Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Needle Felted Bears



 Needle felted bears from Issue 16 of Mollie Make have been added to the Christmas scene.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Christmas Decorations 2013

Inspired by a Pinterest search for "Felt Christmas Ornament" I made these two hearts for our tree. We've upgraded to a 6ft pre lit tree this year, and gone for an entirely different theme- with a red and white nordic style with lots of gingham and reindeer motifs, with decorations from Asda, Aldi, Tesco and Woodlands. I would make more myself but there is honestly no room left!
I'm also in the process of putting together a little winter scene on our sideboard. Since I took the below picture I've added some coloured LED fairylights strung from kebab sticks. I'm on the lookout for some more traditional wooden figurine decorations to add to the scene.



Sunday, 13 October 2013

Barcelona

We recently went to Barcelona for our much belated and anticipated Honeymoon. We flew from Birmingham on Monarch airlines, whom I would definitely use again.

We stayed in the Retrome, which is a boutique retro hotel I had come across on a blog somewhere. The hotel is in a great location, less than a block from a Metro station and within walking distance to a lot of the sites. The staff were lovely and very helpful, giving us a bottle of champagne midweek as well as printing a couple of sets of tickets for us. There was coffee on tap, as well as free wifi, and the walk in rain shower was much appreciated after walking around the heat of Barcelona all day. As was the killah air conditioning.


Places we visited include (below clockwise from top left)- Gaudi's Parc Guell, Casa Batllo, La Pedrera and Sagrada Familia, as well as Palais Guell. A top tip is that tickets can be bought online for all Sagrada Familia and La Pedrera for specific time slots to avoid queuing on the day- and the queues are massive! Casa Batllo tickets can also be bought online in advance, as can Palais Guell tickets in person at the ticket office. Another top tip would be that the roof terraces at all locations are closed when it rains, meaning you miss out on the fabulous mosaic roof details, so try to schedule your visits for dry days.

Other places we visited included (below clockwise from top left) The Ramblas, Parc de Ciutadella, The Aquarium (which has a huge shark tunnel with a moving platform) and also explored a bit of Montjuic including the fountains in front of the Museum Nacional D'art de Catalunya, which have a light show at night. 


We used the Metro to get around, for which you can buy 10 trip as well as 2,3,4 and 5 day tickets, but even a single is only 2 Euros. Barcelona is a great city for shopping- there are lots of designer shops as well as more purse friendly options including 3 branches of my favourite Scandi store Tiger, fab design store Vincon and Els Encants, the humongous flea market pictured below. 

There are literally hundreds of places to eat with a wide spectrum of price points and menus. Spanish specialties include Tapas, we ate at a great hipster Tapas place in Plaza Reial where the menus were printed over newspaper. It was THAT hipster.

Overall we had a great week, I would thoroughly recommend Barcelona, and going in late September meant the weather was perfect- virtually zero humidity but temperatures in the 20s.