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Using books

I have had the chance to read through the recommended book list for the IPP unit. The one that really stands out to me is the following:

365 Steps to Self Confidence – David Lawrence Preston
Confidence is crucial to a happy and fulfilling life. And yet many of us lack
confidence and self-belief. As a result, we are less adventurous and less likely to
get the most out of life. This book is a carefully structured, daily programme coveringthe following areas: * Deciding to be confident * Harnessing self-awareness* How to think confidently * Using your imagination to improve your self-image* How to act with confidence * Communicating with confidence Each of the 52sections contains information, insights and words of inspiration, plus seven exercisesand practical hints or points to ponder.

I really like anything that helps to boost how you are feeling about yourself. I am going to consider buying it as I have seen it online, but first I will check out if it is available at the library.I’ve just had a look on itunes to see if there was a copy available as an audiobook as I had a few audiobooks over the summer which really made the words sink in and meant I could tune in whenever, wherever and especially important to me, I could multitask and listen while doing work!

The thing that does not draw me to these kinds of self-help/’make yourself a better person’/’do as your told’/’I wrote it down so you should do it’ books are that they can be a little repetitive and I worry that if I rely on or base my thoughts on what someone else thinks or says, am I really my own person?


Working in illustrator

I’ve been getting really frustrated with the design process for this project… I have ideas but I stop before I’ve pursued them properly, so, as of today, when I have an idea, I’m going to at least draw it or write it down rather than shutting myself off from it before it has even happened.

I’ve started to draw my designs into illustrator… not sure how I feel about them at this point, but they are works in progress and I’m hoping that by the end of the day they will start to look more ‘life-like’ and less like components pieced together using software… which is what they look like to me at the moment, and I think is what is stopping me feeling inspired by the designs. I like all the separate components but at the moment they do not feel like the finished piece.

Cookies and muffins please

I’m quite looking forward to being back in my flat and being able to bake whenever I like. Although, at the moment I’m wanting to be a bit healthy (it’s that time of year I guess…) I haven’t really noticed anything other than feeling quite empty and I’m not cutting anything out, just not eating as much in-between rubbish… chocolate, sweets, pre-packed biscuits etc.

So, to keep my sweet craving happy, I’m going to go back to some of my favourite recipes for healthy cookies and muffins such as the Apple and Yogurt muffins I haven’t made in over a year.I will take pictures when I’ve made them… hopefully they will taste as good as I remember, and hopefully they will work being gluten free this time around.

Free Graze box


I just tried out ordering from http://www.graze.com!

It is actually brilliant… I was a bit doubtful to begin with, as I thought… food through the post?! But if you want something cheap, quick and easy and healthy then this is great… last night I came in after work tired and hungry and my graze box had been delivered! It was free as your first one is free and then your second is half price! And, having destroyed the contents of 3 of the 4 tubs between last night and right now, I would say go for it! You can choose what you want to put into the box and there are all sorts of allergy specific things you can click on, which is great for me as I always worry where and how everything has been packaged with.

Here is the code you can enter into the website for a free box:

And, don’t worry about delivery, the package is letterbox sized, and the little tubs inside are all sealed shut!
FINALLY uploaded the picture… for some reason iPhoto does not want to work on my laptop, but a better version is available on my desktop?!

All done, for now!

I think i’ve managed to sort everything out on here! For now!

I’m feeling a little better today, although I definitely can’t focus on illustrator properly which is really annoying. So, i’m focusing on preparing everything for Penrose Market on Wednesday and then i’m going to do a bit of dissertation after lunch. As I’m at work today (back on the front desk) and its quiet, I can use the time to get my head back into work. One part of me is saying stop and get better, but the other part is saying work through it this week and then relax at Christmas. I just don’t want to end up going back home and feeling exhausted!

Here is my ‘To Do’ list of the weekend:

I bought some really lovely Christmas cards from http://www.dotcomgiftshop.com the other week, so I’m going to write these out today and get the in the post! Here is my Christmassy table I am working from (the Marks & Spencer bag is recycled material with a print on it, the Starbucks was a Soya Toffee Nut Latte- after yesterday’s disaster of experimenting with the Gingerbread Latte, this had to be done, and the cards are the ones I mentioned before):

Right. Now to get on with making the bits and bobs for my stall. Then, this afternoon I will print it out on Ivory Card as I remembered I have some of this. It was one of those offers where you buy it and don’t really know why, so I’m definitely glad I bought it! I think it was from Rymans. I’ve used the White Card from there and it printed really well, so I don’t have to worry about print quality.

This afternoon I need to go buy sellotape after work… realised the other day that a key component of present wrapping is definitely tape!!

Formative feedback

Overall, from my group, there were recommendations on making sure how I sell the product is really unique.

From the marketing team the feedback was overall they really liked it and were positive. From presenting, they then asked me to design the e-card that will be sent out as part of Penrose Market. They also asked if I was going to present anything in frames, so from this, I am going to take the clip frames I had bought to use for larger prints and display some of the cards in

From my own feedback, I would like to make sure that I really focus on the design of the stall, I have already thought about this, but I would like to check I have:

Price lists available

A printed copy of the designs for customers to look through

The designs in frames

rubyophelia at Penrose Market Ravensbourne

Just an update/confirming dates and times for the market:

Name: Penrose Market Ravensbourne

Venue: Greenwich Peninsula

Time: 2pm-6.30pm (Just before the Scissor Sisters concert begins right next door at the O2)

You can follow on twitter: http://twitter.com/penrosemarket to get more information

If you would like to know more about my stall:



I can mail out bundles of cards in time for Christmas.

My postcards would also be great to use as Thank You notes for after Christmas.

The prices are:

£1 per card

£4 for 5 cards

£7 for 10 cards

See my page rubyophelia’s stall for more information and images of the cards