So I thought about starting a new blog but kept putting it off for some reason. I felt compelled recently to post again & realised I’d rather stick with G.C.U.
I’m hardly sure where to start cause so much has happened since I last posted so this is going to be a new beginning, a clean slate.
I’m looking forward to being a blogger again. x
I had intended to begin blogging regularly again - In fact, I’d never really intended to stop, but you know, you let a couple days go by and then another couple and next thing you know it, blogging goes right out of your head. I’ve been very busy with college since the tail end of last year it sorta took over and well, I did get a Kindle for Christmas, which has somewhat hindered my desire to do anything besides read. I also have a massive stack of comics and access to hundreds of films, tv series, etc. so I’m pretty much set. I did realise that I began to put off blogging because I just don’t have the compulsion to share every detail of my life, it’s not interesting enough and the direction my blog took was not intentional so… lets try again!
I’m thinking it might be better, seeing as I read so much and watch so much, to blog about entertainment - misc. books, comics, films, tv shows, etc. maybe even music as a sideline. There’s maybe someone out there who’ll discover something new that they’ll enjoy and I suppose I do keep a record of everything I watch / read anyways (yes, I know how lame that seems haha)
So, hopefully I’ll pop back in the not too distant future to talk about the stuff that has been entertaining me throughout last year and in the more recent months :)
Til then, take care out there, whatever you are! xx
Okay, so I’ve been away for a long time, pretty much since I started college but I’m into it now, I’m getting the hang of things so honey, I’m home :p
I’ll probably post now and again about what’s going on, what’s on my mind and anything in between. I’ll hopefully be posting more often on my other blog, ‘Another-Interweb-Scrapbook’,(a geek-culture scrapblog); cause I have a massive stock of gif’s, pics and links to share there :D
Til next post folks, damn, I’m glad to back!
So I hate to be cliche but then I suppose cliches exist because throughout time they’ve become a collection of predictable or repetitive expressions/actions/outcomes so it may be entirely appropriate that I feel and express that I’m starting a ‘new chapter’ in my life - when tomorrow I’m starting college.
It’s the first official thing I’ve done since being made redundant just before Summer last year - I worked my way through depression and quashed my suicidal tendencies by applying self-help methods and attending therapy sessions. Now here I am, about to embark upon what could potentially become a whole new career path - I’d really like to become a therapist, maybe someday I’ll even become a doctor of psychology, who knows. But I want to help people; I want to learn as much as I can, go as far as I can and do as much as I can… I really want to make this work.
I’m studying three Higher courses - Psychology, Sociology and Philosophy - I’m sure it’ll be pretty essay and research heavy but I live for that shit, I can pretty much speed read and I soak up info like a wee sponge. I just hope the overall experience will be good; I hope I’m liked by other students, I hope I’m liked, impress or I’m at least tolerated by tutors, I hope I do well with the coursework and it doesn’t get on top of me, I hope I complete the courses and pass my final exams… I just don’t want to fuck up this opportunity or for social negativity to get in the way of my ‘big picture’ agenda.
Well… here goes nothin’ ;)
So it’s been a fair while since I posted here, something I really need to improve on - I’ve just been ‘away’ sorting out financial stuff, the flat, getting organised for college, spending time with Tommy and/or my family and friends :)
Today was fairly momentous because I went shopping. I have a collection of birthday monies, including a whole bunch from T cause he got a tax rebate last month :p So I made a list, checked it twice ;) and arranged to visit my Rents for the weekend so I could go shopping at The Centre in Livingston.
I went to Asda first and bought the following:
Tops (Size 18) -3 Ribbed Vest Tops @ £3 each (1xMustard/1xBlack/1xWhite)
Bras (40DD) - 2 Pack Lace-Overlay T-Shirt Bras (1 x Vibrant Purple / 1x Black) £9 ; A Grey Balconette Bra (lace top-cup / multi-hue leopard print lower-cup) £6.
Knickers (Size 20) - 4 Pack Sheer/Opaque Stripe Shorts (2 x Black / 2 x White) £6 ; 4 Pack Multi Full Briefs (1 x White + Black Bow / 1 x Black + White Bow / 1 x White + Black & Grey Floral Design / 1 x White + Black Polka Dots) £4 ; 4 Pack Multi Mini Briefs (1 x Soft Pink + White Bow / 1 x White + Soft Pink & Grey Starry Print / 1 x Soft Grey + Dark Grey Bow / 1 x White + Soft Pink Stripes).
Socks (One Size)- 5 Pack Black ‘Sports Liner’ Socks £2.
Hosiery (XL) - Pair Black 100 Denier Tights £3 ; Pair Dark Grey 100 Denier Tights £3.
Storage - Purple Cupcake-Design Vinyl Pencil Case £3 ; Black Sistema Brand ‘Lunch Cube’ Box £3.
Stationery - Three Black Polypropylene Cover Spiral-Bound A4 Notebooks @ £1.37 each ; Neon Multi Sticky Notes £1 ; Neon Multi Mini Highlighter Pens £1 ; 3 Pack Bic Soft Grip Black Ballpoint Pens + Big Pack Bic Basic Black Ballpoint Pens £3 (for 2) ; 4 Pack Novelty Cake Design Erasers 30p.
WHSmith - Stationery - ‘Odd Bods’ Design Ringbinder £1.99 ; Chupa Chups Lolly ‘Best of’ Multi-bag £1.
Bodycare - Bag Stuff - Grey Soft-Grip Mini Hairbrush 99p ; 10 Pack Paloma Tissues Packs 65p ; Twin-Pack 25 Facial (Wet) Wipes 99p ; Mini Batiste Dry Shampoo Can 99p.
eBay - Bag - Batman Print (Blue/Yellow) Messenger Bag, Which I had ordered off eBay for £20 inc. p&p cause I’d been looking at it online for ages until I finally bought it. I love it! I’ve just gotta get using it then I’ll see how it performs :)
I still need to / want to get:
Water Bottle ; A Ruler, Pencils & Correction Tape ; More Vest Tops ; Misc. Fun Stickers ; A Few Cardigans ; Some Printed Tees ; Jogging Bottoms / Sweatpants ; Everyday Jacket ; Jewellery (Necklaces / Bangles / Brooches or Badges) plus Misc. Accessories ; Shoes. Possibly an MP3 Player and maybe a Rucksack.
Watch this space ;)
My Mum’s been car-booting recently and so she was clearing out cupboards and the attic, etc. She’s let me have a snoop at some of the stuff she’s been unable to sell or was considering to send to womens refuge/charity shops and such.
As many of you may or may not know, I’m very skint atm and so I don’t have much in the way of expendable income for luxury items. So when my Mum let me have a shufty at the stuff she’s rooted out I was pretty pleased to grab me a variety of awesome Boots 17 and Avon Brand Make-Up brushes, a few Avon lipliners in neutral tones, some power cable labels (v. useful!) and I rescued my Buffy Board Game *gasps* it’s in mint condish, can’t believe she was going to get rid :/
Also, if anyone wears a size 3 shoe, is footwear daft and/or loves heels, please give me a shout cause my little sister (19) is looking to get rid of a pair of cute camo Vans skateshoes, some Rocket Dog boots and a whole lot of different heels - obvs. we’d be asking for the postage and maybe a small fee depending on the shoes but they’re mostly barely worn, the soles look pretty much untouched so please, give me a shout if you’re interested and I’ll post pics if there are any takers :D
Cheers, M x
^ That’s me as a teeny wee sprog with my Mum.
I share this because… It’s My Birthday! :D
I’m 25 Years Old Today - I’ve spent a total of 9,131 Days on this earth. It’s glorious, it’s seven in the am, I just slept for nine straight hours after having an enjoyably lazy but long day yesterday (reading ebooks and/or watching Castle), it’s also raining *jumps around* and it’s dull; perfect. Thank you, powers that be.
So I’m gonna faff online a while then I’ll pop out for a wee walk, in search of food, with the meagre pocket change I have at my disposal then I intend to return home, have some munchies, maybe watch a film or something, have a bath *shrugs* I have no plans but I intend to remain upbeat and think on all the good things about my life.
DIY Graphic Shoes
If you like the idea of fancying up some drab footwear (plain flats, chunky heels or similar) then give this a go! Above are some example pics of other peoples work to provide a wee bit of inspiration ;)
First of all, get a hold of or pick out an old
unwanted comic book. Although, I don’t normally condone cutting up comic books, if it’s a duplicate or a cheapy, then have at it; cut out some scenes, panels and text to decorate your shoes. Hold the pieces of cut-out against your shoes to check that all the areas which need to be covered are able to be covered and you’ve got enough prepped.
To adhere the paper to the shoes, paint the shoe surface with PVA glue (water it down a touch if it’s thick) or alternatively use Mod Podge; once you’ve done this lay your paper onto the shoe and level it out so it’s smooth. I’d suggest doing a layer of scenery first, to function as a backdrop. Repeat this until the scenery covers the blank surface(s) and it may be best to leave the background/first layer to dry for a while before adding the next.
Once dried, take your shoes and add your panels, images of characters and/or text - arrange them as you like, then use your glue to paint underneath the item to stick it onto the backdrop area; repeat this with until you’ve added all the graphics. Coat the entire papered area with adhesive and once you’re done, leave this to dry.
Once the shoes have dried off, paint the paper-covered surface with clear acrylic varnish - this will set, hardening a little, thus protecting and hopefully weatherproofing the surface. Leave to dry again and then you have your personally decorated and unique shoes!
Rainbow Cake IN A JAR!!
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees or if you prefer to set your oven lower / by your own judgement, remember to lengthen the baking time :)
First, make up a plain cake mix (you can make it from scratch or just use a packaged quick-mix type). Seperate the mix into several different bowls and add colouring - this recipe calls for neon colourings in pink, yellow, green, turquoise,and purple but I’m sure you could use less colours or try pastel shades if you prefer :p Also, you don’t have to be precise with this, if you end up with more of one colour and less of another, it’s fine! :D
Now, spray the inside of your jar(s) with nonstick cooking spray; then spoon about 3 tablespoons of the each batter into the jar, layering the colours up as you like. Once you’re done, grab a shallow baking dish and pour around 1/4” water into it, then place your cake jars in the dish and put the dish in the oven. Bake for 30-40 minutes or longer depending on the temperature - just keep checking it regularly and if the cake top doesn’t spring back to the touch pop it back in.
Remove jars and allow to cool completely. Also, if during baking, your cake puffed up and over the jar rim, don’t worry, just remove the excess and wipe around the jar top. Now, scoop a small portion from the top of your cake to make room for the topping and add a hefty dollop of vanilla buttercream. Sprinkle with colourful hundreds and thousands for decoration and it’s ready to eat - you can also cover it with a lid to store in the fridge or give it as a gift. Enough to brighten up anyone’s day!! :D
**This cake will keep for up to five days if stored in the fridge!**
(Edited from Original Source - Click here for Link)
More Jar Upcyling Ideas (Click Here for Previous Post)
Keep those empty jars, they can be reused and upcycled!
Suggestion: Perhaps paint the front with a little chalkboard paint to make a changeable label surface [See Above: Chalkboard Label Storage Jars Pic] or paint the exterior surface with glass paints to show a decorative label. You could also spray paint or brush paint the lid to make it more uniform/colourful or to cover any unwanted text/designs. Alternatively, You could paint your jar to give it a tinted transparent finish by using a mixture of PVA Glue with a few drops of your preferred food colouring - the painted glass will look opaque when wet but will dry to a lovely transparent sheen :) [See Above: Tinted-Transparent Glass Paint Pic]
You could use your jar decorated jar for storing embellishments, button badges and brooches, jewellery findings, buttons, bobbins, paperclips, for a pencil holder… the possibilities are almost endless. You can also use them for baking (Click Here for Recipe Post)!
Here are a few other crafty suggestions:
Knitting Wool/Yarn Dispenser - Take a wide neck lidded jar (Paint the lid of your jar in advance if required), then punch a hole [going inwards] in the centre of the lid and make it just a little bigger than the thickness of your average wool type so it won’t snag (if you like sand/file down the excess metal from the lid-hole; stuff your ball of wool inside the jar, thread the end of the wool through the hole, inside to out, then pop the lid onto the jar and ta-da your own homemade wool dispenser; hopefully that’ll stop your wool getting in a tangle too! :D [See Above: Knitting Wool Dispenser Pic]
Pin Pot with Pincushion - Take a shorter mid-sized or smaller lidded jar and fill it with dress making pins; take a piece of scrap material and make sure it is roughly the same size as the lid of your jar with some excess - sit the material in the jar lid design down and fill it quite tightly with some dried beans, lentils or similar - then add a piece of rounded cardboard, making sure it’s just slightly smaller than the lid itself, press this ontop of the filling and pull the material around it securing everything inside then sew the material together as if you would when making a tiny bean bag. [Click Here for a more Indepth Pincushion Tutorial] You could glue/stick the cushion to the lid of the jar or alternatively you could pop an opposing velcro strip on the lid and cushion so it can be detached. There you have it! [See Above: Pin Pot with Pincushion Pic]
Pump-Jar Dispenser - Pre-decorate, paint or label your jar - remember to only paint this one externally. Take a dispenser pump from a cheap, old or empty liquid soap bottle and get a hold of a large or tall lidded glass jar; the size or height of jar you need for this will depend on the length of the pump you’re going to use. The pump straw will ideally reach to the bottom of the jar without being too tight against it or bent to the side; trim it down to the right length if needs be but remember not to make it too short :p To fit the pump to the lid, first use the straw of the pump to pierce a piece of paper or card then draw around the top/thickest part of the pump, which will later rest against your jar-lid. This will make a stencil which you can cut out and use as a guide on the lid when you punch the hole for the mechanism to fit in. Make the hole smaller to start with then work it up to the right size; you could use a drill for this or just give it some elbow grease with a screwdriver ;) Additionally, if you like, once this is done, you could file or sand down any rough edges or excess from the hole. Now pop your mechanism in/onto the lid with the stalk sitting inside the jar, screw the lid top on and check the overall fit. Once you’re satisfied, take some super glue / strong adhesive and adhere the wide rim of the pump body to the lid top; hold this with downward pressure for a while as it sets to give it a helping hand then leave it to sit. If you leave the glue to set overnight the next day it will definitely be secure enough for you to use once you’ve filled the jar with your product of choice. [Click here for more Indepth Instructions] and [See Above: Pump-Jar Soap Dispenser Pic]
Four Jar Upcycling Ideas
Recently I’ve come across a few different tutorials and/or suggestions of how to re-purpose glass jars so I started collecting a variety and hope to try a couple of the following options myself.
Painted & Embossed Design - Using a hot glue gun, write on or decorate the outside of the jar with a pattern then let the glue set for a while. Once it’s fully dried and the glue has solidly adhered to the jar, paint the whole exterior of the jar. Now you can use your decorated jar for storage or as a makeshift vase :)
Lace Covered Storage - Alternatively, take your jar and buff it til it shines, then take a piece of lace and/or doily material fold or wind it around the jar, securing in place with well spaced glue dots (using hot glue gun). You could additionally tie a coloured ribbon around the whole middle of the jar or around the neck for extra flourish. Now you have a vintage inspired storage or candle-holder jar :)
A Small Terranium - [A terrarium is a miniature landscape with living plants] Make sure your jar has a wide enough neck to put your hand in or at least to allow you to reach in with your fingers. Besides the jar itself, you’ll need: some potting soil, some plants, small bag of stones or pebbles for the bottom of the terrarium (You can pick small stones from your backyard and save a bit of money here!) Now, Put a one inch layer of stones in the bottom of your terrarium; fill the container about a third full of potting soil; arrange the plants in your terrarium; once you’re sure of the plant layout/arrangement fill the container with a little more soil (to around the half full mark) and gently tap it down so it is firm and the plants are supported; water moderately then put the terranium in a place with occasional sunlight.
Frosted Candle Lantern - To make it Plain Frosted: Take some Glass Etching Spray (available at most DIY / Hobby Craft Stores) and spray coat the entire external surface of the jar. Alternatively, to make it Pattern Frosted: Cut pieces of paper label sheet into the desired shapes / letters then stick them to the jar surface. Spray the outer surface of the jar with Glass Etching Spray to coat. Leave the jar to dry, once fully dry, remove/peel off the sticky labels to reveal the unfrosted glass, leaving a visible contrast pattern. To add a Handle: Take some sturdy (1mm) jewellery wire (also available from most Hobby Craft or Beading Stores) and cut a length, enough to fit around the neck of the jar with some extra for loops. Wind the wire securely around the neck of the jar. Fashion two loops, opposite each other, by twisting the ends of the wire; trim off any excess wire. Cut another length of wire and bend it into a rounded handle then thread each end through a loop and twist to secure. Now you have a tea light / small candle lantern! :D
Pack Up Your Troubles
Upcycle/Repurpose an old suitcase = add some new lining or cover with material and embellishments… there are so many great little ideas out there. I’d like to try this someday, particularly for craft storage purposes.
Four Great Little Ideas
Paint Chip Keychain - Paint leftover game pieces or some small wood pieces with the paint combinations you use(d) to paint a particular room; then keep it on your keyring so you can colour match or co-ordinate better when you’re out shopping / thrifting :)
Ikea-Hack Shoe Boxes - Buy Ikea Knata boxes (or similar) and slice a panel out of the side, then cover the hole (from the inside) by glueing in a sheet of clear plastic or acetate; this will allow you to see which shoes are in each box. The boxes are quite plain so easily decorated with embellishments or paint!
Bed Sheet/Cover Storage - This is a neat tip originally from Martha Stewart; take one of your sets of laundered and folded bed sheets, pile them together, then slip them into their matching pillowcase for storage - that way they’re all grouped together in your linen cupboard.
Chalkboard Paint - This is just a great idea! Put it on jars so you can alter the labels with chalk writing, paint cupboard doors with it for notice/blackboard space… there are a whole bunch of uses. Ask the interweb; it knows :p