Art Journalling.

Art Journalling.

Hello my lovelies and happy Sunday! I hope you’re having a good weekend so far and are looking after yourself.

As you will have noticed, the day that this post is going up is a Sunday instead of my usual Saturday, and that’s because I’ve had to make a small change to my blogging schedule due to other stuff going on, so for the next few months posts will be up on Sundays instead on Saturdays!

So, over the last few weeks you may have also noticed something new about me.. I finally took the plunge and dyed my hair pastel pink! I absolutely love it and I think it’s my favourite colour so far!

Another thing that has been happening recently is that I’ve been making more time to work in my sketchbook which is becoming a bit like an art journal, sketchbook and scrapbook combo.

To get an idea of the sort of thing I mean, here’s one of my Pinterest boards of inspiration!

Now that you have a bit of an idea as to what I’m jabbering on about, here’s a few reasons why I love art journalling and 100% recommend it to everyone who loves getting creative and struggles to get out of their own head after a long day:

  • It’s relaxing and a great way to practice mindfulness.
  • I can jot down any ideas and thoughts I’ve had during the day.
  • It’s a way for me to practice and improve my creative skills.
  • It’s like a photo album of memories and thoughts you can look back on.

So now that you know some of the many reasons why I love art journalling, why don’t you grab yourself a cuppa, sit down, get out your art supplies and journal with me! And even if you’ve never tried journalling or are just curious as to what my sketchbook looks like, you can check out the video and photos below!

Here’s some of my favourite spreads, some are still works in progress that I plan on coming back to very soon!

You may have noticed that when it comes to my journal there isn’t huge amounts of text or writing, and there’s two reasons for that. One being that I don’t always know what to write. Two, I have never been good at writing down my exact thoughts, so instead I express them through other things like quotes. Another thing you will have noticed is that I like to feature unique words in my journal spreads, and that’s because I like finding words that I’ve never heard of before that I think are pretty and then research some that fit with the theme of my pages.

My love for journalling and working in my sketchbook has always been there, and over the last few weeks and months I’ve been dedicating more and more time to it and it’s done wonders for managing my mental health. Not to mention that I get to have a very pretty sketchbook after.

What’s your favourite spread in my journal/sketchbook? Do you have your own sketchbook or journal you like to work in? If you do, I’d love to see them, just tag me on instagram (@theweightofmyworlds) !

Well, that’s all from me for today my lovelies! Have a great rest of your weekend!

Love,

Victoria Signature
Easy Halloween Brownies And Pumpkins.

Easy Halloween Brownies And Pumpkins.

Hello my lovelies! How’s your week been? We’re slowly getting further into October which means we’re beginning to see Halloween decorations everywhere! And it feels like we’ve got ages until it’s actually Halloween, but just like Christmas it’ll creep up on us and before we know it, it’ll be here.

So, I decided I’d show you some quick and easy Halloween decorations, in the form of pumpkin carving and some yummy brownies! And to prove these are actually quick and easy, I did these in the space of 4 hours!

First up we’ve got the brownies. These are something anyone can do when you’re short on time and they’re really easy to do with kids. You can make them from scratch, or just use a box mix from Tesco like I did; it saves time and money! After baking them, the decoration was simple, some melted white chocolate, a bit of chocolate buttercream and decorations you can pick up with the box mix!

One thing I did with my brownies is add some orange zest and extract to give them something a bit extra. Here’s what they look like, basically, just chuck a load of spooky decorations onto the brownies and you’re good to go!

Here’s how I decorated them!

Now, onto the pumpkins!

These were super easy to make; you can do the classic face, cute face or you can use a stencil to do a more intricate design! And of course since stencilling makes it easier to do more complicated designs, I had to do my teacup!

And guess what, I’ve included two stencils for you to download and try for yourself!

Cute huh? Who said Halloween had to be scary anyway?! Here’s how the octopus looks carved!

Octopus Pumpkin

Another very quick way to jazz up your pumpkin is by adding costume accessories to them! Here I added a day of the dead hat and mask and used a melon baller to create eye’s. Top tip, for scooping out the middle of the pumpkin after getting rid of the seeds, I’d definitely recommend a melon baller, I found it surprisingly easier than a spoon! And it’s great for getting perfectly circular eyes!

And voila! You’ve got yourself some cool pumpkins that’ll impress and some yummy spooky brownies! What’s your favourite way to decorate pumpkins? Last year I painted mine! (You can take a look at them here.) Let me know in the comments!

Have a great rest of your weekend my lovelies!

Love,

Victoria Blog Signature
Halloween pumpkins brownies pin
Easy DIY Coasters.

Easy DIY Coasters.

Hello my lovelies! The heatwave is slowly starting to fade away a bit now, and I am so so happy about that! I’ve been feeling incredibly creative over the last few days and I’ve also been organising and de-cluttering my stuff. And this led to me finding loads of lollipop sticks that haven’t even been taken out of the packet. Whilst I was sat there drinking my tea trying to decide whether or not I should keep them, inspiration hit! I haven’t actually got any coaster sets, which is funny considering the amount of tea I drink!

And that led to this post, this week I’ve put together a super quick and easy coaster DIY you can do yourself at home.

DIY coasters

So…

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Lollipop sticks
  • Hot glue gun
  • Sharp scissors
  • Sand paper (or a good nail file will work)
  • Paint
  • Paint brush

Step 1 :

Cut the curved edges of the lollipop sticks off using the scissors (only do this if you want straight edges).

DIY coasters

Step 2 :

Hot glue gun the sticks into a square shape using small dots of glue so it doesn’t go everywhere.

Step 3 :

Add in a middle stick on one side of the square, then add in four more sticks to that same side as the middle stick with equal spaces.

Step 4 :

Next add in a middle stick on the other side going the same direction as the other sticks. Then add another middle stick going the opposite direction onto that same side along with two either side of the middle stick going the same way as the new one.

Step 5 :

Just flip it over, let the glue set and voila! You have a simple palette style coaster!

DIY coasters

Step 6 :

If you want a pop of colour, grab some acrylic paints and add on a design. You can free hand it like I did or use masking tape or stencils.

These can be made in whatever shape you want, whatever colour or pattern you want! I just love how quick and easy they are to make. In the photo below you can see an un-decorated, mint green and pastel pink coaster I made.

DIY coasters

And that’s it for today’s post! These make a great gift, you can make them for yourself or you could just make them because its fun to do! I like playing around with shapes, designs and colours. These are so simple, and can look quite expensive in my opinion!

I also like that you can get everything you need cheap online or in places like Hobbycraft, sometimes even places like Poundland

What do you think to these? Would you consider making them? Or have you made something similar before? Let me know in the comments!

Also, to keep up to date with what I’m up too during the week you can go follow me on Instagram, I’d love to see all of your beautiful faces!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Love,

Victoria Blog Signature

DIY coasters Pin Easy

Making A Capsule Wardrobe.

Making A Capsule Wardrobe.

Do you ever see those capsule wardrobe pictures on Pinterest and think about how nice they look? Yeah, me too. I’ve tried over and over again to create a wardrobe exactly like the ones on Pinterest and failed every time. Mainly because it meant throwing away loads of clothes I owned and spending loads of money to buy the pieces in the pictures.

So, after lots of thinking and going through my wardrobe about 5 times in the space on 2 months..(I think I’ve stocked my local charity shop for months now!) I managed to get my clothes down to what I feel good in and things I just can’t bear to get rid of. The final time I cleared out my wardrobe was last week, and I was pretty ruthless with everything because I used to be a bit of a hoarder and I buy way to many clothes anyway!(I used a clear out chart that I’ve put a bit further down for you to check out!)

With capsule wardrobes it’s important to note that how many pieces you have is an individual preference.

Why do I love capsule wardrobes? Here’s why:

  • They make getting ready easy.
  • They look pretty and chic.
  • Less space is taken up from clothes.
  • Everything is de-cluttered and organised.
  • It’s easy to pack for trips.
  • You can develop your own style.

Here’s my capsule wardrobe inspo:

Here’s how I cleared out my wardrobe. First of all I started by deciding roughly how many pieces I wanted my wardrobe to have. After a fair amount of thought, I came up with 40 pieces for an all year round capsule wardrobe; not including coats, gym wear, occasion wear and shoes. This is the method I used to clear out my clothes!

Clothes Detox

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After clearing out all the clothes you want to sell or donate, take a bit of time out before you refill your wardrobe with pieces you need. Have a go living with less clothing, and see how you get on.

If you’re like me and don’t wear a huge amount of colour, then you’ll find you probably see that you have already got a colour scheme, you just didn’t realise it. I don’t necessarily think that you need a strict colour palette when making a capsule wardrobe, so long as you love all the pieces and can make several outfits that you love with them. But if you do want a set colour scheme for you wardrobe but are unsure of where to start, here’s some ideas!

Colour Palettes

Now that you’ve decided on a colour scheme, I would recommend you decide which wardrobe staples you want, that can stay in your wardrobe all year round if you’re looking to rotate seasonal wardrobes.

Here’s most of my staples!! With my wardrobe, I’ve decided to have several pieces that are folded up and away from my typical wardrobe as I can then swap pieces throughout the year to make my clothes relevant to the season!

Finally, when you go shopping for clothes, try and invest in better quality pieces. I wont lie, I love Primark, so I do still get a lot of my pieces from there.. Mostly simple staples. I try and swap something new for something old where I can!

I hope this helps you make your own capsule wardrobe.. Or just sort through yours!! Have a great weekend everyone!

Love,

Victoria x Blog Signature

10 Mother’s Day Gifts Mums Actually Want

10 Mother’s Day Gifts Mums Actually Want

When Mother’s Day comes round it always feels like it’s getting earlier each year. Well, it feels like that in my house anyway! All you see in shops are mushy pink and red cards and chocolates. This year I decided to actually ask my mum what she likes getting for Mother’s Day and I thought I’d share some gift ideas I came up with; they’re all budget friendly so if you’re like me and are low on cash, don’t worry! I gave myself the task of all ideas being less than £30 or free.

Why have I decided to do this ideas list? Because all of the card and gift shops have the same stuff in them and they’re never very thoughtful. And when I asked my mum what she wanted she said this to me:

“Creme Eggs.. And I don’t mind what else as long as it’s thoughtful or useful, none of this cheesy crap.”

Haha, I love my mum.

So armed with my mums idea of something useful or thoughtful, and of course some chocolate, I’ve come up with 10 gift ideas you can try this Mother’s Day.

  1. The handmade card and flowers combo.

If you’ve got any funny memories or inside jokes with your mum like I have, then this is a great opportunity to make her laugh and remember good memories. You could add a photo of you both to it and get some flowers for her too, you can’t go wrong with flowers!

cards and flowers photos

  1. You could make coupons of vouchers for jobs you know your mum hates doing.

If your mum is anything like mine, then she probably dreads doing the ironing and washing. So why not give her homemade vouchers that she can use and you do the jobs she hates! Or if you don’t like the voucher idea, then stay up late the day before (if you live at home still) and do all of the jobs before she wakes up in the morning. She’d love the surprise!

 

  1. Wash her car.

Now, this one obviously applies if your mum owns a car. But if she does, with what the weather is constantly throwing at us, I doubt she’s has some time to get her car washed or do it herself. And there’s just something great about that fresh clean car smell!?

 

  1. Cook.

This one’s a classic. If you’ve thought about taking her out for lunch or dinner and then realised that funds are low, why not cook her favourite meal instead of forking out for it a restaurant (get it? Haha I’m too funny..). It’s often a lot cheaper to actually buy all of the ingredients for the meal than it is to have it cooked for you. Also, make sure you wash up after yourself, because the last thing your mum will want to do is tidy up the kitchen!!! Plus you get to keep any yummy leftovers!

 

  1. DIY hamper.

Hampers always goes down well, not only for days like Mother’s Day, but birthdays and Christmas presents. The good thing with hampers is that you can personalise them to whoever it’s for. For a Mother’s Day hamper, why not buy or make some bath bombs, add a few tea lights or pillar candles, some chocolates and a film and you’re good to go! All of it probably comes to about £17? Not bad if I say so myself.

diy gift hamper photos

 

  1. Mum Survival Kit

This one is very similar to the above, but you can add a few joke pressies in here. Get a cheap tote bag or gift bag, add in a bottle of wine or spirits, chocolates, ear plugs, a face mask and other little things like tissues etc.

 

  1. Take her out for lunch or dinner.

This one is the pricier of the bunch, but if you don’t usually have the chance to take her out for a meal, then it’s a nice surprise. And if you’re not an only child, you can always get your siblings to pitch in, that way it doesn’t break the bank too much!

 

  1. Make a photo book.

Photo books or blocks are good for any occasion. If you’ve got loads of family photos then pick out some of your favourites, maybe even some of your mum from when she was little, and create a photo book. You can get some printed for really cheap, I’ve used Tesco printing before and delivery was fast too.

 

  1. Homemade chocolates.

If you love cooking than this is a good one for you. Making chocolates doesn’t take too many ingredients and are pretty simple to make, just make sure you clean up afterwards! They can really impress your mum, especially if she never sees you in the kitchen! (A chocolate truffle recipe post will be here on Sunday!!)diy chocolate truffles collage

 

  1. Magazine Subscription.

Does your mum love putting her feet up with a good cuppa (or glass of wine 😉 ) and sitting down with a magazine? Then why not find out which magazine she loves and get her a years subscription, some cost under £15 for the year, and that way your mum gets a little something every month!

 

And obviously if all else fails, then breakfast in bed is always a good shout, just make sure it’s not too burnt!! I hope this gives you a hand in picking our a good present and all the mums out there have a lovely Mother’s Day (it’s the 11th of March in case you weren’t sure)!!

Love,

Victoria x Blog Signature