28 April 2015


NSW Type

It's no secret that I'm a bit of a typography fiend. No, really, you say??? Welcome to the first weekly feature on the blog, Type Tuesday! Each week I'll share my latest type-inspired find including everything from products and fonts to snaps of typography around Brighton. I'm really excited!

Other than typography, stripes and geometric patterns, one of my most favourite things in the world is stationery. I think I have more notebooks, pens and stationery goods than I could ever actually use. EVER. So in honour of it being National Stationery Week this week (YESSSSSSSSSSSS), I've dedicated the first Type Tuesday to type-inspired stationery goods that I've been coveting recently.

All of these are either made locally in the UK or available through UK businesses supporting UK and local independent sellers.

Clockwise from top left: It Takes All Types typography print, helloDODO / hello card, Katie Leamon / glitter alphabet stickers, Just Daydreaming shop / hello tape by oh, hello friend, Quill London / ABC notebook set, Present & Correct / geometric alphabet print, The Calm Gallery / glitter cards by Abigail Warner, notonthehighstreet / notes flip notebook by Sugar Paper, Quill London / I Like Your Face hand stamped card, BetsAndBobs

Are you on Pinterest? Check out my S // Stationery and T // Typography boards for more inspo and let me know if you have any ace typography finds this week! 

26 April 2015


Back in February my favourite craft magazine Mollie Makes brought out their 50th issue, and with it a list of 50 crafty things to do before you're 50. I've been feeling a lot of pressure lately (from no one else but myself) about all the things I think I should be doing creatively, instead of actually telling myself to just forget about all of that and concentrate on simply having fun doing what I love.

Create Home Decor Typographic Banner Original Font Handmade Flag Natural Cotton Glitter Gold Black Velvet Iron-on Material
'create' banner by SummerBoyfriend on Etsy
There are quite a few things on my craft to-do-list that I've been wanting to try out... and in the spirit of simply having fun I've decided to get stuck in! In roughly six months I turn the big 3-0 and I thought this was the perfect opportunity to make my own list of 30 crafty things to do before I'm 30.

Six months gives me just over one crafty thing to do per week, which should be easily achievable! I'll be popping back to this project once a month to update my progress and share my crafty endeavours with you. I've made the list quite varied with a mixture of smaller and bigger projects, plus things I can do at home and things I'll need to venture out for. It's also quite vague in some places to just allow myself to go with it!

I hope you'll enjoy following along. In no particular order...

\\ *shows an idea from the Mollie Makes list which I've also included in my own \\

Weave some wall art*

Have a good nose round designer-maker's studios* (so handy that we've got Artists' Open Houses happening in Brighton next month!)

Get subversive with embroidery*

Make a patchwork quilt*

Recover my old blanket box

Become a craftivist and get behind a crafty campaign* (I've already been following the Just A Card campaign but want to support it more over the next few months)

Make some typography/alphabet cushions

Get back into crochet

Go on a photo walk*

Host a craft and cocktails night*

Refashion a charity shop find* (I'm going to hunt out some frames to repaint/upcycle)

Work on/finish my stitch sampler

Sew something inspired by maps

Take my camera out of manual mode*

Learn how to make tassels and trim all the things!*

Re-learn to knit

Make more gold things!

Paint with watercolours

Make a motivational print* (I'm going to change this slightly into a wall hanging)

Write more letters* (my typewriter is calling)

Visit at least 3 craft fairs

Have a go at fabric dyeing* (my mum dyes her own fabric so I'll be taking advantage of her skills for this one!)

Finish making a neon pompom garland for the bedroom

Make a piece of jewellery

Do a project/tutorial from one of the MANY craft magazines I have stashed away

Make something inspired by constellations

Make handmade envelopes from my paper hoard

Make a tea cosy!

Practise hand lettering

And finally... blog about each project!

P.S. I've also been inspired by the lovely Kalee Bones who is in the midst of her #YearOfCraft, check it out here.

19 April 2015


MM59 Final Cover
photo via Making magazine blog

I love magazines. LOVE them.
I'm mostly referring to the physical, paper version as, for me, you still can't beat the feel of the physical magazine in my hand and the special look and feel of each magazine's pages. (One day soon I shall write a post on how much I love paper. Magazine paper, book pages, notepads, I'm not ashamed to admit I'm slightly obsessed!)

That's not to say I'm adverse to the digital kind, I definitely see the benefits of digital magazines and the added features they bring, they're a brilliant way to give readers a different kind of experience. However when most of my waking hours are spent glued to a laptop, phone or iPad, I like to be able to go offline occasionally and reading physical magazines (and books) are one of the ways I put that into practice.

Most importantly, I find so much of my inspiration, creative and otherwise, from magazines. New craft projects, insightful and motivational articles, tips and advice, introductions to designers and makers, new things to read. You name it, I probably found it in a magazine. I can spend just as much time poring over the pictures and photo shoots as I do reading the features and love nothing better than taking a good few hours out to sit down with a hefty cup of tea and a stack of my favourite magazines.

So I was pretty excited when magazine.co.uk got in touch to ask if I'd be interested in becoming part of their blogger network for The Hub, their news and blog page. magazine.co.uk is the UK's leading magazine subscription site and has subscriptions available for pretty much all my favourite magazines (plus a whole host more!). As part of the blogger network I'll be writing some posts for The Hub on Making magazine, Living Etc and Digital Camera. Cue fun new craft projects to try out, interiors inspiration (from my favourite interiors mag) and getting to grips with photography, which will hopefully result in some lovely snazzy pics for the blog!

Take a look at my first blog post on Making magazine here!

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5 April 2015


Happy Easter you guysssss! Hope you're all having lovely long weekends. I'm back in Somerset for a weekend of visiting family and friends. I've been a bit quiet on the blogging front of late. I actually have some super news which I'll be back to post later this week and I'm setting up an editorial calendar with a few blog series to help me post regular content, which I hope you'll enjoy!

In the meantime here's a quick snap of my mum's super cute Easter tree, Spring is in the air!