Thursday, 29 May 2014

life in instagram

that boy on the left has two weeks off!
my last day in work is tomorrow and then i have a week off too.
both me and bert have birthdays... i am oldest....
(and cutest)
we will be celebrating by going to hay festival, visiting bath and many other things....
I shall keep you informed via instagram (@sianibubble) and by this blog of course.
anyway. here's what's been happening recently....

I went for beer with these two work buddies.

vegan afternoon tea....

...with this lovely. 

wore a bee necklace

and a variety of flowery drapey things a la miss patty

the new fringe.
watched wedding wars.
and read books....


hope you are all well and are choosing my birthday gifts.

Saturday, 17 May 2014

I have three days off! Three whole days! I've had a busy week - a two day training course and also a seminar on feminist art (more on that again). Both of these things have involved trains, long walks and searches for good coffee.

I've actually got a few things on over the weekend, including a reading by Bert!!
It's hot here, sadie's grumpy and the charger for our laptop is broken... So I'm typing this on my work iPad.

But on a positive note bert cut me a super-cute fringe, a new ghost hunters DVD has just arrived in the post and I have loads of books to read and sewing to do.

Do you guys have any plans?

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

our week/fortnight? in pictures...

First off a couple of lovely quilts in progress at our quilt club.
The top one is by Melissa and she's making it all out of recycled fabrics in different shades of cream with little punches of purple or pink. I love this one so much as I would never choose such fabrics and yet I adore how it looks.
The second picture is Sandra's hexagon quilt - those small hexagons are so gorgeous don't you think?

me and bert have had a couple of days off.
we had coffee out.

a pop-up picture from our bank holiday art workshops.

the adorable little sadie, who this morning has been sitting in sunbeams.

my vegan kind box. I love having a little box of vegan treats! I've eaten the sweet potato crisps and the chocolate fudge and am looking forward to the hot-pots - oats with coconut milk and spices which you can just put boiling water over and eat from a mug! perfect for taking breakfast to work!

a new sonny angel! hello baby zebra!

another pop up! gorgeous! look at those flowers!
the yummy choc fudge....
I like the sun in this one. And the tiger on the left.
a little pack lunch. Lettuce sandwiches and a book.
A new cookbook. i've been flicking through this but haven't made anything yet. It's a beautiful book tho and the recipes look just my thing.
Another new book!
this one is a collection from artists all in support of Pussy Riot.
On friday I'm going to an event about art and feminism and the curator of this book, Emely Neu is going to be talking there.
Have you got any news?

Monday, 12 May 2014

scrappy quilt

this little quilt is an ongoing project where I just use leftover scraps from other projects. I imagine it will be a work in progress for years! but when it's done it will be so pretty! 
I like all the mismatching and I like that there's no thought gone into which fabric goes where!

Sunday, 11 May 2014


we usually go to a Eurovision party at Rhys's house...
but this year Rhys actually went to see Eurovision live! in Denmark!
so me and bert had a mini party at home....
with dinner
and score cards.
and we were the pleasest of all that conchita won!
as conchita said:

"This night is dedicated to everyone who believes in a future of peace and freedom. You know who you are. We are unity. And we are unstoppable."


Wednesday, 7 May 2014

books read in march and april 2014

I have a cold! grr! 
but it's perfect for staying in under blankets and reading... (other than my eyes get heavy....)
I am currently reading (and enjoying) Life after Life by Kate Atkinson. I didn't think I'd like it so it's a nice surprise....
here's what I read in March and April:

The Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates - I am a HUGE fan of Joyce and was looking forward to reading this as it's a gothicy vampire novel set in 1905... it is over 650 pages long tho so is pretty epic. Didn't quite work for me but I'm still crushing on Joyce.
The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman - hmm, another favourite author of mine and another slight disappointment. Lovely setting - Coney Island in the early twentieth century - but had none of Hoffman's usual magic and charm.
Country Dance by Margiad Evans - this was a reading group book. I adored this book and was quite surprised by it too.
The Wooden Doctor by Margiad Evans - loved Country Dance so much I had to read more Margiad. Loved this too.
Teen Spirit by Francesca Lia Block - I also adore Francesca Lia Block, her books are so magical.
Carmilla by Joseph le Fanu - another vampire novel! this one was first published in 1871! 
We Were Liars by E.Lockhart - this one comes out this month (may) but I got an advance copy - it's a pretty exciting young adult novel.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - Ah Rainbow Rowell, her books are so lovely! read them!

some of our books... 
these are mainly bert's... but there's the Marcia Tucker on the right....

Desert of the Heart by Jane Rule- Lesbian novel set in the 50s and 60s which was well written, but something that I admired more than enjoyed
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell - more Rainbow Rowell! really! read them! they are sweet and fun.
Among Others by Jo Walton - really enjoyed this novel set in south wales in the 70s. Lots about books and reading in it too.
On the Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin - this was a reading group book. I had read this before years ago and remember enjoying it. Second time round I found it a little bleak... has a nice sense of time and place tho.
Pretty Dead by Francesca Lia Block - yay! Francesca! it's another vampire one (I seem to read a lot of vampire books), has lots of lovely descriptions of clothes!
The Virgins by Pamela Erens - a dreamy novel set in a boarding school in 1979 (think virgin suicides).
A Short Life of Trouble: Forty Years in the New York Art World by Marcia Tucker - I really loved this. It's a memoir from a wonderful woman who was a curator at the Whitney and then set up her own contemporary art museum. If you are interested in art, feminism, New York in the 60s and 70s or just a really great memoir , this is for you!

so that's the last couple of months reading covered. I've read 28 books so far this year....
have you read any of these books? 
what ya reading?

Monday, 5 May 2014

dinner time... or breakfast

this is bert's favourite breakfast - tempeh bagel. sometimes I have it too.
We love tempeh... but generally just fry it and put it in a sandwich.
what do you do with it? or do you just pretend it doesn't exist?

I hadn't made flatbreads before... these ones were easy to make and tasty too. I followed this recipe.
and that's a peek of  pea hummous on the left.  it was good too.

just some crudites and pico de gallo....

and a big batch of puy lentils with peppers, carrots, onions, wine and parsley.

Friday, 2 May 2014

craftivism by betsy greer

we are in a book!
we, being me and my lovely friend sara!
It's edited by the awesome betsy greer and has loads of great projects in it.
Me and Sara are continuing working on this project and are hoping to develop it more this year.
I am super excited about the whole thing.

Thursday, 1 May 2014


This is a prosecco cocktail - with cranberry and lime.
I am a bit behind with this blog...
I have so much to tell you though.
more cocktails
lots of vegan food... 
children's art
but it's going to have to wait 
coz y'know, I have stuff on.


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