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Is it the time of year?

I've been feeling a little down this week. Clocks have gone back today, so the nights are drawing in, and most of the time it's dark when I leave for work and dark before I return home. That's not why I am down though. We are two months away from the end of the year and, as always it's a time to reflect on how the year has gone, and it's left me wanting. But it's also left me thinking. Why should I measure my life year by year? Just because this year has not gone as well as I had hoped so far does not mean that it's a failure by any means.Success is measured by ourselves, not by anyone else. So while this year has been a bit mediocre, it is not over yet so that could change, and if not I have already started planning next year's resolution. (more on that story later)

Decluttering wise, not pictured is a printer and an ink cartridge. I got fed up of the printer after it used up all the black ink printing out the first draft of the Ghost Lights, a full ha…

Collage box

Decided to do something a little different craft wise this week. Before I get onto that, first the decluttering.


Nars Orgasm Blush - there's something unseemly about the fashion for naming make up like this. It's supposed to be the universal blush, but it's too glittery for me. It's also a couple of years old, so can't go to the charity shop. Bin.


Nars lip palette. Bought this as there's one colour I love but I thought it would be a bargain getting this in comparison. I was wrong. The palette doesn't work half as good as a lipstick does. Bin.

Holey socks. What is it with me and socks?! Bin.




The above three photos are ink cartridges. All run out, so bin. 
A lot of bare minerals eyeshadows. I'm a little too old for colours such as these now, but they are still good so I'm taking them to a  charity shop.

Next, Disney stitch update. I'm pleased to say not only have I completed the backstitch for the whole thing, but I've also finally taught …

I'll never break your heart....

Yes this week's craft is another heart, but done in a completely different way. Before I get onto that, here is this week's decluttering items. Side note: I've literally just closed a webpage instead of buying something so it' starting to work!


A stone necklace. I bought this a while ago, liked it for a while, then didn't anymore. Charity shop.

A rose necklace. Bought at the Tower of London in 2012, purely because I still had the mindset that I should get myself a souvenir. It's a little clunky and bright for me, so it's going to the charity shop.

Hobbit necklace. My favourite quote (as well as even the smallest person...) but unfortunately the necklace broke, so it's had to go in the bin. Maybe I should make one of my own...

Alcohol ink. Used the last dregs of this in this week's project, so bin. 

Bare Minerals Warmth. Bought as a set in 2009! Makes me look like a cross between an oompa loompa (original version) and the guy who tells people they…

From the heart...

I got some MDF hearts the other day from the local craft shop, so I decided to do something with one of them, which I'm entering into That's crafty sparkle challenge.


I started off by covering the heart with Docrafts nature paper, then mixed some transparent matte texture paste with mica powder and used it through a stencil on the right hand lobe. I die cut a brick pattern from more of the paper to use as a background, then die cut a swirl and cage, embossing them with Lindy's stamp gang enamels. I die cut some greenery and flowers, spraying them with a variety of Li ndy's stamp gang sprays (got the autumn leaves and victorian bouquet sets the other day) The shine and shimmer on these is unbelievable. Finally I added gems to the centre of the flowers, a philosophy tag, and some die cut butterflies.






So there you have it. Hope you like it. I enjoyed making it even if I had a purple finger for about a week as a result!

Ems