Thursday, 26 March 2015

In Bruges

To celebrate my husband's birthday recently the whole family headed off on the Eurostar for a weekend in Bruges. Now, if like me you had never been to Bruges before, I can only say that you should definitely be adding it to your list!

The city is small but perfectly formed

with beautiful canals and

stunning buildings. This is the Provincial Government Building on the main Market Square,

and this is the Chancellery, which dates back to the first half of the 16th Century.

The small street you can see, which separates the Town Hall from the Chancellery, is named the "Street of the Blind Ass", I have no idea why :)

Our favourite building though was the Belfort

and if you are a fan of the film In Bruges with Colin Farrell and Brendon Gleeson, you will recognise this building straight away! Being big fans of said film our sons had to climb the 366 steps to the top, their mum, however, opted to stay on the ground and enjoy another Belgian speciality instead :)

Waffles aren't the only foodie treat on offer, though, there was plenty of opportunity to indulge in a couple of other Belgian specialities


and Beer! With over 500 varieties to sample, the males in the family were in heaven :)

As well as specialities of the edible variety, Bruges is also famous for its' lace, of which there were plenty of examples around.

Lace curtains

and even a lace fence!

Needless to say there might have been some handmade lace in my suitcase on the return journey (and maybe some chocolate too!).

Have I sold Bruges to you yet??

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

New to Me in March

Welcome to another round up of those activities that you have tried for the first time this month.

It seems to me like these monthly Link Parties come around quicker every month, but that might just be a sign of advancing age :)

New to Me activities have been thin on the ground this month, but I have managed to sign up for my first ever IG swap.

Here's my mosaic to prove it!

The #outlandercraftswap is for fans of the Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon, and was open to crafters of all varieties, so it is already proving to be great fun. The TV series of the first book, which seems to have already been shown everywhere except the UK, is due to air on Amazon Prime tomorrow (Thursday 26th) so that will be another first for me too. The first 8 hours of the series will be shown on Thursday, apparently, and then the subsequent episodes aired weekly thereafter. An 8 hour TV stint would be another first, but I think that is a step too far no matter how good the adaptation is said to be  :)

My second New to Me activity couldn't have been more different, as we ticked off another New to Me destination earlier this month, when the family travelled to Bruges for the weekend to celebrate my husband's birthday.

The city was beautiful and we all had a wonderful time, but I will tell you all about that in another post :)

So, that's my New to Me activities this month, now it is your turn to share yours. As ever please help to spread the word by linking back to this post in your post and/or adding the blog button to your sidebar.

Check out the other links too and, maybe, leave an encouraging comment along the way. The emphasis of this link party is to celebrate the trying of something new, whether it works out exactly as planned or not, so a little encouragement here and there would not go amiss! 

The link will remain open until 23.59GMT on March 31st, so you have some time to try something new and link up and join the party :)

Don't forget there is still time too, to link up to this month's Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew Link Party over at Wonky Patchwork

There is 1m of this lovely fabric up for grabs for one lucky Ho,Ho, Ho-er 

courtesy of the lovely Alexie at Patchwork Elephant

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Zipping again!

Triple Zip pouches are officially addictive, if you are making one you might as well make two! Maybe that is just me though :)

Once I had made this one 

Triple Zip Freya

I just kept going and made this one too!

Triple Zip irons

They are such a great way of using up scraps too, as the accent pieces are only 8" x 1.25".

My stock of zips is rapidly diminishing but I have my eye on these gloriously bright zips from Zipit, they would be just perfect for a host of Triple Zip pouches!

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