Friday, September 29, 2017

Autumnal Thrift Haul

The seasons definitely affect my shopping habits, so it's no surprise that my recent thrift finds have all been rather autumnal.

Friday, September 22, 2017


 Sunflowers seem to be everywhere I go recently. I have seen them in the expected places, the Botanic Garden and the city farm allotments, but also in the most unexpected places. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Magic Of Glastonbury

Glastonbury is a place I had felt a pull to visit for a long time. With its associations with King Arthur, Paganism, witchcraft and all things mystical and magical, it seemed like it would be my dream place, and I had vague memories of its magic from visiting as a child. But it was also somewhere I was avoiding, worried I had built it up too much in a combination of imagination and memory, and that in reality it would be just a tacky tourist cliche.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Bee Festival Haul

I recently visited the Bee Festival, which had stalls with lots of bee and pollination related things for sale. I thought it would be interesting to do a little haul of what I bought there. Everything available there was very ethical, and most of it was locally grown or produced, so it was exactly the kind of thing I like to support.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Bee Festival

At the beginning of September I went to the Bee and Pollination Festival at the Botanic Garden, an event I had been VERY EXCITED about for a long time! I'm fascinated by pollinators such as bees, butterflies, bats and moths, and I love honey, so I was really looking forward to reveling in all these for a day.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Summer Thrifting

I did A LOT of thrifting this summer...probably too much, if my bank balance is anything to go by. But I did get some lovely things, so here is a round up of them all! To start off, I picked up this gorgeous leaf necklace, which I think looks very elven. It's a beautiful necklace but also makes a good circlet on my head.

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Magical Meanderings

This summer I went on one of the most magical, breathtaking walks I have ever been on. It started in a beautiful meadow, filled with wildflowers. Perched on the thistles were clouds of six-spot burnet moths, their black and red colouring contrasting beautifully with the soft mauve of the thistles.  White butterflies flitted above the grass.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Summer Blaise

Back in early summer I went to the Blaise Castle Estate, the former grounds of a mansion house which is now a public space. In addition to some naturally occurring features, the parkland was landscaped to provide interest on carriage rides, and the result is a place which looks like it is straight out of a fairy tale. The combination of whimsical features and beautiful nature is perfect for me.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Iridescent Mermaid Garland

After making my white paper gem garland I still had a little bit of the shimmery white wrapping paper I used left, so I decided to make a mermaid themed garland to use it up. I used real scallop shells as a template, then I cut out three bigger shell shapes and two smaller ones.