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2015 Goals

Goals… goals, goals, goals. Indeed.

It’s hard to think what I want to be doing with myself this year… Running a business takes up a lot of time and effort, and in the evening and at weekends [when we have them spare] I don’t really want to be pushing myself to be doing all that much.

The things that I came up with for this year fall into three main categories. Upgrade, Organise and Share.

The first category UPGRADE: what I mean by this, is finally getting around to all the things I’ve been meaning to do for yonks. It includes buying a pair of trainers to replace the Nikes I’ve had for 6 years, they have holes all over and I have a bad feeling that they will soon be able to talk back to me. I’m very picky with footwear, so it takes me a long time to let go of such a trusty pair. I will do it though. I deserve a treat. I also intend to replace some of the tired looking things for the house.

Next  we have ORGANISE: Lately I’ve been leaving things until the last minute to deal with. Or letting things mount up until it feels like too much of a job to deal with. My main goal in this category is to sort out my postcards from PostCrossing, I want to display them in such a way that they are nice to look at, and pleasing on the eye. There must be a better way than shoving them in a box. I also want to make the most of my cloffice space. There is a lot that needs to be done here … I need to get a boit creative with the space, as it is mainly a wardrobe room. We’ll get there.

Final category is SHARE: This covers a multitude of things. Part of this will be sharing with you guys, I want to talk more about my hobbies on the blog. Be this showing off swap goodies, writing about subscription boxes or crafty things that I’ve been getting up to. I want to tell you about it. So that is a thing I’ll be adding this year. I also want to do more happy mail projects this year, you know, spreading a little bit of love to the world in the form of trinkets and notes to people that make me smile, or that deserve a smile.

There is also the obligatory reading challenge, I’m sticking to the same format as last year for now. I plan to read 100 books again, if not more. I hope that I get there, but if I don’t at least I’m back reading again after a couple of months off books at the end of this year.

Last year I took on too many swaps and projects at the same time, so I plan to spread them out better this year. I don’t want to overcommit. I’m going to try to limit myself to two swaps a month. Princess Penpals is currently on the back burner, but I am hoping to get back on this and get my second letter out soon. If you don’t know what that is… then go and check it out here!

That’s all for now, I know that a lot of this isn’t groundbreaking, but these are what we have to work with. My constant attempts at healthy eating and being more active still toddle on in the background, I’m finding food a chore right now, and I dislike winter greatly, so these things will come back with time.

What are your goals for this year? Did you make any resolutions this year?

– girlinthenerdshop


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My Postcrossing Stats 2014

What follows is my stats from postcrossing this year, I didn’t really do all that much, I am going to make more of an effort to do more this year.

In 2014 my mailbox was happy 29 days!

Your numbers
2014 Ever
Postcards sent 45 72
Postcards received 37 74
Country ranking
By sent 1618th
By distance 1622nd

Country distribution

In 2014 you sent postcards to…

postcards sent

Country Sent Travel (avg)
Germany 9 4
U.S.A. 7 8
Netherlands 5 3
Russia 5 25
Ukraine 4 22
Belarus 3 35
China 2 46
Czech Republic 2 5
Finland 1 9
France 1 4
Hong Kong 1 67
Japan 1 97
Macao 1 15
Poland 1 3
Portugal 1 14
Taiwan 1 11

In 2014 you received postcards from…

postcards sent

Country Received Travel (avg)
Germany 8 9
Netherlands 7 3
Russia 5 21
Finland 3 21
Belarus 1 17
Belgium 1 3
Canada 1 5
Czech Republic 1 7
Japan 1 10
Latvia 1 9
Portugal 1 18
Romania 1 6
Rwanda 1 36
Spain 1 4
Sweden 1 9
Taiwan 1 14
U.S.A. 1 8
Ukraine 1 9
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2014: Year in Review

Howdy folks

In the traditional fashion, it’s time to look back on what happened last year.

These were the goals that set for myself at the beginning of the year:

1. Stop buying books until you get through the backlog

1a. Only buy a new book when you’ve finished reading one

1b. Read lots *sigh*

2. Be more crafty

3. Complete Lego Marvel Superheroes to 100%

4. Bake more

5. 365 Day Photo Challenge

I was very successful in my reading lots goal, I read 103 books… you can see that on goodreads. I read widely in the YA fiction and fantasy areas of books. I also started reading graphic novels for the first time in July. This really does boost the numbers, as you can get through those bad boys really quickly.

Be more crafty… this is a pretty vague goal. I did complete a few craft projects, I made a felt Lumpy Space Princess, I made stationery for a swap, I have made things with Hama beads. I know that I could have done more, and there were lots of things that I had planned, but I commited to too many swaps last year, so my time was spread too thinly across too many projects.

Lego Marvel? I didn’t complete this one. In my 6 month update I had managed about 33% of the game, and since then I didn’t really play it that much more. I think I got to about 40% and not much more. I think this one was just too big, and a lot of the races were in the sky, so I was really struggling to complete them. I’m not sure if I’ll go back to this game, it’s unlikely. I am in a reading phase at the moment … so it could be worse.

I wonder why I picked baking as a goal for the year. I baked less this year than I have done in previous years. I baked courgette cake, and I made cupcakes for Halloween – that is the extent of that culinary endevour. I miss baking… but I’m not going to stress out about it.

The last goal was the Photo-A-Day challenge, which I surprised myself by completing. I got rather behind in the last few months of the year in uploading them on a regular schedule, but we got there in the end. It’ll be really cool to be able to look back on those photos and the memories that they have.

So, those weren’t the only things I did last year. I achieved things outside of those goals. And I’m even going to tell you about them.

I really got my iggle on this year, I took part in a tonne of swaps this year, from Christmas in July to stickers an Advent Calendar swap. Through these swaps I have made so many new friends, people that I talk to everyday [as well as writing].

I also did a moderate amount of postcard sending through postcrossing, this is something that I’m going to continue, and hopefully do more of this year… I love to travel the world through the postcards I get. [I’m going to do a post with my stats for the year from postcrossing]

As I said above, I started reading grapic novels. I started a collection too, I have acquired a great number of trade paperbacks this year. At the rate the collection is growing I’m going to have to get some new shelves sorted out!

I got a Ranger to level 80 in Guild Wars 2. I started playing in Novemver, and now my main character is top level, with pretty good gear. I’m not a massively serious player [honestly, even though I levelled fast]. I enjoy this game for how pretty it is, I could just log on and run around the map. I aimed to complete an area at a time, which was incredibly satisfying. My favourite part so far has been the Wintersday event, which has had an extra set of daily mission to do in a snow filled wonderland.

We had a substanstial amount of work done at the house, we had to have the roof replaced after storm damage last winter. This took a long time, and having the workmen in the vicinity was quite draining. We also got some prep done for other rooms in the house, but no other major projects were completed. We have some plans to get the book room sorted out soon, and fingers crossed we might get something else done this year too [no promises!]

I can’t neglect the fact that we had a busy year in Acme either. It is quite a challenge to run your own business, but we made it through another year [looking over the numbers on New Year’s Eve was such treat!]

I’m sure there were some other things that I was going to mention here too, but I think I’ve talked for long enough now.

What are you proud of achieving this year?

– girlinthenerdshop


My #fandom5 Trick or Treat

IMG_4867Hello folks, today begins a new feature that I’m trying out. A blog linkup hosted by The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick. The original posts are here and here. So go check those out so you can catch up on what is going on… I’ll wait.

This week the theme for this weeks Fandom 5 post is The Halloween Candy I Always Hope For When Trick-or-Treating.

I have a confession to make… I have never been trick or treating before. I’ll leave it to sink in for a second.

So… I like sweets, so in theory I like the idea of being given sweets on Halloween, but I was a shy kid and there was no way I would’ve been brave enough to knock on doors and go through with that plan. I also lived in an area full of old people, so knocking on their doors late at night was not advised.

So… my list is more of a pick and mix kind of list, my go to sweets when you feel in the mood for a mixture.


1. Malteasers – I can quite happily chow down on an entire bag of these babies… the malty centre is just too good.


2. Giant Strawberries – Strawberry is my favourite flavour… these are yummy. What more can you say.

mini egg

3. Mini eggs – These used to only be around for a short amount of the year. Easter. However in the cinema they have these all year round in the pick and mix place.


4. Marshmallows – this is the perfect time of year for them… sneak them into a hot chocolate, I dare you.


5. Strawberry laces – these are super fun to eat. I remember plaiting them so they were extra thick.

So, that was my sweet tooth special, tune in next week for Comfort food… I’m looking forward to that one.

Go check out the other #fandom5 posts on twitter.

– girlinthenerdshop

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Books That Made Me Who I Am Today

This week someone was asking about book recommendations for childrens books, and it set me to thinking about all of the books that I have loved.

Books have always been a massive part of my life, I even remember [and I think my mother still has] my first board book. It was called Clap Hands… and I still know all of the words!

So on with the books that made me who I am today!

clap hands

Clap Hands by Helen Oxenbury

“Clap hands, dance and spin, open wide and pop it in. Blow a trumpet bang a drum. Wave to Daddy, Wave to Mum.”

This is one of the first books that I remember, it has always been on my bookshelves. I loved the big clear pictures and the easy rhymes. I must have been about 3… maybe.

dear zoo

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

Lift the flaps were always amongst my favourite books. Just in case the flaps were different at any point.

slinky hairy

Hairy MacLary by Lynley Dodd // Slinky Malinky by Lynley Dodd

I think I had Hairy Maclary on tape, as I distinctly associate this one with a strong Scottish accent. I love that all of the characters names rhyme… I love that the dog had all of his dog and cat friends to play with.

each peach

Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

It’s the illustrations that get me on this one. It’s a classic, and I think it’s a book that every child should have read to them. It’s very important.


The Jolly Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

This one had little letters in pockets on all of the pages so you had flaps to lift and little extra things to read as you went through. And what more could you want than to be able to read some fairy tale character letters.

owl babie

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

The love of this book came from my mother, she did voices for the baby owls. The last thing the smallest owl says to his mummy at the end is something that sticks with me. Throughout the book the babies are asking where their mummy is… mild peril. Then she comes back and the littlest owl says “I love my mummy” – this is still written on the welcome screen to my mums phone and I’m 25… I put it there when I was 12 and again everytime she has changed her phone since. I’m cool… and mushy.


Topsy and Tim by Jean and Gareth Adamson

I loved these stories, there were so many [so many more now, they are still publishing new ones]. The artwork has changed in the newer ones, so that they don’t look like the Topsy and Tim I remember, but they still have a place in my heart. I don’t remember many specifics, apart from in one where Topsy felt poorly the word “humphydiddlum” was used… to mean feeling out of sorts and not quite right. I still use it to this day.

old bear

Old Bear by Jane Hissey

I had lots of things that went along with these books, I had a Little Bear in his pyjamas, that used to sit on the shelf at the end of my bed. And a video! I watched the video all the time, just so I could sing along with the theme tune. “Tell us a story Old Bear, we’ll all gather round, all around dear Old Bear”


Dogger by Shirley Hughes

This book went everywhere with me for a time. It even led to me carrying a toy dog [an andrex puppy one] around because the boy in the story had been without his dog and I didn’t want to be in the same boat as that!


Sebastian by Vanessa Julian-Ottie

My love for cats started young apparently.

dark and stormy

A dark and stormy night by Allan Ahlberg

This one needs no explanation, it was just fabulous. Tall tales that got even taller and siller, pirates, bad weather. What more could you want?


Twinkle twinkle chocolate bar by John Foster

This is my favourite book of rhymes / poems from when I was a tiny person. I can still remember the first section of the title poem now. I really liked them, they were fun and silly.


Sophie Stories by Dick King Smith

Sophie is small, but very determined. She loves animals and she wants to be a farmer when she grows up. Her best friend is Great-great-aunt Al from Scotland, who looks a bit like a bird, and her worst enemy is a girl called Dawn.” She was such a wild little girl, who stuck to her guns. She was really very funny, and kept me entertained for hours.

bear nobdy wanted

The Bear Nobody Wanted by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Apparently a lot of the books I remember where written by the same people. So there you have it! This poor bear, I must have read this book half a dozen times in my life. The things this poor bear went through, being abandoned and unloved for so long until he finds a place at the end.


Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

I went through a sailing phase, I’m pretty sure that I really thought I could have been just like these kids, even though the idea of being alone on an island with my siblings was terrifying. They had such adventures, and I fell in love with the romance of the time, and with the freedom they had as children. I have fond memories of this series, I even used this book as a comparison on children’s literature for one of my A-level essays. There was a whole bunch of these books, I got them one at a time from the library… all part of the adventure!


The Edge Chronicles

This is where my love of Chris Riddell came from. I love his artwork. I have such fond memories of the book covers for these books. I know we’re not supposed to pick a book by what it looks like, but the strange creatures were what made me take this book home from the library. I devoured the whole series. And about a month ago, I remember wanting to read them again, from the beginning, all in order. Boats fly or something.


The Divide by Elizabeth Kay

I found this in my secondary school library, I remember picking it up because the hardcover was odd. It opened in the middle of the front [a bit that is normally not where it opened.] This should have been a strong indicator that I liked fantasy novels.


Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Why did I pick the 3rd book you ask? Well, this is the first one I read. This is how I fell in love with Harry Potter and his friends. After this one, I went back and read the other 2, then after that I got every HP book on release day. Including the last one, that came out on the last day of Guide camp… when my parents came to pick me and my friend up, they had 2 copies sat in the car ready for us to start reading straight away.

So, that’s my journey through time. What were your favourite books growing up?

– girlinthenerdshop


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My #Fandom5 Halloween Entertainment

IMG_4867Hello folks, today begins a new feature that I’m trying out. A blog linkup hosted by The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick. The original posts are here and here. So go check those out so you can catch up on what is going on… I’ll wait.

This week the theme is Halloween movies, but I’ve never been a massive fan of scary films. So I’m mixing the list up, and adding a mixture of Halloween-y entertainment for you to enjoy. Also, I’m not so good at the being scared thing, so… there’s not much spooky stuff in there!

by Looney Labs

by Looney Labs

  1. Zombie Fluxx – This is a quick little game that is the perfect way to start off a night of spooky fun.cod
  2. Card of the Dead – another quick and easy little game, good for a filler.nbc
  3. Nightmare Before Christmas – this is about as scary a movie as I can cope with, so it’s a must for me in October.dow
  4. Dead of Winter – this is a long game, more about survival than the horror of the zombies… but there could be a traitor in your ranks who is only out to help themselves. Trying to survive the middle of an icy winter with zombies all around is pretty damn tricky.gyb
  5. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – this was my bookclub pick for this month, and it’s a perfect way to round of a list of not too scary Halloween fun.

That’s all for this week, go check out the other bloggers in this collab using the hashtag #fandom5.

Here’s a list of some of the other bloggers that took part, go check those ones out!

– girlinthenerdshop

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My #Fandom5 Fancy Dress Edition

IMG_4867Hello folks, today begins a new feature that I’m trying out. A blog linkup hosted by The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick. The original posts are here and here. So go check those out so you can catch up on what is going on… I’ll wait.

Today’s topic is Characters I’d Love to Dress Up As For Halloween. Well… I’m not much of a Halloween dress-upper, but I do have some characters I would .love to dress up as if I had the nerve.

1. Ariel – I have a lot of love for The Little Mermaid, so it goes without saying that she is my first pick…


2. Tinkerbell – look at her, she’s all small and sassy and she wears green. What more could a girl want!



3. Poison Ivy – Green is the theme here. I love Poison Ivy as a character, but I’m not sure I’d ever be brave enough to dress in such a tiny costume. We can dream though! ivy

4. Korra – Anyone sensing a theme yet? Though so, well, at least this lady isn’t green.


5. The Tardis – This one could go either way, you can either dress in a giant cardboard box, or make the dress that just LOOKS like a tardis… either way, classy.


That’s all for this week folks, tune in next week for My Favourite Halloweeny Things.

– girlinthenerdshop

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My #fandom5 Wardrobe Edition

IMG_4867Hello folks, today begins a new feature that I’m trying out. A blog linkup hosted by The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick. The original posts are here and here. So go check those out so you can catch up on what is going on… I’ll wait.

This weeks Fandom 5 Friday is Geeky Clothing Items I need In My Closet Right Now

I had so much fun looking for these, although now I do want to buy them all. Might be a bit of a challenge on the old bank balance, but we shall see what we can do!

1. The Dingle Hopper Tank from Adorkable Apparel

My Name is Dinglehopper

My Name is Dinglehopper

This top is so cute, and I have a serious love for the little mermaid, so I needs it in my life. I bought the Mermaid Shells jumper from these guys, and it is pretty as all hell.

2. Mermaid Leggings by Black Milk

mermaid-leggings-1369789365_1024x1024You will soon begin to notice a pattern I know, I have a lot of love for fairy tales and Disney in particular. So I obviously need these. They go with practically anything!

3. Alice Mugshot Tank by Geeklachic



Yes, more Disney I know. I only really want to add things to my wardrobe that I would actually wear, and tank tops are super versetile… and this one is a little bit different!

4. Always Tank by PerksofBeingAWeasley on Etsy



Harry Pottert time! I love the simplicity of this vest, and that moment in the book “Always…” always brings a tear to the eye.

5. Marauders Map dress by Hot Topic

I solemnley swear I am up to no good...

I solemnley swear I am up to no good…

Just look at it. If only it was still available, I would have that right now. I would put it on and never take it off!

That’s all from this weeks Top 5 Friday… tune in next time for the Fancy Dress Edition

– girlinthenerdshop

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My #Fandom5 Gateway Fandoms

IMG_4867Hello folks, today begins a new feature that I’m trying out. A blog linkup hosted by The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick. The original posts are here and here. So go check those out so you can catch up on what is going on… I’ll wait.

The topic for this week is Gateway Fandoms That Make Me Who I Am Today. Having only really submitted to my geekiness recently, it took me a long time to think of fandoms that make me, well me… So I chose things that I was obsessed with a various times in my life. Like a little history lesson for you!

  1. Harry Potter – This is a pretty obvious starting point for me. I devoured these books when I was younger. Oddly I started with the third book, and that will always be my favourite one.
  2. Lost – This is my obsession from 6th form… I remember borrowing the first season from my friend, and watching the whole lot in a week with my brother. We were hooked.
  3. Prison Break – This is from my university days, I remember sitting in my room in that cold student house, with a hot drink watching this on my laptop. Even though it felt ridiculous how many contingency plans were worked into that tatoo, it was still my little escape.
  4. Veronica Mars- This obsession occurred I finished university and moved into my first flat with Alex. He bought me the entire show after a conversation about it. So good. This one will always be close to my heart. As soon as I heard about the Kickstarter for the movie I jumped on that! Even though the movie didn’t come to any cinemas near me I was still super excited that this movie got made, and it was all driven by the fans. I recently ordered the first book too… exciting times ahead!
  5. Community – This is my most recent love. I have caught up with the show in about a month… and everytime we come to the end of a season I feel sad that I am getting so much closer to the end. It’s only a matter of time for any show… but I feel this one showcases a really cool range of characters… Ones I never want to stop watching.

So, that’s all for this week folks. Tune in next time for more Top 5 excitement, wardrobe edition.

– girlinthenerdshop

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Roof Adventures

Here we have a selection of pictures charting the progress of the Great Lanceley Towers Re-Roof.

Going into week 3 now, and the back of the roof is completed, and the front is now completely felted ready for the slates to go on over the rest of the week. The slates that came off the roof were in really bad condition, if you so much as looked at them then they crumbled. So… at least all new slate means we’ll be really well protected from the weather in the Winter.

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