August seems to have been a slightly slower month than some of the previous ones. It feels like every month when doing my Favourites post I have started by saying that I can't quite believe how quick the month has gone. But I started to compile items for this post in the first couple of weeks of August and couldn't believe it was only halfway through (not that I'm complaining.) I've had so much going on with starting my craft business, but it feels like the pace of life has slowed right down, so I am able to truly appreciate the long, hazy late summer days. Bobby's favourite of the month has been spending his Twirliwoos interactive boat. He loves the show and this toy equally. It has been a great toy for developing some of his skills. He can now open and close the little door on his own (after throwing all of the characters in), press the button to fill the fruit tea machine and spin the wheel at the front of the boat. He has also started to use the cord to pull it along behind him, I can't believe how steady he is with his walking now. Here are some other things that we have been enjoying this month.
Calligraphy was something that I never actually intended to get into. But as I am doing bits of script for my crafts, Mike suggested that learning Calligraphy might be the way to go. I bought a kit from The Range for about £15.00, not bad considering it contained a good, thick wad of paper, a pen, six nibs and three bottles of ink. It takes a lot of practice and I am sure it will quite a long to master proper calligraphy, but I'm enjoying trying my hand at simple script. It will be fun to make little scrolls to add to my crafts.
DuoLingo - App
Now that Bobby it back in childcare (and settling in, thank God) I've had a lot more time time to get things done behind the house - but I have found it a bit too quiet. I have needed more to occupy my mind so that I am not constantly worrying about him, so when I have been putting my feet up I have been having a go at language learning. As language kits can be expensive I have been using Duo-lingo which is a free phone app. It has a selection of about 20 languages (mostly European) that you can learn completely free. It is very flexible as you can choose how much time per day you would like to dedicate to learning and as you progress, you can unlock extra units. It tends to throw you in a little at the deep end; I have been doing French and as I did French at high school, I found that it is coming back to me quite quickly. However, I tried a bit of Norwegian to see how it was with a language that I was totally unfamiliar with. I found it much harder and much slower going, but this is probably to be expected with a completely new language and I'm sure that I would pick it up eventually. I'm really loving this app and try to fit a bit in every day.
I have avoided Netflix for quite some time. Not out of snobbery, but because I have been with Lovefilm (or Amazon video as it seems to be now) for about 8 years. I am still with Lovefilm and did not see the need to get Netflix, especially as I'm not really into the big TV series which it seems to specialise in. However, I really love anime and discovered that there is quite a lot of Netflix, including some Magical Girl anime that I have wanted to watch for a while. As much as I enjoy Lovefilm, watching a series through it can be a bit of a pain, as you get a few episodes per disc and then have to wait for next one in the post. With Netflix, the appeal is that you can binge-watch a series. I'm not sure that I will be with Netflix forever, as I can't really keep up both subscriptions - but I can enjoy it for a few months and watch my way through a few series. If you are wondering, the image below is from the opening of Pokemon Indigo League. I have already watched my way through this and it took me back to being a teenager.
I used to love making little bits and bobs out of felt, but it had fallen by the wayside until very recently. As I am starting a small craft business so that I can earn a few extra pennies while I'm completing my degree, I thought it would be fun to start making them again. It is a very easy material to work with and with only a couple of colours, some thread and some toy stuffing you can create lots of little cuddly friends. I have been working on some felt decorations for Christmas to sell at my stall (and a couple for Halloween as well.) If you would like to find out more about my craft business, you can find it here: http://littleraincloudcrafts.weebly.com/ and you can find my Etsy profile here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/people/HARA2CUTE?ref=hdr_user_menu I am hoping to get some items up on the shop soon.
As I post this, we are now into September. Although it is still warm, some of the leaves are starting to turn and there is feeling in the air of the end of summer. The kids are going back to school and I am back at university in a couple of weeks. By the time I do my next favourites post I will have completed my induction week and first week of lectures. Strictly Come Dancing will be back on and Autumn will be dawning. I hope you have a lovely September.