29 April 2009

Letterpress {MIKA78}

Sorry for the lack of blog posts people, I've been mega busy with everything and nothing.

Anyway, I'm not sure if many of you are aware of my love for pretty things, but I do indeed love them! I am subscribed to a number of blogs that showcase many a selection of design and craft items of beautiful prettyness.

Now, I am nowhere near marriage, or any of that malarky, but I just had to share these beautiful collections of letterpress wedding stationery by MIKA78 with you - they are absolutely stunning!

{ Botanicals }

{ Romance }

{ In Love }

{ Joy }

{ The Quote }

{ Luxe }

{ Blossoms }

{ Spring }

{ Monogram }

So very beautiful. The company, run by Mimi Woo, is in the US and, after browsing the FAQ, I have no idea if they ship to the UK but when (if) I get married I only hope that a) this lady is still producing such wonderful work and b) they ship to the UK!

Hope you enjoyed drooling over them as much as I did.


22 April 2009

Blog Hunt

I saw this fun blog game of sorts posted on Coveiter's blog. And a Blog Hunt it is indeed, I repeatedly had to find blogs I liked and which fit the criteria; it was hard! But it did help me discover more blogolicious blogs. So maybe it will help you do the same.

Link a blogger who...

I missed two out -- a blogger who has a new baby and has an online shop -- as I didn't want to repeat or I couldn't find one.

Now it's your turn.


21 April 2009

Any Question Answered...

A friend and fellow blogger, Sigh-Man, mentioned he'd started working as a researcher for the text-and-answer company AQA: Any Question Answered. It does what it says on the tin, you have a question, text them (63336) and they'll answer it. Granted it costs about £1.

So after having a quick browse on their website today, I noticed they let you try one question for free delivered to your mobile...

So what did I decide to ask?
Of all the girls born in 1985, how many were named Jennifer?
Whaaaat?! It was all I could think of

Well, it didn't take them too long to reply -- about 12 minutes -- and this was the response;
5,787 girls born in the UK in 1985, were named Jennifer. The name is Welsh in origin and means fair one. Jennifer Rush sang The Power of Love in 1985.
That's nice to know. I never really texted one of these things before so thought I would share my experience with you.

What questions would you ask? Maybe you can even have a go and see what sort of answer you get.


20 April 2009

Free Cone Day!

It's not Friday but this is a freebie I just couldn't let you miss...

That's tomorrow!!

I shall be trying to get mine!

Click here for the website and to see participating outlets.


17 April 2009


I'm always nosey to see what other people's desks look like. We could've actually just put a full stop after the word nosey there.

So, anyway, maybe you lot are nosey peoples too. So I thought I would show you my desk or 'workstation'. I almost nearly didn't because I couldn't find it.

I now realise this photo is over a year old! I've since moved my computer and screen to the other side of the desk, so I have more desk space and more privacy. That massive water bottle has been replaced by 3 and the post-it notes -- which aren't actually sticky but I loved the rainbow colours! -- are now waaay into the red.

What does your 'workstation' look like?

16 April 2009

IE vs Firefox

OK so some of you might know what IE is? It's Internet Explorer. Good good. That's the terms explained.

Well, I've often read that when creating any sort of website, blog, etc., that you should check your CSS, HTML, XML, and so on in all the browsers that your readers/visitors might potentially use. In short: I didn't do that. I use Firefox and automatically assume that other internetees will realise it is the superior browser and follow suit. But, recently something very strange happened that lead me to realise that I really should have followed that advice.

After installing the updated version of Firefox3, it started to play funny beggars; all the images, including thumbnails, have suddenly become blurred. Initially, I thought it was my own eyes playing funny beggars but no, it's been going on for over a week now so I finally googled the issue. It is real but the exact reason, and it's associated solution, seems rather elusive. If any of you are using the new Firefox3 maybe you can verify that you can see the blurriness too?

Anyway, so I just thought I would compare how my blog looks with the blur in Firefox3 vs IE7 and it turns out that, as expected, the images aren't at all blurred -- yay! -- but, I do have several issues with my CSS/HTML! Arghhh! Get rid of IE7 - it is the devil. In IE7, there seems to be;
  • No peek-a-boo navbar, infact, no visible navbar at all!
  • A black, offensive text header saying 'Gingerella' which I told the browser to neglect
  • No dotted seperator between my Twitter updates
Fortunately, those are the only bugs I seem to be able to find and maybe they are easily fixable but, I just have no clue how to fix them. Does anyone have any experience with this that could help me? That's either the image blur problem in Firefox3, the CSS issues in IE7, or both! I would really appreciate it.

Other than a cry for help -- and to advise you to compare how your blog looks in all browsers -- this post was pretty useless.

A not very happy toodles!


EDIT 1: Woop woop! I fixed the Firefox3 blurry image bug.

One of the first things I read as the reason behind this bug was the Sticky Zoom feature; that is Firefox's ability to zoom in and out of a page by using the Ctrl + and Crtl - key combinations. I remember doing this recently so I guess that screwed it up.

So the solution:
  1. Open a new Firefox window
  2. In the address bar, type: about:config
  3. Search/filter for browser.zoom.siteSpecific preference name
  4. Double click on the preference to change its value to false (the default is “true”).
  5. Restart Firefox3
  6. Voila, all new pages are now reset to base normal zoom level
Please note: this may remove the page zooming facility.

I am still on the hunt for solutions to fix the IE7 bug(s). Wish me luck!


EDIT 2: I have sort of fixed some of these IE7 bugs, plus some others I found along the way. Now, in IE7;
  • the ugly, black header that kept coming up in IE7 is gone! This is done by adding display:none; to the #header h1{} and #header.description{} sections of the template.
  • I have removed the peek-a-boo navbar altogether so now in Firefox and IE7 you can see that ugly great thing in silver all the time. But I know it's more important to be able to get back to the Blogger homepage than aesthetics.
But I can't seem to fix the missing border in the Twitter updates widget in my left sidebar. It probably still looks OK without it though.

IE7 also had some issues with the comment section and text/spacing having incorrect sizing, the favicon is missing and it doesn't seem to handle justified text too well.

See, IE7 just sucks!

15 April 2009

Check in

I haven't blogged in a little while so just thought I would check in with you.

Not much happening really, so not much to blog about except I finally have some results that are worthy of analysis for my PhD! I got them over the Easter break and at the moment I don't fully understand why I have them. But I got very excited.

How was everyone's Easter break by the way? I didn't get any Easter eggs.

I am so very tired today, am yawning at my desk and finding it really hard to concentrate. I really need to take a nap but my bed is so far away.


10 April 2009


After seeing one of How About Orange posts on making fabric bookmarks I really wanted to make one . So when my 2008 diary -- with a fabric cover -- ran out, I decided to recycle it and make one as I loved the fabric pattern. Of course, the diary ran out months ago but I have finally gotten around to making the bookmark. The bookmarks tassle was actually from the diary itself, used for keeping the page.

Here, have a butchers at what I started with and the finished product.

It's Good Friday today but I was still supposed to (force myself to) go into uni. I decided to let myself sleep a little, then it was raining so decided to stay for lunch and go in for the afternoon... but I still haven't made it in.  *sheepish look* Making myself promises that I will do computer work from home and go into the lab tomorrow did seem to relieve my guilt shortly but I still haven't actually done anything and tomorrow is Saturday, so I don't know how confident I am that I will go in. But I have got to be firm!

Also, I don't know what's happened but a scratch I had just below the right side of my lip has turned into a small collection of hives. Maybe I got some hydrocortisone cream in it this morning; my skin is notorious for reacting and being sensitive to things! I've washed my face there and applied some e45 but now it's burning. I'm a little worried now, if I'm honest. Eek!

I've just been eating Nutella out of the jar. Bad idea, bad bad idea. I've already managed to get tummy ache (I'm lactose intolerant). I never used to really rate Nutella but it's actually pretty yum. Back to my glass of H2O.

09 April 2009

I vant, I vant!

I vant a digital SLR!! Gimmie gimmie gimmie!

I reckon I could afford to buy one. It would only make the rest of this month a bit of a pinch. Problem is, I have to sort out flights to Spain soon so could do with keeping the excess cash for now.

I clearly want it so much, the craziness is turning me Russian!

Well, that is all for now as I'm a busy bee today. Speaking of which, how cute are these Bee themed items on Etsy?! Well, I'll tell ya; too cute!

Amongst all the goodies, I've picked out hair clips, ponytail bobbles, a notebook, a nightlight, a bird house, a door hanger and a letterpress card.

07 April 2009



Get ready, because I'm going be a right chatterbox today! I have soooo much to blog about I just don't know where to start and whether I can get it all in one post, well one of a manageable reading size, at least. Although, I am sure, now that I have sat down to blog about it, it's all just gonna shoot right out of my head. But, I'll try.

I rather like compartmentalising things so I think I'll organise it that way.

What about Freebie Friday?!
OK, first off, you may have noticed there was no 'Freebie Friday 'on Friday. I wasn't here and wasn't able to post to my blog. I was in fact, already enjoying a 4-day weekend in Belfast, Ireland, as part of my birthday present from R.

I consider my life revolving around my PhD to be a negative, albeit a realistic, outcome of a PhD. Adding some variety to my monotonous life seemed like a good idea and the best ways of doing so were to take up a new hobby -- we all saw me take up cupcake baking -- or by doing something worthwhile with my time, perhaps something that might enhance my CV. So, cue volunteering!

I wasn't sure exactly what type of volunteering I wanted to do but I started with young people e.g. after school and homework clubs, library volunteering, youth work, that sort of thing but almost no-one got back to me or what I was looking for just didn't materialise. Then, I remembered when I was about 11, I used to be a girl guide. Now, I'm not sure if every knows what a girl guide is; it's basically a girl scout, but I'll let wikipedia explain the finer points. And so, I got my skates on and e-mailed around to get volunteering at the girl guides.

To cut a long story short, I've been doing it for 6 weeks now and I absolutely love it! Most of the girls are lovely and the hour and a half on Wednesday evenings just fly by. Plus, the other adult leaders -- yes, I'm an Adult Leader, in training at least -- are just lovely, roughly the same age as me and we always go for a drink or 2 at a local pub afterwards. Now, as much as the volunteering in itself is fun and beneficial for the girls and myself, what else is in it for me? Well, once I've completed my CRB check, I'll actually be working towards a Leadership Qualification. I've even got a uniform now. Oooh it's all so exciting!

Photography -- another new hobby?
My newly adopted hobbies don't stop at cupcake making or volunteering, oh no! I am now looking to dabble in a little digital photography specifically using SLR (single-lens reflex) technology and cameras. Unfortunately, SLR photography, for a long time, was the sort of technology used by professional photographers and enthusiasts, but it's now beginning to become more widespread, of which websites like Flickr are proof. This means now is the ideal time, financially, to get involved.

However, don't be fooled like I was, it doesn't come cheap. For a good starter kit -- that's a camera body, lens and the essential bits and bobs -- you're looking upwards of £250-300 and some can be more like £500! But, it's got to be worth it right? I don't know about you, but I've seen the calibre of photographs that SLR cameras produce...

...and it makes me green with envy that I don't have one at my disposal. ^_Those are the sort of photos I want to be taking!

So I'm going to get one! Luckily, I know 2 DSLR loving individuals; my brother James and a friend, Sigh-Man, who have given me wonderful advice on purchasing a starter kit and what to think about. I think I've set my eye on a Canon EOS 1000D -- yup, the numbers mean zip to me too -- for around £350 from Argos. Watch this space!

Beni marvellous!
After having so much fun there last year, I am going to the Spanish festival Benicassim in July again this year. I don't think I can fool many of you into thinking I'm a frequent festival go-er but this one, is totally different. There isn't the drizzle, rain, mud and wellies that accompany British festivals. I've already bought and received my ticket, just need to sort my flights out. I haven't decided whether I'll go for the full 9 days camping or just the 4 days festival, or somewhere in between.

Shameless Musical plug
If you like R&B, like artists including Ne-Yo, then this music -- which I am about to shamlessly plug -- should be your sort of thing. A close friend of mine, Ramzi -- visit his MySpace page, listen to his music -- will be releasing his debut album, 'Chapter One' on April 27th, which will be available to buy in HMV or online at Play.com, where you can also pre-order with free delivery. Please check him out!

Last but by no means least...

New Moon
I have finished reading 'Twilight' and it was excellent! I have already started reading the next in the saga; 'New Moon' I definitely recommend you get involved.


Now, I know that was a really long post so I'm sorry if it was too much! It's not often that I have quite that much info to unload on you all at once.


p.s. just for Alex, when I get round to it I shall change my signature just for you, so that it is less 'in your face' because you are right, I am a modest person, after all.
Pictures courtesy of, in order; DeviantArt, VirginiaTech, Flick users: chemapeich, skip0974, R1 User, suseravgårde, golawola, Allen Qu

01 April 2009

Happy April Fool's Day

Did anyone catch you out this April Fool's Day? All I got was a measly 'I'm pregnant!' Pfft, too obvious!