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IMG_2135 Sorry for going all missing in action again. We had an amazing time on holiday and now I am getting back into the swing of things and getting on with work (after some serious post holiday blues and jet lag though ha!) - anyway while on holiday I decided it was time for something new, a new blog, a new website, new work, a new etsy shop all that jazz...and so I am going to continue being a bit quiet for a while and then hopefully in a month (maybe 2 depending on how it all goes) I will be back with a new shiny website and ready to take this whole blogging thing far more seriously!

The pic above is me snorkling in Santa Marta. Happy times.

Currently...

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I have spotted quite a few people doing these sort of lists on blogs all around the place and it seems like such a great way of giving a little snap shot of life at that moment and also documenting it. Anyway I thought I would give it a go and see how it went. If I get into it maybe I will make it a regular feature or maybe it will get a bit boring...but hey I like trying new things!

Making: lots of prints to sell in my new etsy shop. So excited to hopefully launch it in Sept. Still so much work to do

Cooking: things with our own home grown courgettes! We picked our first ones the other day and looking forward to sampling them this evening with dinner

Watching: lots of things on Amazon prime instant video - usually in the middle of the night when I can't sleep due to coughing fits. (looks like I might have whooping cough!)

Reading: The most wonderful book given to me by a friend for my birthday. Its called 'One thousand gifts' by Ann Voskamp - and the tag line which I love is 'A dare to live fully right where you are' - I need to learn that for sure.

Wearing: A couple of new clothes that I got for our holiday next week (woohoo!)

Noticing: that we are living a better pace of life these days. We still have a lot of work to do to get the right balance but have been feeling very happy and content the last few months.

Thinking: about ways that we can be better with our money. Trying to get into better habit of spending less.

Grateful: for a husband who looks after me so well when I am sick!

Starting: to take on some more freelance jobs after a break earlier this year. If you have any design needs and fancy working with me - let me know!

Obsessed: with avocado's - seriously can't get enough of them.

Looking: for the perfect black maxi dress. Haven't found it yet but the hunt is on. I want to really simplify my wardrobe this year and have lots of simple and classic pieces that will last a long time.

Wanting: to meet a new little man that has just arrived into the world. Even though I haven't met him yet I love him already!

Enjoying: gardening. Seriously never thought I would say that, but there is something so satisfying and exciting seeing something you have planted grow.

Loving: the fact that I will be seeing lots of family that I don't get to see very often soon.

Dreaming: about having my feet in the sand and swimming in the sea in a couple of weeks time.

Monday moodboard

So - I sort of fell off the blogging bandwagon this last month. I have not been very well..I went away and in the mix of life and just trying to get better the blog fell by the wayside. I have kind of missed it but at the same time it was kind of nice to have a break too. I thought to kick start myself back into it I would do a little mood board for some Monday inspiration. I am going on holiday in a couple of weeks so there is lots to cram in before we go...but hopefully I will be able to resume slightly more regular posting now! I decided to go black and white again for this mood board...because I don't know why but my b&w pinterest board has been inspiring me so much recently.

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I tried to find all the credits, but you know what it's like with Pinterest...it's not always easy to find. Here's what I found. (clockwise from top left) 1/2/3/4/5/6/7

In other news I wish I was Audrey Tatou. also that Tree pattern is wall paper - that would look amazing.

Happy Monday all.

Little Loves // 14

There  has been a serious lack of posting this past week due to a bit of sickness and this post is late due to technical problems (ahem broken charger that just miraculously fixed itself!) but there were definitely little things I loved this week. Here are some of them... 1.   This print on my new shirt

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2.  Evening sunlight on the way to dinner.

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3.   A new hair cut

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4.   This mural on the side of a house in Brixton

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5.  This poppy that just popped out of nowhere in our garden!

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Little Loves // 13

This week I continued my birthday celebrations (NM teases me that my birthday always lasts for about a month). We spent time in the garden looking after our plants, we cooked lots of yummy food, had a bbq, chilled out with friends, drank mojitos and just generally had a lovely time. Here are some of the little things I loved this week: 1. I made a quinoa salad the other day for the first time (after having an amazing one in a restaurant) and I have to say I am totally addicted to the stuff. This is the recipe I used and it was sooo good. I have to admit that I have a bit of an addictive personality when it comes to food. Recently my addiction has been avocado's and now quinoa has top spot. I'm thankful that I am addicted to something pretty healthy for a change!

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2. This tote bag that the lovely Chloe bought me for my birthday. I had been looking out for a new one.

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3. This world cup wallchart design by the epic crispin finn that now adorns our walls. NM is a tricky person to buy gifts for, but as soon as I saw this I knew he would love it.

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4. The smell of this pomegranate and mint candle

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5. These birthday cards that I made with old scraps of paper I had collected. I love how it feels to make things and also use things up.

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Inspired by >> Raul Lazaro

After being inspired last week by the collages of Laura Redburn this week I stumbled across the work of Raul Lazaro on Fubiz and fell in love. These collages are so beautiful. This cloud series is one of my favourites but he has a few series that are really cool. His website is just a treasure trove of stunning collages but there are also a few bits of design and branding work. Some people are just so talented. I would recommend spending some time getting lost in Raul's work. I want to cover my walls in his collages. What I love though is when artists inspire me to create. Sadly I usually end up thinking about these things for a long time before actually DO-ing but I am really itching to experiment in making my own collages. In other news, I got a lino kit for my birthday so I have got a lot of exciting printing activities to look forward to. cloudscapes_1

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Bank Holiday Wanderings

We had a lovely chilled bank holiday weekend...sadly not too much sunshine on offer but when there was some we rushed out to a local park and it couldn't have been more perfect. This park was full of life and colour and sitting in the sun on a bench by the little pond was idyllic. Even the petals that had fallen on the ground looked amazing and I love the ombre effect that is created. I find plants and nature so inspiring. photo3

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Moodboard Monday // B&W

I am a little bit in love with my black and white pinterest board at the moment. I did a black and white mood board before but fancied doing another...and I can't even describe how much pleasure this collection of images brought me today. I feel like they represent little quiet captures of peace and beauty. The top quote totally sums up what my head and life is like most of the time and the 'Listen' type is reminding me to do just that. I have always been a talker and I love to talk and be listened to...but I am really trying to learn the value of being a listener and not a talker. b&w   These images can be found in these places....from top left going clockwise > 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / (couldn't find credit for number 2 so if anyone knows let me know and I will updated it) You can also these and more on my b&w pinterest board. I have also been working on some black and white prints recently so hopefully will be featuring some of my own work soon.

Little Loves // 12

I am currently enjoying another bank holiday weekend, and celebrating my birthday! 29! Can't believe I only have one year left of my twenties and then it is the big 30. I feel a little scared about it. Like does 30 mean I have to get really serious and grow up? I hope not. Here are some of the little things that I loved this past week (mainly this weekend). 1. The hot pink colour of these rhododenrons. photo8

2. This garden which is looking spectacular even in the rain. photo7

3. Giggles with these two while celebrating the birth of one of my all time best buddiesphoto6

4. These left over splatters after working on some ink things. photo1

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Inspired by >> Laura Redburn

A couple of months ago I discovered the blog of Laura Redburn called Cardboardcities and I have been an avid follower ever since and I really love her work. (I think I also feel like we should be friends as she lives in Cardiff and that is where I am from!) She creates wonderful collages and beautiful patterns and I just love when she posts what she has been working on. I find her blog honest and refreshing and it just inspires me to do more and better work. Here are some things I have been loving from her blog but check out her portfolio and beautiful shop on Society6 and on Bigcartel and I would recommend following her on instagram and twitter. 14183683076_e96bf824c4_o

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Little Loves // 11

One of my goals with this Little Loves series was not only to appreciate the little everyday things going on around me but to also work on my photography. I have to confess I have been lazy...and up until now most of the images in this series have been taken on my iphone. Sometimes you can get really nice images with the iphone..and I love having a decent quality camera always in my pocket...but I know they could be better. This week I got out the DSLR and made a little more of an effort. I hope you can tell. Anyway here are the little things that I loved over this past week - I hope you all had a good week too. 1. We recently started getting a veg box from Riverford. Our second delivery arrived very early on Friday morning and I have never been this excited about veg in my life. We decided to get the veg box to encourage us to eat more veg...and since we don't like wasting food it seems to be working!

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2. In my big ongoing sort-out I found lots of old maps that I had collected. I went through them and decided which ones I want to keep and potentially hang on the wall and which ones I was happy to cut up. With those I made envelopes. This was one if my favourites. I think I might sell them on my etsy shop...or I might just use them myself to send letters.

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3. Sitting in the warm sun in my pyjamas one morning made me very happy.

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4. We should totally have picked these before they flowered but our chives have beautiful purple flowers on them at the moment.

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5. Had a very creative and productive weekend creating prints and also preparing packing tubes. Am working hard to get my etsy shop back up and running. Still a lot of work to do but I am more excited about it than ever.

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Courgettes/Zucchini

A little project I am working on at the moment is growing courgettes. My dad has given me a helping hand and lots of advice. I germinated my seeds, re-potted them into bigger pots and then the weekend before last  I finally put them in the ground. I am checking them every day to make sure the snails haven't got to them (our garden is FULL of snails) and hoping for the best! If all goes well in a couple of months I should have a lot of courgettes. In preparation of having more courgettes than I know what to do with I thought I would scour the internet for some good recipes and inspiration for using them up. (to be honest even with all these recipes I think there will be more than I know what to do with, so friends look out...some might be coming your way!) - I had to keep reminding myself that Zucchini is the same thing as courgette...anyway here are some of my favourites that I am particularly looking forward to trying out!

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1. Courgette and Tomato Chutney. I reckon these would make cute gifts and also should last for a quite a while

2. Courgette and Tomato soup...a friend of mine is growing tomatoes so I am hoping we can do a bit of a veg exchange...seriously it is like the good life round here!

3. I love that courgettes are so good for including in cakes and this one looks delish. It is a courgette, lime and pecan cake.

4. A courgette carbonara. This looks like it would be a great quick evening meal option...and hopefully with leftovers for lunch the next day.

5. Courgette noodles. So I have heard of people using courgette instead of pasta/noodles as a healthy option. I will be honest I am a little sceptical but this recipe does look really good so I am going to give it ago.

6. NM loves lemon cakes and so a Courgette and lemon cake sounds right up his alley

7. These courgette chocolate cakes look incredible...so glad I am growing a veg that is good for chocolate cakes.

8. And then this one blew my mind...a courgette pizza base...again am not totally sure about this but I really really want to try it.

Little Loves // 10

I had a lovely week and weekend and there are so many more things I wish I had photographed. But here are few things that I loved this week. 1. These beautiful treats from Esme Winter - getting this new sketch book in the post made me very happy. Check out more of their stuff here.

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2. These little flowers that I noticed in the neighbours garden.

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3. This door to a beautiful old church we stumbled upon.

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4. Sorting through boxes of old treasures and memories and I found this cross stitch that I am guessing I did when I was about 8 or 9. I really loved the patterns and colours.

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5. This wisteria and these beautiful houses in Gypsy Hill

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6. I was going through some old photographs and found this one of a statue. I have no idea where I took it but there is something sad and beautiful about her face. It sort of drew me in.

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Speck + Stone

Last week I shared some beautiful stationery that I was drooling over - well today I want to share some stunning pottery.  Speck + Stone is an online shop selling  often one of a kind ceramics and is the work of Hannah Slade Wood 'Inspired by an appreciation and want for beautiful texture, minimalism and functionality'. I seriously wish my kitchen was full of these pieces. The logo was designed by the lovely Belinda Love Lee who you might remember I interviewed last year and the styling and photography on the site is by the talented sisters Melody Hansen and Gabriela Hansen. Hannah is one seriously talented lady but also an all round lovely person too. You should follow her on instagram for beautiful and carefully considered shots of her products and get inspired by her blog. Oh yeah...and why not buy some of her beautiful pottery! DO IT. slide-image-3

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Little Loves // 09

I am very late with this one...blaming it on the bank holiday! Hope you all had a lovely time. We had fun with family and friends and lots of sunshine which is definitely what you need on a bank holiday weekend. Here are some of the little things I loved this past week. Happy Tuesday! 1. Visited the Pick Me Up exhibiton at Somerset House. This was the wall by Hey Studio...lots of graphical treats of inspiration.

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2. This blue sky for a bank holiday weekend. Happy times.

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3. A little outing to Brunswick House. A yummy breakfast and then a little wander checking out the antiques.

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4. A trip on the Thames Clipper with family. We headed down to Greenwich and it was super fun to be whizzing up and down the Thames.

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5. This fence and these shadows.

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6. Wrapping up prints for my new etsy shop. Still going to be a while until I launch it but it feels food to be making progress.

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Esme Winter

So you know good stationery makes me drool. I love it. A beautiful notebook are what my dreams are made of - combine that with beautiful patterns - DREAM TEAM. So I was pretty ecstatic when I discovered the work of Esme Winter. She works alongside Richard Sanderson to 'produce items that reflect the innate worth of the hand-binding, weaving and finishing practiced by their trusted, generations-old makers.' I love the simplicity of the photography she uses on her site and the intricate geometric patterns. To see more visit her beautiful shop and find out more about the process. Oh and also if you are into instagram follow here. Even more stationery goodness to feast your little eyes on. colo-mustard--new-

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My Year // April

April was a good month. Time with family and friends. A good break from work. Anniversary celebrations and finishing some big projects. I am excited about having a bit more space to work on my etsy shop over the coming months. A couple of these pics show some playing around I have done on that front. Bring on May - May is my favourite month! april

Check out January, February and March.

Double Exposures

I have been seeing some really beautiful double exposures around the web recently and it is making me itchy to experiment. Then today I stumbled across (on Fubiz) these beautiful photo realist paintings by Pakayla Biehn of double exposures. They are truly beautiful, and I find them even more mesmerising knowing that they are painted. Photo realistic paintings have always had my jaw dropping starting from my long time love of Chuck Close. Enjoy these beauties and more of Pakayla's work here. 19_hopetheressomeone28x19web

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Bolivia - 10 years later

CNV00021 About 10 years ago I spent 4 months in Bolivia and totally fell in love with the country. I have been dreaming recently about going back. I have been having a bit of  a sort out of old photos recently and stumbled upon these from my trip. 10 years on and I thought I would share them. They are making me even more desperate to get back to this beautiful place. I would love to be able to take NM to some of the places that I visited. I met some incredible people while I was there who I have sadly lost touch with. At the time when I was travelling I didn't have a digital camera (that is shocking to me now...I can't imagine life without a camera constantly in my pocket) - and so I used a good old pretty cheap film camera. (I wanted something that I wouldn't mind if I lost or broke and would be easy to replace) - and looking at these photos makes me think I miss shooting with film a bit. The excitement of getting the pictures developed, it was all a bit unknown...what would come back? I also really love the look of them. There is something so beautifully grainy and imperfect about these shots. I hope you enjoy a little glimpse into my world of ten years ago. (I might have to do another post as these are a small portion of the images)

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Little Loves // 08

This week was full of colour. Going back to work was a bit of a shock to the system but I had a lovely weekend planned so I had a lot to look forward to. I hung out with the lovely Kate and we geeked out over paper and mattisse, ate yummy food and watched trashy films. It was pretty much the perfect saturday to be honest. Here are some of the things I loved about this past week and weekend... 1. These peonies that NM bought me from Columbia Road flower market have opened right out during the course of the week and look stunning. I love peonies.

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2. I really loved this mosaic that was on the side of a primary school on Columbia Road. This is only a small portion of it, but so many of the details were really sweet.  The boxy giraffe on the left made me smile.

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3. Was really inspired by the Matisse exhibition. I snuck this picture of some of his colour swatches that he used. The colours in his cut outs were so vibrant. The paper he used in his cut outs was painted with gouache by his assistants.

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4. Fell in love with these sheets of wrapping paper. Sadly they were pretty expensive but they made me very happy. I would have struggled to wrap anything in them anyway because they are just too beautiful.

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5. The colours of these tables and chairs outside a restaurant in Brixton Market made me smile.

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6. stumbled upon this little bit of art on a wall in East London. Love the sentiment and the use of old school cassette tapes.

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