Inspired by… A Playful Day podcast

I’ve been listening to A Playful Day podcast for just over a year, I adore my weekly date with this podcast and it has become one of my favourite things to listen to. There are very few British podcasts that I listen to that I love so much and that I am really inspired by. With season one of the new-look podcast recently completed, I thought it would be a great time to share it with you so that you can catch up on the wonderful content over this rainy May bank holiday weekend…

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From the bookshelf :: 16 brilliant books for 2016

  One of my favourite things is sitting down to read. Like many people it’s a way to escape but also for me it is one of the best ways to learn and discover more. Taking the time to savour the sculpted journey created by an author’s words, absorbing the content, and enjoying the main message from cover to cover is one of my simple pleasures. I fit in reading a book where I can, whether its my 15 minutes during my commute to work on the train or snuggling into a blanket with a cup of chai tea in hand […]

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Inspired by…A wall of feel good messages

Wherever I have lived I have always tried to create a space that shows elements of my personality and inspires me. Throughout university I decorated my bland walls with colour and images that spoke to me, creating a space that that reminded me of what I love and things that made me smile. I clearly remember a motivational board that I put together in a clip frame at university that came with me everywhere I lived. I’m spending a few hours today in my creative space and I wanted to share with you my inspiring wall of feel good messages that […]

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The Handmade Fair – Inspired by…

  During mid September I headed to The Handmade Fair at Hampton Court. Over the course of three days Kirstie and her handmade team brought together a huge number of makers and delivered an impressive number of practical craft sessions over three days. I attended on the Saturday with my Mum for a day out together, Β doing something that we both have a shared passion for, handmade crafts. The scale of the Handmade Fair was impressive, with lots of delicious places to eat and many beautiful handmade crafts on display. During the day we spent time going in between the workshops, […]

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The Handmade Fair – Mollie Makes Mash Up – Totes, Wearable

  On Saturday I visited The Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Palace and spent the day looking at all things handmade. The first session I attended was the Mollie Makes Mash Up at the Super Theatre tent. Inside a large big top tent a huge audience of passionate crafters watched Jamie ‘Mr X Stitch’ Chalmers take on Lisa Comfort in a crafty challenge. Their task was to each take a plain calico tote bag sold from Hobbycraft and to transform it into something to wear. With a basic Brother sewing machine available to use and 45 minutes, the battle commenced…

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I’m going to The Handmade Fair

The countdown has started and in two weeks time I will be heading to The Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Palace. For a second year Kirstie Allsopp and the Handmade Team have created a three day event bringing together designers and artisans, to teach and sell craft products in a stunning location. I love the idea of attending a huge crafting event that isn’t just about shopping, the focus is about learning, trying new crafts during hands-on sessions and meeting the people behind the best of handmade. Take a look at this lovely video showing highlights from The Handmade Fair in […]

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Blogtacular 2015: My key takeaways

On Saturday 13th June I attended my first ever blogging conference. After taking a month off blogging, having a holiday abroad and sitting down at my desk on rainy Sunday I can at last tell you about the experience. It is one that I will never ever forget and I very much hope to repeat next year too. The joy and emotions I felt during the day were off the scale and I felt that I had found a community I really click with and who just get it. I’m sure that for those bloggers reading this you will know what […]

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I’m going to Blogtacular…

I can’t quite put into words about how excited I am… At the moment I’m feeling nervous and giddy with excitement at the same time. Next Friday I’m heading to London to my first ever blogging conference, Blogtacular. Over the years I’ve taken part in e-courses about blogging but going along to a proper conference is so very exciting. Rather than hiding behind my screen at home, it’s taking me out of my comfort zone and it’s one of the important leaps I’m taking for me this year. Blogtacular is described on the site as… “a place for bloggers whose hearts […]

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From the bookshelf – The Fringe Hours

It’s been a busy month! At last on a Bank Holiday Monday I’ve managed to take a moment to stop and write about a book I mentioned back in March. The Fringe Hours by Jessica N Turner,Β is a book that I hugely enjoyed, so much so I re-read it again over the past few weeks. I’ve found this book a guiding hand in helping me make the most of my time. I’m someone who has been using my spare time reasonably well for a while but I am always looking to mix things up and find new ideas, The Fringe Hours […]

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From the bookshelf…March – the month of self improvement

  Over the past few weeks I have fallen in love with reading books again. I read whenever I can fit it in and recently I’ve tried to make it a more prominent part of my daily routine. I read whilst travelling to work by train, when I get home instead of watching TV, and I try to read before I go to bed to take my head away from screen time. I thought it may be great to tell you about the books I currently have by my bed that I’ve recently discovered. You may have noticed by the titles […]

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