Words for 2013 #2

Long-distance Clara

My second word for 2013 is INVEST.

I’m not really talking about money here (although that does come into it, a bit), really I am talking about time and energy. I tend not to have enough faith in my ideas and sometimes it keeps me from moving things forward. I’m done with that nonsense. 2013 is the year I will finally begin investing in myself and my work with everything I have, like a 110 per cent (I hate it when people say ‘110 per cent’ but hey ho). I will no longer listen to that annoying, whiny voice inside my head that says ‘ Freya, you LOSER, what are you doing? You know raspberry doesn’t go with scarlet/all computers are in the service of the devil/nobody wants a robot made out of Jammy Dodgers and Blu-Tack.’ No. I am not listening. I am forging ahead with The Dodgertron and YOU can’t stop me Gollum voice, now pass me that yarn/ glue gun/ biscuit/ laptop/ spanner.

I will also invest in fun. If my staying-in-a-hotel-by-myself-for-no-real-reason experience has taught me anything, it is that I don’t indulge my whims enough. From now on, if I really fancy buying myself the complete 30 Rock box set, painting my nails (or anything else for that matter) gold, or getting my hair done like an Andrews Sister, then I totally will. Too often I deprive myself of simple things that make me happy. Here are a small selection:

Stuff that makes me smile:

Crochet, obvs.

Katherine Heigl movies. Yeah, I love her. What of it?

Ditto Maggie Gyllenhaal – you know that film where she plays the rebellious vegan(?) cake baker opposite Will Ferrell and she’s all like ‘Hi TAX MAN…I don’t make cookies for douches y’know TAX MAN’ Love that.

Ditto Emma Thompson come to think of it. Have you seen the knitwear in Nanny McPhee? It’s amazing.

Tattoos and red lipstick – ooh tattoos of red lipstick? That’s one for a Pinterest board.

Vintage furniture (and by ‘vintage’ I mean ‘old’, and by ‘furniture’ I of course mean’ junk’). Gaz tends to like classic oak pieces from shops that have carpet. I prefer mustard-coloured-velvet-clad bedside tables, from shops that barely even have ceilings. Recently he’s been winning, but things gonna change yo.

Sunshine (see pic). I haven’t had a holiday abroad in I don’t know how long – about 5 years. I need some sun, and soon.

Buttons. I know I am not alone in this. Why are buttons so cheering? It’s something to do with childhood, I’m sure. There are not enough buttons in my life, or clip-on earrings. I love them too.

What little things make you happy? What are your (clean please) words for 2013? I’d love to know.


2 comments on “Words for 2013 #2

  1. Jen says:

    Hi Ursula!

    I have awarded you the Liebster Award to show appreciation for your amazing designs. Please come over to


    to find out more!

    Love, Jen @ Jam made x

  2. Jen says:

    I’m with you there! I decided 2013 is my year for expressing the creative lovelies that lurk inside, afraid of judgments from others who are just as afraid? to let their creative lovelies roam free! *sigh*. I’m giving it a good shot so far! All the best and keep on going. Freya is awesome, and so NOT a loser!

    I have a bazillion buttons, they make me happy too. A friend sent me an old tin full that his mother has been collecting since the 1950’s I’m sure. Vintage makes me happy, 50’s dresses, pretty hair, fabric, jewelry, photos and nic nacs. x

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