New Wall Decoration.

 

 Just a tiny little post to share with you my new wall decoration that I’m so proud of! A couple of weeks ago now I randomly decided I wanted to decorate a wall in my room. I searched Pinterest for hours trying to find the right thing to match my current decor and I couldn’t find anything for so long but then I came across a lovely little idea and decided to try it out. Here it is!

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Not a brilliant picture but it was hard to get on to show off the lights lit!

I just thought it was something so personal and completely special just to you.  It was really simple to put together and very cheap too! I bought the fairy lights from eBay for £5.99 which were a bargain! These were lights that came with lots of settings so they can flash on and off, sparkle, come on in sections and all sorts. You can get fairy lights anywhere nowadays though, you don’t need special ones for it to look amazing! I ordered some really cute little clips from Wilkinson’s of all places. They were £2.99  and you got 20 pegs. The pack included floral hearts, butterflies and dragonflies which I thought were super cute and very unique too. I then printed some pictures for free on ‘snapfish.com’ and I was ready to go..

I stuck the fairy lights up with white tack which can be carefully hidden and then simply added the photos to the pegs and clipped them on. I now have a beautiful wall display with some of my favourite photos of family and friends. I really do love photos and I absolutely adore this wall decoration idea. It looks so pretty! Why not try it out? It’s so cheap and looks beautiful. What do you think?

Emily Jane
xoxox

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10 Things to Cheer you up for Cheap!

I was just sat thinking that it has got to that time of the year where all everyone is doing it working, sleeping, eating, working and sleeping on repeat, whilst saving up for the summer, so I thought I would share a few of the little things that don’t cost a lot, that can really help to cheer you up on a down day. They always seem to work for me! These simple little things really help you wind down after a long week..

1. A nice LONG soak in the Bath.
Nothing says relaxation more than a nice soak in the bath after a long stressful week. I always add my favourite bubble bath, bath bomb and the added touch of scented candles to set the mood.

2. PAMPER yourself.
Take some time out for you. Buy a face mask, some new lotions, nail varnish and take some time out to pamper yourself. Take your time, let everything on your mind disappear and just think about you!

3. Settle down with a GOOD BOOK.
Find a really comfy spot, dim the lights and settle down with a good book. Try and make the topic of the book about something you love, it always helps when you are enjoying what you are reading and don’t want to put the book down!

4. TREAT yourself to some fresh flowers.
Make your home pretty with some fresh flowers in your favourite colour. Even if you do have to buy them yourself, they do really brighten up a room.

5. BUY yourself your favourite treats.
Who doesn’t enjoy relaxing on the sofa or in bed with their favourite chocolate, crisps and sweets? It’s okay to be naughty ever so often.

6. Settle down and watch a DISNEY film.
I don’t care what anyone says, ALL Disney films cheer you up. Even if you are a lover of the films or not. They are so positive and happy, that you can’t help but feel better after you’ve watched one.

7. Get CREATIVE – draw, colour, paint, bake, knit?
I always find it very therapeutic when I try and do something creative. Do some drawing, colour in a fresh new colouring book, paint a picture for a friend, bake a cake from scratch, make it up! Do something that takes time, enjoy creating something on your own. Be proud of it!

8. PLAN a trip.
Research places you want to visit around the world. I get a lot of enjoyment out of this, learning about different places and planning where I would love to visit. Pick a place you want to see and explore, then try and plan a route of what you will visit when you go.

9. Listen to HAPPY music.
Sing along to your favourite happy tunes, it’s bound to cheer you up. Put some cheesy 90s music on, it works for me!

10. Think POSITIVE thoughts.
Trust me, I know sometimes it can very hard, but try and train your mind to see the good  in everything. Think of all the good things you have in your life and don’t dwell on the bad. Lie on your bed, sit in your favourite spot and just think about and appreciate everything you have.

These are just a few of the things I personally enjoy doing when I’m feeling abit down or I’m feeling exhausted after a long busy week. Try some of them out if you feel the same, I promise they will work wonders!

What do you do to cheer yourself up? Anything special or just some of the basic simple things like in this post? Let me know..

Take care,
Emily Jane
xoxox

The Complete Canon Starter Pack.

 I told you I wouldn’t get the chance to blog this week didn’t I! I have been so busy, doing 15 hour days. Absolutely no time for myself what so ever! Over the next few weeks I have a little bit more time on I my hands so I will hopefully be blogging a lot more. I have plans to spend a whole weekend learning about photography soon aswell, as I have been wanting to learn more for a while now but just haven’t got round to it! I have a spare weekend coming up so I thought it would be the ideal time and I’m so excited to get started.

I have been looking for a ‘Beginners Guide to Photography’ for a while now and I couldn’t decided which one to go with. I’ve spent hours researching into the books people recommended and never really came to a conclusion! However, this weekend I came across ‘The Complete Canon Starter Pack’ in WH Smiths whilst browsing! I couldn’t believe I had never heard about it, all those hours researching online and it never came up! I’m so happy I have come across this, it seems perfect. Finally something that I know is going to help and something specific to my new camera too. I thought I’d do a post all about the pack to inform other new photography learners, who have a canon camera, on what it has to offer.

The pack was £19.99 from Wh Smiths but there are 5 different elements to the pack so it’s worth every penny! I did manage to get my hands on Volume 1, which is a great bonus. I’m hoping they continue with it so I can progress through the different levels and eventually become a pro! These are the items included in the pack..

1. THE ULTIMATE CANON SLR HANDBOOK VOLUME 1
This is a A4 226 page book that includes everything you need to know about beginner photography. It’s split into 4 chapters which are: 1. Camera Skills, which includes sections such as ‘Mastering your SLR’, ‘Exposure made easy’ and ‘sharpen your shots’. 2. Canon SLR College, which is all about aperature, focusing, exposure, ISO speeds, etc. 3. Photo Projects, which gives you 6 different projects to practice everything you have learnt. 4. Essentials kit, which goes into great detail on lots of different lens, tripods and accessories they recommend you will need.

2. THE ULTIMATE CANON SLR HANDBOOK – CD
This CD was connected to the handbook and is a video tutorial of some selected lessons from the book. This is just a mirrored CD to the book to help you learn in a visual way.

3. MASTER YOUR CANON DSLR CAMERA – DVD ROM
I haven’t used this yet but I think it has to be the best aspect of the pack. It’s a little online photography course which gives you step by step tutorials on specific aspects of photography such as exposure modes, focusing, special effects, manual settings and camera basics. Everything you would learn in a beginners photography live class.

4. THE COMPLETE DICTIONARY OF PHOTOGRAPHY
This is just what it says it is, a little book with all the professional photography terms and a description of what they mean.

5. EXCLUSIVE DIGITAL CAMERA LANDSCAPE CARDS – 9 TIP CARDS
These are little cards that give you tips on different techniques to try when taking pictures of a landscape. It discusses how to improve your shot, what shutter speed each technique should be using and generally what you need to do to get the perfect landscape shots.

I am so happy I came across this little gem. I am so excited to get started properly with this pack. I personally feel it has a lot of potential and I feel I can learn a lot from it. Some people may think it is abit pricey but if you think about how much a photography course is alone, around £300-400, then I think you have got yourself a fantastic deal with this pack! I can’t wait to share with you how I get on with it. Get down to WH Smiths for your pack, all you aspiring photographers!

Bye for now,
Emily Jane
xoxox