Settled In and Ready To Go!

Foggy and lush outside our house.

Hello my lovelies. Well I can finally say I’m settled into my new house!! Just in time for the winter season too……perfect. During the last few weeks things have been crazy, from trying to sort the house, family and finally passing my driving test! (I can now drive legally, woop) Its been one crazy little roller coaster. But the wait is over and we are finally in our home. I honestly feel like I’m dreaming!

We have most of the larger stuff sorted and now just need to get all the little nic’s & nac’s that make a house a home. I’m so excited however this crazy gal is just happy to be in her own home. No more living in boxes and all the crazy stress of not being able to do certain things.

Things have been quiet on the shop front which is absolutely fine as I wanted to mainly focus on getting my home sorted. Plus with everything that has been going on I’ve not been as focused there as I should be. However keep your eyes peeled for the new year. I’ve got some surprises coming soon for you all.

A little shop update: things are looking good over there. I’ve got loads of new goodies ready for the new year and to top it all off I have my own little studio/office space! It still needs alot work done to it but its defo on the way there and I can not wait to share it with you guys. Personally I can not wait to get in there and get it set up…..only problem is the style of how I want it. I’ve never had a crafting room before so this is new and a little overwhelming.

With this little update I hope to hear from you all soon.

What has you guys excited and nervous?

Until next my lovelies. Xx

Life Lessons I’ve Learned Since Taking The Rose Coloured Glasses Off.

Okay. Time for a deep (ish) blog post. Life lessons and the one’s I learned the hard way. Or simply noticed as I got older and less inclined to listen to bullshit. Let me know which ones you knew or ones I may not mention in the comments. Its always good to learn more.

1. People and success. The mass majority of people in your life really don’t want you to succeed at all. They want you to do well but not better than them. And thats a scary thing to accept. It hit me when my mum would smug over the fact that I didn’t get tbe job I wanted or when I went through my times of unemployment.

2. The only person you can actually count on is yourself in this world. Too many people will expect something or some form of payment in return if they help you. And some peoplejust can not be counted on in the least.

3. Your gonna lose some people. Whether that’s cause people have moved away, grown apart or a little fight that has grown ugly. Sometimes it’s a good thing to leave people behind and others your gonna miss like crazy. But unfortunalety it happens. If you have people you want to keep in your life then keep them there.

4. The world will try to make you feel ashamed of your beliefs. Stick to your guns and you beliefs. Don’t let anyone change you or tell you how to act. We are all awesome and should be allowed to feel awesome.

5. Being an adult can suck. Like seriously can I go back to being a kid please? Try and keep those childish hobbies alive. You like pokemon?? Fantastic so do I. You like collecting stamps. That’s awesome. What about that secert love for dinosaurs? Don’t be afraid of sharing your passions and hobbies with others.

6. Last but not least. Learn how to love yourself. It will be the greatest thing you will ever do. I’m perfect for me and only me. I love my flaws and scars. My history aint pretty but it has made me how I am. I’ll be honest with you I used to hate myself. But now I love myself and who I am, from my tattooed ankles all the way to my button nose.

Really enjoyed writing this little ranty like post. Do you agree with any of these? Have you got any that you would like to share, let folk know in the comments.

Until next time my lovelies.

Xx

Why Failure Isn’t Always Failure. 

Failure. Such a scary thing but it really ain’t when you look at it from a different point of view. 

At young ages we are taught to be afraid of failure, to be ashamed of ourselves when we do fail. I used to think like that until I hit my early twenties. And things got a whole lot better after some major changes. 

Failure isn’t failure. Shouldn’t really call it that should I?? How about we call it a chance. A chance is something that we do as a risk. We aren’t 100% sure if that risk we take will work out or not. Heck it might be a complete and utter disaster. It might be the best damn thing you will ever do. 

It’s where we learn what works and what doesn’t work. And that is a valuable thing to have because it changes our mindset about taking risks or chances. Thinking of it as a lesson – as in what can I learn from it, I’ll give it a try or let’s see if this method works – these mindsets take the fear away from failing and instead create a mindset of excitment, learning and progression. 

In some cases things do fail or just aren’t working at the time, those cases could be a project or issue that we have been sitting and staring at for far too long. Those times it’s okay to take a step back for a few days and come back to it with fresh eyes. 

Failure if treated like a lesson can open up so many doors. A lesson I had learned from a failure was that I really am better at hand sewing than machine sewing. After several attempts at the machine, 2 meters of ruined fabric and a few hours later I left my project for a few days. I came back later on and tried hand sewing. While it took alot longer, and I had to learn 3 – 4 different stitch types, I had finish my project and the result was amazing. It was my first large scale project with so many things going on at once. 

I hope this post helps any of you. If you have a lesson or something you learned for a ‘failure’ please share it in the comments. I’d love to read others experience’s. 

Until next time my lovelies. Xxx

Plans and Building in 2018!

Hello my lovelies. How are you all? 2018 is just round the corner and I thought this would once again be a great time to share some plans that I hope to get on the ball in 2018.

PERSONAL

Languages. I’ve always wanted to learn a new language for such a long time and in 2018 I’m so determined to do just that. My place of work has so many languages going on and I love the sound of all of them!! 

Swimming. Ross and I plan on going swimming 3 times a week to help with our health. He wants to get healthier and so do I. My breathing has been a damn nightmare and needs sorting. We also plan on being better with our food too!!

Planning, goal setting and journaling. These are personal little goals that I need to work on and keep them going strong. I’ve loved goal setting so far this year. I just need to get my head round the journaling thing. (Everyone else’s journals are so pretty and detailed. Mine is just super plain and boring.)

SHOP

My cute little shop will be worked on a great deal in 2018. I’ve wanted this for years and now that I have it I intend on making it work. Many new ideas are in the works, with some super cuties in development. (Keep an eye on my insta for sneak peaks!) Buisiness cards will be created too and if things go well, a whole website may be in the works. I don’t want to give too much away yet but all I can say is too much cuteness!!

SOCIAL

My plan on being more active on social medias for 2018, this way I can help provide a brilliant level of customer service and people can ask questions. A social media page will be made for the shop too. I’m getting excited that’s for sure!!

Youtube. That was going well but with the lack of a decent camera and editing tools it will take a while to do well. But I don’t plan on giving up on it!! 

My blog is going strong and I defo plan on keeping this going. Some updates are needed and maybe a revamp too. Lets see what happens.

So far 2018 looks like it is going to be an amazing year, with saving for a house and hoping to drive next year it looks like an adventure. And I can not wait to see how things turn out. And I hope that you, my lovely readers will continue to support my blog well into 2018. 

What are your plans for next year?? 

Until next time my lovelies. Xx

Being Up North

It’s a strange feeling right now. I have the other half asleep in my lap, while our friends are trying to be quiet outside. (It really isn’t working! 😅) We aren’t home, in our flat or have the boys with us but it feels so comforting being surronded by friends. Even though some are settling down for the night (an early start in the morning) and others are recovering from a heavy night. 

It feels nice. While not home, the feeling of that being in the right place takes hold. Could be cause the other half is snoring away!! Could be the fact I have my sewing and drawing book with me, or it may have something to do with being round people we haven’t seen in awhile. The people we are visiting are Ross’s friends but they always make me feel welcome in their group. We wanted to see everyone before the festive period got into full swing. 

The feeling of being north though. That is surreal. It’s only been 5-6 months and things are slowly changing. The feeling of driving up that old road that we ain’t seen for a while or actually seeing people in the flesh and not over some computer screen. It tugs a little at the heart strings. 

But we both want to continue on this crazy journey that we are on. Even though we feel lonely and are missing out on things. We are heading back home in a couple of days but the north will always be our home. Our real home. 

Shop Is Open! And Youtube!

Hello my lovelies. How are you all today? Hope your all ready for the weekend! It’s certainly been a very busy week for me. So many things have been happening and I finally feel like things are moving in the right direction. Plans and dreams that I’ve had for years have finally had their seeds planted!

Some of you may know that I’ve been wanting to open a shop for a long time now and I finally done it!! I’m so happy and excited to announce that I now have an Etsy shop!

And here is a link to that shop. My Etsy Shop

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My button coin purse. Hand made and hand stitched. 

I love this button coin purse. It was easy to make and it was very pleasing to finally use some of the fabric that I’ve been accumulating over the last year or two for something. I much prefer the rounded corners than the shape ones. (Made that mistake with my first one!) I’m hoping to get better with sewing zips on and more complex embroidery. 🙂

The shop contains some other hand made pieces and one painting. I hope to get more stock in in the coming weeks and hope you all enjoy. Having this shop is giving me a great little push that I need to be more creative and gain more skill in hand embroidery. Keep an eye out for more work to come. I have some exciting things in store and can not wait to share them all with you.

Now onto the second part. My Youtube Channel

Since blogging I’ve always had a growing interest in youtube or vlogging. And after much debate with myself I realized that I didn’t have anything too loose and went for it. I’ve only got a few videos up and still have much to learn/get. Such as editing equipment, an sd card that will work with my camera (it’s an older model but works perfectly) and some decent lighting. But that will all come in time but for now I’m really enjoying it.

I hope you enjoy and until next time my lovelies.

xx

 

Sketchbook Tour. 

Hello everyone. This little post is gonna be a tour of some of my most recent drawings and doodles. Hope you enjoy. 

Red mushrooms.
These little mushrooms have been done with a pencil outline and filled in with my Touch marker pens. A little autumn inspo for inktober. (Which I’m failing at, but hay I’m working again!!) These little mushrooms are just too cute and I needed the push to get me back in my sketchbook. 

The moon.
This little moon piece turned out really well. All drawn in black pen (which I rarely do!!) And I really enjoyed the process. It was fun and something that I need to do more of. One of my favourite pieces. 

Piggies.

These where a prompt for my personal challenge. Pigs. Very awkward to draw but the one at the bottom is the best. Lol. These are drawn in one of my smaller sketchbooks that sometimes comes out with me. Drawing in pen isn’t easy but again something that I aim to be more confident in. 

Yellow mushrooms.

Again with the mushrooms. Glad I found some inspiration though. I used a reference for these and the red ones from google. Used a pencil outline and tried the Touch markers again. You can see the bleeding from the ink. But despite that I do love this one. Its not something I usually draw, but simple and adorable. Yip, just called a mushroom adorable. 

Eggs. Dragon? Not sure.
Done these in my good old friend, coloured pencil. The blue one was more of a challenge for the shading and range of tones. But did a good job over all. These two are more than likely going to be re-drawned at a later stage. 

What do you guys think? Are you involved with inktober? 

Until next time my lovelies. 

Xx

Some Tips on Valuing Yourself

We’ve all been there where we under value ourselves. Where we beat ourself up over something or think less of ourselves. We all do it. And its just not healthy for us. So I’m recommending some tips, that have worked for me in realising my personal value. 

  • Instead of seeing something as failure see it as a lesson. A learning curve, where you tried something and even though it didn’t work out the first time you learned something new through the experience. It could be a new food, or something like dancing.
  • Stop making excuses for people who aren’t worth it. These people will keep letting you down if its a regular thing. Your time is scared, use it wisely. 
  • Say no, mean no and stand by that no. Don’t cave under the pressure from anyone. Doesn’t matter if it’s family, friends etc. Stick to your guns or that gut feeling. You came to that desicion and have that feeling for a reason!! 
  • Second best ain’t happening! Don’t allow yourself to be treated as second best. Your the Queen (or King) of your life not a dessert or a toy to be played with. 
  • Relaise that YOU are the proirity of your life. You may have kids, or someone who relies on you and they are important too but again so are you. Plus your their role model. If they see you being confident, humble and looking after yourself they will do they same. 
  • And finally the last one and the most important. Be the CEO of your life. You have the power to promote, demote or fire anyone in your life. Use it. Understand your value and show people they can not undervalue you. 
  • Take pride in your interests and passions. Not everyone will like them but these hobbies make you happy. Share them with others and even join groups of like minded people. Don’t allow pigeons to laugh at your mind. 

I hope these little tips help or even solidify the feeling of your personal value. If anyone has anymore tips don’t be afraid to leave them in the comments. Your words of wisdom are always welcome. 

Until next time my lovelies. 

Xx

Why I Won’t Listen Too Other’s Opinion’s of My Life.

Everyone has an opinion, a say in something. And that’s completely fine in some areas but not in others. 

My life. My rules. I used to care and listen to people’s opinion’s about me all the time. I tried to become what they wanted and ended up crashing. Looking in the mirror I began to see what these opinion’s had done to me. So I broke all those chains, dropped the shackles and removed the poison from my viens. 

Now I scare people with my confidence. Some hate that their words no longer mean anything. Other’s barely recongnise me. 

The only opinion about my life that matters is my own. No one elses. No one else lives my life, puts air into my lungs or see’s through my eyes. Only me. 

People will express a negative opinion because they want to see me fall, to see me fail or become the person I was before. Heck they’ll spread lies. Anything that they can to get people to listen. And that’s fine. 

I learned the hard way that the only opinion that matters in my life is my own. My intelligence, my laugh, my life. It’s not ran by anyone else, no one else live’s it but me. No one know’s my thought process or how I came to a conclusion. If they care, then they shall ask. 

If I want someone’s opinion then I’ll ask them. 

It’s your life. The only opinion that matters in your life is your own. 

Xx

6 Things That I Appreciate Everyday

There are many things that I appreciate on a daily basis but somethings I just love that little bit more. 

1. That first cup of tea in the morning. It helps set me up for the day and gives me that time to wake up. (It reminds me that I’m lucky to wake up every morning.) 

Besides got to make sure I have that dash of magic I need to get things done. 

2. Waking up beside my Rossco. Sounds mushy but it’s the truth. Always giving me encouragement or giving sound advice. He takes everything in his stride and I love him for it. Plus he gives the best cuddles. It’s almost 4 years for us!!! Wow!!! 

3. Can’t forget these 2 little fluff balls. These little cuties have been a blessing in disguise of cuteness. They’ve helped me stay postive and cheered me up when I was getting to negative. Damos and Maximillion have taught me more about patience and how too take things slow. Building relationships take time and these 2 are great teachers. 


4. The feeling of achievement when I finally complete a project. It’s a feeling I appreciate more at the moment cause it gives me that boost that I need. Who doesn’t like a confidence boost. 

5. A minute to breathe. That feeling of just relaxing and sorting all my crazy thoughts out. When I have too many thought’s buzzing around, being overwhelmed and feeling too much stress I become very emotional and angry. But taking a time out, just taking a deep breathe or just getting out the house helps get my head back on track. Its something that’s become apart of my every day routine. 

6. Having a plan that I can change to suit the current situation. This has made things easier in so many ways. I can still achieve what I would like to but instead I’ll be using a different route. Okay alot of research and phonecalls went into it but I’m glad. 

What do you guys appreciate? And why do you appreciate it/them? 

Until next time lovelies. 

Xx