24 November 2014

Apologies...

It appears that year 11 is much tougher than I thought it would be. The exams are more complex and much more frequent. I've started revision for my mock GCSEs, which start on December 10th. On top of all the extra revision, I have more than average amounts of homework, so I've been kept very busy. And it was my brother's birthday on Saturday, so we went out to celebrate in the evening.

Bad quality but oh well ;)


Anyhow, I've not got that much news to share with you guys. Dance has been good; I've got my splits nicely done now, and the routines are coming along nicely. School is just very busy, and staying late twice a week and revising and doing all the homework is pretty stressful.

But I'm going to try to dedicate more time to write on this blog. I have ideas!

Carys x

14 November 2014

Ouchies...

Today was non-uniform day at school to raise money for Children in Need. I wore my fairly new Doc Martens, but even wearing big fluffy socks didn't protect my feet. Right now, I have a number of corns on the sole of my left foot, and a good few blisters on the ball of my right foot.

Wicked Witch of the West - Dorothy won't get these shoes!


I'm really hoping that they start to heal a bit overnight, because it's so painful to walk. Still, I'm going to have to figure out some way to go to dance tomorrow. No pirouettes for me!

Talking of pirouettes, though, I had PE in the sports hall today. We played badminton, and whilst I was waiting to go back to the changing rooms at the end of the lesson, I tried a quick pirouette. In my trainers. But the floor was very smooth, as they often are, so I got a TRIPLE pirouette!

I was so happy! I mean, sure, they weren't the neatest, my foot wasn't in retiré, and my arms probably weren't the neatest they've ever been, but I felt so weightless going around and around. I remember that when I decided to stop - I decided, I didn't fall out of it! - I could just put my foot down and squeeze my bum and then I'd stop.

When turning, I felt so powerful and stable, and it feels so good. I think something that helped was definitely the way I didn't think of prepping and I didn't think of anything other than a nice pirouette. I mean, I only tried for a double. Relaxing helps so much!

6 November 2014

Tunesday...

It's a bit of a late post, but enjoy this! Endigo is so awesome! <3

30 October 2014

Into the Magical Realm...

Today I whipped up a quick edit of a shot I took last month. I used this photo I found on Flickr.


29 October 2014

Wales | Day Two...

It's been a long time since I wrote this, but here you go - part 2! It's a very picture heavy post!

So the first thing we did in the morning was explore the wooded are in the middle of the caravan park. It was a huge sort-of indent in the ground; there was a stream and lovely nature walks to follow.





I was trying to get a family portrait (minus myself and Eben, who chose not to join us), but ended up with this, which I find equally funny. It just shows what our crazy little family is like!



Of course, I couldn't pass this little beauty and ended up with this picture.



The walk took us down to the sea, which was incredibly windy and cold. Sometimes I really regret not taking fingerless gloves everywhere with me!



Ta-dah! A lovely portrait of my parents.



There were three gorgeous dogs  playing around on the beach whilst we were there. They wouldn't stop dancing in the water and chasing footballs that were thrown for them.



The boys were rather proud of themselves here. Gabriel has learnt the art of drawing in the sand.



Here we go. This is my absolute favourite photo of these guys!




Time for a selfie with my beautiful little brother!



And one taken when he was least expecting it!



After the beach, we ate and my family went swimming. Meanwhile, I sat in the café/restaurant with a Slushie and the wifi. As nice as it was to take a break from everyday life, there's only so long you can go without talking to your friends, mainly the ones who live abroad or were holidaying in Italy.



Anyway, then we drove the short distance into town and sat down with good old fish and chips.



We saw these birds perched on a nearby roof as we sat looking out to sea with our food. Nothing like food at the seaside! Luckily, the weather had turned for the better by this time, so we didn't get rained on.



Walking along the quay gave us some spectacular views!




This was probably my favourite part of the day. The boats looked so, so pretty!








We found a lovely little park overlooking the water here, so we sat with ice creams and listened to a local guy busking. Well, he was just sitting in the park singing with his guitar, but then everyone went up to him with money, which surprised him a lot. But he shouldn't ave been surprised; he was incredible!



When we got back to the caravan, we looked at the town we had just visited, and saw this huge amount of smoke! So glad we got out of there when we did!



It was so good watching the sun set over the sea. We'd missed it before, but it was the clearest night and looked amazing.


27 October 2014

Pointe Shoe Padding...

I've finally found the perfect padding for my pointe shoes! I've trialed it for four weeks now, and it's working really well.



My shoes, disgustingly gross ouch pouches, and the toy stuffing I use as lamb's wool. I make sure to stuff my pointe shoes with carrier bags (they have to be matching, OCD! ;) ) when I'm not wearing them, so they can force the moisture out and not destroy the glue.

The synthetic stuffing is also working really well! I love using lamb's wool but didn't have my own, so I was resourceful and this works equally as well.



Now, my new favourite thing to do is the blister plaster on my toe. I had a blister here some time ago and it still hurts so much when it rubs on my shoe, so this is really useful and enables me to not feel a thing on it while dancing.



Plaster + tights.



Plaster + tights + ouch pouch + shoe.



Plaster + tights + ouch pouch + shoe + legwarmer.


I can't get over how much I love these leg warmers! They're really cosy and so pretty! Anyway, I hope you liked this post! What's your perfect pointe padding?

25 October 2014

Teeny Tiny Mario Mushroom...

So I was looking for something to do this afternoon, and I ended up armed with my crochet hook and embroidery thread. I've found my love for micro crochet in the past, and today I played around to make this!


It's super tiny at only 18mm tall, and it's so cute!


Here you can see how small it is compared to me!


And here ;)




Anyway, I made it using two strands of embroidery thread and a 1.25mm hook from this pattern. It only took a little while to make, and everyone loves it :P

21 October 2014

Tunesday...

I'm pretty much obsessed with this song now! Our big ballerinas did a pointe dance to this at a previous dance show, and I now have ideas myself for a contemporary piece. Thanks Aimee for reminding me of this!


14 October 2014

Tunesday...

Apologies for my recent absence, but I've had too much stuff to do for school, I really need to make a schedule. Anyway, I was using this to help me concentrate when writing my entry for a creative writing competition; it helps so much!