Saturday, 30 June 2012

396 - Last Look Back June

For my Smashbook look back this time I have two pages plus I did a nice little cover for the first page to make it look pretty.

So first we have my front page.

Smashbook look back June

Smashbook look back June

Next up we have a page for the sponsored skate that the awesome FVRG ladies and gents did.

Smashbook look back June

Smashbook look back June

And lastly a page to celebrate last week, which involved Blink 182, crochet lessons and derby love.

Smashbook look back June

Smashbook look back June

Friday, 29 June 2012

395 - Friday Favs Top 10

First of all let me say that I hurt my ankle last week after skating. After hoping it would get better on its own, I went to the hospital and it turns out I've got an inflamed tendon. Unfortunately that means I can't skate tomorrow. I'm beyond upset, but at least I can still go along, cheer my ass off and then win the after party.

Oh wow this crochet is amazing.

Lovely outdoor bunk bed!

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I love this Christmas card. So simple and so cute.

I love this idea. I can only imagine how nice it would look if you got some sexy fabric.

All the Johhny Depps.

Such cute little felt ghosts.

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I love this colour, and the nail art.

Cute black gloves.

This is so cute! Especially with the little banana.

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Frankenstein pouch. Amazing.

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Thursday, 28 June 2012

394 - Summer Shovin'

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On Saturday Fierce Valley Roller Girls will be holding their first ever intra-league bout. Basically we're playing against ourselves! The bout is Grease themed so we're the T-Stop Birds and the Rink Ladies.

I'm on the T-Stop birds team and I'm very excited! This will be my third bout this year! I can't believe it! I didn't think I'd ever make it to bouting in public, let alone bouting in three before July is even upon us!

Of course there should be loads of awesome photos (hopefully ha ha) after the event that I can share! I'm very excited. Even more excited for the afterparty. There will be derby love all round no matter who wins!

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

393 - Crochet lessons

So for my birthday Donald's mum and sister bought me a crochet lesson at The Bead Shop Scotland. Crochet is something I very much want to be able to do, but for some reason seems to make my brain melt.

The lesson was in their Haddington shop, so Donald drove me through and we had a nice Greggs lunch in the car. I did have a mini freak out prior to the lesson where I was convinced I was going to look like an idiot and people were going to laugh at me, but eventually plucked up the courage to go in.

The lessons took place in a cute little flat above the actual shop, in a room that I can only describe as my dream craft room! It was so lovely. I was joined by three other ladies on our crochet adventure.

The class was taken by Jo Lochhead, and showed us how to do a chain stitch, a slip stitch, double and treble crochet. I have to say, I was a little confused by the name to start with because I started learning online using American lessons. Why are the names different?!? That's just crazy!

To start with we were given a little fact sheet with all the notes we would need for the lesson on it and a nice chunky crochet hook which we got to keep at the end!

Crochet class

We used really thick wool so we could see what we were doing, and practised rows of all the stitches! We also had a crack at starting a granny square!

Crochet progress

The green row is the chain, the red row is double crochet into the chain (the hardest part!), the first bit of pink is double crochet on it's own and then the bigger part of pink is triple crochet!

I have to say the two hours just flew by, and I felt like I had learnt so much. I guess having that little bit of time with someone talking you through each stage and telling you where you're going wrong is just what you need when you're stuck! The triple crochet looked so scary to start with, now I can do it like nobodies business!

If you take a class you get 10% off anything you buy at the shop on the same day, and as I had £20 of vouchers to spend (also from Donald's family), I was right down to the shop on my way out to spend my monies.

Crochet and knitting goodies

I got two lovely books, some of the chunky yarn we had been using earlier and some pom pom makers just because I liked the idea of them.

I'm very keen to go on my online crochet lessons now because I feel like I can handle it! I just need to not get my names mixed up. Last night I even had a crack at my Cath Kidston crochet kit and check it out!

Holy cow batman! It's a granny square!

That my friends is the beginning of a granny square! I'm so happy. I stopped because the next two rounds are all double crochet going into like all the holes along the edges and I got a bit confused, but I plan to tackle it again when I next have a free night.

So all in all it was an awesome birthday present and I feel a lot more confident in my ability than I did before. I also know I can fix mistakes a lot easier in crochet than I ever seem to be able to in knitting AND it's a lot hard to drop/pick up stitch. PHEW!

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

392 - Bake Once a Month June

So after the awful experience that was my brownies last month, this month I decided to make M&M cookies, which I found on A Spoonful of Sugar.

I forgot how I found this blog, but I have to say, I totally love it. It always has lovely things on it. When I saw these cookies had condensed milk in them, I knew I had to give them a go.

June baking

June baking

I have to say, the cookie dough tasted amazing, and I probably ate more of it than I should. I had to use full size M&M's instead of mini ones because we don't get mini ones in the UK (well not in my Asda anyway). The batter made 3 batches of cookies, the last of which were a little browner than the others due to my forgetting to set the oven timer.

They tasted yummy, though I think I could have got them a bit thinner perhaps. Still lovely!

Monday, 25 June 2012

391 - Mood Board Monday 4

Outdoor living

Outdoor living.

The summer is leaving a lot to be desired. I wish I could run off in a caravan with a tent for the summer (if the sun will join me that is.)

Sunday, 24 June 2012

390 - Sunday Snaps

Before I start Sunday Snaps this week, why not check out this post on the blog Musha-Moi as it features little old me! Nice to see I'm not the only person obsessed with red hair!

Nom Nom Nom.
Ridic yummy dinner from last Sunday. So fattening.

All my stamper pads and stamps nicely organised!

Vice captain at scrims. Woo!
Vice captain at scrims on Tuesday! Woo!

Guess who? :)
All-American Rejects! AMAZING.

Blink so close.
Blink 182 come out into the crowd for acoustic set.

Ugh, running in the rain sucks.

Zombie Ariel
Zombie Ariel in progress.

Saturday, 23 June 2012

389 - Sketchy Saturday 2

For my second sketchy Saturday, I decided to draw the Little Mermaid as a zombie (combining two of my favourite things).


This is the original picture.

It was quite hard to try and fit everything in because it's quite busy, but I'm really happy it turned out quite well.

Friday, 22 June 2012

388 - Friday Favs Top 10

Amazing recipe handbag.

Cute perler bead camera.

Carved Star Wars crayons.

Cute Little Red Riding Hood plush.

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Amazing gothic style Batman drawings.

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Huge cross stitch!

Lovely grey cupcakes. So cute.

Lovely ship skirt.

Ermm, best idea ever! NOM!

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I think I need this on my wall.

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Thursday, 21 June 2012

387 - An apple a day.

Since it's nearing the end of school term over here, I've been seeing a lot of lovely apple themed crafts going around designed for kids to give to teachers. While obviously none of these gifts are aimed at me, I find them ridiculously cute, so I thought I would share some of my favourite (though some of them are just apple awesome and probably not something a child should give (see rotten apple embroidery pattern ha ha!).

How cute is that little apple button?!

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Source: via Kim on Pinterest