Monthly Archives: July 2015

How To Create Your Own Floral Headband!

 

 

 

 

Hello again! The other day I decided to make myself a couple of headbands so I thought I’d document it and show you how to do it too! It’s super easy and only takes 10 minutes. First of all, you will need:
– A plain headband
– A pair of pliers (or scissors)
– Some fabric flowers (these can be any size you want)
– A hot glue gun (CAUTION: HOT GLUE GUNS ARE HOT AND WILL BURN YOUR THUMB IF YOU GET SOME ON YOU! (p.s. don’t ask how I know this…))

 

 

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Step 1: First of all, you want to line up your flowers in the order you’ll be putting them on.

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Step 2: Use your pliers (or scissors) to cut off any tip that’s on your flower. You want your flower to be as close to the headband as possible but make sure to leave a little bit to actually get stuck inside the glue.

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Step 3: Using your hot glue gun, (don’t forget to be SUPER careful!), squeeze out a glob of glue in the middle of your headband. Before it dries, press your middle flower onto the glob, making sure it’s straight and in the center. 

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It doesn’t matter if it’s too messy, you won’t see it when you’re wearing it.

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Step 4: Hold your flower in place until the glue has dried. It will go from clear to cloudy when it’s dry. Continue doing this until all of your flowers are on.

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Step 5: Add a bit more glue around the stalks jut to fill any space that might let the flower be pushed over or fall out. This isn’t a necessity however it is quite helpful.

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And there you have it! Your very own handmade floral headband!

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Mix and match your colours or use different sizes to create more unique headbands!

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Thanks for reading today, if you’d like to see more then feel free to follow my blog or head on over to twitter @ElloFrancis97 to receive updates when I post again. Until next time! 🙂 x

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More funny pics from Facebook!

I did a post many months ago where I posted 10 of the funniest pics that I’d come across on my newsfeed so today I thought I’d do another one of those posts! Enjoy!

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All the pics shown above were from Facebook and are in no way mine (I’m not clever enough to make these)

I hope you enjoyed this post and got a little bit of a giggle out of it! See you next time!

Why I Have A Blog!

I made my blog in November 2014 because I’ve always loved writing and sharing my thoughts with people. I wanted somewhere that i could share my creativity and writing with people who are interested in the same thing. I wanted somewhere public where I could feel connected to people all around the world. I made my blog while I was on the phone to my best friend talking about how much we’d love to be a blogger like Zoella. And now, here I am, 51 posts later. I love being able to put a little piece of me out on the Internet.

I write about multiple topics. Sometimes I like to do opinion pieces about whatever issue is relevant in the world or my life in that moment. I also love sharing parts of stories that I’ve written and doing monthly posts about what I’ve been loving that month. On top of that I also like to make posts that help you guys to get to know me and who I am a little better.

The aim of my blog is not to get the most followers or views but to spread the word of important issues and to have some fun while connecting with people around the world. I’ve had people view my blog from the US, UK, Romania, Germany, and so on which to me is so crazy that something I’ve written in my room on my phone or laptop has reached people half way across the world. I think that would have to be the most important thing to me. I want to share with the world.

So this post today is just a little bit about what I want from my blog and why I created my blog in the first place. Thanks for reading! 🙂 x

Animal Cruelty and Puppy Farms.

Animal cruelty. What do you think when you hear these words? Do you think of inhumane treatment of dogs and cats? Do you think about pain being inflicted upon innocent animals? Or the act of withholding food and water? If you thought any of these then yes, you would be correct. But I bet you didn’t think of puppies in pet shops. Or, more specifically, the dogs that have given life to these adorable cuddly puppies.

Today I wanted to talk about animal cruelty, or more to the point, cruelty against dogs and puppies that are bred into puppy farms or puppy mills. This issue has been overlooked and often ignored by the government for years and as a result has been left up to animal activists to make a change. So what is a puppy farm?

A puppy farm is a commercial dog breeding facility that is operated with an emphasis on profits over the welfare of the dogs bred, with inhumane conditions often present. It is defined on the RSPCA website as “an intensive dog breeding facility that is operated under inadequate conditions that fail to meet the dogs’ behavioural, social and/or physiological needs”.

These puppy farms are only operating for one purpose. They are not run to bring happiness to families and individuals by supplying happy and healthy pups to them. They are run to make money. Puppies that are born in filthy and disgusting cages are being sold for hundreds of dollars in pet shops or online where no one can see the trauma that they and the other dogs around them have been through.

On the 19th of January, 2015, a puppy farm in northern NSW was investigated by the RSPCA after animal activists claimed they’d found evidence of dogs living in appalling conditions.

Bodies of deceased dogs were found around the property, left to rot away after being viciously and heartlessly killed. Debra Tranter, an animal activist who also founded the animal rights group Oscars Law, said “One dog had been placed inside a dog food bag and left there to rot.” The dogs from this puppy farm were advertised online on popular trading websites with the titles “Beautiful labradoodle puppies” and “All our puppies are raised on our family farm with children and other pets”.

This evidence prompted the local Nationals MP Adam Marshall to demand an investigation. The media reports that Marshall is unhappy that the responsibility for uncovering these kinds of operations are left to animal rights groups like Oscars Law, rather than the designated authorities. He said “It is a task that should be addressed by the authorities, the RSPCA, the Police and the Animal Welfare League.”

A spokeswoman for the animal welfare league also said that, “sadly there are no ways of being able to properly check the origins of the puppies that are bought online.” And this is the problem. We can’t know for sure whether the puppies we are buying are bred in a humane way or whether they’ve been mistreated.

That puppy that your neighbour brought home a month ago or the dog that your grandparents bought from Buy Swap and Sell could have been born into a cramped, dirty cage before going to a pet store or being advertised online. Debra Tranter was among the animal activists involved in this particular case.

She has a great deal of experience with this sort of situation and puts this knowledge and information to good use. In 2011 she founded the ‘Oscars Law’ organisation after adopting a dog who was mistreated and abandoned. This dogs name was Oscar.

Oscar was a small dog kept for breeding on a property in remote Victoria. He was found by Debra cowering in the back of a small dark cage, fur matted, fleas and mites in his infected ears and his teeth were so infected he couldn’t eat properly. Debra rescued him from this. After being treated by a vet, shaved and de-sexed, he weighed only 1.6 kg.

Then, in the middle of the night Debra’s house was raided by police, Oscar was seized and returned to the puppy farm where he was taken from. He was returned to the hell he thought he’d escaped. Debra was also arrested. Months later, Debra returned to the puppy farm where they were selling adult dogs.

The puppy farmer considered him no good because his breeding days were over and sold him at a discounted price of $400. Oscar was finally able to go to a safe and loving home after being taken away from it due to the current system. Debra said on the 7th of February that “the current system has failed animals”.

Stories like this are far too common, however majority of them end with the opposite result and dogs are left unhappy and unsafe in the farms where they are used for breeding and are then tossed in the corner. Now I want you to picture a simple metal cage, roughly 1-1.5 metres squared.

Now imagine some torn up newspaper on the floor of the cage, maybe a scrap piece of fleece. Now imagine all of this is coated in a thick layer of muck. Poo, wee, any other liquid that finds itself on the floor and walls of the cage. Now imagine touching the cage. Reach out and run your finger nail along the muck. Imagine how it would feel to have that under your nails.

Imagine how it would feel to have it matted in your hair, on your face. Now imagine you’re forced to live in this cage with little food and water. You’re forced to sleep in this cage. You’re forced to poo and wee on top of your only bed. You’re forced to cry out for help in this cage to a person who will never listen. This is an image that hopefully you will remember. This is the image I want to leave with you today.

This image is what thousands of dogs have burned into their memory for their entire lives. They live this image as their reality. So what can be done?  We can adopt dogs from the RSPCA instead of buying them online or from a pet shop. We can give that older dog a chance to win our hearts instead of looking for a puppy.

We can be humane in the way we treat our own dogs and set an example for those around us. We can spread the word of puppy farming. We can stand with ‘Oscar’s Law’ and help push the government to see the unfairness of what is happening to these adorable dogs who are inhumanely bred to make money, who aren’t given a fair chance at life. So please, go and like the Oscar’s Law facebook page, do some research and share what you find with others. Thank you.

June Favourites!

Hello again! This last month has been absolutely CRAZY! I’ve had non stop SACs at school, my art final due and all these other exciting year 12 things. However, this last week I have been relaxing and chilling out on holidays! (YAY). I’ve had a lot of things I’ve loved this month so let’s jump straight into it!

1. Nail polish.
Since I haven’t had school, I’ve been able to experiment (finally) with my essence nail polishes. My favourite one so far is in the colour 40: Play with my mint. As it says, it’s a really bice pastel green with a hint of mint. It’s such a beautiful colour!

2. 5 Seconds Of Summer.
Recently my best friends have got me onto 5SOS. I know, I’m about a year late, but I have absolutely fallen in love with their album. My favourite songs at the moment are ‘Don’t Stop’ and ‘Good Girls’. Their music is perfect to rock out to in your bedroom after a long hard day!

3. Formula 10.0.6.
This facial cleanser has become a part of my daily morning and night routine. It deeply cleanses your pores and wipes away dirt and oil. It makes my skin feel so clean and fresh and has made my spots much less prominent. If you’re looking for a really great cleanser on a budget, this is your product as it only set me back $8.99 from Priceline.

4. Lipstick by Colour by TBN.
This maroon/red lipstick is perfect for winter. It’s in the colour 877 ‘Lip Attitude’ and it goes with just about everything. It’s a statement lip colour that gives your face a bright and sophisticated look to match any outfit. Absolutely a must have!

5. Wish.
This online shopping app has been my go to app whenever I’m bored. I’ve bought so many things from there in the last month and a half and it’s all been so cheap! Wish has just about anything you could ever wish for! (Pun intended). Definitely go check it out!

That’s all for the month of June! I hope you enjoyed this post and if you want to see more then you can follow my blog or head on over to my twitter account @ElloFrancis97 to get updates when I post again. Thanks for reading! Bye! 🙂 x