The Great British Sewing Bee 2013

The Final Countdown: The Great British Sewing Bee Episode 3

It's hard to believe this is the penultimate episode of this wonderful little series! I am genuinely living in hope that once the winner of the first Great British Sewing Bee is crowned next Tuesday, lovely lovely Claudia tells us with a dazzling grin that series two begins the following week. Last week we said… Continue reading The Final Countdown: The Great British Sewing Bee Episode 3

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Spring into Colour: Festival of Colours 2013

Tomorrow ArtsEkta brings one of their flagship events back to Belfast - the traditional Indian festival of Holi, or as it's more widely known, The Festival of Colours. Most people are familiar with the iconic imagery of the colour powder party element of the festival - people transformed into walking, giggling rainbows, with starbursts of… Continue reading Spring into Colour: Festival of Colours 2013

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Spring into Colour: Festival of Colours 2013

Tomorrow ArtsEkta brings one of their flagship events back to Belfast - the traditional Indian festival of Holi, or as it's more widely known, The Festival of Colours.Most people are familiar with the iconic imagery of the colour powder party element of the festival - people transformed into walking, giggling rainbows, with starbursts of vibrant… Continue reading Spring into Colour: Festival of Colours 2013

The Great British Sewing Bee 2013

Creating a buzz: The Great British Sewing Bee

Tuesday of this week brought the first episode of a series I have been looking forward to for several weeks - The Great British Sewing Bee. Made by the same folks that brought us The Great British Bake Off - it looks set to have a similar effect on the world of sewing as GBBO… Continue reading Creating a buzz: The Great British Sewing Bee

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Flax of Life

I'm so cross at myself for not posting this a few weeks ago! Three Saturdays ago, my mum, granny, sister and I drove to the Flax Gallery in Newtownabbey's Mossley Mill to see Aspects of the Lough; an exhibition by East Antrim Artists celebrating the Belfast Lough which they all live near in Whitehead. Unfortunately, I just… Continue reading Flax of Life

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Gong Xi Fai Chai!

Or in English (hopefully) - welcome the Year of the Snake!  It is the first day of the Chinese New Year tomorrow (Sunday 10th February) and given Northern Ireland's sizeable Chinese population, it's no surprise to see the country poised to launch into weeks of celebration. It is also known as the Spring Festival and… Continue reading Gong Xi Fai Chai!

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Diwali and Samhain

Sadly, as I write this, there are only a few days left of ArtsEkta's Indo-Celtic festival, however I would still like to share the parts of Diwali and Samhain I have been a part of. The celebrations aren't over until this Sunday, so please check out the programme to see what's on. I really recommend the… Continue reading Diwali and Samhain

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Mela Monday: Gone but not forgotten

Last year, I went to Belfast Mela for the first time and the experience stayed with me for some time afterwards. I had forgotten all about that feeling until Sunday and now I'm in that sweet, melancholy comedown again, but even more profoundly so this year - my first time volunteering at the festival. Anyone who… Continue reading Mela Monday: Gone but not forgotten

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Mela Monday: Gone but not forgotten

Last year, I went to Belfast Mela for the first time and the experience stayed with me for some time afterwards. I had forgotten all about that feeling until Sunday and now I'm in that sweet, melancholy comedown again, but even more profoundly so this year - my first time volunteering at the festival.Anyone who has… Continue reading Mela Monday: Gone but not forgotten

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Mela Monday: Dancing toward the big day

I honestly can't believe this time next week, Mela 2012 will all be over. I'd be sad if I wasn't so excited! And this time next week, you could be sitting at home reliving the memories of this joyous festival - that you enjoyed with a free ticket thanks to The Patchwork Quill! ArtsEkta have… Continue reading Mela Monday: Dancing toward the big day