Inspiration!

Why is it that inspiration strikes at the wrong time for me? When I didn’t work, inspiration struck whenever I laid my head down to sleep at night. Now, I get ideas at work where I can’t put them into action until I get home. And by the time I get home I’m too tired to do anything particularly useful. So, there’s the problem, now how do I fix it?

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I think the trick is finding a way to inspire yourself when you’re feeling the opposite. Surround yourself with inspiration. Ask yourself what inspires you and put it all in once place, maybe a notebook, so you can flip through whenever you want to get something done. You could do it with anything that needs work to get done. 

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For me, it’s a combination of my blog and my two online shops that I need to work on more. So I want to gather together things to inspire me. I’m a very visual person, so my inspiration notebook will be filled with photos of fashion, craft rooms etc, articles about successful businesses and inspiring quotes. 

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More of a digital person? Do it online. Pinterest looks like a great way to gather inspiring things together in one place. I just got my invitation today after a few weeks of being on the waiting list so I can’t wait to get started. We’ll see how it goes.
 
What inspires you? How do you inspire yourself when you feel lazy?
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My week 13

Ok, serious lack of photos from during the week. I was not well at all on tuesday and had to stay home from work for the first time with this job. I never take sick days so this was for a good reason. So we will have to make do with what I’ve got.
 
The bf had the same virus so couldn’t come over to take care of me but my housemates’ cat Rose was my nurse instead. 
 

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Her idea of taking care of me was to head-butt me in my face, walk over my stomach (ouch) and stick her nose, then her paw in my ear. 
 
She was also very sweet and curled up next to my head and a bit underneath. Kinda like a furry pillow. I am so getting my own cat one day 🙂
 
I had to take some photos of her, even though I look as awful as I felt, since she looked so cute. Covered it up ok with a filter though, ha ha.
 
On Sunday, I went to a car boot sale and got:

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A teapot shaped like a carousel! – £1
2 Harry Potter board games in perfect condition – £2
A tea set where the tea cups have feet! So cute! – £1 for 4 teacups and saucers
2 films – 30p and 50p I think.
 
How was your week?

 

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My week 12

So, blog post number 50. Exciting!
 
Here is my slightly belated week in photos. Lots of food and running – totally balance each other out. 

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*Another 1930s shoe from my calendar – I’m really liking this decade in terms of footwear
*I wore my new zebra blouse on Monday both to work and the Fiona McIntosh talk for the Manchester Fashion Network which was great btw.
*My face – just to prove to you that I in fact have a face.
*Butternut squash and sweet potato soup and a magazine – lovely!
*Went to Wales for most of Friday for work. Was amazed at the name of one of the towns we went to: Llanfairpwllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. Awesome.
*Couldn’t find Rose for a bit. Turns out that she had found a tiny space on my bookshelf to hide in. 
*I splurged on makeup this week.
*Enchiladas make the weekend awesome.
*I enjoyed running around dressed as Gromit on Sunday. We raised £65! Wanted to die in my suit with the hot weather, but it was worth it.
*May have stopped off at Hey Little Cupcake…in costume. Oh yes (I also drove my car in costume – another weird thing to tick off my list). Went for a mint whoopie thing but saw that it was the last day they were selling these savoury cupcakes: Smoked salmon and cream cheese. So got one for later. Another interesting new thing I’ve tried. 
 
So how was your week?
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My week 11

I’m back, it’s been a fun weekend. Did something a little different for Claire’s birthday. Me, her and the bf took a road trip to Barnsley (exotic yeah?) for something called Scary Tales in a town nearby. It was like a haunted house type thing where you walk through different themed rooms with actors there to scare you. I have to say I was really impressed with it, and it was a right laugh (and scream!). It was nice to do something different for the weekend. Anyway, here is what I got up to in photos:

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*Went to town on Saturday with the bf to get costumes for sports relief and may have bought a star trek mug. I’m such a nerd but I love it!*
 
*Closeup of a jumper I wore to work*
 
*Went to a cafe in the Northern Quarter and had BBQ chicken pancakes and a ginger and lemon ice tea. Yum!*
 
*Paid my first visit to Hey Little Cupcake in Manchester to pick up Claire a cupcake for her birthday. And me and the bf might have got one each as well!*
 
*I hand made a card for Claire with a little doodle of a cupcake with legs – the idea just popped into my head.*
 
*The outside of the theatre that Scary Tales was in. Didn’t get any pictures inside for obvious reasons – was too busy screaming and being followed by a possessed gingerbread man among other things!*
 
*Another Flux card game – this time the Monty Python version. We played this in the hotel room accompanied by alcohol and a chinese takeaway – We are a classy bunch.*
It was all about the weekend this week. And I have officially set up a webpage for me and the bf’s sports relief run. We are going as Gromit (as in Wallace and Gromit) and Garfield. He’s Gromit and I’m Garfield. I saw a Sylvester costume but no Tweety which was a shame as the bf actually said he would have been Tweety. Anyway, check out our page here. How do you like our team photo?
 

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In other news, I’m going to the Manchester Fashion Networks Fiona McIntosh (the founding editor of Grazia Magazine) talk tomorrow. I’m quite excited as I’m really interested in what she has to say, but I’m also quite nervous as I’m going by myself. The fun of not knowing any fashion people, but I’m really proud of myself for having the courage to go alone as there is no way that I would have been able to a year or two ago.  Woop!
 
How was your week?

 

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The adventures of Charles the unimpressed robot

Just a quick one today. A couple of my doodles recently.

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Charles made a friend.

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Lot’s of friends!
 
Drawing is very therapeutic for me at the moment, especially with work being hectic. I missed drawing, I used to always be doodling while I was at school (usually during lessons!).
 
What is your therapy? 
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