Monday, 31 December 2012

Wishing you a Merry 2012 and a Happy 2013

'I live in two worlds. One is a world of books. I've been a resident of Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County, hunted the white whale aboard the Pequod, fought alongside Napoleon, sailed a raft with Huck and Jim, committed absurdities with Ignatius J. Reilly, rode a sad train with Anna Karenina, and strolled down Swann's Way. It's a rewarding world, but my second one is by far superior. My second one is populated with characters slightly less eccentric but supremely real, made of flesh and bone, full of love, who are my ultimate inspiration for everything'

Here's to an eventful 2012, I fell in love, twice. Fell out of love, twice (maybe once, who knows) Got promoted, visited new countries and saw new things, saw family I haven't seen in years and learnt new skills.

I have one resolution in 2013; Independence - emotional, physical, financial, residential! Wish me luck.

Have a wonderful and safe New Years Eve. See you on the other side.

Sunday, 30 December 2012


I've inadvertently started a new project... 2 down 24 to go..

Friday, 28 December 2012

Christmas Catch-Up

It's been a while since I've sat down and done a proper post so I thought it was about time! Warning - this is going to be a long, and very photo heavy one!

So Christmas is over, just the New Year to get through and then life will go back to normal. I do love Christmas, but this is the time where I start to miss my routine, and the endless food is getting a little boring..

We spent Christmas in Venice, I've been many times before and it was as beautiful as ever - because there are no roads and you have to walk (or swim! not likely!) everywhere there is a certain peacefulness that I haven't witnessed in any other country in the world, I think that's why I love it so much. I have taken thousands of pictures of Venice but it's always the more everyday things that are so special, such as the rubbish boats, fire engine boats etc that are the most interesting.. here are a few of my favourite pictures from this time out;

Furs are obligatory in Venice - it's cold!

Look at the size of those meringues!

Christmas Eve post!

I can't resist a Disney store...

I have no shame in admitting that I had my eye on this man for quite some time...

We had Christmas Day lunch in the hotel we were staying in and this is what we had;

Peach Bellini with Canapés

Corn Millefeuille stuffed with Porcini Mushrooms over melted Asiago Cheese

Risotto with Treviso's (Treviso is an area of Venice) Chicory and Venison

Valeggio's Tortellini in Capon Consommé

Yuletide Turkey and Chesnuts with Glazed Baby Onions and Duchess Potatoes

Yule Log with Egg-Nog

Coffee and Confection

It was absolutely delicious at the time, if a little filling! But the morning after when we came down for breakfast one by one we all gradually admitted that we had been violently sick during the night - so looking at these photo's now is making my stomach turn a little! Oh well, maybe next year will be better! At least none of the calories will count!
As you may have seen in a previous post, I am taking part in the Rory Gilmore book challenge. I finished my first one (before 2013 has even started!) whilst I was in Venice. 1984 by George Orwell. It's crazy that a book that was first published in 1949 is so extremely relevant to modern life. It's a great story and really makes you think about the control of everything around us. Onto Huckleberry Finn now!

Also - my sister asked me what I was doing when I wrote my name in the book once I had finished it. I didn't have an answer! I've always done this for as long as I can remember! Do you do anything strange with your books?

How was your Christmas?

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Saturday, 22 December 2012

What to take when you leave?

So today is another packing day.
I seem to spend most of my life living out of my suitcase so I rank packing quite high on my list of things I'm good at!

We're off to Venice for Christmas today so I've packed my essential hand luggage;

Cambridge Satchel - An early Christmas present! (Bonus points for it matching my bedding?)

Ipad2 and cable - my life line when I'm travelling, films, books and games whilst I'm travelling then emails and links home to friends and family when I get there.

Glasses and Sunglasses - not much point going if you can't see anything when you get there!

Mulberry Purse - I've had this for years and its the best purse I've ever owned, pricey but worth it. Credit/debit cards, sterling in one side and foreign currency in another, room for all my hotel/airline/club/restaurant loyalty cards too.

Ted Baker Ballerina Make-up bag - a present to myself this Christmas. Foundation, powder, mascara, eyeliner, eyebrow pencil, tweezers, scissors, cotton buds, Vaseline, pain killers, mini deep heat, condoms and a penknife - it's good to be prepared!

Paddle Brush - the only brush that doesn't kill my hair

Books - the start of my 2013 challenge, 1984 by George Orwell and Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

Frankie Press Diary - this never leaves my sight!

Business cards - you never know who you might meet!

What do you take when you leave?

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Recent Craftyness

Just thought I would share some makes I've finished recently..
The first is using one of the items from December's Crafty Creatives box, the Ice white fluffy wool.
I took a wooden letter J that I already had and covered it in double sided tape (that I nabbed from work..Sssh!)
Once this was done I unpeeled the white covering on the tape and wrapped the wool round and round until the whole letter was completely covered and voila!
I have to say it looks better in person than it does in the photo, it's so fluffy I have to stroke it everytime I walk past! It's nice and christmassy but I will keep it out all year round to add to my J collection!
The second make is an idea I got from Pinterest. The item I saw was a white painted pumpkin with crayons melted down the sides which looked amazing (and I'm still planning on doing this one day) but I thought the same idea would look great on a plain canvas. I started with a pack of Crayola crayons (cheaper ones don't have such nice colours and don't melt as easily) and a blank canvas.
I glued them on using fabric glue - this was all I had lying around but it worked perfectly!
Once they were all on I left it to dry for an hour then propped it up on top of a scrappy towel and using a standard hairdryer heated the crayons. Beware - it took about 2 minutes before anything happened and then they suddenly hit melting point and went crazy!
I think the end result looks quite good but I will be doing another one using mainly bright colours because the greens and browns tend to smudge together and make a horrible muddy colour!
What have you been crafting lately?

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

New Year, New Challenge

For a while now I have been looking for something to take on as a sort of challenge for 2013, but not a resolution. There were a lot of things I wanted from this challenge which made picking something really quite difficult, my main criteria were;

  • Something that would keep me occupied (now I'm going to be looking after mum a bit more) 
  • Must take enough time that it's meaningful to do, but not so time consuming that I quit after a week
  • Definitely has to be mobile - ie can be done whilst travelling, at work, in hotels etc.
  • Would like something to show for it, something made/given/gifted/swapped/learnt
  • Must be quantitive, i would like to be able to monitor my progress
So taking all of this into account and looking in literally every corner of the internet from Twitter, Forums, Blogs and Pinterest - I narrowed it down to two choices.

The first was 365 Days of Crafts where something is made every day of the year, from sewing to decoupage, tatting, crochet etc etc! Unfortunately I didn't think it was realistic to commit to something that time consuming, and as I travel a lot for work it wasn't really practical for me - maybe another year! So my final choice and my official challenge for 2013 is.......

The Rory Gilmore Book Challenge!
If you're not a fan of the US tv series Gilmore Girls (firstly, why not?!) that probably won't mean anything to you. Basically, in the show Rory is a teenage girl who is incredibly witty, intelligent, charming and generally lovely. Her passion in life is reading and the obtaining of knowledge and throughout the 153 episodes she references many books that she has read. The challenge is fairly obviously, to read all of the books she mentions over the 7 series. I've seen a couple of people doing this on various blogs and pinterests and as soon as I saw it I knew it was the one for me.. 

I have read a few of them already but will be reading every single book on this list in the order they're listed below, as many as I can this year - anyone know any cheap book shops? Crikey.

Wish me luck! Are you doing anything challenge like for 2013? Much more fun than a New Years Resolution!

Rory's List (in alphabetical order) - all 250 of them!

1984 by George Orwell
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Archidamian War by Donald Kagan
The Art of Fiction by Henry James
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
Babe by Dick King-Smith
Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney
The Bhagava Gita
The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forest, and Saved 1,200 Jews by Peter Duffy
Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel
A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Brick Lane by Monica Ali
Bridgadoon by Alan Jay Lerner
Candide by Voltaire
The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
Carrie by Stephen King
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
The Children's Hour by Lillian Hellman
Christine by Stephen King
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
The Collected Short Stories by Eudora Welty
The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty by Eudora Welty
A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
Complete Novels by Dawn Powell
The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton
Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Cousin Bette by Honor'e de Balzac
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Cujo by Stephen King
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
The Da Vinci -Code by Dan Brown
Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
Deenie by Judy Blume
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx
The Divine Comedy by Dante
The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
Don Quijote by Cervantes
Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
Eloise by Kay Thompson
Emily the Strange by Roger Reger
Emma by Jane Austen
Empire Falls by Richard Russo
Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
Ethics by Spinoza
Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves
Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
Extravagance by Gary Krist
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore
The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan
Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
The Fellowship of the Ring: Book 1 of The Lord of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
Finnegan's Wake by James Joyce
Fletch by Gregory McDonald
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd President by Jacob Weisberg
Gidget by Fredrick Kohner
Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
The Gospel According to Judy Bloom
The Graduate by Charles Webb
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
The Group by Mary McCarthy
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare
Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare
Henry V by William Shakespeare
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris
The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton
House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
How the Light Gets in by M. J. Hyland
Howl by Allen Gingsburg
The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
The Iliad by Homer
I'm with the Band by Pamela des Barres
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Inferno by Dante
Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy
It Takes a Village by Hillary Clinton
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bront
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito
The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Lady Chatterleys' Lover by D. H. Lawrence
The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield
Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Love Story by Erich Segal
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
The Manticore by Robertson Davies
Marathon Man by William Goldman
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
Mencken's Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken
The Merry Wives of Windsro by William Shakespeare
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin
Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor
A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman
Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret
A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It's Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh
My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken
My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest
Myra Waldo's Travel and Motoring Guide to Europe, 1978 by Myra Waldo
My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen
New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
Night by Elie Wiesel
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan
Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Old School by Tobias Wolff
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
Oracle Night by Paul Auster
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Othello by Shakespeare
Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
Out of Africa by Isac Dineson
The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche
The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O'Neill by Ron Suskind
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Property by Valerie Martin
Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon
Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
Quattrocento by James Mckean
A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall
Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers
The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
The Return of the King: The Lord of the Rings Book 3 by J. R. R. Tolkien
R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
Rita Hayworth by Stephen King
Robert's Rules of Order by Henry Robert
Roman Holiday by Edith Wharton
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf
A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin
The Rough Guide to Europe, 2003 Edition
Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi
Sanctuary by William Faulkner
Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller by Henry James
The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman
Selected Hotels of Europe
Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
Sexus by Henry Miller
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Shane by Jack Shaefer
The Shining by Stephen King
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton
Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Small Island by Andrea Levy
Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers
Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore
The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos
The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker
Songbook by Nick Hornby
The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
Sonnets from the Portuegese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Sophie's Choice by William Styron
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
A Streetcar Named Desiree by Tennessee Williams
Stuart Little by E. B. White
Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Swann's Way by Marcel Proust
Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett
Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
Time and Again by Jack Finney
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
The Trial by Franz Kafka
The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Ulysses by James Joyce
The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath
Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Unless by Carol Shields
Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
Velvet Underground's The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third series) by Joe Harvard
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
Walt Disney's Bambi by Felix Salten
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel Sinker
What Colour is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles
What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell
When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bront
The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Crafty Creatives Box 6 Review - Spoiler Alert

Sorry for being a little late on this, but here's my look through box number 6 from Crafty Creatives.

The theme, as it is December, is Icy!
Slightly unusual but nice to have something a bit different from the traditional twee Christmas theme, so this is what's included in this month's box;

A nice litle extra - 3 Crafty Creatives pin badges.

Choker wire - what a fab idea! I would never have thought of making a choker necklace, but I can't wait to find a suitable pendant to go on this!
Paillettes - I have an idea in mind for these so watch this space..!
Glass drop pendants - I feel a keyring comng on!
Shirring Elastic - I've already used this to secure a bundle of fimo canes for my blog giveaway, I'm sure they'll be a lot more uses to come for this.
Icy glass beads - two lovely snowflakes and a handful of beads
Two glass hearts in a lovely little organza bag
Ice furry white wool - I'm so chuffed with this and I know exactly what I'm doing with it!
String of fluorite gemstones - apparently this is known as the genius stone which very much appeals to my ego! I like it as it is but I'm going to divide it up and make lots of goodies out of this!
And finally the kit this month is....
A bath bomb kit!
This isn't what I was expecting at all.. although when ever is it!
The kit contains all the ingredients you need to make them - I have so far made two using the moulds provided and have at least half of the mixture left so it's really great economy. They're so simple to make I can't believe I've never made them before, you just mix the ingredients together, add an essential oil (the kit contains a gorgeous orange one) mould, and leave to dry.

I used my first one in the bath last night and it was great, the scent was amazing! I have very sensitive skin so I was a little worried about making/using these but no issues whatsoever.
So top marks once again Crafty Creatives, having this little treat through my door every month (usually towards the end of the month when funds are running a little low!) is a brilliant pick-me up and always inspires me. Thank you!
What have you made with your kit this month?

Thursday, 13 December 2012

1st Blog Giveaway!

Hi everyone,

As a thank you to you all for the massive increase in visitors I've had recently (Yay!) I thought it was about time that I hosted my first blog giveaway! I know everyone loves a freebie, and I've tried to make the prizes things I would like to get myself!

So up for grabs is:

- £25.00 Bonus Bond Gift Card - this is like a visa card and works in these shops
- Mini Sewing Kit with red gingham pin cushion lid
- 2 x 2m spool of Gold Bells ribbon
- 1 x 2m spool of Silver Reindeer Ribbon
- 1 x 2m spool of Christmas Tree Ribbon
- 1 Deer Head Cross-Stitch stitched by me! (passport photo sized) in a white wooden frame
- 1 pair of grey gem earrings
- 2 Rob Ryan badges
- 1 Hobbycraft shopper bag ready to decorate
- 1 Hobbycraft cushion cover ready to decorate
- 1 bundle of fimo canes (great for nail/card decoration!)
- 1 pack of paper straws, great for decoration, various colours
- and a few other little crafty/edible/vintage suprises!

Things you need to know:
  • This giveaway is open only to UK residents due to shipping costs - sorry!
  • The giveaway is open....NOW! and will close at 6.30pm (GMT) on Thursday 20th December.
  • If the winner is not contactable by their blogger profile, and doesn't contact me within 24 hours I will pick another winner.
  • If you are the lucky winner - please note that the voucher has to be activated, you call their number and they verify the card and give you a pin number, then you use it like a credit card. All instructions will be included!
  • I have not been provided any of these items by anyone in return for displaying on my blog, they have been paid for by me!
  • The prize will be posted on Friday 21st December by Royal Mail 1st Class Recorded Delivery
  • Maximum of four entries per person, via the below criteria
  • Entries will be numbered and a winner selected by

How to enter:

1) To obtain your first entry, comment on this post below
2) To obtain a second entry, follow this blog using the google followers widget on the right hand side of my blog.
3) To obtain a third entry, tweet a link to my blog/this giveaway using the hashtag '#MindpurgeGiveaway'
4) To obtain a fourth entry, mention this giveaway on your blog, and include the link in your comment!

Good luck!