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!

 

A Very Merry Christmas Mixtape – Curated by YOU!

very merry Christmas mixtape

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear – can I get an amen? Buddy the Elf might be on to something here because I sure feel more festive after singing along to some of my favourite seasonal songs!

I know that a lot of you feel the same way, so I took to Instagram to find out YOUR most-loved Christmas songs and I loved reading the responses.

Music has such an important and memorable part to play in our big celebrations, so why should Christmas be any different? I enjoyed reading (and listening to!) everyone’s top picks so much that I decided to put them together into our very own playlist!

So, here’s a Very Merry Christmas Mixtape – curated by you guys (with a couple of my favourites thrown in, too)…

You Make it Feel Like Christmas by Gwen Stefani (selected by @foreverhomeinspiration)

Last Christmas by Wham! (selected by @ashleymunster and @thegirlinthetartanscarf)

All Alone on Christmas by Darlene Love (selected by @garytroublewith)

Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses (selected by @humunculous_, @colourscarousel, @misscuppy, @glasgowfoodgeek, @gert1957, @rachiebaby, @lalatracyfaye)

Fairytale of New York by The Pogues (selected by @lindagraham59, @honeypopkisses and @st_mango)

Do They Know it’s Christmas by Band Aid (selected by @misscuppy and @amy_claireee)

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee (selected by @cleovantine)

Sleight Ride by The Ronettes (selected by @cleovantine)

Winter by Tori Amos (selected by @washu_domo)

Home For the Holidays by Emmy The Great & Tim Wheeler (selected by @emusingemma)

It’s Christmas and I Hate You by Josh Weller and Paloma Faith (selected by @gert1957)

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Frank Sinatra (selected by @jamesvsburger and @clortycatcrafts – who recommended all of the Rat Pack Christmas songs!)

Merry Christmas Everyone by Shakin’ Stevens (selected by @ladykrw and @feeharvmakeup)

Step Into Christmas by Elton John (selected by me!)

Jingle Bell Rock by Brian Setzer Orchestra (also selected by me!)

Oh Santa! By Mariah Carey (selected by me, though there were one or two shouts for Mariah by you guys, too!)

very merry Christmas mixtape

Aaaaaand: JAZZ HANDS! 

I’m sure you’ll agree we’ve put together a pretty fabulous playlist, right? And I also think we can agree that Christmas Wrapping is a firm favourite. You might have some (or all!) of these songs already – but just in case you haven’t, I’ve put together our Very Merry Christmas Mixtape over on Tidal! You can listen to it here. 

Thanks to everyone who joined in the fun and put their suggestions forward, I hope you enjoy listening to everyone else’s selections too!

This is my last post until after the festivities, so I hope you have an awesome time over the next week and I’ll be back here very soon. Happy Christmas!

DIY Costume Idea: Tina Belcher

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“Hi, I’m Tina. I like horses, music and boys”.

Of all the things I love about Halloween, dressing in costume ranks pretty high on my list. It doesn’t take much for me to dress in theme (off to the movies? You know I’ll be rocking a popcorn necklace. And my love for DisneyBounding knows no, um, bounds…) so, at this time of year, I can really throw myself into any idea that comes to me!

My inspiration tends to come from some of my favourite TV and film characters – I much prefer that over trying to frighten people (plus, let’s face it, I’m about as scary as a slice of pie!) and I can also show my appreciation for what I’ve been binge-watching lately.

Last year’s Halloween ensemble was put together very quickly – we had friends coming over and  little time to spare. I still managed to pull it off with items I already had at home, making it a very easy costume idea!

It really didn’t take much convincing for me to dress as Tina Belcher, a character from one of my most-watched TV shows, Bob’s Burgers. Who DOESN’T want to be Tina for the day? Heck, with her confidence, sass and courage I kinda want to be Tina every day!

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Want to put your own Tina Belcher outfit together? You will need:

  • a blue tee
  • a blue skirt
  • glasses
  • white knee socks
  • black sneakers
  • a yellow hair clip
  • a look of despair
  • …and I added a burger-shaped handbag (which Tina doesn’t actually use, but I thought would be a fun touch!)

It helped that I also have a similar haircut to Tina, so if you don’t, a black bobbed wig might need to be added into the mix. Other than that, you’re good to go! As Tina would say, “Time for the charm bomb to explode”!

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I’d love to know if you decide to dress like Tina Belcher for Halloween this year. As for me? I’m still deciding, but you can keep up to date with whatever I decide on over on Instagram