Saturday, 31 January 2015

Spaces | My Room

It's no secret to anyone that I love my room. When I was a teenager I always looked at other people's rooms and was jealous because mine was so plain and I felt like it didn't represent me. But over the last 3 years or so I've really focused on making my room a representation of me and a very inspiring and beautiful place to be in.

I'm mostly making this post for myself - I'm moving in just a couple of months and although I'm very excited to get to have an entire apartment to decorate, I will miss my cosy little room that I grew up in. It's seen a lot of tears and emotions and growth. It will be really hard to leave it behind.

I'm really behind on the last few Frankie magazines, hence why this one is still on my bedside table.

I have a wall of Instax Wide prints but I keep all the Instax Mini prints from both my Lomo'Instant camera and my Smartphone Printer in this acid-free storage box from Kikki.K. I also have another one of these storage boxes for storing film negatives - I'll share how I store them in a future post.

This wall is what you first see when you walk into my room. It's the area of my room that changes the most because I'm never happy with it. At the moment I just have the Disney calendar from Typo along with a stamped image I watercolored next to it. I actually really like how it is at the moment but I'm hoping to add more creative projects, quotes, notes and other fun things to the wall also.

For quite a while I always wanted a white dream catcher. My mum picked me up this one on her trip last year and I absolutely love it.

This doll was my birthday present from my brother! I asked for it - he didn't pick it out although that would've been funny. Her name is Fanette and she's available from Moulin Roty. As a child I think I always wanted a rag doll but I never had one. Even though I'm 23 now, a toy like this can become an heirloom and can be passed down to your children and their children. I have a teddy bear that used to be my mum's and I'm very happy to have it.

This corner of my room may seem a little weird. So, what's in the boxes? Firstly, I'll just quickly mention the camera - a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V. This is the camera I take to concerts - I took these pictures of One Direction with this camera and I'm really happy with them. The quality isn't the best, but the zoom is phenomenal.

The three boxes with the polka dots are my little secret at the moment. I bought one of these wooden boxes from Kikki.K for each of my three best friends. I'm slowly filling them up with photos and memories and other little knick knacks so I can give them the box when I move so they hopefully don't forget me.

In the large box to the right with the lilac lid is all the cards, envelopes and goodies I've received through the A Beautiful Mess Happy Mail subscription. I've only sent a few of them so far - I'm kind of stock piling them for when I move. I already know who I'm sending a lot of them to.

The candle is "Sweet Pea' from Woodwick Candle. My mum got it for me for Christmas and I was so excited as it's my favourite scent and very hard to find!

This is my mini rainbow book shelf that sits on top of my Ikea EXPEDIT storage unit. The whole top row of the unit has more books sorted in rainbow order but I decided to display some of my favourites that I consider 'coffee table books' and some of the others are ones I'm reading at the moment.

This half of the desk has the majority of my makeup - around 5-6 years ago I really became interested in makeup. I had just graduated from high school and was starting university. My entire summer holiday before university was spent watching makeup tutorials on youtube and I bought a heck of a lot of makeup. I'm quite happy with my collection I've got at the moment - I threw out a lot of the stuff I no longer wanted or used and now I just have things I tend to use on an everyday basis. I've changed my storage of the makeup many, many times but I'm most happy with what I have now. I just have a frame that I spray painted white, and I spray painted the brown cardboard backing with gold spray paint, then added glitter to give it a bit of sparkle. It's so convenient having everything spread out and within reach while doing my makeup.

Lastly, we have the fairy lights. I bought a 500 pack of fairy lights off eBay for around $50 and I love them. There's hardly a square inch of my room that doesn't have a light on it. I think fairy lights really add warmth and an element of fantasy to your room.

I hope you enjoyed this post and maybe even gained some inspiration for your room. Let me know if you did!

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Pages From My Art Journal Part 2

Well hello there! For some reason today has been really nice - I got a birthday present from my brother (you'll see it soon and will probably laugh at me), work went well, I nearly missed by bus but had a lovely bus driver who stopped for me even though he couldn't kept going, plus it's the second last day of being 22 years old.

I haven't been doing much creating over the past month or so but since I got my Jane Davenport collection of Peerless Watercolours I've really been enjoying using them with my Tim Holtz Water brush so I felt like sharing how beautiful the colours are with you all! My drawing skills are still terrible so I prefer to use stamps to colour in but I do hope to attempt to draw an image and colour it in within the next couple of weeks.

You can see my first 'Pages From My Art Journal' post here.

I absolutely love this 'Sharon' stamp. As you can tell in the image my stamping skills are not so good, but honestly I wouldn't have minded the way it turned out if the second stamping of her nose wasn't there. I think I got lucky that her eyes didn't smudge at all. If this had been a blank page on the other side I would've probably tossed it altogether but on the other side was one of my favourite pages from my previous post so I couldn't bare to do that!

Peerless Watercolours are so vibrant and I love the vibrancy they give to the image - I really love her right cheek colour in particular which I believe was one of the exclusive Peerless Watercolours designed by Jane Davenport for her collection.

Prima Marketing Bloom ' Sharon' Stamp, Archival Ink Pad - Jet Black, Peerless Watercolour, Tim Holtz Water Brushes
This next page was heavily inspired by Daisy Yellow Art's Doodle Boxes page. The contents of the boxes on my page are quite personal to me - it's kind of like me summed up on a page.
Peerless Watercolours
Distress Ink pads are so fun to play with - I just added water to a couple of ink colours and swiped the book through the ink and it got this really pretty sky effect. The great and horrible thing about Distress is that you can never recreate something you've done no matter how hard you try.
Typo Stencil, Distress Ink Pads 
This next page was a lesson in black for me. I really liked stamped images to be in black and to be the feature of the page so in future I most likely will not incorporate black into the background and will save it for the featured image. I absolutely love these ink sprays though and have so much fun with them - they blend beautifully and one of my favourite techniques is called 'ghosting' (Dyan Reaveley demonstrates it in a lot of her videos but this one is my favourite) where you can lift up colour like I have done with the heart stencil. It adds a layer of depth to your page that wouldn't otherwise be there. You can create a similar look by spraying her semi-opaque ink spray White Linen although I find just simply spraying the water to be a lot easier for this technique (and cheaper!). 
Dylusions Ink Spray
Dina Wakley Media Stamps, Distress Ink Pads, Dylusions Ink Spray, Fude Ball Pen
Dina Wakley Media Paint and Stamp, Fude Ball Pen 
The Greeting Farm 'Fleur Anya' Stamp, Distress Ink Colours, Tim Holtz Water Brush
My drawing skills leave something to be desired but I liked the background too much to ditch this page. A little note on the Stabilo All pencil - they will write on pretty much anything and they are water soluble so if you take any form of water to it just be careful because it will blend and move unlike anything else.
Distress Ink Pads, Stabilo All Pencil
Thanks for reading & having a look at the things I spend my time doing. Let me know if I should continue to make these posts in the future - I quite enjoy them but if you don't let me know and I won't continue to do them. :)

Saturday, 17 January 2015


I honestly cannot believe we're two and a half weeks into the New Year already. I know I probably should've written this post on the first day of the year but honestly, I didn't want to write it when I was full of hope and determination and ready to tackle my New Year's Resolutions because I knew I would fail. And I did - it took me less than 3 hours to fail at my resolution of eating healthy and honestly, my eating habits have gotten progressively worse since then. I'm not sure if it's the New Years Blues or something else, but I want to get it back on track but honestly, I'm not guaranteeing anything or making promises to myself that I know will be broken because who wants to start a year that way? Not me.

But back to 2014.... 2014 ended quite differently to how it started;

  • I started 2014 with a lot of job satisfaction and ended with basically none.
  • I was very lonely and introverted at the start of the year but ended the year a lot more outgoing and willing to experience new things. Actually, on the final day of the year I was at Wet 'n' Wild with my cousins so I started 2015 with a terrible sunburn which was painful but the redness and sensitivity of my skin was a reminder of the person I became in the second half of 2014 - an outgoing, confident, person who feels slightly more comfortable in my own skin.
  • At the start of 2014 I was dealing with a lot of emotional issues I was trying to work through and grief that was left over from my dad's death; but now I am at peace. I've reached a place where I can remember him and smile, where I can learn things about him by asking my mum and getting to see her face light up when she talks about him, but hear her struggle to talk with a lump in her throat. I've been able to piece together who and what he was from the small collection of photo albums and documents he left behind and that's so incredibly valuable to me. I hope now that I've reached this place that he's been able to move to a higher level of being and now my life can truly begin because my heart and mind are not so heavy.
  • At the beginning of 2014 I became a feminist. It was actually exactly one year ago to the day that I became a feminist and it actually grows stronger every day as I learn more about how being female impacts every part of my way of being and thinking and the way people treat me, as well as all the hurdles that women around the world have to overcome just to be heard and to feel safe. 
  • Friendships were lost but came back again in 2014. It's strange, there was a point in the middle of the year where I had a complete friendship shift - I lost one of my best friends and gained a different one back that I hadn't spoken to much. I've got them both back now and I'm very grateful for that. 

So, 2015.....

  • Now that it's a new year and I'm approaching my 24th year of life (I'm 23 next Thursday - EEEEP) I feel ready to smash down the walls I've built around myself over the last decade or so. I'm never going to be the person who wants to do everything and experience everything for myself because honestly, I don't get a lot of joy or satisfaction from that. It's feelings and thoughts and memories that stay with me and I suppose I want to feel more, to be more passionate and open to experiences in 2015 and hopefully only good things can come from that.
  • I also want to start working on projects - I really want to release a book one day - a personal collection of memories, words & photographs - a memoir if you will. I think it's something I could even self-publish if I wanted to so there's really nothing stopping me from working on it except my own laziness and doubts about my success. 
  • Something I really want to look into is spirituality. Not necessarily religion because I am very dubious about large parts of it, but I am open to discovering more about the belief system. The reason this is on my mind is because I got a palm reading done the other day and numerous times things surrounding spirituality were brought up and I was also told I have a block in the area. In 2014 I felt a little bit spiritually lost and disconnected and I think it is something I want to get back on track because it adds a lot to my life.
  • A lot of things will be changing this year. I think I've spoken about changes before, but I haven't experienced a change as big as what's coming up since I was 10 years old. I'm moving pretty soon - in the next couple of months I'll be leaving my job and moving to Newcastle. It's no secret to anyone who knows me that I don't like the Gold Coast - I never liked it when I was younger and it hasn't grown on me in the 10+ years that I've been living here. When I was younger I thought that when I was 18 I would move out of home and get married and have kids right away, but life hasn't worked out that way. In a way, I'm still bitter, but in another I'm so grateful that I've had these 6 (EEP) years to grow and to learn and to change. I think self discovery and growth will always be very important to me but I think 18-25 is such an important time in your life to discover who you are and what you want out of life. I would've been such a different person if I didn't stay here these years since high school. 
  • I want to find a way to change up my daily routine. I hate getting up at 6:15 for work, having a bath, washing my hair, shaving my legs, putting on a black dress, going on youtube, eating breakfast, putting on makeup, going to the train station and getting a bus to work. That is literally becoming torture for me and I detest having to get up in the morning. I know it won't be for much longer, but at my next job I hope to switch it up so I don't dislike getting up in the morning. Possibly incorporating Yoga into my routine would be a good idea (thanks to Meg for that one!). 
  • I think I want to express myself on this blog in pictures, rather than words, or at least combine them both with a more equal ratio (Kasia inspired that one). I will never completely give up on the words, but I just wish to capture more images and share them, rather oversharing my personal thoughts, especially now that they're not as interesting or as deep as they used to be. I'll always be a words-first kind of person (some people are visual thinkers, I think in words so they're with me every day, every minute, every millisecond) but I want to grow more and experience things through my body instead of being overrun by my mind.  

Congratulations if you made it to the end of the post - you deserve a meringue! I don't think 2015 will be easy, but I think it will be exciting, different and new and I hope you're still here a year from now to experience it with me.