June 29, 2015

5 Positive Things To Do This Week #137

positive things to do

1. Clean your hairbrush

2. Sell any unwanted wedding outfits you never wear on eBay. Wedding season is here and people need dresses!

3. Make your own salad dressings ready for the summer. My fave homemade dressing (for one salad) is 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 tablespoon lemon zest and a pinch of salt & pepper. Yum!

4. Plan a trip to a local Lido

5. Have a night listening to old records, reading books and drinking wine

Brew up and see more 5 Positive Things To Do This Week posts here.

P.S Care to share my new hashtag #sharethepositive on your happy and positive pics on Instagram? Share the good things that have put a smile on your face and focus on the happy. I’ll share my favourite positive moments and photographs from anyone who plays along, on Instagram and the blog. Happy tagging!

Tote of the week
June 26, 2015

Tote of the Week: Don’t Forget Your Wellies by Hey! Holla

Hey! Holla Tote Bag (£16)

As you read this, all being well, I should be prancing around the fields of Worthy Farm, at Glastonbury Festival. So this week’s tote of the week seemed apt! Any excuse to don wellies and I’m there. I’m not exactly sure why I love them so, perhaps happy memories from childhood, stomping in puddles!

Anyhoo, WiFi permitted I should be on Instagram throughout the festival (I have my portable phone charger with me, so do stop by to say hello!

Happy weekend!

P.S On the hunt for a new tote bag? Take a look through my previous tote bags featured.

Hebden Bridge/ Made
June 24, 2015

Made! Cardmaking Workshop with Julia Ogden

Art Tools

Last week the clouds descended over Hebden Bridge and the rain fell hard; the perfect opportunity to stay indoors and settle into an afternoon of crafting. Luckily, it just so happened to be the day I was going to a Cardmaking Workshop at Julia Ogden’s Art Studio. So while the rain worked its magic outdoors, we got busy making greeting cards and envelopes using printing and collage techniques that Julia taught us. Hurrah for making a big crafty mess!

WorkshopsMake! Julia Ogden Studio tea break
The best part of the day was realising that you can craft using everyday materials you have around the house; recycled envelopes (cool blue patterns inside – at last there is a positive to receiving bills in the post!), maps, graph paper, bubble wrap, sponges, cling film and the list goes on!

We started by sponging sheets of paper with acrylic paint, using an everyday kitchen sponge, to be used later as envelopes and for collage. I then sponged a contrasting paint onto a small section of bubble wrap to print onto my paper. Once dry, then came the collage fun!

water colour collage makingArt Studio studiocardmaking

I made my dad a Father’s Day card then played with some cloud, balloon and lighthouse ideas whilst other workshop attendees made cards filled with flowers, seascapes, garden and abstract designs.

Workshops are awesome, indeed they are. I always come away feeling inspired and motivated and they are the perfect opportunity to just switch off and do! I came away with ink and paint-stained fingers (I might of pretended I was an artist for the rest of the day – ahem) and have lots of ideas for cardmaking DIYs for future Made! blog posts which I’ll share when I return from my holibobs. Watch this space.

When you’re planning a trip to Hebden Bridge be sure to check in on Julia’s website to see what craft workshops she has planned for adults and children in her bright and welcoming studio. Oh, and lunch and afternoon refreshments are provided too!

What have you been making lately?

Hebden Bridge
June 22, 2015

Festival Packing List


Yesterday I sat down to write my Glastonbury Festival list. You know the one; baby wipes, paracetamol, sun cream etc (runs around the room in excitement). So I thought I’d add my festival checklist to the internet (do forgive me) just in case you’re off to a festival too and need a quick go-to guide from a thirty something lass who’s survived lots of festivals.

THINGS to take (2)

My festival survival list has changed over the years. In other words I’ll now do anything I can to ensure I get a good night’s kip. So I’ve swapped roll mats for blow up beds, rolled up jumpers for inflatable pillows and a 2 man tent for a spacious 5 man tent. Yup, I’m all about comfort now, my friends. Living the dream.

Festival Check ListEurohike Rucksack and Easy Camp 5 Man Tent c/o Blacks

Style wise, I’m comfortable wearing dresses which I can wear with or without leggings (dependent on the weather), jeans and cosy jumpers for the cold evenings and colourful accessories. Scarfs are always a great festival must-have that can double up as picnic blankets and cover ups when the sun is shining. Oh and don’t forget the sunglasses!

As for beauty, I try to keep it minimal. Whether the sun is shining or not, I’ll be topping up my sun cream often so I usually just wear lip and cheek stain, concealer and a little waterproof mascara.


All that’s left is to check the weather forecast one final time (cross those fingers folks). Are you off to a festival this year, or are you heading to Glastonbury too?

Back to top