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.

It does look kind of cute. It’s growing on me already.IMG_2916

 

Pineapple Infused Vodka

Today my partner in crime and I are infusing vodka with pineapple for Christmas gifts. Ohhh yes, preparing for Christmas already – I’m one of those people. 

It’s an experiment. I have read a few posts floating about on the internet, inspired by this post by Champagne or Lemonade?, but like I’ve said previously I prefer to learn from my mistakes and just do it, forgo the research. Whether that’s good or bad, I don’t know. 

In about a month we will try it, and if we like it we will make jars and jars more and be drunk everyday and eventually stop eating or drinking anything but pineapple Vodka! Yay! 

So, to be continued…

My new canvas 

Keyrings are easily collected knick knacks that take up room if you’re not using them for their original purpose. I could keep the 25 years worth in storage. Or I could throw them out, they’re Keyrings after all. But they’re from ALL OVER THE WORLD, my brain shouts. Okay brain. You win. On canvases you will go. Huzzah! 

Painting Made Easy

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How many times have you wanted to paint and been discouraged before starting, or stopped half way through because it isn’t what you envisioned? Story of my painting-life! I am not a painter, I’m not an artist, paint doesn’t always do what I want it to do and I can get so frustrated. But paint is so much fuunnn!! Come on it’s not fair! Muummm plleeassee.. Wow, sorry, flashback.

To help myself and my sanity I’ve created a few different ways to make painting easy for myself. AND NOW FOR YOU!

Side note: It may be too late for my sanity.

This technique is so simple, so simple, and versatile. And, dare I say, fool proof. You need watercolour paint, watercolour paper and a waterproof pen.

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After deciding what quote or word you would like to do, draw it very lightly on the paper with a pencil. For this one I chose ‘me time’ for my Mum, as she needs reminding to think about herself. Then on top of the pencil start drawing swirls with the waterproof pen. Maybe practice on another sheet of paper first, join them up, do random sizes, let them swirl in different directions, and keep them touching each other.

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At this point you can rub out the pencil. Then keep building on the swirls till you’re happy with the shape you’ve created.

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Time to mix up some colours! Woo. First decide what colour/colours you want. If there is a little bit of thought it generally looks better than willy-nilly choosing every colour on your pallet. One colour but all different tones is pretty cool, I think. For this one I choose different shades of blue and purple/pink.

Start blobbing the paint into the swirls. As it’s a waterproof pen, it wont run or leak. And you’re done, and your painting need is satisfied! How easy is that?! 

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This is one that I did for myself. I just really like the colour orange. Simple.

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I’m going to keep playing with this idea. It’s relaxing drawing hundreds of swirls and not having to think, and you’re guaranteed something that looks good because it is so easy. Have a great day!

Over and out, Emily x