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!
Hello my lovelies! Can you believe we’re nearly in August? It’s madness. But even in saying that, I keep thinking we must be at the end of the year already, and I think that’s because lockdown is over. Do you feel the same way?
Anyway, onto what today’s post is about; my July favourites.
Over the last month or two I’ve picked up a few things that have quickly become favourites of mine, some are beauty and hair products, some are craftings supplies, and some are things I’ve been meaning to buy myself for ages.
With all that said and done, let’s get into it!
Number 1. My new bedding!
I picked this up from Amazon and it is so insanely soft and I think it looks really cute. I’m always a bit suspicious of getting bedding online just because you never know how it will actually feel against the skin but I am more than impressed with this! I am sleeping soundly with this set, they only downside is that I don’t want to get out of bed in the morning!
Number 2 . My sketchbook and new washi tapes!
Many of you will know that I absolutely love art (and if you didn’t, feel free to check out my sketchbook tour post!) and over the last month I made the decision to actively start studying and practicing drawing and creating artwork more. One of the things I picked up for my new sketchbook is a load of washi tapes that are so incredibly pretty! I got them all from small sellers on Etsy and I really love the aesthetic my sketchbook has.
Number 3 . My wireless earbuds.
I had been meaning to buy some of these for the longest time and kept trying to convince myself it would be a waste of money, but these get used all the time. I got these with an Amazon deal for around £25 and I didn’t realise it when I bought these, but the case charges the earbuds as well as keeping them safe which is great for when you’re on the go. The charge on these lasts for days too and they’re noise cancelling so they’re great for travelling.
Number 4 . Native deodorant and body wash.
For the last 5-6 years I’ve struggled with psoriasis, and someone I unfortunately get flare ups is under my arms. Because of this, I have to be extra careful with what deodorants and body washes I use, as a lot of them can set my psoriasis off. I came across Native products when listening to my favourite podcast (the Trypod by the Try Guys, its hilarious and I love those guys) and used discount code ‘Tryguys’ to get a deal on everything. Native is paraben, sulfate, aluminium and harsh ingredient free and tells you exactly what’s in their products which is perfect for people who have sensitive skin. Plus their scents are so good! My personal favourite is cotton and cedarwood which is a seasonal scent for them!
Number 5 . My earrings.
With undertaking my project 333 wardrobe I’ve been accessorising more than before if you can believe it! I’ve been wearing these pairs of earrings quite a lot, with my all time favourites being the cute boba tea cups! The alien ones are from Asos and the others are from small businesses on Etsy!
Number 6 . Shea Moisture hair products.
Since beginning my curly hair journey, I’ve been trying all sorts of products on my hair and one brand that just seems to work for me is Shea Moisture. And I had to feature these in my July faves because I finally got my hands on their ‘Manuka Honey and Yoghurt Hydrate and Repair’ line! Every time I’ve tried to find these they’ve been out of stock everywhere but I finally managed to get them from my local superdrug! These products make my hair feel so soft and healthy and are curly girl friendly (no sulfates or silicones). One thing I will say is that they are pricey, so try and get them when there’s a deal on!
I found about about this eyeliner from a Buzzfeed As Is video where they had people try this out and the results and review of the liner made me want to try it for myself. I love a good cat eye liner but they take me about 20 minutes to actually draw them on and they’re never even so using a stamp which makes them exactly the same is ideal for me. I’ve been trying these out and it literally takes my less than 5 seconds to have a cat eye!
Number 8 . A Reusable cup with straw from Killstar.
Do you find that you drink my water when you have it in a certain cup or through a straw? Just me? Well I bought this cup from Killstar and it fits about a pint of water in it, and I probably fill this thing up more than 8 times a day. It’s so pretty and encourages me to stay hydrated, so it had to be a favourite for this month.
I couldn’t not have all of my new makeup in my favourites. All of the products are of such a high quality and Glossier’s ethos around beauty and makeup is so lovely, focusing on enhancing your natural beauty rather than changing how you look to fit others opinions. When I put my makeup on I feel super cute and it gives me a little extra boost for the day.
Number 10 . DIY floral glass bottles and jars.
I was scrolling through tiktok and came across a video by @new.yorkie where she had made these beautiful floral glass bottles, and it inspired me to recycle some old nutella jars and a wine bottle myself! I went out and picked some flowers, dried them (you can use baking paper and an iron to speed the process up) and then decoupage them onto the bottle and jars! Once the flowers have dried the glue goes clear and you have these extremely pretty bottles and jars! I’m using the jars as savings containers and I’m looking to make some more bottles as bedroom decor.
And those are my 10 favourites for this month! Have you got any of these in your home? What’s in your favourite things for this month? Let me know in the comments!
I think my all time favourite for this month had to be between my sketchbook and washi tapes, diy floral bottles and glossier makeup! I use creativity and art as a form of selfcare so I’m loving my new projects I’m working on, and putting on my new makeup makes me feel amazing so that had to be right up there.
Well, that’s all from me for today my loves! Have a great weekend and don’t forget your mask if you’re heading out!
Happy Saturday my lovelies! How’s your week been? It feel like ages ago since my last post but it’s only been two weeks! Last weekend I decided to take some time out for myself to just relax, as it was a pretty stressful few weeks for me, so taking some me time was needed. But good news, as you can see, I’m back!
In my weekend off, I spent some time relaxing by doing some of my many hobbies; in particular – working on a new art project! Part of the reason why I decided to work on my new project was because I was talking to my amazing work colleagues and it was said that I should do a sketchbook tour! And you know what, I thought that it’s a great idea!!
For those of you that don’t know about my past, I have always loved art. Whether it’s drawing, sculpting, painting, photography or printing, I absolutely love it! At school I did a gcse in art and design and then another in fine art, and then in sixth form I did a-level art and design alongside textiles and IT and then I finally went on to do a pre-degree in art and design! After all of that I then worked in a small art gallery for several years!
I’ve also taken part in several life drawing lessons, which I will tell you now, it is not as weird as you might think! You may think that drawing a naked person in front of you is very intimidating and possibly even funny (which on my first lesson I will admit I did giggle a bit), but you quickly get used to it and it soon becomes a very relaxing experience.
So, because I’ve spent so much of my life studying art, I have quite a lot of sketchbooks. And so, today I’m going to be giving you a sketchbook tour and showing you some of my favourite pages from my many sketchbooks!
Let’s get into it!
I created the following sketchbooks during my gcse’s:
These ones were from my A-Levels:
And here’s my work from my pre-degree!
I’ve got a huge folder full of drawings from way way back in the early 2010’s and then I have life drawings too, so here’s some of my favourites from them!
And, after all of those, here’s my life drawings! Please be aware that life drawing does mean you’re about to see naked bodies!! So if you’re not into that then please scroll through.
And finally, here’s a page in my most recent sketchbook!
Well, that’s all of my sketchbooks and individual pieces I have to show you today! Have you got a favourite piece?
Looking back on my artwork and how it’s evolved, changed and improved over time was something I didn’t realise would be so much fun! And it’s given me some well needed motivation and passion boost to keep on drawing more and more. Thinking about all of my artwork reminds me of how much time I have spent practicing drawing, and how much of my spare time I would spend on my hobby. I think part of the reason why I spent and continue to spend so much time on creative outlets is because I used to live in the middle of nowhere, so going out to play with friends wasn’t really an option, so that is part of the reason and the other reason is that it’s super relaxing to sit with music playing and a pencil in hand!
And with all of that said, that’s all from me for today! I’m off to go do a bit of work and then start on a new piece! Wish me luck!