Yay, week 1 of The 100 Day Project is complete! 7 days down, 93 to go. A week in and I’m still really excited about this project. I wake up each day and I think about what I’m going to do, how I’m going to do it and also how I’m going to document it. I’m also really enjoying checking out other people’s project on Instagram. I was getting this creativity FOMO (even though there was kind of a certain level of creativity to some of my photographs) before the Project even started so on day 1, I decided I was going to draw a little picture to represent my project each day. I might not actually draw it on the day and I haven’t decided if I’m going to share them all but the plan is to have 100 mini drawings by the end of the project. Drawings 1 to 7 are above.

My favourite projects include the two wonderful hosts. Elle Luna’s animations are amazing. Did you see Day 4? Wow! Lindsay Jean Thompson’s project is great because it seems so doable and then you read her lovely words and realise, not so doable because she’s an amazing writer. Her day 5 was my favourite and her day 7 is so inspiring. Like she even needs to be mentioned because I’m obsessed with her project every year but Elise Cripe’s project is so good. I love love love her unicorn print from Day 7. I can’t wait to see it finished and find out what she does with it. Allie Lehman’s project is another 1 I’m really enjoying. She’s blogging everyday for 100 days. My favourite post so far was Day 2 Anticipation. My absolute favourite project so far this year is my dad’s. I’m really loving checking in each day to see what he’s doing and I’m really excited he’s taking part. His bookmark on Day 5 is my favourite so far.He’s going to be getting a lot of bookmark and jewellery requests from me. I’m really excited that barbells.and.baking decided to join me in 100 Days of Less. The girl is putting me to shame with her clear outs. She went very big on Day 1 and hasn’t slowed down. You can follow her Project on her Instagram stories. Finally, I’m enjoying checking out anyone who is doing any sort of calligraphy, typography or hand lettering because I’m really interested in learning more about that.

Things I’ve learned 7 days into this project:

  • I will never ever be a minimalist.
  • I have serious anxiety at the thoughts of getting rid of certain things including books and notebooks.
  • There are things I’ve kept because I like them or think they look nice and to justify it, I’m holding on for dear life to the William Morris quote “have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”.
  • I am very far from an artist and I’m “drawing” (or colouring in) with pens for goodness sake but I’m enjoying those tiny pictures so much.
  • Even though my project is not creative, it is making me want to create things which is a great outcome.

How’s your 100 Day Project going? What have you learned after the first 7 days?

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I’m taking part in The 100 Day Project for the second year running this year and my project is going to link in with my 2018 One Little Word. For my 2018 project, I plan to do ‘100 Days of Less’.

I kind of felt a little bit like I was cheating because the project is generally supposed to be 100 days of creative habit and where last year’s project was kind of creative with blogging, this year’s isn’t at all but it’s what feels right for me and I’m sure the creativity will come with trying to photograph my project (hey, I guess it’s 100 days of really bad iPhone photography too!) After listening to Elle Luna and Lindsay Jean Thompson’s interview with Michael Beirut where he said that your 100 day project can be anything really once you do it for 100 days (yes, even brushing your teeth!), I felt much better about my 2018 project.

For 100 consecutive days, I’m going to try to create a more minimalistic life. The things I intend on having less of by the end of this project include makeup, clothes, books, shoes, unnecessary plastic objects, handbags, craft supplies and photographs. I also plan to clear out my emails, phone storage, work files, social media “friends” and hard drives. Finally, I plan to worry less, stress less, think less negative thoughts, eat less unhealthy food and spend less time doing things I don’t want to do.

Now, the difficult part is how I’m going to share my project. I haven’t fully decided and there isn’t always a pretty way to share photos of this kind of thing but I think I’ll post as many Instagram pictures as I can and share some parts of my project (most likely process pics and videos) to Instagram Stories. I’m also going to create a video using the 1 Second Everyday App and most likely blog a few times throughout the 100 days with some progress updates.

I love this project and I have been looking forward to it starting again for ages. Sure it’s not always easy and I tend to hit some road blocks but I enjoyed it so much that I didn’t want it to end last year.

If you are interested in learning more about The 100 Day Project, check out Elle Luna  and Lindsay Jean Thompson on Instagram.You should also check out Elise Blaha Cripe on Instagram because if you’re having thoughts about giving up, her enthusiasm is amazing! Also check out her podcast on her previous experiences and plans for The 100 Day Project here and here and here and here.

If you want, you can read my posts from last year’s project here and here and here and here! Okay, I’ve said the word here waaaay too many times now.

This year’s The 100 Day Project starts on Tuesday 3rd of April but if you don’t see this on time, you can join in and start your 100 days anytime.

What are you doing for the 100 day project?

I’m going to talk about my new favourite app but I want to start off by saying this post is not an Ad. What? You didn’t think it was anyway? Oh, ok.

I went to Bratislava last August & while I was there I made a 1 Second Everyday video. I ‘mashed’ it and attempted to upload it here, to no success. I decided it was too big so I bought an app that made it smaller (or maybe I used iMovie, I really don’t remember, it was 6 months ago!). Anyway, I tried to upload it again & it didn’t work. I asked my dad to change the upload limit on the site so that I could upload larger files, and he did. That still didn’t work, so I gave up.

Then ‘snowmageddon’ happened and I got bored so I went back to it, but of course, still no luck. Finally, I did what I should have done months ago. I asked my dad for more help. I left it with him for a few hours and TA-DA!!! I’m going to take this opportunity to say it seriously sucks that I’m not a really successful blogger because if I was, my dad could work for the blog & sit at home doing it. A job that you can do from home with limited interaction with real people. Hello fellow introverts!! The dream right?! So eh…sorry about that, Dad! (And for anyone who wants to know what he did to fix it, you’d have to ask him!)

Anyway, back to 1 Second Everyday. I decided I was going to record my year starting on the day of my 30th birthday. I thought it would be a good idea to get some practice using the app first and so I decided to record our week in Bratislava using the 1SE app. I did that and I’ll share it in another post soon.

The idea behind the 1SE app is that you record 1 second of your life every day for an entire year and the result is a short movie to remind you what you did with your year. You can do it two different ways. Either a Timeline or a Freestyle.

A Timeline allows you to use 1 video everyday and it keeps track for you using a calendar template so you can see at a glance if you’ve taken a video for each day. If you miss a day, it allows you to add a picture instead or even choose a video from a different day. They’ve since updated this feature so you can now choose 2 seconds from each day.

The Freestyle option allows you to add as many 1 second video clips as you like to your accumulated movie. Freestyle is much more suited to shorter projects such as holidays or trip because you most likely want more than just 1 second for each day.

The purpose of the 1 Second Everyday app is to record a second of your life for an entire year but it can be used for so much more than that. As I said previously, my intention was to record my year, 1 Second Everyday, from the day I turned 30. I did that from 24th August – 31st December. Some days for me it felt like a bit of a chore or I’d forget until last thing at night & my videos would have bad lighting or they would clearly be something thrown together. I decided, on January 1st 2018, I was going to switch from a Timeline video,where I was disappointed in myself if I missed a day, to a Freestyle video. Using the Freestyle option meant I could record the moments that really mattered to me & skip out on the days that were dull & didn’t include much worth recording. So my video at the end of 2018 might not have 365 seconds (roughly 6 minutes) but it will include the things that mattered to me. Sometimes that might be several seconds in a day and sometimes it will skip a few days here and there. I’m enjoying the project much more now and I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

That’s not where it ends for this great app. Recording your life for a year is just 1 way to use it. You can also use it to record trips, holidays, projects you’re working on, the growth of your children or your pet’s daily activities. Pretty much anything that you want to be able to look back on with a short movie once it’s over.

I’m currently using the app to record my own year and a year in the life of my dogs. I’ve been sharing Chief & Lady’s 1SE projects month by month over on Instagram. My handle is @Paparali if you want to check them out.

I plan to take part in The 100 Day Challenge for the second year in a row, starting April 3rd and it’s my intention to create a 1SE movie of that too. The options are endless & I love thinking of other ways to use this great app.

As you might have heard (or experienced) we’ve recently had our first heavy snowfall in about 8 years in Ireland and it’s been dubbed ‘Snowmageddon’ as well as ‘The Beast from the East’ and ‘Storm Emma’. I decided to make a 1SE video over the last few days of fun in the snow and I’ll share it over on my Instagram account as an example of how this great app works.

I’ll be sharing some of my 1 Second Everyday videos here soon. Keep an eye out for them.

If you want to purchase the 1 Second Everyday app, you can do so in your App Store on iPhone for the small fee of €5.49 (or something close to that) and I think it’s possibly free on Android. To find out more about 1 Second Everyday, check out their website here.

I hope you try this app & enjoy it as much as I do. Happy memory keeping!!!!

I’ve been looking for breakfast or brunch ideas for the weekend that isn’t quite as bad as a typical Full Irish Breakfast. I found a lot of the muffin tin type recipes but I was hoping for something I could just put in the middle of the table & dish up.

So I decided to go with some of the ingredients from many of the muffin tin/ramekin recipes, with a few extras, and put it all in 1 big dish & pop it in the oven. The following recipe is enough for 3-4 people.

First I chopped 8 bacon medallions and put them on the pan with some spray oil (6 would be fine but they needed to be cooked before tomorrow so I decided to throw them all in)

Then I chopped up 6 mushrooms & added them to the pan. I had 3 baby potatoes left over from yesterday’s dinner so I chopped them up and added them in. (They are definitely optional but a great addition if it’s a brunch meal that you want to keep you going until dinner)

I used my spray oil again to spray the bottom of the oven dish and added the bacon, mushrooms & potatoes.

Next, I added a tin of baked beans. I removed a tbsp of the sauce because I thought there might be a little too much but I can’t see that it would make a huge difference.

After the beans, I added a sprinkle of grated cheddar cheese (if you’re trying to be good, you could leave this out) but the amount I added wouldn’t even be a tbsp per person.

Last but not least, crack a few eggs on top & season with salt & pepper before putting it into the oven for 20-25 minutes.

It’s a relatively quick and easy brunch idea with a limited amount of cleaning up. Add a pot of tea and everyone is happy.

The only thing I would do differently next time is possibly add some scallion or red onion to the mix.

The 100 Day Project

I’ve decided to take part in The 100 Day Project which started today, 4th April 2017. I know most people tend to do something physically creative but that didn’t appeal to me because I knew it wouldn’t be something I would stick to for 100 days. I wanted to use the project to encourage me to blog more often but I really wanted to be realistic and saying I would release a blog post a day wasn’t realistic for me. As time goes on, I might decide on a number of posts to share within the 100 days but the plan for now is to spend time every day working on my blog. That will include planning, writing, sharing on social media, taking photos for posts, editing photos, researching and all the other things that go into blogging. I hope to post as much as possible on Instagram, ideally everyday but I don’t want to flood my feed with photos for the sake of it either.

If you haven’t heard about the project before check out Elle Luna’s Instagram here. You should also check out Elise Cripe’s podcast on her experience and plans for The 100 Day Project here. If you don’t see this on time, you can join in and start your 100 days anytime.

Have any of you decided to take part in the challenge? What will you be doing for 100 days?

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Step 1: Lay all of the items out exactly as you want them to look on a surface roughly the same size as the wall.

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Step 2: cover each item with a piece of paper of the same size

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Step 3: Add the pieces of paper to the wall based on where you want your frames etc, to go. Add your nail marks with a pen, Add your nails and…

Final step

There you have it….your new gallery wall.

I’ve wanted a gallery wall for so long but kept putting it off in case it went terribly wrong and looked ridiculous. you can’t undo holes in a wall you know?! I’ve been gathering frames and pictures and things for the last while so I decided to bite the bullet and get it done. I actually really enjoyed the process. It was really fun. I wouldn’t have known where to start without one of my favorite blogs – A Beautiful Mess. They wrote a blog post a couple of years ago about styling a corner gallery and I followed their lead. You can check their post out here

If you follow those steps, or even just base it on my photos above, it’s a pretty easy thing to do and it has completely brightened up my bedroom to have all of my favourite people (and pets) on my wall.

Craft room

The box room of our house has been my office/walk-in wardrobe/craft room for years now but I really wasn’t using it the way I could have been. The room wasn’t the way I wanted it and wasn’t at all organised. If I’m completely honest, it was a waste of a room. Last October I tidied it up a bit and freshened up the paint (who am I kidding? Scratch that, my Mam kindly offered to freshen up the paint). The room was fine and you can see some pictures from that update here but it wasn’t exactly what I wanted.

Towards the end of this summer the room got a big overhaul  and now I love spending time in there. It was painted again (guess who by? She’s a diamond, that mother of mine). We went with white this time. Its in the front of the house and doesn’t have the best natural light so white was the best we option. I also added a high wattage bulb and got rid of the light shade. I added a narrow vanity unit I already had as a type of desk which I plan to replace with a white Ikea desk at some point. The other big edition to the room was an Alex unit from Ikea. I am not lying when I tell you I’m obsessed with them. You can check them out here. I use it to store my 12×12 paper, stamps, inks, pens and scissors. I’ve arranged the new (to this room) vanity unit so that when I’m facing it in my chair I have my bureau open behind me with more desk space and some of stickers and other materials for working on my Project Life album. I still use my Ikea Raskog cart to store my Project Life kits. I also replaced the coloured storage boxes in the wooden unit with black and white ones. There was no reason for this other than I think they’re prettier. I’m also happy that I’ve made the best use of space, I have my Canon Selphy, my tripod and all of my wrapping paper (in an Ikea platic bag storage container) hanging on a coat rack on the back of the door. 

I mostly use my craft room for blogging, Project Life, some other little projects and now I intend to use it for sewing projects too. Do you have any tips for maximising the use of your craft space?

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I love simple, easy craft ideas that take only a few minutes to make. This wreath was made using a Styrofoam ring, some double sided tape and some ribbon. Simples.

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I want to start off by saying I do not have green fingers. Or at least I wouldn’t know if I did because the closest I’ve come to any type of gardening is watering the plants when someone is away for a week. I love a cactus as much as the next person so I decided I wanted to plant some terrariums. I had a quick look on Pinterest and it looked pretty simple to me so I went to the garden centre to buy the materials.

I already had the glass vases and  had been using them for candles but decided to change it up. I bought the cacti and succulents  (between IKEA and my local garden centre. IKEA was considerable cheaper), soil and stones.

The process was pretty easy and enjoyable. I covered the table in plastic sheets (it was raining outside!!) and got to work. I put some white and some black stones in the bottom of the vases for the water to have somewhere to drain to. Next I added the soil almost to the top. The most difficult part was planting the cacti because there wasn’t a lot of room but I wanted to fit three in each vase. Once they were in, I put a few more stones on top to cover the soil and make it look better. 

I enjoyed it so much I decided to plant a larger succulent in a plant pot and some more in a wooden box that was supposed to be used for an indoor herb garden. I waited a while to write this post because I wanted to see if they’d survive…and they have! 

I love that cacti and succulents don’t require a lot of looking after. Any tips for easy to care for plants?

Hamper Lorenzo & I

1) The hamper,  2) Lorenzo & I on his christening day

My beautiful godson Lorenzo was christened last month and I put together this hamper as part of his christening gift. I think it’s a nice idea and you can put it together at a reasonable price depending on where you buy the items to put into it. I added some things he can use now and some things my friend Steph will need for him soon such as socket covers. I bought the L for Lorenzo in a craft shop, sanded it down and painted it so she can frame it, hang it on his door or put it in his bedroom.

I think it would be a great gift idea for parents of a new baby. Can I suggest putting things that a baby will need down the line such as corner covers and sippy cups. Any new mother will tell you they receive plenty of 0-3 month clothes.