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I moust-ache you a question…

…jeez, I love a good pun. Or a not-so good one really. As it’s the beginning of November, it got me thinking about Mo’vember. Well,  not thinking in depth about it, more like a brief thought. Well, anyway, I am a massive fan of a good beard – “good job really” you might say if you’ve seen Chris. I actually haven’t seen him without a beard, and don’t really want to. Consider this a warning, Howarth. In Sheffield there’s tonnes of beards around though weirdly Chris nearly always manages to spend a portion of a night out talking about his hirsuteness to a group of awestruck 18 year olds. In fact, this weekend we came back to the flat about midnight on Saturday and encountered a group of lads who shouted ‘BEA-RD’ at him numerous times before the lift arrived to zoom us back to the 8th floor; though when we’ve been out in Liverpool we’re always struck by how few beards there are – is this the case, scousers? Are beards not a thing in Liverpool?

Can I use the word ‘beard’ anymore in this post? On that note, I’ll leave you with a few images of my fave beards ( just had to get that one in there….)plus some grooming stuff that the more hirsute amongst us may like. All images via my pinterest board: Beards

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Crafty Cuts – Home DIY 2

Given that we’re saving for our wedding, some things have got to give; those things include frivolous purchases like another pair of shoes I don’t need but we’re also trying to cut down on eating out/take aways/nights out – which is mega hard especially as we live in town! I’m trying to keep myself occupied and I find myself taking on more and more DIY projects in the flat. The flat, as I’ve said, is a blank whitewashed canvas and I’m being increasingly drawn to colourful flashes here and there. My next DIY was influenced by a throw that I was bought by some good friends for my last birthday and I thought I’d take some of the brightness of the colours and spruce up an old IKEA lack table that I was given by my mum!

2013-05-27 11.12.23You know by now that painting is my preferred DIY of choice, I mean; it’s cheap and quick – what else do you need? So I popped to Wilkos ready to buy some bright, in-your-face paint. My luck was in and 3 Dulux sample pots were on offer for £1. That’s right, a whole £.  I went all out and chose Raspberry Bellini; I don’t do things by half.

I didn’t want to paint the whole table, I’m brave but not that brave so I decided to just paint the table-top. Made even easier by the unscrewable legs of the table. Early one Saturday, I headed armed with old newspapers and a brush and painted the table top – it took me about 30 minutes, not too shabby. I left to dry for a few hours and then painted a second coat. It didn’t look half bad.

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Even Chris was impressed.

How great are the cushions? £3.25 and they go perfectly with my new(look) table. Good show Wilkos.

I’ve got a few more home DIYs coming up, so be warned!

 

The One Where We Start Getting Organised: Wedding Malarky Episode 2

So, given that I’d known about our enagagement for 5 weeks before we’d announced it, safe to say that I’d been stealth planning for the majority of that time. Hidden boards on Pinterest, hidden favourites in my browser; though I did refrain from buying any wedding magazines and when we announced our wedding, we already had a venue viewing booked a couple of days later.

Choosing a venue for us wasn’t that difficult, we knew we wanted to get married in Sheffield, although I’m from Liverpool I haven’t lived there permanently for 14 years and Sheffield is our home together. We also knew that we didn’t to get married in a church, while churches are striking venues for a wedding – the stained glass, the pews, just the whole structure of them! neither of us are particularly religious so, to us, it seemed slightly hypocritical to make use of the facilities to have pretty photos. And the last one, I knew I definitely didn’t want to get married in a faceless hotel with chair covers were forced upon you. So, armed with the knowledge of what we didn’t want, we started looking at the list of registered premises in Sheffield. And to be honest, there aren’t many.  So, when we saw Kelham Island Museum did weddings our interest was piqued. The museum is about 5 minutes away from our flat, we love Kelham Island and all it’s real ale haunts, we’re quite partial to a museum or two and most important of all, Sheffield is really important to us.

Neither of us had ever visited the Museum before and I could tell that all Chris wanted to do was to start reading the information signs but no time for that this time around. His eyes lit up at some of the rooms and I loved that the venue was something different and that essentially, we could do what we wanted, the planning of the wedding reception was our oyster – and best of all, no chair covers required.

So, we did the unthinkable. We booked the first venue we looked at. But you know, we just knew. So, 3pm, 9th August 2014  – you know where we’ll be.

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Picture c/o Nadine Fischer at Adopt-A-Museum

Busy Bee: What I’ve Been Up To

This week, I’ve;

  • been to the McKee Exhibition, The Joy of Sheff, at The Blue Shed. Pete Mckee is a bit of a legend ’round Sheffield and this, was his last exhibition about Sheffield. It was a one-day only event and I dragged Chris there with his hangover. It was definitely worth it though, we spotted the landlord (Tom from Fagans) of one of our favourite pubs in Pete’s short film, and bought a couple of limited edition prints, which may or may not feature in our wedding!
  • saw Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty at the Lyceum. I was a complete ballet n00b so had been anticipating this theatre trip with some trepidation but what can I say, I’m a convert. I was really swept up with the story, the music and the dancing. And in awe of the dancers; what poise and grace; unfortunately something I’ll never emulate!
  • saw The History Boys at The Crucible. Now, I knew that I’d love this. But this production does have a few tricks up its sleeve. I love The Crucible and am quite a regular theatre-goer but I always love seeing how the different directors use the space that the stage offers and this was no exception

So, quite a busy, cultural week and this weekend was spent not doing much, bar a few purchases for the flat and a quick crafty makeover for our living room – watch this space!

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Snapshots of My Life: Flat Tour Part I

I love these on other people’s blogs, so I thought I’d let you lovely lot have a tour round my flat. Chris and I moved in in December 2011. And we’re still doing stuff to it now. It’s a new build flat, welll 2008 and is essentially a series of white boxes; which makes it sound rubbish but it’s great to have a blank canvas and really make it ours. I thought I would show you round our living room for starters; it houses our IKEA expedit shelves ( doesn’t everyone have of these?) which I think really sums up me and Chris.

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Now to the casual observer, these shelves may just look like a higgedly-piggedly mess but I think they’re a great representation of us and what we are like and what we enjoy. I mean, see that top left hand square; it houses some wool I made Christmasn decorations with and a gift from a friend, who’d been to Oz. The square below is home to my memory box and the fake ticket I made for Chris for the Bruce Springsteen gig, all shelves are interspersed with books and cds and stuff. I love it. What I don’t love is the fact I’d scoured charity shops for years and finally found Scrabble and now Chris refuses to play it with me. He’s just scared of losing.

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Now, here’s the beginning of our photo wall, again, this is something which reallly represents us; The ‘ Me, You and Everyone We Know’ poster from Claudia Varosio – the first film we ever saw together, the Liverpool Skyline from Becka Griffin and of course, the photos of friends, family and holidays.

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And I just had to show you this, our ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ poster – our favourite film. We’re a soppy pair really. Oh and see that black thing with a heart on; I made that! A case for my Nexus. Good, eh? There’ll be more crafty things appearing on this blog. I go through crafty phases you see.

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Next up and the final glimpse into our flat, is a bit of the dining table and the wine stash. Wine stashes are important I feel.Thank you, Naked Wines. Take a closer look at the seats, I backed them in that fabric; see I told you I was crafty sometimes. All I needed was some fabric. Obvz. And a heavy duty stapler. If I can do it anyone can. The image in the back was a present I bought for Chris a few years ago care of ATwoPipeProblem

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That’s that for now. I must say that this blog post has made me realise how much I use Etsy for quirky, individual prints for our flat. How about you? Do you like scouring Etsy for beautiful things?

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Sheffield: Local Art: Part I

I’m a bit of an aficionado of Sheffield. I came here for University 14 years and I’m still here now. Most of my friends from University have hung about and lots of my work colleagues completed their degrees here; I think it’s kind of city.

One of the things I love about Sheffield is that although it’s a big city, one of the eighth largest, it’s got a very, kind of village-y feel, usually on a night out I see at least a couple of people I know whether that be from work, friends of friends or people I used to know ( that sounds ominous doesn’t it?) and that might just be because of the things that I’m interested in then naturally the people I like gravitate to those places too. Sheffield kind of makes me feel safe. Well, that was until I discovered urbex. Now I say discovered but I mean I came across 28DaysLater, I’m too much of a scaredy cat to actually participate for real. But there’s something about these derelict places that are so compelling to me. I follow a few of these intrepid explorers on instagram and their photos always entice me to click that heart-shaped button. I began to notice a common theme through the majority of the photos was graffiti and pretty good ( vast understatement) graffiti at that. There’s the awe inspiring, photo-realistic work of Rocket01; take at look at Darwin and everyone’s favourite dream-uncle David Attenborough , the nature influenced work of his partner Faunographic – whose work I first came across in Manchester and then there’s Colorati – whose work seems to span a whole range of influences, cartoon-like images of worms and pigeons to photo-realistic tough guys and these are to name but a few. However, the artist I keep coming back to is Phlegm. Now, I’ve seen Phlegm’s work in various places over Sheffield; The Rutland Arms, The Riverside but in truth I always thought that they were a bit too weird for me, that yeah, they were good but left me a bit cold. That was until I saw some of his pieces in these derelict, left-to-decay places and they just fit. This series of ‘Falling Men’ painted on various floors in abandoned tower are some of my favourites:

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All pics courtesy of Street Art News

And I can’t describe how they make me feel, they make me feel a bit uneasy, they’re unworldly but I cannot stop looking at them. It’s that feeling of compulsion. I can honestly say that I’ve never felt like this before about any other piece of art. Does that make it a success, although I kind of think that they’re a bit creepy, I’m drawn to them. Are you?
Just googling Phlegm quickly makes me realise that unfortunately he’s not just a Sheffield artist, he’s painted as far away as Sri Lanka and you can catch some of his work down in that London. I’d love to say that this discovery has made me want to be a little bit braver and try and seek out some of the more hidden gems myself; but what can I say, there’s more of the cowardly lion in me so in this case, I’m happy to live vicariously through others!

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