Hello there lovely Buttoneers! Last Saturday was a very special one indeed. It was my birthday! Hooray! [Insert party poppers, blowy thingys (What the hell are they called!?) and confetti falling from the ceiling into your lap and getting soggy in your coffee cup] Naturally I spent a little bit of time documenting my Birthday Adventures to share with my lovely friends (That’s you…Yes you…group hug?)
This is the first year since I started blogging that I haven’t done a creative blog challenge. Mainly because the last one nearly killed me off. I dove straight into ’27 Before 27′ in my first month of blogging – Madness! Then dove into ‘Create 28’ the following year – this was quite possibly the hardest challenge ever!!
I did kind of miss the end result on my birthday though, the lack of the end of the challenge blog post, celebrating a lot of hard work, a final photograph of all of the pretty doses of handmade goodness that I had pushed myself far out of my comfort zone to create.
It was so strange not having that this year. I think Create 28 put me off for a while!
So…I turned Twenty Nine…eeekkkk!!! TWENTY NINE!!?? Where the hell did my twenties go!? Jeez!
Although as an old soul I am sat typing this wearing my cosy slippers and sipping a big mug of tea with my knitting sat next to me…
My ‘Knit and Drink Tea’ print seriously sums me up in a sentence! Hello last year of my twenties! Haha! It seems like its all a much ado about nothing….groan… (If you follow me on Instagram you will get the joke, for the rest of you…well, you’ll get it in a minute!)
Anyhoo, without further ado, grab a mug of tea and join me on my…
I had such a wonderful day. From the minute I woke up to a fabulously bannered and garland strung house, to my fiancé serving me fresh croissants and coffee for breakfast (complete with a little Batman Lego Minifigure holding a bunch of Lego flowers (You will get it if you follow him on Instagram – You should by the way – His feed is sooooo much fun!) to opening my cards before getting ready for a super exciting day out…
Those of you that know my in real life may know that I love Shakespeare. I was one of those weird kids at school that grinned with glee when the teacher announced a module of ‘The Bard’ whilst the rest of the class groaned. Was anyone else like that!? No…Just me? I have been lucky enough to visit the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) before as Stratford-upon-Avon is only about 20 minutes from our house but had never seen Cymbeline. For my birthday we managed to snag some ‘cheap seats’ (as we are still saving for a house move) but it was phenomenal! If anyone gets the opportunity to go to one of their productions, I highly recommend it (And I’m not being sponsored to say that! Haha!)
Before we went to the theatre we grabbed a bite to eat in the gorgeous town of Stratford-upon-Avon and had a stroll through the park towards the RSC. I love this willow sculpture by Artist Emma Stothard. It is Titania, queen of the fairies from the Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (A play that is high on my list of plays to go and see) It was created to celebrate the ‘Stratfords of the World’ reunion, where six towns from across the world called Stratford come together. Titania is part of a larger scene in a bed of white flowers and silver birch trees that “reflect the setting of an enchanted wood and the moonlight imagery from within the play”
How magical is that!? I think I need one in my garden!
The RSC is such a beautiful and grand building too. The tower certainly creates a landmark that catches your eye and I love the outside seating areas near the bar. It was just a shame it was raining but at least there was a roof!
I love the old fashioned feel of the place in Stratford-upon-Avon to. Look at this gorgeous old theatre balcony sign on the side of the building!
I am such a sucker for good typography.
The view on the way up the stairs was beautiful too. It overlooks part of the park and I could have been anywhere in the world! I love the mixture of the Paris-like promenade and the old buildings. Stratford-upon-Avon is a treat for old buildings and black and white architecture – I must go and take photographs for a blog post one day! The grey clouds were starting to ebb away a little bit at this point too.
As a former GCSE AND AS Level Drama student when I was at school (many moons ago now!) I have a huge place in my heart for the theatre and love looking at the set design and costumes too. I love that the RSC exhibit some of their past costumes in the corridors. Down below is the gift shop too – One of my favourite parts of the experience, bar the show itself of course!
One of my favourite Shakespeare quotes was emblazoned on these super vibrant button badges! How fun are these all together!? Of course the colour caught my eye immediately!
Another famous quote on a button badge – I think I may have to collect them all! I also own a pencil with ‘2B or not 2B’ engraved on it – How clever is that! It makes me smile every time I use it.
I love a clever pun, especially on stationery! 🙂
I know flower crowns are super popular at the moment but they do not match the beauty of these delicate paper rose crowns with little textured fabric leaves. They are soooooo pretty, especially all together in a row on the stand and I just had to photograph them – I think one might creep into my basket on my next visit.
Just before we found our seats we discovered a little gallery space in the theatre too. As I said before, I am a sucker for typography and these art pieces were no exception to that. This exhibit was called ‘Well Said!’ and I couldn’t agree more!
The first one was printed onto a mirrored glass by The Brilliant Sign Company with another quote from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this one from Act I Scene I.
The colours were so vibrant and I loved the saloon-style lettering.
The last of my lettering love (I promise) was this fantastic carved sandstone globe by lettering sculptor Gary Breeze. It is a quote from Shakespeare’s Hamlet from Act 2 Scene 2 and reads “O God, I could be bounded in a nutshell and count myself a king of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams”
It looked as though it could roll right off the plinth!
One thing you can’t ignore is the beautiful architecture of the theatre. Inside its rectangular outer walls lies gorgeous, curved corridors around the circle and upper circle seating.
The exposed brick curves around contrasting wonderfully with the dark wood and fresh, crisp open spaces.
Inside the circle is the wonderfully cosy feeling and rich coloured seating that surrounds the stage. Unfortunately, I wasn’t allowed to take photos during the show to show you (and I am really glad about this though as it made me switch off for a 3 hours which was bliss!) but believe me when I say that the set design and costumes were exceptional. The Royal Shakespeare Company never disappoint when it comes to putting on a full-on fantastic performance right down to the smallest props.
Words cannot describe how much I loved watching Cymbeline and I was so excited from the minute we sat in our seats to the rush of emotion when we clapped them at the end.
My fiance also bought me this beautifully illustrated Shakespeare pop-up book about William Shakespeare and Stratford-upon-Avon as a souvenir from the gift shop and each page is a unique adventure of colour and whimsy. I will surely share at a later date if anyone is interested! Let me know in the comments!
I later met up with my parents and sister for an evening meal and lots of present opening! I was truly spoilt by everyone and felt enormously loved – most of my prezzies are sure to appear on my Instagram or here on the blog in the future as they were all so very ‘me’. They all know me far too well!
It was so strange not finishing a blog challenge this year. It has made me antsy to try new things and explore my creativity a bit more so watch this space! I have a super fun plan for Eliston Button and I will be sure to share it with you all once all of the pencils are sharpened and all of the buttons are in their correct coloured jars! Speaking of which – I am fully aware that I owe you all an Eliston Button Headquarters studio tour. I promise to make this higher up my list of to-do’s once I have tidied up a bit! For the mean time I am often sharing sneak peeks and small snippets on my Instagram feed or in my Photo-a-Day monthly round-ups so keep your eyes peeled!
Have you ever been to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre? Have you ever visited the beautiful town of Stratford-upon-Avon? What was the last thing you saw at the theatre? I would love to hear all about it!
Until next time, meet me for a chat with a cup of tea in the comments below. I’ll click the kettle on!