Saturday, March 19, 2016
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
As an advanced beginner with the ol' hooks and yarn, I think I am in quite a good place to review some of the crochet projects I have found online. Sometimes I will.click through to an 'easy' pattern on Ravelry or Pinterest (you can find my Easter crochet board here) and go cross-eyed, either from the amount of complicated stitch changes, or from the lack of detail to really help the novice crocheter.
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
I know I said I was probably not going to write much about being a mum, but today I am making an exception. It is 5:50 am. Minibot has been sleeping on my arm now for 30 minutes. We are curled up on a rocking chair together while I help her to sleep. Today is one of the earlier starts, but every day she wakes up too early and screams because she can't get herself back to sleep.
And, no, before you ask, she has never slept through the night. No, we don't need to feed her. Yes, it probably would be easier to let her sleep in our bed/put in ear plugs and let her cry/emigrate to a different continent.....but that's not for us. Oh....It worked for you? Well that is JUST super! (insert appropriate hand gesture here)
Monday, February 29, 2016
Have you ever heard yourself muttering 'I wish I had the confidence to ask for a promotion/promote my blog irl/travel alone/speak to attractive guys.... (insert your own here). I know I have. Even writing this post, I have questioned what right I have to talk about the importance of confidence in life, when I wouldn't describe myself as particularly confident, just quite good at faking it. Confident people seem to have the world at their feet: great friends, an amazing socal life, better chances at being picked for promotion. From school onwards there seems to be a pecking order, with the girls on the netball team having their pick of the cute boys, then the general attractive folk (including the rebellious ones) and then the rest, with the weird geeky ones (me) and the very quiet somewhere near the bottom.
Sunday, February 21, 2016
I was having a good old natter with my fellow #craftblogclub twitter pals on Tuesday during the weekly twitter chat, and I shared with them a bit about the craft lull, I feel like I am having. Although I am making lots, most of it is for my daughter's Christening and First Birthday and the ideas are either well worn or private details I want to keep as a surprise for my guests. The problem is, it leaves next to no time for blog crafting, so while there is a lot of scope for lifestyle content, I feel like my creative readers might be feeling a tad neglected.
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After much reassurance from my tweeps, I decided to give myself a break. It seemed to work like magic, as I had the urge to doodle. That doodle turned into an adult colouring page for book lovers, inspired by books that changed my life some how. It is free to download here for private use. I'd be delighted to see the results of your colouring sessions so please tweet me any completed efforts. I have so many ideas now for future pages and a real urge to doodle away. Which books would be on your page? What theme would you like next?
I'd also love to know what you think about the sorts of creative posts you want to see here on Craftbotic. Would an inspiration board or a craft update on current makes float your boat, while newer crafts are a bit thin on the ground? Please let me know!
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Whether you can't remember family birthdays, need to revise for an exam, or plan a massive party, all you need is a few organisational tips and you will start to find these tasks easier. I love organisation: lists, spreadsheets, apps, colour-coding, diaries, post - it's. ...you get the idea. Therefore I thought I would share some of my time management and organisational tips, which I found helped me feel a bit more on top of things.
LISTS ARE YOUR FRIENDS!
I am not a daily list writer, but do like to use one for when I plan a big event or task. I planned my DIY wedding with the help of a spreadsheet and monthly lists which broke down what we had to do. We picked a venue with no catering, decoration or equipment, so there was a lot to achieve. We were working under a strict budget and to top it off, it was all organised in two languages.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
I don't know if it is because I am now married, having met my husband at the age of 29 in unexpected and almost unbelievable circumstances, that I am now converted - or that my brain can't cope with anything with multiple-claused sentences. Either way, Giovanna Fletcher's 'Dream a Little Dream' had me hooked despite an initial bumpy start with the first-person narrative.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
socialising tips, make-up looks and book recommendations will have helped you so far with your fight against the January Blues, but we still have 4 more days to deal with, so why not spend it making something to liven up your walls a bit. After all, February is just as depressing even if there is (usually) a bit more money around to spend on pick-me-ups.
I wanted to make myself a pennant banner for a while and decided that a motivational message would be ideal. Originally I wanted to make one saying 'cheer up' or 'it could be worse', but after receiving some bad news, they became wildly inappropriate. I wanted to use a mix of crochet and fabric for mine, but it is just as easy to use card and coloured paper.
Saturday, January 23, 2016
Finding balance in life is nearly as tricky as standing on one leg, whilst drunk and convincing other people that you are sober. In order to do so, you have to weigh up your commitments (work, family, basic hygiene) against your hopes and desires. I for one have chosen, on more than one occasion, to live an unbalanced life.
I was working in a school and it was hectic, but I was newly qualified, I loved it and threw every ounce of my effort into it, often to the detriment of a social life. Relationships took a back seat, some wandered off never to be seen again, yet I wasn't actually that bothered (cold, right?). I had passion and love for my work and as a result I managed to find a new position in a new school with some extra responsibility. I was actually excited to have more work to do! *cringe*
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
If you caught my first post in this mini series to combat the January Blues by socialising on a budget, you will know that I am very much looking forward to the weekend where I might get to see a friendly face or two. For this post I was excited to play with some of my new Christmas make-up goodies, with the aim of spicing up my usual neutral eye game, with hints of blue mixed with the Spring trend of metallics. January is meant to be a time to try something new and as I have only just started saying: if you can't beat the January blues - wear them!
Saturday, January 9, 2016
Aspiration is one of the biggest motivators in my life. I don't see it as a synonym for ambition, which can often have negative connotations, or be associated with reaching the top of something. In some areas (particularly my career) I have been extremely ambitious, with some success as a result of stubbornly following goals, but it didn't make me happy. With every goal reached, it never seemed enough, culminating in bitter disappointment.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
5 WAYS TO SOCIALISE ON A BUDGET
There's something about January that makes me want to crawl under a rock and reappear in April. Aside from the New Year's optimism and resolutions which lull me into another year of crazy goals (this year's doozy being to write a novel - insert 'lol' emoticon here), January is awful. From the weather to the fact that everyone is completely skint from Christmas, it really is enough to make someone crawl under their duvet, while resenting the fact they are eating yet another cheap and cheerful meal (cereal counts, right?).
This year I am going to be publishing a post every Wednesday to hopefully help us beat those January blues together, and today we start with how to socialise on a budget. Let's face it - if you are going to survive the next 4 weeks, you need some friends around.