Monday, 15 August 2011

Life in a muddy field, Minnie Mouse and my return :)

I'm back from my muddy adventure!
This is gonna be a picture heavy post, I warn you now :)

Life in a muddy field is a lot more fun than it sounds.
It rained 4 out for the 6 days, and it was SO muddy! I said wellies were essential, some people just wore flip flops and was just crazy muddy.

This was the mud on can imagine the mud on the actual grass!
It was also very cold, so hoodys were a God send.

On the second day, I was going to boil some water for some hot chocolate on my little camping stove, so I got it all ready and turned it on and it BURST INTO FLAMES. I realise that this seems over dramatic, but genuinely I was terrified. The gas canister had leaked over night on the cooker, and then just consumed itself in flames. After shouting "STEVE" (my youth leader), he came a running and poured 2 water carriers over it to put it out. Was very traumatic at the time, especially as I was very very close to it, and was very very fortunate not to be burnt!
This was the controls after it had been put out:

The week consisted of lots of meetings and was just so fun. I've been going for 7 years, and this year was easily the best. There were 15 of us and we all became so much closer over week and I think we really bonded. Of course there were some stressful moments (certain members of the group had no respect for other people's property, and others claimed they were too young to cook and wash up therefore refusing, resulting on us waiting on them hand and foot a lot). But overall just so fun, we laughed so much, I shared a tent with my best friend Claire, which was hilarious. We hadn't seen each other that much this summer, so spending time with her was amazing and we became so much closer :)
Only some of our group, I was one of the youth leaders this year :)

The last day was dressing up day and I got a chance to wear my Minnie Mouse costume :)

Note wellies, myself and Claire :)

Marie, Princess, Rex, Hercules, Scooby Doo and Minnie Mouse :)

It was a sleep deprived, sugar fuelled, ninja game playing week and was fantastic, amazing, brilliant :)
We came home yesterday and my bed was so good. I had a bath and the dirt that came off me was horrific. The showers at Soul Survivor was disgusting and cold, so anything hot was so welcome!
I slept for 12 hours last night, and I'm still so tired!

In other news, I made these today

They look yummy, I'm yet to try one yet though!
Also, I'm 18 in 3 hours and 40 minutes :)
Hope you're all good

Monday, 8 August 2011

Camping Chic

Going camping, or glamping as it is also known and looking good is a struggle. That much is true.
I've been going camping since I was about 6, but it's only since I've been going to Soul Survivor (summer camp, roughly 12,000 young people a year) that I've actually cared how I look when emerging from my tent to brave the mud!
It's my 7th year, and possibly my last with uni and things coming up, and I am determined to look good, and this year, I wont be looking at every other girls thinking 'how on earth do they look so good?!'

Colourful wellies are a must, if you've got to live in mud, you may as well traipse through it in style. Mine are black with pink and white flowers. But rest assured, you'll always see someone else in better's a way of life.
I'm trying to go down the dresses and leggings route this year. Because it's an awful lot easier. No need to worry about your top riding up and jeans falling down when sitting on the floor, which is an annual battle. Easier to layer up, putting on a cardigan is perfect. And also, takes less space when packing, very important! :)
Hoodys/Hoodies(?) also a must, it gets so cold at night wherever you go..unless you go camping in hotter climates than England haha. And they look good over jeans!
Packing is always difficult..packing as little as possible is impossible. If you talk to anyone else whilst packing, they'll come out with something about how good they would be in that situation and would only pack one bag and would be amazing. Which is so annoying they wouldn't believe, because it really isn't that easy! (I admit, I only wrote this bit because my boyfriend just said exactly that, and annoyed me no end)
I've only got one bag for clothes, one bag for food (cooker included), and one for my airbed and pump and everything that didn't fit in the others haha. Which I think is impressive for a week away.

Here are my efforts: I know it's sideways, I don't have the patience to figure out to fix it haha.

I'm off tomorrow morning, so it will be a blogging free week. But I'll do a post about Soul Survivor with lots of pictures hopefully, including fancy dress!
Have a lovely week :)

Friday, 5 August 2011

Look what I made!

Next week I'm going to Soul Survivor!
Soul Survivor's a summer camp in Somerset which I go to every year. And the last night is fancy dress, and the theme's Disney this time :)
Last year it was fairy tales and I was a princess fairy but I decided to be Minnie Mouse this year!
The majority of Minnie Mouse costumes that I'd seen were either very little, or not covering much of my body, sooooo I decided to make my own! I used to make a lot of things when I was younger, but kinda grew out of it, but it meant I've got lots of material and sewing things so I was all set!
So I got to work.
I found a plain pink dress in Notting Hill (it's a £5 shop for those who don't have one in your town), it has a Peter Pan collar, and kind of flary at the bottom with cap sleeves.
I found lots of pictures of pink Minnie Mouse's and tried to base my costume on this one..

I found an old white t-shirt which my mum didn't want any more and cut out about 30 circles the same size and then sewed them onto the bottom half of the dress, below the middle seam (I'm sure there's a technical word rather than middle seam..). And I think they're all distributed evenly on the skirt.

Then I got to work on the ears.
They are definitely a DIY project, the ears are pieces of cardboard, which fabric sewn around them to make 2 black circles. Attaching them to the headband was the hard part. I used a white Alice band because I couldn't find a black one, and basically sewed as much as I can to every available piece of fabric to make them stay upright! This took the best part of 2 hours haha, but it was worth it.
Minnie Mouse ears are not complete without a ribbon, so I managed to buy some very pink ribbon from a little craft shop down the road for 40p and made it into a bow and sewed that onto the Alice band.
And volia! It was finished! I'm going to draw whiskers on with liquid eyeliner and have bright red lips. I have practiced it and then opened the front door, the neighbours haven't looked at me in the same way since haha!
Below is the dress and the ears :)

 Didn't come without injuries haha.

Needle's are dangerous.

Anyways, I'm sure I'll post everyone else's fancy dress outfits as well as me in my one!
Hope you're all good!

Thursday, 4 August 2011

So, I decided to start a blog :)

After years of reading various blogs, I thought I'd start writing my own.
So a bit about myself.. I'm 17, (18 in 2 weeks, I will finally be old YAY), live in Essex, and hopefully going to uni in September (I'm pretty sure I'll cry about how nervous I am about my results on here, and then whether I get in or not) .
At the moment, I've got my summer ahead so I'll be able to blog quite regularly. I read Sprinkle Of Glitter, Zoella, Dottie K, Flutter and Sparkle, Maylovesmakeup and the like alll the time, so they've inspired me to do this.
I'll try and do beauty blogs, although I can't say I have much money to buy lots, but those that I do, I'll definitely review for you. But this blog'll probably be more of a life blog, and all my unexciting adventures :)
I'd love to say hope you're all okay, but until I get followers, I'll be talking to no-one haha :)