We all know that Shakira famously said that the hips don’t lie but it turns out there is another part of the body that doesn’t lie either. The feet!
Do you ever worry that when you are having a conversation with someone that they might not be interested? I can help with that! Look at their feet. If they are facing you then they are interested, but if they are facing away from you or in any other direction the chances are they are not interested in carrying on the conversation.
Obviously this doesn’t apply to every case but its a good indication of how things are going.
Happy Monday! I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead of you.
This week I decided to make a worry doll, I had one when I was a child and I loved it. I told it all my worries and popped it under my pillow. You can buy generic ones from places like amazon or ebay but you can also make your own unique ones quite easily.
The great thing about these dolls is that they don’t have to be perfect, you can make them as messy as you like, it gives them more character. I chose not to give mine a face, but you can give yours one if you like.
A pipe cleaner
Wool (3 different colours)
Super glue (Optional, but I find it helpful
Start by cutting about a third of the pipe cleaner off (See picture below) and make the long bit into a circle (Look down for picture), twist a few times to make the head and arms.
Then for the legs you fold the remaining piece in half and thread through the head, twist below the arms to create legs (again, there are pictures down there). You may want to fold the ends of the pipe cleaners over to make little hands and feet, it also stops it from being sharp.
Once you have the outline of your doll you can start to wrap the wool around it, as shown in the picture above I started with the head. I wrapped it as you would a ball of wool and then moved on to the yellow jumper and eventually the blue trousers. When you’ve finished use a little bit of super glue to secure the end of the wool, you can tuck it in but it has a tendency to pop out.
This is a great activity to do with children, especially if they are worried in the current climate.
I love secret codes and little meaningful things, so these bracelets really appeal to me. I initially bought one for my bestie, Alpha, but it irritated my skin and I had to take it off. She’s cleverer than me and only wears it occasionally so it doesn’t have the same effect. I like not taking bracelets off in-case I loose them!
So, I decided to make my own one, that wont irritate my skin. I started off by finding the letters I wanted in morse code and made a note of them.
I chose BFF as that’s what my previous bracelet said and it would still match Alpha’s one. Then I gathered my supplies, seed beads, scissors and thread.
I used 2 beads to represent the dashes and 1 bead to represent the dots. The dashes were yellow beads in this case and the dots were pink. I cut the thread to length and then tied a small knot about a third of the way along the string to keep the beads where I wanted them. Then I threaded the beads on and tied another knot at the other end so there was a knot each side to keep it in place. Then tied it to my wrist.
I was super pleased with the finished product, it’s really cute, and goes with my other morse code bracelet from Ambear too.
It’s really easy, fine for most ages (as long as they don’t eat the beads!) and doesn’t take too long.
What would you spell out on a morse code bracelet? You never know, I might send you one!
Sorry about the little absence, my health was a bit dodgy, but I’m back now, so yay!
I spend a lot of time in my garden and I am lucky enough to have a lovely man (Flip) who makes it pretty for me. Thank you Flip! I often see lots of bees buzzing around the bushes such as the lavender, the buddleia and these cool bushes that I have no idea what they are. I really should look them up, remind me later people!
I took some photos and popped a picture of the honey bee I found on instagram (@jerra_writes also @chickenbeeblog), but then this really cool guy @richarddowlingwildlife informed me that it was actually a hoverfly.
Being curious of nature I asked him how to tell the difference and he said the easiest way to do this is to look at their eyes. Hoverflies have eyes on the top of their head (See picture below) and honey bees have eyes on the side of their heads (See picture below the other one).
Can you see the difference? To me hoverflies look a little cross-eyed and confused!
I needed to know why they look so similar so I took a closer look and this is what I discovered. Hoverflies are copycats! They do something called Batesian mimicry which is where one animal, usually a harmless one, in this case the hoverfly who doesn’t have a stinger, mimics another one better equip to deal with predators. The pattern they adopted leads potential predators to believe they are bees who will sting them and taste revolting so they leave them alone. Pretty genius!
There are around 250 species of hoverfly in the UK, some of them mimic wasps, or bumblebees or even small slugs (What?). The hoverfly I met was a drone-fly, as they mimic honey bees.
I love bees, I have dreams of being an apiarist one day. I still welcome hoverflies into my garden, but I may point at them from time to time and scream ‘imposter’ but that’s my prerogative, being my garden and all.
So today should be about journal prompts but I’ve decided to go with the 30 Day Challenge by Kent Wildlife Trust. It’s something I do every year and get a lot out of it so I thought you might like to join me?
It’s as simple as it sounds, you do something to benefit or increase your knowledge/enjoyment of your local wildlife every day for 30 days.
This could be something like feeding the birds, which is how I’ve kicked my challenge off, or learning to spot 5 new species of wildlife (including insects, let’s be all inclusive people!), going for a walk in the woods, feeding the ducks or planting some new flowers. As long as it’s about nature and wildlife you can do anything!
I would love to see your progress so stay in touch!
One of the most important processes in writing a novel, novella or short story is knowing your characters. Make them real. You don’t have to give all the information to the readers but the more you know about them the more rounded they will become.
I find that one of the easiest ways to create a character is to interview them. Yes, I’m aware that sounds mental, but lets face it, you’re a writer so this is by far not the maddest thing you do! For me, asking them lots of questions gives me an insight into who they are but also stops me from making the characters too similar, or worse still, too boring.
My advice to you is to sit down with them (outside if you like, go mad, why not!) and get to know them in depth. It will make a difference to your writing, I’m sure.
Here is a rather handy questionnaire for you to use as you please.
Remember when you were a kid and you pretended to be a wizard or a magician and the magic word was usually ‘Abracadabra’? Well, it turns out that it actually has relevance, it’s not just a made up word.
Abracadabra is actually a Hebrew phrase that means ‘I create what I speak’, so you can see that saying that particular magic work is not just gobbledegook but an actual relevant term. Pretty cool huh?
Today’s wonderful Wednesday is all about stray dogs. The Netherlands, land of wooden clogs and tulips has become the first country ever to tackle and win their stray dog population.
So how did they do it? There are several ways actually, like raising the tax on buying new puppies to the point of ridiculous, embracing the ‘adopt not shop’ mindset and ensuring that all neutering is free. Yes, you read that right, FREE! That will eradicate a huge number of stray dogs as there will be so few unwanted pregnancies. Here in England it’s hard to believe that they are neutering for free when it makes up such a high percentage of a Veterinary practices income.
They also have a darn good animal control system, so when you call them they actually turn up! Like, for real, they go and rescue the dog and bring it to a shelter or a foster home. They take this very seriously, even giving those who are abusing or mistreating their animals a hefty fine or even prison time, which they actually enforce!
Their final tool in the fight against strays is education. Yes, it’s a cliché, but their children are taught from a young age how to appropriately care for animals and what the laws are surrounding them. Education is the key to a lot of things in the world and when used properly it has astounding results.
This year for my birthday I decided to ask for something a little different, I asked for people to get me their favourite book.
Why? Because not only do I get to read cool books I may not have thought about before but also you get to know the person giving you the book a little better.
Maybe you didn’t know they like horror? Or maybe you were surprised that they like romcoms? It gives you a little insight to that person and helps you to get to know them better.
This was my book haul!
I got ‘The Glass Castle’ from my friend Lindsay, ‘The Railway Children’ from my friend Tilly and the rest from my friend Hannah who wanted to give me her favourites from several genres. I felt both spoilt and utterly blessed to have such lovely friends.
You like this idea? Here is a handy dandy graphic for you to use on any social media platform you wish.