Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Goals Update #3

So it's the end of the year, and I remembered I had some goals for 2013, which I posted about before.

Here's my final update for this year's goals.

01. Make 100 unique necklaces
Did it
02. Start up an etsy store to sell said necklaces!
It's called Little Deer Daydreams
03. Create some sewn items to sell on etsy, too
Did this but didn't sell any
04. Prepare blog posts much further in advance…
Scheduled posts have been a life-saver for months!
05. …but don’t get bogged down with following ‘blogging trends’ (unless they’re interesting to me)
...what were the blogging trends this year, anyway? (This is a genuine question)
06. Likewise don’t feel pressured to create ‘seasonal’ crafts/posts (Halloween crafts at Easter? Why not!)
No pressure felt. (Nor motivation)
07. Get a hair cut. Seriously. It needs doing. 
Did this eventually. It still looks nice, months later!
08. Practice photography, both for blogging and in general
Never really got around to this. =(
09. Write more original fiction outside of NaNoWriMo.
Didn't really do much of this, either
10. Have a big clear out and sell things on ebay.
Sold a few bits on ebay but also got rid of a lot of stuff through a car boot sale
11. Use Royal Pavilion & Museums membership card more before it expires!
It expired. Booo. 
12. Paint.
Painted a handful of things this year. Not loads, though.
13. Finish reading ‘Tired of London, Tired of Life’ and actually do some of the stuff in it. 
Read it. Haven't been to London since. Bum.
14. Complete ‘Wreck This Journal’ (I got one for Christmas and its so much fun)
Finished it! :D Might make a post about it eventually.
15. Write more ‘personal’ blog posts (like this one!)
Not sure that I succeeded at this one, either...

Picture so this isn't an entirely text post:
(I gained a new Discworld book for Christmas, but it didn't fit in with all the others, so I had to relocate them all to a different part of the cupboard...)
As for next year's goals...I haven't thought about them yet. How about you?

Happy New Year, everyone. Hope 2014 brings you marvellous things.

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all followers that celebrate it :) Hope you have a wonderful day!

Above is a photo of the presents I'll give this year!
They were cheap to wrap because I used things I had to hand, and things that were easy to get hold of. I also put presents in boxes because boxes are far easier to wrap up than odd-shaped things. Also, it makes it harder to guess what the contents are ;)

Pom poms for the ladies, pine cones for the men. These aren't all the presents, but women far outweigh men in our family!

Thanks to Samantha (At Home with Mrs H) for the pom poms! If not for these, I might not have come up with this wrapping idea :)

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Wardrobe Revolution Update

Just over a month ago, I posted about Wardrobe Revolution. (You can join me and set yourself any clothes-related challenge you want!)

For me, the challenge is about wearing more of the 90% of my wardrobe that doesn't get worn, and also to make more effort with my outfits.

I've been instagramming pictures along the way (you can find them under the #wardroberevolution tag) and here are some of my favourite outfits so far. Also beneath the jump, my observations on figuring out new outfits and also how I'm cutting down.

Plaid Top: Handmade
Shirt: Holly & Whyte by Lindex
Kilt: Charity shop
Socks: Matalan
Belt: Retro (from my mum)
Necklace: Handmade
Rings: Vintage/gift

The plaid top is the one that I made for Design 1o1. I wrote a litle about it on my first Wardrobe Revolution post, and have since sewn black bias binding to the arm holes.


After posting here frequently and running regular weekly features, you might have noticed a lack of posts over the past couple of weeks.

Basically, I ran out of scheduled posts. For a while I've been making several in advance and setting them up to post at regular intervals. The last lot I set up was at the end of October, with the intention of having enough to see me through November, because I would be busy with National Novel Writing Month.

But along came December, my motivation didn't come back, and this blog fell by the wayside.

I'm not sure if I'll bring back regular features like Pinning Inspiration or Marvellous Monday.
Honestly, I don't like the way Pinterest widgets look now and because of the change in them, my older posts are now imageless!
I know that I could simply save the images, reupload here, and link to the source, but the whole point of Pinning Inspiration is that, should you feel inspired, you can repin directly from this blog, rather than having to go elsewhere. So in a way, those widgets have to stay.

Complaints aside, I am entirely unmotivated, tired and uninspired at the moment. I have some ideas for projects to share on here, but no energy or motivation for doing them.

That being said, I have a post coming up about Wardrobe Revolution, so watch this space.

Might also post some of my design1o1 stuff here, though I created a tumblr for that.

Hopefully regular posting will resume in the new year. Maybe I just need a little break.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Marvellous Monday #39

Happy Monday!
With December here, thoughts are turning to Christmas (which started in June, if you're in retail!), rime-covered plants, chilly fingers and icy winter mornings. Which brings us to this week's theme, frost.

Though cold, frost brings all those extra details to attention that might otherwise evade our eyes and inspires new ideas, a fresh outlook. A gentle tracery of spiderwebs upon a wilting rose becomes an ice bridle on the head of a silken red horse...
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