Please check out my handmade scarfs which I have now put up for sale on Etsy:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/124636217/crotchet-scarf?

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http://www.etsy.com/listing/124637018/crotchet-scarf-male?

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I’ve been crocheting a lot recently. I’ve made a bear and a octopus which I will upload soon ūüôā

Thank you,

Ethereal Workshop

I spent hours on my outfit and hair. I ran through questions in my head. I practiced my speech perfectly. This was one of the very rare opportunities that a job was available after the busy Christmas period and I was not willing to mess it up. Unfortunately life had other plans.

With less than 24 hours notice until the interview I did the best I could to prepare myself. I so badly wanted this job, not because it was a job which would give me good pay (although that’s a plus), but because I actually wanted the job for what it was.

I arrived at the store 15 minutes early and told the lady at the desk I was there for an interview. She was shocked and told me to wait at these seats. She must have thought I was an idiot because I couldn’t find the seats. I found them and was happy I had got the¬†embarrassing part out the way (I always do something¬†embarrassing in interviews). But that wasn’t the worst.

I sat for a while and the staff began to ask me question about the position and who was meant to interview me. I began to worry. One of the staff told me I must have the wrong store. I was horrified. I sat calmly and smiled but inside I was recovering from a serious slap of embarrassment  They told me were they thought the store was and I thanked them and tried to leave. However, being the good natured people they were, they all tried to help me and give me advice on how to get there but I just wanted to get out. I tried to leave with dignity but knew I could never go in there again.

I got the bus which only went halfway to the actual place and had to walk/run the rest. At this point my hair was a mess and my face was red from the cold (so much for a professional look).

Finally I made it to the store and found the first worker I could. He told me my interviewer was off that day but he’d see if he could find someone else. I was now half an hour late and worried about how the interview would go with only half the time. A lady came and said she¬†couldn’t¬†find my file and didn’t know if I actually was meant to have an interview. I was horrified. I sat waiting for another half hour until she finally came back and said she’d interview me anyway. The interview I thought went well considering although the lady didn’t know what to do with me as she didn’t know how well I’d done on my application.

Well a few days later I got a call, and guess what. I got the job!!! I was so happy and shocked which made the lady on the other end laugh. Later at my induction the lady who interviewed me told me that she’d heard I was pretty excited on the phone. I flushed red but it was true I was so excited.

So even with all that things still worked out, although I can never set foot inside that other store again. That’s an¬†embarrassment¬†wound that will not heal.

I will find things when they need to be found

I’ve spent so long searching for¬†answers, but I only found them when I wasn’t looking. So I’m not going to look anymore. Instead I’ll wait until they are ready to be found.

It took falling of the rails and a song by the fray to make me realise this.

Recycle now because you can’t recycle the world later

A quote I saw on the side of a van that I thought I’d share with everyone.

For the last 6 months I had insomnia. It got to the point were I couldn’t fall asleep till 6am. I missed lots of uni not only from sleeping through but even when I managed to get up I felt ill and like a zombie. I felt nocturnal and lifeless.

I went to the doctor and tried lots of techniques but nothing worked which¬†frustrated¬†me. In the end I made my own technique which has slowly been working.¬†I thought once it was over my life would be back to normal but the thing about putting your life back together is first you’ve got to find all the pieces, then you got to find how they all fit and finally stick them back all in place which is it’s own problem.

A conversation today made me¬†realize¬†how distant I had been. I have overcome a few obstacles but after today I¬†realized¬†there are a lot left which made me overwhelmed. I’m still lost. Still very very lost. But at least now there is a light in this foggy world of mine. Maybe I can now take steps forward.

To people with Insomnia, here are a few tips. These are things I’ve been doing:

  1. Do things gradually, the technique I used wouldn’t have worked if It hadn’t of been gradual.
  2. Try to keep yourself busy and get outside. Then when your back home give yourself time to relax. I did yoga in my spare time.
  3. Don’t take your problems to bed. What wasn’t managed today will not be sorted out by you worrying over it right then and there.
  4. Hot milk drinks like hot chocolate, ovaltine or horlicks are good to have at night.
  5. Read before bed; even better if it’s boring, it’ll help put you too sleep.
  6. Take things a step at a time, or if that’s too much than an inch. Don’t look at everything as a whole but in tiny chunks. I make a small list of things I want to achieve that day or even just one main thing I must do. If I achieve more than the list then that’s even more for me but as long as I do the list I’ve achieved enough for that day. Don’t put huge things on the list but instead put those huge things into steps and pick a step to complete that day.

When something is broken we don’t try to glue it all at once but instead we do it piece by piece.

Thank you,

Ethereal Workshop

These photo’s are a bit old now but I thought I’d upload them anyway. These were from my first attempt with cold porcelain. I’d never made it before so it didn’t come out great but for a first try I thought I did ok. As you can tell from the table I made a lot of mess.

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Cold porcelain is a type of handmade modelling clay a bit like polymer clay accept it air drys instead of needing to be heated. It can be made out of household products and is really simple and easy to make. If you would like a tutorial please leave a comment.

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Oh dear…this is what happened after my little brother found them. The poor octopus lost his hat.¬† Later he completely destroyed them but at least I still have photo’s haha.

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Here is the piggy I made just for him. Luckily he hasn’t destroyed this one. I’m thinking of selling some cold porcelain figurines in my etsy shop

http://www.etsy.com/shop/EtherealWorkshop?ref=seller_info

If I do I am going to sell them for 95p as they are quite small. I am willing to take requests from people so if there is anything you’d like made for you then please leave me a message. As long as it’s not to big otherwise it may be a little more than just 95p.

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After missing my coach *cough cough* on purpose *cough cough* I’ve ended up staying in Cambridge for a few more days. Me and my friend decided to visit one of our favourite places….Wagamama’s. We decided to be adventurous and try something different from our usual katsu curry. Last time I went I picked the teppanyaki dish teriyaki beef soba which tasted delicious but wasn’t cheap at all. This time we decided to go for the cheaper option of yaki soba with a side dish of sticky rice.

We had an interesting waitress who seemed to flirt with all the guys. Me and my friend noticed she seemed to save all her smiles and attention for him, while only giving me a serious look on the few times she payed me attention. But, to be honest I didn’t mind as she was overall a good waitress and her flirting wasn’t irritating enough to annoy me.

After enjoying our meal we then decided to look at the desert menu (something we have never done in wagamama’s before). We setled on the ice lollys which I thought would be a waste of money but infact I thought they were worth it. They were brought on a plate by the male waitor who warned us of their sweetness. Oh my goodness they were sweet! They were so delicious and pretty guilt free considering they had 0% on most things e.g. fat content.

Overall the meal only came up to over ¬£13 (which is roughly the same as the teriyaki beef soba on it’s own) which was good for a main, side dish, two green teas, two waters and two ice lollys.

Overall I’d give it a 7/10 purely because the chicken in the dish was a bit rubbery and it wasn’t as flavoursome as the beef soba but it was great value for money.

With my Etsy shop up and running I’ve been very happy ūüôā …but nervous at the same time :S I have never put anything up for sale before and the whole idea of it is quite daunting. Even the thought of someone buying something is quite scary as I worry they won’t like it, but it’s exciting at the same time.

I am currently visiting a friend in Cambridge who if it wasn’t for I would probably not have had the courage to set up the shop, so I am very grateful to that person. Before making the long coach journey (3 hours 20 minutes) from Oxford to Cambridge to see them, I decided to pop into a new resturaunt/takeaway joint that has opened up infront of the coach stop. Unfortunately I can’t remember the name of it but will definitely be blogging about it again.

I was captivated by the brightness and newness of the shop (as most of the other shops look like they have been there for quite some time) and the fact that it serves asian food.

I am still yet to find a good asian resturaunt in Oxford (besides Wagamama’s) and to find a replacment for the Thai noodle van in Luton that I love so much. I thought this place would be worth a try.

Inside it was very clean and brightly lit with not much seating due to the small size of the place. The menu was not cheap but considering they gave me a pot full of sweet thai chili sauce with my thai spring rolls that I ordered I wasn’t going to complain. They were brought to me in a cute little takeaway carton in good timing and with a smile (can’t beat good service). Another thing I liked was that they had all the nutritional information for each dish on a leaflet you could pick up on entering or leaving.

Sitting on the coach, I could not wait to try the spring rolls and they did not dissapoint. They were nice and crispy on the outside, and well filled on the inside. The chili sauce pot they gave me was also a nice addition.

Although they tasted amazing, spring rolls never quite do a food joint full justice as it dosen’t display the quality of the rest of the dishes available. Wether it is better than the noodle van in Luton, I am yet to find out but it definitely made the journey to Cambridge a lot more enjoyable and will definitely be going back there on my return to Oxford.

I would give the place a 4/5 stars. It’s definitely worth a check out.

Crochet flower hair clip

Here is another picture of my Hair clips that are available from my Etsy shop. Please check them out!

Crochet flowers

My crochet flowers