The way I tidy (the wrong way)

IMG_5406

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.

IMG_5408IMG_5418

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…

IMG_5426IMG_5429IMG_5443

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

IMG_3931

Then send him photos of how clear the floor looks…

IMG_3932

Then have a cup of coffee…

IMG_5450

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

IMG_5449

Water my beloved plants…

IMG_5421

Take photos of a frame I refurbished…

IMG_5475

And write a blog post (right now)…

IMG_5495

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.

 

 

 

Advertisements

A welly full of acorn caps

IMG_5282

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.

IMG_5306

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.

IMG_5290

IMG_5274

Time to retire my sandals

DSC_0080.jpg 3

People dressed up for a snow storm. Snowflake prints, fluffy hoods. Boots, ankle and knee high. Cold wind pushing along the fallen leaves.

And here I am, trying to prolong the use of my favourite sandals.

IMG_3804

At least there are women in cardigans, children walking to school without their jackets, sunglasses, bare legs, harem trousers, people lingering in no rush, short sleeve shirts, car windows open. My shoulders don’t feel as lonely now.

I have warm arms, a warm middle and a belly full of warm tea, while the podcast Accused is playing from my phone. Waiting for James while I people watch and write. A few of my favourite things.

DSC_0082.jpg 3

 

 

 

 

Documenting your adventures – travelling idea

IMG_5161

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

IMG_5152IMG_5187

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.

IMG_5169

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.

IMG_5160IMG_5164IMG_5165IMG_5166IMG_5168IMG_5171IMG_5174

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.

IMG_5178

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?!

IMG_5170

 

 

 

 

Snapshot of my September 2017

Dug this outfit…

image1 (1)

 

 

And this one…

DSC_0015.jpg 1

 

 

I got excited in wearing make up again (I go through phases)…

IMG_2065

 

 

Jackets came out to play and I actually started brushing my hair (aka not being a slob in the summer heat)…

DSC_1113

 

 

Felt like I watched my little brother grow up in front of my eyes…

IMG_3774

 

 

Sleepy worked its way into my night time routine and made me, well, sleepy…

IMG_1908

 

 

And I watched a lot of anime (and already watched The Snowman, but lets keep that secret between us)…

IMG_2196