Sharing a pumpkin

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Nothing says ‘Happy Halloween’ than sharing a pumpkin to carve because the other one was moldy.

And they say romance is dead!

The first episode of Stranger Things was watched after, which we have been talking about for months but now it’s arrived we haven’t been able to make time for it.

I was also eating strawberry Starbursts.

Are you spooked yet? OooOooooooo

James was going for a moon and stars look. Then when he fucked it up he turned it into a side wards smiley face, to be down with the kids – that is a quote. After 5 minutes he was done. All he needed.

I went for a classic look. I took longer than 5 minutes.

Not as good as last years though. Also, how fantastic is that pumpkin shape! Maybe I shouldn’t have messed around as much at the pumpkin patch this year and choose a better one, and also got a second one which wasn’t moldy.

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Happy Halloween!!!

 

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What have you been up to?

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Or what I like to call ‘Whybut?’

When I have a productive/successful week I feel pretty good about myself. When I don’t… Well, I’m never sure what’s wrong.

I’ve managed to categorise this into three sections. Three sections which if I can balance right will give me the level of satisfaction I need to not question what’s the point with anything.

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Lifestyle.

Work.

Personal.

I’m really not good at balancing them (nothing to do with my perforated ear drum when I was 10. Though that is why my balance is shite.) Most of my decisions in my life are based upon what I’m currently obsessed with (really not disciplined) and the chosen one for that week is usually under one of these categories.

So my week is centred around that. A week of tidying and redecorating. A week of writing my book. A week of sorting out things to sell. A week of writing blog post after blog postA week of writing my book.

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These three sections, altogether, create a happy life for me.

Could you imagine if I could sort myself out to do something from each section in a week?!

I am imaging it and that would be a perfect week for me. Rounded. Then hopefully I wouldn’t feel guilty when I concentrate fully on one thing. No more thoughts of ‘I really need to do this’ while I’m currently doing that.

Everything interlinks still and I am guessing that is the way my brain is though, jumps around. But surely because it jumps around I should be able to get the right balance of Lifestyle, Work and Personal.

I’m making a commitment to sum up my week on Fridays (hopefully every week on my blog), a summary of what I’ve achieved because, damn it, I want to achieve them! 

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I know what I’m capable of and I believe in myself – I’m just not really doing it fully.

And being 26 has been so good to me so far, I may as well give myself something back.

Oh how I love ‘doing’ photos

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I seem to have an obsession with ‘doing’ photos. Pop the camera on the timer and capture myself doing whatever I’m doing.

They come in handy in the future sometimes, for blog posts, but there’s a fair few that I just have. It’s another collection of mine. I just document things.

Here’s a random collection, with no back stories, of me doing things.

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My two homemade goodies

 

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Already thinking of Christmas?! I hear you ask. I’m always thinking about Christmas. I answer.

I have two more items added to my etsy shop, From Miles.

An acorn cap ball bauble, and bleached pine cones napkin rings. Both not the easiest to read or say. Doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue.

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I have more to list to my shop but seeing as I share my life, surprise surprise (say that with Cilla Black’s voice), this is part of my life. More specifically, part of my last week.

And want to know a secret, because we like to keep it real on this blog? This background for the cones is from a Lush box.

Crafts with nature is my favourite. 

The way I tidy (the wrong way)

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Spoon full of sugar, and all that.

I still have to find the fun and make tidying a game, Mary Poppins knew her stuff..

You know the millions of personality tests, I’m always the type who has messy surrounds and is not only is fine with it, can thrive creatively in it. I’m also the type that the ‘really neat’ type gets infuriated about – I know more of those people.

I had to have a little tidy today though, my bedroom is also a somewhat office and so although everywhere has a place, the place is just everywhere. That really should be my slogan.

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I’m very good at treating and rewarding myself, I think it’s something anxiety has taught me. So the way I tidy is I do some of the boring bit, then I do a nice thing. And so on.

Netflix on too, has to be done. Happy Valley. I liked it. Has to be background noise though otherwise I’d just tidy my bed and make a nice cosy circle to watch it from with a cup of tea.

Netflix on, slippers on – put away clean clothes – light a candle – tidy the bags of bits I’m selling…

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Find a receipt from Bruge, Belgium, McDonald’s and instantly send a photo to the boyfriend…

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Then send him photos of how clear the floor looks…

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Then have a cup of coffee…

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And decide to clutter up the newly cleared desk and start cutting up some art prints…

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Water my beloved plants…

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Take photos of a frame I refurbished…

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And write a blog post (right now)…

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Soooo, I may flit from one thing to the next and get distracted but at least its a little bit better and I don’t have to jump over things just to get out the door.

Till a couple of days time that is.

 

 

 

High five to small successes and hello to new packaging

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At the end of August this year something metaphorically kicked me up the arse. Not enough time has passed for hindsight, so I won’t ponder on the whys of what happened – all I know is that something happened and it made me start selling on the internet.

I’m not selling anything to you now, by the way. I know that feeling of dread when you feel like you’ve being swindled.

So I sell on etsy and ebay. Not massive rewards and I’m learning each day. I also have days where I just can’t be bothered and whatever is kicking me up the bum seems to have put on a slipper.

But wanting to be true to myself, and myself likes pretty things, I wanted to hand make packaging – just a little print and on the back I will write ‘thank you’. This was at the very beginning, one of the first things I did, and, like I said, it was all a massive shrug of the shoulders.

Well, about 20 parcels later..

..I’ve had to make my second lot.
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And this post was not going to be about this feeling in my body right now, just that I made some pretty pictures that go along with any package, but it feels good. I didn’t see it as a success till I started writing it up.

But if you don’t celebrate small successes what’s the point?!

So last night I packaged up my two leaf stamp wall hangings I made and they’re off in the postal system somewhere, with the last original print.

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And my new prints?! Well, if England’s sky wasn’t so orange right now – like is this a hurricane or aliens? – I’d take some photos in natural lighting. It’s not meant to be, even though it’s only 4 pm while I write this (we’ve gone from a sunny October day to this spooky, orange, darkness all in a couple of hours. Now all I can ask is whether Hocus Pocus actually happening?).

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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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