Hey Everyone...

I must apologise, life has been so busy, and I have been neglecting my blog! Obviously I have upset you all with my neglect, as my last two blog posts haven't had any comments! I hope you are all still following and haven't given up on me, I am still here!

I need to learn how to catch up on blogs using my iPhone, as I never have a chance to use the laptop nowadays! Does anyone know how I can use google reader to read the blogs I follow?

I want to try to justify my absense! This week is the deadline for my clinical psychology doctorate application. So I have been spending my evenings writing a very hard application form, proof reading and making changes! I finally sent the application off on Friday, and now all I can do is wait. Last year I had one interview but unfortunately didn't get a place. Now I just have to keep my fingers crossed until February-March when I will hear if I have been given a interview at any of the 4 universities I applied to.  At least it's done now, and I can relax over Christmas!

But I haven't been relaxing, I have been busy busy! Last Wednesday I met up with two lovely friends, Sian & Adele, for dinner in London. As I had been at a training that day I finished early and got some much needed Christmas shopping done. Oxford street was alight with beautiful Christmas lights...

It was lovely to catch up with them, and hopefully one of them is moving into London soon, so I will get to see her more often.

Then on Thursday I did something both strange and exciting. I had won a competition and my prize was a photoshoot with a free photograph. However, this was a photoshoot with a difference! The company - called FYEO or For Your Eyes Only, take naked or lingerie photographs. I first heard about them at various wedding fayres, as they market their photographs as great gifts for soon to be grooms.

So I travelled to their Berkshire studio, and took part in a naked photoshoot! As you may know I have pretty rubbish self-esteem and I hate my body, so it may seem a bit strange for me to do this. However, it was extremely liberating and confidence boosting. I mean, I was unbelievable scared, and embarrassed at times, but the photographer was lovely and really put me at ease.

I now have some beautiful photographs which I can cherish and will always make me feel more confident! Now I just need to choose my favourite to get for free! I would hugely recommend the experience, even if, like me, you have low self-esteem or don't like your body. The staff are amazing and it can really make a difference to how you see yourself.

Then on Friday night, it was off out to see the fiance at another gig. This time he was supporting a bigger band, and playing in a prime time slot. My friend Marian came along and after a quick curry, and too much wine, we watched the fiance play. He was fantastic (as usual) but also really relaxed, despite having a cold, and it was his best performance yet!

Saturday was special, as I went to meet two uni friends Rachel & Lucy for our Christmas get together. We all live far apart and so we planned an early Christmas meet up to get into the spirit. After lots of fuss on the London transport system, we arrived at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park...

It was so much fun and extremely Christmassy! We exchanged some Christmas gifts, and I received these beautiful presents from Rachel...

Beautiful Keep Calm Sewing Tote, Lush Christmas Pud Ballastic & 'Made with Love' Ribbon

Then we took a wander through Green Park to Buckingham Palace (to show the girls where I will soon be working) and stopped in Fortnum & Mason for to top up our Christmas cheer!

When I got home, the fiance had made me a lovely home cooked meal of handmade pizza...

I have also been busy making and buying lots of lovely Christmas decorations and gifts...

Linen Hearts From IKEA

Red & White Decorations From Tesco

Red Felt Star From IKEA

I can't show you all the gifts I have made so far, just in case their recipients are reading! But there is one I can show you...

Lavender Pouches

Lavender Pouches

I have also been busy crafting for my next craft fair THIS Saturday! I will be at the Frost Fair a Avenue House, in Finchley, hosted by the WI. I will blog all about my preparations for it tomorrow!

Today, I am off sick from work with a yucky cold, hence why I have been able to catch up on my blogging. But I am so excited to show you all my crafts for the fair on Saturday, I will make sure I blog tomorrow to tell you all about it.

Hope you all have a lovely week!

Jewel x


  1. I think everyone is having trouble fitting everything in, I use Google reader. Go to Blogger dashboard, its at the bottom. So much simpler.

    Good on you for the photo!

  2. I'm still here!! Dont worry! Managing to read all the posts, but dont always have time to comment on them all too. Its a busy busy busy time for all at the mo! Good luck with the Frost Fair.

  3. Hope your PhD application goes OK - it is a nerve wracking time, and the forms are dreadful I seem to remember. Hope you will join in my giveaway!

    Pomona x

  4. Wow you have been busy. The photo shoot sounds amazing. I have thought about it before but haven't yet had the guts to look into it further but after reading this maybe I will just check out their website.

    The cold has been going around, I have had it for the last 6 days and just can't seem to shift it, never mind, onwards and upwards I guess.

    Good luck on Saturday x x x x


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