Friday, July 18, 2014


Today seems to be the hottest day of the year. It's gloriously sunny and nearly cloudless, but I've been staying indoors to avoid burning to a crisp. The evening sunshine will do for me!

Lately I've being:

- growing plants. Propagating succulents and babying my other houseplants.

- wishing for a furry pet.

- completing a course I should've finished a good while ago.

- creating my own destiny! (Being officially registered as self-employed and starting those ventures on the right foot).

- weaving pretty things (but not hipster/trendy tapestries).

- knitting more blankets (simple and fun).

- knotting little macrame pretties.

- drinking green smoothies. Everyday.

- walking in the evenings all over London with The Scot(Including Regent's Park and Queen Mary's Rose Garden where I snapped the pics up top).

- baking allofthebananabread.

- loving the sunshine.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Ticket Stub Story

It's no secret around these parts that I'm a big fan of films. A couple weeks ago I shared this photo on Instagram for ThrowbackThursday - it's the closing page of my final college scrapbook where I collaged all the ticket stubs collected throughout my college career (mainly movies, but also some theatre, dance, and such). 10 years on and I still love that page. From the blockbuster stupidly entertaining stuff at the local cineplex, to my larger discovery of independent films at the glorious local indie house with its beat up couches, cracked vinyl armchairs, pull-down screen, and intermissions at the reel changes - it all was a treat. I wasn't a partier in college but I did love the cinema! The memories tied to those little slips of paper are vast.

Growing up, movies were a treat and I always always always wanted to go more often than we did. My college years developed my deeper love for the silver screen, and now living in the UK there's the option from one of the big cinema chains to subscribe to an unlimited membership. The Scot and I love this and we try to see 2-3 movies a month (it pays for itself at 1.5ish). Being home alone many days, I sometimes check out offerings that don't much interest the mister at a matinee.

I really miss little tickets and stubs. They switched to the receipt-type tix a few years back here. I still keep them, and these days they go in my Project Life albums, but I've started a personal tradition of snapping (and Instagramming) a pic to document what films I see. Looking back, I'm sure I'll be able to remember certain things about certain times in reference to what films were popular.

Are you a film fan or movie buff? A stub collector or a ticket tosser? Do you document your cinema visits through Project Life or a movie journal or ??

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Busting out of June

Oh, hey July. I didn't see you there.

June was such a fun month. Lots and lots of sunshine, walks all over London, lazy days in the park, and lots of projects being worked on in the evening. Nearly enough bits of loveliness to make a person burst into song (or at least do a little dance).

Now July is upon us. This means that summer is in full swing and also that I'm missing the US a lot. This will be the 2nd summer ever (2010 being the other) that I've not been there for at least a bit. 4th of July isn't the same in London, of course, but we're having a little barbecue/games night on Saturday to try to make up for that. When homesickness strikes, it's always good to surround oneself with friends!

Speaking of friends, my sidebar was graced with a couple lovely ones this month:

>>> New as a sponsor was Rebecca from Hugs Are Fun. She's got a fabulous blog full of creative prettiness and, bonus, she's also a Midwesterner. Check out the amazing French knot colorwheel she stitched - stunning!

>>> Back with us again from Every Hour Here is Denise. It was so hard to pick a favorite post of hers from June with all the gorgeous quilting and fun Project Life pages throughout her posts, but her week 22 PL spread just screamed out about with all sorts of beautiful bits of family. Absolutely wonderful.

June was a fun month for me in social media as both my Facebook and http://www.pinterest.com/lkiscrafty/ pages surpassed 500 likes/followers! I'm hoping to see some more of those folks on Instagram as well, where I share lots of little peeks into what I'm crafting/baking/adventuring on a day-to-day basis.

If you'd like to join in with that growing reader base, do please check out my sponsorship page. I'd love to have your blog/Etsy shop/etc. on board for July and the future! Making new connections and friends is such a great part of blogging! Join in!