Sunday, 16 July 2017

July Life Update.

The Tree Of Life - Animal Kingdom.

July does seem to be going pretty fast for me this year.   Might soon be time to start counting down to my birthday which is in August.  Nearly anyway.   So I have been trying keep myself busy.  So far today I have painted a second coat on the side of our shed, and done a first coat on the shed doors as it was nice and dry and sunny out, but not too hot which was good.  I enjoyed it, I found it therapeutic!

Managed to do a bit of drawing this afternoon too, ready for me to paint, so I will be doing that at some point although I haven't decided when, but as I have been painting the garden shed that might be enough for me today!  We shall see.  I have also caught up with some housework, got that out the way with first, and I have caught up with some of Hollyoaks as I always record it, and I do find the storylines are normally very good.   I am really loving the character of Warren, played by actor Jamie Lomas, because he is sweet and devious at the same time.  Hollyoaks has a great plot surrounding Warren and Grace Black at the moment and I am loving it.

I am still doing little bits of colouring, check out my previous post of ones I have done already, and I have spent the last couple of days sorting out a few things that I have put off like washing, sorting, tidying, the usual things really.  It's always best not to put things off for too long.  I now have an Agenda journal so I have started writing my list of jobs I want to do in there.  It has definitely been helping me and it really has started to become a habit me writing in it practically every single day.

The other day whilst I was in town I also treated myself to a new top and a new smart jacket and I am so pleased with them.  I haven't treated myself to much recently so I was really pleased.  The jacket fits perfectly too.

This is the jacket.  I didn't have a navy jacket, but I do now.  This was £34.99 from H&M.  It's a beautiful fit, and it has a ruffled effect on the back of the arms from the elbow down.  It is so comfortable I love it.

This was the top and it's from Oasis.  I love the Oasis brand I always find they fit very well and  I find they are very 'fashion forward'.   They always keep up with the current fashion trends.   This top was actually on sale, and I wasn't planning on buying a top at the time, I did go out just for a jacket, but the top was only £20.  Bargain.   So I am really pleased with both my purchases.   It is always nice to treat yourself every once in a while too.  I am not usually one to go on a spending spree, but I like a treat, particularly as these two items fit as well as they do.   Plus I got some money off my mum and dad as it's my birthday soon, so I put that towards these two.   A great birthday gift!

To round off the end of today I watched The Amazing Spider-Man starring Andrew Garfield, and I thought it was very good.  You can't go wrong with a Marvel movie at the moment.

Thanks for reading.

Sarah x


Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Favourite Pins 101.2

Do you know, I am pretty selective when it comes to Pinterest.  I have just discovered this. And the way I know that I am very selective is my first Pin that I have just added and I would like to share with you, has literally taken me ages to choose despite the fact that said Pin is from one of my favourite movies of all time.   You would think with it being from one of my favourite movies that I would want to start randomly choosing pictures and pinning everything to do with the movie, but to be honest, there are so many I love, I would be here forever.

They always say an image is worth a thousand words, but for most people a single image can mean so much more than that.   An image that has the ability to take you right back to a time, in this instance, to when you first watched this movie or the last time you watched it.   The scene where Jareth (the Goblin King) and Sarah are dancing at the masquerade ball to 'As The World Falls Down' is one of my favourites because there is something so magical about it that I always find myself becoming lost in the moment with this very scene.  For me the movie Labyrinth as a whole, would actually be my own perfect 'alternate reality'.   That is how special this movie is for me.

Keeping with the movie theme, I discovered this piece of fan art of Robin Williams who I absolutely adored as an actor and comedian.  I love this artwork, it's been done very well.   My favourite movie of his was Mrs. Doubtfire, she was an incredible character that he created, followed by Jumanji, because that was such a fun film, followed by The Birdcage because it was so funny, and I loved him as the Genie in Aladdin too.   Such a great actor!  Love this picture.   Also, check out my link here of an interesting article I have recently read about Robin Williams' greatest movie performances.

Leonardo DiCaprio.  He is just beautiful.  And he is one of my favourite actors of all time.  There is nothing more to say, except I love him.

I love this not only because it looks really, really cute, but also because well just recently I have seemed to have developed a fascination to objects in a glass container, designed and marketed as jewellery.  If I wanted to buy someone a really special gift I would probably look for something like this because it is really unusual, and I do love unusual things.  Plus I love starfish.   They are fascinating creatures.

Now this looks really cool.   I have always loved dragons, and this picture is of the town hall in Munich, in Germany.  So this is supposedly a life size dragon, climbing up the wall of the town hall.  I would love to see this for real.  It looks awesome.   Better still, if I ever won the lottery and could afford a really old mansion, I would find an architect who would design a similar looking dragon to climb up my wall too.  It's brilliant.

I really love this too.  So this is 'Fractal Art' as opposed to abstract art.   Brilliant use of colour in the design and for me, I find this picture really striking to be honest.  It is the sort of pattern I would really love to find in a colouring book somewhere and colour it in myself.   I really do like this one.  It's kaleidoscopic and  mesmerising!

This is really pretty.  It's a bit unusual, but I love the red rose on it with the pretty little jewel in the centre.   I just really love the detail that is on it.   It would make a lovely gift for a loved one.  There is something very romantic about it.

One of my favourite perfumes.  I really love the sweet scent of this, it is so lovely and I find it's not too over-powering either.  I have a small collection of the rings that come round the top of the bottle too.  I just don't want to throw them out.  It is in my opinion one of the more expensive perfumes I usually have, but it is most definitely worth the money. Check out the link below for some great savings on Vera Wang Princess fragrance.

Well this looks like a rather interesting cocktail, I might have to give this one a try.  I do love blueberries, I think gin is ok, I am not a massive fan of gin, but it's ok.   What I am interested in is the other ingredients especially the Crème de Violette Liqueur.  That sounds awesome.   So I am totally willing to give it a go anyway.   And doesn't it look pretty in the glass?!

Well this has been saved to my sweet section of my Pinterest.   Hot chocolate fudge pudding cake, with ice cream of course.  I need it.  I need it in my life right now.   It looks heavenly.   Whenever I eat out at restaurants I always have a pudding, and I do generally opt for some sort of chocolate fudge brownie/cake thing with lashings of cream.  I do prefer cream to ice cream too, I have very sensitive teeth so even though I do like ice cream, I only have it occasionally.  This dessert still looks so scrumptious.   I could so eat a big bowl of it right now.

Hope you all like my favourite Pins and if you like, check out my new Masquerade board!

Thanks for reading.

Sarah x


Friday, 7 July 2017

My Creative Artwork And Colouring.

Over the last week I have managed to complete two new paintings and three pieces of colouring which I have been really thrilled with.  I think it has been the most amount of colouring I have done, in the space of time that I have done them in.    Most of all I feel like they have helped me to relax a bit too.   Relaxing is good.   Here are my coloured pictures done with felt tips.

An armadillo.   This colouring book is a 'Colour Therapy' one.  It has a really great selection of pictures in it. 

I love the rabbit, it is one of my favourite pictures that I have coloured.  They are so detailed too and they do take a while to complete, but the whole point is you don't rush them.  

The elephant.   I quite like the way I have coloured this one, I reckon it looks a bit more 'even' than the other two.    These types of colouring books are great because you can colour them in whatever colours you want and they can take literally ages to complete.   Especially if you are a bit of a perfectionist like me.

I have also done two paintings over the last few days, the first of which took me a little while to complete.   I basically did it in several stages over a couple of days to ensure all the colours I was using didn't 'bleed' into each other too much.   It is really annoying when that happens.    These are my two paintings.

I am quite chuffed with the way it turned out.  Still feel I need a bit of practise when blending in different colours.   I like the colours in this one.

This is the second painting.   It is a fairly simple painting I will agree, but one thing I am so pleased about is, with not having as many shades in my water colour paint selection at the moment I do a lot of mixing, and this is the first time I have managed to get a fairly decent lilac colour.  I will however at some point invest in a wider range of water colours.   I just don't want to waste the ones that I already have.   I did enjoy doing these, particularly the first painting, despite how long it took me.  I am really happy with them all.

Check out my other paintings from my previous post:

Thanks for reading.

Sarah x


Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Ultimate Content Marketing 101.2

What kind of content marketing actually works?   I believe that most content marketing has the capacity to work for every individual blogger out there because I think it's down to how you put your own personal content across that's really important.

One of the things I have discovered is 'content flow' is also an important factor.  I envision that particular point the same way I would if I was writing a fiction story.   You can't just tell your reader, so this happened, and then this happened and the outcome of it all was this... You have to expand and explain how and why etc.   Break it down and make your content consistent and easy to read.  I suppose one good example of this is to ensure the images you use are a fairly decent size.  Common sense really.   Tiny content is so annoying.

Another way of course is to incorporate visual components into your content to support it, which to be fair is what most people do.  However, one the things I have realised that I do personally just looking back at some of my previous blog posts, is sometimes I don't always think a lot about what image I place into my content, and really, I should think about it a lot more.  It's a bit of a bad habit really.    Nine times out of ten, I pick an image off the web because it 'looks nice'.   The question is, do I actually get any engagement on that specific image I have placed on my blog?  I am not quite sure I always do.

Recently I featured a post on my favourite pins:

I chose to do this post purely out of interest to see if it would build on getting more interaction and more followers on my Pinterest.   As for the outcome of this particular experiment, I didn't get many more followers as such, I got about three new followers, but what I did notice was quite a few of my pins had been saved by people, more so than ever before, and they were not necessary the pins I had featured in the post either.   So I found that rather intriguing, and I was genuinely really pleased too.  Thank you to all of you who have read this post and saved my pins, it is much appreciated.

The outcome of this is that the images I have used on that particular post seem to have not only been noticed, but saved as well.  So does that mean they will continue to do so in the future and in doing so increase engagement on my blog?  We shall have to see.

I have also discovered, having just recently reading a couple of articles in general on the web, that content which is displayed in small, easily manageable chunks, with a little image accompanying it seems like it would be much easier for the reader to digest.  It also adds that posts with visuals get 94% more page views too.  Which is always good. 

This is one of the articles I have found:

What I have taken away and learnt from this is that regardless of whether the content you are writing is considered serious or laid back, the marriage of content and the images you use to support your views and opinions is in my opinion, a genuine key to success.

For me personally, I feel I definitely need to practise a bit more when it comes to choosing images.   Hopefully as I begin to build on my content marketing knowledge I am confident my ability to choose relevant and attractive images to support that knowledge will improve, and thus improve all future blog posts on other topics I decide to write about.   The desired outcome? It will give Sarah's Dreamscapes on the whole, a higher quality feel to it , and become more interesting and appealing for my readers.

Thank you all for reading my blog.

Sarah x


Monday, 3 July 2017

Going To Set Myself A Reading Challenge.

I know lots of people out there do this so it must be really popular, but it is something I myself have never done.  I will have to be honest and say I haven't read a book for probably about six months or so, and that book was actually The Ice Twins by T.R. Tremayne.  It was very good actually, it had a good ending.  But for some reason after I read The Ice Twins I haven't been able to become interested in reading any other books.  I do think that's quite strange for me as I always used to read a lot.   So I have decided I would really love to start reading again.

Here are a few books I have read in the past:

The Hobbit

The Lord Of The Rings trilogy

Most of Stephen King's works including IT, The Shining, Carrie and Misery.

Terry Pratchett's Discworld including Witches Abroad, Mort and The Fifth Elephant.

Pride and Prejudice

Sense and Sensibility

Bridget Jones' Diary

Of Mice and Men

Dean Koontz including: By The Light Of The Moon, Breathless.

Katie Fforde: Paradise Fields

Jeffery Deaver including: The Sleeping Doll, Praying For Sleep, The Bodies Left Behind.

I do prefer the mystery/thriller style genre more than anything else, but I do on occasion like a 'lighter' read, and Katie Fforde is one of my favourite authors for that.

It seems really strange that I haven't been reading for such a long time.  I still read magazines of course, but it's nowhere near the same.  So after looking on Goodreads, Amazon and Waterstones, I have compiled a list of books that I would like to read.  I came up with quite a lot actually, but these are going to be my first five:

1)  Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes

2)  All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

3)  Chocolat by Joanne Harris

4)  Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

5)  The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

I think it will be quite interesting for me to first of all see if I can get through all these five books, and in what time scale.   Now that is an interesting thought.  I genuinely have no idea how long it will take me to read them.  I'll just start the first one and see how I get on.

Wish me luck.

Thanks for reading.

Sarah x


Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Favourite Pins 101.1

Pinterest is becoming extremely addictive for me just recently.  I mentioned in one of my previous posts that I have always enjoyed collecting things, whether that be pins, or movie memorabilia, Myth and Magic ornaments and even stamps.  The other thing that I find Pinterest really useful for and I am sure many others will agree with me on this, is that it gives me some really great ideas for gifts I can buy for people.   And as I really enjoy painting, it gives me loads of inspiration for my future creative projects too.   Pinterest is just seems so perfect and it's free.  I love it.

This is the first type of post I have done using Pinterest, and it's something I have always been meaning to try.  As I have mentioned I do enjoy 'collecting' in general and now with Pinterest I can collect everything I ever wanted, get so many ideas on style and food etc.  And I need ideas on food as well because I am presently trying to improve my cooking skills.

So these are my 10 favourite pins I have found today:

This picture is called Daydreaming, but I see it more being called The Faerie Swings At Twilight.  I think it is very pretty.  Looks a bit like an oil painting, the colours are really pretty with little hints of faded aubergine in the middle, the whole picture literally glistens, and there is a lovely reflection of the faerie in the water too.

The Black Unicorn.  I love unicorns.  I am starting to find that pictures of black unicorns are becoming ever increasingly popular and I love this picture because it's quite dark and eerie, and yet rather majestic at the same time.  Also it's front hooves are quite creepy too, and it has red eyes.   Stunning.

This is a beautiful dress!  In general I don't have many long length dresses in my wardrobe, I think I have about two.   I love this, I love the colour, that striking deep red, I have always thought that colour is so classy.  It also has diamantes as well, but not lots of them.  Just enough to give the dress an extra sparkle.  Beautiful.

The colours blue and purple are my favourite and this sky looks so pretty.  I love looking at a pretty picture of a sky when it's currently chucking it down outside where I currently am.  The weather is rubbish.  I would much rather be in this picture right now!

It's Olaf!!! Yay!  My favourite 'non-princess' Disney character.  I love Olaf.  Last time I went to Florida a couple of years ago I made sure that I wasn't going to come home without an Olaf soft toy!  I love my Olaf toy.  It is currently sat in the corner of my bedroom.   He is definitely one of my favourite all time Disney characters because he is so cute and so funny, and loveable. 

He looks so cute! It's a puppy in a sink.  It looks quite happy laid there waiting for a wash.  It's just having a bit of a chill out.  So adorable.   This is all you need to brighten up your day!

I love this colour red because it's so vibrant, especially against grey tights which isn't actually something I have ever really worn before.  I think they go really well together.  I love the T-Bar look, and the white detailing is really eye-catching.  And they are not too high either.  I really like them.  I haven't got many T-Bar shoes.  I actually don't have any red shoes at all.  Perhaps I should treat myself.

As you may already know, I am absolutely in love with abstract and geometric art.  Out of all the pictures I pin on Pinterest, abstract art is what I generally pin the most of, along with movies if I am right.  I just find it fascinating.   The more colourful it is the more I love it.

I love Ted Baker, it's one of my all time favourite brands.  In fact I am slightly in love with this bag, I feel I might need it in my life pretty soon.  I do love this style of bag too because you can get loads of stuff in it, and I am sure that like most of us, we tend to carry our entire lives in our handbags!

Despicable Me, one and two are such brilliant movies I love them, and I saw The Minions at the cinema as well and I must say it was one of the funniest movies I have ever seen.  I just love the way they laugh and how funny they are when they get mad.   They are crazy.   I have pinned quite a few to my 'funny' board on my Pinterest already.   I can always count on The Minions to make me smile!

Pinterest has definitely become one of my favourite past times, particularly this year as I have been pinning more than ever.    I generally pin most days.  I do love it.   If you would like to check out my other pins this is my link: 

It's a bit of fun, but at the same time it gives you my readers an insight into what I am interested in.

Thanks for reading.

Sarah x


Sunday, 25 June 2017

My Creative Artwork.

I do find painting very relaxing.  Not so long ago I used to do paint by numbers, the acrylic kind, and you can get from the internet, and they are generally not very expensive.   But I do think it's a lot more special when you draw and design something yourself no matter how detailed, or cute or even strange it may be. 

Anyhoo, recently I have rediscovered my love of my random abstract/geometric art that I occasionally like to turn my hand to.   I do find it very relaxing.  I have been presently practising on the 'blending' side to my art as I have noticed that sometimes it look a bit too...clean cut is probably the term I would use.   Although I have done some geometric style art today, I have also been practising my blending techniques with water colours, and I am quite pleased with the results.   Practise makes perfect of course.

These are my most recent paintings. I do also post them on Instagram too, along with loads of other stuff obviously, so if you would like to follow me this is my link:

This is the 'geometric style' one.  I draw all my paintings free hand, I don't tend to use a ruler or anything, and I think that's because really when you use a ruler for art or anything really, often the end result is a drawing that is fairly precise.  I find free hand more enjoyable.   It is quite strange but I like it.

This is the second one I started experimenting with blending the watercolours. The green turned out ok, but the whole picture itself does have a certain 'muddy' aspect to it don't you think?!  I do prefer vibrant colours personally, but to be honest, I wasn't quite sure what I was doing with this one when I started.  So with that in mind, I don't think it's too bad.

This is my favourite and it was actually the second piece that I did today.   I love this painting the best because all the colours I chose seemed to go quite nicely, plus, plus, blue and purple are my favourite colours.   I am so pleased how this one turned out.  The piece in the middle of this picture is actually meant to be a vase, in case anyone is wondering.  Let's call it a 'bespoke' vase.  For a single flower which if it were for me, would simply be a red rose as they are my favourite flower.

Check out my other post on abstract art here:

I really did enjoy painting these today, it is particularly unusual for me to do more than one painting in a day so doing three is pretty cool I think.  It was very relaxing, and relaxing is always good.

Thanks for reading.

Sarah x


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