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April In Review

Mum and I have been gardening this month. We’ve planted hanging baskets (with the assistance of my very knowledgable Nana) and some pretty colourful potted plants (on a bench in the garden so that Archie can’t eat them!) I’ve also planted a bed of bee-friendly wildflowers, and some tomatoes, strawberries and scotch bonnets. I’ve not been very good at gardening in the past, so fingers crossed I’m more succesful this time!

James has visited a lot this month (yay!) This is him helping me make cupcakes. We’ve also been on a day out to Birmingham, gone on a lot of walks and watched a lot of Buffy (only one more season to go! Season 6 was my favourite so far.)

Asides from my birthday, blossoms must be the best thing about April. I’m lucky that my street is filled with blossom trees!

This is me looking groovy in my daytime birthday outfit 🙂

April has been a really fun blogging month! I’ve worn these funky Lavish Alice dungarees, some printed trousers from People Tree, and a vintage jumpsuit in Sorrento. I’ve shared my travel photos from Italy, an interview with Oh Dear Drea (one of my all time favourite bloggers!) and this tasty cupcake recipe. Archie made an appearance as the Easter Bunny, I did my first ever wishlist post, shared some photos my friend Joe took of me and last but not least announced that I will be opening an etsy shop! Phew.

If you hadn’t already gathered, yesterday was my birthday. I love birthdays, and I had a lovely relaxed day staying in my pyjamas until noon, eating blueberry waffles, drinking sangria and eating out with James and my family in the evening. I’m really looking forward to travelling to the Peak District with my friends this weekend. We will be staying in a camping barn again, just like we did for my last birthday!

My last piece of news is that Archie did not enjoy his bunny date, so we didn’t bring a new bunny home. The stress of travelling to the RSPCA actually made him quite ill (maybe he thought we were going to leave him there?) But you’ll be pleased to know he’s feeling better now. Although I feel bad for making him worry, it’s good to know that he’s happy being a bachelor bunny, and that his human family is company enough!

Here’s to a succesful May! What have you been up to this month? 🙂

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The Easter Bunny

Happy Easter from me and the Easter Bunny! I hope you’re having a wonderful long weekend filled with family, hot cross buns, chocolate and easter egg hunts. I loved taking these photos of Archie, although he is not the most cooperative model. In most of my photos he’s licking the camera lens! I’m very excited because Archie has a date with a lady bunny from the RSPCA this week. Fingers crossed they like each other, and we can bring her home! I haven’t posted on here for 5 days and although it doesn’t sound very long, it feels like I’ve been away for a long time. I have lots planned for the blog next week though, so stay tuned 🙂

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A Day In The Life Of Archie

Hi everyone, it’s Archie the bunny here. Since I am clearly the best thing about this blog, I thought it was about time there was a post dedicated to me! If you don’t enjoy pictures of bunny rabbits, look away now! For all you nosy readers, here’s a peek into my world 🙂

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I spend the night-time snoozing away in this comfy hutch, which is in my shed in the garden. When my lazy humans finally wake up they open the shed door and I bound out, excited to explore the garden again!

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I like to spend a little time every day hiding under bushes and spying on the birds. It’s my garden and I like to make sure they’re not messing it up when my back’s turned.

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I then go for a spot of lunch. Yum, I love grass!

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Sometimes these big noisy metal things drive down the road. This scares me, so I listen out for danger and thump my foot to warn the humans!

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I love being in the house but those silly humans say things like “stay outside and eat some grass, it’ll be good for you.” Phh, what do they know. I spend a lot of my time running up to the door hopefully.

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It’s okay though, because if I look sad someone will take pity on me and stroke me between the ears. I like to stick my bum in the air when I’m being stroked, it’s like bunny yoga.

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At last, an open door! I’d better make a run for it before someone sees me sneaking in!

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In the evening someone will feed me parsley. I have a parsley obsession right now – there’s no such thing as too much parsley!

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All that eating was tiring, it’s time for a nap I think.

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Now I’m rested I can go exploring! Eating cables and bouncing on beds are my favourite things to do.

Jessthetics / A day in the life of ArchieJust as I’m waking up, someone tells me it’s time for bed! After a couple of cuddles I’m feeling rather snoozy again. Night night everyone!

And thank you Ralphie for the inspiration. You are a handsome bunny,   I think we would be friends.

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Lavender Bunnies

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Last Christmas (all the way back in 2012!) James bought me this book on vintage inspired handmade gifts. It’s so beautiful, it sits on my windowsill next to my Rookie yearbook, and my Tea Party book. Books with big pictures are my favourite. Anyway, I spent last christmas writing essays and I promised my mum that when I graduated we would make the lavender bunnies in my book as gifts. And we did! I know some of my friends and family read my blog, so I didn’t want to write about these before Christmas – I wanted the bunnies to be a surprise. I’m so pleased with how they turned out. They’re not symmetrical but I think they’re cute. The fabric I chose frayed like crazy but once we figured out how to work with it they were super fun to make 🙂

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You will need: Fabric (I used 3/4s of a meter of vintage plaid fabric from ebay), greaseproof paper, pencil, fabric scissors, lavender (you can buy dried lavender online), polyester stuffing, needle and thread, embroidery floss, embroidery needle, ribbon, small pom poms, sewing machine (optional)

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We traced the bunny shape onto greaseproof paper (remembering to leave an inch for the seam) cut it out, pinned it onto the fabric, and cut out 24 bunny shapes I pinned two sides of the bunny together and sewed around the edges, leaving one side of the head unstitched We snipped into the corners of the bunny and pushed the fabric through the hole so that the bunny was the right way around I stuffed the bunnies, alternating between polyester stuffing and lavender

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I hand sewed the stuffing hole closed We hand sewed on the pom poms as tails, tied the ribbon around their necks and embroidered eyes noses and mouths using the embroidery floss.

I rarely craft with others, so it was really fun to make bunnies with my mum – especially since they were completed twice as fast! They’re one of my favourite things I’ve ever made, I hope they enjoy their new homes.

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Archie Embroidery

It was my Dad’s birthday at the start of the month, and he is so difficult to buy for. Instead of buying him something he doesn’t want or need, I decided to stitch a picture of our bunny Archie for him. It was a time-consuming project but not a difficult one. If you like the idea you could follow these steps to make an embroidered picture of anything – but pictures of pets are the best!

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I looked for some embroidery inspiration online and most patterns used solid stitching for the whole picture. I prefer embroidery that looks more like a drawing than a painting (if that makes sense!), so I stitched most of Archie using the spaced out stitches that you can see. I think it makes him look fluffy, and this method is much quicker! I just did some occasional solid stitching to emphasise his features.

You will need:
Linen
Embroidery Hoop
Embroidery Needle
Embroidery Floss ( I used black, white, light grey, dark grey, light orange and dark orange. It’s nice to have some different shades of the same colour.)
Scissors
Paper
Pencil

Step 1: Sketch out your design onto paper. Then put your linen in the embroidery hoop and pull tight (if you’re new to embroidery, check out these embroidery basics by Wild Olive for help!) Transfer your pattern onto the linen.

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Step 2: Start filling in the pattern using these randomly spaced stitches. I made sure my stitches went in the same direction as Archie’s fur. I overlapped the colours a little and made sure the stitches were shorter where his fur is shorter.

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Step 3: Fill in prominent features with solid stitching! Archie’s eye, nose, the inside of his ears, and his tail are all filled in with solid stitching. I also stitched a line around his four feet, his ears and his nose for emphasis.

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Step 4: Add some tone! At this point, I used my dark grey and dark orange floss to bring the picture alive. Right at the end, I also stitched his whiskers.

Step 5: Cut the linen an inch or two away from the embroidery hoop, and glue to the back of the hoop (I used my glue gun for this.) This way, the embroidery hoop becomes the frame for the picture.

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What do you think? Have you ever stitched a picture?

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What I Wore: As If!

As soon as I saw this dress I thought of the 90s, and more specifically, Clueless! Congratulations if you picked up on the Clueless phrase in the title. It’s one of my favourite films,and the wardrobe is incredible! If I ever see a plaid yellow skirt suit, I will absolutely be buying it. I still want a computer to help me pick out what to wear in the mornings like Cher’s. I found this dress on sale for £1 and me and Chelsea liked it so much we bought one each. My makeup today is Buffy inspired (another 90s classic.) I hope you like bunnies because there’s a lot of Archie photo bombing in this post.

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I’ve had these boots for a couple of years, and they’re the perfect everyday heel height! Too bad they’re suede, and suede and rain don’t go together, so I haven’t been able to wear them much of late.

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Outfit Details: Dress, New but unlabeled / Boots, Vintage

I hope your week’s off to a good start 🙂

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What I Wore: Pastels and Purple

I have had this dress for a while. I love the long slit down the side and I think the pastel patterns is kind of unusual, but it feels too dressy for every day, so I’ve been wearing it with this t-shirt over the top! I’m also still wearing my new Kate Moss Rimmel purple lipstick, although food and this lipstick do not go well together. I have a feeling my purple / dark red lipstick collection might grow over the next few months – I love wearing a super dark lipstick with an otherwise quite girly outfit.

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Outfit details: Dress (worn as skirt), Topshop / T-Shirt, H&M / Shoes, Ebay / Necklace, / Earrings, Urban Outfitters

I couldn’t help but include this photos of Archie. It’s a special day when he stays still for long enough to have his photo taken. Hanging out with this bunny is one of the best parts of my day ❤

I hope your week is off to a good start!

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What I Wore: High Waisted

Hello everyone! This pink blouse is another one of my bargain finds from Ark Vintage. (I’ve written about another find here.) I love it, it goes with everything! There are no labels in it, and I have a feeling it is homemade. I love the idea that I’m wearing something which has been lovingly sewn from scratch. This outfit is quite simple, but sometimes simple is the best! My shoes are from Everything5pounds and my high waisted jeans are from Next.

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Here’s a closer look at my rings. The green one belonged to my Grandma, the pink one is from H&M and the plain silver ones are from Topshop. I love wearing lots of rings. When it comes to ring wearing, Phoebe from friends is my hero. I’m not quite there yet, but hopefully I will have a ring collection to rival hers someday. Here she is in all her 90s glory,

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Phoebe’s style is the best!

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Look at that bunny blur trying to sneak his way into my outfit photos! Archie doesn’t like it when I’m not paying him my full attention, so he spends him time running around my feet and trying to knock my tripod over. He’s not very helpful but he’s so cute. I miss him so much when I’m at uni.

I hope you’re having a lovely week.