Saturday, 12 April 2014
Monday, 17 March 2014
I am a rather big fan of Mammoths and so I was pretty darn excited. However when we got there the ticket man told us that it was mainly for children, only takes 30 minutes to walk around and was £9. I kind of wavered, after all I do like things for children. They told us the main exhibit was a baby mammoth replica called Lyuba which prompted much awwwing from me, I then looked up a picture. Lyuba is not as cute as her name. I'm sorry but a baby mammoth should literally be the cutest thing. In the end we just went to the gift shop and I got this pen. I was absolutely fine with that.
Stay happy my dears.
Wednesday, 12 March 2014
Cuore's amazing collection of Pooch Pouches. Her designs are amazing and all of her feedback confirms amazing handmade craftmanship (which I find can be rare with novelty items, which is so unfair! Just because I'm ordering something with a cartoon on it doesn't mean I don't want it to be made well!). Personally I'm trying to decide which of the Dachshunds to buy. Hmmmm
PS If you're also finding it hard to choose between those darling Dachsund's Cuore offers adorable matching purses in Brown and Black. Waaaay too adorable!
This post was written in collaboration with Etsy Affiliation but all choices of content all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Wednesday, 5 March 2014
One day on a complete whim I decided to google online glasses shops. I came across Glasses Direct and instantly knew I wanted to work with them for the blog. This company is amazing. 1) They have absolutely wonderful, colourful and fashionable frames. 2) They are really affordable (you order one pair you get another free...AND it can be two different prescriptions!) 3) Their ordering process is really cool!
Basically Glasses Direct has solved the biggest problem with buying glasses online; ideally you really want to try them on. So they offer a service where you choose your four favourite styles and they send them to you, with clear frames, free of charge for you to try on. You then try them on, return them within 7 days and choose your favourites to have your prescription put in. UH- MAZING.
In order to enter simply
Pop on over to the Glasses Direct facebook page, give them a like and post "Enter Now That's Pretty's Give Away" on the wall.
Follow this blog in some manner (Facebook, GFC, Bloglovin)
Then post a comment on this post telling me you have entered! Simple pimple!
You will win a pair of glasses from the beautiful Scout range.
Competition closes Midday 19th March.
PS All opinions are entirely my own. If I sound overly emphatic it is not due to me being paid to be so... I'm just a very excitable person.
Wednesday, 26 February 2014
In a way it was a real relief to write that post; obviously because it got things off my chest but also because it opened up new and different blog content for me. I think of Now That's Pretty as a craft blog, that's the way I describe it to people and they way I think it comes across to readers. Thinking of it this way, however does stop me from writing a lot of content. Outfit posts, posts about uni and just posts about everyday life often get sidelined in my head as I think they won't fit into the 'craft' remit that I've set myself. This is something I really want to change- I want Now That's Pretty to have a lot more lifestyle content. Lately uni has been picking up and so I haven't been able to craft as much as I'd like and this means that I just haven't been posting- hopefully that will change soon but until it does, it will be nice to be able to post content which isn't purely craft based. I hope you guys agree that this seems to be a natural evolution for my blog... if you're not convinced then just you wait. You're gonna love it!
Thursday, 20 February 2014
So I think I'm going to start posting pictures when they particularly sing to me. Indulge me.
Lately I have been seeing an amazing amount of posts floating around on the subject on mental health. I am awed by the bravery of these bloggers and also the accepting nature of the community in response to them. Sadly it is something I am not quite prepared to write yet but I did think this picture spoke a little as to what some of us feel sometimes.
Obviously black cats are very beautiful, they don't NEED white on them but EVERYONE else has it. There is incredible strength in numbers. I am going through a little bit of an awkward situation at the moment (I am sure I will talk about it one day, when I am safely out of the chance of repercussions and my posts could count as advise rather than just venting) which has just reminded me that some playground attitudes remain the same always. I am in the familiar situation where being 'different' is suddenly a bad thing. It is so confusing. I remember this so well from school; wearing bright clothes, cutting all your hair off, being interested in weird topics- it just doesn't float with young kids; they take safety in numbers. As I got older it suddenly became NECESSARY to be different. Suddenly at the stroke of seventeen everyone started trying to convince everyone else they had 'something' about them and the kids who were ignored for 'differences' suddenly got a quiet reverence. For the last couple of years I have got on decidedly well with people but it is sad to remember that may only be because they are allowing it; they are saying "oh, she's artistic so she's different" whereas ten years ago they would have said the same thing as an insult.
Right now I really feel like the black cat. I am in a situation where once again there is a group which I am different from and naturally that is hard. I am not saying that they are wrong in anyway in being different from me, I am only saying that it is a shame to see differences as a negative. Of course this is upsetting... mainly because this sort of thing is so much worse when you're an adult! When you're a kid you can reply or shout back at the insults; they are out there for all to see and hear and accept and explain themselves to. It is a whole lot harder to counter people-going-quiet-when-you-enter-a-room, or sideways-glances-at-each other, or comments-which-could-be-taken-both-ways. It is much harder to be a black cat when everyone else is not. I just have to keep remembering that there are groups of black cats out there and its only a matter of time before I am with them!
Friday, 14 February 2014
Congratulations to EmmaDevon!
I will also be sending Cactuses to Erica, Maisie Gibbons, Leona and Nolwenn. You girls consistently support me and comment on this little blog and so I think you really need some lovely Valentine's Day Cactuses. Don't you?
All you lovely winners please email me and drop me you addresses.
Thank you everyone and happy Valentine's Day!