Buttons and charms and chain (oh my)

Oh my indeed. While in Jordan last week, I not only added to my shop’s vintage collection but also to my handmade jewellery one as well. One of my cousins makes jewellery as well, so she took me downtown to a few of her suppliers.
 
It was a whole different atmosphere to the areas of Amman I’m normally used to and the area was full of jewellery supply shops. I loved it.

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This was the upstairs of the first shop. It was like an Aladdin’s cave (or a hoard of lovelies as the bf suggested). I was in here for at least half an hour looking through all the little boxes. 

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Button shop – walls and walls of buttons. How cute is this cash register?

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I came away with one or two things perhaps…

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Look at all the charms! I’ve already made 5 necklaces and 3 pairs of earrings ready for my fair on Saturday. It was great to find a few more unusual charms that I don’t think I would have found in my usual charm search. 

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Buttons! These are all being turned into stud earrings.
 
I think my next post will be a food related one judging by the photos I have left from my trip. 
 
Do you like unusual charms?
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Let’s play catch-up

So the last you heard from me (apart from yesterday), I was about to move house. Well, we’re all moved in now and I have to say I love this house. Yes there are a few bits and pieces that need to be fixed but it’s ours and I’m loving all the space. If you’re interested, I’ll do a proper house tour when we’ve completely unpacked and got it looking all nice. For now, here’s what I’d been up to last week (Jordan posts coming soon!):

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*Flowers from work for my birthday
*My Harry Potter inspired nails for my birthday (still got to narrow down all the photos!)
*Birthday present from Claire – lovingly stapled
*Sinister owls made by Claire
*Rose and my laptop
*The cats trying to come with me, ha ha
*Axl being a softy.
*New house – view from upstairs at the back of the house
*Me and the bf’s mahoosive bedroom
*The joys of moving – so much yoghurt!
*4th of July shoe on my desk calendar
*So.Much.Tea!
*So.Much.Bubblewrap!
*My nails for Jordan – spots and stripes
*My latest print – ice creams. My new desktop background.
*Upcoming prints.
 
Only two more days of being in Jordan. I can’t believe how fast the time went. Do I have to go back to work? I’m really excited for all the new products for my vintage shop. I’ll post about that tomorrow…
 
Any tips on getting myself back to the real world with as little pain as possible? 😛

 

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End of an era

So today is the day. Moving day. I can’t believe I’ve lived in this house for almost 3 years. That is something of a record for me. Apart from 1 family home in Nottinghamshire, this is the longest I’ve lived in one house. That will make it number 2 out of 20. Yes that’s right, I’ve lived in 20 houses in 24 years. 

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It’s the end of an era. Goodbye teeny room (especially with all my stuff in it!). It is a bit sad and I will miss my friends and the cats but it’s time to move on. I’m going to be living with my bf of 3 years for the first time, along with his current housemate and our equally nerdy friend Claire and her little brother Ant. This is going to be the nerdiest house ever and I can’t wait. 
 
Me “Ooh I’ll get to put up my world map and my Marauders Map!
Bf: “I can put up my Middle Earth maps”
 
Bahahahaha.
 
As well as living with some awesome people, I get to live in an awesome house. It’s like a tardis – it just keeps going back. I love it. Plus, me and the bf’s room is MASSIVE and we’ll have a bed that you can get in on both sides! (it’s the little things). 
 
So the main reason for this post is to say I’m still here, I just won’t be posting as much over the next week as we won’t have internet. Plus I’ll be busy doing my favourite part of moving: Finding places for all of my stuff. 
 
Ta-ta for now, I’ll be back (don’t make me do the Arnie voice)
 
P.S I am amazed that all my shoes fit in one box….well, all the shoes I keep in this house anyway, ha ha. 
 
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So far, this is the oldest I’ve ever been

Good morning all. Another year has gone and today is my birthday. The big 24. The mid twenties, it’s all down hill from here (yeah right), 6 years until the big 3-0 and all that jazz. 
 
Now that I’m a responsible adult I’ve taken the day off work to do something sensible and grown up.
 
The Harry Potter Studio Tour! 
 
I’m such a child. 

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I’ve been a massive fan of HP since I read the first book at age 11 (you know now how long ago that was) so it was fitting to go to the studio tour for my birthday.
 
My bf, Claire, Emma (bf’s sis) and myself will be on a train in a few short hours playing flux and HP russian roulette (I’ve got Bertie Botts!). I can’t wait. I’m taking my good camera and will be taking LOADS of photos. I’ve painted my nails in preparation and will be wearing my Harry Potter t-shirt that I painted myself (pics to come tomorrow). Excite!
 
Since I’m now 24 (25 next, eek), I’ve decided to make a 25 before 25 list. I do love my lists. I would show it to you but it’s only 11 before 25 at the moment. Any suggestions? 
 
I’d better go get ready anyway, lots to do. It’s actually sunny here – it’s never rained on my birthday so hopefully this won’t be the year even though it’s been looking that way! Hope you all have a great day, I know I will 🙂 
 
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My week: 25

I’ll admit it. As I’m writing this, I’m sitting and watching the England vs Italy match. Yes, I’m into football at times. I’m just amazed that England are still in. Anyway, my week in photos.

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*The awesome banana shoe on my desk calendar. 
*Crazy Rose
*Ginger cat paying us a little visit
*Crazy Axl – don’t you just love it when you chuck a load of stuff on your bed and the cat comes and sits on it? He looked so hilarious I couldn’t resist!
*Chris Hoy!
*A sneak peek of a new print I’m working on
*Deansgate before the torch came
*Random boy with torch – You go random boy! You could tell he was really happy. This was on Fountain Street.
Once again, I didn’t take a lot of photos, but I do have two hauls to show you some time next week. I stopped by Primark on Saturday while running errands in town and I went to a car boot this morning. 
 
So Saturday after running errands, I went round to the bfs to hang out. We got a text from one of our friends saying that he was going to see the Olympic torch in town. So off we all went. I had actually completely forgotten that it was going to be in Manchester yesterday but I’m really glad that we went. 
 
We started on Deansgate which was great because Chris Hoy was carrying the torch! I don’t have a photo of that because I knew I wouldn’t get a good shot with my phone so I just filmed the entire thing. It’s about 10 minutes long! When it had gone past, we walked to Fountain Street to see it pass again and this time it was random local boy (his full name) carrying it. I really liked seeing both sides of it – a celebrity and a local. The atmosphere was amazing and I can’t believe I almost missed it. 
 
This morning, me and the bf went to a car boot (an indoor one of course!). I have to say I’ve been having a dry spell with jewellery buying for my vintage shop but this was a very successful day. I will show you my haul from that (and from Primark) soon. 
 
This week coming up is going to be epic as it’s my birthday on Tuesday and I got the day off to go to the Harry Potter studios. Excite! I’m so glad I’m doing this as I’m a massive HP fan and I usually have a BBQ on my birthday (just look outside people – I don’t think it’s ever rained on my birthday before). Then at the weekend, I’m moving into my new house. Good times ahead whatever the weather. 
 
How was your week?
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