There’s No Place Like Hull


We’re certainly not in Kansas!

Last month, I appeared as a guest post on Just Around The Riverbend which is owned by the lovely Nikki Louise – in this post, I talk about why I’m proud of Hull and the many things we have which makes us Hull. You can read more of the post here. It was a great opportunity to write about the City of Hull – a place I’ve grown up in all my life.

Then, just a couple of weeks ago, an amazing opportunity came up in the Hull Daily Mail where you can recreate a scene from a movie using Hull locations, as part of the Hullywood Icons Project. This was created by Lens Artist Quentin Budworth, who wanted the people from Hull to be anything they want – an example could be an elderly couple recreating the lift from Dirty Dancing.


After seeing this, I emailed him with a couple of ideas, but the one we decided to go with was The Wizard of Oz – an all time favorite of mine! Who would turn down the opportunity to be Dorothy? Not me!

So how did I achieve the look?

Time to put Pinterest to use! I looked at Dorothy’s looks and replicated;

  • Her hair
  • Her poses
  • Scene possibilities… with a bit of a creative flair!

With these, I sent them to Quentin to see what he thought of it – spot on! Sometimes it can help with a visual aide to see what you want to achieve.

Next – the costume! Thanks to Amazon, not only did I find a standard Dorothy type dress… but I purchased the BEST shoes in the world! Slightly big for my little feet… but I am absolutely in love with them. I’ve always wanted my very own Dorothy shoes – I could justify going to work in these right?!


On the Day

Despite being hungover from the previous night – I literally jumped out of bed and started getting ready!

Today, I will mostly be dressing up as Dorothy for the #hullywoodproject ❤️#hull2017

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I met Quentin in the Black Boy Pub (while I was sheepishly putting the shoes on and slowly revealing my disguise – much to the punter’s shock!) and we walked around Old Town – this was perfect for getting the brick road, but also to get a shot of the City of Culture Building. We even got the bike in shot!

We took a few other shots from when the house lands in Oz and some more on the Docks – but this is by far the best photo! I absolutely love it 🙂


The final exhibition will be projected onto the buildings in the City Centre during the first week of January 2017 – what a way to kick the City of Culture vibe off! You can find out more of what’s going on for Hull 2017 here.

If you want to view more of the Hullywood Icons, from a female Rocky to Elf eating in the Vintage Cafe,

then click on the address below



Tea… Cake… Selfies… Giggles… Bloggers!

Today was my first #hullbloggersmeet with the Hull Bloggers at Liquid Jade and I really enjoyed the afternoon, meeting new faces and having a good ol’ natter over a cup of tea (or three!). The purpose of these meet ups are (as well as eat cake and drink tea) to network and discuss tips and queries about the world of blogging. For a fairly recent newbie, this was something I was really looking forward to!

The day itself

I arrived at Liquid Jade a tad bit late while carrying my bag full of donations for The Purple House, and was met by Courtney (@retroandthrift) who showed me to the table where there were bucket lists to do throughout the day, and a running order of the day. Then I grabbed a Peppermint Tea and joined a table at random, where I met Leigh (@leighcampbell_), Amy (@callmeamye) & Megan (@meganevekilv). We had such a giggle talking about everything, from Pie’s next flavour to what we do outside the blogging world. There was also a photo booth… which just HAD to have some silly photos with us!

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it didn’t just stop with tea and cake (which – FYI – was AMAZING!) – but we held a raffle where there were amazing prizes from Aloha Lola Cards, Nanshy, That Lame Company and many more! All proceeds, as well as donated goods we brought in, will be going to The Purple House – a safe haven for women in Hull who may be experiencing issues with domestic violence. I won a card from That Lame Company which I’m going to put in my new office at work!

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Furthermore, we also had a bloggers workshop where we talked about social media, blogger’s block and photography. It was great to discuss any struggles we face with these (including my bad habit of not scheduling posts!!) and some tips that would go on to help us massively. This included the card hub and understanding how to switch accounts easily on Instagram – much to the relief of Mars!

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At the end of the meet up, we all got our very own goodie bags which included;

  • £5 gift card from Tessies
  • Discount stuff from various companies such as Lobster Homeware
  • HB tote bag
  • Sweets!!
  • Nanshy fan brush
  • Rings and a fabric band from Tessies
  • Fresh breath oral spray from Ultra Dex

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It’s been a lovely Sunday afternoon with everyone and I would definitely recommend attending these meet ups if you’re a blogger! Especially if there’s tea and cake on offer… which Liquid Jade is amazing for! Not only does the food and cake taste divine, but the decor in the cafe is adorable – from light bulb fairy lights, to Janis Joplin’s quote corner. I will definitely be returning 🙂

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Pinspiration: DIY Candles

There’s nothing so relaxing than having some candles on while watching a film or having a bath.

My living room, bedroom and bathroom all have candles in, and if I’m stressed out or just want a night to myself then these will all be lit! They’re a mixture of lavender for my bedroom and bathroom, and vanilla in my living room – mmmm!!

The other day, while browsing through good ol’ Pinterest – I realised that making candles is a.) cost effective and b.) REALLY simple to do. So… why not give it a go?

What did I need?

This handy chart shows what you need for the basics of making candles – click on the image to see 30 different ways of making candles if you don’t want to use crayons (and they’re all so lovely!)

What did I need to do?

1.) Mix and Match








Firstly, I organised the colour of the wax crayons and the wax melt to go together – as well as the colour, the wax melt also provides a lovely scent to the candle!

2.) Melt the wax















I tried two different methods out – the first attempt was with the microwave but it took SO long, that I dashed out to the shops and got some emergency cupcake cases (silicon ones) and they worked a lot better in the oven than the microwave.

  • Microwave – 3 mins at highest setting and keep stirring until all smooth
  • Oven – 10 mins at 150c until all melted

3.) Making the wick stay in place







Some pins say about using hot glue to stick the wick to the bottom but unfortunately I don’t have that (add to Amazon basket!) – however, I learnt a little trick that rather than pouring all the wax in, I add a little bit in the bottom of the jar first, let it dry and then pour the rest back in. To hold the wick in the middle until it all dried, I had two kebab sticks hold it in the middle!

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And here they are!

I’ve had a lot of fun making these – so much fun that I’m going to do a giveaway for your very own candle – The lucky winner will get to choose the colour and scent!

Simply share this post and tag me on Twitter @thepinpicker, and I’ll do a draw by Sunday 4th September 12pm.


New Pinterest Boards

After some revamping on my blog, (including a whole new colour scheme and style) – I also added 3 new boards on Pinterest! You can click on the cover image to follow the board.


I am a bit of a gamer – not so much on games like Minecraft or COD – but more on free range or story like games such as Life is Strange and The Sims!

Recently, I’ve become addicted to Pokemon Go – it’s not only a fun activity to do with my friends, but a great way to get me walking more, just to hatch my eggs! I’ve been looking on Pinterest for hints and tips about Pokemon Go, and giving them a try.

If you’re into games and want to see some (p)inspiration – follow this board 🙂



Social Media is part of our daily lives (I can’t recall a day where I’ve not accessed Social Media for some reason!) – but not only does it help with getting some guidance for promoting my blog, but has helped me at work when it comes to using Social Media within Higher Education and creating a sense of belonging within the Academic-sphere.

I’m not a specialist in Social Media – but I do find it interesting reading up and researching into this – if you’re looking for tips on Social Media, then follow this board!



If only Pinterest could magically make these items appear into my house, I would be eternally grateful!

This is more for the random items I stumble across on Etsy, eBay, Buzzfeed articles and, in general, the internet! But I’m sure we’ll have some things in common – especially if it’s a.) pretty looking, and b.) so useful that it makes life that much simpler. So feel free to follow and have a nosey of what I want to magically appear in my house (plus useful ideas for birthdays and Christmas!)


Have you got Pinterest? Leave your link in the comments below and I’ll check them out 🙂