Car Danger, Dawlish and a Scrumptious Cornish (Cream Tea)…

To escape the chaos of house-renting, car-buying and decision-making, I went to see my angels, who I see every 3 months. (You might remember Bath in March and Bournemouth in June) and it was Princess Helen’s turn to host this time, in Dawlish.

I now think that Dawlish is lovely, but my first impression was a bit odd… I got on the train in light, dry weather. I got off in dark, stormy weather, with the sea crashing over the barrier about 3 metres away from the train tracks. I was a bit befuddled! But that was the only bad bit of the weekend. My angels always cheer me up, and we had such a lovely time, eating chips on the beach and cream tea; falling in love with Helen’s cats and her lovely house, and catching up on all of the gossip. Oh, and a teeny bit of shopping (be rude not to).

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There was a small car incident (which I promised I would tell you about in my last post). On our way back from shopping, we nearly all melted in the car when the heaters were blasting out really hot air when on the cold mode. Gem suggested that the engine might be overheating, and I asked Helen about coolant (NEW CAR KNOWLEDGE ALERT). She had never heard of coolant, didn’t know what it did, and was seriously low on the stuff. We double checked with my dad and had a not-so-reassuring chat with a lady in a petrol station, about the time her car radiator blew up on the motorway. Then Helen tried to sort out the problem like a pro. I feel very proud that I read my manual and have a small amount of Car Knowledge to- hopefully- keep Yohan the Yaris out of trouble. We’ll see. *note* It was actually a problem with the heater and Helen had to pay lots of money, but at least we tried.

Anyway, I was sad to leave the angels and Dawlish, but we’ll be meeting up again in January/ February so I’ll let you know about our latest adventures then.

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Love,

Sami x

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The Sami Family Go On An Adventure…

I love my dad. He’s the best.

However, he has one flaw… he is completely IMPOSSIBLE to buy presents for. He never knows what he wants for Christmas, and he always gets shortbread for his birthday simply because he likes it, and me and my sister have been fresh out of any other ideas for around ten years.

So when my sister came up with an actual birthday gift idea, I nearly dropped down on my knees and kissed her feet! We decided to arrange a weekend away for the family, as a present for my parents’ birthdays, and dad’s Christmas pressie too. (We’re making the most of having any kind of idea, okay?) Luckily, my sister is sooper dooper organised and basically organised the whole thing, which I do feel a bit bad about. But anyway, we set off for an adventurous weekend away, somewhere in the Cotswolds.

ImageWe stayed in a little lodge (top left) around a lake, and did a mammoth SEVEN HOURS walking over the weekend, which was well-timed to tire me out just before work started back for a new term the next day. Yawn! But it really was lovely. It was so nice to spend time with my parents, who I’m really close with, and also to see my sister and her boyfriend more too (The Boy couldn’t come as he was up Scafell Pike. As you do.)

We played crazy golf, went out for food, walked, and walked and walked. And then on the Sunday we walked some more, round some Rococco gardens (fab!) and a town called Painswick, doing a murder mystery tour which had incorrect clues; always fun!!

The most important thing was that mum and dad enjoyed it, and dad suggested it becomes a regular thing. Finally! We don’t have to watch him grimace at dodgy socks, chocolates he’s never going to eat or CDs he won’t listen to!

I won’t be mad if you adopt the idea for your own parents. Just let me know if it works!

Love,

Sami x

Time to Grow Up?

So, last post I hinted at a new excitement for me and The Boy, in the shape of him possibly moving to live in the same area as me.

And….

He Got The Job!!

Yaaay!

No more long-distance love 🙂

This led to excitement, worry, panic, a little bit of commitment phobia on both parts, and then back to excitement again!

The thing is, we’ve done long-distance for soooo long now, and we’re both a bit worried we’re gona hate each other when we see each other every day. I guess lots of people have the same worries, especially with so many people meeting at university now, and having to save up for a trillion years to afford rent, never mind a house! So we’re not the only ones. And, as my mum said “It’s hard, but you can make it work. And please do, because I like him”.

Hopefully we’ll be able to afford somewhere with space for Made by Sami to operate from, so I’ll have a hiding hole, and The Boy has been set the task of making me a Tetris table, so that should keep him out of mischief. So really, it’s just the smelly socks I need to worry about…

Another problem, though, with The Boy moving, is that I have to buy a car.

Ugh.

What do I know about cars?!

Where do I even start?!

The Internet, that’s where. I went on Autotrader and got some actually-quite-useful advice, and I looked at the RAC and AA websites for a few more nuggets.

Then I phoned my Dad. Which is what I should have done in the first place. Within half an hour, he had given me a plan, offered to test drive with me, given me lots of hints of cars to avoid and sites to look at, and calmed me down to normal-human-being level again. Phew! How do people manage without Dads?!

All this new stuff is terrifying and exciting all at once, like all the big moments in life are. So maybe it’s time for me to grow up?

Pah.

Who am I kidding?!

Never.

Love,

Sami x

It’s Leopallooza Eve Eve…

So I’m off to Leo tomorrow to get my gazebo set up, ready to start selling on Friday. And there is one thing that I cannot get out of my head…

WHY DO I ALWAYS LEAVE THINGS TO THE LAST MINUTE?!!!

I’m a tad stressed, and i’m hoping writing this blog post will put it into perspective. I am going to ignore the unfinished website, messy accounts, bomb-site room and things that I still need to buy. I am going all zen and focusing on the positives:

– I have finished making most of the stock I wanted to, so i’m gona carry on with that tonight and tomorrow morning if I have time, and take some bits with me to do while i’m there.

– I have nearly packed up everything, andi’m quite proud that I don’t have lots of stuff. Well… I DO have lots of stuff, but i’ve organised it well, and I should only have a couple of boxes to take to and from the car every night. Which means more time dancing to bands 🙂

– I have bought the food I need to take with me. This was an important job, I’m sure you will agree.

– I have made a ton of jewellery, and I think my stall will look pretty as I’ve spent time thinking up fun decorations.

– I have managed to write a blog post pretty much every day leading up to the festival.

So there! :p to all my negative thoughts. And if you have any encouraging words, I’ll be most grateful as always. Now, it’s time to get my clothes packed (will be a bit stuck without them!!)  I probably won’t write again til I’m back, so keep an eye on my Facebook and Twitter for updates from a field in sunny* Cornwall.

 

Love,

Sami x

*there I go, being optimistic again!

4 Days to Go…

Hello everyone.

Hope you all had lovely weekeneds, whatever you were doing! I chilled out a lot with The Boy, watched TV, ate nice food and went to Bristol on Saturday for Harbour Festival. It was PACKED! There were so many people in the city centre, there to watch bands, eat nice food and shop.

We went and met my friends from work, had some lunch and chilled for a bit, then me and The Boy went off to do some shopping. The plan was to meet my friends again later to watch a band called Emily Barker and The Red Clay Halo (cos they’re awesome), but unfortunately, the weather put a stop to our plans.

It tipped it down.

It was that ‘out of nowhere’ rain, which strikes when you are in flip flops and a hat that you later find out is 90% made of paper. So, we squished and waded our way back to the train station, got home, tucked up in our PJs and ordered a chinese takeaway. Shame we missed a lot of the festival, but the snuggly night in was nice.

I didn’t blog yesterday as I didn’t finish making stuff til stoooopidly late, but it generally involved cutting out a whole load of bow shapes and getting started on making my bow necklaces, which I finished today, along with the headbands:

ImageI also had a bit of a spray painting adventure this morning…

I checked the forecast, saw that it was going to rain, and decided to get the spray painting done straight away (after my shreddies and tea), as it needed to be done outside. I was quite chuffed with myself that I got everything sprayed with a first coat of paint, and some of my stall decorations completely done:

Image(Quite excited about hanging these from the roof of my gazebo!)

And I did it all before it started to rain! So I felt smug, scrubbed myself with nail polish remover, which i’m sure was REALLY good for my skin, then had a shower to get (most of) the paint off. I went out later to check the boxes, and…

DISASTER!

The shed had flooded in the ridiculous rain, and my boxes were all sitting in a centimeter of water. Oops…

I stood there for a while saying “No. No. No.” like this would make it actually stop happening, then I grabbed all of the boxes and propped them up so they were off the floor. I’m hoping that they dry out overnight and will be ok to use still. We’ll see.(Obviously, I will keep you up to date on these Extremely Important Events as I know that you will be waiting with baited breath.)

On a side note… I have now made 3 papier mache buttons. Don’t ask.

Love,

Sami x

Blinded by Bows…

I’m a bit in love with bows at the moment.

It started with a red and gold belt, then some cream patent shoes with fabric bows, then a black dress with a bow at the waist… I mean, how could you NOT like bows?!

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I have been working on some new jewellery, ready for Leopallooza festival where i’m having a stall:

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Aren’t they beautiful?! They are made from painted leatherette, and i’m really happy with how they turned out.

I’m still experimenting with designs, and need to make a few more to test out (it’s a hard task, being forced into wearing new jewellery all the time *sigh*)

What do you think?

Love,

Sami x