My week: 19

Another week gone. This was the weekend of 2 vintage fairs! I’ve never done that before. Hard core.

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*I finally finished the illustration for my banner. I was only doing it during my lunch breaks on a sketchbook ap on my iPad. What do you think?
*How cute are these magazine racks? I need to get one once I move. Saw these at the Vintage Village fair in Stockport at the stall across from mine. 
*Little doodles while I work. I just can’t help it. Oh and that’s a teacup saying drink me, it’s hard to tell!
*The stand in the same room as me at the Chorlton Craft and Vintage fair. Jewellery by the lovely Michelle. 
*Axl using his scratching post as a head rubber. He was really going to town!
My clothes rail at the Chorlton fair.
*Slingshot shoe. Another treasure from my shoe a day calendar. 
*This picture really doesn’t do justice to how pretty the sky was last night.
 
Another week at work same old, but something different I did this week was do 2 fairs. So it’s safe to say I’m pretty tired. It was my first time at the Chorlton fair but I’m definitely going back. Not only did I sell a lot but I really liked the vibe of the place. Plus, wasn’t the weather gorgeous this weekend? At least it was up here in Manchester. 
 
The Vintage Village was a good one as well even though I was very late! But I can proudly say I set up very quickly by myself. I also found out that Woy my car really doesn’t like steep steep hills! He’s ok and so am I now, ha ha. 
 
Now I’m going to take a break and just chill for the remainder of the evening (like an hour before I have to go to bed!)
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My week 18

A bit delayed but I needed a day to recover from the vintage fair on Saturday which was amazing. Due to my new camera and my laptop not getting along very well, I can’t share any photos from it yet but I promise I’ll get some up soon. Anyway, the photos from my iPhone are here so here’s my week:

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*Went to the Manchester Fashion Network talk “Making it on your own” – very interesting!
*The happy skirt of happiness!
*Axl really likes bags.
*Love spending my lunch breaks at work on my iPad reading blogs. Chills me out instantly.
*Love this shirt that I got in Florida (see it here).
*Grey grey weather this week. Come on summer, hurry up!
*Nessie sucking on the side of the fish tank. This guy is massive!
*I am very proud that I only bought one thing at the vintage fair on Saturday and it was this amazing necklace. I am in love with it as I’ve never seen anything like it. And it was only £5. Will properly show it off when my camera and laptop kiss and make up. 
The two high points of this week were definitely the MFN talk and the vintage fair. This is what I want to be doing all the time. I learned loads at the talk from the three panelists who all had started their own businesses and can’t wait to put it all into practise with my own business. Inspiring. As for the vintage fair, I had a blast. The atmosphere, the people, the music – I loved it. It’s such a great confidence booster seeing people admire and buy things you’ve put a lot of thought into making and picking out. It’s amazing selling your stuff face to face. This is what I want to do. I can’t wait to share the photos with you. 
 
How was your week?
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My week 17

More rain yes, but on the bright side – it’s almost May! I spent my weekend enjoying driving my car around, eating and failing at thrifting.

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*A morning of madness where it was actually sunny and warm outside. Took this on my way to the post office to post my first order ever to Japan!
*Vintage Bally boot on my shoe calendar
*Ate at Giraffe for the first time on Saturday at the Trafford Centre with the bf. We were loving our starter of baba ganoush (nom!), hummus and pitta. 
*My beloved iPad next to my beloved Alexa. I’m feeling rather spoiled this year. It’s great to be able to properly catch up with my blog reading on my lunch break. 
*Macarons! Another first this week. I had never actually tried them before so I thought why not and got them from The English Rose bakery in Selfridges. One word: Delicious!
*My quesadillas at Giraffe
*Went for a sunday lunch at Wetherspoons. 
*The bf’s burger at Giraffe.
I had quite a busy weekend. Went to Ashton on Saturday to look in the charity shops (found nothing but did buy some buttons I’m going to make into earrings) and met up with the bf and his family. The trip to the Trafford centre was spur of the moment on the way home when we were both hungry. I’m glad we stopped.
Sunday, even though it was raining – I dragged the bf to a car boot (indoor) and it was a bit of a bust but I did find a couple of things. We then had sunday lunch with front row window seats to a car getting a ticket for being parked on the double yellows.
Gonna relax with a hot drink now and catch up on my internet rounds (yes this is what I call answering emails, blogging, reading, listing stock etc).
How was your week? Wet?
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My week 16

This week appeared to drag a bit didn’t it? Just me? I blame the rain. 

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*My awesome cloud nails.
*Axl doing the creep. If you don’t know what the creep is then educate yourself. Nicki Minaj makes a cameo in it! 
*1960s shoe on my shoe calendar. Is it a heel or is it a wedge?
*The view on my train journey to Sheffield to see my family.
 
I had a lovely weekend. I saw my parents, brother and grandma on Saturday which was great as I hadn’t seen my mum for a month and a half and my dad for about 3 months. Went to meadow hall but didn’t really buy anything. But, I did get my early birthday presents. I got my dad’s professional camera that he doesn’t use and an iPad 1 (I love my family’s hand me downs)! My brother also gave me his old bamboo tablet that he doesn’t use so I can get my drawings onto my laptop. Don’t even care that I won’t have anything to open on my birthday which isn’t until June. So excited. I is spoiled.
 
Today, I planned on hitting 5 car boots to get some vintage stock for my shop. I ended up going to 6 and only 3 of them were open because of all the rain. It’s really hard to find a decent car boot in Manchester. Is it just me? I prefer the ones in the countryside like the one near my family home. I’ve only been there once but I got some amazing things. Particularly the brooches. A cameo, hot air balloon, bicycle and some army style wings. All of those sold straight away and I haven’t been able to find a car boot that great since. Still, I got a few bits today. Take a look:
 

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Sorry for the bad photos – I just got some quick snaps before I went to the bf’s house. Not a bad haul anyway I think.
 
How has your week been?
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Don’t Play It Safe

One of my new mottos. You can apply this to any aspect of your life. I am personally talking about my career. I have basically found out that I was downplaying my talents. Instead of going after something I was passionate about and pretty good at, I settled for something else. And now I know that I wasn’t giving myself enough credit. So, don’t play it safe.

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Underestimating yourself wastes time that could be spent working towards something you love. But sometimes, you have to do the “wrong” thing to realise that it’s the wrong thing for you. You learn with every step you take and you get closer to finding out what you want.

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I personally haven’t got a clue what my next step will be. But I know what I don’t want to do and that’s a start. I want to do something more creative. So that’s what this blog is for. It’s my way of expressing my creativity and a place to be myself. 

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I’m not going to play it safe anymore. I’m hoping that by taking a leap and being myself, I’ll find out what I’m here to do. 
 
Ask yourself.

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Do you play it safe?
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