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Summer Favourites 2020

Hello and welcome back to my blog!

Eek I’m sorry I haven’t posted on here since my Spring Favourites 2020, and I pretty much vanished from Instagram for a couple of months. I didn’t mean to stop posting, I had a whole list of posts to write, crafts to try and photos to take. 

This summer has just been crazy. Initially I had planned to work on one project over the summer so I would have enough free time to blog and work on my craft projects. However a couple of weeks into the summer I was asked to work on two other projects, it was fun and I don’t regret it, but it meant suddenly I had no free time, sometimes even working past midnight to get everything finished! (If you want to see a little of what I’ve been working on check out www.ceceluna.co.uk )

Now those three projects are mostly over, I’m hoping to get back to a better work-life balance, which means I’m back! From now on I’m planning to get back to weekly posts here on my blog and I’m excited to get started on everything that was on my Super Summer to-do-list (even though it’s autumn now 😂). I have a bunch of crafts planned, including some for Halloween and Christmas. 

Anyway, without further ado, let’s get on with today’s post! 


Digital Art

A lot of my summer was spent doing digital art, from landscapes, architecture, costume designs, character design and book illustration. I feel like I’ve learnt a lot and improved my technique. One of the projects I worked on this summer involved me writing and illustrating my first book! The eBook is available to read here for free if you’d like to check it out! Recently I have also been illustrating my own quotes and iPhone wallpapers which you can find over on my Instagram.

Manfrotto Tripod

This was one of my birthday presents this year and I’m so grateful for it. I had a big birthday this year, so I was lucky enough to get a couple of extra special presents. I’ve been looking at camera tripods with a horizontal arm for a couple of years now, for photography and so I can get overhead shots of sewing and other craft projects etc. I’m so so happy with it and it can do so much more than I expected, and I’ve really enjoyed using it so far.

Tiqets Awakening Weeks

I mentioned Tiqets in my Spring 2020 Favourites, and it has been really fun exploring the world without leaving my home. My favourites were the tour of Oceanografic of Valencia, Royal Delft and Versailles. There’s still a couple of weeks left of the Tiqets Awakening Weeks and I’m excited to virtually visit the Museum of Ice Cream. All these tours are free and usually run through Zoom.

Melting Plastic

Ok so, this sounds random, but for a costume I made this summer, I created a fabric from plastic wrappers and carrier bags by fusing them together with an iron. This is a technique I have used before, but never on such a large scale and it was actually really fun, and I’m currently thinking about how I could use this again in another costume.


TV Shows

Anne With An E

Eeee hehehe ok so this summer we upgraded our Sky and added Netflix and I’m so happy I can finally watch Anne With An E! I’ve wanted to watch Anne With An E since I read Anne of Green Gables back in January. I’m really loving the series so far although it is very different to the books, and there have been some pretty big plot changes. The costumes are beautiful, and the acting is really good.

H2O Just Add Water

I rewatched season 1 back in Spring on Sky Kids, and at the start of the Summer I had a free Amazon Prime trial, so I was able to watch seasons 2 and 3. I just love this show so much! I’m pretty sure this is the first time I’ve watched the episodes in chronological order, as I used to just watch whatever episode was on when I was little, and I loved seeing how the story progressed in each episode.

The Babysitter’s Club

I saw a trailer for The Babysitter’s Club on YouTube the same week we got Netflix and I loved this series! I really liked how each episode focussed on a different character, and featured some quite serious and relatable themes. I felt the overall message was to not be afraid to be yourself, speak up but don’t forget to listen to others. This series is set in present day, but I really liked the little hints here and there to the 1980s book series it is based on. I really hope they make a second season!

Fuller House

This series is a spin-off of Full House which was a series from the 80s/90s, and features a lot of the same cast and characters. I’ve watched a couple of clips of Full House on YouTube and I really liked it, so I was excited to watch the spin-off and I’ve loved it so far. I really want to watch Full House too someday but it’s not on Netflix UK at the moment.

The Inbestigators

This is another series I’ve been loving on Netflix. It’s a series set in Australia about 4 children; Maudie, Ezra, Kyle, and Ava, who set up a detective agency called The Inbestigators. Each episode is around 30 minutes long, but is really made up of two separate episodes sandwiched together. I really like this series; the mysteries are great, and all the characters are really unique.

George Clarke’s National Trust Unlocked

I’m really interested in architecture/ history/ interior design, so I really like this type of programme. This series was really cool as it was filmed during lockdown, so you get to see a unique look at the National Trust houses and parks when there are no visitors.


Music

Taylor Swift – Folklore

A lot of my Summer was spent sitting on the living room floor, working on my digital art, and singing along to Folklore. I just love this album so much! If I had to choose my most favourite song from this album, I would have to say ‘this is me trying’.


Books

Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery

Anne of the Island is the third book of the Anne of Green Gables series, and I think this is my favourite book of the series so far. In this book Anne is off to Redmond College. Here she makes new friends, buys a house, and receives plenty of proposals! I think my favourite part of the book was when Anne and her friends moved in together, it was just so cool! (Anyone else always dreamed of moving in with their best friends?) This was also a catalyst to introduce some new characters to the story, and I think Aunt Jamesina has to be one of my favourite characters in this book.

Scarlet & Ivy Lights Under the Lake by Sophie Cleverly

In this book Scarlet and Ivy are off on a school trip, but the location isn’t quite how they imagined. Shortly after the girls arrive at the Shady Pines Hotel, bedrooms get turned upside down, belongings start to go missing, and items start appearing around the hotel from the lost village beneath Lake Seren. I really liked getting to find out more about Rose, and the ending was a big surprise to me! 

Scarlet & Ivy Curse in The Candlelight by Sophie Cleverly

I really like this series, it’s definitely one of my favourites. This book is so spooky and perfect for Autumn and Halloween. It’s a new school year, and some new students have joined Rookwood School. Ariadne is confronted with having to share a room with a bully from her old school. And then there’s Ebony, the resident school witch. Students go missing and some are falling under a “curse”, but let’s just say nothing is as it seems . . .

The Fire Stallion by Stacy Gregg

After the death of her horse, Hilly takes some time away from her real life and spends the summer in Iceland with her mother on the set of Brunhilda, an epic film based on a legend of a fearless warrior. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this book at first but by the end I was hooked. Hilly travels through fire and time to learn more about the true story of Brunhilda. This book has love interests, drama, and betrayal. One of my favourite parts of this book though was the fact that Hilly’s mum works in the costume department! As you probably already know I love costume, and my dream career is to be a costume designer, so that was a lovely surprise in this book.


I hope you enjoyed today’s post! What are some of your Summer favourites?

I’m currently aiming to continue posting weekly, on Saturdays at 4pm BST, with a mixture of craft, sewing and knitting tutorials, book reviews, baking recipes and more 

Follow my crafty adventures and for more updates on my posts check out my Instagram @lilacdaisiesdiy and @princessemily_m

Stay safe and best wishes,

Emily M x

15 thoughts on “Summer Favourites 2020”

  1. Congratulations on your ebook lovely! Had a read and I must say I’m impressed. A job well done! Your costume design sounds interesting. Sustainable also as the fabric is entirely made up of what would otherwise just be waste product. You’re very creative and have definitely spent your time well!

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    1. Aw thank you so so much! ☺️ I’ve loved writing and illustrating stories since I was really little, but it was my first time doing anything like that and I really loved it and it was really fun working with the community. I’ve also got some plastics left over from the costume so I’m currently looking at how they could be reused in another costume – at the moment I’m thinking a ~Frozen~ inspired ball gown 😊

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      1. That’s a great idea! When I was ten my grandma actually made me an Elsa costume and I was so in love with it. Cape and all! So much better than what they had at the store. I was a part of the whole process and even picked out the materials.

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  2. That melted plastic costume sounds so interesting and I LOVED Anne with an E!!….well the first series anyway as haven’t gotten to see the rest 😌😂. Was lovely to read a post from you again! Such a relaxing read ✨💕

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