Favourite Things #39

Hello lovely people, hope the week is treating you well.

First on the list of this week’s favourite things is the exciting news that I have booked my tickets to the Spirit of Christmas. What is this I hear you ask? Well It’s a big exhibition at London’s Olympia which is chockablock full of Christmas trimmings. It’s going to be a marvellous day spent admiring all the cute Christmas things, from decorations to handmade bits and bobs to present ideas. I’ll be wandering around this treasure trove with some of my favourite people and humming along to Christmas songs. It’s genius and perfect for anyone who is obsessed with this magical time of year.

On the note of Christmas I’m just going to take a moment in time to point out that we now have less than 9 weeks to go. 61 days in fact. Time to get thinking about starting the Christmas shopping.

I also wanted to point out another new obsession of mine – Polyvore. I’ve become a bit attached to this site as it’s the perfect way to create collages of my favourite shopping items. It’s also a great place to store all your favourite things. In fact you even get emails if something you’re added goes into the sale – dangerous but useful I think. I’ve been using this to make my monthly shopping budget posts (check out September’s here) and I think everything looks so much better.

Check out the below music recommendation from Spotify. Apparently because I listened to Kristen Chenoweth (she’s in my musicals playlist because of Wicked) I might like a song from a Disney Princess film. Ummm okay then. Yes, while I do know all the words, including song lyrics, of some Disney films (Tarzan, Mulan, Cinderella and Beauty & the Beast) that doesn’t mean that I want to listen to a song from a film I haven’t ever heard of. Anyway!

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This week I found and loved this tutorial from Something Swanky on how to create a custom blog background. Now I didn’t actually want to make a blog background but I did think that this was a great resource for learning all about Picmonkey. It’s helped me no end to see how other people do things and how to translate that into what I want to do.

One final thought is this – I have had a super productive week making blog type decisions. I’ve had lots of things running around inside my brain for awhile now and I’m about to put them into practise. Basically things are going to change around here, so watch this space.

Have a lovely week everybody.

Lau xxx

Favourite Things #34

Hello my lovelies and welcome to this week’s favourite things post. Here we go…

This Jolly Jumpers post from Fi, I’d like them all please. But if that’s not possible then I’ll go for 1, 2 and 4. Pretty please with a cherry on the top.

You may have seen my tweet about this earlier in the week, but if not then don’t fret as I’m sharing it again. It looks like Starbucks Christmas drinks will be in stores on November the 2nd. Check out the countdown right here. I am way over excited about this. Fingers crossed for the Gingerbread Latte.

How gorgeous is this plate from Cath Kidston? Love, love, love. Want, want, want!

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London Sandwich Plate

Dana at Wonder Forest shared advice on how to make a good blog header. Great stuff and perfect timing as I’m in the process of redesigning what I want my blog to look like and a new header is going to be part of this. Also on the whole design subject, Claire at House of Clicks shared a tutorial about joining shapes in InDesign something else that may come in handy with this blog design malarkey.

Debenhams have a blog competition that I will definitely be taking part in. Take a look here if you want to take part too. The winner gets £500 worth of vouchers fyi. Keep your eyes peeled for my bedroom design blog post coming soon.

I’m all set for the Innocent Big Knit thanks to these lovely free patterns from Deramores. I’m hoping to do the fox and the owl along with lots of stripy ones too. Plus you can create your own design with the big knitter. Genius idea and I will definitely be having some fun with it.

Lau xxx

Christmas Time

So the Evans family Christmas is almost over for another year as tomorrow (Friday) I am leaving the family home and heading back to London town to return to my normal life – sad times, I honestly wish the festivities could last a lot longer! Luckily I’m not back at work until the 2nd Jan, so I’ve got a few days to get everything packed away and sorted for 2013!
I just thought I’d share a few pics of my Christmas celebrations with you. It’s an early My Week in a Pictures if you like.
Here’s my Christmas wrapping, the paper is from good old M&S then I added some bakers twine and attached some jingling bells to finish them off.

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Here’s our five stockings (pillow cases) on Christmas morning filled by santa and the colouring book is just one of the present that Santa gave me, he knows we so well!

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Here’s the turkey during cooking, isn’t it huge? We hardly made a dent the fist day. But that’s okay as we’ve been feasting on cold meat and/or christmas soup for the last two days. Completely marvellous if you ask me.

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And here’s the Christmas cake – I don’t like Christmas cake – it’s the fruit you see, but I do think it looks good enough to eat, Mum was in charge of decorating and she did a lovely job.

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Now onto the presents, in our family we always open our stockings in the morning then go for a walk -this year it was a very soggy one- before having our turkey lunch and then opening our other presents. This is also the one day of the year when my sisters and I do not have to help with the clearing up after lunch, instead it’s our job to get the presents ready, we divide them up and pile them by people’s respective chairs. Here’s my pile waiting for the unwrapping to begin. As you can see I was completely spoiled by everyone this year! The next photo shows all the paper after we’ve unwrapped!

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Here’s a quick snap of all my lovely presents. I can’t decide what my favourite thing was. There’s my gorgeous new shoes, slippers and boots, then there’s all the sparkly nail varnishes, the Avengers Assemble DVD and yes that is a pile of running clothes there, seriously who’d have thought that little old me would ever want those for Christmas. How times change! There’s also the beautiful grey bag from Oasis that I’ve been coveting for ages. Plus I was also given a cooking stone from family friends, which included their family welsh came recipe. I’m very excited to try that out as they’re the most delicious welsh cakes I’ve ever tried. Although I am worried about where I’m going to put everything in my little flat, I think I may need to have a bit of a sort out.

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Once all the presents were opened we settled down to an evening of board games and card games. It’s somewhat of a family tradition that we spend hours having fun together. The evening of games normally ends with slight hysteria, someone will do something incredibly silly and then we’ll all dissolve into peels of laughter. I blame the copious amounts of alcohol that generally gets consumed during the day! My favourite of the day, has to be Don’t Get Mad (pictures), I’d not heard of it before, but it was a thrilling game, so much fun and very clever.

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How was your Christmas? I hope everyone had a lovely day and got some wonderful presents.

Lau xxx

Decoration wars

It could be said that in my office this year there’s been some what of a Christmas decorations war. You see my department has recently moved up 6 flights of stairs to a new floor, and with that brings new neighbours. When the 1st of December came round myself and some colleagues set about creating a festive space to work. Lots of sticky tape and a quick scale up the cabinets later we had lights and tinsel at the windows and baubles hanging off the evergreen plants. These are the same decorations we’ve had for the past 3 years, and we’ve decorated in the same way too, because if something works why bother changing it. We realised quite quickly that maybe these kind of decorations weren’t a normal 6th floor thing to do. You see each time people walked past they did a double take and stared in awe at the decorations. Then there were secretive whispers from our nearest neighbours and suddenly over the lunch hour a forest of snowflakes sprouted from the ceiling. And not just any snowflakes, but gorgeous blue and white origami snowflakes. Almost instantaneously I was jealous, I wanted these snowflakes, I wanted to know how to make them, but more importantly I wanted my very own forest of snowflakes hanging from my own ceiling. So predictably I took to the internet to discover how these are made, and guess what I found? Yes, that’s right a whole plethora of different origami snowflakes. These are the ones hanging in the office, i can’t believe how easy they are to make. Take s look here – How to make Origami Snowflakes . I’ve got big plans with these this weekend once i’m back at my parents house. I think i’m going to decorate the whole house, it’ll look so pretty.

Lau xx