Do you have a Doppleganger?

(Me.............................Not me!)
This still freaks me out! 

Do you have a doppleganger?  Mine is Ksenia Afanasyeva, a Russian artistic gymnast in the 2012 Russian Olympic team.  

My soon to be sister-in-law was watching it on the TV when she spotted Ksenia and posted a picture of her on my Facebook page.  The response from my friends was immediate, some of my mothers friends even thought it was an old photo of me.

I guess I shouldn't be too surprised, I have Ukrainian heritage and have been told from my dentist that my elongated jaw stems from my eastern block genes.

I think the strangest thing about this photo is that when I look in her eyes, I actually see myself!  Freaky!

Happy Sunday my lovelies. xx


Friday Fancies & Weekend Temptations

It's been a long week this week and I've had to remind myself of this on more than one occassion!  

That said it's also been a pretty fun week.  The Boy and I joined some friend on Monday evening and went Scottish Country Dancing, it was AMAZING!  I was utterly shattered but rewarded with tea and cake at the end! Genius!

The rest of the week has been spent frantically writing articles for work, and moving events due to bad weather.  I feel like I'm still catching up after two days off work last week.

I've been dreaming of summer as winter seems to be rolling on through March, and these are just a few things which have caught my eye from around the web:

//These are the perfect shoes for summer (I might have already bought a pair!)
//This scarf is utterly gorgeous, I really hope they do a summer dress in the same beautiful sailboat print.  It's made by the same company that made my favourite scarf.
//These are the cutest hair-pins ever!
//I want to make this cake, although I quite frankly don't need anymore cake right now!
//I can't wait to check out this new coffee shop, or should that be Espresso Kitchen! 
//And I'm currently loving this track from Alex Winston, she is totally gorgeous, don't you think?
//Oh and this record, takes me back to my formative years! 

If you are kicking around Dorset this weekend then why not check out the following events:
Handcrafted in Dorset
Feast in The Paddock
Plus The Annonymous Travelling Market is visiting Larmer Tree Gardens in Wiltshire.

Whatever you are up to this weekend I hope you manage to dodge the showers!

Happy Friday my lovelies. xx


Dartmouth & The Boy!

(View of Kingswear from our house in Dartmouth)

This weekend The Boy and I took an extended trip to Dartmouth, Devon.  It's only about 115 miles from home but the change of scenery was a much needed tonic.  The steep and very narrow roads were not!  The weather could have been better too, snow was not what we were hoping for when we booked it!  That said we had a fab time.  We stopped at Lyme Regis on the way and at Totnes on the way back.  Here are a few snaps from our travels and a few of our favourite places along the way.

(Heart shaped Gazillionnaire, from The Mulberry Manor Bakery, Lyme Regis.  Best cake EVER!!!!!)

(Rockfish, Dartmouth. Great Fish & Chips in Dartmouth, best slogan ever!)
(Seeds 2 Bakery, Totnes.  Amazing Somosas, pakoras and chocolate cake balls. Piccie from here)
(The Drift record shop, Totnes. Records & Coffee! Piccie from here)
Whilst Dartmouth was lovely I am totally besotted with Totnes.  I think it's my new favoruite place.  The town centre is set on a lovely hill leading down to the river.  It's full of independent shops, charity shops, bakeries, eco-shops, and the best record store ever!  I'll definitely be returning to Totnes.


Friday Fancies & Weekend Temptations

Phew, I think that might have been the longest week ever! Monday good, Tuesday bad, Wednesday/Thursday/Friday.....busy, busy, busy!  But now that the working week is over I'm super excited to be going to Dartmouth for a long weekend with The Boy.

This week I've been online quite a bit, not least because I've had lots of interest in my Mardle Made Jewellery but also because I've been doing some research for my trip to Toronto in June.  

Oh and Melabelle have been giving us a sneak peak at their Spring/Summer 13 collection over on their Facebook page.  I want this gorgeous bolero top sooooooo much......In fact I need it for my trip to Toronto!

(Photo from here)

Here are a few other things from around the web that have caught my eye this week:

*This is the best marriage proposal ever!
*I LOVE this walk in closet shelving, I want to do it in our new extension (when it's built!)
* This is the cutest nail varnish, if only I had the patience and skill!
*Every kid should watch this video about bullying.

And here are some awesome things to do this weekend....just in case you are stuck for something to do:

Bournemouth - Boscombe Bake Off
Hassocks, West Sussex - Pop Up Vintage Market
London - Check out the last day of the Divine Pop Up Shop for Fairtrade Fortnight.

Anywho, I hope you guys have a lovely weekend, the blog might be a bit quiet for a few days whilst I'm away.

Happy Weekend my lovelies. xx


Tuesday is Food Day - Boscombe Bake Off

This week's Tuesday is Food Day is dedicated to Boscombe Bake Off happening this weekend on Saturday the 9th of March at Crumbs Cafe, Boscombe.

I work for the University and at this time of year all of the Leisure Marketing and Events Management Students have to plan and run events as part of their course, and this event really caught my eye. 

The Boscombe Bake Off is being planned in association with Crumbs Cafe, a disability training charity.  Crumbs has, since 1997, developed a workplace, pre-employment programme of learning.
Training is undertaken through dedicated baking/cooking/service delivery programmes, which are accessed by a mixed-disability workforce.  All trainees are local adults with mental illness, learning disabilities, stabilised addiction and acquired head injury.  Crumbs emphasis is on skills and confidence: improving health and employability.

Are you good at baking?  Or, like me, are you partial to a piece of cake on far too frequent an occasion?  Either way why not head over to the Boscombe Bake Off Facebook page to find out all about this great event.  It's £5 to enter a cake and if you're not entering a cake it's £2 on the door and no doubt a plethora of cake to enjoy!  (If you do want to enter a cake you must submit an application first so go do it now!  All details on the Facebook Page).  Plus cakes will be judged by Olympian Pippa Funnell and the prizes are grea to:

1st prize: £50 cash prize, a £30 gift voucher towards a meal at Koh Thai Tapas and a signed Mary Berry cook book

2nd prize: £25 gift voucher towards a meal at Urban Reef and a signed Mary Berry cook book

3rd prize: Breakfast for 2 at Roxy Bistro Restaurant and a signed Mary Berry picture.

I'm gutted I'm not here this weekend or I'd be entering a cake myself.

Good luck to all those entering a cake and to those organsing, it's sure to be a great evenet.

mmmmm..........cake!!! xx


Mardle Made in Real Life!

Saturday saw the inaugural Mardle Made sale!  I was pretty excited I can tell you!  I chose a small craft fair for my first event as it was low cost and therefore low risk.  The event was for handmade items only (although this policy was ignored by more than one stall!)

The event actually turned out to be pretty quiet but it was worth the money in order to trial the layout of my stall, something I thought I would practice at home but that I never got round to doing.  Needless to say I need a much larger table cloth!  Although all in all I'm really happy with the display.

I love vintage items and I really wanted to display my jewellery in a really interesting way.  I found an antique French finch cage whilst in Norfolk last, and thought it would be perfect.  The Boy fixed in some picture hooks to hang earrings from and I LOVE it!  I sat the finch cage atop my Jewellers cabinet in which I displayed my handmade silver studs.  

I love a good cloche but you don't come across them very often and when you do they are fairly expensive, but when I saw this cheese board and dome I figured it would do just as well.  I thought it would be perfect for an alternative bangle display, and I love how it turned out.

I wanted some vintage dressing-table-set ring holders (for the rings, obviously!) but I couldn't find any in time so The Boy suggested I display them on old alphabet blocks, he's a genius!  And at the very last minute I made a necklace and had to look around my studio for something to display it on, and the wool cones were spot on.

I also make handmade cards using vintage ephemera from books which are falling to pieces and would otherwise end up in landfill.  I've previously used toast racks and letter racks but remembered that I had an old metal record card cabinet, and the combination of all three worked perfectly. (Cards also stocked in Love From Hetty & Dave in Pokesdown).

If that wasn't enough I make signs using locally collected driftwood and scrabble pieces from charity shops and these, well they display themselves.

I even made one for myself!

That pretty much sums up my first sale, what with a commission worth £100 I would say that was a definite success!  Plus I got to meet Catherine from Herbal Harmony, she definitely had the best stall there.

Catherine is a herbalist and makes the most beautiful handmade natural skincare and cosmetics.  They are free from parabens, lanolin, SLS, SLES, petroleum, synthetic fragrances and propolyne glycol.  I bought the Chickweed Cream and can't wait to get my hands on some arnica oil and some lip balms.  I'll write a little bit more about Herbal Harmony another time, so keep an eye out on the blog!

Hope you made it to the end of this very long post!

 Happy Monday my lovelies! xx
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