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Merida Vine
Senior Partnerships Manager


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06/04/14 Uncategorized

THIS WEEK { 06.4.14 }

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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02/04/14 Uncategorized

[ Lauren’s Library ]

[ 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



Neverwhere



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



The Rook



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


The End Of Mr. Y

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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30/03/14 Uncategorized

This Week { 30.3.14 }

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.

Print by AngelstarForever

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. 

Simplicity 1690
Simplicity 1755
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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24/04/13 Uncategorized

{ What I want Wednesday }

{ 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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27/03/13 Uncategorized

{ What I Want Wednesday }

Today is all things Vivienne Westwood. I have been oohing and aaahing over her style (and attitude for years) and over the past few weeks (months) I literally cannot STOP looking at these beauties…

Vivienne Westwood for Melissa Lady Dragon Bow ShoesVivienne Westwood for Melissa Lady Dragon Bow Shoes

Melissa Sky ShoesMelissa Patchuli III Shoes

I want them ALL! I have been staring at them longingly on the Dolly Dagger site, which is also another site to behold, with its gorgeous dresses and accessories.

I know this is pretty cheeky, but I have found some very similar high street styles that I am going to have a look at tomorrow (sorry Vivienne! Once my bank manager says it’s ok your will ALL BE MINE)

These are from New Look and I am hoping they turn out ok! Will update as soon as I know!

null (Multi Col) Pink Glitter Bow Peeptoe Jelly Wedges | 275248099 | New Looknull (Multi Col) Pink Glitter Bow Peeptoe Jelly Wedges | 275248099 | New Look

Lxox

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11/02/13 Uncategorized

MONDAY MUSINGS

This week I will mainly thinking about:

  • Going to South Africa, it’s only a short little trip but it is really exciting! (It’s a mix of business and pleasure, like you do).
  • Finishing off a few little projects that I have on.
  • Cracking on with driving. I am literally LOVING it! And there is a possibility I will be taking my test in 2 months which is amazing! 
  • Shopping. When I am in South Africa I really want to get some nice outfits. I am really terrible at shopping as I don’t often think about the entire outfit and just get little bits that I end up not wearing much because they don’t match anything.
  • Taking loads of photos on holiday! I am taking my Mini Diana to make sure I get loads of practice  And with it being sunny I think it will be perfect setting!

Some pretty things for your eyes:

Some awesome Mini Diana’s.

diana camera

Some amazing tattoos/sketches by Sneaky Mitch

Sneaky Mitch

Some really cute DIY projects via Heart Handmade UK (just in time for Valentines)

printable Valentine's favor box

Free heart box printables from Mr Printables via Heart Handmade UK

And finally

My favourite recipe from the BBC Good Food website. This recipe ALWAYS goes down a treat! If you cook it, let me know how you get on!

Nutty Chicken Curry

Nutty chicken curry

Hope your Monday has been acceptable.

L xox

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10/02/13 Uncategorized

Dinner at Franco Manca

Sourdough pizza! YUMMMM!

Went for dinner last week at the very lovely Franco Manca and it was pretty awesome! The pizza was really tasty and the restaurant is really cute! You can’t book so best to get there early, we were lucky as there was a big group of us so go a table pretty quickly.

I had a the meat special (which isn’t on the menu) but was really good. We also had some organic Red Wine which was better than I expected! All round, really good. Super tasty. Awesome.

I’ll definitely be going back again soon!

Sorry there’s no photos of the food, I got way too excited and ate it as SOON as it came to the table. WHOOPS!

I am off to South Africa on Wednesday so will have a few foreign eateries on the blog 😀 WOOO. I’m super excited!

L xox

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06/02/13 Uncategorized

Magnificent Moo

Oooooohhhh!

The other day I received my first little run of moo business cards, and all I can say is… FAB!

The quality is really great. The packaging is so cute. The service is awesome.

I got a small run of 20 Luxe Cards. And will definitely be ordering more! Sorry about the iPhone photos, I don’t have a snazzy SLR right now, maybe one day soon though.

Also, how AMAZING is the seal for the box…
I love, love, love good packaging. And that’s what moo delivers. I literally can’t recommend these guys enough!
L xox
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04/02/13 Uncategorized

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