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Craftie: Sewing for beginners

Hellos!

So i mentioned in a recent post that i had signed up for a beginners sewing class in Belfast, inspired by my recent sewing machine purchase. I have always loved crafting but sewing is something i have only ever made the MOST basic attempts at i.e sewing on a button or sewing up a rip. However i love vintage clothes, and part of the shopping for vintage clothes is keeping an eye out for a great find rather than shopping for a size.

So far the idea of altering a piece of clothing has been daunting. Now, i do have a few pieces i’ve purchased that didn’t fit and paid someone to alter for me, often paying more than the purchase price to have it altered. My favourite vintage find is a gorgeous real silk, Chinese style dress which still had the tags on it which i found in a charity shop in Antrim of all places, for a fiver (£5)!! Then paying a small fortune to have it altered from a UK size 14 to a UK size 8 but i adore it, although totally haven’t been able to find the right venue to show it off at yet.

I know altering clothes is a long way off but I had to start somewhere and this class really did set a good foundation to learn from.

The Class


The class was at Lizzie Agnew’s studio on Queens Street Belfast. She is an award winning bridal designer from Northern Ireland, creating gorgeous vintage inspired gowns. I discovered The Lizzie Agnew School of Dressmaking through an evening of google hunting for some local basic sewing classes.

Lizzie was lovely, and there were only 4 girls in the class (myself included) which meant that we were able to get the personal time and assistance necessary when learning a new skill. Even though in the class i was working on a much older, industrial model of a sewing machine i was able to develop a basic understanding of sewing machines. So when it came to starting up my machine, for example threading the bobbin, even when i came across difficulties i was able to take me time and fix the problem rather than panic.


  In the class we were taught how to hand sew buttons and hems, basic machine use, machine hemming, and reverse stitch. Using the reverse stitch was honestly the most difficult part and demonstrated something i didn’t know was such a necessary skill for any basic sewing project.

  Lizzie Agnew’s School of Dressmaking offers a ranging of sewing classes from this one day course, to 8 week foundation dressmaking courses through to a bridal dressmaking course for sewing pros at varying prices. Anything beyond the absolute beginners class is a bit pricey for me right now, but maybe in the future once I’ve had some practice. I have made some basic sewing attempts on my machine now, but I am going to make a separate update post 

  More sewing updates to come soon.

Maebhe x

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December Book Haul

So Christmas is over, the madness of the new year has passed, resolutions have been made and broken and life is slowly returning to normal. So this felt like a good time to pull out the books i received over the holiday period and have only recently had a chance to properly look at.

To any who have followed my book related content for a while now these have a slightly different theme from normal, as most of my books to date have been heavily focused on fantasy and urban fantasy with little straying. In comparison these books were gifted as part of my plans for this year, inspired by my recently purchased Sewing Machine.


I bought this with absolutely no background knowledge of sewing, only a passion for vintage and a long held wish to give sewing a shot. A little bit spontaneous for me when it comes to my usual shopping habits but i am really excited. So as part of my Christmas pressies my family got me a few sewing machine and general sewing books starting from the foundations of using a machine through to simple projects and tutorials.

I also bought myself this book called the Teeny Tiny Gardening book by Emma Hardy which includes inspiration for the little terrariums i love the grow/design as well as a lot of inspirations for using succulents in small places. Its a lovely little book with some beautiful photography in it.
   My last purchase was a more recent one, last weekend to be precise and it appealed to the book nerd in me so much that i simply could not walk away without purchasing it for myself.

In the following picture you can see the Harry Potter book clutch i managed to purchase at the local St Georges Market in Belfast. Now sadly i don’t know where else you would be able to purchase this awesome bag but if i can find a link i will add it below or share it on my social media somewhere.
   When i saw this book clutch it was the only Harry Potter one left in between a couple of other random books. only after i purchased it was a shown by the lovely lady at the stall that it  came with a Harry potter coin purse as well as a long shoulder strap chain which suits me better than just a clutch bag, because i am usually too lazy for clutch bags.

The only slight peeve i have with this purchase is that the cover is the american title version, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone rather than Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. But i still love it and can’t wait to use it, but i don’t think i’ll be using this as a work bag.

So I am going to start a new series to keep a record of how my sewing experience develops and share any skills i manage to develop as part of this adventure. If any of you would like to learn how to use a sewing machine alongside me and i hope this is something that you would be interested in, i would love to hear what you think about this idea and what you would like to learn about if there is anything specific.

Short but sweet,

Maebhe

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Tea Blog: The Antrim Garden Show

My little blog has taken a decidedly green tinge this month! As a follow up to my terrarium DIY, I went to the first Antrim Garden Show a few weekends ago now and it was very fun event however in typical Irish fashion the Sunday was also a total wash out – rain rain and more rain. But rain has never stopped me from enjoying something – especially when you are walking through a marquee surrounded by beautiful floral displays and quirky little shops and food stalls.

  
I had planned on going on the Saturday when gardening guru Monty Don was speaking, however things obviously didn’t work out that way. However Sunday turned out to be a great day as all the vendors were happy to see people milling about and very interested in getting rid of product rather than drag everything back with them after the events of there were deals to be had!!   

The awards for best of show had already been given out. And the pictures included show some of the winners but mostly these are simply little displays that caught my eye! So many pretty displays and I was so sad to discover that the few pictures I took of a lovely little display full of little succulents in teapots and teacups didn’t turn out well – they were too dark to use but they have inspired some new projects so maybe soon…

    

While at the show there was a second marquee full of local produce and while I am not really a drinker (of alcohol) I discovered this little stall selling cider which was really lovely and very good value. There were two options – the medium shown below and a sweet version (red bottle in the background). Ultimately I bought three bottles (2green, 1 red) – the red was the winner but there were both really delicious.

If cider is your kind of thing definitely check them out: http://www.longmeadowcider.com

    

I also made two little purchases, these adorable initial mugs for my mum and the floral/bird handbag for myself.      

I also received a free gift from a kind shop owner, who have me this cute chair which I plan to restore either as a functioning seat or into a flower display of some kind… We shall see.

  
Sorry this post is so short and soooo late but this have been a little cray lately but things seem to be heading back to normal. So hopefully I will be back to my semi regular schedule soon.

Maebhe

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Tea Blog: Crafting Resolutions

Since the start of the new year I have been so invested in trying to get a new job i .e. Leave my student stage behind and start a ‘career’ – without much success so far. As this can have a rather negative affect on your mental health and attitude. These effects are exasperated by the month joy of hormones.

When my mood is negatively impacted by life I always return to my crafting loves, especially my love of crotchet. I’m not sure if this is something I have ever really discussed on here but I was taught to crotchet by my granny when I was wee, as she looked after me a lot when my parents were working. And since then, following the growth of the Internet & the discovery of a wealth of tutorials and blogs on the topic I have expanded my crotcheting abilities beyond the simple granny squares to include everything from roses to bow headbands (which became quite popular Christmas presents last year).

I know it is late to be discussing resolutions beyond my usual reading resolutions to expand my reading pool & tackle my TBR pile. However I have decided that with the desire to maintain a positive outlook that I will continue to expand upon my crafting skills through the creation of unique and fun items.

As a start of this new resolution I purchased two magazines as inspiration;

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Magazine One: Simply Crotchet

Magazine Two: Mollie Makes

I believe that these magazines are published by the same publisher and there is a range of magazines involved including Simply Sew and other crafting magazines. However I think I’ll stick with my crotchet for now…. Although I do have plans to buy a sewing machine because I love my vintage finds and would love to be able to alter them myself therefore widening my options (despite as serious loss in the number of vintage fairs in Northern Ireland compared to Scotland).

What drew my attention to both these magazines was their beautiful design and simply layout. But most importantly their crotchet designs were also extremely exciting and already i have been inspired and have started learning a new skill called Amigurumi – taken from the Japanese terms for cute (Kawaii) and yarn. They are little projects made using continuous circle chains rather than rows. And from what I have seen online the options and creations are endless! I can’t wait to learn more.

These magazines both also came with little craft projects! A little needle holder & like heart crotchet pack (they can be made to look like old school American tattoos).

I am excited to see where I can go with this- what I can learn, what I will create and how it will make me feel. I hope you will share your creative outlets and hopefully a new series will come out of my new crafting resolutions.

Maebhe

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Fears, Hope and Creativity: Graduate Chronicles #1

Fears, Hope and Creativity: The graduate trifecta.

I have been increasingly frustrated with my writing efforts as of late. Regardless of what I read – whether its good or bad – I have struggled to find the inspiration to write anything of worth.

I honestly believe that I have started this very post 40 times. Starting, stopping, staring at a blank page waiting for the keys to start typing themselves. And I think I have finally figured out what is wrong.

Worry.

Since graduating I have been swaying between extremes. First panic; “what-the-hell-am-I-going-to-do-with-my-life!! I must get a job, a house, a dog, a partner, etc RIGHT NOW“.
Then lulls which could easily be confused with hibernation; “Whats the point? I’m never going to make anything worth while, I’m never going to get a creative, fulfilling career where I’m living”.

It is very easy to allow myself to wallow in all these fears. Wanting to be creative in my life, in part hoping and in part fearing, that this is something achievable in my life despite the limitations currently in place. The Hopes being that my location or the ‘nay-sayers’ who think I am crazy when I take a crafting moment or they find me scribbling notes because a mad little story plot has came to me and i am scared of losing it into the ether, are wrong. Versus the Fears that even if I succeeded in some way I wont be as good as others, continually aspiring to writers that make me laugh and think deep thoughts (which isn’t impossible myself but just the ability to inspire it in others). And that I will create nothing of worth, nothing memorable and therefore what is the point in trying.

This is when i turn to my eternal spout of inspiration and positive thinking: TED Talks. One of my personal favorites is by Susan Cain, author of the book Quiet and her talk, The Power of the Introvert.This is a talk that resonates with me a lot as it inspires hope that certain aspects of my personality are not the weaknesses that society makes them out to be and that there is power and opportunities to come from my differences – Everyone’s differences are opportunities to make new discoveries and opportunities to collaborate creatively. It also made me buy her book which only encourages me further, specifically the historical evidence that introverts have to power to inspire change like Rosa Parks who was an inspiration and spark for the movement of Martin Luther King!

One of my favourite quotes is;

“Now that your an adult, you might still feel a pang of guilt when you decline a dinner invitation in favor of a good book…Or you’re told that you’re “in your head too much”, a phrase that’s often deployed against the quiet and cerebral.

Of course, there’s another word for such people: thinkers”.

Another is Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat, Pray, Love a revolution of a book inspiring people to aim for your dreams and her speech, The Elusive Creative Genius. Her speech had me laughing and inspired to renew my creative efforts. Especially since according to her my creative lull isnt entirely my fault.

Ancient Greece and ancient Rome — people did not happen to believe that creativity came from human beings back then, O.K.? The Greeks famously called these divine attendant spirits of creativity “daemons.” The Romans had the same idea, but they called that sort of disembodied creative spirit a genius. They believed that a genius was this, sort of magical divine entity, who was believed to literally live in the walls of an artist’s studio, kind of like Dobby the house elf, and who would come out and sort of invisibly assist the artist with their work and would shape the outcome of that work. Elizabeth Gilbert.

You have to listen to her full speech to gain all the wisdom she has to offer and i promise you wont be disappointed.

Further Reading: Another really interesting and inspiring post from The Guardian
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/nov/21/-sp-notes-to-self-from-philip-roth-to-gillian-flynn-authors-look-back-at-their-work

I understand that this is post has turned into a huge ramble. However i am just happy to day to have completed something and i hope to turn this into a new series as i progress through the drama that is being a graduate. However i hope that this has inspired other graduates or those changing careers or inspiring for change.

Thank you for sticking with me. And as a quick follow up since i started writing this blog post. I managed to get my first interview post Masters!! Success!

Good Luck & Mwah,
Maebhe

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Frock around the Clock: Northern Ireland’s Vintage Fair

While i am loving being home there is one aspect of Scotland that i have been severely missing, especially at this time as i am receiving so many Facebook notifications  – is the number of opportunities to go to vintage fairs. While this post is late going up, it felt appropriate as there a number of fairs occurring in relation to freshers week at Edinburgh University. However I was very excited to find a vintage and craft fair in Northern Ireland, Frock Around the Clock the first of which i went to with my mum back in July in Malone House, Belfast and the next is coming up in November.

They took over the entirety of the gorgeous Malone manor house, resulting in four rooms full of vintage and crafting treasures as well as a couple squeezed into the hallways.

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Rather than discuss the whole fair, the stalls at which are far too numerous for me to truly explain, i am going to highlight a number of stalls and vendors which i enjoyed. Any site links are in the shop titles;

1. The Tea Emporium 

This had to be one of the cutest stalls at the entire fair. They sell;

“All you need for Afternoon Tea”

with these beautifully packaged tea sets and accessories.

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2. I of the needle

This is a southern company, but her amazing fabrics and friendly demeanor meant she had to make the list. Also my mum bought the most amazing cow print shopping tote bag from this stall and i am in love with it – if i hadn’t been very poor at the time it would have been mineIMG_3197[1]

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3. Molly Ellis – EweSir

Molly’s stall was beautiful. Like most literary nerds i have a love for beautiful stationary and her animal and nature printed cards and notebooks left me stunned. I have since been on her etsy site and i have some favourites set aside for Christmas presents.

You can also see Molly in my photo below in her lovely vintage inspired dress, who hand paints all her own prints as well as creating beautifully textured images using a mixture of needle felting and appliqué. Definitely check her work out.

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4. Sam Mercer

Sam Mercer is a St. George’s market regular, stitching quirky and vintage inspired shoe clips, hair bands and accessories.

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And finally;

5. Rehinged Furniture

This one is a little different from the stuff i usually talk about, however this little restoration and revamping company produces some of the loveliest furniture from vintage and restored pieces. With a lick of paint and some fabric skills you can see what can be done. The neutral butterfly print below was a personal favourite and i adore the writing desk. Her Facebook page is continually updated with her current projects – so if you decide to check any of her work out please let her know, you saw her work here.

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These are only some of the numerous stalls who were present at the fair and i really havent done the full experience justice but trust me, if you get a chance you should really check one of their events out.

And if your interested in any of the sellers shown, as i mentioned all links are in the store title/number and please share with them that you found them here – thank you.

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New and Coming Book Releases

So there are number of books coming out this month which i am simply dying to read – and ill throw this out early – there is alot of romance this month. These aren’t exactly helping with my procrastination – simply aiding my distracted mind from focusing on my dissertation. 😉

First book is:

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Release date: July 7th (UK)

St. Martins Press

Adult Fiction

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Rainbow Rowell and her books have become a obsession since i recently finished Fangirl, one of her young adult (YA) publications and has inspired me to use her book as a case study for my MSC publishing dissertation, focusing on the use of social media in marketing of YA  books. This also lead to my recent purchase of Eleanor and Park another of her YA which i have heard nothing but amazing reviews about.

In comparison to her other books i have read, Landline has a slight sci-fi twist from what i have gauged so far – as the plot is centered around a young couple in a struggling relationship, whose relationship is offer a second chance by the discovery of a magical telephone. Now as i haven’t read the book i don’t know too much but this is intriguing already and I’m excited to see her write for an older demographic as i haven’t had a chance to read her other adult work, Attachments.

Finally, this might be a dorky (wannbe) publisher  trait but i am in love with the design of these covers, especially the light blue version. I really appeals to my personally with my love of vintage with the classic telephone but also its clean and easily read design. The Yellow also makes such a statement i thinks its going to be really eye catching in stores.

Im also really jealous she is coming to England/Scotland when im stuck back in Ireland. Publishers don’t tease me and say ‘UK’ when that doesn’t include me in Northern Ireland- its so close, please come visit.

Next is:

Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire

Released: July 1st (UK)

Atria Press

Adult Fiction (this is an 18+ kind of book)

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This is the next book in the Maddox Brothers series. Beautiful Oblivion follows Beautiful Disaster which introduced us to Travis and Abby – and i got completely sucked into their world and their romance. Jamie McGuire’s books have a level of reality and grittiness rarely found in ‘New Adult’ books. Its university/college setting resonated with my personal life allowing me to mentally delve into their world and i feel it would do the same for others look back on this confusing and often turbulent  age. While my university life hasn’t been a third as wild as theirs its such a fun read! And i would honestly recommend it to anyone. Even guys as Travis is no soft touch, as an underground fighter (without the tacky cliches), except maybe when it comes to Abby.

As for this new book we are introduced to Trent, Travis’s older brother and his new found love, Cami. I have been so excited about this book as Ms. McGuire (who i love- she has the most amazing instagram & she’s friends with Abbi Glines!)  is amazing on her various social media (all can be found on her blog linked in the titles). She has been talking and dropping teasers for some time now. This book is very high on my too read list – if i could just get my hands on it! Soon….

The perfect description for Jamie McGuire’s works:

Not your mothers romance

Finally:

Rogue by Katy Evans

Release date: July 29th (UK)

Gallery Books

Adult Fiction (this is an 18+ kind of book)

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Again – another much awaited novel! I feel in love with Katy Evans when i read her first book Real, which was actually recommended to me because of how much i loved Beautiful Disaster. As this book in many ways is the ‘adult’ version – neither book is exactly pg13, however Remy and Brook are slightly older character in comparison and it produces an entirely different dynamic, alongside Remys difficulties in this series. My heart weep alongside theirs and i felt myself going with them on their roller coaster of highs and lows. The covers also give this away a lot i feel…amazing books but i really dislike naked covers – how am i supposed to read this in public? The savior that is eBooks even though i prefer paperbacks and always want to support authors that way.

However beware: as this series will take over your playlist! 🙂 She used so many songs i knew and loved and some i hadn’t listened to in an age that created feelings and brought up memories which only drag you further into Remys world – i had no hope of escaping and i now have a ‘Remy’ playlist on my iphone…sigh… 😉

After three books based on Remy and Brooke. This book focuses on Brookes best friend Melanie who has been involved throughout the series and a new character Greyson King. The plot (link in title) is all very excited and i love the caption;

What do you do when your Prince Charming has gone Rogue?


 

Overall i am really excited for the month of july and all the reading it has in store…

while writing my dissertation….sigh….

But these will be my treats! For every so many thousand words i will read 0ne…book 😉

 

Are you excited about any of these books? Or any others i should know about?

Maebhe

I own none of the images presented in this post. All Copy Right is with their associated publishers, authors and artists. These images are used only for review purposes.

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Tea Blog: Baking Bonanza

Hello everyone,

Since i have returned home there has been a little bit a Baking Bonanza in my family home! I have returned home for the majority of my third semester to complete my dissertation – a situation i never thought i would voluntarily put myself in after completing my first dissertation during my BA. But there has been a hormonal/celebratory bout of baking going on in my house during my first week home.

Mum also made Ida Garten’s German Chocolate cupcakes which you can click on the link on her name to check out but they are far too difficult for me to try and explain. 🙂 But they are incredibly delicious and i had alot of fun sneaking as many of them out of the fridge as possible.

And this is just a week before my birthday which resulted in an amazing Doogies Goodies cake. This is the best bakery ever in my opinion and i wont get my birthday cake from anywhere else. Its a bright pink bakery in Ballymena – really close to my old secondary school so i promise this has been a long term love affair with their everything. 🙂

Now back to baking

The Fifteens

The first treat in my baking bonanza  (although there really isnt any cooking involved for these magical buns) I discovered as part of my Masters in Edinburgh is a phenomenon from Northern Ireland.  I didn’t realise until during The business of Magazine lecture, a fellow Northern Irish student ran up to me in a state of shock informing me that nobody else in our class knew what a fifteen was. It is a bun/biscuit which defines my years as high school called a Fifteen. They are called fifteens and I was taught how to make these in Home Economics class and they are incredibly easy. They have 5 ingredients and you are supposed to use 15 of the each of the 3 main ingredients – so Dead Easy :). And therefore resulted in an emergency run to Tesco’s to buy baking baking supplies to make these  for my next magazine lecture. They were well received and i hope if anyone decides to give them a try i would love a photo etc and hear what you think :):

Now some instructions for if you want to give these a go yourself:

Step One.

Take your fifteen digestive biscuits and out them in a bowl or giants resealable bag and break them into crumbs – i used a rolling pin but just whatever your method just make sure there are no huge lumps of biscuit left at the end.

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Step Two.

Add your marshmallows and glazed cherries – again 15 of each but this is really up to you. You can use as many or as few as you like and if your not a cherry fan you can replace them with another fruit of your choose but these ingredients are for a ‘classic’ fifteen. If you have large marshmallows you have to cut them into quarters or as you can see from mine i bought mini marshmallows and through them all in. The cherries are also best if they are cut in half this means they can be better distributed through out the mixture.

When it comes to quanties – just remember there needs to be, maybe a third, more digustive crumbs than marshmallows/cherries.

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Step Three.

Time to add a tin of condensed milk. In this case I buy a standard tin but as with all my baking method, I eye ball the measurements. Add most of the tin and you want to mixture to combine to form a solid consistency. As we are wanting to form a roll with the contents. so mix until you are happy and its becomes lift-able but still soft and not crumbly.
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Step Four.

Final stage – When you are happy with your consistency like below roughly.
Take a sheet of clingfilm or tinfoil (I did both because my cling was a little narrow but you don’t half to). Layout on a flat surface and shake out a layer of unsweetened coconut flakes and layout on top your fifteen mixture, sprinkle more on top to cover them entire roll (this is easier if your mixture is a little damp).
Now wrap the roll with your wrap of choice and place in the fridge overnight to firm up.
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Finally.

These are the finished fifteens – I planned a photo of the finished buns but my mum got in there first! Biscuit thief! But they didn’t last long after this so you are lucky to see them at all. Just slice up the firmed up roll to your desired thickness with a cuppa tea.

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Please share with we me if you give these a try and let me know what you think:
Twitter: @NeverWhere2306 Instagram: @Neverwhere2306

Also i want to know if anyone else recognises these buns or is it a northern irish thing?

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Tea Blog: Home time

Today is the second anniversary of my little blog and once again I home in Ireland…however this time it should be a much longer transition as I have moved home for the majority of Msc third semester so I can complete my final dissertation (who knew I’d be putting myself through this misery again) in the comfort of my own home without the stresses of finances and cooking etc. I have also had a hell a welcome weekend/first week home. Volunteering at fundraising ‘Night at the Races’ event, then a lovely night out with my family getting something to eat at The Mourne Seafood Bar in Belfast on Saturday night and then siting in the awesome Kelly’s Cellar, where we meet some lovely Americans. Sydney who is a Creative writing lecturer in Chicago (she is also a Publishing graduate which gives me renewed hope for  a job in the future :p ) and Cameron McGill who is also a musician and he was incredibly kind, giving me a copy of his album, Gallow’s Etiquette (I love the name) and I have been listening to it a lot lately. He has a really blues-y meet indie sound to his music.

I was also extremely excited to hear about the NerdFest going on in Belfast at the moment!! I came home to ComicCon Belfast. Sadly I didn’t get a chance to go because I already had too many commitments at the moment and I am working on a number of projects including job hunting and working on my dissertation.

I especially love all the Games of Thrones events going on in Belfast tonight with the launch of this years Game of Thrones exhibition in the Waterfront Hall with appearances from Finn Jones (Ser Lora Tyrell) , Daniel Portman (Podrick Payne), Sibel Kellili (Shae), and Ian McElhinney (Ser Barristan Selmy) who meet with fans at the opening of the exhibition today. unsurprisingly the tickets for the actual exhibition for the next five days sold out nearly instantly – thankfully I went to the exhibition last year at the Titanic Quarter. It was amazing and really allows you to immerse yourself in the GoT world with costumes and paraphernalia including THE Iron Throne. Really worth a visit if you ever get an opportunity (& are a fan of the series).

I have another interview tomorrow so wish me luck. and I have a couple of book reviews coming soon – hopefully. I don’t know how many times I’ve written that now but I promise to try harder.

Mwah,

Maebhe

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Tea Blog: Blogger Fail

The longer i am in Edinburgh doing my Masters the more i feel my blog (now blogs) get more and more neglected despite the fact that the main reason for my blogs origin was inspiration to get into the publishing industry which i am studying. However uni, my current placement which is so interesting and incredibly informative and finally work (for money/food) means that the only other thing i seem to do in life is sleep & the rare time my friends who are all in a similar situation to myself somehow find the energy to drag me out to socialise usually over caffeinated beverages 🙂

However i am off for Easter (YEAHH) and despite the fact there has been some turmoil in my extended family and a small family Va-Ca to the beautiful Cushendall on the North Coast of Ireland. I have managed squeeze a couple of reads!!

The first was a re-read called Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan. It was a book i had been thinking about because while i was away from home my lovely mammie put another GIANT bookcase in my room 🙂 And an image i saw when i a small panic as i am a teeny tiny bit OCD about my books and i spotted my hard back edition which i bought a couple of years ago and had put away in my book chest, which is literally a giant blanket chest which i have filled with books – mostly hard backs, when i was running out of room 🙂 and since seeing i have wanted to reread. I own the first two books in the series but i think i will have to go back and buy the next couple in the series but i think there are only 5 books so far despite the first being released by Gollancz in 2005.

The Second book was a return too –  because i only got a chance to star The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. One problem with being a bookworm and living in two places is that if i buy new books in one place its hard to bring them back and forth on the plane. Because they weigh too much in paperback. However this will never stop me from buying books i REALLY like or am interested in reading in paperback rather than on the e-reader. It was soo good!! But i did take me nearly a year to read because i read nearly the first third in Ireland and then had to go back in Edinburgh for 6months before i came home now and finished it! 😀

I am now reading The King by J. R. Ward. And i am so—o excited. She (JR)has been teasing me with interviews or type ups of interviews from conventions where she releases teasers but i wont spoil anything because you have like 10 books to catch up on. So if your thinking of trying her Brotherhood series you dont technically have to start from number one but after the first 6 there are spoiler-ie/ plot issues. But all the characters are hilarious and the world is so intriging!! But HOPEFULLY there will be reviews up soon!! Praying with fingers crossed.

Happy Easter Everyone!!

Mwah!,

Maebhe xx