Sunday, 25 June 2017

New 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



Thursday, 22 June 2017

Ultimate Blogging Tip List 101.1.

Welcome to my new blogging series.

I do enjoy learning, particularly when I am learning about something I do quite frequently.   Being a blogger is something I kind of fell into I guess.  One day I decided to give it a go, I liked it, and all of a sudden it became a habit.   It's like when they say 'if you do something 21 times it becomes a habit'.   It's so true.   An example of this for me would be back in 1995 I begun writing in a diary every day.  Here we are 22 years later, and I am still writing a diary.  I would definitely say it was one of my greatest personal achievements.

Writing a diary can help you remember good times and bad times, and it can also help you to learn and grow as well.  This is the sort of thing I would also like to try and apply to my blogging.

From several blogs that I have read in the past and the present, a lot of the bloggers tend to write how they talk, which really is what I quite like to do also.   In my opinion I feel it gives the sense like you're talking to someone sat right next to you.  And I quite like that.  I think it sounds very natural.

I am aware that a lot of bloggers do 'blogging tips' and 'blogging series' I have found that the ones I have read help me and give me ideas too of things to try and ideas to explore.   One of the things I personally didn't have much knowledge of at all, I will admit, are blogging mistakes.   I found that as I am beginning to discover some common blogging mistakes just by scouring the internet, I am intrigued at just how many I am finding apply to me.    I am intrigued, and definitely not surprised.

Here are a few that have stood out for me:

1)  Not Having A List Of Blog Ideas.

I genuinely don't.   It's true.  Normally what I do is I come across an idea whilst on Twitter, or Pinterest, like my three celebrity style icons piece I wrote previously:

And I take it from there.   I write what's in my head, and I write it long-hand first in a notebook (usually from Paperchase of course) and then I type it out, find a few pictures, and publish.  I tend to work from one single idea that I come up with there and then, instead sitting and brainstorming and having several topics to choose from.   So this is probably one of the easiest of areas to begin improving on for starters.

2)  Spending Too Much Money On A Website.

Yeah you really have to be careful with this one.   I will be honest, I very nearly fell into this scenario myself.   To be fair, if you want a professional looking website that you want to be able to earn lots and lots of money from perhaps because you have a business or whatever, then that's fine.   I personally found that one of my blog/websites was costing me a lot of money to run and I just could not warrant spending the amount on it, so I basically knocked it on the head.   Whatever type of blog you decide to write regardless of whether you want it to be able to make money or not, you have to enjoy it and be committed to it, otherwise it's not going to work for you.

3) Trying To Be Perfect.

Nobody is perfect.  And nobody has to write the 'perfect blog'.  I used to think I was a perfectionist, I will admit.  And do you know why? Because I love to colour.  I love my colouring books and it really annoys me when I accidently colour outside the lines.  This is my definition of being a 'perfectionist'.  You don't have to have the perfect blog, you just have to enjoy writing one, and be yourself.  That's the main thing.

4) Not Using SEO, Keywords and Rich Content.

The first two of these I get, how can you not use SEO and Keywords, regardless of what type of blog you have.  I am currently trying to explore how to use SEO and Keywords more effectively when I blog.   It's an on-going process.  Rich Content however, is something I feel I need to explore in a lot more detail.   Of course I would love my content to be eye-catching and shareable.  Is it 'rich' though.  My gut says 'no'.  Not yet.  So I need to practice, practice, practice.

5) Not Being Honest.

How can you not be honest?  For example, I have heard that there are 'fictional blogs' out there and I don't understand that.  If it's true that is.  I mean, if you write fiction stories, and then you want to publish them on your blog then that's totally different.   When you write a blog post on something that really interests you, and that you want others to read, you have to express your own opinions and no one else's. 

These are just a few notable blogging mistakes I have so far encountered.  They are certainly not uncommon by any stretch of the imagination, but it's good to be aware of them.  I know there are going to be tons more out there too.  With blogging in general there are still tons of stuff still to be explored and learnt in order for me to become a better blogger.  However I think it's not just about becoming a better blogger.  It's about becoming, and remaining a happy blogger that's more important than anything else.

If you have enjoyed this post please also check out my previous post for more tips:

Thanks for reading.

Sarah x


Monday, 12 June 2017

My Top 3 Favourite Celebrity Style Icons 2017.

I am a young woman of thirty-three.  Being a writer, and an artist, and dare I also say, an aspiring entrepreneur, (because I would love to be able to work for myself) You would think that I was very 'in touch' with my fashion.  I do very much enjoy treating myself to a new dress, a new top, new pair of shoes every once in a while, but I don't tend to go too overboard on what I purchase.  So I am not your typical 'fashionista' really.  I have always had this thing about saving money.  If I see something I want to buy, whether it be a top, or a bag, make-up, it's a treat and I have normally saved up for it.  It's just the way I am.  It certainly keeps me from letting my savings get too out of control anyway.

Like everyone, I have my favourites when it comes to celebrities and what they are wearing.  I follow loads of actresses on Twitter and Pinterest, but right now, I would like to share with my top three favourite actresses who not only do I think all do incredible work on the big screen but off screen I have also begun to admire their fashion styles as well.  Of course I have been adding them into my own Pinterest collections as I am hoping that they will help me in influencing some of my own personal fashion choices too.   Providing I like them and they fit and I don't look like, you know, like no one owns me or something.....

Anyway....These are my current celebrity style icon favourites.  In reverse order:

3)  Keira Knightley.

I grew into being a big Keira Knightley fan following on from the huge success of the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie, and subsequently the movies that followed.  However, to be honest, my favourite movie of hers is actually Pride and Prejudice.   I absolutely love that movie.  It's so romantic!  I have seen a few other actresses play the part of Elizabeth Bennett in TV shows but the way Keira Knightley portrays her is totally the best I've seen.

What I love about her fashion style is her ability to totally 'pull off'' the 'lace and frill' style.  Even if it has a collar.  Also what I noticed, is Keira Knightley is one celebrity who I genuinely think really suits the colour white or cream.  Not every actress can make a statement wearing a simple white lace dress, but she can.   I also love how she wears her eye make up as well because she defines her eyes really nicely, and it always seems to compliment her hair colour too. 

Some of Keira Knightley's fashions can be a bit too simplistic at times in my opinion, but she always does look lovely.

2) Lily Collins.

Lily Collins is a fairly new addition to my personal fashion following.  I remember the first movie I saw her in which was Mirror Mirror, and I recall thinking how perfect she was to play the character of Snow White, purely because she reminded me exactly how Snow White looked in every picture of every children's book of the tale I had read when I was little.  She was perfect.

Another reason I love Lily Collins so much is because she has an eerie resemblance to Audrey Hepburn.  I don't know if anyone else has had similar thoughts about that? I think she really does look like her, and I love Audrey Hepburn.  I have always loved her style.  If anyone should play her in a movie I seriously think Lily Collins should be considered for the part.

What I love about Lily Collins' style is actually split into three parts for me.   I love the types of shirts and blouses she wears, all different colours and they really do suit her.  With dresses I find she most definitely looks amazing in any dress she wears, but not everyone can look as amazing as Lily Collins does in a floral dress!  I love the floral dresses that she wears. and I will not deny it but I would love to own most the dresses she wears too.  And when you look at her, it is like she reminds me of a style icon from the 1960's.  Or even further back than that, like the 1930's.  That is what I love about her.  She is just exquisite.

Lastly, my favourite celebrity style icon.....

1) Emma Watson.

Perhaps it is unsurprising that actress Emma Watson is my number one, considering how popular I find she is, with her 'He For She' campaigning, and being a Goodwill Ambassador and supporter of Women's Rights etc.   I genuinely admire her for her courage and spirit to fight what she believes in.  I think it is very commendable.

What I really love about Emma Watson is I find she is very sophisticated, and her fashion style is a perfect reflection of that trait.

When it comes to her fashion style I think she really suits a one, or two colour design dress or suit, as opposed to say a something that is striped or floral.  That is my opinion anyway.   Emma Watson has a natural beauty.   She has that 'girl next door' look about her.  I love how she is so natural about the way she looks, and how she can still go from natural to elegant, simply by wearing her hair different or changing her lip colour.   I think she can so easily transform herself.  I love it.  I have also noticed how she is one of the few celebrities who looks amazing when she wears any type of shirt as well.   Casual or smart.  I love her sophisticated look, and that sort of style I see on her definitely inspires me when I think of my own style because I too love to wear shirts.  I think they suit me as well.

Emma Watson is my number one celebrity style icon because she never goes over the top with her fashion, but she always looks unique and smart, and I love to scroll through Pinterest to find out what different types of outfits Emma Watson is wearing, because already she has given me tons of ideas on how I could style myself.

Thanks for reading.

Sarah x


Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Fresh Ideas Tuesday.

I had never considered myself much of a cook until just recently.  In the past I have normally stuck to easy to cook meals.   Quick meals like jacket potatoes, pizza, fish and chips, and bangers and mash.  There is nothing wrong with these types of meals at all, but I am finding that I would really love to experiment a little bit more.  So, so far this morning I have been exploring 'food' and different types of meal ideas on Pinterest.   Wonderful thing Pinterest.  I also now how a food board, if anyone would like to take a little gander at my Pinterest, because I am finding some really great ideas on there.

For example: Lemon roast chicken and asparagus.  I don't generally eat a lot of asparagus but I do like it.   Or something really simple like tomato and spinach pasta, now that does sound  really nice.  I might have to have a go at that one at some point.  I think you do have to be careful though when you are looking at food on Pinterest, because if you are like me, I pin loads and loads of sweet stuff.  Tons of it.  You know, like rainbow cake, Nutella stuffed sugar cookies. I am genuinely obsessed with Nutella at the moment I am not going to lie, I can't stop eating the stuff.  Oh and the peanut butter cheesecake sounds incredible!   I need to stop looking at sweet things now....I need my healthy head back on.

Where was I....oh yes...creamy herb chicken.  I could do that.  I love chicken and that sounds like it could be a real easy one to attempt.  I am a really big fan of pasta too, so anything with pasta is pretty good.   Another thing I have noticed particularly in this last month or so, is I have found I rather enjoy salads.  I certainly enjoy them a lot more than I used to anyway.   That's always good because you can literally put a salad with anything.   Another recipe that sounds really nice is broccoli and cheddar twice baked potatoes.  That has to be my favourite Pinterest idea I have found so far.   So you bake the potato, and then put broccoli and cheese in, and then bake it again for a bit so the cheese melts.  I definitely love the sound of that one.

I wouldn't call myself a 'foodie', but there are certainly loads of different types of food I do enjoy.   I love curries and fish, and salads, anything with pasta.  I am not a vegetarian so I like to eat chicken and beef and lamb etc.  I love vegetables, especially the Mediterranean kind.   They are really nice.

Of course I love all types of puddings as well, and a little bit too much I might add, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with enjoying a treat every once in a while.  I say that, despite the fact I have over the last four days had two helpings of apple pie, with some left over too, and a sticky toffee loaf thing I bought from the Co Op, which I had with custard and it took me three days to consume.

That sounds bad doesn't it?! It was a really big pudding though.

I have also been having the good stuff as well you will be pleased to hear.  I have been having salad, and stir fry, fish and vegetables, chilli con carne, a roast as well.  I think that sounds quite a balanced diet.   As long as I keep it that way I should be fine.  I need to start building on my food ideas too, there are loads of options out there.   However, if you haven't had one before, I would definitely recommend trying the sticky toffee loaf.  You will not regret it.

But going back to healthy food ideas, I feel I need a few more and then have a go at cooking something.  I still feel I am quite new to this 'proper cooking' thing.  So I need lots of practice.   What I will say is I am enjoying doing it, which is good considering I don't usually do a lot of cooking.   So I guess that's motivation to try something new, and most importantly, keep at it.

Thanks for reading.

Sarah x

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Ultimate Content Marketing 101.1

When I first started blogging, some 7 years ago (time flies!) I had never heard of the term 'content marketing'.  It's sad, but it's true.   The way I saw blogging in the beginning, and simply because I have always declared myself personally as a writer, I found it to be a 'way in' I suppose you could say, to finally be able to express my written word for all to see.   It would also allow me to be able to put my own stamp on the 'digital world', with the added bonus that since I began blogging, it has now grown into becoming an extremely enjoyable hobby of mine.

There is so much I have still to learn about blogging, and content marketing, and search engine optimization...I have a very long list of things I would still like to learn about, and I do enjoy making my lists, but these particular three are what I am really most intrigued to explore in more depth.  I think we all enjoy learning something new, no matter if it is something fairly simple, or indeed something that could be quite challenging for us. 

"Content is fire.  Social Media is the fuel that feeds it."

Of course it is.  Good content is fire!  If it is good content, and if it is unique enough, it will generally be recognized and in theory, shared by social media.   I live in hope.


The million dollar question is...what exactly constitutes as 'great content'?  Honestly, right at this very moment I will admit I am not entirely sure.  However if I was to simply hazard a guess, based on several articles I have read whilst exploring the internet, I would say great content must be something that informs and inspires.   So perhaps information that inspires an idea that can be acted upon, and that can lead to a change for the better.   Whatever that may be.  

For me, my take on it so far is it must be something that is eye-catching and informative.   Something that is easy to read, is a suitable length (apparently 300 words plus is quite good I found out today) easy to use and something you can and would want to share with others.

To me that sounds quite simple.  I still think there is so much more to learn, and I can't deny it but I am fascinated to discover what else is out there I can use to enhance my own blogging experience, and be able to produce more varied posts that my audience will enjoy.

Thanks for reading.

Sarah x

Friday, 19 May 2017

Great Ways To Stay Creative.

I haven't been blogging for some time now, I have just been randomly sharing some of my old blog posts whilst I have been busy searching for that new burst of inspiration to appear.  I am quite a creative person, I paint, mainly abstract and geometric style, but I love doing that.  I used to write stories but it has been a while since I have done that.  I think I will start concentrating on my blogging a bit more instead for the time being seeing as I have had an 'unscheduled break' from it.   So I have searching for inspiration to help me be, and stay more creative.  These are the tips I have found so far....

1)  Make Lists  -  I am always making lists, Shopping lists, To Do lists, Birthday Gift Idea lists, Blog Post get the picture.  Lists are good. I've been doing lists forever.   They create structure.  I must share my lists more.

2)  Carry A Notebook Everywhere You Go  -  Ok, so I have actually done that for years and years.  I always have a notebook, A5 size, which I have normally bought from Paperchase because I love the colourful funky designs that they do.  And yes they can be a bit pricey but they are such great quality, and they seem to last ages.  Nobody minds paying for great quality after all.

3)  Drink Coffee  -  I suppose caffeine does give you that burst of energy and alertness that can heighten creativity.   But honestly, I drink too much coffee.  I even have a Nespresso machine, and I also love those CafĂ© Menu Instant Mocha drinks too.  They are really nice.  I tend to add a spoonful of regular instant coffee too it too just to make it that little bit stronger.  I could never give coffee up even if I tried!

4)  Listen To Music  -  I genuinely should listen to music more.  I love listening to music but I can go for ages without listening to the music that I love.   I realise as I am writing this I do miss that.  I wonder just exactly where my iPod is these days....

5)  Quit Beating Yourself Up  -  I need to stop doing that! I seem to have done that a lot recently over various reasons.   If something you do doesn't turn out right the first time, you can always do it again and do it differently.  There has to always come a time when you simply have to push passed it all and move on.

6)  Stop Trying To Be Someone You're Not  -  Everyone is unique and even weird in their own way.  I love to do my blogging, which can be a bit random at times.  I do love doing my abstract/geometric colourful art as well, which I really must get back into.   I am unique in my own special way, and I just want to be me.

7)  Have Fun  -  You must always have fun!  Who says everything has to revolve around 'work'.   You must always take time out to have fun, whether that is with friends, or with a favourite hobby you like to do, and it can be anything that you find joy in, like reading, writing, painting, gardening, making cards, whatever really.   It's up to you what you do, but make sure you always take time out for 'you', and have fun with whatever it is you love to do.

I'm off to plan some more blog posts, because it really is something that I love to do.

Thanks for reading.

Sarah x


Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Mid-Week Moments To Remember.

The first question I have found asking myself is, how is it that it is friggin' Tuesday already?!  In fact, it's nearly the end of Tuesday, and's 'mid-week'!  By all accounts that is half of my holiday gone already.  And what have I been doing today.... watching episode after episode of Lost, because I am officially addicted.   Not exactly what I call a productive day really.  Lost is very good I have to say though.   Two words...Matthew Fox.   Enough said.   I do love the whole mystery behind the show as well.  I am now totally convinced they are in the Bermuda triangle or some other worldly dimension of some kind.  I know the show has ended now, but somehow I have managed to avoid every major detail about it so that's quite good.   I am dying to know what happens next.  I'm only on episode 4 of series one.

Anyhoo, moving swiftly on....

Had to run a few errands today, pick up a few things, post some parcels that kind of thing.   Treated myself to Glamour magazine...not going to lie...might have something to do with the Dan Stevens and Luke Evans spread in the middle.   As I write this I am suddenly realizing I am torn between those two and Matthew Fox as to who is in fact the most good looking.  I am currently indecisive on this matter.   I don't usually buy Glamour magazine if I am being really honest.  I don't know why I don't because it's actually a very good read.  The editors letter at the beginning was very intriguing, it was very honest.  I am a fan of some of the fashion pieces in it too, red, and black and white stripem and baggy trousers seem to be on trend, the only thing I am not particularly loving, is this whole 'over-sized' blouse/shirt look which is in the fashion section.  I do like frilly shirts and blouses, I would wear them, but the over-sized shirt and dresses, don't really do it for me, although in all honesty at the moment I am not particularly spending much money on my own fashion anyway.  I'm saving.   I do love that blue leather Sandro cross body bag on page 96.  Now that is really nice.  It's an envelope style, royal blue with a golden chain.  Blue is my favourite colour, and I love the design of the chain too.   Last time I checked however....I haven't got £209 to spend on a bag.    I still want it.

I keep hearing a lot about this book The Roanoke Girls as well and it is in their book recommendation section.  Might have to think about reading that at some point as I do love a good mystery book.   I need to get into the habit of finishing the book I'm reading before I start a new one.  I'm only on chapter 2 of Harlan Coben's Play Dead.  Long way to go with that one yet.  It's still currently very good.

Lastly, I have a real urge to try the Dandelion Fig spring fragrance, which is on page 196.  I love the scent of fig, especially fig and vanilla.  I think that is the most popular room fragrance I know that's about at the moment.   I wonder what Dandelion Fig smells like?!   Glamour has given me some ideas anyway, which is good.   It is a magazine I don't usually buy, but I am thinking about getting it more often now. 

Thanks for reading.

Sarah x


Monday, 13 March 2017

Attempting To Get Back Into Blogging.

I cannot believe it has nearly been three weeks since I last blogged on here.  I have been blogging for some years now, and I think this is actually the longest I have ever gone without publishing a post on a blog.  Time goes by so quickly.   Days go into the next, then a week goes by, then two.  You don't realize sometimes.

I am now on holiday again, my last holiday of this 'holiday year'.  Holidays go from March to March when you work at House Of Fraser.  So far I have succeeded in one task...which was to get my hair cut.  I had that done this morning, so that is pretty good to start with.  Didn't do much yesterday apart from sitting on Twitter and watching episode after episode of Life In Pieces, which is very good still.  Plus, I am still watching The Walking Dead, which has also been very good however I have found that I do really need to be in the right frame of mind to watch it.   I also started watching Lost as well last week too.  That's been fairly good, I have only seen two episodes of that, but I'm starting to get into it.   I do prefer The Walking Dead rather than Lost, Lost seems a bit slow so far, but I shall see how I get on.

Also started reading The Further Adventures of An Idiot Abroad, which is quite good.   I got that from work, one of the girls brought in a load of books to sell off for the children's charity we are doing this year.   I don't usually read two books at the same time, but one's fiction and the other non-fiction, so it sort of works, I have started reading Harlan Coben's Play Dead.  Which is quite good actually.  I have read stuff written by him before, namely Tell No One, and No Second Chance.  They were good.  Read them ages ago now.  

What else has gone on?!  I did a virtual classroom in work on glass and china.  That was cool.  I need to do more of them really, it really does help, especially when it comes to merchandising new stock.  The other day my mum and I went on a hunt for a 'new' farm shop in our area and found that it didn't actually exist.  That was fun...not.  Sat Nav said 'no'.   Lol.    And I got my hair cut today, which I am pleased about, as it was a little bit overdue.  Head feels a lot lighter now. 

So all I need to do now is to get back into blogging a bit after my little break, that I announced to no one....

Also, please do check out my About Page, though it is still in progress x

Thanks for reading.

Sarah x

Friday, 3 February 2017

I Have Had Quite A Productive Day.

It is really nice when you find you have had a really productive day off from work, even if originally you had not planned on doing much because you are slightly wrecked from the week at work.  I don't very often get Friday's off to be honest, but I like having them off as it does break up the week a bit.  Certainly makes a change from having Saturday's off all the time.

Today I have been so pleased because I have had a little sort out of my stuff, mainly my clothing, and have got together several bits that I haven't worn for absolutely ages, years in some cases, and put them in a bag ready for charity.   Happy days.  You don't realize how much stuff you have.  I mean, I have a five drawer chest full of clothes, and two double wardrobes of stuff in my room too.  I am a bit of a hoarder, I will admit to that.   Some of the stuff, particularly in those wardrobes I hadn't worn for years and years.   I even found my old Halloween costume that I wore to a Halloween party back in.... just a sec, need to check......2009!!!  Oh good lord!  2009!!  I was 26 I do believe.  Time flies when you are having fun as they say.  That was a great night.   I don't think that 'Devil Faerie' costume is really me anymore though.   It is most definitely good to have a clear out every once in a while.

I also did a bit of cleaning and general tidying, which is always good.  I then finally (because I am quite indecisive by nature) I have finally chose a new theme for this blog which I have been meaning to do for ages now, and I am so very happy with it.  I hope you guys who read my blog regularly, like it too.  Basically purple and blue are my favourite colours, and I love stars!!  So I think it is very me.   What better theme to go for really.  I love it.  Plus, I am also hoping that it will encourage me to blog a bit more, and blog a bit more efficiently too.   Since I have had Sarah's Dreamscapes, I have certainly enjoyed blogging a whole lot more.  This is good.

The Twist Tree In The Eccentric Sky.

I still haven't come up with any blogging goals as such, but I know I would like to build my Instagram a bit more.  Especially as recently I have been doing a bit of 'abstract (or weird) art.  I love weird and wonderful things, and I do enjoy painting too, so that is the main thing.  I have mentioned before, it is very relaxing and therapeutic.   I really enjoyed doing this picture.  It is supposed to be a tree, and I love trees.  And funky bright colours in the background.   I haven't been painting very long, but this is one of my favourites that I have done so far.  I'm really pleased with it.  

The only other thing I have been doing is a bit of 'pinning', another one of my newish favourite things to do.   My goals at the moment is to build my Pinterest up....and my Instagram.   I do have an Instagram link on this blog, so do check it out.   It has been a good day I have really enjoyed it.  I even managed to fit in one of my favourite TV shows, Supernatural.  Love Supernatural.    And I love my new theme on this blog.  I am so happy with it.

Thanks for reading.

Sarah x

Monday, 30 January 2017

The Importance Of Keeping In Touch With Friends.

I had a really lovely day yesterday.  I was working during the day, which was fine as I don't mind working Sunday's occasionally.  It means I get two days off in the week which I always find beneficial.  But last night was the first time in about 4, in fact possibly 5 months since I have seen a really good friend of mine, Lizzy.  We had sent one or two messages to one another every now and again, but we both work a lot, she sometimes worked in an evening, I work full time in retail, and before we knew it, weeks turned into months and then all of a sudden we're into 2017!

Last night we met up to go to the cinema, and instead of going to our local Odeon, we chose to go to our little independent cinema we have which is Kinema in the Woods.  That is a lovely cinema, and it is quite literally in the middle of the woods.  Lizzy also knows that I do love my thriller movies they are my we went to see Split, which was really, very good, and quite possibly one of the best roles in a movie (well he was playing multiple ones!!!) that I have seen James McAvoy play.  If you like psychological, go watch it.  It's bloody brilliant.  

Kinema in the Woods is actually a really old fashioned movie theatre too, so you get a break in the middle of the movie, for more sweets or ice cream, or in Lizzy and my case, Christmas present swappage!!  How exciting is it to get a belated Christmas present!!! So I got some candles and a little glass with a miniature baileys and a unicorn plaque and hot water my unicorns!! It was awesome.  They are really lovely gifts.

Well the Baileys is no more, and the plaque is hanging on my wardrobe door.  Just need a space for the candles which are really quite ornate, I think would be the appropriate word.  They are lovely.

So we have vowed to not leave it too long next time.  I had such a lovely evening, and the movie was really good.  I am not sure I would have actually gone to see it had Lizzy not invited me to watch it.  I would have seen it when it had come on Netflix for certain, but it's so nice to get to go to the cinema to see it.  It is a much better atmosphere, especially being the old fashioned cinema that is Kinema, which is quite literally in the middle of the woods.

It is so important to keep in touch with friends, and be there for one another when you need to be.  I always say 'better late than never' and that is true, but I don't think I will leave it too long next time.  Even if you just meet up for a coffee, or a quick trip to the cinema, it is always lovely to spend time with your friends.

Thanks for reading.

Sarah x


Saturday, 28 January 2017

What I Have Been Up To Lately.

I always find that when I am in work, and you are really busy the days always seem to just merge into one another.   I had to work Sunday this week, at the end of my holiday, so my week was even split by having a day off on Tuesday too.  Don't know where that day went either.  So my second day off this week has been today, and I have done an awful lot, sorting out my last bit of Christmas presents, helping clean out cupboards in the kitchen, watching Life In Pieces, which has become one of my favourite shows as it's so funny to watch, all this whilst having a lavender candle burning.  I love lavender.  It's been quite relaxing really.

I have also been quite organized this last week, as I picked up my step-mother's birthday present, and sent the card, I have also changed two beds at my place of work, House Of Fraser on the Homewares department.  Apparently 'Tribal' is the current trend.  Personally I prefer the Biba bed I did, which is called Leona, it's a kind of beige leopard print.  Biba is actually one of my favourite ever brands.  Along with Ted Baker.   I had a goal to do more pinning on Pinterest which have done, most of which was House Of Fraser stuff and movie stuff.   I've tidied my dressing table. 

Tomorrow I have arranged to meet a good friend of mine too, to go to the cinema to see 'Split'.  Apparently it has had very good reviews.  I haven't seen Lizzy in a while so I am really looking forward to it.  Means I can give her, her Christmas present too.  Everybody loves getting belated Christmas presents after all.

Just one other note.  I am a very big movie fan.  I love my films, and I would just like to say a bit thank you to the actor John Hurt for all his incredible contributions to the world of film.  You will be sorely missed.  Rest in peace.

Thanks for reading.

Sarah x

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Why I love Waking Up Early.

In general I usually find it very hard to get motivated to wake up early unless I have to, you know, for work.  So far today has been a little different.  This week I am back to work after my weeks holiday, which flew by, by the way.  And I was not supposed to be back to work till yesterday.  However, got a phone call on Saturday evening at around 5.30pm asking me to come into work on Sunday.  Now normally, I really like that.  I like to plan my working week and know exactly what I am doing, without the 'curve balls', however I decided, that it would be good for me as well as for them for me to go into work.  Sundays are quiet.  You can get a lot done on a Sunday. 

So today is my day off.  And I woke up at my usual time I would if I was going to work, around 6.15am.  My alarm is actually set for 8.10 as I am off to my dads today.  But I am really enjoying my morning.  What I love most about waking up early is really the early morning...ambience.  The sound of the wind, the distant sound of the cars going by on the main road at the bottom of my close.  Then the sound of the birds chirping in the distance, or in today's case, outside my window.   A bit loud, but I'll let them off.  I love it.

I do enjoy having plenty of time to wake up of a morning.  I don't do rushing really.  I feel like over the past three months that's what I have been doing rather a lot of.  But it's fine.  That's why I started having a play with abstract painting.  It's very relaxing and it makes me sit still for an hour or so.  This is good.

I am now having my second cup of coffee of the morning.  I am feeling quite refreshed and ready to start the day which is good.  It is a bit dull outside, but I still feel as though I would benefit from a brisk walk at some point.  Hopefully it will not start raining.  So I do love waking up early, especially when I am not in work because it gets me a lot more motivated for the day, Certainly more so than if I woke up at say, nine!   I am ready to start the day.

Have a good day guys!

Sarah x 


Friday, 20 January 2017

Why I Love Abstract Art.

About a year ago, I generally started surfing the web looking at all kinds of abstract art as I do really enjoy it, and think it is incredibly fascinating.  For me, I just really love the random pictures that people come up with, and their excessive use of colour in some case to compliment it.  I love it. I love random uses of colour.

I read somewhere that a lot of people like to do abstract art for fun.  I personally have discovered I like to do abstract art because I find it very relaxing and I love colour.  I am not the best at drawing I'll be honest, although I did take Graphic Design GCSE at school and that was my favourite class.  I got a C grade in that, and I was so pleased with it.  I worked bloody hard for that C grade too.  I generally love to colour as well and do paint by numbers to chill out.  It's very therapeutic.

The other thing that I love about abstract art is that no two pieces are ever the same.   It is completely unique, unless of course you are personally intent on copying it exactly to create two pieces, two paintings.  But I love the uniqueness, and the individuality of each piece created.  Plus, abstract art is quite weird as well.  I love weird.

My painting. 

Even I am not entirely sure what it is supposed to be.  I like it though.  It was actually my first painting with water colours too.  I enjoyed doing it anyway.   I have decided I'm going to call it 'The Eye Of Order', the eye being the thing in the top right hand corner.   I am quite excited to do something else now, now that I have discovered how much I really did enjoy painting this picture.  It is definitely quite relaxing, and also, with abstract art, there are no boundaries.   I love that about it.

I really must start doing more of these. It is quite relaxing.  I always do love to surf the internet looking at different sorts of abstract art.  I really do find this particular style of art so fascinating.   Do check out my Pinterest (link on my blog page) as I do have a little selection of Abstract Art on there that I have collected already.

Thanks for reading.

Sarah x


Thursday, 19 January 2017

Top 5 Twitter Accounts I Cannot Get Enough Of.

Like quite a lot of people I go on Twitter every single day, and for me, Twitter is my favourite of the social networks because it's always so up to date with absolutely everything.  There are more than five accounts that I check on Twitter, obviously, but really this list that I have compiled is of 5 Twitter accounts I have been checking daily to see if there is any news or gossip.  I don't always retweet the stuff I have read, but I really do enjoy checking them out.   The following are in no particular order...

1) AHSFX - American Horror Story.

American Horror Story was the very first show last year where I literally sat and watched four complete seasons, one after the other in the space of about five weeks.  Roughly.  I was completely hooked.  It doesn't quite work out at one season per week, but it is pretty close.  I have always been drawn to that weird and wonderful world of Horror and the macabre (Stephen King fan through and through) and this show...just does it for me.  It has everything, I love the characters, the stories, the actors, and I always to love to see the stuff they do behind the scenes and keeping check on upcoming projects on the show.  I might even have to start watching the entire series again from the beginning, because it seriously is so good.

2) Viola Davis.

Like American Horror Story, Viola Davis' show, How To Get Away With Murder is another one I got totally hooked on last year.   I just find Viola Davis as an actress, so compelling to watch.  She is just wonderful.  The only movie I have actually seen of hers before I started watching this show, was The Help, and she was really good in that too.  With this show however she just dominates it.  She plays her character Annalise Keating so well, and I love the whole, whodunit scenarios they come up with and the web of deceit they spin in the amongst the storylines.  It is such a clever show, and Viola Davis is awesome.

3) Zachary Quinto.

I used to be a really huge Heroes fan back in the day, and I always found Zachary Quinto's character Sylar so fascinating.  He was my favourite character in that show because he was so evil, then good, then evil, he was brilliant.  Where Star Trek is concerned I thought he was the absolutely perfect actor to play the part.  He was born to play that role and he does it so well.  It was definitely one of the best pieces of Hollywood casting I have ever seen.  What I love about Zachary Quinto is he keeps his Twitter account up to date, literally daily.  It's brilliant.  I really love to see his little life updates and his current projects he is involved in.   He is just such a fascinating character in his own right.

4) Colin Hanks.

Colin Hanks is a fairly new addition to my Twitter following, and it was actually after I found his Instagram.  I don't really know what it is about him, I think it is just his onscreen presence that I love, he is a great comedy actor.   I just really like him and I think he is really cool.

5) Dorkface.

Dorkface was the very first blog I followed, written by Jemma.   I do check her blog quite regularly, more so than anyone else really.  I love her posts, her creativity, and importantly, her honesty, and I just think she is really fun.  I never tire of reading her blog as it inspires me as a blogger also.  It's always updated regularly, and it's so easy to find when I am on Twitter.  I love it.  Plus she loves unicorns and Matthew Gray Gubler same as me.

Thanks for reading.

Sarah x


Monday, 16 January 2017

What Is It About Pinterest That I Love So Much?!

I have been a bit quiet on the blogging front recently, when you work full time you often find it can take over your life a little bit. Recently I have found that I have become quite addicted to Pinterest , and lots of people write about why they use it. As I have, as I mentioned, become quite addicted to it, there are three reasons for this:

1) I love colour.

2) I love detailed, intricate things.

3) I love to collect things.

I actually love to colour too, and paint.  I have always thought I have a fairly good eye for detail most of the time too.  And I've always been a collector of sorts, unicorns, dragons, faeries, get the idea!  I love jewellery, and accessories, shoes, bags especially Ted Baker bags, clothes obviously, and art in general.

I love homewares too which helps working on a homewares department of course.  Pinterest gives me loads of ideas for gifts or things I want, it even gives me ideas for work the way they display stuff.  Its even started giving me ideas for summer already, and saving money for it.  Its really cool.

Check out my Pinterest here

It does become quite addictive though and after a while you do find you have to pull yourself away from it.   I'm hoping it will give me some ideas for blogging too so we shall see about that.  I have read how some bloggers use it quite regularly, and it does seem that the possibilities with it are endless, that's what I really love about it.  Plus the fact that lately I seem to be on it pinning every single day now.   So I think it's official, I'm slightly obsessed with Pinterest already.

In a good way of course.

Thanks for reading.

Sarah x

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Habits Of Successful Bloggers I Have Discovered.

So this is just a general little list I have come up with whilst I spent the other day doing a little bit of research, and generally reading some blogs whilst I was on Twitter.  I do enjoy doing my 'lists' and I have done another one already today for another post too.  This is what I found out anyway for this one.  See what you think....

Habits Of Successful Bloggers.

1) They Post Consistently.

I think it's quite important to post regularly on your blog especially as your followers are going.  I have certainly discovered since becoming a blogger that a lot of people are interested in other peoples lives and what they have to say.  And it's really nice to find a blog that you really enjoy reading, and you can keep up to date with it all the time.   Plus, blogging is actually fun too.

2)  Planning Ahead.

This is something I actually do a lot more of now than when I first started to blog.  I never used to plan at all to be honest.   I think it's been in the last few months that I have really took to using notebooks to write out my posts longhand before I publish them online.  I prefer to do it this way.  I don't tend to go too overboard with my planning.  I tend to do a list here and there, and then I like to plan a post out, write it up longhand so it's ready to go, then start working on the next post so that's in it's mid stages, before I publish the first post.  So far that seems to be working out for me and I quite enjoy doing it that way too.

3)  They Collaborate.

This is something that I haven't honestly thought a lot about, I really would like my own blog to grow and improve a bit more first, but it is something I would like to consider doing in the future.  I know a lot of bloggers collaborate quite frequently.  I definitely find that I read a lot more blogs and share a lot more of others content than I used to, so it could be something to think about one day.

4)  Engaging With Their Audience.

Again, this will be something else I can work on as my blog grows.  My blog does get a few views on it at the moment which I am so pleased with so I know people are taking the time to read all my waffle, so thank you to everyone who has read it so far.  I think I just need to engage a bit more myself really.  What I have been working really hard on, particularly just recently, is building on my Pinterest, which I know is so popular, and I love it because I love collecting things.  Simple as that really.  But I also believe it enables my audience to start building a picture of the type of person that I am as well.  I think that is really good.

5)  Don't Compare Themselves To Others.

I suppose this is the most important one really.  I will be honest, I did compare myself to other bloggers particularly when I first started, but you should never compare yourself to others.  We are all unique in our own special ways, and although I feel my own blogging style still needs a bit of work, there is always plenty of room for improvement.  In general, I am very happy with Sarah's Dreamscapes.

6)  Being Persistent.

I am certainly not expecting my blog to suddenly become popular over night, and I don't tend to blog every day either.  I just really enjoy blogging when I do.  I enjoy writing them in my notebook beforehand, I enjoy typing them up (it can be quite therapeutic actually) I love finding pictures for them too.  And I enjoy sharing my blog too.   Sometimes it's just not possible to post every day, we all lead busy lives after all, but it is always nice as a blogger to be remembered.

Thank you everyone for reading my blog.

Sincerely Sarah x


Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Top 7 Shows To Watch On Netflix.

Last year was the first time I decided to give Netflix a go.  Prior to that I used to be an Amazon Prime member, and I had been with them for a couple of years.   Amazon Prime had it's own benefits, cheaper postage on products I bought, book deals etc.  Unfortunately it started to lose a lot of it's TV shows, mainly to Netflix, and there were a lot of shows that I simply couldn't get on Prime, like American Horror Story for example, but I could get that on Netflix, so initially that is why I switched.  All because of that one show.  There were so many people who I knew who kept going on about how good it was, so I had to switch.... and it was totally worth it.  I love American Horror Story so much.  The first season, and the fifth season are my favourites so far.  They were awesome, and very addictive to watch.   There are so many shows on there to choose from.  They really have a fantastic selection, and it was cheaper than Amazon Prime too.  Currently, I am watching White Collar.  I am still on season one, but it is really good. 

So, I have compiled a little list of seven shows that I think are totally worth a watch, only one of which I have not seen at all, but I have heard great things about, so I've added it ready to watch.

7) White Collar.

I am only three episodes in of this, but it has been very good so far.  I think Neal Caffrey is such a likeable character.  A bit cocky, but detective Peter Burke keeps him in check.  I love the mystery behind the 'whodunnits' and the comedic value the show has.  It's easy watching with very likeable characters.

6) Jonathan Creek.

This show might not be for everyone, but it is, well, a bit of a 'blast from the past' for me.  I have seen every Jonathan Creek series and specials that have been done. I have not long seen the Christmas special they did from last year which was really quite cool too.  A bit like White Collar, what I really love about the show is the mystery behind the stories.  I loved working them out, or at least trying to work them out.  And Alan Davies is a really good actor.  He plays the part of Jonathan so well.  It can be quite addictive too.  It's one of those shows where, I have to know what happens in the end.  I love it. 

5) Sherlock.

This was one show I decided to watch this year.  Never seen it before, and I know how popular it has been, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman being amazing actors in their own right, but this year, literally two days ago I watched the first episode and already I am hooked.  I love Sherlock Holmes anyway, best detective ever, and Benedict Cumberbatch plays him brilliantly, and Martin Freeman as Watson, well he is awesome too.  It has been really good.  I am impressed with this one.

4) The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air.

I have heard it has just been added to Netflix, and well, I loved it the first time around and I want to see it again.  Simple as that.  There were quite a few episodes I missed too, so I need to watch it all again.  I still love Will Smith.  I need The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air in my life right now.

3) Fargo.

I know this is based on the movie, which I will say I have not seen, but I do know a bit about it, and I have seen the trailers for the show as well as the movie, and it does look good.  Starring Martin Freeman (again) I think it looks quite intriguing from what I have seen so far.  It looks very suspenseful.   I like suspense.  Suspense makes any show exciting.

2) American Horror Story.

This was my number one originally, till something else too over.  I love all of the series of AHS, they are all brilliant.  Scary in places, but I love that, I am actually drawn to it.  It really does irritate me when mainstream TV cut the series in half.  They have done that twice to me with Freak Show and Hotel, and it is so annoying.  But all the series are awesome, and again very addictive.  With Murder House and Asylum I watched the all the episodes one after the other in less than two weeks I was that hooked.  The characters are all just so fascinating.  Brilliantly acted too.  I would definitely recommend this show, if you don't mind a few scares that is.

1) How To Get Away With Murder.

This TV show, was my TV show of the year 2016!  Seriously, it had be hooked right from the very first episode.  Viola Davies is just awesome as Annalise Keating, she is such a fantastic character.  And so far every episode has been incredible.  Mind-blowing in fact.  The acting from all the cast has been brilliant, the storylines have been awesome, again, I love all the twists, and whodunnits, and I love the fact I sit watching it, trying to work it out...I love it.  It is a fantastic show.  If you haven't seen it, you have to watch it.  I cannot wait for season 3 to come on Netflix.  I seriously need it in my life. 

Thanks for reading.

Sarah x


Monday, 2 January 2017

Going To Make A Concerted Effort To Read This Year.

This was definitely something I tried, and ultimately failed in last year.   I read one book last year.  One book in 365 days.  Well, read all the way through that is.  Said book, was 'The Ice Twins' by S.K. Tremayne, which I will have to say was brilliantly written, an exceptional page turner, and it had a really good ending.  I would definitely recommend it to anyone, particularly those who love thrillers. That book had so many great characters in it.  I personally love thriller books, they are definitely my favourite!

So I would like to try and do a bit more reading this year, and so, as I write now, I am currently scouring Pinterest ( I love Pinterest as the moment, it's absolutely brilliant, gives me loads of fantastic ideas) for some ideas on some books to read, and so far I have come up with these five titles:

1) The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin.

2) Beside Myself by Ann Morgan.

3) Dark Places by Gillian Flynn.

4) Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin.

5) Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill.

This one looks good!

I don't want to give away too much about the plots within these five books I have chosen because I will review them once I have read them.  I, myself, have not actually read too much into the plot anyway, because I don't want that to spoil my reading experience.  I love to pick up a book and just start reading it and work out the story for myself.  It's very exciting.  I did that with Stephen King's From A Buick 8.  That was a great book.

So I think I will start with these five, and see how I get on.  I have started to download a couple of them ready, to my kindle, but they are not in any particular order, I'll just pick one and start reading it.   I have paid for them now, so I have to read them.  I am not, however, going to go seriously into a whole 'reading challenge' thing that a lot of people do nowadays, because I am pretty certain that I probably wouldn't be able to stick to it.  I mean, who knows, I am not exactly sure how well I will do with this list yet.  Hopefully it will reignite my love of reading.  That is what I am hoping for anyway.

Thanks for reading.

Sarah x

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Why My First Blog Didn't Do As Well As I Had Hoped.

I always look back fondly on my very first blog that I did, Dolly Wolly Wombat ( which I will add used to be my nickname, hence the title) as it genuinely taught me that blogging was not all about 'reporting'.  I had this idea that if I had a blog where I just simply reported on trending celebrity news, I would suddenly get this huge following, and that the blog would be popular.  But that is not what blogging is about.   Unfortunately it took me about three solid years of writing on this blog to realize that.   At the time, I guess in all honestly, it suited.  It was right for me back then.   And to be fair, hand on heart, if I had decided that all I ever wanted was a blog where I 'reported' on celebrity gossip all day every day, then I would have kept it up.  But it wasn't what I wanted.

In the end, I was writing blog posts every day for Dolly Wolly because I felt I needed to.   I didn't necessarily feel like I had to, but to keep the blog going I guess I just wanted to.  Unfortunately towards the end of my blogging time on Dolly Wolly, most of my posts were actually only about a paragraph long.   So really, my first blog didn't do as well purely because my passion about the subject I was writing about, well I guess disintegrated would be a good choice of words.   I don't tend to write very long posts now, but they are most definitely longer than one ten line paragraph, and I really do enjoy writing my blog post now, that's for sure!  I didn't back then.  I had decided I wanted to make more of my blogging adventure.  I wanted to experiment, expand and create more.  And most importantly, I didn't want any of it to sound forced.   I would like to think I have achieved that in the last year!

I did think about picking up Dolly Wolly Wombat again when I first decided to have a go at lifestyle blogging, as opposed to movie blogging, which I have also turned my hand at, and I did do one or two posts on my first blog too, but honestly, Dolly Wolly is certainly not me anymore, and hasn't been for a while.  I'm not sure how else to describe it other than it just didn't sound right on there anymore.   I just didn't feel as though I could have taken it any further.  I know I have totally outgrown it, and seriously, what is the point of delving back into the past, when really I should be looking to the future?!  I feel now, for me, Sarah's Dreamscapes is the way forward.  With this blog I know I can do anything I like with it, I can build my personal brand, and that in itself is so exciting.  And most importantly of all, I truly do love it.  And I have said it before, 'Amazing Things Can Happen'!

Thanks for reading.

Sarah x

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