Saturday, 18 July 2015

Flower Pressing: Final Stages

I used to love creating things when I was about 7 but rarely do I have the time to make leaf-kingdoms for pet caterpillars (yes, I actually made these once upon a time) mud potions and sticker books, so nowadays I make do with flower pressing!

I went to trusty TK Maxx about a week ago and found the frames I'd been searching for for a while. I specifically wanted dark brown wood and managed to find just one big frame. After scrambling around in search for another, I successfully found a smaller version - ideally I'd have liked two of the same size but I told myself I'd have to make do! 

Measure and cut the white card to fit the frame and then rearrange your flowers to make a pretty picture and stick onto the aforementioned card. 

Once I was pleased with the arrangement, I stuck the flowers onto the card with PVA glue using a pastry basting brush (both silicone and bristle work equally as well), and then left the arrangements to dry. 

I'm really pleased with the outcome and the below picture doesn't do it justice! Many of the flowers were picked from my nonna's garden and so the pictures are really meaningful which I love.

This is a cheap DIY project and it's also a lot of fun too, no matter how old you are!

For a how-to on flower pressing, click here

Sunday, 5 July 2015

EBB & Flow | Winchester Hat Fair

On Saturday, I went to EBB and Flow for lunch with two of my friends. Considering the sun was out and it was pay day weekend, we were expecting it to be a lot busier. We arrived and it was surprisingly quiet so managed to get seating straight away with only a short wait for the food. 

We ordered a juice each and they came in the grandest jars, I opted for the Energy Boost which was banana and strawberry blended with orange juice. It was so good but despite the jars being gigantic, the amount of ice made it seem like there was a lot more juice (you can't fool me EBB!) which was a bit disappointing because at £2.95, it hardly filled a whole glass. 

Both Beth and I opted for a breakfast because "we love breakfast food!!". I ordered eggs hollandaise and Beth ordered the breakfast muffin - I did take a photo but it didn't do her order justice. We both finished our meal in about 10 minutes with Beth exclaiming "that didn't even touch the sides" (ha ha ha ha ha ha my favourite kind of person) so as amazing as the food was, we did regret not buying any side orders! Word of advice: if you opt for a breakfast-style meal and you're super hungry, just buy some damn chips too. Jess ordered the flat bread and some sweet potato fries (she had the right idea) and it went down really well. 

Winchester Hat Fair took place over the weekend so mum and I went down and partook in a little purse-party (spending lots of money, out of our purses) today (Sunday). I love the bustling streets of Winchester, although I do wish shoppers would walk only slightly faster than their usual speed of about 0.1 mph. I hate to moan but I really do feel as though shopping areas should organise itself like a motorway - with a slow lane and a fast lane - to avoid further aggravation on my part. 

I wore really comfy dungarees and bought two new books, so today has been a great day!