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.

Receiving a sweet gift from a thoughtful friend

The amazing Natasha de Vil sent me the most delightful parcel of goodies! I had mentioned I wanted a cauldron shaped cup on Twitter, so she bought me one and sent it to me as a gift. Not only that but she added in a little raven ornament, some vegetarian friendly witch hat shaped sweets (!!!!!!), and some different teas for me to try. It was the nicest, most thoughtful thing anyone has done for me in a long time, and it made me so happy.  I love the cup and it is the perfect size for very large cups of tea! The raven has been named Velveteen.

The most perfect mushroom fabric

I got this beautiful Japanese mushroom print fabric from eBay, and I think it is one of the most perfect fabrics I have ever owned. I am going to have to use it for very special and precious projects.

The Quiet Music of Gently Falling Snow exhibition at New Brewery Arts

I travelled a very long way via multiple forms of transport to see this luminous exhibition of work by Jackie Morris, who is one of my favourite artists. It was worth it for the immense sense of contentment and peace I felt when viewing her work. Every piece on display had so much detail that although the exhibition was quite small, there was plenty to look at and discover. The setting was also rather lovely-I had a delicious lunch in the New Brewery Arts cafe and saw glass blowing in progress in one of their open studios.

Being Human Season 1
I decided to re-watch this on Netflix, and my old love/obsession with the series was rekindled. I had forgotten just how perfect Season 1 was-the music choices, the humour, the relationships between the central characters were all so well done. I love the combination of the supernatural and the mundane.

Going on a steam train

I went on a short trip down Bristol harbourside on an old steam train, and it was wonderful! It was something I'd been meaning to do for ages and I'm very happy that I finally got around to it. Everything I was wearing smelled of smoke afterwards though!

Ask Baba Yaga

I stumbled across this genius idea through a Twitter hashtag, and I am so glad I did. It is an agony aunt page in The Hairpin, where all the questions are answered by Baba Yaga in wise forest crone style. It is THE BEST THING. Everyone should go read it. Now. Here's the link-

Thank yous and shout outs

I would like to thank the awesome Cassy Fry for being my sole Patreon supporter, and Erin Veness for retweeting all my Inktober posts.


  1. Ooh the Ask Baba Yaga had me straightaway so I am definitely checking that one out! I love the photo you got of the steam train - they're so much fun, aren't they? I love your outfit you were wearing when you went to see the art exhibition too, that's something I want to do more of in 2017 as there are lots of installations I always see on the internet and the miss in real life! Love the mug and crow you got sent, and that mushroom fabric is gorgeous! - Tasha

  2. Thanks for sharing all these wonderful things! I'm especially taken with the mushroom fabric - now I'll have to go and search for something similar myself. And I hope you don't mind me saying but you look really, really well and pretty in the art gallery picture.

  3. So many wonderful things for you this month! I'm glad!
    Baba Yaga is wonderful, so down to earth. I love the painting you did of her house. xx

  4. I'm so behind on my blog reading I've only just seen this but you're welcome my lovely and such a cool name for the raven. Looks like you had a pretty good october x