Busy Bee

The view from the top of the Eiffel Tower at night

Hello! Bethy here, hope you remember me!

It has been faaaaar too long since I spent any time on my blog, in fact I know it’s feeling abandoned!

As many of you know, since I finished my first year at uni back in June, I have been crazily busy! I have travelled around Europe for 5 weeks with Ben, moved into my new house in Southampton and spent a week in Malaga last week with Ben’s family! Plus I am going to Reading Festival this week! In between all of these things, I have been desperately trying to snatch time with my family. We all do so much these days it’s hard to find any time to just sit down and have a good old natter!

In the Castelo S. Jorge in Lisbon
Barceloneta beach

I must admit I have also been doing a fair bit of crochet in my spare time as well, but I am not going to feel guilty about that because it’s one of my favourite hobbies.

I start my second year soon and I know that the level of work and difficulty is going to kick up a notch, but I have decided I really want to make more of a go of my blog this year! I want to modernise and clean up this blog and make it more interactive and reader-friendly. I also want to invest in a good quality camera because currently all my photos are taken on my phone which I have smashed about five times!
I want the blog to look more professional because then if all else fails in terms of getting a job related to my degree, I know I can make money from my textiles. I did it for pocket money when I was 13/14, so if I can do it at that age I can try and make a go of it in my twenties! Plus Textiles Technology was one of my A Levels and I achieved 100% in my coursework and an A grade overall, so that’s got to be worth something!

In which case, I am in search of someone/people who can help me or guide me to make this blog a bit snazzier! If anyone has any advice or knows of anyone who can help, please contact me.

In the meantime I won’t be posting anything new until I have upgraded this blog! I feel as if the people who are genuinely interested in what I do deserve a better site to read about it on.

For now though, I hope you have all enjoyed your summers as much as I have and I hope you all stay happy and healthy starting the new academic year. All my love, B x

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Woolly Wow Moment! Cosy Stripe Blanket and New Project!

Today I have a Woolly Wow Moment to share with you! I finished my Cosy Stripe Blanket last week finally after starting it back in January! It has provided me with such a comforting hobby to do in my spare time during my last months of first year at uni! I loved building up the rows and watching the blanket get bigger and bigger! So here it is, my second Woolly Wow Moment:

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The colours I was working with
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Right at the start of the project
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Just under a quarter way through
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About halfway through
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Just the border to go!
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The pretty border 
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The finished blanket!

So there you have it! My blanket finished and ready to go on my new uni house bed in Southampton! I know it will make the room look so homely and I can’t wait to use it in the colder months!

But as this project has come to end, I have to start another! I have to have something woolly on the go all the time and I couldn’t think of anything better than a new wreath! So with it being summer I thought I would make a summer wreath for my Mum to display in the dining room during the summer months and then she can use the winter one I made her for the winter months.

I’ve been gathering inspiration over the last few weeks starting when my parents came to visit me in Southampton on the first bank holiday of May. We took a trip to South Hayling, a lovely town right on the coast.

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Summer is very much about holidays, ice cream and the beach, but I also want this wreath to be covered in flowers – overflowing with them! So nothing could inspire me more than the beautiful garden we visited today near Tetbury with my grandparents. The Hookhouse Pottery Garden is part of the National Garden Scheme. What made it perfect for us is that it is disabled friendly for my Gran and dog friendly for Benj!

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The flowers were so pretty! And you can probably tell from these pictures I am a bit obsessed with forget-me-nots!

So I have started crocheting the different flowers and objects for my summer wreath! So far forget-me-nots, may roses, daisies, a strawberry, red admiral butterfly and the sun! A have a lot more to do, but it’s so lovely to start this new project!

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I will keep you updated with how this project goes! I know this has been a jam-packed blog post today, but I have really enjoyed the last week and a bit since I finished my exams and I had a lot to share! 

Hope you enjoyed your bank holiday Mondays, I know I did! Keep smiling, B x

First Year Finished!

Long time no see! I know it’s been a while, but I have been so busy since my last blog post during Easter! Ben and I went to Dubrovnik to celebrate 2 years together, I got back to uni and had essays, presentations and group projects due in, Ben and I had an Amnesty International charity gig to practice for and perform at and over the last two weeks I’ve been revising and sitting exams! Pretty busy!

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But, as of yesterday, I have finished my first year at Southampton! So crazy to think how quickly it’s gone! I will miss it a lot, but I can honestly say I have made the most of it and I have absolutely no regrets (even that time I walked home alone drunk from a club)!

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So now I have a 4 month summer ahead of me! I am spending two more weeks at uni, got Ben’s 20th to celebrate, a Coldplay concert at Wembley to go to and then interrailing for just over a month starting at the end of June! And that’s not even all of it!

During that time though I hope to continue blogging and hopefully some of you will read it! Even if you don’t, I think it’s a great way for me to write down everything that I do so I can look back on it in years to come!

I’ve got my next few blog posts planned out as I have been accumulating pictures and stories over the last few weeks. Got loads of veggie meals to show you and I have so NEARLY finished my crochet Cosy Stripe blanket – just got the border to complete! I also have been planning out a new summery crochet project, so all of that to come!

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Well now, I know this hasn’t been the most interesting post in the world, but I have a lot to share with you over the next few weeks so stay tuned!

As always, enjoy your weekend, you all deserve it! All my love, B x

 

Spring has Sprung!

Well hello! I really hope you all had a wonderful Easter!
Although many people celebrate Easter for religious reasons, in our family we celebrate Easter as the start of Spring as it was originally celebrated by the Pagans! We celebrate new life and colour and we get together and have a meal and give eggs as a way to celebrate our lives (it’s also great getting chocolate)!

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I have been up to so much since I arrived home from uni – I’ve seen friends, spent time with both my family and Ben’s and also done a lot of relaxing! On Good Friday, my parents and I took a trip to Camden Lock Market and Primrose Hill in London! On the way back we also stopped off for a drink in Henley-on-Thames! The weather was so gorgeous that day, we had a great time.

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Camden Lock Market
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Dad and I outside Camden
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The view of London from Primrose Hill
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Cider on the river at Henley

More recently, on Sunday we took a walk as a family around Chimney Meadows nature reserve! Not only is it beautiful to be in amongst the wildlife, but it’s disabled-friendly too so my Gran was able to join us!

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So much colour has popped and bloomed recently, not only in the countryside but in our garden too! I just love Spring! The daffodils in the garden inspired me to make some crochet daffodils to decorate our Spring tree in the kitchen!

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And that’s it for now! I am enjoying the sun and the spare time! I’ve been balancing uni work with my various crochet and knitting projects (nearly finished my first knitted sock, been working on my Cosy Stripe blanket and also started a new slash-neck knitted jumper – but more about that another time) quite well and I have really enjoyed being at home! Ben and I have also booked a 3 night trip to Dubrovnik, Croatia next week to celebrate our 2nd year together! SO much to look forward to!

I wish you all a lovely bright and sunny day wherever you are, B x

 

Woolly Wow Moment!

I know it’s been a little while since my last post, but I have had uni assignments due in, celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with my flat mates and I have also been packing for my whole four weeks at home! I got home yesterday and it is so nice to be back in the countryside. Don’t get me wrong, I love Southampton and my life there, but it does feel so good to be back in the Don (for those reading this at home).

So in my first What’s Hooking? post I showed you the projects I’ve been working on recently! Well I finally finished my poncho this week! 

So here is my first Woolly Wow Moment on the Bethy Boo Blog! 

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After I finished building up the wonderful rows of colour, I added an edge around the bottom that I took from Attic24’s Cowl Neck Poncho! I also made up a long chain which I threaded through and added pom poms on the end! Who doesn’t love a good pom pom! I am really chuffed with the outcome and I just love cosying up in the evenings wearing it.

I am still working on my Cosy Stripe blanket, but I started a new project this week now that the poncho is done (I have an obsession with wool okay)! I did some research and came across a lovely blog by Winwick Mum all about how to knit socks! So I followed the tutorials and invested in some needles and 4 ply sock wool!

 I am on Week 1 of the Sockalong tutorials at the moment and I am loving it! I never realised how satisfying and easy it was to knit a basic sock!

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The colour of this wool is just so lovely and I can’t wait to keep you updated with how this new project goes!

For now though I will let you all enjoy your evenings of the first day of Spring, it’s certainly been a lovely sunny day here in Oxfordshire! All my love, B x

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This Week’s Veggie Meals #3

I have so many yummy veggie meals to share with you today! There are a few more than just a week’s worth because I have been accumulating pictures since the last post (This Week’s Veggie Meals #2) and that was 17 days ago!

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Quorn mince, red pepper, spinach and shallot bolognese with spaghetti and a rocket and olive salad
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Aubergine, chilli and spinach korma with thai jasmine rice and a garlic naan
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Quorn chicken, spinach, shallot and sweet potato bhuna with lime and coriander rice
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Spicy bean burger in a wholemeal bun with avocado, cheddar, grilled peppers and mayo with chips
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Quorn chorizo sausage with red pepper and shallot in a tomato and herb sauce with conchigle pasta and grated cheddar
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Grilled flatbread with tomato passata, sliced mozzarella and rocket
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Falafel balls with grilled courgette, peppers and aubergine with mediterranean vegetable cous cous
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Flatbread filled with avocado, rocket, olives, cheddar and mayo
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Falafel balls with morrocan cous cous served with avocado, grilled vegetables, sliced mozzarella and olives
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Quorn chicken and leek pie with homemade herby sweet potato wedges and side salad and olives

Such delicious food and so healthy as well! I have enjoying cooking and eating so much recently! It’s got to a point now that I fall asleep thinking about veggie recipes and new foods I want to try!
Not only have been cooking for myself a lot recently, but my brother came to stay with me in Southampton for his 18th birthday and I rustled up some yummy grub for him too – as well as maybe having a couple of meals out…

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Pizza Hut in WestQuay with Willo

We also had a wonderful day celebrating Mother’s Day with my parents in Southampton!

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Thai veggie burgers in Maritimo Lounge
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The family all together

I hope you enjoyed this foodie feast for your eyes – not going to deny I certainly enjoyed scoffing it all! To all the Mums reading this I hope you had a well deserved Mother’s Day, I know Willo and I did our best to show our lovely Mum how much she means to us!
Have a lovely weekend everyone (I have a weekend of essay writing) and we’ll speak again soon, B x

What’s Hooking? #2

Hello! So just a quick thank you to all those who have been checking out my blog since I started it! It means a lot to know people are actually interested enough to take a look!
So, I am still busy making the crochet projects I showed you in the last What’s Hooking post (and I haven’t done much more on them because uni work has taken over recently), so I thought I’d share with you some of the projects I have completed since starting crochet last year!

Let’s start with my first ever crochet project!

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Basic Granny Square cushion

Then I experimented with little projects for a while:

I loved making myself a cushion so much that I wanted to make my Mum and Ben one too! So I experimented with different styles and skills:

I started acquiring a lot of wool and needed something to keep it all in, so I decided to make a yarn bag and just made the pattern up as I went along:

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Yarn Bag

When it was confirmed I was coming to uni I wanted a few things to decorate my uni room so I made some bunting and another cushion – this time using a new skill called ripple stitch:

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Bunting hung up on my pin board
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Ripple stitch cushion

And finally the project I am most proud of so far! I started this in September 2015 when I started uni and finished it just in time for Christmas 2015 to give as a present to my wonderful Mum! It required a lot of time and effort, a lot of fiddly stitches and a lot of new skills – my Winter Wreath inspired by Attic24:

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Winter Wreath

So there you have it! Some of the crochet projects I have completed over the last several months! I can’t wait for the projects I am working at the moment to be completed so I can add them to my collection! If I carry on like this my whole life will be decorated with crochet!

If any of you want to give crochet a go or want to have a go at these projects just ask me and I can point you in the right direction! But for now, have a lovely evening (I’m going out with my flat so I know I will be having a pretty good night) and we’ll speak soon, B x