100cupsofcoffee 11-16

I’m extremely behind writing up about my 100 cups of coffee project, most of these coffees were back in October.

Coffee & Knitting
Ling was testing out a new base yarn for her Whimzy yarn collection and asked me if I would knit her up a sample for a knitting show in November. I picked a really simple pattern which I managed to knit up in several afternoons – all fuelled by lots of coffee.

Outsider Tart Coffee

For the final episode of The Great British Bake-Off (that seems so long ago), we continued our tradition of having cakes whilst watching TV, once again I was too busy to bake so I popped to the local American bakery for some brownies and cheesecake. They have this amazing counter – which is extremely instagrammable.

People watching

Most the time I have coffee whilst working or when out with friends, but occasionally, I have a coffee on my own. Then I like to sit in Starbucks on an autumn afternoon with a pumpkin spiced latte and people watch.

Gingerbread Latte

One of the great things about having the Starbucks app is early access to the “Holiday” drinks, this was my first gingerbread latte of the season – before the red cup became so newsworthy. Normally I don’t like cream on my drinks – but the new gingerbread cream was amazing!

Last PSL

Red cup season also marks the end of pumpkin spice latte season ☹️, time for me to put away my pumpkin cozy for another year. BTW, I am slowly adding these cozies to my Folksy store.

What is #100cupsofcoffee? You can read about the project here.
You can see all the photos from the #100cupsofcoffee project on Instagram.

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Challenges

I’ve been thinking about writing a post about my plans for 2016 for a few weeks – I’ve seen a lot of post about resolutions or when someone picks a word of the year and none of these seemed appropriate for me.

It seems January first is the day everyone tries to have a major lifestyle change and this makes no sense to me. After Christmas our cupboards are still full of chocolates and “fancy” biscuits – I know if I tried to eat healthier I would ended up diving into these boxes. I have no idea why anyone would start a running regime during the coldest month!

If I am going to be honest January is a tough month for us – it marks the anniversary of both my father’s death and my first ectopic pregnancy – even though we try and do something upbeat on these days (have a family meal in honor of my dad), they are still tough days for me and I certainly wouldn’t want to attempt to run on these days.

So what are my plans for 2016, rather than major resolutions for the year I want to do a couple of smaller challenges. Social Media seems to be full of these – Most of these are well know like the Couch to 5K or 30 day de-cluttering challenge, but there challenges out there for everything.

 

Book Shelf

I will be continuing with my 100 cups of coffee challenge this year and have pinned a few 30 day exercise challenges on Pinterest that I can do indoors for the next few months (plank challenge and a sit-ups one). I’m also joining the Modern Mrs Darcy reading challenge – I don’t need an excuse to read more, I just want to vary my reading in 2016.

I would love to knit more this year too. Which at the moment has just involved spending a few hours on Ravelry looking at people’s project pages and hunting for interesting patterns.

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6 on 6 -white

I’m going to take another month off from 5 Fandon Friday, and I thought I would take part in the monthly #6on6 challenge started by the Scruffy Little Nerd Herder. As the name suggests each post should be published on the 6th, but as we have been without wifi for a few days at home, this post is little late.

6 on 6 - White

As a stationary fan, I’ve yet to find that all amazing pen brand that suits my needs, as a result I don’t have a favourite pen, the closet I found is this white ink pen from Uni-Ball, not because I love the pen (honestly it can be a little scratchy) I just adore the way the white ink looks on coloured paper (it was prefect for addressing red envelopes over Christmas).

6 on 6 - White

Obviously, as a Star Wars fan my photos had to include TR-8R. I got this set back on Force Friday last year and was a little annoyed that a random stormtropper was included in the set instead of Poe, now I just love having this little guy in my shelf.

6 on 6 - White

Like everyone else on Instagram, I checked out my 2015BestNine over the holiday period and was amazing is discover that my photo of my Lego Harry Potter – taken as part of the 5FFPhoto challenge from October was my most popular photo it also included this little Lego hedwig.

6 on 6 - White

Have you ever come across a really cool item on Pinterest, only to find it isn’t for sale in your country, that was this little rabbit for me, I thought it would look so cute on my dresser rather than an old candle jar – luckily weeks later a friend saw one in a store locally she messaged me!

6 on 6 - White

It would be easy for me to include a pair of converse in any colour theme – I have a larger collection of them. I even wore a pair on the day of my wedding – another white pair, not these.

6 on 6 - White

When running to the shop this afternoon, I decide to take a little detour in my neighbourhood to photograph these gorgeous London houses to complete my 6on6 collection.

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100cupsofcoffee -update

New Coffee CupsStar Wars Mug & Coaster Set // Batgirl Mug // Coaster

I’m extremely behind on my 100 cups of coffee updates, lately I’ve tried to not be so connected to my phone when out and about. When I’m catching up with friend I’m chatting away not trying to frame the perfect shot for Instagram, I’m not constantly looking at my screen I’m enjoying winter in London. Whilst it does make life more interesting, I have missed out some amazing stories to share – I guess I have to find the happy medium.

My plan is to find it in the New Year, I will write-up coffees 11-20 over the holiday period and start again with the final 80 cups of coffee in 2016.

What is #100cupsofcoffee? You can read about the project here.
You can see all the photos from the #100cupsofcoffee project on Instagram.

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Christmas Eve Box

From October onwards my Pinterest feed becomes full of Elf on a Shelf ideas and Christmas Eve boxes – which is great if you have children, not so much if you don’t. Not to be out done last year I put together a Christmas Eve box for adults, instead of cookies we get cocktails!

Our Christmas Eve traditions changed a few years ago before that it was a night of revelling with old friends, catching up on the last 12 months and unwinding after the weeks of stressing out. Now it’s spend relaxing at home – the calm before the storm, we have a ready meal or take away, watch a Muppet’s Christmas Carol and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

Christmas Eve box 2014

So last year I brought those movies on DVD, creating a little box along with some popcorn, a new decoration for our tree and a Christmas candle. Of course no Christmas Eve box would be complete without a new set of pajamas. This year I am continuing the tradition but adding a little geeky feel.Christmas Eve BoxPajamas (primark) // Ornament
Popcorn Box// candle // cocktails

Primark seem to have licensing deals with most pop culture franchise, which means they have a great selection of geeky pajamas, it’s often hard to pick my favourite ones. Nearly every geeky Christmas gift guide I’ve seen this season has included this amazing BB-8 ornament – and I can see why it’s too cute (wasn’t the little droid the cutest thing you’ve ever seen). Finally, I’ve become obsessed with the pre-mixed cocktails from Marks & Spencers, I’ve yet to try the espresso martini version (I’m saving that for tomorrow), but I love the mince pie martini – best served really cold over ice.

Merry Christmas!

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Funko Friday

The Funko I Want Most for Christmas

I have taken a break from Five Fandom Friday, as I don’t really have time to blog regularly during the holiday season. When I saw Funko Friday’s theme for today was The Funko I Want Most for Christmas, I thought I would join in.

I don’t really have a large Pop Vinyl collection, If I see one I love I buy it, so my wish list is mainly rare or limited edition figures I have seen online.

  1. “Metallic Black” Batgirl (SDCC 2010 Exclusive)
    I can’t seem to find a photo of this version but I know it exists
    I have the regular Batgirl Pop! Figure, along with the Dorbz and Mopeez ones. This metallic black version is closer to the costume from the comic. I am hoping they do a version with the purple and yellow costume from the Batgirl of Burnside comic.
  2. Unmasked Captain America (ToyMatrix.com Exclusive)
    Unmasked Capt America
    There seems to be a lot more Marvel Funkos than DC (I am guessing this will change with the release of the films next year), there have been several Captain America figures – one for each film – but this unmasked version from The Winter Solider is my favourite – he just looks so “all American hero.”
  3. Black Widow with Shield (Gamestop Exclusive)
    Black WidowAgain this is a variation of the Avengers: Age of Ultron figure, but this time with the shield, I adored the scene in the movie when Black Widow rides in to “pick up after the boys” and this figure reminds me of this scene.
  4. Director Coulson With Lola
    Coulson and Lola
    This one isn’t really a limited edition figure – instead one of the “Ride” figures. Agent Coulson was one of the coolest characters in the MCU and in Agents of SHEILD he got cooler with the addiction of his flying car!
  5. Eleventh Doctor (Fez) (Hot Topic Exclusive)
    Doctor with Fez
    Eleven will always be my favourite Doctor (I just adore Matt Smith), he is the guy who taught us Bow Ties were cool, he also saved the world whilst carrying a mop and wearing a fez (which is also cool).
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Herd of Elephants

Flo the Elephant

I finally finished all my elephants (and they are safely at their new homes), I figured it was time to post some photos of my finished projects.

Flo the Elephant

First up, Flo from Knitty, I moaned before about the sewing involved in this pattern as it takes as much time as the knitting, but it does look amazing when finished.

Flo Tail

I love using the contrasting colour for the stitching on the ears and feet, which I also added to the tail to add to the hand-made look.

Elijah Twins

The other patterns I have knit has been Elijah by Ysolda. This pattern is the complete opposite as it involves no seaming – it’s all knit on the round with picked up stitches.

Elijah

Like with all of Ysolda’s patterns in attention to detail is amazing – each increase or decrease stitch is part of a design, the increases in the head form the guidelines of the faces and the decreases in the foot forming this circular pattern.

Elijah - Foot

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Five Fandom Friday

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Characters I Want To Dress Up As For Halloween
  1. Batgirl
    Batgirl!

    Batgirl! by starspy featuring yellow gloves

    An obvious choice really,  I love the new Batgirl of Burnside costume, purple leather jacket and yellow doc martins! What is not to love about this new costume?

  2. Sadness (Inside Out)
    Sadness

    Sadness by leslieakay featuring American Eagle Outfitters

    As I wear a lot of blue, I have joked that I look like Sadness (if I still wore glasses I think it would be my nickname). Disneybound (I love this blog) has done an amazing version of this everyday cosplay of this character.

  3. Angela Chase (My So Called Life)
    Channeling Angela Chase

    As fashion is cyclical, a lot of the clothes I see in shop now are similar to what I wore as a teenager, and back then I just wanted to dress like Angela Chase (with the boyfriend that looked like Jordan Catalano).

  4. Mary Margaret (Once Upon A Time)
    Mary Margaret Blanchard Outfit - Lonely Hunter

    Mary Margaret Blanchard Outfit – Lonely Hunter by missmerfaery featuring shirts & blouses

    During the first season of OUAT, Mary Margaret had the most amazing wardrobe, floral skirts, pretty blouses, cozy scarves and lace berets.

  5. Peggy Carter (MCU)

    1940’s style icon who can also hold her own! Who wouldn’t want to be Agent Carter? In the first episode alone she had an iconic blue suit and red hat to that stunning white evening gown!

Thank you The Nerdy Girlie & Super Space Chick for creating Fandom Friday check out their blogs for more information. Or follow the #fandom5 or #5fandomfriday on Twitter.

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WIP_Flo

I have become a creature of habits with my knitting, I tend to knit the same patterns, Gretel berets or monkey socks. As baby gifts I have made a gang of Poppy dolls and am slowly making a new herd of elephants.

A few years ago, I knitted a Flo the Elephant for Jason’s cousin – when she announced she was pregnant again I wanted to knit twin, knowing she was having a boy I figured this time I would do a blue version. Before I cast on, I looked at my Ravelry notebook and then on this blog to see if I could find any notes from my earlier project and it turned up blank.

Flo's Parts

I don’t even seem to have any decent photos of the finished project, all I seem to remember was the pattern was pretty straight-forward – but there was a lot of sewing. So now a year later I am at a loss,  did I just follow the pattern? What modifications did I add? Did I knit or crochet the feet? What about the tail?

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Currently… October edition

Currently Eating… Kitkat Mocha, along with all the Cadbury Screme Eggs and pumpkin flavoured stuff.
Currently Feeling… Extremely excited about the new Star Wars movie, it has been heightened by the release of the new trailer last night.


Currently Knitting… I seem to making a herd of elephants at the moment, three of my friends are pregnant so I have been knitting both Flo and Elijah elephant toys.

Currently Loving… I have been taking part on the #5FFphoto, I love taking photos (and Instagram), although I keep forgetting to take my photos, it has been such a fun project.#5FFPhoto

Currently Reading… Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl

Currently Watching… Mr. Robot I read a lot of reviews about this show over the summer online, the whole of the first season has just been added to Amazon Prime.

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