A Crafty Coffee

Zappis Cafe Americano

Zappis Cafe AmericanoThere’s nothing more I like to do when out & about than to have a quick crafty coffee. It’s even better if I can support an independent cafe. So I was more than willing to visit Zappi’s Cafe in Oxford. It’s above a cycle shop which is great as it meant I could pick up a cushion for my saddle as well as get a caffeine hit!

They have a great range of teas & coffees all at very reasonable prices. They had a lovely selection of cakes, although as I’m watching the calories I didn’t indulge this time. My black americano was lush & my OH had a flat white which he really enjoyed. There was also plenty of tap water available, which pleases me as this isn’t something that all cafes offer. I also used the WC & was very impressed. While quite small it was clean & airy with proper soap, loo roll & hand towel (Take note Starbucks!). I will definitely be visiting again.

Pretty Peonies

Pretty Peonies

I warned my OH that when we went to Waitrose on Sunday I would have to buy a bunch of their beautiful peonies. I cannot resist them & as we don’t have any growing in our garden the way everyone else seems to then I need some in the house. Not too expensive at £4.99 for a good few stems they are opening nicely & bringing a spring smile to my face. This is essential on rainy dull days like we seem to be having at the moment!


Pretty Peonies

A New Look

Welcome to my new look blog. Many thanks to my amazing OH who has spent almost all his bank holiday helping me with the new layout and banner.

I hope you enjoy looking at my blog & reading about the little things that I do.

I have to admit I had a lot of fun organising the layout & picking out colour schemes, drop shadows, links etc. Now all I have to do is find something else to blog about!

Technical Craft

Vignette in Pixelmator

I have to admit that I love this blogging stuff. Not only has it given me a chance to share what I’m doing & find interesting it also means that I look at what other people are doing.

I have felt recently that I want to upgrade my blog from a beginner style to something a bit more professional. So I’ve taken a massive step – I’ve actually paid money for my blog! My very technically minded OH is spending some of his bank holiday having a look at new designs for it so expect a few changes over the next few weeks.

Not only that but I’ve been very jealous of some of the images that I’ve seen on some of my favourite blogs. So I’ve also bought Pixelmator so that I can alter my images to give them a bit of something.

Below is my attempt at vignette. Not bad for a first timer! (I usually do everything, & I mean everything, in Word!) It’s a little basic but I’m just getting to learn all the tools, layers etc. So expect some pimped up pics on here shortly! Right, where’s my camera… 

Vignette in Pixelmator