"Betty Leopard": August 2010

Saturday, 21 August 2010

On my own again....

For a second weekend in a row I am alone in the flat again (excluding the sleeping dog). I can't complain too much as it is partially by choice, in so much as I chose not to go on a badly organised campling trip in the rain where I would have to cram myself into a six man tent with around 9 other people and keep my fingers crossed that the camp site owners didn't notice. I did make some efforts to recruit a companion for this evening but unfortunately my friends are all otherwise engaged. Not entirely disappointing as it gives me time to do some things I've been putting off for a while.
I spent the majority of yesterday evening scouring eBay for interesting fabrics and other craft related things. I am fully intending to start creating my own accessories very soon. Hair clips, brooches, bags, cushion covers. Currently I am just accumulating inspirations and materials. There are some amazing fabrics available on eBay, cupcakes, lollies, ice cream, love hearts, strawberries, cherries, tea pots, and an almost infinite array of stars, stripes and spots. All very in-keeping with the 1950's, burlesque, tattoo inspired designs I hope to be able to create.
Today, instead of working (naughty naughty) I have been drawing and designing, so far mostly bags, based on inspiration from my friends and their personalities. So far I have created designs based on Jen, Jenny, Katie, Helen and Kirstin, and I'm pretty pleased with them. Hope they would be too :)
I've also been in search of inspiration from some of my favourite places and people; Clutterfly Jewellery, Vivien of Holloway, Anna Fur Laxis amongst others. (NB: Inspiration, in no way ripping off these wonderfully talented ladies). Almost ended up spending a fortune on shorts from VoH, but have restrained myself so far. I have just spent £35 on clutterfly this weekend :D
Think I might do a wish lists post soon, putting together some of my most desired objects in one place.
On a separate note, I've become slightly obsessed by skin care of late, prompted by a bout of bad skin recently. I've always been quite rigourous with my skin care regime, but have now added more regular exfoliation and face masks! I love face masks at the moment. Had one in a packet that I used first and it made my skin feel brilliant. After a fair amount of searching on the Boots website, I ended up buying Soap & Glory No Clogs Allowed Deep Pore Detox Mask. I love Soap & Glory products anyway, not least because of their cool vintage style, but this product is really good and I would fully recommend it. It gets really quite warm at first, which is very odd at first, and smells wonderfully refreshing (menthol I think). It recommends use once or twice a week, which is probably about right. It leaves my skin feeling gorgeous, which is pretty much what I was looking for! And there's something about face masks that feels wonderfully indulgent, and the glamourous, girly part of me loves being indulged :)
You can look like a bit of an alien while using it though. (Or a french mime if you use it while wearing a striped top and a black hat, oops).


Sunday, 15 August 2010

Hey, I'm posting, is that not enough......

Well, this is pretty surprising, another post in less than a month! I might finally be catching on to this whole blogging lark. Still haven't managed to get my post on my plans for my next year done yet.
I suppose this might cover one of them. I've spent the past few days filtering through eBay looking for craft materials. I have plans of making jewellery and accessories. I got a sewing machine for my birthday, her name is Dolly, and I asked for it because I intended to make things, so I figure I should probably start making things. I'm not exactly highly skilled in the sewing department, so I think I'll start off with bags and cushion covers. I've been working on designs, now I need to commit and buy fabric. The thing is, my plans start getting complex, and my list grows to include eyelets, ribbons, chains, fabric paints etc. Then I start my jewellery plans, that require no use of my new sewing machine at all, but do require chains and pins and clasps and pliers. This is starting to look expensive. Hence eBay, an attempt to keep costs down.
Usually, my plans tend to fade at this point. I'll spend ages looking at eBay, adding stuff to my watch list, then losing enthusiasm and letting all the items end without buying anything, accumulating in my ended items list. I'm doing better this time though, I've actually bought some moulds and fimo to start making stuff. If I make it on to the next stage and actually make stuff, I'll let you know. Maybe, if I get far enough, I might be able to try and flog some of it to you ;)

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Dear Motivation, where are you?

I was intending my next post to be my thoughts on things I would like to achieve in the next year. Somehow my birthday seems like a better point to set goals and resolutions than New Year. I'm not a big fan of New Year.
Anyway, it would seem that my motivation and enthusiasm didn't wake up with me this morning and I can't even think far enough ahead to know what we need from the supermarket let alone consider the next year of my life.
Having said my motivation didn't wake up with me, it must have done, as I did exercise for the first time in about a month. Only a 20 minute workout with EA Sports Active on the Wii (burning 121 calories apparently), but that's 20 minutes more than I could have done. So, I suppose I used up a fair amount of enthusiasm and the rest may have been washed away in the shower. Usefully.
I've spent the past couple of hours sat at the computer, talking to the few people who are online and willing to converse with me, trying to write a shopping list and attempting to stimulate myself with a mix of lemonade, green tea and cake (not literally a mix, each one is taken separately). The cake has made the most difference so far, although has left me feeling guilty and as though the exercise I did has probably been wasted.
I weighed in at 11 stone 1 pound this morning, not too bad really. In the past few months I've gone as high as 11 stone 5 and as low as 10 stone 13. Despite my lack of exercise, changes to my diet have kept me steady at about 11st1 for about a month. Now my challenge is to work on the exercise to be at a stable level below 11 stone, that's my goal, for now.
I'm so deeply uninspired by food right now. Not a good time to need to go grocery shopping.

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

It begins...

So, my plans for doing something silly/crazy to mark the end of being 24 ended up the miserable failure they were always doomed to be. I spent the week writing shopping lists and working. Both of which were largely necessary, but certainly not interesting. I did dye my hair, although for me that's not even anything unusual these days, and I only bleached my roots. Having said that, I used a more hardcore product this time to great effect and have now pretty much achieved the white blonde I set out for several months back when I decided I'd been dark for far too long. Looking back, I can't believe I thought the very orange ginger colour I first achieved was blonde. I also purchased a purple dye alongside the new bleach, however I'm still too in awe of the blonde to want to taint it yet. Despite the fact that half the reason I wanted to go blonde again was because it would be easier to add colour too than the black I had previously.
Anyway, the big day came and went. I didn't sleep well the night prior to my birthday. Surprisingly I woke up feeling no different for hitting the big 25. I had to go to the office in the morning, which wasn't so bad. In the afternoon I napped before my boyfriend came home and I was thoroughly indulged with more presents than I can remember, more food than I could eat in a whole weekend (literally) and cava and TV. It might not sound like much but it's what I wanted and it was good :) The quietness of the evening was offset the next day when the better of my friends were kind enough to join me for an evening of sugar and alcohol.
So far, 25 hasn't been so bad. Seeing so many good friends and various presents intended to invoke younger days (including many sweets and a bubble gun!) left me feeling positively youthful. I have learnt that being 25 does not stop you having fun, wearing whatever you want (including ridiculously oversized hair flowers and epic high heels), eating whatever you want (in reasonable moderation), having silly and inappropriate conversations with friends or messing around with temporary tattoos.
I still want a piercing though, and the next tattoo is definitely on the cards since I have received contributions towards it :)
Well, that seems like more than enough for now. I'm just waiting on a new diary to arrive so I know what the hell I'm supposed to be doing with myself. In the mean time, I may well send emails.