Friday, 31 May 2013

A very special bit of birthday Sunshine!

One of my lovely friends celebrated her birthday a couple of weeks ago by having an afternoon tea party. Leading up to Polly's birthday I decided I was going to draw a Sunshine for her, one of my most favourite things to do as I'm sure you know by now!

I loved doodling this picture and I especially loved the fact I could draw her wearing the beautiful Anthropologie pinny that our team bought for her last year. Macaroons, baking, Liberty fabrics, Hello Kitty and sewing also had to feature as a few of Polly's favourite things and this was the final doodle...

Unfortunately I was really quite poorly over the weekend over Polly's birthday and for the following week so missed the celebrations and was unable to giver her the present on time *sob*

However, a couple of days after the tea party, whilst I was still tucked up in my PJs feeling sorry for myself, I spied a few photos of the lovely celebrations I missed... and can you imagine how excited I was to see this photo!?!

Polly now has her little Sunshine doodle and I think it's safe to say she loved it. We had a mighty good chuckle over the mad coincidence of me pretty much drawing her like for like in the photo from her birthday...

Happy Birthday again Polly! 

Saturday, 18 May 2013

New places & new food...

If you can remember when I set my mini missions for 2013, two of my most favourite things featured in my list: Traveling and Food. These were the mini mission statements...

  • I love food. I want to cook something new or go for a meal somewhere new each month
  • Continue to make visiting a new place each month my mission for 2013

Back in January my new place was amazing Norway where I also tried reindeer for the very first time. February brought a mini adventure to a beautiful village called Hambleton and the food of the month turned out to be a new experience with cooking Llama.

It's now getting towards the back end of May and I haven't stopped by with any tasty news or travel updates have I? *slapped wrists* So before June lands here's what my dinner plate and travel diary has looked like...

In March a group of us took a visit to SnoZone in Milton Keynes. As well as a bit of snowboarding we got chance to explore the bizarre town that is Milton Keynes. They have dinosaurs in the centre... and I thought the place was known for concrete cows and roundabouts...who knew?

In terms of a food adventure, March was the month I was brave enough to make Hollandaise sauce for one of my favourite breakfast dishes, Eggs Benedict. It turned out pretty well too - with a little help and teamwork. Mmmmm.

In April a birthday celebration took us to the Nottingham and District Gun Club. Yup, that's right someone actually handed me a loaded shot gun! It was a completely new experience for me and was so much fun, even though I was a bit rubbish! 

The food tale I want to share from April was a very exciting experience. In Cambridge there is a lovely pub called The Geldart. They are known for their Hot Rocks, a unique experience, as main meals are cooked at the table on volcanic rock! It's awesome! 

You chose your meat and two tasty side dishes and then the meat comes out barely cooked and carries on cooking on the volcanic hot rock at your table! Amazing huh? I chose zebra and it was delicious. Unfortunately though it was not stripy all the way through...

And here we are in May, where my new place this month has been Harpur Hill in Buxton. Stunning views and plenty of rock climbers to watch whilst I doodled in the sunshine. A lovely day out which was the end to a great weekend out in the beautiful Peak District.

And although I haven't made anything new this month or been out to any shiny new restaurants I still think this months new food is important... and potentially something I could get addicted to! Marmite crisps! Yum!

At the moment I have no idea what June may bring but by ensuring I'm off to new places and aiming to try new foody treats it means I always look forward to the start of a new month! 

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

What I Wore in March, April & May.

Wow! I cannot quite believe it has been so long since I updated you all with my monthly What I Wore Today doodles! This year really is flying by so before any more months whizz past me here is a quick nosey at the last three doodles I have done and the outfits I donned in March, April and May.

March : Zombies! Zombies everywhere at 2.8 hour Later in Nottingham

April : Punting along the River Cam

May : Al fresco wedding attire. Layers a go-go!

A VERY special day full of smiles, happiness and Hello Sunshine!

This weekend one of my lovely friends from school got married in the beautiful setting of the Peak District accompanied by the sunshine and lots of smiling faces who were all there to celebrate the special day.

Last year I doodled for the lovely Bride and Groom and created a Sunshine of them both to use as part of their wedding stationery. This is the doodle...

...and this is how it was used for the big day itself!

I'm sure you can imagine just how thrilled I was to see the doodle throughout the day in different variations too! I nearly cried when it came to the photographs though! This was just AMAZING!

Before I get carried away and become all emotional and waffle even more than usual I shall bring this post to an end, leave you all with the photos and raise my G&T in the sunshine to the happy couple...

To Colin & Pip! Hip hip Hurray! 

Friday, 3 May 2013

Possibly one of my most favourite Sunshines yet!

There is just too much to love about the story behind this wedding and this is one of my most favourite sunshine doodles to date...

BIG love to the Bride and Groom, Ben and Lisa. You guys rock!