Friday, April 18, 2014

Adventure Time

Recently the idea of going away for a fair few weeks/months has become more and more appealing. A little more realistic even. When I was growing up, when other fellow students were off on their gap years, I was pretty set on finishing my education. Well that finished a while ago now and I think this is the right time to disappear for a bit. I warn you this is probably the longest post I have ever written.

I think when starting to plan this kind of trip its so overwhelming. You start researching one place, which quickly leads to another and before you know it, you are going to be away for 9 months and spending all the money you'll ever have. I realise that this is quite a 'grown up' way of thinking about it but yep, I guess I am a grown up now.

There have been many talks/planning sessions to try and figure out what the ideal trip would be. I've drawn the map above to help you understand, our geography is pretty poor. I also like maps, so any excuse to put one together.

First stop, America. Well the West coast anyway. We plan on visiting various national parks on our way round. Yosemite, Joshua Tree and Yellowstone Volcano to name a few. The idea of driving around in a mobile home type vehicle and being able to camp up pretty much anywhere from the desert to the local Walmart excites me. But also terrifies me.

One of our other main stops is Slab City to visit Salvation Mountain. I only agreed to go to America if this place would be one of our stops! Stop off at Big Sur to maybe do a bit of surfing. Then on to San Francisco where we will spend a week gallivanting around. Last stop is Portland. The modes of transport on this part of the trip are yet to be decided. Lots of driving, a few trains, a few coaches. We haven't researched that (major) part yet.

After 4 weeks on the West coast we will then fly back down to LA to catch a flight round to Japan. I realise that This isn't the most typical adventure but its the 2 places that we really want to go to and will have to save all the other rad places for another time! We would love to see everything but that would be impossible.

So... Second stop, Japan. Planning on spending 2 weeks here, well definitely until our money runs out anyway. I can't imagine how much stuff we are going to buy there. Especially in the 100 yen stores. Oh man. The arcades!!!!

Bare with me, our research is a little slim on Japan. We have the whole of the summer to keep planning but definitely a visit to a natural spring and we will also be visiting the Studio Ghibli museum for sure! A few of the other places we will visit will be Tokyo, Kyoto and Mount Fuji. Another idea would be to purchase a Japan rail pass which takes you to all the main destinations. There's a nice article here.

I realise that this post have been purely self indulgent and I apologise for that. We would be really grateful if anyone has any tips or really ace weird and wonderful places to visit in these parts of the world we would be so grateful. So much planning to do!!

I wrote this post for the Blogger's Lounge as they are hosting a trip away to New Zealand. Gap Year have kindly given the amazing prize.

Egg time!

Happy long weekend folks. Enjoy the sunshine!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Surfy Sundays > 26 days

In 26 days my sister and I are off on a surfing and yoga holiday to Morocco. To say I am excited is an understatement. I'll post a Surfy Sundays inspiration post every Sunday until then. Lucky you ey!

Surfy Sundays post inspired by Mucho Mucho Bueno Bueno who are rad. 
All images via my Surfy Surf Pinterest board .

Friday, April 4, 2014

Twenty Nine

This week I turned 29. 1 more before 30. Every year I normally set myself lists of things to do or projects to do. Not this year. This year I think there are a couple of major things happening, 3 friends getting married, a couple of moves and a fair amount of fun adventures. So I think I'll just leave it at that.

I think I'll like 29.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A Summer Weave

I've started working on another wall hanging. I always find they take me a while, I think I'll come back to this one in a week or so. Started to experiment using different textures of wool, hard to work out how to make them sit together. I think I like it. 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Wood block printing

I was at home for Mother's day this weekend and went rumaging for some wood in my Pop's garage. All I needed was a scrap of wood to do a little bit of printing. I have been meaning to print something like this for awhile.

This will be my scarf/cover up in Morocco. We go so soon! I'm so excited!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Spring time

I'm trying to get back into taking pictures of bits around my flat. My friend came to stay and bought a lovely bunch of daffodils, pretty much the best flower. The succulent I bought back at my parents, an old box that I think used to hold blood slides or something like that. Actually maybe not. That weird shaped thing on the right is a battery powered light I picked up from the car boot for a £1!

I have also done a couple of interviews recently... if you fancy having a read you can find them here --->

- I was the featured blogger on The Bloggers' Lounge
- Talking about my illustrated recipes in What's Happening Magazine

Monday, March 24, 2014

I like weekends..

I've been having some pretty good weekends the last couple of weeks. A lot of hanging out with friends, eating some good food and a lot of fresh air. Not a lot of making so going to concentrate on that this week.
a) a little succulent from the garden centre near my parents - b) always adding to this wall 

c) a marble cake I made when I was home for the weekend. It was so good - b) my amazing mixer and measuring spoons.
d) I picked up this little lady from the car boot sale for £5, she hangs above my bed. Maybe a little creepy - e) I also picked up this brass plant pot, perfect for my new succulent.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

A bit of fro yo...

I recently designed another recipe card but this time for Lick frozen yogurt.... Check it out, you can make a baked alaska but using their pretty damn tasty frozen yogurt! 

I'm thinking of starting a new mini project... I would love it if you would be able to send me your favourite recipe. It can be any recipe, passed down from ya G-ma if you like. Even better actually.

All credit will be given of course! If this all goes to plan i'll make it look real pretty. You can either email me or just comment on here. That would be so lovely!!! Ta x

Adventure time....

I think it should be time for a mini adventure... the kind where you can make things whilst on the road. A pom pom road trip... that would be silly fun!

Image 1 - I can't find the credit of this image, if anyone knows please let me know and I can add the link
Image 2 - Pom Pom leather luggage tags
Image 3 - Adventures