Monday, 30 June 2014

Eight & Sixteen in June

I can't believe it's been a month since the launch of Eight & Sixteen! Erin and I have had so much fun putting the blog together, and we've got so much more planned! Thank you to everyone who has followed, commented and tweeted us, your support means so much.

I thought I'd share a round up of my posts so far here, just in case you've missed them. I'd love it if you could pop over and say hi :)

Monday, 23 June 2014

The Goodreads Tag

Top three books - Waterstones, bottom two - Knowledge (an amazing shop in Brighton, check it out!)
The Stonor Eagles - an engagement present from J's dad.

I was recently tagged by Hayley at Water Painted Dreams to take part in the Goodreads tag (thanks Hayley!) and as we're now over half way through 2014 (!) I thought it would be a good time to take a look at my reads of the year so far.

What was the last book you marked as read?
• Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl.

What are you currently reading?
• The Stonor Eagles by William Horwood. This copy is a first edition and was a present from J's dad; it's set in part on the Isle of Skye so is already very special! It's quite hard going but so beautifully written and really captivating.

What was the last book you marked as to read?
• The Case of the Weird Sisters by Charlotte Armstrong.

What book do you plan to read next?
• The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, and I'm also going to be working my way through the Roald Dahl collection!

Do you use the star rating system?
• Occasionally, but I agree with Hayley and wish they had half stars.

Are you doing a 2014 reading challenge?
• Yes, I've currently read 11 of my 25 book target.

Do you have a wishlist?
• Yes! I could happily just keep adding more and more to it as well.

What book do you want to buy next?
• I've just bought all the books above and have lots of books scattered on my bookshelves that still need reading so have no reason to buy any more!

Do you have any favourite quotes?
• Oh, tons. J.K Rowling provides an abundance of beautiful quotes in Harry Potter, as does Roald Dahl, Haruki Murakami and Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Have you joined any groups?
Nope! I don't think I log in enough to be involved in any.

Roald Dahl collection - birthday present from my sister <3

I can't wait to look back at this again at the end of the year, having (hopefully) completed my challenge, and feeling full to the brim with wonderful stories. If you have any recommendations of books you think I should read, please let me know :)

Friday, 13 June 2014


Last weekend I was invited along to the #LightsCameraCurrys photography workshop run by Joe Blogs and Dade Freeman. I was super excited for this as just a few days before J and I went halves on a shiny new dslr (no more phone photos, yay!) so I couldn't wait to put it to the test.

The workshop was great, and after jotting down as many notes as possible, little bits of information started to sink in and good old Alevel Photography memories started to creep back in as well. I feel much more confident just experimenting with all the settings on the camera now, and can honestly say I haven't used the auto setting once.

After a few hours of scribbling, we then headed out to put our new found skills to the test. It was a beautiful day and it felt amazing to just wander around taking photos of anything that caught my eye. It's a nice reminder to take a break from taking photos because you have to... I've taken at least two dozen of Pixel over the last week just because, and it's weirdly therapeutic. Plus, you know, she's really cute.

Anyway, these are a random selection of my shots from the day. We had a challenge of certain things to capture: motion, leading lines, symmetry, framing and points of interest. All taken on manual, of course :)

Thank you again to Joe Blogs and Dade Freeman for inviting me along, I had a great day!

Monday, 9 June 2014

Crafting: Leather Tote Bag

The problem (if I can call it that) with working for a company that is all about bags, is that I find myself growing bored of my collection pretty quickly. I fall in love with a design, declare it the perfect bag and make it, and then a few months later find myself indifferent towards it and so the entire process starts again.

This simple leather tote bag came about after realising that I didn't own a plain black bag big enough for me to chuck my day to day essentials in, as well as the (just as essential) lunchbox, scarf and book of the moment too. It was really quick and easy to make up; just two rectangles of fabric with an added deep flat bottom for space and then another piece of leather at the front stitched down the middle to create two exterior pockets.

The handles are coming soon at work, and definitely win my vote for classic simplicity. I then added blue ticking stripe fabric for the lining, and because I can never quite keep things plain and simple, used some of that to bind the two front pockets as well.

So for the moment, this is my new favourite bag. Let's see how long this one lasts :)

Friday, 6 June 2014

White Tree Fabrics

Fabrics, notions & pattern c/o White Tree Fabrics

Remember back in February when I posted about making my own clothes again? Well, it seems that this really is the year for me!

I am now super happy to be part of the White Tree Fabrics blogging team - yay!
White Tree Fabrics are an online shop specialising in dressmaking fabrics, and they offer so many fabrics as well as patterns, threads, accessories etc. Make sure you have time to spare if you're planning on browsing - you may lose a few hours!

So, as part of the blogging team, I will be making up my chosen pattern and documenting my progress here as well as on the White Tree Fabrics website. I'm seriously excited about this and cannot wait to get started!
When I chose my pattern, I kept practicality at the forefront of my mind. I really want to build myself a hand made wardrobe, and this means starting with the basics; a simple, but very wearable Tshirt. The fabrics are gorgeous and will provide enough of a challenge for me as usually stretch fabrics hate me (!)

Stay tuned for a progress update soon, and thank you to White Tree Fabrics for making me a part of your team :)

Monday, 2 June 2014

Eight & Sixteen

I have some exciting news! Things have been pretty quiet here over the last month, and that's because I've been working with Erin on our brand new blog Eight & Sixteen!

We're so excited to finally be able to share this with you all; we'll be blogging crafts, recipes, challenges and DIY's - all of our favourite things :)
I hope you will pop over and say hi, and would love it if you could spread the word!

I won't be disappearing from this blog - far from it - I've got loads to get writing about, I just need to find the time to fit it all in.

Here's to new adventures <3