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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,


Tea Blog

Tea Blog: Crafting creature

In a recent post I mentioned my I have been having a little bit of a crafting binge as of late due to the ridiculous amount of spare time I have had recently but I know this will again go on a little bit of a decline as uni starts up again tomorrow “sigh…someone remind me why I wanted to do a masters again?”. However I am really wanting to try and keep working on this and give myself a goal for the end of this year- which may seem like a really long time but you will understand soon.

So my craft of choice is crocheting. Which is a method of producing garments or ornaments etc using wool and a crochet hook. This is something that my Granny G started teaching when I was quite young and it did take me a while to get a nack for it as according to my Granny I am the worlds tightest crocheter – this is the also the main reason I completely abandoned trying to learn how to Knit – the whole two needles seemed impossible for my hands to master :). But in recent years I have rediscover my love for crochet and have been able to advance my skills and learn how to make some pretty cool things.

So I was think of sharing a few of my creations & new projects with you all here & see of any one was interested?
I might also think about doing a basic tutorial however there are so many good online tutorials/bloggers I don’t think I could compete lol! One of my favourites is a blog called Attic24 so check her out if your interested in learning a few new skills 🙂