My Week #68 – Memories and Workshops

*Looking at old photos *Instagram workshop

*Panini *Luna and her fangs

It’s been a bit of a better week. Last week was a funny one.

I started off by heading over to Nottinghamshire to see my family. It was a nice change of scenery and great seeing them. We spent the day looking at old photos and then went out for an Indian meal in the evening. It’s nice to see that the restaurant that we’ve frequented for the last couple of decades is still there and under the same management. Seems to be a rarity these days.

I spent Monday being a guinea pig. 

Katya is going to be hosting an Instagram workshop soon with photographer Paul Wolfgang Webster so they brought in a few of us to act as guinea pigs. I had a great day and learnt loads. Take a look at one of the photos I took on the day. Flat lay skills have definitely improved thanks to them.

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The rest of the week has just been a mix of work and trying to get stuff under control as usual.

Does anyone else just feel swamped by endless adult crap? It feels like every time I get a leg up on something, there’s another pile of stuff to do somewhere else. And don’t get me started on cleaning. Obviously it’s just never ending. How do people have time to do everything? I never feel like I can relax. It just feels demoralising sometimes. Fingers crossed I can get to that ever elusive peaceful place. Does it even exist?

By the way, how is it November? 

Christmas is just around the corner now and I really don’t know where the year has gone. I guess I should start getting my Christmas shopping done? Yes, I probably should. I’ll just do what I usually do – make a big list and get it all on Black Friday. I’ll also get some gift guides up soon!

How was your week?

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My Week #67 – Too much dark

*Board game times *The most exciting thing this week

*Stranger Things *Pickles staring at nothing

I don’t know what it is about this week but I’ve been feeling really down.

I’m hoping it has something to do with the clocks changing and the UK being generally darker than it was last week. It seemed to come and go as the days went on. The week actually started off really good – I got so much done in the house and I was feeling really accomplished.

Claire and Steve came over on Saturday and we played a board game. Oh and they helped us randomly take the doors off our wardrobe. As you do. It wasn’t all that random actually – Topher had suggested us possibly doing it a few days beforehand. With our house being a new build, it’s essentially a small box with as many rooms shoved into it as possible. And so our master bedroom is tiny.

It’s manageable as all we do is sleep in there but it really doesn’t help that the built in wardrobe has traditional doors that open outwards. We tend to keep the doors open a bit as the cats like being able to hide in there so Topher has to manoeuvre round them any time he wants to go to bed, get up or get dressed. They’re annoying basically and they take up space.

So Topher suggested taking them off casually. I mentioned the idea to Claire and before I knew it – they had helped us get them off. Sorted. Well, at least the room is. Unfortunately our calculations were off and the doors do not fit in the back of the wardrobe like we thought they did.

No worries though, they will live in the guest room until we can borrow my dads ladder and hopefully get them stored up in the loft.

So that was the most exciting thing that happened this week…

Riveting, no? So apart from spending the week bouncing back and forward between elation and pure despair (apparently accidentally tipping a bin over is reason enough to have a good old sob), Topher and I finally started watching Stranger Things on Halloween. Yes the first season. Pretty behind the times but I think it worked out well as we’re now straight onto the second season. We are loving it – though two episodes into the second season, Topher isn’t as impressed as he was with the first.

Otherwise that was my week. Not many photos but I’m sure next week will be better. I’m going back to the gym today for the first time since Monday and tomorrow I’m heading over to Nottinghamshire to stay over at my parents. I haven’t been home since Christmas so it will be a nice change of scenery.

So I’ll leave you with this cute picture of Luna and Pickles. They were both sitting on me and I had to get up so feeling guilty I popped the blanket around them. Doesn’t Luna look confused? She sat there for a good couple of minutes before realising what had happened.

my week #67 - luna and pickles

How was your week?

P.S Sorry this is a bit of a downer post. If you need something happier to read, check this out.


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Reeves Show Your Colours Event

This is one of those times where I thought I took more photos then I did at Reeves Show Your Colours event.

I guess I was having too much fun? Pretty sure my camera has eaten some of them but oh well. Here’s what I did get shots of at the Reeves Show your Colours event back in September.

Reeves Show Your Colours - the event

So the reason for this event is that Reeves have rebranded themselves to appeal to a wider audience. And their new packaging is fantastic. I love the simplicity of it and it just looks fun and also timeless.

I was super surprised to find out that not many people had heard of Reeves as I myself was definitely aware of them. But I was a total art nerd at school. I remember pretending I was injured to get out of PE so I could spend time in the art studio instead and I always remember having Reeves materials as part of my collection.

Reeves Show Your Colours - making a mess

There were a few activities that were going on while I was there but I personally took part in the postcard colouring and the plant pot painting. The plant pots even came with their own little succulent. So now I’m a cliche blogger who owns a succulent. Fingers crossed I can keep it alive.

Reeves Show Your Colours - i heart manchester

I discovered that I’m good at colouring in but completely suck at painting plant pots. Maybe due to a lack of patience? I think I spent so much time on the colouring and chatting away to my fellow bloggers that I ran out of time. Rush job on the pot alert.

Reeves Show Your Colours - painting plant pot

The event was really fun and the Reeves crew had even brought in pizza from Crazy Pedro’s. Delicious! It was so nice to just have fun with art supplies, get messy and catch up with some lovely blog friends.

As we left, we were handed a (massive) goody bag.

Reeves Show Your Colours - goody bag

The goody bag was full of Reeves products – everything from painting and colouring to drawing and pastels. I’ve already made use of some of the products and I can’t wait to try out the pastels as that was a firm favourite of mine back at school.

Reeves Show Your Colours - box interior

Reeves Show Your Colours - box contents

Thanks to this box of treats, I’ve rediscovered my love of painting. As I said in my weekly roundup a few weeks back – I still can’t abstract paint for toffee but I am still good at watercolours! It’s so nice to have a hobby that doesn’t involve a screen.

Reeves Show Your Colours - everything

Also, one month later and my succulent is surprisingly thriving and is quickly outgrowing its pot. I had no idea that they grew that quickly! I’ll have to get a new one and paint that properly with the acrylics I got in my goody bag!

Thanks Reeves for putting on such a fun event and for reigniting my love of art.



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My Week #66 – Facing my fears

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*Painting *Dinner at Vapiano

*Facing my fears 100ft high up! *Pickles getting cozy in my dressing gown

*Engagement party for Topher’s school friend *Who needs a teddy when you have Pickles?

*Yep, you read that right – candy cane flavoured crisps *Pizza at Mackie Mayor

So my week #66 is actually a fortnight edition since I missed it last week.

I’ve been all over the place the last couple of weeks. Week one was a busy one full of blogger stuff. Topher and I went to Vapiano’s to celebrate #WorldPastaDay and then later on in the week I met up with some of the lovely ladies from WeBlogNorth to have afternoon tea 100ft in the air even though I’m afraid of heights (as you do!). I’ll be blogging about the latter soon! Then on Friday we attended the engagement party of one of Topher’s school friends which was a nice evening.

It was a great week overall and in my spare time I got some more painting done and had lots of kitty cuddles with the furbabies.

This past week however has been cack. Just ick.

Topher got sick at the beginning of the week (thank god it was half term!). So bad in fact that we had to make a trip to the walk in centre on Wednesday. Luckily by Thursday morning he was feeling so much better. Which was a relief because then I got sick. Wednesday night to Friday morning I felt like death warmed up and then cooled down (and then warmed up again). Bleh. On the bright side, we weren’t ill at the same time so we could take care of each other. And we got to spend Friday together when we were both well again.

We went into town on Friday so I could go to Freelance Friday

But we also got some shopping done. We paid a visit to the Harry Potter section in Primark where we are both now proud owners of house jumpers (him Slytherin and me Hufflepuff of course). And while I was at Ziferblat, Topher may have got me a few more tsum tsums for my collection! Good husband.

And that was our fortnight! Here’s to a healthier one next week.

How was your week?


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My Week #65 – Getting Cozy

*Fuzzy socks! *Autumn loveliness

Went to see little Adam’s play – really good! *Pretty sunset

Time for the cliche omg it’s autumn post.

There was such a drop in temperature this week that I had to dig out the fuzzy socks! It’s been a week of hot drinks and cozy blankets and the cats have been even cuddlier than usual. I do love this time of year but I haven’t had much time to enjoy it so far. I’ve had a bit of a bad mental health week and it’s really affected me. I think it was due to not having much work on my hands but I’ve picked up a couple of new projects and feel that things are turning around so I’m trying to get into a new routine.

I’ve started painting again too which I really missed but didn’t realise until I had a sudden urge to pick up a paint brush at 3am the other night during a bought of insomnia. I didn’t pick it up until the next day but my love was reignited for it. I learned that I don’t like acrylics and I still can’t abstract paint but I’m still good at watercolours! It’s nice having a hobby that doesn’t involve a screen.

I’m taking a break with Slimming World

It’s a combination of trying to save some money and the fact that I don’t seem to be focused enough on losing weight. So it’s like I’m throwing money out the window. I haven’t made any progress at all this year. The last week got me thinking that I need to take a step back and see how I do alone. I’m still sticking to plan as much as I can but I feel like I’ve been depriving myself recently which has lead to binging and thats not what Slimming World is about.

I’m not planning on jumping off the deep end into takeaways and junk food – just sticking to the healthy home cooked I usually make. And now that I’m going to the gym I feel like I have something new to focus on. I’m overall happy with my size, I just want to tone up and see how I do.

Wish me luck! Have you ever found yourself in a similar position to this?

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