Excited to be able to share this table plan now – it’s the most complex I’ve ever done and I’m really pleased with how it turned out. Especially considering I had never even seen a piste map before Diana sent her ideas over to me! It was a fairly imposing A1 size so quite the talking point. So if you’re getting married and would like a table plan (or anything else actually) that has your name written all over it, get in touch. Fully bespoke illustrated table plans rooted in your wildest dreams start from £100.
If you follow me on instagram you may have seen that today is my lovely Grannies 90th birthday. So in honour of the occasion, here are 5 things she has taught me.
Life is for enjoying, savouring + laughing. My Granny has spent her life filling everyone around her with laughter. She is kooky, uninhibited and mischievous.
Help people, be loving to those around you – even when you’re tired, even when they don’t expect you to + even when they might not deserve it. The love you give out is relative to the love you get back.
I hope if I reach 90 I am surrounded by the warmth that I felt in her living room this morning as neighbours, friends and family appeared for an impromptu breakfast birthday party.
I have never seen a more impressive collection of photo albums. Treasure moments, write diaries, print photographs and look at them all often. Children will grow up too fast and people will leave us too soon, but our memories of them are everything we will have.
You are, and I am. Everyone is if they really need to be. Sometimes we just have to get on with it, and things will always get better.
I remember one day when I visited Granny as a child, she was unloading the washing machine and dyed all of her underwear yellow. I asked her why and she just said “because yellow is my favourite colour.”
Let’s all dye our underwear or whatever else it is we want to do.
So, what’s yours then? Do you ever get the chance (or have the desire) to show it off?
I’m not sure it constitutes a talent but I can play the cello, which is not something that comes up very often in day to day life as you can imagine.
Aside from that… I don’t know, I can run a mean training session. Maybe that’s the one I should whip out more often.
Well after yesterdays offensive vegetable post this seems like a sentimental antidote. I actually found it floating around Facebook with some farfetched and emotive story attached to it but haven’t been able to pin point who actually wrote it.
Whilst I have many, many wishes they all feel a little frivolous and self-indulgent so this kind of struck a chord with me.
So recently the incredible Hannah Millard and I worked on her ‘About Me’ page – it’s been such a blast to work on and Hannah told me the other day that all of her new enquiries at the moment have mentioned it when they got in touch.
Rock n Roll Bride has written about the importance of a good about page, and seven easy tips to write a smashing one. So whilst we’re all immersing ourselves into a fresh and sparkly new year, why not consider giving yours a little refresh?
Get in touch if you’d like to discuss custom illustration for your website. It will be ace.
I’m not a sun worshipper. I appreciate not having to wear a cardigan but I wilt instantly in a heatwave. That said, there is something magical about summertime and every year I have grand ideas of spending every last moment living it up on wild adventures.
Obviously, real life happens, with its financial constraints, work and all the other hum drum things that I use as excuses for bumming around half the time.
So here are my 10 things to do to make the most of what’s left of Summertime this year.
I have well and truly got the camping bug – we’ve already been a few times this year and have booked up a few days this week in the Cotswolds and then more next week in Devon. It’s definitely the way to go.
This is an alien concept to me usually but last week after a night out, I got up an hour before a houseful of people, and had 2 cups of tea in the sunshine at the kitchen table before anyone stirred. It was so peaceful & relaxing I will endeavour to try and do it slightly more regularly, although sharing a home with 3 exceptionally early risers I’m not sure it will come to be.
If you’re lucky enough to be by the seaside then paddling is King, but if you’re a city slicker then a paddling pool is just as satisfying. What could be more Summery & British?
This is the height of luxury for me. I never read anymore, so sitting in the shade with a real life book is my idea of heaven.
Yes it’s horrifying active and makes me realise I have lost my childhood invincibility (I can tell by the sheer terror I feel once my feet leave the ground) but more satisfying & nostalgic an outdoor activity I cannot think of. And it’s free.
The liberation of a clear out should not be exclusive to Spring in my opinion, don’t go crazy, just pick out a few things you haven’t worn since last Summer and send them on their merry way.
A few weeks ago on a sunny Sunday evening we grabbed our picnic blanket, headed to the fish & chip shop and ate them in the park. It was lovely, go, now!
Just a little one – a BBQ, a houseful or just cocktails for two, just don’t let summer pass without a little celebration.
And drink it in the sunshine. Not fancy pants, superfood-y green juice (unless you want to!) just your top fave fruit juice. Mine’s Orange & Grapefruit. Enjoy!
Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about my goals and hopes for the future.
What’s the MOST exciting feeling you can summon up from memory?
Without a doubt, (don’t worry, this post is not about babies) every time I hear the happy news that someone has fallen pregnant with their first child I am taken back to the time in my life when it was my turn. The incredible emotions I felt at the time. I was more on a roller coaster of terror & love than on a permanent high, but looking back of course all I can visualise are the magical moments of ultrasound scans, talking to Craig about how we would have a little baby that squeezed our fingers in it’s whole hand and buying adorable clothes.
And now that I have 2 growing, learning little humans of course I feel love & excitement incredibly often, but the anticipation is more than I will ever forget.
Recently I came across this post on Zen Habits – Achieving Without Goals, and it really inspired me to challenge the way I see my goals. I am evidently not ‘Zen’ enough to give up on goals entirely, and I don’t know that it would be an attitude that many people who run their own businesses could truly adopt. However, an important statement stood out to me:
Goals (wanting to improve) are not consistent with contentment (being happy with where you are).
So I’m working on a new perspective – I’m celebrating on the way. I’m channeling all the raw excitement I feel into my attitude, and putting less pressure on myself to reach the end goal quickly. Recently, I’ve been setting myself targets and really giving myself a lot of time to tick them off. I’m enjoying the process of my work, and of my life.
When I look at my children, I’m reflecting on the anticipation I felt when I knew they were soon to be part of my life, and it’s multiplying all the good stuff that’s happening right now. It’s an ace juxtaposition.
And in terms of my business, I’m looking forward to what I will achieve next year, but I’m also reflecting on how far I’ve come and how happy it makes me already.
Whatever you do, embrace the anticipation. Aside from love, it is as powerful a feeling as you will ever feel.
So I don’t know if you’ve had a little browse in my shop recently but there are some new things I’m rather pleased with.
Saying thank you doesn’t need to be dull now with these reasonably cute ‘Thanks Without End’ cards featuring a rather handsome little snake.
But if you’re a bit Indiana Jones and snakes aren’t your fave, I can cater for you too. I know, it’s a real niche but I’m well prepared.
All thank you cards come as single cards and also in sets of 6, perfect for after birthdays, weddings, new babies, anytime that you’ve been really spoilt and want to let everyone know that you appreciate their kindness.