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Saturday 8 March 2014

A Day Out: Craft Fair and Chinese

Image found on weheartit and edited by me
Warning: photo heavy post!

Last Friday was my boyfriend's birthday, and so I caught the train down to Bristol to celebrate with him. In the evening we had an Indian meal and then went to see a performance of Shakespeare's As You Like It at the Tobacco Factory (which was good but quite confusing for this first ten minutes or so until you familiarise yourself with the Shakespearean language used).

Of course it was nice to be able to do something with Ben on his birthday, but my favourite day of the weekend was Saturday. Ben and I joined his mum and a friend on a trip to The Creative Crafts Show at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern. I'm quite a creative person, and enjoy a variety of crafts, so I was super excited to go! The showground is right next door to the Malvern hills. It was a beautiful day, and so the views were great. Fingers crossed for more weather like this soon!

The Malvern Hills
The craft fair had over 70 stalls, but in our (well, mainly my) excitement to get around Ben and I had visited all of them in about half an hour. We then re-visited the stalls that had interested us (well, me) most. Namely, the giant cakes stall and the MosaiCraft stall.

All of these cakes looked amazing, and were huge for the price! By the time we went to buy one before we left they'd lowered the price to 3 for £5! So good.
Some of the designs on display at the MosaiCraft stall

MosaiCraft is a craft that's completely new to me, so it intrigued me. The basic idea is that a picture is split into its individual pixels, and a pattern produced to show you which colour each pixel is. This pattern looks similar to a cross stitch pattern, with different symbols used to represent different colours. The difference with MosaiCraft is that the picture is made up of thousands of tiny plastic squares, which are placed onto pegs on a plastic 'baseplate'. I was really impressed with the amount of detail that can be achieved using this method, due in part to the tiny size of the coloured 'pixels', and partly to the size of some of the designs. I purchased a design which will end up about 25 cm by 20 cm, and this contains 8000 pixels. I'm planning on dedicating a post to MosaiCraft as it's not very well known, and it's much easier to explain with pictures! I'll also keep you updated on how my kit is coming along - I'm already excited to finish it! In the meantime you can find the full range of designs and some extra information on:
After buying some super soft wool (I'm planning on knitting a baby jumper after finishing uni as I haven't done any knitting in ages), and returning to the cake stand to buy some of the deliciousness, we headed home to get ready for Ben's birthday meal with his mum and grandparents.

In the evening we headed out to a Chinese restaurant in Bristol City Centre called Dynasty. I'd never been to the restaurant before, and was very impressed from the minute we went in. The decor is very typically Chinese, like most Chinese restaurants. The difference is that this appeared to be a no-expenses-spared interior. They even had fish in the entrance!

Even the outside of the restaurant was fancy!

We decided on the set four course meal for five people, which included prawn crackers followed by the starters, then crispy duck and pancakes, followed by the main course and then hot drinks. Everything was delicious, and the service was fantastic.

The starter selection. Everything was amazing, especially the prawn toast which was the best I've ever tasted.
Crispy duck pancakes are my favourite! The staff prepared the duck at our table, which was interesting to watch.
The feast that they brought us for our main course
By the time we finally got to the main meal we were struggling to eat much more. Even after trying our hardest we ended up with some food leftover, which is a shame as it was really tasty. If only my stomach was bigger! Next time I'll choose a three course meal I think!

Hmmmm. I was hoping for 'A large sum of money will soon come your way' haha

Dynasty is the best Chinese restaurant I've ever been to, and with the help of some great company it was the best way to end an amazing day!

How was your weekend?

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  1. Seeing you happy on Saturday, was the best birthday present that I could have asked for.

    I love you. xxx <3

    1. I'm glad me being happy made you happy. Yay, happy all around!

      I love you too <3

  2. The food looks so good, oh my god! I would love some chinese right now!

    xo Mélane
    Selfhelp | Inspiration | Motivation

    1. It was! And I would love chinese right now. Nom. x

  3. Looks like you had a fab day! The Chinese food looks so good that I am getting hungry!! Yum!!

    1. It was one of the best days I've had in ages! And yes, same here. Might have been a mistake uploading such delicious looking photos! x

  4. Ahhh! Those lush treats look awesome!

    CATHY // helllo, Cathy

    1. They do! I'll be holding a giveaway to win some of them soon (but shhh that's not official yet - you heard it here first!) x

  5. Those cakes look amazing !! It looks like you had a great day !! I bet you couldn't eat another thing after all that !!!



    1. Nope, not one thing! And it was a really lovely day :) x