I hope you're all having fabulous, festive-feeling weekends. I've made a few smile-inducing discoveries recently which I'd like to share with you today.
1. More Balderdash
After playing Balderdash for the first time during our adventure on the Norfolk Broads, I couldn't imagine enjoying any other boardgame quite as much ever again. Balderdash relies on the players to use their imagination, which I absolutely love, and when combined with booze the answers (certainly in our little crew) get cruder and more hilarious as the game progresses.
Yesterday, I found a cheap second-hand box of "More Balderdash" in my favourite antique shop, and opened it this morning to find two wonderful surprises. Firstly, the game board consists of the most enchanting alphabet-themed illustrations I've seen in ages (to the point where I'm considering framing it!) and, secondly, the box contained a whole bundle of answers from the previous owner- some of which were pretty hilarious.
|Wherever you are, Edd, I salute you.|
2. Reminders of summer
My Mum recently gave me a sample of this Statement Brighton wallpaper from B&Q because she thought it would remind me of glorious summers I've had (and still hope to have) in Brighton. I decided to frame it and add it to the ever-expanding gallery of oddities in our hallway.
3. Even more cordial
After recently becoming just a little bit obsessed with my hot elderflower punch recipe, I was ecstatic to find out Bottlegreen now do a much wider range of flavours including Strawberry & Elderflower, Mixed Berry, and Lime & Coconut. Nom nom nom.
I was particularly excited to discover the Mixed Berry flavour, because it tastes like non-alcoholic mulled wine. I am a big fan of things that taste like mulled wine, which is why I am always telling cold-y/flu-y people about Wild Berry and Hot Orange Lemsips; they taste sooo much better than the lip-puckeringly sour lemon ones (which I am pretty sure were made by mothers to check if their little darlings were truly ill or just faking it to escape school. There's no way I'd drink a lemon Lemsip unless I was seriously ill).
4. Musings from the Pigeon's Nest
The lovely Shiny Pigeon is back from her blogging break; posting pictures of her beautiful new very-own-house all tarted up for Festivemas, vlogging about Sylvanian families, and sharing more of her thrifty craft tips. Hurrah!
5. Love notes on my coffee
I don't mean I found a handwritten declaration of love from the kid who works in my local Costa (just as well, really- I'm basically old enough to be his mother!), but instead discovered a poem on a can of iced coffee I bought to accompany my pre-theatre dinner at Pompoko on Friday.
|The bits obscured by the label read "I love..."|
6. 10,000 page views
Earlier this week I reached 10,000 page views on my blog. I know that it's a drop in the blogging ocean compared to some, but I'm still feeling stick-it-on-the-fridge-Mum proud. As a thank you to all you lovely readers, I'm running a competition to win a custom cross-stitch of your choice, made by me! All you have to do is leave a comment on my Giveaway blog post by Saturday 21 December.
I've realised that giving a completely free choice on the design of the prize might be a bit overwhelming so I thought I'd post a few ideas below, in case you'd been put off entering until you'd chosen what you'd like to see immortalised in cross-stitch:
- Up to two Emily Peacock carnival letters of your choice, in the style of my Circus cross-stitch, with an ampersand in the middle if you want the initials of a pair of love-birds.
- Any of the designs from threadless.com, made using lots of thread (like my zombie Wizard of Oz sampler).
- Your favourite saying, quote, or joke; or something personal to you
What have you discovered, or re-discovered, recently? I'd love to hear!