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Brooklyn Street Art

I was planning on writing about my 2018 bullet journal spread today but I’ve actually been in bed with the flu all of this year so far! I haven’t even opened my bullet journal let alone have anything to blog about it. So today I thought I’d show you the street art I found in Brooklyn on my honeymoon last September. I already blogged about New York and Brooklyn but I took so many Brooklyn street art photos that I couldn’t include them. So here’s a dedicated post:

Brooklyn Street Art

These were all taken on Topher and my ridiculous walk from the Brooklyn Bridge to Williamsburg. Top tip – don’t walk from Brooklyn Bridge to Williamsburg. Three and a half miles isn’t too bad but when the sun is blazing and you’re desperate for the bathroom it is not fun. It’s better to walk back across the bridge to Manhattan and take the subway as there is no direct subway from Dumbo to Williamsburg.

Anyway lesson learned and we found some fun street art along the way!

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This one below was on the edge of a big development site and also on one of the long ass roads we had to walk along. So it made the walk a little more interesting.

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These next two are just sandwich boards but I had to include them as they made me smile!

Brooklyn street art - horse

Brooklyn street art - jaws

This is my second favourite piece we found – it just makes me laugh, pure and simple. And I like cats.

Brooklyn street art - ghandi

This was actually a banner in a market but I really liked because Prince.

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Brooklyn street art - lady

Brooklyn street art - skeleton

I only noticed this one because I was looking up to the sky and praying for the sun not to burn me. It gave me the pep talk I needed to keep going.

Brooklyn street art - you go girl

Brooklyn street art - ali

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How cool are all the hidden faces?

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This one with Louis Armstrong was by far my favourite but some hipsters were having a yard sale in front of it so I couldn’t get a better picture – boo.

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This last one was actually in Manhattan but I had to include it as it was cool.

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I’ve also taken photos of Manchester and Nottingham Street art.

Where’s the best place you’ve visited for Street Art?

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A Quick Trip to Nottingham – Bills and Street Art

This weekend I took a quick trip to Nottingham to stay with my brother who bought a flat there last year. Considering I spent my teen years in Nottinghamshire and would frequent the city quite regularly, it’s been years since I spent more than a few hours there.

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As well as seeing my brothers new flat (makes my old London one look like a shoebox!) we took a wander around the city. Being a big fan of cool street art, I was happy to see some as we walked.

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These sock puppets in particular are awesome!

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There was a guy on this side street randomly with a piano. Locals, is he there all the time?

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This one was on the side of an antique shop which I probably should have gone in but hunger won!

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For dinner we headed to Bills which I can’t believe I was only visiting for the first time. To be fair, we don’t have one in Manchester so there is that. But I never got the chance to go when we lived in London and when Topher and I tried to in Birmingham, the wait was too long. So I was pleased to finally give it a go.

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The decor is pretty quirky and shabby chic. This wall got instagramed right away!

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I had the mac and cheese with mushrooms, leek and truffle. Yum! It was so filling that I didn’t have room for dessert. Shame, maybe next time?

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The next day we went to Salt Box for lunch which is right next to the Motorpoint arena. Ideal if you’re going to a concert after! We both had the hoisin duck pizza which was really nice. Most people I know prefer their pizza thin but this one was really doughy which I’m personally a fan of. Another filler, leaving me with no room for dessert.

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Short but sweet. Until next time Nottingham!

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Manchester Street Art

As long as I can remember I have been fascinated with street art. Not the crappy graffiti with someone’s tag that you can’t even read, I mean the actual art. There is such a big difference between the two, at least to me. Manchester is full of street art and a couple of weekends I decided to go and discover some pieces in the Northern Quarter that I haven’t noticed before.

Last year I went on a photo walk where I found some amazing pieces that you can see here. This time, I wanted to find some more hidden works that I hadn’t noticed or maybe just stopped and photographed before. The above and below photos, I have known about for about six months. Since they are on the side of Common bar, which is right next to Ziferblat, I have seen them every week when I go to Freelance Fridays.

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Considering the one below is directly opposite the doorway to Ziferblat, I’m surprised that I haven’t noticed it before. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s newer than the other ones or if it’s just me seeing through it.

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Not street art in the same way as the others but I like the mosaic face on the corner of Carpenters Lane. It’s completely slipped my mind on who he is. And speaking of faces on street corners, is that Kevin Spacey on the corner of Hilton Street?

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I walk past this road every Friday and yet I’ve never noticed this piece. I kind of wish I had time to walk up and see what the rest of it looks like but I guess that will have to be saved for another time.

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I like that even this temporary scaffolding has been given a makeover. So much nicer to look at!

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And I know this is pretty much just an advert but I had to include it.

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Not street art but it looks like this wall once had a whole picture up there. Anyone have any photos of what used to be up here?

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Walking down the top end of Tib street, I realised that I had never been this far up before. Thank Affleck’s Palace for being so distracting! I was really pleased because I found these bird sculptures which are awesomely random. I need to look them up and find out who put them there.

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Also on Tib street were these beautiful frogs. I think these were my favourite of the day. I’m not usually a frog person but paint them on the side of a building and I’m there apparently!

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There are plenty of other works hanging around I’m sure. I pass about 3 or 4 in the car on the way home. Anyway, I had a great time being a tourist in my own city. Manchester, I love you!

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Finding the Perfect Gift with Notonthehighstreet.com

When I was a kid, Christmas was all about getting presents – pretty typical right? I’d start the day tearing open the small packages in my stocking, continue with the gifts under the tree and then spend the rest of the day playing with my new toys.

These days it’s a whole different story.

My favourite part about Christmas now is spending time with my family and also giving them gifts. I love the whole process of thinking hard about what my loved ones would like and picking something out that they’d actually use. Gone are the days of picking something that’s just ‘nice’ from the gift section in any high street store. A good thing considering that those things barely get used.

That’s when notonthehighstreet.com comes in. I’ve bought Christmas (and birthday) presents from them for the last few years and they’ve always gone down a treat. I love that they offer something different and more often than not, allow you to customise the item with your special someone’s name or even a little private joke between the two of you.

So when they got in touch to invite me to take part in their Christmas campaign of finding the perfect gift for a special someone, I couldn’t say no.

It wasn’t difficult to pick the receiver of my gifts. My husband Topher has been by my side for well over 8 years now and as of July this year we finally tied the knot. Since it’s our first Christmas as a married couple I wanted to find the perfect gift.

I chose two items from notonthehighstreet.com and I can’t wait for him to open them on Christmas Day. But of course as my readers, you get a sneak peek! Topher, if you’re reading this – why are you reading this? I told you not to, so stop reading….now.

Here’s what I got him:

Personalised Leather ‘Day You Became My…’ Keyring*

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It’s crazy but even though we bought our house almost two years ago, Topher’s keys are still bare. No keyrings whatsoever. It’s therefore not surprising that he’s always losing them around the house. I think having a nice keyring will make them a little more visible and it brings a little bit of home with you wherever you go. Plus, bare keys just seem so temporary if that makes any sense.

The great thing about this keyring is that it’s leather so it’s hard wearing and also that it’s flat. Topher has had bulky keyrings in the past that weren’t particularly practical since he tends to keep them in his back pocket! Ouch.

I loved the fact that this keyring celebrates a special day. So of course I had to put our wedding date on it (so he will never forget our anniversary – smart thinking right?).

And of course I had to add a cheeky message on the back. We’re always joking that we’re stuck with each other so this seemed fitting. I hope he likes it!

Personalised Solid Copper Photo Print*

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Another funny fact about Topher and I – we don’t have any photos up of family, friends or even ourselves around the house. It’s on the cards but we just haven’t got round to it yet. They need printing out and framing etc. and it will get done…eventually.

That being said, I thought this gift would be a good start. This photo print comes in either copper, brass or stainless steel and allows you to personalise both the front and also add a message to the bottom. I decided to just personalise the front and put our wedding date again since it’s our first Christmas as Mr. and Mrs. And here’s the photo I chose:

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The photo was an easy one to pick. It is definitely my favourite photo of us on the day and it was the one we chose to use on our thank you cards. I know Topher loves this photo as much as I do. We look so happy!

Hopefully having this print around will give us the push to finally get some photos of our loved ones and our memories up around the house in 2018.

So fingers crossed I’ve knocked another Christmas gifting session out of the park!

I can’t thank notonthehighstreet.com enough for these gifts. I’m definitely another step closer to having my Christmas shopping done.

How about you? What do you look for in the perfect gift for your loved ones?

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#VikingArtyParty – Manchester

A couple of months ago I got a super exciting email. Viking had invited me to their #VikingArtyParty – an afternoon of crafting, coffee and cakes. As soon as I saw the word stationery, I was sold! I RSVP’d immediately.

Finally, the day of the party rolled around last weekend and I headed to King Street Townhouse in Manchester. First things first, what a location!

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Just like practically every other blogger that arrived, I was drawn to the rooftop terrace where there were some amazing views of Manchester. Thank god it was a good day for weather!

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Even though I’m afraid of heights, I got right up to the edge of the glass balcony and got some gorgeous photos. Including the obligatory shoe shot of course. Otherwise how would you know how high up we were?

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Calligraphy

We were given colours that would symbolise which group we were in and I was excited to find that my first workshop would be Calligraphy with Joyce from Artynibs. I’ve always wanted to learn calligraphy and have been hoping to get some skills in time for my wedding.

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One of the most important factors of calligraphy is your posture. Mine is atrocious so I was really put to the test!

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I dived in and promptly made a complete mess. High school flashbacks ensued.

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Once I’d cleaned myself up (baby wipes are a god send!) I quickly got the hang of the theory behind making shapes with the pen and ink. Unfortunately no matter how much my brain understood, my hand wouldn’t oblige. So I think it’s going to take quite a bit of practice before I can write the place cards for my wedding! I’m up to the challenge though. It was fun and I look forward to testing out the set we got to take home.

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Notebook Customisation

After a break for lunch, the next workshop was notebook customisation with one of the ladies from The Crafty Hen.

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We were all given a plain A4 notebook that we had to customise however we liked. The table was full of paper, washi tape (yas!), ribbon and so much more.

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After making a snap decision on my patterned paper I ended up pairing it with some bright coloured paper. Paper that as it turns out are the colours of my bridesmaid dresses. Wedding brain, eh?

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I’m really pleased with the result and can’t wait to use it!

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Block Printing

The final workshop was block printing with another of the ladies from The Crafty Hen. We were taught how to make our own stamps out of rubbers and then print on a lever arch file. I got excited as soon as I saw the tools as I got a flashback to when I did this in Textiles at college.

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After deciding on a button pattern, I set to work carving out the design on the rubber. Note: keep your design simple!

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It was another messy workshop and I loved every minute of it.

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Here’s my finished piece.

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Take a look at all my finished creations!

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I had such a great day and it was so nice to make things that you could take home. Thanks Viking!

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