January 2018 Playlist

January 2018- Lyrical Lifeline 

 Music is life. Lyrics are bae. New tracks are more life. Grime is the biggest feature. Bugzy Malone. Ozzie Gibbs. Ghetts. All the greats Here is my monthly wrap up of my January 2018 top ten plays.

Moving – Bugzy Malone

OBVS Bugzy Malone features number one. King of the North. This track gets me out of bed in the early pre dawn am and to the gym. I listen to the entire album before each day is done. My voice crush. 

“…It comes a point in life when you gotta learn to keep it moving
And what I mean about that is, you can’t look at a problem
You gotta look through a problem
You see the minute you stop, you’re dying
And the minute you understand that
Well, then you can start to live…”

Do It Big – Naughty Boy

“…Before my grave dig
And I lay to rest
I’mma do it big
Bigger than the rest…”

BISC047: New Year Same Dream – Rival

Best Nana – King Ko$a, Konshens & Shenseea

 Toast – Foreign Beggars 

Outburst 001-004 – Manga Saint Hilare

BIG chooooon. 

“…Grime gave me an in
And grime kept me outside
I don’t ask for acceptance
I only ask for forgiveness
And hope that I grow strong enough
To remain myself at all times…”

“…To anybody feels that they’re unheard
To everyone who feels that they ain’t seen
Don’t let your big heart get disheartened
Don’t ever discard your dreams
To all my overlooked outsiders
All them talented kings and queens
Don’t let the fact you were once lost
Make you scared to take the lead, believe…”

Longtime coming – Avelino

“…I saw the vision and I stayed focused
Remain focus, the main focus…”

Broccoli – DRAM

Barking – Ramz

“…Like many many many guys
Hate me and it’s, true too bad
I just stunt on you, like too bad…”

Know Yourself – Jammz 

Follow my Spotify playlist below to see the rest of the songs carrying me through January 2018. Link me up with must hears. 

Heather Boo xxx

YouTube Renovation and All About the Crochet – Vlogs 5 & 6

YouTube Renovation and All About the Crochet – Vlogs 5 & 6

Hey Tribe 

Here are the show notes for Vlogs 5 &6 on the HGDC channel.

In the ‘YouTube Renovation’ Vlog I talk you through my plans and changes to the channel for 2018.

In the ‘All About the Crochet’ Vlog I show you my Just Because grannay squares, Snap’s baby blanket and a sock pattern I have started. 

YouTube Renovation 

I blogged about the #HGDCMakersMoment Tweet Up here

All About the Crochet 

I blogged about my inspiration and planning behind my Just Because blanket here

I vlogged about the LeeLee blanket in Episode 4.

Style craft Special DK in Candyfloss

Attic 24 Granny Stripe Pattern

Snap’s Blanket 

5mm hook, chain 68. 

38 colour changes. 

Stylecraft Special DK grey/silver

Stylecraft Special DK blue

Paintbox Grey

John Lewis Double Knit Yellow 514. 

Teddy Yarns pink. 

FAB Patons Royal Blue.

Tunisian Crochet 

Tutorial by Bella Coco

Granny socks made using the Treble Stripe Socks pattern by Simone Francis.

Let me know what you think in the comments and click subscribe.

Find me on:

♡ Blog – http://hgdesignscrochet.co.uk
♡ Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/hgdesignscrochet/
♡ Twitter – https://twitter.com/hgdesignscro
♡ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/hgdesignscrochet/

Thanks for watching.

Heather Boo xxx

Editing credits 

Song:

YME: https://soundcloud.com/ymemusic/yme-tilt https://www.facebook.com/YMEmusicoffi… https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgCX…
Music from Soundcloud Music provided by RFM: https://youtu.be/lX9Z2dl23xM
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgCX…

Edited by me using the following

Title:

Unfocused circles clip https://youtu.be/R5jIoLnL_nE
Overlay green screens by Jan Tube https://youtu.be/XTCecbuNlZQ
Green screen animations for social media by Jan Tube https://youtu.be/h4bePhuHG8c
Chevron transition https://youtu.be/FLaO25OnrKw
Heart overlay https://youtu.be/1WGmKQAWKEA

 

Elevation – My One Little Word & How to pick one

Elevation – My One Little Word

Hey Tribe

My One Little Word for 2018 is

ELEVATION

What is One Little Word?

I found the concept in 2012 when I had just graduated uni, had a demoralising evening bar staff job, and having just ended a six year relationship I was left feeling completely lost with what I wanted in life. I found a pin about the Ali Edwards Blog and her One Little Word on Pinterest and had some of that life changing magic sprinkled about from then on. 

Your One Little Word is a word you set as your guiding principle throughout the year. It will be your focus, it will keep you on track, something you continually work towards, and something to reflect upon day-to-day. The word becomes a part of your life as you make your life more like the word. 

 

How to pick your One Little Word

Your One Little Word is selected based on what you want to bring into 2018. What is it that you want to breathe into existence? Is there something you want to focus on? A state you want to reach?

Your word is personal to you and unique for your year ahead. It doesn’t have to be a fancy word. It just has to work for you. 

Usually, when picking my One Little Word, it makes itself known to me. I will repeatedly hear the same word or I will repeatedly come across it online or in books. You may already have a word immediately come to mind for you. 

But don’t worry if you are pulling a mind blank. This year rather then a word presenting itself I chose one to represent the visions I hold for this year. I wrote down all of the images, thoughts and goals swirling around in my head as prompts so that I could find word to encapsulate it.

To Me: Higher self. Authenticity. Dignity. Self Love. Self respect. Being True. Levelling up. Stepping up. Glow up. Adventure. Experiences. Progression. Being myself. Eery. Vibrations. Inner guidance. Bigger. Stepping into my space. The answer is in me. Removing barriers. Overcoming. Self care Head High. Self belief. 

Elevation came to me as I mulled over the the list whilst knitting socks. I think that counts as mindful meditation! 

Grab a piece of paper and jot down all of your prompts and see if a word comes to you. Do this when you are comfortable and in a space where you all not be interrupted.

Word suggestions 

Here are some word suggestions (including some of my previous words). Scan over the list and see if anything calls out to you. 

Action. Attitude. Believe. Breathe. Build. Celebration. Change. Choice. Complete. Connection. Courage. Create. Dare. Decide. Depth. Direction. Do. Dream. Embrace. Empire. Empower.
Energy. Faith. Fierce. Flourish. Forward. Gift. Gratitude. Grind. Happy. Heal. Honesty. Journey. Organise. Ownership. Passion. Patience.  Perseverance. Possibility. Prosperity. Recovery. Relax. Rise. Shine. Simplify. Slay. Strength. Surrender. Think. Time. Trust.

You can find further suggestions on Ali Edwards website

More about My One Little Word

ELEVATION

Elevation: (noun)
1. The action or fact of raising or being raised to a higher or more important level, state or position.
Synonyms: promotion, upgrading, advancement, moving up, stepping up, next level. 

Manifesto: For me Elevation is about being my best self, An inspiration. Believing in myself. Testing my abilities. Pushing myself. Following my intuition. Inner peace. Alignment. Shedding doubt and worry, judgement and others opinions. Shining my own light. Spreading love and kindness. Stepping into my best self. Reaching New levels. 

 

I already feel and see big things manifesting. 

Has anyone else picked one word? 

Check back next week, I have a post giving you TEN ways to use your One Little Word. Subscribe to have it sent straight to your inbox. 

Heather Boo xxx

 

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My Top 5 topics I YouTube – YouTube Life

Top 5 topics I YouTube (obsessively!)

YouTube Life

YouTube is my thing.

I binge on YouTube like the cool kids binge on Netflix. I watch YouTube whilst making, cooking, editing, bathing, washing up, putting clothes away, doing my hair and sometimes even when i’m on the treadmill. I go from Mac, to iPad to iPhone depending on what else I’m doing and seriously want to get a bluetooth speaker because sometimes you need that extra bass when streaming yano.

Image credit : Pinterest

1. Makers Life:

At number 1, my most watched YouTube topic has to be craft casts. Knitting. Crochet. Sewing, DIY. I am subscribed to a bajillion crafty vloggers who I also follow on all the social media. The creative community is amazing and I am so glad I started my IG over a year ago and found them all. It lead to this blog and the start of  YouTube habit. I recently blogged about my Top 5 channels to subscribe to here  and I have newly subscribed to Carmen’s channel New Leaf.

I also follow the likes of Winiwick Mum, Knit Freedom and Bella Coco as they have tonnes of tutorials and how to’s. With the help of Knit Freedom I knitted my first pair of toe up two at a time socks and Bella Coco just taught me how to Tunisian Crochet Yo.

I did a thing! Tunisian Crochet swatch . This was so incredibly easy using scraps and YouTube (thank you @bellacococrochet). On to the next stitch! #HGDesignsCrochet #Crochet #TunisianCrochet #BiStitchual #CrochetAddict #NewSkills #IDidAThing

I’ve also joined the ranks of YouTubers with my own channel.

2. Van Life

Van life is my latest and greatest fascination. Okay, borderline obsession. I’ve always been into Grand Designs and the whole build it yourself movement, I even have the early series on DVD. A few years back I got into George Clarke’s Amazing Small Spaces, which I also have on DVD, and then I searched small spaces on YouTube and BAM. Whole new world.

I’m subscribed to no end of channels dedicated to small living. Clamping huts, Yurts, and all manner of little spaces converted into full time homes. But my real love is going on van tours. Not going to lie, I want my own Sprinter to convert and tootle of in on a big adventure and live a stealth alternative life.

My most watched channels are the Indie Projects and The Minimal Millennials.

The Van life leads nicely into minimalism and the zero waste movement which I also have a strong interest in. I decided last month that 2018 would be the year I use more of what I have, be less of a consumer and declutter life. I may also pledge to a No spend. I am all about that simpler life.

3. Gym Life

Topic number three of my most watched is FITNESS. I am all about the gym life and 2018 is the year I am going to smash goals and truly see how strong my body is. Spartan Girls is goals.

I watch a lot of videos on lifting techniques, new exercises to switch up my training sessions, calisthenics for motivation and a bit post recovery stretching is definitely creeping in more often.

Plus shout out to my brother Little Karlton Training who is also a YouTuber and vlogs his fit life. The Griffith’s are taking over. Go check him out and show his videos some love.

4. Music = G.R.I.M.E LYF

Music is life. I have Spotify on constantly. If YouTube isn’t on Spotify is. I use YouTube to watch music videos and listen to mixtape. I listen to all types of music but I am 100% a grime head. Bugzy Malone is my ultimate voice crush and I usually start a gym session with him coming through the Dre Beats. The King of the North tweeted me as well you know. Just saying. Mad love to you B Malone.

5. Twerk Life

Seriously, I have mad appreciation for a decent twerker. Fraules is where it is at and one day I want that sort of muscle control. Plus crocheting to these sorts of songs really sets a tempo. LOL.

 

Image credit : Pinterest

Are you a YouTuber? Or a YouTube fanatic?

Leave links in the comments below.

Heather xxx

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HGDC Sock Box Reveals Mermaid and Evergreen

HGDCSockBox Reveals 1&2

Hey Tribe. I’ve put together a mini episode for the HGDCSockBox Reveals for the Mermaid and Evergreen themes.

This is footage from previous podcasts (1&3) put together in one little handy video for you. 

The next box sign ups will be listed 1st February 2018 to be shipped 1st March 2017. Make sure you subscribe to my blog and follow me on Insta to be the first to know when I publish the next box theme. 

Mermaid

The mermaid yarn was a 100g HGDC Mermaid skein and a matching 20g mini for the toes, cuffs and heels by  HeyJayYarns 

Mermaid scale stich marker by Esme’s Buttons

Motivational Postcard by BippityBlush

Mermaid wish bracelet by CharmOnYourSleeve

Iron on I love yarn patch by SnugglyStarsYarns

You can see my original reveal blog post here.

Evergreen 

Evergreen Skein

Holly Fern 100g Skein by Homespunwonders 

Bauble

Jewel Green 20g mini Skein by River Knits Yarn

Wreath stitch marker by Rebecca’s Room

Christmas tree stitch marker and ring progress keeper by me, HGDesignsCrochet

Knitting Christmas Tag from Craftschmooze

Washi Tape by MyCraftyNell

Yankee Candle

See the HGDCSockBox Evergreen Reveal blog post here. 

If you like what you see you can get your own HGDCSockBox here and search for box photos o Instagram with the hashtag #HGDCSockBox.

Heather Boo xxx

 

Editing credits 

Song:

YME: https://soundcloud.com/ymemusic/yme-tilt https://www.facebook.com/YMEmusicoffi… https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgCX…
Music from Soundcloud Music provided by RFM: https://youtu.be/lX9Z2dl23xM
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgCX…

Edited by me using the following

Title:

Unfocused circles clip https://youtu.be/R5jIoLnL_nE
Overlay green screens by Jan Tube https://youtu.be/XTCecbuNlZQ
Green screen animations for social media by Jan Tube https://youtu.be/h4bePhuHG8c
Chevron transition https://youtu.be/FLaO25OnrKw
Heart overlay https://youtu.be/1WGmKQAWKEA

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