Helsinki #1

So Jen and I went to Finland last week for a long weekend and it was the best.

I had wanted to visit for such a long time. I am a quarter Finnish (my Grampys family moved between Finland and Wales while he was growing up) so it has always been at the top of my list of must visit destinations.

I have too many photos to show you, so here are a choice few, starting with the architecture:

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Olympic Tower

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Olympiastadion – where our hostel was.

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Rautatientori

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Finlandia Music Hall

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National Museum of Finland

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Beautiful buildings in Etu – Töölö

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Johanneksenkirkko

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Winter Garden Conservatory

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Senaatintori

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Uspenski Cathedral

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Llangors, Aberhonddu

Earlier in March, Duncan and I took a long weekend trip to Llangorse near Brecon. Seems a bit weird staying somewhere so close to home! But it was awesome weather and we we explored lots of places I’d never been to before.

Pwll y Wrach – Witches Pool at Talgarth

So according to Wiki it’s thought that women accused of being witches were ‘ducked’ in the pool which is how it got its name – doesn’t seem so scenic now….

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Wellies for Wading

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Hay On Wye

We went to Hay which was weirdly grim and quiet like a seaside town out of season. Super pretty though, and there was an AMAZING map shop selling antique original hand drawn maps, hundreds of years old (and hundreds of pounds! Not for book making!) I would have taken photos but I think I probably would have been told off. I was in there for AGES.

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Cute Table Marker at the River Cafe in Glasbury

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The Crannog

Everything in Llangorse was shut due to it not being summer yet I assume, so we didn’t get to look inside the Crannog – which is an ancient house on the lake.

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Awesome views from the mountain road near Ebbw Vale

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Library Finds #1

I’m sorry I havent posted in a while! I have been working away but I don’t seem to be able to finish any projects, as soon as I get close to finishing I get distracted and move onto something else…. So whilst I try and get over this strange and unproductive habit I’ll show you some of the awesome books I’ve picked up recently from the library where I work:

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Ogmore

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Best Bind

This week I managed to get on with a massive new collection of notebooks. I’ve had a huge stash of recycled paper building up for the past year and now’s the time to use it!
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The books are all made with 22 pages of folded a4 paper, mostly old documents and photocopies that would have otherwise ended up in the recycling bin (i haven’t thrown away a blank sheet of paper in literally YEARS).
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I use waxed linen thread which is a really strong thread that can withstand a lot of pulling and knotting, I can actually split the thread into thinner strands and it still works just as well.

There are loads of really beautiful and intricate ways to bind, (just look at all the amazing work on Pinterest) but as I always cover the thread with double sided tape, I just use a really simple method which is similar to Japanese Stab binding.
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I’ve also been working on some new cushion cover designs this week, and had another go with my sewing machines free-hand foot. I find it so difficult, but I thought I could at least manage to colour in the hedges in my latest map of Victorian era London.

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