Quick Catch Up: Hello February

Quick Catch Up: Hello February

Quick Catch Up: Hello February

February 1, 2014 | Events, Reads | 8 Comments

Well, you guys, we made it through the first month of the year, so how was it for you?

I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling a little bit in love with this year already. I’m an out and out stationery addict and this month is the one time of year where you feel completely justified to buy all those awesome stationery bits and bobs that your soul has been craving and know will help to keep you motivated and organised through the coming months. I’ve spent the last few weeks surrounded by notebooks, journals, calendars and day planners; working though my schedule, goals and ideas for the coming days, weeks and months. I’m like some kind of planning obsessive! What better way to get you feeling like you’re on the right path to reaching your goals, personal and professional?

While I’m on the subject of dates, and now that I’ve been busy filling in and updating all these different schedules I thought now might be a good time to share a little peek into my 2014 Diary! So, here are the dates of the events that I’ll be attending in the creative world this year…

2014 Diary Dates
16 – 18 February
Craft, Hobby & Stitch International (Trade Show) NEC, Birmingham

20 – 23 March
Sewing For Pleasure NEC Birmingham

3 – 5 April
Creative Stitches / Fashion, Embroidery & Stitch Excel, London

7 – 10 August
The Festival of Quilts NEC Birmingham

9 -12 October
The Knitting & Stitching Show Alexandra Palace, London

30 October – 2 November
The Knitting & Stitching Show RDS, Dublin

20 -23 November
The Knitting & Stitching Show HIC, Harrogate

psst! For those of you interested in catching up and learning a few stitching skills along the way, I’ll be hosting a series of Mini Workshops at Sewing For Pleasure this year – so, I’ve got my head down working on some super fun projects for you to try out, I can’t wait to show you what I’ve been working on…I’ll fill you in on all the details soon!

For those of you interested in coming along to any of these show and events I’ll be keeping you posted nearer the time with all the important details about the events, tickets and opening times. I’m really looking forward to seeing all you creative folks then!

I think it is pretty safe to say that I won’t be in any danger of feeling bored this year! There is just so much going on, so here’s a little round up of the things that have been happening over here at PeachyHQ this month!

On Made Peachy:

Crafts: Hexi Patchwork Coasters

Style: Meet Kimi Avila

Skills: How to Die Cut Fabrics – with a Sizzix Big Shot

Eats: Parma Violets Flavour Syrup


My Browser Besties:

1: BumblenBirch

2: DotComGiftShop

3: Kerrie Mitchell Photography

4: Simply Solids


My Blog Crushes:

1: Milomade

2: Creating Laura

3: Frugally Peachy

4: Semi Sweet

Hey Y’all! There is still time  to enter the Made By Hand Giveaway entries close at midnight on the 5 Feb (GMT) and the winner will be announced on the 6 Feb – so get entering!

Remember those little goals that I said I was working on NY-Resolution-Style…well, I’ve been attaching the reading challenge with all that I’m worth…so, in order to keep me on track, I’ll be sharing the books that I’ve managed to read each month too!

My Months Reads:
Monthly Reads The Virgin Suicides Made Peachy1 The Virgin Suicides  – Jeffrey Eugenides
You probably know the storyline of this book from the movie, but whether you loved or loathed the version on the silver screen this novel is worth a read purely for the exquisite prose of Jeffery Eugenides – utterly magical!

Monthly Reads Burning Bright Made Peachy2 Burning Bright – Ron Rash
This is a fascinating collection of short stories based around themes of poverty, difficult life choices and trying situations. Some of the tales are stronger than other, but the great ones far outweigh the weaker ones.

Monthly Reads Gone Girl Made Peachy3 Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
I wanted to get in and read this book before catching any spoilers, and with talk of a movie, I got in quick. With a clever narrative construction and flowing prose, this book is a real page turner…that’s all I’m gonna say. No spoilers here!

Monthly Reads Marilyn Monroe Made Peachy4 Marilyn Monroe: Private & Confidential – Michelle Morgan
Can we ever really ‘know’ the life of a star like Marilyn Monroe? This factual account is far removed from sensational and gossip-style bios – a fascinating insight to her life, flaws and all!

You can check out my full reviews over on my Goodreads account!

So far I think that me and 2014 are going to get along just fine! Now, tell me, how’s 2014 treating you?

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    Emma Berry

    February 1, 2014

    Woohoo! I always love your catch up posts – I’m a stationery addict to the nth degree – I think I’m struggling not buying stationery more than I am not buying clothes!

    Interesting books there – I loved The Virgin Suicides – both the book and the film, I think the use of the book narration in the film really worked!

    Looking forward to Feb and seeing more of your lovely work!


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    February 1, 2014

    I’m so glad that you are going to talk a bit about the books you’ve been reading, it’s always great to get some recommendations and a honest appraisal. I loved the Virgin Suicides and Gone Girl, I haven’tread the others, but I recently finished Stephen King’s On Writing, and loved it. part biography, part how he created a writing life, it’s a really compelling read.

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