June’s Craft Vine subscription box review

Please note: the following content is not an advertisement or a sponsored post. I have not been gifted or paid to promote this however I wanted to do a review on something I have been enjoying.

Me and my partner have been signed up to The Craft Vine for 3 months now and so far I have been very happy with everything that we have been receiving in our post box.

As someone who is utterly obsessed with stationary, I was really psyched when I stumbled upon Craft Vine through Facebook. I get excited when it comes to stationary regardless.

I used to be a bit wary of signing up to subscription deals but I’ve seriously caught the bug now. Receiving the box has been like Christmas coming every month!

So… this fabulous subscription box includes a variety of themed stationary. It’s so cute! I would highly recommended this subscription to any stationary addicts like me.

This months theme was Japanese, and included lots of pink and florals. It’s safe to say I am very much in love with this box indeed.

I seriously love my box of goodies this month!

I’m so excited that this months box also included a Mildliner I’ve seen these all over the internet and have been wanting to get my hands on these for a while so now I’ve got one. I’m pretty certain I’m gonna be buying some more. They are fabulous.

I love the fact that every box seems to include a variety of washi tape and stickers. This months washi tape is certainly gonna be used up quickly. It’s so pretty.

Are there any subscription boxes that you have a love for? Maybe you are a subscriber to the craft vine as well? What do you love?

Too Book or to E-read

Over the past few months I have grown an increasing love for reading. I mean getting lost in another world, what’s there not to love? If you read my May round up post, as warned, I May be talking books alot more on the blog, so what a way to start. There is nothing better to pass the time then getting deeply involved with a good book, Whether its a fantasy tale that has me on the edge of my chair in a constant daydream of what is happening, to self-help, empowering ride, by someone with a strong mentality wanting there story and advice to be heard, if you haven’t guessed it yet, I’ve been lost in so many different stories recently.

I had noticed an ongoing dispute amongst many people on twitter recently, what is better, a real book or an electronic copy. Many saying that an electronic copy of a book is nothing compared to the original. So… To book or to E-read that is the question!?

well, it got me thinking since there is there’s pretty much 2 ways of reading a story, which one is better? or are they just as good as each other?  personally, I feel that they both have pros and cons equally.

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Why I love Paper books…

honestly, what is there not to love about a good quality book. Whether it is a brand new copy or a much loved preowned, there is nothing quite like the feel of sitting cozy, flicking through the pages and that book smell, alongside a cup of coffee, sounds lush right? exactly, I honestly believe you cant actually beat a true copy of a book.
I love being able to keep my eye out in a charity shop for a few more books every now and then, And who can complain when your buying a book at 25p? Seriously?

 







Why I love E-books…

Ok, so they may be lacking in the same warm feeling as the physical book, and admittedly they don’t have the loving book smell that every book seems to have, but I actually think that E-books have so many pros to them as well.
How can you honestly fault the ability to be able to hold thousands of books to read all in one place?
I don’t have a lot of space in our room for hundreds of physical books so for me having lots of books on my tablet gives me so much freedom on being able to download
E-books to me, are very convenient, I can carry a book with me 24/7 for an emergency just by having the app on my tablet and phone! great!
I will admit one thing! If I love a book that I have read electronically, so much. I will most likely by the physical book aswell for me to own.

I mean e-Readers are still relatively new and they are never really gonna have the same feel to the real thing. As a reader you should be focusing of the quality of the experience as well, are you able to loose yourself in the tablet reading as much as you can loose yourself flicking through the pages of a book.

It’s an equal draw for me…

That’s right, I could probably argue with myself all day on what is the best format but I choose to love both formats! Both have there own pros and cons, but it is personal to me, which is what a book should really be. Even though an E-reader does not have the same feel, its pretty convenient for me to use half the time. Plus I love the access to so many free books.
What do you guys think? Do you prefer a physical book to read, or are you happy to read electronically?

Why I blog?

Hey everyone. I’ve seen lately a lot of bloggers talking about why they blog. So I thought it would be a good opportunity for a blog post about what has inspired me and why I’m part of the blogging community.

My first time…

My passion for blogs started back When I was in college and studying A level photography, during my studies I came across a photographer/Blogger on the blogger website called Katie running the blog colormekatie

I was really inspired by katie at the time and based some of my photography finals on inspiration from her work, within a few weeks I began a blog for my photography studies and ran this as a hobby. I stopped that back ages ago.

I remembered a few years ago how much I enjoyed the blogging side of photography and it got me researching other bloggers before I eventually took the leap and opened my AlexCsparkles blog, which I later turned to AlexaJade domain. But we’re in the same place.

One of the things that got me back into blogging is having the space to be creative, and a space to share all my thoughts and leave my own footprint on the massive world of the web. Which I think I am achieving slowly, anyway

 








How I blog…

Although I had experimented with other blogging platforms in the past I had chosen WordPress for my blogging adventure as I knew straight away that I was gonna self host, no question about it. The reason I prefer self hosting my blog is I feel there is so much more freedom in the way I run and use my blog. It does mean I am paying for hosting, as well as my domain and varies securities and extras. But it has been worth every penny so far.

I wouldn’t be anywhere if it wasn’t for my MacBook and iPad as I’m constantly on them doing something towards the blog in some kinda way.

Blogging is a real hobby…

I think when you have a natural love and passion for something you automatically give your all to this without question, there’s no postponement or fear. Just leaps of faith all round. If your hobbies bie is painting then you would need to buy paints and art supplies. So what’s the differnce when your hobby is blogging there is no difference. Minnie I’m saying that and have a million other hobbies in the background as well, so a lot of my money goes on hobbies.

The community is so amazing …

The blogging community is amazing, and I’ve never seen such a big community anywhere else. I have joined various Facebook groups that have provided support and chat for the past few months, however when I think of blogging community I altomatically go straight to twitter where I have made so many friends, been inspired by so many, and spend a lot of my time lately.

When I’m chatting to other people about blogging it’s really easy to build connections with them. The community is probably one of my favourite things, because I have just learnt so much through other bloggers, it’s unreal.

With such a supportive and respectful community my confidence has grown so much.

Blogging has given me so many goals to reach…

A bit like when I was talking about blogging being a hobby. When your doing something it kinda becomes human nature to improve on what your doing. So I’m the same when it comes to my blog.

May 19’ round-up

Happy June guys! I really cant believe that we are officially 6 months in to the year! where has this year gone, and where was I when it went? I haven’t done a life update in a long time, so this month felt like the perfect time.

Still poorly…

Ok so it has now been 4 months, and I have been off work and needing rest the whole time. I finally had surgery, a few days ago. The surgery went well, but I’m still super sore and finding my feet again. I am very lucky to have my Emma look after me, she is gonna need a holiday after this one lol.

It’s definitely been a challenge the last few days. I already suffer with polycystic ovaries and had fears that I may of had something more serious. However the surgeon was able to open me up to find that it’s my tubes causing the issues. They’ve been sorted for now so fingers crossed that the problem doesn’t come back.

Setting new goals…

I have had so much time to think whilst I have been off work. whilst being stuck doing nothing, I have also had the time to set new goals and ambitions for the future, I really want to start setting my blogging and craft goals a lot higher. Obviously my first goal for now, is getting back on my feet. getting my health sorted, and back to some kind of normality, but after that I want to get myself more outside. I want to win the fight with my weight loss battle, and start getting the camera out a-lot more then I do now!

Books are becoming a new passion!

I’ve always been a book lover but over the years stopped reading. Recently Im really into my reading again! and I have a passion for shopping for a good book! In the past month I have brought so many so I officially have a reading list and plan to review some of the books I’ve been reading here on the blog, yay.

 







Wedding plans underway

So it’s now been a few weeks since we paid the deposit on our wedding venue. I am so excited to be having our wedding at the Botleigh Grange Hotel. Eeeeeek. This time next year there will be meer 9 weeks to go. How exciting is that??? Time to just start planning all the little things towards the wedding. I mentioned the weight loss plan right?

I’ve started CBT.

With my health being crap, it has taken a massive toll on my mental health. So I have been referred for CBT therapy. So I’m gonna be doing a review soon on how it’s gone. I

With the fact my healths been bad, that is it, my main updates on me for now but I promise to start updating you all on what’s new more regularly.

27 things I’ve learnt in 27 years

Happy June everyone. I can’t believe we are already there. How has this year gone so fast.

So yesterday I spent the day in the hospital having surgery. So today recovering has been very boring. So I thought I would have a go at writing my own list of what I’ve learnt for how many years I’ve been alive. To be honest I’ve learnt so much in my life already so I’ve focused on the things that are really general.

Life is a serious of challenges. You face a new challenge everyday. If not more then one. 

If you don’t work towards your dreams your never get any closer to them. 

Not everyone is your friend. But a true friend will be there when it matters. 

Nothing in life is free. 

Friends is the best tv show ever. 

I wake up so much quicker with coffee in front of me.

You should never settle for being second best. 

Face your fears. Even if that does mean throwing yourself off a 100 ft tower, for charity of course. 

You don’t need designer labels to be some one. 

Letting go and Learning to love your curves is a big learn.

Education is so valuable. Grab every opportunity with 2 hands. 

Organisation is key. 

Being creative is so much fun. 

Practising something helps you improve. Stop giving up. 

I take too many photos. They are a nightmare to sort.

Having faith can get you through so many hard times. 

Sunflowers make me happy. 

You can never own enough stationary, ever. 

Autumn and spring are the best seasons. 

It’s really easy to be more eco friendly. 

I hate maths. 

Self care is so important for my mental health. 

I hate adulting stuff. 

Your never too old to like childish stuff. 

Being closer to 30, sucks. 

We shouldn’t take our countryside for granted. 

My parents, family, and fiancé are my world. 




			
			

The truth about the love triangle

We now live in a day and age of woman empowerment and how we should be striving to be a better person. In the past few years, I can finally say that I am so happy, I have a perfect life, with the perfect woman. I feel grateful to say that I have found my fairy tale ending. To be honest, if none of this had happened, we would never have found each other. So Im grateful for this.
But life has not always been so perfect.

I remember the day it all started as if it was yesterday. My phone went off. It was early and way before my shift at work was due to start. We arranged to meet at the back of my work. This would be my first encounter with her. That morning I went into my sleeping parent’s room and said I needed to leave for work early. I was going to buy some paracetamol for a headache before work. This was my first lie told to my parents, and it wasn’t the last.

A year must of arguments and confusion had gone by before I found out the truth. I wasn’t the only girl in her life. I felt humiliated, I felt hurt. I was still so young, and very nieve, at the age of 19. It is not something you wanna hear at that point, but really a teen, still a child, whether you can legally drink or not. I felt like I was mature enough to hold my own decisions and I was so wrong. Why didn’t I walk away that day?
Instead I let myself become more and more involved in a web of lies, debt and complications.

When you are in a relationship you are covered by a cloud of mist, your world is perfect and they love you no matter what, and it does not matter. But the truth of it is. It was all lies. Not just from her. The family and friends. They were all speaking constant lies for her. But why?

It took me years and years to understand where I was. I was falling deeper and deeper into a web of lies, lying to myself saying that everything was ok, and I was fine, I wasn’t. I wish I had listened to the words from my own family and friends telling me to get out. I can tell you now, when your stuck in a hole, you will not listen, because of the fear. There is so much fear behind everything. I would have saved myself some friendships and been a lot happier from walking away, but it just was not happening. But who knows. Like I said I wouldn’t be where I am today if I did. Instead, I was to busy listening to instructions from her, following whatever she said, being twisted to keep as a dirty little secret, and not understanding or valuing myself or my own worth.

I even went away to work. 2 years in a different part of the country. I admit at first this was my way of getting away, escaping. I was gonna stand on my own 2 feet finally. That didn’t work either. Little did I know, my phone would be my worst enemy for being kept, and still controlled. Instead, we ended up living together, a few years later and it only lasted 9 months. it got worse and worse. Until one day the plaster finally got ripped off, and I was finally away.

Now that time has passed, I am more than honest with myself, I made so many mistakes and told so many lies but it wasn’t my fault. I know that now. I was being controlled. A narcissist. Wow, that’s a strong word but when I looked up the definition it was all there. All the controlling behavoiurs, the minipulating, the lies told, and the money grabbing.
There were so many things happening that shouldn’t have been. I tried dropping her in it so many times because I thought it would set us free. It wasn’t us that I wanted free though. It was just me.

I hope by me telling my story that it really does inspire someone else. Be different, and do not put up with the shit that another person has no right to inflict on you. You don’t deserve the abuse, to be lied to, cheated on and used for nothing more than money. Not like me.

Photograph ideas you need for your blog

So you have finally finished writing that amazing piece, you have spent hours on this, and its all ready to go. well, the words are ready, but what about the photos? What are you using to catch the attention of your readers? Remember as bloggers we are all still learning all the time.

Your media is as important as your words!

We all know that your writing content is the most important, however, As much as your writing is so important when it comes to posting your blog post, images are just as important. Especially images that are relevant to the subject you are talking about. I mean would you really have photos of food when your talking of fashion? or anything else thats complete opposite to what your writing about.

Planning is important

What should I be using to take my photos?

Firstly if you are under the impression that you need a fancy camera before you are able to take a decent photo, you are literally incredibly wrong. I mean in this day and age all you need is your phone or your tablet. Your smart device is the perfect tool you can use, to be able to take pictures on. Lets face it, who doesn’t have their phone pretty much 24 hours of the day.

Personally, I own both a DSLR and an iPhone, I am happy to admit that I use both.

If you are lucky enough to own a DSLR camera (because I know they can be really expencive to get your hands on). You may prefer the images this takes. One of the reasons I use both, however, is it is not always practical to carry a bulky camera 24/7. However, if I’m staging my own photographs at home. I’ll be on my Nikon.

So what can I use as a prop?

There are so many things that you can use as a props, Below is a list of just some ideas:

Gift wrap
Wallpaper
Postcards
Confetti
Washi tape
Stationery
Mugs
Drinks
Sequins
Foam Shapes
Photos
Notebooks
Flowers
Fairy lights
Phone case
Candles
Books
Leaves
Coasters
Keyboard
Cards
Magazines
Plants

Did I mention theres alot of things that you can use to set up photos for your blog? Hopefully this list will be able to inspire you to think of more ideas!

There is always more ways to find the perfect image:

Don’t forget not all blog media needs to be staged either. I’m a constant photo taker. I can’t help it. It’s like taking photos is just in my blood.

My favourite pots have pens in them.

I’ve started learning how to create my own blog images as much as I can. But don’t forget there are still so many amazing websites that you can find free stock images from, and you won’t have to worry about copyright issues with these.

All you need to do, a simple google search for free stock images and tons of useful sites come up. Plus if you are using canava, their image library is huge! a lot of phone editing apps will have the same things.


I would love to hear, what your photo process is, and how you set up your photos.