A Spooky Day Out in London

Yesterday Simon and I travelled into the centre of London to have a wander and also visit a few galleries. I was pretty excited as both the exhibits we went to see had Gothic themes, as such a big fan of Halloween and horror in general I couldn't wait.

The beautiful architecture of the British Library

My favourite print from the exhibit at the British Library

Our fist stop was the British Library to see the Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination exhibition. That morning we had watched the new BBC series all about the history of Gothic art so we were ready! I'd never actually been to the British Library and as Simon used to study there he gave me a guided tour. The show was excellent and I recommend it if you're a fan of Gothic literature, architecture and films.

Perfect Autumnal leaves

Slightly windswept but still enjoying the pretty buildings near Russell Square

It was a freezing day so I picked up a Pumpkin Spiced Latte from Starbucks ( my first of the season, so proud) then we walked to Abeno on Museum Street as I was craving Japanese food, we both enjoyed some delicious Okonomiyaki. Not very spooky but still good! After lunch we headed to the British Museum to go see the Witches and Wicked Bodies exhibit which was less varied than the Gothic exhibition as it was mainly prints. However I would still suggest going as the collection of art was impressive, plus it was free. We also managed a sneaky look at the Mummies before the Museum closed for the day!

I highly recommend the Qail's Egg and Mushroom Okonomiyaki

Simon at the Witches and Wicked Bodies exhibition

Maltesers blondie and coffee

We got caught in the rain in Seven Dials (possibly the most romantic area of London when its raining) so headed to Timberyard for a coffee and cake. The coffee was really good but the blondie we shared is nothing compared to the ones at Violet Cakes on Wilton Way. After the rain had stopped we headed home, I made some dinner and we watched The Blood on Satan's Claw a kinda funny (not on purpose) kinda creepy film made in the 70's about a coven of teenage devil worshipers.

What do you have planned this Halloween? What ever you're doing I hope its fantastic.

Turkey 2014

Every year my family and I go to stay in my Mum's house in Turkey for a few weeks. Its in a lovely town called Kalkan which when we first started visiting there, almost ten years ago, was a small fishing village with a few restaurants. Its definitely changed and become a lot more popular in the last few years but no less perfect for a get away.

Here are a few photos from our latest trip. As you can tell we love visiting the World Heritage sites in the area and really enjoy learning about Turkish history and culture. We always visit Xanthos an ancient Lycian city, this year we also visited Patara another beautiful Lycian city and the birth place of St Nicolas.

We also visit the amazing Saklikent Gorge every time we go, which unfortunately I never get photos of as we always get soaking wet from spelunking through the canyon. My top place to visit has to be the Greek island of Kastellorizo. Without meaning to sound horribly cheesy Kastellorizo is as close to perfect as you can get. Its a teeny town with an amazing bakery, restaurants and coffee shops (which we really miss in Turkey). You can swim in the harbour with the wild Sea Turtles and explore the Castle and wee churches. Just writing about it makes me want to go back!

I hope you all enjoyed your Summer and I promise I'll be back to regular blogging now that I'm back.

Colour Love: Pink

Another month, another colour post. Second up in the series is pink. Not exactly the colour that one conjures up when thinking about September but lets not ignore the glorious sunshine we've been having in London so far, September always feels more like Summer than August to me. Plus September is my birthday month. I feel like I'm a little girl again on my birthday so pink feels like a rather fitting choice after all.

DIY Marble

I have noticed recently that marble DIYs seem to be featured on almost all the blogs I regularly read. The marble interior trend is still going strong so I think its fantastic that there are so many innovative and inexpensive marble makes available too. I've collected together a few of my favorites. They're all sharp, cool and very expensive looking to boot. 

Merchant and Mills Winner

A huge congrats to Georgia who has won a pattern of her choice from Merchant and Mills. Please email me at hello(@)nancy-straughan(dot)com so I can put you in touch with the lovely team at Merchant and Mills and get your prize sent out to you!

P.S I used a random picker to make the draw fair.

How To Make a Saddle Stitched Notebook

This is such a simple project and one that will ensure that you have personalised gifts ready in a hurry. I find bookbinding very therapeutic and satisfying, I now have so many notebooks that I don't know what to do with them all! The materials needed for this craft are so inexpensive and easily to find.

Please watch the video above to find out how to make a Saddle Stitched Notebook. I've made it easy to follow by filming the whole step by step process. Good luck!

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