Learn Something New This Year: Glasgow Workshops & Classes You Need to Try

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Hola, friends! A few weeks back you may remember that I was chatting all about jumping into 2018 with positive intentions and seeing the shiny potential that lies in the months ahead – and my first suggestion was about trying something new! Now, that sentiment can take many different forms BUT one practical way you can really throw yourself into something new and exciting is by signing up for a course or event.

Lately, I’ve noticed quite a few Glasgow workshops & classes have launched for this year and wanted to tell you about the ones that caught my eye and look particularly fun! Whether you’re looking to build a new skill, or just want to spend some free time doing something different, I think you’ll love the look of these.

Here are the Glasgow workshops & classes you need to know about…

Vanilla Ink’s Jewellery School 

With 35 years of combined experience in the jewellery industry, Vanilla Ink’s Kate and Scott have created a comprehensive programme of learning to suit everyone from beginners to more advanced students in their Glasgow workshop. Silver jewellery, stone setting and wax carving are just a few of the awesome classes they offer – check out the full range here!

Papercup’s Barista Basics 

If you love coffee and have always wanted to learn how the pros make that perfect cup, the team at Papercup have you covered with their Barista Basics evenings. Over a 3-hour event, you’ll pick up a mix of theory, history and practical work (including those elusive latte art techniques!) and walk away with an increased knowledge of espresso-based coffee – and maybe a little bit of a caffeine buzz too…

Sew, De-stress and be Social with Sew Confident 

My bestie is one of these clever cookies that can make her own clothes. Like, she’s AMAZING. As in, made her own wedding dress amazing. Do you ever look at that kind of talent and feel a bit in awe? Well, Sew Confident have set up a one-stop shop for upskilling on all things sewing, with crafty classes that cover crocheting, quilting and oodles of clothes and accessories. They also promote sewing as a social hobby that can help you to de-stress and have fun! Find out more about what they do and how to book here.

Laura Elizabeth Patrick’s Brush Lettering 

If your handwriting is more Comic Sans than calligraphy, and you’ve always wanted to learn how to form beautiful lettering, I think Laura’s class will be just your cup of tea! Suitable for first-timers or experienced inkers, this hands-on event will teach you how to create letters with a brush, a pot of black ink and some new know-how. These are one-off classes and there are still spaces available for the March event, so hop to it!

Jewellery Making Workshops with Bonnie Bling

I first revealed Bonnie Bling’s new jewellery making workshops in this post, and, having been along and made my very own charm necklace at Mhairi’s first event, I couldn’t recommend spending an afternoon (or morning for that matter!) of Blinging and blethering enough! Bonnie Bling have just announced more classes and I have a feeling there will be even more to come. If bright, tongue-in-cheek accessories are your bag, this one’s for you!

Let’s make 2018 the year we push ourselves out of our comfort zones (and have a blast while we do it!). And please give me a shout if you give any of these Glasgow workshops, classes and events a go – I’d love to hear how you get on!

 

3 Glasgow Festivals to Get Excited About in 2018

Glasgow Festivals

One of the things that makes Glasgow such a vibrant and exciting city is its range of festivals and cultural events each year. From celebrating all things vintage, to honouring the humble cheese toastie, Glasgow festivals are an eclectic force to be reckoned with – if you can name it, we probably have a weekend dedicated to it!

Dates for this year’s programmes have been announced and, as well as events I’ve previously mentioned here like Merchant City Festival, there are quite a few others that I’ve been scribbling in my diary. In case you’re planning a visit to the city this year, or just fancy a nosey at what’s on, I thought I’d share a few favourites today!

Here are 3 Glasgow festivals to get excited about in 2018…

Glasgow Film Festival (21st February to 4th March): There are SO MANY reasons why this year’s edition of Glasgow Film Festival is set to be awesome. Firstly, they’re kicking things off with the UK premiere of Wes Anderson’s new movie, Isle of Dogs. There’s also a special screening of Clueless (OMG *I* love Josh!!) at SWG3, a night of Big Lebowski-themed bowling and let’s not forget every horror junkie’s favourite weekender: Frightfest. For even more listings and all tickets head over here!

Southside Fringe (11th to 27th May): To me, the most impressive thing about Southside Fringe is the fact that it is a community organised arts and music event. There are no giant corporations or public bodies running this rodeo, it’s volunteers that genuinely want to raise the profile of a fantastic area and the talent within it – and you gotta admit, that’s pretty amazing! I hear this year’s Fringe is going to be made up of over 200 events in 50 venues, so keep an eye on their website and all will be revealed…

Glasgow Coffee Festival (19th & 20th May): I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Glasgow loves coffee! This two-day caffeinated extravaganza is usually a sell-out and is run by the city’s own Dear Green Coffee Roasters. Expect the very best of Glasgow’s coffee culture in the form of masterclasses, presentations, competitions, tastings and much more. If speciality coffee is your bag, this one is DEFINITELY for you – but you better be quick to snap up a ticket!

Will you be heading along to any of the Glasgow Festivals this year? Do you love Josh? And if you could put on your own festival, what would the theme be?

Glasgow Southside Coffee Shops You Must Visit

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According to the little note in my planner, today is National Coffee Day – and yeah, I know, EVERY DAY IS COFFEE DAY around here! But I’m never one to turn away a bit of novelty, or an excuse to get in the spirit of things, so I thought it would be a brilliant opportunity to share some more fabulous local cafes with you guys!

If you’ve been hanging around here a while, you may remember this guide to my favourite places to grab a cup of the hot, dark stuff that I posted a while back. Since that post, there have been some new arrivals – and a couple in particular that I would love to talk about today.

So, in honour of National Coffee Day, here are two Glasgow Southside coffee shops to add to your must-visit list…

It All Started Here  |  75 Deanston Drive 

This speciality coffee shop opened in May this year, after previously popping up at different events, cafes and markets around town and getting tongues a-wagging. Their secret opening (or at least, I think it started as a secret…) was so popular that in just a few short months, It All Started Here has become a firm favourite with locals.

With an ever-changing line up of awesome guest roasts, home baking and light bites, there’s a lot to love about this cosy cafe. It’s only open on the weekends, but trust me when I say it’s worth waiting for all week!

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Southside Roasters  |  742 Pollokshaws Road 

Want to know how to catch my attention? Writing COFFEE in huge letters above your shop oughta do the trick! I couldn’t help but get excited about this place as I watched Southside Roasters get ready to open back in March. At the time, I didn’t know much, but I knew it involved coffee so I was already on board!

Along with some damn fine (and damn Instagrammable!) coffee, you’ll also find chocolate, sweet treats and a brunch-y type menu. This sunny, stylish coffee shop is just round the corner from Pot Luck, so you could hit up both in one day pretty easily and have a helluva time while doing so.

Having more Glasgow Southside coffee spots to choose from makes me very happy indeed – the more the merrier, I say! It All Started Here and Southside Roasters are two of my current favourites – any others I should add to my list?