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?
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