Tuesday, 13 March 2012

30 Days of Lists: Day 13

List 13: 10 years ago I...
Fonts used: NeoRetroDraw, NeoRetroFill

I really struggled to remember what was going on 10 years ago. It's not very interesting!
That last point - the one about being too quiet - I still get this today. For some reason people can't understand that I don't like to vocalise every thought in my head, it's really annoying.

Monday, 12 March 2012

30 Days of Lists: Day 12

List 12: Super powers I would like to have
Fonts used:Abberancy, Teen

Time control is an obvious one isn't it! If I couldn't have time control then I would at least like to take down one of my biggest time killers at weekends: housework!  Failing that, then it would be quite nice to have the ability to see the stars clearly whenever I liked. Not for any particular reason, I just think it would be quite pretty and would cheer me up if I was having a bad day :)

Saturday, 10 March 2012

30 Days of Lists: Day 10

List 10: Today was awesome because...
Fonts used: Pincoyablack Black, Capture It 2
This was a quite a good one. It's easy to forget the nice things that happen and too easy to remember the bad things. Here's what happened to me today:

I finally bought a Kindle!
It's not that I was resisting the Kindle, it just never came as a priority to me, although I do feel a little late jumping on this bandwagon. I love reading books and normally I borrow them from the local library. But recently two things have happened: 1. I have read every book I want to read in the library and 2. I am going on holiday using an airline that has very strict (and ridiculously small) baggage restrictions. The first problem was that I would have to buy books if I wanted to read more, except that I don't have any storage space for them, and the second problem was that I couldn't fit a (thick) book into my hand luggage to read on the plane. I love physical books, but a Kindle was the obvious answer. I've only had it a few hours but I'm liking it so far!

I reached level 2 of the 30 Day Shred Challenge
30 Day Shred is basically an intense exercise DVD that you workout to everyday for a month or so. The idea is that you work your way up through levels 1, 2 and 3 as and when you feel capable of doing so. This isn't just an ordinary workout DVD though, it KILLS YOU. It is very intense and not recommended for those who are pretty unfit. Level 1 was a nightmare for the first few days but it got better as my fitness and strength improved. Now I've started level 2 I'm back to feeling like I'm going to keel over and die during the workout. That doesn't compare to the feeling you get once you see and feel your muscles toning and the fat disappearing. And I'm only on day 7!

I sold something on eBay
Not for the first time, but it still feels good to make a tiny profit!

I completed all my chores in the morning
Even better, I have the house to myself tonight which means I can relax and pamper myself.

I discovered I had lost 2lbs in the past week
I'm a happy size 8 (UK size) so it's not my goal to lose weight, but to tone up. The weight loss is inevitable though and I admit it does feel pretty good to see my jeans fitting a little better around the waist. have a feeling that 30 Day Shred has a lot to do with this!! I haven't changed my eating habits at all so I can image if you did this workout while on a diet the pounds would fly off.

I found a parking space outside my house
It's the little things that make me happy :)

Friday, 9 March 2012

30 Days of Lists: Day 9

List 9: Happy Places
Fonts used: NeoRetroDraw (modified), Amano

I have way too many to list but as most of my 'happy places' relate to being outside near hills or lakes I thought I would just mention my favourites which have given me happy memories :)

Reading In Bed
A luxury for me as I'm usually to busy to stop and relax before bedtime.

I love Edinburgh. I have visited both during down time and during the Fringe. Regardless of what is going on, there is a welcoming and peaceful atmosphere to the city that makes me feel at home. I love exploring the underground vaults and the narrow winding alleyways. Quirky but beautiful.

Redkirk is part of the Solway coast in the South West of Scotland. The name means Red Church and it is literally 3 or 4 miles away from my mum's house. I love to go to there during the Summer to sit and watch the sea. There really is nothing else there; you follow a bumpy narrow track down towards the sea all you can see is fields, 'beach' and sea. The most unusual thing about it for me it that there are a large number of boulders built up in one corner of the beach. When the tide comes in you can sit at the top of the boulders and be completely surround by the sea (apart from behind you, you can escape by stepping up into a field.) Its a very freeing experience, especially as you are usually alone there.

Lake Windermere
In the Lake District in the north west of England. Another childhood place, but excellent for a day out, be it hiking or sight-seeing.

At my mums
I love being home, surrounded by my family and by all that nature. Strange as it sounds, I miss the sea. I think once you have grown up near water it becomes part of you. I feel a little land-locked living in Cheshire.

In my car
I love going for a little drive, even if I don't get out of the car.

The Cornerhouse
The Cornerhouse is an independent cinema in Manchester. It regularly shows foreign films and films generally not screened at commercial cinemas. It's so full of culture that it also holds space for an art gallery, a book shop, a bar and a coffee house. It must be the only place you can have a cup of coffee and a cupcake at 11pm! Love it.

Talkin Tarn
A man-made lake situated between Brampton and Carlisle in the north west of England, it became a regular haunt for while I was studying and living in Carlisle. I still visit occasionally but it seems to have become a bit more commercial since my first trips there. It's still a beautiful area though, another place where you can sit alone and think without looking a bit weird.

The Trossachs
The Trossachs is a National Park in Scotland, just a bit north of Glasgow. It includes Loch Lomond amongst it's many beautiful sights. It was here that I hiked up my first ever 'proper' hill, Ben Narnairn, with my brother and his girlfriend when I went to stay with them in Glasgow. Even though it started to pour down it was a great day, especially when we finally touched ground level and could relax and warm up in the pub with a nice beer and basket of chips. Good times :)

Café Nero @ The Triangle
This isn't because I have a die-hard love for Café Nero as such, but it's the location of this particular one that draws me back to it time and time again. It is right in the centre of Manchester in a small (but sadly unsuccessful) 'shopping centre' called the Triangle. The Triangle sits right in the shadow of the better, bigger and more popular Arndale Centre and as a result it has practically gone out of business, the few shops still there look out to a central-built structure that houses Cafe Nero. It's sad news that the place is so empty, but it's ideal for me. Those who know me know that I HATE shopping with a passion. Manchester City Centre at the weekend is my idea of hell (though the Trafford Centre far surpasses that) and this Cafe Nero is a little slice of heaven to me whenever I go into the city. A cup of coffee, a deep breath, ready to fight my way through the crowds again.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

30 Days of Lists: Day 8

List 8: Things I Need To Say No To
Fonts used: Nasalization, Gabriola

This could have been a very long list all about eating. I love my  food!

Buying Filofaxes
I have six now, that should be enough (for now!)

Taking on too much
I have a bad habit of doing too much at once.

Eating that 2nd packet of crisps
In my defence, crisp packets are much smaller than they used to be!

Cleaning up after others
I tend to just get on with it rather than nag or moan. I need to stop that habit or else people will just get used to me doing it all.

Having dessert despite already being full
More gluttony!

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

30 Days of Lists: Day 7

List 7: Style Inspirations
Fonts used: Impact Label, Miriam Fixed Regular

I decided to turn this prompt into styles that I like to refer to when I am designing something in my personal life such as card crafting, interior design, illustration work etc. etc. Looking at the list, one word one summarises everything I like: Swirly. Enough said :)

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

30 Days of Lists: Day 6

List 6: Things To Collect
Fonts used: Freshbot, Circle, Eurostile
***Quick note on copyright; I've used background image that has been sitting on my PC for ages. I don't  know where it came from so if you recognise it, or if it is yours, let me know and I'll sort out copyright.

I don't really collect things, by that I mean I don't actually go out of my way to collect things. It just so happens that certain things tend to accumulate in my house... not my fault...

ALWAYS useful for high quality prints to cut out and use for cardstocking, Filofax dividers, wall art etc.

I like having a large collection to hand so I can just spread everything out and get inspiration for my next card designs.

I don't have as many of these lying around as I used to, I've had a cull recently. I think Filofax is also partly to blame for this, most of my note keeping is done in one of my six Filofaxes these days.

I've read a few books on my phone (HTC HD - the screen is big enough for me read without going blind) but it's just not the same as a physical book. And my books are very...'loved'. Ok, they're a mess. But I'm not precious about my books, they get shoved in my bag, they are dropped in the garden, they have coffee spilt on them. My phone couldn't handle that!

Six and counting!!!! Only one is not in use; I'm super-organized, my life would be a mess without them.

You know those buttons you cut off new clothes, those ones you find around the house, the ones you impulse-buy in a craft shop? I keep them ALL. In a small biscuit tin. Because if you throw a button away, you will need it the very next day.

I have a thing about masks. In fact I'm attracted to these kinds of things in general, Venetian masquerades, Victorian circuses, ruined buildings, Baroque-style art...love it all.

Ticket Stubs
I like to remember what I've seen and when (and who with sometimes). It's nice to come across an old ticket stub and reminisce.

I'm obsessed with growing a large plant one day. I haven't succeed yet. I blame the constant house-moving I do (six times in six years, getting tired now), the plants never seem to really settle in, especially if the new place has less light than the old one.

Monday, 5 March 2012

30 Days of Lists: Day 5

List 5: Words To Live By
Fonts used: Clutchee, Disco, Berlin Sans FB

I was very close to using quotes for this list but quite honesty I dislike quotes. Usually they are taken out of context or attributed to the wrong person, or worse, a character from a play/novel/movie (Oscar Wilde and Shakespeare have a few of these). So I thought I would come up with my own 'quotes' for this one. These are things I have either learnt from experience or have come to conclude from the experiences of others. I won't go through my 'words to live by'; they speak for themselves.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

30 Days of Lists: Day 4

List 4: Things I will Do Today (And Not Put Off 'Til Tomorrow)
Fonts Used: Never Regular, Prestige Elite Standard Bold

Ok I've changed this one. The original prompt was 'Things I will Put Off 'Til Tomorrow' but actually I don't put things off, if anything I try to cram too much into each day when sometimes I really should let things slide now and then. So here's my list for today:

  • Ironing
  • Buy travel insurance
  • Attempt to fix printer
  • Order a new Wacom Bamboo pen

Boring, but it must be done.

Buy travel insurance
Again, boring but it must be done. At least with this task I get something good out of it (holiday that is.)

Attempt to fix printer
I think this may be a lost cause but I'll give it one last try before my trip to the tip next weekend.

Order new Wacom Bamboo pen
The pen for my Wacom no longer works and the tablet is so old that Wacom no longer supplies spares. I was just going to buy a new shiny one but a friend lent me their Bamboo pen it seemed to do just as well as the original stylus. So I'll need to order one of those before I go crazy trying to use a mouse in Photoshop!

Saturday, 3 March 2012

30 Days of Lists: Day 3

List 3: Recipe For A Perfect Weekend
Fonts used: AR Delaney, Bella Donna
This one is a little ironic as it's been a terrible weekend so far (car problems, plans fell through etc)
Anyway, here is how I would ideally like to spend my weekends:

  • Walking in the countryside
  • Rummaging in book or craft shops
  • Tea Rooms
  • Road trip to somewhere unknown
  • Reading in the sun
  • Spending time with someone special

Walking in the countryside
I'm an outdoorsy girl, not a shopping mall girl.

Rummaging in book or craft shops
I love finding something I can really get stuck into.

Tea Rooms
A nice pub could work here too, anything that lets you relax and have a nice cup of coffee and slice of cake :)

Road trip to somewhere unknown
I love driving and when I was a student I used to go out by myself at night (often around midnight) to have a little drive around the country lanes. Now I mostly drive during the day but nothing beats an adventure in a new place.

Reading in the sun
One of my most favourite things to do on Summer mornings.

Spending time with someone special
Because that's what life is all about :)

Friday, 2 March 2012

30 Days of Lists: Day 2

List 2: This Month's Goals
Fonts used: Alba, 1942 Report

Quite an easy one today as it was only a few weeks ago that I was putting together my projects & goals binder.

  • Travel abroad
  • Develop French skills
  • Start fitness plan
  • Spring clean
  • Make home-made pizza

Travel Abroad

It' been a loooong time since I left the UK (about 9 years!) and it's been a long standing goal of mine to escape again. If everything goes to plan we should be jetting off to Venice at the end of the month :)

Develop French Skills
I'm in the middle of doing an online French course so I should be progressing every week.

Start Fitness Plan
I had a knee injury at the end of last year and while recovering I lost the will to go back to the gym. I have now cancelled my membership and ordered a fitness DVD (Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred - yes another 30 Day thing!) which will be much more convenient for me anyway. It arrived on Tuesday night and I tested it out last night - level one - I can't move my arms today! I'm really looking forward to getting stcuk into this. I'm also going to make more of an effort with my eating habits - I'm a crisp fiend.

Spring Clean
Already halfway through this! I've thrown out 3 bin bags, have 2 bags full of things for charity, and one bag full of things to sell. It feels good!

Make Homemade Pizza
Following on from yesterday's 'challenges to accept' I have decided to follow my 'cook something new every month' challenge and make some home-made pizza this month.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

30 Days of Lists: Day 1

List 1: Challenges to Accept
Fonts used: Askent, Agency FB

I ran with the number five here or else I would have overdone it. Here's my list:

  • Hike up Ben Nevis
  • Stick to an exercise plan
  • Learn a new language
  • Cook something new every month
  • Handmake everyone a birthday card this year

Hike up Ben Nevis
I feel like I need a hiking challenge so Ben Nevis will be my focal point. The largest mountain / hill I have hiked so far is Ben Narnairn in the Trossachs so I'll need much more experience before I tackle Ben Nevis. Definately a goal to work towards!

Stick to an exercise plan
This should help me with the previous goal! I would like to be a little more toned without losing too much weight in the process.

Learn a new language
Well, I'm cheating a little here as I'm already halfway through a French course - but it is only Basic level so I have a long way to go yet.

Cook something new every month
I want to expand my culinary skills. I do cook quite frequently but it's usually dishes I know well. I think it's time to push the boat out and make an effort with some new food.

Handmake everyone a birthday card this year
This will be a challenge!!

So that was list one. I have decided to jazz up each prompt by creating a mini graphic every day for each list. I will only have my lunch  break to do this though so this will be a mini challenge in itself!

Bring on tomorrow!