Feature Friday – Introduction

When I started this blog I mentioned one of my reasons for doing so was because I had a tutorial to post of something I had made. The finishing touches to the project have been done and now I just need to write everything up. I was going to do it for today but this week got away from me and I’m not ready. It got me thinking though about how I could make the things I create into a feature of my blog and have it fit in nicely with my New Year’s Resolution. So without further ado I introduce to you my idea of “Finished it Friday!”
When I finish a project I will post about it, with a tutorial if I remember how I’ve done it (doubles as an incentive to start paying attention to my methods). For times when current projects aren’t finished I will take the opportunity to go back over an old project. Crafting is so important to me and I need all the motivation I can get to stay focused on projects. No more half finished things sitting around for months, I’m determined! So watch this space “Finished it Friday” starting next week with my Dan & Phil Funko Pop figures. 

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Let’s talk about socks

This weekend I met up with some friends and when we took our shoes off I noticed one of them had the same sock as me! That’s right just the one that matched because we were wearing odd socks. Deliberately, as there is a company that sells packs of socks that do not match and we had both received the same set as a Christmas presents. Now call me easily amused (because I am) but I thought this was brilliant. All the millions of socks in the world and here we were with a matching pair from a company that doesn’t sell pairs!

My odd socks


There are many that feel socks are an uninteresting, boring grown up, joke present but actually, I quite like socks for Christmas. I just love socks! I think they can reveal quite a lot about a person. Some folk cannot abide even the idea of odd socks and the thought of wearing a mismatched pair is enough to bring them out in a cold sweat where as others never wear a matching pair if they can help it. Some people have meticulously organised sock drawers whilst others just throw them in. There are some who treat socks as an extension of their overall aesthetic and must have them matching their outfit, whilst others use them for a bit of discreet creative expression. What about you? How do you like your socks? Do you feel they reflect your personality at all?

Personally I like brightly coloured and patterned socks, life’s too short for boring socks. I prefer a matching pair but am quite happy to wear odd if that’s all I can find and am avid supporter of balling socks to keep them together (none of this folding nonsense, they can’t stay together like that!) I also get quite jealous of the socks I can get for my kids. My daughter has a wonderful set of Dear Zoo socks and my son has this one pair of Spiderman socks where the picture is split across both socks and you can only see it all when he puts his feet together.

Cool Spidey socks

 Then there’s the fact that socks present us with one of life’s greatest mysteries. Pairs go into the wash basket yet pairs do not always make it out of the washing machine and no one knows why or what happens to the missing socks. Perhaps sock goblins snatch them before they even make it to the wash basket. I know I am guilty of being a person who leaves a trail of dirty socks, usually from missing the basket trying to throw them in. Maybe the washing machine has a sock portal to another dimension? Whatever happens and wherever they go, I hope they are happy because I’m not on discovering a sock is missing.

I could do with one of these from Etsy

Have you ever thought about your sock habits and what they might say about you? What do you think of me from my sock habits? Do you know where missing socks go? Let me know in the comments.

Heath Ledger Day

This is proving a difficult post to write, I have been wrtiting, rewriting and editing for two weeks now because it is something important to me and I am worried about being judged negatively over. However it’s finally time for publishing and I hope with the recent deaths of famous actors and musicians more people will understand what it is I am trying to write about. The recent collective grief of fans surrounding those deaths hasn’t really affected me. Whilst I might know of and like parts of their work I was by no means a huge fan. That said I do appreciate how those fans feel because I feel the same way about Heath Ledger.

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Today marks the eighth anniversary of his death. It is eight years since he died. I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when I found out the news. It was the first contemporary death of someone I admired and an utter shock. I  spent the whole week devastated. I creid, watched his films, ate copious amounts of junk food and even bought a big bunch of yellow flowers. I’m not sure why, it just felt like something I needed to do at the time.

I never met Heath Ledger and I can’t tell you much about him outside of his films. I don’t know when his birthday is, where in Australia he came from, any of his likes or dislike and I haven’t even seen all films. That is something I am delaying to avoid accepting i’ll never see him ina new movie again. More important than what I can’t tell you though is what I can tell you.

When I die my money’s not going to come with me. My movies will live on for people to judge what I was as a person. I just want to stay curious. – Heath Ledger, 2007

I can tell you that his films have made me laugh, cry, gasp, think, love and hope. That I have always looked forward to watching a film with him in, watched things I never would have if not for him and appreciated his performance even if I didn’t think much of the overall film. I always found him to be passionate, comitted and full of integirty. I can also tell you my son is named after my favourite Heath character.

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“God love you William, and so do I”

It is a very strange thing to try and put into words the impact someone you have never met has had on you. Pin pointing the exact details of their importance, your appreciation and yet stranger still to try and explain the very real void and physical ache, the death of that person can cause. Death is painful and sad. The end of a life is rarely a joyous occassion, but life, life is a joyous occassion and that’s what death tells us. That’s why Heath Ledger day is so important to me. Whilst I am very sad that he died,  I am ever so much more grateful he lived.

So today I will eat my favourite foods, watch a Heath Ledger film and marvel at all the wonderful things in the world I have to be grateful for.

All of this is so insignificant. In the grand scale of things, there have been so many before who have been in this position. I’m just another one. Life is so short. It’s like we’re already gone, really, in retrospect.- Heath Ledger, 2000

 

Everyone Starts Somewhere – A motivational Monday Post

I am an impatient prefectionist. When I want to do something, I want to do it straight away and I want to do it perfectly. I take it as a personal slight when I struggle and fail to produce something to the high quality in which I envisioned it. Often I feel as though it’s better to just not bother, than waste time creating something mediocre. Which is why I have never bothered with a blog before, why I gave up trying to YouTube before and face a constant battle every time I want to create something

That’s why this video, titled “I’m not scared”, by PJ Liguori is so important to me and is my current motivation that I want to share with you.

 

I have so many ideas, many of which exceed what I am actually capabale of. On top of which there is so much amazing stuff already out there, I feel I should be able to match it. That’s not possible though. It’s so easy to forget that people who do well what they do, have worked hard to achieve that and also once sucked. And I know this, it is relevant in other areas of my life. My crochet has improved massively since I started 4 years ago but that’s only because I have perservered. I have created awful stuff, which started becoming okay stuff and is now much better stuff.

So these early blog posts are going to be average at best and the first Youtube videos I make are going to be awful but the trick is accepting that and being okay with it. If I created all my best stuff now, where would I go? I’d have no reason to carry on as i’d already be doing the best that I could. Therefore I have decided to change my perspective. Rrather than worrying whether what I’m doing is good enough, I’m going to worry about why i’m doing something to make sure it’s for the right reasons and look forward to seeing how much I improve.

Whatever you are currently working on, creative or otherwise, remember that everyone starts somewhere and you can only do better! Oh and make it fun.

 

The Trash Awakens

SPOILERS NOTE: If you haven’t seen the new Star Wars film yet, read at your own risk. 

Last night I finally saw Star Wars The Force Awakens at the cinema!  

Up until seeing it my biggest preoccupation was with spoilers. I did my best to avoid them but the more time that passed the harder it became to do so. To make the best of it I decided to turn it into a thing with my husband. We’d both note down the spoilers we thought we knew so that after the film we could compare notes and discuss.   

mine is on the left, mostly theories from tumblr
 

However after the film, discussing spoilers and theories was the last thing on my mind. There was one thing and one thing only I was interested in talking about:

  
That’s right I have become absolute trash for Kylo Ren. I have done little else except search and swoon over the guy since I left the cinema last night.  

But he’s the bad guy! An evil murderer! I know okay. I know. And I wasn’t entirely sold at first but then there was that moment on the bridge followed by the one in the snow and, urgh, that lightsabre battle. 

art from Star Wars TFA novel
 

That was it, my fate as Kylo trash was sealed. I felt guilty about it though as I knew he wasn’t the main thing I should be taking from and enjoying about the film but at the same time, I don’t care.

 

I do care about this unmasked Kylo Ren from the Disney Store

 
My husband wasn’t surprised “I knew you’d like him, he looks like Jon Snow” and yes I do love me a bit of Jon Snow. Maybe dark & brooding is just my type? 

 Fortunately it seems other people have the same type and it wasn’t long until Twitter and Tumblr united me with other Kylo trash appreciators.

Anyway where was I? Oh yes, the rest of the Star Wars film. Due to hype and the less than stellar quality of the prequels, I had my expectations low. So low that I actually had none at all with the justification that I would either be right or pleasantly surprised.

 I am pleased to report I was pleasantly surprised. Star Wars The Force Awakens struck me as having a good balance between appeasing existing fans and appealing to new ones. There were in jokes and clever nods to the previous films but not so many as to be alienating with nothing else going for it. As an introduction it laid fantastic foundations which I can’t wait for the next two instalments to build on. All this leaves me with only one question, is it 2017 yet?

 

How now Father Brown

I have a new favourite TV show! It’s called Father Brown. I discovered it by accident last week when I left BBC1 on after the lunchtime news. This new show is one of my favourite types of TV show, and it’s not actually new at all. It first aired in January 2013 and the current episodes I am watching are part of series 4. That means plenty of other people must enjoy it too otherwise it wouldn’t be back. And well, what’s not to enjoy about a mild mannered priest that solves mysteries?

That is where my fondness for the show starts. I really, really, really enjoy detective/crime programmes. Diagnosis Murder, Poirot, Quincy M.E, Jonathan Creek, Rosemary & Thyme, Midsomer Murders even Scooby-Doo. I love them all. Call it a guilty pleasure. Father Brown gets bonus points as well because Mark Williams (aka Mr Weasley) plays the titular character and it is set locally to where I live. I get all excited hearing local place names dropped and recognising filming locations.

What I have seen so far (7 episodes) has been an enthralling mix of funny, poignant, serious and clever storytelling that leaves me eager for the next instalment. Watching how Father Brown and his three friends, Mrs McCarthy, Lady Felicia and Sid, use their wit, conscience and positions in the local community to get to the heart of the matter is endearing. I’m enjoying it so much that I’m quite sad the series concludes on Friday. Whatever will I do with myself after lunch and before school pick up now? Ahh yes, catch up with all the episodes I haven’t seen. I might even read the G.K Chesterton books it’s all based on.

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Father Brown series 4 is currently on BBC One weekdays at 1.45pm. Also available on iplayer.

 

 

 

Turnaround Tuesday

Yes folks it’s Tuesday and this particular Tuesday means I have 3 days left to prep and ready myself for a video I want to make. No spoilers though!
When my daughter went down for her nap this morning I decided it was the perfect time to set up and test the space I want to use for making said video. I am really excited about the idea for it and once everything was set up and ready I thought maybe I should record some sort of short introduction as a practice. Bad idea. 

It went terribly. I felt exposed and awkward. All the things that I don’t like about my appearance seemed intensified. The longer I looked at the screen the less of a good idea it seemed. What on earth was I thinking? I can’t do this! I was ready to give up when my daughter decided to intervene and wake up from her nap. 

Turns out that provided a much needed break. Of course I felt awkward, I am not used to being in front of a camera or seeing my own face. However a bit of practice and that’ll change. I was thinking how much I like this idea and that I want to share it with other people. I can do it. I will do it. 

setting up the video space