Paris on my mind

Inspired by this post the lovely Katyboo, today I wanted to write something positive about Paris to counteract the awful images we’ve been seeing all weekend. A sort of projecting of light into the darkness, if you will. Luckily, it turns out that, although I blogged about where we ate, the Welcome to Night Vale live show we saw and an amazing bar, I never actually got round to sharing the other photos from our stay.

Much like this autumn has been, the end of October/beginning of November was unseasonably warm in 2014, and we were able to enjoy lunch outside and a stroll around some of the sights of Paris. We didn’t have much time, but that didn’t matter. It was a lovely two days spent with my boyfriend and a good friend. Paris will never be my favourite place (sorry, but no big city will ever take that honour – I’m more of a small, quaint places kind of girl), but I have good memories from the times I’ve been there. And that’s something no terrorist will ever be able to take away from me.

Here are a few photos from last year’s Paris trip:

My thoughts are with the people of Paris, and also of all those other countries that are experiencing acts of terrorism and war every single day, but rarely receive as much news coverage as Friday’s attacks did.

I’m linking up with Monday Escapes again this week. I think we could all use an escape from sadness and hate right now.

Packing my Suitcase

A “smashing” idea

(I’m sure that joke in the title has been used a million times, but I never claimed to be original. Plus, I like it… so it’s staying :-P)

I had never heard of a smash book until Ari from What Ari Said started posting photos of hers on her blog. I’m not particularly creative, but seeing all the different things she was doing with her smash books inspired me and made me want one of my own. I was even contemplating buying one from Amazon (where they are pretty expensive), but then Ari offered to send me one that she had going spare. I know… how nice is that? The blogging community is just the best 🙂 My parcel was sitting waiting for me when I arrived home last night and I couldn’t wait to get started!

A smash book is basically a scrapbook, but with ready made pages so all you have to do is open it up and starting sticking things in (or “smashing” them in, as they say). It comes with a back stick that’s a pen at one end and glue at the other, you you don’t even need to look for glue. Just grab the things that you’re always wanted to stick in a scrapbook and get started. There are all different kinds of smash books, with different themes and things. The one Ari sent me is “365 style”, which basically starts at the beginning of the year with winter themed pages then goes through the seasons, ending up with New Year. The theme seemed to lend itself perfectly to some kind of record of the year, so I decided to make it about my journey to eat well and think positively this year. I’m calling it “2014: My Year of Happiness and Health”. Here are some of the pages from the book… mostly blank because I haven’t really done anything with it yet.

Ari was also kind enough to send me some accessories – washi tape, a stamp with various sayings, little sticky notes and a little book where you can write down quotes and things you’ve overheard. The kindness of bloggers never fails to impress me 🙂

I’ve always wanted to be a scrapbooker, but I’m not creative enough for that kind of thing.. I even tried to make a srapbook of my year in Austria, but quickly gave up because I ran out of ideas and what I had managed to do looked crap. I’m hoping a pre-made book will work out better for me.. and once it’s done (if I get that far!) I’ll have a nice collection of positivity that will make me smile every time I look at it. I’ll let you know how it goes…