Sunday, 30 November 2014

DIY Advent Calendar - Part 2

Hello again :)

In the first part of this advent calendar tutorial, I showed you how to make an advent calendar, so this part is going to be about what to put in your advent calendar.

This is primarily based off an advent calendar I made two years ago for a friend of mine, Laura (I know she'll read this and get excited about seeing her name, so here you are Laura), which is what is in the picture. It was really fun to make, and I think it makes a really special Christmas present if you have the time.


Things to put in an Advent Calendar:

Things you can buy;

  • Lollies and chocolates (just getting the obvious one out of the way first)
  • Pencils
  • Tealight candles (or bigger ones depending on the size of your calendar)
  • Scrunchies/hairties
  • Christmas decorations

Things you can make;

  • Pompoms
  • Cookies (stain-glass ones are fun for Christmas)
  • Origami pixie books ;)
  • Pressed flowers
  • A fortune teller ;)
  • Handmade Christmas decorations
  • Print out sheet music to a song they like and doodle on it and make it awesome! :)
  • Print out a recipe to food they really like, or copy a recipe of yours that they love to eat when they come around

Things you can write;

  • A coded message with the decoder
  • Inspirational quotes (making them relevant to the person is a good idea) :)
  • Translate a message into another language that they know a little or a lot of
  • Write down 10 things you love about them (this would be awesome just to do the whole calendar like this actually)
  • A letter/stream of consciousness

There you go then. I know it's quite close to the 1st, but I figure that you can bookmark this for coming years, and also, nearly the whole rest of the world is behind my time-zone, so it isn't quite as close to the 1st for you as it is for me. :)

I hope you had a good November!

Thursday, 27 November 2014

DIY Advent Calendar - Part 1

Hello again!

Advent calendars are arguably my favourite part of Christmas. I love opening the little windows each day, and the surprise of what waits inside. But I would have to say that I'm not a huge fan of the store-bought ones with the cheap chocolate.

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This year I spied a similar one to this at a christmas market, but it was overpriced, and I thought that I could easily make one. So I decided to make one for my younger brother, and I thought I would share it with you guys, because it is surprisingly easy. He gets back from school camp the day before the 1st, so I'm going to have it all hanging up when he gets back, which will be a fun surprise. :)

Anyway, here goes!

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Into The Great Unknown

So.
Yesterday was my last day of school. Ever.

And that is scary and exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. I truly am venturing into the great unknown.

This year has been one of the best years yet. I have grown so much, and learnt so much.
I have come to terms with the idea of having many good friends, rather than a few best friends. I have done things I would never have dreamt of when I began school, like perform in a musical and travel to a big city & meet people from the Internet! I have learnt to relax, and be calmer. To work hard when it really matters in school, but to prioritise other parts of my life when it didn't matter quite so much. I was a part of a choir that rehearsed for 14 hours a week (at one point) in preparation for our time at the prestigious National Big Sing competition earlier this year. I have had my first boyfriend, my first kiss, my first break-up, and (unrelated) my first pair of converse. I have loved having free periods, and the freedom that year 13 brings, being at the top of the school. I have posted on this blog (semi) regularly, managing to always post at least four posts a month. I have read 56 books and counting. I have laughed, and cried, but mostly laughed, and made some of the best new friends.

And so next year I am doing something that excites me so, so much. Something that Meg, Jes and Sam encouraged me to do when we met. Something that feels like the opposite to the doctor I always thought I would become, because that is what both my parents do. Something that, because of my upbringing and parents, I never considered to be a possibility until these last few years. Something that, annoyingly, I won't need the Calculus, Physics and Chemistry I took this year in anticipation of a science degree.

Next year I am going to Wellington to study a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English Literature and German. (I'm excited just typing it!!!)
The Wellington waterfront (on a very good day, I'll admit)

When I was choosing my subjects, and what to do next year, I sometimes got confused between whether I should do what I love or what I'm good at. Because people told me to do both, often implying that they are the same thing.
But they weren't the same thing for me. For example, this year my favourite subject was English, but I was better at History.

Here's the thing though. Ok, so maybe my natural talent for History is slightly better than it is for English. But in the long run, what you do well in isn't just about talent. It's about passion and talent. A combination of the two. If you don't love something, you won't be motivated to do it, and you won't do as well. You need a driving passion to motivate yourself to continue at something for long enough to master it.
So, my advice, if I were to answer my own last question of the interview. Do what you love, because if you aren't already good at it, you soon will be. :)

Megan Beth KernaghanSamantha HeatherAnneLeahSineadJesAmyAbigailJessiJessLissaKristinaRajrupaClick here

All these wonderful women you see here helped me realise my dreams for next year, and so go ahead and click on their faces to see what they had to say about their adventure into the great unknown.


To be honest, at the moment I am feeling rather strange.
Finishing school is something that is sinking in over time for me, and it doesn't feel entirely finished yet, because I still have my end of year exams before I am completely free.

But this morning I woke up and realised I didn't have to go to school, and then I realised that I would never have to again.
And it just felt unreal.

Everything that I have known has just ended. But I feel as if my life is only just about to begin. :)



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