Monday, 28 August 2017

Favourite Pins 101.4.




I was beginning to think it was ages and ages since I have done my 'favourite pins' post, and then I realized it is ages ago, back at the beginning of July, and we are now nearing the end of August.   I'm not quite sure where August has gone to be fair.  It will be Christmas soon.   It's far too early to be thinking about Christmas just yet.   I always start thinking about Christmas at the beginning of October.   That suits me fine.


So these are my current favourite Pins from Pinterest I have recently added to my collection.   There are no Christmas ones yet!






I love wolves, they are beautiful creatures.  This is my latest edition to my Wolves board.   I just find the detail and the dimensional aspect of this drawing fascinating.   I love the simplistic colours too with the piercing turquoise eyes.  Love it. 






Disney's Alice In Wonderland, and Through The Looking Glass are two of my favourite Tim Burton movies, starring the gorgeous Johnny Depp, and the late great Alan Rickman as the voice of Absolem, and Stephen Fry as the voice of the Cheshire Cat.   I just love the way Tim Burton created the look of the Cheshire Cat and made it completely unique.   It looks so menacing.   I think also, besides the MadHatter himself, the Cheshire Cat I think is the most popular character, with Alice as number three.   In my opinion anyway.







Jurassic Park is one of my favourite movies of all time, so I thought I would have a little look to find a Pin to add to my collection that was Jurassic Park related, but something different from what I would normally add, like a movie still.   May I present, the Jurassic Park birthday cake.   How cool does this look?!








I love Audrey Hepburn, and I adore her classy style too.   I thought this 'art inspired' pin was pretty cool to add to my collection.   I don't usually tend to randomly pin on Pinterest, I tend to have a look around and add maybe one or two on a subject I'm looking for.  I love this one.  I would happily put it on my wall even.







This baby elephant is so adorable!  I love elephants.  They need protecting from all those poachers out there.  It makes me so mad when one gets hurt.   They are such beautiful, gentle creatures.









I cannot believe I found this, but I had one exactly the same.   It's from the 80s, and I know I still have it somewhere.   It was still intact the last time I saw it too.   I just couldn't believe it.  I always thought it was a random one off type of thing.   Might have to go rooting for it now!







This is amazing, I really love this, I was so glad I found this one.    Jack Torrence, played by Jack Nicholson from Stephen King's (my favourite author) The Shining.  Absolutely brilliant picture.   I am even loving the Jack Daniels whiskey bottle too.  It's fabulous.







Not quite sure I would be brave enough to do this myself, but the detail on 'lip art' is just mesmerizing.    This is one of my favourites that I have found recently, which is actually saved to my 'Cosmetics' board, and I really love it.  I love the matching nails too.  The detail makes the whole look so effective and unique.  It's just awesome.   It's seems to be a trend that's fast becoming very popular.   I love it.



Thanks for reading!


Sarah x



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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Ultimate Content Marketing 101.4




I definitely feel as though I am nowhere near where I want to be in my understanding of content marketing when it comes to my blogging.  To be fair, if I was, I probably would not be still doing a post on content marketing.  So far, the only thing I feel I have perhaps slightly improved on, are my images.   Imagery is a huge part of blogging for sure, so this is a good thing.

The one thing I have realised, is that there are really only so many charts you can look at that explain the flow of content marketing.   In my opinion, once you have seen one you have seen them all.   Simplicity works best for me where charts are concerned.   I don't want to see a flow chart where each of the seven headings that are featured in it have essay underneath them.   I always think that a heading, followed by the two main points minimum underneath explaining said heading, which ultimately leads on to aiding the final outcome of the flow chart.   Bullet points are also rather favourable as they are generally easy to read.   Below are a few tips I have found on Content Marketing today.


Prominent Words To Aid With Your Content Marketing.


Here I have compiled a basic list (I try not to do complicated!) of words that I hope can aid me in improving, perfecting and maintaining my content creation in general and my content marketing strategy.  


Visualisation.

Although images play a really huge part in blogging, it is also quite handy to play about with your wording in your paragraphs as well.   This allows your reader to obviously visualise what it is your are writing about.  Then, add relevant images to support your text, and you have got it cracked!




Trends.

When I really think about it, trends is actually quite an obvious one.   In fact, I feel it could be quite an easy one to use in my blogging too.  I have written a few blog posts about trends before but by my own admission, they weren't always trends I was fully interested in, which is probably why they never got many views.   If you are going to write about trends, or what is trending out there at the moment, best thing is to make sure it's something you are interested in.  Your reader will start to tell when you are not really interested in something.





Research.

This is probably the most important one of all.  Whatever type of article you decide to write about, make sure you do your research, know what you are talking about, and make sure all your opinions and suggestions are your own.   It's not rocket science!





Google Plus.

I always share on my Google Plus.  Always.  And I share my content several times too.  Of course the other most important thing, is do try and read what others have shared too, and comment on them if you feel inclined to as well.  This is something I have started to do a bit more of recently.  But also, by reading articles on Google Plus, it has given me my own ideas for blogging too.   It's very useful.



Plain English.

This is self-explanatory.  Whenever you are writing a blog post or article on whatever subject that you have chosen, it is imperative that you create easy to read, descriptive text.   Also when you are blogging, what comes up a lot in articles is, make sure you avoid 'keyword stuffing' wherever possible.  That is certainly a trick I have yet to master too.  Just stick with easy to read, plain English and you will be fine.



Fabulous.   Now I need to see how many of these I can improve with my own blog posts!



Thanks for reading.


Sarah x







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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

New List Of TV Shows I Want To Watch.




I haven't been watching as many TV shows lately.  The most recent ones I have seen are The Big Bang Theory, and The Inspector Linley Mysteries.   It's quite an old one the second one, but I have never seen it before and so far I am finding it really good.   You can never go wrong with a Big Bang Theory episode though.   The characters are definitely all crazy and I love them all, especially Sheldon.


It has been a while since I have been looking on my Amazon Prime to see what to watch, and of course, they still have quite a bit of choice on there.   A little while ago I was watching the majority of my TV shows on Netflix, however over the last few months I have found that, because I haven't been watching as many TV shows as I usually do, I decided I couldn't really warrant paying out for both Amazon Prime and Netflix.   With Amazon of course, you get free delivery and books to read from the Amazon Library, as well as movies and TV shows all included for £7.99 a month.   So I have decided that is the better option out of the two.


https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/prime/pipeline/landing/ref=nav_prime_try_btn


Here is a list of 10 shows I have decided I would like to watch from Amazon Prime.


The X Files.

Out of everything on this list this is the only TV show I have seen, and it was a very long time ago and I cannot remember much about what happened in it at all apart from the fact it's about aliens and unexplained phenomena.  Thought I would give it another go.  I wonder if I will be able to make sense of any of it this time round?!  Probably not, but it will be fun.




I have watched a lot of TV shows in the past, particularly American TV shows, so whilst you are reading this list some of you might be shocked that I haven't seen these shows, but I promise, The X Files is the only one I have seen, but here are some others.


Parks and Recreation.



Heard of it, never seen it.  It sounds really good and really funny too.  I know Chris Pratt is in it too and I like him as an actor.   So I will give this a go.


Arrow.



This looks quite exciting, sounds kind of down the Batman route in terms of storyline, but I do like Batman so I can work with that.


Prison Break.



Yeah I know, how is it I have never seen Prison Break?  I have got absolutely no idea.  But it is now on this list and I shall be watching it at some point.  It does sound exciting.


The 100.



100 criminals, delinquents go back to try and repopulate planet earth after it was abandoned following nuclear war.  Wonderful.  I will try this and see what it is like.

The Americans.



I have so far heard and read, that this has been quite a popular show.  It sounds a bit '24' like, if anyone has seen the show '24' with Kiefer Sutherland, that was good.  Makes me wonder if every time you get to the end of an episode it keeps you hanging so to speak.  I shall soon see.


The Following.



How can a serial killer be charismatic and psychotic? I am a huge fan of Kevin Bacon anyway so that is why I want to see this show.  It will be nice to see him in something other than a mobile phone advert anyway.


Sleepy Hollow.



I remember when I found out they were doing a TV show this, and I really did enjoy the Johnny Depp movie, so I thought, this would actually be a really great show to start watching.  I thought that about it at the time anyway, but then never started watching it when it first came on.  It's great when you watch any TV show through Amazon Prime anyway because you generally have the whole series on there.

American Gothic.



This show sounds awesome.  A family has discovered there is a serial killer in their midst and they have to work out who it is.   Sounds as though it's like a modern day Clue or something.   It says it's about a 'prominent' family, so maybe they are in politics or something, but one of them is a serial killer.  Looking forward to this one.

Haven.



I have added this to my list because it reminds me of Heroes in a way, except everyone in the town just have their own curse as opposed to an ability.  How many different curses are there can you have I wonder?!

The Fall.



I am not going to lie...it stars Jamie Dornan, and this is why I want to see it.  I think it will make a nice, refreshing change to see Jamie Dornan play a serial killer instead of Christian Grey.   It also happens to be the second TV show I have in my list that stars Gillian Anderson who plays the copper trying to catch him.  I love cat and mouse shows, and films.  So this should be good too.



Thanks for reading.

Sarah x

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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

One Goal Complete.




I decided that a little change in my bedroom was required.  My room had not changed at all really since I moved back home three and a bit years ago, to save more money.   Before then I was living with a close friend of mine.  Sadly I was paying out more than I was saving, so I decided to come back home for a bit.


Three and a bit years later.....





My bureau was one of the first pieces of furniture I ever bought myself.  I got it from The British Heart Foundation for about £250, I think.  It was a long time ago.  I love it.  In the couple of years I had noticed that I wasn't using it as much as I used to before I moved out.  I didn't even use it when I blogged or even for when I paint, which was where I always used to do my painting.   I came to the conclusion it was to with the fact it was right behind my bedroom door, which meant obviously if I wanted to use it, my bedroom door would have to be shut for me to put the top down.  I know you're thinking, what's wrong with that?  Well, for a start, it's too dark in that corner, plus, I never liked the idea of not being able to open my door, quickly or otherwise.  You know, emergencies etc.  Anyhoo, I finally decided to shift it's location from one corner of my room to the other, which is great because it's now right next to the window.  I can have proper natural light, hooray!


Somehow my room suddenly looks a lot bigger too.  Not sure how.  Especially as I currently have a few piles of 'bits' on my bedroom floor that still need to be sorted.  To be fair, I had filed loads of paperwork today and yesterday, so the rest can be done tomorrow.   All in all, I am so happy with the way my room looks now.  And what a difference it makes me being able to write my blog at my bureau properly.  I bet you're thinking, didn't you do that before?   No.  I blogged on my bed.

Not anymore.




I am so glad I have made these few little changes.  And it's been done before my 34th birthday as well, which is on Saturday, the 12th.  There are so many ideas out there to help you make positive changes too.

http://liveboldandbloom.com/06/habits/10-positive-life-changes

It's good to have a change, especially when it is going to be for the better.  Even if that change is a small one, it's still good.

And.... that's one goal down for this month! I am happy.   Check out my other goals here:

https://sarahsdreamscapes.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/my-august-goals.html



Thanks for reading.


Sarah x

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Friday, 4 August 2017

My August Goals.





This may shock everyone who reads my blog, but despite the fact that I have been blogging with various blogs for about 7 1/2 years, I have never really shared any of my specific personal goals on my blog.   I have always had goals throughout my life obviously, but I have never really mentioned anything about them.

So I thought it would actually be quite a good thing to try out, keeping it fairly simple to begin with, and see how I get on.   Interestingly, one of my goals from this list I have already done which is really good, and it was only yesterday.   That's definitely a good start.


These are my goals for August.


Keep experimenting with my art.


I really do enjoy doing my painting.  Some of it is a bit weird and off the wall but I really love doing it, I love experimenting with colours particularly as I am now using acrylic paints, and I love coming up with funky shapes and doing geometric designs.  There are no boundaries when it comes to art.








Sort my bedroom out.


I am a bit of a hoarder.  I have stuff to sort in my wardrobe, in my bureau, which I have decide I want moving because I don't use it as much as I should, my drawers where I keep paperwork and art stuff need tidying, I have near empty bottles of cosmetics that need attention and my daily essentials area is too bloody crowded anyway.   It needs sorting.


Meet up with my friends.





I actually started doing this yesterday as I met my friend Angela for coffee and dessert when she had finished work.  We went to Café Neros and then went to this restaurant called Cote for dessert , Crème caramel, which was lovely.  It was a really nice evening.  And I have already arranged to meet two of my other friends later on in the month too, so it's all good.  It's always nice to catch up with your friends when you haven't seen them in a while.



Use stuff up before I get more.


That's leading onto what I have just said, but I really am a nightmare for having bottles and bottles of shower gel, and I can't keep all of them in the bathroom because there are other people to think about besides me!



Read the pile of magazines beside my bed.





I currently have three magazines beside my bed which is their designated home within the bedroom, which actually for me isn't too bad, except I know there is another one due to arrive any day now and I haven't started reading any of these three that are already there, and as they are Total Film magazines it's not exactly a thin magazine.  This is something I must get on top off too, if I am going to continue reading them.



Start reading a book.


Like literally any book.   Nevermind the pile of magazines.  I do miss reading books I will admit, although sometimes I can be very indecisive about what I want to read and then because of that I end up not reading anything.  Need to try and get out of the habit of that really.   So I need to find a book to read now.



Do more on Instagram.






To be fair, I only started using Instagram properly this year.   Most of the time I tend to just share my art or my colouring, but I have started to go out a bit more lately so I think I would like to start taking a few more pictures and share them for people to see.  I do like looking at pictures others have posted on there too.  I think I feel I would like to be a bit more consistent myself with it.  So this is a picture  of my pudding from last night, crème caramel!



Try and blog a bit more consistently.


So yeah, moving on from using Instagram more consistently, maybe I should look at blogging more consistently too.   It's on the list of things to do when I come up with ideas for blog posts of course.  Might need them first.



Treat myself to something from ASOS.




I have decided I really do love ASOS.  I bought a dress and a new pair of shoes the other month and they fit really well.   I had started shopping at Misguided recently too, but having discovered what ASOS offered after I shopped at Misguided, I have decided ASOS is much better quality in my opinion.   And, as this is my birthday month (12th) I have an extra 20% off too.  Bonus.  Better get looking hadn't I.



Keep the habit of setting goals for myself.


Like I said, I don't usually set myself goals, or if I do I don't usually share them.  So perhaps I should do it more often and try and stick to them of course, or as many as I can at least.   I quite enjoyed writing this post too.    Personal goals are definitely a great way forward.



Thanks for reading.


Sarah x


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