Wednesday, 29 February 2012

On my style

I'll start by saying this is not an outfit post!

I wouldn't say I'm a stylish person, or that I have a strong personal style.  I have things I like and don't like, and I can definitely point out specific people who's style I admire; so why can't I seem to pull it together?

Maybe I'm lazy (this is true), or maybe I'm just overwhelmed by choice.  This is why I'm trying to hone in on my personal style by blogging about it, and make changes to my wardrobe which will allow me to dress in a way I'm really proud of and comfortable in.
To do this I will need to get rid of a lot of what I already own in order to de-clutter and de-confuse (not a word, I know) my choices.  The only thing is, I'm not very good at saying goodbye to the pieces in my wardrobe that may be shabby but really comfy, and more often than not I end up wearing things because they're comfortable and not because they look good - lesson number one, stop this!

For now though I'll have to take one step at a time and keep making mistakes - that's how you learn right?

- Lois x

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

It's the little things...

Like having a snuggle-pug as company when trying to tackle your to-do list.  It helps, it definitely does.

Monday, 27 February 2012

The Good Machinery

Maybe it's the mix of pink and silver, but there's definitely something about this shop that makes me want to paint inanimate objects.

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Sheffield Vintage & Craft Fair

Earlier this month I went along to a vintage and craft fair I'd seen advertised in Sheffield.  I'd seen this particular venue advertise V+C fairs a few times, but due to various circumstances I could never make it.  This time though I had a weekend free so made sure I got myself down there, and am I glad I did!

I found so many amazing things, I just had to get my phone out and take many many pictures... Yeah, I forgot my camera again!

There was a good mix of vintage and handmade - I did really well not to come away with a million things I didn't really need.  I got talking to some stall holders too, and picked up a few business cards.  I'll blog separately about some of the awesome stalls I saw there, otherwise this post could end up waaaay too long.

All in all I came away feeling really inspired and motivated to get going with my own potential stall.  Since then I've been busy extending my inventory, thinking up packaging and display ideas, and making making making!
Who knows, maybe next I'm I go there will be with stall of my own.

- Lois x

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Addicted to yarn

I absolutely love yarn shopping.  I go in to buy one thing and always end up coming out with bags full of yarn for nothing in particular.  Because of this I have soooo much yarn lying around the flat and I'm running out of places to stash it!  Time for a marathon crochet session me thinks!

Do you have any weaknesses for craft products?  Do share.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Tuesday's Tune: Lianne La Havas

I've been loving this song for a number of weeks now on the radio. When it's not been blaring out of BBC Radio 6 I've had it on repeat through YouTube. I just love everything about it. My Dad very kindly sent me her EP for my birthday, and I must say she's fast becoming a favourite of mine! I hope you like this too. Happy Tuesday! - Lois x

Monday, 20 February 2012

Origami: kitten

I love origami.  It's one of the crafts I practice more regularly, and I've been doing it a lot lately.  I'm a fan of Japanese crafts in general, and I love some of the beautiful papers you can buy.  So you can imagine my glee when I came across this pattern on How About Orange.  I'm definitely going to give it a go.  You should too.

- Lois x

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Getting to know you

I am so pleased to say that I have gained a number of blog followers this past week! *big smiles*  So I thought it appropriate to share a little something about myself.  WARNING - silly post.

1. My absolute favourite food is Dim Sum (Chinese dumplings) - in all forms.
2. I dream about having an Alpaca farm when I'm older.
3. One of my guilty pleasures is reality TV.  Currently I'm loving "Take Me Out" - a British dating show.  Pure cheese on toast!
4. I'm allergic to kiwi fruit.
5. I've only ever broken one bone - my rib.
6. I dream every night, and sometimes if I'm lucky I'll have a lucid dream!
7. I worked in a frozen meat factory for one day.
8. I have a really bad habit of chewing my mouth.  I've tried to stop, but don't even know I'm doing it half the time!  Annoying.
9. I'm scared of clowns.
10. I went to Japan when I was 21.  To this day it is the most amazing place I've ever been to.

Thanks to all of you who have stopped by my little blog recently, and to those of you who have made comments - big smiles all round.  I always like to check out your blogs too, so don't forget to leave a link.

- Lois x

Monday, 13 February 2012

LOVE day

Yes, tomorrow we celebrate all things lovely with love.  I must say, I love valentines day!  Even when I was single I loved valentines, but now (with the risk of sounding smug) I have the most wonderful manfriend a lady could ask for, I love it even more!

In celebration of St. Valentine here is my list of favourite V-related stuff from around the web...

This DIY garland found here.

Love matches found here.

 Valentines card found here.

Love cookies found here.

Chalk heart found here.

So there you go peeps, my list of Valentine lovelies.  How will you be spending your valentines? I think it's fun to spoil yourself, or someone else, even if it's with something small but thoughtful.  Chocolate is always a good one.

- Lois x

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Birthday magic

(all pictures from my Instagram)

I may not have had the best birthday ever (I went to a funeral), however my amazing manfriend has given me the best birthday present ever!! - yes two exclamation marks.  Later on this year, when the weather has picked up a bit, we will be taken on a ride in a hot air balloon!  I actually cried when I opened up this surprise.  I'm so excited.

Best boyfriend ever - right?

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Solar System

I was just doing the rounds, you know catching up on my blog reading list, when I came across this totally charming planet mobile crafted up by Andrew + Carissa.  Lovely isn't it?

I've been crafting like crazy these past couple of days.  I'm feeling really inspired at the moment so I'm trying to make the best of it while it lasts!  I'll share pictures soon.

- Lois x

Monday, 6 February 2012

27 before 28 recap

Last year on my birthday I took inspiration from this post and made myself a list of things to accomplish before my next birthday.  Here it is:

I actually managed to complete more than I thought I would (see what great faith I have in myself) and think it's a great way of acheiving things you wouldn't usually set out to do.

Through making this list I have definitely done more, tried new things and been places I probably wouldn't have made the effort to otherwise.  I shall continue this tradtion until I have done everything I ever wanted to!

I shall post my new list soon... stay tuned. 

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Happy Birthday Mandems

It's my good friend Amanda's birthday today, hooray!  She's my birthday buddy.  We Aquarians have to stick together you know?

Saturday, 4 February 2012

What my day looked like

Heeeeeey!  How's your day been?  I've had a pretty fun/productive Saturday.  Yes for once I managed to strike the perfect balance of getting things done as well as enjoying some 'me' time.

I got my hair done, went to a craft and vintage fair (more of which to follow) and tidied up the flat in preparation for our friends Will + Hannah coming over for some tea and a cinema trip.

Oh yeah and it snowed.  Excitement!

- Lois x

Wednesday, 1 February 2012


Thanks to a lovely (and perceptive) blog reader, I have now updated my Bloglovin link.  I hadn't realised, but the link to the right directed you to my old Blog... oopsie.

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