Crafts and Giggles

As children, we have many opportunities to do crafts. But our fast-paced adult lives make it almost impossible to find a moment to focus on some more creative activities. I have always liked crafts, so when I got an invitation from Bournemouth Bloggers to attend a flower crown making event by Crafts and Giggles, I immediately said yes.

Crafts and Giggles is an independent company run by the adorable and talented Katie, who offers different kinds of craft workshops – you can see the selection of workshops here. She studied Art at Bournemouth University and is now providing her services at hen parties, birthdays, children’s parties and even corporate events. She mainly works in Dorset, but she also gets invited to other parts of England.

Katie in her workshop in Poole

Katie, who is also a blogger, taught us how to make flower crowns by using silk flowers, metal wires and self adhesive tape. Not only was it a creative activity, but also a mindful session which helped us to concentrate. In the era of the internet and being bombarded by too much information, being able to focus on one thing is priceless and necessary.

I chose white and pink flowers for my crown from tons of other colours provided by Katie. You can see some other colourful crowns created by Bournemouth Bloggers below.
As you can see, we enjoyed crown making a lot. Don’t we all look like mysterious nymphs? 😀 Emma, Maria, Lauren, me, Emma, Alice and Ciara (if you click on their names, you’ll be redirected to their fantastic blogs).
A ray of sunshine passing through a window in Katie’s office in Poole.
With Lauren from
http://www.laurenlovesblog.co.uk/

I would really recommend Crafts and Giggles to everyone who wants to have some fun while doing meaningful and creative activities. Even though we are Bournemouth Bloggers and usually use our phones all the time during events, this time we put down our phones for over one hour and immersed ourselves in the activity of flower crown making. I can only reassure you that your children will love it and so will adults.

A glamorous photo of Bournemouth bloggers in their flower crowns on the stairs.

A very green post.

If I were forced to choose only one colour of clothes to wear for the rest of my life it would probably be green – in particular khaki. I think it’s elegant and it also intensifies the colour of my eyes. I probably have too many khaki clothes! Green is obviously the predominant colour of nature, and while looking through the pictures of Bournemouth and the surrounding area I have taken over the last 3 months, I noticed that I’d captured beautiful shades of my favourite khaki on stones, pine trees, boats and others. In this blog post you’ll see those photos containing shades of green and read about the symbolism of this colour.

Seaweed covering big stones. Mudeford in Christchurch.

I know it’s a sweeping generalisation to say that certain colours evoke characteristic emotions in people, but according to the psychology of colours, our favourite shades may say a lot about our personalities. (Check your favourite colour here).

Mudeford in Christchurch. Swans and the edge of the water covered in seaweed
Pine trees in Poole.

The colours we choose for our bedrooms and living rooms can significantly influence our mood. Colours are also extremely important in marketing campaigns (see here). Green evokes a feeling of health, peace, calm and stability. Marketers use green in branding to emphasize that they are trustworthy and reliable.

Stones covered in seaweed at Sandbanks are a beautiful backdrop for photos. Green is the colour of stability and safety. I can describe myself as someone who does not like changes and is not so keen on getting out of her comfort zone. Is that why I love green so much?
The sunset hiding behind monstrous green stones. Mudeford, Christchurch.
Green juice at Wagamama. Mine was made from kale, apple and celery – which is considered to be a super food due to its healthy properties.
Seaweed covering an abandoned boat in Poole Harbour.
A pine tree and a cloudless blue sky. Poole.
Green is also the symbol of money, greed, ambition and jealousy. I tend to be overambitious and competitive, and my perfectionism drives me crazy. I also admit to being jealous at times (my look in this picture says it all)…but I prefer to say I am ‘passionate’ 😉
A view from our living room. I consider myself lucky to be waking up to this view of green pine trees and Meyrick Park.
Finally, a picture of the book Live Green by Jen Chillingsworth, which changed my everyday life and nasty habits into better, more environmentally friendly ones. It shows easy ways of living ‘green’ and feeling good about your everyday choices, from shopping to cleaning. My blog post about buying local and loose produce in Bournemouth greengrocers was written after reading this book. You can find it here.

If you were to choose only one colour, what would it be? Does the symbolism of your favourite colour match with your personality traits?

Greengrocers in Bournemouth – produce without plastic.

No, I’m not an environmentalist and no, I don’t want to preach in this blog post about the devastating consequences of omnipresent plastic waste. We all know it’s bad. But I do feel I have a moral responsibility to reduce my personal plastic usage. Buying fruit and veggies without plastic packaging at your local greengrocers is a simple way of cutting down on plastic. In this post, you’ll see photos of nude… fruit & veg 😉 from three greengrocers in Bournemouth: Sunrise Organics in the Triangle, Metro Market in Charminster and Roebridge Farm Shop in Winton.

Which carrots do you think look better – nude or wrapped? For me, nude is best! #chooseloose because you create good consumer habits.

I used to shop only at supermarkets, mainly Lidl and M&S, and each time while unpacking greens at home, I felt as if I was throwing away tons of plastic. I started visualising the bigger scale of the problem when I thought about every single household doing the same thing. According to a major study, “supermarkets are flooding Britain with 59 billion pieces of plastic packaging a year.” You can read the full article here.

Nude organic bananas from Sunrise Organic. Shopping locally has become really important to me.

While some supermarkets are slowly introducing positive changes, you’ll find more fruit and veggies without plastic at your local greengrocer or a market. We, the customers, create the demand, so let’s start shopping at local independent greengrocers and choosing loose!

Cabbages at Sunrise Organics.

My nearest greengrocer is called Sunrise Organics. They are a vegan health food store and have a philosophy of selling only organic products and have an environmentally-friendly policy of zero plastic. The staff are very helpful and will guide you through all the products that are available at the shop. You will find only basic fruit and veg at Sunrise Organics, but they are all organic. There are other fantastic products without plastic packaging there such as spices, pasta, nuts, and rice. Photos below.

Ginger, garlic, and turmeric. I didn’t know that turmeric roots looked like that. I only knew it as a yellowish powder, so it was nice to discover something new.
Squash is still in season! If you want to eat a nice sandwich with cashew nut cream cheese and mashed squash, go to the South Coast Roast Cafe 😉
No plastic packaging. Spices in glass jars!
You can put loose nuts in the paper bags provided at the shop, or buy reusable ones on the internet. I bought mine here.
My new discovery – black and brown rice bought at Sunrise Organics.

I might be crazy, but I simply adore looking at boxes filled with loose greens. The abundance of colours and shapes is astounding. The following veg comes from Roebridge Farm Shop in Winton, which sells fresh local produce. When you visit them, you feel as if you were surrounded by a rainbow. I have been there a couple of times, but my colleague shops there regularly and is very complimentary about their produce.

Back to your roots! #chooseloose
You can make a fantastic soup made from swede – recipe here.
A picture of my creamy swede soup – it really tastes fantastic!
Cauliflower is currently in season. #chooseloose
I know, I know – you can see some plastic, but it’s up to you what you select, so #chooseloose fruit & veg! Roebridge Farm Shop in Winton.

I also love shopping for greens at Metro Market in Charminster, especially since they have a variety of olives. Most fruit and veg in the Metro Market comes without plastic packaging. Yes!

Olives sold at Metro Market.
This funny vegetable is called fennel. It’s crunchy and gives nice texture when added to salads. What’s more, it looks a little bit like a human’s heart, doesn’t it? Will you put your heart and soul into making sure you #chooseloose?
Mandarin sunshine from Metro Market in Charminster.

I hope I have encouraged some of you to search for a greengrocer in your area and that I have convinced you to join my #chooseloose campaign. What are favourite greengrocers in Bournemouth? Do you think about choosing loose greens when you have an option?