Saturday, 18 June 2011

Can you keep a secret?

There's only one week to go before the Sherwood Arts Week Secret Garden Craft Fair!

Saturday June 25th 11am – 6pm
The Secret Garden Craft Fair
The United Reformed Church, 1 Edwards Lane, Sherwood

So get it in your diary and get your pennies ready for a fabulous day! The fair kicks off next Saturday 25th June at 11am until 6pm. There will be live music, cream teas and cake, a BBQ, Pimms and beer as well as a chance to browse some fantastic treasures at the stalls of many local talented folk!

For more information about this fabulous event and details about Sherwood Arts week pop along to the SAW blog or the SAW 2011 website!

Hope to see lots of you friendly and familiar faces there for a pimms and some fun!

Thursday, 16 June 2011

The Big Smoke!

Here I am on this beautifully sunny evening and I finally have some snaps from my fun filled weekend in London to share with you! Woop!

I have to admit I am not a city person at heart, my true love has to be by the sea, or even better... mountains by the sea! Anyhow this weekend I became slightly smitten with London *gasp* I was staying with a very good friend in the most amazingly wonderful old house in Brixton, which was stacked with amazing furniture, had a beautiful a roll top bath, was full of nik naks (not the corn snacks!), visited by a friendly neighbour cat and had an awesome toasty red Aga in the quirky little kitchen! Amazing!

I have never been to Brixton before but I loved everything about it! The up and coming Village area was bustling full of life and market stalls in the day and just a lively and full of things to do and see in the evening too! Such a fantastic atmosphere with the BEST sour dough pizza's from Franco Manca, some tasty red wine and some very naughty but nice crepes at Brick Box (I think that was the name!) We also experienced some brilliant live music at the Hootananny pub, where we saw the fantastically mesmerizing Lewis Floyd Henry who had everyone laughing and dancing along with his quirky music. He was followed by an awesome MC who kept the crowd going until Aruba Red came on stage who were equally as brilliant to see live!

Another place I had never been to that we ventured out to this weekend is Hampstead Heath. It's so BIG! We went with the intention of having a bit of a swim and a paddle in the lovely ladies pond there but somehow we walked round most of the heath, missed the pond and ended up in the Brew House at the top of the park near Kenwood House! The sun was out and the walk was beautiful so nothing to complain about but we are all still baffled as to how we missed that darn pond! Next time it won't escape us...

You can't go to London without doing something touristy so when it rained on Sunday we hopped on down to the Natural History Museum which was great fun! I think I could go every time I visit London and never get bored! It was a lot of fun wondering round and taking in all of the exhibits and playing with all of the interactive displays! After the museum, in the evening we went to the most amazing South Indian restaurant in Peckham - another new venture for me! The restaurant, Ganapati is such an amazing little place, the food is to die for and like no other Indian food I have ever tasted! I can't recommend the place enough and I am ever so grateful for Becky having got herself the job down there as I can't imagine having never tasted such amazing food! To top off the awesome day and dribblicious food we headed to the Peckhamplex cinema to watch Kung Fu Panda 2. One word = AWESOME!

Monday came round all too fast and as we packed our bags and thought about what we could do before getting the train back I couldn't help but feel like I had been away for a week! We had crammed so much in and hardly any of it felt like that kind of stuff you would do in London. I saw it all in a new light and am already planning when I can get down there again. You don't need a lot of money to have a good time and there are so many pretty parks and tranquille escapes if you venture off the trodden path. I guess it goes the same for anywhere you travel in the world but I can honestly say I never expected to be that pleasantly surprised by so many things in The Big Smoke. We finished our London break off with a wonder round the 'Out of this world: Science Fiction but not as you know it' exhibition at the British Library, which was brilliant in a very nerdy way! Perfect end to an amazing weekend away!

So I have waffled for a fair bit now so I'll leave you be to take in all of my blurb and some of the pretty pictures. I hope I have inspired some of you to visit some of the places I've talked about... or maybe you have already been and love them already? Either way I'm already excited about visiting London again this year... now where's my diary and the train timetables....

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

A smile to start the working week...

... So I had the most amazingly exciting, fantabulous, fun and awesome time down in London with some dear friends this weekend and today was my 'Monday' back in the office.

As I'm sure you all know heading back to work is never easy when you've had a brilliant time away from it but I survived the day and although I haven't got round to sorting out any funtime photos from the weekend to share with you on here I thought I'd share a lovely drawing with you instead...

It made me smile when I received it as a card for my birthday and it will no doubt end up on my 'door of cool cards' very soon!

Happy 'not-really-Monday-but-feels-like-it' Day!

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Summer Sunshine...

A quick post to say 'Hello' share a few pretty pictures and wish you all bon voyage until next week! I'm off to the big smoke that is London for a long weekend with some good friends and hopefully plenty of sunshine!

I've been enjoying the sunshine a lot just lately (when it stays to play!) I hope you have been too!

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Sunday at Sunshine Towers... 3 months on!

Yup it's nearly 3 months since I moved into Sunshine Towers and as I sit here full of yummy Sunday Roast (& a cheeky bit of Creme Brulee pudding) I can't quite believe it's been that long!

It's whizzed past so fast but man has it been fun! As I potter around the place it is starting to feel much more homely and I am so happy, chuffed and beyond grateful to have such a wonderful place of my own.

There are still a lot of mini projects I have and I'm sure this will grow in line with the months that roll on by while I'm here too. These will include splashing a bit of colour around the bathroom, some storage and shelving pimping, garden rummaging, kitchen sprucing and a cuddly rug... to name but a few!

For now though, I'll share a few more pictures of how the place looks now and at the same time I can show off some of my newest treasures that I received for my birthday back in May...enjoy!

:Pretties from top to bottom:
: 'Hello Sunshine' wooden plaque : Thank you to Cat and to Kim & Phil :
: 'The Loo' sign - just in case you get lost : Thank you to Carly :
: Awesome Chalk board & Chalks : Thank you to Cat & Camilla :
: Spotty Teapot : Thank you to my marvellous Duckypoos, Laura :
: The 'Thrones' 2 vintage Parlour chairs : Thanks to my Geek ♥ :
: Beautiful white wicket picnic basket : Again thanks to my awesome Geek :

Oooo and on a slightly related link and just because they deserve a mention... I finally found a new cozy home for my Ugly Doll collection! Not that I have many but I love them and each one has a special memory so now they take pride of place on the futon guarding the spare room/studio for me while I'm out and about... Say 'Hello!'

:From left to right:
'Ugly Dog' New York trip 2009
'OX' Present from Miss Amy B
'Big Toe' Vancouver Island, Canada
'Deer Ugly' Parnell, New Zealand

It wouldn't be fair for me to introduce you to these adorable Ugly fellas without included the big guy who takes the prime spot on my bed. He's bigger than my little niece (and most small children I'd imagine!) but he's a massive softy.... meet Abima...

Before I carried away and introduce you to any more of my toys I shall wish you a happy, relaxed and sunshine filled Sunday afternoon and bid you farewell until my next update! Enjoy the rest of your weekend :)

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

My drawing on SKIN!

I can't tell you how excited, amazed and honoured I am to be able to tell you that a most excellent friend of mine has had a drawing of mine tattooed on his arm! Woop!

The drawing in question is one of my 'Sunshine caricatures' that I have been drawing for a few years now. I drew one of my very good old school friend Becky for Christmas one year and this was Adam's chosen tattoo art! Woop!

I'm over the moon they liked my drawings so much and before I get carried away with more excitment and waffle you all to death I shall pipe down and show you some pictures...

Some of you may remember seeing my Sunshine caricatures before and may even recognise the names Adam & Becky from a couple of other blog posts as they now have a collection of my Sunshine portraits as well as Adam's shiney new tattoo!

It always means so much to me to know people like me work so this has go to be the ultimate compliment! I'm over the moon and hope that I can make lots more people this happy with my drawings! Power to the pencil and all that happy jazz! Woop!