Saturday, 31 March 2012

Eggs Galore...

Hey Everyone...

I hope you are all having a fantastic weekend, despite the change in weather! I am sorry I haven't blogged in a while, I have been busy busy with lots of wedding related things! I can't wait to blog about it all after the wedding! It is only 8 weeks to go, and is all feeling very real now!

But tonight I wanted to show you some hunting I have been doing in time for easter! You might remember this post here where I told you all about my discovery of the giant faberge eggs in London and started my hunt. Well since then I have found quite a few more...






















They are all so beautiful! I love looking for them! I was planning to go egg hunting today, in an aim of finding all 209, but I really needed a day to relax, so I have abandoned my hunt! With the eggs only sticking around until Easter, I only have a week left to find them all so I think I will be thwarted in my quest, but I will let you know if I manage to spot anymore!

I will however, make sure I go to see the entire collection when all the eggs are displayed together in Covent Garden! It's a shame they aren't here to stay, as I have loved seeing them all around the city and it has encouraged me to explore more of the city I live in and love! If you get a chance I suggest you go to visit them too! 

Tomorrow, I will be showing you all my crafts for the month, I can't wait to share them with you!

Have a lovely weekend!

Love Jewel xXx

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

The Weekend...

Hey Everyone...

How is your week going? Tonight, I finally get to relax! I have a night where I have nothing planned which seems to be a very rare thing at the moment. Although I promise I am not complaining, the things keeping me busy are mostly lovely, such as seeing The Fiance play a fantastic gig last night (which I will blog about soon).

So with my night off I can catch you up on my weekend! Last Friday was my Mum's birthday, so on Saturday she came to visit us! I made her a handmade card, using the beautiful stamps I received for my birthday...


It coordinates with the Mother's Day card I made her too! 


We went to IKEA to do a spot of shopping! I bought some new wall lamps for the lounge, some cushion inners for some new projects, and some gorgeous little bulbs for the house and garden! 

Also this weekend, one of my lovely bridesmaids moved into her first own flat with her boyfriend! So exciting! I sent her this card to congratulate her! I hope she's already received it!  


I managed to squeeze in some gardening as it was such a lovely day! Here is the gorgeous tea cup planter/wind chime my lovely maid of honour Emma bought me for my birthday! 

I have planted it up with a little narcissus from IKEA and hung it on our pear tree in the garden! It makes me smile everytime I look through the kitchen window!


And the sunshine meant it was time to get out the garden table and chairs! I used the other gorgeous plant pot Emma bought me for another bulb from IKEA - this time a pretty pink hyacinth - or at least it will be!


And I checked on my lovely old rose bush! It's now two years old in my care and is sprouting lots of lovely leaves - I can't wait for it to blossom!


I emptied out my other pots that were growing wild and planted some seeds - I also finally dug up a load of rubble that had been dumped in the garden before we moved it and was overgrown and partially hidden! It took me a long time and was hard work (lots of rubble, sand and old bags) but now it looks so much better! Now I just need to cover the lawn with some grass seed!

Then after all that it was off out in the evening to celebrate one of The Fiance's friends birthday! After a very long drive, we arrived at Westfield Stratford! I had never been before and only seen the Olympic park from the A12, but boy was it hard to find! It wasn't sign posted at all, and was hugely confusing! I really hope they improve the signage by the time the games begin!

The shopping centre was bigger and better than the West London one, and absolutely packed even at 8.30pm! We went for dinner and bowling at the All Star alley and I enjoyed my first proper meal in two weeks, having been on my detox!


Yummy Chocolate Milkshake


Veggie Burger & Sweet Potato Fries

And there was no rest for the wicked, despite the loss of an hours sleep! On Sunday it was off to pick up our niece's and take them to the Natural History Museum...



We all had a fantastic time - especially in the learning zone where the girls got to watch a puppet show and even join in as some of the characters! Afterwards they were able to look at and explore real specimens of all sorts of plants and animals and be real scientists!


We bought them both a magnifying glass so they could continue being scientists at home!


So now you know why I am tired out! But it was a lovely weekend! I did have plans this weekend, but they have all been cancelled, which has turned out to be quite nice as hopefully the fiance and I will be able to relax and spend some quality time together - hopefully in some sunshine!

Love Jewel xXx

Monday, 26 March 2012

Anthropologie...


Hey Everyone...

I hope you're all having a lovely Monday morning! The sun is shining, so I am smiling!

I still have lots of blog posts to show you all, but I have waited so long for this one that I couldn't wait any longer! Remember when I met up with some lovely fellow bloggers a few weeks ago? (You can read about it here!) Well whilst we were out, we popped into the gorgeous Anthropologie!

I have heard a lot about this shop, and popped into the Birmingham store a couple of times whilst visiting friends, but the London store was just fantastic! It had a wall covered in plants - a living wall (I will add a picture later)

But what I wanted to show you was this beautiful dinner set called Fleur De Lis...








Isn't it just gorgeous!? A long time ago I was given (yes given) a tea cup and saucer at a car boot sale. I didn't realise at the time that it was from Anthropologie, from a very similar range, but instead featured a crown design.

Well I was very good and refrained from buying any of this beautiful set - it was so hard.

But guess what?! On my way into London a week later, I walked past a local charity shop and spotted this little lot in the window....


A set of four of the beautiful cups and saucers! These would have cost £40 in the shop, but I bagged them for a princely sum of just £6 - for the whole lot! Aren't I lucky!?

I was so overjoyed, I swear I skipped down the street! The only problem is - now I want the rest of it! *Ho Hum!*

Love Jewel xXx

P.S. I still have 3 spaces for my CRAFT IT FORWARD 2012 giveaway - please take a look at this post! And join in, I promise I will put lots of effort into your gift!

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Stitch & Craft...

Hey Everyone...

I am so sorry that it has been so long since I last blogged. This week has been really stressful and I haven't been managing very well so I needed to take some time out! I hope you will all understand?!

I have so much to catch up on though, that I won't linger on bad times. Instead I wanted to blog about a lovely day out I had last Saturday! 

I visited the Stitch & Craft Show at Olympia in London with my Maid of Honour, who is my craftiest friend! I had never been before, but after seeing a promotional leaflet with reduced price tickets in Mollie Makes and hearing a great review from the lovely Gem I just had to visit! 

And boy am I glad I did...

Olympia!


The show was packed full of fantastic stalls! I couldn't believe how many beautiful things there were to buy!

It was so inspiring and there were some fantastic demonstrations of amazing crafts including hundreds of beautiful quilts. 

My friend Emma and I spent all day looking around, and also got stuck into a couple of crafts ourselves... 


Some decoupage (Emma's first time!)


And some sewing (also Emma's first time on a machine!)


We created some squares for a giant quilt that will be put together and presented to The Queen for her Diamond Jubilee - apparently it will also be displayed at the Knitting & Stitching show in October!

If you go, and happen to see my square, please let me know!


There was also a fantastic knitted village, which must have taken an unbelievable amount of time and effort from everyone involved!


I was so inspired by everything I saw that I just HAD to buy some supplies! I spent all the cash I had, then started to pay on card, before getting out more cash! This place really was lethal!


Britain themed stickers by Portabello Road


Bunting shaped stamps


Embroidery hoops 
(Which I plan to use to display some fabric/crafts)


Thick wool
(to make the long awaited first knitted project - a scarf for The Fiance)


A subscription to Papercraft magazine


Gorgeous sewing buttons




Decoupage papers
(For my niece's flowergirl gifts for the wedding)


Lots of gorgeous ribbon - mostly Britain themed


And I made this pretty little decoupage heart which is now hanging below my reel rack



The MOST gorgeous London/Jubilee fabrics EVER!

(I got so excited by these fabrics, I kept stroking them, they were so expensive but I LOVE them!)


And I made this little fabric bow at a free demonstration


And the lady kindly let me take away some scraps to make some more!

It was a fantastic day! There were so many gorgeous cross stitch and tapestry projects I also wanted to buy, but as I haven't even started my small cross stitch kits yet, I managed to refrain.

My friend Emma however, bought some beautiful kits and I can't wait to see how they turn out! She is making us a cross stitched ring cushion for the wedding and I am so excited to see it! I told you she was a crafty friend!

I cannot wait to go back next year, but first I really need to knuckle down and get crafting with this beautiful lot!


I hope you have all had a lovely weekend in the gorgeous sunshine! Here's hoping for a better week!

Love Jewel xXx