Monday, 29 December 2014

My Favourite Quote 💭

My favourite quote of all time is: "Never let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game."

Any idea wear this quote is from? Think about it. Wait a second. Any ideas? 3 2 1...

This is from my favourite movie, "A Cinderella Story" with my favourite actress Hilary Duff. Everyone always says it is a rubbish movie to have as a favourite. SPOILER ALERT. Yes, it's not an Oscar winning, dramatic, action packed film but, being the utterly, hopeless romantic I am, I will never tire of seeing Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray kiss as a rain drop runs down his cheek... *ah sigh; swoon* One day, when I finally own a home, I want to get a big canvas to put it on, perhaps over my bed.

Everyone interprets quotes differently and opinions vary. There is never a right, or a wrong answer; people can choose to agree or disagree. Sometimes the only person that knows the truth is the person that wrote or drew the topic of interest.

I was always really annoyed in English, or even Art classes, when a the teacher said: "Now why did the artist choose that?". Urm, well I don't know. It looked pretty; it flowed well; it sounded right. To this day, I still think that most authors don't pick out every single word for a specific purpose - maybe giggling instead of laughing for a baby because it's cuter, but not generally. More, to move the story along or fill in a gap. Most people don't expect their work to be delved into, people examining e-ver-y sin-gle sen-tence. Painstakingly combing through each and every word. I will never forget the time taken to go through Shakespeare for GCSE English. D.R.A.G.

But back to the quote... The quote relates back to the characters father and her childhood memories - both were avid baseball-ists (is that a word?). On the other hand, I have no history or knowledge of baseball so I may regard it as different inspiration. 

I have always taken this quote as something powerful and deserving of respect. Without lying, since the first time I watched it, back in 2004, it's struck me. It has stayed with me ever since. 

Don't let anything or anyone stop you from doing what you want to do; don't let fear of failure take over your life; don't let that mean bully put you down. The event may lead to failure, but choose to embrace failure as a learning tool of life rather than a negative. 

Everyone finds it hard to stick with goals and aims all the time and I am no exception, but I try to stick with it as much as possible. 


I warned you I was rambling... ;) 

Saturday, 27 December 2014

New Year's Eve Decoration Tutorial

Looking on Pinterest, I found so many cute and easy crafts. Quick, easy and cheap.

All you need for all these crafts are:
- Card
- PVA glue
- Ribbon
- Glitter or Paint or Both!

I got all of this at 'The Works' for less than £6, except for the ribbon. I had some ribbon laying around the house from an old birthday present so I just used that.

You also need:
- Newspaper
- Scissors
- Hole puncher

Most people have these lying around the house already so easy!

'Happy New Year' Banner:
I found the template for this at 'The Idea Room'.
I didn't have any clothes pegs or string, and i thought it would be easier with ribbon so here is my version:
Very simple.
The template can be found online. I used 3 different coloured pieces of card to print on. Then use the hole puncher to punch a hole in each corner. Finally, thread the ribbon, in and out of the letters and it is that simple! I found it easier to cut the ribbon up for each word but you can obviously but them all on the same piece or 2 on one ect. I also thought it looked better to have the colours all jumbled. Even though the letters are printed in order, hence the first 3 on one piece of card, next 3 on another ect. it worked out that I could swap some of the same letters, but in different colours.

Glitter numbers:
Get a piece of card and then write the numbers out on the card in either the glue or a pen and then go over in glue. Then sprinkle glitter on to them. Tip: do this on newspaper and then you can fold the newspaper in half and put the glitter back into the tube.

Table decorations:
These are simple circles just cut out on card. If I had found them sooner I would have laminated them. They make perfect coasters!

Photobooth Props:
Finally here are some cute photobooths. Look on pinterest and there are loads, or look on 'The Idea Room' again.



Funny faces!
I loved these glasses :)

Cards:
Again, found online, I thought these were perfect to write the new years resolutions on the back in order to remember them.

Hope you enjoy these for next year!
If anyone wants to templates or downloads I have them all. So leave your email address and I can send you them.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Clothing Haul for Toddler

So today I went to ASDA before lunch with my mum, sister and godmother. As always, I was drawn to the children's clothes and I couldn't help but get some as, yet more, Christmas presents for my gorgeous niece Hallie Rose. 

I love George at ASDA. The quality of clothes is great and the price is amazing. I got the entire haul for less than £25 - that's for 4 outfits plus a party dress! Prices and names will be named throughout. Pictures are courtesy of ASDA website and myself for more detail. Hallie is now at an age where she is growing slower so it's nice to be able to get some winter clothes that can also be worn in summer. 

Let's begin!

2 Pack Crochet Trim Leggings - £4.00
No child can have too many leggings. They are easy to wash, simple to put on and can be paired with anything. Here, there is a soft, blush pink colour and a dark navy blue. I try to get outfits so these both go with the 2 tops in which I got (see below). The ruffles at the bottom just add a little bit of extra classiness and texture. 

Fairy Print Top - £2.00
A simple, every day t-shirt to wear to nursery and keep cool. The added detail here is the little ruffle on the sleeves so that it is just off the shoulder. It is elasticated for those chubby toddler arms! There is a bow on the fairies dress which adds a little 3D detail. The peach and lilac complement each other perfectly and it is surrounded with a fairytale story; I thought this was a really cute detail!



Birdcage Top - £3.50
I think this top screams Vicky. A dirty beige, long-sleeved jumper for those colder days. It has the cutest set of birds in birdcages. They are very bright adding to the childish cuteness. I am actually really jealous...I want this top so bad! I also, love the little gold bow detailing. 


Floral Lace Dress - £8.00
No girl can have too many dresses, right? I don't think I've ever got Hallie a party dress and as soon as I saw this one, it screamed 'Hallie!!!!'. My sweet niece has gorgeous, bright blue eyes and blue is just a stunning colour on her. There are 4 buttons at the back from the neck to waist for easy dressing. This precious dress is just delicate enough to be girly yet allow her freedom to be wild. It is made of a soft satin under dress, covered with a layer of lace designed into a flower pattern. It reminds me so much of her mother's wedding dress. 




Floral Slogan Sweatshirt Set - £6.00
My favourite piece and it is truly gorgeous. It comes with this really cute, long-sleeved jumper, which reads: I am so happy today. It is a mucky beige colour which will easily cover any dirty marks and is surrounded by flowers and leaves. paired with blue, denim-lookalike leggings for comfort and ease of putting on; these can also, easily be paired with other outfits. The blue in the writing matches perfectly.



I love all these pieces and can't wait to see them on her. But, as they are gifts, I did get gift receipts. I know parents can be fussy, so if my sister doesn't like anything she can easily return it. 

Friday, 19 December 2014

Sexuality By Choice(?!), Rants and Tom Daley 💭

This morning I woke up at 6am...thanks to my mother making a racket. I looked at Instagram and there I found a post by the Seewald family. If anyone knows '19 kids and Counting', Jessa Duggar recently married Ben Seewald and it is his family's Instagram. They also have there own blog page and so this morning, a picture included the link to the blog page. I don't normally follow links from Instagram and definitely not at that early hour in the morning, but as I scrolled through, the comments section was a very heated argument with lots of interest.

Read their views, specifically Michael's here: http://seewalds.com/born-that-way/
View the Seewald's family Instagram here: http://instagram.com/p/wsGiMgj_mp/?modal=true

Having not been religious at all and considering myself an atheist, I found this post very difficult to read and digest, simply due to the archaic language and bible infused paragraphs, but the gist can be grasped.

The majority of religious people in public, being politically correct, say that 'God loves everyone and therefore so do they' even if they don't believe they are living life the way God intended. However, having spoken to religious people out of the social eye of the media and simply discussing it with friends, it is easy to see that they do not truly believe this.

i was shocked by how outspoken some people are when they don't think anyone is listening; the faces they make when they don't think anyone is watching.

Is gay a choice?
No matter what your religious beliefs, throughout life, you make decisions that influence the rest of your life. God may influence or guide you (if that is what you belief), fate may influence or guide...but ultimately, you are responsible for the decisions you make in life.

From this side of the argument, I agree fundamentally with the Seewald's. They put the point across much more eloquently: '“I was born that way” mentality is that it is used as an excuse to justify sinful behavior. Someone may have been born with a predisposition towards violence and have a short temper yet that is no excuse for beating his wife.'

Good point, right?!

Rants
I find it difficult to read arguments about sensitive topics but I have learnt that in my future, I will have to address subjects, such as these, so I thought I would through myself in at the deep end!

I don't think anyone should judge anyone on how they choose to live their own lives. I think everyone should have equal rights. As long as they have done no crime, which being gay is not, they should be allowed freedom. I find it odd, how even in the UK, gays are more abused then murderers. That I will never understand and I can only hope for better.

Tom Daley
Many celebrities are scared and worried about 'coming out' to the public. They think it will ruin their reputation, they are ashamed and/or they think people will judge them.

If anything, it is the opposite. When Tom Daley cam out, I think, yes, a few people may have opposed, but all in all, people respected him. He had the courage to be honest with his fans and he also did it through his own personal YouTube channel so he could control exactly what was said.

One aspect I did think was appalling was the - little but significant - abuse he got from the few. One commenter, said he should be ashamed and his father would not be proud. Similarly, to the 'failed Bronze medal' at the London 2012 Olympics. Fathers will always be proud no matter what. If someone loves you to the core, as e.g. a parent, very little will be able to counteract that path.

One of the comments, on the Instagram post, that really stood out to me. One girl (remaining nameless as she wishes because she deleted her comments) told that she was gay but also grew up as a devout Christian. I loved the way she viewed the world: I will respect everyone who respects my life choice.