Friday, 31 May 2013

Friday Films

I only watched five films this week!  And three of them I'd seen before!  Whaaat!  (I'm disappointed I have less to write about, you all breathe a sigh of relief...)  I'd like to start with saying that Mud was completely, unexpectedly fantastic and that you all better run down to your local cinemas now and see it before it disappears.  Who knew I'd be bigging up a Matthew McConaughey film?  But he was pretty fab, despite managing to take his top off yet again... (ahem, not that I'm really complaining...)  Django was pretty good too, although Inglourious Basterds is still my fave Tarantino movie - Christoph Waltz is just awesome in everything, isn't he?
I stuck on About a Boy one night when I wanted something fun and easy to watch, it always delivers - I think it made me like Hugh Grant more than I should.   Forrest Gump was on tv the other night and I somehow managed to catch it from the start - it always takes me back to childhood when my brother and I watched it constantly.  Les Miserables was just as amazing as ever - must admit that first scene where they're pulling the ship in doesn't have quite as much OOMPH on the small screen, but it does have the advantage of being able to watch Eponine's song over and over...


Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Playing with PicMonkey (again)

I've been messing around on PicMonkey again, in case you didn't get that from the title.  This picture is from Sundays festival jaunt, and (in my head) it was just crying out to be edited.  My favourites are the Boost and Urbane ones - the dreamy looking ones again!  The Boost makes me think of lovely summery dress fabric...


Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Into the forest...

Last weeks walk found us in the woods near Leanne's village.  To get there we walked through the gardens of a castle that's been converted into flats.  I never thought I'd find flats attractive after the mostly unbearable variety I've lived in, but these ones were beautiful.  They had their own tennis court!  And the gardens...argh.  It's about time I got rich I think...
We were trying to find a waterfall Leanne remembered from childhood - it took a bit of climbing and sliding down muddy paths but we got there in the end.  It was lovely, so secluded.  We plan on returning when the weather improves to picnic and paddle in the water (surely my bikini will see the light of day some time this year?).
Further along the path we noticed an old building across the water, and on closer inspection we realised there was an old bridge across to it.  (The bridge was NOT heavily guarded by a spiky climbable fence...ahem) The building was just an old water mill, not much to see really.  I got a bit creeped out by it anyway - too much silence unnerves me - so we headed back to the main path and came back to the lovely flats.  Then we walked up various hills to get back to the village, my legs nearly died...  But going by the pictures I'd say it was worth it.


Monday, 27 May 2013

A festival and Challenge 17

About a month or so ago I found out there was going to be a festival near me the last weekend in May.  Being optimistic, I decided we had to go because 'the weather will have sorted itself out by then and we can have a picnic!'  Well...  The weather did make an improvement but not really enough to be having picnics!  But we still made it to the festival, and I got my first ever Pimms and lemonade (verdict - meh) and we got some exploring done.  Not a bad day!  It also ticks off another one of mine and Sarah's challenges...

Challenge 17 - Go to a local event.
I'm afraid I took a lot of pictures I just loved, so you'll have lots to look at in this post...  
I let Leanne stand on a higher step to be eye level with me for a change!

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Faff Favourites

The sun got the better of me on Friday night and a few of us headed out for dinner after work.  Plus Mhairi was home from Yorkshire for a few days, so we had to corner her in any way possible - dinner at our favourite cheap pub seemed like the best bet!  Despite the sunshine and volume of people at the beach after 9pm, it was not warm out.  Grr...  Obviously the sun was waiting for me to go to work yesterday in order to send out some heat.  (This actually worked in our favour though - the cinema was dead and my boss bought us ice cream, woohoo!)
We found ourselves in the old mini golf course at one point, which makes a great location for impromptu photo shoots...  I think I'll need to return some time soon!

Upcycle Us - things made of other things

I'm so getting my tea obsessed friend this for her birthday!

How to get off the blogging bandwagon

An Idiots Guide to dealing with Idiots - perfect (I'm an eye rolling champion...)

One of us should change - hahaha!

NYC past

The Great Gatsby is an Alternate Timeline where Jack survived Titanic - mind blown


Saturday, 25 May 2013

Robotic sewing...

So guess who found some awesome robot fabric in the charity shop?  I had a plan to make it into a dress but then I changed my mind and made a skirt, and there was enough fabric left to make a top, so now my summer clothes are adorned with multi coloured robots.  Woohoo!

The skirt was made from a dress pattern - it's just two squares gathered up and sewn to the waistband, with a side zip.  I really wanted to put a pocket in but my tolerance for sewing is really short and I already had to take in the waistband so I decided to leave it.  (It seems every time I measure my waist before sewing it mysteriously changes size by the time I've put everything together.  Faff.)
And here's the top!  It was actually made first, since I cut out the skirt then realized I didn't have a zip the right size.  Yeah that's my typical approach to sewing, gather and cut everything at various intervals...
I made the pattern by cutting round and existing top then finishing the neckline and sleeves with bias binding, which I found very theraputic to make and sew together.  I think I'll just make everything that way now, since my track record with waistbands and such is not great...
I had to do it - here's the top and skirt together!  I really thought this would look ridiculous but it kinda works... that's my summer wardrobe sorted then.

(grey top is from New Look Tall, red shorts are vintage and the wedges are Topshop)


Friday, 24 May 2013

Friday Films

I had a bit more luck on the film front this week - I saw The Great Gatsby twice in two days (once with Sarah!) and it was pretty darn good, a LOT like Moulin Rouge, you can tell it's a Baz Luhrmann movie.  Magic Mike was way better than I expected (although it would have had a completely different vibe if it was female instead of male strippers...) and Cloud Atlas was confusing initially but rather interesting in the end.  Although the most futuristic story line could have done with subtitles, I had no clue what was happening until near the end.
The rest were a mixed bag - Mirror Mirror was terrible and Paper Man was only saved by Emma Stone.  Lovely and Amazing was neither lovely nor amazing, but I rather liked Iron Man (although it was far less sleek than the latest one!).  Normally I'm a huge fan of Jane Austen movies but Persuasion was weird and too modern looking.  Everything else was good for wasting an hour or two.

What have you been watching this week?


Thursday, 23 May 2013

This Week I...

 ...took a notion for tattie scones and green tea.  And I got sweets at a cool shop Leanne and I found on one of our walks.  We had walked eight miles so it was a good reward.
 ...tried some fun new angles with my camera.  This is my rather messy bedside table...  I also finally finished The Subtle Knife, it got better near the end.
 ...realised bobbles get more tangled up the more bracelets you wear.  But they're so useful and hard to lose round my wrist!
...tried to take pictures of my fun new hairdo (milkmaid braids, which I somehow managed to get to stay up all day) - not all of them worked...

...launched a new blog with Sarah and Andrea, go take a look!


Wednesday, 22 May 2013

A new venture...

If you follow me on Twitter, you'll have seen me talking about an upcoming project created by Sarah, Andrea and I.  And here it is!  We had been bitching talking about the huge differences in weather between our three home towns, despite all living in Scotland, and before I knew it Sarah had come up with a creative way to share pictures of our (very different) Scottish lives!  It's a bit like a 365 project, but in big fat blog form.  Check it out here, and be sure to go by our About page for more info!


Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Spot on...

dress - Joules @ Surfdome (here)
cardigan - Topshop Tall
sandals - M&S 
Look guys, I found a summer dress that isn't indecently short!  And has polka dots!  And fits into my red, white and blue themed wardrobe!  (It's not like that on purpose, it just turned out that way, honest.)  The lovely people at Surfdome offered to send me an item of clothing to review and I jumped at the chance when I found this Joules dress.  It's made of a lovely thick jersey fabric so it drapes perfectly and clings in the right places.  It's always a bonus when you don't have to analyse the contents of your underwear drawer to make sure you have something that won't show through, right?
It works with a belt!  And the back is drapey too!  And we're all ignoring the fact that I can't keep from mysteriously bruising my legs right?  Now we just need some sunshine so I can go further than the balcony in my sandals...
(disclaimer - I was sent this dress free of charge to review but all opinions are my own)


Monday, 20 May 2013

Challenge 16

Challenge 16 - Watch a classic film/read a classic book you've never got around to before.
When it comes to films, you know I wasn't just going to watch ONE classic movie, right?  I have a few more in the line up for future watching but I'll restrain myself for now...
Picnic at Hanging Rock was more wonderful than I expected - it was dreamy and nostalgic and mysterious, and one of those few movies that I felt lived up to the hype.
The Philadelphia Story had James Stewart.  I have a huge (inappropriate?) crush on James Stewart.  So I tolerated Katharine Hepburn and her stupid voice to watch this.  Totally worth it.
Casino Royale was actually read a few months ago but I wanted to wait until I'd watched a classic movie to post the challenge!  It was pretty good, but had a definite lack of jumping off cranes and other such big screen antics.  THAT torture scene from the movie is very much a part of the book though...

(Check out the rest of the list here!)

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