8 Jan 2014

My New Room

It's been a while since I have made a blog post, it's not that I've been doing a lot it's more that I've been loving doing absolutely nothing so much that even making a blogpost is too much of an effort. I really need to get out of my little rut of only watching One Tree Hill, working and sleeping and do something a bit more productive and fulfilling with my time, perhaps I should simply read the Harry Potter Series again for the hundredth time.

However there is one thing I have managed to accomplish during my beautiful holiday time and that is re-doing my room. Before there was a violent aqua feature wall and oodles of stuff that I thought was cool at the time of purchase - not so cool anymore, so of course that all had to go - and what better time to start fresh straight after finishing high school! I leapt at the first opportunity to cover up that awful wall with some lovely white paint and from there everything snowballed into action. When I am determined to get something done there is absolutely no stopping me. To save some of my precious pennies I opted for some DIY's including the tassel garland and macrame hanging planter which I believe paid off because I think they both look incredibly cute! A trip to Ikea was also a necessity (another way of saving those precious pennies) where I picked myself up my new floating bookshelf, a nice pot for the planter, a faux sheepskin and a white throw for the end of my bed. Prior to re-doing my room I had been eyeing off a blue chair from Matt Blatt and of course I bought it because I couldn't resist. After a whirlwind two days of painting, decorating and crafting I had to wait for Christmas day until the room could be completely finished as the one and only Santa was bringing me that awesome Kip & Co bedspread - absolutely to die for!

Once Christmas day came I was finally feeling content and at peace with my room once again, however, I think it still needs a super wonderful Rachel Castle silver metallic cushion to finish it off - a birthday present perhaps! I won't lie to you, the main reason I took all these photos of my room is so I could submit them to Teen Lair - a super awesome tumblr where people all over the world submit images of their bedrooms (if you're a snoop like me I can guarantee you'll be scrolling for hours). So yes, here are few snaps from around my room.

-Zoe x

15 Dec 2013

Free Downloads - Desktop Backgrounds

I've decided to share with you my favourite desktop backgrounds - there are way too many people out there with absolutely horrifying (pixelated to the max) desktop backgrounds and I am here to change that! I've stumbled across these four over my internet career and love them all to bits, so much so I have set my desktop to swap the background every hour because I can't choose which one I like the best. So just click on the links below each image to download your favourite! - Zoe x

Background source: underwon
(note: set this background to tile to get the kaleidoscope effect)

Background source: Beci Orpin

Background source: ohddaughter

Background source: Design Love Fest

-Zoe x

9 Dec 2013

DIY Paper Garland

I've been asked by one of my Tumblr followers to do a tutorial on how I made my tassel garland. I apologise in advance for the awful photos, it's quite hard to take good tutorial ones when you've only got two hands and a phone camera.

What you'll need:

  • tissue paper (I used one packet for each colour and two packets for the silver cellophane tassles)
  • a ruler
  • a sharp cutting knife
  • a pencil
  • a skewer
  • a gluestick
  • some twist ties
  • a long piece of twine

Step 1

Using the ruler as a guide for the knife, cut the tissue paper so that you have a singular panel, this is important so that your tassels don't get any creases in them!

Step 2

From the folded edge (very important!) of the paper measure down 5cm  and rule a line across with the pencil, this will be your guide.

Step 3

In widths of about 5-8mm slice the paper with the knife, using the ruler as a guide starting from the ruled line to the bottom of the paper. Ensure that the cut goes through all layers of the tissue paper. Repeat until cut right across.

Step 4

Separate each piece of tissue paper and then lie them flat, on top of one another. This will ensure the tassel strands do not clump together.

Step 5

Apply glue to the centre of the top layer of tissue paper and stick down a twist tie about 1/3 of the way up. Make sure there are no tassel strands caught underneath or within the middle section.

Step 6

Fold all layers of the tissue paper up to the twist tie and then roll tightly around the twist tie until you get to the end. Once rolled up straighten out both ends of the tassel so that they are no longer twisted around themselves. (Make sure there is no glue on your hands during this part otherwise you will rip all of the strands.)

Step 7

Twist the centre roll in both directions really tightly to make it secure. Try not to crumple the tassel parts during the twisting.

Step 8

Grab your skewer and use it to twist your tassel around, the twist tie will make it stay in position. Mess around with the strands until it forms one instead of two segments.

Step 9

Thread your tassel onto your twine. To secure the tassel in a particular place, thread the twine back through it. For my one I spaced each tassel about 5cm apart but you can do it to your liking!
Repeat this process for each tassel, I ended up making about 26 which span about 1.5m. If you have a really sharp blade on your knife you may be able to slick multiple tassels at a time (I could do three in a go with my knife). I'd say the most important thing is to keep your tissue paper flat and without folds, because that's what makes them look really crisp! If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask either in the comments below or through my Tumblr. - Zoe x

30 Oct 2013

I'm Redoing My Room!

Hi everyone, it's been ages since I've made one of these blogposts but I've just had so much going on. I've been studying my butt off for year twelve, I've graduated and for some everything has just been super crazy. It's officially exam season where I am and I wish anyone else that's sitting them the best of luck for them too!

I had my first exam today, English and it's such a relief it's over so to give my mind a break I've decided to write a blogspot post while I wait for Ja'mie to come on (if you haven't seen it, it's a must). Over the past week or so while I've been procrastinating from study I've had an epiphany that I want to completely redo my bedroom. There's really nothing wrong with it at the moment (you can see a few old photos of it here if you like), but I'm just getting really tired of it and I kind of feel like I've grown out of the shocking Tiffany blue wall and everything else.

When I approached mum with my idea of redoing my room I was sort of her expecting her to be all "there's nothing wrong with your room", "don't be so ridiculous" but she surprised me (I don't if it's because of exams and everything but she's been so nice to me lately and it's weird) and came out with a "yeah of course!"and nearly blew my socks off. So as soon as exams are over (Wednesday week come at me!) the very first thing I'm going to do is repaint with white and completely remove everything that's on the walls - a nice clean slate!

Now the star of my show is going to be this goooorgeous bedspread that I stumbled upon on my many internet adventures. It's from Kip&Co and is pretty pricey at $209 but I honestly think it's worth every cent, plus it's the kind of thing that I will use and admire everyday.

Croc Pastel Quilt Cover (source)

I'm not 100% sure on this just yet but I am also looking at getting a couple of velvet pillow cases from Castle & Things. They're super cute (and a little expensive) but I'm not completely sure if they'll match the bedspread to my liking.

Blue Velvet Pillow Case (source)

At the moment my desk chair is a little Ikea stool as it's the only one that can be stashed away into my mirrored desk/wardrobe, however, for studying it's horrible, I never even bother studying there because it's so uncomfortable. So to combat this very, very serious issue I decided I needed a chair that was not only practical but one that looked great so I could always be on display in the corner of my room. After some serious internet adventuring I felt defeated, it's a fact that 99.99999% of chairs are either butt ugly or ridiculously expensive. However I eventually landed at Matt Blatt, the holy grail of great chairs. Can a chair be a soulmate because I think I've found it!  I'm going to get this one below, ain't it super fabulous? (and super cheap at $69) Although I can't choose what colour, the light blue or the teal - help a gal out!!

Matt Blatt Replica Eames: Teal (source)
Matt Blatt Replica Eames: Light Blue (source)

To chuck on the chair to jazz it up a bit I'm planning on nabbing myself a faux sheepskin from Ikea, as they're super cheap at $20 and super cute.

Ikea Tejn Faux Sheepskin (source)

To replace my current bookshelf that has been damaged by a couple of floods that we've had I'm going to grab myself a couple of wall mounted shelves from Ikea as they're pretty cheap and practical. I'm leaning towards getting the white ones with the wooden brackets to tie in with the chair but I'm also considering getting completely wooden ones too, what do you think?

Ikea Ekby Östen (source)

Ikea Ekby Järpen (source)

Now I'm going to go all crafty on you, I have forever loved Confetti System's paper garlands, they are unbelievably cute and magical! However, I'm not too keen on forking out a fortune for something that I can easily make myself (as I will have oodles of time after exams). A bit of Googling led me to this fantastic tutorial video and to make the garland is even easier than I thought! And by doing it myself I'll be able to choose the colour I want too, obviously I'll go with the same colour palette as the bedspread.

Confetti System Tissue Garland (source)

If it was a perfect world I'd have oodles of money to splurge on an awesome framed artwork to hang on the walls, perhaps something by Kirra Jamison but you know you've got to dream about something! I'd also love the little addition of a siamese fighting fish, they are so cool and I've always wanted one, so fingers crossed! Again, sorry about the lack of posts but I'll be back up and running in no time. - Zoe x

1 Jul 2013

Some Movies I Really Reccomend

So I am forever looking for a good movie to watch, the problem is there's so many movies out there and 99% of them are shit. However, I have compiled a list for you of a few absolute gems that I love to bits. (Because I'm lazy I have copied Rotten Tomatoes' synopsises for you to give you a vague idea on what the movies are about.)

Ginger & Rosa
London, 1962. Two teenage girls - Ginger & Rosa - are inseparable. They skip school together, talk about love, religion and politics and dream of lives bigger than their mothers' domesticity. But the growing threat of nuclear war casts a shadow over their lives. Ginger (Elle Fanning) is drawn to poetry and protest, while Rosa (Alice Englert) shows Ginger how to smoke cigarettes, kiss boys and pray. Both rebel against their mothers: Rosa's single mum, Anoushka (Jodhi May), and Ginger's frustrated painter mother, Natalie (Christina Hendricks). Meanwhile, Ginger's pacifist father, Roland (Alessandro Nivola) seems a romantic, bohemian figure to the girls. He encourages Ginger's 'Ban-the-Bomb' activism, while Rosa starts to take a very different interest in him. As Ginger's parents fight and fall apart, Ginger finds emotional sanctuary with a gay couple, both named Mark (Timothy Spall and Oliver Platt), and their American friend, the poet Bella (Annette Bening). Finally, as the Cuban Missile Crisis escalates - and it seems the world itself may come to an end - the lifelong friendship of the two girls is shattered. Ginger clutches at one hope; if she can help save the world from extinction, perhaps she too will survive this moment of personal devastation.

The Black Balloon
An adolescent boy from a most idiosyncratic family attempts to adjust to his new neighborhood as his 16th birthday looms on the horizon in this family drama from director Elissa Down. Thomas is about to turn 16, and as if adjusting to a new neighborhood, a new school, and new friends isn't enough for a teenage boy to contend with, his family is about as unpredictable as they come. His autistic older brother, Charlie, suffers from ADD, and attends a special school on the days that he actually chooses to go. His father, Simon, is an enormous cricket fan who is prone to holding intense discussions with his teddy bear, and his mother, Maggie, is a free spirit who sleeps with pretty much whomever she pleases. Recently, Thomas' mother revealed that she is pregnant. As a result, Thomas finds himself looking after Charlie much more frequently than usual. When Charlie strips half-naked and dashes into the neighbor's house in search of a bathroom, Thomas storms in after him and encounters pretty classmate Jackie -- who is currently attempting to take a shower. Mortified, Thomas begins to realize that he might not be capable of caring for Charlie. Later at school, Thomas realizes that he'll have to learn to swim before he earns his lifesaving badge. Of course, every student in class needs to have a partner, and it just so happens that Thomas' partner is a pretty fellow pupil named Jackie.

Silver Linings Playbook
Life doesn't always go according to plan. Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) has lost everything -- his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother (Jacki Weaver) and father (Robert DeNiro) after spending eight months is a state institution on a plea bargain. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation. All Pat's parents want is for him to get back on his feet-and to share their family's obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles football team. When Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he'll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives.

The Help
The Help stars Emma Stone as Skeeter, Viola Davis as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny-three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi during the 1960s, who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. From their improbable alliance a remarkable sisterhood emerges, instilling all of them with the courage to transcend the lines that define them, and the realization that sometimes those lines are made to be crossed-even if it means bringing everyone in town face-to-face with the changing times.

In the early summer of 1956, 23 year-old Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne), just down from Oxford and determined to make his way in the film business, worked as a lowly assistant on the set of 'The Prince and the Showgirl'. The film that famously united Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) and Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams), who was also on honeymoon with her new husband, the playwright Aurthur Miller (Dougray Scott). Nearly 40 years on, his diary account The Prince, the Showgirl and Me was published, but one week was missing and this was published some years later as My Week with Marilyn - this is the story of that week. When Arthur Miller leaves England, the coast is clear for Colin to introduce Marilyn to some of the pleasures of British life; an idyllic week in which he escorted a Monroe desperate to get away from her retinue of Hollywood hangers-on and the pressures of work.

Tessa is seventeen and passionate about life. Diagnosed with a terminal illness, she determines to use every moment, compiling a catalogue of what a normal teenager would experience, including losing her virginity and taking drugs. With the help of her friend Zoey, she sets the list in motion. While her family deals with fear and grief, each in their own way, Tessa explores a whole new world. Falling in love with Adam, her new neighbour, wasn't on the list, but it proves to be the most exhilarating experience of them all.

I hope there's something in there that you haven't seen before, because I think they're really worth watching! (I've even included direct streaming links for you too.) Please comment below with your all time favourite movies, so I can have a squizz too. - Zoe x

July Playlist

SHOCKER! Two posts in one day, someone better call the papers. So I just finished whipping up my playlist for June in Adobe Illustrator (for those that always ask what program I use). I hope you find at least one new song you haven't heard before.

So on this months playlist we have:

Tell me your favourite song at the moment, please! - Zoe x


I apologise for the lack of posts lately (I'm sure none of you actually care though), I have been really busy doing all sorts of things, none of which are overly exciting. But finally, the eleven week term is over and it's holidays, thank god for that.

However, I have been told that it is in fact not holidays by ¾ of my teachers. Apparently, the title "school holidays" does not exist for Year 12's, "school holidays" actually means two weeks of school work minus the teachers and minus the classrooms. This then leads me to my next question, what is the point?!

a little bit like what my holidays will be looking like (loads of folio work),
minus the cuteness and the neatness.

So right now I'm currently sitting in bed, looking like an absolute slob that hasn't washed her hair in two days and guess what, I don't care! (Minus the greasy hair because it's pretty gross.) And while sitting here I have come to the decision that I am going to get the majority of my work done as early as possible, none of that leave it to the last minute crap like I did last time.

So today, I am going to clean up my room, wash my hair and basically get my shit together. You know what, I'm even going to go into school tomorrow and on Wednesday, ludicrous I know, but sometimes you've just gotta do what you've gotta do.

I'm saying all this now but in half an hour's time there's a very good chance I'll be watching season 8 of Friends for the twentieth time. With all that said and done, how are you going to spend your holidays? (That's if you are on holidays, if not tell me anyway, make up some bullshit. No one's going to know any different, that's the beauty of the internet.) - Zoe x