Monday, 18 August 2014

Snail Mailing

I've always liked writing letters and did so quite a lot when I was away at university. I love the feeling when something exciting comes through the post (that I haven't bought for myself!).Since working, the opportunities for letter writing have become less although I do still communicate with a few friends in this way.
I happened upon the blog of Nadia Van Der Mescht and was intrigued to discover that 'penpalling' has become quite popular for creative people around the world to communicate and use some of their creative skills. I e-mailed the lovely Nadia for advice on how to go about finding pen-pals and she said that Instagram was the best place. I joined Instagram (which has taken over my blogging time) and found some penpals, as well as some finding me. Since then I have sent and received various packages.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I am really loving my new pen-palling hobby. It means I can use some of my creative juices for small, manageable projects, but also put a smile on my penpal's faces with bits and pieces I have put together.
 
Thanks for reading.
Rachel xxx
 

Istanbul

In May I was very lucky to visit the city of Istanbul on a school project. I didn't really know what to expect and so was pleasantly surprised to discover an amazing city, full of colour, beauty, spirit and people who were kind and warm-hearted.

 
For anyone who loved textiles, pattern, colour and embellishment - Turkey is like an Aladdin's Cave. As this was a work visit I didn't have a great deal of spending money and was gutted I couldn't have purchased more.
 
 
 

 
If you are ever stuck for somewhere to visit or fancy a break from the usual beach holiday, I cannot express enough how beautiful and amazing Istanbul is. I came home wanting to return to this wonderful, spiritual city immediately.
 
 
Thanks for reading.
Rachel xxx

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

A Catch Up

It has been such a long time since I did a blog post that I thought it was time for a catch up! The last things I wrote about happened in January.
 
 
I had a few days in the sunshine in Tenerife in February, it was lovely to see some blue skies and feel some warmth.
 
My big brother also turned 30 in February. What's a better way to celebrate than with an M&S Colin the Caterpillar cake!?
 
March was a busy month, it began with my friends hen do, which involved some spa treatments, a night out dressed as various animals, and cocktails served from teapots!
I also had a trip with work to Hungary, which allowed me a small amount of time to see some of the beautiful city of Budapest.
 
 April begun with the beautiful wedding of my friend Anna, the bride looked beautiful and it was a happy and emotional day. Here is a photo of the table centrepieces from the day.
 
That brings me about up to date. Now I'm enjoying the Easter holidays, with not much planned apart from enjoying myself, catching up with friends and family and attending another wedding. I'm enjoying a spot of sewing and signs of Spring.
 
 
 
Thanks for reading.
Rachel
xxx
 

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Newness

I know it's been ages since Christmas and New Year but I haven't had chance to write so this is my Happy New Year post.
Christmas feels like months ago now and I've also had my 27th birthday since then!
I got totally spoilt for both Christmas and my birthday and I thought I'd share a couple of my presents which have become some current 'favourite things'.
I was lucky enough to receive some Dubarry boots for my birthday. They are very expensive, but fantastic, comfortable, warm and sturdy. They'll be great for snow (if we get any!) and alongside my new wax Barbour jacket, I'm all setup for the great outdoors :-).
 
In my last post, I mentioned my new found love of Anthropologie and shared a picture of my plate. Well for Christmas, I got two new Anthro items.
 
I LOVE the mug, so much that I'm having to force myself to give it up to the dishwasher for washing :-). It's a current simple pleasure to drink a nice cup of tea out of this.
The other item is the gorgeous pair of tights. They're gorgeous, but at the moment I'm struggling to team them with an outfit, and I'm on the lookout for a plain black skirt to wear them with. As soon as I get that problem sorted, I know I am going to love wearing them!
 
What are your current favourites helping you to get through January?
 
Thanks for reading.
Rachel xx