This Week I Have Been Mostly….

this week i have been mostly

Another catch-up post? I know – this is a good thing. It means things have slowed down to the point, where I have some time to reflect on what I’ve been up to, rather than just go with it!

I have been LOVING this warmer weather. I really do feel like we’ve gone straight from Winter to Summer, leaving Spring behind. I also love thunder storms, and we’ve had a few corkers! I’m enjoying seeing all the plants coming up in my garden – so many different colours and shapes popping up out of nowhere – I have no idea what any of it is!

I’ve been busy planning things for my upcoming holiday to Florida, in September. We’ve booked in some really fun things, lots of places to eat, and my shopping list is well under way. We’re there for two weeks this year, and I’m pretty sure we’ve already filled each day!

I’ve also got my Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party costume sorted, for this year. Even though this isn’t a Disney World holiday (same as last year) we’re still going into the Magic Kingdom park for one evening, for the Halloween party.

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Can you guess who I’m going as? Hmm….

Aside from this, I’m still really enjoying my calligraphy course, and have started doing a few mini projects. I’m not pressurising myself to get them done in a certain time frame or in a certain way. I’m letting them happen organically, which works well for me.

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They mainly happen to be Disney themed, but that shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone really….

I’ve also been adding art to my office walls. Again, I want this to happen organically, and we visited Homesense recently, and their selection of framed art was really great. We ended up getting three pictures for my office, and two for around the house. I happen to have chosen all illustrated pieces for my office, and these two look great on my wall.

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Lastly, I’ll just mention that the jewellery making masterclass I attended with the MK Bloggers group earlier in the year, was featured in the events supplement of Blogosphere Magazine this quarter. It was fun to see my face in print!

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So that’s it for now. I have a week off coming up, and some fun things planned for that, and stay tuned for more recipes too. Are you enjoying seeing my 2018 food challenge recipes each week? Let me know what your favourite recipes have been so far – I’d love to know!

Until next time….

Calligraphy Update: Module 1 Complete!

I’ve done it! I’ve completed workbook 1 of my learning calligraphy course and I’m loving it.

I feel like I have come on leaps and bounds since beginning this journey. If you haven’t read my last post all about learning calligraphy drills then head over.

So this module was learning minuscule letters (did you know minuscule letters began being called Lower Case letters, because that’s where Printers used to keep them… in the lower section of an actual case full of individual letters?) .

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Each week we would learn how to form the letters using the standard drill shapes we’d previously learned, and seeing how they would fit together to create actual letters.

And then we would practice practice practice. Every week I would go back and write the whole alphabet ‘so far’.

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I would do this from memory as much as I could, and then try to write words that only included the letters I’d learned so far! I haven’t learned how to link the letters properly yet, but I improvised where I needed to!

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Not only was I learning brush pen lettering, but I was able to use the skills I’d learned to write simple lettering too.

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Trying to fit it all on one page began to get harder, so I squidged it all in!

At the start of the process we were asked to write the whole alphabet out, ahead of learning how to form the letters properly, and not refer to any learning materials we already had. Then at the end write out what we knew the alphabet should look like, so we could compare.

Here’s mine!

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I’m very pleased with how I’ve improved, and obviously I’ll continue to practice! I am being inspired to create some exciting stuff, so I can only get better!

I’m really enjoying learning this new skill. The next module is majuscule letters (or Upper Case – these were kept in the upper part of the case by Printers….) so soon I’ll be able to write names properly (lol!)

Onwards and upwards!

Lights and Pi

It seems that whenever I have a week off work, I get a cold. And this time was no exception. This is the kind of cold that keeps you up at night, and leaves your nose sore and crusty- nice! So I feel pretty rubbish. But I was determined to not let it ruin our planned day to London yesterday, so I sucked it up, packed lots of tissues and wrapped up warm.

We headed off fairly early because we had a full day of things we wanted to do. First we headed to Stratford Westfield shopping centre for some retail therapy. I got a few great bargains. We popped into Hobbs because I love their NW3 range and they had a sale on – I got a lovely little silk top that I’d seen before at full price but got it for half off, and also a pair of brown leather gloves which were also discounted and kept my hands warm all day! We also went into the Victoria’s Secret which has opened there. I’d never been into one before, and my impression is that it’s fairly tacky – no better than La Senza and much more expensive. Most of the stuff is made from manmade fabric. I bought a cami and pants set, but they’re made from Modal. Kept me warm last night but I had to remove the labels inside because they had stuck a very rough ‘keep away from fire’ sticker onto the care label which was scratchy. I think I’ll stick to Boux Avenue for my undies! We had lunch at a Chinese street food place and then headed off to the Southbank.

A while back we had seen a poster for Light Show at Hayward Gallery and really wanted to go. The whole show was light installations which did various things. Some sparkly, some moved and created shadows, some used lasers and mist or strobes. One in particular was called Exploded View (commuters) and was a ‘box’ of little lights on strings. It was suspended from the ceiling and we were queuing around it for about 10 mins while we waited to go into another room. At certain angles the lights just looked like they were blinking, but as you watched it, you could start to see images moving in it. I’ve found a video on YouTube but it’s not really that great (you weren’t allowed photography or video in the gallery) but here it is anyway! I think this was my favourite piece.

After the gallery we headed to Leicester Square. At this point I should probably mention that I have finished reading Life of Pi, and I found it amazing. As you know I really struggled with this book for at least the first quarter, but by the end I couldn’t put it down. So I immediately wanted to watch the film. We found that it was still showing in a few cinemas in 3D and one of them was the Empire in Leicester Square, so we headed there and booked tickets for the next showing. With some time to kill we popped into Bubbleology for a bubble tea and then went back to watch the movie. What a show it was.

First of all I’m not a great fan of 3D for the sake of 3D. I find it works for CG films like Pixar, but I don’t really like the real life ones. This film WORKED in 3D. It was visually stunning and I felt, at points, as if I could have reached out and touched the animals. The film stays fairly close to the book, it doesn’t miss anything majorly important and anything it adds is to make the story more relevent as a movie. I loved it. It makes me want to buy a 3D tv! But I know without the 3D element the movie stood up – beautiful to look at and the story was capture really well.

After the movie we popped to Ed’s Diner for a quick dinner and by then I was feeling so rough that we needed to head home. I woke this morning knowing I’d overdone it yesterday, but it was worth it. Our car is in to be fixed today anyway so I stayed in my PJs and moaned a lot. I hope I feel better tomorrow so I can carry on enjoying my holiday and get my hair cut! That should make me feel better 🙂
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