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*Victory Fanfare* – February Level Complete

So…Umm…It’s March. How did that happen?! I’ve entered my birthday month with a 4 day (and still going) stomach bug, which accurately depicts how February went for me. I was hardly creative thanks to a total loss of motivation and my life being taken over by watching the first 4 seasons of How To Get Away With Murder! Didn’t touch this blog despite having lots of ideas to write about including, quite ironically, how I stayed motivated in January. I have no idea what happened! I’d like to think March will be a good fresh start but being sick hasn’t helped.

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At least the six nations started! Lots of pub trips and so far so good for wales! Lets have a look back and maybe I’ll be surprised what I actually did do!

Creativity:

Beads by the Butt Load (100 day project) – Created 6 charms this month (yes I’m counting pairs as 2 individuals). Spyro is by far my fav. This brings the total up to 16/100.

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Cross Stitch – Just a lil progress this month 🙂

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I also worked on another painted canvas cross stitch similar to the boo I made last year! I want a little plaque to sit on my crafty table of my logo. This has been soooo much tougher! The squares were so much smaller and harder to punch and not even remotely lined up. Not finished yet but here’s some progress when I stitched down by the river on those crazy sunny days.

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Doodles – Last month I started a digital doodle which I haven’t touch since the 5th of feb according to the file details! I think I got sick of looking at it (plus lack of confidence). *sigh* shading is harrrrrd! I’ve been collecting ref images on pinterest but for some reason I can’t get the motivation to sit down and actually try.

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Writing – Oh okay! I’ve had this is idea for a setting and characters FOREVER but no story!!! To the point now I couldn’t stop thinking about it. So this month I finally sat down and got some words out. It feels so good to get it out of my head but now it’s out I lost some edge to work on it. At least it’s there if one day I want to return to it 🙂

Games:

  1. Tales of Vesperia: Still going…Like with most games I reached 24 hours and needed a break! Happens every damn time. Returned to it a few days ago and it’s been really hard to get back into. I am now at the 30+ hour mark and lost the plot with the story but things are getting interesting. That Manor of the Wicked can go do one! Those repetitive battles!
  2. New Super Mario Bro U Deluxe: We finished it this month with credits rolled. Don’t think we’ll go back and get all the stars. Also won’t be bothering with the Luigi expansion (sorry bud) but I found it too stressful! Haha!
  3. Mario and Rabbids Kingdom Battle: Finished this last year but I’ve been having an itch to play a turn based game (plus I miss my bae Rabbid Peach <3). I went back and played the challenges which I don’t think you’re supposed to do when you’re all super powered up haha. A lot of them are pretty easy but I loved being back 🙂
  4. Star Dew Valley: Just when I though I had burned out on star dew when I locked 50 hours back in June…It drew me back in and now I’m at 70+ hours! I reached year 3!! and got married to the lovely Abigail and adopted a piggy!

Running:

It was hard to run this month but one of my runs lasted an hour! Proud!:

  • Jan: 13 runs – 54km – 6hr30min
  • Feb: 9 runs – 37.2Km – 4hr19min

Feb PB:

  • Best Distance – 8.23km – 1hr00min01sec – 7:19
  • Best Pace – 5.07km – 34min47sec – 6:51

Books:

Trying to read one book a month! Really making the most of the amazon 99p kindle deals. Current count: 4

  1. Wabi Sabi: Japanese Wisdom for a Perfectly Imperfect Life by Beth Kempton – Was a nice little read with a great message. Will leave you feeling good and wanting to visit Japan even more if you didn’t already
  2. The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Series, Book 1) by Charlie N. Holmberg – I lost 6 night of sleep to this book! I loved the story, the world, the characters and the writing style. I picked it up in the kindle 99p sale and I regret not picking up the whole series. As soon as I can I’m getting the rest of them! Been a long time since I haven’t been able to put a book down.

Films:

current count: 16

  1. Lady Bird – Heard a lot of great things about this film and it gave me a lot of feels! Anything about leaving home for college breaks my lil heart.
  2. Breakfast Club – One of the classics that I have been told I should see! Happy now?! I’ve seen it. I liked it. Lets move on.
  3. Darkest Hours – When I learnt the prosthetic makeup the actor went through to look like Churchill, holy crap!
  4. Girls Trip – Ok I get now why I am seeing Tiffany Haddish every where. What a gem.
  5. Life of the Party – I always get super sad when I see a film has 1-2 stars on NowTV 😦 I wuv Melissa McCarthy and thought the trailer looked good. Gave this a go and was entertained 🙂
  6. Ocean’s 11 – So I never knew there was an apostrophe in the title XD anyway all the films were added to NowTV and we are going to try to watch them all. For the longest time I have mixed up Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock as the same person…oops. Enjoyed it though.

March:

Ok, so when I said I didn’t do a lot…maybe I did 🙂 This is why I am glad I’m doing this journal/round up thing! In march I’m taking part in #MarchMeetTheMaker on insta! Think I’ll do a weekly round up here and maybe go into more detail for some days! hopefully see the blog a bit more soon!

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Making The Most Of A Tiny Craft Space

This is how my space looked in 2018! I love my little blue fold away table – It’s great for the sewing machine

I’ve been living in my flat for 3 years this November. We live in London which means it’s not really a flat…but one room…but we make it work. I’m grateful for the space we have. London is crazy pricey and the first place we lived in wouldn’t even fit my sewing machine. One day I would love my own crafty room but right now I love that I can even have dedicate space in our cosy little room.

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Xmas 2018 haul – a butt load more thread, sewing kit, cross stitch, felt, NEW SEWING BOX!

It might not be a studio but we have a coffee table in our room which I’ve claimed for my crafty space. As the years have gone by I’ve picked up new hobbies (hello beading) and each January I find myself reorganising after my lovely family get me new things to look forward to playing with!

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So here we go! I wanted to journal my new crafty space for 2019. To start I literally emptied all the boxes and bags I own full of anything I use for creativity. This looks like a huge mess, which it is haha, but I tried to put everything into sections: beads, cross stitch, charms, stationary, paints etc. It was more than I was expecting!

I also only have space for my fabric in one box which is the perfect size to fit under the coffee table but as you can see its overflowing and I really have to stuff it under there 😦 I went to a few craft fairs last year and bought lots of fat quarters. I was also gifted a bunch of beautiful charms which I was so excited by so bought this very extra looking tool box…It felt real nice to get everything out and see what I actually have hiding away in all these boxes. I even found a bunch of paint brushes I didn’t know I had which got me feeling inspired.

So here was the final result! These four boxes were my pride and joy haha! and with a bit of Tetris skills I got everything under the table! Yas!

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Moving things around got me feeling super refreshed and ready for the new year! I managed to get all the charms into a box I used to have all my threads in and organised into little baggys. My super extra teal tool box is now FULL of my beads! You have no idea how happy this makes me! Before they were in a tote bag and it was a pain. Now i can just pick this up and get going. Urg I love it! My two sewing boxes are now organised into one for cross stitch thread and the other full of anything else sewing related. Again, it’s so great to have it all in one place. Finally, the fabric box. As this year I’m doing less plushie stuff I bought some vaccum storage bags off amazon in hopes to make more room…It definitely looks a lot neater but still just about over flowing…Guess I better use some of it all up 😀

So now everything is nice and tidy and has its place – Tidy space, tidy mind. Lets get creating!!!!

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Crash Bandicoot Plush

The Spyro I made earlier needed a friend so here comes Crash Bandicoot. Crash and Spyro the Dragon on the PS1 were my jam! I am so happy with how this guy turned out! Experimented with simple shapes and I love him! His arms can also move so he can spin into action! Keep reading to see more fun photos and WIPs

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Monokuma Cross Stitched Charms

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I got my hands on some plastic acrylic and was feeling some mighty Danganronpa withdrawals. So I made some charms of the ever cute and evil Monokuma! They are on sale in my Etsy! Keep reading to see how they look in different options and a little progress!

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Video Game Inspired Plant – Pink Polka Dots

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FOR SALE – This dotty guy is made of pink and white polka dot cotton fabric with larger felted dots. Don’t worry! It won’t bite, its teeth have been removed. [store link]

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Video Game Inspired Plant – Purple

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FOR SALE – This purple fiend may have once been a poisonous foe with its white dots with very subtle glittery sparkles on them. Don’t worry it’s all safe now and is looking for a friendly new home! [Store Link]

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