Thursday, 2 July 2015

Two on Tuesday ........................ on Thursday x

Oh dear, another day later. Will I manage the right day next week?

I do hope so. Anyway here is Two on Tuesday................on Thursday for your consideration.

My first is a lovely new blog and podcast site called Books on the Nightstand. I read about this site on Simon Savidge's blog site this week whilst trundling through my bloglovin lists of unread posts. As you may remember Simon's site is a fave place to find about new reads I might otherwise not consider.

This time he has linked to their Bingo card for Summer reading. What an ingenious idea I thought. It sort of inspired me a bit like Rinda's photographic scavenger hunt, in that it'll take me out of my reading comfort zone and perhaps encourage me to be more enthusiastic about different genres I shy away from.

If you go to this link you can generate your own bingo card for your reading too. I've got mine all ready so watch this space. Mine has a presidential biography and sci-fi on it, not my favourite so could be a challenge and a half.

My second offering is for those of us who still go Awwww at cute knitted animals. I love Julie's blog "Little Cotton Rabbits" where not only does she knit beautiful rabbits but now she has broadened into little knitted kitties. Being a kitty lover as you well know, I was excited to see her new designs and have bought the girl pattern to make. Perfect for the inner child in me but also for a little girl I know who might just get one as she's not allowed her own kitty yet.

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I just laughed so much when Julie put this picture up of the cat's heads in the making. I mean really what's not going to make you chuckle about kitties in the baking tin?

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See you soon.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Two on Tuesday ......................... on Wednesday x

Yep a day late, but better late than never right?

Today I am going to be brief and just tell you the two best things that have happened in the last week. Some of you may know this young woman (on the right with long blond hair)...........

Her name is Abi and I met her when we all took Shimelle's Blogging course. Alot of us became blogfriends and now real friends as I had the lovely opportunity to meet Abi and lots of other wonderful women at 2 blog events. The third is happening this September.

Abi was only 16, if I remember rightly, and was therefore still in school and working hard towards exams, being away from home (she was a boarder) and generally coping with everything life throws at you when you're that age. Well, move on a couple of years and she gained herself an auspicious place at Durham University studying for her degree and this past few months she's been finishing her dissertation and taking her exams.

Picture owned by Abi

Not only that, she has continued to craft, sew, knit and blog right the way through. Phew she's determined. To cap it all..........................

Last week she passed that degree with, wait for it, a FIRST!

Yep, that incredible young woman, for that is what she is, has gone and surpassed herself and got a top notch First class degree the clever thing. I am so proud and pleased for her you wouldn't believe it.

Secondly, she graduated the other day.........

Picture owned by Abi

So congratulations Abi, a First and graduation. My Two on Tuesday is complete.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Me on Monday x

Good evening from a sunny Somerset. I've been working all day so hence the late post. I hope you all had a lovely weekend.

For my family, this weekend is always full of eating, cake, present giving and generally having fun. It is my mum's birthday and this year she was 75. Wow she so doesn't look it. It's also Father's Day so we amalgamated the 2 on Saturday and met my sister and her partner at a lovely country pub.

Everyone had a fabulous meal, although some members of the party had eyes bigger than their stomachs so didn't finish their meals, naughty lol.

Yesterday, me, the mother and the father went to the Bishop's Palace in Wells where they were holding a Garden Festival. We spent several hours wandering around the beautiful gardens and looking at all the plants. One of our main questions was how on earth they have such magnificent hostas and what they do with the snails. We had lunch and watched the croquet and the housemartins doing their own version of the Grand Prix. Then went home for cake.

This is a close up of a large stained glass set of angel wings

The cygnets have grown loads over the past few weeks

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Two on Tuesday x

It's Two on Tuesday time today and this week we're going all woolly!

Firstly, I found this brilliant post on Craft Blog...........Grow. After reading all of Sian's posts on sock knitting and loving my crocheting times, a bit of lovely wool will go down a treat this week. I mean did you know that camel's produced wool? Me neither!!!

Secondly, I was signposted to Tork Alpaca Shop via my friend Emma of  Lemonade Yarns. I adore alpacas. Don't ask me why, but I do. Look at those faces. What's not to love?

Plus they have a strong ethical policy

"From the offset TOFT has been dedicated to British eco-conscious processing. All of our handknitted yarns for retail are spun in the UK. Eco-yarns and locally sourced knitting projects are proving extremely popular, with large brands now releasing their own 'green knitting' collections. At TOFT we do not carry one environmentally conscious yarn line, rather ALL of our yarn and products are ecologically and ethically sound."

The shop is full of beautiful wool and beautiful patterns. I am loving this lovely reindeer for Christmas, maybe in Scandi colours.......

or perhaps you'd prefer this beautiful Clemetis beret design to knit..............

or maybe even some super socks for Sian..................

Whatever you choose it would be lovely. Plus they have a fabulous Open day on August 1st, anyone want to go with me?

Did I mention I love alpacas?

Insert Alpaca instead of unicorn and you get the picture.

See you soon.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Me on Monday x

This weekend I was exhausted and just a little bit sickly :(

I am currently working 2 days a week at Citizen's Advice Bureau, I go to Group therapy one morning and do stuff for dad in the afternoon and the other two days I'm working hard in college. Pooped is the word of the weekend. Just pooped.

I have basically done some blogposts ready, eaten, watched Miss Marple and not alot else. Oh yes and I am currently babysitting the Mother whilst the Father is away. Mind you that does mean I get tea cooked for me instead of coming home and doing it myself so yay for that. She's promised me "Things your father won't eat". The mind boggles.

Hope you've had a fun weekend.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Find Your Voice 2015 x

Good morning. Hope you're all having a fabulous weekend. Today I wanted to share with you a new free summer storytelling workshop I will be taking part in. It runs over six weeks over on Kristin's site. Kristin is a self-described Feminist scrapbooker and runs an inspiring and challenging blog, shop and runs awesome classes as well as putting herself out there in social media with her Awesome Ladies Project. I have worked with Kristin previously on Find your Voice 2013 and she is truly passionate about scrapbooking, storytelling and being an empowered woman.

So tomorrow, this new 2.0 version of the workshop opens for registration and the workshops hit the ground running on July 1st 2015. Here is what Kristin has to say about this version...............

"Find Your Voice is my FREE six-week summer storytelling workshop. I first ran this course two summers ago, in 2013. It was both one of my favorite projects of all time, and one of the projects that inspired the most people. I’ve had so many people come up to me and talk to me about the impact that Find Your Voice made on their lives that I am absolutely thrilled to be bringing it back for an all new run this summer.

Find Your Voice is about figuring out who you are as a storyteller, what stories you want to tell, what you want those stories to look like, and how to insert your unique creative voice into your storytelling.
Find Your Voice is for scrapbookers, art journalers, photographers, or anyone at all who wants to learn how to harness the power of their creative storytelling.
Join us on July 1st for the Find Your Voice Summer Storytelling Workshop
(Registration & Pre-Classroom open June 15th)"

I will be strutting my stuff on social media as an Ambassador this time around, sharing and chatting with fellow workshoppers so do give me a tweet, follow on Instagram or join the Facebook group. You can find all the links here.
If you'd like a reminder of some of the details from the workshop in 2013 then go to this link and you'll find all my posts from that workshop. Kristin really gets you to did deep into yourself and look at where you are, how you got there and where you're going it to. I found it challenging but so worthwhile.
Come and join us, I can assure you that you won't regret it.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Two on Tuesday x

Happy Tuesday and welcome to another week of Two on Tuesday.

Last week saw the advent of Summer. It actually did get hot on a few days. It also heralded the beginning of my first choice........................

Rinda's Summer Scavenger Hunt.

You cannot imagine the wealth of happy dancing happening down here when Rinda's photography treasure hunt begins. I so look forward to her announcement every year and the day the full list comes out is just so much fun.

Usually I go, Mmh what can I find?

Then Mmh what will I never find?

By the end of the list I normally have a good idea of what, when and where I can take my pictures and hope and pray that I fit it all in.

This years list is just a quirky as always

1. A bouquet of flowers - yes please
2. An ornate door knocker - NT property perhaps
3. A person walking a dog (or other animal) -  Willow? Maybe not!!!
4. People playing a board game or card game - urhm I could stage it I suppose
5. Architectural columns - NT property again maybe
6. A metal bridge - not sure yet
7. A turtle - this one will be a challenge
8. Someone "plugged in" to social media - easy peasy
9. A tent -  could I get into Glastonbury free do you reckon?
10. A college or university -  again know where
11. A cellular tower or television satellite dish -  not sure but I can figure it out
12. A public restroom, bathroom, or toilet -  Dobbies have the best sinks
13. A merry-go-round or carousel - Clarks Village maybe
14. A traffic signal -  easy
15. A flag pole with at least three flags on it - not sure about this one either
16. A panoramic view, taken while standing someplace high in the air - anyone fancy The London Eye?
17. At least two people wearing matching outfits or uniforms - urhm?
18. An overloaded truck, car, bicycle or other vehicle -  anywhere during harvest really
19. A ticket booth -  London maybe
20. A natural body of water -  any excuse to go to the beach?
21. A photograph of you with a sign reading "2015 Summertime Photography Scavenger - ooh the horror lol

So I've spied a few blogs already sharing pictures, look forward to seeing more as the weeks progress.

Secondly, have you read any of Kirsty's wonderful series on her experiences of Guiding?  All last week, Kirsty explored her very personal adventures as a Guide, Guide leader and adventures both here and abroad. Kirsty has had the most amazing opportunities to travel and share her Guiding knowledge whilst inspiring other Guides to do the same.

circa 1974 aged about 9 years old

I have wonderful memories of being a Brownie, Guide and Snowy Owl. As a Brownie, I learnt lots of amazing skills which I still use to this day and other not so exciting ones but how to make a 2 pence piece shine using ketchup springs to mind as we always had to have 2p for the phone in our pockets.
I went on some great camping adventures as  Guide and met people from across the country. At The Queen's Silver Jubilee I was lucky enough to go to Westminster Abbey for a service celebrating Guiding and still have my badge to prove it.

I also found a secondhand copy of The Brownie Guide Handbook in Oxfam which I treasure. Being a part of these organisations helped me to learn about myself, about working as a team and about facing your fears, but most of all about being an incredible girl and woman.

I hope you enjoy reading Kirsty's wonderful stories as much as I did.

Were you a Brownie or Guide?