Saturday, 16 January 2016

My New Years Resolutions

Okay, so I might be two weeks late with this post. But it's better late than never, so here we go with my five new years resolutions!

 1. Read more books.
Well this is probably on everyones list, but an important one nonetheless. I've been reading the Game of Thrones books for what feels like forever, and I'm still only on A Feast for Crows - this year I'm determined to break through, catch up with them all and finally get round to reading the others on my pile. (Before I, you know, buy even more books to hoard.) 
 2. Wear more trousers.
Okay, this one probably isn't on most peoples lists. But it is on mine, and I have good reason for it - I'm stuck in a dress wearing rut. I gave up on trousers (especially jeans) a few years back, as I embraced my more natural inclination to girly skirts and dresses, and now I want to break free! Who says trousers are masculine? My collection of mom jeans and floral dungarees above certainly doesn't.
 3. Bake more.
Okay, so I've become a bit of a Bake Off addict recently. And when I say addict, I mean I watched four series in about two weeks. Thats a lot of watching people make bread. And while I now can't eat a baked item without impersonating Paul Hollywood, it's definitely inspired me to do more baking. Watch this space, soon I'll be a pie baking queen.
 4. Make more.
Whether it's for my etsy shop or for my degree, I want to make sure I'm producing waaay more than I did last year.  As well as making more, I also want to improve other making skills such as knitting (not needing my mum to cast on or off for me would be a start), and just to make sure I'm prepared when it comes to etsy - making a million sloths on four hours sleep was not a fun experience.

5. Work more.
Yep, I'm that kind of fun person who puts 'work more' on their new years resolutions. When I say work more, I really mean I want to be more productive, and spend less time sleeping or watching youtube. Which will hopefully mean I'll get my uni work done faster, which means I can blog more, yay! So really, I'm just doing this for you guys. I know, I'm so considerate. 

And those are my five new years resolutions! I have a few more like 'eat more vegetables' and 'get up earlier' but I figured they probably wouldn't be the most thrilling to read (and probably wouldn't be true, either). 
Be sure to let me know what your resolutions are for the year - I'd love to hear!

Thanks for reading!
Amber, xox.

Saturday, 26 December 2015

Merry Christmas, y'all!

Okay. So it may have been a while since I've posted anything. I had deadlines, okay? And I'm really forgetful and unorganised. But let's pretend it was just the deadlines.

I'm planning on sharing a few pictures of my work and a few snippets of the last er, two months soon, but right now it's Christmas and I want to focus on everything festive and jolly and filled with gingerbready goodness!

So here are a few photos of the Christmassy bits and bobs around the house. Nothing quite says festive like twinkly lights, sparkley ribbon and a few handmade elements as far as I'm concerned. 

And that's it from me for now! I'll be back soon (and hopefully more frequently) with more posts in the new year. Until then, Merry Christmas!

Thanks for reading!
Amber, xox

Tell me, what's your favourite thing about Christmas?

Sunday, 1 November 2015

What's in my sketchbook? 3/?

This week I was given the gift of time off; time to breathe, time to destress and time to sleep, thanks to the beauty that is reading week. And how did I use that gift, I hear you ask? By volunteering at a festival, getting up earlier than usual and doing more work. Of course.

So while I've been panicking about work even more than usual, I thought I'd throw together another little insight into my sketchbook - these are some more developments of me exploring my childhood and how I've grown as a person. 
I wish I was more into painting, as I just love the details of these pictures, particularly with the collage underneath. To me, the textures and colours are something so complex - overwork them and you lose an important quality to the work.
I also love the colour and simplicity of these pages, especially the layering of the pen work. These pages show paintings of my current self, layered with drawings of me as a baby. I think it may be interesting to develop these using actual photos or screenprints, exploring how I've aged in a much more literal way.
My sketchbook has changed a fair bit since I took these photographs, so I'm looking forward to updating you and sharing the new areas I've been looking into, as well as a little insight into the festival I volunteered at.

Tell me, what have you been working on in your sketchbook recently?

Thanks for reading! 
Amber, xox