[Weekly round up] My Week in Pictures

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Last week was a busy one packed with workshops, talks, giveaways and commissioned work! And here’s a quick sum-up of all that in pictures! From left to right, top row down: my birthday voucher for a Letterpress workshop with Turnbull Grey | Large personalised Lavender Heart that was made to order | Crafty Fox Talks on ‘How to do your own PR‘ | trying out Scottish craft beer at Brew Dog | my Birthday Giveaway Winner announcement | Personalised lavender-scented cushion for a commissioned piece | One of the many parcels that hit the post | More handmade gifts in the making | and my gorgeous new Oh My Clumsy Heart necklace that was a delightful and generous surprise gift I received from Louise!

The BIG 3.0. – a new and exciting chapter in life

TURNING 30_KEEP CALMIt’s that time already….where I hit yet another significant milestone in life. This time, it’s the big 3.0. and the celebrations kicked off over the weekend with our closets friends over to ring in this mighty big birthday! I must say that a year ago, the thought of turning 30 daunted me – I simply could not accept that I was leaving my 20s and moving onto the next age bracket! For some reason,  I managed to let myself think that I was about to enter the mundane ‘grown up’ phase of commitments and responsibilities and leave all the fun behind – despite people’s best efforts to convince me that the 30s was the new 20s! Thankfully in due course, I began to realise that while there are indeed ‘grown up’ things to consider there was in fact a world of opportunities waiting for me, so I just need to fully embrace this milestone and look forward to a new and exciting chapter in life! The PhD will soon come to an end and with that comes the exciting prospect of career/business opportunities, not to mention our long-awaited plans of doing a great american adventure………and who knows what else is to come my way. And if this weekend was anything to go by then I know there’s still plenty of fun and madness to come! :) Besides I’ve also convinced myself that I’m STILL 21……. with 9 years of experience! ;) Happy days!

(image via @Sammidodgers on Instagram – follow more of my visual diary there)

Sunshine in the City!

I don’t know about you but I thoroughly enjoyed my Bank Holiday weekend where I felt like I actually had time to do things aside from work and chores! Okay, so I did a bit in the evenings… nevertheless, I managed to find more time to do things I enjoy like exploring bits of London, checking out small independent galleries and weekend markets, doing a bit of craft work, finding time to socialise with friends (some new ones too! I finally met the lovely Michelle from Fox In The Attic over coffee…followed by vino) and most importantly….catching up on some ‘us‘ time with the hubby (seeing as we had been both working stupid late hours over the last couple of weeks – him more so than me that I barely saw him!) by going out for dinners, long walks and even cycling in the sunshine! This was the first time in a long while where I felt like I had a weekend….and more to the point…..a life! ;)

So here’es a peek into some of the things I did over the weekend. How did you spend your bank holiday weekend? xx

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[Sewing projects, Boozey lunches and strolls around Canary Wharf and the Thames]

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[Exploring Columbia Road Flower Market]

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[Cycling down the canals and ice-creams in Victoria Park (sore saddle bums the next day!) ]

If you’d like to follow more of my snap-happy Instagram photos then you can find me on @sammidodgers…….I have hundreds of  photos there for you to have a nosey! :) Oh and I am on ‘private’ mode but just send me a request and I’ll accept it! x