Thursday, 26 June 2014

How To Make a Creative To Do List

Yes, some may be thinking "what a dumb article" but actually, it took me years to develop a to do list system that actually works for me. I pride myself on the fact that I am able to create lists that actually inspire me rather than depressing or demotivating me. So here are some of my tips.

1. Make it Colourful!
If you have a creative to do list, why make it dull? A to do list should be inspiring, so even add images if you have to, anything to get that stuff done!

2. Take it in Steps

When I write my lists, I make sure that I put things up as small tasks rather than large ones to avoid being demotivated. Put things in steps! Do things at a pace that you can manage. Ticking off items gives one a feeling of accomplishment, so why not tick lots of boxes?


3. Place Things Under Headings

This way, you can be organised and not forget what it was exactly that you had to do. I also find that there are lots of tasks that are really similar, and when they are grouped together it saves time when I am doing them as there are parts that I can do at the same time!

4. Put Boring Tasks at the Bottom of Your List

I find that if I put boring tasks (such as an academic essay that I have to write or a test I have to study for) at the bottom of my list I get motivated to do anything but that list item and tick off things at an incredible speed. Procrastination can be a powerful tool, even though I'm not sure if this is a good or bad thing at times!

5. Reward Yourself

Finished a whole section of items? Reward yourself. Buy yourself a new crafting tool or a new apron, something that'll inspire you to just create more and more and more!

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Terrariums

Have't heard about terrariums? What a sad existence you live! If that is the case, I'm glad that you stumbled across this page. Terrariums are basically a self-sustaining life form inside of a jar or something similar. They're also super easy to make, here's all you really need to do:

Stuff you need to keep in mind:

Now for the FUN part, looking at peoples pretty terrariums :P

So without further ado:

A marine terrarium, how beautiful!

Marimo terrarium, lightbulb terrarium, Aqua terrarium, zen garden, living home decor, wedding favor, hostess gift

I find it amazing what you can do with the inside of a light bulb....

Tiny Terrarium

Look at the little animals added into this one!
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Candles??? This just got even better!

Symmetry Trio Popular candle holders rendered in a new smaller size! Fill the glass vessels with your own decorative accents and finish by adding the votive cup on top. Light from a votive or tealight, sold separately, sets the trio aglow. Like what you see? Learn how to make your own terrarium.

And finally, a really nice picture guide with how to make your own terrarium!

How to Build a Terranium ~ Yumi Sakugawa





Wednesday, 18 June 2014

My Etsy Favourites: Watercolours

I started this "series" with my collection of favourite pet portraits. So now I'm moving onto watercolours! This one is super hard for me as I am obsessed with watercolour and I think it's just SO beautiful, but here are my favourites!

This is a very different piece which is probably why I like it so much. I've never seen something so... pensive? So masterfully done!
Deer Fawn Watercolor Painting Giclee Print 5x7 Nursery Art
Johnny Cash Portrait Fine Art Poster Print From Original Watercolor Painting - 13 x 19 in Art Poster Print

Dukkha - Limited Edition Print - Watercolor painting


How beautiful and whimsical is this?! I wish that I could ride a bear :/

Bear Maiden - Original watercolor painting

This makes me want a little pet hedgehog <3
Childrens Art - Animal Painting - Size 8x10inches  - Watercolor Painting - Nursery Art Print-Hedgehog

Original Watercolor Painting Archival Print," Protecting the Nest" Bluebird  Watercolor, Bird Nest Watercolor,

I just love how original this is....

Feather Watercolor Painting - Modern Home Decor - Small Archival Print - 5x7 Luna Feathers

Some of My Favourite Etsy Artists: Pet Portraits

I've been really enjoying looking around on Etsy today, there's just so much to look at! I've linked a few artists who really caught my eye, I hope you enjoy them too!
SQUIRREL  5x7inch Print -Kid's Wall Art -Nursery decor- Playroom Decor-Nursery wall art

And for something different...

Custom pet portrait, Custom pet illustration. Whimsical pet portraits. Pet couple portrait. Portrait from photo

I can't tell if the below artist is the same person as the first artist I featured?!?! Very similar names, and such beautiful styles.
CUSTOM PET PORTRAIT (large size)  Original watercolor painting 11x14inch

This painting really caught my eye, I'm not quite sure what it is about it exactly. There's just something so... calm... 

Dalmatian Painting - Pet Portrait Custom painting dog art dog watercolor painting

Can you even believe that this is needle felt?!?!

Needle Felted Brown Tabby and White Kitten: Miniature Wool Felt Cat

Please tell me what you thought about these, and if you're an Etsy artist who'd like to be featured, please contact me and I'd LOVE to look at your work! :D

Monday, 16 June 2014

Healthy Vegetarian Lasagne

This is my own recipe that I managed to conjure up in an afternoon, and it was delicious! So much so that I ate the whole thing in one go :)

If you make it, please let me know what you think!

Ingredients

Quorn meat free mince
For the Filling
Salt
Pepper
Mixed herbs
Tomato and Onion Canned
1/2 Onion (or more if you are a fan, I personally am not!)
Soya Mince (Quorn is the best brand)
Lentils (any colour)
Vegetables of your choice, I prefer to use butternut and carrot, or peas if I have some in the freezer!


For the "Pasta"
Wraps (yes, the tortilla ones)

For the Sauce
Salt
Butter
Milk
Flour


  1. Cook your vegetables and lentils in a pot until they are ready, however you define ready! (I say this because some people like their vegetables more squishy than others)
  2. Now, fry up your soy mince with salt, pepper, herbs, onion and tinned tomato and onion. If you want to add anything else, go ahead, this is just my own preference :) When this is finished, put it aside
  3. Now, make your white sauce. Everyone seems to do this differently! I don't use cheese, just salt, butter, milk and flour. If you don't know how to make white sauce, I've linked a page at the bottom of this post. 
  4. Mix your fried goods with the lentils and vegetables
  5. Take a pan or whatever it is you'll be cooking your lasagne in and line the bottom with your first layer of "pasta", being a wrap, or a wrap stripped into many pieces to get it to the right shape!
  6. Put a layer of veggies and fried goods
  7. Put another layer of wrap :P
  8. .... Aaaaand another layer of veggies and fried goods!
  9. Then, another wrap!
  10. A sunbeam convention oven, a lot
    smaller than a normal oven!
  11. And finally, your white sauce.
I make this in a little Sunbeam Convention Oven at 180'C for 20-30 minutes, so this will obviously vary depending on what you cook with. Either way, leave it whatever oven you have for 20 mins at 180'C and just check up on it. Enjoy!



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Sunday, 15 June 2014

Glue Gun Fun

So, as some of you know, I have recently obtained a glue gun and I couldn't be more happy, or more excited. (If you are a crafty one like me, you'll understand the pure childish bliss of getting something super crafty that you've wanted for a while! So here is a compilation of things I'd like to make!

cardboard letter, yarn, & glue gun. cute for nursery -- WOULD BE CUTE FOR A BOY WITH ALL TWINE & LITTLE CARS OR ANIMALS INSTEAD OF FLOWERS


Wax seals?!?! How epic and how amazing is this?! Keep an eye on your postboxes :P

Glue Gun Wax Seals - cool idea, but don't be cheap like me. Spend the money for the colored glue. I thought I could get around it and use clear hot glue and then paint it. Make sure to use a lighter color as well, the dark color made mine hard to see the design.


Although I may seem like a bit of a dude at times, I do really fall for pretty girly things. Like this- wow. 

thereallycheapblog:  DIY flower crown for my sister. Thrifted fake flowers $0.75, a glue gun, and some scissors is all you need.


No, it's not anywhere near Christmas, but who needs a holiday to make something pretty like this? 
Use a simple, decent sized image.  Place wax paper over template.  Cover wax paper with dish detergent mixed with water. Trace image using a continuous stream of glue.  Dry, peel from paper.  If paper sticks, run under cold water.  Add more glue to any weak spots. Cover with Mod Podge. Cover with glitter. Add a hanger.


I've seen quite a few variations of this idea, but I do think that this one is really pretty! Glue gun and crayons- genius!

crayons and glue gun