Sunday, 5 November 2017

Getting Creative This Autumn

I don't know what it is about this autumn - usually at this time of year I'm sad that summer is over and end up in both a productive and creative slump - but I've felt extremely motivated to do all sorts of things I wouldn't usually. There's been something so nice about cosying up in a big jumper, lighting a scented candle, making myself a brew and doing something with my time that isn't working, blogging or cleaning. As it's making me all kinds of happy I thought I'd share what I've been doing on here. I'm not sure where I've suddenly found all this spare time from (something tells me the tidiness of my house may be suffering a little) but maybe I'm just using it more productively than I usually would - lets face it, most things are more productive than sitting watching old episodes of Ex on the Beach (which, speaking of, I think there may be a new series and Nick is away tonight so...)


So firstly, most importantly and most excitingly, I've started writing a book. When I was little the first thing I ever wanted to be when I grew up was an author and I used to fill notebook upon notebook with little stories (my first was called 'the lost dady' back when I couldn't write capital letters and I didn't know my bs from my ds). I've always said I wanted to write a book (it's been a new years resolution of mine for about five years in a row) and every now and then I've even half-heartedly started, but this time I'm really going to try and go the long haul.

I haven't written anything apart from this blog for the past three years and in a way I think I've used my blog as an excuse to not write anything else because it's at least meant I'm writing something, but turns out I can make the time for both unlike I thought and it's such a different kind of writing that I can definitely do the two without getting bored. I've got a plot idea that I'm actually quite excited about that fits into my favourite genre and I'm really enjoying it. Even if I write it and it only gets read by Nick and my mum then I'll still be chuffed that I wrote it in the first place.

Image courtesy of Viking


Back in October I attended the Viking Arty Party with Alex, which was so much fun and I think that was what kickstarted my creative side this autumn. We tried block printing (spoiler: I wasn't very good), making our own Christmas crackers and my favourite activity of the day, brush calligraphy. I definitely wasn't a natural, but I have actually been practising quite a bit since the event and it's definitely something I'll be carrying on with. I want to do a couple of quotes to maybe go up on our walls (if they're good enough) and I've already sent out the card I made at the event so I'd like to make a few more of those too. I'd love to get good enough to make all my own Christmas cards this year so watch this space...

As well as the brush calligraphy, I really want to finish off the Christmas cracker advent calendar we started making at the event. The crackers were surprisingly easy to make and look so good and the idea is to make 24 and string them up as an advent calendar. I don't think I'm actually going to put anything in mine because I'm going to want to keep them up for the whole festive period. Sorry Nick/cats (I hadn't actually decided who it was going to be for yet so at least that saves me making a decision).


I don't know if this counts as being creative, but I've also made November the month that I've started a journal as a place to write down little monthly goals and also five positive things from each day. I've been wanting to start one for ages, mainly to write down the little positives from my day, but I'm procrastinator in chief so it's taken until now to do it - maybe I've finally managed to start one because I'm having this little creative motivation boost. And it does count as creative because I've made it all nice and colourful inside. Once a coloured gel pen lover, always a coloured gel pen lover.

I have a few things on my to do list too - I'd love to start knitting again, I have a few little DIY bits I want to do around the house (like fun DIY for once, not renovation DIY) and I want to fish my colouring book out again too. So many hobbies, so little time.

What do you do to be creative?

Amy x


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  1. I used to LOVE creative writing as a child too! My favourite book series was called My Naughty Little Sister and I wrote my own series of stories inspired by this called My Naughty Little Brother, based on a lot of the things that my own little brother used to do! I haven't done any creative writing for ages though, perhaps I should let you inspire me to pick up a pen again! The arty event that you went to sounds like so much fun! I've always wanted to learn calligraphy - my boyfriend is ace at it but I'm not quite as talented! Good on you for embracing your new burst of creativity!

    Abbey 💗 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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    1. Omg I used to love that series too and I'd completely forgotten about it until you just reminded me! Calligraphy is so difficult, I'm v impressed at anyone who can do it well! xx

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  2. I love that you've started writing a book, I hope we'll get to read it someday! Writing a novel has always been a dream of mine, too, I basically spent my childhood writing short stories. I might have a go at it after finishing uni, right now I'm struggle to keep my blog alive haha. The art event definitely sounds like fun, calligraphy must come in so handy for designing birthday/Christmas cards. Also, where did you get that mug? xx

    113thingstosay.com

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    1. Ah it'd be so amazing if you did! Yeah I definitely couldn't have written one while at uni, so much writing already! It's from Amara Living :) xx

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  3. Congratulations on the move to start your own book! How exciting! Have a great start to your week.

    Gemma x
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    1. Thank you Gemma! Hope you have a lovely week ahead xx

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  4. I loved your pictures and lettering is an art, and a great way to be creative. Writing a book is also amazing and I loved the about bs and ds :) I have some quotes, since I love quotes, on some walls, with lettering art - people say I have a nice handwriting. It is so good, to read things that make us feel better. You will really love that, I am sure! Hope you have a lovely day!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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    1. Aw that's so nice that you've done your own, yes it's such a boost isn't it :) xx

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  5. I am so impressed that you are cracking on with book writing, well done you! That's something I've wanted to do for the longest time and always kind of assumed that I would at some point, but it's only in the past couple of years that I've realised it's not something thats just going to happen unless I make it. Loving the calligraphy too...I've been very impressed by what I've seen you do so far, wish I could! :) xxx

    Sophie | Sophar So Good

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    1. I was exactly the same! It's something I do really want to do though so I thought I may as well start as I imagine it'll take me a while! xx

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