Monday, 2 March 2015

Hello

This post is titled "Hello" as I have been away so long it seems appropriate. I have spent a while dipping in and out of things such as Instagram and Pinterest and have been happy doing so. However, I recently felt the urge to write again, so I am back and feeling good about creating a balance between various social networking and the things it can do. 
There's a lot to catch up on, and so I'm going to start a mini series to update you on a few things.


 This one, the first is just ME. I'm more or less the same, although feeling older and strangely more calm and content. At Christmas time I had what was, for me, quite a big haircut. I didn't plan it, just sat in the chair and told her to keep chopping. So she did, and I'm quite pleased, it feels healthier and thicker. I'm sure in a couple of months when the sun is shining I will crave my longer, wavy locks but for the moment, this is neat and I like it.

Work is still a massive part of my life and I have to remind myself to take a step back and do other things. I do love my job though and I'm lucky that it allows me to be creative in so many different ways. 
Over the last year I have come to love sending snail mail across the world, it's allowed me to get to know like minded people and not only allows me to write, but to be creative, sending artistic love and wishes in short, captured moments of time. 

Call back for the next update. 

Thanks for reading.
Rachel xxx


Monday, 18 August 2014

Snail Mailing

I've always liked writing letters and did so quite a lot when I was away at university. I love the feeling when something exciting comes through the post (that I haven't bought for myself!).Since working, the opportunities for letter writing have become less although I do still communicate with a few friends in this way.
I happened upon the blog of Nadia Van Der Mescht and was intrigued to discover that 'penpalling' has become quite popular for creative people around the world to communicate and use some of their creative skills. I e-mailed the lovely Nadia for advice on how to go about finding pen-pals and she said that Instagram was the best place. I joined Instagram (which has taken over my blogging time) and found some penpals, as well as some finding me. Since then I have sent and received various packages.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I am really loving my new pen-palling hobby. It means I can use some of my creative juices for small, manageable projects, but also put a smile on my penpal's faces with bits and pieces I have put together.
 
Thanks for reading.
Rachel xxx
 

Istanbul

In May I was very lucky to visit the city of Istanbul on a school project. I didn't really know what to expect and so was pleasantly surprised to discover an amazing city, full of colour, beauty, spirit and people who were kind and warm-hearted.

 
For anyone who loved textiles, pattern, colour and embellishment - Turkey is like an Aladdin's Cave. As this was a work visit I didn't have a great deal of spending money and was gutted I couldn't have purchased more.
 
 
 

 
If you are ever stuck for somewhere to visit or fancy a break from the usual beach holiday, I cannot express enough how beautiful and amazing Istanbul is. I came home wanting to return to this wonderful, spiritual city immediately.
 
 
Thanks for reading.
Rachel xxx

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

A Catch Up

It has been such a long time since I did a blog post that I thought it was time for a catch up! The last things I wrote about happened in January.
 
 
I had a few days in the sunshine in Tenerife in February, it was lovely to see some blue skies and feel some warmth.
 
My big brother also turned 30 in February. What's a better way to celebrate than with an M&S Colin the Caterpillar cake!?
 
March was a busy month, it began with my friends hen do, which involved some spa treatments, a night out dressed as various animals, and cocktails served from teapots!
I also had a trip with work to Hungary, which allowed me a small amount of time to see some of the beautiful city of Budapest.
 
 April begun with the beautiful wedding of my friend Anna, the bride looked beautiful and it was a happy and emotional day. Here is a photo of the table centrepieces from the day.
 
That brings me about up to date. Now I'm enjoying the Easter holidays, with not much planned apart from enjoying myself, catching up with friends and family and attending another wedding. I'm enjoying a spot of sewing and signs of Spring.
 
 
 
Thanks for reading.
Rachel
xxx
 

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Newness

I know it's been ages since Christmas and New Year but I haven't had chance to write so this is my Happy New Year post.
Christmas feels like months ago now and I've also had my 27th birthday since then!
I got totally spoilt for both Christmas and my birthday and I thought I'd share a couple of my presents which have become some current 'favourite things'.
I was lucky enough to receive some Dubarry boots for my birthday. They are very expensive, but fantastic, comfortable, warm and sturdy. They'll be great for snow (if we get any!) and alongside my new wax Barbour jacket, I'm all setup for the great outdoors :-).
 
In my last post, I mentioned my new found love of Anthropologie and shared a picture of my plate. Well for Christmas, I got two new Anthro items.
 
I LOVE the mug, so much that I'm having to force myself to give it up to the dishwasher for washing :-). It's a current simple pleasure to drink a nice cup of tea out of this.
The other item is the gorgeous pair of tights. They're gorgeous, but at the moment I'm struggling to team them with an outfit, and I'm on the lookout for a plain black skirt to wear them with. As soon as I get that problem sorted, I know I am going to love wearing them!
 
What are your current favourites helping you to get through January?
 
Thanks for reading.
Rachel xx
 

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Home Accessories

The past month or so has seen me add a few really nice finishing touches to my home. Although I've been in my house a few years now, I am still loving adding bits and pieces that I pick up on my travels. I absolutely LOVE finding individual things that I know not many people will have.
 
The first couple are things I picked up at the Country Living Christmas fair in Harrogate.
 
 
I got this from Marna at Little A Designs whose work I have admired for a long time. I recently had my bedroom decorated in sunny shades of yellow and I thought this would go brilliantly. It's a beautfilly painted yellow embroidery hoop filled with vintage linen and then embellished by Marna with writing, fabric, pearls and buttons. Gorgeous.

 
I admit this little guy will not be to everyone's taste, but this is my new stuffed, wall-mounted reindeer head from Indigo and Rose.

 
Last, but not least, is a plate my parents brought back from Anthropologie in New York. I love Anthropologie, but there isn't one locally so when my Mum and Dad said they were going to New York, I asked them to bring me something back.
This plate is beautiful. It has a slight Aboriginal feel to it and looks hand painted. I decided to wall mount it and put it next to my very amateur hand painted plate I did at one of those pottery places. It looks great and I can't stop looking at it.
 
Anyone else bought nice home accessories recently?
 
Thanks for reading.
Rachel xx

Monday, 2 December 2013

Christma is Coming...

This weekend was the start of December which meant I have let Christmas creep into my home. Because I will not spend Christmas in my own home, I got my real Christmas tree early to get my money's worth! I decorated it with the help of some family, and I am enjoying the smell and cosiness it adds to my home :-)
 
 
 
 
I am going to wait a little longer to put up some other deorations and just enjoy the tree for the time being.
The festive period is definitely here. Most of my presents have been bought and I am returning home from work covered in glitter on a daily basis.
 
A certain little man is also ready for the arrival of Santa :-)
 
 
Are you all on your way with the Christmas preparations or are you avoiding it like the plague!?
 
Thanks for reading.
Rachel xx