Recently, to my surprise, my penguin valentines cards have been flying out of the shop! So much so that I’m having to get a lot more printed up and have decided to release a new design!
Pick up this new cute courting emperor penguin couple valentines card here!
I have many different designs to choose from now so you can choose the perfect one for your partner.
Does your other half make you sing and dance with joy then my ‘Happy Feet’ card is perfect for you!
If your partner is the perfect catch, maybe consider my top seller, the ‘plenty of fish’ card.
I hope you all have a great valentines with lots of pampering!
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January 23, 2015 | Categories: Shop News | Tags: animal, animal valentine, Boyfriend, courting, Crafts, digital drawing, emperor penguin, etsy, etsy uk, girlfriend, Handmade, heart, husband, local business, Love, penguin, penguin card, penguin love, plenty of fish, relationship, valentine card, valentines, valentines card, wife | Leave a comment
As I said in my last post, it was myself and Ashley’s 3 year anniversary!
On the day itself we didn’t do much although I had made plans for when we had more time. Unfortunately the last couple of weeks have been a bit hectic, that and getting used to actually having a proper routine for the first time in 2 years had me very sleepy with my body being a little confused (hence the lack of updates i’m afraid). But eventually we had a day where we were free to actually celebrate!
As a surprise for him I took him to a graffiti workshop. He sometimes seems to think he’s a bit of a ‘bad boy’ with his love of drum and base and gangster movies, but he is really a big nerd so I thought it might be fun to embrace his inner rebel.
The workshop was near portobello road in the Westbank Gallery and was lots of fun. We learnt about different tags, styles and effects then created our own tag before being let lose with the paint.
We both somehow managed to create something that looked like our images, but wow is it difficult! I’ve always admired the more elaborate graffiti as I never assumed it was easy, and they really can be a work of art, but I never thought it would be quite that difficult! Our instructor made it seem so easy, moving the can in elegant arcs and making it do precisely what he wanted it to. When we tried the can seemed to have a mind of it’s own. As we practiced more we started to get the hang of it and Ash seemed to gain some fans in the two lovely middle aged ladies next to us who admired his, actually quite precise, can control.
Eventually we both managed to create something that almost resembled what we’d had down on paper and we quite pleased with ourselves.
It was a great workshop and the instructor was very helpful, I would definitely recommend it. Ash said he really enjoyed it too so i’d say the present was a success!
We spent the rest of the day wandering around portobello road and trying to resist buying things before buying some cider and sitting in park soaking up the sun and meeting some friends for more drinks.
My gift from Ashley was a tablet! I bought myself a case and keyboard for it as well so now it’s like a mini portable laptop. It’s going to be so useful for updating all my social media where ever I may be , and on the commute to work, which should hopefully mean a lot more updates!
I still can’t believe we’ve been together for 3 years, it’s gone so quickly and we’re still as loved up as ever. As soppy as it sounds, I really couldn’t imagine life without him.
I’ve got lots of new posts on the way for you over the next week or so. Alphabet dating is finally coming back with date H, new youtube projects, more sewing and drawings. It’s going to be a lot of fun. 🙂
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June 5, 2014 | Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: 3 years, anniversary, art, Boyfriend, design, gallery, gifts, girlfriend, graffiti, inner rebel, present, rebel, social media, street art, tablet, tag, westbank, work on the go, Workshop | Leave a comment
Myself and Ashley have been together 3 years today!….or tomorrow. You see we don’t really know when we got together as I agreed somewhere around midnight so we tend to celebrate over two days! However we’re not doing much today as we have very little money and so just spent a long relaxing morning and afternoon together and both have work tomorrow. I have bought him vouchers for a graffiti art lesson though, although we can’t book it for a few weeks as we’re too busy!
Still, it’s been really nice to spend some time snuggled up together thinking ‘how on earth have we put up with each other for 3 years!’. Of course we’ve had our ups and downs like every couple, but since we’ve both finally got new, well paid and enjoyable jobs things have been really good and we’re as loved up as ever!
To celebrate our anniversary i’ve decided to give away one of my Penguin cards to one lucky winner, so they can share their love with someone special.
I am actually giving away an extra large card, a size not available in my shop, featuring the adorable picasso and lots of fish (above)! This was my most popular card design over valentines and so is sure to be the perfect way to make someone feel a little special.
To enter to go over to my facebook and then like and share my competition image here.
You have the rest of today and tomorrow (the length of our anniversary) to enter!
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May 12, 2014 | Categories: Shop News | Tags: anniversary, Boyfriend, card, competition, cute card, digital drawing, etsy, etsy competition, fish, girlfriend, giveaway, graffiti art, Love, penguin, penguin card, plenty of fish, romance, romantic, valentines card, win | Leave a comment
For date G I took Ash to mini golf, but not just any mini golf, this was dinosaur mini golf!
What I Wore
I went summery with a pretty green, sparkly dress, sandals and a light shirt.
We started by walking through Richmond Park, one of my favourite places in the whole of London, before catching a bus to the Golf. I’ve missed our walks and it was just really nice to just be together strolling along and talking about nonsense.
We saw a lot of bunnies which we’re out enjoying the sunshine, but we didn’t see any deer for once. They must have been at the other side of the park.
Eventually we had to drag ourselves away and actually go golfing. The place itself took a while for us to find the way to and involved quite a bit of walking.
The actual golf was great! The decorations we’re brilliant with dinosaurs towering above you, a bright blue river running throughout the whole course and some great dinosaur facts to read whilst you played.
We we’re both terrible at playing, especially myself who seems to have a problem with aim, the problem being I don’t even try to.
Throughout the course they were playing the most terrible cheesy music, such as the YMCA. I was kind of disappointed by the music as I think it detracted from the feel of the course, although I guess kids coming to play might have enjoyed it. I would have much preferred some Jurassic park-esq music, the kind of music that would make you feel epic as you played.
I think it was a great date personally, we both laughed at each others terrible skills, the theme of the golf course made it all so much more exciting and, even though the music was terrible and a little annoying, we got to laugh at the tunes being played. All together i think it was a great place to take a date, wether it’s the first or you’ve been together for a long time.
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June 13, 2013 | Categories: Alphabet Dating | Tags: alphabet dating, bad music, Boyfriend, bunnies, cheesy music, date, date g, dating, deer, dinosaur, dinosaur facts, dinosaurs, epic music, exciting, fashion, fenton, final thoughts, first date, girlfriend, golf golfing, good date, great date, green dress, hammock, jurassic park, light shirt, london, long walks, mini golf, misses, nonsense, park, rabbits, relationship, relationships, relaxing, richmond, richmond park, River, sandals, sparkly dress, style, summer, summer dress, summery outfit, sunshine, talking, UK, walking, walks, what I wore, ymca | Leave a comment
For Date E I took Ash to Epping forest as we both enjoy taking long walks together.
What I Wore
It was sunny but still a little nippy so I made sure I layered up and took some warm accessories.
I ended up wearing my trenchcoat with skinny jeans as they’re simple but always stylish.
I had brown boots but changed into my awesome wellies to keep my feet dry as it was pretty muddy.
I also took my knit gloves, cashmere scarf and an awesomely fluffy hat to add a bit of drama to the outfit as well as keeping myself nice and warm.
We generally just had a nice little wander into the forest, taking pictures of all the life around us and enjoying some time together.
The highlight of the trip for me was spotting a glimpse of a Deer in the undergrowth. It was just a glimpse as it quickly noticed us and hurriedly trotted away before I could even get my lens cap off.
After about an hour of casual wanderings, we came across a pub and realised we were both quite peckish. We both ended up eating exactly the same, a bacon, brie and avacado baguette with an apple juice, and we’re not disappointed! It was delicious!
Then we began the walk back, which was a lot quicker as we weren’t stopping to take so many photographs. Somehow we managed to not even get lost!
It was a lovely date, we haven’t been on our walks for a while because the weather has been too cold so it was nice to be outside again. The food was delicious, the company obviously enjoyable, and it was just a nice and relaxing day. 🙂
We will have to visit Epping forest again in summer though. I bet it would look completely different!
‘Till next time!
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April 3, 2013 | Categories: Alphabet Dating | Tags: alphabet date, alphabet dating, bacon and brie, Boyfriend, british wildlife, brown, clothing, cold, date, deer, epping, epping forest, fashion, fluffy hat, food, forest, girlfriend, gloves, hat, leaves, lookbook, nature, nature photography, outdoors, park, photography, pub, pub food, relaxing, restaurants, scarf, skinny jeans, sticks, style, stylish, sunny, trees, trench coat, walking, wellies, wellingtons, wildlife, wrapped up warm | Leave a comment
After a bit of a hiatus on the Alphabet Dating front we have finally gone on Date D!
Ash had been talking about it for ages but we never seemed to find the right time to go. All I knew was that it was in Cockfosters and it was a meal.
As it was a meal I wanted to dress up, even though I had no Idea how posh this place actually was. I had bought this new lace top recently and decided I wanted to wear it. I thought it went well with this pretty, but plain, purple top underneath. The skirt is one of my favourite wardrobe items and had exactly the same shade of purple as my top and so I decided to mix patterns and go for a lace and tribal look! It’s a shame my hair is so unruly at the moment (it’s in a dire need of styling) as I think the mix actually turned out better than I actually expected! I decided to team it with my usual black tights and pixie boots.
The place he took me to was a Greek restaurant called Deserie. It was extremely busy (always a good sign) and we were given a table provided we were out in an hour as they already had it booked.
It was a lot more expensive than we were expecting, but then we’re used to Wetherspoon prices and are both quite stingy at times. I really fancied calamari but decided the price was a little too much for our budget and so settled for chicken skewers whilst Ash had the pork. The skewers came with a salad and a choice of chips or rice and were delicious! My chicken was tender and succulent, ash wasn’t so lucky as the pork was a little tough but still tasty. My rice was soft and lemony and left my mouth watering for more!
For pudding I was extremely tempted by a chocolate fudge cake, but decided that I should go for one of the Greek choices as I can get a fudge cake at my work.
Before our dessert we were given some tasty jelly things on sticks and some pineapples with grapes. Delicious!
I eventually decided on Gelatoboureko, or at least that’s what I ordered. I think I was actually given a Baklava after looking on Google as it was a sweet pastry rather than a custard pudding. What ever it was it was delicious, Ash said they tasted a lot like the South African treat koeksisters. He ordered Shamali and Icecream which was a semolina based pudding and also delicious although we both preferred my dish.
The whole night was very enjoyable. We talked nonstop and we’re constantly laughing, one of the reasons why I love being with him, we just always seem to be having fun and very rarely argue. The staff at the restaurant were very friendly, the food did take quite a while to come out but it was extremely busy (and a huge birthday party table ordered just before us) so they can be forgiven. The food itself was delicious, pricey but delicious.
I think we would definitely go again, although maybe when money isn’t so tight.
Overall Date D = Success!
Now I need to think of a something to do for Date E! Anyone got any ideas?
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March 11, 2013 | Categories: Alphabet Dating, Behind The Penguin Theory | Tags: alphabet, alphabet date, alphabet dating, barnet, black tights, Boyfriend, busy restaurant, calamari, chicken, chicken skewers, chips, chocolate fudge cake, cockfosters, custard, D date, date, date d, date E, date night, dating, Deserie, dress up, expensive, fashion, food, fun to be with, girlfriend, good conversation, Greek, Greek food, greek restaurant, haircut, having fun, ice cream, in need of a haircut, koeksisters, lace, lace top, laughing, layering, london, london fashion, lookbook, Love, meal, meze, mixing patterns, north london, outfit, pineapples, pork, pudding, relationship, restaurant, restaurant review, restaurants, review, rice, romance, romantic, romantic meal, seafood, skewers, style, sweet pastry, tasty food, tribal, tribal skirt, wetherspoon | Leave a comment
Ash is an avid coffee drinker. I make him a cup every morning to get him out of bed and he always takes a giant flask with him to university to keep him going.
I honestly don’t think he could function without coffee and so I knew a coffee date would be perfect! I think this kind of date is great personally, it’s affordable, comfy and gives you a good chance to have a really nice chat. Plus you can dress up or down depending on your mood or how serious a date it may be!
We have been wanting to go Ice skating for a while as well so decided to combine the two.
We got a bus to Muswell hill and found an O’Neills there. We had got there pretty late and so the usual (and cheap) coffee shops we’re already closed. The pub was set in an old church and was an absolutely gorgeous building. It had a big hall with two large staircases up either side leading to more seating. They had twinkling christmas lights all around making the place look even more magical! I was going to take a picture and completely forgot! I will definitely have to back, it was just so pretty.
Ash ended up getting a Latte and I got a hot chocolate. They were delightfully creamy, although I would have liked some squirty cream or something on the top of my drink, but maybe that’s just me being greedy.
We also decided we were hungry and so ordered a seafood platter and a bowl of chips to share. It was pretty pricey (already not turning out to be the cheap date we expected due to
our my bad planning) but it sounded nice enough. When it arrived we were a bit disappointed that there didn’t seem all that much on the plate, definitely didn’t look like £11 worth at any rate. However as soon as we started eating we were transported to another world (corny I know but It was seriously delicious). I think I can honestly say it was the nicest fish I have ever tasted.
There was some battered fish which was deliciously crunchy on the outside yet wonderfully moist on the inside. Some smoked salmon on ‘colcannon cakes’ (which I now know is potato and a type of cabbage fried) which were so unbelievably scrumptious I could have eaten a whole plate of! Breaded Calamari which was delightfully crunchy! Skewered King prawns which held so much flavour that you just wanted more, and lastly some garlic chiabatta bread.
We we’re surprisingly full after eating it all (although I do still think I could have eaten the whole plate to myself quite easily) and decided it was time to move on to ‘Ally Pally’ for some nice winter fun.
The ice skating there isn’t the cheapest, but it was the closest place to us and we have really been wanting to go! They do how ever do late night sessions all the way until 11pm! The staff were very friendly and we were soon in and on the ice. It wasn’t all that busy, full but not packed, which was nice. Ash is quite skillful and started doing his little tricks with spinning and skating backwards. I tried to keep up behind, wobbling along like a child who had only just learnt how to walk.
I promise I did use to be quite good at ice skating (although i’ve never been good at stopping unless it’s abruptly) but I think as I’ve grown older I’ve become more bothered about the falling which is holding me back. I did get into it more towards the end of the night, though, and was able to actually gain a little speed! I tried to learn a little bit of backwards skating but it just seemed to end with me almost doing the splits every time!
We also spent a bit of time at the sides resting my poor aching ankles and people watching. There were quite a few figure skaters there learning new spins in the centre, out of the way of the general skaters. They were doing some very impressive things and making me extremely jealous.
There were also some people who could barely even move on the ice, the kind who try to walk normally and wonder why they can’t stay upright. They we’re amusing to watch, as I’m sure I was as well. There seemed to be quite a few couples there with one of them having to help the other along. Ice rinks are definitely a good place for ‘breaking the ice’ (sorry about the pun) on a first date in my opinion, and perfect for breaking down that first touch barrier (just like Ash and I’s first date at the rollerdisco!).
As it got later the place emptied even more and I gained even more confidence as the obstacles were reduced. I still couldn’t get back up to my old speeds of when I was a daredevil child, but I wasn’t looking quite so pathetic.
We grabbed our things and then went home very satisfied with another successful date!
Date D is next and Ash wont tell me what it is! He’s just giving cryptic clues which are making me very impatient…
‘Till next time!
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Remember I said it was my sister who told me about the Idea of Alphabet dating as one of her friends was doing it?
Well this friend has now been included in a blog! So far her dates seem far more adventurous than mine and Ashley’s, but we have plenty more to come!
If you want to read what they’ve done so far then you can find it here on Florence Finds
It’s a really good read!
‘Till next time
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November 11, 2012 | Categories: Behind The Penguin Theory | Tags: alphabet dating, blog, Boyfriend, couple, date night, dates, dating, Florence finds, friend, girlfriend, good read, Love, relationships, sister, the penguin theory | Leave a comment
Ash was in charge of date B and no matter how much I tried to guess, he wouldn’t let me know where we were going.
I was pretty shocked when we got there as it turned out to be bowling, something Ash really does not enjoy but he knows I love it. It’s so sweet that he would even think of taking me to something he hates so much!
The reason he doesn’t like bowling is because he’s not exactly good at it, and no one likes things they’re not good at. However, after a little bit of teaching from me (despite also not being all that accomplished myself), he soon got into the swing of things and even scored a strike or two!
He also bought us some food from the diner there. He got a burger and I got a hotdog with some extra onion rings and breaded cheese. Unfortunately, although my hotdog was yummy, the rest was just so so. Ash wasn’t particularly impressed with his burger and the onion rings and cheesy bites weren’t really cooked enough. I don’t think we’ll be eating there again if we ever go bowling in future, would have been better to go to McDonalds.
But it was still a very fun date. Bowling is always a winner in my opinion. It gets you up, active and breaks the ice (if there’s ice to break).
After we finished bowling we had one game in the arcade (we only had a pound on us). The air hockey table was the winner and we both got rather too into it until Ash became victorious (obviously I was just too tired from the bowling…)
However the day was not over as it was also the 5th and we had already planned to go to a fireworks display in Walthamstow. Ash had actually never been to a fireworks display before and I knew this had to be fixed as this is one of my favourite nights of the year!
We got there not too long after the gates opened and decided to go have a look at the fairground. We were both looking forward to some good rides but as we got there we realised all the rides were the practically the same…Usually you find theres at least a good variety but these were all the same ride just with a part that span a slightly different way each time. There wasn’t even a ‘Hollywood’ or ‘UFO’ sort of ride. Still, we paid £1.50 (cheap!!) to go on the one we decided looked the most fun and had a few fun minutes spinning around and waving our legs around in the air.
We then spent some time wondering around and buying candy floss, toffee apples and some cadburys hot chocolate with baileys in it! There was also a hog roast, paella and the usual burger vans. It was a very good and varied selection.
We wondered around for a bit before going to ask when the fireworks were starting. Apparently it wasn’t for another 2 hours (we’d already been there for around an hour) so we went to a nice little cafe and bought some mochas so that we could sit in the warmth for a bit.
When the fireworks did finally start we were certainly not disappointed. They were definitely the best fireworks i’ve ever been to see, although that isn’t saying much as these were on a slightly bigger scale and it was a lot busier so it’s bound to have more money put into the event. They were timed to the various music perfectly and really built up to a great finale!
It was definitely a fun day out and the fireworks were a spectacular end to a good day.
Now I just have to figure out what to do for date C….
‘Till next time!
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November 8, 2012 | Categories: Alphabet Dating, Behind The Penguin Theory | Tags: air hockey, air hockey table, alphabet dating, arcade, baileys, bonfire night, bowling, Boyfriend, burger, cadburys, candy floss, cheap rides, cold, date, disappointed, fairground, finchley, fireworks, food, girlfriend, hog roast, hollywood bowl, hot chocolate, hotdog, mcdonalds, mocha, onion rings, paella, restaurants, ride, romance, swing of things, teaching, the penguin theory, toffee apple, warm up, well timed | Leave a comment