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made by hand craft fair, cardiff

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made by hand craft fair, cardiff

you know when you’re feeling a bit of a creative lull and you need a burst of inspiration? the made by hand craft fair provided just that for me yesterday. it’s still on over the weekend (from 10-5 and ’til 4 on sunday) and i highly recommend a visit if you’re in or near cardiff. it’s in the city hall, so easy to get to, and you could even pop into town after if you want to – that’s if you haven’t spent all your money on wonderful handmade goods from makers from wales and the rest of the uk. tickets are £6 and worth every penny.
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spicy pizza time with pizza express

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food from pizza express

gluten free etna pizza from pizza express, cardiff

everyone loves pizza, right? i personally love ones packed with veggies (no mushrooms please!), a bit of chicken and lots of parmesan. being coeliac, my former love of pizza and other such glutenous foods can cause a bit of a problem though. i’m very lucky in that i’m not *super* sensitive, so a couple times a year i ‘take the risk’ and will have something gluteny (totally a word). i do of course always opt for a gluten free base if i’m having pizza for example, but some items might have a topping that might include wheat, such as various meats. as i said i can do this a couple times a year and have no adverse effect. it’s cake that’s harder to resist and i’m pretty convinced there is no such thing as a good gluten free pasta.
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london graphic centre student day

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various pencils and craft sketchbook

almost this exact time last year i attended an awesome #cbloggers event hosted by london graphic centre. it was so fun, and i love that a company out there wanted to work with us ‘creative bloggers’ and especially ones that are focused on the art and illustration side of things. in blog terms, things like this don’t seem to happen in wales at all, so it’s always a joy to attend events like this. come on wales, up your game!
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dreaming of japan

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japanese green tea, origami paper and pen

petit moon sake and sushi recipe book

i remember when i was in school, the first time i heard someone saying they’d been abroad. it was so exciting for most of us, who could rarely afford to go on holiday within the uk. she’d been to thailand, then tokyo. i can’t really remember specifics, but i do remember asking her a lot of questions, and for years after i’d daydream of travelling to these countries.

sadly, at 29 years old i’ve still never been, but japan has remained very high up on my wishlist of places to go. so instead of making up some imaginary experiences, i thought i’d share the experiences of those that have been.
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