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Long time no blog

Hey gang!
It’s in fact exactly 2 months today since my last blog post although I imagine I’ll be posting this in a couple of days.
I’ve been doing a lot of sewing but I haven’t been writing about it in fact I still have some pieces from 2015 to blog about, a large issue for me has been getting decent photos!!

I went a bit mad recently and decided the best way to really crack on with sewing is to cut out millions of  patterns at once and have them all piled up and then just smash my way through them.
I managed to convince my other half let me have the sewing machine downstairs but eventually ended up having most of the craft room downstairs, then once I was done with something (which wasn’t very often) I would take it and just dump it in the craft room.

This meant that the craft room got destroyed quite quickly and is now a complete state! 
it also meant that I had a big pile of sewing staring at me every night and I felt guilty if I wasn’t sewing, now that I’ve made it pretty much through my pile I’ve put a stop to that and will be cleaning up the craft room and making it a little bit more of an end zone again full stop
I even didn’t finish some projects, I didn’t finish my Lilou toille because I ran out of time before I wanted to have my final version and I also didn’t finish a Bettine because I needed to crack on with my Lilou! My Cambie toille is half done because again I ran out of time and had to crack on with the final version!

So my current plan is to not start anything new until all my half finished projects are done because I actually have a project from last year that I started and didn’t finish and I have a couple of previous projects that need fixing in some way and all of these UFOs are making me sad (and feel like a very naughty sewer)!

The Cambie I was making was for the most wonderful event I attended the previous weekend, I went to the wedding of Gabby Young and Steven Ellis in Preston, Kent. Rhiannon, Elle and I all made Cambies which was so fun. It really highlighted how unique every garment is as all 3 of ours were very different!

(Photo inspired by Elle!)

We had a lovely time at the wedding and Gabbys dress was seriously beautiful! She’d made all of her bridesmaids dresses and they were lovely, in fact the first thing we did when we got there was ooooo at a bridesmaid haha!

Gabby has only just returned from her honeymoon but I know she will be writing at length about her crafty wedding on her blog which you can find here, Living on a Shoestring.

I did also manage to squeeze in a quick visit to a zoo, turns out there’s a nice little zoo just outside Canterbury called Wingham Wildlife Park, which had a few nice birds and quite a few big cats amongst others! Here’s a few of my favourite snaps 🙂

Sorry for such a wordy post gang! I’ll be back with some exciting news next then hopefully crafty makes after!

Hoping spring has infected you all with happy crafty dreams!
animals · travels

Trip to London Zoo

I’ve just had a lovely week off and I kicked it off with a trip to London Zoo with a group of friends. I hadn’t been for about 7 years and it was a great excuse to meet up with all my friends that have moved to the capital.

I was lucky enough to have my friend leave me and my partner some tickets at the front desk. I was shocked by how expensive the tickets were, I know it’s in London but they were almost £30!
Luckily we managed to while away over 5 hours there so everyone got their money’s worth.

We didn’t get around to seeing any of the displays or talks, if there had been a falconry display I think I’d have gotten us all to watch it but otherwise we weren’t too fussed.

There were some young Humboldt Penguins which were super cute, of course there was a wild Grey heron hanging about the penguin pool too.

The butterfly house was brilliant and we spent quite a long time in there, the chrysalis’ were beautiful too, especially the one below which really did look like silver, however the volunteer who was working there wasn’t able to tell us what species this was.

Beautiful Sunbittern

I hadn’t been to London Zoo for about 7 years, not much had changed overall but they have some nice critters in amongst all the usual ones. The main reason I wanted to visit London Zoo though was because they had recently welcomed a new animal into the fold, a Chinese Giant Salamander. I love me a weird creature (I did my dissertation on Aye-ayes) and these guys are pretty weird, and pretty freakin’ awesome. Just to top it all off, this guy is called PROFESSOR WU. Truly awesome name. 

Of course he didn’t dissapoint, when we got to his tank he was hiding his big ass face away from us…

But of course as soon as he heard that we’d come just to see him (my friends were not aware of this) he turned round to say hi.

I was pretty happy…

The one other major species I was looking forward to seeing was the zoo’s pair of Aye-ayes, however when we got to them they were no longer there, the house had been turned into a fruit bat enclosure, I hope they’re just off show now, and they haven’t ‘gone to a farm’ like my friends suggested…

Anyway, all in all it was a good day out, I definitely wouldn’t put London in my top 10 of zoos but its the only place in the UK to see a giant salamander!!