My Week #49 – Crafts, Makeovers & Shopping

*Viking Arty Party *Homemade bean burgers

*Shopping trip *DIY times in the living room

Ugh stress!

What started out as a chill week quickly slid down into a stress zone of paint, a kitchen full (and I mean full) of furniture and the realisation that my wedding is in less than 80 days. So, lets start with the good stuff.

I had a great weekend.

On Saturday I went to the #VikingArtyParty event and then had a mini shopping spree which I wrote about here and here.

Then on Sunday I got up early and did my first car boot of the season. I did it solo which wasn’t ideal but it was better that than not at all. I didn’t make loads but I got rid of loads of big bulky things that were taking up space in my house so yay. Also, it was randomly sunny that day which I was not expecting so got a little sunburned on my cheeks. And hello freckles!

Operation Living Room is fully under way

The floor fitters came on Tuesday and were done and dusted super quick. So quick that I decided to go ahead and steam the horrible wallpaper off the wall since the room was completely empty. Sorted. Having planned on moving all the furniture we’d stored in the kitchen back in that evening, Topher said why not just go ahead and paint. I thought that was a good idea – why not? It’s all ready and it would save moving things in and out of the room.

So off I popped to B&Q to get the paint we had picked out last week. Rookie error though – I didn’t get enough as it turned out and had to go back and get more yesterday. Silly girl. It’s been really stressful as we haven’t been able to use the kitchen properly for 3 days now and we haven’t let the cats downstairs at all so they’ve been letting me know their disgust at the situation. In the middle of the night. What I wouldn’t give for a nap right now!

But there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. I finished painting this morning and will be moving the furniture back in this evening. Now the only thing left is to sell off the old furniture. A task which has proven harder than we first thought. But we’ll get there.

Wedding panics ensue

With getting the second bridesmaid dress proving a lot harder than I first imagined, I began to panic a lot this week. Finding a dressmaker to make a dress from scratch was really difficult and also a lot more expensive than I first realised. So in the end I took the advice of one I spoke to. Get a dress from China and have it altered when it arrives. So that’s what I did. I got that one and also one to replace the one that already arrived just in case things didn’t match. So fingers crossed. It’s out of my hands now.

I think my main panic at the moment is that I haven’t been able to get to my flower supplies for like a week because of all the work being done so I’m falling behind. Luckily after tonight I’ll be able to get back on it.

And I just realised I’ll be having my first wedding dress fitting in a couple of weeks. Eeek. I have completely failed in losing the amount that I wanted to (including putting 2lbs on this week) but all in all things could be worse. Looking at my charts, I’m about 5lbs lighter than when I got measured for it back in November so at least I know I’m not too big for it. And that ladies is why you get the size for what you are at the time! So glad I did that.

Aaaaand breathe

Feeling a bit better now. Plans for the rest of the day include catching up on work, putting all the furniture back in the living room and making a yummy Slimming World meal. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

How was your week?

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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!

#VikingArtyParty - room

#VikingArtyParty - goodybags

#VikingArtyParty

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!

#VikingArtyParty - roof terrace

#VikingArtyParty - town hall

#VikingArtyParty - Manchester

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?

#VikingArtyParty - converse

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.

#VikingArtyParty - calligraphy

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

#VikingArtyParty - calligraphy table

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

#VikingArtyParty - what a mess

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.

#VikingArtyParty - writing calligraphy

Notebook Customisation

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

#VikingArtyParty - notebook covering

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.

#VikingArtyParty - paper and ribbons

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?

#VikingArtyParty - paper table

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

#VikingArtyParty - my notebook

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.

#VikingArtyParty - stamp table

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

#VikingArtyParty - stamp making

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

#VikingArtyParty - block printing table

Here’s my finished piece.

#VikingArtyParty - lever arch file

Take a look at all my finished creations!

#VikingArtyParty - my creations

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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Primark Haul – Totally Addicted to Stripes

As promised, here’s a look at my Primark haul as well as a couple of other purchases from New Look and H&M.

I’m properly thinking ahead now to my honeymoon and what I’ll be needing on the trip. After all, by the time it comes around in September, all the summery stuff would have disappeared from the high street.

While I was taking these photos in my office, Luna acted as my “assistant” so please excuse her need to sniff everything in a few of the shots! How can I say no to this face? Such a curious one!

Primark Haul - Luna

Primark

So beginning with my stripes addiction head on, I had to laugh at myself when I picked up not one, not two but five stopped tops. I think I might have a problem! I definitely won’t be wearing all of these on the honeymoon but I was also thinking about my capsule wardrobe for when I get to my target weight. These will go with quite a few things already in my wardrobe and also with the pinafore I bought below.

Looks like I found my new uniform! Plus they were only £3 each so it was an easy decision. They’re all short sleeve apart from the red one which is long sleeves so that one is more for autumn/winter.

Primark Haul - striped shirt addiction

Primark Haul - striped shirts

Now moving on to something a little less stripy, I immediately fell in love with this lightweight watermelon print shirt. The fabric is really soft and they also had it in an anchor print which I would have bought if they had had it in my size (boo!). This would be perfect for San Francisco which I have heard can get a bit on the chilly side.

Primark Haul - watermelon shirt

Primark Haul - watermelon print

Yes I do realise I picked up yet another stripy top (the checkout girl must have thought I was mad!) but isn’t it pretty? It was refreshing to see a top like this that wasn’t elasticated at the bottom. Thank you Primark! And I love the detail on the sleeves – I like that I can choose to either wear as is or push them down my shoulders to wear in a bardot style.

Primark Haul - peasant top

Primark Haul - peasant top detail

I finally settled on a day bag for the honeymoon. After going on and on about getting a small rucksack, I completely changed my mind and went for a small cross body style instead. Mainly for the reason that I feel I’ll be less likely to be pick pocketed this way. Such a worrier! Better safe than sorry though.

I love compartments so this does the job nicely! And it’s big enough to fit my purse but not big enough to be feeling like I’m lugging the world around with me. We will be doing a lot of walking after all.

Primark Haul - bag

Primark Haul - bag detail

So next on the agenda that I was missing out of my current summer wardrobe was footwear. I prefer sandals as I can walk miles and miles in them. This black pair below I actually got after I bought some tan ones in New Look further down but I had to get these as they were practically the same but for almost half the cost. So now I have a pair of black sandals and also a pair of tan. Covering all bases!

Primark Haul - sandals

New Look

As I mentioned above, I got these tan sandals first. They fit in perfectly with the rest of my summer wardrobe and go with practically everything. Plus, they seem super comfy so far.

Primark Haul - New Look Sandals

I have sunglasses again! These were as close as I could find to my old pair that broke last summer and it’s great to have them back.

Primark Haul - New Look sunglasses

H&M

You may or may not remember this dungaree dress* from a certain top picks post I did a while back. I just haven’t been able to get it out of my head since then. It’s the perfect piece for my capsule wardrobe. It’s plain so it can be paired with anything and I could wear it all year round. Short sleeve tops and leggings in the summer, tights and long sleeve shirts in the winter. Cost per wear would be amazing!

Primark Haul - H&M dress

At the time of putting it on my wish list, I didn’t realise it was part of H&M’s Conscious range. It’s great to know that a piece I plan on wearing a lot is environmentally friendly.

Primark Haul - H&M dress closeup

Just a word of warning though, sizing in this dress runs small! After dithering for awhile on whether to get a 10 (my final dress size when I finish) or a 12 (what I am now), I’m so glad I went with a 12. When it arrived in the post, I tried it on and was surprised to find that I could only just get it on! It fits but I wouldn’t dare eat in it. No food babies allowed here. So it’s a relief to know that by the time I lose another stone it will fit better.

Primark Haul - H&M concious range

So that’s my haul. All sorted now I think!

Have you bought anything nice recently?

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My Week #48 – Paint Samples & Honeymoon Wardrobes

*Paint samples for living room *My Office

*Luna *Purty necklaces from Eclectic Eccentricity

So it looks like operation living room is a go!

We unexpectedly came across a great deal with some flooring and the whole thing spiralled from there. Now that we’re both working enough hours it’s possible to decorate the living room a lot earlier than we hoped. Yay! We’ve picked out our wall colour (the one on the right) and we’ve picked out a sofa. So stay tuned for before and after photos to come next month.

Honeymoon wardrobe is also a go!

After realising that by the time I would want to get summery clothing for our honeymoon, there wouldn’t be any left in the shops, I started the hunt. Luckily I’ve got a lot of things covered but there’s some essentials that I need. I did a small shop yesterday at New Look and got tan sandals, sunglasses and leggings and I just got a dungaree dress from H&M which arrived today! I’ll do a post soon on my mini haul. It’s so nice to be able to shop again.

I lost half a pound at Slimming World.

I was hoping for more but to be honest I’m happy with losing something. After all it was easter weekend and I did indulge a little bit. Only half a pound away from my lowest weight at this group and 2 and a half pounds from my lowest weight ever at Slimming World. Hoping to smash one if not both targets this week.

And in other news…

my week #48 - fibre
It’s no secret that the internet at my house (and area) is so terrible that I’ve had to get rid of it all together but after a year of constantly checking the “when will I get fibre” page on Openreach’s website, we finally moved up a stage. So according to this, we should have fibre by the end of the year! Result!

It finally feels like things are starting to fall into place.

How was your week?

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Top Picks #46

  1. Dress, £55 – Yumi*

I love this print and the shape of the dress. It looks perfect for a summer holiday somewhere sunny in Europe. Italy, Portugal, somewhere like that.

2. Bag, £55 – Vendula London

Embarrassingly when I stumbled across this bag, I let out a little squeak! I love anything with hot air balloons so this is absolutely perfect. Shame about the price though. I don’t see myself spending that much on a small bag.

3. Sandals, £10 – ASOS*

Since it’s April, you know what time it is; sandal season on the high street. I realised I’d better do my honeymoon wardrobe shopping soon. Because by the time I start thinking about it in August there will probably be winter coats in stock and not a pair of sandals in sight! These are a bargain and because they’re jelly sandals, I’m hoping they will be comfortable.

4. Bag, £18 – Topshop*

I love this bag! It’s so sweet.

5. Earrings, £6 – Accessorize

Now that I’ve got my ears pierced again I’m counting down the weeks until they’re healed and I can wear whatever I want in them. I love the simple design of these.

6. Plate, £22.50 – Jim Bob Art @ Etsy

I already own a plate from this shop and I love it. And after spotting this one I need it in my life. It’s perfectly me. I love pancakes and I’m a Hufflepuff so the badger is a perfect fit. Need!

7. Blouse, £25 – Joanie

Another great print! I haven’t bought many blouses since leaving office life but I’d definitely be tempted with this one. It would look great with skinny jeans!

8. Ear cuff set, £5.99 – New Look

I’ve been wanting to try out ear cuffs for awhile now and this one fits the bill.

9. Sunglasses, £8 – ASOS*

Since my favourite sunglasses broke, I’ve been on the hunt for a replacement. These ASOS set are perfect!

10. Sundress, £55 – Sugarhill Boutique

The length of this dress is perfect! And the print is so summery. Looks like I’m gravitating towards sundresses at the moment. Now if only the weather would match what’s in the shops!

What’s on your lust list this week?

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