New Housemate

Last Monday Simon and I welcomed a new addition to our small family. We have adopted a sweet Cavalier King Charles puppy! We've named him Max and he's seven months old. If I'm a little bit quieter than usual on the blogging and social media front its because we are either running around or cuddling this crazy little man.

Simon and I adore him and we can't believe that we are now proud puppy parents.


Kreafunk

Whilst browsing the internet searching for cool scandi brands ( self proclaimed Scandinavian obsessive over here ) I stumbled across Kreafunk, don't love the name but I love the products. Kreafunk are a tech brand that specialise in producing well made electronic products that blend seamlessly with our home life and interiors. I don't know about you but I need those headphones!




West Elm Leather Accessory Workshop


I wanted to let you know that on the 29th of March from 1:00pm- 2:30pm I will be hosting a leather accessories workshop at West Elm on Tottenham Court Road in London. Tickets are £25 and you will leave with a handmade leather keyring and a handy wallet, perfect for gifts or to treat yourself. There will be two styles of leather wallets to choose from.

I will teach you how to work with leather and metal hardware to leave with skills that will make it simple for you to make your own leather goods at home. A selection of high quality beautiful coloured leathers and faux leather will be provided so anyone can come along. This workshop requires no previous experience and any skill level can join in on the fun.

I hope to see some of you there! You can buy tickets here.
 




Appointed

I was emailed the other day by the creators of a new, beautiful and very exciting stationery brand and I had to share with you all. Appointed was set up by Suann Song, a graphic designer and founder of SIMPLESONG Design.  Appointed is Suann's years-long dream in the making, culminating in the creation of an entire suite of desktop tools that are practical and polished and have been prototyped to perfection.

On March 3, 2015, Appointed officially launched with a Kickstarter campaign that will support the building of the brand and put their signature products into production. I'm backing the project, I adore stationery and the Appointed aesthetic is very similar to my own. I can't wait to receive my monogrammed books.




Book Wish List

This is a silly thing to say considering I live in a flat filled with books alongside someone who works in publishing but I feel as though I have run out of books that I really want to read. I'm currently reading Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier, its good but it sure ain't Rebecca. I feel like something new so I've compiled a list of books I'd ready like to pick up. Its a mix of autobiographies, novels, craft and self help books ( why are self help books so horribly designed? Someone should really do something about that).


Yes Please by Amy Poehler


Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham


Girl Boss by Sophia Amoruso


The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey




The Five Minute Journal by Alex Ikonn and UJ Ramdas


Oh Joy! 60 Ways to Create & Give Joy by Joy Cho


Merchant and Mills Sewing Book by Carolyn N.K. Denham


Tove Jansson Work and Love by Tuula Karjalainen


The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Small Pleasures

Are you in need of a pick me up today? Just in case you're feeling a little blue or you know someone else who is I've put together a list of treats that will definitely brighten up any day.


1. Its proven that red tones brighten and energise you. I always find that a pop of red lipstick improves my mood immensely, its hard to feel down if you're wearing a vibrant colour. Plus sometimes its just fun to play around with makeup when you're not feeling too great.

2. New stationery always cheers me up, perhaps its the organisational freak inside me. I find writing a list so calming, try writing down what you'd like to achieve this month and you'll feel so satisfied checking them off.

3. A spritz of my favourite perfume reminds me of the things I should be most happy about. Simon bought me my signature scent, Joy by Jean Patou. It reminds me of our first Christmas together and I always wear it when we go out so it has some very positive connotations.

4. Treating yourself to a small edible indulgence will improve your mood, just don't go so far that you'll feel guilty afterwards! If you live in London I recommend popping down to Violet Cakes in London Fields. They make the best cupcakes and the cafe is filled to the brim with delicious treats.

5. Photos of family and friends. Pretty self explanatory but its nice to look through memories and adventures with whoever is important to you.


Animal Phone Wallpapers


Remember my free Valentines gift tags I designed? Well I have decided to offer those illustrations as phone desktop wallpapers too! I had so much fun painting my three favorite animals that I wanted to share them with you again. Click here to download the deer, here to download the wolf and here download the bear. Enjoy!




Warby Parker Half-Decade Collection

Firstly let me say that I feel pretty bad about being absent from my blog the past two weeks, I caught a stomach infection and that on top of another illness I've been experiencing for almost a month meant that I really needed a break! I'm all good now though.

I was contacted by the team at Warby Parker to see if I'd like to help share their wonderful new collection and as soon as I saw their beautiful new glasses I knew I should. Warby Parker are celebrating their half decade milestone by re-releasing five glasses (and a monocle!) from their first-ever collection in a limited-edition spectrum of their signature blue and engraved with a 5 on the temple tip. Plus for every pair sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need.

I've chosen my favourite glasses and paired them with some pieces that perfectly compliment each other. Which are your favourite? Take a look at their new collection below and shop for prescription glasses and sunglasses here.




This dress from Toast


This bag from Cos


And these shoes from Everlane

Now for the rest of the collection from Warby Parker...







PAPER & FABRIC FLOWERS for Laura Ashley


The lovely girls Sarah and Hannah over at Laura Ashley recently invited me to share a Valentines / Mother's Day craft with their followers over on the lovely Laura Ashley blog.  In case you missed the tutorial on the website carry on reading below to find out how to make two different styles of handmade flowers.


With Valentine’s day just around this corner (this Saturday, take note!), we’ve been getting crafty with our fabrics and wallpapers. From cards to gifts, there’s nothing that says ‘I love you’ more than something personal and homemade.

As Spring is in the air I think there’s no better way to embellish gifts or cards than with flowers made from beautiful paper or fabric. Take your pick or make both styles for a special someone!

Fabric Flowers

You will need:

– Laura Ashley Fabric (I used Bacall Berry Pink)

– Scissors

– Needle

– Thread

– Sequins

This flower template

These flowers will only take a few minuets to make, promise! These are perfect for topping presents and they also make wonderful brooches to boot.


1) Print and cut out the template then cut a 6cm x 50cm strip of fabric with scissors. Trace the template onto it with a pencil, repeating along the length and cut it out.

2) Sew a running stitch a few cm up along the edge after tying a secure knot.

3) Pull on the thread to gather up the petals and secure with a few stitches.

4) Spiral the strip tightly to create flower shape, securing with random stitches. When it’s completely rolled, stitch through all layers to secure.

5) If you’d like to be extra neat cover the back with a small disc of fabric.

6) Sew or glue on a few sequins, beads or buttons to finish

You can also freehand the design when cutting out the petals, play around with shapes to see what sort of flowers you can come up with.


Paper Flowers

Recently I have fallen in love with paper flowers and these ones are so easy to make, you’ll only need a few materials and a little bit of patience. These paper flowers make perfect decorations and present toppers, or you can attach to greeting cards for a beautiful 3D message.

You will need:

– Laura Ashley Wallpaper, I used Tatton Cranberry Damask, Mr Jones Cranberry, Pussy Willow Grape Floral, and Henrietta Lavender Floral

– Scissors

– Glue

– Sequins

This template, and this template


1) Cut around the templates and draw around them onto your chosen card or wallpaper, cut out the shapes and lay out in size order.

2) Curl petals with the edge of a pair of scissors or a pencil, the smaller flower shapes need to be curled the most.

3) Starting with the largest flower shape begin sticking them on top of each other with a dot of glue.

Once you have glued all the layers together attach some sequins to the centre flower to look like a seed head.

Enjoy! Have you got something up your sleeve for February 14th or are you giving the above a go? Let me know in the comments or in any of my social media channels.

Veggie Muffins with Lemony Cream Cheese

This is an amazing recipe. These muffins are super nutritious and tasty plus they are also really simple. I love how packed full of veggies and seeds these muffins are, I added a cream cheese "icing" to make them a little more luxurious and filling.

This recipe has been adapted from this one over on Green Kitchen Stories.




Veggie Muffins with Lemony Cream Cheese Topping

Makes 12 small muffins

1 cup wholegrain flour
1 tsp baking powder
3 tbsp flax seeds
1/2 tsp salt & pepper
1/2 cup of parmesan cheese
1/2 cup of pine nuts
3 eggs
1 cup yoghurt
200 g fresh spinach leaves (roughly chopped)
2 carrots (grated)
1 onion (grated)
1/2 organic lemon (juice and peel)
1 clove garlic (mashed)

top with: 

Cream cheese
1 tsp lemon juice
2 tsp flax seeds
2 tsp pine nuts

Set the oven at 200°C. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside. Whip egg and yoghurt in another bowl. Add pine nuts,spinach, carrots, onion, lemon and garlic, stir for a minute and then add all the dry ingredients. Pour in muffin tins and bake for 25 minutes.

Mix half a cup of cream cheese with the lemon juice and spread over the muffins, sprinkle with pine nuts and flax seeds.