Sunday, 27 March 2011

What's it all about?

So, I'm still trying to decide what this blog is for. Is it an account of my attempts to pick up a new hobby? Or a record of my decision to leave behind the world of TV and pursue a career in events and PR? I don't quite know yet, but I'm looking forward to seeing how it all pans out...

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Spring is here!

I've spent a lovely day sat in Imperial Gardens reading my book and trying to get a bit of colour onto my shockingly pale legs.

And as it has been such a lovely sunny day I decided to take a few snaps!

But whilst taking the next one I spotted something that put a massive dampner on my day.

Can you see that green and blue sign? Well that sign says 'Let' on it. Which came as a bit of a surprise as we had put an offer on this flat and had been told that it had been taken off the market as the landlord is overseas and they couldn't contact him. So of course I call them and they tell me that we were informed that they had managed to get hold of the landlord and another couple had also put in an offer, which was accepted as the landlord didn't want to put up blinds! Well if I'd had actually been told all of this we would of put up our own bloody blinds!

And to rub salt into the wound the other house we found last week and had put an offer on has also been rejected as the landlord decided to go with another offer. When will it end? I hate househunting!

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

I ♥ Cheltenham

Since moving back to Cheltenham I've started to appreciate just how lovely this town is and I'm very grateful that I got to grow up here! Now that I'm living in the town centre my eyes have been opened to the beautiful architecture and the amazing regency buildings. (I must take some photos!) I'm very excited about spending spring and summer here, and being able to make the most of the various events that are going on in Cheltenham.

I should mention here that I've been offered a Press & PR internship with Cheltenham Festivals which I start the on the 6th April. I'm going to be assisting the marketing team two days a week during the run up to the Science Festival (7-12 June) and the Music Festival (29 June - 10 July). This of course means that I now have two unpaid jobs and a bar job but it should be a great experience - especially when combined with the events and PR experience I'm gaining from Bristol Vintage.

Talking of events, I'm planning on going to the Love Food Festival this weekend in Bristol as I have a very lovely 3 day weekend to look forward to! Cheltenham is also hosting a Food and Drink Festival on the 17th/18th/19th June. Lots of things to put in the diary - I'd better start booking some time off!

Monday, 21 March 2011

Living from a suitcase

So... we've been back in Cheltenham for about two months now and we still haven't got a place to live! We've survived by living out of suitcases, and moving in and out of serviced apartments and parents houses. So, very frustratingly, I haven't been able to progress with my sewing lessons. Very understandably my Mum won't part with the sewing machine until we're set up in a place, and I want so desperately to have a place of our own again. Although a serviced apartment may sound like a great compromise, we've been moved every other week and the one we're currently in hasn't even been cleaned properly. And considering my OCD tendencies this isn't a pleasant experience! I'm also finding it a tad difficult to deal with living out of my suitcase and not really knowing where my other various belongings are currently residing. Unfortunately Jack is used to this (mainly from having to do it for the best part of 2 years whilst he was working in Switzerland and Milan) so doesn't understand why I'm starting to go out of my mind!

I'm also feeling very inspired by lots of lovely things I've encountered lately. Most notably this wonderful blog! The 'Hen's' house is absolutely stunning and exactly what I would like my own home to look like - once we eventually settle somewhere permanently. I'm not really sure that any of this is to Jack's taste but I'm sure I could convince him! I'm also desperate to get a car so I can make the most of my sparse days off! I want to start going to car boots and antiques fairs so I can start collecting furnishings and fabrics. I really really want to go to the Lincolnshire Antiques & Homeshow but this seems like a far too expensive task to do on a train - and so much less fun to do on my own. I need more friends who don't work in the week!

Sunday, 20 March 2011

A very successful Vintage Wedding Fair!

The Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair was a resounding success yesterday and all the brides and exhibitors gave some amazing feedback, so Katie and Ali should be very proud of themselves! And their crockery looked amazing! You can hire any of the items below plus many many more for a wedding, picnic or even an afternoon tea.

Tara and Nicky, who both modelled these fabulous wedding dresses from The Handmade Wedding Co,   looked amazing and I loved their hair, created by the wonderful Beehive Brides.

A very good day all round I'd say - I'm already looking forward to the next one!

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Stage one is go!

My fabric arrived today from Fabric Garden and they're gorgeous.

I also got my first lesson on the sewing machine! I need to take it slowly and get the hang of the machine first but I can't help getting ahead of myself and thinking of all the things I want to make. I even set up my shop on Folksy and I haven't even made anything yet! I think I'm going to spend the afternoon cutting out some shapes for my Fabric Hearts...

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair

It's the Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair this Sunday 20th March - check out the blog here for a list of all the exhibitors.

It's the South West's first vintage fair and has been organised by Katie and Ali from Bristol Vintage. It's going to be a fun day and I'm really looking forward to it. It's also Katie's last event for a while so I'm going to be helping out Ali a lot more, and will even be organising a few events myself. I'll keep updating on all of the events coming up!