So, I’m a bit late to the mark with this post seeing as winter is almost over! So, this is kind of ‘February’ dinospiration instead…
Winter is always a busy time for me. Firstly, there’s Christmas. I am a huge fan of Christmas (even though I’m not religious). I love the lights, the food, the drink, the presents, the films and just the general atmosphere. It’s a magical time! And my Christmas tree is now always filled with dinosaurs. Then there’s January. I know it’s a month that most people hate but it’s my birthday month so I’m always in a good mood. February is the tough month for me. I know I have to wait until December to have a proper celebration again which is a pain. Plus, after Christmas and my birthday I tend to have little money so I have to curb my spending habits.
That being said, there’s no better way than cheering myself up than to bring a bit of dinospiration back into my life. Dinosaurs have a way of grounding me and resetting my mindset.
First things first, one way to survive the winter is something good to watch. I’ve spent a fair amount of times indulging in some good dinosaur documentaries this winter. Walking With Dinosaurs is THE dinosaur classic that every dinophile needs to watch. But some other firm favourites of mine are Planet Dinosaur, March of the Dinosaurs and Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur.
Secondly, you need a good book to curl up with in the colder months. The Tyrannosaur Chronicles is a perfect book for this. Some parts are quite technical which requires a fair amount of concentration which is great when it’s cold outside and you’ve got nothing else to do. Overall though, it is a fascinating book!
A good place to visit in the winter months is a museum. However, with snow and cold weather it is probably best to pick a local one. I visited the New Walk Museum in Leicester in January (about a 45 minute journey for me) which was a great day out but not too far to travel. I saw the Cetiosaurus, the Neovenator and so many other cool creatures! Head to your closest museum for a good winter day out that also doesn’t break the bank.
Now for a shameless piece of self-promotion! Why not spend the dark evenings colouring in my brand new Thyreophora Colouring Book! It’s filled with Stegosaurs and Ankylosaurs to colour and enjoy. It’s available to buy from my Etsy and I’m super proud of it. Colouring is supposedly meant to help with stress which is perfect in the winter when the weather is dull, the bank balance is low and we’ve all got a vitamin D deficiency.
Who should you follow this month? Check out Hatchling Makes (@hatchlingmakes on Instagram)! She designs awesome geometric animals (including dinosaurs of course) and is running an embroidery sale up until March when she will stop making embroideries altogether. So, you have one last chance to grab one of her dinosaur embroideries! She also donates 10% of each sale to WWF which is something I think all of us can get behind.
So, see you in Spring!
Emma a.k.a The Cookieraptor x