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We are moving!
'We Have Moved' by  Paul Davis

'We Have Moved' by Paul Davis

Well the title of this post gives a pretty big clue as to what our latest life news is. That is right - we are leaving London and moving to Cardiff! Writing those words and making plans to leave (we leave in just 4 weeks!) has turned me into a big ball of mixed emotions and I think I feel equal amounts of excitement and sadness. London has been so good to us. My husband and I met here, have built our lives here - we had our son here. We have been through so much together in this amazing city from first dates to bringing our newborn home from the hospital. It feels so hard to be leaving all that and not to mention all of the amazing friends we have made in our nearly 10 years of being here.  

Neither of us ever really imagined staying in London for ever...it never really seemed like a viable option for the very long term and although it has all happened sooner than I expected everything has slotted into place and it feels like the right time to jump ship from this big city. We are both city dwellers for sure, and I have never really dreamed of living in the countryside...but I am looking forward to living in a smaller city - one that takes less time to get around but where the countryside and the sea are much easier to access. 

I am also excited about what this means for my small business. London is an expensive city to live in and by moving to Cardiff there is more flexibility in terms of my job. So I won't be going back to a 9-5 job after finishing my maternity leave - instead I will be doing something that I have dreamed of for a while and going it alone as a freelance designer. I am excited and apprehensive but mainly just ready to get stuck in. I won't be doing the freelance thing full time but will be fitting it in around looking after Reuben and I am so glad that I will still be able to spend lots of time with him and hopefully be flexible with my work depending on what he needs. We will be near family who will be able to help out with childcare and NM has a new job which he is excited to get stuck into too. 

Leaving something is always hard. And if it wasn’t hard there would probably be something wrong. It reminds me that we have really invested in our relationships and friendships here and that has been an amazing thing, so it's natural to not want to leave that. But I am embracing the motto on a print I used to have in my shop - ‘Change is Exciting’. I am excited for lots of adventures ahead of us and new opportunities that weren’t possible while living in London. 

We leave in 4 weeks and we will start off living with my parents for a few months until we can find ourselves a house. I am spending all of my time on rightmove and pinterest right now! 

If you live in Cardiff and have any tips of places to hang out (it has been over 10 years since I lived there last!) or fancy being friends in real life instead of online friends just let me know! 

Hope you are all having a great week and there is some spring sunshine where you are today! 

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. 

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.

My Year // April
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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!

Check out January, February and March.

Little Loves // 07

Feeling happy that I finally managed to do this post on a sunday! Have been enjoying some relaxing time off from work over easter. Here are my loves for this week...its been a good one. Happy Easter. 1. More beautiful views on my way to work. I walked part of the way to work twice this week (Which is pretty good as I was only in 3 days) and the weather was perfect and it was just a really nice way to start the day... having time to think and daydream.

2. Enjoyed playing with my new stamp!

3. On a rainy easter sunday this bit of paper in the street made me smile.

4. The graffiti in Shoreditch just keeps getting better and better. These bright letters are awesome.

5. A little outing to Columbia Road flower market is always good. Enjoying my peonies and ranunculus.

6. We celebrated our one year wedding anniversary and found an old school photobooth. Fun times.

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The weather has been pretty grey this week and there was a horrible smog over the city but I have been enjoying being outdoors. Am looking forward to the easter break for more gardening times and just chilling out. Here are some of the little things I loved this week - 1. Discovering the beautiful Battersea Flower Station - you go through this gate off the main road and then suddenly this long garden centre lays before you and it is really beautiful and kind of exciting to explore because it is so hidden. Who would have thought this gem was in battersea. I bought some seeds and a couple of indoor plants. Excited to come back here.

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2. Taking pics with the lovely Samee in Battersea Park. It was pretty grey and drizzly and we stumbled across a little fun fair. It made me realise how rusty have got at using my SLR. Need to get back on it with the whole photography thing and stop being lazy and just using my phone. Samee gave me some good tips and got me inspired. Hanging out with fellow creatives is the best.

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3. Stickers for my etsy shop. Exciting. It is still a very long way from being ready to launch but enjoyed getting these stickers in the mail in preparation.

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4. Early morning walks along the river on my way to work. I decided to walk part of the way to work for a bit of exercise and felt really good (apart from a gross smog on the first day) - It involved getting up a little bit early but was dooable. Lets hope I keep it up - I am aiming to walk in a couple of days each week.

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5. I did some gardening! Hurrah! I have notoriously had black thumbs but am determined to turn them green. I got started with some courgettes, carrots and sweet williams. I really enjoyed getting my hands all muddy and dirty. Lets hope they grow.

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6. Ok I know I am no food photographer but NM made me some Indian scrambled eggs on english muffins and it was DELISH.

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Little Loves // 03

I am loving these posts. I am finding them so helpful and encouraging. They really are making me think every week about the things I am thankful for and noticing the small things. It is so good to be reminded of how blessed I am and how much there is to be thankful for each week. This weekend we had some lovely friends to stay which always makes for a good time. Last week at work I did some really long hours and so had to remind myself to notice the little good things around me more than normal as my eyes were just fuzzy and tired from looking at my computer screens for reeeaaalllly long periods of time. bleeuurrggh. Hopefully this week coming up will be a bit more chilled! Here are some little things I loved this past week.

1. These beautiful flowers from Chloe bean. I was spoilt this week with flowers from NM too. Flowers make me happy.

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2. A day out with these two lovely human beings along the southbank.

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3. I finally got round to planting some herbs. Lets see if I can tend and nurture these little guys. Determined to turn my black thumbs green this year.

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4. I made cookies for our weekend guests and think I have found the perfect cookie recipe. Will have to give this its own little post soon.

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5. blue skies and beautiful views in this beautiful city I call home.

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6. This was an epic and fairly healthy brunch. My new favourite place is Ben's Canteen on St Johns Hill. I am going to be recreating this yumminess very soon!

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Roses in summer
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Who ever lived in our house before I did kind of did an amazing job with the garden. Last summer we found a whole variety of herbs, berries, strawberries even potatoes.(which NM picked and used to make this shepherds pie!) The thing that I love most is the roses. Every summer with out fail they come out and just blow me away with how beautiful they are...and the seem to bloom for so long. Anyway they have just come out and are looking incredible so I though I would play with my camera a bit and take some photos as it was nice and sunny this past weekend. I am really hoping that we get lots of opportunities to hang out in this little garden of ours this summer - and that we can have a few bbq's!

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The Rain Room
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Just before Christmas we went on a little studio festive outing - yummy food and then the Rain Room at the Barbican. The Barbican is awesome. It has quality music, art and theater, and some really unusual exhibitions like this one. So basically you walk into a room, where it is raining...and then you walk through the rain but amazingly the rain doesn't fall on you. (well maybe the odd drop) - but word to the wise...its done using sensors and if you walk through to fast they don't work and you get soaked (ahem Bryan!) haha. It is still on until the beginning of March so check it out if you get a chance - average queuing time is 2 hours though! (ouch! take a book or a friend to chat to!)

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