I managed to pick up a Fairy Wishing Well Polly Pocket Compact on eBay a few weeks ago to celebrate the exit of my part time weekend job after spotting one on eBay and the nostalgia feels got the better of me 😉
Only Polly Pocket is a wonderful website dedicated to the passionate collector, and features everything from the full catalog and doll identification to tips on caring for your collection. Give these guys some love, they’ve put a lot of work into building their site up.
Okay! So what’s been going on in my own world lately…?
I’ve recently got a new Job at a Print & Embroidery place which I’m running alongside a part time weekend Job at a Pub. Hallelujah and three cheers for getting back on my feet for the Flat ❤ (More on that later!)
A bunch of blanks I ordered last week came in after the Bank Holiday delay. You can’t imagine how excited I was to unwrap these babies and get cracking with them 😉 Two of them have already been printed up and I’m working on the third one as a present for someone!
I taught the S.O. how to Vinyl Print after he sent me a design last week, and I said “Yep! Make it with me” 🙂 So we did!
I gifted one to Shiloh Greaves as part of the Road Banter they were enjoying. Here he is modelling it 😀
Inspired, I’ve released a few new designs at the Shop with a Kitty Heart Print in Black, and popping a Glow in the Dark version on the darker colours:
I had a venture to Seaham last week to sort out a few Housing bits which took the best part of 10 minutes.
It would have been totally rude not to have a cheeky rummage in the Charity Shops and I managed to treat myself for the princely sum of under £3 😉
Ancient Myths Gift Shop is a wonderful shop in Seaham Town Centre that has a good all round range of your usual incense, candles, wax melts and crystals as well as fantastic ornaments, dreamcatchers, oil burners and everything from Angels and Buddha’s to Unicorns, Dragons and Fairies. I got this lovely little 4″ Angel candle for just under £2 and put her with the rest of my Collection. I think she likes her new home 😉
[ Ancient Myth’s WEBSITE ]
Afterwards, I had a rummage in Stray Aid a few doors along. I love this little Shop as it’s an exciting mix of a Junk Shop and an eccentric attic. Aesthetic all the way Baby!
There’s always something interesting to come home with and I make a point of going in every time. I picked up this gorgeous little trinket for 99p after (oddly enough) dreaming about something similar recently:
It’s a lovely mix of shells, wood, metal, sparklies and the Agate slice in the centre. Very Piratey!
What’s the best bargain you’ve found in a Charity Shop?
Matt and I headed to Newcastle last week to
finishstart our Christmas Shopping and got there pretty early to avoid the crowds. Did it make a difference? Did it heck!
Matt had noticed the newly-opened PN Wrestling located where the old Kathmandu used to be last time he was through Newcastle and wanted to wait until I was with him to have a mooch in there – The novelties of a Gear making girlfriend!
It’s well mad because Me and Sue used to be PNB Wrestling! It stocks shirts, loads of figurines & replica belts – well worth a look! I wonder if Adrian Neville is an official action figure yet 😉
We went to DAT Bar for a bite to eat and a few beers.
Because Shopping. And I hate. We both got a #4 and two orders of beef dripping chips ^.^ One top of making their own Oregano & Tomato Sauce – it became the dippy-chip challenge – the walls are papered in their own parodied B Movie wallpaper and they probably have the coolest Toilets in the North East:
I’ve heard many a good thing about Pet Lamb Patisserie, but didn’t get a chance to sample their wares until Matt bought me a surprise mix of four – which included their Chocolate Orange & Red Velvet Cupcakes. Unfortunately, the box got a little squashed whilst we were mooching about on a hardcore shopping trip, so here are some of their Valentine Collection from their Facebook. They were GORGEOUS!
Ready made excuse to go back + delicious Cupcakes = WIN!
Mmm…Glug… is a wonderful little shop located in Grainger Arcade which sells a wide range of Craft beers & wines as well as Herbs, Spices, Chocolates & Pasta. The Staff were so friendly, thoughtful and got a novive advised onto the Beers available. I managed to get a good wodge of Matt’s Christmas presents from the Glug…section 😉
It wouldn’t be a day out if we didn’t finish in BrewDog with it’s new evening Christmassy touch 😉
I also love the new Decor in the Ladies:
Bloglovin + Instagram + Planet Neon Bunny + Sukiwear
[ It’s also not properly Christmas until this has been played 😉 ]
Matt helped me put my tree up this year (The HENCH TREE!), and we even managed to make Stabby up his own tree with a collection of hand-me-down ornaments from my family when it was still together.
Post-Night-Shift Breakfast! Toffee Cheesecake & Peppermint Hot Chocolate with a dash of Cherry Brandy and Stabby to rub my back. I had an IUD fitted recently and was told off for working too hard and that I should rest up. I took it easy for one whole day to heal properly and felt so guilty, I made a nest of blankets and cushions on the sofa and worked on the new website 🙂
Costa are doing the yummiest festive drinks at the moment. Here’s a Black Forest Hot Chocolate…
…and a Sticky Toffee Latte:
I made Cherry Brandy Cupcakes recently following my usual fruity Muffin Recipe, and stirring in a generous amount of Cherry Brandy and 100g Milk Chocolate to both the cake and to 50g leftover Vanilla Frosting:
I realise I didn’t post anything last Christmas, but managed to salvage an LJ entry from then:
This Year…? THIS YEAR?? 😉
[★] We’re celebrating Christmas a little early this year, as Becky & I are (Hopefully – Work permitting!) heading down South to spend it with our Mam and her partner.
Becky chose the tinsel on my first Christmas Tree of Singledom – I only bothered with one set of Fairy Lights on the wall last year with the Parents splitting up after 33 years together, and was ‘Saving’ the Tree at their House so my Dad wouldn’t be on his own – (I think she modeled the colours on her hair!) and it’s glowing away quite cheerily of an evening, combined with a million tealight candles and a Disney movie ♥
[★] I got a slight case of the pre-festive Single’s Blues whilst nipping into town the other day, so nicking Jennifer’s wig and arseing about for a while…
(“SLAM YA BODY DOWN AND WIND IT ALL AROUND! SLAM YA BODY DOWN AND ZIG-A-ZAY AHHH!”)
Welcoming in new girls Viperine Gorgon & Sirena Von Boo
Boyfriend and I ventured out to Durham last week with my Mum on a visit from down South. We could only grab a couple of hours with her squashing in time to see friends and the rest of the family, but it was still an awesome afternoon! The Boyfriend and I try and get days out together when we can as it’s rare we both have a proper day off together and/or go mad together on the evening with both of our shifts and my Job-outside-of-the-normal-one, so it’s always a big deal and we always make the effort if we can.
I love Durham to bits as it was one of my favourite haunts as a teenager – alongside Middlesborough & Newcastle. The Family and I used to hit In Shanghai on the rare occassions we had a day out together, and I even had a Modelling Shoot at the Cathedral at the beginning of the year. I usually make a day of Durham, rummaging hamster-style in the many Charity Shops and popping in to The Angel for a few post-bargain pints.
We popped into Fizzylicious (Not too hard to sniff out!) where Mum bought a Heart-shaped red Dream catcher. Matt treated me to a Chocolate Orange candle (Not a patch on Lush’s Whipstick lipgloss mind, but still scrummy!) and a Pentagram Incense burner. I also got the Raspberry Rave candle, which is far too pretty to light, and I’m keeping it in theme with the Cupcake wall in the Living Room ^.^ I can get excited about Fizzylicious in a way without cheating on Lush because all of the Bath Bombs look like Cupcakes 😉 Howay Lush, I’m not getting it at home!
I got a beautiful Cat Eye necklace from Scarlet Ribbons – a small shop jam-packed with all sorts of unusual clothes & accessories and I’ve happily welcomed it since Concept Skate Shop closed down a few years ago (Back when Punkyfish was *good*!).
We went to Head of Steam (One of Matt’s favourite Pubs!) for dinner:
HOS is Stabby-Approved!
I had a BBQ Bacon Burger – the sort you wear up to your elbows and eat with a pitchfork and snow shovel. It was bloody gorgeous and came on a Slate plate with homemade chips and a little pot of red cabbage coleslaw. It was also lovely to discover I knew one of the Bar Staff from one of my circles of friends whom I haven’t seen for a very long time ^.^ Will definitely be treating Boyfriend/Stabby there again at some point! The Staff were really lovely and went above and beyond to make you feel welcome. They were also quite reassuring to an IPA amateur and recommended various beers based on what I already liked, and pulled ‘Sippy glasses’ before I bought anything. I hope they get lots of tips because they’re great at what they do ^.^
Stabby is a proper bad influence:
“You look tired Kimbles, let me run you a bubble bath and crack a bottle of wine open!”
“Nee bosh! Come on, I’ll do your back…”
Boyfriend has slowly but surely converted me over to the dark side of Indian Pale Ale’s & Craft Beers. I’ve been saving bottles from different varieties and wanted to make a bit of a display for them without being sticky‐bottled scruffy cluttered College chic, so I cleared a shelf on my bookcase in the Living Room, added pearly fairy lights, a decorative perfume bottle, my pine cone collection and my new Halloween candles.
On another note, he’s been an absolute Star when I’ve had to sneak into the Craft Room to do a bit of last minute printing – contentedly playing my Guitar and coming up with new songs whilst I’m stressing about Crutch measurements Haha! He’s The Grind Gentleman on Soundcloud if you’d like a mooch!
I bought this daft Solar System kit from Wilkinson’s for £3 last week to put in the Craft Room. Now, I want to paint the walls and ceiling black and daub galaxies in purple, pink and silver everywhere ❤ Might be the next decorating project when I get a bit of time and spare cash 🙂
I made these rainbow walnut muffins with rum & vanilla frosting, mini lovehearts sweets and grated chocolate. The rainbow inside didn’t *quite* turn out like the tutorial showed, but they are still super-yummy ❤
Matt showed me how to make Burgers last week and I was quite determined to give them a go and put my own spin on them and made Spicy smoky bacon, cheese and peanut butter burgers. It was super-easy – just four slices of bacon cut into little strips, two handfuls of grated cheese, three shakes of allspice and two heaped tablespoons of crunchy peanut butter handsquished into the mix before shaping and grilling 🙂 Quite like this savory stuff!
Sue and I had a mooch in Boyes yesterday to stock up on some threads, elastic and a few other bits and bobs and I came away with a whole stash – Haha! Can’t wait to try out those Glow-in-the-dark fabric pens and have a play with them 😉
I picked up The Vampire Book and The Dove Keepers by Alice Hoffman in Scope as part of their wonderful 2 Hardback’s for £1 offer. I finished The Vampire Book last night – wonderful illustrations! – and I’m a few chapters into The Dove Keepers – it’s wonderfully raw so far.
I very much liked the look of Abigail Gibbs’ The Dark Heroine and it’s next on the list! Boyfriend found a copy Stranger in a Strange Land and I bought it on his recommendation – it being his favourite book and he thinks I’ll enjoy it!
I’d actually seen the Scarab Beetle a few times in BHF but didn’t really fancy it. However, after having a dream that it came alive and scurried off to find me good things, I snapped it up and took it home. Superstition is worth £1.29 any day!
The Monster High friendship necklaces were a find in the Pound Shop, after I killed my other MH necklace with Mosquito repellent whilst in Cuba 😦 We have Draculaura on one and Frankie on the other – I might pop one of them on Stabby!
I found this sweet little Hamster ornament in Billingham’s BHF ^.^
Haloween Confetti featuring orange Pumpkins, purple Bats, white Ghosts, green Witches, black Spiders and silver Cobwebs: Wilkinson’s – £1
Trick or Treat Orange Bag: Poundstretcher – £1. I’m gonna keep my sewing crafty bits in here ❤
Stabby is a stuffed toy Hamster I bought for my youngest sister during a school trip to Bellingham in my last year of Primary School and joined the arm of stuffed toys in her Toy boxes for a number of years. About 5 years ago, my parents cleaned out their attic and went through binbags of our old stuff to sort out and poor Stabby was rescued and reunited with me after 15 years.
Keen to make a fresh start on our relationship, I started taking him out…
Enjoying a Pint at The Bridge Tavern in Newcastle:
Stabby rootled through the drawers in the Outside area and found a Willy – YOU’RE IT!
Cuddling THIS IS LAGER at Brewdog Bar Newcastle:
And an aptly-sized bottle of wine:
Meeting the Boyfriend – who picked his name:
Assisting me in Customer Services 😀
Long story short, a Customer had had a bit of a bad experience with another Gear maker so was understandably quite thorough and detailed about the specifications. I sent mock-ups – something we don’t usually do as I’d never be off the laptop, but made an exception to reassure he was gonna be looked after – and confirmed everything and he placed an order. He asked yesterday if he could have updates about the stages as and when the Gear was being worked on, I said sure but warned it might run along the lines of “Cut”, “Printed” “Sewn” etc and get a bit tedious and that I’d try to make it a bit exciting for him and Stabby stepped up to the plate 😀 He was a bit over the moon with it, said it’d made his week – Haha!
Stabby’s going on my CV as an example of “Please describe an occasion where you’ve gone above and beyond in Customer Services” 🙂