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End of the month update: December

What Mostly Wore in December

Woo, my final monthly update of 2010, although it’s a bit of a short one – I was too busy with shop and Christmas stuff. I do feel pretty pleased with myself that I managed to do this every month, and it’s great to be able to look back at what I got up to and wore. As I said in my resolutions, I will be carrying this on in 2011 so please leave any suggestions for new sections to make it more interesting.

This month’s drawing was a fun one – so glad I got to draw my boots properly, and my dress was fun too, and a mere £7, thanks to being in the right place at the right time to get a free opening day £10 gift voucher. Hurrah.

Reading, Watching, Playing

A Man on the Moon by Andrew Chaikin
I got this for Christmas (thanks Claire!) and it was all I could do not to sit sit down and read the whole thing from cover to cover, enormous though it is. As previously established, I’ve been a space nut since I was very small (wait, I am still very small) and this book is just a joy. It describes NASA’s Apollo program in great detail, going through each mission from the disastrous beginnings through to the six Moon landings. While sometimes bogged down by technical language and military customs, it does a great job of explaining how it all succeeded and introducing all the people who made it happen. The actual moon landings are exhilarating to read about and each mission comes with so many problems overcome that you can understand why we’ve never been back (yet), though reading about NASA’s plans at the time for moon bases and manned missions to Mars makes me so sad. The book is also the source material for HBO’s rather great TV series From the Earth to the Moon, which is well worth checking out. My only disappointment is that Chaikin hasn’t yet done a book about the Shuttle missions – come on man, get to it!

Whip It
A film all about rollerderby, which was entertaining in a slightly generic American teen girl movie way, but I’ll forgive that, since that is one of my favourite genres. Kind of made me wish I still had rollerskates too.

iPhone app of the month

This month I have mostly been excited by finally getting my iPhone to upgrade to OS4, after months of backup issues. So rather than download new apps, I’ve been streamlining and marvelling at the shiny new options available. Hurray!

Websites I’ve been enjoying

I don’t think I added anything new – was just trying to catch up after Japan.

Things to look forward to in January

– the start of a whole new year to get going on exciting new projects!
– Mogwai album and gig – it may be about the 15th time I’ve seen them but it’s been a couple of years since the last time so I’m still excited.

New Product Round-up

Cutie Fruity Friends Gift Wrap

Online sales

Items sold on Shopify: 78
Items sold on Etsy: 29
Items sold on Folksy: 24
Items sold on DaWanda: 69

Busy busy! DaWanda was insane this month, compared to usual.


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