Wednesday, 25 May 2016

See You In June!

No I am not going on holiday or anything interesting like that sadly! :(

University.  It is very near the end of semester, and I have a week and a bit before I have to submit two hefty assignments and then present the studio assignment.  I am SO looking forward to presenting!  NOT!

Because of this, my priorities have had to shift.  University is extremely important for obvious reasons but at this time of the semester it is so important to not slack off and get distracted!  So as a result, I am going to step away from my blog until I have submitted and presented my final assignments.

Just after the start of June I will be back and if you feel like sending positive vibes my way until then it would be greatly appreciated!  Seriously, I feel like I am going to need a miracle to make it to the submission date and presentation!

My render/projection/3D image has just finished (35 minutes later) and this means I am going to have an early night!  I've usually been going to bed around 2am but want to get a good nights sleep so I can have another productive day tomorrow!

You might see a tweet from me, probably complaining about ArchiCAD or Photoshop of something uni related, and you may see me pop up in your Instagram feed but other than that I'll be pretty quiet on social media!  
So, see you in June!

Until next time, keep smiling :)  Em xx

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Thursday, 19 May 2016

Cosy Jumpers & Celtic Thunder: Legacy Tour

As I'm writing this, I'm a mixture or excited and tired and my eyes are stinging as well thanks to the tiredness.  But more excited!

It was my birthday a few days ago and a few days before that I was lucky enough to go and see Celtic Thunder perform in the Princess Theatre for their Legacy Tour.  I had previously been back in 2014 for the Mythology tour and it was perfect timing as it was the night before my birthday!  Hello awesome birthday present!  It was one of my first posts I ever published on this blog and you can check it out here!

Unlike last time when we had VIP tickets, this year we got tickets so we'd be up in the balcony and even though it would have been awesome to meet some of the lads at the meet and greet I was still pumped that I was able to see them all perform again!  This year Damian McGinty was performing and I am a massive fan!  I loved him when he was singing with Celtic Thunder and was so proud when he was on Glee!  So for me, being able to hear him sing live was just something that I was so excited for!

The show was on Wednesday and I stayed at home that day and studied instead of going into uni.  I spent the day working on my lighting assignment and had "taken a break" to tweet Emmet, saying that I was looking forward to the show and also hope that they had a safe trip up to Launceston.  I was surprised when I got a reply and just had to extent my break to tell mum!  But I did soon go back to finishing my acoustic calculations because I would have felt guilty if I didn't have those done before I went to the show!

Earlier in the day I had decided what I would be wearing.  I still have what I wore to the last show and joked to mum that I should front up wearing the same thing but decided to wear something a little warmer, although I did wear the same slim pants from Forever 21!  On the top I wore a cosy roll neck sweater from Sportsgirl and it is one of my absolute favourites!!  SO COSY!  I took my puffy jacket as long as well because weather is unpredictable and if it got cold while the show was on I'd be able to put it over my legs or put the jacket on!  I also wore some simple black flats from Diana Ferrari which I have had for years and they are so comfortable!!

We grabbed some snacks for the show before we went in and I noticed I wouldn't be the youngest person there haha there were some primary school aged kids there and probably little ones who might be at the end of their toddler stage - it was so cute!  They were so excited and one of the girls kept saying they had a date with Emmet and Damian at 8pm and I was just thinking, yes you girls are awesome!

The seats we had were awesome!  You weren't allowed to take any photos while the show was happening and I regret not taking any of the stage beforehand but I didn't want to risk getting told off by the theatre staff!  But the stage looked great!  It was a simple set up but seemed like there were more lights and a new backdrop, so I was just keen for the show to start!  I saw sat between mum and an old guy who was probably in his eighties and he and his wife were so lovely!!  We chatted while we waited and joked a few times that I should go down to the front to try and get a selfie!

But the show itself.  Oh my goodness.  Talk about amazing!!  I loved the song list and hearing Damian sing was just a dream come true!  He has such an incredible voice, extremely talented lad he is!  Mum hadn't heard him since since he was in his early teens and I think she was a little surprised with how his voice had changed!

I was singing along with all the songs and I think I got a good arm workout from clapping so much!  It was just amazing!  The instrumental people were incredible as usual, and the drummer/percussion guy Declan O'Donoghue was absolutely hilarious!  His interaction with the audience was one of my favourite parts of the show!

I can't really narrow down which songs were my favourite, because they really performed all of my favourites.  This was honestly my ideal Celtic Thunder show!  Song for the Mira, Heartland, A Place in the Choir, Hallelujah, Falling Slowly, Caledonia, My Irish Molly O - I could go on and list everything!  When they sang Ireland's Call I was so close to having sweaty eyes!  The people who were sitting in the VIP section had brought some Irish Flags along and they were waving them in the air and you should have seen the faces of everyone on stage - it was just beautiful!

I am just so chuffed that I was able to see Celtic Thunder again!  Just a dream come true being completely honest, they are just incredible!  And I loved that I got to go and see them with mum again :) was a lovely little early birthday present for us both :)

Until next time, keep smiling :)  Em xx

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Sunday, 15 May 2016


I don't know about you but I'm not feeling 22.  Well this is a lie.  I still feel like I'm 22.  I don't feel like I ever change when it's my birthday, anyone else like this.

But yes!  I am 23!!  *music and cheering and streamers and all that jazz!*

It was my birthday on Saturday and I had planned on having this post up on my actual birthday but when uni and life gets in the way, some things just don't go to plan!

It's the juicy part of semester and so I had stayed up working on fixing up calculations for my lighting and acoustics class and then worked more on studio and then couldn't fall asleep!  Listened to a podcast and that didn't help whatsoever :/ reckon I fell asleep around 1am which wasn't ideal but hey was awake to see the clocks tick over to the 14th of May!  Such an exciting life hahaha

I feel like this post is going to be quite similar to the post I published on my birthday last year.  And like last year the days leading up to my birthday were stressful!  Thursday, I woke up a little tired from a concert I had been to the night before and just wasn't feeling in top shape.  My whole Thursday at uni was a mess!  I couldn't concentrate, ate my lunch at 10am (seriously Emma.  WHY!?) and when I got to music I just wanted to curl up in a ball and sleep and/or cry!  I had a headache, every time I played I felt like I was going to be sick.  And what annoyed me the most was how I was playing.  Music which I can play and have played before I was struggling with and honestly I felt so embarrassed to be making all these mistakes!  I got home without being sick and struggled to eat anything.  Could only manage to eat half a roast potato and a bit of sweet potato before I gave up and fell asleep on the couch!

Then on Friday I had my lighting and acoustics class and went along because I felt well enough.  Literally nearly fell asleep on so many occasions!  In a one on one tutorial I had with an architect, I was advised to change windows and although I agree that it's the right thing to do for my design, it meant hours of doing calculations to get values within the correct range and I wasn't in the mood for maths.  Luckily it only took me two or three goes to get one calculation in the acceptable range and my acoustics calculations changed by a HUGE difference of 0.01!  Like WOW such a huge difference!

And then we get to Saturday and it's my birthday!  I'm pretty sure my body clock went back to what it was like when I was little and I'd try to stay up to see see the clock change over but now all I wanted to do was sleep!  Ended up falling asleep well after 1am and I wasn't impressed!  Listened to a podcast to try to fall asleep and it didn't work so after lying there wide awake, I ended up looking for stuff that would help with my assignment.  We'd decided that we'd be going out for breakfast and I may have slept through my alarm so had little time to get ready!  We went to breakfast at the same place where we'd normally have breakfast if we'd go out on a Sunday and I got eggs benedict and a hot chocolate and it was delicious!

The rest of Saturday was spent doing studio.  And I just LOVE studio.  Compared to how I was going with studio a little while ago, I'm actually in such a better place now!  I have my ideas, and all that I really have to do is knuckle down and get everything done!  I had hoped I would have the model finished by Saturday night but it was late Sunday afternoon when the tricky little model was completed!  Just hoping I've done it in the right place so I can start making the bigger one for my final presentation!

BUT BIRTHDAY EMMA!  I've said this before, birthdays aren't all that much of a big deal for me in my family.  Yes, when I was little we'd have parties and presents and all that but now that I'm older I'd much rather spend time with family or friends.  Honestly didn't want to spend the majority of the day working on studio but when assignments call, you have to answer them!

I don't feel like I'm 23.  I don't know when you actually register when you turn a year older.  I don't feel 18 anymore, but I don't feel any different to 22...  Am I thinking into this too much.....?

Thank you for the birthday wishes that I received!  Really was amazing!  So truly thank you :) xxx

Until next time, keep smiling :)  Em xx

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Saturday, 7 May 2016

A University Ramble

I knew that university was never going to be easy.  I think I'd be pretty silly if I thought uni would be a walk in the park.

University is hard.  And each degree is going to be challenging in their own way.

Studying design is difficult.  Studying interior design is more difficult than I ever imagined.  When I say I'm studying interior design, really I should be saying interior architect.  I have never had to pick out which cushions go with the curtains in a room or select which photo frames should go on the tallboy which I've selected to work within a bedroom design.  I've had to sort through fabric samples for a project once but really that's it.  If you want to know how carpet is actually made, then yeah I know that!

I've had to design student accommodation, a kitchen and restaurant, pieces of furniture, and now currently I'm in the process of "Reinvigorating Albert Hall" so it can house conferences, musical and performing arts performances, markets, dances and the list goes on!  We essentially do what the architects do but on the inside.

There is no right and wrong.  Well no, there is a wrong especially when structural stuff is concerned because no one wants their building to fall down.  It's just like with visual arts, you can create the most amazing work of art but if the people marking your work don't like it, your grades will feel it.  It's not like maths where 2+2=4, which sucks when you've invested so much time only for it to be torn to shreds.

The most annoying thing I have found since being at university, is when you say you're studying interior design and people just assume you're all about paint samples and cushions.  Sure it doesn't seem as hard as law or medicine, but don't just assume we're doing interior decoration.  Also when people say "but anyone can design a building!!' yes but is your building going to be able to stand up?  Will it be to standard?  Chances are no.  Just like I could easily be a lawyer.  But do I know all the laws and fiddly bits that lawyers need to know about?  No I don't.

I love interior design.  And design in general.  Studying interior design has allowed me to go and studying visual arts and I have found a new love for textiles and print making!  But university is hard.  It has it's ups but it also has it's downs.

I have around a month until my assignments are due and it's going to be a stressful situation but I will get there!  If things get a little quiet on here, it'll be thanks to my assignments!

Until next time, keep smiling :)  Em xx

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Thursday, 5 May 2016

April Instagram Diary & Roundup

I am tired, so very tired.  Physically and emotionally.  Also feeling sick to add to everything!

But it is a new month, a new day - so positive thoughts and energy Emma!


So university.  Once again majority of my time has been devoted to university.  At this point, I am honestly struggling to see the finish line.  And it sucks.  You spend so much time working on design after design and having to constantly change everything time and time again honestly is a real blow to your confidence.  You end up feeling that maybe interior design isn't for you.  But then, what are you going to do if you pull out of uni?  Have fun trying to get a job!  The whole situation just sucks!  Tears have been shed and headaches are ever present and all I want to do is sleep and probably cry some more!
But I will get there.  Probably going to be an emotional wreck but I am going to try my hardest to get to the finish line and pass!

In more positive news, I went to see Captain America:  Civil War on the weekend!  I love the Marvel movies and it's no secret that Captain America is my favourite hero.  I went to see the film on Sunday morning before my music rehearsal with a fellow musical/Marvel film lover and OH MY GOODNESS!  It was incredible!  If you follow me on twitter you would have probably seen a few #TeamCap tweets, but regardless of this the movie was amazing!  I could see both sides of the story, where Steve and Tony were coming from the both guys did stuff which I both agreed and disagreed with.  But far out, I want to go and see it again!  I'm going to do a separate post on my thoughts on the film but I won't give too much away because I don't want to spoil it for anyone!

I also had a massive drink of coca cola while were were at the cinema.  I haven't touched soft drink of any kind in months and so I made a mighty terrible mistake!  I still feel off from having it and have definitely learnt from that mistake!

Can we just say AUTUMN!  This is absolutely my favourite season and you're all probably sick of me saying it but I just love autumn!  If I didn't have any self control, my entire Instagram feed would be full of autumn leaves and just the gorgeous colours of autumn!

~ Ah Sunday ~ Car naps and naps in general ~ Sunday night motivation ~
~ Autumn though ~ Warwick Fabric sample love ~ Autumn bedroom view ~
~ Afternoon Launceston walks ~ Looking up autumnal ~ Uni half face smiles ~
I really loved writing the posts that were up in April!  Still, uploading regularly isn't my strongest point, but April has probably been one of my favourite months on emmadaisy!!  We had a birthday, some delicious banana pancakes and primary school memories!  I loved it and I hope you did as well!
Until next time, keep smiling :)  Em xx

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