Christmas Card Exchange
Hello everyone, my blog had been offline for a little while as I was moving hosts. I plan to talk about that in another post.
I also made a new site called Cute Magic. >.<
Christmas is not far away and I would love to see if anyone is interested to exchange snail mail cards with me?
This year I had a new design printed in postcard form. I am quite happy with how it turned out. Here is a sneak.
If you are interested just leave a comment and I will email you, or send an email to email@example.com and I will get back to you.
I may not be able to afford to send a card to everyone, but please ask and I will do my best.
1. Want to exchange cards?
2. Are you sending cards this year?
3. Do you include anything with your cards? (I usually like to include a note and a little gift, I think it’s fun.)
4. What is on your Christmas wishlist?
I love macarons. They are so beautiful, so tasty and just awesome in general.
Nicole is cool
Today I received some adorable gifts in the mail from my dear friend Nicole. So many adorable gifts that I love. I have been a bit spoilt with gifts lately, but I am going to be good and send some in return. I promise.
1. Owl tee, 2. 2015 Diary, 3. Owl Journal, 4. Sun & Moon friendship necklace, 5. Owl noodle head cute thing, 6. Hello Kitty reindeer, 7. Hilarious card, 8. Stickers, 9. 2014 Diary and 10. Special message from an adorable boy.
Thank you so so so so so so so so much Nicole not only for sending me these gifts that I love and cherish, but also sending gifts for my mum and dad that they love too. <3 You rock suck forever.
Gifts from Silver
Today I received a very wonderful surprise in the mail. Some lovely gifts from my friend Silver. It was a true delight to open the parcel and find so many adorable notebooks, tidbits and a cuddly owl plushie. Thank you Silver, times a trillion billion cupcakes.
This entry is very image heavy and I took the photos at night (I was too excited to wait longer for daylight ).
I would like to introduce everyone to my latest project, Giraffe Host. What is Giraffe Host? It is a free hosting service for personal website owners. I really missed hosting many people and decided that I should just do it. So I did.
When I began hosting websites in 2008 with Bubble Hosting it was something that I really enjoyed doing, and was able to provide free space to over 400 people. Last time I made a few mistakes that I intend to avoid this time (such as upgrading when isn’t necessary and offering paid options).
I like to have projects to work on that have a positive vibe and I am glad I can do this. I hope I can be a free host that is helpful and useful.
Step on over to giraffe.host and signup if you need some free space of your own.
Floating Elephant Fella
A few weeks ago I received a wonderful gift in the mail from the very talented Jess Racklyeft of Jesses Mess. It was so kind of Jess to send me a print of a very adorable floating Elephant, card and bookmark.
30 Before 30: Blog Categories
This is an update to my 30 before 30 goals. I have successfully gone through all 500+ entries on my blog and placed them in appropriate categories (I’m trying to keep it simple too). It was quite easily the simplest goal of the 30, so at least I have one item off the list.
Here are some things I learned while going through all these entries.
- From 2005 to 2003 I sound crazy, bizarre and can’t spell at all.
- Sometime after 2006 I seemed to gain a few more brain cells (a few).
- I seemed to have constant struggles with mental lows and highs.
- Sometimes my spelling is still pretty bad.
- I am not going to try and organise my tags, because they are just doing their own thing…
Now, just 29 more goals before I turn 30 on the 11th of March 2017.
- When did you first start blogging?
- How far back do your blog entries go on your current blog?
- Have you changed since your first entries?
I recently brought a number of cute little items I had to share. They are kind of simple, but make me smile. This entry is very image heavy.
30 before 30
Inspired by a post that Jem made on her blog, I decided that I would make a list of 30 things to do before I turn 30, which will be on the 11th of March 2017. My hope is that it will inspire me to do many of the things I want and have a realistic ‘deadline’ for them.
- Solid mental health plan
Making sure I have a good mental health plan is important. If you struggle with mental illness you will understand how complicated it can be. Mental health plan can include, ‘feeling well’ having the right medication, good people to speak with if there is a problem, direction on how to get help and where to go if I need help.
- Plan a future
See a future for myself and decide what I am going to do there. Maybe study, work on my business, work for someone else? Decide and move forward.
- Work or Study
Once I have decided on my future plans, I should be working or studying towards some goals. I might update this once I know what I am doing, yay.
- Save don’t spend
I need to take money a little more seriously and really save it. Rather than just spending on random things I don’t need.
- Write/Illustrate a children’s book
I have wanted to do this for at least 15 years and haven’t yet. I need to write, illustrate and publish my own book for the kiddies.
- Pink Hair
I must have pink hair again at least once before I turn 30. If I could have it consistently pink that would be awesome (but I don’t think the hair could handle the constant bleaching…. )
- Write a lost letter
Write a letter to each person that I have lost and tell them everything I wanted to say since they have passed. This would be a really good healing experience, but I have been scared to do it.
- See Nicole & Claire
If I do not see Nicole and Claire in person again before I am 30, I fail at life, forever.
- Curb domain addiction
Only buy domains that I have an actual use for, and let go of ones I have never used…. YES.
- Stay vegetarian(ish)
I have never really liked eating meat, and made the decision to stop eating it (besides fish). I hope that I will continue to do this, because personally it feels right.
- 10 photo shoots
Take 10 photography shoots that each have 10 high quality images. These must all be planned, have a purpose and creative incentive. They can not be 10 random images of things I have brought.
- Write more often
I used to write poetry and fiction a lot. I should do this as much as I can, say at the very very least once a week!
If I do not stop and appreciate what I have and who I have in my life then I am ignoring some really important parts of the whole big picture. Even though I may have some struggles, I still have to realise that I am lucky in many many ways and should see that and appreciate.
- Travel Overseas
It can include via plane or boat, but must be another country. (Note to self, Tasmania is not another country, so when I go there, it doesn’t count)
- Travel to Tasmania
Because it looks so amazing. But, it does not count as another country.
- Create art
I have softly stepped into traditional art and I should expand on this and be fearless in my approach to creative expression though artistic mediums.
- Learn current web standards
I am pretty much out of the loop with current web standards, so I need to relearn responsive design and everything to try and make some new designs.
- Make my own blog layout
Once I have caught up on current web standards, I should then make my own layout/theme for my blog!
- Stop smoking
Because this would be healthy.
I should volunteer my time for a charity that really needs it, and help them in any way they need. Preferably not just a one time thing!!
- 30 day creative challenge
Create something significantly creative everyday for 30 days. For instance, a small little five minute vector does not count, it has to have had more effort put in or a forfeit.
- Create Stationery
I have always wanted to make my own memo pads, journals, pens, stickers, cards and more and I should!
- Stop drinking soda/pop
I know how bad this stuff is for me, yet I seem to have a big problem with letting it go. If I can, I know I will feel a lot better too.
- Fix blog categories
Waaaah. Why did I have to put this here…
- Keep a journal/diary
I am really good at starting diaries, but then failing to keep them. I know how important they are to express all the feels and also a clear record of emotions and events that pass. DOOO IIIITTT.
I love to read and I should be continually doing this. Reading at least 20 books each year (hopefully more).
- Healthy Weight
Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight would be fantastic and very important.
- Blog Matter
Have Blog Matter running properly and able to connect bloggers to each other. It can happen.
- Drive more
I am not a confident driver, so I am not going expect myself to have a full license by 30, but to have at least been trying to drive more often and become more familiar with it.
- Accept 30 is not the end of the world
Because it isn’t!
There, that’s not so hard. What am I waiting for? :P
There have been a lot of things going on recently. Most of them have been ‘dsjdkhiuhasdajkh DOOM’ but there have also been a few good things too.
I have had ear trouble for the last five months. It started as an ear infection, then turned into something that the last four doctors don’t know what it is (yay). So I have to wait until November to see a specialist. At least twice a month if gets so much pressure/throbbing and builds up with fluid and really hurts. After a while it kind of leaks out. Ew.
My mum went on holiday for two weeks so I had some time to myself. I did miss her, so it was nice to see her when she got back.
My dear cat Tigger who was around 17 passed away. She got very ill and was at the vet for a week. It was first thought she had an infection, but it looks more likely it was some form of bowel cancer. The vet suggested we have her put down, but we couldn’t do it. I wish we had of done that now, because her death was very hard.
My dads bird Flapper (who was around 5) also passed away. I am not sure what happened, but he suddenly got very quiet. We brought him inside the day before he died, I checked on him a lot. But he passed away while I was not with him (I don’t like anything to be alone if it is going to pass) so that was sad.
I have made some progress on my ‘mental health battle’. I was able to speak with a health professional who actually listened and seemed to care. So I have a start, in hopefully a good direction.
Kate sent me some lovely gifts, a cute owl friend and a lovely candle that smells really nice. The card was also wonderful! (Image of these under the cut.) THANK YOU!