Monday, 21 October 2013

Lateness and a Small Man Complex

Tuesday 21st October was a truly pants day. Here is a list of everything that went wrong:

The train was late. So the only option was to get the next one which stopped at every. single. stop. 
This meant I had to rush around the slippery underground to get to uni, and walked into class half an hour late.

As it happened, the lesson was a beginners guide to Photoshop and a complete waste of a morning. I left a few minutes early for a wee and then lost the group, so spent lunch walking around like a lone ranger. 

Then I was struck with a fever and dizziness, which was brilliant. I casually followed the same path as I always do to get to our studio to say I wasn't feel well and would miss the afternoon tutorial, and found myself walking through a class of 2nd years. They all looked at me like this...

The worst part was the teacher/lecturer fellow turning around, asking my name and (despite my apology and telling him I didn't know I wasn't supposed to go through there), declaring "LOOK WHAT YOU'VE DONE, YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO COME THROUGH HERE, SEE, NOW EVERYBODY IS LOOKING AT YOU". 

Stupid man.

Oh, and to top it off, I lost the gorgeous new stole I bought yesterday amongst all the rushing and lip-wobbling.

Friday, 18 October 2013

People Fell Over a Lot Today

I want so many things from Poppin, pity that I already have too much stationary...

A lady fainted on my feet this morning, it happened a lot like this:

Luckily there was a trainee nurse on the train and a kind woman who spent 10 minutes fanning her on the floor. I found it so funny that it was only the women that came to the rescue while the men tended to play on their phones like nothing happened. But more to the point: SCREW YOU LONDON MIDLAND! (And well done general public).

Last night at the pub, a friend who shall remain nameless (it might rhyme with with King Pee), informed us that she prefers the girth of a Japanese chopstick, but the length of a Chinese pair.

And now for something different, here are some cats underneath some stuff!

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Giant Beans and Asylums

Forgive the fact that I saw it on the Daily Mail website, I really want to take a trip to see this derelict asylum in Lincolnshire. I'd so love to get my hands on the space to restore and repurpose the building!

I was planning on going back to football training tonight, but now I can't because I hurt my ankle. Don't laugh, (although I wont know if you do) but I fell over this afternoon because i was wearing new shoes on laminate flooring. This is a pretty accurate representation of what happened...

Hopefully it's fixed in the morning because I'm taking a tour around some part of London or other (last time it was to see churches that survived the Great Fire of London).

Also, tomorrow evening I'm staying late at uni to sit in on a lecture from Aran Chadwick, the man behind Atelier One, who worked with Anish Kapoor to bring us Cloud Gate, Chicago (aka The Bean).

Happy Wednesday! xoxo

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Well Hello There!

Its been... 14 months and 3 weeks since my last post!

My life has changed considerably in that time and I'm finally at a point where I can rejoin the blogosphere (i hate that word). But for those who are nosey enough, here's a summary of what I've been up to:

  • Met someone special
  • Got a job at an office in town
  • Moved into a new apartment
  • Went part time to have time to focus on my soft-furnishings business
  • Applied, Interviewed (including creating a portfolio from scratch in 4 days) and got accepted to study Interior Architecture at Westminster University (yay!)
  • Started the course, gave notice on my apartment and quit my job all in the same week

Workers having a break during the construction of Baker Street Station

So now I'm in the process of renovating my old room at my parent's house to make it a little more grown up and a lot less orange/plastery (photos to come when it's finished!), whilst getting on hands on with the course and generally sorting stuff out!

I'll be back to posting with DIY's, recipes, photography and stuff I've found across the interwebs in between commuting, studying and procrastinating. But for now, here's some stuff and things:

Stairs made of reclaimed wood by Jan Korbes

Butterfly Wall Art from Urban Outfitters (on its way to me)

+ For anyone in London, go to the Soane Museum  and the Hunterian Museum

+ A chilly walk from Euston lead me to impulse buy this scarf

+ Stephen Merchant and Joseph Gordon Levitt have a Lip Syncing Battle with Jimmy Fallon

+ I cant stop playing Gongtats Room Escape games

Close to the Bone by Stuart Macbride is helping me get to sleep

+ I was thinking about this peacock wallpaper... 
                     ...but maybe this butterfly one will match with the print :)

+ This Bonsai Garden in Cornwall is beautiful and peaceful

Love and Kisses x

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

CV Makeovers for new graduates!

It's that time of year where my Facebook news feed becomes full of graduation photos of proud families and flying mortarboards!

If you aren't lucky enough to have jumped straight into your dream job, then you're most likely spending your days sending hundreds of emails to prospective employers. Give yourself a head start and make your CV stand out amongst the masses! Think of it as an investment in yourself (or spin this line to your parents)

Friday, 20 July 2012

Blueberry and Pecan Muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 30 minutes
Makes: 12 Muffins

150g Blueberries
100g Caster Sugar
100g Butter
300g Self-Raising Flour
1tsp Baking Powder
2 Large Eggs
1tsp Vanilla Extract
140ml Milk
A Small Handful of Pecans
A Pinch of Ground Almonds

1. Line a muffin tray with paper muffin cases and preheat the oven on a medium heat.
2. Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy, and add the eggs one at a time and beat into the mixture.
3. Add the milk and vanilla extract.
4. Sift the flour and baking powder into the mixture a little at a time to form a thick batter.
5. Pour in the blueberries and gently mix them in then spoon the mixture equally into the muffin cases.
6. Sprinkle a pinch of ground almonds over each case, chop the pecans roughly and sprinkle these too.
7. Bake for 30 minutes at gas mark 3 or 160 degrees.
8. When the muffins are cooked through and are lightly browned on top, take them out and leave them in the  muffin tray until completely cool.

I'm not usually a fan of blueberry muffins but the sweet nuts in these balance out the tart flavour of the blueberries. Personally I always prefer cakes or muffins the day after they've been baked so the sponge has had a chance to settle, but give it a go and let me know how you get on! xx