Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Winter days and Cbloggers Secret Santa

Cbloggers 2016

Isn't this just the cutest thing? It was from Lauren (creator of all things #cbloggers and blogs here) and I was so surprised to receive it in the mail not long after my original secret santa package. It also came with one of her beautiful handmade cards too. At first I thought I'd been given to two people by mistake! It made me feel quite thankful for being part of this online blogging community full of other creatives and it's something I will treasure foooorever. I also love the details you can get through laser cutting... It's something I haven't tried yet but this is making me think otherwise.

A quick doodle! Hot chocolates have to be the best thing about winter ☕️

I hope you've all had lovely days amongst family and friends. I spent Christmas day at home with my family with Disney movies on the tv and so much food, finishing the day all cozied up with my sister watching The Office whilst drinking hot chocolate and Baileys. I received lots of lovely presents and I'm feeling really grateful for what I have in my life right now. The whole Christmas build up has been wonderful for me and just what I needed before the deadline panic sets in! Although, I'm trying not to worry too much because one thing I need less of in 2017 is stress... I'll definitely let you know how long that lasts. 

Susse goodies from Zen

Handmade details

For the Cbloggers Secret Santa I received gifts from the lovely Zen (thank you!) from Hapiness Wherever, a creative blog full of DIY posts. In the package she sent a notebook, badge and greetings card all illustrated by Susse who thanks to Zen I now love for their quirky drawing style. The hand made piece was my name written in copper wire which was really sweet! I loved taking part in the secret santa and Lauren did an amazing job of organising it, it was such a thoughtful idea and a great way to connect with more bloggers especially since I had never read Zen's blog before. 

So, I guess that's it for Christmas this year! When the new year comes around I'll most likely be sharing the best bits of 2016 and some future goals I'm looking forward too. In the meantime, I hope you have a great new years eve whatever your plans are! 😊

Saturday, 24 December 2016


A few pictures from our visit to Chatsworth House. This years theme for Christmas was The Nutcracker!

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Featured in Stolen Volume Five

I'm so excited to share this with you! My work was kindly selected to be a part of Stolen Publications and I was finally able to see the book for myself when I returned home yesterday. 

Stolen Publications Volume Five - Cover art by Jaimee Paul

Stolen is an Australian publication celebrating all things analogue and after following their Instagram for a while I decided to finally submit something. Not only was my screen print featured they also included my little statement too which I am over the moon about! I was so happy to share my processes and inspirations behind this design as it was one of my favourites from second year. 

It's a lot smaller than I anticipated but I'm really happy about this because it makes it the perfect sized book with a sturdy hard back cover and beautiful foiled detailing. I love buying and displaying art books especially when the design is so considered and now part of me wishes I had bought all of them for my own collection. 

Being a part of this publication alongside so many great international artists, illustrators and photographers is something I will treasure for a long time. If you like the look of Stolen you can see all five of the beautiful books here

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Christmas time

Yipeeeee; it's only 12 days till Christmas!!!

The lovely Leeds carousel

I so badly wish we could hand in now and not have to wait till January.  It's safe to say I'm getting very bored of it all and I just want to start something new. The fact that Christmas is nearly here just makes it worse because as well as that I'm now reeeeeally distracted by vlogmas, wrapping christmas presents and the thought of going home. Unfortunately because of the dreaded dissertation I haven't been able to explore as much as I did the year before but I did manage to get all of my Christmas shopping done so at least I don't have to battle the busy streets of Leeds anymore! (Must also note that the Christmas market is 10x better than last year, I feel like they improve it so much every time.)

All wrapped up ☺️

In front of the most gorgeous building too ✨

This is the lovely huge tree in the centre of Leeds uni and it gives me such a warm fuzzy feeling when I pass it after a long day. I think this year has been the best Christmas whilst I've been at university because I have my own house (with Jake) which means we can do what we like. I invited my friends over for a roast dinner last week, and it was so lovely to host and cook for them (although we did split the cost) because we only ever really see each other at uni and I just know how much they appreciate things like that. It also gave me the perfect excuse of decorating the house with fairy lights, shiny garlands and stars hanging from the ceiling! I would share pictures but my house is too dark for them to be any good, but it is very very cosy. 

As the end of the year creeps closer I've realised how much my blog has been pushed to the side. In the new year I think I want to really get back into blogging again especially because I will be graduating in 2017 which means (hopefully) I can put a lot more time into it. This is one of the reasons I'm really excited to leave university, as it kinda means I can do whatever I want! I'm starting to realise that not knowing what will happen actually makes the future a lot more appealing and it's something I'm slowly coming to terms with. 💛

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Shop Independent: Five makers

Hello! I thought since it is coming close to Christmas I would share a few independent makers on the blog. These are people that I've come across online, bought from before and found from my visits to markets/fairs. I hope you enjoy what they have to offer and maybe find that perfect present you've been searching for!

Hilary Grant

I came across Hilary Grant when I visited The Hepworth Christmas Market in Wakefield last weekend. Made with high-grade lambswool yarn, their beautifully soft knitwear consists of hats, gloves, scarves and blankets in the most gorgeous colours. (I particularly fell in love with the red & blue and mustard & yellow combinations.) You can see them all by taking a look at their website. 

Annie Dornan Smith

Recent graduate Annie Dornan Smith creates illustrated, hand lettered stationery and homeware from her home studio in Nottingham. My favourite thing about her products has to be the expressive hand writing and the consideration for all of the small details including the lovely packaging. I'm especially loving the  addition of foil in her latest christmas cards! You can shop Annie's products on her website and keep up with her latest work and travels through Instagram.

The Printed Peanut

The Printed Peanut has always been a firm favourite of mine and someone I'm sure quite a lot of you have came across already. Louise Lockhart creates a range of playful products adorned with her whimsical illustrations and fun colourful style. From ceramics and lithograph prints, to party games and notebooks it's safe to say she has a lot of lovely things to browse and I find it very hard not to buy everything. 

Do a Little Dance

I found Do a Little Dance through twitter account @HandmadeHour and when I saw the little embroidered faces I absolutely fell in love! These purses are handmade in linen and cotton by using stitch, applique, felting and embroidery and can be personalised with the name of your choice on the back. Do a Little Dance also create embroidery hoop wall art with various quotes, but these were a definitive favourite mostly because of their piercing eyes and cute little noses.

Amber Hsu

I originally discovered the work of Amber Hsu at Thought Bubble in Leeds last year and made sure to buy a few of her works because I found them so beautiful and charming. For a little bit of context, Amber travels around different events and writes poems on the spot based on your chosen topic for a pound. Whilst she offers bespoke poems through her Etsy shop, you can also buy ready made poetry zines amongst a various range of illustrated prints.  I absolutely love the delicate, sentimental feel her products have; there is so much creativity and imagination in one tiny book!  You can find everything over on her Etsy shop. |

There are so many more small sellers out there it would be hard to post about every single one I love. Take the time to consider who you're buying from this Christmas; any purchase would help those independent businesses, even if it just a Christmas card or two. 

(Note: Images are used in celebration of the makers and I do not own any of them!)

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