Saturday, 16 May 2015

New Blog

Sooooooo, after many moons of umm-ing and ahh-ing I finally did it and decided to start my own blog: Three Be The Things

Don't panic, don't panic, I'll still be writing here, but that new one over there? That lets me share all those product reviews, and places to go, and exhibitions I see, and just general other stuff that I've always felt didn't really belong here, as this is more about the adventures of Dizz and Fizz and Tizz. 

I do hope you'll pop on over and have a read. And add it to your reader / bookmark it. And I also hope you enjoy the content, and the big ass photographs cos the new layout lets me have 'em LARGE! 

Off you go then. Click the link up there ^^ (please).

Friday, 15 May 2015

Visiting Miss Tizz

Monday found me on the first of many trains (choo choo!) heading towards London town to see the lovely Miss Tizz for 4 whole days. Well, kinda when you include travel, I was there for 2 full days. And what a brillo 2 full days we had. We walked, we talked, we laughed, we drank wine, we ate cupcakes, we had a picnic in the grounds of the Natural History Museum, we braved the huge crowds at the Victoria and Albert Museum to see the Alexander McQueen exhibition, Savage Beauty - all in all, a jolly good time was had by all. 

Oh and we watched Pitch Perfect which was hi-larious and toe-tapping. 

I didn't take too many photos as I was too busy snapchatting (what you waiting for? Get joining and follow me for the chuckles: ClaireJens) but here's a few of what I saw, innit. 







There's a whole load of fun memories from my mini-hol but I think my most favourite moment of all was after the picnic, with the sun blazing down on us, we sat on the stripey picnic rug and I played DJ with some old school tunes, like Jackie Wilson and Van Morrison, and tried our hardest not to sing out loud in front of the whole of London...

Happy happy days. 

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Farewell Facebook...

One month ago I decided to give up Facebook, just to see how I would get on. I wrote about it here: A Little Challenge

One month down the line and I am absolutely loving it. It has by far been one of the best things I have done in a long time. It's hard to describe but I really feel so free. I'm no longer tied into that aimless scrolling that I had going on (very bad habit), I don't miss updating my status, and I don't miss reading what other people are up to either. So I think I'm done. Farewell to Facebook. 

I have a photo planned as my farewell...

You never know, I might decide to take it up again. I remember opening my account in 2007, as we worked endless hours of overtime in libraryland, we all joined at the same time so that we could play Pirates - anyone remember those days? It's such a vastly different place to be now. So even though it's a farewell, it's a fond one. No hard feelings and all that. Later, alligators...


Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Gotta love elephants

I know I'm not alone in liking elephants, but I just love this little chap.  


Can you believe I made him at my very first pottery class?  I wouldn't have thought it would be possible to create something so gorgeous so soon! It's all due to the amazing  Alison Baker of loveheartworkshops.co.uk - she is a real inspiration. 

Not sure why this text is centred. Ho hum.

Friday, 1 May 2015

SNAP!

It's 3 weeks tomorrow since I started my Facebook detox. I'll let you into a little secret...I think I'm done with it. Seriously. The past 3 weeks has been brilliant and a real revelation. I would definitely have admitted to being slightly obsessed with checking Facebook, either on my phone or tablet, that little blue F logo taunting me to click and scroll. The 3 weeks have flown by and I can honestly say that I don't miss it at all. I don't miss finding myself irritated by things that people were posting or sharing, I don't miss updating everyone with what I'm up to or where I am, and I definitely don't miss the aimless scrolling. One more week left of the challenge but I think it could well be the end of the relationship. I'll let you know the final outcome next week. 

But! That's not to say that I'm removing myself entirely from the internetty, clearly, as I am typing this up about to publish any moment... 

I am still loving Instagram but my most recent discovery is SnapChat. Are any of you on it? I originally downloaded it out of curiosity as quite a few of the bloggers/vloggers that I follow are on there and I wanted to know what it was all about. I'm still very much in the early stages of figuring out how it all works but it's a whole lotta fun! I love the idea of short snippets of video that you add to your 'story'. Today was the first day that I made a little story, a whole 24 seconds story of mine and Wavey's fun Friday. If you fancy checking it out my username is ClaireJens. Maybe see you there - let me know your username in the comments and we can SNAP together! 

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Capturing real life

I have to face it, the Year of Craft has come to a complete and utter standstill as other things have moved in and taken over, mainly because I have to force myself into crafting as it's just not my thing. I think it's probably time I accepted that really. Instead I joined an online photography class, which I think you're supposed to turn into a scrapbook, but that involves crafting, and we all know where that will end. So I was thinking about how I would make it work and I thought, I can totally do an online scrapbook as an alternative and tie it in with the blog as well. And here we are. Let's capture real life.

Week 1: Good Morning - cleanse, tone, moisturise; Good Night - reading myself into slumber



Week 2: Guilty Pleasures - a '99' with a flake and red sauce, best eaten at the beach...


Week 3: Nature - anywhere and everywhere, I love being outside the most!




Week 4: Out-takes - these are always going to be of Wavey, but I love taking photos of him when he's not looking, he always looks so serious! 



I'm going to say right off, that this class is supposed to be done week by week but as per everything else that I do, it's a case of when I have time. So it's capturing real life in probably more than 52 weeks, and it's not in a scrapbook, and some of the photos were taken previously. One day I might just play by some rules...

PS. If you're interested in the class, I bought it from A Beautiful Mess which is one of my most loved blogs ever! 

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Don't go!

Facebook is not happy with my month long detox. I'm only 4 days in and I've had at least 2 emails from them each day telling me how many notifications I'm missing, the huge number of events I've been invited to, the friends I might know that I'm desperately missing out on by not connecting to them...they really don't make it very easy for you to decide to go. 

But fear not, I am holding strong. I ended up opting to uninstall the app from my phone as I went to the settings and switched off the notifications. Seconds later I got a notification. Erm, no. So it's gone from my phone. It's still on my tablet but they are actually honouring my opting out of notifications. 

Am I missing it? Not at all. There's been all kinds of things happening where normally I would have reached for my phone to update the world but instead I have simply kept quiet and gone about my day... (haha, as I'm typing this up I've just got yet another email with people I might know on there)... and I am definitely not missing the irritation that often went with my aimless scrolling. 

So far, so good. I wonder how many emails I will get? Maybe I should start keeping a tally...