Posted in My Journey, The Bookshelf, Woolly Wonders

April Wrap Up 2018

April was a month I spent doing a lot of day dreaming. It was a very relaxed month and I didn’t really feel like I’d done much until I came to write this blog. πŸ˜… However, it appears I was wrong to think that….

I booked a family holiday!

At the beginning of the year I wrote myself a little bucket list. On said list I included places I’d like to visit and holidays I’d love to book. In amongst was the dream of living in a cabin in the woods for a week, switching off from the world and just taking a breather. Well last month I took the bull by the horns and booked that dream escape for me and all those I love. It was rather spontaneous and the first time I’ve booked up a trip for a group of this size. But the website promises an amazing getaway and I literally cannot wait! 😁

I started knitting again!

I do truly wish there were more hours in a day. Actually let me rephrase that; I do truly wish there were more leisure hours in a day. πŸ˜‚ I love my hobbies, all of them. But I do find myself having fads and flirtations with each at different times. (I’d love to be able to commit to a long term relationship with them all sometime. Maybe a few more years practice at allocating my time and I’ll get there! #goals). However this month I picked up my knitting needles again and loved it. Maybe it’s to do with the fact I’m wielding those Knit Pro Zings 😍😍😍 or maybe it’s my infactuation with the colour mustard. Either way, I’m back to knitting again and I’m determined to finish this project. πŸ’ͺ

I got very nostalgic over Pop-Punk.

The boyf treated me to this MTV Pop-Punk album in early April and it just gave me all of the feels. Although we grew up miles apart we were definitely meant to find each other purely because of moments like this. I ended up starting a full iPod over haul due to this. I’m a strong believer that music speaks to the soul. I also like listening to music when I’m looking for writing inspo, so it maybe it’s a sign…

I conquered my reading slump.

I suppose this is something I’ve been a little hush hush about, but given that it’s over now and also the fact that my plan has always been to be genuine with all, I’m going to say it. I’ve just not fancied reading these last few months. It wasn’t even like it was my choice of book, Throne of Glass is AMAZING!, or necessarily my schedule. I just didn’t want too, which was a very sad state of affairs. But that’s okay, because with a little motivation from one of my besties getting back into books, I’m back on that reading train and I’ve already finished that novel and started a new one! You see, it’s okay to be an writer and take reading breaks. I feel there is so much pressure on aspiring authors to be avid readers. Don’t get me wrong, you should definitely read, but it’s okay to have slumps and breaks. Nobody’s perfect.

I picked a pattern for my holiday.

I spent most of April trawling the internet for a knitting/ crocheted garment pattern that I’d want to make to take away with me on holiday. I must admit this took me ages. The spectrum ranged from huntress cowls to boho bikinis. πŸ˜‚ In the end I settled for a granny square crop top by Beautiful Crochet Stuff. However, because it took me so long to decide I’m now having a race against time to see if I can get it done before we go away!

The Temperature CAL gained new colours!

April was a great month for my AIYSO Temperature CAL blanket. We had the introduction of not one, not two but three new colours! We seem to have very swiftly taken a hot tropical vibe and I love it! Here comes summer! πŸ•ΆπŸ‘™πŸ

What did you get up to in April? Let me know in the comments. (Oh and if you’ve ever stay in a cabin in the woods send me your tips and tricks! πŸ˜‚)

– 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

Posted in My Journey, News & Events, Unravelled

Yasmin Qureshi Photography πŸ“·

The internet really is an incredible thing. 🌍 πŸ’•

Jump back to over a year ago at my author event debut. As the crowd started to filter into the room my nerves started to stir. I didn’t notice the new face; the one whose eyes were sparkling with interest. (To this day, I’m still a little gutted about that. ) However, I returned home to a tweet that started something amazing. A tweet from that face in the crowd. A message of such joy and appreciation from someone I’d never met. It warmed my heart. ❀️

That was the day I connected with Yasmin, the lovely lady behind Yasmin Qureshi Photography. Ever since that day we’ve been internet buddies and last year she offered me the amazing opportunity to be a part of her photography project, “Your Stories”. Of course I jumped at the chance!

You may have seen me using some of the amazing shots she took across my different platforms (also cropping up in a couple of my event’s marketing and interview articles!) However I am very happy to announce that the article, for which the photographs were originally intended, is live!

You can read the full post here.

This is exactly what I mean when I say that Unravelled has opened up some amazing doors for me. If it wasn’t for my novel I would never have met this amazingly talented lady and I would never have made such a lovely new friend. πŸ’•

– B xo

Posted in My Journey, Woolly Wonders

Resolutions, Blogversary & Crochet Alongs

Happy New Year everyone and welcome to 2018! πŸΎπŸŽ‰ I hope you all had a lovely New Years Eve. Mine was the perfect cosy night in, spent with my family, drinking prosecco and playing Trivial Pursuit. ❀️

Where do I even start with 2017? I went into last year with the sole goal of making it a year to remember and well, I certainly managed that! πŸŽ‰ 2017 was a year of a lot of amazing firsts. I had my first author event (and then did another and another and another!) I had my first official radio interview with Jason Forrest. I became a publisher author. ❀️ I signed my first ever autograph. I had a launch party! I designed my first ever knitting pattern. I got to see the joy on other peoples faces when then held a copy of book for the first time. I got to see my Momma get emotional at her dedication. 😘 And I got my first lot of lovely feedback on my story. ❀️

I was actually sad to see 2017 leave. But I’d like to think we shook hands on our departure and I’ve turned to welcome to 2018 with open arms. There’s so much already in the pipeline for this year that I literally cannot wait to start!

So, looking forward to 2018, my resolutions are:

  • Craft more wearables

I feel like my skills in both knitting and crochet have excelled greatly since the start of this journey. However the cuteness of toy making has got the better of me and I really don’t have many things I can wear to show my woolly pride. So this year I aim to change that.

  • Work on a new novel

Last year was all about Unravelled and I loved that. ❀️ But my creative input ended on that manuscript ended a while ago now. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the whirlwind that was publication but I’m starting to miss my laptop and my pen, so this year I’ve made not only a resolution but a promise to myself that I will start work on a new novel this year. (Exciting!!!)

  • Read at least one book a month

This one is a bit of a faux pas from me. 🀭 I did not complete my reading challenge last year in fact… *small voice* I’m still reading Throne of Glass which I started on my holiday last July. 😳 After I got back from that holiday everything just seemed to take off and well my reading took a back seat, but I’m back on it now and this year I aim to read at least twelve books!

  • Finish what you start

This is a biggie for me. As a person I get very excited about everything. So I start things with every intention to finish them but then get distracted by something that comes along and put my current thing down to pick back up at a later date and start the new thing that I’m equally excited about and in that well, the cycle begins. Don’t get me wrong, I do go back to the things that I put down, (the novel I’m still reading, the presents I finished crafting on Christmas Eve!) but it could be months, it could be years in between. Now remember I’m a writer, knitter, crocheter, blogger, and vlogger… This has got to stop.

However just to contradict myself…

I’ve decided to kick off another year of craft by taking part in the AYISO’s Temperature Blanket CAL.

The Association Of Independent Yarn Shop Owners are running their first crochet/ knit along that will run throughout 2018. The idea of the Temperature Blanket is every day you add a row to your blanket in a different colour depending what temperature it is near you. The blanket pattern you do is your choice, the colours you use and your temperature scale are your choice. But together we will share the journey of creating a beautiful unique piece.

I’ve planned to crochet my blanket in granny stripe, with guidance from Attic24’s pattern. I’m using DK wool on a 3.5mm hook and below you can see my chosen colours; pink being the hottest of days and white the coldest. (I made the picture of the white slightly larger so you can see the sparkle.✨)

I’m hoping to post updates across the year to show my blanket’s progress and if any of my lovely readers fancy giving it a go, I’d love to see your progress too! You can find out more about the CAL by joining the Facebook Group or reading Magnolia Tree Crafts’s blog.

And last, but by no means least, January the first is also my blogversary! 🎈And this year I’ve reached the magical three years! My website is something that continues to blossom and grow. It’s one of my favourite hobbies and it makes me so proud to see it evolve and take shape every year. So thank you to all of you for taking the time to be a part of it. ❀️

I’ll leave you now to enjoy the rest of your New Year’s Day because otherwise I feel this blog may go on forever! πŸ˜‚

Take care and I wish you all health and happiness for 2018!

– 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

Posted in My Journey, News & Events, Unravelled

Hello December. πŸ‘‹

I can’t believe it, here we are in December already?!

Christmas is in the air, the nights are getting longer and knitting by the fireside just got a whole lot cosier. πŸ”₯ I mean look, even my porridge got into the festive spirit. ⛄️

However, things are rather busy for me this festive season. As well as the usual decorating, shopping, gift wrapping and yule tide that Christmas time brings, I’m also well under way with preparations for my launch party… which is tomorrow!!! 😱😱😱 πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ I’ve also been in touch with some amazing people and busy planning future opportunities for Unravelled both by the end of this year and well into the next! All that, plus my day job in retail… well things are a little crazy around here at the minute, but I still wouldn’t change it for the world. ❀️ It just means it isn’t really until now that I’ve managed to sit down and spend some quality time with the blog.

I’m starting to hear my first feedback from readers of Unravelled and every single comment has been so positive. ❀️

It’s so heart warming to hear how Claire and Adrian’s story has already touched so many people and this is only the beginning!

I’ve also got some very exciting things in the pipeline that should be dropping any day now. So make sure you keep an eye out for that! You can keep up to date with everything, as it happens, by following me across social media. I’ll leave the links at the bottom of this post.

Also, it’s still not too late to RSVP me for tomorrow night’s extravaganza! It’s as easy as just leaving me a comment on this post and I’ll make sure your place is booked. 😊

I’m so excited for tomorrow night, I’ll see you there!

– B xo

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