Tuesday, 31 December 2013

2014 goals!

I'm going to be honest here and say that for the most part 2013 was pretty rubbish, and it's gotten me into a real Negative Nancy mindset. 2014 is going to better. It's silly to think a new year is going to fix anything, but I do always appreciate the feeling of a fresh start that comes with it and I intend to make the most of that. With this in mind, I decided to do something I've never done before and made myself a list of things I'd like to achieve in 2014:

Move! I don't live in my home town, I haven't for many years, and have never felt at home where I live. I have itchy feet to find a brand new place I can call my home. The best part is I have very few ties, so I can literally go anywhere (within the UK of course!). This is both exciting and terrifying! I hope to be there this time next year though. At the moment I'm thinking around Manchester way, but we'll see!

Continue to de-clutter. For a while I started to feel really bogged down by my possessions. I was in the habit of collecting anything and everything just because it was Disney or vintage. I'd much rather have a small, very select collection of things that I adore than own loads of things just for the sake of owning them. I've begun down sizing already and I love it, I feel so much lighter.

Save more money. I believe the previous goal will help me to achieve this, I'm considering all of my purchases so much more already. I love having extra money tucked away, allowing me to have real fun with it from time to time.

Shoot more film. I own a lovely vintage analogue camera which I love, but seldom use. It's just so much easier to grab a digital camera and have my photos then and there, but there really is nothing like waiting to get your roll of film developed, and not being entirely sure how everything's come out like it's supposed to. I'm going to make it a habit to carry both cameras around with me.

Photo an hour - once a month. I've fallen out of the habit of photography lately and I'm hoping this will help me get back into it, as well as taking time to appreciate the little things around me.

Draw 5 times a week (at least!). This probably seems like a funny goal for an illustrator, huh? Because I mostly sell prints I don't actually have to draw very often and so it makes me lazy. I want to get back into the habit of doodling instead of focusing on final pieces all the time. It'll also stop the mental roadblock when I initially go to pick up my pencil after months of nothingness.

Read 12 books. I don't read as much as I'd like, it's time to break out of that. One book a month is embarrassingly easy and a goal I hope to smash.

Have more adventures. It can be really easy to get caught up in daily monotony. I don't want my vacations to be my only adventures, and there's so many things in England I can do on a day trip that I really have no excuse.

Finish knitting my jumper! I took on the project in September and have about three inches of a sweater knitted out. I'm not an experienced knitter so it's slow going, but I expect to be able to wear it next winter!

Keep a happiness jar. I've seen people do these and I think they're a really good idea. When something makes me happy (no matter how small or seemingly insignificant), write it down and put it in a jar. Then when I'm feeling blue, everything is right there reminding me of all the good times I've probably long forgotten.

Stop caring so much. I'm stupidly shy and over think absolutely everything and it's time it stopped. Because really, 99% of the things I worry about just don't matter.

I'm genuinely excited for 2014, for both myself and this blog. I have so many things planned already. I wish you all a lovely year, and if you've made your own list of new year goals be sure to let me know about it, I love reading them!

Monday, 23 December 2013

Girl, put your records on, tell me your favourite song

I was so sad recently when my beloved antique 1960's model Fidelity record player started to show it's age and go a bit skewiff. It's still (thankfully) in working condition, but it wears out quickly before it needs adjusting again and could definitely do with a full on service. It got me thinking about how expensive the upkeep of antique electronics can be, and how miserable I've been not being able to play my vinyl collection as often as I'd like, so as I had been given some Christmas money I decided to treat myself to a brand new player.

Crosley Cruiser record player
Crosley Cruiser record player and 1960s vintage player

Aesthetics are important to me and I didn't want a modern looking eyesore, so I was quickly charmed by Crosley's line and I truly couldn't be happier! Orange is one of my favourite colours so naturally was the colour I had to scoop up, and it fits into my home perfectly. It feels so good to finally be able to play my records completely worry free again!

Crosley Cruiser record player

Thursday, 19 December 2013

what I wore: by the sea

Visiting tourist spots in the off season has always been one of my favourite things to do, it's amazing how the same place can have an entirely different feel depending on whether it's filled to the brim with people or not. British seaside resorts are particularly deserted at the moment due to the high winds we've had battering our coastlines. Ever a glutton for punishment though I decided to brave the chill, so you must forgive my windswept hair and fingers that are red from the cold!

Outfit Details
Dress and tights - Primark
Blouse - 1960s vintage
Pins - vintage & HMV

My battered old bag which matches absolutely nothing, but has served me so well over the years toting about all of my sketchbooks and cameras.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Current nails: 'Tis the season!

Painting my nails is something I quite enjoy from time to time, and red and gold are a definitive Christmas combination to me.

Nails Inc Uptown Glamour // Maybelline Downtown Red (352) // Saffron London 08
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Top Coat
Nail stickers bought from here

I received this Nails Inc polish free with a magazine. It's one of those brands that I hear people rave about so I was excited to try it. I adore the colour, it's a lovely champagne gold and it applies really nicely, but it chips after only a few hours so I can't say I'll be buying it again :(

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Etsy sneak peak

Self promotion is something I've always been terrible at, but I've recently opened up my Etsy shop and am so excited about it I just had to offer you a sneak peek! I haven't been this smitten with my own work in a long, long time, it's a nice feeling. I'm not a very confident person but my illustrations are the one thing that I'm very proud of and something I work hard at. I sent out to have these prints made but am considering investing in a professional photo printer myself, I like the idea of being able to create my own prints instantly on demand.

Etsy art prints

Yellow Submarine art print

The Beatles art print

Etsy art prints

I'm a little disappointed that the idea of a calendar didn't occur to me until a few days ago, so that's definitely on the cards for next year. I'm a little undecided whether I should base it around a specific theme or just provide 12 of my favourite prints. I do quite like the idea of perhaps a generic 60s theme. What do you think?

Thursday, 28 November 2013

And we lived beneath the waves in our yellow submarine

The Beatles Yellow Submarine shoes

The Beatles Yellow Submarine shoes

I've been customising shoes for, ooh, a good couple of years now. It's just something super fun to both make and wear. And although I've been creating them for other people for so long, I've only ever made myself one pair which were only a prototype anyway, so that doesn't even really count. I've never felt any particular way about this as I'm generally not one for wearing trainers, but the last couple of months I seemed to be pulling on my Converse more than usual, and it got me thinking about how it was probably about time I did myself a pair.

The Beatles Yellow Submarine shoes

The Beatles Yellow Submarine shoes

The Beatles Yellow Submarine shoes

The Beatles Yellow Submarine shoes

The Beatles Yellow Submarine shoes

The Beatles Yellow Submarine shoes

These are all done with Copic markers and a little bit of white gel pen. I'm very pleased with how they've turned out considering I mostly winged it. I'm pretty excited to wear these out and about, but as luck would have it it's mostly rained everyday since I finished them. Gutted. They'll stand up to a little wet weather but I don't want to take a chance so I'll probably end up hoarding these away until the sun comes back in spring. I think they'll look super cute teamed with a sundress and ankle socks.

(And as I was typing this entry Yellow Submarine came on my iPod of it's own accord, which pleased me far too much!)

Friday, 22 November 2013

what I wore: red and yellow

dress - 1960s vintage
shoes - Schuh (a very long time ago)
tights - mytights.com

Unfortunately the weather hasn't been very cooperative lately for outdoor outfit posts, it's either been too wet and overcast, or simply too cold for me to even contemplate taking my coat off. That's not to say it's the end of outdoor photo shoots for the coming months, but do expect to become familiar with my workstation.

I'm crazy about this dress, it was a lucky find on eBay that I literally came across about 10 minutes before the auction was due to end. Not only does it fit as though it were made for my body, it's also my favourite colours of red and mustard yellow. I purchased the tights recently with this dress in mind and I really like how they bring out the yellows of the pattern. I'm still undecided as to whether red shoes would be too much or set the outfit off perfectly? I can get a little carried away with colour coordination sometimes, it can be hard to know when to stop!

Thursday, 14 November 2013

It’s good to have you with us, even if it’s just for the day

I'm not new to the world of blogging, I've run different blogs for over 10 years (starting way back on Xanga when I was at high school, now there's a trip down memory lane!). My "main" blog is my LiveJournal, the one I've run for years and still stubbornly cling to even though most of the cool kids have long since left it behind. I consider that my personal blog where I reveal my inner most self, wearing my heart on my sleeve and my thoughts on my tongue. However I've also loved having a seperate blog, a corner of the internet that's very much me but perhaps less personal, posting about the more frivolous aspects of my life and adventures and the things that make me happy. My previous blog was beginning to feel stale and I had simply outgrown it and was itching for a fresh start. Shifting over to a new blog is always a little scary when you already have a little home on the internet set up, but I decided to be brave and bite the bullet! And I'm so glad I did, I already feel much more at home here and am giddy with the ideas I have for where I would like to take this blog and how it will grow.

If you've followed me over from my old blog, great! ♥ And if you're new, welcome to my journey. I hope you have as much fun reading about it as I have sharing it.

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