Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Sometimes I Just Like To Mess With Things

I don't often have time to make an entire new print from scratch any more. Not at the minute anyway between work and packing my life into boxes again (yes I am once more moving flats) I barely seem to get a moment to myself. However, it's at times like this I like to dig out something I made a while ago and rework it with different colours, patterns or textures. Not only does it give me a minor sense of accomplishment but I also get to brush up on my Photoshop skills!



This is my latest piece. I was working on the rose for my mums birthday card and then adapted the  image for Facebook - my profile needed a bit of a spring spruce up. I'd really appreciate any feedback! :)

Sunday, 3 January 2016

15 things I learnt in 2015

I always find the festive period a good time to reflect on all the great (and occasionally not so great) lessons the previous year has taught me. I guess it's a combination of reaching the end of the year, being able to relax and spend time with my family and my dad and I getting a little over excited choosing fancy ciders in the supermarket. So as has become a bit of a tradition my new year post is a print free zone (don't worry though there will be some fun photos instead)

2015 has taught me:

1. Sometimes life throws you a curve ball but there's always a way to make things work.  It's always possible to find the beauty in the things you already have. Just remember "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present." - Yes that was a Kung Fu Panda quote (and also a Bill Keane one)

2. Distance relationships can be difficult but nothing is impossible and they can actually bring you closer together as every moment spent in each others company suddenly becomes precious and worth making a memory out of.

3. Being 23 wasn't terrible and turning 24 didn't hurt. Getting older is fine and you'll barely notice (except you will come to realise that you are the responsible adult in situations and that's a little bit scary)

4.  Growing up may mean you have fewer friends than you could ever have imagined. But that is by no means a bad thing. It leaves you with the reliable friends that'll always be there for you with a cup of tea when you need it. The people you see everyday and those who you can go for months without talking to but when you get back together it's like you've never been apart. Now that's pretty sweet.

Mocktails at Palacio Lounge
5. Letting Agents are all as useless as each other and you can't let them push you around. If your flat isn't up to scratch let them know or get out before they scam even more money out of you.

6. It's actually pretty important to 'dress for work' - it'll give you more confidence and you will be taken more seriously.

7. Sometimes hobbies (like print-making) have to take a back seat to your real job but it's important not to ignore them totally. Everyone needs time to relax and a break from the real world.

8. Burgers and cocktails can solve a multitude of problems - Hub Box I love ya 

9. But nothing beats a home cooked meal... particularly if you haven't had to cook it yourself. Thanks BoyF!

10. As much as you pretend otherwise quiet weekends without plans are the best kind of weekend. There's nothing nicer than snuggling up on the sofa to watch a film with your SO and not having to face the world that day.

Window Shopping in Falmouth
11. It's ok to let your fancy heels gather dust (or mould if you live in rainy old Cornwall) and to only pull your pretty going-out dresses out of the wardrobe occasionally.

12. Although it's nice to fall asleep on his chest or to be the little spoon it can be just as nice to have him fall asleep on you and to be the big spoon (even if proportionately that doesn't really work). When he needs that little extra comfort and support he'll really appreciate this small gesture.

13. Don't let people guilt trip you into making decisions that aren't right for you - it's your life, live it the way you want. Whether that means changing jobs, moving house, going travelling alone or in a group or absolutely anything else - only you can decide what's best for you.

Gyllyngdune Gardens, Falmouth
14. Life's to short to bother being unhappy. If you're not happy with something in your life you have the power to change it so don't sit around and blame the world or anyone else for your current situation, it won't help and you will just stay miserable.  Taking that first step can be scary but ultimately it will be worth it. 

15. Anything can be exciting and an adventure you just have to go into it with the right attitude :)