Thursday, 27 November 2014

TY THURSDAYS #8 : Drama Trip & End of First Modules

The highlight of last week was the trip to the Bord Gáis theatre to see 'One Man and Two Guvnors' on Wednesday as part of the Drama module ! We left after school during one of the darkest afternoons I'd seen in a while but I still enjoy bus journeys where it's gloom, gloom and more gloom outside the window. One pack of Tic Tacs and a dozen failed selfies later and we were in McDonalds where as per usual, I ordered too much which I couldn't finish and ended up just sitting there in the midst of photobombing food photos, like "why does this happen to me every time ?"

We arrived at the theatre with lots of time to settle into our seats before the skiffle band 'The Craze', who performed during every set change, came onstage. The show started at 7.30pm and although it took a while to get into, it ended up being hilarious and the plot twists and amazing improvisation made it ! My favourite part was the kitchen scene, right before the interval when the antics of elderly waiter with an unreliable back caused me to hiccup from laughing so much ! The icing on top was the terrified 'member of the audience' who was sprayed with water and foam and crashed into a door right before the break. There was a lot of conflicting theories over whether this was an actual member of the audience or not but after my friend did a bit of digging and sent me this link, I can tell you that she was in fact an actress who is obviously extremely talented if she can fool the audience into thinking that she is just there watching the show like the rest of us ! The show was brilliant anyway ,I'd really recommend it and the trip in general was amazing too !

Last week also marked the end of our first modules which I was

1. Disappointed about as I enjoyed all three

but also feeling

2. Excited for new modules

There were only eight people in our last Public Speaking module as the rest of the class were either on the GAA trip or playing matches so after spending the first class discussing CV's, our teacher very kindly took our class to a coffee shop where we had to pretend we were at a vital business meeting ! Here, we learned about the many things that can either make or break a business meeting - some obvious, such as basic table manners and eating neatly and others that we'd never thought of, including pacing your food out over the meeting and never finishing it ! I'm going to miss this module as I learned lots in it and the whole speaking in front of the class element has slightly boosted my confidence as daunting as it was !

Later on, we had our last Printmaking module in which I didn't finish cutting out my lino, let alone  get around to printing it on a t shirt but our teacher for the last few classes of the module who also took group photos for us on twenty three phones  (thank you !) told us that we could finish printing another time when there's a class available to do it in so fingers crossed I'll get my print finished then ! I enjoyed this module but I would have enjoyed it even more if we had had the opportunity to do what the current Printmaking are doing which is the mural !


Saturday, 22 November 2014

Winter Sunshine

Tesco coat and boots | Penneys jumper, cat ears and tights | Topshop skirt 

Any blogger - whether fashion, beauty or lifestyle, will agree when I tell you that wintertime is the best season for photography. Given, we do have the dark evenings which make weekday photo taking impossible, the wait is always worth it when the weekend arrives and the winter sun makes an appearance. We'll won't discuss what happens when the opposite occurs - cue mental image of tripods headbutting against a wall. 

So, because of the beautiful winter sun today, I was so delighted with how these photos turned out with the sunlight and all the warm colours, practically screaming "my weekend is complete !" because it is. The traditionally dubbed Halloween accessories came out in full force and swing today i.e skeleton printed tights and cat ears ! They both add a vibe to the outfit in their own individual ways and I don't think they're only for Halloween at all - although you risk being deemed 'emo' when wearing these tights outside your garden, something I haven't attempted yet. 

I've been so busy this week hence the lack of posts and TY Thursdays - it will be up next week, I promise ! Today was practically a recovery day from the last few chaotic ones and I spent most of it creating "starter kits" (the collages going around twitter that have the pictures describing someone.) for my friends which were the most hilarious things ever except I really don't want to see or re-see the ones they make for me in return (Aveen I am looking at you.) ! So now I am off to host the #tbloggers chat over on Twitter from 8pm so I'll see you on there.

Quote of the week goes to Aveen when she heard that I was making her very own starter kit, 
 "I'd have to move to another galaxy wouldn't I ?"

Grace x 

Tuesday, 18 November 2014


New Look jumper and coat | Penneys blouse and beanie | skirt from local shop | Tesco boots

 Every winter, I cannot escape a good blouse underneath a jumper along with a crazy patterned skirt. It's the same reliable combination that gets me through the weekends of the cold months when the weather no longer allows me to dress up as a wannable hipster without 'catching my death' so I'm forced to choose between throwing myself back to the 1960's or throwing myself into every piece of black clothing I own - We seem to have a case of all three here if we call the beanie a hipster-like piece.

So after eating twice my body weight when out for the afternoon with my mam and nanny and as a result, having a desire to lie on the floorlike a unaccomplished whale, I went to my friend's for the evening to pretend I can play dance video games, lock my other friend out of the living room and look fabulous in a onesie. Onesies are fabulous, don't deny it.

I do apologise for this shorter-than-usual post in terms of text, but I promise you that there's a long TY Thursdays coming the day after tomorrow !

And I keep adding to the paragraphs, but I've just noticed a little surge in followers so thanks a million again to everyone who reads Dainty Sprinkles !

"I do rainbows and sparkles between one and five"

Grace x

Friday, 14 November 2014

The Exciting Mundane

Today has been a great day if I add everything together and this week has been extremely great (although I didn't have anything relevant to write about for a TY Thursday's but that will be back next week !) so I am entering the weekend as a very happy child. 

Good // interesting things that happened to me this week included

☆ Seeing my friend for the first time in three weeks - altogether now "good cat good cat" and stroke hair. I don't understand that anymore than you do, it just became a thing. 

☆ Spending an entire double French attempting to glue class lists onto envelopes - they were second year classes, so I obviously spent more time looking for the names of my brother and his friends than I did actually gluing 

☆ Learning a new song on keyboard - can I call myself Beethoven or maybe Vivaldi yet ?

☆ Getting to know new people - while we're there, can I also call myself a social butterfly or when I do that, is the glitter tape going to rip off and I'll be smack on the ground like *three cheers pour moi* 

☆ Realising I need to get my ess-haich-iy-tee together because I'm bored and unmotivated from having no homework to do so I need to do something with my life after school like baking or filming videos rather than sitting on Rookie or Netflix or Tumblr for several hours. (Please note if any teachers read this, don't give me loads of homework now, just a bit, thanks.)

☆ Joining in the #tbloggers general chat last night and chatting to some really cool bloggers - in which I tweeted that I'm really loving posts lately full of crappy-quality photos of everyday routines so that whole conversation inspired the first few photos which I took at lunch and also when walking out of school.

Thank you 'this week' for being pretty cool ! 

Grace x 

Saturday, 8 November 2014


I swear it's an ironic duck-fish-water animal pout
 jumper's either from Penneys or New Look probably Penneys | New Look shorts | Penneys beanie | Tesco boots

I have nothing to say or write about on here today so I may as well talk about my beanie ! I bought this in Penneys back in August and to be honest, I welcomed the freezing cold with warm arms (oh irony.) this week because I could finally wear my winter gear ! I know loads of people who have this hat in the burgundy or navy blue but the mustard colour has really grown on me so like I said in my last post, it's glued to me at all times bar when I'm in class or someone decides to try it on - in which case I try to speed up the process of returning it by yelling "It doesn't suit you anyway" I'm so cruel. Lesson learned, if you're Transition Year at my school, reading this, and you decide to try on a hat, come Monday - don't attempt to borrow mine !

Stories or achievements from this week that I can actually talk about on the World Wide Web include 
☆ successfully resisting the urge to laugh or join in all eight billion times there was a twenty one vine reference made
 successfully not crying at the John Lewis Christmas ad because lettuce be honest, it was nowhere near as sad and I'm becoming increasingly disappointed that no moaners on Facebook have compared themselves to Monty the Penguin living the single life 
☆ learning another song on keyboard that I can actually sing except for the cat-in-a-blender-pitch part of the chorus after I found accurate chords online
☆ making a twat of myself as always in social situations despite improving on that end - but hey we can't have all the marshmallow clouds of social cop so I may carry on not so casually running away from social situations !

Grace x

Thursday, 6 November 2014

TY Thursdays #7 : Returning to Classes, Failing to Make Butter and The Freezing Cold

This week we returned from our midterm break and several things became clear to me before I was in the door five minutes 

a. I had not been in proper classes for almost a month so it took me a few days to learn how to contain my laughter when the word "21" (Vine reference.) is  used in a sentence or shouted out

b. I walk into a class and don't recognise half the people there because they've all got haircuts or something and then I look at the other half of the class who I don't recognise either since I've forgotten that they're actually in this class

c. Thanks to a mixture of the hour going back and the month being November, it is freezing cold and it is only going to get colder from here so I have a bobbly beanie, winter coat and gloves glued to me at all times I'm not sitting in a classroom where I can glue myself to the radiators. 

I haven't found adjusting back to classes too difficult, it just feels like we've started a new term or something and Monday out of all the days this week, seemed to speed by. The majority of people I know wish they were back with their Galway group in classes but I've actually missed my classes and the people in them (plus in fairness, I'm in classes with half my Galway group.) so it was nice to see all those people again. Also since going back on Monday, I can see that Galway has helped me on the social skills end of things - I feel much more confident approaching or speaking to people who I don't know too well which is helping a lot in class and at lunch. Speaking of Galway, on Tuesday we received back our reflection sheets and hand sheets which were so nice to read after it being two weeks since the trip and again the messages on the hand sheet are so so lovely, they'd literally make your day !

Activities in class I've enjoyed this week include learning how to introduce ourselves in Japanese, performing our scenes we wrote in pairs in Drama and learning about the NNI Press Pass competition we'll be entering in English ! Our first set of modules will be coming to an end soon which is going to be devastating (mainly because it means I won't have Drama on a Monday anymore !) but this week in Public Speaking, we began public reading which was actually really interesting. For the triple class, we learned about public reading in a religious environment and all had a go at practicing it in the Oratory which was not near as frightening as I had predicted.

 Another class I enjoyed this week was our last Ag Science module today, in which we attempted to make butter again ! We had to leave to go to assembly early during our previous attempt so this time we were determined to transform cream into butter with the help of a few marbles in the forty minutes. As you can tell by the lack of photos with a slab of butter as the subject, we weren't successful in our experiment but although we'll never know what our homemade butter would've tasted like, we do know what the process tastes like after Bronwyn tried it as part of a bet (she's getting two and a half chocolate muffins for it !) and told us that didn't really taste like anything !

Both a lot and not a lot of things happened on our first week back and I'm looking forward to what the rest of November has in store for Transition Year,