Sunday, 17 April 2016

Who will love Aladdin Sane?

I'm pretty excited for the next two and a half weeks - it's my "vacation" of the stay at home variety. I'm so excited to have the place entirely to myself and the world at my feet. I'm already researching to see which neighbouring villages have an abundance of charity shops, scoping out the weather forecast for a day at the seaside, planning days of endless drawing, hoping to start a personal diary-like zine project I've already half written. I've been planning to use this period to get my new YouTube channel up and running properly too, and have a list of ideas including vlogging, speed draws, 'hauls', etc. So if things get a little quiet over here I'll probably be over there! My mind is buzzing with inspiration and ideas for just about everything lately, I want to seize on it as much as possible as it's been so long. I feel like I've awoken from a deep sleep and feel so much like myself again.

I've really been enjoying myself these past few weeks away from uni, and it's gotten me thinking as ever about it not being the best place for me. Everything's a bit up in the air at the moment as I have to stay where I am for the time being for medical reasons, but I've been thinking about what's actually important to me and what isn't so at least when I move on I'll hopefully have a better idea of what I need to be happy. Whilst I think being a mature student is a great step for most, unfortunately as an art student I've learned that it's quite pointless. I'm 27, I've been drawing and honing my skill for 16 years and am paying to be taught stuff I already know ten times over. Having said that though, it's definately been far from a waste of time. It's quite reassuring to see that everything you've taught yourself over the years is right, and I've definately learned that drawing for other people isn't for me! It's much better for me to stick to self initiated projects I'm passionate about and keep my drawing part time, otherwise I'm apt to end up loathing it and loosing my favourite hobby and likely my sanity with it as art is my stress release. Sometimes there's a pressure to "dream big", but honestly I'd be perfectly happy simply selling things through Society6 for pocket money. Just because you're good at something doesn't mean you have to do it. I don't believe in the notion of "selling out", but commercialism just isn't my cup of tea.

These earrings arrived last week from Sugar and Vice and I adore them. They also sell speech bubble necklaces or brooches that can have anything you want written on which has set my brain buzzing with ideas! I've often loved quotes but had nothing to do with them, so I think that could be a really lovely idea.

I also went record shopping and picked up all of these. I didn't think I'd found anything, then as I got up off the floor from flipping through endless crates I saw a tiny shelf hidden away in a corner specifically for classic rock and was in my element. I hoped this shelf is new or I'm gonna be mad I've been completely oblivious to it before! I was most glad to find Mr Bad Guy, it's a pristine first pressing for only £6!


  1. I totally understand that thing about just because it's a passion you don't HAVE to do it as a full-time thing. I'm very creative and studied art & then textile and I'm currently working part-time at recycling centers and a dump & people think that is weird. Like, "why aren't you going for your dreams?!", "if you're educated then what the heck are you doing HERE?" type of comments. I am actually thinking about trying to make it my full-time thing but just because people are always saying I should do it I feel like I am less keen. Never want to do what people tell me to do ha ha... but honestly having a "regular job" isn't shit, it's safety and also enjoyable tbh (& jobs that you don't need education for shouldn't be looked down on! Or practical/service jobs.). If I want to make money with sewing or whatnot then I will if I want to. I'm trying not to pressure myself since it's hard to make it in that kind of business anyway. Hehe this comment is longer than I thought but oh well!

  2. I hope you have a wonderful time on your stay at home vacation! I think I know what you mean about making a living off your art.. For me, my favorite hobby is photography, but anytime I have take pictures for other people I instantly lose interest and get turned off by the whole idea of photography. I think it's perfectly fine to have something you're great at and COULD make money from it but choose NOT too. I used to get so caught up in the whole "dream big" thing people kept telling me, but then I realized that wasn't what I wanted in order to be happy. Best of luck with figuring things out! :)

  3. Fabulous find! I (like Tony) adore Freddie so very, very much. I literally choke up every time I stop and think about the fact that the world lost him so tragically early.

    I hope that your staycation went (or is still going, if such is the case) splendidly. Honestly, sometimes I crave those more than an actual vacation somewhere else. They can, I find, be fab for finally spending time focusing on creative pursuits.

    Tons of hugs & happy May wishes,
    ♥ Jessica


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