my happy place. the beach

I’m having a pretty bad time at the moment – Work is awful, I’m drowning in house renovations, I’m exhausted … and the list goes on. Don’t worry this post isn’t about boring you with all of my problems as I want this to be a positive post. I think it’s fair to say that we all have our ‘Happy places’ and things that make us smile when things are tough. Recently I’ve been really trying to focus on my happy places as it’s a way to escape and unwind.

I thought I would share my Happy places with you today!

My bed 

I think everyone’s happy place probably consists of a bed. There’s nothing better than sinking into a cosy bed after a long day. Also, lots of blankets and pillows are always a winner!

My craft table 

I have a ‘craft table’ in my bedroom that I use for all my creative things. I sit at this table to make cards, write blog posts, practice calligraphy and make anything and everything. Being creative really is ‘my happy place’. I find it relaxing and therapeutic and it gives me a lot of enjoyment.

The swimming pool 

I really enjoy going swimming. I find it the perfect stress reliever, and not only that, it’s good for my health. I will happily swim up and down a pool for an hour or so. I find it really peaceful (apart from when there are screaming kids haha).

Disney World

Ok, so this one is a bit extreme and isn’t somewhere I can pop whenever I want. But Disney World is my true happy place! The sheer magic and happiness make my heart melt. The second you step foot on Disney soil everything is different. All of your problems fade away and you’re surrounded by pure joy. If I could live at Disney World I would! haha.

The seaside 

I live in Devon and I’m surrounded by the gorgeous coastline. I love to go to the seaside for a walk with Shaun. We get chips and ice cream and enjoy the fresh air. I especially love to do this after work in the summer.

Where are your happy places? Let me know below!

Charlotte xx

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I LOVE being creative. It’s my absolute favourite thing to do. I also LOVE Disney, so if I can combine creativity and Disney then that’s pretty cool.

I’ve visited Disney World 8 times now and throughout these trips, I’ve built up quite the collection of Disney Pins. I keep all of my pins on a pinboard, but I wanted to think of something else I could do with them.

And then came my idea of turning my Disney Pins into Disney prints…. 

Turning Disney pins into prints

I have a bit of an obsession with buying prints to put on my wall. I love prints with quotes, Disney prints and anything inspirational. I decided to see if I could turn my pins into prints and it actually worked pretty well.

I have a degree in Graphics so I still have Photoshop and all the fancy editing software which was very much needed to do this. I started off by taking a photo of the pin and ensuring to use a white background. I then used photoshop to cut around the edges of the pin and then I began to edit it. I’ve created the print so it has a slightly grainy effect to make it look more authentic and handmade. I then added ‘Hakuna Matata’ to tie everything together.

I’m super happy with how this turned out and I’m definitely going to try it with some of my other pins. It still needs some work to improve it, but what I have so far is definitely a start.

Hope you enjoyed!

Charlotte xx

 

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It’s been 4 weeks since we became homeowners, although honestly, it feels like it’s been months! As many of you know the house we’ve bought needs a lot of work doing to it so we haven’t moved in yet. We’ve finished stripping all the wallpaper which was a complete nightmare and all the carpets have been ripped out. We’ve also ripped the bathroom and the kitchen out. It’s been a pretty chaotic 4 weeks, but the transformation so far is amazing. Don’t get me wrong the place is still a complete mess, but the flowery wallpaper and carpets have gone 😀

Currently, we have an electrician in doing a full rewire. We’re also arranging for a plumber to come in and sort out all the plumbing and we have a plasterer coming at the end of the month to start plastering all the rooms! I’m so excited to get to the point where we can decorate.

I thought I would share some pictures of what we’ve achieved so far! 🙂

House renovation update

House renovation update

House renovation update

Hope you enjoyed!

Charlotte xx

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Sometimes I like to just sit and reflect on things that have made me happy recently and I thought it would be nice to share these. We all need a little positivity and happiness sometimes to keep us going! These are 5 things that have made me super happy recently.

S N O W  D A Y 

We got sent home from work due to a severe weather warning and got to spend the afternoon at home watching Disney films and being cosy. It was so crazy as when we left work the snow wasn’t even that bad, but within in a couple of hours, it was ridiculous! This little munchkin was very unsure of the snow! Bless him 😀

Mickey on the window

S E E I N G  F R I E N D S 

Myself and Shaun met up with my best friend and her boyfriend. We went to Frankie and Benny’s for food and it was so lovely to have a proper catch up! We sat and chatted for hours and it was just so lovely.

H O U S E  R E N O V A T I O N S 

The renovations in our house are coming along nicely! We’ve been homeowners for around 3 weeks now and in that time we’ve managed to strip most the wallpaper, take the carpets out and rip the kitchen out. There’s still loads to do but we’ve made a lot of progress!

house renovations

E A S T E R  E G G S 

Surely you must all agree that Dairy Milk Easter Egg chocolate is just the best! It tastes so much better than a regular Dairy Milk bar. Well last week Shaun popped to the shop to buy something and brought me back an Easter Egg! It was delicious and I’m not even ashamed to say that I ate it in one go haha.

M Y  B L O G 

I kind of feel a bit weird for saying this, but I’m honestly so happy with my blog at the moment. I’m really proud of what I’ve created and I feel as if I’m finally getting somewhere with it. I’ve got lots of ideas and I can really feel my creativity increasing.

What things have made you happy recently?

Charlotte xx

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It's ok to take a step back

So far 2018 has been pretty rough! I feel kind of broken at the moment. I need to take a step back, have some time to myself to recharge and that’s ok! I always push myself to keep going, but at this very moment in time, I need to take a step back from everything.

HAVING THE FLU AND MULTIPLE COLDS

The first week of January, I went down with the flu and ended up having 2 weeks off of work as I just couldn’t shift it. Finally, I managed to get back to work and then picked up a cold! It wasn’t until around February 18th that I started to feel human again … and then guess what?! On February 22nd I went down with another cold! As I’m sat writing this I have a box of tissues next to me and a very red nose!

MY HEALTH IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN MY BLOG 

I felt annoyed at myself for not getting 2 posts up last week … but then I thought to myself ‘why am I even stressing over this?’ We’re all human, we get ill and have bad days. It’s so important to listen to our bodies which is what I did. I knew when I got home from work at 7.15pm I didn’t have it in me to sit and start writing a blog post. Instead, I came home, had a hot bath and watched Netflix.

On top of all my illness in 2018, we also had the stress of dealing with solicitors and finalising everything with buying our house. I don’t think this helped me at all as my stress levels were through the roof. We’re now very proud homeowners and I’m so excited for everything to come. Right now I’m supposed to be stripping wallpaper, ripping up carpets and doing lots of work on the house. Instead, I’m taking it easy, watching Disney Movies and giving myself the time that I need to recover.

IT’S OK TO NOT BE OK

I guess the point of this post is just to say that it’s ok to not be ok! It’s ok to take time to yourself and take a step back from life every once in a while. If you’re ill or exhausted or stressed out, make sure you listen to your body and take some time for yourself and your wellbeing.

Charlotte xx

It's ok to take a step back

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