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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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An Announcement!

You guys, I have some exciting news! I’ve been doing a lot of sewing, and in mid May I plan to open an Etsy shop! I have been collecting second-hand and vintage fabric and sewing it up into these cute little elasticated waist skirts. I’ll be selling mini, midi and maxi varieties! The skirt above was the first one I made, and I just love the sixties fabric. It’s been so much fun having a big project like this to work on, and although I don’t expect to be making a living wage from selling on Etsy, it feels so good to be taking my employment into my own hands to some extent.

My yellow sewing machine makes sewing a lot more fun!

My fabric stash is getting a little out of control…

Just some of the beautiful fabrics that I’ve picked up this month

I have to say, it’s handy having an excuse to browse car boot sales and charity shops weekly, and I’m definitely getting to know my sewing machine a lot better (and it’s limitations – I wish it let me adjust the width of my stitches.) I’ll keep you updated with my progress, and when I expect to open. Wish me luck!

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February Goals

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This month has come too quickly. I don’t feel ready for January to be over! This month will be the last of my short internship in York, which is sad. It has been so nice living in York again, and living with James especially. Most likely, I will move back in with my parents in March. I love my childhood home and being close to my family (and my beautiful bunny) but James and the rest of my friends are so far away from Leicestershire! That leads me to my first February goal…

1. I want to make the most of this month! It’s a gloomy time of year but I’m determined to go on a day trip, do a lot of vegan baking, take a lot of baths and sew myself a couple of skirts as well as hang out with the lovely people around me whilst I’m in York.

2. My second goal is to have a go at lifestyle photography. I enjoy taking photos for the blog and taking photos on holiday but I don’t have any photographs of everyday life. It’s just not something I ever think to photograph, and it’s harder than taking photos of the things I make! It would be lovely to end this month with a handful of personal images to go into that album I’ve been meaning to make…

I’ve been a little unsure about my “monthly goals” blog posts of late. I love reading other people’s and recapping on what I’ve done each month makes me more productive. As Socrates would say, the unexamined life isn’t worth living! However, not all of my goals fit within a monthly time-scale or are completely under my control (“get a good job” and “get into a masters course” have been monthly goals for a while now…) and I don’t want to set myself up for failure or start creating goals just for the sake of it. That said, I think my current goals are positive and achievable and I’m excited to get stuck into February! I have been busy organising my first blog giveaway, and I think you’re going to love it!

Have you got any February goals?