Friday, 31 October 2014

NaNoWriMo and Finding Inspiration

I'm super psyched about NaNoWriMo this year - and you know what? It starts tomorrow! So while I'm trying to get over the fact that it's already November, I'll also be writing my head off tomorrow.
Are you doing NaNo as well? It's going to be tuns of fun.

Throughout the month, we're going to have good and bad days. I'm prepared for the fact that some days I won't feel like writing a single word, let alone 2000. But hopefully I'm prepared enough, that I can get over that writers block and get back on track. Here are some places I find help and inspiration;

Imogen Elvis runs this amazing writing blog, which she's constantly posting new help and advice on. She's a really talented writer and is constantly inspiring me.

If I ever need a photo to visualize something, or simply to inspire me, I go to Pinterest. 

One board I particularly like, especially for visualizing characters, is Kat's 'Everyone has a story'.

on YouTube. I love Taylor Davis' music, particularly her original, 'Awakening'. 

It's such an amazing song, and I love listening to it as I write.

Other Novels
If I'm ever in a funk, I'll read a novel I like that is the same genre/style of the novel I'm writing myself. That always inspires me.

NaNoWriMo itself has pep talks from popular authors throughout the month. Make sure you check up for them regularly - they're sure to give you that extra push forward.

I hope this helps you through the month.

I have a little gadget on the side bar over there ----------->
so that you can see how many words I'm up to and how much progress I'm making with my novel this November.
Good luck to you all!

Friday, 24 October 2014

DIY Christmas Tree Card | How-To

Christmas is coming fast, and I'm doing what I can to be prepared. I don't want to end up like a few years ago, when I was still finishing Dad's gift on Christmas Eve.
Well, here I have an awesome DIY card that you can make for all your friends and family :) It's super easy and really cute. It doesn't use too many supplies, and you'll have a whole bunch of them finished in one afternoon!

Here's what you need...

~Christmas Patterned Tape
~Red Ribbon
~Glue {glue stick isn't ideal, but will work}
~Christmas Tree Stencil {I made my own, but you could print one from the internet}
~Plain Card {Make your own by folding in half a length of cardboard}
~Green Glitter
~Piece of Paper {Optional, but preferable}

Here's how to do it...

Step 1. Start off with your card and your tape. Simply stick a line of tape on both the top and bottom of the card.

Step 2. Temporarily tape the stencil onto your card.

Step 3. You may want to add some paper underneath the card so that you can catch the excess glitter. Make sure the paper has a good fold right down the centre.

Step 4. Cover the empty space of the stencil with glue, then pour on the glitter before it dries.

Step 5. Tap off the excess glitter onto your sheet of paper and take off the stencil. Using the fold in the paper, fold the paper up and tip the extra glitter back into the jar for less wastage :)

Step 6. Tie your Red ribbon into a bow, and glue it on the christmas tree. Try and get the glue itself on the paper, so it sticks better, but the rest of the ribbon can overlap the glitter. 

And that's it! Easy, right? My Dad has already put in an order for me to make some for him ;)
Have fun with them.

Friday, 17 October 2014

5 Easy Halloween Crafts

Well, it's yet again that time of year.
Although our family has never really gotten into it, I thought it would be fun to find some Halloween crafts for those of you that do.

1. Last Minute Mario and Luigi Costumes, from Brooklyn and Bailey
These outfits are quite hilarious, perfect for those of you who like Mario and Luigi. The outfit seems pretty straightforward to make.

2. Cat/Leopard Makeup, from Abby Smith at Twist Me Pretty
I don't have all the makeup she used, so I improvised and used facepaint instead. It was pretty easy to do, and quite fun.

3. Spider Infested Chocolate Chip Cookies, from Mums and Munchkins
As soon as I saw these, I knew I had to share them. Aren't they the coolest?!

4. Toilet Roll Bat Buddies, from MollyMoo
These are so adorable! I think I'm going to make a load of them today. My brothers would love them.

5. Halloween Luminaries, from Brooklyn and Bailey
These look so cool, I would totally make one if I had some black acrylic paint on hand :P

I hope you enjoyed this post, and that it gave you a few more ideas for Halloween Crafts.
If I don't see you before then, Happy Halloween :)

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

See all those trees out the window? The plants? The wildlife? Birds?
The other day while we were driving, I looked out of the window. OK, so I guess that's kind of an average thing to do. We all drive/ride in cars. Look out the window. We look at the wildlife.

I looked out the window (OK, I won't say that again) and saw the trees I see all the time. But it suddenly dawned on me, that we all take them for granted. Trees are always there. We're used to that. It's nothing different.
But they're actually really special gifts. God gave us the trees to admire and to help the world go smoother, but often we'll overlook them because they're just 'ordinary'. They're just a part of our day-to-day life, right? But that's the thing! Life itself is a gift.
Think about it. God didn't have to let you be here at all. There are plenty of souls still waiting to be born. Plenty of souls who don't even exist. Some have passed on. Others are here, living. 
We're the living. We're the ones of today. And that's really special.
Today is a special time. We often get in bad moods, feel like it isn't worth it. But it is. Today is the most special moment. Today is the day we can make a change in the world. Today is the day that we can be the difference. 

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

2 Songs to get you out of a Bad Writing Mood

All of us writers have those days when we just don't feel like writing. Our novels sound like they downright suck, and we want nothing more than to throw that piece of rubbish into the bin.
Well, I know I find myself there a lot. More often than I'd like.
So here I've got two songs that will lift up your spirits and get your writing juices flowing again. And if all else fails... retreat to a coffee.

Gold, by Britt Nicole
Britt Nicole is an awesome Christian singer who has modern and upbeat tunes, while still spreading good messages. Gold is the main song from her newest album, Gold, and I find myself feeling better after listening to it. It has uplifting words and a fun beat.

I Am Gold, by Alex Boye
I found this song through the blog, Gossiping with Dragons. Ever since hearing it I've been hooked, and absolutely love it. It's so uplifting and has a great tune. Definitely one that I listen to a lot.

I hope this post helped you, and that you're all ready and looking forward to NaNoWriMo! I can't believe how near it is already, I'm rushing to get all of my notes together.
I'm in the middle of reading the book, 'Fast Fiction' by Denise Jaden, and it's amazing. I'm not even halfway through, and it's seriously the best writing book I've ever read, only just overtaking 'Writing Advice for Teens-Creating Stories' by Mike Kalmbach (and if you read my review of that, you know I liked it!).
It's about fast-drafting your novel in a month, and is aimed at people doing NaNoWriMo. I've found it so helpful and inspirational, and even if I just read a page, I'm inspired to get planning and writing my novel.
If you're struggling to plan your novel for NaNo, I highly recommend that you read this book! It's got a load of good tips and techniques, and even has a written out plan for the month, with some daily tasks to keep you going throughout the month.

Bye guys!

Monday, 29 September 2014

A Trip to the Beach

Yesterday we got home from a trip to the Beach. 
My Great Grandad built a house right near the beach several years ago, and family and friends use it as a holiday shack.
Since it's the holidays where we are, we planned a trip down there to sleep a few nights.
It was stressful, but really fun!
I took a heap of photos and videos, which I'll put together in one big video soon (hopefully).

First up, here are some photos of the beautiful sunset on our first night. Isn't it gorgeous?

This is how close the house was to the beach. We just had to go down the steps, cross the road and there we were!
On our last trip down the steps though, a brown snake was sitting there. Since they are one of the most poisonous snakes in the world, we took the other way around ;)

We found a small dead shark washed up on the shore. It was really strange to touch. Sort of leathery.

We made some sand sculptures while we were there. I made the Paw emblem.

Dad and Spunky were building a series of houses, which Spunky eventually destroyed. Ah well.

Even little Princess was joining in on the fun! I taught her how to make a sand castle, and here she is, trying it out on her own :)

I built a big(ish) mountain...

...which my brother than had fun jumping on.

Jack made this awesome castle. How cool is it?

Dad, inspired by Jack, made his own version. I love the rocks outlining it.

And here's Bradman covered in sand and sandcastles. Boys will be boys, hm?

And here's the sunsetting on the last night. Isn't that sun magnificent?

The sun looked like a (bright and orange) pancake before it finally disappeared over the horizon.

Well, there's a recap of our short holiday. I'll hopefully make a video including all of the short clips I took and post it on my YouTube account.

See you later, guys!

Monday, 22 September 2014

8 DIY Christmas Gifts

With Christmas just a few months away, I thought it would be good to collect up a few DIY gift ideas so that you can stay organized and on top of things for when Christmas comes around. And the way this year has flown, we'll be there before you know it!
Here I've got 8 great (no rhyme intended) Christmas gifts that you can easily make yourself.

1. Crocheted Baby Monsters from Crafty is Cool

I just love these little dudes! They're gorgeously cute, super easy to make and a great gift for the little children in your life.
This pattern is a great introduction to crocheting, so while learning to crochet, you're also getting organized for Christmas. Two birds with one stone!
I've already gotten started on making some of these for my younger siblings - they're so easy to make.

This pattern teaches you to make a flat pencil case, and if you want, turn it into a boxed one like the image shows.
I love pencil cases, and think they're cute and easy gifts for any occasion.
(Plus, it gives you an excuse to go shopping for new prints of fabric.)

A cute and convenient case to keep your pencil and notebook. Wouldn't this be a great gift for a writer you know? I might end up making one and wrapping it up for myself!
It would also be easy enough to improvise a knitting version of this, instead of crochet. 

Isn't is adorable? It has this really cute, soft look about it.
I love the little animals on the front - I don't think the cases would've caught my attention as much if they hadn't been there.

As soon as I saw this I thought it was the coolest idea! Totally going to try to do this.

This is something I am definitely doing for my younger brothers. They love matchbox cars and taking them places, so this is perfect. Especially with the built-in car track! And if they have one each, they could link all the tracks up for a really long one and use the pockets as garages...

Ok, so this is actually one of my own patterns, but I think it would be a great gift for the babies or young toddlers you're needing to find a gift for. It's a really easy toy to make, and would be perfect if you made it with soft wool.
Even if you don't know a baby yourself, you could knit a heap of these and donate them to a charity as a Christmas gift to the less fortunate.

I love infinity scarfs. They're just so cute, and they go with everything! I'm kind of disappointed that summer's coming on so I won't be able to wear them anymore. Maybe I'll make one out of lightweight material.
Even though Christmas is in summer here in Australia, I still think this would be a wonderful gift. And if you life in the US or UK or something, then, awesome - this present would be even more suitable!

Well, there you go. Here we come to the end of another post. Did you know that I'm nearing my 200th post?
I hope you enjoyed this collection, and that you find it useful. I know that I'll be using a lot of these patterns myself.
Have fun with them, and I'll see you next time!