Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Inspiration Boards

Having finally put my inspiration board up after moving (five months ago), I thought I would share some of my old ones, along with some pretty awesome ones from pinterest!

I like to have a board up on the wall, usually a pinboard, on which to have postcards, photos, paraphernalia from life, on which to look and contemplate, and I guess, inspire.

I have had a poster board/inspiration board/pinboard on my walls since I was at least in my early teens. The first one was pretty much a shrine to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. But they have grown since then into something much better. Except for a couple of items, which have remained on my wall since I got them pretty much.

From back in 2009.
A pretty mess of things.

Spring Notice Board
Some spring happiness.

Desk Thursday.
Desk Thursday.
Colour and Studying.

Inspiring photos.
Random inspirations.

From this week.
joyriding aliens.
Eclectic tastes.

Amazing amount of space.
Love the flowers falling.

So much love here.
Natural and sewn.
I love the odd peacefulness of it.

Such an inspiring idea.
For an inspiration board; that kinda works I guess.
I want to try this one day.
See it working fabulously in a kitchen/diner.

It's bunting time.
Happy time.

This one is such lovely colours.
Maybe that is the wall?
But I like the personal touches!

Seasonal planning?

Some nostalgic touches.

Monday, 28 November 2011

Gearing up for Christmas

Christmas countdown 16th December

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
Hot Chocolate with extra marshmallows and a good dash of irish cream.

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
Wrapped. How is it fun otherwise?

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
Both. Mine are all white though. Prettier.

4. Do you hang mistletoe?
I have once, when Innocent Smoothies sent me some. Other than that, no.
My Mum hangs fake stuff.

5. When do you put your decorations up?
The 1st of December. Or the 2nd this year probably.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish?
Gammon. And all the chocolate in my stocking.

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child?
Sneaking open our stockings (myself and my older brother Tom) at god know what time in the morning, sealing them back up, and opening them again later! :D

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
I'm not too sure, but I think there was something about a video my Granddad recorded gave it away, when he pretended to be Santa!

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
We always open just one gift on Christmas eve. Pip's family actually do ALL their gifts on Christmas eve.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree?
Ohh, with lots of stuff. I haven't decided yet. Come back Friday!

11. Snow! Love it or dread it?
Love it! This time last year we were under the stuff. This year, freaky warm weather is holding it at bay alas.

12. Can you ice skate?
Oddly enough, and considering how much trouble I have even walking upright and in a straight line, I'm actually not bad on the ice.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
A knitted SAUSAGE string. That one is pretty memorable.

14. What’s the most important thing about the Holidays for you?

NO. wait. That is wrong. Family, and food! Getting to cook up and eat a ridiculous amount of food!

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert?
Yule log. I hate Christmas pudding.

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Christmas stockings. I adore them. :D

17. What tops your tree?
A lego santa and a tin fairy last year. Not sure what is doing the job this year!

18. Which do you prefer giving or receiving?
Giving. I like picking out/making presents. And I LOVE wrapping!

19. Candy Canes: Yuck or Yum? 

20. Favorite Christmas show?
As in TV? Hmm. Pass. Well, muppets.

21. Saddest Christmas Song?
Hmm. Tough. Depends on different versions of different songs.

22. What is your favorite Christmas song? 
Yorokobi no Carol (Joyful Carol)
The Christmas Song - The Ravonettes
I Hear the Bells - Mike Doughty
Christmas at the Zoo - The Flaming Lips

Not to be beaten by: Little Drummer Boy, Bing Crosby and David Bowie

Desk Appreciation Day

Monday. Back to work. I don't work in an office, but if I did, I would want one from this selection! Heck, if I could get my desk space right now looking like one of these I would be beyond satisfied. I just can't seem to hide or let go of all my stationary and general clutter!

Keep Calm and Carry On; now a staple for any office/living space. 
I have Keep Calm and Drink Tea.
And Keep Calm and Eat Cupcakes.
Which I am.

I love this desk so much. I mean the actual desk.
But the set up is pretty lovely too.

I often wonder what it would be like to have a desk face outwards.
All my desks have faced the wall.
A new perspective?

Adorable wall space and built in style.
I like the pegboards too. 
And the bins. They rock. 

Inspiration boards of awesome.
Mine finally went up on the wall yesterday.
It will be redone soon.

Again with the lovely wood desk.

Dual desks. 
Pip and I have ours in a line right now.
This way could be cool.
With a little hatch to say hello.

Cute little space carved out of a nothing space.

This is love. 
An amazing space. 
Cubby hole love.

A little nook.
I would love a nook.
To curl up in.
Away from the world.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Loserville (A Not So Silent Sunday)


I feel like such a loser right now.

I hate it.

I can't seem to get my head around where I want my life to go.

I don't want to be stuck in the same crappy minimum wage job for the rest of my life, but nor do I want another crappy job that sucks the life out of me. Even a better paid one. I want to still be me.

I don't know where to look for jobs, because I don't know where I will be or what I want to do. I don't care for many career options open to me. I can't seem to get my head around these graduate numerical and logical reasoning tests.

I want to work with books, with crafts, with something other than a bland 9-5.

I am stuck. I am trapped by indecision and the unavailableness of any job I might have considered. I would make a fabulous librarian. Damn recession.

There are statistics all over the place for young people not in education or employment. NEETs they call them.

What about those of us trapped in low paying jobs below our education level because of the recession. No talk of us. No mention of help. Year after year of graduates consigned to competing for too few jobs.

Two degrees and working in a shop.

21st Centruy England.

Whining, bitching, moaning.

Could be worse.

Could be one hell of a lot better.

I just need to find the right opportunites for me.

But where are they?


(EDIT: Pretty much emotianlly unstable today. But writing this, and getting on my therapists couch via Keri Smith has helped. I have no solutions, but at least I have pinterest, tea and hugs to look forward to. More than many have I think.)

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Saturday Summed Up


A little reading of books, the newspapers, the christmas good food magazine, some fanfiction to inspire the mind.

A little building of drawers and putting away of clothes.

A little wrapping of presents in bizarre ways.

A little cooking of fondue to please hungry tummies.

A little lounging around in bed to take away a weeks weariness.

A little Irish coffee of an evening and some Internet browsing.

A little of everything to make us all happy after life's stresses.

Happy weekend to all.

- Lizzi

Friday, 25 November 2011

Friday Night Life

How do you spend your Friday nights? Tea and a book? Party night? Sleeping exhaustedly after a crazy week, which in my case included dealing with Christmas shoppers all week, tetanus shots, hits to the head (or as the accident book puts it, striking a stationary object) and having our room upside down in getting a replacement chest of drawers.

This is how tonight's Friday Night has rolled so far:

I whacked my head at work in my last half hour, it's throbbing still.

Pip's folks popped by on their way home from Germany with a whole lot of delicious French and German food! I may have eaten vast numbers of pain au chocolates fresh from the last French bakery on their way home. I also have an advent calender from Aachen which contains some form of unknown to me local delicacy from the region! Can't wait!

I have a cup of tea and whilst making it I  witnessed a couple in a building opposite have some kind of dramatic moment, followed by much smooching; curtains people, curtains!

I am now sitting down to surf the interwebs and possibly build some drawers. If my head feels up to it. If not, I will settle down with Mr Stephen Fry's autobiography!

Friday night as it stands in my world. Excitement huh!

I've never been a going out person. Not really. I like Friday's though. The working week is over and there is so much potential for the weekend. So many plans. So much time! Until Sunday rolls around that is!

Have a happy Friday and a great weekend!

Thursday, 24 November 2011

The Grand Exchange!


Let's spread some cheer and good will to all across the land with a Christmas card!

Want a hand made card to land in your postbox where ever you may be this December?

If yes, leave a comment and I will get back to you with a request for a snail mail address to which to send a card!

Want to exchange cards? Let me know! I'm all to happy to receive as well as send! ;)

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Get Organised: Blogging

I have been noting down blog ideas on a print out for the last week or so. I find it much easier to blog this way, to keep track of what I am sharing or doing. I am inspired by the day-to-day, but like to have a back up if I can't decide what to write about.

Below are some of the blog organization printables I have come across. See if there is anything you can use in your day-to-day blogging.

 1. From perideaudesigns

This one strikes me as being more for a blog in which you are advertising a business, or for the very serious blogger. For me, it is somewhat too constraining/demanding for an ad hoc blog!

2. From livinglocurto

Now this is the planner I have begun using. I like it's simplicity, with the option of to-dos and notes. It let's me make a small amount of advanced planning, without any constraints. I'm not sure what blog parties actually are, so that box is pretty blank!

3. From ohthelovelythings

This one is gorgeous. I love the feel of it, and if I had a colour printer I would use it. There is one with a bird on too at the site. Definitely worth a look.

4. From princesslasertron

 This one is great if you just want to jot down a title, or a note, on what you want to post about. I love Princess Lastertron's blog. Such a cute mix of fashion, business running and some beautiful felt bouquets!

 5. From theprojectgirl

 This one is quite open about planning your blog posts. I like that there is an option for random!

6. From printablesyourway

 Just a useful sheet I found for anyone who blogs in html!

How do you blog? Do you fly like a leaf on the wind? With a big plan of attack? Let me know!

Monday, 21 November 2011

In the Kitchen

I'm a huge fan of trying out new things in the kitchen.

These are some of the things on my to-do list as found on pinterest!

Now these, I've actually done. They are delicious! I highly recommend making a batch for yourself, and then for everyone else!

Yeah, I eat cookie dough. Sue me. It's delicious! Especially in ice cream!


This must be worth a go. Anything to make nutella slightly healthier! To think, two years ago I wouldn't touch the stuff!

Source: via lost_star on Pinterest

I'm actually off to make this right now. I am having some seriously huge chocolate cravings. What diet is it that I am on again?

Pip would love me forever if I made him this. Maybe over Christmas!

Hope you enjoyed this little list of sweet kitchen treats! What are you cooking?

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Sunday Gift Giving

So, my giveaway has been drawn, and the winner (as pulled out of the purse by Pip) is Julochka!

She is the lucky(?) winner of this small pile of goodies. Including of course, the Christmas stocking!

If you can email me your address, I will have it winging its way to you!

Happy Sunday everyone!

Saturday, 19 November 2011

saturday love in

For Pip, who agreed that we could make a blanket fort one of these days. Just need to find the right movie.

For Pip, who is growing a mustache in support of movember, after a small amount of nagging on my part.

Want to support Men's Health? Then please support my man in his mustache growing and donate here.

For Pip, who is just completely awesome and who would totally survive the zombie apocalypse with me!

Love you.

Friday, 18 November 2011

Ukulele Anthem


Learning to play amanda palmer's ukulele anthem.
Such an awesome song. Pick up your ukulele and play. Badly. Loudly. And with good cheer!

Seriously, despite the pain, Ukulele playing is good for the soul.

sid vicious played a four-string fender bass guitar and couldn’t sing
and everybody hated him except the ones who loved him
a ukulele has four strings, but sid did did not play ukulele
he did smack and probably killed his girlfriend nancy spungen

if only sid had had a ukulele, maybe he could have been happy
maybe he would not have suffered such a sad end
he maybe would have not done all that heroin instead
he maybe would’ve sat around just singing nice songs to his girlfriend

so play your favorite cover song, especially if the words are wrong
‘cos even if your grades are bad, it doesn’t mean you’re failing
do your homework with a fork
and eat your fruit loops in the dark
and bring your etch-a-sketch to work
and play your ukulele

ukulele small and forceful
brave and peaceful
you can play the ukulele too it is painfully simple
play your ukulele badly, play your ukulele loudly
ukulele banish evil
ukulele save the people
ukulele gleaming golden on the top of every steeple

lizzie borden took an axe, and gave her father forty whacks
then gave her mother forty-one, and left a tragic puzzle
if only they had given her an instrument, those puritans
had lost the plot completely
see what happens when you muzzle
a person’s creativity
and do not let them sing and scream
and nowadays it’s worse ‘cause kids have automatic handguns
it takes about an hour to learn how to play the ukulele
about same to teach someone to build a standard pipe bomb

so play your favorite cover song, especially if the words are wrong
‘cos even if your grades are bad, it doesn’t mean you’re failing
do your homework with a fork
and eat your fruit loops in the dark
and bring your flask of jack to work
and play your ukulele

ukulele, thing of wonder
ukulele, wand of thunder
you can play the ukulele, too
in london and down under
play joan jett, and play jacques brel
and eminem and neutral milk hotel
the children crush the hatred
play your ukulele naked
and if anybody tries to steal your ukulele, let them take it

imagine there’s no music, imagine there are no songs
imagine that john lennon wasn’t shot in front of his apartment
imagine if john lennon had composed “imagine” on the ukulele
maybe folks would have more clearly got the message

you may think my approach is simple-minded and naïve
like if you want to save the world then why not quit and feed the hungry
but people for millennia have needed music to survive
and that’s why i’ve promised john that i will not feel guilty

so play your favorite beatles’ song
and make the subway fall in love
they’re only $19.95, that’s not a lot of money
play until the sun comes up
and play until your fingers suffer
play LCD soundsystem songs on your ukulele
quit the bitching on your blog
and stop pretending art is hard
just limit yourself to three chords
and do not practice daily
you’ll minimize some stranger’s sadness
with a piece of wood and plastic
holy fuck it’s so fantastic, playing ukulele
eat your homework with a fork
and do your fruit loops in the dark
bring your etch-a-sketch to work
your flask of jack
your vibrator
your fear of heights
your nikon lens
your mom and dad
your disco stick
your soundtrack from “karate kid”
your ginsu knives
your rosary
your new rebecca black CD
your favorite room
your bowie knife
your stuffed giraffe
your new glass eye
your sousaphone
your breakfast tea
your nick drake tapes
your giving tree
your ice cream truck
your missing wife
your will to live
your urge to cry
remember we’re all going to die

released 31 October 2011
Written and performed by Amanda Palmer
Artwork by Shepard Fairey

Recorded at Mad Oak Studios (Allston, MA) on 10/21/2011

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Thursday Woolgathering

My giveaway ends tomorrow. Post is here so why not give it a go!

For today's post. A trip down memory lane. To my first date, with my first, it never went anywhere, boyfriend (Charlie?). Inspired by my current watching of Signs on iPlayer.

We went to see Signs, back in 2002. He was a goth. I was in a marginally goth phase. Clothes, not make-up. (Just had to pause the movie. Jeez. It didn't creep me out this, holy hell it just unpaused itself. Argh. Re-paused. Yeah. It's creepier watching it alone.)

There's a photo of me somewhere, very skinny, wearing my amazing long black denim skirt, with crazy long hair! Must find it to add to the post.

EDIT: Here! I had a copy!

We met up, I discovered he smoked, very unimpressed by this, as things go, this will turn me off of anyone almost immediately. I'm judgmental like that. We watched the movie, with a bunch of younger kids behind us being irritating. I mean, as date movies go, choosing a cheesy alien flick probably wasn't the best start to proceedings. No romance at all.

We held hands on the way back to his house. This is where it all pretty much went horribly wrong. His room was so boy, I mean, yeah, he was a boy. But still. Urgh. And then he shoved his tongue down my throat on my first kiss. As that goes, it was pretty terrible. It pretty much ended there. He walked me home (I think his Dad suggested that) and we had an awkward few days where we tiptoed around not saying how terrible it was, and how it wasn't ever going anywhere. We pretty much never were friends again.

That was my first and only date with Charlie. I'm 99% sure that was his name.

It was just so awkward. That word again. I think that at 14/15, relationships really are weird. You are too awkward with yourself to not be awkward with a guy. There was maybe one solid couple in school at the time. Everyone else was just trying it out. Seeing what dating was. Still learning that guys don't have cooties.

Awkwardness is abounds at that age. I think that to an extent, it continues throughout life and throughout relationships. But you move on from it, getting to know yourself better. Knowing what you want and how you are in orbit around others. All new relationships have that moment where things click and come together. Pip and I, together for almost 4 years come the new year, know what we need, and how to act together. Orbiting bodies. When you are new to dating, to a relationship, or even a friendship, that hasn't settled.

This seems to have kind of got away from me. But I think that anyone who knows of adolescent awkwardness, will know exactly the kind of feeling I am talking about. Or not.

Do you have a terrible first date experience? I can't be the only one right?

Now, back to freaking myself out...

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Life, Realism.

So over at moments of perfect clarity Julochka is having a moratorium on the perfection that seems to dominate so many blogs and photos online. This is a fabulous idea, as it allows us a glimpse into the parts of people's lives that are often kept hidden; tucked away like a horrible truth that will make us bad people, if anyone ever knew it.

But we need to know that not every life is perfect. Life isn't perfect. It is full of imperfections. Imperfections that make us human, imperfections that make life humorous and worth living.

A little honesty from everyone will make everyone feel better about their messy homes, their failed craft projects, and those things that are just not so. damn. perfect. in their lives.

For another great post on this see c is for cape town!

In light of this, and inspired by seeing the mess over at house Julochka, I thought I would share the honest reality of rental living. Bland, no uniqueness, After six months, there is still nothing hung on the wall. Washing up needs doing, breakfast mess still there, floor needs sweeping. Etc Etc Etc.

My Desk, after dinner.

Kitchen on an average evening!

Room side one!

Room side two!

Living Room

Why not join in on the truth in blogging. Share your day-to-day life honestly. Have fun doing it.
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