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May/ June Wrap Up 2018

So many exciting things happened during May and June and I got so wrapped up in living them that this blog post got majorly delayed. Therefore, I’m just going to dive right in with this mammoth wrap up! πŸ˜†

MAY:

I stayed in a log cabin in the woods. πŸ’š

Remember the holiday I was talking about in my April Wrap Up? Well, it was incredible. The whole experience was beautiful in every aspect and I cannot praise Forest Holidays enough.

I stayed in a Golden Oak Cabin in the Forest of Dean. Everywhere I looked there was greenery and nature. The sun shone everyday, despite it being early May. We had unlimited use of our own private hot tub as well as a gas bbq, meaning every day was a party!

It was bliss, pure bliss. Exactly what I was after, a complete unplugging and quality time with the family.

I’m fully aware that this part of my post is a little bit of a pic spam, but they’re just too good not to post. #memories

Everyone from my party had a great time, despite having completely different wants and needs. Most of all it was Baby Bobby’s first holiday and he had the time of his life!

I’ve already recommend this getaway to all my family and friends and now I’m here recommending it to of you too! We’re already thinking about when we could book our next stay! πŸ˜‚

I had a meeting with my publisher!

I absolutely love these meeting days. It’s just one of those times that, from an outsiders perspective probably looks completely normal and mundane, but being on the inside is truly magical. I’m not going to reveal too much at this stage, as I don’t want to ruin things for the future, however rest assured that we discussed many, many exciting things. Highlights including the future of Unravelled and ideas for book number two!!!! 😱

Yarn Shop Day 2018.

Yarn Shop Day 2018 was a great success for Unravelled! Being available to purchase in not only one, but two wool shops this year was an achievement in itself! Plus Unravelled was a prize in a YSD raffle!!! And, just to put the icing on the cake, I was only third in line at my local, so I managed to nab myself another fantastic Beacon Craft goodie bag. ❀️

I created the disaster crop top.

Remember me talking about the project I wanted to complete to take away with me on holiday? Well, I completed it… but it was a total disaster. πŸ˜‚ I’m fully intending to write a whole blog post dedicated to this topic soon, but I just wanted share the fact that no one is perfect and that is completely fine.

I took part in the TOFT Mystery CAL.

My favourite alpaca farm, come luxury British wool company, held another crochet along in May. By being sent only a little bit of the pattern a day, you finish an exclusive ed’s animal (an amigurumi animal in the simplistic but cute style TOFT are renoun for) by the end of the month. This CAL was slightly different than their Christmas one because they offered the choice of two animals; a beginner animal and an advanced animal. But the kit came with enough wool so you could make both! Me being me, I chose to do the advanced animal and ended up with the lovely Gina the Hyena. ❀️

I won’t lie, the pattern was most certainly advanced, but also well worth it. I’m just glad I had my week away during the CAL so I could dedicate some quality time to it.

Pre-orders for TOFT’s Christmas Mystery CAL are available now over on their website and they claim it’s going to big bigger and better before. I highly recommend it!

I started a new project.

On the back of finishing the TOFT CAL, and whilst I was still on holiday soaking up the sun, I got to start a new project with the wool I purchased on YSD! This one is going to be pretty big, but hopefully completely worth it. Also it gave me the perfect excuse to test out of one the new crochet hooks that I purchased from one of my Instagram faves, @make.e How cute are those watermelons? πŸ‰ This hook definitely gave me summer vibes and it feels really nice to work with.

JUNE:

Spinning Yarns joined the Unravelled family!

I have a new stockist! Spinning Yarns in Ossett, West Yorkshire are the newest member of the Unravelled family. Be sure to check them out on today Facebook and show them some love. ❀️

I continued with my new crochet project.

With the weather in England taking an usually sunny turn, I’ve been taking full advantage and partaking in some alfresco crocheting. I’ve been teasing this project on my social media over the last couple of months. I’m gonna give my blog buddies one last go at a guess before I do the reveal at some point over the next couple of weeks. Fancy a guess? Leave it in the comments below and make sure you’re following either my Facebook or my Instagram so you don’t miss the reveal. (Or you could follow me on both to make completely sure you don’t miss out and well, you should probably check my Twitter too while you’re at it. πŸ˜‰)

I purchased all of the tickets!

June for me must have been the month of planning new adventures. I’ve already spilled the beans that I got my Yarndale ticket, I was just too excited to hold it in! (But I couldn’t not mention it in my June wrap up now could I?) However, June was also the month I found out about the new Sherlock experience opening in London later this year. For those of you haven’t heard, BBC Sherlock writer: Steven Moffat, along with help from members of the original cast and crew, has devised a unique escape room style Sherlock experience entitled: The Game is Now. Now of course I had to get tickets for that! So that’s all booked up too as an anniversary present for me and the boyf, which is like next year, but I’m so blummin’ excited there’s a very high chance I may just explode before then! πŸ˜‚

I read Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.

I’d heard a lot about this book, in fact that’s one of the main reasons why I bought it. It intrigued me; it was different, it was a debut and well it had won awards in its draft stages! … I had to read it. I’m not going to give anything away in this blog post because I would definitely encourage my readers to go and get themselves a copy. (I felt a bit of a connection between Gail Honeyman’s and my own writing style. But I also feel since reading this book that Unravelled could fall under the genre of Contemporary Fiction too.) I’ve already lent out my copy because I want to find someone I can talk to about it! πŸ˜‚ Have you read it? Drop me a comment or a DM. I’d love to chat it out. 😊

I got a new internet connection!

Now this may sound like a bit of a weird one but, I can now confess the online traumas I’ve been living with these past three years! πŸ˜‚ As soon as I signed my publishing contract I knew my internet connection was going to be a problem. It was old, it hadn’t been updated in a long, long, long time and well it couldn’t even load an Instagram story without buffering every few seconds. 😱 A couple of months ago the connection got so bad I was hopping between limited 4G and different Cloud hotspots to be able to “maintain” my online author life. 😫 So I just wanted to take the opportunity to say thank you to you all for sticking with me during the “dark” times and be rest assured that it’s all behind me now! Expect much more content now guys, super speedy internetz is my new best friend! 🀩

I wrote the synopsis for book two!

Big news alert for this one! 🚨 I can now confirm I have a full synopsis for book two and I love it! 😱😱😱 It is currently with my publisher, but as soon as I have the green light for it I’ll be back on that writing train and I cannot wait! Without giving too much away, I can confirm that this book will definitely contain some of my favourite elements and themes from Unravelled but will also be quite different and a refreshing change. πŸ˜‰

I had an eye test.

Again a bit of a random one, but I wanted to use my own little space on the internet to raise awareness. I’ll confess, I was naughty… there was probably about five years between my last eye test and this one. 😱 And I’m not scared to admit, I am ashamed of that fact. Luckily for me, my eye sight has not changed, but in a world where screens are everywhere the same cannot be true for everyone. As an author I rely heavily on my eyes throughout my creative process. Without my sight I honestly could not do what I do, at least not in the same way. So I wanted to take a moment to express the importance of self love and looking after ourselves, especially with things such as eye tests. The test itself took less than twenty minutes, the staff were absolutely lovely and now I can rest assured for two years that my eyes are in good shape. It’s a no brainier really.

Payday Treats!

And finally, when payday rolled around this month I treated myself to a couple of things I thought you might like to see. For those of you who don’t know, I’ve adored the band Panic! at the Disco for a very long time and their new album dropped on June 22nd. For me this was perfect timing as I do like to listen to music whilst I write and hopefully by the time I settle down to do just that, I’ll know all the words. πŸ˜‚ My fave tracks at the moment are High Hopes and Hey Look Ma, I Made It. ❀️

Also with the hype of purchasing The Game is Now tickets still strong, I treated myself to this super cute beanie hat pattern by Easy Patterns via Love Knitting.

The hat is based on the wallpaper in Sherlock and John’s flat. I think this will make the perfect addition to my outfit when I head to London next year. πŸ•΅πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Well wowzers, there we go. I told you it was going to be a big one. Hopefully I won’t get too carried away living July! πŸ˜‚

Until next time guys, stay safe and be sure to have some fun in the beautiful sunshine we’re having! β˜€οΈ 😎

– B xo

Author:

Briony Marshall is an author from the West Midlands in the UK. She is a graduate from the University of Wolverhampton with a degree in Creative & Professional Writing with English. Briony currently lives at home with her Mom, Dad, FiancΓ© & fur brother: Bob the Dog. When Briony is not writing, she’s crafting and when she’s not crafting, she’s drinking coffee. Her debut novel, cosy, romantic, knitting comedy: Unravelled, is available now and Briony looks forward to the adventures this new chapter will bring.

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