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!

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Little Monsters

After speaking with one of my friends yesterday, I was inspired to start crafting in preparation for Christmas.
(Can you believe it's only a few months away? It's insane how quickly this year has passed.) I looked around on Pinterest for some good patterns for gifts and decorations, and came across this one.

 I thought that they would be wonderful presents for my younger siblings, and if I have time - the little cousins!
So out came my wool and crochet hook, and I began to crochet. I don't crochet a lot, and am not particularly good at it, but these went surprisingly well.
I've finished two just today - and am halfway through another!
The pattern was really clear, easy to read and follow and was just really good.
You should definitely have a go. They are really quick and easy to make, even if you are a beginner crocheter.
Here's how my first two turned out.

I just think they're so cute!

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Me? Come up with a good Title? Hah.

photo via pinterest -
It's been a while since I've posted, hasn't it?
I have to admit - I haven't been super productive lately. I simply haven't found or made anything worth sharing.

Although, I have been inspired to make a bigger effort with my YouTube channel, and have started again, in a sense. 
I left the how-to videos, but deleted my other videos and created a new intro. 
I'll be posting a new video every Friday afternoon from now on, and I think it'll work out well the way I'm now doing it!

NaNoWriMo is coming fast - and I'm really looking forward to it! 
I started planning my novel a while ago - but in saying that, I haven't actually done much about it in the last week.
I'm currently reading a book called 'Fast Fiction' by Denise Jaden, which is about how to draft your novel in 30 days.
So far, it's great.

As far as other books go, I also read 'Interrupted' by Rachel Coker today. I know... I have a bad habit of starting books and then finishing them the same day.
This was the 3rd time I've read this book, and I really enjoyed it yet again. 5 out of 5 stars!
Rachel Coker is a great author.

Well, cheerio for now ;)

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Free September 2014 Desktop Background

I was looking around on Pinterest (like... umm... usual) and came across a really nice desktop background for August 2014. 
I used it all month, and it came to September (I really can't believe how this year has flown), but I didn't have another one ready! 
I looked on Pinterest again and didn't really find one I liked, so I decided to make my own. I used PicMonkey, which I use for just about all my graphic designing.
Unfortunately I'm a week late, but better late than never, right?
Well, I thought I'd put it up here for all of you awesome people to use! I hope you like it - enjoy :)

Friday, 5 September 2014

Made Upon a Time...

I've been adding some new items to my Etsy shop! 
The latest additions that were added only today were some mini dream catchers and paper beads.

Click here to see my shop.