My Frida obsession continues after visiting the ‘Making Her Self Up’ exhibition at the V&A yesterday. I could of stood and stared at her outfits for hours! All those intricate embellishments and bold colour combinations. It was also lovely to see her self portraits IRL, she was such talented and unique artist.
There was no photography aloud inside the exhibition but luckily this fabulous sculpture is outside so I got Mr Faysie Boo to take a quick snap. I loved that my War Child tshirt matched her floral headdress. This t-shirt was designed by Bella Freud and is for such a great cause
Last weekend I headed to London's Fashion & Textile Museum to visit the Orla Kiely exhibition. I knew I'd love it, as I adore her style and I certainly wasn't disappointed! Its on till September so don't miss it if you're a fan of gorgeous colours and patterns
A while ago I was asked if I would like to decorate a bird box for a new trail at Earlswood Lakes (near Reigate, Surrey)
All 23 boxes are now up so off I trotted for a nosey and was seriously impressed!
There is a launch event on the 26th May where you can decorate a bird box and meet the artists
I don't know about you, but I have really struggled with motivation and 'get and go' since Christmas
Everyone I mention this too seems to be feeling exactly the same! So whats going on and what can we do to escape our temporary funks?
I have been experimenting with a few techniques and thought I would share them with you
Just call me your positivity fairy (Faye means fairy in French don't you know)
1. Keep a journal
I was given Fearne Cotton's 'Happy The Journal' at Christmas and have been writing in it (almost) everyday. She gives you prompts, words of wisdom and encourages you to express and reflect of whats going on in your life. I was really surprised by how therapeutic it felt to get everything off your mind and onto paper. So grab a pen & paper and get scribbling
2. Treat yourself and the ones who support you
Like many I would be lost without friends and family, especially my mum! So this Mother's Day I took her for Afternoon Tea at the very swish Alexander House Hotel. It was lovely to indulge with cake and have some girly time. Time out and a little treat does wonders!
3. Try something creative
Distract or get that brain working with something fun and crafty. Maybe try something new and remember it doesn't need to be perfect. It's the 'doing' that matters, not the end result.
Pick up a colouring book or a kit. I loved clearing my mind whilst getting my cross stitch on. Kit by Hannah Hand Makes
4. Remember its ok to admit when you are feeling a bit crappy!
Listen to funny podcasts or put on some music that makes you want to dance around the house. Personally I go for a bit Whitney Houston and sing my heart out!
Or phone that friend you have been meaning to for ages and don't say "i"m fine" when you're not! have a little rant if you need to
I hope you've found this blog article helpful and would love to hear any of your tips / advice
The other day I noticed that the 7th February is 'send a card to a friend' day. I loved the idea and posted about it on my Facebook page. I had good intentions of sending a card to an old school friend but I forgot! I'm rubbish! Life took over and it simply slipped my mind
Then on the 7th I got a royal mail 'sorry we missed you' card through the door. I racked my brains on what I'd ordered and was waiting to be delivered, but I just couldn't come up with anything. So the next day I collected the mystery item from the post office. I opened it as I walked out of the door (I'm very nosey and have no patience). So what was it... A card from the same old friend with the most lovely words. What happened then... I burst out crying right there in the middle of town, but luckily no one noticed (or they ignored the crazy blonde lady crying in public)
It meant the world to me that she had taken the time to send me a card 'just because'. We all have busy lives and our own things going on. But she knew that a little gesture would make my day. So heres a BIG THANK YOU to that wonderful friend and I vow to make sure I send cards to friends and family when they need a little pick me up
The card has pride of place in my studio and makes me smile every time I see it
In a world where you can be anything, be kind
I'm over the moon to have my Flamingo Christmas Cards in this months issue of Mollie Makes. This is the first time I've seen my products in a magazine and its an amazing feeling! Hopefully its the first of many more
Its part of Walter and May's THINK BIG SHOP SMALL campaign which encourages everyone to buy from small independent UK businesses this festive season
I know its only October but I am feeling well and truly festive already. Last year I decided to embark on a handmade Christmas and I loved it! I bought so many lovely decorations from talented makers and can't wait to get them out again this year. I also tried to buy presents from local makers at craft fairs and indie shops. I will definitely be doing the same again this year.
I have been busy designing some new Christmas cards for 2017, I hope you like them? I was inspired by woodland animals and my flamingo obsession continues. I have also added to my personalised cards range
All my cards are available on Etsy
We arrived mid morning and dropped our bags at our hotel in trendy Vesterbro. I had picked the hotel based on the hygge factor and certainly wasn’t disappointed! We had a gorgeous four-poster bed in our room and there were candles, cosy throws and cuddle seats galore
We had arranged to meet friends in Christiania so decided to find our way there on foot and take in the sights and get our bearings. Freetown Christiania is a fascinating place with cafes, street art and interesting characters! Photography is banned in certain areas of Christiania especially the infamous ‘Pusher Street’ so you will just have to take my word for it being worth a trip! Next we headed to Paper island for street food and great view across to Nyhavn Harbour and the Opera House
After a yummy breakfast we headed to the Design Museum. It was chair heaven! The Danish truly are the masters of design. Next was a Canal tour from Nyhavn, we didn’t quite escape the rain but the sights were beautiful especially the coloured buildings in the harbour. Then we decided to do more sightseeing, this time from the top of the Round Tower. We ended the day with pizza and cocktails, perfect!
We saved an evening trip to Tivoli gardens for today as it was our wedding anniversary. The twinkly lights and fairytale feel made it an ideal place for a special occasion. We had a blast on the rides especially the Star Flyer. Although slightly terrifying at 80 metres high!
Earlier in the day we had wandered around the shopping area and through the gardens at the Rosenborg Slot
Before heading to the airport we had a walk around Frederiksberg Park and a tour of the Carlsberg museum. It was a wonderful and busy few days and we will certainly be back for more scandi adventures!
I was recently asked to take part in Oodlique's 'Meet the Makers' blog series... and I jumped at the chance
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