If you don’t follow me on Instagram, then I’ve got some news for you. I moved to London!
Crafting is one of those hobbies that can feel like you need to spend a heap of money and hoard a room full of supplies to enjoy it properly. But that’s just not true. Of course after a while your collection will build up and you’ll probably end up with a cupboard full of supplies, but you don’t need to purchase it all at once.
If you feel like there’s something missing from your craft supplies though, or just feel like doing a little crafty shopping, there are a few key craft items that I think are must-haves and I always have on hand.
If you’re starting to craft for the first time, stock up on these (it doesn’t have to be all at once) to make your crafting endeavours easier. Even if you’ve been crafting for years, I’d recommend adding these to your collection if you’re missing any of them.
Spring (Autumn) cleaning has really hit me, and I’m well into my decluttering! If you didn’t read my first post on decluttering, you can do here. But to give you a quick overview – I’m decluttering to make our lives easier and our home more beautiful. The aim is to do some extreme decluttering without becoming an extreme minimalist – I still love my stuff! I’m just getting rid of the unnecessary and unloved things in our home. I’ve figured out a process that’s working well so I’ll share that today, as well as my tips for decluttering.
In the past I’ve taken a quick approach to decluttering – I dedicate a week (or even just a weekend) to get as much tidying and cleaning done as possible. This usually results in me running around at a million miles an hour, hastily getting rid of things, and then collapsing on the floor, refusing to finish the job. I also tend to buy a whole bunch of organising products before I actually know what I need.
This time I’m taking a much slower approach – it’s not just about getting rid of stuff but more about making our lives better.
I’m dedicating a few months to decluttering and organising our home. I’ve divided the project into months that focus on specific sections, and I’ll spend a few hours a week working on them.
There was a period during high school where I was in to scrapbooking big time! Then I just kind of fell out of the habit and didn’t give it much thought for years.
Over the last year I’ve been collecting scrapbooking supplies (thanks to Project Life and A Beautiful Mess’ Messy Box) but I haven’t actually done much scrapbooking until recently! It’s quite the horror when you see how many supplies I’ve been hoarding.
My main issue is that I don’t actually take enough photos of every day life. So this year I’m making it my mission to take more photos of everything we’re up to.
Alongside this, I’ve been scrapbooking old photos that have been lying around in boxes or were only on the computer. This page is about Blogcademy which I attended with Sophie well over a year ago. I’ve been enjoying this so far – it’s great to take a walk down memory lane as I do a page. But I’m really looking forward to getting to the point at which I’m just scrapbooking last month’s or even last week’s photos. Who knows if that’ll ever really happen though?!
I really want to look back in a year’s time or ten years’ time and have beautiful albums filled with wonderful memories.
Over the last few months I’ve learnt a few tips and tricks to share with you.
While Easter sees the start of Autumn in New Zealand, we still celebrate with the springtime colours you see in the Northern Hemisphere. I always find myself gravitating towards baby pinks and mint greens but this year I’ve been really drawn to purples. So I’m going to be painting my nails for Easter in a beautiful lilac with a pink glitter accent.
I’ve got Essie Play Date on all five nails, with Essie Cut Above on my middle finger.
I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with Essie. The glitter offerings can do no wrong – they’re stunning in the bottle, easy to apply, look beautiful on the nail and as far as glitter polishes go they aren’t too hard to remove. I also really love Essie’s darker polishes. But the pastels – like Play Date which I used here – are where the problem lies. They look absolutely beautiful in the bottle and in the end can look great on your nails but they just take so many layers to get to that point. I’ve got to say though, no matter how hard they are to apply, I will always keep buying them because the colours are just too beautiful!
Are you into pastels this Easter? Or if you’re in New Zealand, are you already rocking Autumnal colours?
I get the urge to declutter and spring clean around twice a year – usually during February/March and then again in August/September. It must be something to do with the changing seasons.
This year that urge has hit again, but this time I’m even more determined to really declutter our home. We’ve been in our house for around 10 months now, so we’re well and truly settled in. This means we’ve got a good idea of our daily habits and the things about our space that are and aren’t working.
Overall I’ve come to the conclusion that we have far too much stuff. We hold on to too much paperwork, I frequent Kmart far too much and there’s just a general feeling of disorganisation. And I’m not okay with that!