Monday, 31 August 2015

A Visit To Warwick Castle

You often find that you take the attractions in your home town for granted, I have tried not to let that happen with Warwick Castle as it is a lovely day out even if it is on our doorstep.  We usually end up visiting at least once a year and really love walking around the beautiful grounds, probably more so than visiting the exhibition within the castle which is filled with wax works, some of which are a little creepy looking!  We last came for Halloween last year where we did a spooky tour of the dungeons, perfect for fright night.   We had a lovely day wandering around, the sun came out to see us and the rain stayed away for the whole day, what more can you ask for?!





The view of the River Avon from the Mill House is really special, you can see the remains of the old Castle Bridge here and the beautiful garden in Mill Lane which is also worth a visit.




We watched the jousting, it was no A Knight's Tale though, were is the Heath Ledger type?!  It was enjoyable even without the eye candy, the setting is glorious.




We had a wander through the peacock garden and I managed to get a sneaky photo without the peacock peacocking at me.  They are noisy things these peacocks and I have to admit I have the fear!   I'm sure you'll agree the peacock topiary is pretty impressive too.  There is a tearoom situated here with tasty looking cakes if you need a mid trip pick me up.




We took in the beauty of the rose gardens and cooled off in the ice pits located in the garden, I'm sure it says you can store ice in the pits for a couple of years.  Who needs electricity, hey! 







However my favourite view of the castle will always be the view you get for free when passing over the bridge on the A425.  I am lucky enough to see this almost daily and never tire of it, it's just stunning.




We were treated to a trip to Warwick Castle courtesy of #DoMoreWithAvios.  You can collect points from your purchases including every day things like grocery shopping and filling the car up to travel which you can then turn into awesome treats such as a day out, afternoon tea or you can use them in the more traditional usage to book a flight.  The campaign Avios are currently running gives you the chance to spend your points on family or friends too, now to find someone with loads of points who fancies booking a flight to somewhere it's not raining...

If you fancy a trip to Warwick Castle and don't have any points to spend make sure you check out 2 for 1 deals before you go, you can usually find an offer on the back of a cereal packet and people even sell the tokens on eBay for a pound or so.  An adult ticket is currently priced at £24.60.

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Friday, 28 August 2015

Made By Me #157

Happy Friday and a very happy bank holiday weekend!  This is one of the dresses I have made with my upcoming holiday in mind.  We are going to the South Coast so it seems only right to have a few nautical themed outfits planned, right?!  The fabric is a seersucker which reminds me of summer holidays as a kid - pretty little seersucker dresses and numerous ice creams.  I only ever remember long sunny days from my childhood, fingers crossed for a few of those on our UK break.  The fabric hangs beautifully and I love the textured feel of the seersucker.  I am always looking for an excuse to crack out my lobster necklace, he is just too awesome and I love the way he dances as you move.  Yep I decided my lobster is a he and his name is Lobby in case you were wondering!

I have had my haircut since the photos were taken, will hopefully share that with you soon.  I really like how it has turned out, big props to my super talented brother in law Lee!  NashWhite are opening a second salon when we return from holiday. I can't wait to see the salon finished, the decor is always outstanding.




Dress: Made by me using Seersucker fabric by Cosmo
Shoes: Cath Kidston
Necklace: Tatty Devine 

We are busy decided what we are going to do for both our summer holiday next year and my impending 40th birthday (DOOM!) I have my eye on Santorini for the summer, just waiting to see what happens in Greece before we book it.  I can't make my mind up about a birthday weekend trip though, Gray has suggested maybe Paris as he knows I have been envious of Roisin's Paris fabric buys.  Where is good for a weekend break at the end of January?  Guaranteed to be awful on the weather front where ever we go but I am more than used to that now.  I have found a competition to win a weekend break in Paris so am going to try my luck with that, the competition hashtag includes PerfectParis so maybe I should take that as a sign for my perfect weekend.  Keeping everything crossed!  In the meantime if you have any January getaway suggestions for me let me know, if you've blogged them please link me up in the comments, pictures always help sway me.

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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Wednesday Wants

I know it's still August but it already feels like Autumn has arrived.  I am dreaming of getting back into my black opaques (or navy if I can find some) and cannot stop swooning over the new arrivals.  I have moved towards navy in quite a big way over recent months and I cannot see that changing anytime soon especially with the arrival of quite possible the most beautiful shoes ever!  I am totally heart eyes emoji over them!!  With my gorgeous new shoes in mind I have put together a navy themed wishlist.

I am in love with this beautiful asos dress and I don't even mind the little 'bare' midriff bit too much.  It kinda feels like it's still covered and won't be that revealing and the rest of the dress is just divine.  

 Dress: asos

I'm going for a full on match with this navy and gold number from Chi Chi, I really love the Oriental style of the bodice.  It's something that is usually paired with a fitted split skirt which is not something I would usually go for.

 Dress: Chi Chi

I had a similar dress to this a few years ago and absolutely loved it, I always teamed it with either gold or red and felt a million dollars when wearing it.  No idea what happened to that but am loving this Coast number.  There are some lovely dresses on Coast right now, I really like this print dress too.

Dress: Coast

I have also started planning what I am going to be making this Autumn though I still have some summer sewing to get round to in time for my upcoming holiday.  Fingers crossed it has stopped raining by then.  It obviously features a lot of navy with splashes of yellow so I can still wear my yellow Orlas and I am trying to add as much metallic as I can without going overboard.  I love anything metallic and my new shoes have just fuelled this further!  After reading Char's blogpost I have been thinking more about what my makes would look like as a collection rather than the individual garments they are.  I never really look past the dress I am currently making unless a really awesome fabric arrives and I need to get that on the sewing table.  I loved watching the creative process behind Coast's AW15 collection, it's really interesting to see the process from conception through to the finished garments.  I think it is time I tried a trickier fabric than cotton and recreate my favourite navy lace dress and I might even add a bit of embellishment!




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Friday, 21 August 2015

Made By Me #156

Sometimes something unexpected happens when you turn fabric into a dress, most of the time I have a pretty good idea what the resulting dress will look like but this one took me by surprise.  I knew I would like it, the colours are awesome after all, but I didn't expect to look at it on Violet and go wow!   The fabric was sent to me by The Stitchery along with the matching thread and zipper.  I took it out of the envelope and thought 'yep, good choice Sarah' then popped it in the washing machine ready and mentally planned to wear it with my yellow Orlas and my treasured Tatty Devine bee necklace.  So here we are and it is all looking rather fab together if I do say so myself.  My yellow Orlas were a wise investment, they go with so many of my dresses and get loads of comments when I wear them, I guess not everyone owns a pair of yellow shoes.  Though I certainly think they should!

I'm hoping to free up some more time this weekend for some sewing, it really does feel awesome to get back behind my sewing machine after a little break.  I need to hurry up and decide on my holiday wardrobe so I can make up any I want to wear.  One thing is certain, this beauty is coming with me!




Dress: Made by me using Folk Song by FreeSpirit*
Necklace: Tatty Devine (similar)

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Tuesday, 18 August 2015

In Bloom

I don't often get sent flowers so when a big bouquet arrived at work everyone wanted to know who they are for and who sent them.  I've never had so many questions over a delivery to work and I was quite tempted to pretend they were from a mystery admirer!  The flowers are just stunning, my favourite combination of purple and white with the additional extra white jug added to the order as they look like they are made for each other.  Never underestimate the power a flower delivery, it certainly bought a smile to my face and brightened my otherwise very Monday day.  The fact that a free box of choccies came with the order too obviously had no influence ;) 

The flowers are still going strong over a week after arrival and looking glorious in my living room.  The lovely folk at Blossoming Gifts have kindly offered up a discount code for you guys, you can save 33% off a bouquet (excluding the 'Flowers by Post' range) using the code BGIFTS33.  The bouquet I received is called Summer Meadow* and works out to just over £23 including standard delivery with the code.




 
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Monday, 17 August 2015

Made By Me #155

Happy Monday!  I had a much needed chilled weekend filled with sewing.  I have been pretty exhausted recently and ended the week with a head cold and some kind of bug that stopped me in my tracks.  I had intentionally slowed down with the walking having decided that my body needed a bit of a break but my body obviously had other ideas and decided it was perfect timing to break on me.  I am feeling a bit more human today thankfully.

There was a time when grey filled my wardrobe over navy but I just don't seem to come across many grey fabrics that I love.  This one is obviously the exception!  The fabric is apparently felt tip strokes but looks like sprinkles to me.  No cupcake or frosting here, just loads of sprinkles.  I love the mix of colours and obviously that the dress looks fab with my yellow Clarks x Orla shoes.  They have been getting so much wear even though I thought I would wear them less than the pink ones it is the other way round, they look great with so many dresses.  I am so excited about the Autumn Winter collection that is landing soon, think it might be my favourite yet.  I need this pair and this pair for starters!  I had such a lovely weekend spending some time sewing, I really missed it but didn't have either the time or the energy for it.  Now I just want to sew everything, so many amazing fabrics so little time.




Dress: Made by me using Felt Tip Fabric by Blend*
Pattern: Emery by Christine Haynes 

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