• Art,  Crafts

    Back to school

    If you’ve had much of a look through this blog you might have noticed a few themes, for both Steph and I. A love of food is the most obvious one; when we lived in the center of Bristol that was where most of our expendable income went. Travel is also right up there, although this year has been very travel-light, as we’ve focused on building our new home. If Steph gets her way this will be addressed next year!  The third main theme is a love of making things, whether it be our very hand-made wedding, or trying our hands at a new craft. For me one of the…

  • Bristol,  Cheltenham,  Cotswolds,  Crafts,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    To self build or not to self build

    Bristol’s been a wonderful home for the last 6 years, especially the central spot we have with its easy access to all Bristol has to offer. Living in the middle of one of the most popular cities in the country comes with its compromises though, and the main one is space- both inside and out. So for a while now (nearly 4 years) we’ve been looking for a new home in a slightly more rural setting.  We’ve viewed dozens of houses and with each viewing we honed our view of what’s important to us, seeing features we loved as well as those we’d rather not have. If you had a…

  • Crafts,  Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Travel

    Holidaying on a boat

    Last month James and I went away to Falmouth for a long weekend with some friends. We had been talking about going away together for months and finally got something pretty special booked up. We scoured the internet before stumbling upon a spot just on the outskirts of Falmouth town centre. What made it so special you ask? Well, it was in fact a boat. A boat with all the necessities: the top floor was all open plan with a big kitchen, dining area, and a large lounging space with lots of glass to enjoy the views. It gave the impression that you could almost walk out onto the outdoor…

  • Art,  Bristol,  Crafts,  Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography,  Uncategorized

    A new skill with an old craft

    A few Sundays ago we went for lunch at the Rose of Denmark in Hotwells. I understand the pub’s changed ownership a few times over the last couple of years and the food’s been on an up and down journey. The roast we had on that Sunday was one of the best I’ve had, anywhere, ever! It rivals the Rummer, and that set a high benchmark. Wonderful moist meat, crunchy roasties on the outside with a fluffy middle, well cooked and flavoursome veg, a rich gravy and huge Yorkshire pud’. Steph had the veggie option and that was also excellent. We’re thrilled to have this fantastic option on our doorstep!…

  • Bristol,  Cheltenham,  Cotswolds,  Crafts,  Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    Our Wedding Suppliers

    A DIY wedding is both a great big annoyance and the most wonderful way to plan your big day. The annoying part is not really knowing what you are doing and worrying on a daily basis that your guests won’t enjoy the fact you’ve gone off piste and planned a traditional wedding. But for us the positives outweighed the negatives and we decided to go all in, taking the elements from what we liked about weddings and tie that into what was essentially going to be a great, big party. We were able to have full reign on when things happened, what caterers we chose, the booze we ordered, where…

  • Art,  Crafts,  Lifestyle,  Photography,  Travel

    Unleash the child in you

    There’s a magical place, we’re on our way there, with toys in their millions, all under one roof; it’s called… Well sadly Toys’R’Us don’t need that catchy little ditty any more, but perhaps the new Lego house could use it instead. Billund, Denmark; the home of Lego. Nearly 90 years ago the founding family of Lego started their business, first as carpenters, then wooden toy makers, and then moving with the times into plastic. They weren’t the first to do a plastic brick, and doubtless they won’t be the last, but they are the best, and it would take something very special to change that. The Lego House is a…

  • Art,  Crafts,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    A Beginner’s Workshop in Calligraphy

    Wedding planning can take over your life. Up until recently I thought we were doing quite well; we seemed to spend a small proportion of our time planning the big day and had a good balance of other activities. However, with our impending nuptials just around the corner, it’s now part of pretty much every weekend. It’s also all we talk about to our friends: I didn’t want to be that person but it’s happened. You can’t help it though. When it’s taking up so much of your time, it’d be a lie to answer ‘What have you been up to?’, without mentioning our wedding. The good thing is it’s…

  • Art,  Crafts,  Fashion,  Graphic Design,  Photography

    Feeling crafty

    When was the last time you properly unwound? With the stresses of work and daily life it’s hard isn’t it? For us we normally switch off by having a meal out, enjoying good food and drink. We were recently reminded though that there is another way; by doing something creative and learning new skills we completely immersed ourselves and lost hours in a design (and slightly Prosecco) fuelled blur. We went along to a taster session for a craft event coming to Bowood House and gardens in June. We started with a drink (or two), and a bit of cake; got to feed those creative energies right! Our first class…