today (I'll take some photos and share those with you before I stitch it all on).

Anyway, I am off to bed - I keep telling myself to have an early night and then get distracted. I'll try my best to get Dave's blanket photographed over the weekend, so I can share that with you. Night all! xx

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Autumn/Halloween Swap Parcel

The time has come for another swap parcel in the Kittypinkstars Lucha Club, and this time my lovely parcel included gifts from Lou!

Lou was super generous and really kept to this swaps theme of Autumn and Halloween - she sent me some yummy Green & Blacks chocolate, assorted Halloween sweeties (love the Cadbury's spiders!), foxy stickers, an Autumn Garden colouring book, pens for the colouring, a dapper fox postcard, and two gorgeous crocheted goodies - a pumpkin and a conker! Lou runs Yarntistry, so go and check out her Facebook page!

I unfortunately couldn't take more pictures of the unpacking process because I needed to pack for Scotland, but despite the lack of photos, I am sooo grateful for my parcel - thanks Lou!

I can, on this occasion, show you the parcel that I sent to my designated partner, Emma. I don't usually take photos of what I am sending out but Emma posted a lovely picture to the group page so I thought I'd show you all my attempt at Autumn/Halloween!

To Emma, from Shaz x

I read in a thread that Emma's favourite colours were teal and purple, so I hunted down a dreamcatcher for her (bought this one in Swanage whilst I was working there). I also included a stick of rock that I bought on my work travels, and a few postcards. Keeping to theme, I threw in some Halloween candies, a blow up skeleton, an army of spiders (who were hidden amongst the tissue paper that I packed this all in!), an Autumnal fox mug, owly treats, a fairy pen (just coz she was cute) and a pile of chocolate; Emma's favourite treat. The only completely random item was the green jelly drink (next to the mug) which I purchased at my local Chinese supermarket just because it looked cool - I have no idea what it was like haha!

Looking forward to the Christmas swap, coming up in November!!

Week 41

The end of a week at work, and my first trip to Scotland!

8th - 15th October

From left to right: getting to work and finding the store had decorated my kit, The Kelpies near Stirling, climbing the Scott Monument, having dinner in The Dome grill room, us exploring Edinburgh Castle on Monday, a Scottish cooked breakfast (bacon, egg, sausage and haggis!), Edinburgh Castle, my lovely swap parcel from my Lucha partner, and our ghostly tour guide in the Scotch Whisky Experience!

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Week 40

Movies, good food, and friends!

1st - 8th October

From left to right: a few hours reading on my day off, one of the cool story telling paving slabs in Eastleigh, Dave left little notes around the house before he went to work away, watching cinema adverts before seeing The Martian with Kelly, rain rain go away, my incredible traybake, trying to take a photo and having focus fail (can't even remember what this was!), enchiladas after our cinema trip, and getting to break out my lovely cobweb jumper!

Monday, 5 October 2015

Raspberry & White Chocolate Traybake

Today, for some reason, I decided that I was going to try my hand at a new baking recipe. I'm the first to admit that I'm a rubbish baker - I think many failed attempts in the past have knocked my confidence and I am adverse to trying now. However, today I was feeling in the mood and had some pastry I needed to use...sooo...

Raspberry & White Chocolate Traybake

I used this recipe for Raspberry and White Chocolate Traybake, from the Good Food website. It's one that I've had in my favourites for ages, but then forgot about. Today was my moment to try it out!

The recipe is super duper easy, and it took less than an hour from start to finish, including all the prep! After lots of refrigeration, I sliced it all up this evening and couldn't be happier - it tastes gorgeous! I'm so proud of myself, and am feeling confident to make another baking attempt soon. I'll also definitely be cooking this up again!


Yesterday I went to the cinema to see The Martian (which was really good!) and then followed it up in the evening with one of my favourite films; Alien!

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Friday, 2 October 2015

Week 39

Friends, colours and a definite season change!

24th September - 1st October

From left to right: lovely blue skies, Autumn colours, an evening out with amazing friends, putting together my latest Lucha swap parcel (Halloween themed!), visiting my best friends new flat, work in Dorchester, I was given a lovely bunch of flowers by Dave's Aunt and Uncle, I want to scream every time I see one of these buggies for dogs, and my yummy meal out with Kelly and Chris!