Top Ten of Twenty Thirteen

The story of Lofty

When me and Lewis were visiting home from University at the beginning of November, we woke up to find a black cat was hit by a car outside his house and passed away. After asking the houses down their road, we discovered it was stray. Kate and Colin, Lewis’ parents, also informed us that they’d found a dead kitten in their garden the night before, but none of us put two and two together. By the next night, we were back at university, but Kate and Colin heard a very scared little meow whilst they were trying to sleep. After a lot of searching, It turns out the mother cat had somehow got into their loft from the outside and had given birth to two kittens up there. So this little lonely kitten, now named Lofty, had never seen daylight or humans before. Kate and Colin were so caring, and gave him lots of love and food but because they have two golden retrievers and live on a road where quite a few cats have been hit by cars, little lofty now lives at my house, settling in with Bubble, Jimmy and Boots. So we’re all winners, Lofty is now living with three other cats on our farm, and is a very smitten kitten and we now have a fourth cat to add to our cat zoo.

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Birthday Bubble

As my previous post has told you all, I love Bubble as much as I love my entire family. I got him when I was 5 and he’s my absolute world. As far as pets can go, I don’t think I will ever have one that means just as much to me as Bubble does. This year he turned 15 and although that’s old, it’s okay because he’s got at least another 15 years in him, he promised me.

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Unforgettable Florida

This Summer, in June, I was completely spoilt and taken to Florida with the Everett’s as part of Lewis’ 21st birthday present. We got to swim with Dolphins at Discovery Cove, go to Disney Land, Universal, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Islands of Adventure, Wet and Wild, Epcot, Amazing Beaches, Massive Shopping Centres and restaurants which served incredible food (in my sort of portions). I will never, ever forget my time in Florida, and will always be grateful for being taken there, and even more grateful for my boyfriend and his family. I’m a very lucky girl.

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Special Sandbanks

 I have been to Sandbanks once a year since birth, with my Parents, Grandparents, Aunties, Uncles, Great Granny, Great Aunty, Brother, Sister and cousins and each year we have the most amazing year. Sandbanks’ is an incredible place to be and has recently been in the news, as explained in my previous post, but to me it’s more about the memories and traditions that my family have there. And our time in Sandbanks, in 2013, was no different.

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Second Year grades

Whilst in Sandbanks this year I got my grades for second year, which I was extremely happy about! I worked my absolute bum off last year and am so happy I did because I received a 2:1 and that’s what I had hoped for.

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Our special Lily

Valentines day is about the people you love, but unfortunately Janurary 14th in 2013 was the day I had to say goodbye to someone I love dearly. My great granny, Gar, sadly passed away at the end of January last year and valentines day was the day of her funeral. Although it was one of the hardest days of my life, it was one of my most truly memorable moments of the year as it was a day to celebrate her life, to send her off in the way she would want and deserved to be and to show her just how much she meant to us all.

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20 years on

As always, I love to celebrate my birthday with my nearest and dearest, and this year was no different. Some of my friends came from just up the road, and others travelled over 5 hours on a train to be there, and that made me extremely happy. I had an amazing night… Bring on my 21st next year though. Everyone keep August 2nd free 😉

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The two L’s

Although me and Lewis spend a lot of time together due to us living in the same student house, we rarely get a moment when it’s just me and him. So London is our little getaway, and this year we’ve been twice and, as always, both times were very special.

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Fingers Crossed

Getting an interview at UEA for a PGCE in KS2 primary is definitely one of my highlights of 2013. If I get a place I will start in September, and will be on the road to where I want to spend the rest of my life. My heart has always been in teaching, and I know it’s the career I’m destined to be in. I’m due to hear back from UEA within the next two weeks so fingers crossed!

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Together Again

When I was at High School I would see my best friends almost every day, but now being at University I know how much I took that for granted. On Christmas Eve this year me and 5 of my oldest, best friends were reunited after about a year and it was like we were never apart.

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I’m grateful for everything 2013 brought to me, and everyone that was a part of it. 2013 was a memorable year for me, and I hope 2014 is just the same! I wish you all a happy and healthy New Year!

Putting the original into Aboriginal

Personally I have always felt that ending my education after sixth form, at the young age of 17 was never an option. Although I knew where my passions lied, I was still unsure of the paths I wanted to take in the future. Yet I knew 100% that I did not want to go straight into a 9 till 5 job. My mum has always said to me, “University were the best years of my life”, and my dad always told me that he regretted never going.. And who better to look up to that your parents, right?
So I took the leap, and began my life at the University of Lincoln in September 2011 and hand on my heart it was the best decision I have ever made. Not only have I become independent and strong willed,  I’ve learnt who my true friends are, how to manage a student loan and more importantly how to get up for a 9am lecture after rolling in 5 hours prior.
But more than anything else, I have climbed mountains on my Fashion Studies course. Before starting my degree I’d never had any experience with Fashion, which I found really set me back at the start as there were students on my course who were doing similar repeats of a Fashion course, or had been doing Fashion at college for numerous years. But now looking back at the 2 years, I have already filled 9 sketchbooks with detailed illustrations, designs and working drawings to a set theme, designed and manufactured 3 dresses and 1 shirt and knitted 1 jumper and 1 dress. I have also been fortunate to take part in many competitions including one designing for George at ASDA, learnt how to use illustrator and photoshop towards my designs and exerted a number of presentations of a room of 40+ individuals and lecturers. In addition to this I have written 14,000 words worth of fashion related essays, and have already handed in my dissertation proposal.
Two of my favourite garments are from my aboriginal collection. First shows my dress, created from both cotton silk and coated cotton satin which I printed my own design onto. For this design I decided to create my own pattern block, rather than using a template, as this allowed me to create a very unique garment. I used the swirls from the aboriginal image to emphasise certain areas of the female body in my design. The image here shows my garment before completion, in addition I added length to the dress and an arm with a flared, peplum sleeve. I will post an image once my garment has been returned from marking.
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My second garment is a knitted jumper. In addition to pursuing my aboriginal theme we were asked to add ideas from sportswear into our final design. I looked into the traditional argyle print, commonly used in golf, and by using the accustomed circle from aboriginal art, I created an argyle print of my own which I then incorporated into my punch card. Alternatively changing the second yarn after every 12 rows, created the tricolour fabric. The bottom of my garment was created through hand stitched cable holes, which took me days and days of patience and bacon sandwiches, but has created a very detailed and delicate lace effect. My jumper was finished off with ribs created on the dubiet machine, using my very own secret method. I hope you like my garments, and I’m looking forward to finishing more so that I can share them with you. Take care x
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