Archives for the month of: October, 2013

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Last night the house and I had a pumpkin carving party to celebrate Halloween. We all had our own pumpkin to carve our own designs into and an array of tools which we scrounged from around the house. I always forget how long carving a pumpkin takes, I think I forget about the cleaning out part of it! In the end though we were left with four differently carved pumpkins and a lot of mess ready for Halloween. I am even currently sporting a Halloween mani, dripping blood tips. Whatever you are up to tonight I hope you have fun and Happy Halloween!

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I’m sorry this post is a little late, I have been busy this week playing catch up. On Sunday there was a bit of a storm and subsequently all the trains were cancelled trapping me in my hometown making me miss a day of lectures. So having managed to get back to uni I am now in the process of catching up with all my missed lectures and trying to get back on top of my workload, as I now head into the second half of this term. Whilst trying to get on top of my workload I have been on the lookout for some inspirational quotes to try and live by. I am dangerously obsessed with browsing Etsy’s site for all sorts of home items that I don’t need or have the space for and have turned to their art section. Here there are thousands of prints, many featuring inspirational quotes. My housemate recently purchased two prints from amanda catherine designs and since then I have become a huge fan of her work. The ones pictured above are some of my favourite from her website (link here), currently the shop on Etsy (link here) is shut as she is getting married this month. However it will be back up and running on the 6th of November so maybe if I’ve got all my work finished by then I’ll treat myself to one as a reward.

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I buy bananas most weeks in attempt to be healthy and have more fruit. I am very bad at remembering to eat my fruit though which has led to me throwing away several mouldy pieces of fruit in the past weeks. Luckily over-ripe bananas are perfect for making a banana loaf. A quick internet search led to this recipe, which calls for two bananas, just the number I’d forgotten about! It is also a Mary Berry recipe, so you know it is going to be good, since she is the queen of baking. Making the loaf was really easy, just throw all the ingredients into a bowl and mix, then bake for one hour. All that was left to do was stick the kettle on, ready to enjoy a cup of tea with a slice of warm banana bread. The loaf didn’t last long, (far less time than my bananas did!) and I am already thinking of what to with the next batch of over-ripe bananas I am left with. Hummingbird have a recipe for banoffee cupcakes that uses two bananas, I think I might have to give that one a go.

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20131002-220800.jpgAt the beginning of the month I wrote a post sharing with you the rough plans I had for how I wanted my room at university to be (seen here). A few weeks on and following the arrival of my student loan I think my room is finally finished. I have tried to be clever when using my wall-to-wall wardrobes, starting on the left hand side of the room the wardrobes hold my coats, some jumpers (that need to hung), tops and shirts, trousers and skirts. The shelving holds my spare toiletries and all my foldable items, along with bags and my sewing machine at the bottom. Under the hanging space are my wellies ready for if we get hit by snow again and my suitcases. In the right wardrobes hang all my dresses, which I have tried to colour order. Next to the dresses I have started a bar cart on a trolley that was here when I arrived, inspired by this Cupcakes and Cashmere post. This wardrobe is also where I store all my paper work aka things I can’t be bothered to sort! Surprisingly wall-to-wall wardrobes were not enough storage space for my collection of knitwear.

Opposite the wardrobes sits my trunk, which now contains all my jumpers that wouldn’t fit in the wardrobes. Unlike last year I am trying to keep what I put up on my walls to a minimum, instead I have made a collage on the inside of my trunk lid, so everything can still be displayed but without risking my deposit at the end of the year. In the corner sits my desk, which I have tried to make functional but I have a large amount of clutter that try as I might I can’t manage to reduce. Next to my desk is a small set of drawers which doubles as my extended dressing table, with all my make up and toiletries easily accessible. My jewellery is currently scattered slightly, with my fine necklaces hanging off my desk mirror, larger necklaces on the TV stand, bangles on the window sill and earrings hanging from a jewellery holder.

Finally is my favourite part of my room. At the end of my bed by my radiator and set of drawers sits my record player. It rests on a lovely cheap end table from Ikea, which I plan to do up a bit to make it into something a bit more interesting. I love this little area of my room with the record player and my new rug, which is from Urban Outfitters (I got it during their 20% off sale). I sit myself on the little chair as I skim through my records before putting one on and dancing round my room. I know my room isn’t perfect and there is still work to be done (we have a bit of a damp issue throughout) but seeing as it’s a student property and there is only so much I can do, I’m pretty pleased with how it has turned out. Have a good weekend!

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