Five changes I’m making for 2018

I’ve never really been a resolutions person. I love the idea of making changes, and becoming your best self, but I never carry them over. Looking at my old diaries it always seems to be about negative things rather than bringing joy.

I realised a couple weeks back there were things I wanted to do more this year (alongside reading some of the hundred plus unread books I own), and I’ve started implementing them which is making me most happy;

Sending cards

 

So, this started when I was thinking about Thank You Cards, and wether they are an outdated concept. I’ve only ever passed these out when I have left previous jobs, and the only Thank You Card I’ve received was following a friends wedding. It was handmade, matched the invitations and contained an unexpected and cute sentiment.

I’ve posted the tackiest Congratulations card to a friend who smashed an interview, and had another incredible opportunity in the same week.

I also have a New Job Card that’ll be going out this week to a friend who’s changed a situation that was making her sad, and I am insanely proud of her for taking this choice into her own hands.

You infrequently get mail beyond bills, marketing, and online shopping and if I can put a smile on someone’s face once or twice this year I will be so happy. Also, I’m a bit of a stationery geek so anything that allows me to spend more time in Paperchase or T K Maxx’s Stationery department makes me very happy.

Handmade gifts

 

This year I am trying my hardest to save, to move out. Though it may not appear so, I’ve cut back on my spending when it comes to clothes in a big way, and I’m going to match this with gifts for friends.

I’m a pretty decent baker. If you’re on my pod at work you will receive brownies on your birthday. I also make birthday cakes when it seems appropriate.

I want to learn to crochet. I can machine sew to a pretty acceptable (basic) level. I can knit (a scarf) and I taught myself how to finger knit one night when I was restless.

So, if you’re reading this and I would normally get you a birthday present; it’s going to be extra special this year.

Focusing on friendships.

I’m stepping back from the friendships that don’t make me happy, and putting more time into those which do. I’m not cutting people out of my life but I’m limiting the damage that can be done either by people’s actions, or my own thoughts spiral.

When I have so many incredible friends, colleagues and family my life isn’t going to suffer. I have a best friend who loves me, gets me and I see everyday. Life could be a lot worse.

Getting in early to work

 

I’m the person who almost always stays late, to catch up with tasks. With my current job I have cleared my inbox once (15:23 January 2nd), and anything unfinished will be there tomorrow. I’m constantly prioritising, and problem solving and I blooming love it, but I’m tired of the fact everyone knows I stay late.

Getting logged on and picking up my emails fifteen minutes before my shift lets me organise, prioritise and plan without comment. Yes, I’m likely to still stay a little after my shift but that fifteen minutes before, will minimise it drastically.

Sunday Walks

Matt and I are saving Sundays for long walks, weather permitting. So far we’ve been to Whitsand beach, Avon Reservoir and Trenchford Reservoir.

We’re saving, working full time with hobbies and side interests (Matt is a professional photographer alongside his day job). Keeping one day a week to do something we both love, that doesn’t cost much beyond petrol and takes up most of the day has been a lovely way to start the year.

Lots of small things designed to create small moments of joy, and make weeks a little more special.

– Emily

New Pin Haul.

I love pins. They are so versatile and fun. You can wear them on the lapel of your denim or leather jacket or on a bag or purse or really wherever you want. They can be so easily changed from piece to piece to go on whatever it is you’re wearing.

So I found really fun online store called Hand Over Your Fairy Cakes. They have a great range of fun and political pins and I just had to get myself some of the feminist ones. And this is what I got.

 

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These are the three pins that I bought myself and they all have a feminist theme.

 

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This ‘feminist killjoy’ pin is going straight onto my oversized vintage denim jacket. I love the fact that at first glance you wouldn’t even realise what it said, but look close enough and you will know what I’m trying to say with this pin.

 

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This ‘behold my feminist agenda’ pin is going to have to go everywhere with me, because so does my feminist agenda.

 

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And this might be my favourite pin of all the ones I bought. The ‘I’m not sorry about your fragile masculinity’ pin says everything I knew I needed to say and now I can say it every time I leave the house.

 

In terms of quality, the pins are all metal with secure fastenings at the back to be put on to your clothes. Also, the delivery was fast and well packaged so no worry of any breakages. AND in the package you are given a chocolate and a refreshers sweet, aka the fastest way to my heart.

 

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In case you want to peruse the website yourself the business card above will direct to the site. The customer service is great and I cannot recommend them enough. They have a great selection of retro designs if you don’t want to scream your feminist persuasions from your lapels.

 

Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally 🙂

 

 

Crafting for Christmas. Making Bunting.

I have always loved one of a kind, hand made crafts. The fact that they are so personal and made with such love makes them so much more beautiful to me. Now I`ve never been particularly creative but luckily I have an amazing mother who is extremely talented when it comes to all things textiles. So with mother keeping an eye on me, I attempted to make my first ever lot of bunting.

 

*DISCLAIMER* I got a good way through and forgot to take photos so there will be a gap but I will try my best to fill it in with words.

 

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First thing I did was get an example of bunting that my mum had made to use as a guide but you could always just use anything triangular shaped or go free hand.

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Then I traced around it to create my pattern for my own bunting making sure to leave a seam allowance.

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This will be the pattern to use for cutting out the fabric and it can be kept for making more bunting at a later date.

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Next choose your fabric. I got these three from a local haberdashery shop and they were nice and cheap as they were run offs.

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Folding over the fabric for when you cut out the pattern just makes life easier as you will need two lots of fabric for each bit of bunting.

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Keep cutting out until you run out of fabric.

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Place two bits of fabric with the pattern sides facing each other as you will need to sew inside out. Now ids where I stopped taking photos because I`m super useful but from there you would pin the fabric in place and head to your sewing machine.

From there you sew all the way around the outside leaving a gap of about 4cm on one of the sides of the triangle so that you can turn it back to the right way round. Once you have turned it inside out to the pattern facing out cut some red ribbon into lengths of 10cm fold in half and place in the hole that is left.

Sew up the hole with the ribbon inside to make it look like the trunk of a Christmas tree.

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Find some fabric or ribbon that you want the bunting for hang from and attach using a button to look like the star on top of the Christmas tree.

Tidy up all the stray bits of thread and repeat the process for all the bits of fabric you have cut out until your bunting is complete.

 

And there you have it, a quick little guide to the worlds simplest bunting. Let me know if you try it out.

I hope everyone has an amazing Christmas and a very happy New Year.

 

Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally 🙂

My Weekend in Photos: Canary Warf, Hobbycraft Show and Fish

So this title is slightly deceptive as it will also include Monday, but please permit me this inaccuracy. I am currently on the job hunt, next week will be the third time in three weeks that I’ve been to London for interviews so this weekend is definitely out of the ordinary for me!!

Friday

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Friday was a busy day for me, my fitbit registered 25,000 stops by the end if the day, this photo is of fish in Sutton Harbour. You might need to squint a bit but there’s a school of silver fish there. I stopped to take this picture as I always seem to see people fishing in the harbour, and it isn’t somewhere I’d have imagined to be a good location. However I saw so many little fish on my walk along the Harbour on Friday that I had to snap this.

Saturday

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Saturday was exciting, Saturday I went to The Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts Show in Exeter and it was amazing! Now im not the biggest crafter but I do have some crafty issues: I bake, I scrapbook and I sew. I just really fancied having a look and it was amazing.

I saw these awe inspiring machine stitched, intricately detailed animals:

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The Costumes from Far From The Maddening Crowd

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And I got to make a keyring with pressed flowers.

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After the show I’m desperate to press flowers and get into felting!

Sunday

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Sunday I travelled to London, I got this snap of the Thames from the coach.

Monday

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Interview day. I walked my friend to work, who lives in Canary Warf. I stopped to read through my notes by this fountain. (on a separate note I’m now in love with Canary Warf, it has such beautiful architecture)

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I also stopped in Finsbury Square, it was a gorgeous Summer Day and it looked like perfection. It was filled with people soaking up some sun on thier lunchbreak.

And that’s it, the last photo I snapped over the four day period. I then caught a train home getting into Plymouth for Midnight and was in work by 12 the next day.

A lovely weekend, a rushed full and somewhat stressed one but lovely none the less. How were your weekends?

-Emily