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End of Year Wrap Up, New Year’s Resolutions And Blogversary! πŸŽ‰

Hello, hello, hello and welcome to 2019 everyone! πŸŽ‰

I hope this new year finds you all well and raring to go with the adventures this year will bring.

However, before I get fully stuck into 2019, I want to tie up a few loose ends, let you know my resolutions and celebrate another blogversary! 😱 πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

The end of 2018 was such a whirlwind of awesomeness that I ran out of time to do my wrap ups! πŸ˜‚ Therefore on reflection I don’t think they’ll be something I’ll be carrying on with in 2019. However, for those of you who have a good memory will remember, one of my resolutions from last year was the finish what I started. So here I am, doing just that…

SEPTEMBER

I went on holiday.

The annual family holiday was pure bliss. β˜€οΈ Taking little Bobby away with us too was just perfect. It’s lovely to get away just as summer fades to autumn.

I also managed to crochet a top in two days whilst on this holiday and I purchased a lot of wool. 🀫 (What can I say? My Mother is a bad influence. πŸ˜‰)

I went to Yarndale!

I know I’ve already blogged about this, but my wrap up wouldn’t be complete without mentioning it. What a wonderful day it was! I’m already planning my trip for next year. Who’s with me? If you’re a yarnivore and you’ve never been to Yarndale, I definitely recommend it!

OCTOBER

It was my birthday!

And I was treated like a princess! πŸ‘‘ Afternoon tea at the RSC, incredibly thoughtful gifts and lots and lots of love. Getting older isn’t so bad when it comes with days like that. πŸ’• Thank you to everyone who played a part in making my day so special.

I got my first tattoo!

Ever since I signed my publishing contract I knew I wanted a book tattoo. Books have always been a huge part of my life and Unravelled just sealed the deal. However fear had been putting me off for the best part of year. However, with some forward thinking from one of my bestest babes, I was booked in and well, I am utterly in love with the end result. It’s everything I ever wanted and more. ❀️

I finished my second pattern test.

The Grecian Top I crocheted for the lovely homemadebymarcie. πŸ’• Never have I had such lovely compliments about my body whilst modelling anything. πŸ˜‚ It was a definitely a confidence booster! You can purchase the pattern for this top now from Marcie’s Etsy store.

I went pumpkin picking!

I ticked another thing off of the bucket list last October by finally going pumpkin picking! It was fun activity gearing up toHalloween and I had a great time picking and then carving a ghost pumpkin!

NOVEMBER

I had my ebook launch!

Again, something I know I posted about already, but this was a fun one. I had a great time celebrating the launch of Unravelled as an ebook during our online party across Facebook and Instagram! Thanks again if you tuned in, we had such a giggle. And remember, if you haven’t got your copy already, Unravelled in ebook format is a bargain price of just Β£3.99. Available now from the Amazon Kindle Store!

I won NaNoWriMo!!!!

Again this is something I’ve already blogged about but it was such a personal achievement for me that I had to give it another shout out. I wrote a novel in a month. Yes it’s a mess, yes it’s no where near publishable but it exists. It’s on paper, I have a first draft and it’s longer than Unravelled. Now I know what the whole thing entails, I’m not sure it will be an annual affair, but for anyone wanting to give National Novel Writing Month a go I advise a month of dedication! You’ve got to be prepared to write every day. Because I know if I’d have fallen even just one full day behind, I would have been toast! If you fancy reading a bit more about my NaNoWriMo novel, the synopsis and an excerpt are still available on my NaNoWriMo profile.

I completed my Doctor Strange cosplay!

A year’s worth of crochet paid off on the 25th November as I attended the MCM Comicbook Convention in Birmingham in full Doctor Strange crocheted cosplay! I was so proud of myself putting it all on together and I had some really lovely comments on the day. πŸ’•

DECEMBER

December is always a crazy month for me. The Christmas madness kicks in and I always end up disappearing of the radar for a little while. This year was no different, however, I did try my best to fully embrace the festive season as best as I could so here we are…

I crocheted a peacock!

A bit of bizarre project for the time of year, but it was a special request. However, he went down a treat. The pattern I used was from Moji Moji Designs on Etsy, I definitely recommend checking out her store for super cute crochet!

I visited a German Christmas Market.

I had a lovely evening full of yummy food and drink and even picked up a really cute pair of mistletoe earrings. Which swiftly became my staple jewellery piece for the rest of the festive season!

I made a festive door hanging!

I took a couple years away from my annual festive foliage night, however I went back this Christmas, but was terrified I forgotten everything! However, apart from an unfortunate instance of the bottom falling out, I was proud as punch with the result. It’s actually still on the door! It’s just too pretty to take down straight away…

I went to see Elf on stage.

And I got so enthralled in it all that I forgot to take any pictures! πŸ€ͺ However, it was a magical experience and really helped me get into the festive spirit. I also got to watch Martine McCutcheon perform live during the festive season. Bonus.

Bobby thoroughly enjoyed his first Christmas and I got spoilt rotten.

Another tradition I’ll be skipping on the blog this year is my Christmas haul. I was absolutely spoilt rotten and a) I think I’d actually make my phone explode with all the pictures but also b) I had such a lovely quiet one that I don’t want to take away from anything by splashing it all over social media and having other people judge. (However, I’m sure inevitably things will crop up on my Instagram feed, so if you genuinely are interested, keep an eye out on there.) All in all it though it was a lovely, super cosy day and I’m actually kinda gutted it’s all over and done with now, if I’m honest. Again, thank you to everyone who played a part in making my Christmas a special one, you’re all angels worthy of sitting a top a tree. ⭐️

And there we have it, all up to date and ready for 2019!

And with the New Year came my 4th Blogversary! Honestly, I don’t know where the time goes. But it’s been amazing to look back and watch my journey unfold through these blogs. πŸ’• And with another exciting year ahead, I determined to keep it up.

So what can we expect from brionymarshallauthor in 2019?

Well…

As I mentioned earlier, I’m going to scrap the monthly wrap ups this year and instead just blog about something when it’s fresh and happening to keep you all more in the loop.

I also have two New Year’s resolutions that will most likely shape my content for 2019:

    Read more Chick Lit! – The hobby that suffered the most in 2018 was definitely my reading. Plus I definitely feel I could be more well read in my own genre, so I’ve given myself the aim this year of reading six chick lit books. Any recommendations? Be sure to send them my way!
    Write the first draft of book 2! – NaNoWriMo was definitely me joining the writer gym for a month. I knew a new manuscript was on the horizon but I was scared to jump right in after having such a long break from novel writing. However, after my NaNoWriMo success I’m ready to bring it on!

And there was go. I hope you enjoyed this mammoth post! And if you stayed with me all the way to the end then you definitely deserve a brownie point! πŸ˜‚

So once again Happy New Year everyone and if you have any resolutions of your own I’d love to hear all about them in the comments. πŸ₯³

– B xo

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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

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March Wrap Up.

Sooo it’s wrap up time again! πŸ˜ƒ

Doing these wrap up posts this year has made me realise just how quickly a month can fly by, it’s kinda scary! But I also love compiling my list across the month and being able to look back, and really appreciate what I’ve done with my month. It gives me that feeling of fulfilment, like a little cheerleader inside my head chanting: “You go girl!” It’s very satisfying. I highly recommend starting a monthly achievements list on your phone.

Anyways March…

March for me was a very crafty month and I LOVED it. Looking back I wish I’d taken part in the #marchmeetthemaker tag on Instagram, as I would have easily had enough to post about in hindsight. However, for those of you whose feeds I follow, I loved seeing all your posts. There are some very inspiring people out there, let me tell you. #goals

So what did I get up to last month? Well…

I had a week away from my day job.

Being a self proclaimed “Girl Boss” with a full-time day job, author responsibilities and a hundred and one hobbies, it can be a little overwhelming at times! (Although I absolutely wouldn’t change it for the world!) So to be able to take a week out and just chill was an absolute dream. That week mainly consisted of knitting, crochet, puppy cuddles, good company, coffee and cake. Bliss.

I had my podcast interview with The Slow Knitter.

March was the month I got to meet Rena, the lovely lady behind The Slow Knitter podcast on YouTube. In the month of March not only did we meet via video calling, but we also got to know each other , recorded our interview, recorded my WIPs and she edited and then uploaded the full interview to her email channel! If you look back through my blog posts you can read all about this adventure. It was very exciting!

I learnt to graphgan!

Speaking of YouTube… last month I taught myself to graphgan! (With the much needed help and advice of The Crochet Crowd and their fabulous YouTube channel. πŸ’– Honestly, I wouldn’t have been able to do it without you guys!)

For this of you who don’t know, graphganing is the art of using a chart to change the colour of stitches within a crochet project to create a picture or words. I must admit, when I first looked at the chart from One Dog Woof I was slightly terrified. I fell in love with her Get Some Zzz Blanket as soon as I stumbled across it on Pinterest 😍, but having never tackled anything like this before it was a little bit daunting. However, I am so proud with how this turned out. I definitely recommend you watch The Crochet Crowd’s video before attempting anything like this as it was that video that gave me the confidence to get stuck right in.

I think someone is a little protective over their new blankie. πŸ˜‚

I finished my first ever shawl!

The new year’s resolution I’ve been sticking to the most so far in 2018 has to be “Finish What You Started.” I started my Seems Like Old Times shawl in the summer last year. The summer ended and so did my shawl… or so it seemed… until this March.

To jazz things up, I was unconventional, and created this beautiful traditional shawl in the gorgeous rainbow variegated 4ply by the Women’s Institute. I love love love it!

I went to the ICHF Craft Show.

Back when snow was the in thing, my Mom, my bestie and I braved the elements and attended the ICHF Craft Show in Birmingham. The things purchased that day were the stuff of dreams. 😍

  • TOFT wool in the correct colours to make a mini Bobby 🐾❀️ (With complimentary puppy tote bag!)
  • Brittany shawl pin to adorn my brand new shawl! (I love Brittany needles, hooks and accessories because they remind me of wands!⚑️)
  • Free tote bag from Create & Craft! (Very nice of them.)
  • Felt Piggies Brooch kit. (I love piggies, they’re one of my favourite animals. 🐷 Fun fact!)
  • Beaded Dragon Earring Kit. 🐲 (I just fell in love with these at the stand. Never tried the craft before but they were just so vivid! Can’t wait to have a go!)
  • Scheepjes Yarn Ball House. πŸ’– (To stop your ball of wool from getting dirty/ being chewed to death by a certain little puppy!)

I also wandered around flashing my Unravelled tote bag for some causal self promotion. πŸ˜‚ All in all it was a wonderful day and I’m looking forward to using all my new pretties!

I made a pair of tassel earrings.

Statement earrings look set to be the fashion trend of Spring/Summer 2018 and I’m loving it! Anything bold, bright and a little bit extra, I’m all over it. However after finished my rainbow shawl and having a ball or two of wool left over, I had a craving to make my own.

I debating whether or not to post the pattern for these on the blog at some point. All supplies are easily available from hobbycraft and are super affordable. So be sure to let me know in the comments if this is something you’d be interested in.

I did lots of easter crafting!

Everything seems to be happening really early this year and although Easter isn’t until April, it’s the 1st April! (Us crafters really have to be prepared this year!) So during the month of March I made sure to dedicate some time to easter crafting and dreaming about longer, warmer brighter days.🌸🐰🐣

My achievement list consists of:

  • Faux grass bunny and egg ornaments, which I accessorised with daisies.
  • Super cute creme egg cosies from a pattern I found on Pinterest.
  • Mini Emma the Bunny from TOFT, whose colour way I changed to suit the eastery theme.
  • Yummy Chocolate Nest Cakes made with Shredded Wheat to give them more of a nest-like texture.

The easter treat table looked so cute!

Temperature Blanket update.

I only took this one picture of my temperature blanket throughout the whole of March (and even that was taken quite early on!) In short, I spent most of the month playing catch up until right at the end, when I finally felt like I was getting somewhere, I ran out of wool! 😩 I’m determined to make April a better delicious blanket month, as a little birdie told me there may be new colours on the horizon. πŸ˜‰

B xo

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February Wrap Up 2018

Okay, so maybe this is another wrap up post that is a little bit belated… but February just flew by, didn’t it?

I mean, I remember February beginning, and all the plans that were falling into place for that coming month, and then BAM! It’s now nearly the end of March and I still haven’t posted this blog! (Bad Briony!) But I’m sure you’ll forgive me when you see the tiny excuse for why I’ve been so distracted…

We got a puppy!!!!

And he is just the cutest thing. I mean look at him. That picture was taken the day we got him. He’s just so small! πŸ’• The beady-eyed among you may have already spotted him in my Valentine’s and Mother’s Day posts. (I just couldn’t wait to share his cute little face. 🐢) And well if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know exactly what’s been going on. πŸ˜‚

So besides puppy cuddles, puppy cuddles and more puppy cuddles what did I get up to during February 2018 ? Well…

I made a dog hoodie!

When we first got Bobby nothing fit him. He was so tiny! Here in the UK we’ve had such cold weather, I couldn’t let him go around naked. However, thanks to Cami Weaver’s Crochet Chihuahua Hoodie on Ravelry, I got to make something tiny enough to keep him cosy and warm. (Fun Fact: He’s already out grown it though, so I’m going to have to start making another!)

I visited the Coombs Wood Book Club

This was a wonderful evening. I made an author appearance at a book club who had read Unravelled as their Valentine’s read. ❀️ It was so amazing to sit around a table with so many people who had read my story and just talk. Everyone was so very welcoming. Thanks again for having me Stephanie, I hope to be able to visit you and your lovely book club again in the future! (They even gave me this gift to say thank you, how nice of them was that?!)

I took Cupid off the needles.

At the beginning of February I posted this picture on my social media, asking people to guess what my first cast on of 2018 was. I can now reveal it was the beginnings of a knitted Cupid. However, with everything else that happened last month, I never got around to finishing him, so I made the sensible decision to take him off of the needles and save the pattern for another time. (A decision of which I am very proud of. The usual thing would have been to dump the pattern, the needles and the cast on stitches in a bag ready for next year or , you know, never. I’m taking this “finish what you start” thing very seriously. I either cast it off or take it off the needles these days. My WIPs list is long enough!)

My case study was published in my Alumni e-zine!

I know I wrote a separate blog post about this, so I won’t go on. But I just want to say that I am still super proud of this achievement and the recognition I’ve been given from my university. πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸŽ“

More fan mail!

I was lucky enough to receive some more fan mail last month too. This still blows my mind and warms my heart in equal measures. This letter in particular highlighted my reader’s appreciation of my believable characters. Thank you so much for all of your kind words. I honestly cannot tell you how much all of your wonderful feedback means to me. ❀️

And finally …

My Temperature Blanket Update.

My Temperature CAL blanket is still going strong. Sundays have become a kind of weekly catch up day, but I’m still on track. February saw the introduction of a new colour too. Grey symbolises the fact that it was 0 degrees at noon here in the UK last month and there was even more snow!

And that’s a wrap! With March almost over, it won’t be long until you’re hearing what I’ve been up to this month, but until then be sure to get in touch and let me know what you got up to last month. I’ve love to know. 😊

– B xo

Posted in My Journey, Unravelled

Happy Mother’s Day! πŸ’

Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing Mummy’s out there, I hope you are all treated like the Queens you are today. πŸ‘‘ πŸ’•

We’re fully intending to spoil ours rotten.

Weren’t sure what to get Mum this year?

Remember that Unravelled is available in two formats:

The Paperback

The classic. Perfect size paperback to take on your travels or equally perfect for cosying up with on a Sunday afternoon. πŸ’•

The Ultimate Kit

Maybe you have a crafty Mum, just like me, or maybe you just fancy spoiling her rotten? Either way, The Ultimate Kit is the one for you. Jam packed with goodies, it would be rude not too. πŸ˜‰

And you can order yours today, from hallgoodbooks.com! So you can show Mum your confirmation email and she won’t think you’ve forgotten! πŸ˜ƒ

What could be a better gift than a snuggley slice of Mummy Lit? It’s even cheaper than flowers, and it will last longer! πŸ’

Already got your Mum a copy of Unravelled? Be sure to use #Unravelled when you post your pics. I’d love to see them. πŸ™‚

– Bxo