Thursday, 23 April 2015

Colouring In For Adults

There's a new craze sweeping the globe and it's got everyone reaching for their pencil bags! Adults all over the world are taking up one of our favourite childhood past-times, colouring in. Indeed, colouring books aimed at adults are selling like crazy. In a world where stress and deadlines are no stranger to us, it can be remarkably comforting to pick up a soothing, zen-like creative hobby, and the pen-and-paper aspect of colouring in also provides us with a much-needed break from staring at a screen all day.

My first re-introduction to colouring in was with this post from CupcakeMummy. I quickly downloaded and printed a copy of the page, grabbed my koki pens and slowly started filling the page with bright colours. This was the final object (it's now cheering up my desk at work!). [Pardon the bad lighting, these photos were taken at my desk!]

I've also done this mandala-style owl in very girly colours! (download the free printable here)

Now that I've caught the bug, I've been looking at actual colouring in books for adults. I was recently in PNA and saw this one on display, so I just had to get it! (It's also available in English - although the only difference is the cover. I've since seen it in several bookstores, both online and brick-and-mortar.) It has a mixture of bold geometric patterns with some more intricate designs (I'll post some pictures once I've coloured a few in.) I've also got my eye on a few of the Creative Haven Colouring books, also available on Takealot.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Adventures in Crochet #1

As you may have seen on Instagram, I'm now addicted to crochet! It all started in the middle of December, when I was staying with my parents for the Christmas holiday. I'd seen this gorgeous hand-crocheted blanket in the shops on sale for a small fortune, fallen in love with it, and my mom offered to teach me to crochet for myself. I started out with some old blue cotton yarn that she had found at home, and after much staring at her hands effortlessly work a crochet hook and an hour or two of practicing my own very wonky stitches, I started to get the hang of it.

For my very first project, I decided to go with a simple granny square blanket. I decided to do solid-colour blocks, rather than the more conventional multi-colour blocks, but chose a few coordinating shades. These neutral shades were inspired by the blanket that first caught my eye.

I bought all my cotton from Thimbles, Quilt and Knit in Durbanville - I can def recommend them if you live in the area, they have an amazing selection of yarns! The cotton yarn that I chose is Vinnis Colours Nikkim -  a 100% cotton, super-soft yarn that is hand-dyed in Cape Town. The colours I used for the squares were Slate 540, Khaki 571, Sand 578  and Dune, and I'm using Natural 500 for the joining and border. I'm using a 4 mm hook for this project.

Here are some work-in-progress pictures of how far I currently am! I've finished all my squares (13 rows of 9 squares) and am now in the process of joining them using this tutorial. Joining is now taking rather long as I can no longer just carry a ball of cotton and a crochet hook around with me, the blanket is starting to take up considerable size! I'm mostly just working on it on weekends when I can sit down in front of the TV and crochet away! I can't wait until it's finished and I can show it off!

Monday, 20 April 2015

Music Monday

Yes, the return of Music Mondays! Here's the song that I've been playing on repeat for the last few days:

I haven't even had my morning cup of tea yet and I can already tell that this week is going to be a tough one. Just looking at my to-do list is making me hyperventilate. So deep breath in, sigh it out. We can do this, folks. Have a great week!

Friday, 17 April 2015

And now for something completely different

OK, admittedly, not completely different! But things are going to change a bit around here (apart from the few tweaks to the blog theme that will be happening as I find the time). Let me explain...

It’s odd to think that I've had Whimsy Is Forever for over three years. Three whole years – where has the time gone? When I started this blog (the most recent in about a decade’s worth of blogging), I was about to turn 23. I was halfway through my master’s degree and in need of a creative outlet. Now, three years later, I’m doing research towards my doctorate, I've been living with depression, I've had my heart broken (more than once), I've done a lot of growing up and I've significantly changed my future plans. 

In just about every way possible, I am no longer the same person that I was three years ago. 

Over the years, this blog has changed with me, but somewhere along the line, it grew apart. I no longer felt as connected to it, I no longer loved it, and that’s one of the reasons why it was one of the first things to suffer when I was going through a rough patch. And I don’t like that. I created this blog. I've poured hours and hours into it. I want it to reflect me, I want it to be somewhere I can turn to, and not something I turn away from.

So what does that mean moving forward? Don’t worry – Whimsy Is Forever isn't going anywhere! 

It’s just turning into something that reflects me again, although the new me, not the old. It’s going to be more personal, with more about what’s going on in my life, what I’m doing, what I’m enjoying. There’s going to be less of a focus on beauty and nails – as much as I love red lipstick and bright nail polish, I don’t enjoy blogging just on beauty, it’s just not me. I'm tired of trying to put myself in a box or a category, and I'm now extending that to this blog.

I hope that you, my readers and friends, will enjoy the changes happening around here and will continue to visit Whimsy Is Forever. You can expect to see a lot more happening around here now!

Love and peace,

Monday, 6 April 2015

Back to Black

essence colour n go nail polish in "black is back" with essence effect nail polish in "i love magic"