Sunday, 27 December 2015

Etsy Shop Feature: The Doting Granny

This is likely my final post of 2015 and I'm so glad that it's featuring a small British business! The Doting Granny's Etsy shop boasts the cutest array of hand crafted clothing, accessories, jewellery, home d├ęcor, furniture... the works. Multitalented much!

The item that I'm featuring is an item of furniture. It shall look lovely in my new living room as I'm going to decorate it in a really cutesy way.... It's an actual toad-stool (excuse the pun).

It's been lovingly hand painted and then varnished so it's nice and shiny as well as being hardwearing. As this came for me at Christmas time, there's some cute little snow flakes and silver glittery paint on the underside as well as some glittery toadstool decals.

I love my cute stool. It's absolutely lovely and I cannot wait to display it in my new home. Definitely check out Doting Granny on Etsy as her stuff really is enchanting!

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Christmas Break

Hello lovelies! Just to let you know that I shall be taking a short break over Christmas. Work has been very busy and I'd really like a chilled break over the holiday period. I shall be posting again in the new year of course.

My blog is actually almost a year old - gosh how time flies! I love posting on here and I'm so glad that I finally got around to creating my own standalone blog rather than chipping in on various collab blogs.

If I don't manage to post before the big day, then have an amazing Christmas and you can definitely look forward to some great content in the New Year. I shall be eating lots and getting very merry over Christmas!!

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Tattoos FAQ

Do they hurt?
Yes, they obviously did hurt.. but it's bearable. It honestly depends where the tattoo artist is tattooing but my wrist was particularly painful as was my inner bicep. If you think about it, if people are able to put up with the pain for many hours.. it cannot be that bad! Please do not be concerned about the pain involved in getting a tattoo, just accept that it is going to feel uncomfortable and go for it.

Do you have a job? If so, how did you get a job with those?
Yes, I work in a Further Education College. I wear long sleeves at work so despite being heavily tattooed on my arms, they are completely covered. I have worn short sleeves though and have had no complaints. Tattoos are becoming much more acceptable in society nowadays, but definitely look into your career choices to double check that being tattooed won't cause you any problems further down the line.

How long did they take?
I've probably been tattooed for around 30 hours in total (so far!)

How much did they cost?
For tattoos, you get what you pay for. I have always gone for quality rather than cheap prices. If you'd like actual numbers, I've paid between £80-£100 ish per hour depending on the artist. 

Should I tip my tattoo artist?
I have done in the past. In the UK, it's not essential.. it's definitely more common in the USA but my artist was fairly taken aback when I tipped him. It's a nice thing to do though as being a Tattoo Artist is a very difficult and demanding occupation.

What do I do for aftercare?
For me, what works is applying hemp and jojoba oil for the first day or so. I then switch to applying a small amount of Bepanthen (nappy rash ointment). After around a week, I switch to cocoa butter. Whenever the tattoo feels dry, I apply a small amount of product (at least every morning and night). I also washed my tattoos around 2-3 times a day during the healing period. All of mine healed within 2 weeks of being done while using this method. Everyone is different though so what works for me may not work for you.

Here are a couple of pictures of some of my tattoos..

I shall definitely get around to posting more body mod advice when I get a spare minute. I have had quite a few piercings in the past and I get a lot of questions about my septum which I still have in. 

Friday, 4 December 2015

Etsy Shop Feature: Naomi Heulwen

Naomi Heulwen is a British Etsy Shop focussed on the creation of beautiful jewellery and accessories themed around wildlife. Each piece begins with an illustration done by hand. The drawings are then cut by hand and coloured on shrink plastic. They are then covered with a layer of clear resin to keep the lovely design safe from any water damage before being attached to a necklace, brooch etc.

My favourite item from Naomi Heulwen is my gorgeous fairy rabbit necklace. The necklace features a lovely wild rabbit surrounded by stag antlers and glittery fairy wings. It's hung on a lovely pale blue/lilac chain which I love as it's sturdy as well as cute. I get so many compliments when I wear this out, it has definitely become one of my most worn necklaces. It's just beautiful and the glitter on the wings really sets the piece off.

I also love my cute house sparrow brooches. They are currently living on my H! By Henry Holland Bumble Bee Parka Coat which they look very cute on. I love how shiny the resin makes them, they feel very secure and professionally made. It's quite evident that Naomi has worked with resin for a long time as they are flawless. I also love my 3 gorgeous purple flower brooches which are just gorgeous and my precious little bird nest.

Naomi's work is amazing - everything is so dainty, beautiful and magical. I 100% recommend that you check out her shop and have a look at everything. She even does commissions so if you'd like her to draw your pet and make it into a piece then definitely give her a message. Her work definitely stands out as exceptional and who wouldn't want a gorgeous statement necklace or a cute brooch?! Find her on Facebook here, and Tumblr here.

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Review: June Fox Studio @ Etsy

June Fox Studio is filled with wall decals which are British wildlife themed. There's snakes, hedgehogs, frogs etc. They're so cute and educational for kids too! I know how realistic they look, they're quirky and different. I went for the toadstool ones, 'fly agaric' variety, which are the red and white ones which we're all familiar with.
There's some facts about the toadstools on the packet which were interesting to read and the stickers look fab on my wall. They're really detailed, the print is amazing quality. I'm so pleased with my mushroom stickers, definitely check out June Fox Studio for lots of cute wildlife themed decals.