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Sunday, 18 March 2018

Pin Collection Part One

I've finally got my shit together and started putting together this pin post, but what I didn't think about was how many I actually have. So i've split them up, enjoy post one of many of my pin collection...

First up combines my love of gin and pins from the incredible Jo at Hello Sunshine (website here). 

A few weeks ago I thought i'd lost this amazing pin after a few too many gins but it miraculously appeared in a tote bag and my lapels were saved! 

Treat yourself to one here. 

My pin collection isn't just enamel pins, a friend bought me this beautiful illustrated wooden Book Worm from Kate Rowland after I was lusting after it at Renegade Craft fair a few years ago. 

This is no longer available on Kate's site but I highly recommend her beautiful work, check it out here.

Then there is this beaut 'Drink Tea and Read Books' from Fable and Black that I picked up, alongside a number of their pins, mirrors and coasters for Christmas gifts from Handmade Nottingham.  

A haven for bookish lovers, spend all your money here. 

This amazing glittery pin is from Bloody Nora Pam, and this beautiful pair are spreading empowering messages via merch and clothing.  This pin was an amazing gift from a friend and it's been on my jacket ever since. 

Get yours here.

The final pin i'm sharing in this post is The Dillinger Escape Plan pin I got during their final tour in the UK.  I couldn't find this anywhere online to buy now so if you see one around give me a shout. 

What pins do you want to know more about next? 

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Harry Potter Pudding Club at Birdhouse Tea Bar & Kitchen

We headed to Birdhouse Tea Bar & Kitchen in Sheffield this afternoon for their Harry Potter Pudding Club. 

Yep thats right Harry Potter Pudding Club.

After warming up with a Sheffield Fog it wasn't long before our Polyjuice Potions were brought over, queue 'Urgh - essence of Millicent Bulstrode'. It was a yummy lemon iced tea that changed colour (video here) as you poured in the secret ingredient. 

Followed by the sharing pudding platter...

We started with Butterbeer Blondies, layered in a half pint glass and topped with a soft coconut cream that cut through the butterscotch drizzle so you never wanted it to end. 

We then attempted the Golden Snitch Truffles, and I say attempted as they were biggest white chocolate truffles I have ever tried to eat in one go... and it didn't go well.  

Not sure if Harry Potter was lucky enough to get such zesty lemon flavour when he nearly swallowed the snitch. 

Finally we tucked into the Chocolate Mandrake pots with a root beer surprise! 

These pots may look so delicious you think they are edible, but believe me they aren't.  And who knew root beer popping candy existed?! 

And just to top it off there were wee pots of Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans and dragon eggs on the platter too. 

This afternoon was incredible and I cannot wait to see what the next pudding club is! Keep an eye on Birdhouse Tea Bar & Kitchens Facebook here for upcoming events. 

Accio Pudding!  

Friday, 2 March 2018

Pages: 'Neverwhere' by Neil Gaiman

I always forget how much I love fantasy until I pick it up again and with 'Neverwhere' it felt so real and contemporary I just couldn’t get enough. Neil Gaiman can be thanked for some of the best storytelling known and 'Neverwhere' is definitely a part of that. 

Before the move to London from Scotland an old woman prophesies that Richard Mayhew, the protagonist will find adventures that ‘starts with doors’ and that is exactly what he gets when he finds a girl strewn across the pavement, as he walks towards a restaurant with his uptight girlfriend Jessica later in the novel. The girl begs them to take her somewhere safe, anywhere but a hospital and Richard obliges, leaving Jessica to continue the evening without him. 

The next morning as we find out more about the girl, named Door, two ageless assassins appear at Richard’s door looking for her and it becomes clear that London is not the same anymore.  Richard unknowingly entering the realm of London Below and changing his life as he knows it, pulled into joining Door’s quest to find out why and who murdered her family alongside some intriguing characters. 

Within 'Neverwhere' folk tales and myths all wrap up within this absurd realities of London so that everything seems so real and plausible. The development and journey into a London we are not familiar with slowly takes over until you cannot imagine it any differently.  The city becomes a labyrinth as their journey takes them across London, split by ‘The Floating Market’,  a travelling market warm with vivid characters, smells and interest in famous spaces it occupies. Gaiman disorientates the reader as one of the world’s most famous cities turns into a mystical land. There are mentions of other cities within Neverwhere and I can only imagine how incredible a series within these ‘below’ cities could be with the intertwining of each locations folklore and landmarks. 

It is not just locations that take on new faces, London’s districts become characters in themselves with the Angel of Islington, Earls Court and Hammersmith (just to name a few) becoming characters embraced in connection with a place. Angel of Islington being an actual Angel and Earls Court becoming a court. 

With this each character is full of intricacies and detail that it feels like Gaiman has drawn them, picturing them so vividly that they could take on their own story. Croup & Vandemar, the ageless assassins dialogue matched their forms like theirs words kept the shape of their bodies, which combined with Chris Riddell’s illustrations made London Below seem more and more plausible.   

Riddell’s illustrations add so much to the text, crawling out of paragraphs and integrating with the novel, Velvet ladies softly peering from the creases and rats tails curling round as they follow the quest. Combining these incredible illustrations with Gaiman’s vivid writing meant that when I listened to the Radio 4 play (Neverwhere [Adaptation]) of 'Neverwhere' I felt like I had already heard their voices.

Seeing 'Neverwhere' created in so many different formats shows the versatility of London Below and the stories created there. 'Neverwhere' started life in TV but what came back into the novel was the detail, connection and intricacies that only text can create. I could easily spend longer in London Below, after listening to the play in one sitting and being so excited to find the short story ‘How The Marquis Got His Coat Back’ I should probably get my hands on the TV series. 

'Neverwhere' brings a new life to London, bringing stories to objects and places I would usually just walk past.  As I finished 'Neverwhere' I realised that the world and especially London seemed a little different to when I started. It was refreshing to think for the first time in a long time about the magic you can find in the mundane, and I cannot thank Neil Gaiman enough for bringing that back to adults through literature and his work. 

In this world we need an escape and Gaiman’s intelligent absurdity in urban fantasy is the perfect one. 

Get this edition of Neverwhere: the Illustrated Edition here.

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Curiosity: February's Creative Mornings Sheffield

Want to get up early on a Friday morning for a creative kick in the arse? Of course you do. 

Creative Mornings describe themselves as 'a breakfast lecture series for the creative community' with the incredible manifesto 'everyone is creative... everyone is welcome'. 

February’s global theme was Curiosity, a word that can mean many things but what was great was that it was curiosity in Creative Mornings that brought me there. 

Held on the second floor of the beautiful Sheffield Institute of Arts, Frankly Green + Webb's Lindsey Green led the talk on Curiosity and I left brimming with ideas. 

Frankly Green + Webb are an independent consultancy who work with cultural organisations all over the world to help them achieve their strategic objectives through digital products and services, and that I feel is putting it simply.  Lindsey's talk encouraged us and also our customers, users, audience (whichever applicable) to ask why, and to feel safe and confident enough to do so. 

This confidence in the curious can lead to learning, inspiration and opportunities and the idea that it is okay not to know. This perfectly entwining with why we were all there. If we had explored all our creativity and knowledge already then we would not be curious. Lindsey telling us to 'embrace the fear and feel it'. 

I feel like my creativity has being stagnant recently so to meet such talented people achieving so many incredible things was a refreshing start to my work day. Linsey Green was captivating, enthralling and witty and from the anecdotes of Frankly Webb + Green it sounds like they are an incredible company who have achieved amazing things and will continue to do so.

So thanks for the inspiration Creative Mornings Sheffield & Frankly Green + Webb, see you next time.
Find out more at creativemornings.com and Frankly Green + Webb here

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Pages: 'How Not To Be A Boy' by Robert Webb

I picked up my copy of ‘How Not To Be A Boy’ desperate to finish it before I saw Robert Webb speak about the book at Off The Shelf Festival.

Off The Shelf is a festival in Sheffield that has brought the most prestigious names in literature and art to the North since 1991. But that takes free time and I feel like most of 2017 wasn't dedicated to reading. Although I didn’t finish it on time for the event it gave me more perspective on the personal basis of the book rather than the themes it presents. 

I will say there are a few spoilers if you carry on reading. Not sure if you can call it a spoiler when it’s someones life but there are some so if you want to save it stop reading now. 

‘How Not To Be A Boy’ is Robert Webb’s memoir, a personal story that has resonated with so many people that is has left ripples, giving people the confidence to talk and open up discussions about socially constructed gender. From growing up in a working class family in Lincolnshire to his days at Cambridge University and fatherhood Webb’s memoir brought me to tears through laughing and crying. 

From the beginning it is clear that Robert Webb did not fit into the masculine constructs he was presented with as a boy: don’t cry, don’t discuss feelings, don’t be gay, love sport, fight etc. From this point we follow him as he navigates his own masculinity and the effects this has as a child as he tries to fit into these confines and the frustrations of his experience. 

With these abstract ideas at the back of my mind after hearing Robert speak you see them forming the thematic basis of the book behind the story. With the ways in which Robert dealt with how to be a boy throughout pitted against each other, how he actual felt and felt like he wanted to behave against what society expected him to do. And these feelings only got harder to comprehend as he got older. 


Robert’s mum passed away from breast cancer when he was seventeen. Before this time she had divorced Robert’s dad and met Derek, a simple man that meant Robert was left with two dysfunctional male role models to support him. From here you can see how Robert was consumed by self doubt and self loathing as he began to struggle with many aspects of his life, and most detrimentally the effect it had on his school work. 

Self loathing and self doubt saw him struggle through his A Levels and dreams of Cambridge University pushed as clear anxiety and depression throws him between constant worry about not doing work to not being able to see the point in any of it. But what comes from the eventual success of getting into Cambridge University is by his own admission arrogance and bad behaviour towards women as he took on traits that he thought he should have rather than what he felt. 

It is clear throughout ‘How Not To Be A Boy’ just how damaging forcing a child to fit into gender confines can be, in this memoir of development it shows how from a young age we are told we are meant to feel and behave in a certain way and this shows just how difficult it can be to grow up being told this but also the detrimental effects it has on our development. 

Between the story there are jumps in time as Webb has with conversations with himself, two Roberts of different ages, like he's using the Delorian to share his own words of wisdom. To read it is hilarious but it’s like a support network that Robert didn’t have.  These conversations are also met with unedited sections of his diary, always built up with an expected cringe factor and an honest introduction that there we no changes made to the excerpt. As if all the humour in the book is at Robert’s expense and although its does make you laugh it comes with a sadness. 

Robert Webb’s honesty in ‘How Not To Be A Boy’ is opening conversations. Everyone deserves a platform to discuss their problems, regardless of gender or we will never make it to equality and having Webb unpick the social constructs of femininity and masculinity through his own story is part of this. There are themes under this book, locked in this honest personal story that resonate with others and giving them the confidence to talk. But when he spoke at Off The Shelf I felt that some of the questions were loaded as if this was just a male platform rather someones life. It is when people are critical of someones life when they can only see the themes it makes it difficult to see what a great step forward ‘How Not To Be A Boy’ is. It is amazing that respected men are opening up this conversation and proving it is okay and normal to discuss and not be defined by words preloaded with toxic outdated gender constructs. 

‘How Not To Be A Boy’ is hilarious and heartbreaking as it explores a life that has made Robert Webb who he is. His honesty in the awful moments bring shock and laughs but face underlying problems. We see as Webb grows up everything he has learnt and as he gets married and has two daughters it has changed him even more. I feel like he is finally beginning to accept himself at the end of the book rather fighting to fit the expectations of his younger self.. 

I really enjoyed ‘How Not To Be A Boy’ and recommend it to everyone, not just Robert Webb fans but anyone who has never quite felt like they fitted in the way they were told to be. As you go along this journey with Robert in the book it made me think of everything I have grown up thinking I should do, behave and act and has really helped me to reflect on the person I am today. 

Pick up ‘How Not To Be A Boy’ on amazon here.  

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Life: Macrame Plant Hanger with Craft Lab at La Biblioteka

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So a while back after a few baileys I randomly booked myself and my boss onto one of Craftlab's sessions at La Biblioteka for a wee cheer up. 

We got our spaces on the Macrame Plant Hanger session for £30 each including materials, tutorial, plant, prosecco and snacks all booked via the Craft Lab website

We were welcomed on a cold Tuesday evening into the cosey workspace on the second floor of La Biblioteka to welcoming faces and a glass of prosecco. 

Julie who hosted the class made us feel right at home and we started learning how to do the two knots we'd be using that evening. We then picked our cord colours for the plant hangers and cut them to the right length.

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After getting the hang of the knots (won't say i've quite mastered it yet) we started work on our plant hangers using beautiful hoops and a gathering bond to work down from.

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From this Julie guided us through creating the shape of the plant hanger using a twisted bar knot. As a beginner it was fantastic having Julie to hand, she's fantastic teacher and made everything so clear to follow. It was such a relaxing process I could make knots all night with Julie's assistance!

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Craft lab, sheffield, craftlab, la biblioteka, macrame, macrame plant hanger, typewriter teeth, typewriterteeth
At the beginning it was hard to see how these cords were going support a plant pot but as we finished each set of knots it began to shape and to say I got a little excited is an understatement. 

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Craft lab, sheffield, craftlab, la biblioteka, macrame, macrame plant hanger, typewriter teeth, typewriterteeth

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The finished product looks amazing in my wee house and was so simple to do with Julie's help! I even had a little time to pick up a few goodies from La Biblioteka after.

Find out about Craft Lab's upcoming workshops here or follow them on instagram for beautiful updates.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Pages: 'Everything Everything' by Nicola Yoon

“Just because you can’t experience everything doesn’t mean you shouldn’t experience anything.” 

‘Everything Everything’ was given to me as a birthday present from a dear friend. I had assumed that it was another young adult novel centred around an illness, accident or misfortune so I had never picked it up before but there was a little more to the novel than I was expecting. 

Madeline Whittier has SCID, severe combined immunodeficiency which basically means she is allergic to the world.  Because of this Madeline lives a quiet, calm life centred around learning and losing herself in books until a new family moves in next door. The new neighbour Olly becomes her new focus as she watches the family unfold. 

When the pair finally connect Madeline becomes desperate to see the world through Olly. Yoon replicates digital relations, using excessive text messages and instant messenger as the pair fall for each other quickly, finding and supporting each other through their unfortunate circumstances. This unconventional narrative makes their relationship develop quicker and with this they push the limits of Madeline’s illness close to death. 

Outside of the plot I was intrigued by Madeline, it is easy to mistake her for someone a lot younger due to her lack of life experience. Yet when interacting with Olly she plays it cool, so what initially comes across as maturity is a reminder that Madeline is much older than she is treated by her mother and her nurse. Throughout ‘Everything Everything’ there were hints like this, of things that were not quite right. Where did she learn how to behave like that. Is it from books and films? The internet?  

It niggled at the back of my mind that Madeline already had a connection to the outside world via the internet. There are numerous references to Madeline’s popular tumblr and I couldn’t grasp that in her isolated world that she wouldn’t have reached out before Olly. A coming of age whirl wind romance is clearly a force worth risking your life for. 

This driving force made me feel like I was waiting for recovery or death but what Yoon delivered was a fantastic twist and refreshing change compared to novels on a similar par. Although I was disappointed that the twist is barely explored and almost washed over. Have you read ‘Everything, Everything’? What did you think of this or hints of internet popularity but personal isolation? 

Also I haven’t watched the film yet, is it worth it? 

Not read it, grab a copy here: Everything, Everything

Interview: The Ghost With The Most - Talking to Lauren for Things & Ink

When I have a free bit of time in life I love to do pieces for the Things & Ink blog: www.th-ink.co.uk 

For Halloween I saw the opportunity to interview a spooky babe who kept popping up on my Instagram feed. 

[Harriet Heath]

I talked to Lauren aka BabyRockets about her love of Halloween, her incredible tattoo collection and her fantastic home. Check it out over on the Things & Ink blog here. 

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Counting down to Northern Craft

With Northern Craft a week today I thought i'd get excited with a look back at all the goodies I got from their Summer Fair.

In August my friend Jessica and I paid a visit to the Northern Monk Refectory in Leeds for Northern Craft after missing the April event.  A brewery with a tap room full of great beers, amazing food trucks and a room of incredible independent crafters, what more could you want?

With it being the weekend before my birthday I treated myself to a few bits after a number of loops around the room.

Autumn Wild, Winter Wild & Pages On A Theme Zines from Kristyna Baczynski 
Garden Bird Notebook from Kate Broughton 
'It'll Be Reet' Pin by Kim Lawler, Finest Imagery from Northern Craft's Pin Drop
Mother's Ruin Patch from Hord Co

Mug and 'More Letters of Note' are from Homesense and we picked up the Cloudwater Wit Loral and The Kernel Porter from Little Leeds Beerhouse in the Corn Exchange.

Northern Craft was held in the top floor of Northern Monk's grade II listed home and after treating ourselves we headed down one floor to their tap room to attempt to pick from their sixteen keg lines, 2 cask lines and incredible can and bottle selection.

After a couple of beers we headed down to check out Awesome Merchandise, Leeds merch experts who were screen printing tote bags in the entrance.

Regretfully, we skipped it on the way in thinking oh, it will be fine to do it on the way out. Well, we we're wrong and there was a queue out of the door. So next weekend you will be mine AM x Northern Craft tote!

A week later I caught up with Jessica to find out she'd treated me to the incredible HÔRD hip flask that I had fallen in love with, including my initials on the back. So not only do I have amazing friends but the gin obsession continues and it definitely has my name on it. 

Northern Craft was such a refreshing day full of creativity, craft, talent and passion. I cannot wait for next weekend to see what the talented independents and makers bring to Northern Craft and what comes of the worships. 

Showcasing 35 makers and workshops, who can you not wait to see? 

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Pages: 'The Girl On The Train' by Paula Hawkins

“There’s something comforting about the sight of strangers safe at home.” 

I finally picked up ‘The Girl On The Train’ after a a long run of hype and constantly seeing the film adaptation advertised everywhere. The novel centres around Rachel taking the same commuter train everyday, focusing on a signal stop and the suburban homes behind the tracks. At this stop she idealises a couple whose home she can see into and reflects on her previous ‘perfect’ life. 

As we follow this daily pattern, gin and tonics fall in with hints of alcoholism and it soon becomes clear that Rachel is trying to cover something up. What isn’t clear at this point is that Rachel is using alcohol to mask harder times. Her unreliability and memory loss increasing as she loses herself in the fictions she creates around the couple she can see from the tracks. 

With all this building the story kickstarts the moment she witnesses something out of the ordinary in the perfect life she loves watching and desperately goes to the police.  As Rachel’s unreliability develops as readers we are desperate to fill in the blanks but also to find out what drove her into her disparity. 

From this point on I was waiting for the twist, or at least hints of it. So rather than finding myself wrapped up in ‘The Girl On The Train’ I felt like I was just waiting for it to happen. 

Rachel isn’t the only narrator in the novel. Hawkins creates three distinct female voices whose narration she switches between. The style creates a desperation between chapters that leaves us the reader over reliant on not putting the book down, a fantastic ploy and technique to keep you reading.  

As much as these voices were distinct I found each narrator was defined by the men in their lives, even the ones who were a mystery to them. This dictated our perception as the reader, feeling as those the male characters had more control over our perception of the three narrators and their unreliabilities than the characters themselves, purely because we were not met with their flaws yet. 

Although this agitated it me thinking back it reflected on how much time we spend as voyeurs now. We often work on assumptions made with the little knowledge we have about people or focusing on their issues rather than the situation that led them there.  Exactly the situation Rachel found herself in. 

After finishing the novel I was eager to watch the film but it lacked something I loved about the novel, the elements and closeness of London. 

The location in the novel commented on how little attention we pay to those who we commute with on a close daily basis and the mysteries of what happens behind closed doors. By changing to an American landscape the closeness was lost and everything I loved about the book. 

What did you think? Buy it here: The Girl on the Train