Photo-ing [ I went to Devon ]

This past weekend I went for an amazing weekend away with Sam to Dartmoor in Devon. We stayed in a secluded tent called The Nest at Leewood. It absolutely blew my little mind. It made you feel like you were either in Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones (although I’m just guessing from photos because I haven’t actually watched many yet). They have an outdoor kitchen but also a huge fire pit space.

On the Saturday, Sam basically MacGuyver-RayMears-BearGrylls’d us an amazing hand-made spit roaster. Just look how amazing the engineering of it is! ¬†Wowser. So we cooked a lovely chunk-o-beef slowly over the fire for a good 5 or so hours. It was amazing! I’m drooling just thinking about it now.

With no phone signal, internet or anything modern, they have done an amazing job creating this space, and I 100% want to go back again for another long weekend!

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We found a cloak. It had to be worn!

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Cute little window from the kitchen.

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The outhouse. (There is a normal loo and shower up at the main Leewood Cottage).

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Cooweeeeeee.

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Ahhhh rugged manliness!

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The amazing spiderweb-like back of the tent.

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#selfie?

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THE SPIT!

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Sam also made us a basting brush. GENIUS!

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OMG garlic fired parsnips. DIVINE!

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Roadtrip to Burgh Island. We didn’t have any cash to go explore the island, which was a shame.

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On the moors on the drive back home.

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We went to explore Wooky Hole Cave. It was pretty cool, with a scary bit where you walk over a metal bridge. My terrible vertigo did NOT have a good time with that.

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Cave-aged cheese (although it’s not from Cheddar) was so tasty.

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Really lovely old arcade machines.

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Categories: Photography
Photo-ing [ I went to Rye ]

We went on a little summer {English summer, a mix of grey and sunny right at the last minute} road trip to Rye, Camber Sands and Hastings. So I snapped a few snaps.

I need to experiment more on what works with a grey sky. Is it better to have darker images and cloud definition or a plain white sky?

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So HAPPY, tee hee.

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Categories: Photography
Making-it-May

A while back I saw a girl on the tube with an amazing outfit using traditional African print fabric, I was sad I wasn’t as cool as her, so I got home and started hunting for some wax print fabric. I am not very good, right now, at knowing the different types of fabric, but I bought three different styles and just went with the “I’ll see how it goes when I do it”.

I chose to use the same pattern I’ve used before the Misses’ Dress¬†and a new slightly more challenging pattern, the Leanne Marshall Skirt.

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(Sorry dress pics are from the iPhone)

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I think that, generally, it came out really well. I created my own neckline because I felt the pattern was quite busy to have no boob area. I added in some black inner pockets, which is a nice contrast to the dress. And whilst out drinking some cocktails the other night, I had a compliment from a girl saying she loved the design, MASSIVE confidence boost!

And finally the skirt, which I think came out really well, but I’m not sure that the style suits my body type, but hey, I made it so I am sure as hell am going to wear it!

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And finally, a while back I made a dress with some super cute mushroom fabric, but it was a bit of a disaster. The fabric is really soft, almost silky, so really unmanageable and I bought the wrong style of interfacing to help stiffen it. So it’s really flow-y which is lovely but one teeny gust of wind and it’s HELLO KNICKERS! So I need to make some adjustments. But I paired it with my retro underskirt and a giant red belt.

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Categories: Sewing
Photo-ing [ 16.04.14 ]

Delayed photo uploading. Life has been all the ups and downs and then I tend to lose focus a little. So here’s me trying to sort it out. More photo’s on my Canon 100D with the strict instruction from Sam to only use the Manual settings. I also bought the A Beautiful Mess Photoshop Actions and experimented with them too.

Lovely Junko-face…

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Exploring the Tate Modern.

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Having some coffee at Leon’s.

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Categories: Photography
THIS WEEK { 06.4.14 }
SunshinePrintsCo on Etsy

Hello again.

Another week has gone by, and it’s been a good one. I have tried to make sure I am a little more focused which means trying to write everything down and makes plans. And it certainly does help!

I got my patterns through in the post so I have to look into fabric choice for the dressed and have started on my knitted bolero. I’m a little ‘lazy’ when it comes to doing tests or toiles but as I am not a great knitter I thought best to work a tension gauge for the pattern. And it’s already paid off, as my tension wasn’t right so need to use smaller needles. So a big PHHHEEEWWWW that I did that.

Sam and I had a day out on Saturday. After going to the Science & Industry Museum last weekend, it’s made us realise that there is so much that we could be doing instead of lazing around the house. So we headed to the V&A for the morning. I bought the Canon 100D in the end, and my gawd I LOVE it. Sam has said that I should only use the camera on manual settings to learn, so I accepted the challenge. It did mean taking about a million pictures of the same thing, but practice makes perfect, right? Here are some of the shots I took in the day (plus a few of Junko)

He loves a good smoosh.

I treated myself to a Tatty Devine name necklace! I ave wanted one for ages and ages!

So this next week I am hoping to start another project which will be the first product that I want to start selling. I have quite a bit of work to do, all the design and tests need to be done but I am really looking forward to creating a whole project from scratch. I want to keep it all secret for now, I know that’s annoying, but the project will need some graphic design and crafty skills so please do watch this space. I also want to take more photos, and make a little camera case/bag. So plenty to keep me busy.

Until next week…

Lx

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[ Lauren's Library ]
I love this!

Books! I love them. Well not all of them. I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to science fiction books. And weirdly (after discussing this with my friend Tony, books that use London as the location). I’ve decided to make this a little library where I can update my book list and hopefully, when I get a little better at ‘internet-ing’ get some recommendations from internet friends.

In a kind of ‘read most recent’ order.

Ben Aaronovitch – The PC Grant Novels



The full set on Amazon
I’ve enjoyed every single book in the series so far. Rivers of London got me hooked and I couldn’t wait to read more. I caught up with them after Whispers Underground and waited not-so-patiently for Broken Homes. I’ve also spotted that there is a new novel in the series coming out in July… Ummm YIPEEEEEE. 
If you like magic, wizardry and a touchy of grimy London then you will be in for a treat. I get a bit geeky and overly excited when I have been to the pubs or streets that PC Grant goes to. 

Neil Gaiman – Neverwhere



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If you don’t want to live in London Below after this, then we might not be able to be friends anymore. I read on the tube and honestly did not want to stop reading at the end of my journeys.

3. Daniel O’Malley – The Rook



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A really good quick read. The writing style was easy to follow and I liked the lead character and also the Gestalt’s. I am a HUGE sucker for buying books depending on the cover design… This was a massive factor on this book.

Scarlett Thoms – The End Of Mister Y


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All I can say about The End Of Mister Y is that after reading it, I wanted to tell everyone in the whole world to read it. If you like science-y technical ideas of time-travel then you will love this and feel like you are so smart after reading it. Although you probably won’t be that much smarter, just a little more curious to try small viles of liquid.

Lx

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This Week { 30.3.14 }

This week has been ok-ish. I’ve kinda been feeling sorry for myself as I have had a weird virus, I think, where I have been feeling really lethargic and crampy. Which hasn’t been fun… I’m feeling better today which is a lot more fun. It makes you lose your get-up-an-go so I haven’t felt very enthusiastic about much during this week. Then I thought to myself, ‘LAUREN! Snap out of it’, so this weekend I put on my happy face, and my feeling better attitude and tried to make the most of it.

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Sam and I went to the Science and Industry Museum, for a flying visit, because neither of us are fans of loads of people and crowds. Then we drove to Twickenham to look for some materials for Sam, which ended up with us having a lovely pub lunch in the sun. YES! THE SUN! Definitely can’t wait for more sunny days. WOO.

I have decided that the only way forward in life, is to make lists. Here’s my list for this week.

Lauren’s Life List 

1. Invest in a professional camera


I have been wanting to do this for years. I have SLRs but not digital. Currently going through the um-ing and ah-ing stage of which one to get. Current thoughts are the Nikon D3200 or the Canon 100D. Hummmmmmmmmm?????

2. Do more courses


I’ve found that I am normally at maximum happiness if I am really busy with plenty of projects. So with that in mind, here are some courses that I really want to look into:
I’ve bought two dress patterns to sew and one knitting pattern. I’ve put these simple mood boards together for fabric and colour choice. The knitting pattern is probably going to be the biggest challenge as it doesn’t look like a simple pattern. But I think the key is just to give it a bash, you can alway unravel. 

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Sirdar Bolero

4. Save, save, save

I have never been really great at saving. And when I say never, I really mean it! I managed to get a small sum of savings last year but when Sam and I moved into our new house, because we are both freelancers, we had to put a 3 month deposit down. OUCH! It meant that all savings were GONE. It was pretty depressing. And I just haven’t managed to get back into the flow. So I am trying to make a conscious effort now to make saving plans and goals. Trying not to make them unachievable is important too. So I am going to see how it goes.

5. Do more, outdoors

Now that summer is on it’s way and after our little outing yesterday, it felt really nice just to have no plan for the day but go out and see different parts of the country. I know this involves money, so I am going to have to try and make a conscious effort to keep No.4 in the front of my mind. But everything in moderation, right? I would love to do a day trip to the seaside! 
Well… That’s everything currently on my mind. I am sure there’ll be more. But hopefully soon, there will be plenty of ‘professional’ photos of my craft work up here soon. 
Until next week…
Lx
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Oh…. Life

It’s been just under a year since I last blogged. It’s been a weird time. Like really weird.

Over the last year a lot has happened. New jobs. Life changing. All of this was really great for some things, like becoming a little more confident in myself to feel at ease in new situations and being able to work in new creative roles and media. But it also brought a lot of doubt, that is always hard to push away. Am I good enough? Everyone else is doing better than me. It this, or anything, actually right for me? Unfortunately these thoughts help make me my own worst enemy. From that stemmed a whole bunch of weird doubt in who I am and what am I doing? It made a little cloud of negativity float around my head day in, day out. And it was tough. Everything felt really strange.

So, from this I am trying to find that a new happy place. Less doubt. More happiness. Less worry about what other people think, or are doing with their lives. You only have one, so you might as well make it the best right? (To be fair, that is a lot easier to type then actually put in to practice, but hey ho)

I want to make a more personal space where I can share my thoughts, and I want it to be an honest place for me. Bad days, good days, grey days, neutral days. It’s more of a challenge for me I guess. I’m not very good at opening up. But I want to. And if that means using the internet to chat to strangers because it’s easier than doing it with the people closest to you, then I think for now, it’s ok. It will still be a little Lauren hub of things I am working on, be it work or craft. And nice things I’ve seen. So, not to worry, it’s not all deep and meaningful.

Anyway.

I saw this on the Brave Girls Club Facebook page and thought it was pretty lovely.

Lx

Categories: life
Squishy Giant Plush War Tourist

Just before ToyCon UK the super talented Holly (A Little Stranger) and I did our very first collaboration together on a GIANT plush War Tourist. The resin War Tourist is a collaboration between Planet Domu and rundmb which you can buy here. It was an awesome project to work on, and I learnt SO much from Holly. 
The one of a kind, handmade GIANT plush war tourists are a whopping 18 inches across and squishy super soft and ready to cuddle. We have made just one in each colour – purple or grey.
Each is made from highest quality plush fabric with a soft velvety feel, and features a rotating head for maximum fun.

They are going on sale via the Planet Domu Shop and are available now.

Ps. they give very lovely hugs.

Lx

Categories: Craft, Plush, Sewing
{ What I want Wednesday }

This post is a little late in the day, but better late than never, right?

I am going on super budget whilst I start freelancing but I can always plan something lovely for the future. Today I was totally inspired by all things kitty…

1. The GORGEOUS Hooked On A Feline Dress. 2. Very glamorous Newlook Blazer 3. Ollie & Nic Libby Shoulder Bag 4. And my FAVOURITE Irregular Choice A le Kat heels

I am totally a cat lady… And proud.

Lx

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