Wednesday, 30 October 2013

15% Discount - Poster!

I made a little poster to advertise my November discount (see below post).  Hooray!

Sunday, 27 October 2013

November Discount! 15% off until the 15th :)

I'll be going away for the first two weeks of November, so I'm offering a 15% discount to anyone who purchases from me during that time :)  It's always nice to come back to a big list of orders to keep me busy!

When you're at the checkout on Etsy, just type in the code NOVEMBER15, and you'll get 15% off your order.  I will start on your order after I come back (meaning it will be posted 3-10 days after my return).  So get your Christmas shopping done and take advantage of saving a few pennies!!

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Moving in - setting up craft desk!

I've been moved in to the new house for a while now, and I have a new craft desk!  It's white, so I think I might decopatch it in a pretty light paper with birds or something.  But for now it looks TERRIBLE!  But I'm still getting work done :)  Note the random items that don't really belong - the ice pack on the floor...?

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Life in the UK Test

I've lived in the UK now for just over 5 years.  My Visa is soon expiring, and I will be applying for permanent leave to remain, so I can obviously continue living with my husband!  And in the country I now consider my home :)

One thing I have to do is pass the Life in the UK test - which mostly covers British history, culture and government.  The questions are surprisingly difficult - and they're not on how to make tea or who won last year's X factor!  I've taken a few practice examinations, and am halfway through the book that the test is on, and a couple of questions might be:

Q: What order do the patron saints of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland fall within the year?


Q: Name two forts that are found on the site of Hadrian's wall.


Q: How often does Prime Minister's Questions occur during Parliament?

It's all a bit difficult if you're not interested in British history or politics!!  I don't think a lot of people in Britain would actually pass the test, unless of course they're history buffs and also work as a politician or lawyer... but oh well, I study on! I think it's actually quite lucky that I study archaeology, because it means I already know a bit about the prehistory of England.  And I rather like the Anglo-Saxons, so I know that area of British history, and since my husband and I like to take walks in the countryside, I've picked up a bit of information about geography and history that way.  But I'm actually a bit nervous about passing!

The test costs £50 to take, but the actual Visa I'm applying for is over £1000 :(  It's all worth it though (even though I wish it was cheaper!) so I can live in this amazing country!

Monday, 14 October 2013

A-Z book survey

I used to love surveys - remember the days of early Facebook and 'notes', or even previously, when you'd get loads of forewards in you hotmail inbox, which you fill out and send on to your friends?  Those were the days.

So I was excited when I saw this book survey that Ellie did at Wellies, Crochet and Cows, and I thought I'd spend a few minutes not doing work and doing this instead :)

Author you’ve read the most books from.

Oh gosh... I'm not really a serial-author reader.  I read 5 books in the series by Jean M Auel, Earth's Children.  That probably wins!

Best sequel ever.That would be the second in the aforementioned series, The Valley of Horses.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Interview with Kirsty from DiGgeek - jewellery for the fashion conscious archaeologist!

Nothing is more interesting than our human past.  Alright, that might not be a universal opinion...!  But really, what could better than combining a love of the past with a love of personal adornment, meaning archaeologically themed jewellery?? In my latest interview, I ask Kirsty from DiGgeek about her Etsy shop and business, and her fantastic, sometimes humerous, always original, pieces:

Cory: Please tell us a bit about yourself and DiGgeek.

Kirsty: I'm a bioarchaeologist having obtained (through ancient DNA, sweat and tears) my doctorate at Durham university a couple of years ago. I realised that the life of the pure academic was not for me though and started doing lots of outreach with the public - all about bones of course! I worked my way into the university museums and am now a full time learning officer on world heritage site, so I must be doing something right! 

How long does it take to get internet...?!

My pretty new coat!
The Edie coat by Darling
I'm still waiting for a home internet connection! Amazingly, it still hasn't been set up in the new house. But it's the usual story, isn't it - new connections always take ages, and there's always unforseen problems. We were told it would be set up September 30th, then there was an issue and it would be corrected in the next three days, then the next three, then the next...

So this of course means I've been silent on the blogging front, just as there's so much to post about! My shop is back, I'm excited to be making bookshelf necklaces again, and setting up a new crafting space in my new bedroom. I have a new desk, and I have ideas for making a beautiful pegboard. And maybe decopatching the new desk? I also want to learn how to garden, and blog my trials as I learn about bulbs and weeding.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Aaaaand, we're open! Discounts!!

Coryographies' Etsy shop is back up, finally! I can't believe how much I missed it, and the crafting and networking and meeting people that comes along with it. However, in my amazing way of sceduling things, I opened my shop at the same time I've been moving house AND starting a PhD. No biggy. So I have no internet at home at the moment, and am doing everything from my phone or from uni (when I should be reading!!) which makes things a tad difficult. Also, I was due to send out the September edition of my Newsletter, but because of some hiccups it is now going to be the October version ;) I did promise everyone a 15% off exclusive discount however, for the month of October, and I haven't forgotten! Wiggle on over to my newly opened site (, and use the code 'OCTOBER15', and buy yourself or a loved one something pretty! Come on, I'm standing here with saw and glue and paintbrush at the ready!!