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I am a very different person than I was when I first made this blog, and after some careful consideration, I have decided to change the type of content I am creating. When I first began writing these posts, I was mostly looking for something to fill the time. I wanted a distraction from my unhappiness and the nothingness that seemed to surround my life, but now my life is more.

I have recently finished my therapy programme and am feeling much happier with myself and how I see my life going in the future. I’m also taking new medication that I strongly believe is making a difference in my general mood. As of last month, I was able to re-enter the working world. I am currently a part-time morning cleaner and I couldn’t be happier with my job. The hours and pay are brilliant and the people I work with are some of the most welcoming and lovely people I’ve met. They’ve already helped me come a long way in such a short amount of time.

But enough of my personal dribble.

The future for this blog is going to be based around things I truly care about, and want to explore more. Most of the posts I had made were just for the sake of actually writing something here instead of a genuine interest in what I was doing, and for that I’m sorry. The content is lacking and stale because I allowed it to be. So, what will I be writing and when will you be seeing it?

I am taking a short hiatus from now until January 1st when I will return with the first post in my new series, Horror in History. This series will detail some of the most horrific people and events that have taken place in the world. With this series, I will also be introducing a handful of other projects including Mythos, The Written Word, Stitchcraft, and Rot Your Brain. As for the posts that won’t fit into these categories, I will be creating a home for them in Passion Posts, where every other thought I may feel like sharing with you will be left.

I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to read my blog posts, and especially those who have found something enjoyable in them despite my lack of effort. I promise you will be seeing more from me than what you have, and hopefully, you’ll enjoy entering this new phase of my life and my blog.

I’ll see you on January 1st.

Kimana x

How to Buy the Best Christmas Presents

I may not have many talents, but when it comes to buying presents, I’m pretty darn good.

Every year I try my best to find gifts that my family members will love, and every year I have to watch as my family goes running around trying to figure out what to get one another. I help out whenever I can, but I decided that the simpliest thing to do would be to share my methods of shopping for other people.

Admittedly, I don’t think my ideas are that otherworldly, but apparently, it isn’t as obvious for everyone.

  1. Listen

    The easiest way of finding out what other people may want is to listen to what makes them happy. Have they been talking about a certain TV show nonstop? Is there a hobby that helps them relax? Whatever it is they talk about, there is a chance that you’ll be able to buy something associated with it.

  2. Ask

    Now there are two sides to this one. If your giftee isn’t that big on surprises, then you could simply ask and have them tell you what they want. If they still want the element of surprise in their gift, then have them make a list of various things they may want. Then you can buy one or two items without them knowing what you’re buying.

  3. Be cliche

    Bath sets. Candles. Socks and pyjamas. They are everywhere during Christmas, and do you know why? It’s because there isn’t a single person in the world who would be upset if they got one of these gifts. It may not be the most exciting gift they’ll open on the big day, but when they realise they’ve forgotten to buy some body wash they’ll be very grateful.

  4. Take a risk

    Buy something they would never expect to be given, or would never expect you to buy them. If you’ve walked past something in the shop window and it makes you think of a certain someone, then maybe you’re meant to get it for them. If you’re really nervous, then let them know it may be unconventional before they open it. If they’re worth buying a gift for, then I’m sure they’ll be thankful of your effort.

As I said, none of these pointers are especially revolutionary, but every time I’m in a pinch gift wise, they help me to find the right choice. Have you started buying presents for anyone in your life yet? Let me know in a comment below or tweet me at @kimanamccallum.

Craft Creations: Silk & Foam Clay Ugly Monster

Firstly, I’d like to apologise for my on and off silence over the last few weeks. At first, I was just trying to stock up on ideas, but then I started a new job. I’m currently working as a morning cleaner and I’m having a lot of fun there. Not only am I getting along with my co-workers, but I’m taking a big step forward with my anxiety issues. The downside is that I’ve been a bit more tired lately, so I haven’t been able to do as much as before.

For my first (hopefully of many) post back, we’re starting with another Craft Creation. Now sadly, this item is no longer for sale at Hobbycraft, but you can buy it on Amazon. There is only a set amount available for purchase, so be quick and grab them while you can!

My experience with clay consists of rolling ‘sausages’ out of Play-Doh when I was in primary school, so I was nervous about starting this project. Admittedly, the instructions were nothing more than lackluster. Aside from pictures of the steps, there was no explanation.

The clay was interesting to use. I’d often seen people complaning about the smell and the sticky texture, but I didn’t find it so offensive. If anything, I think it added to the fun of the experience.

In the set, you had a couple of polystyrene balls to help you mould the main body and a plastic tool to help break up the clay and shape it. While I was intimidated by the thought of somehow getting it wrong, when I started I really enjoyed the imaginative freedom.

As you can see from the picture above, my monster wasn’t completely symmetrical and some of the pieces were wider than they probably should have been, but I was still really proud of my results. I think my little monster is quite sweet and still makes me smile when I see it.

As intimidating as it was to start, I’m glad that I did. Is there something you’ve been dying to try, but have been too worried to start? Share it in a comment below or tweet me at @kimanamccallum.

Making Cards for The Rainbow Cards Project (LGBTQ+ Charity)

Over the last couple of years, I’ve been determined to try different arts and crafts activities. While looking for another project to start, I stumbled across a video by Jessica Kellgren-Fozard (here) in which she and her wife made cards for a wonderful charity.

The Rainbow Cards Project is a non-profit organisation determined to fight against prejudice and hate with a simple act of everyday kindness. Members of the LGBTQ+ community are pushed away by family and friends who simply don’t understand all around the world every day and as an accepted bisexual woman, I can’t imagine what a struggle that is. A lot of the time, it’s the littlest things that people miss the most; a hug after a long day, a smile first thing in the morning, a Christmas or birthday card with a message of love. With The Rainbow Cards Project you can send some of that happiness to a person in need.

This year, they were accepting cards for the holidays while next year they’ll be accepting birthday cards.

For more information about The Rainbow Cards Project you can visit their website and get involved in anyway you may choose: https://www.therainbowcardsproject.org/

As this was my first time making a Christmas card, it was a little difficult for me to get my head around it. After a couple of (terrible) attempts, I finally created the cards pictured above with some cheerful fabric, matching washi tape, and a Christmas themed stamped kit.

I brought most of my supplies from Amazon, but picked a few more specific items from Hobbycraft. Because I am a creature of habit, if nothing else.

First, I added the washi tape border and then glued the fabric in the centre of the card after cutting it into a heart shape. I had originally planned to include a heart shaped Pride sticker, but I decided against it as I thought it wouldn’t look right. Finally, I placed a “Merry Christmas” stamp above the heart.

For those wondering, the charity doesn’t only send Christmas specific cards, but have stated on their website that many of their recipients celebrate Christmas. The charity checks all cards before choosing who will receive what.

I spent a lot of time wondering what I was going to write. I didn’t want to sound stupid or embarrassing, but eventually I decided to write a simple message wishing them happiness and laughter.

Are you now, or have you ever been, involved in any charities during the holiday season? Share your stories in the comment section below or tweet me at @kimanamccallum.

You’ve Got Mail! Abominable Book Club Unboxing (November Spoilers)

Another month, another subscription box.

In this Abominable Book Club box the main item was Lois Murphy’s Soon. This novel is about a town suddenly overcome by a strange mist with something sinister hidden inside. The townspeople are forced to stay away from the darkness, including Pete who, after saving a woman’s life, discovers that he must leave town or else he’ll die…soon.

This sounds like a really interesting story that could go in a lot of directions. I cannot wait to see what happens in the book and whether Pete will survive the danger in the dark.

My secondhand book was another Stephen King novel. Honestly, I was worried it would take me years to collect all of the King novels that I want to read, but I think if I give it a few months I’ll have them all.

This time I got Dreamcatcher. Set in Derry, Maine (like so many of King’s books), a group of boys befriend a bullied disabled boy who begins to share his unique powers with them.

Admittedly, this is one of the books that wasn’t high on my priority list, but I’m glad to have it as a part of my collection.

Our treat for this month was another bar of Wickedly Welsh Chocolate Company’s chocolate. This month it was honeycomb and orange. Long story short, it was delicious and didn’t last a day.

This was another great box and I’m already looking forward to the next one.

A Lush Novice Attempts to Bath Bomb: Halloween Special! Bewitched Bubble Bar Review


A few weeks ago, I was brave and actually went inside a Lush store with my older sister. We were promptly greeted by a lovely sales assistant who complimented my sister’s Harley Quinn bag (which I brought for her birthday a couple of years ago) and showed us a couple of their special Autumn/Halloween products.

As two spooky gals, my sister and I immediately fell in love with everything and had to hold one another back from buying out the store. To be honest, I was a little sad that I couldn’t get another product because it just wasn’t in my price range, but I was lucky enough to pick up the bubble bar pictured above.

Bewitched is a cat shaped bubble bar which you crumble under the water. It will then transform your bath into a beautiful, bubbly, pitch black dream. It was really great seeing as the black overtook the clear water, moving through it in a gradient from clear to grey to black.

I had never used a product with bergamont before, but when I first took a sniff in the shop, I thought it was amazing. Usually I’m not a big fan of very rich scents, but this one was lovely. It mixed together with the blackberry scent wonderfully and I found myself feeling relaxed and happy as I quietly enjoyed my bath and listened to The Vampire Lestat on audiobook.

This is my favourite Lush product I’ve ever brought and I definitely plan to purchase it again next year. If you’re interested in getting this bubble bar, it is still available online (definitely) and in stores (possibly) for £5.50 per bar.

Now, fly! Fly my pretties and purchase this bubble bar of spooky happiness. Or, you know, buy it online.

I’d like to end this post by thanking everyone who has taken the time to read my reviews. I appreciate every one of you and cannot begin to explain how much it means to me. Hopefully I’ll be posting something of interest for you again soon x

You’ve Got Mail! Abominable Book Club Unboxing (October Spoilers)

Today we’re looking at another book subscription unboxing with the October Abominable Book Club.

The main item for this month was Jac Jemc’s The Grip of It. This book follows Julie and James as they move into a new home after struggles with James’ gambling addiction, but their new home isn’t what it seems. As the already claustopobic structure changes before their very lives, Julie becomes victim of the house’s cruel intentions.

This book seems like a really interesting psychological horror that I’m looking forward to reading when I get the chance. A lot of the horror books I’ve gotten lately have been supernatural in some way or another, so I’m happy for the diversity.

My secondhand book for this was Cujo by Stephen King. I am really, really looking forward to reading this book. For those who don’t know, Cujo is a story about a Saint Bernard that follows a rabbit into what was a rabbit warren, but is now home to rabid bats. Cujo becomes sick – very sick – and the trusted canine companion becomes an unknown monster.

This month we got a copy of The Ghastly, a Welsh magazine based on Penny Dreadfuls. This months issue is based around The Ghastly Freak Show and contains stories of strange and wonderful characters. The illustrations and details in the magazine are what really stand out to me on first glance and I’m hoping the stories hold up to the high standards set by the images.

This month our treat was Welsh Shortbread with dark chocolate chips made by Aberffraw Biscuit Co. They were delicious and only two of them have survived thus far. And trust me, they won’t be here for long.

Another amazing box from Abominable Book Club and I cannot wait for the next box.