Foodie Friday

Click the pictures to follow the links. I love food illustration. It’s something I’d like to have a go at soon.

The Girls

I am awaiting more materials (ie brass chains, more findings etc.) but may put these beauties onto my Big Cartel shop with red velvet ribbon as opposed to chains… any thoughts?

Botanical Pendants

The above one is a 1976 stamp featuring a Grandpa Dickson rose.

This one & the one below are from a postcard featuring ‘Embroidery’ by Dorris Kirlew, a watercolour artist from Brighton whom I believed passed away in 1998.

This one is from a 1976 Royal National Society envelope.

Another 1976 rose stamp.. this one is Rosa Mundi.

And this one is 1976 Sweet Briar stamp.

All of the 1976 stamp & the envelope are from a 1976 Centenary of the Royal National Rose Society envelope with four brand new issue stamps on it. I’ll be keeping an eye out for more of these as the stamps are the perfect size & the colours are gorgeous!

What do you think guys? Hopefully they will soon be available for you here.

Dragons do exist!

Far far away from us, in the depths of the sea, dragons do exist… Sea Dragons.
Aren’t they just absolutely beautiful? They are so so so tiny! 

I learnt about them watching David Attenborough’s Life… I think the Fish episode. If you can get your mitts on this series then you really should watch it, it’s absolutely fascinating!

Victoria by Victoria Beckham

I LIKE Victoria Beckham’s new collection.


I’ve said it.

Particularly this cat dress. There’s also a  very cute one with moons on.
I honestly will never own this dress, as after all, it’s retailing for a few hundred quid!

But I’ll be keeping an eye out for copycats… (geddit?! ha ha ha!)

What do you guys think?

The Bride

I didn’t take this picture but it sums up the bride perfectly… doesn’t Claire look absolutely gorgeous?!

The necklace she’s wearing is the one I made for her which I showed you here. Luckily the pearls matched exactly with the ones on her dress which was a sheer fluke as I hadn’t seen her dress beforehand!

I have some pearls left over so i may use some of the smaller ones to make her some earrings for her birthday in November.

Happy Monday

Happy Monday!

I don’t know about you but I’ve had a crazy weekend… work was insanely busy & when I got home early evening yesterday I fell asleep!
I’m grateful the weekend is over… this week I’m looking forward to seeing my brother, catching up with friends, learning how to use indian inks, getting my glasses fixed & days off, ha ha!

Foodie Friday

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One of my favourite things about this time of year is pumpkins! I love the colours, the size variations & the taste… yum! Yesterday I had butternut squash risotto for lunch  & it inspired me to have a look for some recipes for you… I’ve never cooked pumpkin, but I might have to try the pumpkin ravioli myself!

If you try any of these or you know any great pumpkin recipes drop me a comment!
Happy eating!

Five Images

Today’s Five Images were all take by moi down in Newquay. The surfboards were all lined up outside a shop. I did see a few surfers braving it over the weekend but according to one of the locals it was much windier than normal down there & one surfing event got cancelled!
The ‘a’ is part of the Mambo sign outside their shop. I love the way they’ve assembled all different pieces of wood, it’s like a collection. 
The brightly painted beach huts caught my eye on Tolcarne beach which is apparently lovely in the summer.
When I wandered down to the harbour I found myself sharing a wall with the gulls… so I took a snap!
Had to get a shot of the shark & his fish companion! Believe it or not there’s actually a house here in Oxford that has half a shark poking out of the roof. Bizarre!

When I Grow Up…

(image from here)

I realised something this weekend, as I celebrated my best friend getting married, I realised that I am a “grown up”, an adult.

This may not come as much of a revelation to you but it kind of was to me… I’m 33, almost 34 for those of you that didn’t know. I work as a waitress in a restaurant full of early-twenty-somethings, I have a boyfriend who skateboards, my best mate in Oxford is 24, I’m never asleep before 1am, I rent a room in a house, I can’t drive, I have no children… I still felt/thought like someone in their mid-twenties.

Watching Claire & Steve tie the knot & glancing round at old friends there, some married, some not, some with children, some without I realised that at some point, without realising it, I had grown up. I had hit my thirties and actually, I’m doing OK.

I may not be the journalist that I dreamed of being for a glossy magazine, I’m not married, I don’t drive & therefore don’t own a VW beetle and I don’t have my own house but I’m debt free (how many thirty-somethings can say that?!), I’m with a man that I love and I have a great relationship with his daughter, I’m going to college part-time and I’m pursuing my dreams. When I was seventeen I imagined that thirty was when I’d have achieved everything & gotten ‘it’ all. Now that I’m in my early thirties I’m pushing the barrier back… maybe I’ll have my own house by fifty??!

Now that I’ve realised that I have grown up, I’ve decided to do something about it. I’ve decided to embrace it… I don’t want to look like a student any more, I’ve decided to glam it up a bit! I’m going to get my nails done. I’m returning to brunette (my natural hair colour. Ish.) I will ensure I always have breakfast in the cupboard. I will wear high heels upon occasion. Mostly I will stop waiting for things to happen. I will get up off my adult ladylike derriere & go make them happen myself!