You may remember me introducing you to my own brush lettering workshops over here on the blog, back in November? A big thanks to all you lovely people that have booked on to the eight classes I’ve taught already under The Lovely Drawer. As ever I’ve really been enjoying teaching but I also wanted to take a moment to introduce you to another workshop I’m running. I’ve taken my digital session exclusively to the Lovely Drawer going forward so now there’s a next step to further how you can use your lettering.
We’re in the interim where we’re waiting for Spring in complete desperation and yet we’re not quite there yet. Last weekend’s snowfall and sub-zero temperatures was a brutal reminder of that! I don’t know about you but on these chilly days when the evenings still draw in early, I lack the motivation to leave the house. I have to force myself to get out in the ‘oh so fresssh’ air, which is particularly hard in the evening. I’ve somewhat turned into a grandma awaiting the Summer evenings to return before I regain my enthusiasm. I guess you could say I’ve been in hibernation mode and so I thought it fitting to put together a post dedicated to ‘staying in’. Haven’t you heard it’s the new going out??
I’ve collected some essentials to make staying in pretty darn exciting and I’m sharing them with you lovely lot.
I’m becoming quite the collector of fluffy ‘stroke me’ cushions in our pad! I’m not sure how that happened but I’m sure you’ll agree it’s nice to break up a room by adding in some textures, particularly when most of the room is one colour, in my case all grey!
This story begins when I got my tattoo post Christmas. I’d been told to keep it moisturised and that cocao butter was really good for this. I speedily ordered myself what can only be described as a bucket of the stuff, without really realising it came in solid flakes. The smell was literally amazing, full of chocolaty goodness and so I spent considerable amounts of time just smelling the bucket. I realised that as soon as I rubbed the flakes on my tattoo it immediately started to melt and moisturised the area really well…so my thinking was ‘I need to turn this into a sweet smelling lip balm pronto!
So here’s the pretence guys. I’m not a fashion blogger. I’m not trying to be and definitely don’t have the camera charisma for it, hence the multiple verging on awkward poses you’ll bear witness to. I do however have a real love for fashion and have had a fair few people ask if I would ever do some fashion posts to see inside my wardrobe. I thought it was the kind of thing that would work well with a behind the screen post so here you have it.
The truth is I’ve always been interested in fashion and for the most part of my younger years, until about 17, I really wanted to be a fashion designer. Much of my manic drawing days growing up, were spent designing outfits with my pencils and crayons until I finally took textiles at GCSE and learnt how to sew (kind of) and started turning my designs into real life pieces. Back then I wasn’t into any of this ‘ready to wear’ lark, finding myself far more drawn to the weird and eccentric world of ‘haute couture’. I wanted to tell a whole story with the clothes I designed, very different to my present day style which leans far more into minimal and understated than crazy silhouettes and vibrant colours.
So friends, I’ve finally gotten around to putting together our bedroom tour. Progress has been slow on getting rooms sorted in our new flat. Somehow these things just end up being a lot more drawn out than you think and then there are little touches you want to add that you put off for a while…and then a little more. Anyway I’m pumped to show you the rest of the pad, having only really shown you the dining area, but we’ll start here.
I don’t know about you but I’m still riding that new year wave of ‘let’s get organised’ and ‘it’s time to sort my life out’. You know the drill. I’m on over drive with the brand spanking new office / studio (room tour coming your way soon) and I’ve become an even bigger fan than usual when it comes to nifty ways of concealing clutter, whether that’s the piles of product and materials I own or just the clutter in my head! If like me you’re currently banging this drum, I’ve rounded up seven ways to DIY your way to a more organised workspace / home.
It’s that time of year when every one is riding the ‘health horse’, trying to undo the damage of festive feasting when Quality Street chocolate somehow became acceptable as a meal and multiple cheese courses in a day became the norm. I actually can’t eat the majority of the holiday treats which I’m pretty happy about on the other side of Christmas although not so much at the time. Many of you may be upgrading your gym membership, investing in a juicer and purchasing every green edible item you can get hold of or you may have already fallen off that ‘health horse’. Well I’m much more about making healthy choices part of my lifestyle rather than a resolution or a ‘diet’ as such but it really does help a whole lot when those healthy choices are appetising. Let’s be honest, most of us love food and eating well shouldn’t make us miserable.
I don’t know about you but Christmas usually brings with it an array of gift boxes in all manner of sizes and shapes. This year was no exception, even receiving this pretty hexagon one and thought it was too nice to throw away. Of course I felt a DIY brewing. I’m loving the cork trend at the moment and so decided to play into that, remembering this super nifty self adhesive cork from a previous project. You can use any size or shape box you fancy but if you like the hexagon vibe, I’ve linked to a place you can get hold of one below.Read more
With a new year comes thoughts of what you might like to do differently. It may be the typical list of eat better, dry January, hitting the gym, doing that DIY job that you’ve been hiding from for months. Equally if you’re creative the new start may leave you brainstorming how you could turn your creative hobby into a business. For some people it’s that burning question that keeps on popping back into their minds and for some it’s just a little ‘what if’ niggle that gets shelved over and over because after all, ‘life’s too busy’ or ‘you probably wouldn’t be a success anyway.’ It’s tough to get up the nerve to just start, partly as you often don’t know where to start and so you continue with the same old 9-5 hustle! I’ve been there and I empathise but I come bearing good news that there’s help at hand. My first port of call was to open an Etsy shop in order to kick off my own business and I’m so glad I did. This year Etsy brings you Etsy Resolution, a free four week bootcamp starting at the end of January, designed specifically to help you with everything you need to know in order to set up shop, so you can feel confident to get rolling and smack the new year in the face!