Review

The Spring Quilt Festival at Duxford

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The Spring Quilt Festival was held at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford from 6th to 8th March 2015, right next to where a load of planes are kept. Quite a weird contrast when you go in – massive planes on your left and quilts and endless fabric on your right! It’s brilliant to have a fabric show that’s so close to where I live, as usually they’re all in London.

I don’t know if I’m just being picky but it was a bit confusing to find where you had to go in, I think we must have gone in the wrong entrance perhaps as it wasn’t very clear where to get the tickets. Once we were in, I loved it! Endless stalls of fabric are my idea of heaven! Unfortunately, not so much for Zak who I dragged along with me…bless him 🙂

I kind of assumed that taking photos of an event with lots of quilts on display for people to admire would be absolutely fine…But now I’ve learnt that maybe it’s best to ask beforehand as there were a few notices saying “no photography” on stalls although often they were tiny and I only noticed after I’d taken some photos. There’s one stall in particular with a huge wall of fabric that I thought would make a great picture but the stall holder was quite rude about me taking a photo so in the end I didn’t even bother. For every photo I took, I recorded every stallholder and artists’ name and logo if I could find it so that I could promote their work on my blog, but in future, I’ll definitely ask before taking photos. Maybe they think that people are taking photos to copy their work? I don’t know… I wouldn’t mind people taking photos of my stall but I’d probably want to know why, just ‘cos I’m nosey!

Enough ranting…if you like fabric, then they hold a show twice a year. Autumn and Spring. I wasn’t sure about going at first as I’m not really a quilter but if you have any interest in sewing and fabric then definitely go. There’s also workshops and lots of different sewing and embroidery machines to try out.

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The Bucket List

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The-Bucket-ListI bought The Bucket List DVD on Amazon a couple of weeks ago for just a few pounds. It’s such a brilliant, uplifting film and I’d definitely recommend it, especially if you’re one of those goal setting wannabe traveler types like me! Number 4 on my New Year Goal’s list – tick!

4. Watch the film the Bucket List for inspiration!

The film features two men (Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman) who meet while sharing a hospital room for their cancer treatment. With not much in common to start with, they soon get to know each other and discover their mutual goal of living life to the full while they still can. Together, they decide to create a bucket list and travel the world experiencing wild and wonderful adventures. Sounds good, huh?

In case you’re wondering what a bucket list is, it’s a list of things you’d like to accomplish in your life before you “kick the bucket”. It might feature skydiving, getting married, travelling the world or even just something like “laugh until you cry”, like one of the goals in the film.

It had mixed reviews but I think it really is a lovely film, albeit a tad depressing. However, I came away feeling inspired. It’s definitely thought provoking. The things they do and the strength they show while suffering from their illness is inspiring. Everything that they did in the film, I’d love to do in real life from skydiving to an African safari. *rolls out bucket list scroll to scribble additions at the bottom*

Cancer could affect all of us at any point in our lives…that’s one of the scary things in this film. People from completely separate lives are brought together by one common disease. Another thing explored in this film, regardless of the illness, is that one of the men put his life on hold to provide for his children and he says the years just flew past and now it was too late. I believe it’s never “too late” to try to do something that you want to do, but why not start now? Moral of the story – enjoy life, do what you truly want to do sooner rather than later and bring joy to others.

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the Musical

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This week I was lucky enough to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Musical at Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London. I can honestly say it’s one of the best (if not, THE best) theatre show I’ve ever seen! The actors, young and old, were amazing and the show itself was hilarious and creatively set. If we were allowed to take photos, I would post them all on here but I’m afraid you’ll just have to go and see it yourself!

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Christmas Cricut Explore

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I hope everyone had a brilliant Christmas! I spent my Christmas at my Nan and Grandad’s house, as I do every year, with my whole family. My Nan is amazing and cooks a three course dinner that would rival most restaurants (although I’m obviously biased!) and we spend the day playing games, drinking, eating and chatting. I’m very lucky to have such a close family, including my boyfriend Zak, and although we see each other every week at my Nan’s house, it always seems different and much more exciting at Christmas.

This year, my amazing Mum got me a Cricut Explore die cutting machine. I had been saving up for the machine ever since I found out about it and, after reading a review from Crazy Little Projects, I was even more determined to get one. After many times explaining what a die cutting machine does, why I would like it and what projects I could do, Mum must have decided it would be the perfect Christmas present!

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Make your own envelopes with the envelope template from Papermash

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Papermash is an online shop that I discovered recently, selling great paper products and party goods. I bought some glittery washi tape and this wooden envelope template, and I can honestly say, I’m in love! This template allows you to quickly and easily make beautiful custom envelopes that are around 16.2 cm x 11.3 cm, but I’m sure you can scale up or down.

All you need to do is trace around the envelope template, cut the shape out, fold along the lines and glue the sides. Simples! Once I had done a couple of practice envelopes, I probably made one envelope in no more than 5 minutes.

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Should you go to The Ideal Home Show at Christmas?

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Ideal Home Show at Christmas 2014

If you like fashion, beauty, food, interiors and accessories and don’t mind the constant flow of people then the simple answer is yes, you should definitely go to The Ideal Home Show at Christmas next year.

The Ideal Home Show at Christmas ran from the 19th to the 23rd November this year at Earls Court London, bringing together over 650 exhibitors. People would expect the show simply to be about interiors however there was definitely something for everyone whether it was gadgets, turkey tasting, Christmas ice rink or free fashion and beauty trials.

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