About 12 months ago I attempted to start a regular blog to spread the word about items, places & events of interest that I have recently discovered. Whilst I have continued to try to do this via twitter I found I just didn’t have the time to do this with the blog. However I am now going to give it another go with ‘My Friday Five’ – maybe not every week but on a regular basis.
‘My Friday Five’ will reflect my interests so expect to see plenty about sewing, Bristol, cafes, food & drink, supporting local & independent businesses and a few random items for good measure! As Bristol is the European Green Capital for 2015 there will be a green tint to it too!
So in no specific order…
- Spring is definitely in the air as the Little Wedding Space is back with a 3rd pop-up to showcase the best of the South-West’s wedding suppliers – opening today (6th Feb) in Quakers Friars, for 3 weeks only. If you are getting married this year or have any links to the wedding industry it will be well worth a visit. This is a unique venture founded by the very talented Kirsten @weddinghelperuk and Ruth @RGPhotography1 so everything about it will be stylish & lovely!
- It probably won’t have escaped your notice that this week saw the start of this year’s Great British Sewing Bee on the BBC! My top tip for staying completely up to date with this series is to check out The Sewing Directory website. Fiona goes to lots of trouble to source & provide links to fabrics, patterns & other resources featured in each episode – she’s also up to speed on the gossip too! If you like sewing, you’ll love this website.
- January was almost over before I discovered Jen’s Make Me a Wardrobe sew-along #mmaw2015 but, as I am in desperate need of some new clothes & really want to find time to do some dress making for myself, I am going to join in the goal of making one item of clothing each month this year (+ a catch up item for January). I first met Jen in 2012 when she came along to one of our Dress-a-Girl charity days at the café – she was then in the midst of her Make Do & Mend Year and since then her website has grown into a fantastic inspiration for sustainable family living. To help us get started Jen has put together an extensive list of suppliers where you will find ethical, organic & recycled fabric & haberdashery which is well worth a look too.
- It’s great to see that Time Out has finally arrived for Bristol! There are already some fantastic local what’s on guides & twitter feeds but if adding another helps to spread the word further about the delights of living in Bristol that just has to be a good thing!
- Now that I am no longer running my own cafe I am enjoying venturing out to the many independent cafes, that have sprung up across Bristol in the last couple of years, in search of GREAT coffee, tea & cake. My first Friday Five mention has to be for a new neighbour @ the well café & laundrette on Cheltenham Road. It has a lovely relaxed atmosphere & the pretty china & homemade cakes make me feel right at home. They also run a weekly knitting club on Tuesday evenings which we were warmly welcomed to when we took our monthly Knit & Stitch group to join them in January. We shall be there again this Tuesday evening for our February catch up – maybe see you there?