Saturday, 11 August 2018

New Year (Birthday) Goals

Having a birthday got me thinking and it occurred to me that it's odd that with the new year comes resolutions and goals and reflection but with birthdays not so much. I mean, it's not really odd, everyone goes through the new year together so there's the companionship (or social pressure) of everyone making goals at the same time which probably helps a lot of people (and makes us hear about it) but I thought a birthday would be a good chance to reflect and focus and junk.

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So my birthday goal this year is a good simple thing that I think will make my life better. I'm going to be more chill. It sounds stupid but it's not. I'm a stressed mess and I explain myself too much out of insecurity and I hold myself back in so many ways and I have a nice life and I'm letting it slide past while I think about what I need to do better or what I don't have and while I still want to work towards better things or new things I want to have actually done each day because that's all we've really got.

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Everyone has problems and I don't think anyone should be comparing others or themselves in terms of better or worse for anything but I am really lucky. I'm lucky to have been born where I was, I'm lucky to be keeping a roof over my head, in the grand scheme of things I have a safe life and sometimes I feel like I've been wasting it. I just want to fully appreciate what I've got and enjoy it. I want to be more chill. I still want to get angry about injustices, I don't want to be detached from things that are actually important but sometimes things seem important and they don't need to be. I want to be happy and I want to save my energy for where it's needed, whatever that might be.

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I want to just live and do whatever I want (in a not selfish way)(ok it's maybe a bit selfish but not like in a harms anyone else way). I care more about being true to myself than about what other people might think. I want to be more chill. This is my goal for my new year ^_^

Friday, 10 August 2018

My Birthday! ~ Whitlingham Broad

Birthday Weekend ^_^

It was my birthday at the start of the month and I took a long weekend away from everything. My parents came to visit, I didn't work or look at social media, I just relaaaaxed. And it was so needed and good.

Birthday Weekend ^_^
Birthday Weekend ^_^
Birthday Weekend ^_^
Birthday Weekend ^_^

My birthday was the Friday and we just hung out, had cake and pizza then on Saturday we went over to Whitlingham Broad. It's just on the edge of the city so quite close to us but we've never been. It's really nice over there, I spend most of my time inside but I love nature and being out in it and picking things up and touching leaves or whatever. It's just a good satisfying time.

Birthday Weekend ^_^
Birthday Weekend ^_^
Birthday Weekend ^_^
Birthday Weekend ^_^
Birthday Weekend ^_^
Birthday Weekend ^_^

We also went to Mousehold Heath, we wanted to find the city view and after going to the entirely wrong section we found it. There had been a lot of fires up there because of how dry it's been but I kind of liked how some of the plants looked. Especially this one with the fluffy, non-burned bits at the ends.

Birthday Weekend ^_^
Birthday Weekend ^_^

All in all it was a good birthday, I had a really nice time, I was thoroughly spoiled and it's a week later and I'm still feeling refreshed and happy and productive ^_^

You can check out my video from the weekend here.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Little Bits 2 and Painted Patches ~ Shop Update

Little Bits 2 and Handmade Patches

Some new bits in my shop ^_^
The second issue of Little Bits, always proud to actually do a second of something that had "issue 1" written on the front of it (≧∇≦) and some hand painted (and hand sewn) patches.
Here's the "don't touch" tiger.

Little Bits 2

Little Bits 2

Little Bits issue 2 listing.

Little Bits 2

Body Positive Patches

Patches celebrating all the beautiful tum tums here.

And here's the gif of my zine in colour because colour is best. If you're here from the zine then thank you so much (/ω\)


Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Been Painting

Been Painting

Every couple of years I get an urge to try painting with acrylic. And every couple of years I decide that I don't like painting with acrylic and I never will. That need to paint with acrylic came back around again and this time I decided I actually quite like it, a lot. I've had a pack of paper coasters that someone gave me in my paper drawer for years knowing they were nice and would have a purpose but having no idea what to use them for and their time finally came. They're nice and solid and hold the paint well and they're the perfect size for little paintings.

Been Painting

I want to paint my way though the whole pack but I've stopped painting while the heat is at it's worst (hopefully) because even just sitting at my desk makes me sweat and the paint is going gloopy really fast. But I'll be back to these little paintings. I like the finished paintings but even more than that I liked painting them.

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I find brushes really difficult and I can't quite make it do what I want but for some reason this time around none of that bothered me and it was just a good time. I used to find mixing colours really stressful too but I think I've reached a point in my life in general where I'm just like (or at least trying to be like) "it is what is and that's fine" and it found it's way into my painting, maybe it isn't the exact shade I was aiming for but does that actually even matter? I don't think so.
So yeah, keep trying things if you get the urge. If something feels rubbish and you don't want to do it then don't waste your time, there's so much you do want to do but if something was rubbish last time and you get an urge to try again then maybe it wont be rubbish this time :)

Been Painting

I made this vlog over the days I was painting these ^_^

Monday, 23 July 2018

Shop Update ~ Stickers and Kpop Zine

Boring But Not Bored Sticker Set

Some recent (sort of, I'm lazy at blogging) new things in my shop. This hand cut set of stickers. I tried a new type of paper for these and I'm really pleased with them.

Yes I Want Some New Zine

Yes I Want Some New Zine

My kpop fanzine! I worked on this for a long time (not as long as it took Blackpink to have a comeback though) and it's 32 pages of random thoughts and drawings from an old lady kpop fan (me)(not that old)(kinda old tho).

Thank You Stickers

I also made new business stickers, (business cards....but....stickers) and some thank you stickers to use with orders. I put a pdf of the thank you stickers in my shop so you can use them on orders or whatever too ^_^

I'm trying to harness my last post about enjoying summer while simultaneously cursing the heat. It's so stuffy and horrible today and I think my brain is going to swell right up and burst out of my head. I hope your brain is less swollen.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Summer

Tbh I'm not a big fan of summer, it makes me uncomfortable. I get hot and sweaty and can't think straight. I'm itchy from bug bites and the heat itself and also hayfever which as well as making them itchy also causes my nose and eyes to stream. I feel a constant reminder that I am too poor (and therefore useless and bad at life) to afford all the fruit I want to eat because it's fruit weather. The sun feels good on my skin for about a minute then I feel prickly and like I'm cooking. When it's stuffy and humid I feel like I can't breathe properly and my skin rubs on itself.

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BUT I want to like summer. So I'm trying my best to enjoy it. I get a similar feeling with summer as I do with nostalgia, it should be a really good time even though you know it wasn't. The difference is that while I can feel nostalgic listening to pop punk and put aside the sadness of my teen years, summer keeps on coming back so I want to embrace that nostalgic summer days feeling and try to quiet the whingey reality of it.

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I appreciate the long days and the bright, good quality light. There's no need to have the heating on. Nature's looking pretty good and it's nice to be warm. Juices and fruits taste so much better in the summer, not because they're any different but because the setting is. I can eat houmous with veg sticks for days and not get bored. I (oddly maybe) enjoy the look of bug bites and scratches and bruises that come from being outside in the wild and being able to wear shorts while you do it. Sitting outside and being barefoot feels so good.
My birthday is in the summer so you'd think I'd have a pre-programmed love for it but I just don't, I'm going to work on it though so when I do go outside I can enjoy it a little bit more.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Things The Rats Have Pushed Off My Coffee Table ~ Illustration

Things The Rats Have Pushed Off My Coffee Table

I wanted to practise drawing objects because it's good to draw all sorts of things and so that I didn't just pick things I'd find easy I went with things the rats have knocked off of my coffee table. We have the rats on the sofa with us a lot and there's a coffee table next to it and the rats sit on the arm of the sofa and try to steal things from the table. These things are things they've either tried to steal but dropped or things they've pushed out of the way to get to something else they wanted. I love how thiefy the rats are and I think it made drawing this more fun because I was constantly reminded of how adorable them sneaky rats are ^_^

Things The Rats Have Pushed Off My Coffee Table
Things The Rats Have Pushed Off My Coffee Table

P.S. Them rats aren't at all sneaky but they think they are which is even cuter.