Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Autumn is one of my favourite times of year, along with Spring. I like the transitional seasons.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Steam Train

I have wanted to go along Bristol Harbour on the steam train that operates there for years, and luckily for me, we managed to catch the last trip of the year.

Saturday, November 26, 2016


In October I travelled to Cirencester, a town in the Cotswolds. As a very small child I lived near Cirencester, and I visited the town a lot through my childhood and adolescence. So going back was quite a strange experience, especially is it is one of those places which never really changes. There is always the same blend of Cotswold stone, market square, and looming church, whichever businesses come and go from the shopfronts.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Mushroom Hunting

I didn't have to venture far into the woods to find the first fungi.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Crossing Clifton Suspension Bridge

The day of Bristol Doors Open Day also happened to be the date of the Tour of Britain passing through Bristol. We'd taken a trip up to Clifton on one of the wonderful vintage buses BDOD had laid on, and after watching all the cyclists flash past we decided to take advantage of Clifton Suspension Bridge being closed to motorised traffic, and walk across it.

Monday, November 07, 2016

Autumn Thrifting

I am really trying to cut back on buying things at the moment, but I still can't resist a little thrifting-although I'm still trying to reduce the amount of stuff I accumulate, even from that. I'm trying to have a shift in how I thrift, to quality over quantity. So far I think I'm succeeding, just about. 

I recently lucked out and picked up what I think was someone's geology collection for a song. There are pieces of rock and an array of crystals, both tumbled and unpolished. There is a big piece of citrine, a chunk of amethyst, fluorite, clear quartz and smoky quartz, as well as some super shiny pyrites. 

As part of my quality over quantity vow, I paid more than I normally would for a pair of these gorgeous Denby cups and saucers. I think it was worth it though, I love Denby pieces and they last extremely well. I particularly like this design as I think the cup looks like an acorn cap. They seem like something faeries would use, but human sized.

Another lucky find was this completely untouched Rowney oil painting set. I'm interested in trying oil painting, but I didn't want to spend too much money on experimenting with it in case I decide it's not for me, so this is perfect for trying it out.

I also picked up a small desk easel. I've realised I like painting on canvases, and it is just so much easier to paint them on an easel. This one is great as it is very lightweight and doesn't require much storage space.

I bought a teeny tiny painted cauldron, because #witchlife.

Another example of paying more than I normally would but getting something pretty special for my money is this vintage glass terrarium. It has a wooden base, with a pyramid shaped glass and metal terrarium on top. Two of the sides are open for access to whatever I plant inside, and it has two triangular panels of pale green glass, which I think are a lovely detail. I had been wanting one of these for ages and this is only the second one I have seen in a charity shop in as many years, so although this was a little expensive compared to my usual thrift finds (£9), I knew I would really love it and that it would be worth the extra cost.

Finally I collected a few vintage books. A sweet little guide to trees and shrubs, Oscar Wilde's fairy stories, a nature book with a fabulous spine, and an old children's book which has beautiful illustrations.

I think I've had a pretty good haul recently, and I'm actually quite enjoying being more selective in my purchases. Hopefully I can keep it up!

Friday, November 04, 2016

A Few Of My Favourite Things | October

Phew October was tough! Between Inktober and general life stuff I am frazzled. But looking back over the month, there were actually loads of lovely things that happened or that I liked, so I'm going to share them with you.

Thursday, November 03, 2016

#CreativeKickstart September

#CreativeKickstart is a hashtag to share what we've been making and being inspired by each month, created by my merfriend Cuttlefishlove. I kept up with it for a few months last year but then lost track. This year I want to post a photo for each month. I think it will be really interesting to look back at the end of the year and see my creative journey!

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

#Inktober 2016 | Days 21-31

Inktober is finally over and I can share the last pieces I worked on for it! I'm going to be honest and admit that I really struggled with the last ten days of the challenge. I think doing Inktober back to back with my own #ADeerADay challenge, while also trying to work on crafts, blogging and my day job was just a bit too much and I started to feel very burned out. I'm still glad I did Inktober and completed it though. I'll be trying to do a bit less during November so I can refresh and regroup.