21 October 2016

A few recent Autumn outfits...

I believe I have mentioned one or two times on here that I am SO happy it is Autumn! I'm just so much happier at this time of year, and as shallow as it sounds it is probably to do with the fact I can wear more clothes. I do like to be covered up and tights, knits and cardigans are just my fave things ever...

So I have been really enjoying adding a few bits and bobs to my autumn wardrobe, bringing some things out of their summer hibernation and planning my outfits a bit more carefully over the last few weeks.

I'm not really EVER one for a 'selfie', but you know what, I was feeling rather happy and confident in my new autumn outfits, everyone else does it so I snapped some... and now I'm sharing them here, just because, well, I can!

Picture 1... outfit details:

Jumper - M&S (last year)
Skinny jeans Asda (current season, buy here)
Squirrel socks - Asda (current season, buy here)
Wooden Joanne necklace - Finest Imaginary (buy here)
Nails - W7 in colour 87 Pistachio

(I hope it is clear my pout is an entirely sarcastic one, I NEVER take myself seriously!)

An outfit made up of lovely lovely birthday items! wuhu!

Jumper - Next (gift)
Scarf - Cath Kidston (current season, buy here)
Skinny Jeans - Asda, as above
Nails - Barry M Gelly in Blue Grape

Jumper - Sainsburys (but at least 2 years old, sorry!)
Scarf - I think M&S, but again few years old)
Jeans - Asda, as above (yes I live in these!!!)
Necklace - Lucie Ellen (buy here)
Nails - W7 in 13 Fluorescent Orange
Dress - Cath Kidston (current season, buy here)
Cardigan - Asda (ancient!)
Name necklace - as above

Top - Next (last year)
Jeans - Asda, as above
Scarf - Cath Kidston, as above
Nails - W7 in 13 Fluorescent Orange
Glasses - Specsavers, Gok Wan range

Dress - Next (in sale!, buy here)
Cardigan - Asda (current season, buy here)
Necklace - Tatty Devine, no longer available)
Nails - W7 as above
Jumper - M&S (last year, no longer available)
Jeans - Asda, as above
Striped top - Primark, current season, buy in store
Scarf - M&S (ancient, no longer available)
Necklace - Tatty Devine, buy similar here)
Nails - W7 in 87 Pistachio

19 October 2016

Wonderful Wednesday ... 26

And without further ado... here is my happy little list for this rather Wonderful (currently sunny) Wednesday...

1. Hanging out with my family This weekend Mark and I popped over to Newcastle to spend the weekend with my sis Jen, brother in law to be Phil and baby James. I blogged it here. And it was just the best fun, I love hanging out with them. When you get to my advanced age sadly friends and particularly big gangs of friends seem to drop off somewhere along the way. I don't feel like I have many friends these days, especially ones who are free for just hanging out. So I invited myself to spend the weekend with my Sister Dearest and it was just what I needed. It's fab to have a sister who is also my best friend.

This hilarious photo below, an outtake from the blog, taken just after I had to witness them two taking 'snogging selfies' - gross! Phil hilariously tried to grab me for a kiss too! ew! hehe. 

2. Discovering new places As explained above and Monday's post (yeah I know on and on and on...) I went to Tynemouth this weekend and you know what it was Fab! Sounds a bit odd but it really reminded me of some posh London borough. Even down to the fact we got there by tube (well the Newcastle Metro! lol) Tynemouth far exceeded my expectations, which is always nice isn't it. I love being in new places and exploring, makes you feel like you have really had a break and a mini holiday.

3. The Good Life Mark and I have a latest box set obsession... yes, yes REALLY! We are watching The Good Life, yes, as in that 70's BBC sitcom! Someone hilariously posted on FB that Mark and I were like Tom and Barbara with our allotment so Mark bought the series on DVD. I thought I would hate it, but actually it is really good. We watch it most evenings, it's very funny in places, I adore Margo, she's my fave. Check it out if you are ever stuck for something to watch!

4. Meg cuddles I love love love how cuddly Meg is. Most days, a couple of times a day she pops up beside me whether when lounging on my bed, or on the sofa and does a little mew. The mew means she wants to be picked up and placed on my chest. There we have such lovely cuddles, she purrs away, and treddles and it's so nice. She doesn't ever really do it because she wants something, she just likes cuddles.  She is quick to tell me when she has had enough of course with a little nibble to my hand...  These colder evenings means she also likes to climb into bed with me and make little nests whilst I'm trying to sleep too, aw!

5. DIY weekend planning We are both off for a long weekend this weekend coming, Fri-Mon and I can't wait. We have had it booked for a while and wondered what to do. We had originally planned to go away, probably glamping with the bikes somewhere. But somehow it has turned into a DIY weekend, we have a list of jobs to accomplish and everything. Whilst I hope to be working hard and getting some jobs around the house complete, it will still be nice to not be at regular day job work, wuhu! I'm excited to see how much we can achieve...

6. Fleur's Vlogtober I've probably rambled on about Fleur many times before on here.. but she is by FAR my absolute fave Youtuber! She is vlogging daily this month too and I am so enjoying watching her. She really does have it all, and has a seemingly idyllic life, but she is not snobby about it. I would rather watch Fleur than any of my fave TV programmes.

7. Snowbites I know the sight of all the Christmas chocolate in the supermarkets, since the end of September, is sending people into irrational rages, but me, well I'm loving it of course! I love Christmas, what's not to love? And as the days get gloomier, it is nice to have something cheery to look forward to. I love spotting the little signs of Christmas everywhere and Christmas basically means one thing right? Chocolate! SO much more chocolate options in the shops these days and my absolute fave fave have to be Cadburys Snow bites... quite literally could eat them until I am sick...

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17 October 2016

A visit to Tynemouth...

This weekend was just super! Mark and I popped over on the train to Newcastle to visit my favouritest people, Sister Dearest, Phil and little James.

Once in Newcastle Central Station we jumped on the Metro and made the journey (around 45 mins) out to the coast to Tynemouth. Jen and Phil have been a couple of times and Mark has been a lot when he was at uni in the area, but I had never been before so was very excited.

We found Jen and Phil in the carpark at the station the set about exploring the amazing market they have in the station, on the actual platforms. It's there most weekends I believe and it was fab! A real mix of foody bits, antiques, crafts and bric a brac stuff.

I was most impressed with Tynemouth, I didn't really know what to expect. Seaside places are usually quite tacky and dated in my opinion, but Tynemouth seemed hip and trendy with lovely gifty shops and bars, and loads to explore....

The above pic is the Priory, we didn't go in, just admired it from over the moat.

Jen and Phil all smiley at the Priory.

Mark was really keen to do the walk from Tynemouth over to the next little place Cullercoats, a favourite walk when he was a student. We wanted chance for James to have a little sleep so a walk along the sea front was great.  We couldn't walk on the sand with the pushchair but the walk up on the top along the road was just as picturesque.

I admired the determination of the surfers out in the sea! It was quite cold, but perfect surfing conditions, I would imagine as it was very choppy!

Clearly all the excitement was too much for some...

Smiley sister selfies!

The boys

James did wake up eventually and enjoyed a little walk on the sand, kitty came too naturally!

We were super lucky with the weather, it didn't rain, and wasn't too cold either. As the afternoon went on we got some cool moody lighting for beach photos. Jen and I ended up miles behind the boys due to snapping, oh and probably James too!

A little windswept...

Look what we happened to find in Cullercoats, the cutest little tearoom with an ice cream hatch, score!

Britishness test... have you ever successfully managed to visit a beachy place (no mater what time of year) and NOT purchased an ice cream! I do declare this to be impossible!

Oh and delicious the ice cream was too, yum yum!

Back towards the town, I couldn't resist snapping some of the cutest little houses. It is a very picturesque place.
With a vast array of super cute doors! 

I can't wait to visit again sometime, and maybe go in one or two of the shops next time...

12 October 2016

Wonderful Wednesday ... 25

It's been another lovely week and my super happy mood continues, wuhu! It's even colder this week and I have even been sporting a woolly dress and thicker knits. Literally think the fact I can wear more clothes is what is keeping me so happy, I'm odd like that.

So without further waffle, here is my happy list this week...

1. The first planting.... So we were super excited at the weekend to plant the very first things at our allotment. Yes, I know, I know, it's not really planting time of year. But I was SO desperate to plant just something. You know, the more I think of it, I'm not sure I really am cut out to be a gardener or allotmenter... all that WAITING! I'm the most impatient person ever!  Oh well... we popped in some pretty spring bulbs, daffodils, snowdrops etc. And they are JUST for picking, so we can have pretty spring flowers in the house. Please hurry up and grow now!

2. Oranges.. Or probably satsumas, or tangerines, anyone know the difference? Well those small, juicy orange things anyway. I have been LOVING them. Huge net fulls of the things are popping up all over the supermarket and I cannot resist their juicy goodness at this time of year. Yum, yum, yum.

3. Taking myself to the cinema... You know what I did last week, I went to the cinema, all on my own! I fancied seeing the new Bridget (it's FAB by the way, super nice!) and had nobody to go with, friends all busy, mum couldn't come, and Mark refused (hehe) so I popped in on my way home from work. Why the hell not? Sat with my usual large bag of Minstrels and a Tango Ice Blast, I was very happy indeed.

4. A day with James... Friday I was off work, yippee! And I got to spend the entire day with my littlest nephew James (and bonus saw oldest nephew Corey too! wuhu!) Dad and I drove to Newcastle to pick them up, gave James his birthday pressies (crochet robot, playmobil animals, batman PJs and er baby Converse! screeeam!) then we played all afternoon, running round the house, apple picking, and reading books. 

5. A reunion... Not mine, but a work event! I organise reunions for a living and sometimes it is just the loveliest loveliest thing! This weekend I was in Ambleside meeting with some older ladies for a reunion of their old college. They were mostly there in the late 1950s, early 1960s... and it was just FAB to hear their stories and show them round and help them reminisce. The ladies were just the loveliest and were super grateful with the little afternoon tea and cakes we put on for them. I got a lovely thanks you card and chocs. Sometimes my job really is just the nicest.

6. A super productive day...  I have no idea where it has come from, but of late I seem to have iron will power and productivity (only in some areas of course, the power to resist chocolate will never happen!) On Sunday, I was up with larks driving my wee car, popped to pick something up from mum and dad's, home by 8am, got ready, down the allotment by 9, dug over the whole bed and planted my spring bulbs, home for lunch, put a load of washing on. Then sanded down the walls in the hallway and painted them all! THEN, did ALL the housework, finally finishing about 9pm. (bet the neighbours LOVE my unsociable hoovering hours!) I do enjoy days like this, once I get going I just don't really want to stop. Love how smug and satisfied it makes me feel.

7. Babies... Babies, babies everywhere... I have 3 friends who are currently pregnant, well that was UNTIL Friday and a baby came!! So exciting... I love babies, and friend's baby news. I just keep hearing about new babies all the time. But simply the best thing about new babies are the crochet and shopping opportunities. I purchased the sweetest little woollen striped blue romper, squeal... and I'm on with THE cutest wee crochet toy, I'm sure it will make an appearance on this here blog soon...

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7 October 2016

A crochet robot...

It was my littlest nephew's birthday recently, he is 2. So of course I crocheted, I ALWAYS crochet! I had spied the cutest robot pattern some time ago and remembered I had squirrelled it away for just such an occasion. I had so much fun bringing this little robot pal to life.

This is not my pattern, sadly, I am nowhere near as skillful as this! This is the genius work of Amy Gaines. Check out her shop NOW for THE cutest knit and crochet toy patterns.

The pattern was really well written and super easy to follow.

For the yarn I chose Lullaby by stylecraft, you can buy it right here. I used colours Misty, Deep Blue and Berry. The pattern called for a black yarn, but I didn't have any suitable black yarn and anyway I think he looks rather dashing in the navy!

I ADORE this yarn, it is my very very VERY favourite! It is simply perfect for everything you want to make to do with babies, blankets, toys etc. It is the softest yarn, lovely to work with, washable and cheap! win!

I also used a small amount of embroidery thread for his mouth and some safety eyes. I am always concerned over safety eyes but I am confident these will be fine for James. He is 2 now and never really been much of a chewer! I will of course make sure that my sister knows of the risks and supervises play.

You also need a crochet hook, I used my trusty 3.5 and some darning needles.

Well hello there! I was so pleased with him as soon as I put his face on. He's rather cute.

Little squidgy fat legs.

hehe, I love these little hands.

The pattern is simple, but actually genius. I have never come across something quite like this. If you crochet just in back loops then your work starts to change direction and go upwards. It creates these fab little 'lip' bits, which I think look great.

So the little lip bits are round the head, body and the legs. It helps create sort of a flat squared off shape, rather than the usual round shape of amigurumi toys.

Here he is doing a twirl for you...

And here he is again with my hand in the shot to get an idea of scale. He's quite teeny really, just a really nice size for a baby toy.
Come across anything cute I NEED to crochet? Let me know...

5 October 2016

Wonderful Wednesday ... 24

I'm really embracing all the lovely delights of the new season this week. I'm over the moon it's now Autumn, which means crisp, dark morning runs, acorns, acorn necklaces and brussels sprouts, screeeeam!

1. Acorn picking One of our absolute fave fave things to do of a weekend is to have a little pootle around Keswick. Keswick is a beautiful local touristy town, if you didn't know. As we were walking through the woods we noticed the floor littered with freshly fallen acorns. It is impossible to walk past acorns and not want to pick them up, right? We decided it might be nice to have some oak trees at the allotment, so got a bit obsessed and had pocket fulls of the things (plus conkers too!). They are now in our little yard planted into pots. Fingers crossed for oak trees soon... 

2. Kara on the beach This weekend Dad suggested a trip to the beach with Kara dog... It was beautiful! The air was thick with mist (which made an interesting drive out) and then when we arrived the tide was completely out so you couldn't see the sea at all.  We had the whole beach to ourselves, magical.

3. First sprouts of the season Had my first new season Brussels sprouts this week and my oh my were they delicious. Got them from M&S, of course. I adore sprouts, they just taste of Christmas! They will be my green of choice now for the next good few months, wuhu.

4. Afternoon tea I spent a splendid afternoon on Sunday with all my lovely school friends enjoying a very civilized afternoon tea at a rather posh local hotel. It was so super yummy I forgot to take photos (bad blogger!) there were crustless triangular finger sandwiches, ever so delicious scones with cream and jam, mini cakes and macarons. I do declare afternoon tea to be my very favourite meal. 

5. New necklace I spied on Instagram that one of my absolute fave jewelry designers, Layla Amber,  had added to her beautiful collection the other day. I bought what I thought was the most beautiful necklace ever from her just a few weeks ago, a little wooden woodland animal scene. Then I spied this one (in pic) and it's even prettier, how is it even possible! I adore anything to do with oak leaves and acorns, so I snapped it right up. I'm wearing it as I type.

6. Dark early morning runs I'm so happy to be back in 'running weather'; dark cold, crisp early mornings, wrapped up in thick leggings, coat and gloves, those are the best times to run. I've run twice this week already. Got distracted by a cute cat (always!) and fell up a curb on Monday morning, but I have a nice scabby grazed knee 'trophy' now. But that's the other great thing about running at 6 am in the dark, not many people about to see the less than elegant tumbles! I'm SO happy to be back running, and planning some new dark routes. I didn't run in the month of September at all, that's the first month I have missed since January 2015 (thanks Nike running app), bad Jo.  But it feels good to get back outside.

7. That happy feeling I practically skipped to work on Monday morning (I know I'm nauseating aren't I! lol). Just plodding along and I thought to myself... goodness me I'm in a good mood. Like seriously seriously good mood. Things are good at the moment and I'm feeling positive. It is probably largely to do with the 5k run I did that morning too, running is my happy pill. |I continue to be happy now even on Wednesday morning... what a nice feeling to have... 

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