A WIcked Workshop…

Not long ago, I ran a jewellery -making workshop for some very lovely Bath WI ladies…

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It was held at one of the members’ houses, who had gone to lots of trouble to make sure there were drinks and snacks for everyone. Even with some rain just before I arrived, it was very hot and sticky, so those ice cold drinks were much appreciated!

It was a really fun evening, and, with a little bit of concentration…

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… and some helpful tips from me…

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…the ladies all made some really lovely earrings!

 

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If you would like to have a go at jewellery making, just get in touch!

I do workshops for:

– groups of friends or families

– social groups

– hen parties

– children’s/ teenager’s birthday parties

– fun summer holiday activities for kids

– groups with learning difficulties and/ or disabilities

– children’s groups, like Girl Guides or youth groups

Making jewellery, making beads, fabric jewellery, using shrink plastic, and other crafts…

Or, if you have an idea for a workshop, I’d love to hear what you fancy doing!

Any questions?

Email: made_by_sami@hotmail.co.uk

Tel/ text: 07900381921

Get in touch on Facebook

 

Love,

Sami x

 

PS… Interested in joining the Bath WI?

Go to their Website, Facebook, or Twitter 🙂

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Trust in an Untrusting World…

Every so often, someone does something that restores your faith in humankind. You know the kind of things… strangers complimenting you, friends showing their amazing loyalty, nice surprises and kind words when you need it the most. One world where you don’t expect this is the Retail world; it’s there to make money, and this often takes top priority.

HOWEVER…

Let me tell you about a little sewing shop in Bath city centre where trust, kindness and generosity rate pretty high on that list. It’s my favourite haberdashery shop, and I would feel guilty shopping anywhere else unless I had to. It doesn’t look like much from the outside, and looks like any ordinary sewing shop from the inside. But the small acts of trust and generosity that this shop and its owner have demonstrated to me and Big Sis have shown me that it’s a pretty fab place.

I’m not going to tell you what they trusted me with, or how they were generous, as I would hate for others to abuse this trust. Although I reckon you lot are pretty splendid, the Internet is a big bad place. So, let’s just say that, if you need any fabric, sewing supplies or machines, or want to do a workshop, then this is the place to go.

The shop is on Charles Street, just up the hill from Green Park Station. You’ll spot the rolls of material outside…

Love,

Sami x

Hello, Lovely Weekend…

Hello all.

Hope you all had fab weekends.

What did I get up to?!

Well, it all started with a pampering session on Friday at The Art Team Bath, where I got my hair done. I went there as I’d signed up for an offer, and i’m so glad I did- I got a cup of tea on a little tray with a flower, a head massage, and the (lovely) hairdresser curled it beautifully for me at the end. So happy with how it turned out…Image

After a few weekends of extreme laziness, which included pyjamas, blankets, Netflix, tea and eating, me and The Boy decided to make the most of the Spring sunshine on Saturday, so we headed over to Bath after a lie-in (you need a smidgen of laziness on a Saturday!). We went for food at The Globe first, which was yummy. Then, we went into town to visit a vintage fair i’d heard about on Facebook.

It was really lovely; jam-packed with loads of vintage/ vintage-inspired clothes, jewellery, accessories and homeware. I was fairly restrained (I coulda spent a fortune!) and only bought some pretty little Taunton Vale ceramic jars with the most adorable blue and yellow pattern. Had to buy all three (otherwise i’d feel like I had split up siblings!), and they look great on top of my wardrobe. This is my new favourite place to (temporarily) put all the pretty things I like to look at but aren’t sensible Boy Things! I bought the dartboard from a charity shop a few weeks back, and the Cath Kidston sewing house was a present from my parents:

ImageOh, aren’t they adorable!!!!! And they were £18. I think that’s a bargain. 😀

We topped off the afternoon with afternoon tea and a visit to the car wash. Glamorous!!

ImageWith Sunday came more cake (this time homemade Rhubarb and Lemon Cake):

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Hopefully you’ll comment to say how your weekend was (one word will do if you’re not a writer!), or send me a link to your blog (it gets lonely here by myself :P)

Have a good week!

 

Love,

Sami x

Four Little Words…

I went to the Bath Brew House before Christmas, when my mum and dad came down to do some Christmas Market shopping, and it was lovely then.

However… I didn’t have a pudding.

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Four little words:

Doctor

Pepper

Chocolate

Cake

Oh, and Eton Mess served in a jar.

It was pure heaven and it is a well-recommended restaurant if you’re in the Bath area.

 

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

“…Cause We’re On Holiday!”

Hello!

Sorry it’s been a little while since I last posted… a lot has been going on! I’m gona fill you in over a few blog posts; otherwise it will be ridiculously long and my eyes will go square.

This year, me and The Boy decided we should save our pennies rather than going on an expensive holiday. And seeing as I now live in Bath- which is a great UK holiday destination- we decided to stay at mine, meaning we could justify doing extravagant things 😀

We (I) decided a trip to the sea was a necessary “cause we’re on holiday!” so we got on the train to Weston- Super- Mare, played on the 2p machines, had fish n chips and ice cream,  and a snog under the pier 🙂 Image

We also went to see an outdoor play (Dracula), and cuddled up with wine (“cause we’re on holiday!”) and a blanket outside at Prior Park College, watching a 60-strong cast of young people. It was really good… even if The Boy laughed in all the “atmospheric” and “eerie” bits!

ImageNext- a really extravagant activity in my eyes- we went to a SPA! (“Cause we’re on holiday!”) I had a back and neck massage and a facial, and The Boy got all pruney in the pool and sauna. Oh it was lovely! I think the best bit was all the lovely smells of the lotions; I am a bit funny about smells and have quite a sensite sense of smell, so it was lovely just being surrounded by flowers and fruit and sweetness for an hour.

One one of our holi-days, we went for a lovely long walk in the sunshine to nearby village Newton St Loe. My sister had told me about the farm shop there, which sounded lovely, and you can walk to it from the side of Bath that I live, through the stunning countryside. So we packed some tea loaf (“cause we’re on holiday!”) and drinks, a map, and some waterproofs just in case. But the weather was beautiful, and Newton St Loe ended up being one of those pretty little villages that are on actual postcards and you can’t believe anyone really lives in.

ImageThe farm shop was as lovely as my sister had said, and I had a great sausage and hash brown sandwich. The only downside was being attacked by wasps. But, we got to see some pigs (cuuuuute!) so that made up for it. And we (The Boy) bought some farm shop cookies for the walk back (“cause we’re on holiday!”). It really was lush, and so nice to get home later and snuggle up with a Thai takeaway after about 3 hours walking.

Along with all this fun stuff, we also went out for meals, and had a couple of lazy days in. AND… The Boy got a second interview for a job in Bristol!

Did he get it?!

Well, you’ll have to read the next post to find out…

 

Love,

Sami x

 

 

 

 

7 Days to Go…

So today I woke up with a funny neck. Not funny “ha ha”, funny “weird”.  I must have slept on it wrong, but it’s still hurting 😦 And it’s made sitting and doing repetitive tasks quite difficult!Fortunately, i’d planned to go into town this afternoon to pick up interesting things like groundsheets and string and marker pens. Unfortunately, I had to cancel going to the gym, and I got seriously distracted by New Look and H&M (and a little bit by Apricot too). So… i got home with an ever ‘hurtier’ neck from carrying bags, but also with 2 new tops. Life is full of ups and downs!! 

I then got some leather bows drawn and cut out, and changed my room from Sweat Shop to Boudoir (by moving it all into the spare room). *Side note to my landlady* It is a very neat mess and will all be gone by the time you come back to visit! Promise!

ImageNow The Boy is on his way and I will be having a well-earned rest tomorrow and heading over to Bristol for Harbourfest with my friends from work. I’ll tell you aaaalllll about it on Sunday. I’m hoping it will include lots of eating, the odd cider, and lots of distractions so I can (temporarily) forget about this To Do List:

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Love,

Sami x

 

 

 

A Million Degrees…

 

Today, after a lovely couple of days with The Boy, we went with my housemate to see the Bath Spa Degree Show. My housemate’s friend Bex was exhibiting, and we all wanted to see how her hard work looked in the end, as well as seeing the other Degree work. I can’t believe it’s already been three years since I graduated, it seems like no time at all. There was tons and tons of work on display; photography, textiles, fine art, sculpture and graphic design, so I just took some photos of the pieces that I liked the best or that stood out to me. To see more from the artists, click on their photos.

 

Here goes…

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My favourite piece in the photography section was ‘Seeing Blind’ by Simon Collington. According to the artist, “Seeing Blind is about making visual art and light accessible to the visually impaired, yet keeping the work enjoyable for the visually able.” It was a beautiful tactle piece that could be touched but also looked stunning.

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In the textiles part of the exhibition, there were some beautiful colours, textures and patterns:

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And of course, the lovely Bex with her exhibition piece:Image(Below)

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I loved how this yarn maker, Sian Marie, displayed her work; so lovely!

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There was also some lovely illustration-y work:

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And this one just made me laugh…Image After the exhibition, I bought some scones and strawberries for Sunday tea. And then a sports bra. Think i’ll need it after all the clotted cream!

Hope you all had a lovely weekend,

Love,

Sami x

 

Bargain Hunting…

I had another lovely weekend again this weekend; seems I’ve been having lots of those lately 🙂

Me and my housemates went into Bath, to visit the Vintage fair I mentioned in my blog post yesterday. It was so good! There were lots of stalls, selling clothes, accessories, shoes and knik-knacks. Pippa bought some adorable pillowcases, a cosy woolly cardigan and a couple of colourful scarves, and Rosie bought a lovely top. And I got some brlliant bargains…

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How beautiful is this blouse?! And it was a tenner! I mean, come on! A tenner? Look at that neckline *sigh*… I tried it on thinking “this could be lovely for work”, but I think it’s definitely a Sunday Best blouse.

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Then, I went on to bag this colourful and cosy scarf for £4, which has the most beautiful berry colours and a green that matches perfectly with a pair of boots I own  and wear all the time. We spent a good few hours browsing, went for food at TGI Fridays, and then went straight back to finish off looking at the stalls. Although I didn’t buy much, I had such a fun, girly day, and I’m so glad we went to have a look. Happy, happy day!

After all that shopping, I didn’t have the energy to go and see the exhibition I wanted to, so that’s a treat for later in the week. I’ll keep you posted!

Love,

Sami x

Fashionable Bath

I came across another lovely blog whilst wasting time on the Internet (which appears to be my new hobby lately). The blog is Style Bubble, which caught my eye because of the post Taking In Bath, all about my new city! If you’re in Bath, or planning a visit soon, it’s a great post for inspiration on places to go and things to do.

I was given a ‘Bath in Fashion’ leaflet a while back and made a promise to myself to go and see some of the events and exhibitions. I told my housemates, and we’ve planned to go tomorrow, starting with the Vintage Fashion Fair at Green Park Station.

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Don’t worry, i’ll make sure I tell you all about it…

Love,

Sami x