It's well past time for a quick life catch up don't you think? I haven't done anything since New Year and quite a lot has happened since! (Plus I'm in a bit of a blog flump at the moment - nothing I have to write about in my in -tray has particularly inspired me, so I've scrapped the lot and thought I'd go with the flow...)
So I guess get the boring stuff out of the way first? Work wise, I got a promotion, woo, and have only got one exam in November left until I am exam qualified - I have to time qualify too though so I won't be chartered until next September. I'm not sure what I'll do past that to be honest - I'm not going to lie, the last 6 months-ish were pretty awful and it's skewed my view on things, but we'll see - onwards and upwards eh?
Home wise, we actually renewed the lease on my lil old flat for another year, with the intention of staying for two until we buy our own place. Laura graduated (with a first and a kick ass job in marketing may I add) and moved out, so we painted the spare and turned it into my craft room - my own little slice of heaven, but more on that later! I want to re-jig the front room decor a bit - I'm thinking geometric patterns and grey/yellow, but we'll see - maybe a job for after pay day!
Top photos L to R, T to B:
1 and 2 - Electroforming - I've discovered this and it's the best thing ever. I've been feeling so insoired and have made SO many projects - there's a few up in my Etsy, but more on that later!
3 - I have fallen in love with succulents - I tried to propagate my own to grow some from cuttings for free, but after 3 months of only roots, I admitted defeat this morning and binned them *sob*. I do have a fake one on the windows sill though so all is good.
4 - I'm actually running, a bit! The half marathon is in 35 days, and so far I've managed to hobble/huff my way around half the distance, and it took me forever. I've got a 10 mile jaunt planned tomorrow morning (yay sneaky holiday day off work) which I've been pushing back forever. I really need to crack on, but I'm getting there. (On a side note, I was super proud when I finished the Pretty Muddy a few months ago!)
5 - Sneaky photo of the both of us all dressed up at a wedding. I'd been meaning to wear this dress forever but didn't have the right occasion, and then our friends' wedding came up and voila - off to the dry cleaners it was. It was also £20 to dry clean. What the hell?! I mainly like this photo though as we look pretty. James hates photos of himself so I'm only allowed to have it on here if he doesn't see it...
6 - Bake Off is back! This is our second attempt at jaffa cakes from week one (don't ask about the first...) I fully intend to do a challenge from each week, but am already behind! (Cheeky plug for my Nadiya interview...) I haven't managed to bake much recently, which makes me sad, but I've just been so busy in my craft room...
Wedding planning has been the thing most people want to talk about when they see me - or when they meet me and hear, they want to know everything. I know it sounds awful but I'm just not that fussed about talking about it - especially when everyone asks all the same stuff - I'm more fussed about being married than the actual wedding day, but we have actually booked everything now, so it's more the details we need to organise.
I found THE dress and put the deposit down last week, have looked at rings, and now need to practice the cake making and decide on colour schemes I guess! I still very much want a pastel themed whimsical wedding, think sweet stall and pom poms, but everyone seems to have their own opinion on things. Luckily I'm fairly stubborn. We also need to actually send out the invites - it's now 8 months away, eek!
OH! I almost forgot but we booked the honeymoon and it's going to be the BEST THING EVER. A month off work - 3 weeks away and half a week either side to relax at home. Two weeks in Orlando to do all the parks and then a week sunning it up in St Lucia. EEEEEK.
I know I've gone on about it, but I can't update about life and not mention my craft room - it's my own little crafty paradise! Mumma got me a sewing machine for my birthday, so I've been attempting to make lots of skater dresses recently - my current project is a black pin heart polycotton with the same pattern as the ones in the picture. The yellow was my first and worked perfectly, but is unfortunately rather see through. The blue is beautiful, but awfully wonky up close, so both of these will be worn with a cardigan. I've also got all my electroforming things in there for my Etsy, and the printer for the prints. I've themed it with pastel colours, covered the wall in prints and hung an awesome peg board from Typo. I love it! I can't wait till we own our own place and I can go all out. You can keep up with my craft exploits here, as I want to make crafts more of a thing on the lil old blog, or you can follow my craft instagram to get a peek behind the craft room doors!
A quick plug for my Etsy, which has become like my baby recently. I started doing rings about a month ago, and I just like being able to make more stuff - check out the instagram account here. (I definitely need to up my social media game I think!)
I guess the more general stuff is what I will wrap up with. I'm still working on my 25 before 25 goals, and we've had quite a few adventures so far this year. My perspective on things have shifted, especially work-life balance, so I'm determined to cherish the moments I can. I've also been a bit scared recently as I've been dropping things, my muscles have been spasming and I'm getting lots of pins and needles randomly. Hopefully it's nothing, but it's definitely scaring me into treasuring the little things, like a hot cup of tea and Sunday morning snuggles.
P.S. After discovering a beautiful community on Instgram, I think I want some snail mail pen pals to trade updates with the old fashioned way. Ironic, but Tweet me, if you're up for it!