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Liz Mosley by Samee Lapham

I thought I would do a little post today with a bit of a catch up on how things have been going. Since February I have been working 4 days a week at my job and then one day a week (and some evenings and weekends), I have been focusing on my own freelance work and my shop. It has been great and I have enjoyed it so much. I have been managing to juggle my job, the blog, the shop and freelance pretty well. I have been getting enquiries and jobs from new clients and it really feels like my business has been growing. 

Anyway part of the deal with me working 4 days at my job, was that over the summer when things get busy at work I would go back to 5 days, so that is what will be happening for the next 3 months. I have decided to try and be realistic about what this is going to mean and as a result I have decided to go down to posting two times a week instead of three. This will start from next week, and I will probably post on Tuesdays and Fridays. Then in October I plan to go back to posting 3 days a week again. 

I would love to get some feedback from you my lovely readers about what you like and what you don't on this blog, because although I blog because I love it and find it a great creative outlet, let's be honest I am hoping that people are reading and enjoying what I post. I think in the next couple of weeks I will put together a little bit of a survey, which should hopefully help me think about my content and how to develop and grow my little business over the summer. 

I am also planning to start a newsletter which will include discount codes for the shop and extra content and free downloads that are not available to anybody else. This probably won't start until October but I have put a sign up box in the right-hand menu of this blog, so if you are interested feel free to sign up now so that you are all ready for some inbox fun in the autumn!  

Ok I have waffled on long enough - I just wanted to end by sharing a little summer discount code for the shop. If you use the code SUMMERSUN you will get 15% off everything in the shop for the next two weeks. If there is something you have had your eye on now is the time to nab it! 

Hope you are looking after yourselves in this mini heatwave and have a lovely Wednesday! 

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(photo by Samee Lapham

This Month // May

The month of May is always a good one for me, the weather is usually getting better, there are sometimes holidays on the horizon and it's my birthday month! NM teases me that I usually make my birthday celebrations stretch out for a whole month but I think this year that is legitimate what with turning 30 and all! Here is a bit of what I have been up to:

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1. I did a little lino printing workshop with the lovely Olu and the Making Uncovered event. It was really fun and inspired me to get some new linocutting tools and get experimenting again. 

2. I launched the Father's Day cards in the shop - there are 4 different designs for you to get your mitts on. You can see them all here. The shop will be closed for the first two weeks in June but there is time this week to get your order in, or there will still be time to get them in time when it opens again. 

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3. I did the biggest giveaway I have ever done on my blog to celebrate my birthday and it is still on now! If you haven't entered already you really should, there are so many stationery treats to win AND an etsy gift card. 

4. I spent a bit of time this month reflecting on what I have learnt over the last 30 years and I shared some of this on the blog on Monday. It was an interesting post to think about and put together. 

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5. We did a flying trip to Cardiff to visit family for my birthday. There is this one park that I always love going to and the flowers were out in all their colourful glory! It was pretty impressive to be honest. Flowers and nature always make me happy. So much beauty!

6. I know I have mentioned this quite a bit here but the highlight of this month was the launch of Calder and Byrne. I have loved working with Siobhan on some products for the shop that she launched at the beginning of May. I was so excited to be involved. 

Anyway that is all for this month. On Monday we go to New York for a few days so am looking forward to putting some posts together about that. 

Another quick reminder, there is still time for you to enter my birthday giveaway! It closes at midnight on Thursday so not long to go - get over there quick! 

Hope you all enjoyed your May bank holiday and are having a lovely Wednesday! 

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This Month // April

This month has had a lot of fun things going on and some fun little trips. I have found it inspiring to explore new places and get out of London a couple of times and also we have eaten sooo well this month with lots of meals out due to NM's birthday and our wedding anniversary (we are living off baked beans on toast for now!). Anyway here are a few things that I have been up to:

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1.  I went to Brighton for the day to visit one of my all time fave friends. Was good to get out of London and have a little creative field trip. 

2. I worked on some prints for the ace new shop Calder & Byrne which will be launching very soon! So excited to be involved and I have had a sneak peak, they are going to be selling some lovely stuff (more about that next week!). 

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3. A birthday lunch with some total faves of ours. This Spanish dish was amazing! 

4. London has pretty much totally exploded into spring and is full of blossom! I have been walking A LOT this month and have been taking it all in and loving it!

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5. We went to Bristol to celebrate our second wedding anniversary! It was such a lovely weekend and we ate in some amazing places - all of which I will be sharing on the blog next week. 

6. Very excitingly I went to a workshop at Pinterest's offices in London. It was great to learn in a bit more depth how I can make the most of Pinterest and use it as a tool for my business - also a yummy breakfast was involved! Winner.

Hope you all have a lovely Wednesday! I can't believe that April is nearly over but May is going to be a fun month so I am looking forward to it!

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This Month // March

So last week was the first week after such a good run where I didn't manage to post 3 times in the week. Up until then I had been consistently posting on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and the routine has been working well for me. Last week though I was feeling ill, work got on top of me and I decided to just give myself a break and not worry about it. Anyway I am raring to go this week and looking forward to a shorter working week because of Easter. Here are some of the things that happened in March. 

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1. This month was really exciting on the shop front because I had lots of Mothers Day orders. Thank you so so much if you ordered one. You kept me busy and I had so much fun packaging them all up. I am still loving working 4 days a week and have lots of plans for the shop

2. The weather has improved significantly and I have been walking LOADS. It has actually been really inspiring and I have snapped so many lovely shots on my walks to and from work. 

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3. Have been working with the lovely Sally at Bias Boutique in Peckham which means I get to visit the shop and drool over all the lovely products. I'm enjoying growing my freelance client base - if you have a project you would like me to work on I would love to hear from you! 

4. I have been loving the blogging.  I am developing my content and trying to work out which posts you like and which not so much - and despite the slight blip last week, posting 3 times a week seems to be an achievable amount at the moment. 

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5. We took a trip to Cardiff and went and watched the Severn Bore - Did you know that it is the second largest tidal range in the world. There's a geeky geography fact for you. It was actually a little bit disappointing, maybe I had built it up a bit in my head - but I always have fun going on random adventures like this with my family! (I had to brighten up this image to make it not look so grey and depressing!) 

6. I have been trying to be a bit better at noticing the details around me and have been sharing a few of the photos on instagram with the hashtag #noticingthedetails. Totally join in if you fancy! 

I am looking forward to April. We have a bit of time off over Easter and are going to tackle lots of jobs around the house. It is our wedding anniversary and we are going to Bristol for a weekend to celebrate. I am also looking forward to a day trip to Brighton to see one of my fave friends! 

Hope you all have a great Monday!

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This Month // February

These monthly posts are going to replace my 'currently' posts. It is still going to be about what I am up to and what is going on, I guess a little round up of the month. February has been a good month. We went through a busy spell at the end of January but February has been more chilled and refreshing. I have been working hard but have also made time to stop and have fun. 

1. I went down to 4 days a week at work. This has been an amazing experience and it is just a huge gift to have a whole day all to myself to work on my personal projects, the shop and this blog. I am trying to develop good habits and get into a good routine to make sure I make the most out of that day. 

2. I had a few busy days painting and making cards. I am still getting my wholesale catalogue up to date but am excited about sending it out in the next couple of weeks. Below you can see a couple of new ones which I have just put up in the shop.

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3. We spent a long weekend in Corfe Castle in Dorset with friends and family and it was just really lovely and refreshing. Walks outdoors and seeing the sea are always so good for me and I always find visiting new places and getting out of my normal routine inspiring and good for getting the creative juices flowing. 

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4. I have been reading these two books and loving them both. You can read my review on Manage your day-to-day here. 

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5. I have been working on a new website for the lovely folk at Bias Boutique. If you have not checked out this cute shop in Peckham you really should. Keep an eye out for the new website! Sally who runs the shop has amazing taste and every time I go in I discover new and interesting products. This is a shot I took in the shop a few weeks ago to go on the website - I never wear yellow but that yellow jumper that you can see popping out was amazing.

Currently in January

I really like writing these currently posts – they force me to stop and think about what is going on right now and help me to focus on little things to be grateful for and that are good. I am trying to be a lot more organised with my blog this year. So far in January some weeks it works and some weeks it just doesn't but I feel like I am learning and improving how I go about it - and generally I just enjoy sharing in this space and so I have been having fun coming up with ideas for blog posts and for ways to make improvements. The photo above was taking while walking to work this morning. There was something really beautiful about the hazy warm light and the crisp cold air. I hope you all have a great weekend - here is what is going on with me right now: 

Making: new greetings cards and working on another exciting project I can't mention yet. I am hoping to update my wholesale catalogue in the next few weeks! I really need to get my act together in time for V day - I am new to all this though so it might be too late already! 

Watching: Greys Anatomy - it's on Amazon instant video - what more needs to be said? 

Reading: I just finished reading Crazy Busy and now I need to get back to Rebecca which I had a little break from - hope I haven't forgotten what has happened so far. 

Wearing: loads and loads of layers - man it is cold right now. I have got my eye on a nice warm jumper from Cos at the moment. 

Grateful: for all the book recommendations that I got on this post on instagram - I am looking forward to checking them out and making time to read. 

Learning: how to chop an onion properly! I am trying to improve my cooking skills and this has been a good start and giving me a lot more confidence for some reason - last week I made a beef and prune stew and this week a butternut squash and chickpea stew. Am enjoying following through recipes and making good food! 

Obsessed: with chicken and avocado sandwiches! Seriously I have only just discovered what a dream team avocado and chicken are! 

Looking: forward to going down to 4 days a week in Feb. I am not sure if I have mentioned it on here before but I work full time as an in-house graphic designer and have been doing extra freelance work and my etsy shop on the side. It has been amazing but also frustrating juggling all 3 and not having as much time as I would like to work on my shop. Although it's only one day - I am so excited about the extra time I will have starting from Feb. I will keep you posted on how it goes! 

Wanting: to find some more yummy and healthy snacks that I can eat at work. I have realised my weakness is snacking at work. If anyone has any good suggestions please let me know! 

Enjoying: Entertaining lots of friends in January. We have had/are having lots of friends over for dinner and whilst it's busy it has been really lovely spending quality time with good people. 

Loving: practicing calligraphy after this class I took. I am not sure I have improved much but it is so fun and enjoyable. I'm also using it as a reason to write letters to people - so I can try and write their name and address in calligraphy on the front. 

Dreaming: about all of the places that I want to go after this post. We need to get on with it, start making plans, saving and booking things. 

Currently... (in Venice)
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I have been meaning to do another one of these currently posts for ages and I thought since I was on holiday in Venice and having a bit of down time (in between wandering the streets and eating) I would do a post from here...this is what is going on: 

taking: loads of photos. Venice is just stunning and around every corner is a beautiful canal/building/scene to be photographed. Also Burano = most colourful place I have ever been - I think it will need a blog post all of its own. 

Cooking: King prawns and other treats that we brought from the Rialto market. SO MUCH fresh seafood it was amazing.

Watching: Series 4 of Damages. It has been so fun to watch a box set together. 

Reading: The Watcher in the Shadows by Carlos Zafon. I couldn't put it down and it was scary - then I found out it's a kids book. haha. Anyway I would totally recommend it. I bought it at the airport on NM's recommendation and devoured it within a few days of holiday...going to check out some of his other books. 

Wearing: Warm clothes...but not needing a coat. Am fearing the winter coat will need to come out when we get back to London. 

Noticing: that we are doing A LOT of walking and hoping that this might cancel out all the eating and drinking we are doing.  Ever heard of Cicchetti? If you are ever in Venice make it your business to find out about it and sample the delights!

Thinking: I really need to eat less bread!

Grateful: For this holiday and just having some space to chill and think - the last few weeks and months have been pretty mental and this is the recharge I think we both needed to get us through to Christmas!

Starting: to design more greetings cards in my head...got a few more ideas for christmas cards and even started thinking about some valentines ones - hoping to have the latest batch up in the shop next week

Obsessed: with the paper shops in Venice. So many sheets of beautiful marbled and handprinted paper, and so many notebooks.  

Enjoying: watching lots of Japanese tourists photographing themselves all over Venice with selfie sticks! Ha. 

Dreaming: about growing my little etsy business that I have started. A few exciting things have been coming up recently that I have been motivating me to keep going and keep working hard at it. 

Currently...

Well I am back. I have had a little break (well quite a long one actually) from the blog and now I am back with a newly designed website/blog and am about to launch my etsy shop any day now. I have been working hard making, photographing and listing - honestly. Anyway I thought since I had disappeared for a while i would catch up with a 'currently' post and then get back into regular posting from now on. So here we go...

Making: greetings cards. Only done a few so far but am really enjoying creating my own designs

Cooking: Fish Taco's!!! We had these when we were in Hawaii and now we have a little recipe of our own and they are yummy. 

Watching: Damages...someone lent us the box set and NM and I are getting seriously addicted. Its a bit gory in places though and some of my dreams have been a bit weird as a result!

Reading: Life has been so busy recently I am reading pretty slowly - still on 'One thousand gifts' by Ann Voskamp - but still loving it and still loving the tag line. I would like to make it into a print actually as a reminder! 'A dare to live fully right where you are'.

Wearing: Still managing to go out without a coat but there is definitely an autumnal feel in the air. I think it will be time for boots and scarfs soon. 

Noticing: that we are in a weird phase of life right now where everything seems to be changing. Well not for us so much but for a lot of people around us. Its a little unsettling, but exciting too! 

Thinking: about work work work and more work. Seriously my brain is rammed packed...every day I feel like things are just dropping out of there...but am thankful for my notebook and a good list

Grateful: for weekend lie in's...seriously don't think I could get through the week without that chance to catch up on some extra zzz's 

Starting: to look forward to Christmas...I know everyone is going to be horrified...but I LOVE Christmas! 

Obsessed: Still with avocado's - I can't get enough of those bad boys...and not sick of them yet.

Looking: forward to getting stuck in the etsy shop. I know I keep going on about it but it really is going to launch very soon! Keep your eyes peeled.

Wishing: every now and then that I was lying in the field pictured above watching the clouds with not a care in the world. Life is pretty good though...but I guess a little more cloud gazing would be nice.

Enjoying: baby cuddles, sooo nice to have them and then be able to give baby back! 

Dreaming: about romantic strolls in Venice next month with NM

Currently...

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.