Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Beauty, ice cream and a purchase or a few

I'm now back from a wonderful couple of weeks in Croatia, feeling refreshed and raring to go (anyone know of a way to bottle this feeling for the forthcoming months?). Before I share some of the things we got up to I wanted to say thank you to Katy, Hazel and Kirsty for their guest posts which were very popular. 

Dubrovnik

Have you been to Croatia? If not, I recommend it. I was struck so often by the beauty of the country, both the natural and the built. 

Sunset over Zadar

We moved about quite a bit, basing ourselves in Dubrovnik, Split and then Zadar. We visited several islands, my favourite being Mljet which is full of small coves on the coast line that it is like having your own private island for a few hours.  The Plitvice National Park is well worth a visit. The main attraction is 16 lakes, linked by a series of waterfalls. You can walk around and through them - I actually couldn't believe the colour of the water.  

Plitvice lakes

I was amazed by the variety of ice cream flavours on offer (I may have tried a few!) and the sheer number of steps that you have to climb to get to some places.  

Munching ice cream

Perhaps it was the heat out there but I did something I never thought I would do. I bought a hat! Now, this may not sound a lot but I honestly cannot remember the last time I freely wore a hat, let alone bought one. What do you think?


My new hat

Of course, I couldn't resist taking some snaps of the handmade crafts that I came across. The first is traditional crochet and lace from the region being sold in a small market. You could watch the ladies at work while they weren't selling. The second is hand painted silk scarves, a bargain at about £15 a time. We also watched a lady create gorgeous little bottles and earrings by blowing glass but sadly didn't get any photos.

Handmade Croatia

I secretly wanted to find a fabric store to look in and almost lost hope until we stumbled across two in Zadar. They were full of Italian fabrics, mainly beautiful wools and a good range of silks. There was no way I would be walking out of them without purchasing a few items. 

I picked up four wools, all reasonably thick. I'll probably make a series of winter skirts from these. 

Four wools

Next up is a beautiful thick purple cotton that is screaming out to become a dress. The red with white stars is a lightweight silk. The last one is a light blue with white spots, the blue is hard to photo correctly and I have no idea what fibre it is - I can feel my first burn test coming up! 

Purple cotton & red silk
Light Blue spots

What about you? Have you found some good fabrics while on holiday? 

12 comments:

  1. Wow, it looks beautiful! I went to Croatia several years ago, to Rabac, and it was really nice but FULL of tourists who seemed to just want to sunbathe the entire time. But the bits you went to look lovely! And the hat really suits you! x

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    1. Thanks Jen! Dubrovnik was packed with tourists and when the cruise ships arrived you could hardly move for people!

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  2. Croatia was never on my radar, but it is now! I love your hat - you look so cute in it! Glad you were able to pick up some fabrics too!

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  3. The National Park looks amazing! You have definitively given me an idea for a future holiday! And the hat is really super cute and looks amazing with your dress. I can fully understand why there was no way you couldn't leave the fabric shop without your purchases. They will always be a nice reminder when you wear the garment :) I usually try to get my hands on some fabric when going to holidays, even if it is in the UK. But I also have some lovely wool from Kiev (Ukraine) in my stash that is waiting patiently for the last 3 years to be made into a garment.

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    1. I loved the National Park. I hope I won't leave it that long to use the wool. Although once it goes into the stash, who knows?

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  4. Oooh, I love Croatia! It's my favourite place in the whole world. When I went we visited Split, Dubrovnik and Sibenik. We had booked to go on a trip to the Plitvice national park, but it was cancelled at the last minute. I definitely need to go back.

    And, yes the ice cream is awesome! We went into one ice cream parlour in Dubrovnik where the server flipped the scoop of ice cream up towards the ceiling then caught it in the cone!

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    1. Oh, that must have been so disappointing when they cancelled the trip. It was one of my best days there.

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  5. Looks like you had a great time Claire! Loving those fabric buys! :) x

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  6. Sounds like a wonderful holiday, so glad you had such a relaxing and refreshing time. Your fabric is gorgeous! Can't wait to see what you make out of it all :) Love the hat, too!

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  7. It was a real pleasure guest blogging for you! Your holiday looks amazing. I've never been to Croatia but I think it must now go on my to see list. Looks like you got some good shopping in as well - icecream and fabric - my two favourites.

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  8. Croatia looks amazing, definitely on my list of place to go to! That hat looks really great on you, and it goes so well with your dress. Beautiful fabrics you bought too :)

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