Insta Faves (part 7)

It's been a while since I have done an insta faves round up (and we all know I love doing them since I am on part 7!!). I try not to get too fixated about numbers on instagram but I would love to make it to 1K followers in the next month or so and I have been trying to be better at posting regularly and being more present there. It is my favourite platform and I find it so inspiring. 

Anyway, in my travels on there here are some of the people I have found and love following at the moment - I have tried to keep them all stationery inspiration this time because there is nothing like snail mail and paper treats to make me happy!


@unpeusauvage - Delicate envelopes, stickers and notebooks and frankly life looks beautiful in the instagram feed of this italian knitter and stationery maker. 

@unpeusauvage - Delicate envelopes, stickers and notebooks and frankly life looks beautiful in the instagram feed of this italian knitter and stationery maker. 

@robertandstella - Stationery and flowers beautifully photographed. SO much inspiring goodness here! 

@robertandstella - Stationery and flowers beautifully photographed. SO much inspiring goodness here! 


@oonajuliar - This account is a combo of nature and paper and the style of photography is stunning.

@oonajuliar - This account is a combo of nature and paper and the style of photography is stunning.

@mrstudiolondon - pressed flowers but like you have never seen them before! Beautiful cards for all the nature lovers. 

@mrstudiolondon - pressed flowers but like you have never seen them before! Beautiful cards for all the nature lovers. 


@lucy_mail - Lucy's account makes me want to send snail mail! Lots of beautifully painted and decorated envelopes!

@lucy_mail - Lucy's account makes me want to send snail mail! Lots of beautifully painted and decorated envelopes!

@tinasosna - dreamy photography and a shop full of lovely envelopes that would make your post the most beautiful! 

@tinasosna - dreamy photography and a shop full of lovely envelopes that would make your post the most beautiful! 


@modernbotanics - I have been a fan of Mirta's work for ages. Absolutely stunning products created with lino cuts. 

@modernbotanics - I have been a fan of Mirta's work for ages. Absolutely stunning products created with lino cuts. 

@helloimemilie - Beautiful plant inspired line drawings. Pretty prints and temporary tattoos to make your love for paper grow.

@helloimemilie - Beautiful plant inspired line drawings. Pretty prints and temporary tattoos to make your love for paper grow.


I hope you enjoy checking out these different accounts and maybe find some new ones that you had not discovered before! You can check out my past insta faves one, two, three, four, five and six. Have a lovely creative week! 

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The nursery

This lamp shade makes me so happy - it catches my eye every time I pass by the room. It is from Lisa Jones Studio. 

This lamp shade makes me so happy - it catches my eye every time I pass by the room. It is from Lisa Jones Studio

We are very very blessed with our living situation in London because we live in a small 3 bedroom house just for the two of us. Frankly, having 3 bedrooms in London is pretty much a luxury whatever size they are and we try really hard not to ever take it for granted. 

Over the last few months we have been doing lots of re-arranging and sorting (and getting rid of stuff) and have turned the smallest box room into a little nursery for the baby. We haven't gone over the top and it doesn't look like one of these nurseries that you would see on pinterest, but it is functional and cosy and we enjoyed picking out a few pieces to decorate it and make it feel homely and cosy for the little guy. 

Since being pregnant I have discovered so many incredible small businesses selling amazing things for babies (and some of the things we got were not for a nursery specifically). I wanted to try and support some of those small businesses - because I know how important that is as small business owner myself. I have also included some things from creatives that we already owned. 

We decided to paint the walls a light grey and keep things pretty simple and neutral. Here are a few photos sharing some of the little details that we have put together. Some of the toys are things we have inherited or that have been made for us and I have even made some of the toys myself! 

This mobile was made by my amazingly talented and lovely colleagues at work. They spent months working on it and I absolutely love it. All of the little animals are made from felt and every single one is different and has its own little personality! At the moment I have hung them on the wall but when the baby is in a crib each strand has a ring on the top so that I can thread them onto a mobile! 

This mobile was made by my amazingly talented and lovely colleagues at work. They spent months working on it and I absolutely love it. All of the little animals are made from felt and every single one is different and has its own little personality! At the moment I have hung them on the wall but when the baby is in a crib each strand has a ring on the top so that I can thread them onto a mobile! 

I have loved this print from Sarah Abbott for ages and NM loved it too so we didn't hesitate to get one for the nursery. 

I have loved this print from Sarah Abbott for ages and NM loved it too so we didn't hesitate to get one for the nursery. 

In this room there is a weird sort of solid block that covers the stairs - which was always a strange feature in the room, but now it is making the perfect changing station. We decided to get a waterproof tablecloth from the local fabric shop and then just make sure everything was handy and in easy reach.

In this room there is a weird sort of solid block that covers the stairs - which was always a strange feature in the room, but now it is making the perfect changing station. We decided to get a waterproof tablecloth from the local fabric shop and then just make sure everything was handy and in easy reach.

I love this print from Kate Alizadeh (she is a super talented illustrated based in Cardiff). It wasn't in her shop but I think I saw it on her instagram and emailed her asking if she could do me a print and she obliged. 

I love this print from Kate Alizadeh (she is a super talented illustrated based in Cardiff). It wasn't in her shop but I think I saw it on her instagram and emailed her asking if she could do me a print and she obliged. 

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I recently started sewing more and attempted to make this bunny rabbit. You can find the pattern I used here on Purl Soho (amazing website!). It is pretty wonky and badly made but am hoping that adds to its charm and that the little guy will like it. I made another one for my Godson too. I really enjoyed making them and would like to experiment with making more toys. 

I recently started sewing more and attempted to make this bunny rabbit. You can find the pattern I used here on Purl Soho (amazing website!). It is pretty wonky and badly made but am hoping that adds to its charm and that the little guy will like it. I made another one for my Godson too. I really enjoyed making them and would like to experiment with making more toys. 

This wall hanging was a gift from a friend a while ago from Sass and Belle and fitted in nicely on one of the walls. 

This wall hanging was a gift from a friend a while ago from Sass and Belle and fitted in nicely on one of the walls. 

The print on the left is by Laura Redburn - Its not for sale in her shop but I saw it on her blog and she kindly made it into a print for me a while ago. The print on the right is one of mine and is available in my shop. You can choose between grey and green because its double sided.

The print on the left is by Laura Redburn - Its not for sale in her shop but I saw it on her blog and she kindly made it into a print for me a while ago. The print on the right is one of mine and is available in my shop. You can choose between grey and green because its double sided.

These two little guys were knitted by my mother-in-law and i LOVE them. She has serious knitting skills so I am pretty sure this little guy will never be short of knitted toys or clothes.

These two little guys were knitted by my mother-in-law and i LOVE them. She has serious knitting skills so I am pretty sure this little guy will never be short of knitted toys or clothes.

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I also made these little ABC cube rattles. I was inspired by some that Artemis of Junkaholique made - and I just sort of made it up as I went along but I think there are loads of tutorials for similar things online. 

I also made these little ABC cube rattles. I was inspired by some that Artemis of Junkaholique made - and I just sort of made it up as I went along but I think there are loads of tutorials for similar things online. 

I hope you have enjoyed this little tour of our nursery. I am sure it will change over time as the baby grows and has different needs but I am really pleased with this as a start. I want to share some pictures of the new studio space too at some point so keep an eye out for those. 

Have a lovely weekend! 

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Illustrated Maps

Recently on pinterest I have been noticing and pinning lots of beautiful illustrated maps. I just love the creative ways that people represent different places. Obviously these are not the sort of maps that you would use to actually get around but they are a great way to see that place from different peoples perspectives - and you can usually get some great ideas of places to visit from creative types.

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London Map - Livi Gosling

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Sheffield Hallam University Map - Sarah Abbott

Amsterdam Map - Rifle Paper

I have dabbled with drawing a few maps in my time as a graphic designer but they are usually more practical rather than illustrative and I would love to have a go and create some fun hand lettered maps at some point. I will add it to my long list of things to work on - but in the meantime I hope you enjoyed checking out the maps by all of the amazing illustrators above! 

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Kew Gardens

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So one of my best birthday gifts ever was a membership to Kew Gardens this year. I have been a couple of times already and I just love it. It is such a beautiful place to wander around and explore and it is kind of amazing that you're still in London, only 30 minutes away from home, but feel like you are anywhere but a big city. I am so excited to spend the weekends taking the baby for walks around these stunning gardens and discovering new bits that I haven't explored yet. I am also looking forward to experiencing it during all the different seasons. 

These are just a couple of photos from one of my recent visits. I didn't take loads but I am hoping to take my camera and use these days out as opportunities to get creative and improve my photography. 

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Liz Mosley Kew Gardens

Have you ever been to Kew Gardens? Which were your favourite bits? I feel so blessed to have such a beautiful place to spend time at, that's so nearby.

Hope you have a lovely weekend! 

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Book Review: In Progress by Jessica Hisch

I have been a fan of Jessica Hische's work for a quite a while now, and have enjoyed listening to talks that she has given and exploring her website. I find her a really interesting person and she seems like she has a really good sense of humour (I seriously just want to be her best friend! ha). Anyway, when I discovered that she had brought out a book all about her process and a sort of behind the scenes of how she works I just couldn't help myself, I had to get a copy. 

The book itself has the feel of a coffee table book. The cover is very nice and thick and there are beautiful typographic end papers (see the photo below). It is a thick book and is the sort of book that you could just flick through and look at the images and feel inspired but there is also a lot of meat to it and plenty to sit down and read and get really stuck into. It took me a while but I finally got my act together and found time to read it cover to cover and it did not disappoint. 

The book is layed out really well. It starts off with a bit about Jessica's career history and the path that she took to get to where she is. I really like her writting style because it's quite friendly and chatty and you almost feel like it is a conversation. She then goes onto to share a lot of information about her process, all of the tools she uses and how she goes about working on a project. I thought this section was very generous. I always think it is so kind when artists and designers share a lot about their process because it is really helpful. Usually there has been a lot of trial and error and research for them to come up with their ultimate tool list, and their process always comes from years of learning from mistakes. 

The book then goes on to share a lot of Jessica's work. A lot of it was work that I had seen before online but what I loved was being able to see the sketches behind the final pieces and see the process that she had talked about earlier in practice. She has also written little bits about each project which are often really interesting just because of who the clients were and again she is very generous in sharing lessons that she learnt through the process of that particular project. 

I have to say, I think this is one of my favourite design books. I have to confess that often I buy books like this and flick through and look at the images and don't get around to actually reading them, but I am so glad that I took the time to read through this book. The length was ideal - it didn't take me too long to read but I really felt like I was getting a lot of quality information and behind the scenes insight into the work of one of my favourite creatives. It also helped me think through and evaluate my process and toolbox and how I can improve the way I use them and which tools are worth investing in. 

Anyway, if you haven't seen or read this book already I would 100% recommend you add it to your list. Enjoy looking at all the beautiful lettering and images but make sure you read it too! 

Hope you are having inspiring weeks so far!

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Inspired by: David Shrigley

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A few weeks ago we went to Sketch London for afternoon tea for my birthday. It has been on my list of places to visit for the longest time as I had seen so many beautiful pictures of it online. It was totally worth it and the afternoon tea was delicious - another cool thing about the place though is that the walls in the gallery room are filled with drawings by artist David Shrigley

I have been a long time fan of Shrigley's work. I think what I love about it is the simplicity in his drawings but also the humour. That guy is seriously funny. I remember going to an exhibition of his a few years ago and walking around laughing out loud for most of it. It was so fun. 

Anyway, I love seeing his work and being inspired by it so I thought I would share a few of my favourites on the blog today. Enjoy! 

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Chelsea Flower Show

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Liz Mosley Chelsea Flower Show

A couple of months ago (yes this post has been a looong time coming) I was lucky enough to be offered a chance to go to the Chelsea Flower Show. It is not very far from where we live and it has always intrigued me so despite being rather large, tired and pregnant, I jumped at the opportunity. I had a great time waddling around and checking out all of the incredibly beautiful flowers. 

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Although I am not a very avid or skilled gardener, what really blew me away was the creativity and beauty on display. The gardens were just so carefully thought out and beautiful and skilfully put together -  even the stands in the big marquee were phenomenal. One of my favourites was the Queens head above (also check out how happy the guy on the other side was!). The colours and the textures created by all the different flowers were so impressive and it is such a cool idea.

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I was pretty much in awe of all the different varieties of flowers. This one above really caught my eye, because of the colour but also because of the sort of watercolour effect it had going on in the middle.

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There were lots of interesting things to see and do - and if you are into gardening, I am guessing this would be heaven..because the amounts of stalls selling fun and creative gardening products was pretty overwhelming! I think with all of these events and things that go on in London there were A LOT of people and so after a while it did start to get a bit overwhelming. If you ever get the chance to go though, it is a great day out and I would definitely recommend it!

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Liz Mosley Chelsea Flower Show
Liz Mosley Chelsea Flower Show

Shop update: New Print

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I don't update my online shop nearly as often as I would like - and frankly that is just life - I can't always do it all, but I try not to give myself too hard a time over it. I know there will be periods where I can spend more time on it than others and that is ok. I am having a bit of a push to get lots of new products into the shop that have been hanging out as ideas in my head for far too long now. Last week I put up the new Father's Day Cards and this week I would like to share with you a new print that I designed.  

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When I read this bible verse from Psalms I knew that it was something that I wanted up in our nursery so that I could read it on a regular basis. Then I decided it would be a great gift to give to a couple of my friends who have recently become or are about to become parents. I wanted to keep it simple but I also wanted the type to be white rather than black and a bit more subtle than my other prints. 

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I decided to go for a simple grey background but then I tried a green version and liked that too - so I decided to get them printed double sided so that my friends could choose which colour they prefer and fit better in their homes. Genius huh! It is basically two prints for the price of one! 

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I got a few extra printed to go in the shop. They are printed on really beautifully textured card and as mentioned above one side has the grey background and then the other has the green background. They are A4 and could be displayed in a standard A4 frame or would even look cool on a clipboard on the wall, or washi taped on too. 

I think they would be perfect for a kids nursery or as a gift for a new mum. Or actually they would be great to inspire and encourage anyone. The Psalms really are beautiful.

If you want to get your hands on one they are on sale for only £6.

Shop Update: Father's Day Cards

I managed to get my act together and get my Father's Day card designs up in the shop in time. While I was on holiday I brainstormed and doodled some ideas and that really helped me to just get the ball rolling and get painting when I got back. 

I kept the colour palette simple with blue and green. It was fun experimenting with watercolours but still using my signature hand lettering style. I definitely want to experiment more with my style and how I use colour in my designs. 

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There are 4 designs to choose from and as usual they are printed on really beautiful quality thick card. Each card comes with a white envelope and will be packaged in a plastic sleeve to protect it. Visit the shop to order. Father's Day is June 19th so you have plenty of time! 

If you want to get a discount code sign up to my newsletter in the box below. The first newsletter is ready and waiting to be shipped with a mega discount code and also with a free printable for a really cool hand lettered print that would look great on your wall. 

Paper Flower Workshop: Quill London

Earlier in the week I used a birthday gift voucher and headed along to a paper flower making workshop hosted by Quill London and taught by Susan Beech from A Petal Unfolds. The workshop ran for two hours and was held in Quill's beautiful little stationery shop (I wanted ALL the stationery!). 

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I didn't really know what to expect - and naively thought I would come away from this workshop with a whole bunch of paper flowers! Ha. How wrong I was - it took the entire two hours to make the one flower - and that was with a few of the elements having been pre-cut for us!! Honestly the amount of love and detail that goes into making each single flower is a lot and it gave me a much better understanding of what is involved in this process. 

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Susan took us through the process and showed us what we needed to do at each stage, and then with the tools we were given we were able to crack on with making our own peonie. The peonie had 36 petals - Susan told us that when she makes a ranunculus over 100 petals are needed!!

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It is very detailed work and there is a lot of cutting out that needs to be done, but it is so satisfying seeing the layers being built up and then a beautiful flower appearing! 

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This is my final flower. I went for deep red colours and I am really pleased with how it turned out - although having looked at the example ones that Susan had made, there is definitely a lot of room for improvement. Sorry the photos are a bit rubbish - I was quickly snapping away on my phone in-between cutting! I am hoping to get some more materials so that I can make a few more and maybe eventually make a bunch! 

Also if you are interested in having a go but are not near London to go to a workshop I found this tutorial on Design Sponge (and I am sure there are many more out there) which looks really detailed so am excited about giving these flowers a go too! 

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Inspired by: Oliver Jeffers

So, I have mentioned a few times already about starting a sketch book and creating work that is not for anything in particular. I am struggling with it to be honest and haven't got very far - but I am still determined to do it. I am hoping as I start winding down client work before maternity leave that might afford me a bit more time to experiment. 

Anyway I am rambling - the other day I stumbled across sketch book pages on Oliver Jeffers website and it got me so inspired (you should also check out the rest of of his work - I am in awe - I also can't wait until our kid is old enough to read books so that I can buy ALL of the kids books he has illustrated!). How amazing is the picture below. There is something so satisfying about a big fat messy sketchbook. Don't you just want to be able to feel it in your hands and look through it? The sketchbook below was actually a part of a project called BOOK which included 3 other artists and involved them sending the sketchbook back and forth between them (across the Atlantic no less) and each contributing pages over the course of 36 weeks. 

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In this post are some of the pages that Oliver Jeffers created for the BOOK project but also some from other sketchbooks that he has included on his website. 

I love that Jeffers seems to use lots of different materials in his sketchbooks. It is not just about drawing and sketching in the traditional sense - there is a really fun and playful nature about the pages which I guess matches his illustrative style. It feels like he is experimenting and trying things out and the results are a thing of beauty. 

I have so many scraps of paper and ephemera that I have collected that would be perfect for using in my sketchbook experiments. I just need to get started! Using all sorts of different scraps of paper and techniques Jeffers creates so much texture in his sketchbooks. 

I hope that these pages have inspired you as much as they have me. I am really hopefully that it won't be too long before I can share some experimental pages of my own and give you a bit more of a behind the scenes of my creative experiments. I have the sketchbooks and the tools and now it is just a case of getting started and being a bit more disciplined with it instead of just talking about it! 

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Things I am loving on Etsy - Nursery edition

I think I have mentioned it before but we have been re-jigging and painting the rooms upstairs in our house to make room for the baby. We have done some serious de-cluttering and so far I am really happy with our choices and how things are coming together.  The thing that is really missing though is artwork for the nursery walls! So obviously I got lost in the rabbit hole of Etsy looking for some. I was a bit disheartened when I first started looking - I searched for nursery prints and there was just so so much stuff that wasn't my style (and depressing when you find things that are blatant rip-offs of your friends work!). I guess there is so much on Etsy now, that you have to trawl through quite a lot to find the gems. BUT I persevered and forgot about looking at things that were specifically for a nursery and just found illustrators I liked. I REALLY love the prints I found below and think all of them would look great in a nursery (or anywhere in the house to be honest). Now to decide which ones to get! 

1. Plantas Prints - by Depeapa

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You know what, I think this bird alphabet by illustrator Sarah Abbott might be the winner. I have admired this print for ages but had forgotten about it - I think it would look perfect on the nursery wall! 

What do you think about these prints? Do you have any other favourites you have found?

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Book Review: Nib and Ink

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A few weeks ago Chiara Perano's first book was released called Nib and Ink and I couldn't help myself but nab a copy. Last year I did a calligraphy workshop run by Chiara and it was so much fun. When this book arrived I was nicely surprised. There are lots of really beautiful details that make the designer in me happy and the content is a lot more detailed than I expected. 

The book is nice and thick and there is lots of space for practicing your letters. It starts off going through the basics and of modern calligraphy. It also gives you lots of information about the different tools that you can use and what everything is called, and gives you tips on how to use the book. 

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To be honest I was really pleasantly surprised with just how much information is included (but there is not too much reading to hold you up from getting stuck in to practising). It really guides you through getting started too - firstly with practising simple strokes, then moving onto letters, and then later in the book joining the letters together. 

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Another nice aspect of the book is all the ideas contained at the back on how you can use your new found modern calligraphy skills, for example, working on blackboards, addressing envelopes, gift tags and lots of other creative ideas. 

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I only have one slight criticism of how the book is set up - because of the spine you kind of have to hold the pages flat with your other hand and you can't really move onto the next page until the page you are working on has dried. It might have been good to include practice sheets with the book that lay flat. I guess on the other side of this minor frustration it is nice of all your calligraphy practice is in one place rather than on sheets all over the place. 

Despite that, I still think this is such a great book and goes into so much detail that it is perfect for getting started in learning Modern Calligraphy. I would highly recommend it and I am really looking forward to carry on using it to work on and improve my calligraphy skills and develop my style. 

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Hello Spring

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Well...I well and truly fell off the blogging bandwagon again! (can't believe my last post was at the beginning of Feb!). I have tried to not give myself too hard a time about it - but I am frustrated about not being able to get all the things done that I want to. I guess that's life though and with becoming a parent on the horizon I had probably better get used to it! 

Anyway, I have slowly been working on a few posts despite not having them ready to post up just yet, so hopefully there will be a bit more action in this space over the next few weeks. This time off from blogging makes me realise how much I love it and miss it when I am not - so I guess that is a good thing. 

March was a busy month for me with LOTS of freelance work - which has been amazing but also has made me realise that I need to start slowing down in preparation for the babies arrival. I have had so much more energy in the second trimester than the first which has been great and I have mostly felt back to my old self - but I am starting to experience the tell-tale signs of fatigue so want to start taking it easy now rather than having a mega crash. 

I find turning down work soooo hard but I know that I am going to have to do it more and more in the coming months so it's good to start practising saying no now and trying not to freak out that no one will ever want to work with me ever again! Ha. 

Anyway, that is a little snippet of life lately - hopefully there will be some new posts coming up next week and then we are off on holiday! Our last one just the two of us and I can't wait. After trying to fit 12 months into the first 6 months of the year (that's what it feels like anyway! Haha) it will be nice to just stop and spend loads of quality time together chatting, taking stock and just calming things right down! 

Hope you all have lovely weekend's full of beautiful spring goodness! I always forget how lovely it is when it is light in the evenings! 

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Inspired by: Virginia Echeverria Whipple

I wonder if collage is one of those things that people look and think 'well I could do that' - but I really think there is such a skill to it. You need to have a real talent at composition and colour to get the piece looking just right. Yes most people can glue and stick, but that is not enough. 

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I was really blown away by some of these pieces of work by Virginia Echeverria Whipple. I find the images and colours that people find and then put together to make something new so interesting. I guess collage is the ultimate form of recycling. 

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I have picked some of my favourites below that really struck me but you can check out more of her work here. I really like how her website is set up in collections of work - so you can see how things have developed and progressed in her work over time!

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Collage is on my never ending list of things I want to try out and experiment with - if it ever happens I promise I will share it here! Have you seen that Laura from Cardboardcities has set up a new instagram account called collagescraps? Check it out it is a colour explosion.

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A studio re-jig

Since finding out we are having a baby I have been daydreaming about what would be the best way to re-organise the rooms in our house to accommodate a new little human. Admittedly he won't need much space at the beginning but I am itching to start redecorating and rearranging so we are going to get started in the next few weeks. 

The plan is to turn the small box room, which is currently the studio/office, into the baby's room and then our guest room will be a guest room and office all in one. I have been thinking of ways to try and make the two different spaces feel kind of separate and distinct even though they are part of the same room. I thought a feature wall where the desk and shelves will go would be a great option so of course I took to Pinterest to do some research. 

Here is some of the inspiration I found and now I am so excited. The only dilemma is deciding on a colour. Click on the images below to link through to the sources and let me know in the comments which is your favourite! Also, you can check out more of my inspiration on Pinterest.

I don't think I ever would have considered a yellow but this mustard wall looks great and is a strong contender. I think it would make the room look stylish but warm and bright. 

I don't think I ever would have considered a yellow but this mustard wall looks great and is a strong contender. I think it would make the room look stylish but warm and bright. 

I would NEVER have thought I would consider painting a wall in my house pink but this blush wall looks amazing. I think it would add a really fresh and clean feel to the office area. 

I would NEVER have thought I would consider painting a wall in my house pink but this blush wall looks amazing. I think it would add a really fresh and clean feel to the office area. 

I am a big fan of all sorts of grey walls and this dark charcoal looks really elegant and smart for an office. I think with white walls in the rest of the room it would still look airy and fresh. 

I am a big fan of all sorts of grey walls and this dark charcoal looks really elegant and smart for an office. I think with white walls in the rest of the room it would still look airy and fresh. 

I am not afraid of a dark feature wall and navy blue is high on my list of options. This is a great example of it working well and I think the yellow accents really compliment it well!

I am not afraid of a dark feature wall and navy blue is high on my list of options. This is a great example of it working well and I think the yellow accents really compliment it well!

How incredible and rich is this green. We have a light green wall in our house already but this dark green is something else. I think it would look great with a gallery wall on top. 

How incredible and rich is this green. We have a light green wall in our house already but this dark green is something else. I think it would look great with a gallery wall on top. 

Ok so not a colour but how awesome would a cork board feature wall be? It could work really well for the office space because it would be a great place to stick up inspiration and things I am working on. 

Ok so not a colour but how awesome would a cork board feature wall be? It could work really well for the office space because it would be a great place to stick up inspiration and things I am working on. 

2016's big adventure

Illustration used with kind permission from Jo Waterhouse

Illustration used with kind permission from Jo Waterhouse

Something that I feel like I am always trying to work out is getting the right balance of personal posts and design/business related posts on the blog. I guess I err towards not sharing loads of personal stuff but I definitely want people to feel like they know a bit about me and the person behind this little business.  

Anyway, that is a little introduction to a very personal post today – we have a big adventure coming up this year because we are having a baby! It is definitely going to be a big change to our lives and will have a huge impact on my business and how I work as a graphic designer, so I am excited to share that journey and learning process in this space.

At the moment I flit between being really excited and also terrified which I am guessing is a pretty normal reaction. We recently had the 20 week scan and it was amazing to see our little baby on the screen again. It has been wriggling around like crazy and it's so odd when you can feel this thing living inside you. We still have a few months to do a load of jobs around the house and preparation for the business alongside fitting in a holiday just the two of us before the big life change.

I feel very blessed to have lots of beautiful friends who live near me who have had or are having babies. One of the things I was worried about was being able to juggle a baby with a creative business. I am sure it will have to change and evolve over time and I want to try and be realistic about what I can achieve but I am really determined to keep my small business going in some capacity. I am so inspired by all of the incredible creative mamas online that I follow or have been lucky enough to meet in person who make me feel confident that it is possible! (special shout out to Siobhan and Rachel who I love getting to hang out with in real life).

My plan is for the blog to continue in a similar vein to normal but I guess there will be the odd update about pregnancy and the baby's arrival and then after that hopefully some helpful posts about juggling life with a baby and a business.  Any tips from mama’s out there who are doing it would be amazing! I haven't managed to be as consistent as I would like with posting but am going to keep going and not give myself too hard a time and remind myself that I am busy growing a human!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend! We are off for a weekend away with our church - so looking forward to a little country escape and spending quality time with friends.

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My Insta Faves (part 6)

Yay! I am so excited to share my first insta faves for 2016 and carry on my little series (see links at the bottom of the post to view previous ones). I really love all the accounts that I am sharing today. I have made a little collection of people on Instagram who's feeds I find really calming and relaxing. I guess I am kind of swept up in the whole idea of simplifying life, living at a slower pace and all of these accounts really inspire me in that. There is such a peaceful beauty in all of the photographs that they share. Anyway dive right in and check them out! 

@byhermirror - Anna's photos are consistently really good. I really love the little glimpses into her every day life and little corners of calm. 

@byhermirror - Anna's photos are consistently really good. I really love the little glimpses into her every day life and little corners of calm. 

@siobhanwatts - Ahhh I love Siobhan and her whole outlook on life. Her feed is full of peaceful moments, thoughtful words and lots of creativity. 

@siobhanwatts - Ahhh I love Siobhan and her whole outlook on life. Her feed is full of peaceful moments, thoughtful words and lots of creativity. 


@FfionMckeown - Cosy is the word I would use to describe Ffion's feed. It makes me want to curl up under a blanket and read a good book by a fire. Check it out!

@FfionMckeown - Cosy is the word I would use to describe Ffion's feed. It makes me want to curl up under a blanket and read a good book by a fire. Check it out!

@Lobsterandswan - Jeska is a stylist and blogger and oh boy does she have mega styling skills. Her feed is full of lovely nooks and rustic surfaces! So inspiring.

@Lobsterandswan - Jeska is a stylist and blogger and oh boy does she have mega styling skills. Her feed is full of lovely nooks and rustic surfaces! So inspiring.


@finelittleday - A beautiful shop from Elisabeth Dunker based in Sweden. On the website it talks about finding the magic in everyday life and their feed definitely reflects that. 

@finelittleday - A beautiful shop from Elisabeth Dunker based in Sweden. On the website it talks about finding the magic in everyday life and their feed definitely reflects that. 

@annararo - A graphic designer based in Barcelona this feed from Anna Salvador is full of quiet and peaceful corners and moments. There is a real stillness and peace captured that is very appealing.

@annararo - A graphic designer based in Barcelona this feed from Anna Salvador is full of quiet and peaceful corners and moments. There is a real stillness and peace captured that is very appealing.


@Freyadowson - I really enjoy seeing the world through Freya's eyes. She is thoughtful in what she says and has a lovely mix of travel and homely moments to share.

@Freyadowson - I really enjoy seeing the world through Freya's eyes. She is thoughtful in what she says and has a lovely mix of travel and homely moments to share.

@watersounds - Illustrator Sarah Abbot has amazing work and I love how she shares it in this feed. Little corners of her home combined with her illustrations make this feed look beautiful!

@watersounds - Illustrator Sarah Abbot has amazing work and I love how she shares it in this feed. Little corners of her home combined with her illustrations make this feed look beautiful!


So there we have it. I hope you have enjoyed this collection of people to follow. If you have any others you think I should check out feel free to share them. I am going to go and chill out on Instagram getting inspired. I really love Instagram as a community more and more! See my other Instagram faves here: onetwothreefour, five

Happy Wednesday!

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Things I have learnt in 7 years as a graphic designer

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I can't actually believe this but from this January I have been working as a graphic designer for 7 years! I guess my experience extends a bit longer too as I was doing freelance work before that when I was at university. Anyway, that is a pretty long time and so I thought it might be fun to share some of the lessons that I have learnt in that time. So here goes...

1. Only present ideas you are happy with. Otherwise you can guarantee the client will choose the one you don't like - so it's best to not even let that be an option. Yes you probably won't like all of your ideas equally - but at least if they are all strong then you won't resent having to work on and develop them further. 

2. Come up with a good way of filing your work. Now this is something that I have not always been great at and am still working on improving, but we don't only have to deal with organising our physical possessions anymore, we now have to keep our digital possessions organised too, and there is often a lot! With your work you want to be able to find old and current work as quickly as possible. Name your files sensibly and also come up with a folder system to keep it all organised. Do this from the start and you will thank yourself down the line when you need to find old files from a client who wants an update.

3. Keep old rejected ideas. They might be useful for other projects in the future. This has worked in my favour a few times and has saved time and has meant that I have been able to re-use and re-purpose designs that I really liked and are appropriate for another project again. The ideas are yours and so you are totally entitled to use them again - but you probably need to be a bit sensitive about it depending on who the clients are. 

4. Communication is key. A lot can get lost over email - phone calls and meeting face to face are often better if possible. I have definitely learnt this recently. Often people don't love talking on the phone and it's a lot more effort to meet the client in person - but honestly nothing beats being able to present your ideas face to face and for the client to see your enthusiasm and be able to ask questions there and then. You can also get a much clearer idea about what they feel about them.

5. Don't charge an hourly rate but a total amount for the project. So this was something that I only really started to consider recently after reading quite a few different articles about it. The main idea that really struck me was that as you improve and gain more experience as a designer you will work faster. This means that unless you are increasing your hourly rate regularly you will actually be earning less the more experienced you get when people should be paying more for that experience. For me, with some clients it is just not appropriate to charge a fee for the whole project (and if they are the sort of clients that make lots of amends it can be helpful to charge hourly) - but I am going to try and do this as often as I can in the future. 

6. Knowing when to fight for your ideas and when not to. Often working with a really good client makes the end result even better. They bring ideas and feedback that are really helpful and constructive. Sometimes the client doesn't always know what's best though and in those instances you need to decide when to fight for your ideas. Part of it is about educating the client about the process but also you have to remember that you are the professional designer and that you have insight and experience that they might not have and there might be things they have not considered or thought about. It's always important to be polite and respectful and most often than not they will really appreciate your feedback and ideas and will really take them on board. I think that is when a client/designer works really well - when there is mutual respect and trust so that can share your different ideas and work well together. 

Are you designer? Do you have any other lessons to add that have helped you? I would love to hear them if you do. If you are not a designer I hope you found this an interesting insight into working as a designer. A lot of these lessons I think would be pretty relevant to other jobs too. 

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Inspired by Abbey Lossing

I noticed the other day that all my 'inspired by' posts seem to be illustrators. I guess maybe it is because people are hardly ever just one thing anymore - designers are illustrators too - illustrators are amazing photographers - photographers are designers etc etc - there are just so many overlaps within creative disciplines. Anyway, it seems I tend to be drawn to share illustrations here - but in the future I might try to consciously mix it up a bit. 

Today I am totally inspired by the illustrations of Abbey Lossing. She has such a great sense of colour and I really love the palettes that she chooses for her illustrations. There is something simple but really captivating about the characters she draws and you can't help but smile when you look at them (well I can't anyway!).

She seems to have a great sense of humour, (a talented illustrator who is genuinely funny is a great combination!) which is evident in her animated gif's - they also engender feelings of endearment towards the characters in them and contain witty observations about life that we can probably all identify with! 

Check out her site too because where there is so much more of her amazing work. It was really hard to pick out a few pieces to share. She also has a shop where you can buy a couple of prints. I love it when the work of artists and creatives that I admire is available to buy so affordably. 

Hope you have a creative and inspiring week!

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