Published June 18, 2012
Well this is a little sheepish ‘Hello.’ Yes, I’m here. Finally. I’ve had to take a step back from everything over the last few months unfortunately due to my health. In March I was knocked for six and I’ve been struggling to get back on track ever since. It’s funny, when you’re young you think you’re invincible and you never question your health but over the last few months I’ve had a pretty big warning that I need to take care of myself.
So here I am (above), on one of my good days – lazing in the sun, relaxing reading on my (much loved) kindle. This is what life should be about…
Published March 6, 2012
Tags: amazon, Books, free, hobby, kindle, Reading
This month I am yearning and lusting after a Kindle. Oh how I would love to get my grubby little hands on one. This obsession has only recently taken hold. It goes back to last week, when it was one of those lazy, grey weekends where we were absolutely wiped and fed up of the daily drag and had resolved to spend the weekend just vegging out and hanging around the flat. That was when the urge to read took over. I’ve been meaning to get back in the habit again. I LOVE reading books and getting lost in the stories. When I was younger we would go out to live in the countryside for the summer. We would live in a little house, without a TV (gasp!), mobile phone signal (no landline phone even) and just one radio station. I would plow through the books (I swear I read every sweet valley twins/high book going). I miss that.
So last week, while browsing on Amazon, I decided to try and give the Kindle App a try. Do you know how many free books there are out there? And not just the classics – you can get all sorts of modern writing for free too. Amazon keeps a bestsellers list of both paid for and free books which you can look at broken down into each genre. Even if you do feel like splashing the cash, you can get some great books for bargain prices (like under £1). Awesome! You can read these books on your smart phone, or tablet. I’ve been using my iPhone and occasionally the iPad.
Between last Sunday and today I’d gotten through 9 books (& currently reading ‘One Day‘)! I’m addicted. I read during my lunch break, on the journey home, while waiting in line, while I have 5 minutes in the morning, in the bath, before bed – just as often as I can. And you know, it has actually really improved my mood. It is proving to be a real Spring pick-me-up.
So what I now really want – a Kindle
Published February 14, 2012
Tags: gifts, shoes, toms, Valentines Day
Well, the Day is here. The day where you are pressured into trying to show that you and your other half are more head over heals, maldy in love than the couple sitting at the next table for dinner. Not us. We do a very casual Valentines days. Today, work, tonight, pizza and a bottle of wine. Lovely. But the real icing on the cake was my present. The boy got me my very first pair of Toms. Woop woop. They are the Ash Canvas Toms and I’m so eager for warm weather to arrive to get wearing them. I live in converse and vans so I think toms will fit right into my fashion life. And people seem to be very committed to toms and their love for them so they much be good. They certainly are comfy so far. But if you are looking for some special themed toms check out these – Valentines Toms. Happy Love Day all!
Have you asked your special someone yet? The clock is ticking…
OK so this month’s Object of Desire is a little bit of a cheat. Normally I pick things that I’m dreaming of purchasing only the price tag and/or my lack of money prevents me from purchasing. But this month, I’ve been utterly seduced and have succumbed to purchasing this item (yippee for me!). To be fair this has been a very long time coming. I have been wanting a name necklace for forever. I had one when I was little but I don’t remember what happened to it. I have been despe personalise rately begging the boy to buy me one for years. But, he is absolutely against the idea. Over here (in the UK), they don’t have a good rap and are not associated with the classiest of people (that is putting it kindly and mildly). So him being so against them put a little seed of doubt in my mind and so I never had the guts to follow through and buy one for myself.
Well that was until I came across this beauty. And I had to have one. The necklaces are custom made with whatever saying/name you want on them to them and they are made in my favourite city in the world, the wonderful Seattle. OOoohhh! I can’t wait to get mine! Have a look around the maker Foamy Wader’s Etsy Shop, for all her other lovely jewelry (I also love her kissing couple necklace). Go look!
Also, I am keeping up with my Project 2012 goals and have put my first new Etsy listing of 2012 up, these cute Grey Knitted Shoe Clips. Bring on the next 11 months!
It’s that time again – time to set down in
stone cyberspace my resolutions for the year. Listed below are my 12 for 2012. These are the most pressing resolutions and life ambitions that I think I can manage to train myself into this year. Some are most definately easier than others, but that is the idea. They can’t all be Everest style missions otherwise I would never be able to complete them. This way I can tick off the easy ones on lazy days and on days when I’m feeling like I can take anything on – well they are the days for epic events. Bring it on.
- Read a book a month – OK so this isn’t so ambitious but it is so easy to slip out of the habit of reading regularly. So this is just to get me back in the habit again.
- Get myself an iPhone – I’ve wanted one for so long but money is very tight and they are very expensive, therefore no iPhone for me. But hopefully some savvy saving will get me there this year – Done! Hooray! (picture my jumping up and down and squealing. I LOVE my iPhone). And now I can log more about my life via Twitter and Instagram (I’m addicted!).
- Do 2 hours of yoga a week – must tone up! – Through my new fitness burst I just stepped back on the scales after a three year absence. I’ve put on ONE STONE. YIPES! Definitely going to try to keep to this.
- Post a new listing in my Etsy Shop every month – This one will be tough but I’m up for the challenge. I really want to develop my Etsy Shop much more. Oooh, I have so many ideas floating around my head. I’d better get to it – In the process up putting up new items, See Januarys
- Save, Save, Save – Last year I did really well but getting a job, I managed to clear my debts and save a few hundred pounds. This year I want to be even better. Can I triple the amount I’ve saved already? Here’s hoping – This is proving very difficult post Christmas
- Take better photographs – One of the downsides of always being on Pinterest is that I see so many stunning and beautiful photographs. It puts me to shame sometimes. I will try harder! – Do Instagram photos count?
- Get through my 2012 baking bucket list
- Get to 50 Etsy sales – hopefully this will come as I spend more time updating and developing new items for the shop.
- Get 200 Pinterest followers (currently 75) and 60 Twitter followers (currently 36) – This would be a great achievement. I still can’t believe that people follow me at all – I’m delighted that people seem to agree with my picks and want to follow my movements on both.
- Visit a new country – I love to travel and life is too short to stay in one place, especially when there are so many places and things to see
- Purge myself of craft supplies – I am a sucker for crafty supplies – wool, beads, fancy paper, ribbon – you name it I have it and still want more of it. But this is fast taking up the whole apartment. I am going to try and use the supplies I have rather than buy more. Promise, promise, promise.
- Do something epic!!! – a must do this year
Published January 4, 2012
Tags: christmas, gifts, presents, santa
Christmas was good this year (as every year) and I’m so delighted to be recipient of lots and lots of lovely gifts. I think I’m easy to please (but is that similar to the ‘When Harry Met Sally’ theory on girls that think they are low maintenance??), but everyone aced it this year. I almost couldn’t wait for Christmas to be over so I could come home and try them all out.
1.Sweeties from M&S (only available in store). I love the retro packaging don’t you? 2. Itty bitty slow cooker from Lakeland. It’s only 1.5 litres but it gets great reviews and will be really nice to come home from work to a cooked dinner. 3. Lots of glorious cook books! Hooray. I got four – The Hairy Bikers ‘Perfect Pies’ (yum! I can envision the extra pounds I will be putting on from all the pastry) Valvona & Crolla ‘A Year at an Italian Table’ (V&C is the MOST amazing italian deli/cafe/restaurant in Edinburgh. If you are ever in the city, go! So I can’t wait to be able to cook some of their recipes at home) Mary Berry’s ‘Baking Bible’ (I LOVE Mary Berry. She is definitely the queen of cakes. So many classic recipes in this one) and finally Sarah Lewis’s ‘The Complete Slow Cooker’ (for when I need inspiration for my new slow cooker) All in all, I have LOTS of recipes to get through 4. Felt cupcake & chocolate ornaments – made from pop colours and loaded with beads and glitter. Shame I have to wait ’til next year to display them 5. Donna Wilson ‘Circus Gloves’ I love these! Their bright colours and funky patterns and the fact that they are so cosy. They come right up my arms. Perfect for Scottish Winters and courtesy of the Boy 6. Knitting needles! Yes, my mum bought me needles, and yes I do already have two pairs of 4.5mm needles but that is absolutely not the point. Isn’t it lovely when people buy you crafty things?