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Make Your Own Alpaca Pin Cushion

My sister has got to be the hardest person to buy for in our family and as her birthday was coming up, I sent her the obligatory ‘What do you want for your birthday?’ text message. She has recently taken up sewing, so I got the reply ‘a pom-pom pin cushion please’. With no more clues given, I turned to Google for help. A quick search lead me find this little chap and I thought how absolutely brilliant is that.

A pom pom pin cushion is what she wants, so a pom pom pin cushion is what she will get (the fact there is an alpaca attached to it is an added bonus). Here is how I made it:

Luckily, Alpacas are quite easy to get hold of these days. I managed to bag myself two Alpaca Stallions from Amazon without too much difficultly.

The Alpaca saddles are made out of felt. I brought an assorted pack of patterned orange because I get the feeling Alpaca’s like orange.

Lookin’ good there, Mr. Alpaca.

The next stage involves lots of little pom poms and Gorilla superglue.

Look at his mate waiting patiently in the background for his turn.

Now for the big pom pom. Pick you colours carefully before you superglue, that Gorilla glue is serious stuff.

Don’t forget to do both sides, you don’t want an uneven looking Alpaca.

Ta-da! Here are the finished Alpaca’s doing their pin cushion job.

Hope you enjoyed this little how-to post. Let me know what you think in the comments. Have you made anything similar? I’d love to see your creations! (Also, Happy Birthday to Vicky – I hope you like your new sewing buddies!)

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Anti-Stress Dot-To-Dot

If you read my previous post, you will know I have been feeling a little stressed lately. One of my stress reducing ideas was to have regular breaks from studying and go do something different. So that is exactly what I have done this week. I felt inspired after reading Rebecca’s Stress Buster Adult Colouring Book post and found myself this little Anti-Stress Dot-To-Dot book by Emily Wallis.

The fact it had a cat on the cover pretty much sold it to me.

Admittedly, I did wonder how this would make me feel relaxed. Just looking at all those tiny numbers was a little stressful at first.

Anyhow, I located the star (number 1) and got started. You have to concentrate so much, there is no time for thinking or worrying. So I can see how this a therapeutic activity.  I’m using a Staedtler pigment liner 0.1 which is perfect as the dots are quite close together.

The cool thing is, you have no idea what the picture is when you begin. It gradually becomes apparent the more you draw. It means you don’t want to put the pen down until you find out, so you stay focused right until the very end.

Ta-da! The finished drawing. I thought my fox needed a little colour to liven him up.

You can’t help but feel chilled when you colour in with felt tips.

I found these Crayola pens which turn out to be really good for shading.

Mr Fox in colour.

A tree (in progress)

The illustrations are so detailed and intricate. I think they look very impressive even if you decide not to colour them in.

Once you get into a rhythm of connecting the dots, time just disappears and you feel completely chilled out. It doesn’t have to be super neat either, as Emily says in the book, one missed dot won’t make a huge difference to the picture overall – so just have fun with it and feel the stress melt away.

Have you tried an anti-stress dot-to-dot before? Did you enjoy it? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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10 Ideas For Your Bullet Journal

Ahhh! This week has been crazy busy for me and I have barely had time for social media, let alone updating my blog. I am currently doing a group project at uni which involves numerous team meetings and presentations that have been taking up a lot my energy *head exploding emoji*. Despite the busyness, I have enjoyed keeping my new bullet journal up to date and have found it a useful way to stay organised. I thought this week I would share with you a few ideas if you are looking for bullet journal inspiration. 

The cool thing about bullet journalling is that you can start simple and add different ideas and lists as the weeks go on. Each new week is a chance to explore your creativity. All you need is a blank notebook and you can begin. I am using the awesome personalized notebook I received from Tangible Stationery Co.

 To Do List

This is a handy way to ensure you do not forget anything important each week. Sometimes we do not know exactly when we will be able to complete a task so this list can give you the freedom to decide if you have time to fit it in on the day.

Weekly goals

These can be anything from blogging goals, fitness goals, spending goals, study/work goals, social media goals, anything and everything you want to aim towards.

Exercise Tracker

An exercise tracker is so motivational and colouring in a square is very rewarding after the workout is complete. This week I am tracking yoga, swimming, gym and walking. Each week you have the flexibility to add or remove different activities.

Healthy Habits

It always good to ensure you are getting enough exercise, but other habits such as sleep, drinking water and relaxation time are important to monitor too.

Meal Planner

Using a bullet journal to plan ahead and decide what you are eating everyday is a great way to ensure you are following a balanced diet. It’s also an idea to track alcohol intake if you want to cut down.

Blog and social media stats

Keeping a log of blogging and social media stats is a cool way to see how you are doing online. You could also include the amount of time you spend on social media and the frequency in which you post if that is something you want to analyse.

Books, films and TV 

Listing books, films and TV shows is a fantastic reminder to schedule in daily relaxation time and make sure you don’t miss your favourite episodes!

Birthdays and anniversaries

Jotting down all the important dates is a great way to make sure you do not forget anything and means you can plan ahead when it comes to buying cards and gifts.

Gratitude list

Writing a daily gratitude list is thought to increase levels of positivity and improve well-being. It can also help you to notice and appreciate all the good things in life.

Favourite moments

This is the perfect way to remember the best bits of the week and nice to reminisce on at a later date.

Do you have a bullet journal or have you written a post on bullet journaling? If so, please share your links in the comments – I’d love to see other ideas!


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