Sunday, 11 September 2016

New Yarn + WIP's!

Yet again, it's been another year since I posted anything up on here...!!
Over the past few years I've been developing my crochet skills. I used to be a keen knitter (although not a very good one....) Well, I knew the basics as I had to teach myself from scratch, but that was about it. I was a particular fan of making cabled hats each winter.
Anyway, after years of trying, I finally managed to make my first crochet blanket (I'm sure I've posted a photo of it in a previous post)
Since then, I've been hooked on crochet...

My latest obsession has to be socks. Knitted socks seem to be more common than crocheted socks, but I love them! I've made one pair using Sirdar Heart and Sole, and I'm waiting until my trip to Yarndale to buy some yarn to make more!
A few of us from my weekly knitting and crochet group have arranged to go to Yarndale for the first time this year, I can't wait. I'll post some photos up here when we come back.
I've also bought this gorgeous yarn from Golding Yarns and another skein from TravelKnitter, and I've decided to turn that one into a Virus Shawl. The pattern seems really easy to follow once you get the hang of it.
Another current WIP is the beautiful Fan Stitch Cardigan from Anna Wilkinson's Learn to Crochet, Love to Crochet. . I haven't finished it yet, I still have one side to finish and two sleeves to complete, but I'm looking forward to stitch it together so I can wear it. I've decided to use Vanna's Choice Yarn in a dusty blue colour. I think it'll be really warm as the pattern produces quite a thick material.

(Photos to follow soon!)

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Lovely yarn by Golding Yarns
Colour : Blue Sky 


Yarn by TravelKnitter
Colour : Turning Tides 
 

Monday, 3 August 2015

A little update!

It's been a while since I've had the time to write on here... I say it every time in hope I'll find some inspiration or time, and always end up failing miserably.

Between working full time, house renovations (still ongoing a year later) general housework, and other hobbies, finding the time for blogging doesn't come naturally. I often wonder whether my content is fascinating to read, wonder why people would stop by, but it always has and always will be a form of a personal journal to jot down my thoughts, ideas and what I've been up to.

As mentioned previously (and in other posts last year!) me and my boyfriend bought a house which was, in our opinion, in desperate need of renovating. A 100 year old Victorian terrace house turned into rental accommodation has indeed been taking over our lives for the past 12 months... Now, 12 months on, we see ourselves desperately trying to finish off what we thought would take a few months (not to mention the cost of everything, money does indeed run out!)

- I've included a few photos of our progress. Our latest achievements being the dining room and our lovely back yard decking.

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Two months ago, I also set up a knitting and crochet club with my wonderfully talented friend, Laura Cameron. I tried it before in a not so good location and it failed rather miserably towards the end. Now, with a new location and an enthusiastic bunch, it has been a success! After trying to learn how to crochet for probably a year (no exaggeration - and failed every time due to being a knitter) I finally got the hang of it! Now, 8 months on, I am extremely obsessed with it, and actually prefer it to knitting....! I feel as if I've come a long way since my first granny square project...

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Hopefully I'll be able to share some of my crafty projects on here with you, as well as what we're up to as the knitting and crochet club.

For now, I think that's enough from me! I'll hopefully be posting again very soon...

Thank you for stopping by, if you've done so!

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Bye Bye Sugar For My Honey

The time has come to say goodbye to Sugar For My Honey. I started writing the blog a few years ago, and the name was something that quickly popped into my head without much thought. 
The blog has experienced so many changes and events in my life, and now it’s time for a change.
These past few years mark a much happier time in my life, and it’s time my blog reflected the change.
As you all know, I bought a house at the beginning of the year. It’s been hectic as we’re completely re-doing the house, but it’ll all be worth it in the end.  As we’re currently hiding behind ‘Door Eleven’ the blog has conveniently taken its name. 
I hope you all enjoy reading the new blog – its new design will take place soon.

For now, here are some photographs of what's been going on so far...
(There's still a LOT of work to be done!)


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Friday, 11 April 2014

We bought a house!

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In my last post, I mentioned I had some exciting news (but we didn't want to let everyone know just in case things fell through) Well - They didn't! And we're now very proud owners of this beautiful Victorian house!
We have a LOT of work to do, and have been working so hard every night after work and on weekends. We still have so much more to do, but I'm hoping to be able to document the journey on here. The house is very much an empty shell at the moment, and we're both looking forward to be able to change it the way we want it to be. I'm a big fan of Victorian features - It reminds me of my grandmother's house.
I'm hoping to be able to share lots of exciting projects on here - I'm placing an order for some Annie Sloan paint as we speak...


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Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Where have I been?

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Where on earth have I been? Well, things have been a little hectic lately. I turned 25 last week, and spent a few days down in London to celebrate. My boyfriend had bought us tickets to go to the Harry Potter Studio Tour which was brilliant! I really highly recommend it, I've been wanting to go for such a long time. 
Here are just a few photos of the day. I didn't take as many photos as I would have liked to. Basically it was absolutely packed there, there were queues forming in order to take photos next to things! But also because I really wanted to enjoy the experience as much as possible, without taking my camera out all the time.

In other news, things are moving on in life, and we're slowly making very big decisions towards building the foundations of our future - More to come on this subject soon!
I've also done something I would never have done before - I joined a class all by myself (which I'm pretty sure was also on my 'to do' list for this year!) It's a yoga class (also on this year's to do list!) I'm really enjoying being able to escape from day to day life for an hour each week and focus on myself. I'm really hoping this year will be a year of change, focus and happiness....


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Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Santes Dwynwen - Gift Ideas

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I love celebrating Santes Dwynwen! It's considered to be the Welsh equivalent to Valentines Day, celebrated on the 25th of January.
As the story goes...
Dwynwen fell in love with Maelon, but unfortunately her father had already arranged that she should marry someone else. In her grief Dwynwen fled to the woods, where she begged God to make her forget Maelon. After falling asleep, Dwynwen was visited by an angel, who appeared carrying a sweet potion designed to erase all memory of Maelon and turn him into a block of ice. God then gave three wishes to Dwynwen. First she wished that Maelon be thawed, second that God meet the hopes and dreams of true lovers and third that she should never marry. All three were fulfilled, and as a mark of her thanks, Dwynwen devoted herself to God's service for the rest of her life.

Llanddwyn Island is a very beautiful place to visit, and we're so lucky to be living near by. However, we'll be celebrating Santes Dwynwen on the Isle of Anglesey at our most favourite restaurant! 
We're saving the pennies this year, but here are some lovely Welsh gift ideas if you're celebrating - I'm in love with Buddug's 'cariad' necklace! 

I hope you have a lovely week, and weekend - whether you're celebrating Santes Dwynwen or not!



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Monday, 13 January 2014

Things to Achieve in 2014

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Photos found on Pinterest / My own Instagram feed

Well, last year has been a great year. I went on two amazing holidays (one to Paris and another to Amsterdam), I went glamping in the mountains, I started going to the gym, I spent more time knitting and even set up my own club! I've been really thankful for 2013...

This year, I want to push things even further. I'd like to step out of my comfort zone a little, and start saying yes to the things I wouldn't have last year! I'd like to move on in life and build up a nice, happy little future for myself. I want to try out new things, visit new places and make new friends. 

This is just a very small list of some of the things I'd like to do / achieve in 2014...

Start doing yoga
Relax more (worry less!)
Keep eating healthy
Drink one green smoothie each day for a whole month
Go to the gym more often
Spend more time at the beach
Drink more water
Own a gorgeous bike with a basket!
Travel to another country

I'm also intending on posting about the things I manage to achieve on here!

What would you like to do in 2014?


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Sunday, 29 December 2013

December Favourites

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01
Fudge Violet Toning Shampoo

Having heard wonderful things about this shampoo, I decided to give it a go! I had recently dyed my hair at the hairdressers and received a bit of a lilac tint. This shampoo is perfect for topping it up! I try to keep this in my hair for at least 10 minutes in order to see proper results. To follow, I usually mix a little bit of fudge paintbox colour with my conditioner and leave it in for 5-10 minutes. 
I highly recommend this product if you wish to have a bit of a lilac tint to your hair. 


02
Tisserand De-Stress

I've recently blogged about this product, but it has to be said, it's one of the loveliest oils I've used. I'm a huge fan of using my oil burners, and this really helps create a relaxing environment after work or later on at night. 
I'm hoping to purchase some more Tisserand products soon as they're so lovely. It really pays to invest in good quality oils! 


03
This Works 5 in 1 Water

I purchased a smaller version as I was unsure whether I'd like this product or not, but I really really love it. It removes my make up well, and leaves my skin feeling fresh. Since I started using it, I've noticed I don't suffer from blemishes or spots as often as I used to. It really helps to decongest the skin. 
It seems a little expensive for a cleanser/make up remover/decongestant, but it's worth it, even if you use it a couple of times a week. 
I already need to re-purchase!


04
Bobbi Brown Eyeliner

I've been looking for a good felt-tip eyeliner for quite some time now. They always seem to dry out after a while. This one by Bobbi Brown is a bold black, long lasting eyeliner. It doesn't smudge or appear too watery. It takes some time to get used to applying it, but it's definitely worth the price tag for its quality and colour. 


05
Rimmel London White Khol Pencil

I've recently been using this white pencil on my water line as it makes my eyes seem a lot bigger! 
It's such a great tip! 


Do you have any favourite products this month?




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