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

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 borderΒ 
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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!Β 

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