Monday, 18 August 2014

Liebster Award

I was tagged for the Liebster Award by Kat, from (Almost) Completely Mad. Thanks, Kat!
- Post eleven facts about yourself

- Answer the eleven questions provided by the person who nominated you
- Create an eleven question set for the next group of nominees
- Choose eleven people to nominate and link them in this post
- Let your nominees know they've been tagged- and no tag-backs!

My eleven facts:

- I've never traveled outside of my state
- I take swimming lesson once a week
- I've had a friend since we were both only a few months old.
- I facepaint for a kids creche every fortnight
- I go in with my Dad to the school he teaches at so that I can get some work experience in that area.
- Despite having quite a collection, I just about never change over my earrings
- I'm not a jewelry fan
- I love scarves
- I tend to get along better with people older than myself
- I love Hermione Granger from Harry Potter. She's just plain awesome.
- I gave my dog a bath two days ago

Kat's Questions:
- Which String Instrument is your favourite?

- If you could only do one thing for a day, what would it be?
Not sure... I'd probably alternate between reading and writing.

- Horse or Car?
I'd love a horse, but I'm allergic to them. I also get carsick sometimes, so I don't know. I'd probably prefer Horse, as long as I wasn't allergic.

- What's your favourite Gods? (e.g Geek, Norse, etc.)
No idea

- Where is your favourite holiday spot?
I'm not sure! I like the beach...

- What is your favourite city? (doesn't matter if you haven't been there)
Hmmm... I'm not sure. I reckon Paris would be nice.

- Who would you rather be, Elizabeth Bennet or Jane Bennet? (Pride and Prejudice)
Elizabeth Bennet

- How many siblings do you have and who are they?
I have five siblings, with one more on the way.

- If anyone you knew would start blogging, who would you want it to be?
Probably a friend from Church, who's 17. I reckon she'd write a really interesting a fun blog.

- If you could be either, which would you be, homeschooled or go to school? (does not matter if you're educated the way you want best)
I'd be homeschooled like I am now. There are some aspects of school that make me want to go, but homeschooling is a lot better for me.

- Are you homeschooled or do you go to school?
I'm homeschooled.

I'm not going to tag anyone, because I only know a limited amount of bloggers, and I've tagged them heaps already. I don't want to pressure them again, so I'm just going to say that anyone who wants to do this can.

Here are my questions:

- Long or short hair? (in general, not just what suits you personally)
- Short skirt or Maxi?
- Summer or Winter?
- What time of year makes you tingle with excitement? (Christmas, birthday etc)
- Who's your favourite song artist?
- Do you prefer eating out or at home?
- Cooking or eating the food?
- If you could start a store (online or real), what would you sell?
- What's one of your favourite items of clothing?
- When did you last have icecream?
- What scares you more - public speaking or acting?

That's all for today! Thanks for reading :)

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Top Sewing and Blueberry Smoothie Making

I've had some lovely mint sort of coloured chiffon sitting with my material for quite a while. 
I'd wanted some for ages - planning to make a beautiful flowing, chiffon dress.... Well, I bought the material. But my dream of making such a dress disintegrated when I realized how hard chiffon is to use. Not just that, but I wanted to have a really pretty bodice, and that was equally hard.
Whatever the case, I haven't made the dress.
But I came up with the idea to make a top, with nice flowing sleeves. It wasn't until yesterday that I decided to actually make it.
So I drew a few rough sketches and here's how it turned out...

All in all, I'm pretty happy with the result. It wasn't exactly how I'd imagined it, but I also hadn't expected it to work out at all.
It was pretty cool to work with the chiffon. 
I first cut out the main top piece from a stiff sort of knit fabric by using a top I already owned as a guide. I sewed the sleeves where they meet at the shoulder, sewed in the chiffon and there we have it!

And about a week ago I made a blueberry smoothie that was quite yum...

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

The Sunshine Award

Kat, from (Almost) Completely Mad has nominated me for the Sunshine Award. Thanks, Kat!

The rules:

Thank the person who nominated you
Answer the questions the person who nominated you asked
Nominate some other bloggers (11 being standard.)
Question the people you nominated
Tell them that you nominated them
Put the award picture on your blog (if you so desire)

Kats Questions:

If you could live in any country, where would you live?
 I enjoy living where I am now!
What's your favourite author/s?
 Ally Carter, J.K Rowling,
If you could master any three instruments, what would they be?
 Piano, Guitar, Violin
Donuts or Finger Buns?
What's your favourite place to eat out?
 That's hard. I can't say any specific restaurant names, but I like pretty casual eating places.
What religion are you?
Bracelets or Necklaces?
If you could only have one, what would it be, most popular blog or the blog with the best writing?
  That's hard! Probably the one with the best writing.
DIY or writing?
 I can't decide!
Favourite movie of all time?
 I like lots of movies, but probably the Harry Potter series.
What's the farthest you have been from home? 
Unfortunately I can't answer this issues ;) I've never even been interstate.

My Questions: 

Writing or Reading?
Drawing or Painting?
Pinning (on Pinterest) or Blogging?
Anna or Elsa from Frozen?
What was the last movie you just watched?
Do you prefer sewing your own clothes or buying them?
If you could make any creature your pet, what would it be?
If you could meet any celebrity, who would it be? (dead or alive)
What makes your brain work the hardest?
What makes you feel creative, and want to make as much as you can?
Have you ever built a snowman? 

And just because I can... I'm going to answer my own questions... 

Writing or Reading?
Hard decision... but reading.
Drawing or Painting? 
Pinning (on Pinterest) or Blogging? 
Argh - I asked myself a hard question! Probably blogging.
Anna or Elsa from Frozen?
What was the last movie you just watched?
Kung Fu Panda 2, I think.
 Do you prefer sewing your own clothes or buying them?
Buying them. I do enjoy sewing, but I often stuff up.
 If you could make any creature your pet, what would it be? 
A Hippogryph.
If you could meet any celebrity, who would it be? (dead or alive) 
 Emma Watson.
What makes your brain work the hardest? 
Pointless maths questions that are explained more complicated than they are.
What makes you feel creative, and want to make as much as you can? 
A lot of things, but often pinning on pinterest.
Have you ever built a snowman? 

I nominate Sophie from Sophie's Stories, Beth from Just My Cuppa Tea, Scarlet from Scarlet's Forest.
 Just a note to all those that I nominate, please no one nominate me back.

That's all!

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Gluten Free and a lot of Baking

Have I ever mentioned that I'm gluten free? Well, I have been since April 2012 (I think. Maybe 2011?).
I'm not completely off gluten, but if I have too much, my face gets dry red splotches that are sometimes quite itchy.
Lately I haven't been making lots of effort, and have been having too much. It's so hard to resist sometimes!
But I'm paying for it now with a dry face.
Because I barely go two days straight without even just a little bit of gluten (they manage to sneak it into everything you buy), my face is just constantly dry and peely.
So I decided to make an effort and bake lunches in advance (lunches are always a struggle, even when not going gluten free).
 I'm experimenting with muffins first. So far I've only made on batch, which I made earlier today.
They were banana/choc chip muffins, and were really yum, but not substantial enough for lunches.

I also made some shortbread last week, thanks to Bethany from Just My Cuppa Tea for inspiring me to do some baking!

And last but not least, if you've been reading my blog for some time you'll know that I cook dinner for the family every Thursday. 
A few weeks ago I made an apple/cinnamon desert pizza which I made a video tutorial for....
Feel free to check it out =)

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

How to Add Social Media Buttons to Your Blog (using Blogger)

I went through blood, sweat, tears and a lot of different ideas to finally find the right way to add social media buttons to my blog. Since it was so hard for me, I decided to make a tutorial to help you out if you're facing the same problem.
You don't need any HTML and coding skills and whatever (see how inexperienced I am with it? I can't even give it the right name!), and you only need to use your blogger account.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

A New Name

I decided to change my blog name and header, because I've finally been allowed to reveal my real name on the internet. 
You may have noticed a little while ago that I switched my name from Rose to Charlie... Rose was just my screen name that I had for safety reasons.
Well, having done that, I need a new blog name because Rose's Writings was no longer fitting.
So I changed it to what it is now, and also made a new header. 
Don't worry - the web address will remain the same (, so that no one gets confused.

I'll also be playing around with a few other features and things, so keep your eyes peeled for some awesome changes!

Liebster Award

I've been nominated for the Liebster Award by Scarlet, from over at Scarlet's Forest. Thank you, Scarlet :)

Here are the rules:
+ Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
+ Answer the 11 questions they have given you.
+ Write 11 new questions for your nominees.
+ Nominate 11 bloggers with under 200 followers to answer the questions (excluding the one who nominated you).
+ You must notify your nominees of their nomination.

11 random facts about me:
1. I love reading.
2. I'm the oldest of 6 children with one on the way.
3. I think marshmallows are absolutely adorable.
4. Ally Carter is one of my favourite authors.
5. I'm from Australia.
6. I'm independent and self-motivated.
7. I'm unschooled and take charge of most of my learning.
8. My hair never seems to work out for me.
9. I have tiny dents in my face caused by a medical treatment for my arthritis (The doctors didn't tell us about it when they said I 'needed' it. Needless to say, I don't use it anymore).
10. My arthritis is actually better since I stopped taking treatment.
11. I have heaps of hobbies.

Scarlet's Questions:
1. Girly girl or tomboy?
Bit of both.
2. Ice cream or burgers?
Ice cream.
3. Ballet flats or thongs?
4. Ponytail or braid?
Hmm... braid.
5. Dogs or cats?
6. Drawing or writing?
Ooh... that's a hard one. I like both.
7. Movies or books?
8. Outside or inside?
I don't know. I'm inside most of the time, but I do enjoy the outside.
9. Summer or winter?
10. Dresses or jeans?
11. Necklaces or bracelets?
It really depends on the outfit, but bracelets are more convenient to wear.

Here are my 11 questions for my nominees:
1. What's your favourite music genre?
2. Tea or coffee?
3. Rabbit or Guinea pig?
4. Who are 3 of favourite novel authors?
5. Knit or Crochet?
6. What's your favourite brand of technology? (eg. Apple, HP, Asus)
7. Hoody or Knitted jumper?
8. What makes you happiest?
9. Would you prefer to live in a tree house, or a house in the clouds and why?
10. What's your favourite website?
11. Fiction or Non-fiction books?

Plus, a bonus question for everyone, What posts do you want to see more of on my blog? Do you have any suggestions?

I don't have 11 people, but I nominate Sophie, from Sophie's Stories, Bethany from Beth's Corner and Lauren Good from Pretty Things & Polka Dots.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

When You Think Your Story is Awful...

Firstly, if you did Camp NaNo and reached your goal, congratulations! If you didn't, well, who cares? You still got some writing done, and it's the effort that counts. I barely made it, to be honest.

I went through pretty much all of Camp thinking that my novel stunk. Really. I could hardly find anything good about it, and felt like I was just writing fluff, just so that I could get to my daily word goal. I forced almost all of the words into the book.
But now that I'm up to that editing process, I started rereading my book today. And you know what? It's not that bad! Sure, it's no best-seller. But considering how badly I felt about it, it's awesome to be able to at least think, I'm not such a horrible writer after all.

So if you're writing a novel, and are not happy with it, reread it. Chance is, you'll find that it's not as bad as you've made yourself believe.


Monday, 28 July 2014

Movie Tag

Today I'm going to do the movie tag. I was tagged to do this by one of my blog readers, Lauren Good.
Thanks, Lauren!

1. What is your favourite movie of all time?
Oh... that's hard... I love the Harry Potter series, but there are also so many good ones. I don't know. I'll go with Harry Potter, The Deathly Hallows part 1.

2. What is your favourite scene from that film?
I have lots, but one that comes to mind was when Harry and Ginny are kissing, and Fred sneaks in and winks, saying, "Moooorning". You've really got to watch it to get it. It's so funny.

3. Who are your favourite Actors and actresses?
Daniel Radcliffe
Emma Watson
Colin Firth
Angelina Jolie (loved her in Maleficent!)
Natalie Portman
Jennifer Laurence
Julie Andrews
Anne Hathaway

4. Who do you think is the best director?
Hmmm... I don't know. I can't say I know many, I tend to focus on the actors. Let's say Tim Burton, he's pretty good.

5. What is your favourite guilty pleasure film?
I don't really have one.

6. Favourite tear jerker?
I don't usually cry during movies, but I was touched just watching the Hunger Games trailer. So goodness knows how I'll go actually watching the whole thing!

7. What is the film you love, but everyone hates?
I don't know if there is one.

8. Favourite movie duo?
I'd go Harry, Ron and Hermione, but that's one too many... Does it count if I say Katniss and Peeta? I haven't seen the movies (yet. I will soon!), but I've read the books and watched the trailers.

9. What is your favourite animated film?
Probably Frozen.

10. Favourite Actor/Actress crush?
OK, I'm going to sound really weird, but I don't often see loads of crush worthy guys in movies. Daniel Radcliff wasn't too bad looking in HP #3 though.

11. If you could only keep one movie, what would it be?
Oooo... can I make it the boxed set of Harry Potter? I know it's 7 movies... but it's all in one box!

12. You are about to die and you can only watch one film, which would you choose?
Gah, decisions decisions... I'll choose Australia.

13. What is the movie you remember first watching in the cinema?
Wallace and Gromit; The Were Rabbit or possible Shrek 2 or 3. 

Well, there you go!
I tag Sophie from Sophie's Stories and Bethany from Beth's Corner.


Friday, 25 July 2014

Photos on a Rainy Day

To all you loyal readers, it's probably extremely evident by now that I love photography.
Yesterday I spied a rose that was just begging to be photographed, so I got out my camera!
It had just rained, so there were a few rain drops sitting precariously on top of some of the petals.
Would you like to see the photos I took?

 I've just got to say, I love my zoom. I know, I know, I shouldn't use it all the time. It decreases the photo quality. But I figure that if I'm not going to be enlarging my photos onto big canvases and whatnot, I'm allowed to have a bit of fun with my awesome zoom ;)
I must get a macro lens some day... I just love macro photos.
As well as the rose, I spied a few other things that looked photo-worthy.

I just realized that I never showed you these photos that I took a while ago. Well, here are a few...