Posts tagged inspiration
Hello 2018
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I am often not very good at looking back and noticing what I have achieved. I get frustrated at not having done as much as I would have liked, or because I haven't moved forward as fast as I would have liked, but I have been reflecting back over the past year of my business and I am actually really proud of myself and what I have achieved. It isn't anything big or grand - but I actually did get a lot done whilst juggling looking after a small human, moving city, moving house twice and also having surgery. It wasn't the easiest year at all - but I did keep moving forward, and growing my business and as a result I am really excited about what 2018 has in store. 

Every year I try and share some of my business goals on the blog. You can see last year's here. I am not going to dwell on them to be honest - a few I achieved, and a few became less important and were not priorities. I like to set these goals but I always accept that things change during the year, and sometimes other things become more important to focus on. 

Anyway here are this year's goals: 

Get to 5k followers on Instagram:
I have absolutely loved Instagram this year. Algorithm issues aside, I have managed to improve and slowly grow my account. I have started to see real conversion from posting to sales, and enquiries - not huge amounts, but enough for me to fully realise the benefit of Instagram and investing in it as a place to share my work and post about my business. I have also done a couple of sponsored posts, which has been fun and challenging. I actually love working to a brief and spending more time pushing myself and being creative. I have really noticed that the more time I think through and invest in putting my images together the better they do. One of my sponsored posts ended up with the most likes of the year which I thought was interesting. I need to work out a way to carve out more time to really think through my account and what I share, and make sure that each of my images is really good quality. 

Batch creating content:
This has been recommended to me by various people and it is something that I really want to get into this year. It's something I have struggled with to be honest but I think it will really help me in terms of producing content consistently for my business. I want to be realistic about how much content that I can produce, but in an ideal word I would love to be posting on Instagram every day, a blog post once a week and a newsletter once a month. I often find that I have good intentions but then life gets in the way (sick child, busy period of client work, lack of motivation etc) and I lose momentum and then find it hard to get back to it again. I am hoping if I start batch creating content, then I will have some of the content scheduled in advance, so if one week I can't spend time on blog posts, it doesn't mean there won't be one the next week. 

New clients:
At the end of 2017 I started talking more on Instagram about my logo and branding work for clients (previously I had only really ever talked about my shop) - and I started getting enquiries from my dream sort of clients (small independent businesses or bloggers) which was so exciting. I am starting 2018 working on some lovely projects, and I am hoping that these will lead to finding more of my ideal clients out there. So my goal really is to find more clients to work with, and also to be creative in how I find and approach potential clients. 

New website:
In the next few months I am hoping to update my logo and my website. I have new product photographs for my shop and I feel like I want to refine my style and so it feels like it's time for a refresh of everything. I also want my website to have more information about my logo and branding work and some testimonials of people that I have worked with. 

Writing these goals out here has got me really excited about the year ahead. I am a bit of a dreamer and an ideas person, so I often have more ideas than I know what to do with so it can be a bit of a challenge to come up with realistic and achievable goals, but I am hoping these will be, and that I can take some big leaps forward with my business in 2018. Through it all though I am going to try and follow the advice of the print above and 'keep it simple'. I want to be clear about my goal and purpose for my business and also make sure that spending time with my son and my family is a priority. I am going to focus on saying no and not yet to more things this year so that things are simple but focused. 

Have you written out goals for your business this year? I would love to read them! 

Inspired by Lieke van der Vorst

An illustrator based in Eindhoven,  Lieke van der Vorst has to be one of my all time favourite illustrators. I absolutely love all of her work and can get lost in her instagram and website getting inspired (and maybe feeling insanely jealous - but I try and keep that in check!) for so long.

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I really love the colour palettes she uses in her work and also the texture of her pen/pencil strokes. She has a really distinct style. I don't know why but I am always in awe of people who have a really clear style - maybe because I feel like I am never happy with mine or clear what mine is in my design work. I also like how she combines human and animal characters in her pieces - it adds an element of fun and whimsy to the situations depicted. I want to have tea and cake in a rowing boat with a friendly bear! 

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She also has a shop where she sell prints, originals, postcards etc. There are lots of goodies in there and now I will have to have to start saving! I need to have her artwork on my walls! 

Anyway I really hope you enjoy exploring her work some more and getting lost in the beautiful worlds that she creates. 

Have a lovely and inspiring week!

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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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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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Hope you all have a lovely creative weekend!

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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.

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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Virginia Echeverria Whipple

 

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. 

Moodboard Monday

I think because its winter and we have been dreaming about future holidays I am kind of longing for spring and greenery. I just want lots of green things in my life right now. We have been gradually adding some bits of greenery around our house (and trying not to kill them) - but I still want to add more. Also, from my green Pinterest scrolling I have noticed that green seems to work so well in interior decorating. Check out this all green house! We have a green wall in our house and now I want more! Also this green door is a beauty!

For today's Moodboard Monday I am sharing a bit of a green themed moodboard of things I have been gravitating towards on Pinterest recently. 

Hope you all have a lovely and inspired week!

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Goals for 2016
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Business Goals

1. Start a sketch book for experimenting.
This one could probably go in the personal or business goals but I have decided to put it in the business goals as I think it will have a huge benefit on my work. I hardly spend any time just doodling and playing with things that are not necessarily going to turn into something. I think working and experimenting without the pressure of a final product will be such a positive and inspiring habit to get into. I also just miss having a sketchbook - something that I am not precious about - that I can make a mess in. If it works out, I am excited about sharing some of it on the blog as it will be a bit of a behind the scenes look at the creative process.

2. Start an email newsletter. 
So, as I mentioned in my last post this is a goal that has been transferred over from the 2015 list to the 2016 list. Ideally I was hoping that newsletters would be weekly or fortnightly at least but I think to be realistic I am going to try and start off doing monthly newsletters (hopefully that will seem less scary and get the ball rolling), and then see how things go from there. I have started putting together a template in mailchimp and have used mailchimp quite a bit before so hopefully it won't take too long to get the first newsletter sorted. 

3. Re-photograph all of the stock for the shop and edit down products.
Although the way my products look and have been photographed has improved A LOT since I first started my Etsy shop there is still a lot I would like to improve about them. I want to take some time to really thoughtfully plan out how I want to present my products and take photographs that do the products justice but that also work well together to give the shop a cohesive look and style. I think I am going to have to work on my styling skills for this one and think of fun and interesting ways to make the products look their best. I also want to get rid of any products in the shop that I am not 100% happy with and make room for new designs. 

4. Define the mission and purpose of my business
My business has quite a few different aspects to it but this year I really want to come up with a clear purpose and vision for the business. I think this will really help when making decisions about what projects to pursue and work on, and which to let go as they don't fit in with my purpose. Tangibly, I want to come up with a statement that really sums up what I do and what I am passionate about. This will be something that can be on the website so that people are even clearer on what I am all about, but also something that I can keep referring to and being inspired by as I try and grow and push the business forward. 

 

Personal Goals

1. Learn to make Macarons.
My love for Macarons only really developed in the last few years. I think before I just thought they were over-rated but then I had some amazing ones and now I am hooked. Some friends of mine have made them and they came out so good. I have never been able to attempt them as our oven was soooo bad at heating evenly but now we have a brand spanking new oven I am going to give it a go. 

2. Learn to make my own candles.
I have done a little bit of candle making when I was a kid and it was really fun. Again my love for candles has seriously grown over the last few years and so I have always thought it would be great to make my own for me to use but also for gifts for friends and family who I know love candles too. Once I saw this Instagram from Siobhan I felt more determined than ever. This WILL be the year that I do it. 

3. Make more time to read and do things that don't involve looking at a screen.
My reading list is seriously long - when I am at home and tired I find myself lying on the sofa just automatically scrolling on my phone - it's not really anything of worth that I am looking at, I'm just stuffing my brain full of things for the sake of it. I am going to try and use this time to read a magazine or book instead. I think it is going to be a habit that takes a long time to change but I am determined to work on it!

4. Eat less sugar.
Ok I will be totally honest I don't think I will ever be the sort of person who can cut out sugar completely - but I have realised recently that I have not been making the healthiest of choices when it comes to food. I want to have treats for sure, I just want to cut down on how often they happen! (I used to joke with my husband that my life was just one big treat - because I constantly seemed to be saying the words 'I am just going to treat myself'). I also want to get creative and find healthier and tastier options to replace the daily chocolate bar. (just realised how contradictory this is with the first personal goal! ha)

Blog posts about peoples goals are some of my favourites (they are always so inspiring and I find they encourage and motivate me). So if you have shared your goals I would love to read them! Share them below.  

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Looking back on 2015
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Last summer I put together some really concrete goals that I wanted to work on for my small business. So I thought I would do a little re-cap and let you know how I got on with all of them. Here is the original post if you want to check it out. 

1. Set up a shop on my own website
Yes! I finally managed to do this. I was really glad that I had this set up before Christmas. I haven't closed my Etsy shop and will still leave it there for now, but I'll focus more on promoting the shop on my website. I think it will take a while and will be slow growing but I am looking forward to adding more products to it and improving how it looks and works. 

2. Start an email newsletter
This one I totally failed on. I think if I'm honest I have been trying to do too many things and so this was just another ball to juggle that would've required a lot of work. I am frustrated with myself for not doing this and think I need to take my own advice about just getting started from my post earlier in the week, but this will definitely be on my goal list for 2016 and hopefully it will be achieved this year! I would love to be able to offer special discounts and behind the scenes updates to my regular followers.

3. Get organised for Christmas
I think there will always, always be room for improvement on this one but I was pleased that I managed to get two packs of Christmas cards up in the shop. It was still a bit touch and go getting them up in plenty of time and I feel like each year I am learning about timings when it comes to greetings cards. I want to try and be even more organised with it in 2016. 

4. Add more stock to the shop
One of my frustrations, as ever, is not being able to add as many new products to the shop as I would like to and I will need to think about what is realistic on this front in the coming year. I definitely didn't add as much stock as I would have liked in 2015 but I think I need to manage my expectations about what is realistic with all the other things that I have to balance. I also want to re-think which products I keep in stock too. Some I am really pleased with and some not so much, so I guess it will be a constant process of editing and refining. 

5. Sell my stuff at a market/fair
I think this was the achieved goal that I was most pleased with in 2015. I applied for markets not really sure if I would even get accepted. I ended up doing 3 markets between October and Christmas and it was such a learning experience and really valuable. The sales were good and I made more than I expected (except I did go with very low expectations! Ha) - but what I really loved was meeting customers in person and seeing people interact with my work. It made me so happy when people would pick up a card and laugh or smile at it. It was a really good reminder as to why I love to do what I do. If you have a small biz and haven't done any markets yet I would totally recommend it. I shared a post here with some info about doing your first craft fair and things to think about. 

I feel really happy with how I have pushed my business forward last year. I feel like things really have grown and developed and although I didn't achieve everything I set out to I achieved a lot of what I wanted to. I know there are still so many areas that I want to improve in and develop further and so I am looking forward to 2016 and moving forward in this little adventure of mine. I will be sharing my goals for 2016 in the next few days so come back and check that out. 

Thank you so much for all your support and following along with my creative journey here on the blog. After a bit of rest and taking it easy I am finally feeling excited and inspired about the year ahead and everything to come. 

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Inspired by Aisha Zeijpveld

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to go to one of the days at the Offset London conference. I had been to one of the Offset conferences in Dublin quite a few years ago and was excited that they were putting something on in London. 

There were lots of inspiring talks from different creatives throughout the day but I think the major highlights for me were Erik Kessels and Seb Lester. Someone new to me who's work really blew me away though (I have kept thinking about it since) was Aisha Zeijpveld

She is an Amsterdam based photographer and you might not necessarily know it from looking at her photographs but there is so much work that goes into them. I have lots of friends who are photographers and I know that it's not a case of just pointing and shooting - there is lots of planning, research, styling and technical skill that goes into each shot. But Aisha's work just took things to a whole different level. The way she works seems very experimental and sometimes looking at the images you just can't know all the different layers and processes that she has gone through to get the final outcome. 

I think this is why her talk really stood out to me because it was really fun to see the behind the scenes of how she works. The image below for example hasn't been photoshops. Portraits were taken and then parts of the image where cut away and light shined through to get the halo effect. 

Again, you might think that the below was photoshopped but actually it was a case of genuinely throwing things at this guys face to get the perfect shot. I think what is quite exciting (and risky I guess) is that you don't always know how it is going to turn out - or how long it will take to get something that works and is just right. 

Quite a lot of her work involves various stages of photography. A photograph might be taken and then printed, ripped and manipulated and then photographed again. It gives them such a deep and beautiful quality that I think would get lost in photoshop. I think the image below is really beautiful and was for an editorial piece to illustrate back pain. 

 I would really recommend checking out Aisha's website to see more of her beautiful work. There is such a distinct style and beautiful quality to her images. It is always amazing to discovered an artist and to be inspired and mesmerised by their work. 

I hope you all have an inspired Thursday! 

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Handlettering in October
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It is the end of October (!!!) and so in my mind the Christmas preparations are going to start soon. Sorry if you hate me for saying that, but I like to have plenty of time to think about present ideas and plan out what I need to do. In November I am going to share some gift ideas and will be launching my own Christmas card designs very soon so keep your eyes peeled for that. 

Here is this month's handlettering offerings. I snuck in a black on white one for a bit of a change but I think I prefer the white on black to be honest. 

I am struggling a bit with blogging at the moment and keeping up with it all, but I still really enjoy it and so am going to keep plodding on. I have had a few ideas for being more time effective with how I create content so hopefully that will help. I am always trying to think of ideas to improve and get better.

Hope you are all having inspired and creative weeks. 

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How to deal with rejection as a creative biz owner

I don't think people running a small business talk about rejection all that often - I know I don't. It's the sort of thing you don't really want to shout about as I guess it makes you appear as a 'failure' and we naturally worry that it might make our business look bad. I guess that might be true and although I am not going to talk about specifics I do want to share some thoughts on rejection today. I experienced it recently (and it could be anything from not winning a job, not getting a stall at a market you wanted to sell at, not being featured somewhere etc) and it knocked me a little bit and my natural reaction was to let it get me down and make me doubt and question myself. I wanted to think about it a little deeper though and try and look at it from a more positive perspective. I came up with three points to keep reminding myself of that actually really helped so I thought it would be good to share! 

1. Your worth is not tied up in your creative business and work.
I think this is hard to remember because so much of our identities are tied up in our 'career' and what we do but even if your business/creative activities stopped tomorrow you would still have worth as a human being and something to offer to the world. Although it would be hard, your creativity and your work is not the only important and valuable thing about you. It really helps me to be reminded of this, and even if everything doesn't work out with my small business and even if it isn't considered a 'success' it won't have been a waste because I have, and am learning a lot, and I still have something to offer. 

2. Everyone has to deal with it - even the people who you think are 'successful'
It is always really encouraging to me when people who I class as 'successful' in this industry open up about their journey and often you realise that it hasn't been smooth or quick for them, it is often slow and difficult, full of ups and down and has involved a lot of hard work. Everybody has to deal with rejection and things not going exactly how they planned and so I find it helpful to remember that this is normal. I work in a creative industry and that is full of subjectivity. Not everyone is going to like my work or want to buy what I make and that is ok - and that is the same for other wildly successful businesses too. It would be pretty sad if we all had the same taste and liked the exact same things. Recently I have made friends with other people doing similar things to me but who are maybe further along on the journey and they have been so generous sharing the behind the scenes to me, and opening up about struggles they have had. It really does make it easier to remember that failure and rejection is part of the process and everyone goes through it. 

3. Keep going and get better at what you do
A lot of people don't deal well with rejection (understandably) but they let it defeat them and give up. Sometimes it is right to call it a day and change direction but a lot of the time you just need to keep going - and get better, learn from your mistakes, try again, work out what you can do different next time and grow a better and stronger business as a result. I am really trying to do this...and when I have thoughts of giving up I remember that there are ups and downs and that I just need to keep going and try harder. 

I often get into bad thought patterns and things spiral a bit out of control, so having these three things to remember and keep reminding myself of has really helped and encouraged me. Do you have any ways of dealing with rejection? I would love to hear if you do.

I hope you all have a great Friday and a lovely weekend!

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My insta faves: teresacfreitas

Normally for these insta faves I do a round up of 8 different Instagram accounts to follow but today I decided to feature just one, as her account is so incredibly beautiful. Introducing teresacfreitas - most of the images in her feed are like works of art in their own right and not something that she has snapped while she is out and about (although there are a few of those two) - and I really enjoy the glimpse into how her creative mind works. After a bit of internet stalking I discovered that Teresa is from Portugal and is a photographer (duh! Well obviously!).

There are lots of surreal images in her feed and her work, she is inspired by the sea and you can see that in a lot of her photographs. 

I really do think that Instagram is my favourite form of social media, and although every now and then the green eyed monster rears its ugly head meaning occasionally I have to unfollow someone for my own sanity, most of the time I discover the most wonderfully creative people that inspire me in all sorts of ways. 

Who is your favourite person to follow on Instagram? 

If you want to see my other insta faves check out: one, two, three, four,

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Moodboard Monday

Guys, I am back and it feels good! After some pretty sporadic blogging over August I am back into the swing of things now and posting will resume as normal, 3 days a week again. I think this summer has been a good lesson in being a bit more realistic in what I can achieve. It has been good to have a bit of a break though and so I am thinking that maybe once a year I will take a month off the blog (probably in August) to recharge and get new ideas etc. 

So I thought I would kick things off with a Moodboard Monday to get me ready for the week ahead. I have lots of fun things coming up over the next few weeks to share with you including some new products. I will also be sending out my first ever email newsletter (eek!) which you can sign up to in the side bar if you so desire (I really think you should haha!) .

How beautiful are these images. They are things that have been floating across my screen recently and getting me inspired to create. Click on the images to go to the sources. 

I hope you all have a lovely Monday and that you are enjoying the change of season!

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hand lettering // July
hand lettering - Liz Mosley
hand lettering - Liz Mosley
Hand Lettering - Liz Mosley
hand lettering - Liz Mosley
hand lettering - Liz Mosley
hand lettering - Liz Mosley

I think I had been getting a bit stuck in a rut again with my hand lettering..but I really like the last 3 of this set. They are a bit different and a bit more interesting. I am going to try and use these hand letterings on instagram as a chance to experiment a bit more as I really don't do that enough. 

In other news have you seen this cute little series Bianca has started where she hand letters things her friends have said? She included something I said - turns out a lot of people can identify, haha! I am looking forward to checking out more of them as the series continues. 

In other hand lettering news I am trying to get back into practising my calligraphy after this workshop earlier in the year. I want to do the next level workshop but definitely need to work a bit harder on it before I am ready to sign up. 

Hope you all have a lovely Friday and a great weekend. I am looking forward to hanging out with my siblings. 

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My insta faves (part 5)

So I say this every time but I seriously do love putting these posts together. So now I am onto part 5 (you can check out one, two, three and four). As usual I have put together some of the people who I enjoy following and who inspire me on good old Instagram. 

@takecourageblog  - I only discovered this blog (and Instagram) recently and I love Cat's feed. She is a lawyer in London and full of creativity and fun. Lots of beautifully colourful shots and creative ideas. 

@takecourageblog - I only discovered this blog (and Instagram) recently and I love Cat's feed. She is a lawyer in London and full of creativity and fun. Lots of beautifully colourful shots and creative ideas. 

@ettrumtill  - Katrina is editor of Elle decoration in Sweden so it is no surprise that this feed is choc full of beautiful interiors. 

@ettrumtill - Katrina is editor of Elle decoration in Sweden so it is no surprise that this feed is choc full of beautiful interiors. 


@urbanxkoi  - I don't think I have ever seen a feed so coheasive when it comes to this one. I think I actually gasped when I saw it - the images are seriously beautiful and she is based in NY so I couldn't not follow along. 

@urbanxkoi - I don't think I have ever seen a feed so coheasive when it comes to this one. I think I actually gasped when I saw it - the images are seriously beautiful and she is based in NY so I couldn't not follow along. 

@samphireandseasalt  - Rebecca makes country life look seriously appealing and I am a full on city girl! Beautiful and thoughtful images. 

@samphireandseasalt - Rebecca makes country life look seriously appealing and I am a full on city girl! Beautiful and thoughtful images. 


@anabuho  - Beautiful scenery and quirkly little moments this feed is fun and refreshing. Makes me want to go on lots of adventures.

@anabuho - Beautiful scenery and quirkly little moments this feed is fun and refreshing. Makes me want to go on lots of adventures.

@thislittlelion  - If you scroll down the feed a bit you'll love the beautiful winter scenery! Lots of lovely images here.

@thislittlelion - If you scroll down the feed a bit you'll love the beautiful winter scenery! Lots of lovely images here.


@aprilmorns  - This feed is dreamy and broody all rolled into one! Scrolling through it looks like snippets from a film.

@aprilmorns - This feed is dreamy and broody all rolled into one! Scrolling through it looks like snippets from a film.

@emilievancamp  - Bright fresh shots that just make you long for wide open spaces! I would say that a word that sums up this feed is 'peaceful'.

@emilievancamp - Bright fresh shots that just make you long for wide open spaces! I would say that a word that sums up this feed is 'peaceful'.

Hope you enjoy all of these recommendations and have a lovely and inspired weekend. 

In other news if you could spare a few minutes to fill in my reader survey that is on the blog I would be forever grateful!

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Reader Survey 2015

Guys I have been thinking for a while that it would be pretty interesting to do a reader survey. I have really noticed that since January onwards, as I have been blogging a lot more consistently, engagement and readership has increased, which is great! As much as I write this blog for my own enjoyment and as a creative endeavour that I find inspiration from - you, my lovely readers are pretty key in the whole process. As I work on the blog and develop the content and try and work out what is working and what maybe isn't, it would be so useful to know a bit more about who is reading it and also your thoughts on what you enjoy and what you don't. I know there are a lot of areas that I can improve on, and I am really enjoying that process, so your answers to these questions I've put together will really help me to work out how to do that more effectively and how to grow in the right direction. 

You can find the form below and it really would mean the world to me if you would take five minutes out of your day to answer these questions (seriously you can see how grateful I am - my arms are open wide to give you a hug in the picture above! Haha such a silly photo but it made me laugh!).

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I hope you all have a lovely Wednesday!

(photo above taken by Samee Lapham)

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Inspired by Chuck Close

When we visited the MET in New York last month they had a piece by Chuck Close and it reminded me that he really is one of my all time favourite artists. I have been so fascinated by him and inspired by his work ever since I was in school. Here are some of his paintings that are my favourites, but there really is nothing like seeing them up close and personal! I am alway in awe of photorealist painters because I admire the skill required so much. As his paintings are larger than life they are so impressive and I love when you can get close and see each tiny brush stroke, but from far away it looks just like a photograph. 

I think one of the things I find so interesting about Chuck Close is how he has overcome adversity and where many may have given up he did not and found new ways to paint despite his limitations. You can read more about it here but basically he suffered from a seizure which left him paralysed from the neck down. He relies on a wheelchair and continued to paint with a brush strapped onto his wrist with tape. He continued doing portraits and creates them by painting low resolution grid squares - which when put together make the portrait. I find these painting just as impressive as his photorealistic paintings even though they are very different.

I found this quote by Close a little while ago about inspiration and thought it was so wise and spot on. Sometimes we just need to turn up and keep doing the work rather than waiting for a bolt of inspiration to hit us. This really helps me on days when I am not feeling it. Just turning up and doing the work is so important. 

The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work.

If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to do an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself.

Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction.

Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.
— Chuck Close

If you ever get a chance to see Close's work in the flesh I would highly recommend it. Although I am not a painter I just find his work and his journey so inspiring. 

Hope you all have a great Monday!

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handlettering // June
Liz Mosley - handlettering
Liz Mosley - handlettering
Liz Mosley - handlettering
Liz Mosley - handlettering
Liz Mosley - handlettering
Liz Mosley - handlettering

Can you believe it is the end of June - I reckon this summer is going to whizz right by. I have been trying to keep up with handlettering and here are a few of this month's offerings. I usually post them on my instagram so you can follow along with them there. I have been sticking with the white on black but I feel like I need to push myself and try something different so I might branch out a bit and try some other things. 

You can see more of my hand lettering stuff in my Etsy shop, I have been working on some commissions recently so if you have a quote or phrase that you love and that you would like handlettered feel free to get in touch for a quote! 

Hope you all have a great day!

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