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Photography Pretties: rustic to ruin

August 24, 2011

Just thought I’d share with you some recent photographs I’ve taken.

Any comments would be really appreciated and helpful (:



Photography Pretties: antique

August 23, 2011

Just thought I’d share with you some recent photographs I’ve taken.

Any comments would be really appreciated and helpful (:


Photography Pretties: wild and wonderful weeds

August 22, 2011

Just thought I’d share with you some recent photographs I’ve taken.

Any comments would be really appreciated and helpful (:


Possesions. 364 things. Ish.

August 22, 2011


Do they  posses you?

I got the ‘Use it or Lose it’ app. on my phone (and also online) where you can take photos of things and categorize them as a means of keeping track (useful if you lend things to people).

According to that, I have 364 things.

(I do realise this may be boring for you, in which case you’re welcome not to read this post, but) it’s sometimes interesting to snoop into each other’s lives, and I know it would help me to see other people’s lists.
Also, it will be interesting to look back for me, when some other things have gone.

This includes the furniture in my room, and everything counted individually (some to the point of ridiculousness- eg 5 selotapes!), apart from a few sets.

This does not include clothes that were in the wash at the time, but there arent many. (Might add at the end) Oh, and 2+ things I’ve leant to people..

It also includes some things I am hoping to sell in a bootsale, things I’m not sure whether to keep, and things I am going to use up/complete and then get rid of.

Here are the categories. Please note some things are saved in multiple categories.

Cosmetics: 59

-tin to hold solid hand cream/plasters
-solid hand cream
-facewipes (will use  up soon)
-batiste boho dry shampoo (will use up soon)
-mini cocoa butter
-mini shampoo (old, will chuck after Reading festival)
-body spray (will run out soon)
-lip balm stick
-pocket mirror
-tinted moisturiser (will run out soon)
-blush/bronzer (will run out soon)
-blush puff (will chuck when run out)
-mac pen eyeliner
-cover up stick (will run out soon- replacing all three with one)
-shower gel
-face wash
-spare razor
-dental floss
-measuring tape
-support bandages
-spare tablets
-disposable razors
-lavender essential oil (bootsale/perfume?)
-sample perfume (will run out soon)
-olbas oil
-mini perfume (will run out soon)
-rosemary essential oil (bootsale)
-deep heat rub
-asthma inhaler
-mixture of body moisturisers
-eyeliner (bootsale)
-hair serum
-burts bees nail thing
-arm weights
-deoderant (bootsale)
-vaseline mini
-sun lotion
-white nail varnish
-clear nail varnish
-light green nail varnish (bootsale?)
-blue nail varnish (bootsale)
-yellow nail varnish (bootsale)
-black eyeshadow (bootsale?)
-pink eyeshadow and brush (bootsale?)
-nail file
-makeup bag
-red nail varnish (giving to mum)
-toner (bootsale)
-batiste tropical dry shampoo (will use up soon)
-batiste nude dry shampoo
-nail varnish remover (bootsale)

I forgot to add my toothbrush and toothpaste, but they go without saying (;

Jewellery: 25

-leaf necklace
-brown and cream belt
-pearl bracelet (always wear)
-thin gold bracelet  (always wear)
-thin silver bracelet (always wear)
-festival bands (always wear)
-watch (always wear)
-owl necklace
-hot air balloon necklace
-watch pearly necklace
-accessorize charm bracelet
-silver charm bracelet
-silver heart breaking charm bracelet
-blue bead necklace
-white gold pink stoned ring
-red flower necklace
-gold amy bracelet
-silver pendant necklace
-silver christening bracelet
-mum’s silver ring
-pink bead necklace
-hand mirror necklace
-fairy and amethyst necklace
-pink heart necklace (bootsale)
-locket hearts heavy necklace (bootsale)

Hair stuff: 11

-flower brown clip
-long pink ribbon
-red bobble
-silk pink scarf
-red flower clip
-little cream bobble
-two pink and cream flower clips
-little blue flower grip
-bow grip
-‘festival hairband’
-pink checked ribbon

(got lots of ribbons and clips because my bobbles are likely to break soon and these can be used instead)

Storage: 8

-little silver jewellery box
-swirly silver jewellery box
-tan folder/laptop case
-browny cardboard ‘briefcase’ (contains uni stuff)
-purple mini treasure box (contains threads)
-ikea fold up box
-big chest (contains diaries and stuff)
-little pink cardboard ‘briefcase’ (contains art stuff)

Decoration: 28

-flower hanging hooks
-led lights
-red heart led lights
-honey jar (lights/flowers/candles)
-coffee jar (flowers/candles)
-antique doll
-wooden chimes
-hanging fairy
-skeleton painting (my art)
-canal painting 1 (my art)
-canal painting 2 (my art)
-swirly hanging thing
-blue bird chimes
-cranberry candle and coaster
-3 tealights
-rose quartz
-clear quartz
-rose quartz heart
-purple star lantern
-fake rose
-standing candle holder
-mini silver fairy
-the 2 silver jewellery boxes mentioned in ‘storage’.

Music: 7

-microphone (probably going to sell)
-piano books (as a set)
-violin shoulder rest
-2 guitar pleckypleckypleckytrums (!?)
-violin books (as a set)

Hobbies and ‘bits’: 30

-stash of paper
-sewing machine
-playing cards
-tin whistle (maybe should class as ‘music’?
-selotape 1
-selotape 2 (these are separate from the uni ones)
-3d glasses
-bike and accessories
-the brown folder that’s in ‘storage’
-ballet shoes
-greetings cards
-small pile of material (bootsale)
-lighter 1
-lighter 2
-jazz shoes
-strip of elastic (to make a skirt)
-guitar plecky….. (above)
-crochet hook and current project
-‘important documents poly pocket’
-threads for sewing machine
-handmade diary for when mine is finished
-ice skates (hardly used but I want to)
-pritt stick
-2 listography books (haha, ring a bell? :|)
-cute mini penguin hot water bottle
-fimo stuff
-felting stuff

Electronics: 22

-the microphone
-iphone and leads
-the sewing machine
-9 old videos found in the spare room..
-cd case 1
-cd case 2
-the 3d glasses
-the batteries
-the pendrive
-spare iphone headphones
-the LED lights
-the heart LED lights
-camera & charger
-spare iphone lead
-video of my band that I need to turn into a cd for my ‘memory box’
-DVD 1 that I want to watch before selling
-DVD 2 that I want to watch before selling
-13’keep’ DVDs/ (Harry Potter, Michael McIntyre and Pirates of the Caribbean boxsets each counted as 1)
-guitar amp and lead (used for iphone music too with adaptor)
-laptop and cable

Shoes: 10

-wellies and bag
-converse (all the time)
-sandals (summer)
-furry ‘notreallyugg’ boots (winter)
-flipflops (wont replace when broken) (summer)
-red small heels (that give me cramp so might sell?) (out)
-chunky, waterproof converse  (winter)
-black dolly shoes (slip on/work)
-cream heels (out)
-huge black KG heels (sell?) (out)

Outdoor wear: 9

-Pacamac (woo)
-Handmade (not by me) woolly hat
-Fold-over-mittens gloves
-colourful woolly hat
-scarf I want to dye navy because bleaching the bright pink didnt work
-rust coloured jacket
-new (bad Amy) light coloured, thin but massive scarf
-squishy ‘waterproof’ coat.

Jumpers: 7

-black cardi (will probs get rid after Reading)
-blue woollyish jumper
-cream bunny jumper that I wear back to front
-baby pink jumper I ruined while trying to tighten
-LOOOVELY aubergine woolly (mulberry off ebay) jumper
-bright pink, cosy hollister jumper that I want to dye navy/swap
-red animal hoodie that I’ve been wanting to dye since I had it (I hate red) but is soooo cosy

Tops: 13

-skeletal cream baggy top
-cream and black spotty vest
-navy ‘silk’ vest
-black stretchy dress/top
-pink and white stripey long sleeve
-fashiony looking tshirt
-cream leotard
-grey ‘silk’ vest
-beige croppedish tshirt
-whiteish floaty top
-black vest
-cream vest
-dark grey owl baggy top

Dresses: 10

-black strappy with little colourful padlocks
-the black stretchy vest/top
-green felt dress
-navy playsuit
-woolly cream dress and slip
-colourful maxi dress
-beige ‘silk’ dress
-cream ‘goddess’ dress
-red bridesmaids dress
-yellow strappy (bootsale)

Lounge/pj/sports clothes: 10

-rust leggings (bootsale)
-the ballet shoes
-the jazz shoes
-‘bonne nuit’ topshop pjs
-nighty thing
-white vest top
-the leotard
-dance tshirt
-silk dressing gown
-fluffy dressing gown

Going out/work clothes only: 4

-flowery black, tightish dress
-white shirt
-black trousers

Bottoms: 6

-black leggings
-pinstripe shorts
-the rust leggings (bootsale)
-denim skirt
-‘board’ shorts
-red flower shorts/cullotes

Bags: 6

-rucksack (festivals m’dear.)
-‘going out’ bag
-big handbag/weekend bag
-satchelly thing
-handmade tote bag (uni bits/shopping/laptop)
-big accessorize flowery bag

Uni and art: 50 (why didnt I do maths??) (forgot drawing board in downstairs cupboard, and folder that’s disappeared)

-the paper heap
-metre steel ruler
-trigonometric triangle
-big thing of white wool
-white acrylic paint
-closeable water cup
-palette and brushes (and little paints which i’ll use up soon)
-yellow acrylic paint
-box of scalpels
-masking tape
-red acrylic paint
-blue acrylic paint
-drawing set
-drawing pins in a film canister
-steel measuring tape  (please refer to Michael McIntyre’s man drawer)
-selotape 1
-selotape 2
-selotape 3 (are different from the ones before)
-notebook 1
-notebook 2
-scale ruler 1
-scale ruler 2
-craft knife (broken I think)
-double sided tape
-uhu glue 1 (will use up soon)
-uhu glue 2 (will use up soon)
-uhu glue 3 (will hopefully not use up as quickly)
-mini scale people
-roll of tracing paper
-cutting mat
-a4 paper pocket thing
-wooden  ruler for cutting
-scissors (i need to find my other pair for home)
-3 expensive promarkers
-hole punch
-pencil case (full)
-drawing pencils (coloured ones)
-acrylic paper pad
-watercolour pencils tin
-oil pastels
-pritt stick (from before)
-little brown notebook
-few pens and pencils in bag
-a5 sketch pad
-felt pens
-architecture books
-olbas oil (from before- printmaking)

Undies: 9

-7 bras (likely to get rid of 3 soon)

Art: 4 – 3 mentioned hanging paintings and full art portfolio

Books: labelled as 13: (actually 43)

-Harry Potter series (8 inc. beedle)
-2 ‘sets’ (totalling  14 books)
-8 ‘to read’ books
-Lord of the Rings trilogy (3)
-Architecture books from before(10)

Kitchen: 11
(realising I don’t need this many mugs but I take them to uni, work and like to have friends!)

-cat mug
-‘love chocolate’ big mug
-paws mug
-cat huge mug
-Nightmare before Christmas huge mug
-‘Amy’ mug
-yellow ‘bang on the door’ bowl
-green face bowl
-‘Cocktoberfest’ glass (it’s from a pub called the Black Cock..)
-Bobbly glass
-Blue plastic wine glass (!?)

Homeware and furniture (in my room) not including bed and bedding): 14

-pink flower hooks (from before)
-saved dining chair
-desky ‘wardrobe’ thing
-old stool (bedside)
-sleeping bag
-giant orange teddy heirloom thing
-baby blanket (for when I move out/friends)
-handmade (my me) purple crochet blanket (sell?)
-small blue ikea pillow
-handmade cover for ikea pillow
-fleecy ‘dog’ blanket (picnics/warmth)
-teddy bear
-white crochet handmade blanket
-old sleeping bag (quilt for friends/summer/double)

‘Bag stuff’: 14

-the tin for the hand cream
-the hand cream
-hand hygiene gel
-old (nearly gone) hand hygiene gel (festivals, people)
-leather, painty purse that’s pretty huge but as a backup
-current diary
-the little brown notebook (for when I dont want to lug my diary)
-the headphones
-the camera ❤
-some pens and pencil mentioned before
– the a5 sketch pad

Use up/project to complete: 27

-the pink jumper that needs unpicking or something
-the other pink jumper to dye navy/swap/sell/put up with
-the scarf to dye navy/sell/put up with
-the red hoodie to dye navy/sell/put up with
-the purple crochet blanket to chop the ends off before selling
-bits of wool for friendship bracelets (bless)
-the video to turn into the DVD
-bits of homemade melted bag plastic that I may or may not bother to make a camera case with
-passport to renew
-bits to make a pressie …
-necklace to restring
-ragdoll to finish making and sell
-dvd 1 & 2 to watch and the 8 books to read

Festival (most of which will go when i’m back): 13

-the cleansing wipes
-the playing cards
-black cardi
-the batiste boho dry shampoo
-spare toothbrush
-some rubbish, really old shower gel
-the cocoa butter
-a mini lip balm
-the rubbish mini shampoo
-some out of date henna
-the hand gel
-very old, holey black leggings
-the body spray (nearly gone)

Hmm. Well now and again (probably end of September the next time) I’ll let you know how much I’ve gone down to. If the number dramatically changes, I might do a list again (without the repeats), if that’s what you’d like. Or take a screenshot of the items and show you? 

Not bad for now, when I know there are things that will go soon.

And I know it’s not about numbers, but when you’re weirdly OCD it kinda helps. And it was interesting. My mum was shocked and said ‘that’s hardly anything!’ which was a shock to me too. I know I don’t have many clothes compared with people my age (they all fit in one fairly large drawer or off the flower hook thing) but I thought all my bits and bobs would make a difference.

I reckon I could do the ‘100 thing challenge’ FAIRLY easily, but at the moment a lot of things just need to be used or finished, and I don’t want to throw anything I’ll regret. I know things like my ‘decorations’ arent useful, but I’d like to keep them for when I move out for little bursts of prettiness.

Maybe, for now, we’ll see how close I get to 200, and go from there?

Any comments would be appreciated.

‘Spending Ban’ Spends

August 15, 2011

£1.95 cappuccino

£1.50 bus
£1.85 Iced coffee
£3 smoothie
£3 caramel macchiato

£1.50 water
£2.50 ice cream
£10 meal
£1 tip

£3 bus

£1.50 bus
£2.75 skinny vanilla latte
45p sweet chilli sensations crisps
18p banana
£6 ish disgusting lasagne
£10 taxi

£4.25 gym

£1.50 bus
£3.20 white chocolate mocha
£1.50 bus
£4.25 Zumba

TOTAL: £64.88.

What is this???

Timespan: 1/8/11 until 14/8/11.

Bus: £9
Coffee: £12.75
Food/other drinks: £23.63
Entertainment/exercise: £8.50
Other: £11

Not great for a spending ban. But I did stop myself from buying some lovely clothes (a navy jumper and skirt, a rust blouse, a bike tshirt and a cardi).
I’ll try to use my bike more (when the tyre’s pumped..) and not buy quite so much coffee & food. However, this isn’t comparable with normal because I’ve been spending a lot of time in coffee shops catching up with friends while it’s summer. Keeping track when I’m back in uni will be interesting.

I will aim to spend much less these next two weeks.

Recently Read: Reviews

August 15, 2011

In the last few weeks, I’ve been ploughing through my ‘to read’ pile of books.

I began with ‘The Stars’ Tennis Balls’, by Stephen Fry (yes, that one). It was leant to me and I read it quickly after re-reading ‘HP7’, and a few pages of ‘A Painted House’ , but before I started tackling my stack of ‘to read’ books.
It’s quite a bizarre book, well written with massive plot changes throughout that keep you on your toes- and also make the book appeal to a wide audience due to the variety of ‘genres’ the book passes through. I might read it again some time in the future, but only after enough of a break that I’ve forgotten the storyline. I suggest reading it; it won’t be like anything you’ve read before.

‘The River Bank and other stories from The Wind in the Willows’ by Kenneth Grahame, Illustrated by Inga Moore.
Here is a book that I never read as a child- I sort of skipped these types of books and read all the Enid Blyton books from the age of about four upwards, before going onto Jacqueline Wilson. This is a beautiful book with sweet, quaint stories. I’m glad I’ve given it a read now, even if I am a bit old. If you have children, make this a part of their lives. The illustrations are the best part and definitely appeal to any age:

‘Daddy’s Little Earner’ by Maria Landon
I’ve read this book before. A while ago, I was really into psychological books based on the lives of children. (Torey Hayden got me into these. Give her a read. ) I have a small pile of these books, some of which are really good, some not so much. I couldn’t remember which were which in some cases, so they’ve gone in the ‘reread’ pile. This one is one of the mediocre ones. If I hadn’t read it before I would have kept going- it’s based on truth and is easy to read quickly- but as I read this time I could remember what was around the corner. It’s worth the read if you like this type of novel, but this time I stopped reading about a third of the way in, because there are books further into the pile that I’d rather read. This one is about a little girl with three brothers, that gets neglected and abused by her father.

‘Carrie’s War’ by Nina Bawden
This is another children’s book, that I’ve read before. I remember that when I was about ten, I really enjoyed this book. It’s a sweet little story about a little girl’s time in Wales (woo!) during the war. I enjoyed it this time round, too, even though I’m a lot older. I’ll be keeping this book, at least for now. I’d like my children (who I don’t have yet) to read some of the books I enjoyed as a child, even though most of them I don’t have anymore.

‘The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler’ by Gene Kemp
In the same set as ‘Carrie’s War’, I think this is another children’s classic, but I’ve not read this one before. The language and short chapters in this are a lot more appealing to children, and I’m thinking of passing the book along to my ten year old nephew. It’s about a couple of lovable, mischievous schoolboys – I wouldn’t recommend giving it to a naughty child! I’m glad I’ve made the time to read this after all these years, but I won’t be keeping it.

What books have you read recently? What do you think?

I’ve realised what I want.

August 11, 2011

I’ve realised what I want with my life.
What I enjoy.
What makes me me.
What has been a main part in influencing my life.

I want to be a nomad.

I also want to, at some point, design and build my own place. Please see my Pinterest ‘Dream Home‘ board for details. This has been a dream of mine since I was a small child, which was the key factor in me taking an architecture degree. However, I can wait for that, and as architecture and primarily interior design is a strong interest of mine, I can probably be happy for at least another few years just dreaming and designing.

Leading from the house idea was the caravan one.
For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to get an old fashioned, but good condition caravan, do it up all pretty in lovely fabrics, paint the outside , keep everything I own in it and live in it. It’s the thing I daydream about. I can even see myself and a future little girl in there, drawing together amongst a beautiful overgrown field and then cycling to a local town. (I don’t know where her father is, but I think the lack of one is influenced by my upbringing, and possibly the worry of my dream being too bizarre for someone else to share. However, I would want my children to have a stable, happy, fun, loving life, preferably with a father in tow.)

I think this caravan obsession has strongly influenced my Minimalistic tendencies.
I’ve been wanting to move out, be free, travel lightly etc before I even hit high school.

When I was in high school, I even thought about ‘living’ in the drama costume little cupboards/locker rooms that were off our common room in year 11. But I loved my school, and times at home were hard, so I didn’t think much of it.

Now, I’m in uni where I have to leave the studio at 11pm to get the last bus home. I still haven’t moved out. It’s partly because I dont want to waste my money on rent when I want to buy somewhere/a field to build/a caravan/a car, partly because I’m scared and partly because I dont want to leave my mum on her own.
I’ve joked a lot about it being silly renting when we basically live in studio. I think I’m going to actually do it, unofficially, this year. I’ve been thinking of getting a mini lockable cabinet to put under my desk, for keeping some food (do anyway), my materials (do anyway), a change of clothes, and maybe a sleeping bag- which our year tutor last year said some people actually do. And seriously, my friends were leaving at 3am last year, if they weren’t pulling allnighters (it’s a lot of work doing architecture)- I only left to get the last bus.

I know my mum’s house will always be there for me. I just need to do it and get out.

This summer, I really wanted to get a flight to Rome, where I’ve always wanted to go, and work my way slowly back home via the rest of Italy, France, and everywhere else in between, as cheaply as I can and with as many (good) experiences as possible.

I also wanted to go to India to see my friend Mitha, and visit China and Malaysia along with the other Asian side of things while I was over there.

Instead, this summer has included 3 festivals (at least) and being a chief bridesmaid for my sister. It’s not all bad.

My passport has expired though.
Better get that sorted.

Ive learned around this summer time to always say ‘yes’ while I can.

And that it’s the experiences that count, not the things.

However, I have gone on a few shopping trips and bought an iPhone, so along with the festivals I am broke. Apart from my savings 🙂
Those savings have never been touched, apart from a little help towards driving lessons, buying a microphone and replacing a window I smashed (during that school year). Its student loan leftovers, work money and my £1 a week pocket money from when I was a kid.

Its for my caravan/house, and it always has been.
Might go on some adventures too though 😉

I’m going to take back a couple of the things that I recently bought, I’m on a spending ban until Xmas (apart from a few things I’ve listed, and PERHAPS some boots for winter), I’m going to work (amongst other things) before going back to uni at the end of September, and I’m having a bootsale, which will help both my possession heap and money dent.

I’ve updated my ‘bucket list‘. I need to travel. I physically do. I love Wales, my home country, and I know I’ll always come home, but I need to explore the world while I can, and start young do that I can fit as much into my life as I can.

I know it will cost money, and some people might think it’s ridiculous, but I would much rather have amazing experiences with my own life than just work in a boring, repetitive job, come home in the evening to stare at fake people’s fake lives on a tv and get up to do it all again. What is the bloody point? Also it can’t cost THAT much if you are clever about it. There are lots of helpful websites.
Some people might think it selfish, but I’m 20 and have already used part of my life volunteering in primary schools, a special education school, a nursery, a charity shop and a homeless charity. I’ve also given loads of stuff to charity, and donated £200 this year to comic relief.
During my travels, I also want to sit with little children and teach them to make bracelets to sell to tourists, teach them English (and learn from them, too) etc. When I went to Tunisia and saw the amazing cave houses when I was about 13, I decided I wanted to make herbal medicine in this caravan of mine (not necessarily required) and be a sort of herbal witch doctor. It wouldn’t be selfish. I’m not ripping money from other people or ‘daddy’s credit card’ and living it up in Ibiza.

Um. Sorry about this massive post. Just getting it all out and then I can work on doing something about it.
Any ideas, tips, whatever from you would be received gratefully.

As for a job, at the moment I work for Blue Arrow Catering, agency work which I weirdly enjoy so much I could do it for free (which I wont tell them now, because I actually need money at the moment), while studying architecture in uni, as I’ve said. As I love creating, I’m also going to start an Etsy account.

In the future, I’m not sure. Yes, I’m doing architecture. This is because 1) it’s a great degree 2) it’s fun 3) its ‘clever’ and I have the grades so it’s a family impresser/satisfier, 4) I want to design a house for myself 5) it’s got the perfect balance between art and academia 6) its like interior design, which I love, but covers more and 7) it’s what I wanted to be as a kid so was easier to pick out of the other 300 things I wanted to study.

I don’t necessarily want to be an architect.

What about repaying the fees??’ I hear you cry. Please reread the 7 statements.

Plus, I’m only taking out half the loan this year, and I also get a grant (which makes me feel guilty, especially because I swapped high schools because I felt guilty in the one for it being paid for through a scholarship etc ..).

I intend to NEVER get into debt. I’m NEVER getting a credit card. I barely drink, don’t smoke and have never been a big spender (apart from these festivals.. cough) so I trust myself on that.

Possible future jobs I’d love to do (that don’t require a whole extra degree):
Primary school teacher
Social worker/kids home person
Run a cafe/craftshop/bookshop/activity place combo
Anything related to design that isn’t commercial
General artist/ photographer
Musician/stage/theatre performer

This can come after or during travel though, don’t you think? The typical ‘paint and sell in Italy’ dream.
I’m definitely going to complete the first section (3 years) of this (7 year long) course. I’d never forgive myself if I left now.
I’ll just take every opportunity along the way.