Oh we match and I love it!
Took some photos with this cutie this afternoon. Taking more photos of us is something I wish we did more often, I love being able to look back at what we were doing a six months or a year ago. So hopefully there'll be more of this kind of photos up on the blog in the coming months.
Oh we match and I love it!
I thought for this Wedding Wednesday I'd give you all a little peak at my wedding notebook!
So far my favourite magazines to flick through have been You&Your Wedding and Brides, they have plenty of content and lots of real weddings of all different themes.
I have lots of cuttings from magazines. That I throw in the back of my book to look at whenever I'm thinking of making a decision about something.
I've been writing down my ideas and plans. All the things we've decided on and I've doodled next to them.
I just have a simple ring binder from WH Smiths.
Lots of floaty, chiffon dress inspiration. I'm especially in love with the one in the middle from Ti Adora.
Doodles for the entrance.
I split my book into sections and wrote down all our initial ideas for what we wanted.
We've pretty much decided on our wedding venue and just need to organise a time to go and see it officially. But from all the pictures and info we've seen we couldn't imagine anywhere more suited to us.
Wedding dress sketches.
Our aim is to do a lot of the decorations, invitations and food like desert table and drinks ourselves. Which will save us money and we'll enjoy doing at the same time.
I also started a list of music in the back of the book to write down songs I hear and love.
I keep smiling every time I look at G and remember that I get to marry that amazing man. And I know I've caught him smiling at me a few times too.
We're beyond excited and can't wait to officially start planning, booking and making.
I thought I'd do a little update on how things are at the moment seeing as how something big happened lately...
G and I got engaged!
It was magical and perfect and we weren't quite sure what to do afterwards so we took pictures.
We wandered through Jesmond Dene too, admired Autumn appearing and looked at Pets Corner with the quit adorable goats.
I adore my ring and can't stop staring at it, G did so well and I think it's about as perfect as I could have imagined.
I have tons of ideas for the big day and have started compiling them all on Pinterest (if you want to follow and see what my ideas for the wedding are click the link in the sidebar). We're both falling on a November date and hopefully in about two years once we've finished with all our commitments like university and apprenticeships and have had enough time to save up.
It will definitely be crafty and with lots of DIYs so be prepared for lots of DIY posts and updates on the planning process between my usual posts.
This is, fingers crossed, my first post of #blogtober so stay tuned for more posts!
A very excited Katy
We got a little something last week that G and I have been wanting for a while now....
She's a princess and 13 weeks old. She has G and I wrapped around her tiny paw and knows exactly how to get what she wants. She loves to play with empty things like kitchen roll tubes, empty bottles and anything she can get her paws on!
She's an angel who loves to snuggle and play and is generally crazy.
We love her oh so much.
Follow me or G on Instagram to see more of this wee one!
I've been gone for too long lovely people! I've been so busy the past few weeks, as we've been moving house and get ourselves all sorted out in the new place.
We've moved from a small two bed flat to a 3 bed house all within Newcastle, the house is amazing and much more modern than the flat which will hopefully be much warmer and nicer in the winter than our past house!
So I was thinking you might all want a little House tour! It's not completely finished as we have a couple more things to add and do. (And a few things to put away...)
Pretty much the whole house is carpeted in a cream short pile carpet and it's super soft and comfy underfoot. It makes the house look clean and fresh all the time. We're hoping to find some pictures or a mirror to go on the main hallway wall, good for a quick check on the way out the door.
On the far wall of our hall is this Map of Newcastle with G and I's first 3 addresses as a couple, so where we met (Halls of Residence), our first flat (Jesmond) and our current house (Gosforth). I made this for Valentines for G this year and even wrote a blog post about it here.
Our living rooms is really big which I love and these wooden slated blinds are fixed all throughout the house which let in tons of light but also keep the light out really well when needs be.
The sofa's were donated by my Nana and we've just thrown a couple of our, many, blankets on there to make them feel like our own.
We grabbed the Coffee table and tv stand from good old Ikea and they're the Lack series in Black and Black/Brown not that you can really tell the difference.
The bookshelf was donated from my parents and will be soon up cycled and possible painted white and will be filled with dvd's.
The open feeling of this room is what drew me in when we were first shown the house. It's such a bright and airy space but hold the heat so well and we've yet to be cold in here. The kitchen and all the main appliances were provided with already, the only big things that belong to us are the hoover and iron.
Of course all the kitchen accessories are our which we built up over our last year together, including the kettle (a |Le Creuset bargain from TK Maxx) and all of our kitchenware like cups, plates, etc. We have mason jars with all the things we use daily like flour, pasta, sugar, etc.
It's just a general mishmash of us!
The dining room is open plan with the kitchen which is awesome as it makes it so friendly and open. The dining table and chairs were kindly donated by G's gran and are perfect to sit in the space. They might possibly get painted white in the next few months, if not we'll keep them as is and find a nice table cloth.
We made use of the shelves to put our excess kitchen things on, such as cookbooks, the blender (Breville), my cake stand and other bits and bobs.
It's almost like a mini greenhouse in this room as it gets so hot and I can see myself living in here in the winter. Anyway it houses our washer, dryer and other housecleaning bits. But mostly it's where our recycling piles high! It's also filled with many tools and extra bits and pieces like G's golf clubs.
We didn't do much in here obviously as we're renting, but we love the separate shower/bath combination as we're used to having them both together.
We're pretty simple in here and just have our white towels we found on sale in Fenwicks and all our products on the window ledge.
As you can tell this is where a lot of our time is spent. G has his computer desk, Bass guitar and weights in this room. I have my sewing machine and piles of crafting/sewing bits and pieces and every so often my laptop will make an appearance on my desk.
I honestly love having a separate space for all of our crafts and computer things, our previous flat we had our living room, dining room, and computer/craft things all in one room so we were a little squash. Now we have so much space for the both of us.
I love this room because it's so spacious. The bed is from my parents house and was my bed but they donated it to us. Same with the draw and chest unit which I got when I was younger, we're using it as little storage and as a tv stand for now.
The cards and posters on the wall are things I've collected over a few months and just popped them up using colourful washi tape!
In the opposite corner we just have our washing basket and beside the bed is a thrifted little side table I found in a charity shop for £6.00 and snapped up as I knew it was a super bargain.
I hope in the future to add a bench or chair in the window for winter reading sessions!
I'm a lover of blankets and honestly thing you can never have too many! This green one is from TK Maxx (a super spot for blankets!) and the bedding I found on eBay but have seen similar in Wilkinson's recently. It's chevron on one side and stripe on the other so it's very Newcastle!
These teds are our childhood teddies, and a bear G got for me in London when we visited a year ago!
Walk in closet/spare room:
I had my eye on this room from the second we signed our lease, I knew it would make a perfect walk in wardrobe.
have plenty of clothes which is obvious in these picture and I just knew a wardrobe in the bedroom wouldn't suffice. And what else do you do with an extra room when you have all those clothes?
We got two simple rails form Ikea and so far I filled them with most of my clothes and a few of G's until we ran out of hangers.. Oops!
I also need to sand down the draws in this unit so that I can fill it with all our winter clothes and spares.
But there's also extra storage in this room as it has a built in cupboard which we'll probably use again as storage for winter clothes.
It's not huge and there's no grass but that's kind of perfect for us as we're not hugely garden people, I love the option of having the decking and seating in case we want to have the odd BBQ.
I am in love with this house, it feels like a home rather than just somewhere we're living for now. I'll keep you all updated on the changes we make, and keep an eye out for some upcycling projects very soon.
What's your favourite part of your home?
I hadn't heard of the Hoppings until a few days ago when I saw it mentioned on my Instagram despite living in Newcastle for nearly two years.
Once I realised it was a giant funfair, the world's biggest touring actually, I knew we needed to go!
Mostly because G and I both love funfair food! It's held at Town Moor and this year marked the 132nd Year of The Hoppings, so it's definitely a Newcastle tradition. There's rides and so much food it will make your tummy ache just looking around.
Well when they say world's biggest, I never imagined how big it actually would be! I'm used to a tiny funfair in my hometown so this kind of blew my mind.
There is every kind of ride imaginable, add to that tons of food stalls and numerous hook-a-duck style prize stands, it could be quite daunting. I think Town Moor is perfect though as it's sheer size accommodates everything they have there without feeling like you're packed like sardines with strangers.
We stuffed ourselves, and as I'd been thinking about having a slushy since I'd heard about Hoppings I was so pleased to find some additive filled strawberry-raspberry goodness. G enjoyed amazing looking noodles and curry sauce.
Unfortunately this unicorn cutie was just too hard to get and we weren't willing to spend all our pennies to get him (you know how funfairs are) not that it wasn't fun to try.
If you fancy going The Hopping's is on until Saturday 28th and is free to enter! Check the website here for opening times and information on parking and finding Town Moor.
Hello! I hope you've all had a lovely weekend.
G and I discovered the best fruit and vegetable stall our local market so we've been going through fresh food at a crazy rate.
On Saturday we made eggs and fresh grilled vegetables. So yummy! Local food is definitely the best kind of food.
Anthropologie deliveries! YAY! I'm crazy for Anthro and there's always something I could add to my growing kitchen. This cute little egg crate has been on my wish list so thank you for my birthday discount Anthro!
We treated ourselves to a waffle maker this weekend and had such a good breakfast on Sunday! Seriously how have I survived without one of these? Try the lovely Lemon Sugar's waffle recipe for the greatest waffle ever (I promise)!
I also had fun and some down time making the sweetest DIY Hostess Apron from Stylemepretty!
Using fabric that had been looking for a home and tweaking a few things here and there I ended up with such a cute little apron I'll surely be making for everyone I know!
My pleats aren't perfect as this was actually the first time I've ever done them but I still love it! The perfect use for this fabric.
It's been a crazy Monday and feels like the week should be over already but only a few more days and I'll be (almost) free from University for the Summer!
I'm 20! Woohoo! I feel like and adult now, it's so different saying twenty and not teen anymore. I had a lovely birthday just hanging out with G, we had lunch and I used my birthday money to invest in a new DSLR camera.
I chose the Nikon D3200 after plenty of research and a couple of test runs in the shops I committed and went for it. So far it works like a dream and I'm in love with the crisp clear images I get in comparison to my iPhone.
The day after my birthday we decided to take a picnic in my new basket (my amazing parents present to me!) and catch the metro to Whitley Bay as G used to go all the time as a kid and wanted to show me the sights.
The sun was shining and it was such a lovely day, I even got my sunglasses out!
The sky was so blue and it was just lovely to be beside the sea. We were trying to walk to the lighthouse you can see in the distance, St Mary's, where G visited as a little boy. It looks a lot further than it is, we only walked about three quarters of the way there before the wind just got too cold and we headed back.
The picnic basket was a birthday present from my parents, it's all decked out with green and blue cutlery and plates/cups. It's an antique and it's so perfect I don't know how my Mum thought up something so incredible! We packed up some homemade sausage rolls and popcorn, some carrot sticks and leftover cookies and cream birthday cake (Courtesy of G!). It was delicious but freezing!
I spent forever testing my camera and getting tons of shots of the waves crashing against the walls. I always love watching this and I'm a little obsessed with the sea, I've loved it ever since I was a kid. Blame several holidays to Cornwall where I'd often wade out into the sea up to my neck and bodyboard all the time.
I loved spending the day soaking up the Vitamin D and enjoying G's week off work.
G and I are going down to Cornwall for our holidays in September and I can't wait, I actually want to learn to surf this year! If anyone has any good places to visit I'd love suggestions? I'm looking for the places that aren't on the guides, the kind of places only the locals know about?
I've been waiting to go back for a while now to show G and have lunch at The Angel, so this Sunday we hopped on the train (well we ran) and took the short ride to Corbridge.
I visited Corbridge last year with my mum as it's between my hometown, Carlisle and Newcastle where I live now. Mum had read about a little shop which sold vintage and repurposed things, I wasn't sure what to expect sometimes these shops can be not as good as the hype.
Corbridge is such a pretty little town, the train station is only a five minute walk to the town centre, which is good because the wind was crazy! The town has several pubs a wonderful trait of small northern towns, tiny independent shops and numerous quaint cafes for tea, cake and more tea again.
Well let me tell you RE in Corbridge tucked neatly away between The Angel pub and a garage was better than I would have ever guessed! I was excited to get back here and shop, it's full to brimming with so many things that I could have got but I restricted myself to just a few little things. The shop opened in 2003 and their mail order catalogue was created in 2004, the have everything stuffed into their space and I'll challenge you to not walk out with something you love.
G's excited! I'm more excited though, he got my Valentines present there! You'll see a peak of it later.
G found the biggest tea mug he's ever seen so I got him that to add to his V-day present, he knows so I'm not giving anything away don't worry.
I spotted these striped strings and grabbed one in green and one in navy I think I'll be able to use these for everything, scrapbooking and cards, pretty much anything crafty.
These are actually vintage printing press letter blocks, I think, and I decided to use them as stamps. This is printed in my soon to be Valentines 2014 page of my scrapbook. I'll use them to make cards too!
These rustic tin letters caught my eye, I saw something like these last year but for a much higher price, whereas these were just £2.50 a pop! They also had bigger sizes all the way up to really quite big ones I like once we have a house of our own.
Last purchase wasn't actually mine but G's present to me for Valentines. I am more than a little excited about this, I've been coveting this gorgeous milk glass cake stand since I first visited RE. I'm such a crazy lucky girl to have found such a perfect guy.
I'm looking forward to Friday when I can whip up a cake to stick on top.
Then we headed next door for Sunday lunch, we were both starving so we really couldn't wait.
It's decorated in that quaint but not too quirky way with duck egg blue wood panelled walls and solid wood tables. The Angel is such a lovely pub and the menu was to die for, every kind of roast dinner you could ever want for but being the traditionalists we are we chose chicken.
Lunch was Amazing, yes with a capital A. I could eat this roast every Sunday for the rest of my life and I think I might try to replicate it very soon!
Last but most definitely not least on our Sunday adventure was Grants bakery, we grabbed a chocolatey sponge and a huge strawberry meringue! I'm dying to eat the meringue and I've decided I need to make some soon!
Corbridge is definitely worth a trip, even just for a browse in RE if your passing through but if you have a spare day a roast dinner is extremely worth it and so is following it up with a cake or two!
If you've visited I would love to know what else you love in Corbridge for our next trip?
Tynemouth is one of our favourite North East places to visit. Apart from it's obvious beaches and seaside looks it plays host to some of the best shops and cafes I've come across while living in the area.
Thanks to the wonderful Metro system we have here it's easy peasy for us to get to Tynemouth in just 15-20 minutes and for just a few pounds. On a Sunday come rain or shine the Metro station at Tynemouth hosts a market, packed full with everything from cd's and vinyls to chocolate waffles and craft stalls.
If you haven't been to the market before and you live in the area I'd recommend it! There's something for everyone especially for the crafty ones of us. Today I picked up some wonderful things to add to my craft corner, several fabric remnants that I cannot wait to turn into handkerchiefs and scarfs. And some wooden buttons covered with floral prints (Especially the Hello Kitty ones I'll be making into something for my Kitty obsessed cousin.)
By far my favourite place in Tynemouth has to be the Green Ginger shopping arcade which is build within an old church not only is it a beautiful building but it's full to brimming with interesting and friendly shops.
G has been in dire need of a haircut for months now but never quite seems to find the time, but when we wandered in to the arcade we spotted the Artful Barber (On Instagram as @artful_barber) which was bursting with charm and right within pretty much everyones price range!
The lovely lady who runs Artful Barber worked amazing magic on G unruly mop of curly hair and tamed it perfectly. Her shop however was the quaintest place, the walls were covered with art most of which was for sale and the whole place filled with almost unbeatable charm.
Look at this place, what man wouldn't want to get his haircut here?! And G looks much more neat and tidy now.
Tynemouth is the perfect place for a North East day trip, come rain or shine the little town has everything you need for a fun filled day.
Final stop on our adventure was Dil and the Bear a coffee shop we couldn't help popping into.
We tried the Chocolate Mint cake above and together we barely made it through the most rich delicious slice of cake. There was so much more I wanted to try but just didn't think I'd make it home if I ate anymore. But believe me this place is worth a look in and if you can the lunch dishes looked irresistible.
This visit didn't include the beach unfortunately, my mantra for the seaside is if I'm near the sea I must dip my feet but today was just too cold, I'm afraid I would have lost my toes and I value them a little too much.
I'm definitely not the kind of person who can resist the lure of a good looking cake and Dil and the Bear is amazing at cake.