DIY Clutch Bag

Wednesday, 27 January 2016
Hey guys, I wanted to do a quick post on this clutch bag I made. (I featured it in my last style post.) Basically I started knitting a rectangle and I wasn't really sure what I was going to do with it, I had to cast off because one of my knitting needles broke, (it was bamboo) anyway, I grabbed my sewing box, and some spare red fabric I found and threw this together. I love the contrast between the shiny red and light grey, it was really simple. I did underestimate the amount of fabric I needed though, I didn't allow enough to attach the zip, so I had to add extra fabric and it turned out a bit crooked. Anyway it isn't perfect, but it was fun to make. The sewing did take a bit of time though. I love being able to use something I've made myself.

Do you like making stuff?
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Reading Goals

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Hey guys, hope you're all well, I recently updated my Goodreads account which I haven't used as much as I would like. If you're a bookworm you have probably heard of the website, basically it's a place where you can track and review books you've read as well as follow other people's reads, and reviews, and get personalised book recommendations. It's a great way to find new books and keep a record of all the books you have read. I haven't really made proper use of it though, I'd like to use it more this year.

I started Frankenstein, by Mary Shelly back in October and haven't finished it. I'm trying to get back into it, what I've read so far was very good, the language in it is amazing but requires a bit more effort to process and understand, like a lot of classic literature. I've been lazy though and went back to read The Hunger Games again. It was as a kind of nostalgic goodbye to the series after seeing the last movie recently, I couldn't remember what was supposed to be happening because it was so long since I'd read the books. I tend to be able to get through young adult books at great speed but have to work a bit harder to move away from the genre and try different books. I want to try reading more thrillers, but I find a lot of them a bit too grisly and disturbing sometimes.

I also really want to read more non-fiction, there's so much I could learn about different things if I read more non-fiction. I've really lowered my Goodreads 2016 goal of books to read from last year, so I actually have a shot at meeting it, problem is tearing myself away from the TV series I want to watch on Netflix and make time to read. I recently subscribed to "booktuber" Ameriie's channel Beauty Books Ameriie and she's inspired me with her book recommendations.

Hopefully I do read 25 books in 2016, I'm not counting The Hunger Games series because I've already read them though. This is a very short somewhat random post, but I'm trying to motivate myself to get back into reading more. If you're on Goodreads I'd love to follow your reads and reviews, you can follow mine here. I'm gonna go away and read Frankenstein,

What are you reading at the moment?

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15 Things To Do In Bad Weather

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Hey guys, I hope your week has been going well, it's Thursday again, so I'm here with another post. The weather has been particularly bad recently so I've put together a list of stuff to do when you're stuck inside.

1. Make a recipe you have wanted to try for a while.
2. Read a book, re-read an old favourite, or try something you wouldn't normally read.
3. Make a list of places you would like to visit.
4. Try following a yoga or meditation video on YouTube.
5. Start writing a short story, a novel, or a diary.
6. Make a list of things you're grateful for.
7. Mix up a homemade face mask or beauty product.
8. Listen to a podcast while organising a part of your room.
9. Put together a bag of clothes or other stuff to give away.
10. Change your bed-linen, and spray it with your favourite essential oil or perfume.
11. Make a list of goals or ideas for a project.
12. Cut stuff you like out of old magazines and paste them into a notebook "mood-board".
13. Play around with your camera to discover what you can do with different settings.
14.  Start learning something new, you can teach yourself how to do lots of different things from YouTube videos.
15. Start a new TV series you've heard a lot about.

Hope this inspired you, to try something different, I'm know there are a ton of other things I could add to this list, I may create another one for a different post.

What else would you add to this list?
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3 Blogging/Motivational Podcasts

Thursday, 7 January 2016
Hey everyone, for today's post, seeing as how we are in the first week of January, and lots of you will be still focused on your resolutions for 2016, I'm posting a few of the motivational blogging podcasts I discovered late last month. 

You might find these helpful if you have a list of blogging goals for this year. I had never really listened to podcasts before, but I read in a few different places how great they are so I downloaded the Stitcher app and have tried listening to a few different ones. The ones I'm listing are shows by US bloggers and are more about blogging as a full-time job, for business people. They are still pretty interesting and inspiring even if you only really blog as a hobby, there are some great tips and insights. 

These podcasts do focus on a lot of other motivational type stuff that applies to getting anything you want to do done as well. You can learn loads while you're travelling or whatever just by listening in without having to read or watch anything so podcasts, whatever they're about, are actually really great. I'm gonna keep my eyes out for other ones on different topics that interest me too, the Sticher app is great for finding new and interesting shows. 

The Lively Show is hosted by Jess Lively and is covers a lot of different topics outside of blogging, Jess interviews some really interesting and inspiring people. The show is "designed to uplift, inspire, and help you add a little extra intention to your everyday."
Elise Gets Crafty, by Elise Joy, covers topics like creativity, blogging, business, inspiration and motivation.
How They Blog is a show by Kat Lee, basically the title says it all, the show is about how bloggers blog, Kat talks to different bloggers to learn all about how they do it, their tools, tips, and tricks. 

Hope you maybe find these helpful.
Do you listen to any interesting podcasts?
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Cute Free Printable 2016 Calenders

Friday, 1 January 2016
Hello everyone, we're starting a new year, so I've put together a few different pretty free printable 2016 calendars I found. I hope you like one of them, you can probably find more on Pinterest!

This lovely one is from sodapop-design
Calendar 2016 - Free Printable via

If you like a bit of colour, this one is from shortstopdesigns
Love this minimal monochrome one from 733blog
Free 2016 Printable Calendar
This one is really pretty, it's from cocoandmingo
Printable Calendar, 2016 Calendar, freebies, download, hand lettering, calligraphy, artwork, design, new year, office, desktop
This simple hand lettered one is from delineateyourdwelling
2016 Hand Lettered Calendar,
This minimal one is from smallpaperthings, there's also a nice matching free weekly planner.

FREE Printable Calendar 2016 & Printable Weekly Planner Minimalist/Monochrome Style

Hope this was helpful, and that you have a happy & wonderful new year!
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