Sunday, 1 March 2015

LIFESTYLE: February in Review

We're another month into 2015 and it has been a busy one. After a slight set back mid month due to illness, it's been pretty busy all round, but I've never been happier.

So here is my round up of the month.

We celebrated our seven year anniversary - you can read our little story here. It's been an amazing seven years, and I can not wait for the next seven, and many more. Dann bought me the cutest Toothless plushie as we nicknamed Archimedes after the black dragon.

We also celebrated Dann's birthday. Our day was spent in Brighton at the tattoo convention, followed by a double date at Wagamamas with my best friend and her husband. No birthday would be complete without tattoos and japanese food!

We finally exchanged contracts on our house, so will be leaving our little flat in March. To say I'm over the moon would be an understatement. I'm looking forward to making my house look like a home from Pinterest and creating our own space. We've even been paint shopping!

As you will know from this here blog, and my Twitter, we attended Brighton Tattoo Convention for two days. Both myself and Dann got work done, and we honestly had an amazing two days - read all about the trip here. We treated ourselves to a hotel stay including a fancy four-poster bed, and the most amazing breakfast - Dann had kippers and scrambled egg, and I've never seen him so happy about breakfast food!

Which brings me onto my new tattoo addition. Post due in March with an overview of tattooist Jenna Kerr. But I will tell you that it was totally worth the five and a half hours of tattooing, I'm totally in love with it.

My little Archimedes turned three! I can't believe how fast he is growing up - see his photos here. He's simply one of the greatest things in my life.

Sadly I had to say goodbye to one of my friends as she is moving up the country for work. The last six months have been a joy hanging out with her. She's taught me lots about presenting myself at work and fashion colours. She's such a smart girl, and I cannot wait to go to Turkey with her in the summer!

Illustrated Teacup Feb in Review

Thursday, 26 February 2015

TATTOOS: Review - Brighton Tattoo Convention 2015 and haul

I love Brighton. It's  a lovely place to visit and home to one of my favourite conventions.
This year I managed to attend on Friday and Saturday so here's  my round up of my two days.

Day One

I got my very first  convention tattoo by the very talented Jenna Kerr! I will post a full blog post on my new tattoo. Plus my husband was tattooed at the convention but the awesome Fabian Langes, which I will also write a post about!

I'm  not going to lie I was a little worried about sitting through it. I've  sat through many tattoos both in closed rooms and in the middle of busy studios, but this is a totally different experience. There are literally hundreds of people walking  past  having a look at your work as it's  being  done, so trying to act like it doesn't  hurt is definitely at the forefront of your mind. Plus you have to smile sweetly at anyone that catches your eye. Fortunately Friday was a quieter day as it was pre bought tickets only and I was having a good pain day, thankfully. 

Before sitting down, myself and Dann had some time to have a little wander around the tattooists and traders at the convention.

We finished around 10pm so wandered off to the bar for a drink and to listen to the bands. We finished our night with a trip to Subway (because we were starving and tipsy... so it was the logical location)

Day Two

We spent most of Saturday collecting business cards and stickers and meeting some of our favourite tattooists, including Matthew Gordon and Cally Jo. We took a stroll around the traders including Are You Bearface, Sacred Stitches and Things and Ink. 

As always Brighton Tattoo Convention was a fun-filled, chilled out place filled with like-minded and respectful people. I can't describe how lovely it feels to be in a space filled with tattooed people, with no critical judgement, just appreciation for art and hard work. 

Of course no convention visit is complete without a haul of tattoo inspired goodies.

What we bought:

Prints and sticker from Dani Green (these were gifted by Dani because she is too sweet)
Dani Green Prints

Print and stickers from Fabian Langes (little sticker edit on this as it is a little naughty!!)
Fabian Langes Print

Our fourth Kerry Evans print
Kerry Evans Art

Tee for Dann from Sacred Stitches with tote bag
Sacred Stitches

Baseball shirt and tea towel from Tiny Miss Becca at Jayne Doe
Tiny Miss Becca Cat

Beard oil and moustache wax for Dann from Bearface
Rabbit skull from Eatonnott
Rabbit Skull
Wooden Lego head plugs for Dann in 16mm from Go2
Wooden Lego head plugs

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

LIFESTYLE: Why everyone should love a black cat

Black Cat

Black Cat

Today we are celebrating a birthday.
It's my cat's third birthday.

Yes I am aware that this is a slightly sad statement to make, but anyone that knows me knows how much I love cats, especially my two, and in particular, my Archimedes.

He is a black Bengal-cross. He is a little night jaguar. He is stealthy, fast, agile and sleek.
He can be totally evil.
But he is also one of the most loving cats I've ever known.

It's a fact that rescue homes have trouble re-homing black cats because people are superstitious and think they will bring them bad luck. But I love my witches cat.

He chirps at us in the middle of the night when he knows we're awake.
He cuddles up to me at night and in the early morning for cuddles and kisses (ok he licks my face - yes it is weird and slightly painful, but I know he means well).
He lays on top of laptops and keyboards - especially when they are being used.
He loves a good box.
He can and will jump as far and as high as he possible can.
He does attempt to trip us up when we pop to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
He licks his empty food bowl to hint he wants biscuits.
He gives paw on request.
He has the biggest ears I've ever seen on a domestic cat.
And he is the best cat in the world.

Happy Birthday to my little bundle of fluff!

Saturday, 21 February 2015

LIFESTYLE: Happy Birthday Dann!

I love my husband.

Ok, I know it's  terribly cheesy, and completely soppy to announce to the internet, especially  as you would hope that I would live him, being married  and all that. But seven years, and 1.75 years of marriage  later, I know now more than ever  that I am the luckiest girl on the planet to have him as a husband.

This post was inspired by Naomi at Lovetaza - probably the most perfect blogging family ever.

Today is his birthday... yay happy birthday old man! And whilst we will be hanging out at the Brighton Tattoo Convention, I thought  I would share some of the reasons why i love him so damn much.

I love Dann because he makes me feel like the most beautiful  and worthwhile  person on the planet,  like my entire life  is interesting (to him at least,  even I find myself boring sometimes).

I love Dann because he is so utterly caring,  and has a total soft spot for kids. To see him with our Goddaughter brings me utter joy, and I have no doubts whatsoever that he will be the most amazing father one day.

I love Dann because he can make me laugh  so hard  and so uncontrollably that I can't  breathe. He brings me happiness and laughter everyday.

I love Dann because he will let me play video games with him, even though I mostly  suck, and sulk if I have less  points  on two player games, so he lets me catch up, even though it really  doesn't  matter.

I love Dann because I do.

Today he is 29, and I hope he knows how truly remarkable he is, how truly blessed  I am to know and love him,  and that  will never be another person alive who loves him as much as I do, in the past, now and in the future.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

LIFESTYLE: Sharing my tattoo love with my husband

Today I have officially been with my lover (aka husband) for seven years. Yay us! 

We met when I was 18 and I'm often asked how we met and how our relationship works so well. So here's my story and some little bits of advice on surviving a long term relationship even through the tough times.

Our story is totally not glamourous. 

We did not know each other at all when we met. We were complete strangers (though we did find we had a couple of friends in common a little while later... small world, right!).

I was out for a girls night the day after Valentines Day and he was out for a lads night. We just happened to be on tables next to each other and the two groups joined after a discussion about male body hair (apparently that is normal at 18!). 

Dann and I got talking because of, yep you guessed it, tattoos. Admittedly back then, I had one small tattoo on my ankle, and he had an arm piece (literally about half his bicep) and a teeny one on the back of his neck. But it started a great night of chatting and drinking. 

Forward to a couple of days later and two meet ups and dates, and he asked me out (via text because he was nervous).

Now seven years, 
three flats, 
17 jobs, 
three abroad holidays,
two cats, 
four weddings attended, 
two engagement rings, 
three cars 
and one wedding of our own, 
we are settled... well... kind of... but we love our unconventional and extraordinary relationship.