Thursday, 20 November 2014

At the weekend

At the weekend I wore my favourite clothes and used a boyfriend photographer instead of a tripod one.  As you can see, it had mixed results...  Being told to pose better isn't something the timer usually cares about.

At the weekend Tam surprised me with a trip to the Auchentoshan distillery, where we toured, inhaled an interesting array of smells and had a wee dram.  It may not beat Aberlour or Islay Smokehead (which will forever remind me of our Scottish holiday) but it was pretty darn good anyway.

At the weekend I thought I could paint my nails in the car and not have it be a major, messy operation.  I was wrong.

At the weekend we ate the best burgers in Glasgow for the millionth time and they were better than ever.  Although this time we went to The Record Factory instead of Nice N Sleazys.  There was also steamy hot soup and a mountain of bread for Sunday lunch.

At the weekend we watched Titanic and The Chase USA and shouted at the TV when the X Factor results happened.

At the weekend The Imitation Game was sold out so we went home and I crocheted and Tam drew and it was pretty darn awesome.

jumper - H&M
vest - M&S
skirt - M&S via charity shop
boots - DSW

jumper - M&S mens via charity shop
jeans - Long Tall Sally
boots - H&M


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

A trip to Dollar Glen

In case anyone's in any doubt about the faffing I went to trying to capture the cool misty effects of the river photo, Tam very kindly took some shots of me on the sly.  The bridge made a willing helper but I think it's time to start carrying my tripod and remote around everywhere in the case the occasion arises...

Another trip to Dollar!  The scenery was just as beautiful as it was in spring time, although the rain cut short our second trip into the castle.  We had a leisurely walk up the hill and delighted when we got to the point that the path went down hill again.  After getting nice and wet on the way back to the car, lunch at my favourite place was in order (Cafe Des Fleurs, for any future visitors to Dollar!).  It was our second time there and like the first visit, the sandwiches and cakes were to die for.  I'm definitely trying the scones next time though.  Or the other cakes...


Monday, 17 November 2014

Christmas Crafting

I've been so busy on the crafting front lately that I haven't even stopped to take pictures until now, most unlike me!  I thought I'd share what I'd been up to at crochet class and at home - I'm loving being able to finally understand crochet, and it's even turning out to be simpler than knitting in terms of figuring out patterns.  Admittedly I've only made simple things so far but crocheting that crazy cute snowman was much easier than knitting the snowman motif onto that tiny jumper.  

So, from the top!  I'm taking my mum to the Country Living Christmas Fair on Friday for her birthday (which was a month ago...but I suck at actual presents so a day out seemed like a much better plan) and Tam's mum and aunt will be joining us.  I spotted these cute yarn basket tree ornaments on Ravely recently and had to make them as Fair gifts for everyone to get the festive spirit going!  The instructions were a bit unclear at points though so I just improvised - I extended the length of the handle and made it part of the bag sides since I just couldn't work out how it was meant to be sewn together.  The tiny balls and matchsticks (cut and sanded smooth) were superglued in and seem to be sticking so far...

The crochet ornaments I made in class and so have no copy of the pattern on here.  Our instructor makes up some patterns and gives us some existing ones to work out usually.  I'm dying over how cute the snowman is so he's staying with me for a change.  Plus my friend said he was a bit evil looking which I guess means no-one else would accept him anyway.  Ahem.

The Christmas lights were also found on Ravely - the crochet terms are American but it's easy enough to work out.  I made these for part of a Christmas window display at work.  We've each picked an office window to decorate and mine is going to be chock full of woolly awesomeness.

Also for the window...tiny jumpers!  The pattern came from the fab Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day campaign (which we'd be doing at work if our Christmas night out didn't start at lunch time that day...maybe I can use my powers of persuasion to convince folks to join in in the morning).  I've got a few more to do but couldn't resist sharing my progress so far.  I can't decide on a favourite yet but Tam's mum and aunt are also making them so there's been many squeals of delight every time we finish one.

Phew!  Is anyone else making Christmas goodies this year?  Pictures please!


Sunday, 16 November 2014

A trip to Summerlee

A couple of weekends ago Tam and I went to Summerlee Industrial Museum for a wander around.  My work has a lot of old cinema equipment that Summerlee stores for us and I was hoping to see some of it on display, but they only had one projector and a tiny cinema section on the floor.  Mind you, that beautiful organ kind of made up for it - it even had buttons for sound effects!  Annoyingly, another display was positioned directly opposite it so I couldn't stand back enough to get the gorgeous back screen in too.  It's well worth checking out though.  The museum itself is a great building but not as solely focused on the 'industrial' part of its name as I expected - my favourite parts (after the cinema paraphernalia of course) were the everyday items on display.  Clothing, china and grocery items were all accounted for, and the knitted football items were a particular highlight.

There was a canal boat and a tram ride outside the building that we didn't get around to investigating so we could have spent a bit longer there, but my stomach was crying out for food and...well, food always wins.


Friday, 14 November 2014

A year of Parsnip

Anyone who's read this blog for any length of time will have seen Tam's dog, Parsnip, featured fairly heavily in the photos.  He's the perfect subject - who can resist that cute wee face?!  Not me anyway.  Or Tam.  Or his mum.  So the only sensible thing to do was to order up a Parsnip themed Christmas present for each of them.  Snapfish came up with the goods in the form of these excellent calendars for next year - so we can look at that pretty face every day!  (Actually I'm the one who doesn't see him every day so if I was being sensible I'd have ordered myself one.  Oops.)

I went for a wall calendar for Tam's mum, a desk calendar for Tam to take to work, and an extra bonus gift of a keyring for Tam.

The site is really easy to use and the calendars are totally customisable - I made a collage of pictures on some of the pages, added birthdays in the dates and added text to go with some of the photos.  The backgrounds were also interchangeable so I spend ages getting each page just right.

After designing my calendars, I ventured into the gift section and picked a couple of things for my Secret Santa recipient at work.  Luckily I got the person I know best there which has made gift buying nice and easy!  (She was literally holding the envelope and saying 'try to get me!' as I picked out her name.  I nearly gave the game away in surprise!)  She needs a work mug, which led to me picking the 'best' work picture of us - our trip to Home Bargains a few weeks ago.  I think she'll see the funny side...  And since she likes tiny things (Lego addict) I added this tiny photobook to the basket

I'm really impressed with the quality of the calendars and the gifts - the only point to note is that the mug photo only appears on one side since there was meant to be text added to the other side, which I chose not to do.  I'd certainly use them again for everything else, and I'm tempted to try out some bigger photo books next...

*I was gifted a voucher from Snapfish to pick some items to review but as always, all opinions are my own*