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balcony garden setting growing marigolds Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word In August – Y2 (setting, growth) Flower of the Day

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Liverpool trip & Chit chat

Pictures are in no particular order.

 

Well as you guys might know, i did mention i was going away for a few days last week with my boyfriend and er i did it haha.
I didn’t go anywhere crazy far away or fancy but other than a city called Liverpool, which if i might add IS actually fancy and modern, with lots of historical things to do and they have the docks, pier and beautiful sea air.

 

Albert dock

Going away for this trip wasn’t a last minute thing we had been considering it for a while now, as my boyfriend originally planned to go on his own and meet friends but waiting for his friends to actually organize something was taking too long and i’ve been feeling really low and bored with life so i suggested we go to Liverpool for our trip.

I was looking at places by the sea and country side breaks etc but by the time i paid for only a few nights, then had to take the travel/train tickets into consideration it became quite pricey because it’s the summer holidays – So a city break was something more doable and pocket friendly.

I looked up Liverpool and it’s history, obviously it’s all about The Beatles but i aren’t actually a fan so i looked more into the historical things like St George’s hall which was my favourite attraction.
I was however quite sad that you needed to be in a guided tour to be able to go into restricted/certain areas which pissed me off – They had a main/basic tour trail for anyone what wants to wander freely but i mean come on!!! The only reason why i didn’t book the tour is i can’t stand being told things as a teacher point of view. I can sit and relax with a documentary on TV but i don’t know, it just annoys me i want to find the history out for myself – Even as a kid on school trips i got bored! Actually the only trip i loved was the Black country museum and as part of the class trip we had to dress and pretend we were at school, i got to be one of the naughty children (Typically ironic) and see what punishment was like. I loved it!
OK back to Liverpool, so yeah that was my only disappointment we couldn’t see all the main awesome things like go into the catacombs etc but i again it was my favourite because i had such eery feelings when we walked into the jail cells and around where the prisoners would go, i had constant vibes which made me even more fascinated.

 

 

 

The first day we did a lot of sight seeing and walking, we left early and because we couldn’t actually check into our hotel until 4:00PM we managed to fit a lot of things in including a quick meet up with on of my boyfriends friends.
The first museum we went to was actually at the Albert dock but we didn’t use that time to explore the dock or pier as we were going to do that on the day we were going home and fuck, over 100 steps we climbed. We could of got the lift but OMG so many people with prams, kids and i thought by the time we waited for the lift to even be empty or come to us we may as well walk. My legs hurt so bad 😦
The first night we were so tired, i did enjoy our first meal out which was called Yard & Coop it was a chicken restaurant. It had a chicken coop vibe and seats, it was awesome. Wouldn’t go again because the amount of food you get wasn’t really worth the price and it took over half an hour for me to get my bill when asked.

So then the next day meant i woke up still really tired, but our main adventure was the second day (Friday) Which was the main museums, art gallery and anything else random we could find but by the time we got to the art gallery i was fucking exhausted.
The first thing we did that day was breakfast, first time i’ve ever properly had pancakes, bacon and eggs with maple syrup i loved it. So anyways after that we strolled to the world museum and i was really excited for this because it had an aquarium, dinosaur stuff and world history like mummies etc.
If my legs weren’t suffering enough, my body and tiredness still hadn’t regenerated, we had more GOD DAMN stairs to climb. They had like a million floors and each time we had to climb the bastard steps because of people with prams and kids omg i swear kids should want to climb stairs they are young and athletic.

The world museum was OKAY – It was boring, the aquarium was shite like basically tiny tanks that would fit in my living room. My boyfriend was getting bored because museums aren’t his thing & so with the lack of resources – Though when it came to like fossils and stuff about plants, or the floor with bugs it was cool i did take some pictures.

I will skip ahead because as much as i love dinosaurs it was lacking, the section about ancient Egypt was fucking amazing.  Okay to get to know me better, i love history. Especially when it comes to ancient Egypt, i remember that and Tudor/Victorian times were my favourite things to learn about at school and as i got older i loved it even more.

So the section with the mummies and tombs WERE REAL – YES THEY WERE REAL DEAD MUMMIFIED PEOPLE. I couldn’t get over it, i wanted to touch it :/ dead bodies don’t freak me out. Not because i see them every day but back then it was a thing you know? So it was normal, other wise i don’t want to fall under the category of being some kind of psychopath which i did an online test for as i am researching serial killers for a possible story, and if the score is 31% you fall into being a psychopath, i was like 21% WHICH isn’t far off – BUT it wasn’t a legit scientific test, its all fun ( i think)

ANYWAYS – so the Egyptian part was the longest, so we got tired and our feet were killing us.
We left (down the lift which took fucking ages because it kept stopping) it was time to find something else to do but we were so tired and grouchy that when we went to the art gallery it turned into grouchy moodyness and my boyfriend wasn’t really interested in MOST of the art and it was kind of really big so personally, you would need a good few hours or so to actually check out all of the art work because they had so many sections – Mordern, ancient, before the 1700s, victorian – All different categories, all different years.
I did how ever get to meet Kind Henry, that happened to be a main attraction painting it was actually cool and Queen Lizzie – They also had a few Jesus paintings which were cool and the pictures i took doesn’t capture the actual size – Some of the sizes were bigger than LIFE! They also had an early copy of the Mona Lisa, which was kind of cool to see.

Then we go into the embarrassing section of the gallery. It was called coming out, it was for the LGBT community which was cool as some of the paintings had a really interesting back story and ALOT of meaning. It was also interesting to see a time line of the laws from the very first up until now, AND ironically my baby King Henry was the first LOL
But my boyfriend didn’t know where to put his face when we saw photo’s of men just standing with there dicks out, bless him.
We did really enjoy one set of art which was a story of a mother and son combined into one it was pretty cool.

The most of the trip we spent exploring and walking around, I managed to visit he MAC store and treat my mum to a new lipstick because she gutted my flat and spring cleaned it for me whilst I was away. Except the bedroom because I am having a new bed tomorrow yay!!

I really enjoyed taking a few days away from reality, I took lots of pictures but I’ve only shown you a few because we would be here all day and plus if you follow me on Instagram you would of seen my insta story – SORRY if that was annoying haha but I rarely use FB anymore to share stuff unless it’s my FB store page.

Our next adventure is going to be somewhere we feel we can relax and maybe turn it into 5 days. I’d really like to visit Dorset, Cornwall, Wales (Snowdonia) or the Lake District but I think anywhere that we can get a good deal!!
So thank you for reading if you did I know this is long as fuck and I don’t care, I will say though it’s been hard to write about my trip because you never know where to start and I always ramble.

 

I have some cool plans, I’ve been writing more as you know and I am entering a few short story competitions. One is womens fiction which I do read every now and again and sometimes write about but my heart is thriller, though it will be a challenge for me to see where my talent lies. What kind of writer am I?
I’m also on another book now so once this one has finished I will be setting up the book club, by book club I mean you can join in if you want!

I have some more crocheting to do this week for orders, and then it will of slowed down for a few weeks or so which is good because I have LOTS of shit to make for a fayre for the 14th of October and I am also going to be making a start on Christmas items for the store as well as Christmas items for my December fayre.

I haven’t done much with my bullet journal folks, when I went through my really low point I didn’t care to do much and I am still only just getting back on track. Now that I have made some serious decisions about my writing I feel excited, but really nervous. I don’t want to submit a short story and then be laughed about I don’t know what Is, I know my writing is far from perfect which Is why I am trying to put myself out and learn but at the same time I actually want to win something. I’m really competitive, I am that family member that will throw the monopoly board across the room. 

 

That’s it for now!!!

 

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I also need to add that when we went to museum by the dock, they had a world war data base. Now my last name is spelt Pursell, its rare as it’s usually Purcell. I managed to find one person on the world war 1 data base with Pursell, so I am looking into this because it mentions French/France and I know we have some French ancestors – Super excited.  So I will do an uodate whenever I can collect some more info on this!

Book review – NOD, by Adrian Barnes

Alright, well i am back from my few days trip. I actually got back Saturday but I’ve kind of been recovering and trying to get back to reality! Why is it so vile when you come home, like it just all becomes so boring. I am going to do a full post on my trip at the end of the week and share some pictures, i will work in my crochet dolls i have done as i will be a tad busy to do the three post shite.
OK, so finished reading the book NOD – Keep reading if you want my thoughts!

9781783298228

 

Dawn breaks over Vancouver and no one in the world has slept the night before, or almost no one. A few people, perhaps one in ten thousand, can still sleep, and they’ve all shared the same golden dream. After six days of absolute sleep deprivation, psychosis will set in. After four weeks, the body will die. In the interim, panic ensues and a bizarre new world arises in which those previously on the fringes of society take the lead. Paul, a writer, continues to sleep while his partner Tanya disintegrates before his eyes, and the new world swallows the old one whole.

Publisher: Titan Books Ltd

 

About the author – Okay, so i could only find bits about the author and i haven’t found ant social media links, which was sad because i know that he had cancer and would love to find out how he is doing and just what he’s up to in general – ALSO, if or when he will publish another book.

He was born in the UK and i believe he lives in Canada now? I have a link here with some information on him and an article which goes into a little more in depth about his cancer and how writing this book plays a huge part in that.

About Adrian
Adrian article

 

Overall book rating 8/10

I loved this book, it’s everything i could possibly want in a Dystopian novel, i love apocalypses and all things dark and gloomy. This is the kind of writer i aim to be some day and so reading a book like this, that hits all the good parts about a favourite genre or style of writing got me seriously hyped up and excited to write myself.

The way Adrian used insomnia to tell this apocalyptic story is just brilliant. People can’t sleep and turn into insane sleep deprived humans, who will die eventually.
The descriptions and some scenes in this book as well as actions have hidden meanings and are even damn right spot on when it comes to how you feel and act when you don’t get much sleep – What’s interesting is how the world changes the longer they live without sleep. How it turns them less human by the day, sort of monster like.

Each chapter represented a day in the life of the story, so chapter 3 would be day 3. The more you read, the more you wanted to know what happened and how or when they would all die, which sounds kind of grim but this book gives you such huge curiosity. For me, instead of watching or reading something world ending you usually wish the best out come and that everyone or at least some kind of happy ending exists, i wanted to see the death. – I really did want to know what happens in the end if you never sleep, because how many times have you secretly wished more hours in the day, or that you never be tired. After reading this i sure as shit want to sleep but i won’t lie…..

I struggle with insomnia so i totally got the hidden messages and in fact for the first few days of reading this i couldn’t sleep properly because it was on my mind. What a horribly fucking thing to happen. The world is ending by something that we need the most, which is more scary than having zombies come and eat me.

If you want to be scared but intrigued at the same time then this book is for you. It’s not so much scary in the sense of some kind of arsehole like Jason or Freddie coming to get you but something about apocalypses and the end of the world always sets me off and makes me feel kind of odd.
It will leave a mark and leave you shook, it left me thinking if this could happen and books, horrors or dystopia very rarely do that.

It’s a quick read, and could be even quicker if you are someone that flies through books like your change of knickers – What’s even more interesting is the authors thoughts when he had cancer, he said he started to feel similarities to the book. Which is why linked the article above because its quite interesting to read.

I think an 8/10 is fair, i just wish i knew ALOT more about the author because i have this weird urge to investigate and stay up to date with authors i enjoy, i really hope he pushes out some more books because i think he is a brilliant writer.

 

Book club starts in a few weeks, i am about to start a new book to review and as well as that sift through the perfect one for anyone that wishes to join in after.

Thanks for reading! I’ll be playing blog catch up tomorrow, the joys.

Goodbye July – Short story

I drew back the curtains and took one deep breath, it was dawn once again. I had slept little and had been doing so for such a long time, I couldn’t even remember the last meal that had satisfied my appetite. My eyes were tired and my bones felt numb – Was today finally the last? When the sun rises will we all be able to breathe without fear.

The summer nights were darker than ever recorded, but the mornings remained the same. Our crops were dying and the closet stores near us that sold food were beginning to look empty. Morning meetings would happen and we would all get told the number of food that’s left for us all, I think without this order and rationing we may have died of starvation a long time ago. Without our crops, we won’t even be able to harvest the basics, and with cities far away it would be suicide to venture out. – But what is left for us to do? The sick are getting sicker and are children are not growing, do we step outside our zone and head for the city. I’ve heard bad things and what might happen to most of us, we would be checked for infection and either spared to live in a colony or shot dead on the spot. You can see fire and smoke in the distance, we used to wonder about it until we had such bad winds so fierce that it blew the scent of burning flesh into our little town. Our once precious sanctuary, that’s now protected by farmers and boys with guns – Fences that only give us so much land to live but it protects us. We have a perimeter and rules, even a curfew just so we can keep living. But it’s not living, is it? It’s surviving and that to me isn’t happiness. It’s a sad fucking way to go…..

 

Now that July has come to an end, I feel that it won’t just be us surviving but fighting to do so. This might just be the last July I’ll ever see.

Good bye July, til we meet again.

 

‘Untitled’ – Short story

The rain was coming down heavy, but leaving a slight breeze that was enough to make curtains move. I loved the air when it rained, I also enjoyed the view in the distance. When I looked out of my apartment window, I had been blessed with a view – Not just houses and other apartments, my eyes focused on the far away. Fields and even more fields, which looked strangely beautiful when it rained. The mist and grey fog that hovered over the tops of the hills. I wanted to be surrounded by it and delved into an adventure, I always imagined that If I walked inside of it that I’d come across the darker side of what the weather can do. I guess I really wanted a horror adventure, maybe not the choice of everyone’s but I do like mystery, even if it does involve a serial killer or two.

I sat for a good twenty minutes just staring, I thought about a few things and most were blank thoughts. The ‘far’ away was very far indeed, the rain became heavier and it was impossible to see into the distance but it was still enjoyable to take in the weather. I never quite understood why people hated the rain so much, sure it’s horrible getting wet. It limits your outdoor activity and who loves to be out shopping or doing things for then to get soaked. But it’s tranquil, water itself is healthy, and just look at how many sea creatures and animal exist and how beautiful they are.
My favourite is the shark, I’m not sure what attracts me to this species as such but other than its hugely feared. The fact that people fear it makes me love the shark more because, even though it’s something you worry about if you’re on an exotic holiday and happen to be in the sea – They are extremely intelligent. I like things that have more than a meets the eye kind of vibe, and that is exactly the shark.

Before I get up from the window, I drink the rest of my coffee. I don’t usually drink it, it sets off my anxiety and never has been useful regarding keeping me awake, but seeing as my days are numbered I may as well enjoy everything I can before I have no time.

You see, the one thing that I am enjoying right now Is watching the rain, the water. Water that we shower and wash in, bathe, wash clothes. The complete necessity in life for us to keep, well living. Except one thing – It’s what’s killing me.

It’s the one thing that’s killing the whole world.

Weekend diary – It’s okay that I don’t have kids.

I wasn’t really going to post again but things have been bothering me and as you can tell by the title its about motherhood – And a little bit more.
(PLEASE READ THE LAST BIT ID LOVE FOR THIS TO BE A THING!!)

As the world grows, we grow. The population is expanding and I didn’t really notice this in highschool or even younger that the urge to have children either young or in general grows increasingly popular.
Now I’m not here to throw statistics because this post is coming from the heart, and hopefully anyone else that is kind of in this situation.

So firstly, I don’t dislike children, I don’t hate the idea of being a mother and I sure as shit don’t hate anyone that embarks on becoming parent. It’s really not about trashing parenting or kids – It’s the people aka parents or society’s treatment towards those who don’t have any at all.

What bought this on? Okay, I am 26 pushing 27 and every now and again I think about having a baby and how cute and awesome it would be to have a mini me. I get kind of sad that I aren’t already a mother because most if not all people that I know/friends are already parents or becoming. So when I see this, it upsets me even more – But that’s actually another reason which we will get at.
I then ask my boyfriend about the subject of kids and you know I think because he’s this typical guy its like ‘lets not talk about that’ or ‘don’t want kids’ I used to get upset with his reactions but then I actually realised I really aren’t ready to commit to having a baby. I am not in love fully with the idea of becoming a mum.
Because once that moment of sadness goes, I’m like kids what the fuck no.

Which is good right? I know that I am not ready, well I don’t think a parent really ever is but the mental idea of being a happy family is not my thing. In fact seeing the amount of people with children just lately is really annoying as hell… I mean come on, don’t you ever feel like people just NEED to plaster it ever about how awesome there child is, how big the baby’s first shit was or the constant updates of someone that is becoming a mother. The pregnancy process is the same right? I don’t need to see 100 females on my timeline complaining about the the same shit to do with being pregnant.
I literally had to stop following a youtuber/crocheter because her weekly vlogs or any kind of vlog/blog was constant pregnancy and I just don’t get excited for people who are pregnant..

Which is something else, I literally don’t care. Your pregnant yay, how am I meant to react? Okay babies are super cute and I love crocheting baby items because they are waaaaaay prettier than some of the stuff for us adults!
Like I’ve said, I don’t had kids!

Okay, so most of my friends or people I know have kids. It’s all super cute at first and I am genuinely happy for them because they are glowing, excited and shopping for adorable things but then it’s 4 hours later and I am bored. Once the baby is born its all cute and you weirdos want to sniff the baby, you want to support your friends and be for them as much as possible because you don’t need to have a child to understand how difficult it is raising a baby – AHEM like I’ve said I have one million friends who have kids and social media. Put the two together you never stop hearing about it.
Plus it’s kind of common sense, I can’t imagine the stress especially if your not getting much sleep – Enough of being sympathetic here.

What’s happening is that, even though my social life lacks. It really does, I don’t see friends or have friends to go out with drinking. It’s me, my boyfriend and my cat – The only friend I do see has a baby and I probably see this person once in a blue moon.
So when I say my social life sucks or I am alone I really am.

Right back on track  – So because I don’t have a kid, I don’t get invited out to parks or enjoy a day at the beach, In fact I’ve hardly seen any of the sunny weather the UK’s been getting because all of the people that are my friends go out with each other or with others because they have kids to have fucking play dates with.
This kills me… it really hurts.

I’m a human being, with needs and a heart. Me not having a child does not make me less worthy than someone who is a mother. Just because I don’t have a baby to talk about or have baby talk with also does not mean I am not interested. I also don’t understand the constant comparisons – Yes being a parent is tiring and you may of not had much time to your self but my life does not compare. Without a kid, I still have busy days and moments where I can’t even eat lunch.

It literally feels like I am pointless, I am not even the person that gets used as a last resort.

HEY WORLD! I don’t have kids and you know something, I don’t have that feeling yet to be a mother – I might not EVER have that constant yearning, I mean every now and again its nice to think about but these past months I’ve really learnt things about myself.
Who knows what my age will or if at all? My cat is enough for now and my god damn boyfriend and mother!

I or anyone without a child should not be branded or looked down at! We are people, we are still contributing to this world and as far as I am concerned I am making cute shit for babies – Even if it means using my cat as a model! WE are still worthy of your time, honestly I could really do with a social setting. I kind of hate that the real friends I’ve kind of made over the years are online, i’d love to do a meet up!

I love every single one of you that has  child, I have so much respect – Keep rocking it!

I love writing random posts like this but I would love to also to a weekly chit chat with me kind of thing so if you fancy joining in on a conversation with me on a post drop me a comment with a subject you’d like for me to talk about!
Literally, anything and ill have a moan or just a fun post – Okay I am ready to hit the sack read my book, which I cant wait to finish and I think i’ll have another review sooner than I thought!

Have an awesome weekend, and guess what?!?!?! I started to crochet today only a little bit because the weekends are now a kind of me thing and I always have shit to do like the pointless stuff, food shopping blah blah.

Please refrain from posting any hate comments or negativity. This is not a slanderous post and If you don’t like my ‘honest’ views just click off my shit.

P.S Am I sad that I bought a back pack for my two day trip next week LOL I can’t stop looking at it I want to pack it already haha – Also if you have a Primark store they do a waterproof mac that folds into a pocket for like £9.00 worth getting if its a  bit rainy or something light to wear if your out.  I need a new one because it’s green and I don’t like it anymore, plus because it’s from cheap ass Primark where slaves make the clothes the button on the pockets broke.

RIGHT – Going now bye.

Catch up and book review – Elly Griffiths, The Chalk Pit. 

What’s up everyone! I’m slowly back so I thought I’d do a wee catch up and a quick review on a book I’ve just finished. Actually I finished it at 4am last night, I would of done so sooner but I’ve been so distracted the past few. 

Right, so as of now every two weeks I’m going to do book reviews and by the end of August I’ll do an optional thing of book club. I aren’t starting this now because I’m going away to Liverpool for a few days next week and then I have some other things to be getting on with. 

I’m okay. I haven’t crocheted at all I keep getting anxiety when I think about it and I think I really did need this break of not doing any of it because I have over worked my brain and it’s come to a point where I just have no desire for it. I have no desire for my calligraphy, bullet journal nothing. Depression is a part of it and other things in my life right now but I really am feeling the urge to crochet over the weekend. 

So let’s get into the book review!! 

The Chalk Pit by elly Griffiths 

Okay I should say something about the author but I’m actually going to do a full post on it as I have ordered the first two books in this series as this is not the first. 

In the ninth Ruth Galloway mystery, Ruth and Nelson investigate a string of murders and disappearances deep within the abandoned tunnels hidden far beneath the streets of Norwich.

Norwich is riddled with old chalk-mining tunnels, but no one’s sure exactly how many. When Ruth is called in to investigate a set of human remains found in one of them, she notices the bones are almost translucent, a sign they were boiled soon after death. Once more, she finds herself at the helm of a murder investigation.
 
Meanwhile, DCI Nelson is hunting for a missing homeless woman, Barbara, who he hears has gone “underground.” Could she have disappeared into the labyrinth? And if so, is she connected to the body Ruth found? As Ruth, Nelson, and the rest of their team investigate the tunnels, they hear rumors of secret societies, cannibalism, and ritual killings. When a dead body is found with a map that appears to be of The Underground, they realize their quest to find the killer has only just begun—and that there may be more bodies underfoot.  (source, 
https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/The_Chalk_Pit.html?id=9cWlDAAAQBAJ&redir_esc=y&hl=en

Rating for me out of 10 is 7.5

Which is high for me LOL. 

OKAY, I love this book. And if you love a female character that’s clever and easily liked then this is for you. I love thrillers and even more so when it’s in England, because us British folk are odd.

It didn’t kick off straight away but each chapter had something to do with the main story line and as you read on it gets more and more in depth and interesting. By the time your past half way, you want to keep reading til the end. 

The character Ruth which I’m assuming is the main one (I’ve not read the other books) comes across quite normal you almost feel like you know her. Every character as a good personality and at the back of the book after the epilogue has a page for the characters. 

I was left VERY interested to read the past books and yearning for the next. The twist is quite good but I did feel as though it was sort of rushed towards the end. I think this is due to the slow start. THE SLOW START IS NOT A NEGATIVE FOR Me, it’s not boring its just very informative. 

What I liked was I didn’t sit and think fuck I need to read all the others to make sense of everyone in the book and what they talk about. I did not feel confused, I felt like I’d already read them all because she included small bursts of back story. 

I have OCD though with things that have a collection or series so I have ordered the first two and really excited to see it from the beginning as (spoiler) Ruth has a child In this book and yeah etc lol. 

It wasnt a crazy intense serial killer type thriller like some authors I’ve read aka Jo Nesbo. Even though the story sounds a little grim it wasn’t as evil or sinister as it makes out so I do think that they’ve slightly exaggerated. 

Pros: Easy read, smooth story, interesting character, book doesn’t leave you confused about the past books. 

Cons: wasn’t sinister enough for me, it mentions cannibalism and you don’t ever find out more etc I felt somewhat mislead in what I was expecting. It was slightly rushed towards the end especially when a love scene happened kind of rapidly and seemed somewhat pointless. Though I can’t fault much about it as it’s my first time reading this series. 

So basically it’s worth a read, I felt right at home reading it if that makes sense! 

How doesn’t like missing people murder and bones!! 
I probably won’t have time to post again but I’m hoping to post before my trip. I hope every one is doing okay 🙂

Catch up – blog changes & more 

I think have a book addiction but I’m also a hoarder. I’ve come to terms with this. 

So I’m being distant, I can’t help it. I hate social media and right now and even crochet, including the ‘look at me’ posts all the fucking time. 

but I’m pushing through because I have a craft fayre in October and a Christmas one in December so I am very busy. 

I have lots of blogs to catch up on and I’ll get to your posts at the weekend. 

This week and most of last week was none stop and will be til Saturday so I can relax and catch up on everything. 

ANYWAYS. Before I go I want to announce something. 

I’m going to be getting rid of my website and using the Facebook shop function, OK I haven’t worded it the way I should. The website is technically staying but the store will be linked in Facebook does that make sense? I think this will be a better marketing strategy for me as MOST if not all my orders come straight from the Facebook world. I know how I can pursue customers and I am more Facebook savvy. I think this will help my website more by linking it into one. 

I’ve also got two blankets available on my Etsy shop. It’s not a permanent thing as a personal preference I don’t like Etsy but way to go to everyone that has success with it. 

OKAY ANOTHER ANNOUNCEMENT 

Im really really really really putting my mind into writing. So watch this space! I also have some short stories saved as part of a new blog schedule I am planning. 

Which brings me to my schedule! 

From the beginning of August I’ll be posting 3 times a week. I want to try and do specific days but I know that won’t happen so as long as it’s 3x I’m okay. 

One day it will be crochet, another day it’s going to be random anything from crafts to a rant. Third post will be story/writing related. 

I’ve yet to do my bullet journal video and making t shirt yarn. Life does happen! 

Now here’s the fun part woop woop. Every two weeks It will be 4 posts because I’m going to do book reviews!!!!!!!! Heck I might even start a book club every month?!?!!!?!?!?!?!?!!! 
So that’s it for now! I pinky promise to catch up on blogs. I have liked some but yet to comment. Peace out. 

WIP Wednesday – Catching waves, neat ripple crochet blanket.

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Ner ner ner, i accomplished one of my goals!!! I finished my sea wave ripple blanket.
YES! So proud right now but i aren’t proud that since the start of this month ive done nothing but eat shit, drink diet pepsi and just meh whatever though.

So happy 4th of July for yesterday LOL! – I spent ALL day on this thing and I started one of my other goals which was to watch Pretty Little Liars as i had never seen it before, i actually think i started it on Sunday? Whatever. It hit midnight i had like 6 rows to go and i was so drained from working it all day that i left it til today.

Why is it when your so close to the end of something it literally takes forever? Please explain that to me, my wrists were tingly i had crocheted that much. I took toilet breaks quick email check etc but honestly i just busted ass.

I followed the Attic 24 neat ripple pattern for this blanket and it turned out pretty well.
I think during the process i had to frog a few rows as my count was off at the end of the row and i usually found that i would fucked up around about the start of a new row so it was such a pain to frog back all that way. FML – I will say that this blanket wouldn’t be done if it was adult size, this is a baby blanket and measures at 31×35 inches so its a nice size for a baby. I kind of hate thinking of blanket sizes because i don’t come across babies that often LOL so when i first ever met my friends baby, i was like shit they really are SMALL. I don’t know why i thought they were as big as a blanket. Honestly – I think that’s a good reason why i will never be ready for a child hahaha Ill be buying my kid cars before they even know how to tie laces.

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I actually really enjoyed doing this blanket. Anything blue i love, because it’s my favourite colour. It relaxes me, i mean just look at those shades i feel so close to the sea which is always such a memorable and relaxing place right?
It makes me want to pack up and live in a little wooden house right on the sand 😦

I usually get really bored of blankets even when it’s a request and i tried to do the ripple way back when i started my blog and i never finished it. In fact whatever i did do got thrown out months ago a long with the colours.

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The yarn is used is…… Obviously stylecraft. I always go back to this brand and i think they are spot on with the shades that they have especially the blues. I have a few more colours that i wanted to use as it reminds me of being under water and searching for Atlantis. But i don’t know what ill do yet as i just seem to have yarn just for ‘just incase’ type of moments.

Starting from the white and going to the darkest shade here are the colours i used in stylecraft special DK :
White (1001)
Duck egg (1820)
Storm blue (1722)
Petrol (1708)

 

I used a 4mm crochet hook and for the border i jut went down the sides of where i started and end rounds and did two TR/DC in each space of where i have row of colours. Meaning i did 6 TR/DC for each set of colour.
I tried to follow the Attic 24 edge pattern i think that’s kind of the start of it but I just did my own thing. I didn’t want anything over the top for a border and i didn’t even do a border on the sides that were wavy.

I can’t say i ever use crazy borders on my projects because i like to keep that aspect of it simple, i see it more of a frame and the blanket is it’s own portrait.

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So for the rest of today/evening and tomorrow well some of tomorrow i am going to relax, check my bullet journal and it’s to do lists then move on to the next.
(I can now record a video without any issues so Saturday will be bullet journal shit cause you can plan next week with me :D)

 

That’s it for today. I am catching up on blogs BTW So if i comment or like something from weeks back that’s me catching up LOL!
Hope everyone’s having a good week and if your craft happy what you all been making?

June wrap up & July goals

 

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Firstly, DAMN. How quick are the months passing? I can’t believe we are in July and not even thinner than last year. FML.

Okay, so as part of my new Blog schedule which i have put into my bullet journal WHICH i have a scheduled post for UK time is around 8:00PM because i wanted to do this post today and i normally don’t post twice a day BUT July kind of started on a weekend and i’ve been making the weekends are ME time.

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So July has been kind of hectic, i started off pretty smoothly with my projects. I started a shawl, a wave blanket a giraffe which are all kind of half done i just haven’t posted any more updates on them – Because orders for baby items have been making me crazy.
Whilst I am still adding changes to my website, I’ve been using my FB page more to use for custom orders. I know your thinking wtf is the point in having a website. WELL its my baby, it’s still growing and i had a brain fart to create a section of my store dedicated for babies and toddlers. So whilst juggling that and making items, well planning what to make seems to take over more than the actually making. I thought well, my FB page is my shop window and i can’t turn down a customer if i technically don’t have any of the baby items available online yet… right? SO i’ve been busting ass and as i write this i have a order that needs to go out today etc.

Anyways so here is literally June in a nutshell. I started a shit ton of projects at per and the ones that i kind of should of finished in June will be made priority for the first weeks of July, some of them i am actually going to save for December at the Christmas fayre. I made two more unicorns for someone!!! Started a bullet journal, played more games on the PS4, tried my hand at Calligraphy, NOT attempted to make t shirt yarn – I will, and a whole lot more!!! See some of the pictures below.

 

So what’s in store for July? Here are my goals

  • Stick to the blog schedule, i don’t think it matters if i stick the 3 times a week mark but it’s more about the content ideas i have i want to stick to.
  • Finish & Set up baby section on the website! I can’t wait for this as i think this will be such a huge hit .
  • Continue to eat healthily, last few days i let myself go but we all deserve treats.
  • Exercise, get my ass up and move!!! That includes going out for walks and getting some fresh air
  • Track your mood, this is part of the bullet journal but i want to track my book for depression purposes so i can see what and when i get low
  • Writing tracker, i set a goal to write 500 words a day. This excludes my personal journal and some blog posts. I want it to be strictly 500 words to do with writing stories. Now i can’t say it will be 7 days a week but i want to at least do this 4 times a week if i can’t stick to the 7.
  • Continue my calligraphy journey, once a week. Even if it’s just half an hour that allows me to sit and take a break to try something new. I really got pissed off with doing it but i am kind of excited to see where my progress takes me!
  • Read more, i have a reading tracker and part of my new blog ideas is that i want to read 5 books a month & at the end of the month i want to do a review on the books which ones i liked and didn’t etc. I think this will be fun, i might even started a monthly book club?
  • Stick to my crochet schedule. Ok so i am going to mention the word ‘depression’ again. Not to milk it at all but the reason why i have all these schedules and trackers in my bullet journal is to not only help me get more organised but to give me something to get out of bed and do even when i  feel like the world is about to eat me up! PLUS it’s hella fun 😀 😀
  • Read more blogs. I am going to set a side half an hour a day or when i’m just taking a break to catch up on blogs. I love a lot of blogs on here so i don’t want to miss anyone’s adventures.
  • Game more! Gaming is my escape i fucking live for it and something about the past 6 months or so i haven’t picked up the controller for gaming purposes. I spent the past two weekends playing games and it felt so good. Eyes hurt after but damn so worth it.
  • Go to the doctors, ok i have this weird rash i think it might be dry skin from like skin issues in the past i’ve been putting it off but i need to go.
  • Print more stickers and stuff for planner – This is purely for fun and therapeutic purposes.

Stop listing goals for the sake of it…..

That’s a shit load of goals BUT it’s all fun! They are all doable and none are impossible. It’s mainly to do stuff which can easily be carried over to August but i do have some that NEED to be done in July.
Like i need to be a little bit thinner this month to make up for the 4 years i’ve been meaning to diet.
That’s a wrap folks, check back later when my bullet journal video will be up on hurrrrrrrrrrrr I am kind of cringing at the sound of my voice. I live kind of up north but not northern I am in the middle so its a mixture of all the surrounding nasty ass accents and it created my nasty ass accent.

 

Peace out, happy July.