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Monthly Archives: October 2011

How is it that it is Monday already? Writing a weekly post sure makes it seem like the days just fly by. Anyone else have that feeling?

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Are you taking part in the How to be an explorer challenge (aka Explore Club?) If the answer is no…why not?! Sign up now!

The lovely Laura Babb started this challenge to give herself a regular dose of fun, creative challenges. Laura’s second challenge was to find accidental art in everyday life and our brief was as follows:

Go for a walk. Identify existing art that you find: things that are not created on purpose. Some examples include stains on the pavement, spilled paint, bird poo, residue, corrosion, rust, things that are damaged, random arrangements of objects that you find interesting, a bag caught in a tree.”

So, I whipped out my camera at every opportunity and snapped away. These were two of my favourite shots:

I am privileged to be able to take my dogs on lovely walks  on the beach. There is nothing quite like it. I love looking at the ripples in the sand and see how the waves have shaped the shore. I took several photos of the sand but this one is my favourite.

Sand

At the top of Burgh Island, sits the ruins of a chapel. If you stand just in the right spot, you can see through both windows and out to the sea. It’s so pretty.

Windows

So there you go, my accidental art finds. What do you think?

Grace


I really like loaf cakes. I like the look of them, the way you can cut a satisfylingly big slab of loaf cake to accompany your cup of tea or coffee. They are easy to make and you don’t have to fiddle around with any fancy decorations or piping if you don’t want to.¬† They look lovely and rustic just the way they are.

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Happy Monday everyone!

Hope you’ve all had amazing weekends? Mine has been spent back ‘home’ visiting family and celebrating birthdays. I made a delicious double chocolate loaf cake for the birthday girl, I’ll blog the recipe later on this week so keep those eyes peeled!

My Mentions this week are…

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I’ve been keeping myself busy with crochet and embroidery, I find both so relaxing and enjoyable. There is nothing quite like settling down with a cup of tea and embroidery.

I like to have a couple of different projects on the go at the same time as it stops me from getting bored. The downside of this is that I end up with an overwhelming sense of things that need to be completed! To help organise my thoughts and wish list, I’ve written a little list of things I’d like to start (or complete!)

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Hello everyone! Hope you all had lovely weekends, the Boy and I went to Totnes and Dartmouth for a wander, a cream tea and charity shop bargains.

Now then, let me share with you my mentions for the week gone by….

Rainbow nails

Oh yes, I said rainbow nails. They also happen to be polka dot rainbow nails just to top it all off! My friend Lex has started a nail blog, Talonted, to document her mani adventures. Seriously, the things this woman can do with nail polish, sticky tape and sponges is amazing!

rainbow nails
Source: Talonted

Cupcake creations

Continuing with the colourful Mentions, this super cute illustration is also a handy tool to work out what all those different piping nozzles do. I inherited a load of nozzles and I have no idea what half of them do! This helped me work out at two of them!

Source: epheriell designs via Little Chief Honeybee

Hello Sailor

When I stumbled upon these brooches on Etsy a little squeal escaped from my lungs. You see, I have a thing for nautical anything. I have an anchor door stop, a Sailor Jerry bag, a sailor dress…I could go on but I won’t. Maybe I was a sailor in another life? Anyway! Back to the brooch!

Source: Memohelen

Aren’t they adorable?!

Have you found anything on the web last week? Share your finds with me!

Grace


I’ve been itching to bake since moving to Devon and I finally have the chance! I’m currently on a diet, so my opportunities to bake lots of sweet, calorie-laden treats are few and far between *sob sob*. Luckily I have a big team meeting at work this week and as I’m the new girl (and giving a presentation!) I thought I would try my best to impress and take some cake along to bribe them share with them.

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This week is turning out to be an inspirational one. It is so easy to get caught up in the daily routine of life and you can start to forget what inspires you to keep going, makes you smile and look forward to the future. Every now and again I get a jolt where I remind myself of what it is I’d like to do with my life, what I want to achieve and what will make me happy.

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Happy Monday! Welcome to a new weekly feature on my blog – Monday Mentions. I’m going to share with you some things that have caught my attention throughout the previous week that I think are pretty awesome.

Let’s get started…

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