Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Does eBay work for you??

Late last year I decided to give online selling a go. I have an electric guitar that I am desperately wanting to get rid of and thought the best way to sell my little beauty would be to list it on the very popular online market - eBay of course!

Unfortunately after about FIVE re-lists and numerous price reductions I still couldn't sell my darn guitar!
And you're all probably thinking, "whatever... it's probably an old dusty piece of crap that no-body would have wanted anyway" but you would be wrong by saying this!!

My little electric guitar is in fact in great condition, with 1 x teeny tiny scratch on the front! Mint condition otherwise, I kid you not!

I tried everything to make the item look more appealing, I was willing to throw in everything I owned that was related to the guitar (e.g. an extra pack of strings, a case, a stand, a tuner, some picks etc etc) and still not one bite.

I'm beginning to wonder if eBay works at all? I mean, it must do! I've bought many things off eBay before and if it didn't work for anybody (not just me) I'm sure the site would have shut down by now. I know one thing for sure...

It isn't working for me!!!! :(

Does eBay work for you? Have you ever sold anything on eBay before? If so, how did you find the selling process? Was it difficult? Did you need to re-list a bunch of times and reduce your asking prices??

Or are there other online ways to sell items? I posted on my Facebook several times to entice local people and friends to bid or buy on my listed guitar but still I had no luck.

Fill me in on your experiences folks! I'm keen to learn and even give this whole eBay selling thing another crack!

Any tips or info would be appreciated!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Once was a wise girl...

This week I am grateful for painkillers!

Yesterday I travelled with my mum to a city called Orange to have surgery. I'm no longer "wise" people! I had 4 wisdom teeth removed and am sooo thankful that I have trusty painkillers and a good old "Jaw ice-pack" to help me get through (thanks Jen for lending it to me - you are a champ!!)

So today (and probably for the next few days) I'll be lying around feeling my puffy cheeks, eating mushy foods (I've worked out that mash potato and gravy is a good, easy mush to swallow with out chewing lol) and sucking back on these good painkillers ever 2 hours!

What are you grateful for this week?
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Happy weekend people!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Its been waaay too long!

For those of you that have been following my blog for a little while now you may remember that in 2010 I quickly became addicted to crochet and knitting. Well, after a very looooong break from the needles (and hook) I have finally  picked up a project that has been patiently waiting for me to show it some tender love and attention!

Knitting - I'm back!!!! (lol)

Knitting... I'm back!!

This little number is the soon to be finished (hopefully) "Wurm Cowl", and you may remember me posting about it way back here.

Here's hoping I can get my crafty mojo back! I am hoping to get this little cowl finished and I want to tackle an easy pattern for a knitted blanket. I have an old couch of Mum and Dad's that I'll be using at my new flat for uni so I want to knit a gorgeous throw blanket for it.

If you know any good patterns or have seen some on Ravelry comment below, I'd love to hear about them so I can soon get a wriggle on with it!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Living on a budget...

The phrase "saving money" has never been something I have ever taken so seriously before in my life until now. It's true that when you are a kid you don't really take spending money as seriously as we do when we are grown ups.

I have been so extremely fortunate in my life so far that my parents have supported me through almost everything that life has thrown at me, and most times they have always been there to offer financial support or backing if I needed it.

Now more than ever I am starting to FREAK out about my finances. Today I officially got enrolled in my Graphic Design uni course (YAY) after multiple conversations with my uni since October trying to get enrolled properly. I have rented myself a cute (and very tiny flat in Wagga Wagga) so I can live and go to uni and now that things are starting to unfold and the beginning of semester one is looming I am really having to think very hard about my finances and how I am going to go about saving (and making) money while I am at uni.

"Save your pennies" is going to be my new mantra.

I'm not going to lie though, I do have a bit of a shopping problem!

PLUS, ever since I got back from my trip of a lifetime to Europe last year I have not thought about anything else than to travel again. I'm already looking up flight prices back to London at the end of this year providing my finances can help me get there!!

I decided the best way to learn about living on a budget is to Google it, right?! (Where in the heck would I be without Google?! Seriously people! lol).

Here are a few things that I learnt during my Google research:

1. Saving money is one of the hardest things that any one person will have to do in their lifetime. (No sh*t Internet!) - Savings Guide.com.au

2. Some good tips for saving money, from here: Cook at home often, brown bag lunch at least a few times a week (as in, make your own lunch in stead of buying it), instead of buying books borrow them from a library, ride a bike or try to carpool as much as possible and plan vacations ahead of time.

3. I found a really handy "Budget Planner" online from a Government website! Its actually pretty handy once you add in all of your own expenses and things. I've still gotta work it all out but it looks pretty handy to me!
Check it out here.

4. Also on this same website there is a link to a "Savings Goal" calculator which helps you work out how long it will take to reach a certain goal (i.e another expensive overseas trip!)

How do you save money? Or what are your handy tips to living on a budget?
Fill me in on any secrets you may have in a comment below!!!


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A letter to my younger self...

Isn't hind sight the most amazing thing? The most amazing, annoying thing!

I've been thinking lately, and I often wonder what I would have done differently in life had I known all of the things that I know now that I am 23 years old. I often think, "Damn, I wish I had known that before" or "If only I had thought of that before I did this!" Yep, hindsight is a beautiful thing.

I've learnt a few things in my life so far, and if I had the chance to go back as something  like the "Ghost of Christmas Spirit" (lol) to my childhood and explain a few things to a younger version of myself I wonder how differently I would have handled life.

If I could go back, here are few things I would say...

Dear Ellie,
Sometimes life gets really tough. There are bad days and sometimes there are even worse days, but having good friends and family around will always, always  make it easier.  And even though as a kid you might think that a bully at school who is teasing you about having braces or a funny haircut seems like the worst thing in the world, just know that it isn't. Most of the time, if the bully is a boy, he is only teasing you because he either likes you, or he is just jealous at how amazing you are!

When you find yourself wishing that your school days were over, stop! School is the one place where you can make amazing friends, spend time with them all day, learn together, laugh together, play together (with little responsibility) and go home at 3.30pm. No real job lets you do these things!

Never count the days away. Once you hit your "adult years" time goes so fast you might not even remember what day of the week it is because everything flies by so fast!

When you find a good friend, hold onto them! Like good jeans or good shoes! They are hard to find and keeping them close will only help you out in life when you have those "tough" days.

Always wear sunblock! Especially you, Ellie. You have the most pale skin, even if your friends don't wear sunblock, wear it!!!! A bad sunburn is the worst thing!

Don't worry too much about money, but don't over spend on pointless knick knack-y crap or funny trends that might go out of fashion after one season. You'll find that one day you will just end up throwing away a heap of junk that once upon a time you thought was pretty and ended up being utterly useless, then you are just throwing away good money.

Try not to pay attention to what people think about you and your choices. Your family and friends mightn't always agree with your decisions, if you don't agree with them its OK. Value their opinions, they are only trying to help.

Fall in love when you can. Be honest, kind and stay true to yourself no matter how hard the person you are with may try to change you. If something doesn't feel right in your relationship, it usually isn't. Stick with your gut instinct. Don't bend over backwards to please this person, a relationship is a two way street and things should be equal.

Break-ups hurt. Good friends and family will help you get through it. As much as you don't want to hear it, it really is true that only time will make you feel better. Travel also helps!! Just remember that no matter how bad you feel, don't blame yourself! You didn't break, the relationship did. Don't let anybody make you feel bad for that!

Don't be afraid to dream big. Don't let anybody make you feel bad for being a "dreamer" or don't feel silly if people tell you that you are off with the fairies! Your imagination is a great thing! Enjoy it, use it and dream about as much stuff as you want! No dream is too small! If you think you can do it, you can!!

Lastly, enjoy life! Have fun! Don't stress so much. Things really aren't as bad as they seem. Find someone, (or several people) who make you feel good about yourself, and who genuinely enjoy your company and all that you have to offer as a person. Don't take yourself too seriously, find a job that you enjoy and enjoy doing it! Study hard, laugh lots and make the most of your "free" time - it doesn't come around all that often!

(Photo credit to my Aunty Barb - she took this pic when my sisters and I stayed with her in Sydney years ago! I'm the one on the right at the back!)

If you could write a letter to your younger self what would you say? I think I could go on and on forever!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

This week I'm grateful for...

This week I am grateful for

I have totally taken sleep for granted this week. After a few too many late nights (in a row) and I'm starting to feel my age (I'm newly 23! OMG! lol).

I will never ever again think that I wont run out of "beans" after too many nights of little sleep. I am currently sitting at my work desk (on a Saturday.... I know, working on a Saturday is lame!!)  and I'm dreaming of chugging a couple of Redbull's and plodding my way through the big day that I have planned thinking that I will forever be grateful for sleep!

A sleep in tomorrow sounds FABULOUS!!!!


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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Happy New Year - I've been so slack, Sorry!!

Happy New Year Bloggy Friends!! I have been soooo slack over the last 11 days of the new year!

I have been vacay-ing in Sunny QLD for about 10 days and didn't take my laptop and apparently my IPhone doesn't like me to blog on it (I wish I could figure this out because this would make Blogging on the run so much easier!! If you know how drop me a comment pleaaase!)

Sunny coast!!

brinnie and kah

* My beautiful cousins Brinley and Kahlie (growing up way too fast!) *

Anyhow, the start of my year went very well. I spent the last 10 days lapping up the gorgeous weather on the Sunshine Coast at a gorgeous place called Mooloolaba. My whole family went as well as my Aunt, Uncle and their three kids and even my Nan (Mum's Mum) came along for the trip!!

beach time

* Beach time - Catching some sun rays! *

We were so blessed with good weather and perfect beach time, we couldn't have asked for a nicer time. Now I am back to work (currently at my desk.... straight back into reality for me!)

me and jack nye 2012

* Me and my little cousin Jack on New Years Eve bringing in 2012! *

I have so many exciting things planned for this year and so far the first few months of my year are filling up SO fast already!

For starters, its my birthday tomorrow!! I can't believe that it has been a whole year since my last birthday! I can remember writing this post on last years birthday and it feels like yesterday in a way. Boy have things changed since this day and I am happy to say that they have. I have come such a long way since this time and feel that I have grown into the best version of myself (maybe I could work on a few more things but I am definitely a very happy girl with everything in my life at the moment!!)

I'm hoping to kick my Blogging up a notch this year. I am heading back to uni this year and am going to be relocating to Wagga Wagga to study... BIG changes to my everyday life folks, but I am staying positive and excited about all of them!

More news to come about uni as it gets closer (late February!)

new hair do

* I got a new hair do on the coast!! Thanks "Elenbi Designs" *

I hope your new year has kicked off in an excellent fashion wherever you are!