I really didn’t mean to disappear for so long and I appreciate all of the lovely messages checking on me!
My life has changed so much in the last 6 months and I thought it would be a good idea to address everything so everyone knows what’s going on as we all move forward because I miss you guys!
So where have I been? Well I mentioned back at the beginning of the year that I wasn’t going to push myself to make things that my heart wasn’t in and I was only going to be posting when it made me feel happy… so I guess the short answer is that I was waiting for it to make me happy again!
I started blogging to meet people with similar interests and keep in touch with friends far away and over the years it snowballed into a job and then something that felt like an obligation to people who were relying on me which felt stressful rather than fun like I had intended originally. The blogosphere has changed so much since I started and the longer I continued, the more disconnected and tired I felt.
While I’ve been away, I still took all of the photos and videos like I always did, I just didn’t have the energy to do anything with them so I slowly faded out even on social media.
In the mean time, my life outside of the internet kept moving quickly… so for me it felt like no time at all. I threw myself into my artwork and started selling on Creative Market. I became obsessed with finding the perfect diary/planner and even opened an Etsy store selling stickers.
In terms of crafting I’ve been focusing on knitting and spinning. I have done a little bit of cross stitching but that was really just to make a cute case to hold my knitting needles. I’m still taking photos every day and looking forward to eventually upgrading my camera when a new one comes out and maybe getting a proper macro lens.
By starting from the ground up, I’ve settled into a routine which is making me really happy.
So where do we go from here?
Well firstly, I won’t be doing any more tutorials for the foreseeable future, sorry!
If you need to get in touch with me for anything, please email me because I don’t always get notifications for comments and they tend to get buried quickly!
If you need customer service for my stores, please contact me via etsy or creative market, it’s the quickest and easiest way to keep track of things. I can’t answer customer service requests via social media sorry!
Blog- I think what’s been holding me back (as silly as it sounds) is having to come up with words… I think I want continue here maybe as a photo journal or similar. I might do a little redesign again as well because I’m tired of looking at my own face when I open it haha! So no promises but we will see how that goes!
Instagram- When I post things day to day it will be here! No promises on timeframes or replying to comments though.
Tutorial Youtube- I’m probably not going to upload anymore videos here.
Vlogging YouTube- I do want to continue vlogging but it will be sporadic. I’m currently considering doing every day in December this year because it’s a tradition and I’m more energetic in summer.
Pinterest- I will be using Pinterest sporadically.
The VLB- I want to think that eventually I will start putting out the VLB again because I love it but at the moment I don’t have time.
Other-My Instagram photos will auto post here but I’m probably not going to check in very much if ever so please don’t expect replies:
I’m aware of the irony of how long this is considering that the words are what I’ve been having a problem with hahaha! So I guess this post is to check in and say hi and let you know that you’ll be seeing a bit less of me but the parts you do see will be more energised and happy!
So James has been promising to write a post on how to make his cinnamon scrolls for over a year now and he never remembers >_> So for today’s Silent Saturday we’ll make them without words. Direct all complaints and begging for recipes to James please ;D
Note: OMG I didn’t think it would be this popular, more than half the sticker sheets sold out overnight so if you want to get some better be quick! Thank you so much to everyone who has bought them so far!
I disappeared for a while there, it was partially because I have just been SO unorganised. I gave up keeping a to do list and my diary was just for appointments for a while. I thought it would make me less stressed to not look at all the things I had to do… but it turned out it just meant I didn’t have a reminder to do them so they never got done >_>
So I went to the dark side… the planner side. I went and got some *cough* 3 *cough* mini planners from Kikki K and went to town.
The spiral into addiction was quick. From buying the journal I thought “Hmm a pretty journal deserves pretty insides…” so I started collecting stickers. But it wasn’t enough… I wanted to make my own stickers.
The next thing I knew I had a printer and a die cutter and I was designing sheet upon sheet to decorate my things with. It was an extremely slippery slope!
And that’s how all of these happened:
After honing my technique and printing a bajillion test sheets I’ve put a limited batch of stickers up for sale in my Etsy store. These ones are really limited runs and I’m not sure which ones I’ll reprint if any so go have a look now :D
In the mean time, feel free to enjoy some gratuitous sticker photography…
I’m really glad I’m not the only person who is completely obsessed with diaries and organising things like this!
I’ve decided that there’s no such thing as the perfect diary/organisational system so now I’m a little obsessed with making my own. I’m thinking of printing my own custom pages to go in the Kikki K diaries too… too far? I don’t think so >_>
Lottie also personally approves every order that goes out so you can be assured that it’s not full of tuna or bacon ;)
So in conclusion… I am going to be organised, and I’m not going to do ALL the things but I’m going to definitely do some things!
I can’t believe I haven’t done an nail art tutorial for this look before *_* I’ve worn it so often that I figured I had already done one… but I guess not?
This year I’ve been keeping my nails really short again but I’ve started to grow them again recently so I’m interested in making them pretty again :D
So let’s get going with some chocolate nails!
Start off by doing a base coat in a pastel colour. I went with a matte peach this time which was a mistake because it chipped in about 3 seconds flat >_> I love matte polish but it’s so hard to maintain!
Pick a nice chocolatey colour and load up your brush so the bottom of it is round like a drop. Press the drop onto your nail and drag it up slightly to make a tear shape like this:
Use the same technique to make another drop which is lower than the first.
Join them by adding a drop between them. This polish has a shimmer in it so you can see the drops well.
Add another drop on either side so the whole nail is covered. You want the brown to take up about half of the nail.
Wait for it to dry and then use a toothpick or a nail art brush to paint on some sprinkles. I used some more pastel colours that came in the same set as the peach bottom coat.
Once the whole thing is dry, give it a top coat.
Rinse and repeat for all of your other nails! … Don’t actually rinse though because that would probably bump the nail polish!