Saturday, 4 January 2014

Happy 2nd Birthday!

Let's be honest this year I've been a rather bad blogger, but none the less it is my little blog's second birthday!
We've not grown in size, but we don't mind, I've had a very busy year and one of my sacrifices had to be my poor little blog, but hopefully I'll get back into the swing of it, and as I get further into my course I'll have more to write about.

But since it's been the new year, let's talk about last years resolutions:

1. Go to University
Well I have certainly done that, although at first it felt very like high school, mostly because we were given planners and our first project was based on collages, but now that we are further into the year I'm enjoying it a lot more!

2. Actually lose weight and get fit
Well, erm, not so much, it started off quite well, I lost about 8 lbs, but then I met my boyfriend and I was much more interesting in spending time with him than exercising, and having someone that loves me, wobbly bits and all, made me less concerned about losing weight. Until today when I had to buy the next size up in jeans, oh dear, but they are a little too big so super comfy!

3. Appreciate people more
Although I didn't try particularly hard with this one, I feel I've done it naturally as I moved out of my parents' houses and moved in with my boyfriend, so I see everyone less, so I appreciate my time with them more, it also means my siblings are less annoying as I only get small doses of them.

4. Find someone special
Well this definitely happened.
I love Dan more than anything in the world
And I can't believe how lucky I am to have him.

5. Be a nicer person
You'll have to ask other people about that one.

And these are my resolutions for this year:

I hope everyone had a lovely New Years!

So remember, each day, live a little, laugh a little and love a little. 

Thursday, 19 September 2013

First Day of {University}

Monday was my first day of university; how scary is that.
It bloody was scary, I'd spent the 2 weeks before hand in tears, stressing about this and that, so Dan being lovely said he'd come with me on my first day. Remember how I said that Dan and I were planning to move to Preston before I started uni (my university is the University of Central Lancashire, so it's based in Preston), well that didn't happen, so I got a rather expensive bus pass to get me to and from uni, and the bus pass being all expensive and posh meant I accidentally got on a bus that took me to the middle of nowhere, can't say I enjoyed that little adventure (I've had a massive bar of maltesers teasers bar to calm me down). When I get on the right bus the journey isn't that bad, it only takes 30-40 minutes and then my building is only about a 12 minute walk away, although that is still enjoy time for my feet/shoes and hair to get completely soaked when it rains, like it has everyday that I've had to be in this week.

Although Freshers Week is meant to be all about getting an introduction to your course and partying like there is no tomorrow, I feel slightly out of it, I can't go out, because one I'd have no way of getting home, but even if I did, I don't have any money to go out with. Which brings me to my second point; why so far I'm finding my course very frustrating! Before term started we were sent a long and extensive list of all the equipment and books we had to buy and now that we've started they've decided to add more things to the list, or decided they weren't going to be specific on the list, so people end up buying the wrong thing! I have pretty much officially run out of money, so I can't be buying all this extra stuff, believe it or not but I need money to buy food, I may not be the skinniest person in the world, but starving myself because I've had to buy more equipment doesn't really seem fair to me. Also because Student Finance are idiots, they messed up my grant and stuff, so I was waiting to be sent a new declaration, but now that my Dad has phoned up they said just sent off the one you already have and we'll send you a new one for your grant, well thank you, that's really helpful, I'll just be penniless for a little but longer than shall I?
However, today we were given our introduction to our first ever proper project (we had to make a "hat" over the summer holiday), so that should be exciting, it's entitled "Fashion Synthesis", which is mostly teaching us the process of design, taking inspiration and merging ideas, so this project is based in our sketchbooks and on mount boards, we don't actually get to make anything, but we are attending pattern cutting, photoshop, illustration and sewing classes as well. As well as Design History lectures, which I'm quite looking forward to.

But putting all the present frustrations aside I just need to remember that:
I am officially a Fashion Design Student!

So remember, each day, live a little, laugh a little and love a little. 

Monday, 19 August 2013

Bakewell {Camping}

A couple of weeks ago I went camping with some of my family members, it was pretty much a girls holiday except for my little brother and the dogs.
So I thought I'd share some photos and tell you a bit about it.

When we first got there it was raining...a lot, so I might have stayed in the car a little longer than I should have done, it was rather lucky that my Auntie had already put up one of the tents. And when it came time to put up the awning I showed great knowledge and expertise, although I hate caravaning! But anyway, the next day the weather was somewhat nicer, so we decided to go to the cute little town of Bakewell, where, guess what, they make really good Bakewell Tarts and Bakewell Puddings. There were lots of cute shops, my favourite one that I found was called Elliot Rose, which is where I found that cute Poppy covered Candle Holder, however it was £10 and I couldn't afford that, I'm not sure where we would have put it in the house anyway, maybe on my desk, if I ever find one that doesn't cost a bomb!

The next day we went to Poole's Cavern, and oh my god, it was very cold inside, and me being me, stupidly left my jacket in the car; it is a constant 7 degrees C as it's underground, which means in the "olden days" people would come live in the caves during the winter because it was warmer than outside. The cavern is named after John Poole, an old age criminal, who was to be arrested for flashing; not flashing as it's known today, flashing was taking bits of silver off coins to form a new coin, I'm pretty sure it was punishable by death, but don't quote me on that. Anyway, he ran away, taking refuge in the caves, they found 4 flashed coins on him when they found the body, and today they have his "grave" marked.

On one of the days we took the dogs for a walk in the grounds of Chatsworth Manor, it was really beautiful, but I was shattered by the end of it. I swear that Chatsworth Manor was used in the new Pride and Prejudice movie, but I haven't watched recently, so who knows? 
(Those two little figures you can see in the photo of the old mill, the one of the left is my little brother).

In general I had a nice time, although I definitely wasn't a fan of the weather, we had at least 2 thunder and lightening storms and I really really hate them, everyone kept asking me if I was okay, and I just nodded, trying to fight away any tears that might have given me away. It was especially horrible because Dan usually hugs me during storms and he wasn't there, because it's not like I already missed him or anything. 
I missed him like crazy.
But I made sure I got him a couple of little presents. And then he has to go and outshine me, by buying me three presents while I was away; a mars bar (I'd been craving them), a bunch of flowers (they were lovely, one carnation is still alive) and the entire Harry Potter Film Series; so I was completely outshone!
(As I'm trying to write this, he keeps trying to lick my face! We have a dog, I don't need him doing it too!)

I have decided that after camping, I really don't like camping, so if I got to Bakewell again, which I'd quite like to, I will be staying in a B&B or something!

So remember, each day, live a little, laugh a little and love a little.