Month: January 2015

7 tips for creating your craft space

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Apologies for the lack of tutorial posts lately…my craft room is going through a bit of a transformation and my usual photography space (and all other possible spaces) are piled high with stuff. Stuff to go on ebay, stuff to be sorted, stuff to go in other rooms…just endless stuff.

I’m really excited about where it’s all going though! The end wall is now a bright splash of lime green and the furniture has been moved around to allow space for my new swivel cuddle chair that’s arriving at the end of February! Woohoo! That’s nearly one of my “yearly bucket list” items down. Now I just need to pull my finger out and do the others!

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I hate exercise.

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Warning! Unmotivational post! Ugh I don’t like the gym…actually I don’t like any exercise in general. I’m quite a lazy person in that sense. I’d much rather be making something in my craft room!

Lately though I’ve been feeling a lot of “gym guilt”. Is anyone else familiar with that feeling? I’m paying all this money but not actually going! Really, what’s so hard? I really do just lack the courage and motivation to exercise in front of people and leave my warm cosy house. I always feel like I’m being watched, even though I’m sure people have better things to do, and I always feel like I’m doing it wrong!

I never really wanted to join the gym, you see. I knew that I wouldn’t go unless maybe I had a gym buddy to work with as I feel so much more at ease when I go with someone else. Well, said gym buddy came along, encouraged me to sign up to the longest but cheapest by month membership they had, agreed to go with me at least once a week and then ditched me. What the fluff?! So for the past year I’ve been putting off going to the gym for so long that I’ve been paying several unused months with no way to cancel.

On the other hand, I could just grow a pair and go to the gym. What harm is it going to do me? Hopefully no harm at all and I’ll come away with a Victoria Secret style body. Haha, I wish! So shall I go to the gym? Excuse me while I eat a couple of biscuits and ponder before deciding nah actually I’ll go tomorrow…or tomorrow…or tomorrow…oh look it’s nearly Christmas again, no point in going now! 😉

 

P.s. the photo above is from Death to the Stock Photo. They supply a pack of free stock photos each month with a different theme. This one has inspired me to go on a nice long walk, which is at least some sort of exercise!

#FMSphotoaday 19th to 25th January 2015

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I’ve noticed I’m struggling with my photo a day challenge particularly on the weekends. I just seem to completely forget about it on Saturday and Sunday…but on the whole, I’ve been doing it almost a whole month now and it’s great!

Sometimes I take the odd picture where it’s something quick and simple so I haven’t missed a day, e.g. my collection of DVD’s, but I love doing the more thoughtfully composed photos, like the buttons and bobbins. If I get a bit more organised then maybe you’ll see a lot more photos like this!

Find out more about the Fat Mum Slim Photo a Day Challenge here. Why not join in? It’s fun and gives a little creativity boost each day.

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the Musical

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This week I was lucky enough to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Musical at Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London. I can honestly say it’s one of the best (if not, THE best) theatre show I’ve ever seen! The actors, young and old, were amazing and the show itself was hilarious and creatively set. If we were allowed to take photos, I would post them all on here but I’m afraid you’ll just have to go and see it yourself!

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#FMSphotoaday 12th to 18th January 2015

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I’ve been a bit rubbish lately at posting my photos to Instagram. I take photos all the time, not necessarily with the prompts, but always forget to share them! Sometimes I wish I had an iPhone so that I could use the Little Moments App to make the whole process a bit easier! The app allows you to edit and add to your photos as well as reminding you each day what the prompt is. Looks pretty cool – check it out if you’re an iOS user.

Find out more about the Fat Mum Slim Photo a Day Challenge here. Why not join in? It’s fun and gives a little creativity boost each day.

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Fantastic Folklore

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To me, the folklore style is bright colours, simple shapes and nature. Often on folklore inspired pieces, you’ll find brightly coloured simple flowers and birds intertwined with circles and patterns.

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Running out of time…

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I’m 20, 21 in March, yet I often get the overwhelming feeling that I’m running out of time…I constantly add things to my to do list and bucket list and mental list of things I want to do (I like lists, ok!) and I think how am I ever going to have the time to do everything!

The main thing I worry about is travelling. All the other things that I want to be able to do, are things that I could easily take a day or an evening off to do and I could do them at any point in my life, for example an archery lesson, rather than abandoning my work to travel the world. Everyone says “travel while you’re young” but I’ve always wanted to settle down while I’m younger so I guess that leaves a smaller window of opportunity. I worry that I’ll put travelling off and then I’ll never see anything that I wanted to see in all the amazing places around the world.

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DIY Paper Covered Clipboards

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If, like me, you have hundreds of papers and receipts piling up in an unsightly mess on your desk, why not create a place you can put them to make everything just a little bit more organised.

I bought some clipboards with the idea of organising my receipts and paperwork so that I know where they are and what I need to do with them. I have a clipboard for receipts for each business I run and one spare for general paperwork. Receipts that have been put on my bookkeeping system have a big tick on the front and then I’m supposed to file them…but that doesn’t happen. Then I thought, if the clipboards were a bit prettier, maybe I’d be more inclined to sort my paperwork to reveal the prettiness underneath!

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#FMSphotoaday 1st to 4th January

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Fat Mum Slim is a great blog that runs a daily photo challenge. A new Photo A Day Challenge list is published every week with daily prompts and the challenge is to take a photo each day that fits those prompts and share to either Instagram or Facebook. It’s a brilliant way to get a daily dose of creativity and improve photography skills.

I prefer to play using Instagram. Take a photo that fits the prompt, upload to Instagram and add a caption including the hashtag #FMSphotoaday. It’s also fun to look at all the other photos that have been shared with the #FMSphotoaday to get inspiration for new photos and to see how others have interpreted the prompt. Click here to see more information about the Photo A Day Challenge. Why not try it yourself?

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15 New Year’s Resolutions

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Happy New Year! Did you all enjoy last night’s celebrations?

At the start of the New Year, I always feel inspired to do something and stick to those New Year’s Resolutions. But I always lose motivation (sometimes almost immediately), usually as soon as someone breaks out the leftover Christmas chocolate and we have “just one more” Chinese takeaway.

This year I know I need to make some changes to my lifestyle in order to be much healthier and to feel better, both physically and emotionally. Rather than make it a New Year’s Resolution like I usually do, I’m going to look at it as an ongoing project. I’ll go to the gym, I’ll find an exercise or sport I enjoy, I’ll eat healthier, I’ll make it fun and I’ll involve friends.

Instead, this year my New Year’s Resolutions are going to be similar to bucket list goals. I’m going to break down my bucket list into goals that should be easily achievable in one year if I stick to it. Otherwise, I worry that I’ll make a list of things I’d like to do and achieve in my life but then never get them done. I often put things off because I’m worried about money, or what other people will think, or what I’ll look like, or I’m too scared it’ll go wrong. These are all really bad attitudes to have as it holds you back so much. But this year, I think I’m just going to go for it! Life’s too short to worry about things like that.

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