Meet the Maker: Organised

Hahaha me, organised? I can hear so many people laughing at that.

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Seriously though, the main way I organise the assorted voices in my head is through different notebooks. Here are two of my favourites, which contain my notes for ‘The Vampires Bodyguard’ and ‘Chasing Dragons’. They’re two writing projects I’m working on and I’m sure I’ll tell you more about them at a later date so keep popping back for updates.

Meet the Maker: Goals

So today we’re looking at goals. This is a slightly challenging topic to discuss, especially when your creative endeavours are so varied, and ever changing. When I bought my sewing machine, my aim was to make unique items for my daughter and I to wear. I’ve reached this goal (and ensured a steep learning curve!) but now I’d like to slowly start sharing what I make and hopefully start building clients and business.

For ease, I think I’ll divide it into writing goals and crafting goals.

Writing goals:

  • Keep writing! I’ve been pretty slack since I had my daughter so need to get back to writing regularly
  • Finish editing ‘Elesphere’ my young adult fantasy novel. I was pretty much finished but it needs a lot more work.
  • Ongoing work on my ‘Vampire’s Bodyguard’ series. More details on this to come!
  • Look into self publishing Elesphere and The Vampire’s Bodyguard next year. I’ve also got an idea to expand a short story but I’m keeping that a secret for now.
  • Obviously I’d love best-seller status but frankly, having people out there, reading my work is still surreal so I’ll just take a couple more happy readers. For now.

Crafting goals:

  • Ongoing skill development.
  • Improving my felting and learn to make fairies and characters.
  • Design and make a range of greetings cards to sell.

Meet the Maker: Milestone

If I’m honest, I never really expected much when I started writing. I mean, hubby had always read and enjoyed my work but having other people read and enjoy? It still seems odd and unreal. However, it was a milestone to get ‘Akane: Last of the Orions‘ in print and into the top 10 of the Amazon YA/SciFi list (it reached number 2), then when I managed that, it became a new milestone to get ‘Weird Wild‘, then Ghoulsome Graveyard out. When I reached one milestone, the voices had already set three more! Book brag shelf.JPG

 

Meet the Maker: Recent Make

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I’ve recently discovered felting! I’m not sure what it is, but stabbing something multiple times is highly therapeutic 😉 I took a short class at the recent Crafts 4 Crafters show and made an adorable little lamb and frankly, I’ve been a little obsessed ever since! I’ve completed this set of cards recently, combining washi tape and felted decorations with assorted phrases hand stamped on too. These were so much fun to make and a big learning curve with regards to felting – blending wools, adding details such as the seams on the hot air balloon or adding a bit of sparkle to my snow flake. They are available to purchase, just message me below or via @bluebeaglebaby

Meet the Maker: Inspiration

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I’ve spoken before about my inspiration for doing what I do: my family. Hubby constantly drives me to improve and challenge my writing while I look for new recipes or ideas to give the girls a holistic lifestyle. Above is a photo of some natural, homemade lip balm and pup treats.

Since the birth of my daughter, I’ve become increasingly interested in natural remedies and plant-based lotions. For Christmas I made friends and family a delicious hand cream  which was a big hit so I’ve been inspired to look for and create more recipes. My current favourite is a foot cream which has ensured my toes are beach ready and a cocoa butter and orange oil lotion bar which makes the toddle smell like a walking chocolate orange – yummy!

I’ve also been working on some treats for the pup which I’ll post soon. In a similar way that we’re all trying to eat a little more healthily, I’m trying to cut out ‘processed’ treats from the pups diet (honestly, I don’t want to know what ‘crude ash’ is and why it needs to be in dog food!). She’s more than happy to act as taste tester so I’ll get some recipes posted soon.

Meet the Maker: Sketchbook

You can never tell when or where inspiration will strike! however, i can guarantee I won’t be able to find a pen so here i was trying to write a pattern for a scarf for the toddler – on a Paw Patrol etch-a-sketch!

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