13.11.16

What I Spend My Weekends Doing In Yorkshire




If you're still experiencing balmy autumn days with jumpers tied loosely around your waist and sunglasses on top of your head, you may not have heard about the recent news that sent shock waves through Yorkshire this week just gone. Nope, I'm not talking about the American election (god knows that's been spoken about enough), but the news of snow. Snow.

One thing I've been most excited about since moving up North has been the prospect of a 'proper winter'. How early this winter would occur, I didn't know. Whispers of 'have you seen the weather for Tuesday night?' rippled around work and I excitedly refreshed my weather app ever 20 minutes. There was no doubt about it. Snow, 'double snowflake' on a black cloud snow. For HOURS overnight. We discussed the snow policy. We spoke about what we'd spend our impromptu day off doing. I had visions of reading on the sofa under the window, slowly watching a white carpet rise up the windowsill. It felt like snow. Sharp cold that wraps itself around your knees.

On Wednesday morning I leapt out of bed like a child from a Disney cartoon in the 1950s. I flung the curtains open to... BUGGER ALL. Not a single snowflake. THANKS, MET OFFICE. What a blowing disappointment. I'm still not over it, clearly.

16.10.16

Snug Candles is Open!


Oh, how this feels like a long time coming!

If you've been a reader of Snug for a while now, you'll know that just under two years ago I put together this post about making candles for Christmas. You know, living in London and wanting to do something crafty in the winter months, it made sense! I salvaged every empty jam jar going and used a million and one different graphics ideas on Pic Monkey for my labels. It was like a Blue Peter mad house in the cabin, I can tell you. I melted and mixed any number of oil combinations to recreate scents I remembered from my childhood; that feeling of quiet contemplation before bed; the heady scent of a summer garden; throwing freshly washed sheets on the bed.

It was a stab in the dark, but I loved doing it. Even when a bottle of essential oil slipped out of my hands onto the electric hob - whoosh! Up it went in flames. Thank god for those 'anti-fire' ads in the late 90s. Our little wooden cabin was saved with a wet tea towel and I escaped with singed hair and a pump of adrenaline!

I always come back to making candles. I've adapted and changed them in various forms for many a month now and in the past few weeks, it's all come together. Over summer myself and Muma Snug worked on stock in the kitchen, branding was sorted and a concept decided upon. Ladies and gentleman - Snug Candles is open on Etsy!

4.10.16

The Most Colourful Girl Gang in Town


Wow! Just look as this colourful bunch.

I thought it was high time I dedicated a blog post to the fantastically bright and brilliant ladies I spent a Sunday with the other week. I know, I know, you're thinking 'the other week?! That's a MILLENNIA in blogging time!' Oh my god, I know, I'm awful, but but but... I've been really busy?! I HAVE been really busy. Not so busy that I have had literally no time to blog, but so busy that when I do have free time, I let my brain switch off and my body just sinks into the sofa with no desire to pick up a laptop. Well let me tell you friends - that time is NO MORE. 

My first month in Yorkshire has been a massive process of adapting to a new place/new job/new flat/new working life. I'm sure most of you know by now, but I'm a teacher in my day job and THE RUMOURS ARE TRUE. It is legit exhausting. I don't work crazy long hours, but when I come home I pretty much step into my pyjamas at the same time as taking my shoes off. 

It's scary and exciting moving to a new place. A new place that's really far from anywhere you've lived before. A place where you don't know anyone. Where the accent is weird and no one can place where I'm from. It's daunting. Massively so. But, you know what's made it a whole lot better? Getting to meet those lovely lot above.  

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