A welly full of acorn caps

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This morning I wanted to go on a mission for the last remaining conkers, for decoration and in hopes they’d rid our house of spiders. Instead, my Mum took me to a gold mind of oak trees.

I still pick up conkers and pine cones but I couldn’t tell you the last time I’ve picked up acorn caps – never the actual acorn, too many experiences of finding maggots in them.

Why have they gone under the radar for me? I think I’d more likely stamp on them on purpose than collect them. And they’re so pretty. Also, my Mum said the trees don’t produce acorns every year, fun fact for the day.

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Without a bag, we ended up using my little brothers welly to carry them. (He wasn’t with us, we didn’t make him hop around just for my gain.)

So, today is the day that I appreciate acorn caps and make some sort of craft or decor with them, along with these real leaves. Tomorrow you will find out what I decided to do, but, for now, I still have no idea.

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Documenting your adventures – travelling idea

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Now the days are getting darker and greyer, and although that stirs excitement in me, right now feels like the perfect time to sit back with a cup of tea and go through your holiday photos.

Probably with a few biscuits too – they already have the Christmas boxes in supermarkets. We are only human. After all.

My holiday, my road trip around Europe, happened in April and I’m yet to print the photos even though my friend bought me the perfect Up photo album for it. So with these middle months between Summer and Christmas, the months where you get shit done, I will fill that album up.

Meanwhile, I am going to share a little travel idea that my partner and I have been doing since we have been together.

One photo for each place we’ve visited

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Simple as that. We took a photo for each place we travelled and to prevent me feeling pressured (and therefore not doing it) it is more so we see how much we’ve changed rather us standing outside famous monuments. We can Google them anyway.

Almost all of them were taken on timer, placed on bins or walls, encase you were questioning some camera angles or focusing.

Each photo is then labelled.

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I am so glad we started it – literally a month after we got together – otherwise it never would have happened.

Not to say you can’t start now! It’s really easy to be honest, just choosing one photo from a place.

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This photo album is filled up and is sitting happily on my shelf. I recently bought our next one, from Wilko, which is a little bigger this time and I need to put in our photos from our camping trips this summer. It’s just wicked to think that one day we might have a shelf full of photo albums of places we’ve been, and we will look back and thank our 2016 selves for deciding to start it, not knowing what places we were going to visit. Thank you 24 year old Emily – even a year and a half on I’m thankful.

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Oh this idea is just so perfect for the sentimental or those who love documenting. To be honest they might be the same people anyway?!

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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! 

Plant Head 

Something I’ve neglected to share with you all was these plant pots. They don’t live at my house; that’s my excuse so please forgive me. I made them for my boyfriends birthday a few months ago, of our faces of course, otherwise this post is getting weirder and weirder. 

It was one of those I’ve seen them on Not On The High Street for a price I couldn’t afford so made them myself situations

The only downside, other than struggling to find white plant pots anywhere, was when he was potting them and watering them soil got stuck to our faces. Faces on the pot, not actual faces. So I look like I have something in my teeth and a start of a mono brow. His beard just looks fuller, lucky sod. 

But added soil just makes it more unique and I suppose less perfect, and that’s a compliment in my opinion. 

Well, that’s all for today, thanks for reading and have a good’n! 

Bleached 

Apparently making my own clothes is my favourite thing in the world.. Not the world, that’ll be pretty sad. Or would it? Life would be simple. Anyway it’s the crafting I thoroughly enjoy, so sue me if for the rest of my life I’m forever making/adapting clothes and nothing else. Ever. Again.

Here’s a few photos of my bleached jumper, made a few months ago. It was a successful experiment, a massive high five. It’s worn when England’s weather forget it’s summer. Though I have different techniques planned for future bleached items. I enjoy learning from practice rather than googling everything. A good or bad thing? You decide. 

Easy DIYs: Favourite Places #2

Welcome back to my 3 part series of easy DIYs saluting your favourite places.

This is #2

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This one is my personal favourite, and not just because it is Malta and made for myself, but it’s a treasure map! A clean one, yes, but a treasure map nonetheless. With no treasure either – there is no cross or heart where my favourite place is because there isn’t just ‘one favourite place’, the whole country is a heart. But would a pirate have a heart on there?? …Or gold sharpie… Whatever. I made this here for my Day Tripper too, if you remember last week? But that wasn’t for myself obviously, whole point of Day Tripper, but I just had to made one for myself. Had to. Just had to. H-ad.

You need: A digital download of a map, a printer and scanner, card, bold pens, iron on transfer paper, an iron and white cotton.

Step 1: (If you have a graphics tablet you can skip this step!) Print off an unlabelled map of the country. Using bold pens label the map yourself – I recommend gold sharpie, it’s really in with pirates right now. Don’t worry about being accurate, just do it by your memories and what’s important to you, unless you’re a perfectionist then whatever, you’re on your own because clearly I’m not. Then you scan it back into the computer. The more you scan and print, the more colours will change. This didn’t bother me, but as I said I’m not a perfectionist.

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Step 2: Before printing onto your transfer paper remember to flip your image! This way once you iron it onto the cotton it will be readable and the right way round. Then follow the instructions that come with your iron on transfer paper – usually it says iron on highest heat for a minute or so.

Step 3: Once it’s onto the cotton, rip, rather than cut, around it. Use something as a back board for the top to clip to, I used cork, then attach big clips and wool to hang.

I’m obsessed with my treasure map! Ob-sessed.

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Ob-sessed I’m telling you. Check back tomorrow for the last in this series.

Over and out, Emily x