Saturday, 26 September 2009

Back in Manchester

Well, I have almost finished my first week back in Manchester and I have been loving it. I got to move into my temporary accommodation on Tuesday and I have had my induction for my course. There are 25 of us spread across three courses. We all do the same thing in the first term, a taster of all three courses, then we specialise in the second term, and then do our dissertations.

Though I have been completely busy this week, I have managed to set something up for Random Quirks. I have always noticed in the Student Union for my uni that there are small stalls selling bits and pieces, clothes usually. So on Thursday when I was in there with my friends, I asked what you have to do to get a stall. Apparently since I'm a student, its free! So I called them up yesterday and RandomQuirks has a stall at the Manchester Metropolitan University next Wednesday!

The only obstacle in my way is that with my suitcase, I only brought my merchandise that is on the website, nothing to make new items. So I got my brother to pack my kit in a bag and post it for next day delivery to my friends house. I'll be seeing her tonight so she said she'd bring it. So I'm going to be a busy bee trying to make enough stuff for a stall for Wednesday. I'm so happy and can't wait. I reckon if it goes well, then I'll make it a regular thing and even add my Toast Rack items to the mix.

The other great thing about being back in Manchester is seeing my friends, making new ones and best of all I'm reunited with my bf. We're going into town today before we go out with friends tonight :) Hope everyone has had a good week :)

Sunday, 20 September 2009

On the move

Well, my bags are packed and I'm ready to go. My circumstances changed yet again, so now I'm going to be renting somewhere for a month after all. Luckily, my friend's old landlady will take me for a month in a good location so thats great. I can take a bigger suitcase (the tank) and I'm staying with my friend tonight so should hopefully be getting sorted soon. The only problem with taking a bigger suitcase is that it's bigger and heavier to carry around.

I'm going to be travelling across the country by train, with one change of train, with a large heavy suitcase, a bulky plastic bag, a sleeping bag and my shoulder bag which will be carrying my laptop. Now, I'm not a particularly big or strong girl so this will be a huge challenge.

The station I'm changing at, Doncaster, has lots of stairs. I can't lift this suitcase with only one hand. Please please please let there be lifts. And thank god I have 20 minutes to get to the next platform.

I'm bringing my Random Quirks merchandise and a mini shipping kit with me so I can carry on posting if I get any sales. Depending on my internet situation, it may be harder to get now items up, but I will definitely keep re-listing. I have also brought my fabric paints with me, so orders for ToastRack will still be able to go through.

Anyway, I must say even though I have a incredibly heavy suitcase, I managed to fit in a months worth of stuff in it :) My secret? I only put 2 weeks worth of clothes in there and hope my place will have a washing machine. If not, I'm gonna have to do my washing at my bf's halls, heh.

Righty then, must be off. Got to chuck a few bits and pieces in my shoulder bag and head off to my death by lugging my possessions across the county.

Thursday, 17 September 2009

What a rollercoaster of a few days

So last you left me, I was waiting to find out about my friends house where I will be living this year. Well, where do I begin? First, it was delayed by a month, which isn't very good seeing as I start uni on monday. So, I couldn't stay with my boyfriend and had to find somewhere for a month. The search began. It was 3 days of stress and sleepless nights where I was homeless, then not homeless, then homeless again.

Yesterday I found some good news that it would only be delayed by 2 weeks. In a way that made it harder to find somewhere. And it was too long a time for my bf to put me up. So what did I do? I cried. I cried and I cried. You've got to feel sorry for my bf who was on the phone to me at the time. Crying made me feel loads better though and I texted my friend who I'm going to be living with and she said I can stay at her family home for a bit which is on the outskirts of Manchester. So the problem is solved, I'm going to Manchester on Sunday to stay with her until late next week when I will go and stay with my bf for a few days. Hopefully by the end of that, the house will be ready and we can move in.

Now, being who I am and being on the move constantly, I am very good at packing. But having to pack a small pully bag for 2 weeks, is going to be an exciting challenge. I do have a very large pully suitcase which I nicknamed "The Tank", but since I'm going to be travelling by train and staying in 2 different places, one of them being a hall of residence, there won't be any room for it. So stay tuned for: Can a fashion student fit 2 weeks worth of clothes in a small bag? We shall see how that turns out :)

So now I can get excited that I start uni on Monday :D I feel so much better now. Things are looking good. Random Quirks views are really up now :). Quite a few views are coming from Twitter as well. I realised that I'm running low on new items and since I don't know what to do with my current supplies, I bought some fresh new ones. I'm inspired.

I also decided to upgrade the earring hooks to sterling silver in a hope that that will encourage more sales, so fingers crossed. I won't be able to make any new items or switch the earring hooks until I'm all moved into the house, so it will be a couple of weeks. I can't wait :)

Monday, 14 September 2009

Why re-decorate if you're just going to paint the wall the exact same colour?

There is nothing less stimulating then painting a wall the same colour it already is. I had the joy of finding this out yesterday when I was doing a favour for my parents. If I turned evil then died, my personal hell would be to paint walls the same colour they already are for all eternity. When I get my own house one day, I am painting it in different colours. :)

I got an email today saying I can enrol for uni now. So thats good. Now I just need to figure out when I start so I can decide whether I need to panic about being homeless or not. At least I know if I am homeless, my lovely bf has said he will take me in. He will be living in halls of residence, so that would be interesting considering that there is only one set of keys :P.

So, we can rearrange our Etsy shops now. Oh-kay. I don't really know what to do with it since I kinda arranged the order I list items by colour anyway. Though it was useful when I was re-listing items and they didn't list in the order I wanted them to, so thats a plus.

I made a change to Toast Rack today, with the descriptions. I only just realised that my measurements were in cm. Which is cool and all, but not so much for our friends across the pond. So I added inches so they sit along side the cm measurements. Now everyone in the world can figure out what size they are in Toast Rack. Hopefully that will encourage people to buy something.

Also, there are plenty more new items are on the way in Random Quirks so keep checking back. Nothing much else is going on, though Phantom of the Opera is on Film4 later so I'm definitely watching that :D

Thursday, 10 September 2009


I know where I'll be this year now, but that doesn't stop me from feeling like I'm not doing something. I still don't know when I'll be moving back in Manchester. So until then I don't know what I can do with myself. My routine is waking up at noon (yeah I'm a practically a vampire) and working on my shops all day while watching Sex and the City, with breaks to watch property shows on tv and job hunt. Ah, tis the life.

I need a kick up the ass (please excuse my american :P - if I had said arse then it would be english :P). The day I get the call from my friend saying her house is ready, I will gladly pack my bags at a rapid pace and get over there. Some activity on Toast Rack would be great. Twitter seems to be getting some views in though. I've asked a couple of times on the etsy forums about a Toast Rack critique and everyone who answers say it looks fine. So what can I do to get more people to look?

I miss my bf and going out with my friends. I just miss human contact. I live with my brother this summer and he stays in his room the majority of the day so I'm basically alone. At least I'm getting some Random Quirks products made. I made another couple of bracelets, 2 pairs of earrings and a necklace so thats good.

And another bright side, though I am in limbo, at least I know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. A light where I will have to write a 20 000 word dissertation that I am actually looking forward to writing. Isn't life funny sometimes?

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

New creations

Well, I'm back from Manchester. I had a great time and can't wait to go back, which should be in the next couple of weeks. Just sent off my acceptance of my place on the masters course today so I'm happy :D Also, I sold another item on Random Quirks. I couldn't believe it because I only just had a sale recently. That never happens :) Things are picking up.

I also joined twitter (click to see my page and follow me) to get views up for both my shops and it seems to be working well so far so we shall see how that goes. Today I've been a busy bee, creating new items for Random Quirks, including this brooch that I'm not sure if I like or not. What do you think? Does it go with the rest of my shop? Along with the brooch, I made 2 pairs of earrings and a bracelet since I only have one bracelet in my shop at the moment. All made today while watching Sex and the City.

I also got excited about my masters and bought a new folder from the sale at WHSmith. It's very simple and baby blue with large white polka dots. I'm really looking forward to starting back so I can get some structure back in my life. Thank god I've had my shops this summer otherwise I think I would have gone mental. Now that I'm back from Manchester, I'm just waiting around again to see what will happen. Could use a few sales to distract me, hint hint ;). Especially for Toast Rack, no joy yet with a sale, but it is early days so I'm remaining optimistic.

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

I got on the masters course!

Woop! I'm so happy. No longer will I be stuck in limbo, also known as my "hometown". I've been calling up my university all day and haven't been able to get through until now when they said I had an unconditional offer :) It was decided yesterday and I should be getting a letter in the next few days. I must say that is a huge relief. A big weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I have another year to job hunt and find someone who will hire me. All I need now is a part time job to get some money coming in so I don't have to rely so much on my parents. My dad just retired so I don't want him to have to worry about me.

I'm also really excited because this time tomorrow I'll be in Manchester, visiting my bf who I haven't seen for over a month. I can't wait. :D Today is a good day :)