Monday, 30 August 2010

Micro Holiday in Barcelona

Having just (almost) caught up with my work, I thought it'd be nice to share a little bit about my "micro" holiday in Barcelona last week. I'm calling it a "micro" holiday, as it was probably shorter than a standard "mini break" - with only one full day in the city.

We arrived in Barcelona at about 7pm, met my folks at the bus station and went to their lovely apartment for a shower before dinner.

Just across from the port is a monument: it's a column with Christopher Columbus atop. It looked nice at sunset.

With so much to see in the streets of La Rambla we didn't get any food until late, saw some amazing street performers including a really amazing Geiger style alien and ate cinnamon ice-cream. Yum!

So Tuesday was our full day. We decided to get an open-top bus to absorb as much sunshine and sights as we could in one day. On the way we stopped to feed the fish at the harbour.

Our first stop was La Sagrada Familia, which was truly breathtaking. We didn't go inside as we spent so long outside looking at all of the detail. Lizards, doves, snails, angels- all in stone and mosaic. Beautiful!

After grabbing some lunch, Gaudi's Parc Guell was next on the agenda. I could have easily spent a whole day there, with a picnic and some coloured pencils, the architecture and view of the city was amazing.

We bussed it back down to the city and saw La Pedrera & Casa Batllo before jumping off at Barceloneta Beach. It had been an absolutely boiling day so we literally ran into the sea to cool down. It was lovely.

After drying off I picked up a badge by AndaPanda, who had a little stall on the beachfront. She makes lovely badges by hand, with very cute Japanese fabrics. As you'd imagine, I couldn't resist!

We went back to the apartment and got ready for dinner and decided to go to a restaurant that we'd seen to be queued out the door, by about 15metres. We decided to brave the wait at Les Quinze Nits assuming that such an enormous queue must mean good things. After 45 mins outside, we were seated and eating what must have been the tastiest and most reasonably priced food in Barcelona. I had a delicious chorizo entre, lovely spicey meatloaf with mustard sauce and potato puree, salad with goats cheese and honey dressing, a whole jug of sangria and a totally chocolately chocolate brownie with stracciatella icecream for pudding. Four of us ate like that, for $20 each. I'd reccomend this place to everybody!
But you've heard of "power naps" and how refreshing and invigorating a 20 minute snooze can be in the middle of the day. Well, with that in mind, this was definately a "power holiday" as after 24hours in another country, it felt like Scotland had never existed.

Thursday, 19 August 2010

The Spider and the Fly

As you may or may not know, I'm an occassional writer for the Fashion and Craft section of Scotland's art and popular culture mag, The Skinny. This month I was asked to detail the many exciting events going on at The Spider and the Fly pop-up shop and gallery space. There's all sorts: from workshops, to tea parties- which is going to make The Spider and the Fly a popular haunt for all local crafters, designers, makers, and lovers of tea.

Click here for the full article.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

I am Published

After the first Dundee Jamboree event earlier this year, I wrote an article on our the journey of Jumpers and Jamboree from conception to realisation.
With the next Dundee Jamboree event in the pipeline (check out the blog for full details) my article has been published on the Pubic Art Scotland website!
With an introduction by editor Ruth Barker, Short Notice: an account of a whirlwind show is available to be read online now.

Monday, 2 August 2010

Good Times in my Folksy Shop

So, it's been 10 months since my wee Folksy shop opened it's digital doors last November. With a busy month due to the addition of my new screen-printed Teacake Cushion, I am so chuffed to announce that not only have I reached my 100th sale, but I've also become a Folksy Featured Seller!
Along with other new featured sellers, the NikkiMade shop has been included over on the Folksy Blog.
I've also just added a few things which until now have only been available to buy from me at fairs and events: my A Cup of Tea Solves Everything Notebook and Hand-Cast Custard Cream Brooch.