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Where did Briony go?

Hey everyone πŸ‘‹, long time no see?

Sorry for the silence, I know I’ve been around, but no where near as much as I would like to and well long story short, times got tough and I completely lost my mojo. πŸ˜”

There was a poignant bereavement in my boyfriend’s family that took us all completely by surprise and that mixed with my own grief of my Nan’s passing, now a decade ago, it began a bit of a downward spiral. It’s amazing how many other things can also rear their ugly head at your worst times. It wasn’t pretty. I spent most of March just floating along. A shell of who I am.

But as time has passed I’ve managed to rekindle my passions with my hobbies one by one. Spurred on by the love of those around me, who are all worth their weight in gold. ❀️

However, I wanted to write about this today, because for anyone like me who just needs a bit of reassurance, if there is one thing this experience has taught me it’s that it’s okay to take a break. You will get back on track eventually, but take your time, recharge your batteries. Take care of yourself because there’s only one you. πŸ’«

So, where did Briony go? Well…

There was my writing holiday, which I never talked about as it was the prelude to everything mentioned above. But, it was such a perfect trip, I didn’t want to let it pass me by on here.

My boyfriend and I took ourselves off to the beautiful town of Stratford-Upon-Avon. Where we spent a week in such a quaint hotel, right next to the river, where we wrote and wrote and wrote. We wrote at the hotel (aptly named Pen & Parchment!) in coffee shops, in the park. We ate good food, went for culture fulfilling walks in the surprising February sunshine. We even managed to catch to catch a show! I mean you, can’t go all the way to Shakespeare’s birthplace and not see one of his plays now can you? πŸ˜‹

I came away with the beginnings of book two ladies and gentlemen. (I was even writing all the way back on the train home!) This author has a work in progress! 😍 A getaway like that is definitely something I will be doing again for sure. It’s made Stratford-Upon-Avon even more of a special place in my heart. I can’t wait to go back already.

I have had a couple of you asking me how I went about planning such a trip, so I am determined to give it it’s own post in due course too. So watch this space if you wish to find out more. πŸ‘€

In April, me, Momma and my good friend Ginger went to Wonderwool in Wales. These days out, just the three of us and a yarn festival, they’re just the best and if you don’t leave somewhere like this feeling inspired, I don’t know what will!

I treated myself to a couple of bits, which I am now obsessed with. For example, I now know kinda how to use a drop spindle to make my own yarn out of fibre. I also own a sterling silver crochet hook. 😍 What is life? πŸ˜‚ I would definitely recommend a visit and they’ve just announced the dates for next year! (For more info on my purchases I did a haul post on my Instagram, for more info on the show visit their website.)

And this final one is a silver lining story, which at the minute, I really dig. So during all of this, my day job got rather stressful too. I ended up needing to commute around on trains a lot for a couple of weeks and with my head already swimming, it was enough to tip me over the edge. I needed a distraction, but something small and discreet as not to draw attention. (I’ll be honest, I haven’t felt much like talking over the last few months.) So I picked up a book and finished it within a week, so I picked up another.

I’d forgotten how much of a source of relaxation reading could be for me and it was mad to feel the stress just drain out of me for those few hours a day I was by myself with the world blurring by.

My current read is called The Curse of The Boyfriend Sweater by a lady called Alanna Okun, who I discovered on Instagram. It’s mini snippets of life writing, she’s disguised as essays, based on her own life and crafting experiences and I just love it! 😍 Can’t praise it enough in fact and even across the pond here in the UK, I can totally relate!

So book number two, woolly adventures and reading moving back home in my heart. ❀️ What’s next for me now? You’ll have to watch this space and see. πŸ˜‰ (There’s a secret craft project for one, my draft from NaNoWrimo that everyone I’ve talked to about it wants to read for two. And some rather exiting plans taking shape for the future. But they’re all just glimmers of WIPs at the min.)

However, as a thank you to you all for being so patient with me over the last few months, I wanted to leave you with my first teaser for my next novel. πŸ‘

I’m really only just getting to know the characters of this novel myself, but what I do know is it’s set in the same universe as Unravelled. It’s not going to be a direct sequel, but in keeping with similar themes and the general feel good vibe, so fans of the first book will still fall in love with the second. ❀️ Instead of knitting taking centre stage this time it’s going to be it’s sister craft crochet. Again, mimicking how the stories themselves are connected. This story showcases more of girl power! and friendship than romantic love and it nods towards our more internet age when it comes to crafting these days.

And…

I do have a title, but I want you to have a going at guessing what it’s called before I tell you. Just based on what I’ve just revealed above. Have some fun with it, yenno. Build the hype and all that jazz. πŸ˜‰

Oh and here’s one more clue:

_ _ _ _ _ _ ? 🧢 (6 Letters)

Leave your guesses in the comments below and I’ll be back soon with the reveal.❀️

Thank you for being here and giving me light in the dark.

B xo

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World Book Day 2019

Happy World Book Day everyone! πŸŽ‰

I hope all of you who have either been wearing or helping to create costumes for today have had a great time. Even me and Bobby managed to join in the fun this year!

β€œWe all float down here.”

Channeling some strong Stephen King’s IT vibes here. (Yes, Bobby is the balloon. 🎈)

But of course that isn’t all that WBD is about, now is it? Things have been bit of a whirlwind in my universe since getting back from my writing retreat. (More about said retreat coming soon! πŸ‘€) However, I have had chance to treat myself to some books just in time for today’s celebrations and I thought I’d share with you my current TBR pile and I’d love it if you share yours with me!

Nought Forever by Malorie Blackman My pick from this year’s World Book Day books. I’ve never actually read Noughts & Crosses, but have seen the play. So I’m definitely intrigued as to where this book will take the story.

My Mum Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson – A recent discovery on my behalf. Growing up with Tracy Beaker I just had to get this book. However, I think I might read the old ones again before diving in to this new chapter!

Still Me by Jojo Moyes – What can I say, I’m a sucker for chick-lit! Plus my Mom brought me the previous two books on this series as gifts last year, so I had to complete the set.

So yes, don’t be shy! I’d love to hear what you are currently reading and what you plan to read in the coming weeks.

You can get in touch in the comments below or feel free to find me on Facebook /brionymarshallauthor , Instagram @brionymarshallauthor or Twitter @brionywrites

I looking forward to seeing your choices and happy reading!

– B xo

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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

Posted in My Journey, Woolly Wonders

Yarndale 2018 Haul!

Wowzers! What an experience Yarndale was. 😍😍😍

I can honestly say it was everything I’d ever dreamed a yarn show could be and I think a part of my brain is still blown away by it all! There was so many lovely things there and it was so hard to choose just a few to bring home! However, I’d like to share with you all today my bundle of goodies so you can get a taster of my experience and give a shout-out to some of my new friends along the way.

I really wanted to try something new with this haul post and do a video, but unfortunately as soon as I got back on Sunday I came down with a horrendous cold! (And I don’t think sniffling, sneezing and coughs are what anyone’s after. Even if only for an FB live!)

So here we are, doing it the good old fashioned blogging way! (However, if you did fancy a more detailed look at anyof these items, I’ll be sure to pop some videos/ boomerangs up on my Instagram/ Facebook story either today or tomorrow. 😊)

Right then, let’s get going…

The Yarndale Shop

The equivalent of the band t-shirt from the rock gig, who could say no to the Yarndale shop?

This was actually our first point of call, where I quickly snapped up the necessities, such as; a programme, a pen, this year’s exclusive pin badge and of course a bag to carry all my goodies in. The butterfly I actually purchased on my second visit to the Yarndale shop. πŸ™ˆ It was part of Yarndale’s Creative Community Project in support of a charity called Pioneer Projects, who help people living with dementia. He was such a cute little thing, one of the smallest butterflies there and his colours reminded me of a pumpkin! (And we all know how I feel about that.) I’m hoping to make him into a brooch or necklace one day.

Doug the Pug Pattern

How cute is little Doug here? I just couldn’t leave him behind. I think part of it is do with my weakness for moss stitch. (Those of you who have received my Adrian’s Scarf Pattern will completely understand!) If like me, you can’t resist the cute and cuddley, be sure to check out Sardines For Tea, all of her patterns are just adorable!

Yarnie Guide Badges

As soon as Yarnistry revealed these on her Instagram, I knew I was going to have to get some. Being a Brownie in my youth, I thought this idea was just adorable and perfect for nostalgia. I tried to only buy a couple that I’d actually achieved and treat myself to the others as I progress my skills. Fancy doing the same? These badges have now been listed on the Yarnistry Etsy store too!

I won a set of Knit Pro Zings!

The Knitter Magazine had a Wheel of Fortune type game on their stand which was free to play. I was over the moon when I won a pair of Knit Pro Zings! I love using these knitting needles, they’re ultra smooth and glide through you work. I am in love. 😍

Wild Wood Pattern Book

This book is the stuff of dreams. 🀩 Honestly, Marie Wallin‘s stall made me very happy. Everything there was a work of art. I found it very hard to walk away! πŸ˜‚So of course I had to purchase something. Even if I only drool over this book for rest of eternity, it was still worth it. Absolutely gorgeous.

Yarnivore Goodies & Beautiful Yarn

I got a little bit excited at this stand…

My good friend Ginger Galore sent me the link to Stitcher Tees a couple of weeks ago and we both agreed that their merch was a must buy. However, we’d just missed out on the Kickstarter and wasn’t sure how else to go about it, when we find out Stitcher Tees and Vicki Brown Designs we’re going to be at Yarndale. We got very excited. I must admit the pin is a present for my boyfriend (He loves dinosaurs and wool, it’s a no brainier!) but the project bag and hand dyed yarn are all mine. 😍 The skein reminds me so much of a unicorn how could I say no? It’s even got shiny flecks in it. I’m literally so excited to get it caked and on the needles!

Scheepjes Shawl Patterns

The Scheepjes stand was very exciting for me as I already knew of their beautiful things! (Especially after asking for their Sophie’s Universe Stool for my birthday. 😍) All the staff were super friendly and they had their bloggers there which was a nice touch. We were also go given these shawl patterns as a freebie after we’d got chatting, which I thought was very sweet of them.

Pollevie Hooks & Shawl Pins

I couldn’t wait to reach Pollevie’s stand and when I did it was everything I’d hoped and dreamed of. πŸ’• I’ve been a fan of hers on Instagram for some time now and never thought I’d get the chance to meet her. Everything about her brand is just so colourful and cheery, you can’t help but be happy when you see her fabulous creations. So of course I soon snapped up her flowery hook and scissors, what a stunning addition to my collection? And I just could not leave that shawl pin behind, definite Wilma vibes there, it have to be done. She even gave me this lovely Phildar project bag as a gift, how nice was that?

Lucky Dip & Super Cute Stitch Markers

Who doesn’t love a lucky dip?! Since I got back from Yarndale I’ve seen lots of these little packages across my newsfeeds and rightly so, it was a fab idea from Oh, For Hook’s Sake. My mini skein is in the shade Grape Soda (which I already have plans to turn into a beautiful bow), my stitch marker was a teapot (how apt!) and my teabag was Settling Ginger (yummy!). I’m also still building a stitch marker collection and couldn’t resist these three beauties for obvious reasons. 😍

And that’s all folks!

I hope you enjoyed my little haul and be sure to check out my Facebook/ Instagram stories for a closer look. πŸ‘€

Hands up, who already wants to book their Yarndale ticket for next year?

– B xo

Posted in My Journey, Woolly Wonders

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

Posted in My Journey, The Bookshelf, Woolly Wonders

Christmas Haul 2017πŸŽ„πŸŽ

Hi everyone! I hope this post finds you well, that you all had a lovely Christmas and that you’re now lounging on the sofa, tucking into what’s left of those Christmas choccies. At this point I feel like my Christmas Haul post has become a kind of post-Christmas tradition on my blog. πŸ˜‚ But I also like to see it as a virtual version of my Christmas thank you letters.

Once again I have been absolutely spoilt by my loved ones (thank you everyone! ❀️) and I had a wonderful, cosy Christmas spent at home with my little family. ❀️ I can’t wait to show you what I got this year and how, thanks to friends and family, I’m ready for the new year ahead!

So let’s get cracking! πŸŽ‰ (Cracking, Cracker, Christmas… get it?…. Moving on…)

Crafty Kits & Woolly Supplies Let’s be honest, no haul of mine would be complete without wool! πŸ˜‚ My passion for crafting has led me to where I am today and I’m so happy that people still want to fuel the habit. ❀️ I’m absolutely loving the variety this year. We have some old favourites there with TOFT and Brittany making an appearance, but I do have to say I am very impressed with Aldi’s So Crafty range. Also that Hygge CAL kit is absolutely lush. 😍 I cannot wait to give these a go! #notspon

Pug Measuring Tape With all that knitting to do I’m very happy I’ll have this little guy to keep me company and tell me how well I’m doing.

Handmade Decoration How sweet is this little gingerbread house decoration? It was handcrafted for me and my family by my boyfriend’s mum and I just love it. Knowing the time and effort that goes into making something like this makes me appreciate it even more.

Books Another staple of a Briony present haul. I’m very excited for Boys Don’t Knit (In Public).

Supplies! Next year I’m hoping to get back to writing and therefore treats and cappuccinos at home are just the perfect gift! However I’ve got to try and resist eating all these over just the next couple of days! (Disclaimer 1: These treats aren’t all mine. Disclaimer 2: But this picture isn’t all of them. 🀫)

Notebook Speaking of getting back into writing, I’m going to need somewhere to jot down my new ideas and I can think of no where more beautiful than this notebook. With it’s silver leaf pages and gorgeous cover it would be a scandal to leave it blank.

Calendar & Diary 2018 is looking to be a busy year for me so these tools to keep me organised and motivated are invaluable.

Tripod I think this mini tripod come vlogging handle is trying to tell me something, don’t you? πŸ˜‰

Book Blouse Isn’t this blouse just the cutest? I think I’m going to save it for my next event. So excited to finally own a piece of Joanie Clothing. ❀️

Fantastic Beasts Lego Dimensions However, when I’m not doing author things, I’m looking forward to relaxing with mini Newt. I’ve loved what I’ve played of the Lego Dimensions series so far and I think the addition of Fantastic Beasts can only make it more awesome. Thank you to my boyfriend for this one, I knew he’d get me a Niffler for Christmas eventually. πŸ˜‰

Secret Santa And last but by no means least I need to tell you about my secret santa present. Every year me and my friends take part in a secret santa present swap. We’ve all known each other for years, so the present game is always pretty strong, but this year for me was extra special. In fact, when I opened my gift I very nearly cried! Reading this post you may not have yet noticed the change to the blog. It’s something very small, but to me it meant so very much. For Christmas Santa bought me a domain name… Welcome everyone to brionymarshall.co.uk! ❀️❀️❀️
Thank you
girl very happy. πŸŽ…πŸ»

– B xo

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My Birthday Haul 2017.

So October is here and with it comes another birthday for me! πŸŽ‰πŸŽˆ

I had a lovely time celebrating with family and friends and I received some really beautiful gifts. ❀️ Some of which I thought I’d share with you today. You never know, Christmas is just around the corner, it may even lead to some gift-spiration for you guys!

Notebooks: As an author, I can never have too many notebooks and these ones are perfect. The pack of three are great for those days when writer’s block and self doubt are threatening to visit and the other well, what more do I need to say?

Books: Books are one of my favourite presents to receive and this year was no exception. I particularly like the variety of this year’s books. A nice mix of fiction and non-fiction as well as a more detailed look at a craft I love alongside an education in a whole new skill!

Selfie Light: You can’t go wrong with a bit of quirky tech and I can’t wait to give this selfie light a try. It’s basically a clip on light and clip on lense that attach to my phone to give my pics a better look. I think this will be a great little gadget to use for my blog posts and Instagram feed!

Board Game: I do love sitting down and playing a board game. There’s just something completely nostalgic and cosy about it. So when I unwrapped a Sherlock Holmes board game I was instantly in love. It looks to be a take on the classic game Cluedo, one of my all time faves. ❀️

Jewellery: I love jewellery and the only thing better than just jewellery is bookish jewellery. 😍 How cute are these little book necklaces? The first is a book with real tiny pages that, if I’m feeling daring enough, I could actually write in! The second is such a special gift.❀️ My friend got me my very own book cover on a necklace! I nearly cried receiving this. Such a lovey gift, it’ll be the perfect accessory for my future events.

Wool: But not just any old wool, oh no, my parents treated me to a trip to the TOFT HQ and enough yarn to make a mini me! (More on that at a later date πŸ˜‰) For those of you who don’t know, TOFT is a brand of luxury British yarn who also run an alpaca farm! 😍 I love visiting TOFT; having a mooch around the shop, relaxing with a cup of coffee and a slice of cake and then taking a walk around the grounds to see the alpacas.

Also, as those of you who follow me on Facebook will already know, I went to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child last week in London. ❀️ This was also a birthday present from my lovely boyfriend. But after having such an amazingly magical weekend, I think I want to save that experience for a blog post of it’s very own. ⚑️

Thank you again for all the love. ❀️

– B xo