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Salisbury: snapshots from the city

 At the weekend, Shaun and I decided to go to the train station and pick a destination at random and go on a Saturday adventure. Salisbury was the first place which came up. It was only an hour away from us, the weather was sunny, so it sounded like the perfect day out.

Before we knew it, we had arrived in the city and found ourselves outside Salisbury Cathedral.

A few obligatory photographs outside the cathedral.

The River Avon flows right through the city and looked so pretty in the February colours.

This is Salisbury’s Love-Lock Bridge. Not as romantic as Paris, but still sweet.

It wasn’t long before we were thinking about lunch (as usual, hehe). We picked Wildwood just outside the market as the menu sounded delicious.

I was feeling in a vegetarian mood so I went for: Grilled mushroom & halloumi burger with pesto mayonnaise. As always, I upgraded to sweet potato fries. Amazing!

After lunch, we took a stroll around Salisbury outdoor market, this place sells everything: fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, cheeses, eggs, vacuum cleaners, carpets, clothes, shoes, jewellery, kitchenware, wooden furniture, like everything. It’s open every Tuesday and Saturday and worth a visit if you are in the area.

I always love the colours and aromas in a busy vibrant market.

Who doesn’t like a little bit of homemade fudge? Roly’s Fudge originally came from Devon 30 years ago and is made from all natural ingredients. You can buy everything from Vanilla Clotted Cream, Chocolate or Rum ‘n’ Raisin to more traditional flavours. There is something for everyone here.

After we had looked around the city, we fancied a quieter walk along the river enjoying the scenery.

The cathedral was never far away – at least we knew how to find our way back to the station again.

Peaceful surroundings just outside of the city.

Salisbury has a good mix of everything – vibrant colourful markets, cultural Cathedrals and peaceful river walks. We will definitely be coming back here again sometime. especially as it’s just a short train ride from home. Have you been to Salisbury? Do you prefer the busier city life or quieter countryside?

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Pet Portraits by THERAVIOSART

Cats and art are my two favourite things. So when I saw that Ravi, a freelance artist, was looking for bloggers with pets I jumped straight at the chance. Ravi is one of the most loveliest people. We chatted over Facebook, I sent her my favourite picture of Simba & Zazu as kittens and a few days later I received this AMAZING drawing! I was also sent Ravi’s fantastic drawing of a lion (it’s not mine, don’t worry, I only own cats he he).

Ravi is a Leeds based freelance artist with a passion for portraits. She draws both humans (in black and white) and pets. Her work is absolutely incredible, just look at her Etsy shop! I think this could be such a sweet gift idea for a loved one with a fur companion. Or if you want a little present for yourself, this is such a unique and special treat. Check out THERAVIOSART and order yourself the purrrrfect present:

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Thank you so much for my lovely drawing, Ravi. I absolutely adore it and am amazed at your skill and talent! Make sure you check out Ravi on social media and give her your support!

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Reeves paint by numbers: a creative way to relax

The last time I did paint by numbers, I was about 10 years old, sitting in my Nan’s kitchen, trying to create something that resembled a Disney character. As an adult, I never gave it a second thought. Well, that is until Reeves contacted me. Reeves are one of the world’s leading creativity and lifestyle brands, they believe creativity isn’t about right or wrong, it is all about expression. Reeves’ ambition is to cater for a broader audience, like me and you. Not just for artists or 10 year olds’ sitting in their grandmas kitchen. They do a HUGE range of products, but being the cat lover I am, I knew what I wanted to try.

I picked the Kitten on Books Paint By Numbers Set – cats and reading are like my favourite things.

Admittedly, I was like woah! so many numbers, I better put my glasses on.

But when I figured out what I had to do, I mixed my first colour and started painting. I quickly relaxed into it.

You don’t need to be an expert painter at all. This was my first time picking up a paint brush in years and it was easier than I thought.

Some colours needed mixing and this was very straightforward. Other colours you just used straight from the pot. Easy.

It was so satisfying to see the picture start to emerge.

I was surprised how similar my picture looked to the picture on the kit. It’s so easy to create the right shades which match the original perfectly.

As you can see, my painting skills are not perfect but that really didn’t matter. This was such a chilled activity.

There are no rules, paint the picture in which ever order you like and use your imagination.

This took me about two evenings to complete and it was time well spent. It was the most relaxing thing I have done in a long time.

Ta-da! I am so impressed with how this turned out!

If you fancy doing something relaxing and creative, check out Reeves Paint By Numbers kits. There are tons to choose from and cost less than £5. Have you tried these before? Let me know your thoughts!

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I Have Opened An Etsy Shop!

Being a poor student, who has only made £3.92 from AdSense in 3 months, I thought I needed a new way to make some money. Then I had an idea… why not open an Etsy shop selling my photography! I have been planning this for a while now so thought I’d share with you how I have set up my shop.

Business cards

Everyone takes you seriously when you have a business card, right? These gorgeous cards were designed by Shoumuos who runs the Etsy shop Sunzdid. She specializes in business branding, custom portraits and prints and is the most loveliest person. Click here to check out her blog / Instagram / Facebook.

Also: You can get 15% off with your order using the code BEXA15 valid until 3 June 2018. 

The products

I have worked with Printiki previously on my Greece Travel Scrapbook and Thailand Travel Scrapbook so I knew where buy good quality prints. Easy. The frames were a little harder to track down but eventually I found the perfect ones. Ta da! There are currently two items in my shop:

Weymouth Black and White Framed Prints

Bath Black and White Framed Prints

Thank You Stickers

I’m feeling optimistic, so I brought myself 30 thank you stickers. I love these, the typography is awesome. Click here to buy: Thanks for Supporting Small Business- You are Awesome – modern calligraphy hand lettered stickers

Personalized note and confetti

My sister is a well experienced online shopper, so I asked her if she had any tips and suggestions for opening an Etsy shop. Her advice was to send a little personalised note and make the packaging fun. I have taken on her wise words of shopping wisdom and brought 25 handfuls of Pastel Rainbow Confetti and these cute little thank you cards from Amazon.

The boring bits…

I currently have 100 meters of Bubble wrap sitting in my lounge and 5 empty boxes (the cats love them).

Do you have an Etsy shop? I would love to hear your feedback and advice on running a small business – such as where can I buy cheap boxes?!

Click here to visit my Etsy shop.

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