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I’ve moved! My blog is now over at www.scrapadventure.com!

Over the last few weeks I’ve been working on getting my blog self-hosted and I’m finally there, phew! If you use a reader, be sure to update the blog there or just start a feed for my new address here.

You’ll find this friday’s photo over at the new address too – it’s a quick snap of something that’s been making me smile all week :)

N x

One of my goals is to share more links to blogs I love. It’s not that I don’t like sharing (really, I do), it’s just one of those things you take for granted – I’m always discovering new & inspiring blogs and I wouldn’t have found them unless I’d seen them somewhere else in the first place! So I’m going to remember to share more often the blogs that are making me happy, in case you’re yet to discover them too!

Kyla Roma // I’ve been following Kyla’s blog for quite a few months now and I’m still loving reading about her life on the Canadian prairie. Her blog is one of those rare kinds that I never want to miss reading an update from and it’s always a joy to be inspired by a woman making her big dreams come true!

Pretty Zoo

Pretty-Zoo // I recently-discovered Zoe’s blog and it’s quickly become one of my new favourites. She’s a fellow New Zealander living in Europe, so as well as having something in common, I love reading about her travels and life in Germany from her Kiwi-perspective. Also, she’s holding a kitten in the above photo, which counts for a lot :)

Chandeleah // She may be one of my best friends in the entire world (and one of my bridesmaids!) but she also writes a super-inspiring blog about her ongoing journey of fitness & healthy eating. This girl continues to blow me away with her seemingly in-exhaustable levels of enthusiasm, motivation & positivity – even amid the setbacks along the way. I love reading her blog & I’m proud to call her a friend in real life too :)

Magnolia Rouge // Now that our wedding is less than a year away (!), you’ll probably see a few wedding-blogs in these upcoming features. This is the blog from New Zealand Stationery designer Kate, from Ruby & Willow and she features lots of beautiful, inspiring real weddings on her blog. The thing that makes her blog different from all the other super-inspiring real wedding blogs out there is that she has lots of gorgeous Kiwi weddings on hers, which I love because that’s also where our wedding will be.

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In other news, this week is shaping up to be Awesome (with a capital A!)

I interviewed a super-inspiring photographer this morning for work, which really lifted my spirits and to top off the day our Save-the-Date cards arrived in the post. It’s the first bit of wedding stationery that we’ve printed so far (obviously) so it’s pretty exciting for a paper-addict like me :)

Have a great week!

N x

I wanted to take a quick moment to wish you a merry Christmas and happy holidays!

I’m in the Czech Republic right now, in the small but very beautiful town of Cesky Krumlov. It’s covered in snow and the temp today was about -10 but I’m absolutely loving it. It’s my first proper European Christmas, and it’s just as charming as I imagined it would be!

This photo shows the view I woke up to this morning – sunny but very cold!

I’m also happy to report that I discovered two incredible paper shops since i’ve been here – one was the store attached to the studio of an artist who makes handmade paper products, and the second was an absolutely magical vintage ephemera store which was just amazing – but they deserve a post of their own so keep an eye out in the new year.

And on that note, I also want to wish you a wonderful new year – I’ve been thinking a lot about my goals for 2011 since I’ve been on the road and I’m so excited for another year to begin.

Until then,

N x

ps: this is my first post from my iPhone so bear with me if it turns out a little odd!

Hi there!

If you’ve popped over from Liberty Cottage as part of the Celebrating Blog Friendships party, welcome!

Firstly, a little about me: I’m from New Zealand and two years ago I moved to London to fulfill a lifelong dream to travel and see the world (and lets be honest that’s much easier to do from the UK than the middle of nowhere!) I’ve been scrapbooking about 3.5 years and I love having a creative outlet that lets me combine my love for photography, travel and paper goods :)

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I started this blog almost exactly a year ago, mainly to connect with other crafty people out there in the world and I’ve discovered so many amazing, inspiring like-minded people by doing this.

But I was surprised to learn that as well as meeting new people, blogging would help me reconnect with Leah, one of my dearest friends from back home in NZ. When you live on opposite sides of the world, precious time spent on the phone or skype is usually spent catching up on all the big news of the last few months – but blogging gives a whole new dimension to our friendship:

  • I love reading the little stories from the weekend trips she takes around my beautiful home country.
  • I love seeing what she’s been scrapping lately and knowing which are her favourite products at the moment.
  • I love waking up in the morning to find an encouraging comment she’s left on my blog post from the night before.

And most of all I want to thank her for her generous heart and for going out of her way to help me out with a little project last month :) I have a sweet little gift for her on my coffee table right now (which will be in the post on Monday!) and I wanted to add a little personal touch to it…

…I realise I’m ruining a little bit of the surprise here but I wanted to share something crafty with you today!

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If you’re taking part in the competition for the grand prize, here is your letter to collect:

I had so much fun taking this photo today! (and I should probably take this opportunity to confess my complete addiction to Thickers)

Now head on over to Chatty Crafty Arty Pig to continue the party and to get the next letter in the phrase!

Have a great weekend,

N x

With all the excitement of the competition now over, i’m disappointed to say we came second. Booo! We were pretty close though, and to be honest I really didn’t have anyone left to ask! So I think we did our best.

I wanted to take a moment to thank a few lovely people out there, many who I’d never even met (in person or online) before this whole competition craziness started. I’d been feeling a little iffy about Twitter since I signed up, there are some really unfriendly people out there and I was wondering whether it was really for me or not.

But I’m happy to say my faith in humanity (well at least people on the internet) has been restored as there were so many lovely people retweeting and asking their friends to vote for me which I think is amazing.

So if you’re looking for someone lovely to follow on Twitter or if you’re looking for some blogs to read written by nice people, here are my suggestions, along with a huge thank you for all their support and help…

First and foremost, I have to suggest you head over to Leah’s blog and say hello! I can give you a personal guarantee that she is a lovely person to follow, either by blog or by Twitter as I’ve known this girl my entire life and she’s an amazing friend. She went to extraordinary lengths to help us out and I hope I can repay the favour one day! (geez, I’m tearing up a bit here!)

The fabulous Gemma Cartwright at Big Girls Browse

Sarah at A Work in Progress

Lou at Lou’s Journal

Gemma at Love Cupcake (warning: you’ll want to eat cupcakes after checking out her site)

Amanda at Gondwana Heels (check out her amazing NZ shoe store!)

Nicole at I am a honey bee

Jane, a fellow kiwi!

The Wedding Community – if you’re a UK bride-to-be, definitely check them out, they’re super-friendly

Funghi-photographer extraordinaire, Nick

Kristyn, who you can follow on Twitter

and Greer, another fellow kiwi who can also be found on Twitter

Thanks again everyone!
Nx

Now that Summer has definitely come to an end over here in the U.K, I thought it would be fun to look back on the season in photos and take note of what was going on at the time. I think it will be a great record in years to come when I’m looking back on these wonderful years living overseas. So here we go…

I travelled to:

Australia
I went over to be Maid of Honour at a friend’s wedding in Brisbane and ended up going to visit a good friend down in Sydney for a night on my way home as well – I miss them both a lot and who knows how many years it will be until I see either of them next. The photo above was taken at Taronga Zoo in Sydney.

Ireland
We hired a car and did a short road trip around a bit of Ireland – from Dublin across to Galway, down to Cork, then back to Dublin (via Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone!). We stopped into our favourite pub in Dublin on the last day for a couple of pints of Guinness – yum!

Greece
Our proper ‘summer’ holiday was a trip to the islands of Santorini and Paros in Greece. We had hot weather, amazing scenery, lots of swimming, cocktails and such delicious food. – the perfect holiday!

I listened to:

My most-listened to new album was ‘Sign No More’ by Mumford & Sons, who I also saw at the Hop Farm Festival in Kent along with Bob Dylan. It was such a fun, laid-back festival and all the music was great…must remember to bring a hat next time – it was so ridiculously hot!

I read:

Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse & Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer – OK it was inevitable I was going to have to read these. As I mentioned in another post I read them on my flights to/from Australia and was completely addicted straight away. Oh…and I’m Team Edward in case you were wondering :p

Apathy For The Devil by Nick Kent – this is one of Matt’s books but I really like rock & roll biographies as well so I read it after him. Kent was a music journalist with NME in the 1970’s, so it has lots of very interesting behind-the-scenes stories from one of my favourite eras in music.

I watched:

I saw Eclipse and Inception at the cinema this Summer – Inception was great (I love Christopher Nolan’s movies) and I can’t wait to get it on DVD when its out. Eclipse was fun, it was the first Twilight movie I’ve seen at the movies and I went along with a girlfriend. I thought it was hilarious when the girls in the audience started cheering when Jacob took his shirt off and booing at Edward…I think I’m a little too old for this!

In terms of TV, Matt and I are watching the final season of The Sopranos. We started watching about one episode a week from the beginning awhile ago, as neither of us watched it when it was on TV. We’re nearly at the end, and I’m going to be so sad when it finishes – I realise I’m about 10 years too late to the party on this but it’s the BEST television show ever!

Early in the summer we started watching Six Feet Under from the beginning as well so we’re about a season into that, which I’m really enjoying too…at least we’ll have something to watch when Sopranos withdrawl kicks in!

I wore:

A really cheap pair of leather sandals from Primark were my absolute favourites this summer – they were so comfy from the first wear, I think you can see them in the photo of me in Australia above. Other than that, I could be found most days wearing either shorts and a stripy top, with a light scarf in the evening or a summery dress. My favourite summer evening dress to wear was a gorgeous maxi dress I got back in NZ. I never got round to buying the hat I said I would buy about a billion times. Oh well.

I scrapped:

My favourite layout from the Summer

As well as finally finishing 2009’s Learn Something New Everyday album, I scrapped photos from Santorini (above), Marrakech & some pics of me for a challenge, made a layout with photos I took on my Diana camera, and made a few layouts with some favourite papers I’d been hoarding.

I planned:

Matt and I have been contemplating some big changes to our wedding plans. And by big I mean big – we’re thinking the other side of the world and about 5 months earlier than originally planned. I think we might be crazy! We’ll know for sure whether we’ll change our wedding plans this Autumn, when we visit the country we’re thinking of having it in to do some venue research. Very exciting, I’ll keep you posted!!

I dreamed of:

I’ve been dreaming of Autumn and thinking about where we might go this Christmas – although we won’t be spending it with our families it’s fun knowing that we can go anywhere we like. We’re throwing a few ideas around at the moment and tossing up between somewhere warmer or going somewhere very European and wintery.

Summer 2010 in numbers:

1 change of job

1 new bikini purchased

2 guests came to stay

2 30th Birthdays celebrated

10 cocktails consumed

10 swims in the pool/ocean

35 hours spent in the air flying

Well I think that sums up Summer 2010, It’s going to be so fun collecting four of these posts each year to look back on one day. I know some of these details won’t be interesting to anyone else but they’re a great record for me.

So how was your Summer 2010? Would love to know what you got up to!

Nx

I’m so glad it’s Friday! And even better its a long weekend here in the UK and the last public holiday before Christmas, which is another reminder that Autumn and Winter are on their way (actually I think Autumn may already be here).

Although the mornings are getting darker, I’m not too bothered. I love Autumn and up until Christmas Winter is such a lovely season (from January though it’s just plain depressing).

Last Autumn

I have a relaxing “me” weekend planned – I’m going to do lots of scrapbooking, get lots of other things done that I’ve been wanting to do in ages and listen to all my favourite music along the way . I think it’s going to be fun :)

Here’s what I’m doing:

– Finish the last few pages of LSNED 2009

– Start planning out my LSNED 2010 album (hopefully my box of goodies arrives by Saturday!)

– Attend a dance class (this will be my first in about 5 years, so excited!)

– Do some baking

– Go to the library – I desperately need some new books to read, any suggestions?

– Go running again if the weather stays dry

– and I have a few blog posts planned, including an end-of-the-month update on my 4 Goals




What are your plans for the weekend?

N x

So, the inspirational Elsie from A Beautiful Mess has motivated me to do something I should have done a long time ago:

Start setting a few goals! 4 goals to be precise, to be accomplished by the time 2011 comes around.

I’m definitely a thinker (probably a little too much), but I rarely set real goals for myself. I might think about something I want to achieve but I often get distracted, de-motivated or life just gets in the way.

So here we go, my 4 goals for 2010:

1. Discover a form of exercise that I love

I’m the first one to admit I don’t exercise as often as I should and a big part of it is that I’m not a gym person and I’m not a runner (shudder). I think exercise should be enjoyable though, not a punishment so I’m going to try some new things until I find something I really enjoy and want to do. Not only for my physical health (I am getting married after all!) but for my mental health as well :) My reward? Well I think the reward will be in the results in achieving this goal.

2. Blog more. Like…every week?

There’s so many things I want to share on this blog but for many reasons they don’t all come out. Trying to fit it in around a full-time job, my fiance who needs my attention too, catching up with friends when it always seems like forever since you’ve seen each other, life in general and the fact I like to keep some things private…well my little old blog often comes further down the priority list than I’d like it to. So how about aiming for once a week? I think that’s do-able! My reward? I’ll book a girly weekend away with a friend, that way I’ll have some more blogging material and I will have had a much needed catch-up with a friend.

3. Take time to become a better photographer

OK, I don’t know if this one counts because I’m already booked on two photography courses this year (one is this Saturday, can’t wait!) but taking a course doesn’t necessarily mean becoming a better photographer, so I think it’s still a valid goal! My focus will be on using what I learn when I’m photographing my travels or photographing around London, and using my Diana more often. My photography has come a long way over the past year but I want to get to the next level, so here I go :) My reward? Well it’s got to be camera related and I think a new lens for Christmas would be a good reward (I do work for a photographic retailer after all).

4. Finish my Learn Something New Every Day album

This is just getting ridiculous. I can’t even remember when I started this album but I’m about half way through. I wanted a scrapbooking/craft related goal as I’ve been a little un-inspired and quiet on the scrappy front, so finishing this album might be the kick-start I need. I’m hoping my little purchase of some goodies from Two Peas today will help inspire me too :) I think my reward for this one is easy: I’ll start a new online class but only once I finish this one.

Watching the sunet in Oia, Santorini...and possibly thinking about goals?

To be honest I could give myself another 4 goals but I think I’ll keep it manageable (god, I hope this will be manageable!).

If you want to join the challenge hop over to Elsie’s blog and read her guidelines for the challenge. I’ll be posting again to let you know how I’m getting on. Would love to know if you’ve set any for yourself too?

Wish me luck!

N x

Just had to share the newest item added to my Things I Must Have From Etsy list before heading off to work.

I discovered this seller through Creature Comforts blog, where she posted a really cute print from the artist (which is also nudging it’s way up the list) and while looking through the rest of the shop I stumbled across this pocket mirror:

I must own this. Never mind I don’t actually need another pocket mirror (I think I also need this bag, although I have about a hundred other tote bags already).

Hope you had a great weekend, I can’t believe Monday (and August!) is here already.

Have a lovely week,

N x

I’ve been very very quiet on the blogging front over the last month or so – there’s been so so much going in my life! Our flat is a complete mess, the fridge is bare and my google reader is overflowing so it’s not just my blog that’s been missing my much-needed attention.

Here’s a quick list of everything that’s been happening in my world:

1. I started a new job almost exactly one month ago working in the e-commerce team for an amazing photography-related retailer. I love love love my new job and I’m just starting to feel settled and out of that awkward new job phase where you feel like an idiot and have to ask about a million questions a day. It’s so nice to look forward to going to work each day :)

2. Flew out to Brisbane, Australia to be Maid of Honour at the wedding of my dear friend Carmen – it was such a fleeting trip as I was only there 5 days which is insane (I barely got over the jetlag before I had to turn around and fly all the way back to London!!). The wedding was absolutely beautiful and she looked so amazing on the day.

3. And speaking of my trip to Australia, on my way there I bought Twilight at Heathrow airport, had finished it by the time we re-fuelled in Singapore, bought New Moon in Singapore airport, finished that in Aussie, bought Eclipse in Sydney before the flight home and finished that on the plane somewhere over Europe. I then proceeded to go straight out to my local book shop as soon as I got home to buy Breaking Dawn and read that in about 2 days. As you can see it was a pretty quick conversion to Twilight madness for me :)

4. We’ve had my Mother-in-Law-to-be staying with us for the last month – this was her first time to Europe so while she was in London we did lots of sightseeing and fun stuff with her including going to a couple of amazing shows.

5. We’ve also been on a couple of trips recently including Amsterdam, Italy, Ireland and we just got back from 6 days in the Greek Islands on Tuesday, phew! Have had such an amazing time and I have lots of fun stories and photos to share in the coming weeks. The photo above was taken in the beautiful island of Santorini, such an amazing place.

6. Last but not least, I finally decided to sign up to Twitter this week! I’d been holding back as I don’t actually have many friends who use it but I’ve been using it with work a lot recently and realised how fun it is! So, seeing as I have the huge number of 2 followers (I wasn’t kidding when I said none of my friends use it!) I’d love to make some more twitter friends, so if you’re on twitter I’d love to meet you :) My twitter name is @missnatwilliams.

So that’s all my news! I haven’t done any scrapping in SUCH a long time but I have so many photos from my travels so I won’t be short on topics. I have a bunch of new postcards so i’ll be adding them to my ‘Postcards From Me’ album sometime soon as well and will post the new additions :)

What’s new with you?

N x

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