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Burlesque

So as part of my trying something new, and stepping out of my comfort zone adventures this year i have been taking Burlesque lessons.

Thats right Burlesque, though think less Cher & Christina and more Dita…….I Wish

I enrolled myself on a beginners course being ran by the Devine Lady Wildflower, 8 weeks of learning to walk, pose, remove gloves…… you get it right.

We are half way through and so far I’m loving it. Lady Wildflower has such a positive teaching style and not only looks to teach us to dance but also to love ourselves a little more and to shake of the feelings of embarrassment and boost our confidence.

So very week i don my heels ( a rarity for me), put on my gloves and sassily strut like no-ones watching!

 

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A Joanie Christmas 

Last week I attended an event at Sugar Junction (manchester) hosted by the lovely ladies from Joanie Clothing.

There were lots of treats Prosecco, mulled wine and luxury miniature hot chocolate, cakes and sandwiches.

Rails of beautiful clothes and accessories. The foxy scarf being a particular favourite of mine.

Knit wear come in sizes s-xxl

blouses and skirts and dresses  8-22 (up to 26 on selected items)

Fox scarf – purchase here

Star dress – purchase here

Sparkle skirt – purchase here

I also took up the opportunity to learn Calligraphy with Joyce from Artsynibs. Not bad if I say so myself


Following the event I treated myself to a few bits 

Lip print blouse-purchase here

Astrid bag – purchase here
Now knit jersey – purchase here

Now do I also buy the foxy scarf………
Although I was invited to the event I was not paid for this post, all items were purchased by myself and all opinions are my own

Crafts and Christmas

So last week I popped along to Paperchase in Manchester to one of their craft sessions. On the top floor of the store they have a little area set aside for crafting and projects.

The session I attended centred around gift tags, perfect coming up to the Christmas period.

The lovely ladies showed us how to use die cutting and foiling to create our own personal tags. So much fun and so many templates to choose from. 

Over the next few weeks there are various sessions covering the different crafts from geometric garlands, gingerbread house gift boxes, Christmas cards, crackers etc with prices between £5-£20 depending on the session.

The team also run kids crafting parties.

 

If you are interested in attending any of the sessions then pop along, dates, times and details below and the team can be contacted on projectcraftmanchester@paperchase.co.uk

They say a picture paints 1000 words…..

As some of you may know I am following blogging 101 daily assignments and today while updating my About page I was reminded how awkward I always find it to write about who I am? I’m that person who during the ice breaker in meetings when asked to come up with an interesting fact about myself find that I’m suddenly wishing I had 6 toes or something similar to say.
Alas I do not, so I end up reeling of my obsession with learning.  And not even in a PHD sense.
As in evening classes, over the past few years I have learnt sign language, pottery, watercolour painting.
And this year digital photography and manipulation.
I am a modern day jack of all trades and the very definition master of none. 
it. However i have enjoyed all these classes and hoping to develop the photography one more.
So here were my final portfolio pieces
Digital images
Theme: Reflections

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Digital manipulation
Theme : Reflections

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I am confident I possess a hidden skill, but so far I haven’t found it. Oh well always next year

Italia, the end…. and the beginning

Welcome back so where were we? oh yes so moving on from beautiful Florence it’s just another quick (ish) train ride to Venice. nothing could prepare me for just how stunning this city is. even more so i was surprised by the water, now don’t get me wrong i knew the city is built around the grand canal with plenty of little of shoots, but i was surprised by how far into the city these went, but i loved it.

The hotel was a lovely quiet canal, a 10 minute walk from the station with rooms overlooking one of the canals. the room had a gorgeous 4 poster bed, a first for me and shutters instead of curtains outside the large french windows which led to a balcony. The staff also left  helpful hints to enjoy Venice by!

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one of the main attractions in the city is the Doges Palace, which along with housing a lot of interesting historical artifacts and information about the city and its leading family’s it also houses the dungeons Cassanova escaped from in 1756, definitely worth a visit on any trip to the city

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there are many different modes of transportation on offer in the city, walking is the cheapest, fastest and best way to explore all the nooks and crannies, water taxi is by far the most expensive but will get you close to main streets.Alternatively there is the waterbus which is relatively chap and has stops at most of the major sites around he city, prices start from 7 euro for a one way trip or you can buy tourist passes which allow unlimited usage over 1-2 days for 20-30 euros.

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However you absolutely cannot visit the city without taking a gondola ride . Prices start from 80 euros per boat ( which can seat upto 6). there are gondola stations all over the city and near to many of the major bus routes. any are manned by gondoliers in uniform and there are sometimes a range of routes on offer at varying price increases. I’m guessing that demand differs through the year, as it was January dusk seemed the best time to view the city as the sun falls and the lights come on.

This was a once in a lifetime experience and a city i will never forget

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So it is arrivederci to Italy and……. well who knows where next

Italia travels part 2

As part of my recent tour de Italia, after leaving Rome i headed north to Florence. Utilising  the countries fantastic rail links  and treating myself to  first class ticket for around 63 euros (£46 approx) and well worth the money, complimentary drinks and sack, reclining chairs, and ooodles of legroom and space.

Arriving in to Florence and checking into my hotel for the stay, the Atlantic Palace, pleasant little hotel, near to the train station and Florence central, very reasonably priced for the bed and breakfast option. the room had cute little old fashioned touches to

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After finding out that Pisa was only a short train ride away and leaving the luggage it was back to the station then of to Pisa. once exiting the station the walk to the tower is about 20-30 minutes, and to be honest i didnt see much else along the way so unless you know of some other hidden gems this trip is half a day at most.

arriving at the Tower and adjacent building site you cannot help but be in awe of the structure and of course attempt to ‘hold it up’

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Back in Florence the following morning, i headed to the Galleria Dell’ Accademia to see David. It has always been a dream of mine to see this statue and you cannot pass a souvenir shop in Florence with out his image being projected.

the Gallery hold many other fine works of art but there is a certain buzz in the hall where the statue is housed. the detail on this piece is second to none and could have happily spent a few hours taking it all in

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and of course a trip to the Art district could not be complete without seeing some Botticelli, and whee better the in the Uffizi Gallery, 2 of my favourite and possibly famous pieces are the Birth of Venus and Spring

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Crammed all of the above into just 24 hours was hard work but worth it.

The it was back n the train and on the way too………..

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