My Favourite 5 for November: Margaritas, Origami & Christmas Fun

November has whizzed by in a whirl of birthday celebrations and Christmas prep. I can’t believe Christmas is less than a month away! We are really looking forward to getting our tree up (well the girls and I are. Ryan, not so much.)

A date Night for my birthday

Ryan and I went to the cinema to see  Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which we really enjoyed. We went to the posh Gallery section, which has a bar and extra comfy seats. You also get nachos, popcorn and soft drinks included in the ticket price. I don’t want to go back to the normal cinema experience after that though!Margarita cocktail in black and white

A 40th Birthday Costume Party

My friend’s husband had an excellent 40th birthday party, in a  marquee in their garden. As he was born in the 1970s, that was the costume theme and we had great fun coming up with our costumes. Ryan constructed a huge cardboard space shuttle.  We then had to deconstruct it to get into the car…

I went for a Clockwork Orange inspired costume, which is a nice easy one, if you are looking for a Halloween costume next year! I found a tutorial for the make-up, but essentially it’s just loads of eyeliner and false eyelashes. They feel quite weird but you get used to it!

My finished #droog look. I even make my own glass of ‘milk’ by spray painting a glass. #aclockworkorange #clockworkorange

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The Handmade Fair 2016

REVIEW: The Handmade Fair, A Craft Addict’s Dream

I am still recovering from an amazing day at The Handmade Fair at the weekend. I’d been looking forward to it for ages, and took my sister along with me*, along with two friends. If you’ve read my review of last year’s event, you’ll know I absolutely loved it. And this year was just as good, although the weather wasn’t as sunny. I think this gorgeous pink craft bus made up for that though; it belongs to Miss Libby Rose, who was running mini sewing workshops. Miss Libby Rose Bus At The Handmade Fair

There was a huge variety of workshops on offer  – whatever you’re in to, you’ll find something to interest you.

It’s a great, low-risk way to try something new, without having to invest in all the kit. I tried needle felting at the Christmas version last year and didn’t really like the feel of it. I’m really glad I found that out without having bought all the materials!

The instructors are all experts and they demonstrate the make, and walk you through the steps to make sure you don’t get left behind. It really is suitable even if you’re a craft novice. You come away with something that you have made, which is  such a great feeling.

This year, I decided to go for a painting theme with my sessions. I’ve always loved painting but haven’t done any for years (apart from walls, of course!) so I was super excited to get the brushes out and get stuck in.

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Will You Be Joining Me at The Handmade Fair?

My name is Becky and I am a craft addict. I can’t help myself. I am definitely a ‘dabbler’ so going to events like Kirstie Allsopp’s The Handmade Fair are right up my street. Last year I had an absolute ball and you can read all about it on my blog post.

This year, The Handmade Fair takes place over the weekend of the 16th to the 18th of September, on The Green at Hampton Court Palace in London. I’m going along and hope to see you there!
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My Favourite 5 For June: Flamingos, Camping & Colouring

June has been a really busy month for us, with a camping trip over half term, a wedding anniversary, Father’s Day, Blogtacular, and Ava’s Sports Day. With only a few weeks left at school, I am frantically trying to fit in as much work as I can, so I can have the six weeks off with the the girls.

Flamingo Vans

I’ve wanted them for ages, and finally the Asher Flamingo Vans are mine. The only problem is I can barely wear them as I don’t want them to get ruined in this awful incessant rain. Flamingo Vans

Scandia by Zeena Shah

I recently rediscovered my 6th Form yearbook, and the caption by my name is something along the lines of ‘Never happier than when she has a fistful of colouring pencils.’ I did Art, Geography, and English Literature A-Levels, so I did a LOT of colouring in! One of my best friends got me a signed copy of this beautiful adult colouring book, by the delightful Zeena Shah. I treated myself to some new colouring pencils, and just need to find the time to get stuck in now. Scandia, an adult colouring book by Zeena Shah

Half Term Camping

We spent the coldest week that I can remember on the Suffolk coast, in my dad’s camper van (or the Gampavan, as Thea christened it).

Ava and Thea in their bunk beds in the Gampavan

They were so excited about their bunkbeds, but did go to sleep…. eventually, after a ‘goodnight handshake’.

We had a great time overall, but the weather was absolutely dreadful, and that did spoil it a bit for me, I must admit. We stayed at Haw Wood Farm  campsite, and it was brilliant – I’ll review it properly soon but if you’re looking for somewhere to stay with great facilities for kids, near lovely coastal towns, it’s a great place to go. We spent a lot of time on the beach at Southwold and Walberswick, and finally got a sunny day on the last day.

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Balloons at the Berylune Craft Party

My Fun Night at Berylune’s Craft Party

I love crafts and have so many on the go. I am a ‘dabbler’ and want to try everything I can. So I booked myself, my friend Becky, and my sister Debbie on to Berylune’s Craft Party in Leamington Spa. We wanted to go last year, but couldn’t make it, so I was really excited, even though I had no idea what to expect. All I knew was there was craft, a bar and a raffle. And quite frankly, that is enough for me.

Balloons at the Berylune Craft PartyThere was a big room downstairs, with a small pop up version of the Berylune shop, which is one of my favourites. There was indeed a bar, and a few craft areas where you could make pompoms and fold your own envelopes out of pretty paper. We went upstairs to a larger room, which had all of the other crafts, and a rather amazing selection of raffle prizes. Raffle prizes at the Berylune Craft PartyAfter winning a great prize a few weeks ago, I thought I had better cash in on my winning streak, so bought five tickets. There was also an area for funny photos:Larking about at the Berylune Craft PartyThen we got stuck into the serious business of crafting. Here’s what I made, read on for more details!

My makes from the Berylune Craft Party

A monochrome mug, faux leather purse, brooch, necklace and stamp picture.

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