Baking With Holly - Pancakes

Seen as last week was pancake Tuesday and, like every year, I seem to have had pancaked most nights since, I thought I'd share my pancake recipe. Maybe you'd like to try them out yourself :) They are yummy!!

You will need

  • 135g/4¾oz plain flour
    1 tsp baking powder
    ½ tsp salt
    2 tbsp caster sugar
    130ml/4½fl oz milk
    1 large egg
    2 tbsp melted butter
    bowl/jug x2
    frying pan
    any topping that you desire

1. Sift the plain flour, baking powder, salt and caster sugar together in to a bowl or jug (I used a jug so it was easier to pour later)  2. In a separate bowl/jug beat the egg, milk and melted butter 3. Add the egg/milk/butter mix to the flour/bp/salt/sugar mix and whisk well 4. Let it rest for a few minutes  and heat a frying pan with a little butter, not too much or it wont brown properly 5. pour the mix into the pan depending how big/thick/small/thin you want them. 6. cook for a minute or so on each side (untill slightly browned), then flip over 6. Transfer to a plate and cover them in deliciousness toppings and enjoy! It's as simple as that!

My favourite is the good old fashioned lemon and sugar but I do love chocolate, strawberries and maple syrup!


Birthday Bash - Shaun

Last Tuesday was my flat mates Shaun's birthday. We went out on Monday night so, needless to say, we were a little worse for wear on Tuesday. We spent the whole day sleeping and eating cake, the best way to spend a day in my opinion! Me and Hollie spent the morning making cake, setting out the snacks and wrapping presents while Shaun recovered. It was a nice relaxing day and the cake was delicious!! Seriously the best cake I've ever had! The afternoon was reading, chatting, sleeping and just generally having some much needed quiet time.

Me and Hollie also started to re-watch the Star Wars movies from 1-6. Were on number 2 and I have to say there not as bad as I remember them being. I haven't seen 1-3 in years because I tried my best to stay away from them. But the last few weeks I've had a really big urge to watch them all again. Maybe because they just got re-released in the cinema in 3D and there's no way i'm watching them in 3D!

Today I had a really nice coffee date with my cousin. She's getting married next year so we talked weddings, weddings, weddings. I'm so happy and excited for her, its going to be so lovely and she is so happy. It's a weird feeling though. I still think of us as children and when I think that shes getting married it shocks me that we aren't children anymore. Where ADULTS!! so weird, but so cool! So many weddings to go to its unreal. At least there all the same colour theme so I can re-use my dress :P

Mustache and make pancakes

So Tuesday was Pancake Tuesday, but we forgot and had pancakes on Wednesday instead. I LOVE PANCAKES! They are yummy yummy in my tummy. I had chocolate and banana with a little more chocolate on top :D I do love me some chocolate! We also tried to flip them, which never ends well. I managed to flip my first one successfully but all the others were a disaster! I'm not really sure why but we thought it would be funny to draw mustaches on our fingers and pretend we were proper English folk. I don't think there was a picture of me from this night with out my finger-tash.

Today I had a lovely day having coffee with mummy and doing a little shopping with Nana. She finally got a dress for Stevie-pops wedding and it looks gorgeous! I got some new wedges for the summer. All this freaky warm weather we've had the last week has lulled me into a false sense of security and got me thinking that spring is on its way. I've been eyeing up all the lovely summer dresses all week. So many pretty things! Tomorrow is coffee and wedding talk with my cousin and some Sci-Fi fun with Stevie-pops. I think Starwars and cardboard will be involved :) Hope you all have a fun weekend planned!

p.s This is my flat mate Shaun it was his birthday this week, and we had a little party, I'll be posting about that later this weekend :)
p.s.s Obviously this is more than just my 'art outfit'....woops!


Home Sense Shopping

Last weekend I stayed in Preston ALL weekend!! The first time since September, haha! I wasn't completely alone thought. I had friends to visit and Mum and Matt came up on Sunday for a little food and cinema time. We went to see The Woman In Black. I thought it was going to be really scary, but it really wasn't. I think because I read the book, and that scared me, the film just wasn't the same. It was a good film, but it was weird seeing Radcliffe in something other than HP. To be honest it was a little distracting.

Afterwards we went for food and had a browse round Home Sense. I love that shop, it's the home department of T.K Maxx and in Preston there is a HUGE store. I love to browse all the cool quirky furniture and I wish I had a house to put it all in! The pics above are some of my fav things in there at the moment. They always have beautiful Japanese style cabinets and chest of draws. I WANT!


Dads Clothes Are The Best

Sorry for the lack of posting this week, I've been quite busy with birthdays, uni work and pancake eating. I'm back home for the weekend now after being at Uni for a solid two weeks. I know that doesn't seem long but I'm a total home-bird and I love being back home with friends and family. It's been a great two weeks and not as bad as I thought, being away from home.

Today I thought I'd share with you my art outfit. This is not the most glamorous outfit but I love it. My dad's clothes are the best for painting in. I regularly ask him for old shirts that he doesn't want anymore for me to paint in. This one is one of my favourites. It's so thick and warm, it's great for the cold drafty Uni studios, and its funny because it's HUGE! It's an extra large and it drowns me out big time, but I think it's hilarious and it kinda works, right? No? Just me? Ok. So yeh. This is my 'uniform' or some variation of this anyway. Leggins or my painting jeans, with an over-over sized shirt that I can wear as a sort of smock. Not pictured is are my painting Toms. There my yellow ones that got ruined when I stepped in a puddle, but there perfect for painting it and not to mention super comfy!

This week as promised I've managed to remember to take photos, yey! So i've got some things lined up for you, after I abandoned you this week. Look out for my friends birthday, pancake day and a really cool app that I'm addicted to! Hope you're all having a great week, love ya!

p.s I also dyed my hair this week so probably a post on that because I love it...and it's become a huge monster, as you can tell from the pics above!!



This week I read Torn by Cat Clarke. I have already read Entangled (which you can see my review here) and I loved it, so I was really excited to read Torn. Again it wasn't what I was expecting at all! It's completely different to Entangled and at first I wasn't too sure about it. I like how Entangled was a bit different without being a Fantasy. I'm not saying Torn is a fantasy, it's not. It's a 'normal' everyday teen book. Not that anything normal happens in it (That doesn't even make sense!) It's such an intense ride, and it really had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I had to know what happened and what became of the characters. There are strong emotions throughout and for a teen book the plot is a little on the dark side, but that's what we like, gritty darkness! There are a few twists and turns, which  I can usually suss out, but there are a few that caught me by surprise, which is always a bonus. If you liked Entangled, you will no doubt like Torn. Clarke's writing is just as good and she really shines with these plot lines that are difficult subjects to swallow. I have to say that Entangled is better but definitely give Torn a go.

This week I'm reading Across The Universe by Beth Revis. Hopefully i'll finish it soon and I'll get back to you on it some time next week, but so far so good! And also I'm 9 books into my 100 for 2012. That's 4 book's under target so I best get cracking!!

p.s Sorry for this incoherent review. It's late and if I don't do it now I'll forget. Sorry!


Tim's Top 10 Comic Films

Here is the third post for my Blog Birthday. This one is for the Sci Fi part (comics are Sci Fi right?) from Tim at EC-Everything Entertainment Central. Here is his Top 10 Comic Movies...

IRON MAN: Forget about 'The Avengers' for a second, we can't wait for the third installment of the greatest Marvel action hero. So let's take a look back to where it all started. With his charisma and charm Robert Downey Jnr breathed new life into the genre with Gwyneth Paltrow by his faithful side. Hilarious and thrilling, the graphics and the action where sublime thanks to Jon Faverau's direction (he'll be missed). Speaking of those missed by the franchise Terrence Howard raised his and the films stock (although Don Cheadle got his 'next time baby'). While fan favourite Jeff Bridges (dude where's your hair?) made a surprisingly sinister, coldly convincing villain.

IRON MAN 2: How about some more metal from Tony Stark to book-end this feature? Jon Faverau may not be on board for 'Iron Man 3' and Terrence Howard may have been replaced but this sequel proved that the 'Iron Man' franchise was still working, even with a little tinkering. Robert Downey Jnr brought his usual effortless charm and humor as he helped lift this superhero off the ground one more time. Iron Man got an even better villain this time with Mickey Rourke playing the menacing Whiplash. As for Tony Starks sidekick, Don Cheadle filled in quite nicely as Lieutenant Rhodes and once he supped up that War Machine suit 'Iron Man 2' brought an artillery of action. An army of A listers filled out the cast from the cheesily charismatic villain of Sam Rockwell to Scarlett Johansson and that brilliant costume department. With another hilarious Stan Lee cameo and another 'Avengers' preview, Iron Man showed he was the king of the Marvel franchise.

DAREDEVIL: Critics and comic-book fans alike hated it. We loved it. They said Ben Affleck was no good as the blind super-hero. We think apart from the pointy ears this was one of Affleck's best from his big-budget blockbuster days. They cruelly said Michael Clarke Duncan shouldn't have played 'Kingpin'. Well we think it has nothing to do with race (we see you Idris Elba, great performance in 'Thor') because Duncan leads the pack with one of the most convincing performances in the entire film. Michael has the last laugh starring in the 'Green Lantern'  last year and wasn't that him in 'Thor')? They also said Colin Farrell looked stupid as 'Bullseye'...OK we'll give you that one but he was still great. As was Jennifer Garner and Ben's significant other to be after this movie. Electrifying as 'Electra' her sex appeal and strength of character garnered her a spin-off prequel. Overall the action and the effects where top-notch and if you've got something to say about the low-key acting, remember this is a superhero movie after all. Plus even if you do hate this movie it helped Jon Favreau get a better take on the comic-book genre. You got to love that.

SUPERMAN RETURNS: Another one they hated but shouldn't, this should be celebrated. No other superhero movie has re-done and updated a classic series to the modern-day with this much integrity without having to cross-over to the dark-side like their name was Anakin. Still this red cape and boot franchise is about to be re-booted since this movie flopped. Even the DC Comic is getting updated. Gone are the long sleeves, tights (the underpants over the tights has never been a good look) and red boots. Instead some workman boots and jeans are making our hero look more like a construction worker or rock star. Is that a bird? Is that a plane? No it's Bruce Springsteen. Still returning to the topic of this '06 movie it was really no kryptonite for this franchise. Everything looked good from Metropolis to Lois Lane. Kevin Spacey and Frank Langella where also perfect as Lex Luther and Perry White. Still it was the unknown Brandon Routh who soared above the rest. Not only looking and sounding like Christopher Reeve's (R.I.P.) Superman but also making the role his own. Sorry 'Smallville' fans. You have to feel sorry for this kid. He could have saved this franchise but instead they let him go. What more did they want? He lowered a plane on to a baseball field.

X-MEN: The original which started this academy of great superhero films off. With great special-effects, action and entertainment this really was an enjoyable epic. Bringing the comic-books and children's wildest imaginations to life this movie made the most of everything. Hugh Jackman's career took off, Halle Berry's one was given the movie it always needed, the legacy of legend Sir Ian McKellen continued and Patrick Stewart finally escaped the Captain Picard typecast. Simply great all-round.

X-MEN ORIGINS-WOLVERINE: When franchises have run out of sequels, it's time for the prequels and going back to the 'Origins' of X-Men really was something to 'Marvel' at. With all the characters to choose from it was clear that Hugh Jackman's most-popular 'Wolverine' character would sharpen this series. Darker, bigger, more exciting and epic, Hugh was joined by some new friends who now deserve 'Origin' movies of their own. From Liev Schreiber's villain, to versatile superhero Ryan Reynolds (also known as 'The Green Lantern') and all his 'Deadpool' charm and deadpan wit and super-cool Will.I.am. this might just be the best X-Men yet. Look for that to change when an R-rated Wolverine travels to Japan.

X-MEN-FIRST CLASS: This would be the best of all the 'X' blockbusters if it wasn't for 'Wolverine' -but he does make an incredible, unforgettable cameo. Europe's finest exports James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender channel Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen's respective Xavier and Magneto with dignity and excellence. These students really learnt the ways of this franchises academy with skills, fight and heart. Plus with a great alumni of Kevin Bacon, Rose Byrne, January Jones and Zoe Kravitz this class of it's own brought a new school of X-Men actors to the series already impressive register.

FANTASTIC FOUR-THE RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER: Chris Evans may be taking the shield as 'Captain America' these days but he's no stranger to marvelling us with his super powers. In this installment of the 'Fantastic Four' series Evans' Johnny Storm joins Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba and Michael Chiklis for another great action adventure. This time the iconic silver surfer helped make waves, with the voice of Laurence Fishburne and the CGI of a great special effects team, that stretched it's already thunderous, hot, rock-solid talents to the max. What resulted was a great looking picture, which made for a sublime sequel.

THE LOSERS: Another comic-book film adaptation with Chris Evans, just a little different. These heroes aren't exactly what you'd call super, but still they're by far no losers. Evans, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Idris Elba, Zoe Saldana, Columbus Short and Óscar Jaenada are the perfect mix for a winning formula. Based on the different 'Vertigo' comic-books this movie towers above the rest because of it's originality. Dark, funny, thrilling and explosive this is a sure-fire cult hit. Jaenada and Short rose their star stock, while Elba, Saldana and Dean Morgan reaffirmed their serious status. Evans meanwhile just had geeky fun as Jake Jensen with his charm and motor-mouth (Evans really does rival fellow charisma hero Ryan Reynolds) taking all kinds of shots. With this film a spent comic-book genre got reloaded.

THE DARK KNIGHT: The greatest Batman and sequel of all time (if not the greatest comic book/superhero mvie) was an instant classic thanks to the late Ledger's legendary performance that re-defined the comic books character. Still this movies legacy also belongs to Nolan's dark direction, Bale's best Batman and Eckhart. Playing a hero living long enough to become a villain, Eckhart had inspiring integrity as Dent, then criminal coldness as Two-Face. A ground-breaking great. 'Rises' won't be the same without Ledger or Eckhart.

My Top 7 Artists

Here is the second post in my Blog Birthday post lineup! Its for the Art part and it's by your's truly. I had planned on getting Cameron from Cameron Plus Whitney but he's been having a little trouble with various things, so I think you should go over anyway and show him some love, I think he would appreciate it right now.
So this is my Top 7 Artists. Don't ask why 7. I just had to pick a number and that's what I got :) So here me are...

ALEX PARDEE - He is my Hero. My inspiration and I love him haha! I have been mesmerized by his work since I was in college, all those years ago. Everything I do (in art) pretty much revolves around him now. I love the colours he uses. There so bright and vibrant but his work is so dark and twisted, and I just love how he can combine the two so effectively. I have waited ages to get one of his art books and I finally got my wish at Christmas. I love having some of his work in my hands that I can look at and always get inspiration from. My dream is to get a piece of art for my house. Maybe when I get my own house that can be my house warming present to myself :) I love this guy so much that I cant even think of anything to say! So yeh, brilliant, amazing, fantastic!

DEREK HESS - he is another weathered love. Again I stumbled across him in college and always go back to him. Between him and Pardee my art has taken on a crazy mix of the two. I love his minimalist colour and how he combines ink and pen. His figures are so powerful and so full of emotion, I only wish that I could achieve that in my work. He is a brilliant artists and one day I will have a print of his too! (might need to start my own gallery!)

CAMILLA D'ERRICO - She is a fairly new artist to me but I really her work. When I was looking at animal/human relationship's she was one artist that I kept coming back to and researching more. I love the bright colours and the 'fluffy' quality that her paintings take on. Her little girls and animals have a beautiful relationship and I find it interesting the positions and poses that she chooses to draw them in. I actually have some prints of hers, so that's a big bonus for loving her work, I get to look at it all the time and even though it makes you feel a little uneasy, its beautiful on compelling.

AUDREY KAWASAKI - I love this girl so much that my I based my thigh tattoo on her work. I love anime and manga but not enough to call it 'art'. Kawasaki combines anime and fine art/illustration beautifully and allows me to love them both at the same time. Her girls whilst looks beautifully innocent have an underlying seductive essence and this is what I love. I'm quite a shy person in real life, but I love Pin Up girls and Burlesque, so I have that innocent exterior with an underlying edge. This makes me sound like a secret sex tiger or something hahaha!! I'm really not, I just relate to her art in the fact that there is something underneath that I don't show to the world. I love that she works on wood, something I have tried and loved, and uses minimum colour and mostly line drawings. Beautiful.

RICHEY BECKETT - Anyone with the last name Beckett is a win for me (if you watch Stargate: Atlantis you'l know what I mean) but seriously, this guy is awesome. Again, a fairly new find, but his art helped me so much in my last project. His style was exactly what I was looking for and is my other go to style. I love to draw technical but with a little bit of an edge, and Beckett's work just spoke volumes for me. I love his style and his subject matter is so dark its grotesquely beautiful. He uses animals and skulls a lot in his work, which suits me just fine.

CAMILLE GARCIA - I did a whole presentation on her in my second year. I love her sight. She has such a beautiful twisted imagination it amazing! Her illustrative style is what I dream of doing but can never get right. I envy her talent so much. I love that every piece/collection comes with its own little back story. You can really engage with her work and feel apart of it. I love that her colours clash, but in a good way, and she herself is jut pretty darn cool. I would love to meet her or go to a show. She is wonderful.

JEFF SOTO - I remember finding Soto years ago and thinking that his work was rubbish (sorry!) But I recently came across him again and thought he was brilliant! Just goes to show that tastes can change. I suppose I like him because he reminds me a little of Pardee. I love the colours he uses and the way, even thought its not, his work has a symmetrical feel to it. I'm a bit of a dipper when it comes to even-ness in art. Somedays I want it completely out of whack and others it has to be perfect. Soto has that nice balance between neat and crazy. He creatures and so cool and freaky. He is definitely a keeper.

Amanda's Top 5 Authors

This is the first post of my Blog Birthday posts :) This one is for the Books. Wooh! Amanda from Little Tranquility has kindly shared with us her Top 5 authors. I love hearing about other people literature interests and I fully intend to try a few of these authors out. I'm stoked that her number 1 is Sylvia Plath, I've read some of her books and I think shes top notch too...

1. Sylvia Plath
I've had an obsession with Sylvia Plath since I was about 14. I remember reading her poem, "Mirror" in English class and falling in love with her immediately. Sylvia was everything I strive to be as a writer, and more. The way she worded things, and formed sentences and had line breaks at just the right times was so powerful, and I never knew anyone could express themselves so honestly and with so much heart. I could relate to her on a personal level, too, which always helps. Her journals are my favorite. She was a beautiful person, regardless of how crazy some people make her out to be. I love her. I even have a Plath tattoo! I have "i am." tattooed on the inside of my left wrist. I dedicated a post to her over on my blog, so if you're interested, please check it out here :) "I write only because there this a voice within me that will not be still."

2. Maya Angelou
Oh, Maya. What a beautiful human being. Is there anyone greater than her? I just don't think there is. Her life was filled with hardship, beauty, heartache, triumph, and everything in between. "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" is my favorite book of hers, and I even have that poem tattooed on my back. :) (Obviously I just love tattooing my favorite authors to my body, haha!) Her poems are incredible and her gift of storytelling is unbeatable. If I had the choice to meet anyone famous, I would definitely want to meet her, no questions asked. <3 <3 <3

3. Jonathan Safran Foer
I love this man. I always joke about how he's my husband, and a few years ago, my friend Shaun met him after he spoke at Google, and told Jonathan that I was his future wife. He apparently chuckled. Shaun got a book signed for me and I just about peed my pants when I received it in the mail! His writing is amazing and his books are so much fun to read. He has a true gift, and if you haven't read anything by him yet, I highly suggest doing so immediately! Two of his books have been turned into movies, starring Elijah Wood and Tom Hanks, so I think that proves just how talented he really is! I saw "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" at the theatre on Valentines Day and loved it. Finally, a movie that actually does the book justice! It's one of my all-time favorite books, so I was happy to walk out and not be disappointed. There's a possibility that I'll be meeting him in March, and I almost don't want to because I know I'll just clam up and blush to death or something and make a complete fool of myself, haha. We'll see!

4. Augusten Burroughs
I first read "Running With Scissors" while I was working at Cold Stone Creamery when I was 15. Someone left their copy in the back room, and at slow times, I'd sit back there and read it. I loved days when I had the store to myself and it was too cold outside for customers. I'd read and read and occasionally eat a bowl of ice cream at the same time. Yeah, I pretty much had the greatest job ever, haha. Augusten's writing is brutal and honest and I love him for that. I once got into a mad debate over the internet with some woman who was cutting him down for being so vulgar all the time. Nobody was forcing her to read his books and I just didn't see why it bothered her so much. Wonder what her thoughts were on Bukowski? Anyway, I guess he isn't for everyone, but if you're okay with vulgarity and reading books that aren't squeaky clean, then I think he'll be your cup of tea. I'd start with one of his short stories books like "Possible Side Effects" and then move on to one of his novels like "Running With Scissors" once you get a feel for his writing. He's going on a book tour in May! I will for sure be bringing my whole stack of his books to get signed if he plans on coming to DC. Yep, I'm one of THOSE people...

5. Ann Packer
I just love this woman. I've read all of her books and have never been disappointed. "The Dive From Clausen's Pier" has been one of my favorite books since I first read it when I was 14. I picked it up by chance at a thrift store in Kenosha, WI.  I remember having one of those moments where I needed a book, any book. This was the one I happened to grab, and I'm so glad I did!  It's a very simple story, which is one of the many things I love about it, but it's also a story of growth, change, forgiveness, love, loss and all the good & bad in between. I can't even count how many times I've read it. My copy is all broken and worn and all of the pages are highlighted and underlined and circled. Ann Packer writes with such feeling, and can describe things so perfectly and flawlessly. It's almost like watching a movie. The main character reminded me so much of myself, and continues to do so to this day.  I still have moments where I think of Carrie, and imagine I'm doing something similar to what she would have done in the book. This novel means so much to me, and I don't know any other book that I've feel such a connection with, for so long. It's not only because I was so young when I first read it, but it's also because I've grown with it, and I think it takes a special kind of book to be able to make you feel like you can return to it at any given time and still feel like you're living it, and learning from it, regardless of how old you are. That's the beautiful thing about books. No matter how much you change as a person, those pages never do, and they're always there for you when you need them most. <3


Happy Birthday Blog!

YEY! Today is my Blogs 1st birthday!! Woooooh!

I can't believe that its been a year. I mean seriously, where did that go?! It's been such a great journey and I love the fact that its all been documented and I can look back and smile. I'm so thankful for all you readers who think that what I have to say is interesting...who'd of thought!? I'v made some great friends and I really do think the world of you all :)

To celebrate I thought I'd ask a few friends to do some guest posts for me on the subject of each thing of my blog name. As its getting a little late I'll probably post them tomorrow, so keep your eyes peeled for  Amanda from Little Tranquility and her favourite authors and  Tim from EC-Everything Entertainment Central and his top 10 comic movies. Also a post of my favourite artists :) I had originally asked  Cameron from Cameron plus Whitney but he unfortunately was unable to, but keep an eye out for some exciting things coming your way from us!!

So yeh! Happy Birthday little blog! Maybe there be many more years ahead of us.

p.s Sorry about the lack of photos lately. I promise I'll have some next week!!


Years Go By...

As I warned you, you'll be seeing very little of me as my degree show looms ever closer. But how could I not show my face to tell you that it's my Blogiversary tomorrow! So look out for some cool things tomorrow!

This week has been work work work and I love it! I love my project and I love being in the studio getting messy and getting paint everywhere. Yesterday I took a trip to Liverpool with my friend and we went round all the art galleries. It was a really nice day and it broke up the week a little bit.
This week has been awful for photo taking (slaps wrist) I missed two days of the February Photo A Day and I haven't been taking any Instafakefriday photos either!! Gaaah. Oh well. Were all allowed an off week here or there, right?

Tomorrow I have one of my bestest friends coming over for a girly night. Films, pizza and a much needed catch up, I can't wait! Tonight is drawing/painting and watching a movie I think...maybe a hot chocolate too :)
The picture above isn't anything. I just thought it was so cute!! 


DIY: Ruby Red Shoes

Today I did my first DIY in forever! I've stockpiled loads to do when I have the time, and the pile is getting a little crazy, so I thought id try one that doesn't involve a sewing machine and I already had the things I needed. I saw this post over at A Beautiful Mess and I loved it. I've seen a few of these posts and it's been on my must try list for ages. I just happened to have red paint and some old heels that needed spicing up a bit.

I did take before photos but I didn't realize my camera didn't have it's memory card in until after I started painting, dang it! But you get the general gist from Elsie's post.
. Shoes
. Red Acrylic Paint
. Big and Small Paint Brush
. Water

Just mark off where you want to paint and then paint :) I used a little water because my paint was too thick, but the shoes absorbed the water so I had to do 3-4 coats, but you just do it till the red is as bright as you want it. I used a smaller paintbrush to get in the holes. You can put a pattern on it like Elsie did too, I'm not sure what I want to do with mine yet, so I'm going to wait a little and see what I feel like. I'm going to go to town tomorrow and see if I can find any red laces to go as well.

And there you go! Brand new shoes for no pennies at all!! I love them, and the plus side is,no one will have these shoes anywhere :) Perfect for the individuals out there!

Fire Flower

Yesterday me and Stevie-pops had a paper burning party in the garden. It was really cold and crisp but the warmth of the fire was lovely. I love stocking up old papers and things that need shredding and just having a bonfire in the garden. Much more fun than putting things threw the shredder. I grabbed my camera and took like 60 pictures. I love fire and I think it makes beautiful pictures. I love trying to find shapes and things in the flames. When you see a face its like the flames are alive! I even made a GIF! I've never made one before, I'm quite proud of my self :) I also did another page in my scrap/collage book. I've decided to stick all my memories in it that I've collected over the years, so I don't have to throw them away and there all stored away in a creative, fun, non cluttered way :)

Off to see the new Muppets film tonight! Can't wait! I'm such a kid its unreal but who doesn't love the muppets?! Animal is definitely my favourite, hes just so cool...and Beaker, gotta love him too! Hope you all have a great weekend!!



This week hasn't been a great one but its picked up towards the end. It was quite a struggle to remember to photo things this week, maybe because I hardly left my flat, but I just wasn't in a photo taking mood. I feel much better now though so this week should be different. This weekend is just chilling out and sorting out the last of my room. It's really starting to take shape now and I keep buying little boxes and cute storage things for my shelves. It's such a girly room now. My old room was black and white then purple and green so It's odd to have so many flowers and cutesie things. There's still loads of geek stuff like comics, lego and batman stuff everywhere so its a nice balance of me I think :)

I can't believe half of Feb has already gone! It's going crazy fast and I just realized that I only have like 3 1/2 months left of Uni...EEEEK! You'll probably see very little of me in the next few months. I have so much work to do its unreal.

04/02/12 - Dinner for 1...and it was yummy yummy!
05/02/12 - A rare glimpse of the sun
06/02/12 - This was a mistake but I thought it looked really cool
07/02/12 - The daunting white page of a sketch book...hate starting a painting haha
08/02/12 - The start of the most amazing egg sandwich EVER!
09/02/12 - My unicorn key!! I love it. It makes everyday magical.
10/02/12 - Yes we still have Christmas decorations to put away. Shameful.

How has you week been? Got any sweet plans for the weekend?


Studio Time

Pretty Handsome Awkward by The Used on Grooveshark

Yesterday was my first 'arty' day of the year. I didn't go into the studio because I still wasn't feeling 100% but I put on my painting music, which happens to be The Used, looked over my inspirational words a few times and got to it. I have no idea why The Used are my painting music. I suppose its cause I used to love them when I was a teenager and that's when I got serious about my drawing, It's not what I listen to anymore, normally, but I suppose if you listen to the song above and look at my paintings then it makes sense haha!

So yeh, psycho-analysing my music/art aside, here it is...my first painting in my Phobias project :) I'm not entirely sure what phobia this is, as this was just a sort of tester for style/colour/subject. I suppose it's 'fear of saying the wrong thing' or something along those lines.

Which reminds me...Pretty please can you all take a look at my phobias blog and submit yours? It really takes no time at all, it is completely anonymous, I cant stress this enough. I really desperately need all your submissions. So please please please take 2 minuets to just have a look. http://hollywooseyart.tumblr.com/ I'm not gonna stop asking till you do it :P