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GIVEAWAY: Glasgow Hobbycraft Show and Tilly & the Buttons Sewing Pattern

GIVEAWAY: Glasgow Hobbycraft Show and Tilly & the Buttons Sewing Pattern




It's been an entire year since I posted about my first successful sewing project - then I just fell silent on the craft front. The only major sewing project I've completed since then (that did turn out well) was my Pokestop Halloween costume...and I never blogged about it. Also, I have a ton of hobbies and sewing just kept falling behind everything else from work related projects, to film watching, to book reading and swimming.

And, oh yeah, sewing your own clothes is expensive. 

So to help any other budding or experienced sewers out, I've got a little bit of a giveaway for you. The Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts Show will be in Glasgow on the 26th - 29th of October and the PR company looking after it have very kindly passed me two tickets to give away (along with tickets for myself).

On top of that I've also thrown in a few goodies from myself. Firstly, there is the Fifi Sewing Pattern from Tilly & the Buttons, which is the same sewing pattern I used in the sewing project I mentioned above (but is a brand new packet so you can cut to your own size). I've also thrown in two metres of a navy and white polka-dot material. One mistake I made when I first tried the pattern was ignoring the instructions to purchase light-weight flowy material that pyjamas are typically made from, so I've been sure to pick out something on the thin side. Finally, you'll also receive one roll of dark blue thread that is a near-enough match for the material.

(The only other things you'll need for the pattern are a sewing machine, material for the straps and a band of elastic for the shorts).

Terms and Conditions

  • This giveaway is open to UK entrants only and because part of the prize is tickets to a Glasgow based event I would kindly request that any entries are from people who could realistically make-it along. 
  • One winner will be chosen at random via the Gleam widget
  • Entry is via the Gleam widget below and the winner will receive one box containing the products mentioned and pictured above
  • Entrants under 18 must seek parental permission before entering
  • No purchase necessary
  • I currently have all the products in my possession and it will be my responsibility to organise its posting 
  • I will post it second class signed for on delivery. 
  • Once drawn, the winner will be contacted via the email provided and have 14 days to respond
  • All entries will be moderated and duplicate, false or incomplete entries will be deleted
  • The giveaway will run until the 30th of September 2017. 


Sewing Bundle Giveaway

Good luck!

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Formartine's, Aberdeenshire

Formartine's, Aberdeenshire



Recently I blogged about Aberdeen finally opening its first ever 100% vegan café. If it took the city itself until 2017 to offer consumers this options, can you imagine what the surrounding countryside must be like - given that cities tend to be better than tiny villages for vegan choices.

Weirdly, it's not that bad. I've blogged before about the Chinese restaurant/take-away Tiger Lily in Oldmeldrum (where I went for my 24th birthday meal) and on my most recent trip home I found another gem: Formartine's, a restaurant and health food store in a seemingly random location (aka, a country road).

Situated on the the junction of the B999 and B9170, and one mile from its nearest town (Tarves), this isn't exactly where you would normally expect to find a food store that specialises in natural and organic food. When my mum first suggested going there to meet a family friend for lunch, I was especially sceptical - but she reassured me that she had been there before and everything would be fine.



Technically there isn't a vegan option on the menu, but my mum (being a lot more brazen than me) asked if there was anything that could be made vegan - turns out they do regularly prepare a Mediterranean platter board for vegans (I wasn't the only vegan there that day, clearly word has spread about this unofficial menu option). Now, I know what experienced vegans must be thinking: a Mediterranean platter with bread, olives and sun-dried tomatoes - isn't this the kind of option we're sick to death of? Well, kind of. But please take my word for it that this is an exceptionally high quality platter with an assortment of doughy breads, rich olive oil for dipping and tasty nuts perfect for sprinkling on top (which left me feeling satisfied and full).



Aside from the restaurant, there is an attached food store that sells plenty of goodies marked as vegan, from both well-known retailers and local producers. The products on the shelves range from tea, to local craft alcohol, to vegan chocolate. There also a pet section and a deli counter.

Just like Bonobo Café I wouldn't say Formartine's is reason enough for all the vegans of Scotland to rush up to the North-East. I would personally much rather support a café that embraces modern-day diets and lifestyles with official menu choices rather than somewhere that forces me to be that awkward vegan. Maybe if Formartine's added the platter to their menu permanently and added another wee option I'd be more inclined to recommend it for a day trip.



For me, the shop was the highlight of my visit and I definitely see myself making a visit when I'm back up the road again to give it a little bit of support (my mum sometimes even pops by for some local brands instead of heading into the city).

Countryside living isn't always the easiest for someone with dietary requirements of any kind, so it's really positive to see Formartine's setting up shop on what is literally a country road with no surrounding businesses or houses. If you live in the Tarves/Oldmeldrum/Methlick area of Aberdeenshire I wholeheartedly recommend it.

Have you been to Formartine's yet? What did you think of it? 

Morag x
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The Linkables

The Linkables



Erm, hello - remember me? I know I didn't exactly drop off the face of the earth, but August was the month where I made a return to blogging after a three month dry spell (that had been foreshadowed by a patchy blogging schedule across the last 12 months). Like everyone and their Instagram-perfect pug I became a little bit disenfranchised and disillusioned with the online world and needed some time to think about what direction I wanted to take my blog in, and how it fitted into my overall life (I mean, mo'adore has existed for six years and a shift was inevitable after that amount of time).

I'm not going to turn this into a post about how things have changed (blah, blah) as there are enough of those going around at the moment - and I'll leave it at saying that I've managed to map things out in a way that I am comfortable and confident with. One thing that hasn't changed is my Linkables series. Spending time reading random things on the internet is still a Top Five hobby and I love sharing everything I've come across in one big place (and I've been told some of you actively wait for my Linkables posts *blushes*). So here we go....

Sports Fans: Flyod Mayweather is a horrible human being. (TW: rape and IPV)

I wasn't a goth as a teenager, but I definitely fell somewhere in the MySpace-esque crowd, and it upsets me that youngsters who dress differently still get picked on.

A more lighthearted take on emo-adolescence: 18 scene kids who ruined family photos.

I know some sex-positive feminists I'd like to forward this to: Yes, you can still be feminist but prefer vanilla sex.

I know this is probably stereotypical Thought Catalog barf but Women who stay single a long time usually end up the happiest.

More Thought Catalog barf that I agree with: Getting over someone you didn't date.

Co-signed: there's a big difference between a vegan diet and a planet-based diet.

Goals: An unhealthy nerdy relationship vs a healthy nerdy relationship.

Creepy but fascinating: how/why do women fall in love with serial killers?

I loved this personal essay from journalist Joe Stone and his quest to meet his childhood heroes the Spice Girls.

It's a bit woe-is-me so I keep it to myself, but I don't really like my name. It conjures up an image of a 90 year old traditional woman who probably live in the Hebrideas and hand knits those woolly jumpers you see in Scottish gift shops, or my high school history teacher who wore frumpy clothes (and remains the only other Morag I have ever personally known). As this article explains, unusual names are more likely to hint at a certain demographic background while really common names allow someone to work from a clean slate.  

Veronica Mars is a show that does not receive the appreciation it deserves, if you haven't seen it maybe her craziest disguises will tempt you.

There's probably more important things I should be pondering in life but I've always wondered where famous Glaswegians went to school.

The apology we owe each Myerrs-Brigg type, I got a small lump in my throat at how true mine was:

I’m sorry for taking advantage of your willingness to work without recognition. I’m sorry for not appreciating how much effort you put into literally everything you do.

5 creepy fairytales Disney would never touch (lol).

Texting guys on Tinder with only Carrie Bradshaw quotes. (also lol)

Next time you head to the park, bring frozen peas for the ducks (bread actually isn't that good for them).

Vampires are everywhere in literature but there's a lot of guff to sift through, so here is a list of 15 good vampire books to get you standard. 

Why Jaffa Cakes excite philosophers.

I think Sex and the City is one of the best TV shows ever, and this article perfectly captures its brilliance while still commenting on it's flaws.

BRB, lifehacking my Spotify.

I've been telling myself this for years and maybe one day I'll absorb it properly: you'd be a better communicator if you stopped caring about embarrassing yourself.

My newest favourite Twitter account is AstroPoets.

I've not yet seen To The Bone, but here's a critical analysis from one of the internet's best-known body politics writers, Melissa A. Fabello.

21 times Game of Thrones summed up life in Scotland.



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My favourite ASMRtists

My favourite ASMRtists



For those of us who enjoy relaxing with some ASMR, we all know how unique our triggers are. I can't stand whispering and much prefer someone who has a soft but realistic voice (and if anyone starts tapping anything, I'm clicking the X button).

But after two years of digging through YouTube in the later hours, I've discovered something that is far more important: the ASMRtist themselves. I can watch three videos (by different creators) with roughly the same premise but only one can bring on the tingles. However, I can watch several videos by the same ASMRtist and get tingles from every single one, no matter how different the subject matter.

These days, when I light my candles and snuggle into bed with my laptop (newbies: ASMR is not sexual, unless you want it to be) I have a few default YouTubers that I turn to first and only start searching elsewhere if they haven't uploaded anything new. Because triggers and tingles can be so personal, you may find that these ASMRtist won't have the same effect on you - but I'd definitely give them a try if you're looking for some new videos.

Amalzd



Not only is Amal one of my favourite ASMRtists, her Victoria Secrets bra fitting role play is my all-time top video. She does a good mix of roleplays, haul videos and sound videos (chewing etc) - plus she does some videos with an American accent and some videos with an Arabic accent. If you end up loving her videos as much as I do, remember to check out her Patreon for extra content

TheUKASMR



My favourite accent is generic English, so I'm always on the look out for ASMRtists from below the border. Chloe was one of the first YouTubers I came across and 200,000+ people agree that she is worth following. She has a wide range of role plays but personally it's her Sleep Clinic videos that really do it for me (there are three of them: here, here and here). Admittedly, I can find her a little bit hit or miss as I find it distracting when she films in what is very obviously a student halls bedroom but that might just me.

Be Calm with Becca



Another English beauty is Becca, who films everything from gum-chewing to knitting demonstrations to a Healing Fairy Reiki role play and even videos filmed in Hindi. She has been around for two years, and it was her Ultimate Binaural Salon Haircut Role Play that initially caught my attention and she's been one of my favourites ever since. She has such as a soothing voice and I'd happily watch her all day, even if it was mundane everyday chores.

thatASMRchick 


Looking for something geeky and a bit gothy? You'll find it here with ASMR game plays and role plays involving some pop culture favourites (such as Milisandre and Maleficent). Personally, it's her inaudible and No Talking videos that I gravitate towards - especially this Silent Scalp Massage which was the first ever video I found of hers. 

VisualSounds1 ASMR


While some ASMRtists splash out on speakers and green screens to create professional level videos, others are just so relaxing they don't need anything other than themselves. Jen of VisualSounds is one of the latter: I wouldn't say her videos are well-made by any stretch of the imagination but her voice is so soothing she doesn't require a special microphone (her 94,000+ subscribers seem to agree). She specialises in the geeky, and it was her Cosplay Shop Role Play that first caught my attention.

Other ASMR fans, who are your favourite ASMRtists? 



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