it’s not goodbye

Hello friends, I’m sorry I’ve been away for so long. With life being so hectic I haven’t had time for much of anything and my blog has been taking the brunt of it (as well as my constant lack of sleep!). Things have changed so much for me in the last eight months, living out of home and having a full time job has meant having to put a lot of things I used to do and take for granted on the back burner (my diy tutorials and regular crafting being the main downfall) which was what this blog was mainly about, crafting and sharing my tutorials with my readers. It’s just not something I’ve had time for since. I think my last posted tutorial was last January and I’m pretty sure I was only able for that because of the Christmas break.

Because of this and a few other reasons (using up my photo upload limit being one of them) I feel it’s time to make a change. I’m sad to say that I won’t be posting here any more, I’ve made the switch over to blogspot where I will continue sharing my life, adventures (finally will be able to blog about my travelling in South Africa and Mozambique!) and usual ramblings there, maybe even the odd crafty post as well. As my title suggests it’s not goodbye, it’s just a ‘see you in a while’ kind of break. I will be keeping MFH online as my tutorials still receive the most traffic out of any of my posts and new tutorials will still be posted here, should I have the time.

Making this decision was and still is, hard. I’ve kept MFH running for four long years, documenting my life since I was in school, through college, my relationship with Shane, travelling and now during my adult life. It’s been an addiction, a place to rant about things that piss me off, share things I love and find inspiring, talk about my life…mainly share any thought or feeling I had for the online world to read. A diary if you will. So taking this step and leaving wordpress is really,really hard!*

I want to thank every person who has over the years read my blog, followed me, commented or praised me on my tutorials. I’m not the most famous of bloggers by any means but the support and things that have come from having this blog has been monumental for me. For that, I thank you from the very bottom of my heart. Please come and visit me at The Little Snippet? Love always, sylvieepops. XO

From now on, find me here – 

*my mums positive I’ll change back to wordpress as blogspot is supposed to be difficult to use…who knows!

Ramblings of a sarcastic nature

instagramwarning; grump alert!
You know those mornings when you just woken up but you can’t physically drag your overly-tired ass out of bed for all that is Holy? Yeah today morning was one of those mornings. I could not find the will in me to leave my bed, let alone the house for work. I took too long waking my dead-to-the-world body up, leaving little to no time to find something to wear that I was actually comfortable in. Which resulted in missing my train and inevitably the only chance I had at getting to work on time. In amongst all of this extremely stressful and difficult decision making between my will to work and my will to sleep I realised just how utterly shit I actually felt. Pms was the deal breaker there. Better to be a whiny grumpy bitch at here than at work! I ended up staying put and working from home but at the same time putting up with my agonizing lower half battlin’ it out with what feels like WW3 going down in there.  Nurofen can suck it. Tmi? Sorry, for what feels like forever now (and is in fact 10 days and counting) I’ve been waging a war not only with the general shittyness of being a female but far worse, with my constant troubled molars. Toothache from hell AND pms as the cherry on top? Why me like! My next dentist appointment couldn’t come sooner.
This week has been more than fabulous for my mood as you could quite imagine! Probably too cranky of a post for MFH but oh well. Maybe you got a giggle. xo

Life lately

I’ve been finding myself falling back onto old things, habits and memories lately. I guess that sorta happens from time to time. I’ve been revisiting old bands and compiling playlists for when it’s quiet at work. Alkaline Trio have made their way back into my life and I truly missed them. My style is slowly falling back to the safe layers of sheer blacks and grey jumpers, leather jackets and boots to work. It’s just easier to layer up and be comfortable at work really.
Life is as usual, busy and for the most part boring. I’ve adopted to going out a lot after work for beers and chill out time with work friends. One of our friends recently left the company so Friday was a really fun night of pool, bowling, many many shots and lots of dancing at the very funky Bodega nightclub in cork to celebrate his time with us and my birthday after midnight. It was such a fun night!
Turning twenty-four is horrible. I miss saying twenty-three. Maybe I’ll pretend I still am for a while. Young at heart and all! I hope to get more on top of blogging, I’ve been too useless at updating and things that should have been put up are sitting around in folders.. I’ve even been asked on a few occasions about my 365 project when I’m out and about, which is so awesome and lovely but it makes me realise how little I update this thing! That must change. I am still yet to update about my last trip to the Uk and recent big plans that have taken place..Life needs to stop being so busy! XO

bullet points

IMG_3889Oh wow, we’re past our first quarter of the way through 2013! I haven’t felt like time is flying past like I usually do but I put this down to being super busy all the time and squeezing in my daily life with my work schedule makes me feel like the days are never ending. Which is a good thing really.

At the beginning of the year I made a hell of a lot of resolutions, some big goals that take time to carry out and some small goals I can tick off easily as I go along, most of my small goals are actually only jotted down in my notebook, too silly for MFH! I’ve since gone through some, had a rethink about others and ticked off a bunch too! As a frequent list keeper I’m forever adding and taking from the goals I set myself, forever adding more and continuously keeping myself aiming for higher things. No wonder I’m always busy!

I’ve come to a conclusion that some of my resolutions are a bit vague or too basic, like being positive should be an all time thing. by having it on the list it’s not really a goal but more of a reminder to stay happy, positive and thankful for lots of things in my life. Which I am!IMG_3901

  • I completed a week long detox at the beginning of March, originally I aimed for 2 weeks like I had previously done at the end of last year but I wasn’t properly prepared for the detox I had previously done so instead did a week of juicing, soups and broths. End result had me feeling fuller for longer, trim and that super healthy feeling that I love. Definitely doing it again for those benefits.
  • I’ve purchased The Master TEFL Course and will be starting this in a few days, so excited to start and work towards getting my cert! Working abroad teaching English has been in my brain for a couple of years now. It’s also something that I think will make  travelling a lot easier with this qualification on my back, should I need any extra cash or like a place long enough to live/work there.
  • I’ve been travelling back and forth to the UK a lot this year, twice in two months! Which is rare for me, working full time means I’m able to regularly see my loved ones back home. Next visit will be this May! The next adventures after that are Spain and Hungary.
  • I’ve taken up sending letters across the globe once more, sending snail mail is a favourite past time. I used to regularly snail for about 6-7 years to my best friend in England. I miss writing physical letters to friends and family, taking the time to write is a a little bit of calm for my soul and I love sending trinkets and cute things to friends.
  • Shane and I took our first holiday ‘abroad’ together last January, visiting London and all the sights. And ultimately, the big one.. my family over there! The first of many little trips away together we hope!
  • I’ve given up sugar and those god awful sweeteners completely. Tea is bloody yummy without it. Coffee is now a treat to myself every once in a while if I’m passing coffee shops on the way to work! I like it this way.
  • Mushrooms are making a little appearance in my diet more, to the point where I even like how they taste! I still haven’t tried mushroom soup but I’m keen!
  • My happy list is something I regularly revise for sweet little reminders when Adult Life is getting too hectic. I’m yet to share it on MFH but I’m pretty sure it will be laugh-able, some of the things that make me genuinely happy are so ridiculous.. i.e,  blueberries or bullet points make me happy…(i know..weirdo!)
  • Ultimately, the big goal. Travelling the globe. Now I’ve been made permanent in my job (hurray!) this means I can really crack down on saving more and more. I’m good with saving but it was hard before when I wasn’t in a full time job. Now that’s happened, I can really see an awesome future ahead of me.

It’s been a bit of a roller ride learning to deal with my work life vs home life and finding time to squeeze in all those extra little things I used to do regularly, like draw or spend all day at my sewing machine. It used to really bother me, I felt like I was loosing myself with this new life that had sprung up on me but hey, that’s being an adult I suppose. I can still do these things, I just have to make time for it in-between the thousand and one things I do every week! Rome wasn’t built in a day and all.. I’ll get there! XO

An afternoon for Archery..

IMG_3828If I was a bit more organized with blogging about my travels to South Africa last year then you all would have known I love a bit of archery now and again, and even have a pretty good shot (sometimes!) So it’s no surprise how excited I was to finally have a go off Shane’s new bow, he’s had it a while now but because our work schedules are so hectic it was only the other week that we both had time to go over to the farm and shoot some arrows! It was cold on our fingers but so much fun. Being a competitive pair meant we were striving to out shoot one another’s targets which went on till the sun went down! It’s made me want my own bow and arrow set JUST LIKE HIS (cause he’s always joking that I copy him!)

IMG_3837Little victory dance at finally hitting the target! The target was made from a pizza box (bfs parents own a pizza shop..i know i know, jealous much?) propped up from a hay bag and a stick to hold it up. A bit lame but we’ve already discussed how awesome it would be to create our own zombies out of chicken wire and papier mache, walking dead eat your heart out! Which is totally something we’re thinking of doing in this coming Summer. For now, this works!

IMG_3841IMG_3847See that target? Yeah they were all my arrows baby! It was cold and tough on my fingers but damn worth it. It’s just too much fun! Shane’s mum even had a go when she popped over for fire wood. I’m sounding very country now aren’t I? I’m really keen to get back out to the Farm and have another whack at it with Shane, as it’s something he does far more often than I do and I don’t want to be slacking on my obvious hidden talents.. ;)

IMG_3864It’s still way too cold to go out without being all snuggle-buggled, many many layers are needed for an afternoon of archery! After we were done being awesome (ha!) we got our cosy on with massive mugs of tea and an episode or two of The Walking Dead. Perfect end to the afternoon xo

Easter Break

Easter break means I’m home for the long weekend! It’s been glorious having nothing too important to do. Sleeping in till’ 10am instead of my usual 7am starts was such a treat this morning. I’ve actually had time to relax, make a really good lunch for myself and get a few odd bits and bobs done, in-between catching up with mumma and what’s been going on at the Homestead. Simple things that I just don’t get time for any more are being well and truly exploited this weekend that’s for sure! I won’t lie, I’ve been in mums onesie since I got in last night and I don’t plan to ever leave it..

So what’s on my to-do list this weekend? Bread making, gore-fest movie watching, crochet projects, Summer planning with Katie and lots of silliness with the siblings. And ofcourse, all the chocolate eating my sensitive teeth will endure! Hope you have a lovely Easer weekend! XO

wbe award?

1Okay so it’s official, i am the worst blogger ever. But I’ve been horrendously busy with real life things! Stuff like planning next weeks trip to London, working up time I owe for said trip, fretting over my boyfriends upcoming birthday (for this short time of the year we are the same age!) and not knowing what to get him ,  him not helping me find suitable pressies he likes, nights out in the city with work colleagues, weekend breaks away visiting the mothership, bad bad BAD hangovers and recently dying from a yucky cold that just won’t stop. As Lyzi said in her post, I’ve been up to my eyeballs!
All of which has to be done in between my 9-6 job and sleeping. (I’m currently blogging at work, that’s how desperado it’s getting!)
And you know whats even worse about my absence? In all the things I’ve been doing my camera has ben tucked away in its little case on a shelf. Not only am I both neglecting my blog I’ve neglected my camera too! Yep, that means no photos. *gets handed the WORST BLOGGER EVER award and sits down*. Luckily I’ve been using my instagram a little. Hence why this post actually has pictures!


So I thoroughly apologise. I would like to say blogging will resume but life is just hectic at the moment. I still have to overtime to work up, I’m filming a secret project that I’ve been involved with the last few weeks finishes this friday, woo exciting! When it’s finished and I get the go ahead I can reveal what it is! I’m  also flying over to London for a week this coming Saturday & the following weekend being my boyfriends birthday means more busyness. so yeah, HECTIC! Life, just calm le fuck down for a minute?

Creature comforts

Sea life stuff (2)

Is there anything nicer than receiving a huge package in the mail? A while ago I finally got around to doing something I have been wanting to do for absolutely ages, it wasn’t until Shane and I visited Sealife in London (see blog post here!) that I realised it was about time I actually made it happen. I adopted a Sand Tiger Shark! I’m a bit of a Shark lover (a bit being an understatement..) and helping organisations and conservation projects with Sharks is a big thing for me and something I want to really pursue throughout my life. I was always a little unsure about those charities that claim to help but the money never fully goes towards the cause so when we visited Sealife I saw an adoption package offer to adopt an animal from the aquarium. The Shark I adopted is called Zippy and he was really the king of the Tank. Everyone who came to see the Shark’s were amazed by him, especially when he was feeding! He is so beautiful.

Sea life stuff (8)Pretty printed tote bag design!

Adopting a Shark means I’ve contributed to important conservation work such as Sealife’s campaigns to stop over fishing in the UK and sea pollution and helping protect other Sharks in the wild and the oceans in which they live with the Shark Trust fund. Not only do I have the satisfaction that I have helped in some way they also sent me a little adoption package which was really cute and lovely!

Sea life stuff (4)1. Cotton carrier tote bag 2. Fluffy sea star beanie toy 3. Adoption certificates, tickets and photos 4. Sea Life notebook and pencil 5. shark adoption wristband

I was really surprised with the adoption package, it came with so many sweet little things that I really wasn’t expecting. The tote bag and star fish are my favourite, I freaking love starfish! So he’s sweet and so soft. Something I’ve been meaning to get is a new tote bag, I have one that I altered from college but I wanted a sturdier one that has thicker straps to it. Now when I’m thrifting or food shopping I know this bag will be my little carrier. It’s so cute and happy! Notebooks and wristbands always make me smile.

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The fact sheet made me giggle a bit. It’s funny to think of a grizzly shark slipping a sneaky fart occasionally. The adoption information came with some really nice photo’s and a pair of complimentary tickets to revisit and see Zippy again :) They have a Shark diving encounter there which I’m a little too interested in, for 125.00 pounds it seems a little hectic. But how awesome would it be to swim with a shark you adopted!

If you want to get involved and adopt your own shark or check out the other animals up for adoption click here! Or just want to fill your brains with interesting information and explore some more of Sealife’s creatures then go here. Bye! XO