Monday, 30 June 2008

Urban Dasies

Just around the corner from my flat is a grassy bit that is currently covered in these big daisies. It's like a wildflower meadow. I live right in the middle of the city, so it's kinda cool.

Thursday, 26 June 2008

Detective Chocolate

Oh joy! My brother went to Croatia and brought me back this excellent chocolate bar. My family know me so well, bring me back amusingly titled candy from far off lands and I will be happy. This one is going in the keeper jar.... with all my other comedy sweeties. I very carefully opened it, extracted the chocolate bar and resealed the package. No one will ever know. It was just like a Toblerone. Yum.

Camera back in action. Phew. I bought a new memory card and the guy in the shop acted like I was a total fool when I said that the old one had broken. He had a look at my camera and found out that I was, in fact, right. Not just a pretty face my friend.

Tuesday, 24 June 2008

New Shopping Blog...

I have been included in the listings of a great new shopping blog at Desirable. It's a great new UK based design-lovin' blog with oodles of interesting online shops. There's high street style stuff too (very comprehensive listings) but a great selection of independants too. I'm in the "Independant Craftspeople..." section. Wheee!

Friday, 20 June 2008


The theme for one of the blog carnivals at Etsy Bloggers is 'what does success mean to you'.... which I was thinking about and is a tricky one....

I guess to a large majority of the world it's good job, money, home, family and possibly dog/cat/rabbit/chinchilla. But I don't think that's what it means to me. And if you are reading this then you probably agree with me and are going 'er, duh, obvious!'.

The small things are always the good things, so if you planned to sit on the sofa all day and pick your nose, and then that was all you did, I would call that success. No?

I don't do stress. I've done jobs that stressed me out and I hated them and don't do well with that sort of thing. So over the last 2 years I have created a life for myself where I don't get stressed and anxious and don't hate getting up in the morning. I have mutiple jobs doing different things and I enjoy doing them all. I don't have much (any?) money. But life is good.

So I guess what I mean is that success for me is if I manage to do some things each day which make me happy. Be that doing a good days work, making some jewellery or enjoying an afternoon nap without guilt. It means that I have successfully made a life for myself that I enjoy and am proud of.

And possibly the faint feeling of success that I got from writing this as I'm not very good at this sort of thing....

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Poorly Camera

Well, the camera is ok, but the memory card has bit the dust. I'm sad. I had things I really wanted to take a photo of and write a post about.

I'm gonna write a list so I don't forget....

1. My new haircut
2. Camo Cat
3. My new dress
4. Jewellery in progress
5. Presents that my mum & dad brought me back from New York
6. Belated birthday present from Lorraine

On the plus side, I had a fab weekend! We went to watch Back to the Future at the outdoor cinema they had set up in town! (Edinburgh, Scotland.... not too warm....) We took sarnies and wine and pop corn and cheered lots at our favourite bits. Great scott!

And on Sunday I went for tea at my folks and ate outside which felt all summery and lovely. They told me stories of their trip to New York which sounded great, and showed me their photos... cue lots of cute shots of my mum with a skyscraper backdrop.

And I have booked Eurostar tickets for our France trip later this year. Carbon neutral holiday here I come! (Well, not totally carbon neutral, but oodles better than flying...)

Etsy Bloggers Featured Blogger...

Over at Etsy Bloggers the featured blogger of the month is Alicia Mae. She has so many shops and blogs and websites that it was kinda hard to know what to write about her! So I chose my favourite print from one of her shops. Go check out her out...

Tuesday, 10 June 2008

1000 Hits!

At some point today between 5pm and 11pm I reached 1000 hits on my blog! Thats since 23rd February this year.


I think it might be more than that actually, as I didn't add the counter immediately.

Hello to all you out there!

Flickr Fun

1. Gail eyes the wall with new glasses. 24, 2. Hōtō (flat udon noodles and vegetables in miso soup), 3. 010207 Trinity Road, Weymouth, 4. Yamdrok Tso (Turquoise) Lake, Tibet, 5. Garofalo show at Garfield Park Convservatory, 6. Victory Lager, 7. San Francisco Skyline, looking from the Atlantic Heights, SF, California 舊金山的天際線 2004 年春 攝於太平洋崗上, 8. lavender creme brulee.jpg, 9. Happy Birthday Flickr Account, 10. Crowded relaxation?, 11. silly shia, 12. Where the toons get their breakfast

Oh what fun! I got this fab idea from Love One World Zero... Given that my memory card for my camera has decided not to work and I haven't bought a new one yet, I don't have any good pics of my own, so this is a sustitute... It's quite addictive and comes up with a great selection of photos.

Here's the rules....

a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page of results, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd’s mosaic maker.

The Questions:

1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One word to describe you.
12. Your flickr name.

Friday, 6 June 2008

Happy Friday Things...

Woo hoo! Yeah! I'm an Etsy Blogger of the Week. Katie, who runs BabyLyons Designs has featured me as her Etsy Blogger of the Week on both of her blogs. Here's the linky-links...

And here's a photo of me wearing ANOTHER band t-shirt. I don't buy a t-shirt at every gig I go to.... I was swithering for ages about whether to get the Bruce Sprinsteen one, and in the end I decided that it wasn't so much that I would regret it if I didn't, it was more that if I did buy it, it would make me happy every time I wore it. Which it has so far.

So, yeah, that's the psychology of my t-shirt purchase....

By the way, it says "Tramps like us, baby we were born to run". Hell yeah.

Monday, 2 June 2008


Blogger was being a bit grumpy earlier and wouldn't let me upload all the pictures I wanted to. So here is another one of the crowd.... Interesting.


Silly Face

Stoopid Face

Greasy Spoon Heaven

Eggs & Mushrooms

THE Tickets

So really what I should show is photos of Bruce Springsteen, but given that it was a staduim gig he was about the size of a raisin, I got no photos of him.

The concert was AMAZING. I know that I said he was the size of a raisin, but there were big screens and he's bloody good at what he does so it was all loud and fun and exciting. He played loads of my favourite songs and pulled proper rock-god moves. I am quite geeky about music, but not geeky enough to write out the set list... suffice to say he did 10th Avenue Freeze Out, Born To Run and She's The One....

The rest of the trip mainly consisted of shopping, drinking and eating. And Manchester is filled with great shops, pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants so all of the above were easily had in large quantities. And very good quality too.

We found THE best greasy spoon (see eggs on toast above) called the Abergeldie cafe, which I think everyone who visits Manchester should make a pilgrimage to. I bought a FAB dress, possibly a photo to come and went to LOADS of record shops.

The weather was great and we wandered.... which is just the loveliest thing to do on holiday.