Brush lettering workshop

Brush lettering is one of those things that the experts make look really easy. Watching Joyce from Artsynibs give demonstrations, it was like some kind of magic power she was wielding with the brush and inks. I soon found out that wasn’t a magic power but pure will, and, of course, lots, and lots of practice. Joyce has been doing this for years. I took part in an Artsynibs Brush Lettering for Beginners workshop held upstairs…

In Support of Independents

Seeking out independent shops is something I love to do. Don’t get me wrong, I do shop online too, but there is something very special (even old-fashioned) in visiting an actual shop, owned and run by actual humans. The personal service, for one thing, owners will get to know you by name. I find the individual tastes of the shop owners are so vividly executed too. Through stock and merchandising, the independent owner creates their vision. So…

On Working From Home

The number of people working from home is higher than ever before. Although there are some pitfalls to look out for, I love being able to work from home. It could be that you work remotely. You do have an employer and an office or base where the business is situated but you are based at home. Or like me, you are a self-employed freelancer who can work wherever you fancy that particular day. The technology…

10 ways to make your home more you

Hello, you lovely lot! Today I wanted to round up some ideas that will help make your home more you. I believe individuality is key in all parts of life, your home is just one way of expressing your tastes and personality. Let’s dig in and see if you can apply any of these concepts to your home. 1- Paint your front door (or even your house!) a colour that you LOVE. This creates instant cheer…

The Vignettist

Vignettist: a person who makes vignettes Vignette: any small endearing scene, view, picture, etc Hello fellow plant lovers, I know you are out there. Today I’m sharing some photographs I took of some of my plants. I love to create small set ups or tableau’s for photography. Styling an area of my home so it evokes a certain mood or feeling. Perhaps bringing the viewer in, piquing their curiosity. I’m a vignettist! I created this vignette for…

The Suit- A New Dressing Up

Suits on women are having a bit of a moment. Perhaps we can thank Hilary Clinton and her infamous pantsuits. Perhaps its the current zeitgeist of women really having to push to be treated equally (still, and again) and the feeling of power and strength a suit can give you. Whatever the reason I’m all in. As you know, in fashion, trends come in and go out every few few years. Which is why I make…

Three ways to get yourself out of a (creative) funk

Hey there lovelies! Today I’m sharing three methods to help you shake that stuck feeling we all sometimes feel. How about some ideas to help you get you out of a funk? Whether its a creative funk or more of a general life funk, we all have them. Sometimes its because you’ve had a few knock backs, or you or a family member might’ve been ill. Perhaps even the change in season, and less daylight has really…

My Yoga Class

You may know I go to a Yoga class, and it’s coming up to ten months of attending. I wanted to write a bit about my Yoga class as it has become such a core element of my week (term time only!). My Tuesday mornings are now pretty sacred. I only miss a class if one of the girls if off school or I’m unwell. I started in January 2017, after a pretty rough last half…

24 hours in Wales #FindYourEpic

It’s a little known fact that I’m actually half Welsh. Thanks Dad! Wales is somewhere I’ve grown up with, enjoying countless camping and caravaning holidays as a child. I have fond memories of castles, dragons, beaches and cable cars. VisitWales.com got in touch recently and invited me to #FindYourEpic with 24 hours in Wales. As you know, I love a good challenge, especially when travel is involved. I headed to Llangollen, which is in Denbighshire, North East…

My Kind of Treasure Hunting

Hello you lovely lot! Today I wanted to share with you a place which is a real treasure trove if you are searching for unusual things and/or vintage for your home. Stockyard North Salvage shop. It’s especially good if you are  hunting for vintage and antiques in Manchester. The space is within a props warehouse, which now has this shop inside. The warehouse hires props out for TV, films and photo-shoots and it is huge. It’s…

Discovering Oxford

Finally I’m sharing our Oxford adventure with you. We had five nights here, and I had a pretty open mind about how we were going to fill our days. Usually I’m pretty organised but this holiday we all just needed to switch off and take it day by day. Oxford has been on my list of places to visit for so long. This summer I finally got to spend a few days in historical and beautiful…

My Manchester on Instagram~ Part 2

I thought it was high time I shared another Manchester on Instagram post. A place to share some of my favourite Instagrammable locations in my favourite city and the surrounding areas. The first one I wrote back in April- find it here. As you probably know if you follow me on Instagram I do love a red brick! It’s such a big part of our heritage in Manchester. Below is one of my favourite shop fronts…