Saturday, August 19, 2017

Summer Woods

Friday, August 11, 2017

Natural Beauty, Skincare and Haircare Haul

I have VERY sensitive, combination skin, so after years of having allergic reactions and breakouts I switched to using only natural, plant based skincare products, and that seems to work for me. I also like that the products have less of an impact on the earth. For years I swore by the Waitrose Pure range, which is made from 97% natural ingredients, fragrance free, cruelty free, and also fairly reasonably priced. However, there isn't a Waitrose which stocks the full Pure range anywhere near me, their packaging is not entirely recyclable, and they insist on continuing to advertise in The Daily Mail, so when my stockpile of their products ran out at the beginning of the summer, I decided it was time to move on to new things.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Paper Gem Garlands

One of the things I need to do as part of Project Slash The Stash is to use up all the kits I collected from copies of Mollie Makes magazine. They give away a little craft kit with each issue, and although they were often what drew me to the magazine in the first place, for some reason I never got around to making them! So I decided to start simple, with a paper gem kit designed by Minieco, which came with an issue of Mollie Makes several years ago and had been lying in a drawer ever since.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Project Slash The Stash: Changing The Way I Create

I have been making things for as long as I can remember. It has been one of few constants in my life, and it has sustained me, been a comfort in hard times, helped to shape me. It is such a big part of my personality, and I don't think I will ever give it up. But over the years my preferences, priorities, and ways of doing things have changed. And I think the way I create needs to as well.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Witchy Clothing and Homewares Try On Haul

Over the last few years my style has gradually got more "witchy", with lots of black and darker colours, long skirts and dresses, velvet, and crystal jewellery. Recently I've been wanting to reflect that in my home too, and I've ended up picking up quite a few witchy homewares, clothing and accessories over the last few months.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A Mermaid Guide To Bristol

Bristol is a city with a maritime history, and one of the reasons I love living here so much is because of the beautiful harbour, tidal river and abundance of nautical features. The whole city is arranged around the water, and it has really influenced the look and feel of the city-some parts of Bristol look so much like the seaside that I almost expect to turn a corner and find a beach! So it makes sense that there are lots of mermaid treasures to be found, if you look hard enough.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Ducklings and Moorchicks

Bristol Harbourside is great for many reasons, but one of the best things about it is watching all the water birds. In one spot there's a little floating artificial marshland to encourage wildlife, which always seems to have a duck or a swan or a moorhen hiding away somewhere in it, as well as some pretty flowering water plants. I was peering over the walkway one day in early summer to see if I could spot anything, when suddenly I saw a whole brood of ducklings.