Diary #3!

20130201-163729.jpgI know, I know I said this was “coming soon” but I have had a good reason. I’ve been ill 😦 but seeing as today I only gagged a little bit this morning I decided to just get on with my day, it can get so dull being sick (vomiting and nausea aside). I also realised what was indeed waiting for me was a whole load of chores, it seems Mr Lazy decided doing the dishes was the perfect get better present. TUT! anyway I just up this morning and decided to make cookies, try a new hairstyle (it did NOT work) and finish an illustration which I can’t show you for a few weeks but at least I have these AMAZEBALL cookies. (recipe here)

Mitton hall

So good news we have found our wedding venue! Hopefully we will be able to book it in a week or so properly (we have it provisionally booked but waiting for funds) So hopefully that will be booked, I know all of our family will be relieved (engaged for 5 years, the parents are getting a little restless about it) the place is so pretty! It’s just perfect. So that’s one resolution nearly ticked off!

Speaking of resolutions my Anti-Diet is working well for me! I have lost 7 pounds this month! Really pleased because when I have lost weight on diets in the past I have just lost water not actual fat but this time it’s for real. The only thing I seem to be falling down on is working, I need to organise my time better, it’s just that I haven’t got a whole lot of free time coming up! I have so many things planned this month I don’t know whether I am coming or going, but I will try to keep up with these posts!I will also try to do a quick illustration to go with them, give me a weekly challenge to do.

Anyway I have rambled on enough for now

see you soon!




New Year’s Resolutions!

2013 New year!

Ok so its January 4th but lets not be discouraged by silly things like dates! To be honest though I think I have only just gotten over my hang over and I think New Year only really starts when you get to real life and feel a bit normal again. (no more mid day naps to recover!)

Now if you read my very last blog post for GOFA I actually kept my new years resolution last year! I think that’s probably the very first time I managed to follow through with a resolution I normally write them down (I forget otherwise) look at them about christmas and realise that I really didn’t keep up it. I think I finally managed to know why though. I didn’t really WANT too. Not deep down anyway, or with any real conviction. If I really wanted to do them I would have done them like last year, it was something I REALLY wanted and I wanted it to last.

So here are my New Year Resolutions 2013!

  1. Get My Wedding Booked
  2. Lose My Unemployed Loser Weight
  3. Make up New Fliers To Send Out
  4. Go On The Anti-Diet
  5. Make My Blog A More Bloggy Place To Be

Well I don’t think that’s too bad is it? The first one will be easy to do as I am STILL waiting for a reply about availability, (read about my wedding plans here) it’s getting a little ridiculous now and we are seriously considering just booking somewhere else. I will make a deal with the universe here, availability before the end of january or book somewhere else!

Number 2… Ahh losing weight, doesn’t every girl want that? Before last year when I started illustration I was unemployed and my weight piled on faster in that year than 5 years at uni (5 years I put on a stone and in one year I put on another 12 pounds!) I guess I didn’t notice so much because I got out of the habit of weighing myself and because I am tall I guess it took me longer to notice what I was doing to myself. As you may have guessed already this has been a popular resolution over the past 3 years now, I always failed and I think a reason it didn’t work is because diet food SUCKS. You feel like you are giving up delicious food for flavourless mush.

Well does this look like flavourless mush?!?!!

dairyfree icecream Shrimp Salsa - 5 P1080826

This my dears is from the Londoner the inventor of the Anti-Diet! This is a blog I have been following for well over a year now and this girl is just awesome! This isn’t a diet, or a fad, it’s full of common sense and good advice! I started this a christmas week (so it wasn’t such a shock on new years day) and following this I have lost 2 pounds! Not too shabby eh? I seriously trust this girl she’s skinny but a serious FOODIE. She has TONS of great recipes (I pretty much pinned every one) If you want a lifestyle change for the better GO CHECK HER OUT! You’ll love her.

And last but not least ‘a more bloggy blog’. Well my blog has done well for me this year, but I think it’s quite one-dimensional. I tend to post an illustration add a sentence or two and done. Anyone on here would think me a quiet person, but that is not really who I am (as you can probably tell by this post once I get going it’s hard to shut me up!) and I think my blog could use some more personality!

So here’s me getting started on my way to what I think may be a BIG year!



Diary #2

Swan room

Its been another week and no posts! Whilst I am sorry for that, i have been having a great time this last week!

Me and Ryan went down to Stratford Upon Avon this weekend to go look at wedding venues, (we have been engaged for 5 years now so very exciting we are finally planning it!).

Ryan has always loved shakespeare so every year we go to the RSC theatre in Stratford so we couldn’t think of anywhere else we would want to get married and I am in love with the swan room (above) isn’t that beautiful? I love that window its where we are having the ceremony (fingers crossed) and the picture doesn’t do it justice the room is amazing!

Swan bar

Here is one of the bars where guests will have drinks beforehand the whole theatre is so beautifully done I cant wait to get it booked! Exciting!

Birthday bow cake

Also yesterday was my youngest sisters birthday (she has just turned 16) and I thought I would make her a cake and I have never made one before! Luckily it turned out well! I made everything from scratch including the marshmallow fondant, I hate regular icing fondant (super sickly) so when I saw this recipe here its really look the icing just tastes like marshmallow and you can make it much thinner has normal fondant. The cake inside was almond sponge and was SUPPOSED to be pink. The batter was bright pink when I made it but it just looked a slighter darker cake colour when it came out, anyone know what happened there? :/

Anyway thats my second ever diary post for you!


Diary #1

Rock, paper, scissors, lizard, SPOCK!

Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, SPOCK!

That right there is my super awesome birthday cake made by my good friend Nick (thanks Nick!)

So this the diary posts I promised! Just going to be a once a week thing to sum up what I have been up too, and let you guys get to know me.

I had a pretty good birthday last week, went to Chiquito’s watched Anna Kerenina! I really liked the film not sure the guys I dragged with me liked it as much as I did but good for them they didn’t complain about it!

On the downside my birthday kicked off with a trip to the dentist (imagine Miss Trunchbull from Matilda, and that’s my dentist) I couldn’t avoid it though as about 3 weeks ago I snapped my veneer in my sleep (it resulted in a very confused 5 minutes where I wasn’t sure I was dreaming but really hoping I was) so I had to fork up £209 for a new one (all my wedding fund overtime this month 😦 ) it wasn’t so bad really and now I have my new tooth (hopefully I can make this one last longer!)

So that’s pretty much last week summed up, I think next week I’ll do a get to know me post, (should have done that first probably but I never work in the right order anyway!)