Monday, 30 September 2013

Project: Longer Locks - Final, 12 Month Update!

Hey ladies,

The time has finally come!  My 12 month longer locks journey ends today!  It feels like a lifetime ago that I decided to start this project, and since then my hair has grown so much more than I had originally anticipated.

I know it doesn't look like my hair has grown all that much from the pictures, but that's just because my hair is naturally very wavy (something I didn't realise before the longer locks project) and the longer it grows - the wavier it seems to get.  I've straightened my hair a few times in the past month though, and believe me when I say that it is has definitely grown A LOT!  My hair is currently sitting at my bra line on my back if that gives you a better indication. :)

As you can see from the measurements above, my hair has grown a total of 20 cm's since the 1st of October, 2012.  That's crazy!  I mean, in the 23 years prior to starting this project, I would be lucky if my hair could grow a total of 5cm's in a 12 month period.. nevermind 20 cm's!

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Looking back over the past 12 months, I can definitely see a trend in the products/methods I have been using that have assisted my hair growth journey.  Although I will never know for certain which specific products/methods were the reason for my increased rate of hair growth, my documented experiences seem to suggest the following..

Products/Methods that have HELPED my hair growth journey:
  • Using protein rich shampoos, conditioners and treatments.
  • Only washing my hair every 3-4 days.
  • Using a wide toothed comb to comb through still wet hair, starting at the ends and working my way upwards.
  • Only using snag free hair elastics when I wear my hair up.
  • Only getting my hair trimmed when it needed to be trimmed (roughly 1cm every 3 months).
  • Using semi permanent rather than permanent hair colour, and letting it fade out as much as possible before getting it touched up again.
  • Avoiding all heat tools (including my hair dryer) and allowing my hair to air dry.
  • Eating a well balanced, healthy diet.
  • Taking Fish Oil and Vitamin D supplements.
  • Reducing my Narcolepsy medication dosage and not taking pain killers unless I really needed them.
  • Drinking basically nothing else but filtered water frequently throughout the day.
  • Exercising.
  • Avoiding stressful situations.
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So where to from here?

Well, in case you were wondering, I have no absolutely no intention of cutting my locks off any time soon.  In fact, I'd love it if I could grow my hair another 15 centimetres by this time next year. :)  I'm not going to lie.. having long hair can be super annoying, and there are definitely times when I feel like giving up and cutting half my hair off out of desperation.. but then I put my hair up into an awesome hairstyle that I never would have been able to back when my hair was short, and I remind myself that I have wanted long hair for as long as I can remember. ;)

If any of you are thinking of starting a hair growth project of your own, please let me know in the comments below so that I can follow you along your journey. :)

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Recent Design Work.

Hey guys,

Here are a few of the designs that I have been working on throughout August/September..

Steph, who I have designed for previously, contacted me last month to see if I was available to create a new design for her.  It turns out that she had originally chosen to work with a different designer this time around, but once the design had been installed she just wasn't quite happy with it.  Steph made it clear that she had returned to me with the hope that I could once again create a design that she would fall in love with, so I did everything within my power not to disappoint her.  In the end, my persistence paid off, and I was able to install one of the most beautiful designs that I have ever had the pleasure of creating. :)

Lauren, or 'Lola', came to me a few months ago with a very strong vision in mind for her design.  Pinks, lace, flowers and a hand drawn typewriter were all on her list of requests.  Being the minimalist type of designer that I am, finding a way to incorporate everything was definitely a challenge.  Fortunately I found a way to fit everything in and still managed to keep the design quite simplistic in the end.

Kelley is a long time client of mine, and was actually one of the first ladies that I ever created a design for.  So when she contacted me last month asking for a brand new redesign, I couldn't have been more excited. Kelley told me she wanted her design to have a rustic/country feel, with some nice pops of colour thrown in and a chevron background as well. :)

Danielle was an absolute pleasure to work with and making her vision come to life was actually very easy. Pastel pinks/purples and white was the colour scheme she gave me to work with, and scalloped borders and watercolour splashes were her only other requests.

Brigitte was another client that I was delighted to be able to work with, especially since her design request was a little bit unusual (in comparison to my usual designs that is!).  Brigitte wanted to keep her original background, which was fine by me, so I pretty much ended up working her design around that background image. :)

Jade was another lovely client of mine who left most of the design process up to my imagination.  She originally wanted only text in her header, but after mentioning that she was worried that her readers might not understand what 'investment buy' meant, I decided to create a digital illustration of a shopping bag to make sure it was clear.

Another Jade that I had the pleasure of working with was Jade from Jade's beauty blog.  Jade made it clear that she wanted her design to be very simple and clean, with greens and creams and pretty fonts throughout.

Last but not least, Jamie came to me after falling in love with Kayleigh's design, and asked if I could create a similar design for her but using a purple colour scheme instead.  As I pride myself on producing 'custom' designs for my clients, I did my best to create the design that Jamie wanted without compromising on individuality.  All in all, I'm very happy with what we managed to come up with. :)

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Friday, 27 September 2013

My life lately: A wedding and a funeral.

1. A few weeks ago Judy (my Stepmum) went in for her 20 week scan and found out that she is definitely having a baby boy.  We already knew this from her 16 week scan/tests, but to hear it again at 20 weeks made the reality of having another little brother really sink in.  Judy sent me this ultrasound photo as soon as she returned from the scan. :)  So far it has been decided that the little dude's middle name is going to be James (after my Dad), and the first name has come down to one of three choices.. Edward, Henry and Marcus. Henry and Marcus were two of my name suggestions that Judy also happened to like, but I have a sneaking suspicion that he is going to be named Edward (which just so happens to be my Dad's middle name).

2. For the last 2 months, ever since I finished Uni, I have been working really hard in my small business management course.  During this time I registered my business name, sorted out my ABN, revamped my design website, and as of Wednesday last week I officially completed my Certificate IV in Small Business Management.  It feels so surreal to finally be operating a proper full time business, but I couldn't be more excited. :D

3. In case you missed it, I also graduated from Uni with my Bachelor of Education Degree.  I know, I know.. how many degrees does a 24 year old actually need?  Too many by the looks of it, haha!

4. On a less positive note, a few days after my graduation my Papa passed away after his three year battle with cancer.  We attended his funeral service on the 17th of September, and although it was a very sombre occasion,  it was lovely to have the whole family together.  I put together a photographic tribute video for the family to watch during the service, and shared it on my blog here.

5. Two days after the funeral I headed up to Noosa to be a bridesmaid at my friend Stephanie's wedding.  I don't want to say too much as I intend on doing a separate post once some more photos have been uploaded, but I will say that the wedding was absolutely beautiful.

6. Before heading home the next day, B and I decided to go exploring and soak up the Noosa sun.  It turned out to be a perfect little morning of hiking, taking photos, browsing the local shops and eating gelato.  Check out the video below to see a view of the spot we found where I would potentially like to get married one day. :)

So what have you been up to lately?

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Thankful Tuesdays.

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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

The Happy List.

1. Freshly painted/manicured fingernails.
2. A clean kitchen.
3. Things that sparkle.
4. White furniture.
5. Finding the perfect takeaway butter chicken + naan bread that melts in your mouth.
6. When the next episode of my favourite tv show comes out.
7. Catching up with friends and family I haven't seen in years.
8. When my furbabies say hello to me.
9. Having money left over in my 'spendings' account at the end of the fortnight.
10. That feeling I get when B and I are on the same page.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Rest in Peace Papa.

On Thursday the 12th of September, just 8 days short of his 79th birthday, my Grandfather (or 'Papa' as we grandchildren liked to call him) passed away after more than three years of having to battle cancer.  It was a sad day for everyone, especially my Nana, who had been married to Papa for almost 59 years.  My brother, Mitchell, was in the room with Papa when he died, and I am so proud of the way he handled the whole situation.  Unfortunately I was one day short of being there to say goodbye, however Mum firmly believes that Papa wouldn't have wanted me there to see him in that condition, and I honestly believe this to be true.

Throughout nearly his entire life my Papa was the healthiest, cheekiest and happiest man you could meet. Everyone thought that he would live to see one hundred, himself included, which is why it was such a shock when we found out that he was going to die from cancer.  It seemed to be happening so slowly (or at least that's how Pa described it) and then before we knew it, as if overnight, he was gone in the blink of eye.  It just goes to show that no matter how well you look after yourself, or how safe and cautious you are, there is no guarantee that you will live as long as you expect to.

As I didn't get the chance to say a proper goodbye, I decided to let my Papa know how much I loved him in the most fitting way that I could think of by volunteering to create the photographic tribute dvd to be played during his funeral service.  Papa was absolutely obsessed with computers, and every single time I visited him from as far back as I can remember, Papa was always trying to palm off the latest dvd that he'd created - so I guess you could say that this is my way of giving back.

By the time you're reading this his funeral service will already be over.

Papa, however, will live on in our hearts forever. :)

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Thankful Tuesdays.

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Sunday, 8 September 2013

Graduation Day.

Believe it or not, yesterday (Saturday the 7th of September) I graduated from University.  I still can't believe it myself, which is why I'm so glad I have the photographs below to prove that it actually happened.

Accepting my degree on stage.

Judy (+ baby brother foetus), Me and Dad.

Posing with B and Mum.  I wish B and I could have had a better photo taken together, but oh well.

Mum, Me and Mitchell.

It feels like just yesterday that I was walking into Uni for the first time, so to know that I am now a qualified teacher seems absolutely crazy to me.  Even if I never use my degree (although I'm sure I will one day) I'm just so happy to say that I never gave up and was able to finish what I started.

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Thursday, 5 September 2013

Spinach + Brown Rice Scramble Recipe.

1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp minced garlic
2 eggs
1 tbsp milk
salt and pepper
handful pre-washed spinach
1/4 cup brown rice
grated parmesan, to serve

1. Start boiling your brown rice and cook through for 10 minutes.
2. Heat olive oil in a non stick frying pan on medium heat,and cook your minced garlic and spinach for 1-2 minutes.
3. Quickly whisk your eggs, milk, salt and pepper together, and pour over your garlic spinach mixture.
4. Let the mixture sit for around 20 seconds before beating with a wooden spoon until the eggs are light and fluffy and starting to brown.
5. Drain your rice and add it to the scrambled egg mixture and combine well.
6. Transfer to a bowl and sprinkle with grated parmesan.