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.


Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Bloomers Magazine


A few years ago I was introduced to a free e-magazine called Bloomers, which is a magazine for homeschooled Australian girls. 
It's basically made up of the submissions from homeschooled girls all over Australia
I've been reading it ever since hearing of it, but a few weeks ago the Editor sent out an email asking someone else to step up and take charge of the magazine, as she is finding herself too busy.
Well, I volunteered! She said that I could take the magazine from the September issue, so I am now in charge of Bloomers. 
Issues come out on the last day of each month, and people send in their submissions (based on that issues theme) within that month.
My first issue is this month - and I'd love some more awesome submissions! The theme this month is DIY (do it yourself).

Would you like to subscribe to the magazine? Just email me at bloomers@kmail.org and you'll receive each issue thereafter!

Awesome submissions are totally welcome - so if you want to send in a craft how-to, a poem, short story, some craft tips or anything you can think of that's DIY related. Just email me at the same address above before the 25th of September and I'll be sure to add it in the magazine. 


Monday, 1 September 2014

How To: Rainbow Hand/Cheek Art

Like I mentioned in my last post - here's a tutorial for the rainbow facepaint. Enjoy :)



Facepainting Again

Many of you may know that I facepaint at a Creche every second Tuesday.
I have a book of photos, but they are looking a bit old and because I've improved since taking them, I decided to re-organize them all and take some new shots.
Today I was looking at some YouTube videos to inspire me with fresh new facepaints, and I came across the artist Ashlea Henson. She's an amazing facepaint artist, and I absolutely love her work.
Inspired by her simple butterfly design, I did this on myself:


I'm quite proud of it, and would probably consider it my best facepaint so far. It was surprisingly easy, and will definitely find itself at the front of the book.
Another facepaint I did today was a simple rainbow cheek/hand design. I made this up myself, and a how-to is coming soon. It's super easy, since I used a split cake that I received only the other day. Actually, while I remember - I got some new facepainting supplies as well! I'm working on replacing all my liquid facepaints with the normal water-activated cakes, which are 100 times better.
I'm getting there, thanks to the help of Mum, but it's quite expensive so we can only do it in smallish batches at a time. Well, it is my birthday in a few months... so maybe I'll receive a few new paints....
Anyway, back onto the rainbow, here's a photo of what it looks like.


What do you think? The starburst on the edge really tied it all together, I think. I just love starbursts - they're perfect!
And of the facepaints, here's the last... It's a rainbow tiger I did on one of my little friends ;) I have a few things I want to improve on it (particularly the shading), but all in all, I think I'm pretty happy with it.


And last but not least, I'm going to be posting more on my YouTube channel! I've found the easiest, best and most comfortable way for me to make videos, so I hope to be making a lot more in the future. Here's the latest one, featuring my 'new style'.


Thanks for reading! I'll see you next time :)

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Writing Music - Kokiri Forest by Taylor Davis

I love the music artist, Taylor Davis, and was excited to see that she had posted something new on YouTube today. Her songs are always perfect to listen to while writing.
This one is so cheery and uplifting - I think it's just perfect for a fantasy or victory scene.
Would you like to have a listen?


Comment below if you know of any writing music that you think I'd like - I'm always looking for more!


Friday, 29 August 2014

Scarlet's Forest

You may know my blogger friend; Bethany Leach. She's got an awesome blog called 'Just My Cuppa Tea', which has recently had a make-over.
She has a younger sister, who was also the author of a blog. Unfortunately there was something that deleted all blogs made by people younger than 13 a little while ago. She isn't 13 yet, so her blog was deleted.
So now she's had to start a new blog, using her Mum's account.
Only problem is, she's feeling a bit disheartened because she feels like no one is even looking at it. 
Would you like to see her blog? She's done a really good job with it.

She'd love it if you could drop by, and perhaps even leave a comment or follow along!


Friday, 22 August 2014

Photos With My Little Sister

I was looking after my little sister, Princess (screen name), in the backyard the other day, and she came up to me with a flower, wanting me to put it in her hair. I did, and she looked adorable.
So I rushed inside to get my camera.
I sat her down on the cubby house steps and she smiled for me. She is so obedient with photos! She does everything I ask.


She has this absolutely adorable put-on grin that she does whenever someone asks her to smile.
Her nose gets all scrunched up and it's just so cute!


Isn't the cubby house a great background?
While I was out there, I pulled the boys aside from their play of mushing up chalk, dirt and water to make 'food', so that I could take some photos of them.


Aren't they all so cute?
Today I was putting Princess in a dress with a headband to match, and thought 'Hey! She would look really cute in a photo right now...'
So I took out my camera and set her up outside on a little bridge we have. 

What do you think? I'm pretty happy with how they turned out. I just think it's so adorable with her in the dress and headband, sitting on the bridge.

Also, you may have noticed that I've changed my header up a bit! I'm very excited about this version. The last one didn't really... click with me. But I really like this one.
I also changed my shop header, if you'd like to check it out... www.etsy.com/shop/madeuponatime


Monday, 18 August 2014

Liebster Award

I was tagged for the Liebster Award by Kat, from (Almost) Completely Mad. Thanks, Kat!
Rules:
- 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?
Guitar

- 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?
 Donuts
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?
 Catholic
Bracelets or Necklaces?
 Bracelets
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 one...security 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? 
Drawing.
Pinning (on Pinterest) or Blogging? 
Argh - I asked myself a hard question! Probably blogging.
Anna or Elsa from Frozen?
Anna.
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? 
No.

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 =)