Thursday, 26 February 2015

Let's escape

Today was spent all day working. Lots of crafting, filling in forms, and of course lots of cutting and sticking. I woke up super early today and jumped into the shower. I got dressed, and I wrapped my hair up into a ponytail. I then sat at my desk and worked. Going through all my found materials, old stamps, paper, sheet music, and old books. Sipping juice from a pretty straw, while creating work.
It's good to take some time for yourself, to do the things you love, or throw yourself into your work. Today was a pretty good day. 

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

I love you

Valentines day was a nice quiet one this year. I had to work until 3:30, but I was greeted by David. Which put a wonderful smile on my face. Plus seeing other friends starting to fall in love with each other on this special day was magical.
I was given beautiful pastel pink and red roses. These were so gorgeous, and made me very happy. I also got Wish I Was Here on DVD. I am very excited about finally being able to watch this movie. Searching for cinemas to watch the movie was so hard, they didn't want to show it near me. I know this film won't be Garden State, but it's still wonderful to finally watch another Zach Braff film.
We had Chinese and snuggled in the evening. It was nice to just have a relaxed day. Plus I finally got to use my Star Wars lightsaber chopsticks, which are A-MAZING!!

Monday, 9 February 2015

Valentines Crafternoon

On Saturday I went to my friend Charis's monthly Crafternoon. This months theme was Valentines. Of course I was very excited about this one. The table was decorated in beautiful pinks. Pretty glasses of water with fruits and berries inside were laid out for us. Scrabble name places and cute teacups also were on the table.
We started with yummy soup, which was so nice. Afterwards we had lots of delicious treats to enjoy. Little tiny chocolate hearts, heart cookies, chocolate covered strawberries, and mini chocolate loafs.
In this Crafternoon we were going to decorate mugs. We used different types of paper, and then special glue to make the mugs dishwasher proof. Which is amazing! So we had lots of fun choosing paper, cutting, and creating our designs.
It was a lovely afternoon with super people. I'm really looking forward to the next one!

Friday, 6 February 2015

'Mystery, magic and midnight feasts- The many adventures of Enid Blyton

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of going to see the new Enid Blyton exhibition at The Beaney in Canterbury. I grew up with my Nan reading Enid Blyton's stories to me. The Magic Faraway Tree was always my favourite. I loved the idea of ever changing lands above the Faraway Tree. Lands such as; Land of Do-As-You-Please, Land of Dreams, or Lands of Presents.
So as you have guessed, I was very excited about this exhibition. 'Mystery, magic and midnight feasts- The many adventures of Enid Blyton'. When I walked through the door, the first thing that caught my eye was the giant Noddy car. I watched children get really excited by Noddy's car. Still to this day, many years on Noddy is still alive in children's hearts.
The exhibition was also interactive as well as informative. There are toys and all different activity stations for children to enjoy. I liked wandering around the exhibition and feeling happy inside. I adore my Nan for reading her stories to me before bed when I used to stay over. Her stories made me dream. Her books take you away to a magical place, if only for a little while. But those stories remain deep inside you.
My favourite part of the show was being able to see Blyton's tiny nature diaries. Her diaries were about what she was doing, rather than her feelings. When you see someone's private diaries and books you are slowly stepping into their inner thoughts.
I found out lots of facts about Blyton in the exhibition. She wrote quickly. She typed with just two fingers. She only ever used her two index fingers to type on her typewriter. She could produce a full length novel in a week. Blyton wrote books for all ages, so children could grow up with her books.
The show is laid out in lots of tiny rooms. Each room contains so much wonder. It's like you are stumbling through her private diaries or stories she created. There is also a giant Faraway Tree, which made me smile and instantly feel young again. I mean, an actual Faraway Tree in front of me?! Younger Nicola would be jumping around from excitement.
I had ginger beer while I was at the exhibition. Drinking ginger beer gives you that warm feeling inside. That's what her books do. As soon as I had finished looking round the exhibition, I just wanted to hurry home to find my Enid Blyton books. I could then re-live all those childhood stories and memories in word form.
'Mystery, magic and midnight feasts- The many adventures of Enid Blyton' is running from now until Sunday 19th April 2015. In the special exhibitions room at The Beaney House of Arts and Knowledge. Oh, and PS, the gift shop is perfect! So many gorgeous treats to enjoy!

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Little list

Valentines Day is just around the corner. So I have been making lots of heart shaped decorations and feeling loved. Valentines Day cookies and cupcakes by a colleague at work have made everyone very happy. 
Recently I have: 
- Enjoyed a trip to IKEA with friends. Which was actually pretty fun, and also kinda sad. Mostly because it made me want a super cute house to be able to decorate. 
- Played Animal Crossing quite a lot. I have fallen back in love with it again.
- Watched episodes and episodes of Community on Netflix.
- Planned trips to see different friends.
- Brought Valentines presents and cards.
- Listened to old CDs.
Listening to old CDs that I used to love has been interesting. Sending me back in time. Also I realise that I still love a lot of the old music I used to listen to. Let's all go and clean the dust off those old CDs, and re-live those memories.