A Wonderful Weekend

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What a beautiful weekend it has been.

I have been meaning to post for the last few days, I made a promise to myself that I would be more proactive with this blog and post frequently so I will endeavour to do better 🙂

Anyway, this weekend has been full of fun things to share, on Saturday morning I went shopping to an amazing place called Abakhan which is a craft outlet type place selling craft bits and a huge range of fabric! The reason for the visit is pretty basic really but Alan gets cold when sleeping so he asked me to make him a fleece lined patchwork quilt for Christmas. We do have one which I made maybe 5 years ago, but it was made for my single bed at uni so I need to make one that is quite a bit bigger.

So I came up with a a design, I will probably regret it later when I actually try and actually put it all together but we shall see. I then tried to do some maths to work out how much of each fabric I would need….this went really really wrong and trying to work in both inches and centimetres was an error. So Mum to the rescue!! Before we left she sat and helped me work out what I needed with assistance from my Dad as well 🙂

We went and found all the fabric I needed and a few other things to help me in the making process of the quilt so I am excited to get started, here is the pattern I am trying to work to…

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We will see if I can get it looking anything close to this.

I also saw my parents dog Alfie and caught a video of him going mental when looking round an empty property at my Dads work. Love this little guy, he is full of beans and an intelligent and loving dog!

Alan did have an issue with his car at one point so I headed to meet him at my parents which is halfway between his work and home so we could sort it out and I have to say the weather was cold but beautiful, the sky was stunning…

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On Sunday, it was such a lovely chilled out day. Alan works half of Saturday and at the moment that means he gets home at like 3 maybe 4 in the afternoon so Sunday is the only day he is home for the whole day! I now love Sunday’s more than ever! After a lie in and curling up watching a movie together we popped out to do a little bit of shopping and then headed out for a lovely meal.

We have been married nearly 3 months now and it’s the first meal out or proper date night since our Honeymoon really so I made a bit of an effort and actually bothered putting makeup on! Big deal I know 🙂

As you can see he loves having his picture taken 🙂 Our weird face pictures are always my favourite 🙂

We went out to The Corn Mill restaurant in Llangollen which my parents have enjoyed on multiple occasions.

The food was AMAZING and the chocolate brownie in particular was just awesome. It’s a lovely quirky restaurant in an old mill and right on the river so in the summer you can sit outside next to the river and the views are stunning.

The staff were friendly and efficient, the menu was varied with a great option to suit everyone. The price was pretty good as well. For the 2 of us, we had 3 courses and a drink for £60, personally for the food we had it was great value!

We were going to head to the cinema after dinner to watch Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them but it was a bit late and with a 6am start in the morning for Alan and 9pm movie was a bad idea. Hopefully we will be able to see it next weekend or during the week…..that is if Alan gets home before 8pm one night this week….

Personally it was just a lovely chilled weekend with my parents and my husband and it was a nice way to spend my time. Though I wish for there to be more Sundays in a week!

This week I will be working on a few freelancing projects (I hope) and some Christmas craft ones too which I will share with you 🙂

 

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Hobby Craft Haul

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Any man with a creative wife, girlfriend or sister will see this sign and be instantly filled with fear! But for all those wives, girlfriends and sisters out there who have a creative side, this sign is one of pure joy, excitement and money spending ways!

I was wise, and I would advise all other female creatives to do the same when visiting a store such as this, ensure you have an agreed upon budget that you must try your very hardest to stick to. This way you may be trusted to enter alone and then you may browse to your hearts content.

I have recently, well not that recently anymore, stopped working full time and moved into the world of freelance, which is good, hard but good. It has been great to work with such a variety of people on a range of projects from logo design to book layout. However, it can be a little hard forcing yourself to sit in front of a computer and be creative all the time. So I decided, as it is coming up to Christmas that I would set myself up with a few different creative projects that I can work on as well as the freelancing.

I am so very lucky to have a Husband, however new he may be, that is in a fantastic job he loves and that pays well enough that I don’t have to work full time. This have given me the chance to be creative on my own stuff; photography, illustrations, baking, crafts, anything really with bits of freelance work when I can get it.

Anyway, back to my Hobby Craft Haul. So I was allowed out to my nearest Hobby Craft today whilst Alan was at work. Dangerous move, but he has not realised just yet. I went with a few ideas in mind of what I wanted to kit myself out for. Most ideas, like many creatives today came from Pinterest, love this site but can be a tad dangerous 🙂

So here is what I came home with;20161123_125735

I came away with.

Mini Jars                                                                 Ice cream tubs

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Alphabet Stamps                                                 Multi Coloured Ink Pad

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Stripy Ribbon                                                        Circle Paper Punch

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Christmas Stamps                                               Christmas Tags

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Fine Detail Pen                                                      Metal Ruler

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4 Small Square Canvas                                       Square and C6 cards and envelops

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Mini Storage Boxes              Mini Glue Gun

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Jars

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And BUTTONS!!!!

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I love buttons, so many colours…….love it.

I think this is an impressive collection of bits with lots of potential and gift bits that I can put together ready for Christmas!

Over the next little while I will be making different goodies and will make sure I share them. A shop like this is great for getting your hands all not only the essential tools but a load if fun extras to really let the creative juices flow.

Any who I must go, I have lots of buttons to play with!