Sunday, 26 July 2015

Goth it up, file.

I know my DIY, projects are naff in comparison to the Queen of DIY, Bane of GIY; Goth It Yourself. I've followed Bane's Blog indirectly for a couple of years and certainly, it has provided me with much inspiration for projects. I especially love her use of black, grey and purple and decorative patterns. Despite many of my projects being naff,  I do enjoy posting about them and feel it adds an extra dimension to my blog. 

Last week, I bought a hot pink file to organise my backpack, carry my A4 notepad, and protect my plastic wallet with papers in preventing damage. I got this from pound-land surprisingly for a £1. The bright pink is garish for my tastes, yet  it was the only colour I preferred.

I covered the file in my favourite sticky back plastic from Hobby craft, I've used this so many in times, as I've had a lot left over. I first covered the side flaps separately in sticky back plastic. I cut a piece long enough to cover the file;  I took off the back, and I placed the file on the sticky side. Cut around the edges leaving enough of an edge.   


 After covering the file,  I decided I didn't like the white interior of the file and painted it lilac with paint I had left over. 

I thought and attempted to cover the file in PVC glue and water. I found once the glue ended up spoiling the overall finish of the file, so. I've been slowly picking the glue off the file and prefer this look. Also, I'm considering getting some interesting black tape and placing it over the folding edge to neaten up the sticky back edges.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Last Monday

I intended to publish this last Monday, and I forgot to, also last week has been hectic. Monday consisted of volunteering at Sunderland Raod library in the morning, and I usually attend the knitting group in the afternoon.  I've taken up knitting again, however, my second attempt has been easier; casting on and learning purl knit, I forgot about how therapeutic and enjoyable knitting can be. 

Recently the library have been put forward to take part of a national initiative organized by a telecommunications company BT and Barclay's a banking institution, working together to install wi-fi in public building in  deprived areas. The libraries demographic area is one of the typical areas with most of the service users using the computers for  job searches and t of retired pensioners who come to borrow books.  

Last Monday one of the other volunteers had mentioned there was a conferences call regarding the scheme taking place at 2 pm that afternoon, so they debating whom would take the call, I volunteered to do it. It felt like a rushing whirlwind as I had a limited time to prepare. I found taking the call informed me and a better understanding of the scheme. The call itself was mostly discussing the provision of the press release material and offered people an opportunity to ask any questions. I had to email the library's chairman about the conference call.

My outfit.

I feel the outfit was smart yet casual but also comfortable to wear as it's been extremely humid in the UK.  All that's missing is the glass chain my boyfriend brought me because I keep dropping my glasses. It's a personal joke between the two us as it makes look like a librarian from the previous time I volunteering at the library.

My outfit is mostly from the charity shop finds:
  • My cardigan by Betty Jackson, Debenhams for £3.50 from PDSA 
  • Linen skirt, Hobbs, £4.50 Age Concern 
  • Vest top Primark £3.50 
  • New necklace from a church fete for £1. 
  • My comfy mary janes, Red or Dead, Jade, £55 Schuh 

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Sunderland; Business and Pleasure

I attended a meeting in Sunderland, a small city located city approximately ten miles from Newcastle upon Tyne. Sunderland is a lovely city to frequent, especially if I want a change of scenery or a charity shop expedition. There are various places of interest, and it's very similar to Newcastle but often overlooked by Newcastle acclaim in comparison.  Sunderland was an industrious city,  producing coal and shipbuilding; the city once hailed as, " The biggest shipbuilding city in the world".

During the last few months, I’ve wanted to develop my writing skills into other disciplines. Recently, I volunteered as a contributory writer for a local property website, and two articles were published on their website, yet, to no avail I’ve had no communication. One night, I was searching the internet for voluntary opportunities, I came across a charity advertisement for a writer and emailed my interest. I received a response from the charities North of England Volunteer organiser and arranged to meet at one the charities Tyne and Wear meetings.

Winter Gardens

I arrived in Sunderland an hour before the meeting; I explored the charity shops and found nothing that appealed. I ventured to the Winter Gardens a small museum with a variety of small exhibitions relating to the history, the culture of Sunderland and North East of England. The most unusual part is the indoor tropical gardens that has a staircase and balcony overlooking the canopy. The garden replicates the ecosystem and producing an oppressing heat and humidity ideal to cultivate plants, but not for walking around. My favourite part was the small waterfall and pond with koi fish swimming in it, I find it relaxing watching the fish gyrate. 

I explored a small exhibition about various textile crafts from the North East of England. Part of the exhibition explores women’s role in creating the textiles, how women were taught these skills in preparation for married life skills like embroidery, quilting, and knitting. That many of these textiles were handed down to families and used for dowries. 

That embroidery was an essential skill for women and used it to decorate or place spiritual symbolism into the linen. Quilting was originally used to insulate against temperatures and used for armour, eventually used to decorate for fashion. Women from rural communities were encouraged to make quilting as a way to supplement their income.

Women used their knitting  skills to create Guernsey knitted jumpers for their menfolk when they went fishing that were ideal as they were durable and warm. Northeast there was a lot of recycling of old clothing made into hooky or clippy/ proggy mats, especially during the Second World War limited resources people recycled old linen.  In the 19th and early 20th women created rugs to cover cold bare floors, as carpets were extremely expensive. In the mid-20th century mat making lost its appeal and women preferred canvas rug making kits, women in small mining communities kept the practice up, has regained resurge in popularity and utilising modern fabrics. Looking around gave some inspirational ideas to complete my scrap fabric.

I was sitting writing notes in my blogger journal. I end up meeting a rather unique and colourful lady who turned up for her monthly creative group. We discussed arts and craft (glee one of my fav topics) and, about the resurgence of traditional arts. She showed some of the beautiful creations she made using proggy and one creation she used various fabric techniques to create a front a cushion cover, and I showed her photos of my proggy rug, complimented it.  

The meeting 
Despite having navigation knowledge of Sunderland, I was still late for the meeting and ended up in the wrong building confusing the Winter Gardens for Sunderland library, two doors down, I know for next time. I met the charities Northern regional volunteers’ coordinator, who oversaw most of the North of England’s branches expanding from the lower a parts of Scotland to certain areas of Yorkshire. I first made my inductions to the coordinator we were both mutual enthusiastic to meet each other’s and introduced me to some of the Sunderland members. On first impressions, I was extremely nervous, and everybody made me feel relaxed and welcomed. Everybody was very cordial and interested to meet me, we all chatted about ourselves.

The coordinator and I had a lengthy discussion about the charity, it beliefs, how it supports it’s members and non-members, and nationality and regionally events.  Also,  the role I would be volunteering for, how it would relate to the Tyne and Wear, branches, ideas for articles to write about and examples old newsletters that were produced to stimulate new ideas. Consideration of expanding my role to organise social media for the charity.  It was extremely interesting and quite a lot of information to take in. I even got invited to the Tyne and Wears members Birthday party and asked to produce an article about it. I said my goodbyes and went my way.



Ater the meeting, I passed a small traditional café and heard my belly rumbling indicating it wanted food. I entered, shown table by the waitress, sat down and ordered scampi with chips.  The table opposite me was an elderly gentleman sitting, talking to the server, and I joined in the conversation. I often talk to anybody and everybody I meet, my dad regularly does this. I asked if I could join the gentlemen, he agreed and said ‘yes, take a seat’. We chattered; he mentioned that he came to the café

Eventually, my food was served with wedges made from good potatoes and a generous portion of salad including lettuce, carrot, onions and sweet corn. I enjoyed the food and indeed I’ll go back again. I was about to leave until my weakness for carrot cake alluded to ordered a slice. The waitress mentioned their deal to have coffee with any sundry items. I searched through my bag; I realised I didn’t have enough money and told her. Before I knew it, the waitress placed a cup of coffee on my table and said it was fine. The café has extremely relaxed and friendly; creating a nostalgic atmosphere, reminding me of places I used to visit with my Gran and mam.


In exchange for a free cup of coffee with my cake, I agreed to mention the café on FB and my blog. If you visit Sunderland I highly recommend going to Havershams resturant, friendly staff and amazing food. If they don't have what you want just ask:


Saturday, 11 July 2015

My style and possibly future outfit posts.

I rarely post about my outfits I do intend to do them, but often I forget to ask someone to take pictures of me.  I usually end up getting the boyfriend to take photos, yet despite his brilliant talents, he's not the best at taking photos.  I was playing about with my camera last night and discovered how to set the self-timer, but unfortunately limiting my time to set up my pose, haha.

I undoubtedly will be posting more outfit posts in the future, but only the interesting or worthwhile ones. My primary uniform consists of jeans and long sleeved t-shirts, which is boring to post about. By no means do I consider myself the muse of gothic inspiration or revolutionary stylnista; I find my style to be a simple and very somber in comparison to the other Gothic bloggers displaying more adventurous tastes. My fondness for charity shop boutique has fuelled most of my outfits, and  I draw inspiration from a combination of utilitarian, diy, trad and ethereal goth.

Ethereal goth is best summed up by  STRIPY TIGHTS AND DARK DELIGHTS, comparing to other styles is a more wearable and practical toned down style. Incorporating more basic clothing and a less dramatic make-up utilizing a more natural tone palette of eye shadows accompanied by simple eyeliner makeup.

In rainy England, has been experiencing unusual hot and humid weather which meant rummaging through my wardrobe for summer clothing. Typically entailing cardigans, vest tops, maxi skirts and short dresses with leggings, so not exciting but comfortable enough to remain cool. I always wear nude colour eyeshadow with eyeliner and a small amount of peach blush.

 During the winter, I adore wearing my biker boots, and I desire to wear long skirts with jumpers; I rarely wear them due laziness and comfort I opt for pants. My height of  5ft one makes it's impossible for me to find skirts to complement both my height and colossal backside. I prefer to make my skirts as I can tailor to fit,  I always tend to indulge  purchasing jacquard fabrics costing  £10 - £20 per metres.

A few weeks ago, I weighed myself on the scales and found out I've ballooned up to 11.8 stones or 165.2 pounds. I am shocked at my weight, but not surprised considering my non-existing healthy diet and a sedentary lifestyle. Since I am a pear shape,  most of  the weight distributes around my hips, thighs and my stomach.  It explains why my clothing is pinching my gigantic keister.

On Thursday, it was a beautiful summer day, I was volunteering at the library, and I wore my favourite dress.   I've had it for three years, I found in a charity shop in Ireland in small town Bantry for 3 euros and from Primark. It is a military dress shirt made from thick cotton; I love wearing this, especially during the summer with leggings. My leggings are from Primark for £3 and my favourite shoes by Red or Dead, Jade. These are the comfiest shoes I've ever to worn, and my mam continually comments  about them resembling Easter shoes she bought for my older brother.

I would love to hear comments from my wonderful followers if you'd be interested in more outfit posts.

Friday, 3 July 2015

Cheap skate canvas

This is a quick post, I dunno if the height of good sun rays that my part of the world is enjoying and subsequently, I am absorbing sufficient amounts of  vitamin D; I am feeling combination of pure joy, creativity, thriftiness and nibbling fingers aching to something crafty.

Anyway getting back on track, I've made a quick canvas that it took about twenty minutes to do, and I've used sticky tape to hold the wallpaper onto the canvas,I found fiddly to do .  By no means is this the height of my craftiness or skill, I love the lazy man's craft. Yet who cares as it's fulfilled my needs to create,  and I've a fantastic new canvas picture for £1.09 that was for the canvas. 

Sometime last winter I had a charity shop expedition to the lovely Whitley Bay, also near the residence of the most wonderful Breakin Angel. Whitley Bay is a beautiful little sea town about eight miles from Newcastle, it has the most wonderful beach where I spent a lot of many my school holidays.

Anyway, while wandering around, I came across a decorating shop had a book of last seasons wallpaper samples, I'm  assuming. It had a note attached stating free, please feel to take, so I selected my favorites with the intention of mounting it on a canvas. Like many of my projects that end up being left for ages. I finally complete it.

I am going to put it on the wall above my bed I'm so excited, this is the height of my exciting and glamorous life, not.

Life Update.

Hi, it's been a very long hiatus, not to say the least. Since my last post, a lot happened in October. I had a death in the family ...