Knitting Needle Book Project

Dear Readers,

If you have ever purchased circular knittings needles to knit with you may have discovered the conundrum of how to store them! I have been looking for a good way to store my circular knitting needles for about 4 years now! Continue reading “Knitting Needle Book Project”

Elemental Doll; Aqua

Hi  All,

Just a warning I am writing one or two posts to be scheduled as I am going on holiday soon but I didn’t want to let that be an excuse for not posting anything.

So today’s post is about my first ever cloth art doll I have made to sell and her name is Aqua. She is part of an elemental series I am doing. Ignis, Ventus and Terra will follow, I have already drawn up their designs.

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The one I forgot to Title

Hello Again everyone,

Last week had quite a bit of drama for me as my computer was out of action for a long time, until this Tuesday actually!

Last Saturday and Sunday I knit these little socks. They are for my husbands coworker. She is pregnant and we thought that it would be sweet. I think that they look way too tiny but I don’t know what size babies actually are. They also look smaller than they are because of all the ribbing which makes them quite elastic.

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A little bit of sewing and a lot of painting

Hello lovelies,

Thank you for baring with me for such a long time! I am sorry that I had to stop but it really was good for me. I also stopped my knitting podcast. I have been feeling an urge to post here again however I have not had the inclination to start podcasting again.  To be honest I have been feeling more of the art urge while in Z.A. than the knitting urge. I have still been knitting but at my own slow pace. I wonder whether I will go back to knitting more when I go back to the UK or not. I am wondering if  I should make a new youtube as a combined thing, like just update my current art one, or if I should leave the knitting and the art separate. It is quite a lot of work to maintain two separate accounts.

Anyway! You are not here to listen to my internal monologue!!

Sunday the 16th of July

I have been doing a lot of watercolour paintings!

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Lady with flowers

I decided that when I paint flowers I always paint roses because I find them quite easy so below you can find my practice with other flowers. and Some cute kitties at the bottom

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Flower practice

And it has finally gotten quite chilly here in Cape Town if I do say so myself!

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That blanket actually belongs to my mother but I have officially claimed it for while I am here.

Monday 17th

I am considering doing some custom pet portraits so this week I started practicing. Here is a cute little pug puppy.

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Pug !

And I also picked up this knit again after about 2 weeks. I have been knitting it out of a cotton and bamboo blend. It is all knit in the round, which means no purling, which mean it is going pretty quickly for me.

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Can you spot Salty in the glare?

 

 

Tuesday 18th

The pet I painted today was Zoe! You can see the picture and the reference picture together on my instagram.

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I have been wanting to put more effort into selling art on my etsy store but I decided that people find xYOOPx a bit of a mouthful and it may be scaring some people off. So I have changed it to Diella Taylor. At the moment the shop is in holiday mode because I can’t feasibly ship anything out of South Africa. the post is either too expensive or too dodgy. All that to say that I designed a logo for my Shop.

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Then after all that was done I went back to knitting my Umbria top.

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Excuse the dirty mirror. In this picture the top is not finished as it gets a longer part at the back. But the front was finished.  As an aside just after I took this picture my button popped off my jeans. I have 2 pairs of jeans here in Z.A. and the other pair has developed a hole. This will be pertinent shortly.

Wednesday 19th

My mother woke me up early and asked if I wanted to go and visit my gran with her. My mom usually takes her to do her shopping as she no longer drives, and my mom offered to buy me some new jeans! Yay. See told you it was pertinent. We found some jeans, and a surprise top but we also wanted to get some boots. After dropping my gran back at home we went to another mall.

We stopped at Primi Piati first and had some lunch. We both got a greek salad and we got a board of rosemary and salt foccacia to share.

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Then I found some boots!  Yay. They are real leather and they were on sale for R1100 😀

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I also found some boots which looked like they would be good for walking in, because in Edinburgh we walk around the city a lot. But they were not in black… and they were a tad too expensive.

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A quick picture of me wearing all 3 items 😀 Excuse the messy room.

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My parents left for their holiday house in the afternoon which is unusual because they usually don’t leave on a Wednesday.

And in the evening Salty decided to entertain us by trying to sit in boxes that were way too small.

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Thursday 20th

My dad has been getting micro-lite flying lessons so my mom sent us some pictures in the morning. My dad is in the front looking very serious.

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We had a bit of a scary experience. My sister was having a friend stay with us but that friend starts work early so I gave her a lift down to the train at 5.50am. My sister came with, in fact she drove because she is still learning and there are pretty much no other cars at that time. Then about 3 hours later at 9 my sister opened the front door and discovered a foot print outside out security gate! My sister was wearing shoes with the same tread, but they are very common shoes. It had been very wet and rainy but can a print last 3 hours? Well to be honest people have jumped over our front wall before and our gates and burglar bars are very secure and always locked so I wasn’t that worried but it was a little unnerving. Also the dog had been barking that morning but she ran into the back garden so we guessed it was just the neighbors cat.

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This day I painted our kitty Pangaea. The original photo was taken by my sister.

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In the evening we went to the Spur to see one of my sister’s friends who is going back to the Northern Cape. We were quite early so I quickly went to have my acrylic overlay soaked off at Sorbet. And that is a whole other story. Long story short, two weeks ago I got an acrylic overlay because I thought it would help protect my usual fragile nails… big mistake. I have been regretting it ever since.

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I took a picture of my waffle because my sister’s friends child said the cutest thing. When they arrived she said “Cake!” and we said no it’s not cake. So she said “Pizza!”. Haha that is the best name for it ever. Cake Pizza. Also here’s a little secret I am going to share with you. Spur make THE BEST Waffles. Okay they don’t really have variety. You get classic or you get bar-one sauce. But the bar-one sauce one is R40 for a full and … less for a half. and the waffle is not defrosted, it is made on site. It is not tough and chewy but not too thick. The ice-cream is real creamy ice-cream not icy vegetable fat, and the sauce is real chocolate too not a syrup. I have had waffles at many places in Cape Town, even from fancy waffle shops with only sell waffles and say that they are proper Belgian waffles… Nope. Spur wins hands down!

So when I got home I decided that I had to cut my nails because they were now super duper thin from all the soaking in acetone and then buffing. My nails are usually a little bendy but not this bendy. My pinkie nail felt like paper.

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Friday 21st

Today was not a good day. First I did a drawing which I liked. and then I inked it with one of my new pens without checking that it was waterproof. I only checked it after and it’s not. 😦 I didn’t ruin the picture but I can’t paint it now.

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I then did another painting which went really well, and then I decided to do the lines after the paint. And I was like hmmm I’ll try doing the lines with a brush and ink instead of a pen. And I messed it up big time. So I wasn’t in a good mood.

I discovered that my one nail has cracked on the top from being so brittle.

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AND THEN! as if this all wasn’t enough. I was trying to use the visa website and I discovered that it is completely broken. I was getting display errors on Sunday so I sent in a complaint form. They had not responded to or acknowledged the complaint form. then today I tried to purchase the sms notification and discovered that that does not work any more, leading me to believe that their entire website is not working. This was made worse by the fact that the website is run by a separate company… but there is no way to contact that company other than through their complaint form… which as I said is broken. :< I will admit that I had a good sob.

So in the end my sister and I went out for some good old retail therapy. To be honest that is not usually my kind of thing, but we went to the art store so that I could get a new sketch book in which to practice drawing faces. (I always draw front facing female faces)

Then we went and bought a 1000 piece puzzle! Her boyfriend is also in the UK so we both need distracting.

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Saturday 22nd

Saturday was a pretty mellow day. I played some computer games. My parents came home. I helped lift my sister’s friend back to her res which had reopened.
And in the evening my dad and I went out for waffles. (Again I know!) This time I only had a half one but the waiter brought me some extra astros! He said that it was because I am a spur baby. My dad had told him that I had been coming to spur since I was a baby and that when I was four I pointed to s big sign which said “Spur Secret Tribe” and asked why it’s a secret if it’s a giant sign?

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Sunday 23rd

And last but not least on Sunday I fixed a dress that I had sewn previously. This dress is about 2 years old now but I always found that when I wore it, it dug under my armpits. I have since found that when ever I sew a dress from a pattern I need to make the arm holes bigger. I have really big shoulders! Anyway fortunately I still had some scraps of the material floating around so I scooped out the arm holes and then added a bias binding around the raw edges.

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I am a little out of practice at this so I hope that it is still okay.
I hope that you have all been well during my extended absence.

Lots of love Diella ❤

Catch up : Week of the bags

Hello all 🙂
I am sort of getting back into things. I have taken all the pictures but I can’t always remember what I did that week but I will do my best.

So on Sunday the 23rd of April I decided that look better with a top / dress that has a little sleeve because i have quite big shoulders.  In hind sight I can say that I still agree with past Diella and I have been keeping this in mind when dressing and when sewing new dresses.

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I also decided that I wanted to try painting a portrait of my sister from life. In hind sight I can say that this has been abandoned as it is quite hard to orchestrate. I have to be in the mood to paint and she also has to be free.

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Monday the 24th of April I sewed myself 3 zipper bags for using as project bags to keep my knitting in. I used the Open wide zippered pouch pattern.

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I also knit some more on my aunts socks.

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Pangaea was still enjoying sleeping at the end of my bed.  This evening was also the last time that we saw Salty for a while. She went missing.

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Tuesday 25th of April I took a drive to Paarl to go to my favourite bead shop. It was my first time driving so far out, I usually just drive around the city, and I found it quite tiring and I had to use my phone to navigate where I was going. I also felt quite vulnerable because I was driving a little Hyundai Getz which is fine when you’re driving 60km/hr but at 120km/hr it is not so great!

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I can’t remember when in the week I made the following things.

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Wednesday 26th of April I had to go and have my TB scan. This is an xray scan of your chest to see if you have active tuberculosis in your lungs. And I don’t, yay! I didn’t think that I did but I need the certificate in order to apply for my visa.

While I was waiting for my results to be printed I knitted at a coffee shop and enjoyed my little project bag.

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My mom and I drove around looking for Salty and calling for her and asking people in the neighbourhood if they had seen her.

When we got home Pangaea was enjoying being an only cat again and she was being silly and playing with the doormat.

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Thursday 27th of April my parents left to go to their holiday house in Yzerfontein and my sister and I stayed in Cape Town.

I started knitting a baby jersey for one of my sister’s pregnant friends since I had finished my socks the day before.

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And that evening Salty came home! She was missing for 3 days. I had been devistated and I couldn’t sleep at all during the week. Every time I heard any little noise I thought that it was Salty trying to come home and I would wake up and look out the window.

Salty came home and wolfed down all the food in her bowl. We always keep the cat’s two food bowls full so they usually just eat a little every now and again when they are hungry but Salty was eating and not chewing. Then she moved onto the water bowl and almost drank it dry. Then when she was all done she went into my bedroom and fell asleep on my bed.

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I was so happy to have her back that I felt too bad to move her so I slept curled up on the end of my bed.

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Friday 28th of April I took my sister into university to go and write a test. I sat outside on a bench and knitted and admired her pretty campus.

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Then I took my sister to the hospital to see the specialist about her knee. He said that after all the MRI’s and the injection he now says that it is just inflammation and there is nothing that she can do about it but just wait for it to go. So the good news is that it is not permanent but the bad news is there is nothing she can do. At the hospital I saw this lift…. Schindler’s Lift… made me think of Schindler’s List. I am silly.

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Then we fetched some of her friends and they came over for lunch and I made headway on the baby jersey.

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Unfortunately that afternoon our internet connection died! They said it would only be fixed on the following Tuesday!

Saturday the 29th of April  I started cutting out bags to sew up.

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I took a break to go to Canal Walk and try and buy a simcard to put into the router to fix our internet and then Sio and I got coffee at Mug and Bean.

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At home I did some more cutting out and Salty helped me.

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In the evening we went for Sushi at Hongs, our favourite sushi place. I am enjoying sushi so much because it is too expensive to eat in Edinburgh.

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I am a weirdo I know, I love Veg sushi even though I am not vegetarian

After supper we watched Fight Club, since Sio hadn’t seen it, and I finished cutting out all my bags.

Sunday 30th

My parents came back to Cape Town. And Salty helped me sew up one of the bags.

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My mom and I decided that Salty would be under house arrest until further notice. If she keeps running away she can’t be trusted.

Good grief it has been a long time since I have written one of these posts! I hope that you are all still doing well.

Love Diella xoxoxo

First Week back in Cape Town

Hello Readers,

I don’t know if this was a very long week or if it just felt really long to me. Hehe. I am also sorry that this post is late again. It seems like Sunday’s in Cape Town disagree with my blogging schedule.

Monday

Pangaea has moved onto the end of my bed. I am sleeping on two single mattresses on top of one another on the floor. And she is sleeping on the foot end. She used to sleep there when I lived here too. It started because I got her in winter and the wall heater is at the end of my bed, so even though it is not on now, being hot weather, she still sleeps there out of habit.

I was actually expecting Salty to move in with me since Pangaea usually claims my mom but Salty is giving me the cold shoulder.

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Monday in Cape Town was a public holiday so my dad didn’t have to work. So when we all got up we went for a walk on the Green Belt. Our favourite place to walk. I like it there because I have so many memories there and also because dogs are allowed off the lead there. I went to my sister and asked her, ” Sal die Hondjie saam kom?”, which in Afrikaans means will the dog come with? I said this in Afrikaans because I didn’t want Zoe to get excited if she wasn’t coming with. But it turns out that she seems to have learned Afrikaans too because she got excited anyway. Haha, lucky for her she did come with.

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The walk was nice but much hotter than I had bargained for. I decided that I would take all my walks from then on early in the morning or late in the evening.

Then I went down into my mom’s garage where all the creative things happen, and I went through my fabric stash that I had left at her house. I made a mental list of what was there and what I want to use for making dresses and what I want for making project bags.

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Pangaea was still chilling on my bed and getting to know Coo.

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Salty was being a crazy cat as usual.

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On Tuesday I woke up early to lift my sister into University. She is still struggling with a very sore knee. We thought that it was a torn meniscus but the MRI said it wasn’t. Then she had a cortisone injection under her knee cap and that only made it more sore. And now it’s back to the same pain.
Then I cuddled with Pangaea a little before my mom and I went to the fabric shop. I wanted to look at the price of fabric and also buy some interfacing and zips for the mock up dresses I want to make with my existing fabric.

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The Printed cotton Knit was R59 / meter

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Jersey Knit

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Jersey Knit

The 100% Cotton Vintage Prints were R79 / Meter

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Vintage Cotton Print

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Vintage Cotton Print

 

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Vintage Cotton Print

The Poly Cotton is R25 / meter

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Poly-Cotton

 

Once I got home I cut out my pattern pieces for the dress I wanted to sew but I practiced patience and I didn’t start sewing. That is a big problem which I have, I pick a day where I have nothing else to do and I start a sewing project and then I want to finish it THAT day! But it means that if I start running out of time I sometimes take shortcuts or rush things. Then I get frustrated with the imperfections in the garment which I know I could have avoided and then I don’t want to wear it. So this was me practicing taking my time and sewing something over multiple days.

That evening we went to say good-bye to my Uncle and Aunt and their little children at the airport. They came down from London to visit my family just before I left to come here. This was the 3rd time I was going to the airport in the space of 7 days. Saturday I arrived, Sunday I said goodbye to my sister in law, and Tuesday I went for my uncle and aunt!

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We went to the Spur because my British cousins are young and they like it there, it is a very kid friendly restaurant. I ordered a cream soda float (ice-cream in creamsoda) and it came with sprinkles.

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In the evening my sister was in my room and for the first time Salty and Panpan were both in my room. At this point Salty was still ignoring me thoroughly and only came in because Siobhan was there.

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On Wednesday I sewed my dress after dropping my sister off at Uni! I was only planning to start it but it went so quickly that I landed up finishing it.

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I am so proud of the understitching I did and the nice lining. Everything looks so neat! Also I thought that the dress would be thin in cotton but because there is the fabric and then also interfacing and then a lining too i think it will be quite warm with a cardigan and leggings.

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Thursday my mom and I dropped my sister at Uni and then went to an appointment she had. I sat in the waiting room and did the hem of my dress which was the last thing it needed. And then we went to go and visit my gran. She does not drive any more so my mom visits her once a week and takes her to the mall to do her shopping and banking. We then stayed and had lunch with her afterwards. I also booked my TB scan for next week. That is something which I need to do for my visa.

While I was there I was knitting my socks. And my granny asked if they were going to fit. I said yes because I did them 64 stitches same as I always do.

When we got home Panpan was asleep on my bed again.

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Then Siobhan and I went to go sit on the grass so that she would brush Zoe. When I lay down Salty came over and gave my head a bath. That was the first time that she started to forgive me.

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That evening after supper I decided to try the socks on since I know that the recipients feet are only slightly bigger than mine, I was a little worried after what my gran had said considering I was knitting on 2,25mm needles instead of my usual 2,5mm needles…. well they didn’t fit. They were way too tight they hardly went over my foot. I thought that it may just be the cuff that was too small. Since I had already knit the cuff, ankle, and heel on both socks. So I inserted a life line, cut off the cuff and reknit the cuff on 2,5mm needles. It actually went on my foot much smoother this time. But it was still pretty tight and as I said the recipients feet are slightly bigger…. So I pulled them all out, wound them up and went to bed.

On Friday I started knitting the socks again on a bigger needle this time. And I also caught up on some of my podcasts.

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I posted my First Cape Town knitting podcast episode.

Salty started making little appearances into my room but she always lies on the carpet and never the bed.

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She also decided to climb my dad’s Avery and sit on top of it.

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And my sister showed me that the bag I had made her last year to take her books to university, had broken, so I made her a new one. I love the rainbow hearts material.

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In the evening we went out for supper with some family friends and I wore the new dress which I made.

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Salty has taken to sleeping on a camping chair in my sister’s bedroom.

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She also likes to chew the sainsbury’s packet which is in my room!

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On Saturday Siobhan and I had a little picnic in the garden and it was really nice and Zoe started being all silly.

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Then we decided to go out to the shops since my dad was going out and my mom was hosting an art workshop. We looked at lots of shops and we stopped for lunch. We went to a place called anat and had shwarmas. I took lots of pictures for my friend Miss E in Edinburgh to show our friends because there they something they call a kebab which is apparently similar but made with canned meat.

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At Typo I saw this cute little cat mug! I was restrained and didn’t buy it though.

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And that is it for the week from Panpan and I. We are very tired now and are probably going to go sleep. 🙂

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❤ Diella xoxo