April 24, 2014

Perfectionism

Perfection… I was planning a tutorial post for today but I decided to share instead – I know you’re thinking “I’d rather have a DIY post” but oh well maybe later this week, today I want to chat about perfection – when I say chat I mean more talk to myself and hope that someone out there is reading this agreeing or disagreeing with me. I was on Facebook yesterday when I came across a post by Holly of Charm and Gumption – I’ve gushed about her before and as always her latest post hit me right in the gut, well not literally but you know what I mean – it spoke to me (figuratively of course, I don’t hear voices…) Holly’s post was about dealing with perfectionism and it is awesome. She explains her story a bit and shares some helpful tips on how to deal with it.

I tend to agree with Holly when she says that these days we seem to consider perfectionism a good thing. I think most people like to do things and do them well which isn’t really considered perfectionism it’s just the way most people are. I think the true meaning of the word has been clouded over and has become the latest ‘it’ thing like Aztec or Ombre their popular so everyone has to have it – but for people like myself and Holly who really do have perfectionism it sucks, like seriously sucks. Like the kind sucky feeling you get when you’re so excited about a trip to the beach and all of a sudden it rains. Maybe more than that… I don’t know but it’s seriously sucky. 

Being a perfectionist literally consumes my days, if I’m working on a project I plan it, plan it and plan it some more – I over plan it because I HAVE to get it right, it’s simply just not acceptable if it comes out okay or even good… it has to be perfect. Like exactly the way I pictured in my head when I came up with the idea. Anything less and it’s simply not okay.

I cannot tell you the number of projects I’ve thrown out because they weren’t perfect even though in reality they were pretty darn close. Everyone thinks I’m being a drama queen about these little things but the simple truth is that I just can’t handle it if it’s not perfect, like it makes me feel as if I’m about to burst into tears and that I’m no good at anything. It’s hard feeling like that but that’s the way it is. For the most part people don’t know just how obsessive I can be – unfortunately I also suffer from OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) Anxiety and I’m a hypochondriac (don’t laugh it’s not funny, it’s scary) I don’t know why I have to be such a complex human being but for the most part I know that this is who I am and this is the way God made – flawed and imperfect. 

I’m okay with that… mostly. Sometimes I read the blogs of other wonderful blogger friends and I see how pretty they are, how gorgeous their projects are or their houses or photography and it just makes me sad. I wonder why I’m not like that, why I’m not ‘perfect’ like everyone else. But then I realise that although it may seem like it – those people I adore and admire aren’t perfect, they are just like me: flawed, imperfect and special. Because no-one is perfect, that’s the way it’s meant to be because like my mum always says “what kind of a world would it be if we were all the same” and that’s so true.

So for the most part I try to rock my perfectionism, as hard as it is to live with, as crippling as it can be I rock it because I know that other people out there are like that too – and that makes me feel better, that other people know what it’s like to feel like you’re about to cry because your project isn’t ‘perfect’ or because your blog isn’t as pretty as someone else’s. Reading Holly’s post made me want to talk about this with all of you – because I know that there are people reading this right now going “OMG, I’m like that!” because that is what I did when I read Holly’s article and reading her post about how she suffers from perfectionism and reading the tips she shared on dealing with it made me feel better. Like I’m not alone, like it’s okay to admit I struggle on an almost daily basis because someone else out there understands as well.


So anyone out there who said “OMG, I’m like that” when you read this post, check out Holly’s post – you’ll love it and leave a comment below sharing your story or whatever, because we shouldn’t hide our flaws, it’s not nice to others or ourselves to pretend we are perfect. We are all imperfect, flawed and special – so rock it!!


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April 20, 2014

Happy Easter



Happy Easter everyone!!! I hope your Easter is a wonderful day with family and friends. Stay safe, have fun and try sneak in a spot of chocolate! 

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April 16, 2014

Do-It-Yourself Cuddly Teddy Bear



Easter is only 4 days away (or 5 if you count Sunday) which means it’s now time to be seriously thinking about your kiddos Easter baskets. When I was a kid we got Easter eggs of course but we also got things like books, a new outfit or something we could cherish. Easter was never just about chocolate for us, it was more about family and being grateful for what we have been given. We may not be a family that attends church every Sunday but we believe and I think that is okay too. So for today’s tutorial I’m sharing a little project that you can whip up while watching television and pop in the kids Easter basket for something other than chocolate. It’s my Do-It-Yourself Cuddly Teddy Bear!


I made this little teddy in a few hours and I hand stitched everything but it could be made a lot quicker if you used a machine for certain things. I used a combination of hand stitching and hot gluing for certain things but really this little cutie came together quite quickly and it was something fun to do while watching television at night. I love the fact that she’s not perfect, she’s a little crooked and her smile isn’t perfectly straight but I love her and she is cute and cheery and any little kiddo would love her all the same. Kids don’t care about how much something costs or that it doesn’t look perfect they love things with all their hearts and enjoy the gifts they receive and that is truly beautiful. So let’s make ourselves a Cuddly Teddy Bear! 


April 11, 2014

Do-It-Yourself Easter Wreath



Easter is getting closer but there is still time to decorate you house for the festive Easter season. This year I wanted to keep my Easter d├ęcor simple – I don’t have a lot in my house actually, the wreath on our door and my centrepiece on the table. That’s it… I am thinking of adding a fun pom pom garland but I won’t be adding much more than that. This Easter I wanted to keep things simple so when it came time to make my wreath I knew what I wanted and got cracking. I kept it simple by using twine, paper flowers and a cute fluffy bunny which made this Do-It-Yourself Easter Wreath a quick and simple little project.


Although this project is quick and simple, there is a lot of repetition in it – wrapping the twine for example with take you a few hours but can easily be done watching a movie or your favourite TV show so it’s not a hard task if you ask me.  Making the flowers is super fun and also very quick – I love making paper flowers and after I finish my Easter cards I’ll be making more for my quick wreath swap over after Easter.  So let’s make ourselves a Simple Easter Wreath.


April 7, 2014

DIY Easter Centerpiece



April has arrived which means Easter is near and this year I actually wanted to get some decorations up for Easter Saturday rolled around. But as per usual I was about 3 days late getting my decorations organised but at least they will be up in enough time to enjoy them as Easter rolls around. Today I’m sharing my simple and cute DIY Easter Centrepiece that I created to sit in the centre of our dining table. It is currently sitting next to a large vase of beautiful pale pink/cream coloured chrysanthemums (my birth flower) and it looks so cute together!! I cannot wait to separate the remaining flowers into little milk bottles either side of the centrepiece!


This simple DIY Easter Centrepiece comes together in just a few simple steps and if you already have everything on hand it’s even quicker!

You Will Need:
·       Small glass plate (I used a spare candle plate)
·       Shredded tissue paper in chosen colour/s
·       Tiny fluffy chicken (optional)
·       Pom-Pom Easter bunny
·       Easter eggs


Step 1: Clean your candle plate/dish and add some shredded tissue. Try to create a little nest with the paper, be sure not to add too much and to get rid of as many straggling strands of paper hanging over the sides. It’s not totally possible as you can see with mine but a few stray strands gives it a more rustic, realistic look.


Step 2: Add your bunny! I created my bunny using two pom-poms I had made for a Christmas decoration I never finished and I just loosely follow this photo tutorial and personalised my bunny the way I wanted. Once you’ve made your bunny, pick a spot and move some of the tissue paper around to create a well of sorts for your bunny to sit in, this helps keep the bunny upright (mine fell forward a bit) and makes it look more natural.


Step 3: Layer in your eggs. We bought some yummy Turkish Delight Easter eggs when we grabbed the tissue paper and I added a couple of these, nestled into the tissue paper – digging them into the paper by creating a well (like the bunny) I only added four at a time and I will replace them when someone eats one J


Step 4: (Optional)  Add your chicken! I wanted my chicken to sit on top of one of my Easter eggs so I grabbed a small blob of blue tac and pushed it into his little feet and secured him to the egg. I wanted him to be able to sit above the tissue but still look natural all the same.


I told you it was simple!! In just 4 simple steps you can create a super cute and easy DIY Easter themed centrepiece for your table. I just love the way the whole thing turned out and if I’m honest, this was my 2nd try. I did the whole thing first with blue tissue paper but with the mix of gold, grey and blue something just didn’t look right. So when we stopped in at the grocery store for some forgotten tissues and I saw this yummy cream coloured tissue paper I snagged it ($2!) and swapped it all over and now I just LOVE the final product. My Easter colours are cream/white and blue with touches of grey. I hope you enjoyed my first tutorial in a while. I’ve got another Easter themed one coming up soon, plus another two tutorials I made and photographed over the weekend so more is coming to the blog!!


I’ve also added a bunch more stuff to my Etsy Store (with more to come) so I’d love it so much if you could head on over and see if there is something that catches your eye!! And have a Happy Monday!! 





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March 30, 2014

Etsy



As  most of you all know, I re-opened my Etsy store a few weeks ago after a LONG hiatus and just last night I listed my first physical items which have been sooo long in the process but due to the fact that I live in a town with no craft or department store it’s made it hard to gather supplies to make sure I have stock to fill my store with. But I’ve now listed some items and more will be going up today as well as tomorrow (it’s recommended to stagger listing to get shown in the Etsy bar) so I’d really appreciate it if you stopped by the store and checked it out to see if you see something you like – everything is handmade by myself and I am super critical of everything I do so if there is anything in my store you can bet your bottom dollar that it was good enough to get past my ridiculously high standards (seriously I get myself into trouble because I’m so critical of my stuff)

Also now that things with the shop have progressed it means I’m going to be doing more regular crafting in the meantime – well stuff I can share with you all anyway. I’ve got some super fun Easter themed crafts coming up and I’m hoping to be sharing my very first video tutorial on a soon to be created YouTube channel in a few weeks – I’ve filmed my first video already but I’m having trouble with my cameras audio and I’m trying to work out how to resolve it so the videos may still be a week or so away!

Today I want to do something different – since becoming an Etsy seller I’ve realised how uber important it is to get exposure for your store, but it’s hard to get good exposure on a super tight budget like ours. I’ve been lucky enough to have some wonderful long term bloggers who are wonderful friends who are willing to do a review post of my store on their blogs and I am so thankful for their help but unfortunately the world of Etsy is just so large it’s so easy to get swallowed up and at this stage I can’t afford advertising and review posts are only a good idea for a few times (before you start losing money instead of earning it) so I want to do something here, on my little patch of blog world – I want to share Etsy stores. Your Etsy stores, Etsy stores I’ve purchased from, had good experiences with, personally admire and want to share.


Over the last few weeks I’ve made a few purchases with Etsy and so far my experience has been wonderful so I want to share some of the shops I’ve bought from and admire. Last fortnight I purchased a digital purse pattern from Brighter Day run by one of my favourite bloggers Whitney Newby of Elm Street Life. Her patterns and purses are divine and I was stoked to see she was selling her second digital pattern at a reduced price because she had yet to finish the flowers tutorials to go with it. I jumped on a bargain deal and snagged the pattern and received the flower tutorials a few days later – that bargain isn’t still available but you can buy the same pattern as I did plus her gorgeous Sydney clutch pattern and tutorial for a GREAT price. Plus a percentage of all profits made goes to a wonderful charity helping victims of sex trafficking. A great cause in my mind and a great purchase.


The second thing I bought from Etsy was also a digital item and I purchased it just last night and I cannot be more thrilled with the wonderful things I got. I bought a set of beautiful floral digital papers which are perfect for prints for my store and I also snagged 2 sets of gorgeous Easter themed digital stamps all for just $3.30!! I bought these amazing bargains from a store called Pretty Grafik Design and right now Sarah is having an 80% off end of the month sale, which means everything in her store is 0.99 cents US or just $1.10 AUD which in my book is a mega bargain!! So if you are interested in digital papers, digital scrapbooking or use digital stamps get over to Sarah’s store and snag yourself a few deals of the century while they are still available!!

I have bought a few physical items from Etsy this week but since they have not arrived yet I am not going to comment about the store, since my items have yet to be shipped. But once I get them I will be sure to share my experiences with you all. In the meantime PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE support Etsy sellers. Most Etsy sellers are just people like me trying to help their families out by earning some extra money, selling gorgeous handmade items. Remember handmade is always a 1000 times better than anything store bought because it’s one of a kind – no two items are alike and they in itself is totally awesome! Thanks friends and I’ll be back soon with some Easter fun!!

Want to get $5 to spend on Etsy?? Go to this link and follow the instructions to claim your free $5 for your first purchase on Etsy! With $5 you can purchase one of my prints for just $1 or you can get one of my gorgeous headbands for just $10!!




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March 13, 2014

Guest Post: Discovering Your Body Shape

I promised that I would be having a guest stop by today and I am! I’m so excited about todays guest, she is a wonderful all round blogger who has some really great posts on her blog, today we are welcoming Allie from An Allie Event over to the blog which is SO great, Allie has been so wonderful to work with and I cannot wait for you all to read her amazing post – I think it’s brilliant! So I’m going to let Allie take it from here!

Hi! I'm Alli and I bring it ALL to the table with menus, recipes, humorous stories and helpful hints for extraordinary events over at An Alli Event. I'm flattered, honored and excited to be guest hosting for Danielle today and I'm looking forward to sharing Glitter Bug on my social media sites. 

Today I want to share with you three tips on dressing for your body shape. Not because swimsuit season is only 8-10 weeks away (oh, joy), but because once you learn how to dress for your particular shape, shopping will be a breeze instead of a chore. I promise you that dressing for your body shape will change your life! For instance, I know my body type and I'll share it below. If I put on an A-line skirt - BAM - an instant 10 lb. (or more) weight gain. A dark colored pencil skirt instantly erases those 10 lbs. and usually subtracts 5 more. I'm all about subtracting when it comes to lbs. or inches! I'm well aware that most of us focus on our imperfections instead of our strong points. If I were to ask you what your body flaws were right this instant, I bet you could rattle off several in a nano second. If I were to ask what your best features were, more often than not, there would be a long pause before you could think of one. But I know that you have many strong points! Maybe you've been playing up those little imperfections (we all have them) and ignoring your best features. That, my friend, is about to change! When you learn these 3 tips on dressing for your body shape, you will stop spending so much time in the dressing room having to try on garment after garment. When you know how to shop for your body type, shopping becomes much easier. As a matter of fact, you will want to read about my favorite shopping steals and deals. You can find them here! Please note: There is no right or wrong body shape! Every shape is beautiful!


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