Not My Style Challenge: Accepted

Not My Style Challenge: Accepted

As some of you may know I was nominated by Blend It Like Saza to do her, ‘Not my style’ challenge. After she trialed blue eye shadow (which looked fabulous darling!) I was challenged to try green. Now don’t get me wrong I have tried green eye shadow and admittedly own some but I never made it look all that good. Some may say that the look I concocted isn’t too appealing and it took me quite some time to get accustomed to it. However overall I was very happy with it and this is what it looked like:

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To begin with I thought that I looked like a tree with the combination of the browns and green; but as I stared at myself in the mirror as though I were Narcissus it gradually grew on me.

I achieved this look by using my new love! The I Heart Make Up Chocolate Bar Palette has become my go to everyday since I bought it, and yes I intend to buy a few more palettes from the collection. It is a drugstore dupe for the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette (though it too is beautiful I Heart Make Up prices have my heart). The product itself smells like chocolate which is always a bonus for a chocolate addict like myself and the formula is lovely. The shadows are very pigmented and blend oh so lovely. The packaging is brilliant as it looks like a partially melted chocolate bar (now who doesn’t love a bit of melted chocolate?)

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To start the eye look I put shadow 1 through my crease as it adds a lovely warm hue to the look. As usual I built this to quite an intense colour as it is my favourite colour in the palette so I have a tendency to get a bit heavy handed. Following from that I put shadow 2 about two-thirds of the way through my crease and a little lower down so that the caramel shade could be seen above it. Once that was blended out I applied shadow 3 to the outer third of my eye and softly blended it to prevent any harsh lines. To balance the look and stop my eyelids from looking like they were about to give way from the weight of the shadow, I took shadow 2 under my lash line to create a smoothish line (I am no expert when it comes to this lark I just know I am slightly addicted). Now was the point where I added the green shadow to the look.

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This came from an old friend, my Miss Sporty Army Style Smokey. I only used the green on the bottom left and I packed that only my eyelid and up to my crease. After that I then went back into the crease with shadow 2 from the chocolate palette to blend any harsh lines. To highlight my inner corner I chose shadow 4 and packed that on to add a real pop of colour (The intention is to blind others not yourself). Finally I finished the look by highlighting under my brow bone with shadow 5, then curled my eyelashes and applied Rimmel’s Supercurler Mascara in Extreme Black (my holy grail mascara). To bring it all together I used my current beau brown lipstick, Maybelline Coloursens Matte Nude Lipstick in Brown Sugar  (every time I pick it up I start singing the Rolling Stone’s song)

I won’t bore you with all the other products I used to beat my face with but I will leave artistically taken photos down below for you to peruse. If you want to know shades or what I think of them don’t be afraid to ask.

This has given me some inspiration as to the eye make up that I will be doing for Paddy’s Day (only 22 days to go if you were wondering) But you never can tell I may decide on something completely different by the time it comes around.

So I’ve whittled on enough but I will say I enjoyed doing this look and am considering doing another using this palette.

See you next time!

Fabulous photos of the products tools used on my face:

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

You are probably disgusted with me considering I have not been around for…well let’s not dwell on that. Again I must apologise Und Grannier’s but by now you should know I am not a reliable source for regular updates. Nevertheless on to new things, after much convincing Blend It Like Saza has convinced me to change the forum in which I write my ramblings. For as much as I enjoyed my last platform I like the idea of a more personable environment with which I can communicate with my Und Grannier’s. Alongside the new look of this blog there will also be a few new topics that I will be rambling about.

(Just a side note) all of my previous blog posts have moved home with me so you can always go back and read on the previous pieces as you desire. Reminding yourself of any marvelous pieces I’ve written… *cough* moving on.

The next couple of pieces that will be appearing on here are to do with lifestyle. What I mean is I’m not about to spout about keeping New Year’s resolutions which we all know are down the toilet. Nor am I going to be telling you how to keep fit and healthy because I am no hypocrite. What I am going to rambling on about is how to keep organised and how to make your space welcoming. I know everyone has there own style of doing things this just happens to be mine, like it or leave it. The reason for this change in topic is because of a change to my environment. The end of my degree is looming and with only two months left to get my dissertation and two additional pieces finished, my stress and anxiety levels have gone through the roof.

So after much procrastination (which will get you nowhere) and much stress texting to Blend It Like Saza, I have emerged with a clearer path ahead of me. Through the power of writing I can confidently say that I am feeling much more comfortable with how I am going to tackle the next coming months. I won’t repeat myself regarding my gingerbread man oracle, you’ll have to go over to Instagram (undgranny) to read about him. No, today is going to be about the advantages of a calendar. You may think this an obvious one but until this year I had most definitely underrated the effectiveness of a calendar.

Again, I was having a crisis about my work and my life in general when I decided the best thing to do was to purchase a calendar. This way I could get all of the dates and information I had stored in my head down so that I wouldn’t forget about anything. And what do you know, it worked. However, it is not just your usual humdrum calendar with cute puppies on it.  This one is made to inspire! It is bursting with colour and every month has an inspirational quote to get you through that month.

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I find that I work better when things are stimulating and colourful, so I decided to go one step further and got out my Sharpies (not genuine that’s far too expensive for a student) and jazzed up the significant dates on the calendar. Doodles to break up the monotony of black and white squares. Things to draw your eye and to remind you that something is coming up. There are even dates that aren’t significant, just that its the start of summer, but still it deserves a bit of love.

Yes, I even highlighted my submission dates because they ain’t going nowhere (sorry Mother) so there is little point in trying to avoid them. I feel that this has given me a drive to work at it and get what I need done.

I find that just by doing the doodles it helps to calm me and gives me a little breathing space from the slog of studying. Here are a few doodles that have helped to brighten up my space which is, admittedly already a colourful corner of my home.

Usually this is where I would sign off Happy Crafting! Today however for the purposes of a different topic we’ll mix it up.

Happy Doodling!

Lazy Sundays

Lazy Sundays

What’s better than a bit of crafting with Galaxy and Elf

I have yet again been a very bad blogger! (Please forgive me I don’t want to lose my Und Granniers) So I only did one blog post for November and now I am doing my first blog post of December, I can say with mild confidence this is not going to be the only one for December! I have been busy this past month with assignments so my absence has been warranted.

Anywho, it is now December which is extremely scary as the year has literally passed me by without me seeing it! My time here in Ireland is almost up and I will be going home in just under three weeks! As happy and excited as I am to be going home for Christmas I am going to miss everyone at Togher Girls School, my adopted family and my actual family. I have had the experience of a lifetime and have learnt and grown in so many ways.

So after submitting my essay this morning I have decided to have a truly lazy Sunday and am watching Christmas movies (Elf to start with) with a little chocolate and crocheting a Christmas present to boot. I can’t reveal what it is as the person who I am making it for may very well read this, so spoilers! It’s been a while since I’ve crocheted – I’ve done plenty of knitting but not a great deal of crocheting, so today is a lovely change.

I highly recommend the odd lazy Sunday especially with chocolate and Christmas movies, they are a great restorative and good for the soul. So this is me giving you a license to have that lazy Sunday and enjoy the end of the weekend before work resumes again on Monday.

I hope you are all having a lovely Sunday (or whatever day of the week you happen to be reading this on) and that you are ready for the week ahead. If your week is feeling a little daunting just remind yourself that you can do it and that anything you put your mind to is possible to achieve. Keep an eye out for the next installment to my ramblings as I can guarantee there will be more to come this month!

Happy Crafting!

I just want to say thank you

I just want to say thank you

I’ve been meaning to write this blog post for a while now but as usual there is always something else that crops up. One day I may become a consistent blogger i.e. when uni is over. Until then however sporadic posts will have to keep you going. I’ve also just realised that this is my first blog post of November! Can you believe it? Where has this year gone?!

So what is this big thank you about?

Well, this thank you is because you my lovely Und Grannier’s have managed to get my blog past the 500 views mark! Yes it is time for you to pat yourselves on the back. To be exact my blog is up to 525 views! (Admittedly quite a few of those were me checking up on my views and if the page looked pretty) That to me is an astounding number, though I know it is the same faithful few who come back (and who I am thanking muchly for your undying support)

Something that started as an accident (as most children do) has turned into something that I have grown to love. I dreamed of becoming an author as a child and that love for writing has never left me (Hey, you never know I may become a multimillionaire author like JK Rowling yet so keep your eyes peeled) I feel like this blog has become another creative outlet for me as trying to talk to people about knitting can be a bit awkward. Leaving some long silences in a conversation because the other person doesn’t really know what you’re talking about On here is a different story, I find that by adding humor (no matter how strange I may be, I mean it may be…) people seem to get what I’m talking about even if only a little bit.

Anywho, thanks for being my little band of Und Grannier’s following the trials and tribulations of my projects (whether I complete them or not) and for putting up with my ramblings. I just want to say a final thank you and to keep your eye out for the next post.

Happy Crafting!

P.S I promise I am going to do a blog post about my 7 year blanket it’s just that I don’t have a picture at the moment and since I’m in Ireland I can’t just run upstairs and quickly snap one.

Knitting Club has Come to an End

Knitting Club has Come to an End

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As you probably know I started and ran a knitting club with the help a few beautiful assistants, Ros, Katie, Claire and Lianne. We five and a lovely bunch of girls got out the needles for a session of bitch and stitch once a week for six weeks…well we did most of the bitching and they did most of the stitching.

My plan was to blog weekly about the trials and tribulations of the knitting club…however I was, a. Too lazy and b. Too busy to fit it in…but mostly too lazy. So here I am letting you know what’s happened over the past six weeks.

Admittedly the first session was not a roaring success. The girls struggled with the idea of casting on and it may have caused one or two tears (mine) So in preparation for the following week I cast on and knitted three rows 15 times, one for each student. That was a task And a half! However it was very appreciated by the girls which gave me quite a boost.

Over the next 3 weeks the girls practiced garter stitch and all of them at some point managed to knit more than one row which I felt was a great achievement for all of them. Week 5 saw them choose the colour wool of their choice and begin to knit their project which they would take home with them (and yes I casted on 15 pairs of needles) the girls all managed to knit at least one row of their project which I then finished knitting for them.

The girls were very pleased with this and I was told I was their favourite teacher (FYI not wise to say in front of other teachers…it causes friction in the staff room)

The girls then casted off their own projects which they had some difficulty with but they all managed to do at least three stitches themselves. I felt this was a great achievement considering that casting off is one of the harder basics to learn the same as casting on.

After they had sewn up with edges of their knitting to make their bracelets they went on to knit on buttons…however…the needles may have been too chunky to fit through the eyes of the buttons (probably should have checked that one out) Thankfully my beautiful assistants got creative and decided to make bows out of contrasting coloured yarn and then hand thread a button onto each bracelet.

The girls were extremely proud of their bracelets which was a real boost to end the session on.

Whenever I walk down the corridor or walk to the shop and see one of those students I hear, “That’s my knitting teacher!” and I have to say that is one of the greatest titles I have ever been given.

So to conclude this extraordinarily long article I want to say a big thank you to the ladies that helped me teach 15 girls to gain an interest in knitting which they will hopefully carry on in their lives. So if you are thinking of starting a knitting club I highly recommend it as it is a rewarding experience to watch the skills of the children grow, I would recommend doing a club for longer than 6 weeks though.

Happy Crafting!

What’s in store for Christmas?

What’s in store for Christmas?

Model: My Mammy

Bear with me as this article is going to be a bit longer than the usual. This one is FINALLY going to be dedicated to what creations I have made as presents for Christmas this year (not all of them otherwise this article will become an essay) I took these photos a couple of months ago with the enthusiastic thought of getting this article done…as you can tell that didn’t come to fruition, but nevertheless we are here now.

Just a quick note to say that my creations have been modeled by me and my long suffering mother. She has put up with my wool cluttering the house, my WIPs being everywhere and me getting her to pose in different ways so that I could show off my projects in the best possible light with my amateur photography. So on with the article!

Ok, so this first piece is technically a cheat because it is from a few Christmases ago. So, do you  remember when I said that I had made myself a cardigan and then gave it to my Mater…well I’m gonna talk about that. One reason being it was in fact a Christmas present (all be it that it did not intentionally start that way) Secondly, it’s been a few years now so I wouldn’t be able to write a whole piece on it.

This cardigan, was knitted in a cheap wool and I can admit that now (now that I actually have more of an idea what I’m talking about!) Therefore it is not luxurious to wear, it is a very simple pattern and I can also admit that it is not the neatest bit of knitting you will ever see in your life (not the worst either, if I do say so myself) For me the biggest problem is that I did an incorrect increase on one row and therefore it looks like I have dropped a stitch on the back piece of the cardigan when in fact it is just a hole created by my not having bothered to look up the correct increase.

The colour I love which is the main reason why I bought that yarn (so much so that I still have some left) This, unsurprisingly, took me a while to knit as it had to be knitted in stages so inevitably I got bored and started other patterns. However, for the first piece of clothing that I made to fit an adult I am still pretty damn proud of it!

The next piece is a crocheted piece. It was YET AGAIN a piece that was intended for me and I have admittedly worn it once or twice, however it was just sitting in my wardrobe and I wanted to use it to give as (what I thought would be) a pretty impressive present! It is a shawl in the most beautiful blue (as I am  sure you can guess there is still plenty left in my stash) However, I got too lazy to crochet the embellished edgings that were part of the pattern.

I did however decide to do this for the Christmas present because we can all admit it would have been pretty lazy not to considering someone is going to get this for Christmas (I hope the lucky duck who is going to get this for Christmas is not reading this article if you are…it is all meant with love!) I chose a very bold striking pink for two reasons, 1. It contrasts nicely with the rich colour of the blue and 2. It was spare wool that I knew I didn’t have enough of to do a whole project and with it being pink it is not my colour!

I sits just on the shoulders and can be tied at the front with the thinner ends of the shawl. With the embellishments around the edge, the shawl has a lovely curl to it.

Next is a pair  of crocheted wrist warmers/finger less gloves. I know your probably thinking when is she going to change the tune? Well these wrist warmers happen to be quite different besides the obvious i.e. they are crocheted. The pair also have the thumb crocheted as well. Admittedly these are very snug and that is probably because I crocheted them a little too tight so if you have bigger hands you won’t be getting these otherwise you will lose the circulation in your thumb!

Also the added difference to these is that there is a frilly cuff around the wrist as a final embellishment. I made these in a dark grey wool (I spotted it in a charity shop and instantly knew I wanted to do this pattern with it) with the cuff in a striking blue contrast (coincidentally the same blue wool that was used in the shawl) Though snug these wrist warmers really do the job and keep your mitts nice and warm!

(I’ve just realised that all except one of these patterns is crocheted, that was not the intention but it’s good to mix things up a bit!)

Right, I’ll leave it there otherwise you’ll never come back to read again! Congratulations if you lasted this long, I much appreciate the support and commitment you have made to becoming an Und Grannier. Unless you read this far just because you were bored and you needed to do something to pass the time or to avoid conversation then I’ll say your welcome, I hope that this blog piece has done something to alleviate you problem.

Happy Crafting!

Another Project Bites the Dust

Another Project Bites the Dust

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Autumn sunsets and crispy leaves are what these colours say to me 

No surprises I have finished another project whilst being here. This time it is a gorgeous hat. Again this pattern was from my new book about chunky wool, but it is the wool that does all the talking in this piece.

It just screams Autumn! Possibly my favourite season, this hat encompasses everything that I love about the season. Snuggly woollies and blazing colours. It caught my eye instantly and I just had to have it.

It is possibly the simplest hat I have ever knitted, and I am not complaining there is nothing I love more than a simple pattern. Knitted in garter stitch it is simply a piece of fabric that gets folded in half and sewn on two sides, with the third edge being the hole for your head, it couldn’t be more simple.

This is the perfect hat if your are trying a chunkier yarn and needles then you are used to because all it requires are your basic skills. I will be the first to admit all I have are the basics. The wool is delightful to knit with, Hayfield Colour Rich Chunky, similar to James C Brett Marble Wool (coincidentally that is the wool that I used to knit my Dad’s scarf in) The colours are vibrant and you get a lot of wool for you money (happily it was on sale when I bought it)

Since I have so much wool left over I am making a matching scarf…whether this will be for me or as a Christmas present is anyone’s guess at the minute! I am knitting it in a simple garter stitch to match the hat so again it could not be simpler…I might have to employ this method more often.

Have a look in the Photo Gallery to see this yummy hat from various angles, which is beautifully modeled by myself…..moving on. So keep a look out for this wool I would recommend it to anyone!Garter Bobble Hat.jpeg

Happy Crafting!