Posts tagged happy

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.

Letterpress - The Final Week!

Ahhhh I am so sad that the letterpress course is over. It has been such a good 6 weeks. 3 hours a week in the basement studio playing with type has been such a lovely and peaceful escape from the everyday business of my life right now. So for my last session I became a bit of a machine and printed loads of Christmas cards. I am really chuffed with how they came out. Usually I am not a fan of sending Christmas cards but this year I am really excited about it. I can't tell you how satisfying it is when you pull the roller across and you don't know how the print is going to come out (trust me there was a lot of variety!) and the ace feeling when it looks really good. I think the thing I have learn't most about this process is that in a discipline like this, where you are working with your hands -  things just often don't work out how you expect, but that has been amazing. The chance to play and it be ok if you make mistake...but also the happy accidents. That is something that I don't really get to do much even though my job is creative, because there are always really tight deadlines. The other things I played around with was thermography powder. You put it on wet ink, blow it with a hot air gun and it raises and goes all glossy. It turned out really cool. Anyway if after all my wittering about letterpress you fancy doing a course I couldn't recommend it enough. Check out St Brides Foundation for more info. (sorry the photos are not great quality. was quickly snapping on my phone while I was covered in ink...I even got in on my face. classic)

Letterpress - Week 5

I can't believe that the letterpress course is nearly over. For these last two weeks we are working on our own projects. I thought since I am already in the festive mood I would do some letterpress Christmas cards for people this year. (I am not really a big sender of Christmas cards but this year I am going to be organised and send some) The picture on the left was after I had set my type and locked it all up. You have to lock it all up and fill in any empty space with spacing blocks so that none of the type moves around when it is on the press. I then did a proof. I hand inked it so that I could have a different colour on each word (I think I am going to change the colours for the final thing although I was loving that deep blue) and ran it through a small proofing press. Next week I am going to print them on the Vandercook I think. Just need to get some blank cards to print them on and then I am all good to go for the last week of letterpress. I can't believe it is the last week! BOO. It has been a great course.

More festive posts to come soon!