This is it…my Frugally Fabulous Year is hitting the halfway mark – and WHAT A YEAR IT HAS BEEN SO FAR! I guess, like everyone, there have been some great bits and some not so great bits! But I’m really excited to see what the rest of the year brings…
May: The Month That Was…
So that was May – a month of accent walls, true colours, larking back to my teenage years, wanting to be Mrs Emma Reznor all over again, the world’s biggest knitting needles, DIY Gardening, lovely bloggers, big changes and exciting developments! I often find myself holed up making big plans and half-starting them, May was definitely a month for that as well!
I got back into the reading flow this month too – I’ve set myself a challenge over on Goodreads to read 20 books by the end of the year (not including such avid titles as ‘The Little Go-To-Sleep Book’, ‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea’ and ‘That’s Not My Fairy’) – which doesn’t sound like a lot, but it can be difficult to squeeze some time in for relaxing and reading – but it remains one of my most favourite ways to wind down! Anyway, May saw me complete my 6th and 7th titles this year:
The World According To Bob by James Bowen: Having had the pleasure of meeting this loveable and unlikely duo, I was really excited to follow more of Streetcat Bob and James’ journey from Big Issue sellers to stars in their own right. A heartwarming tale of hope, survival and the most incredible journey for a most unlikely pairing.
The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon: Zafon is, without a doubt, a huge influence as an author. His poetic writing and magical stories are second to none. The Prince of Mist was his first published novel, written for a YA audience. Zipping through this in just a few days, I found the gritty and fantastical story of Max and his adventures that lead him to the grimacing and frightening Prince of Mist. Moody, atmospheric with a tale of innocence and love interwoven in the reams of fright, this is a must-read.
Currently Reading: Moranthology by Caitlin Moran: Hilarious, poignant in places and a most unglamorous interpretation of a seemingly glamorous career – Moran keeps it real, whilst keeping it hysterical!
I’m definitely feeling as if the blogging mojo is returning a little, after a slumpy period, I’ve started making plans and even getting more creative! I launched my #Project34 last month – an opportunity to get back some creative time and start making bits and pieces for myself and the home. Check out my mini tutorials for the Novice Drawstring Bag and Rustic Garden Tealight Holders, not to mention my Cross Stitch Poetry. Not only that, I embarked on a little secret project/challenge that I’ll be able to share more of later this month!
I also got to grips with some advertising space on the blog – if you fancy being one of my ‘beautiful people’ check out my sponsor page and get in touch!
And to top off a fantastic month, we had another amazing turnout for our latest #MidsBlogMeet. What started off as a conversation between the wonderful Kelly from To Become Mum and I, has led to us organising and hosting two fabulous meet-ups with some wonderful bloggers from around the Midlands. Our latest was a beauty-focused meet which took place in Birmingham, read all about it tomorrow. A huge thank you to everyone who came along and to our lovely speakers Jo and Suzie for their informative and wonderful talks!
May: The Month That Was….Instagrammed
I’ve been keeping myself so busy lately, if you follow me on Instagram you’ll be aware that I was on a NIN-countdown for most of the month (my absolute favourites) and, let’s just say they didn’t disappoint! Totally worth the 15 year wait to see T-Rez live! So, with that in mind, I thought I’d take my favourite Insta-pics from the last month and let them speak for themselves! If you’re on Instagram – be sure to give me a follow!
Well, this month I’m in full swing with making and shaking for the wardrobe and the home. Plus, I’m very excited to share with you that I am going to be part of White Tree Fabric’s Blog Team. Keep your eyes peeled for more posts and info about this coming up – but I’m excited to be working with them and I’ll have my first White Tree Fabric Post coming shortly!
Not only that – a new month can only mean one thing, a new #CraftBlogClub challenge! All will be revealed TOMORROW EVENING!
That aside, I’ve been getting stuck into some interesting articles, falling back in love with my sewing machine (though I think she needs a name…) and getting more creative on a tiny budget. Fancy it? Then be sure to give us a follow on Bloglovin to be kept up to date with all the latest Frugally Peachy news!
I’m also planning to take a break in July to complete #PeachysWritingMarathon, and I’m still looking for a couple of guest posts – fancy it? Give me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas!
I think that’s about it for now folkies – as ever thank you for reading, let’s smash the hell out of June, shall we??!
Stay Peachy x