Monday, 14 August 2017

Nayu's Craft Time #263 Peaceful day

Say hi to Timmy! A friend's new rabbit - he was stray so after being checked out by a vet she took him in. An adorable Dwarf Lop with a very large attitude!
Right now I'll probably be relaxing on my bed after taking my lovely mega strong medicine on Friday, which takes a good 5 days to fully recover from. This is a pre-scheduled post (go me!). I suspect I'll be doing a lot of gaming and maybe some craft, but that's not a definite activity as I usually need to be horizontal for a few days. I need to be sitting to do crochet! Hopefully my cat will keep me company as she does if she's in the mood. 
I'll be enjoying listening to my birds tweeting away, and yelling at them if they fight (they do occasionally, poor Hibiki is missing a few neck feathers thanks to Tomoya being a bully). 
Taken when I first got them so all feathers attached (Hibiki's the white Zebra Finch, Tomoya's the more traditional coloured one)
Whatever you're up to I hope your day is going well!

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Nayu's Product Review #4 Oreo Thins

When I was shopping in Sainsbury's on Thursday I noticed a new type of oreo on the end of an aisle (the fateful place where the shop tempts us with offers). Oreo thins sounded intriguing, so since they were 50p per box I got 2 of them.
This is true, they are thinner.. Moving on to my opinion...
Opening them up they are contained in 2 packages, which is a good idea for freshness. They smelt and looked like an oreo, albeit with less filling. That should have sent warning bells to me but it didn't.Upon tasting it I realised a huge part of the fun of oreos was the large filling, seen below in an ordinary sized oreo. 
Proper oreo!!!

The oreo thins still taste like oreos, but with less filling they aren't something I'd buy again. I'll happy eat them, but they aren't proper oreos to me, which are totally delicious. I suppose if you like the taste and want less calories then the thins are the way to go, but if you like the full oreo experience stick with the original size. 

These oreos were bought by me and not endorse by whoever makes them. 

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Nayu's Project Progress #34 Dipping into Ink Stamping!

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It's been waaay too long since I've had one of these posts, and it's a quick one but I really need to head out and get groceries so I'm not super late in eating lunch. As the title suggests, this week I've been trying out ink stamping! It's something I've wanted to do but haven't had many materials for - my family were going to get rid of some of theirs so kindly gave them to me when I showed my interest. Here's what I managed to do in my first session: 
I still need to work on sensing the correct amount of ink on the stamp, and making sure I press firmly all the way round so the entire image is whole. I seem to press more lightly on the top right side of the stamp, so that's my 'homework' for the next session. It's super fun, especially with my favourite Gorjuss girls as subjects ^o^ They are my favourite brand for bags and stationary: my other blog, Nayu's Reading Corner, has a Gorjuss girl as part of the design. It was taken at a time the artist gave blog templates for free, so a friend of mind worked her magic to make fit it into my design.
 I'd love to hear if you enjoy stamping! 

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Nayu's Craft Time #262 Plant power!

This post was supposed to be on Sunday, but life happened including Blogger throwing a tantrum so haven't been able to post until today. I'm here now!

For those of you who didn't see on Twitter (I tweeted pics when I couldn't post due to Blogger issues) you can see the picture of  these pretty white flowers. The one on the left is an unknown flower - I got it from Marks and Spencers over a year ago, and somehow, despite my sporadic watering it keeps flowering. My cute African Violet on the right has also reflowered! This is from a cutting - I'm not quite sure if the original was the flower I had to throw out when my cat puked on them, or another one, but either way it grew and is flowering.  Today I now have 2 flowers! 
I love this African Violet because the colour on the edge of the petals make it look nice and dainty. I'd like to  have another flower, but I'm more than happy with 2. The other cutting of an African Violet hasn't flowered yet so nothing to show you other than leaves, which is why I'm not posting it. 

Here's what my original African Violets looked like - might try to get some more as seeing these makes me miss the abundance of flowers!
Craft has happened this week, more on that in the next post (probably Saturday, so long as nothing untoward happens). I'd love to know if you've done any craft or got some flower plants that you're proud of! 
It's a bit early but have a great one!

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Nayu's Craft Time #261 Beauty and the Beast audiobooks + Cadbury's Chocolate Roundies

Best B&B retelling EVER!!!!

I will be doing some crochet tonight to yet another retelling of Beauty and the Beast. This weekend I relistened to the audio version of Beauty by a brilliant fairytale reteller Robyn McKinley, and I've just started her newest one (again a B&B retelling), made 20 years after her original one.

 Rose Daughter is so far very different, to Beauty, but it's a bit too early to tell how much I like it yet. I don't dislike it, magic is more prominent than in Beauty (which I adore so much!), and yes, give me a few more chapters before I form an opinion on it. 

Whatever you do, be it craft, audiobook listening, actual book/ebook reading, watching TV, listening to music - at some point you will need a snack, and today I'm talking about a new Cadbury biscuit - the Roundie! 
Here it is in all it's glory! (not my picture)
The name makes me smile - it is accurate - but my family discovered it this week. It is currently on offer in Sainsbury's - I'm hoping the half price discount will last until I go shopping on Friday. I tried one yesterday (or was it the day before)....oh my word it is amazing!!!! It's chocolate and wafer layers and what tastes like a caramel slash fudge, one that's similar to fudge pieces I've had from a luxury hot chocolate. 
I like loads of types of chocolate, but this is definitely high on my favourite chocolate bar lists! My family has mixed reaction, one vote for it's ok but not amazing, another saying it's rather good (translate as very good). I'd love to know what you think if you've tried them! 

Monday, 24 July 2017

Nayu's Craft Time #260 Important Info: My Missing Blog Background

Some of you may have seen a ghastly image in the background rendering my blog unreadable. Apologies for this, it wasn't my fault. There's a major issue with the company Photobucket, which I've explained in the following post on Nayu's Reading Corner. I would have put it here, but yesterday after investigating the matter I needed the cute pictures to accompany the post (I tend not to use them as much on this blog). The short answer is I don't know when I will be able to reinstate the background as I'm clueless with web design. For now white will have to do.

Nayu's Feature Post #4 London Embroidery Exhibition 12th-13th July

This post is all about bags, so it seems fitting that I show you my main bag (I don't have many) - it's the lovely Gorjuss Ladybird girl! The other side is a little different, but this is the only picture I could find quickly online.

Note: Anything in black font is my own thoughts, anything in purple is taken from emails/websites, which I give the source where possible.

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This request came through on my book review blog, but since it's a craft themed event I thought I'd talk about it here! I didn't go, and as you can see from the post's title it is now over - this is the earliest I've been able to put the post together Here's the info from the email I received from Hand & Lock's agent (unsure of correct term to use in this instance. Might be publicist, but not quite sure). Hand & Lock explain themselves best on their website

Hand & Lock are London’s premier embroidery house providing embellishment services to the Royal Family, top European design houses, the Royal Armed Forces, Savile Row and members of the public. In our central London atelier we offer a range of services from hand monograms and bridal customisation to goldwork blazer badges and machine embroidered logos. Every commission we undertake receives the highest care and attention from our team of dedicated embroidery designers and expert embroiderers. Whether you are a top Italian designer or a new parent looking to monogram your daughter’s christening outfit the process the process is exactly the same.

This bag is by Aspinal of London Someone in my family loves poppies, which I believe these flowers are (no idea about what type the butterfly is - I can only identify a cabbage white!) The stitching is perfect, and  looks a sophisticated bag

Wow. That's quite an impressive list of clients, as well as being a long established business before the 21st century!  Even before seeing any of the pictures I knew the bags would be exquisite, and they are! I can pretty much guarantee none of them would be under £30 which is the most I've ever spent on a bag (I'm not a bag buying type of girl)
This beautifully coloured bag is by Jill Haber. I find the eye creepy, but ignoring that (a bit hard...) I love the turquoise and gold flower (except I'm sure it's meant to be a hand), with the stars accenting the corners. Not entirely sold on what looks like a bellpull, but overall it's a pretty creation.

Anyway, from the original email I was told that Hand and Lock is hosting the London Embroidery Exhibition featuring lots of amazing collaborations they’ve worked on over the years including pieces straight from the Vivienne Westwood AW17 runway and Mary Katrantzou.  Among these gems, we also have the ‘Embellished Bags’ – a project where Hand & Lock have teamed up with the following iconic hand bag designers to create an exclusive limited edition collection: Aspinal of London, Jill Harber, Vivienne Westwood, Alfie Douglas, House of Holland, Lost Property of London, BVS Design, Asprey, The Cambridge Satchel Company, Lulu Guiness, Globe-Trotter, Patrick Cox and Agnes B. 
This understated yet elegan Fleur de Lys bag is by Patrick Cox. I love the contrast between the plain white/cream and the heavily patterned symbol.

I've heard of Vivienne Westood, but that's about the only designer I recognise - I'm not really into bags at all, but knowing designers has nothing to do with admiring these works of fine craftmanship! I've saved my favourite until last, a modern design which while I'm not overly fond of red things (I know my bag is red, but it depends what type of red) this is the bag that grabbed my eye the most, and is by Henry Holland. I like the swirly bits and the way the colours both stand out and compliment each other.
A Hentry Holland bag

I hope you've enjoyed this feature post - hopefully there will be more exhibitions like this in the future that I can share with you!