Monday, 31 December 2012

The 2013 Weekly Challenge

I have been completely lazy this year, it's a fact.  I haven't pushed myself enough or put myself out there and welcomed opportunities (not that I came across many, but they probably appeared when I had my glasses off or was looking in the direction of the tv - I've watched far too much tv this year).  True, I started exploring with my friend this winter, and I definitely want to continue that, but it's hardly a USEFUL hobby.

Luckily, Sarah (over at Sarah Rooftops) and I have been brainstorming a remedy to this.  We've come up with a sixty point challenge, with enough activities to keep us busy for an entire year.  The best part is we're picking a random one (or more!) every week, and not necessarily the same one as each other, so it should keep things interesting for us and you guys!

Check out the list below...
  • Photograph your favourite places.
  • Have a nostalgia trip (go somewhere you loved as a kid, watch a childhood cartoon, meet an old friend).
  • Have an early night with a good book.
  • Learn a dance.
  • Test a new drink (Elise is stuck in a Bud rut; Sarah's getting tipsy on wine).
  • Try a new restaurant.
  • Write a completely honest post about how you're feeling right now.
  • Try a new beauty/hair/skincare/anything-from-Boots product.
  • Have an internet-free weekend.
  • Write a letter to your past self.
  • Write a letter to your future self. Use to send it.
  • Try a food you hated as a child.
  • Try a new ice cream flavour.
  • Watch a sport.
  • List the top 5 places you want to visit in the world. Start saving for one of them.
  • Spend a day in your pyjamas.
  • Leave a comment on every blog you read for a week.
  • Buy that practical thing you never get around to.
  • Spend the day/night watching only one channel. See what you learn.
  • Try something you think you're going to hate.
  • Rearrange some furniture.
  • Make a new friend/meet a blog friend.
  • Write a big, long list of things that make you happy.
  • Send an anonymous gift.
  • Have a picnic.
  • Do something nice for somebody you don't know or don't much like.
  • Read a newspaper.
  • Give up your biggest vice for a week.
  • Clear out under your bed/the junk drawer/your wardrobe/that bulging cupboard.
  • Tell someone you love them.
  • Turn a few different corners on a familiar path.
  • Go bowling.
  • Pick a book totally at random (from the library/charity shop/bookshop) and review it.
  • Send postcards just because.
  • Go to a local event.
  • Have a tea party.
  • Create something (anything!).
  • Do something on your own which makes you feel self-conscious.
  • Do something that scares you.
  • Get rid of five things you no longer love.
  • Visit a local interest spot.
  • Read a biography.
  • Have a movie day.
  • Give an abandoned hobby another go.
  • Try a new exercise.
  • Play a board game.
  • Discover new music.
  • Visit somewhere new.
  • Take the long walk home.
  • Photograph a stranger with their permission.
  • Make something outside your cooking/crafting comfort zone
  • Spend a day blitzing your to do list.
  • Buy yourself something frivolous.
  • Leave a good book for a stranger to find. 
  • Hang something new on the wall.
  • Take a friend/loved one on a mystery date.
  • Say thank you.
  • Teach somebody something.
  • Watch a classic film/read a classic book you've never got around to before.
  • Complete a personal challenge.

I'm so excited to start!  Feel free to join in with us and help mix things up, and be sure to check out Sarah's post on the subject.  If you followed her 'Why Don't You' series then I think you'll have fun with this...


Sunday, 30 December 2012

Faff Favourites...

  Can you tell I've been exploring again?  This time we took Mhairi and John with us to the castle and Mhairi and I got mega lost at one point - we were walking around the woodland with Johns dog while the boys explored the castle basements, and we ended up in the old gardens in front of some collapsed greenhouses.  After finding a little gap in the wall and wandering through some woodland, we discovered we were inside the grounds!  With zero climbing involved!  (ahem, not that we usually climb in...)  And we even found another way out, although it did involve stomping through brambles, the dog was far from impressed, we didn't share that part with John ;)  As it turns out, the boys found another way in too, so we have plenty options for exploring now.

Here's your last bunch of links for the year, a bumper lot this time, enjoy!

A Taylor Swift style Tumblr?  Yes please!

25 Ridiculously Healthy Foods

The Best of 2012 Architecture and Interiors - I love them ALL

Has everyone seen the hilarious trailer for Warm Bodies?  You can now watch the first four minutes online! (really it just made me more desperate to see it...)

24 Statement Hairstyles for the Holiday Party Season

Aladdin and Titanic are basically the same movie...

I found Prismatic via Sarah Von - a more interesting news site than an actual news site

Just discovered an awesome fabric-painting-on-shoes DIY

Surefire Ways To Make Next Year Better from Sarah!

15 Small Ideas to Kickstart Big Change

Not sure why but I've been drawn towards these shoes...

I'm determined to master crocheting at some point (in the faraway future...) and Alycia's guide full of resources seems like a good place to start!

Every once in a while I rediscover Zen Habits - finally subscribed!  Some favourite posts -

The Short but Powerful Guide to Finding Your Passion


Saturday, 29 December 2012

Looking back and forward...

Well we're right in the middle of the holiday season, and I'm having a blast.  I've been staying at my mums house since a few days before Christmas, which is good for many reasons (heat, comfy couch, unlimited internet, the ability to record tv) and I've just been loafing about, reading and knitting and watching utter rubbish on the movie channel.  Christmas was rather fabby - I got so many smellies and chocolates and books, and Mother got me a much needed new laptop, woohoo!  Then we all ate too much and watched Downton Abbey, which Mother pretended not to be interested in but she woke up pretty quickly when I started squealing near the end...

Today's plan was to go a run but it was pouring all morning and then I ate a huge breakfast, so right now I'm watching Modern Family and wondering what happened to B*Witched (nothing interesting apparently).  I've also been thinking more about my blog lately.  I didn't write as much in the last part of the year as I did at the beginning, because life got in the way and I didn't really feel like sharing much.  So I've decided to start 2013 with a mini challenge - to post every day in January.  I think it's time to get my brain in gear and my camera in hand, and go out there and create more.  Plus I'm hoping Lappy 2.0 will make the journey slightly easier...

I also have a few more challenges coming up, but more about that on Monday!

Hope everyone else had a great Christmas/holiday/week of eating!


Friday, 28 December 2012

A year in outfits...

  I decided to do a review of this years outfit posts, because I feel like my style has changed somewhat in the past twelve months or so.  I seem to have went from pretty to practical, especially in the past few months when the weather started getting colder.  It's not exactly because I stopped caring about style, but because I had less reasons to 'dress up' - when you have to wear dark clothing for work and don't do a lot outside of working, getting dressed becomes more about what's suitable to wear for walking to the library or watching tv as opposed to going for drinks and hanging out with friends.  This is partly down to a dip in finances since my job was restructured in June, plus losing my car shortly after means I need to walk everywhere, and my heels and pretty dresses are not particularly suited to distance or extreme weather! (I live by the sea, the wind never calms...)  

  Obviously some things never change though - I still favour red, white and blue items, but now some black and orange has worked it's way in too...  Stripes and Converse will never go wrong.  Knitwear and tights are firm staples.  Some items didn't make it through the year - my red loafers and navy flats both bit the dust, and my favourite grey stripey jumper got some mysterious stains mere weeks ago that wouldn't budge.  The red cardigan became a bit too holey to keep mending, and my pretty green dress was so easily creased it got shoved in a charity bag months ago.  (shame, it was really versatile :/)  Inevitably a few items went the way of eBay, but all my favourites have survived multiple clearouts.
 What's your favourite item in my wardrobe?  And in yours?


Thursday, 27 December 2012

A year in the life of Foof and Faff...

I made some resolutions, and my mum made me an awesome top.  I found some old family pics from a 70s holiday and the colourful 80s, styled up my favourite dress three different ways and shared my top movie picks of 2011.  Oh and I joined Scouts as an assistant Cub leader!

I shared lots of fun facts about myself, told you which movies from 2011 to avoid and found the Best Hoodie Ever.  I did a Book vs Movie review and put together one of my favourite posts, my guide to being a cheapskate.

More family pics were revealed, this time with the magic of the 90s as the theme...  I yapped about music and took a random road trip and got a bit 'lost'.

My friend and I started walking more, I found Cheetos, tiny Wispas and a lot of reading material, and the flashbacks hit the decade of the jeans, the noughties.  Nostalgia...

I went camping for the first time and realised I HATE CAMPING.  I also went to a county show to prove I don't hate all outdoors stuff though.  And a Scouting activity day, where we all chased Bear Grylls!  Then wrote a more serious post about how I save money.  

A plan for creating my Super Summer was made, even after hurting my hip and not being able to move for a week...  My friend and I met one of our favourite writers, I moved my bed and shared the totally essential  contents of my bag.  There was also a donkey party and some pretty wedding pictures.

I got free pizza, watched a lot of videos (as in VHS tapes!) and Sarah gave me a blog makeover.  It was awesome.


I recommended some TV shows and movie trailers, moaned about jeans and decided (incorrectly) that fall had promise.  Super Summer came to an end, with mixed results...

Apparently I did hardly anything in October, but I did get round to posting about my belated summer holiday to Wales.

I made up for lack of activity in October with lots going on this month - I posted about two castle visits, one in Wales and one in the wild abandoned countryside of Scotland, and a carpet factory visit (of the sneaking variety).  I created a very easy Halloween costume and a fabby knitted jumper, plus found some awesome baked goods.  And perhaps most importantly, met a fellow blogger!

There was a Christmas party, a Christmas t-shirt and a Christmas crafting session.  It was a festive themed month, in case you missed that.

What were your favourite Foof & Faff posts this year?


Sunday, 23 December 2012

Faff Favourites...

 I'm now off work til after Christmas, woohoo!  Last night I finished work at 6pm and got the train home, where my brother picked up me and Chinese food, and we stuffed ourselves while being forced to watch Strictly Come Dancing with Mother.  It was mostly fabby.  This morning I made Mic pjs for Christmas while he was still in bed, and my work was done!  Everything is bought/made and wrapped, so I'm filling up on home made shortbread and watching TV, bliss :)

  This week has been insanely productive - at work I put up a canopy sign for Home Alone in the hopes of attracting all the nostalgics in, at the shops Mother bought me some new Body Shop goodies to test, and at home I ate quite a few sweets.  So not unlike any other week really...  Except I've done way more cleaning and organising than usual!  And saw Pitch Perfect with my brother and his girlfriend - Mic liked it even more than we did I think, he had all the songs on the stereo on the way home and told me the next day he got the soundtrack haha!

  Here's some random links for your lazy Sunday, I hope everyone is done shopping and happily avoiding the crowds...

16 Films You Might Have Missed in 2012

Today I Learned Something New

Chinese Factory Workers and the Toys They Make - reminds me of reading this book...

Is 'The Great Gatsby' Movie Going To Suck Or What? (I just started the book cause I've watched the trailers a millions times and can't wait any more!  I love it so far, fingers crossed...)

50 Tiny and Adorable DIY Stocking Stuffers

Hope everyone has an awesome Christmas!


Friday, 21 December 2012

This Week I...

Tshirt - Topshop
Thermal under top - M&S
Skirt - Topshop
Boots - Converse
   Comfort and warmth are the name of the wardrobe game this week - double tights and thermal layers are really doing the job well (and a giant festive tshirt doesn't hurt either...).

Sleepers - My boss and I were talking about Kevin Bacon and she said I had to watch this movie, which was luckily on ITV2 a few days later.  It was very good but very disturbing, Kevin Bacon is at his best playing the bad guy I reckon!
Walk The Line - It was on Film 4 the other night and I remember loving it on first viewing, so it deserved a rewatch.  Just as good as I remembered, although I'm not sure how entirely based on fact it is, some parts seemed a bit convenient...
The Mummy - This was the first DVD I ever owned haha!  I really just watched it for nostalgia value when I was sewing the other day, it's so cheesy and easy to digest :)
Thor - I took a notion for this last night, it's one of my favourite movies and I hadn't drooled over Chris Hemsworth in a few months, had to be done.

The Earth Hums in B Flat by Mari Strachen - I really loved this book about a dreamy Welsh girl growing up in the 50s in a family full of secrets.  I seem to have read a lot of books set in Wales lately, maybe I should pay it another visit!
I've just started The Untied Kingdom which is terribly written (should have guessed that from the 'Romance' sticker on the front I suppose...) but I really liked the idea - a girl is thrown into an alternate UK where we are a third world country in the middle of a war - so I'm willing to ride it out to the end, it's easy to read after all ;)
some crafty pressies and the above top!  This top had been sitting on my sewing pile waiting to be made for aaaages and I finally got it done.  It was a very quick make, less than two hours from start to finish, but I didn't make any adjustments to it, and it's only 3 pieces with some darts and ironing required.  The armholes are slightly small though, so next time I may make some changes to the pattern...

the last of my Christmas presents - yay!  Mother had requested chocolate mint sticks ages ago and I finally found them in Tesco yesterday - who'd have thought they'd be so elusive?!  She also went a bit nuts over a mint chocolate selection box we saw in Thorntons, so I picked that up then discovered my brothers girlfriend also got her one, oops...  I also bought some face wash (St Ives is half price in Superdrug!) and mascara, super exciting.

Lidl multi-grain bread, Shreddies, Wheat Crunchies and a McDonald's Festive Chicken Burger (which I don't recommend btw, the Chicken Legend is ten times better!)

listened to...
Christmas songs!  And the usual Snow Patrol/Taylor Swift/The Script mega mix that takes over my iPod...

Has everyone had a good week?  My boss gave me Christmas eve off for the first time in years, I've been beside myself with excitement since Monday!


Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Christmas shopping for me...

Top - Topshop £18 (here)
Jumper - Topshop Tall £25 (here)
   Last week I went on a bit of a mission to Glasgow, armed with a strict list of items I needed and a rather early wake up alarm.  And here's the shocking part - I got everything I needed, no-one was rude to me and I didn't get sick of shopping after an hour.  Unheard of!  In fact in Long Tall Sally and Remnant Kings, the ladies helping me could not have been nicer.  Coming from years of working in customer service, I don't really care about the attitude of people serving me unless they are particularly unhelpful - we all know what a terrible job it is - so it was nice to experience real warmth for a change.

Anyway, my list - I need a dark jumper, gym trousers, a long sleeve pj top and some thermals, and a quick dash around Topshop, Long Tall Sally and M&S and the list was complete.  The only frivolous thing I bought was a top/nightshirt with Bert and Ernie on it from Topshop.  I almost never buy clothes I don't actually need these days but I couldn't put it down!  Plus it's long enough to wear with leggings and big enough to layer tops under, so I don't think it'll be worn for it's intended purpose of bed anytime soon...  The best part is I used a birthday voucher in Topshop so only 'paid' £3 for both items, woohoo!

PJ Top - M&S £9.50 (here)
Joggers - Long Tall Sally £30 (here)

Tights - M&S £6 (here)
Thermal top - M&S £14 (here)
  I wore the thermal top yesterday and must admit it does it's job very well!  As you might expect though, it runs a bit small, so if you're between sizes I'd go bigger.  I'm keeping an eye on this range going into the sale at Christmas - they also had leggings and short sleeve tops in every colour, so they make a good base for the really cold days.  I even got 20% off since my friend who works there gave me a discount voucher, so I had to stop myself going mad!

I should have no problem keeping toasty now - you'd think living in coastal Scotland I'd be better prepared for the cold but it takes me by surprise every year!  Has anyone else been shopping lately, or are we all waiting for the sales?


Monday, 17 December 2012

Christmas Crafting...

 I've been getting my craft on this week!  I tried spray painting for the first time (with eh, mixed results...), knitted up some Christmas stockings and raided the 10p box at my favourite charity shop.  Then stuffed everything with sweets of course.  Above is a tea cup, old teapot and aeroplane toy I got for 10p each, then tried spray painting with a red paint, then a glitter top coat.  The red didn't take particularly well, especially to the plane, but once I put the glitter on it was passable ;)  I stuck the plane to a jam jar lid and voila!  A sweet jar!  The sweets are aniseed balls from Amazon grocery for my pal Moffat - I sneakily found out months ago they were his fave but hard to find in the shops, so I think they'll go down well. (plus he builds aeroplanes, so he can even take it to work!)
 The stockings I knit from a Jean Greenhowe Christmas book pattern, but there's a free smaller version on her site.  These are for my gal pals to go with our coffee shop dates.
   I bought everything from the discount shops since most of my budget went on Mother's Strictly tour tickets... ;)
  The cup is going to my boss and the teapot to our handyman, plus I made my brother a wee selection with his fave childhood sweets - the base is a glass M&S chocolate pudding container!  So if nothing else, you've learned some good recycling tips...

  Is anyone else doing handmade gifts?  Only one week to go!


Sunday, 16 December 2012

Faff Favourites...

  Happy Sunday!  Despite being at work and crazy tired, I'm in a great mood that seems to have held up all week - I've got loads done and not faffed too much, which makes a change!  I did some shopping and got everything I needed without fuss, and since I was in Glasgow I had a KFC snack box for lunch and went to see It's a Wonderful Life at the old cinema.  Despite having to go to the subtitled show and a girl sitting RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME in an almost empty theatre, it was so good and I left feeling even more Christmas cheer!  Also this week, as you can see from the pics, I bought an amazing top from Topshop, had fun opening my Wreck It Ralph advent calendar (we got a bunch to give away at work, not that I was first in the queue or anything ;)), ate leftover chocolates from a crafty spree (check tomorrows post!) and found Nerds in Morrisons, which made me do a wee dance of glee and pay £1 to get them in my mouth...

On to the links!

Ideas for Small Space Living 

An interview with Sarah Von on her minimalist wardrobe - I wish I could just grit my teeth and do this!

26 of the Best Ideas Ever - once again BuzzFeed makes my day

An interesting look at 5 Year Commitments

If you want to knit a Rudolph, it should be this one - puffy noses!

Or a Wonder Woman jumper - how have I just seen this?!

A super retro Pinterest for the 80s child in all of us

I may stop moaning about being 5 feet 10 now... I Am Tall

How goes everyones week?  Are you all feeling festive and eating lots of mince pies?  Or not so much?


Tuesday, 11 December 2012

A Christmas outfit...

Top - Red Herring @ Debenhams (here)
Skirt - charity shop
Shoes - Debenhams
  Sunday was our Christmas night out at work.  We were at the same venue as last year, but the food was surprisingly better and the music unsurprisingly worse.  I somehow didn't get drunk, so didn't come home looking too worse for wear...  Good thing, since I decided to take a pic of my outfit for you!  I slightly loved this look, I may repeat it again for New Years ;)  I found this 80s Jaegar skirt in a charity shop aaaages ago, and while it started off too small, a quick shuffle of the zip on my sewing machine made it wearable, yay!  I also wore a petticoat under it, for an added twirl factor of course.
  I'm still not sure how my hair stayed up...  I pleated one side, pulled it round the back then worked a pleat down the other side, then twisted it round and used those spin pins to keep it in place.  If that makes sense.  I made the clip out of a Christmassy bow tie last year, think I'm gonna wear it as much as possible this month!
  Here's some of the highlights of the night, taken by Leanne (top left).  We had a lot of fun with a plastic moustache we found in a cracker, then danced a lot to random retro songs and Gangnam Style... well only one of did, but she won a prize for it!  Roll on next year...


Sunday, 2 December 2012

Faff Favourites...

  This is what my weekend looks like so far - Friday my bro picked me up and we came home, accompanied by an amazing pink sunset, Saturday I dragged myself a quick walk to Asda then came home, bathed, got into my pjs and spent the rest of the day on eBay/fighting with lappy, and today I'm going exploring again!  I'm totally not dressed or anything yet but at least it occurred to me to borrow Mother's wellies this time.  I'll be layering up too - I can somehow tell by looking out the window that it's gonna be freezing out!

On to some links, for all those sensible enough to be inside this afternoon...

Alex and Kate Gabrielle both posted fab gift guides this week...

...and Meredith showed us how to wrap them!  My fave so far is the pompom holly

I just found this article about how too much choice can be a bad thing - I've been saying that for ages

33 Adorable and Creative DIY Ornaments - if I put up Christmas decorations I'd definitely have plastic dinosaurs and cardboard igloos on my tree...

Things that people do on tv but not in life - the ones in the comments are great too!

13 New Ways to Use Old Electronics - never have I wanted a fish tank or a walkman so badly


Thursday, 29 November 2012

This Week I...

Cardigan - made by Mother
Shirt - H&M
Dress - Debenhams
Converse - gift clothes!  I'm 4 days into a 5 day week - I can't handle the constant blackness, I don't have that many black clothes so I've basically been rotating this dress with a skirt and many top layers.  I'm rather cosy today though, handmade knitwear is definitely the warmest :)
The A-Team - the movie version!  Hilarious and ridiculous as ever - sometimes it's nice to just switch your brain off and stare at Bradley Cooper with his top off...
Love Actually - I started my Christmas movies a bit early this year...
You've Got Mail - I remember liking this at the time but it was very dated and irritating ten years on - holy faff, try fourteen years actually, wow! (I actually forgot internet existed that long ago, feeling rather old now)
Rise of the Guardians 3D - I print checked it this morning, it's wonderful and magical and festive, take the kiddies and yourself to see it soon!
Homeland - This was one of those things that EVERYONE hyped up and I just didn't care that much...  It wasn't bad, but I didn't find it ground-breakingly amazing either.  Still trying to decide if I'll watch season two.
Peep Show - It's back!  And even more hilarious somehow ('Jeremy, Gerard's died of the flu' 'Bullshit!'), I was in fits the whole way through.

The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling - Hmm... I did like this, but nothing really happened until the last thirty or so pages.  And it has so. many. characters.  My brain was confused every time I picked it up.
Pictures of Lily by Paige Toon - My friend is a huge fan of this writer so I've read all her books now, and just started this one, which I got hooked on last night.  They require no brainpower and you may snort in disbelief occasionally but I've been eating them up ;)


Eh, no Christmas pressies so far, but I did buy a new (used) compact Nikon camera and some replacement ear buds on eBay - exciting stuff!

NikNaks (many many NikNaks - I've gone off them now!), Dairy Milk Oreo, more Lidl baked goods and Mars Caramels - all great junk food really!

listened to...
Lots of dance music, since I finally got over my cold and started running again, yay!

How's everyone's week been?  Anything exciting going on?


Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Knitting jumpers and new jeans...

Jumper - handmade
Top - Long Tall Sally
Jeans - Vera Moda via TK Maxx
Slippers - BHS

 I finally finished knitting my jumper!  This was after running out of wool and not being able to find anything matching anywhere, so I had to shorten the sleeves a bit...  Not ideal but it's done so yay!  I made it a size up so it was nice and slouchy (clearly a mistake where the amount of wool was concerned), and I did make sure I had enough wool, really I did!  It must have been because the pattern recommends you use a certain type, but surely 50g is 50g regardless?  Or am I being dense about maths again?  Meh, who cares, it's done!  I need a new project now - think it's time to raid Mother's stash again ;)
  I found these jeans in TK Maxx last week IN MY SIZE!  Ok, they were a size up, but they still fit and most importantly, they have a 36" inside leg, perfect.  I'd never heard of Vera Moda before but I may have to hunt them out if they're gonna be useful in future!

  I'm in slippers cause it's been a sewing and movie day since I got in from the gym - I'm hemming my friends trousers and trying to make an incredible vintage skirt fit me by moving the zip a bit.  It seems easy enough when I'm merrily unpicking things but I generally faff something up by miscalculating the sewing it back together part...   Altho that can wait until tomorrow since I'm working tonight and I'm totally not prepared yet.  Anyone taking advantage of Orange Wednesday?  What are you seeing?


Sunday, 25 November 2012

Faff Favourites...

  Well I've been fairly productive today, being that it's a Sunday, the day when it's ok to be lazy.  I even went to the gym!  Which was in fact a great idea, the place was dead, my favourite state.  I also realised that my new gym top (Nike from TK Maxx) says I support Inter Milano...I just liked the fit of it...  Afterwards I went to Lidl to test more of their bakery goodies - I picked up a cinammon swirl, multigrain loaf, some ciabatta rolls, a pumpkin seed roll and another pretzel.  I can safely say the cinammon swirl wasn't a patch on, well any other one I've ever had, but they also had chocolate croissants and a variety of donuts, so I'm still testing!  Anyway, here's a few quick links - I've just realised Mermaids is on tv and I must watch it in tribute to my childhood self :)

43 People You Won't Believe Actually Exist - how I laughed.  Probably too much.

DOGS!!! (with sounds!)

This DIY project is too cute

A Time To Grow Up - no idea when that'll be...

I wish I could be more like this lady... there's a chance I'm not quick-thinking enough!


Thursday, 22 November 2012

Exploring an abandoned carpet factory...

  Another random derelict building tour for you!  This one is from a few weeks ago, and wasn't remotely scary, unlike the castle...  Much like the castle though, there were quite a few pigeons present, my favourite! (not really, I'm not very fond of birds in close vicinity - and these ones did not like being disturbed from their homes in the stairwells.)  The carpet factory is pretty much right between my place and Moffats, and since we only live a mile from each other it was deliciously nearby!  The factory shut in the mid 1970s due to declining profits, and most of it hasn't been inhabited since then, although the back part was used as a DIY showroom until a few years ago.  I'm sure you'll be able to guess from the pictures which part is which ;)

We found the bosses toilet right at the top of the building, with the best view, loving it!

Who can spot the piles of bird poo on the beams? (far too easily amused, I know)

Monday, 19 November 2012

Florals, knitwear and essential baked goods...

Knitted jumper - charity shop
Dress - F&F via charity shop
Shoes - Matalan (here in satin)

 Yesterday I decided to actually get dressed on a day off - yay...!  This had nothing to do with the fact that I'd run out of junk food (unusually), I just took a rare notion to get out of the house for a wander.  I went to the pound shop to get some wrapping paper for eBay parcels and realised the Christmas lights switch on was gearing up to happen, so it was a rather quick wander...being around crowds of people has started to annoy me, I'm very much a believer in personal space!  Luckily I only live a few minutes walk from town, so I grabbed what I needed then went a wee detour to Lidl.  Which has a bakery now.  Faff.  If there's one thing I consider essential to life, it's freshly baked bread products.  Bagels, pastries, baguettes, every kind of crusty roll - I'll try them all at least once.  And often much more.  I don't care two hoots for the pre-packed stuff - it wouldn't occur to me to buy sliced bread and morning rolls (although I do have a soft spot for New York multi seed bagels, mmmm) - but bakery bread sure makes up a decent part of my diet.  I was quite well behaved and just picked up a wee baguette for dinner and... a pretzel!  They had pretzels!  I'm afraid I'm a bit obsessed with pretzels at the mo, probably because they seem to be the one thing you can't just go out and buy in a supermarket (can you?) for some reason, and my town is not exactly good at spotting a gap in the market (we have three Greggs on one street...).  It got scoffed a bit too quickly for me to get a pic, but I fully intend to go back soon to do further tests - at 39p each I'm quite prepared to do multiple tastings, just to be sure I like them ;)

  Oh and I'm wearing new shoes too!  I don't buy flats very often (Converse go with everything, I find...) but I spotted these in Matalan and couldn't resist.  Plus some of my old shoes bit the dust recently so they were a totally practical purchase...yeah...

Feel free to share your bakery recommendations in the comments - I'm loving Tesco at the mo since they've revamped their range of rolls, but I'm also thinking Lidl needs another visit so I can taste more of the new products!


Sunday, 18 November 2012

Faff Favourites...

 Moffat sent me some of the pics he took on our castle outing - now you can see how I dress when I'm being utterly practical.  Raincoat - check.  Cosy bobble hat - check.  Borrowed wellies - check.  I really need to get me a pair of wellies now don't I, that's twice this fall they've come in handy.  I swear I won't start wearing them around town though, that's just one step too far...  But next time I need to climb a derelict staircase coated in pigeon poo, they'll be on my feet!

So, you'll be wanting some Sunday links to fill your afternoon with faffing, right?  Me too.  Here ya go then :)

Sarah wrote a great post about how she comes up with blog posts.  This is going in my bookmarked collection.

Following on from the ideas post, Five ways to be a more efficient blogger.

I love Ashley's writing anyway, but I've just downloaded her debt e-book and I'm excited to read about her journey.  Not that I have any debt but I love reading about how other people spend and save money.

20 Hilarious Twilight Comics.  You will laugh.  A LOT.

Things I Wish My Mother Had Told Me.

31 Insanely Easy and Clever DIY Projects.  The name says it all.  Fabbyness.

These sketchbook pages are so cool!

How to trick people into thinking that you have it all figured out.  No-one takes me seriously.  It's starting to bug me.  So I may test out some of these ideas ;)

Meredith's sweater makeover is insanely cute.

7 cheap ways to switch up your space.  My living room is bugging me right now so I'm gonna start moving furniture around...some of these tips should come in handy!


Wednesday, 14 November 2012

This Week I...

Jumper - H&M mens
Shirt - Topman
Vest - Topshop Tall
Leggings - Topshop Tall (here)
Converse - gift
 ...and similar comfy clothing!
ER DVDs! - Finally learned to knit on the round!
Found a totally pointless book in charity shop - My 'new' Christmas party dress!

The Sapphires - I was really looking forward to this movie and I did like it, but... I'm not sure, maybe it wasn't as lightweight or funny or realistic as I was expecting?  Which is slightly ironic considering it was based on a true story ;)
Chernobyl Diaries - a slightly (ok, very) daft horror movie that my flatmate rented, but I have a bit of a curiosity about Chernobyl so it wasn't a total waste of 90 minutes.
Skyfall - again!  The first time I saw it was when I was print checking it at work in a lovely empty screen with my tea and the volume booming...this time the screen was rather full, which I find distracting, but the movie was very much as fab as the first time.  I think Casino Royale was still slightly better, but this film did have a super origin story included.  And once again I spent the whole movie wishing to be THAT cool - maybe my next career change should take more of Bond direction...
Legends of the Fall - it was on TV the other night so I had to watch it.  I kinda love this movie for whatever reason - it might be a bit depressing but Brad Pitt was definitely at his hottest here!
ER (season 15) - I'm so close to the end I can almost taste it!  I'm about half way through the season, and I'm finding it all a bit boring, as if they're just plodding along to finally reach the end point.  The start of the season was pretty shocking - Abby and Kovac left (my faves) and Pratt DIED!  Did not see that coming, gutted.  I've heard the end is good tho, gonna just push through and get it over with! (that's what she said?)
Girls - Mother has been recording this for me so I've been watching it when I come to visit.  I think we're about half way through the season now, still not sure how much I like it (I don't find it remotely funny, maybe I'm missing a point?) but clearly enough to keep going...
Married to Jonas - now, I'm a bit of a reality TV hater (unless we're talking about the Duggars, I LOVE that family!) but I was channel flicking the other night and settled on this out of curiosity.  It's not the worst thing ever... it follows the oldest Jonas brother Kevin and his wife - think Newlyweds but with a smarter Jessica Simpson character (just remembered I used to watch every day after school, sigh...) They both seem kinda lovely so I can't really be irritated by it...yet ;)

Rachel's Holiday by Marian Keyes - I do like a good Marian Keyes novel - I seem to pick up so many random books in the library that it's nice to go back to something familiar sometimes.  I'm slowly reading my way through her books, and I think this is one of my favourites - it follows Rachel, who is in complete denial about being a drug addict, despite almost dying from an overdose.  The story is told from her point of view and mostly takes place in a rehab centre - I do like these kind of books where you get an insight into random situations that you'd normally never be particularly interested in!
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien - I've just started this and all I can see in my head are the parts of the trailer where the dwarves are hanging out in Bilbo's house...that's as far as I've got, but it's a nice easy read so all good :)

listened to...
Red by Taylor Swift - I still can't get enough of this album!  My faves are 'The Last Time' with Gary Lightbody (my other fave singer!), 'The Moment I Knew' and 'Sad Beautiful Tragic' - basically all the depressing songs, I can't help it, I love her sad voice.

The Beekeepers Quilt - I finally faced my fear of knitting with those double pointed needles to have a go at this pattern - and it's so freaking easy I want to kick myself! It's like when I put off learning to link the blu-ray player to our projectors cause it looked so tricky and it was the easiest thing ever.  Anyway, I purchased this pattern recently as a 'filler' project - I tend to start knitting bigger things then lose interest half way through, so I figured if I had something to do in the inbetween times I'd at least still be knitting... and I reckon this could be a long project!  I'm also making a jumper and I'm so close to being done...except that I've run out of wool and not a single shop has anything to match, so I'm gonna have to shorten the sleeves in order to finish it.  Grumpy Face.  But at least it WILL be finished thank god!

A completely awesome 80s party dress that I found in the window of the charity shop yesterday.  I was going in anyway but I made a beeline for the ladies at the counter and asked to try it...and it fits!  Mostly, I just gotta take in the bust a tiny bit (which is usually the opposite problem of wearing vintage for me!), but for £5 I'm quite happy to get my sewing machine out.  I still have the petticoat from this dress which I'm thinking might work with it for added twirling!
I also picked up an interesting looking book - This Diary Will Change Your Life.  It is a diary (unused) but it also seems to be a book of random facts and challenges.  Really I just wanted a better look at it and for 50p it seems worth losing a few hours over.

Cinammon and oat star biscuits from Asda bakery, a cream slice from the local bakery and tomato soup with plain bread (the one with the burnt looking chewy crusts!) - heavenly!

I want to know what everyone else has been up to!  How has your week been?


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