Fixing what’s unsatisfactory

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Creating meaningful surroundings is important to me. I’m not a designer of any sort. I don’t have rules… I purposely like to kid myself that I’m breaking rules but I have no clue, I could be following a rule book unbeknown to me.

That’s what I was doing today. Concentrating on my room. It’s not done, this is where I’m up to. Everyday I view my surrounds as something to decorate, I suppose that’s just a creative mind, but I don’t always act on the urge, hence this post. There is a need in me to fix everything to what I find pleasing though.

I wonder why when something is important to me, like decorating and styling, I don’t become more knowledgeable on it but rather I allow it to be what it is. It’s an natural interest, I like stuff, but at the same time I am particular on what I have. I like to collect things from different places, I like to make things, I don’t need my possessions to scream what interests I have but I like them to portray my personality. That’s why it’s homely to me. That’s why I feel comfortable in my room.

And how does pleasing me work? How do I ‘find’ what is pleasing? I suppose, I say reluctantly, that must come down to some sort of rule – the juxtaposition of the objects. It’s like pretty faces are usually symmetrical. I don’t know. I’m just not sure, there’s probably a science behind it. With people who are Doctors. Hello, I’m a Doctor of Style. You wouldn’t believe them though, would you. You’d just think they’re being cocky.

My room is divided into two categories; things I’m satisfied with and things I’m not. I wasn’t aware of this till recently and all it comes down to when I have a feeling that something isn’t right. Which is an okay problem, I suppose, but it occurred to me that I could just fix them. Anything that gives me a sinking feeling just correct it till I’m all chill inside.

That’s obvious isn’t it. When you live in a space you don’t often see that though.

So here I am fixing what doesn’t satisfy me and I’ll update you in the future whether these changes have worked.

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This is where I kind of gave up and had a walk, food and a bubble bath. I’m an easily distracted creature. This one was a tough one though. I still don’t think it’s right but I think I’m done playing for today so I’ll sit on it a bit and see if my dissatisfied senses tingle.

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RIP Pumpkin

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My boyfriends face is now caved in and mouldy. I expected it, these things don’t last long, blink and it’s over, but at least I have the oh so sweet memories. I don’t regret one moment of our time together. It was something special. Time flies when you’re having fun. Best of all I didn’t expect how good it was going to be, which makes this goodbye even more painful.

Oh, I’m talking about this pumpkin of his face, I should have mentioned that.

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You may be rotting into penicillin but my heart will never be healed.

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On the bright side of things, I still have perfectly healthy pumpkins that haven’t got my boyfriends face carved into, yet, and Little Man is dying to paint the white ones.

 

Trying Homemade Infused Vodka 

I’ll set the scene: got the himalayan salt lamp on, lit candles, blanket over us, cuddled watching TV and could I sound any more pretentious? Oh yeah, drinking our homemade infused vodka. There you go.

It’s a gloomy day in England. What possibly could perk everything up other than trying our pineapple Infused Vodka? Spoiler; nothing else could do the job. 

And the verdict I hear you cry! It’s guilty of making me tipsy while I’m trying to write this post, for number one, and number two it tastes wonderful! A big win here. Means we can make a lot more, experiment with flavours, and give them out at Christmas! Not to random people obviously, that’ll be too weird even for me. 

Happy Thursday people! 

PYO Pumpkins – highly recommended

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Pick your own pumpkins; awesome. Donation from the profits go to a charity; perfection!

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At first this post was going to be photographs my friend and I (mainly her) took from a great day out, but when we left and a volunteer farmer told us that a donation of the profits goes to charity – Crohn’s and Colitis UK & Crohn’s in Childhood Research Association – I was all in. I wanted to buy more pumpkins. I wanted to build a house out of them.

Instead I’m recommending them to anyone interested – PYO Pumpkins, Riverside Farmers. I’m not in anyway affiliated to them, just think it’s super cool and if you were going to buy a few this Halloween, don’t know about you, but I’d personally much prefer my money go to this. (Plus it’s super cheap)

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We bought a lot, needless to say, so stay tuned for some creative posts in the future. I wasn’t planning on doing anything to do with Halloween, it’s not my thing, but autumn is my thing. Our lot came to £10 (this wheelbarrow) and I’m no cook, so once my partner has finished cooking with the ones he wants, I can use them as decoration. The white ones are definitely mine though, or technically my little brothers to decorate. Yay! Everyone’s happy.

I’m Knitting (another) Blanket

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Hi, my names Emily (Hi Emily) and I’m not a consistent knitter. Woah, glad to get that off my chest. Behind the scenes of my blog I do projects which I haven’t shared. Obviously people don’t do things just to show them to the world, and this is one said project.. Even though I have now decided to share it.. I started this blanket maybe about less than a year ago, and I go back to it on and off. I’m never a consistent knitter, I admit it, forgive me.

I’m no expert in knitting, I don’t claim to be and I don’t aim to be. I really enjoy it and that’s the end. I’m a fidget, I’m anxious most of the time, I like making things, and I like a blanket. That’s my thought process.

I went back to knitting a little while ago and made some ugly things to get used to it again, but this was my attempt at making something nice. It’s definitely not finished yet – to be honest its finished when I say it’s finished, there’s no plan – but the process is a nice, relaxed one. I buy random wool from charity shops, and I add it on. That being said I would like to get it done by the winter, but I’m not putting that pressure on myself.

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Back in January 

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Can you be pumped for a knitted blanket?! I certainly am. Epitome of wild here. Anyway, thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!

Art Ideas For The Elderly 

Art and crafts helps enormously with mental wellbeing. It’s hard to not sound pretentious when saying that but I believe it to be true. It’s a positive way to express negative feelings. Creating something that feels important. It’s therapeutic. 

So what about when you’re older, when you feel you’re loosing your mind a little, and your fingers can’t handle knitting anymore, or do puzzles, painting might be a strain on your eyes and everything seems like it’s deteriorating and a little negative. What crafting options are there? 

I think if there was something simple, not too simple and childlike, but satisfying it’ll really help my grandparents. Especially if it’s something we could all get our hands stuck into when we are all gathered together. I just can’t think of what. A no mess, not much effort, similar to the colouring books for adults that are popular, but better and less constricted. 

I used to make all sorts of Christmas crafts with my nan, including decorating candles, so I think I may turn up one day with all the supplies and suggest doing that again. That’s simple and satisfying and there’s so many options for what to do. Without wanting to belittle anyone, it’s nice to have a little purpose even if it is gluing flowers to a pillar candle. 

Anyway, a good brain storming session is needed! If anyone has any ideas I’d greatly appreciate them! Please feel free to comment or email me. My ideas are limited to my own brain, but if yours get involved something great might materialise. 

I just want to bring a little joy to their lives, the best way I know how! 

Toddler Crafting: Photo Cut Out

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Not much feels better than when a vague idea floating around in my head is executed perfectly. From Little Man painting perfectly, and fuss free, to me carefully cutting his shape out with no problems – even managed to get his eye lashes. The only slight problem was with the printer, but everything was too good to be true, something had to happen, and better the printer than my own capabilities.

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I started with a paper print out of the photo I took, and two extra but in reverse that will be used at the end. Little Man chose his colours and painted the back of the normal photo.

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Once dry, obviously, I cut him out using a very sharp crafting knife. There were dollops of paint, an artist choice I’m sure, so it was thicker in some parts which meant I had to go back over it. It was still a success though. I didn’t let the pressure of ruining Little Mans art get to me, I kept my cool, I had an assistant dabbing the sweat off my forehead and finished without a flat line. I’m basically a surgeon now. No? Okay.

I used a pritt stick and stuck the big painting without Little Man on to one reversed photo, and the cut out of the painting Little Man onto the other reversed photo, then cut them down to their original 7×5 size.

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Now framing. Doesn’t it seem a shame to frame something fun like this in a normal double frame. I brain stormed with my partner, Googled unique ways to frame art, and a few more hundred abbreviations on that but nothing was right, till this idea zoomed in my brain and knocked me off my chair.

I laminated the two photos. I could have stopped here and let Little Man have his pieces of art because they felt indestructible, so that might be an option in the future. Instead I made holes in each corner, found two sticks, and a third to prop it up, and used string to tie it on. (I’m definitely framing something of mine like this one day, but I’ll use pins. I can be trusted with pins. Sometimes.)

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This project is so right up my street I basically live there. It’s so fun, it’s so free, it’s like Gruffalo meet Where The Wild Things Are. Which I think is the inside of a lot of Adults brains anyway.

Have a super day!