Challenges, Crafts, My life

What a Crafty little creature

I made something! With my own hands! So proud. Sooooooo proud. It’s been ages since I’ve made anything, so this little project was oh so welcome. As my husband (Hahaha, it’s still very funny to say that, I’m so not used to having a husband) got me this set of really pretty brightly coloured yarns (my favourite kind), I’ve been thinking for a long time what to make from them.

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After careful consideration, I decided to make a plastic bag holder! You know, the ones where you plop plastic bags in from the top and pull them out from the bottom? That’s the one. It may not be obvious from the pictures, but trust me, stick some plastic bags in it and it’s good to go. Perfect for people who like to be all organised and neat. Or if you just want a quick little crocheting project to work on.

Uhmm… I’m not sure about any instructions. I mean, I did take pictures of what I did but I don’t think I could explain what’s going on on said pictures. I may give it a go?

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First I made a chain of about 15 stitches and connected it to make a loop.

Technical: CH 15, join with sl st to make a loop. (Yes, I had to google this)

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Then I made some normal stitches into the loop. It was between 35-40, but I don’t know how many exactly. I guess I could try and count from the picture, but I don’t want to. Then I joined the last stitch to the first and made one normal chain up.

Technical: Hdc 35-40 in the loop. Sl st to connect the circle. Ch 1. (That’s as technical as I can be)

 

After that I just kept going until I ran out of wool, really.

Technical: Repeat previous row.

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Now, I’ve never been great with changing colours and I’ve pretty much avoided it where I could. However, (everyone who can actually crochet, please skip this part) I just made my final stitch with one colour, then tied the ends of the green and orange (my next colour) together at the point where my stitch was, so the next one was already done with the next colour. It’s alright if that makes no sense, I did it different every time.

Technical: Uhmmm… Just keep going?

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It kept growing! It took me a few hours altogether as I was watching TV at the same time which slowed me down a little, but it was a lot of fun.

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Now all I had left to do was hiding the loose ends. Oh, and the handle, I guess. Basically I just made a chain, fastened it on the other side, made a row of stitches back, fastened it, went the other way again. I had to redo it a couple of times as I couldn’t get the length quite right the first few times.

Technical: Ch x (how ever long you want the handle), sl st, ch 1 (don’t know if you have to do it, but I think you would do), sl st to the bag, hdc back, sl st, ch 1, sl st to the bag, hdc back again. Sl st to finish. (If it made no sense, don’t worry, it probably only works in my head)

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Tadaaaaaah! Your very own hand made plastic bag holder. It doesn’t sound very glamorous, but if you want to reuse your shopping bags then you may as well have somewhere pretty to keep them, I think. Plus it feels soooooooo good to make something and then be able to use it!

Let me know your ideas for any future projects I could do 🙂

G.

My life

I’m alive!

I don’t know how many of these I’ve done now… But yes, I’m still here and still writing. I’ve been struggling with life again a little bit and I didn’t want to expose my gloom to the world at the time I was in said gloom. Well, now I’m ready. Actually, it’s not right to say that I’ve been in a gloom – I’ve really been sooooooo happy. However it’s like… there’s a part of me that’s quivering with anxiety and is out of my control. So that’s the part that’s trying to pull me down. The rest of me is floating stubbornly on cloud nine though.

Uhmmm… anyway. What have I been up to? I’ve been back to work and also very busy with my interior design course work (I’m still planning on a little series of posts on my whole course by the way). Got my hair chopped off (I went from having dark brunette hair half way down my back to a short dark blonde bob). 

You know, I don’t actually know what I’ve been doing. I’m just so tired. Haven’t been sleeping well (I’ll get you for this one day, anxiety!). I’ve also just checked that I last posted about a week and a half ago. That’s ages in blog world! Aaaaaaages. I do have a lot of posts lined up, waiting to be written though.

Just waiting… ever so patiently.

I’ll leave it here for now. You know I’m alive and … OH! I just remembered something. I can’t tell you just yet, but it’s going to be really good, I promise!

*flies off cackling to herself*

G.

My life

Just Married!

I was going to wait with this post until we get home and I gain access to all of the wedding pictures, but I couldn’t hold it in any longer. I’m married!!! I know, I can’t believe it myself either haha. It’s absolutely bonkers. But hey, we’ve been married for 3 days now and still going strong!

It has been absolutely manic for the past week or so and I feel like I haven’t slept in months. We’ve all been so busy running off our feet, trying to get things done. In fact, I may be asleep as I’m writing this, I keep nodding off at odd moments. (Here’s a random picture of the venue before the wedding.)

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Lack of sleep notwithstanding, we did it. Everything was absolutely 100% perfect. Everyone enjoyed themselves to the fullest and it was so great to finally have our families meet. (Here’s another random picture of our venue before the wedding. We worked so hard to get the decorations up on time.)

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I’ll be heading off to bed now, but I’ll leave you with this snap of our first slice of cake as a married couple. It was sooooooooooooo nice!

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I’ll be writing more when we get back home and I get all the pictures from my camera and our amazing photographer. So much to show you all.

Until we meet again! Or you know, until I’m awake at least. (I’m a WIFE! Whaaaaaat?!)

G.

My life

Wedding bits and bobs

I was planning to post a lot more about all the wedding planning, but what I didn’t realise was that how much time it all actually takes. And how it’s really not all that interesting. A lot of it is just sending e-mails and delegating assignments to friends and family (thank you for your help!!). I did put together the cocktail menu the other day though that I can show you.

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Most of the stuff is actually sorted now. We got my Mr’s suit and everything the weekend before last, the final decoration deliveries have arrived, cake is pretty much sorted, the music is sorted… Just some little bits to do still. Choosing the music was actually a lot more fun than I thought it would be. I have some really good ones there but some that are just really silly. I love it!

I was planning to get a lot done yesterday but instead of being productive I was being sick. I think it was food poisoning or something of the sort so I pretty much spent the day in bed feeling as rotten as they come. I caught up with Pretty Little Liars though. I must say, I loved the ending. I don’t know whether it was the fact that I watched in almost one go whilst only half awake, but I really liked it. I know I’m in the minority there though as most people felt really disappointed by it. Well, not me. For once.

Here’s my new Groot shopping bag by the way. I love it a lot.

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Anyway, I’ll get to bed now. Still not feeling 100% and need to actually start being productive again tomorrow.

Can’t believe the wedding is next week!!!

G.

Food, My life, Reviews, Unboxing

New Box!!! Omnomnom ;)

In my previous post (or a couple of posts back, I can’t remember) I mentioned that I’ve subscribed to a new monthly box and that it’s quite a bit different from the beauty boxes that I’ve been getting so far. Well, a couple of days ago I finally received the first one of those boxes and I’ve been itching to share it with you! I have to tell you though, in some ways I wish I’d have waited a month before placing my order (you’ll see why in a moment), but I was just too excited to try it out.

Tadaaaaaaaah! Degustabox!

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Yes, apparently you can also subscribe to food! The reason why I wish I’d waited a month is because I really need to be good with snacking and stuff before the wedding so I’d fit into my dress haha. But it has been another example of the tiny amounts of willpower I have actually found from somewhere because I haven’t yet devoured everything in the box. I’m rather impressed with myself.

Firstly, the box itself is soooooooo cute! Secondly, it’s really well packaged. I think my food felt really safe and snug in there. Thirdly, you get this pretty little leaflet that tells you what you have in the box and on the other side there’s a recipe – this month it was ‘Beer can chicken on the BBQ’. And last but not least – all the fooooooood. Oh my goodness me.

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There’s a bit of everything and I’m not going to go through it all in detail as I haven’t actually tried all of it yet. However I must say that I really like how there’s a couple of light bites (Mango with Vanilla Yoghurt Fruit Chips + Superfood Fruit Bar) in there, a few organic bits (Berrywhite Organic Drinks), some slightly naughtier snacks (Haribo Summer Frenzy + Walkers Pure Butter Shortbread Scottie Dogs) and actual cooking ingredients (Capsicana Brazilian Chilli & Coconut Quick Cook Sauce + Schwartz Authentic American Flavour) as well as drinks (Westons Cider + Eisberg Sauvignon Blanc Alcohol Free Wine). It’s got something for everyone, I think and I can’t wait to actually dig in there in a couple of weeks! Gobblegobblegobbleomnomnom.

So far I’ve had the ciders which surprisingly enough I really liked. I’m usually not a big fan of appley apple ciders, but the addition of rhubarb in one and damson in the other was rather pleasant. Then I also had the Berrywhite organic Lemon & Lime drink, which was quite mellow as it was juice blended with mineral water and I also had the alcohol free wine which again I quite enjoyed and would buy again.

Uhmmmm yeah so that was what I was so excited about. Food. I love food. Unfortunately it loves me back so much that once it’s in my mouth it’s like ‘Yeah, I like this girl, let’s just hop on her hips and stay there until the end of times’. Oh well, I’m sure many of you can relate to this and I’m not alone.

I’ll go and try not to eat any of the goodies now. Or have just one…

G.

 

 

 

My life

IT’S SO CLOSE!

My wedding day, that is. It’s less than 3 weeks away now! EEEEEEEEESHK! So exciteeeeeed! Can’t stop with the exclamation marks! Literally hopping up and down in my seat and squealing like a seal. Do seals squeal? Hmmm… I need to look it up.

Anyway – this weekend we got my Mr his suit and it’s beaaaaautiful. We also got me some jewellery (a necklace and a bracelet) that I might wear on the day. The thing is, it’s SO hard to buy any accessories so long after the dress because I really can’t remember what my dress looks like and yes, I’ve got some pictures, but it’s not the same. So basically I’m going to take every possible option with me and decide on the day. Because that can’t go wrong in any way at all can it? I mean, a panicking bride trying to decide between 5 different necklaces with 20 minutes to go before the ceremony? Fool proof!

I’ve also been experimenting with vlogging. Sometimes I like to get everything out then and there, without trying to find the right words so it’d make sense when you read it and all of that. So far I’m just getting used to the idea of putting my actual self out there rather than this voiceless presence on the internet. It’s a bit challenging as I’m super shy and I don’t actually think that my life is very interesting. But we’ll see if anything will come of this. Let me know what you think of this anyway. Or maybe some other videos to begin with? I find that idea a bit easier to get used to as then instead of rambling on about how I really want to buy those dragon wellies on Asos (they’re so cute!), I’d be talking about something specific. Like books. Hmm. Anyway yes, let me know your thoughts on this!

Uhmm… Before I sat down to write tonight I felt like I had so much to say. Where did it all go? Oh! I remembered one thing. I subscribed to a bit of a different box this month. You know, in addition to all of the beauty boxes that I get. I think it’ll make quite an interesting post 😉 well, it’ll be different in any case. And possibly appeal to more of you. Yes, I’m talking about you, G-from-the-make-believe-island (one of my real life friends. Who funnily enough started off online. I think he’s real anyway.)

Also, I really really really like watermelons. And I don’t have any self control. I had half a watermelon in one sitting. I wasn’t even sorry. In my defence the watermelons in the UK are very small. That’s if there are any Estonian readers there, as the watermelons are huuuuuuge in Estonia. And a lot cheaper than they are here. During the watermelon season anyway.

Right, it’s way past my bed time (I’m nearing 30 soon so I guess my age is catching up with me), so I best go and try not to have any more nightmares about everything that can go wrong on my wedding day. (Last night I dreamt that only after the ceremony I realised that I’d forgotten to change into my wedding dress so I was just wearing a random sundress and that something had gone with the cake that I ordered so they brought a triple chocolate cake instead (I don’t like chocolate).) Very scary. Especially the dress one. I’m sure there were also pirates involved somehow…

Here’s wishing for a dreamless sleep!

G.

My life

Tenerife day 4 – Saying Goodbye

There’s actually not that much more to say, but my adventure just didn’t feel complete without sharing this last chapter.

Sunday 11th of June

Another early start. You’d think I’d have gotten used to those by then but noooooope. I woke as tired as ever. Still shattered from the day before. And somewhat reluctant to leave that place of dreams.

We had planned to take a last dip in the pool before leaving but then decided that it’d be inconvenient (icky) to have wet bikinis packed in our bags so we didn’t go after all. Just did some last minute packing and had a quick breakfast. The mood was somewhat gloomy, although it was brightened considerably by the continuous sunshine.

We were picked up and taken to the airport by our Airbnb host and we had a nice chat about our time on the island and life in Tenerife in general on our way there.

Everything went smoothly at the airport. We did some shopping – sister bought the cutest little camel. And we boarded.

I don’t know if it’s Ryanair’s latest ploy to get people to pay to reserve seats or if it was a coincidence that I was sat in row 4 and my sister in row 31. I did our check in at the same time and usually it would’ve seated us together still. I would’ve believed it to be a coincidence a bit more if the situation hadn’t been exactly the same for 4 couples around me. In fact, I had the isle seat and next to me was a gentleman whose wife was sat 14 rows behind us when there was an empty seat under the window next to him! Tut tut Ryanair! Ok, rant over – at the end of the day it was a cheap flight that got us where we needed to be with no fuss and frills.

We were greeted by typical UK weather when we landed and an announcement that our train home had been cancelled. Great. More proof that we should’ve stayed on our holiday. Resourceful as I am I quickly planned us a different route home and were then picked up from the train station by my mother-in-law-to-be (thank you!).

At home I had planned a surprise birthday party for my sister and my SO had put it all together according to my plans (so it was obviously perfect).

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After that it was bed and deep slumber.

The end.

G.