Month: February 2015

February Favourites

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This month I got back in touch with an old friend who has just started blogging herself (here’s her blog if you want to have a nosey!). Livia encouraged me to write a February Favourites blog post. I love this idea and may just have to do it every month now!

February has been a great month for both of my businesses – rebranding Locketz to become Bumble and Boo and starting a brand new product with Amber Phillips Design, Wedsites or Wedding Websites! Look out for a post all about Wedsites very soon. All very busy, all very stressful, but all very exciting!

Highlights of this month:
– Completing 3 of my yearly bucket list goals: watch the film the Bucket List, make homemade pasta and sort the garage so that I can fit an armchair in there!
– Exploring the Dunmow countryside with my best friend – Wow I need to get fit! Struggling after a two hour trek! I say trek…it was more of a casual stroll…
– Getting back in touch with my best friend from primary school
– FINALLY sorting my craft room and getting THE best chair ever to furnish the room…it swivels and everything!
– Going to a local theatre show of Sister Act – just as brilliant as the London theatre shows but loads cheaper! I still can’t get the songs out of my head…
– Trying a mango (yes, MANGO!) slushie!
– Buying the Buddhify app for my phone to try some meditation to relax me enough to get a good night’s sleep. It actually works!

Favourite blog post:
My favourite post from this month has to be my Disney’s Mulan Collection and I’m sooo looking forward to doing more Disney inspired collections. I’m a bit of a Disney freak, you know.

So what are your February Favourites? And what are you looking forward to next month? Remember no matter how crap you feel your time has been, even the little things (like trying a mango slushie for the first time) can make it that much better 🙂

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#FMSphotoaday 16th to 22nd February 2015

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I found the photo prompts last week quite challenging! How can I take an interesting photo for ‘bedside’ or ‘from where I stand’ if the only place I’m standing is in my house?! But hey, I think I managed it. Looking back at my first photos, I think that I’m definitely improving! I try to think more about how to style my photos, the lighting and how to make them a bit more quirky, abstract or interesting. People even seemed to like my photo for ‘from where I stand’ of me and my giraffe socks at the top of the stairs! Weird and wonderful.

Find out more about the Fat Mum Slim Photo a Day Challenge here. Why not join in? It’s fun and gives a little creativity boost each day.

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Valentine’s Day 2015 – homemade ravioli

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I hope you all had a brilliant Valentine’s Day last week! Whether you’re single or not, I think it’s great to spend a day with your loved ones. Before I met Zak, I used to spend my Valentine’s Day with my mum and sister watching films with a takeaway. To be fair, this Valentine’s Day was much the same but with Zak included, a bit of Call of Duty, homemade chocolate cake and some home cooking.

As I’m busy trying to establish two businesses (therefore I also have limited money, boohoo!), Zak suggested that we stay home and cook dinner instead of going out. We both live with our parents so we ended up cooking for my family as well, romantic I know!

Guess what we cooked? Homemade ravioli. Yep, that’s another goal I can tick off this year’s list! Two in one week, I’m on a roll.

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I’ve achieved my first goal for 2015!

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I can finally cross off one of my 15 New Year’s Resolutions! At the start of the year, I set myself 15 goals to accomplish this year to go towards my bucket list. My idea: split them year by year and eventually accomplish everything I’ve ever wanted to do! I started easy, just to get me going, but I’m hoping that over time I can add things to my list that maybe are a bit crazier…for example, skydiving and travelling around Australia come immediately to mind.

Well, enough blab. Want to know what goal I’ve achieved first this year? I bought a sofa. Ahem, I mean a swivel chair (Zak tells me off when I call it a sofa!). Number 11 on my list and arguably the easiest to accomplish, but a goal ticked off nonetheless.

  1. Tidy and sort the garage until it’s exactly how you want your studio and you can fit an armchair in there – to keep motivated, just think how comfortable it will be to sit in your cosy armchair sewing or felting!

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I’ve been tidying and sorting the room ever since I moved in 3 years ago but the motivation to get a comfy chair to craft in and escape the world gave me that extra push to be ruthless and complete it.

While the garage isn’t quite tidy yet (I had to move things around to accommodate the chair), I feel it’s finally achieving its Craft Room / Studio status. I have a desk, a “packaging station”, a rocking chair as my desk chair (weird, huh?), studio lighting and now a lovely, incredibly comfy, mink swivel chair.

All I need now is a heater to keep me all toasty as its way too cold in there sometimes! For now, I have a snuggly blanket and lots of jumpers to keep me warm, as well as my lovely Fred fox cushion. I cannot wait to do some felting or embroidery while watching the Sewing Bee this week – sounds pretty perfect (and now irresistibly comfortable) to me!

Do you have your own space to craft? You might like to take a look at these 7 tips to organise your craft space.

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#FMSphotoaday 9th to 15th February 2015

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I did quite well with my photos last week. Adding the daily prompts to my to-do list for each day in advance definitely helped, as well as adding all the little ideas that I had.

I’ve started to try taking more photos of my work in progress as there’s loads going on behind the scenes at Bumble and Boo at the moment. So as well as my photo a day challenge, look out for more product shots in the weeks to come!

Find out more about the Fat Mum Slim Photo a Day Challenge here. Why not join in? It’s fun and gives a little creativity boost each day.

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Disney’s Mulan collection

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I’m not well today…boooo! Whenever I’m ill I watch Mulan or another of my favourite Disney films (again, I’m not too old for Disney!) so I thought a Mulan inspired collection for today’s blog post would be a great idea!

I’m not sure why she’s one of my favourite Disney “princesses”…maybe because she’s busy saving China and doing something rather crazy instead of being overly girly and singing all the time!

Mulan Character Necklace by Lilac Fox Designs on Etsy for £9.50

Mulan adult full apron by AJsCafe on Etsy for £50.53

Hardened Chinese Floral Heart Earrings by Diane Taylor Textile Designer Maker on Folksy for £9.00

Mulan Art Print by SubjectArt on Etsy for £7.85

Silver and Pink Cherry Blossom Pandora Clip from John Greed Jewellery for £45.00

Mulan Inspired Disney Hair Bow from Little Bow Chic Design on Etsy for £5.56

Mulan inspired iPhone case from RedBubble for £18.14

Dishonor On You Mulan Funny Mug from Upton Studios on Etsy for £10.78

Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Cherry Blossom Eau De Toilette from Beauty Base for £12.99

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#FMSphotoaday 2nd to 8th February 2015

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I had a bit of a panic at the end of last week thinking that I’d missed days of photos! I hadn’t. I had missed two…those two days must have dragged for me to think it was so long ago that I’d taken my last photo!

From now I’ll be adding the prompts to my to-do list for each day (should have done this from day 1!) so that I can quickly see what the theme is for the day when I look at my list in the morning. I’ve even started writing little ideas for each day in advance so when I’m super busy I can get something ready quite quickly.

Find out more about the Fat Mum Slim Photo a Day Challenge here. Why not join in? It’s fun and gives a little creativity boost each day.

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Sneaky peak into my new branding – Bumble and Boo

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Well as I’ve mentioned before, Locketz with Love will soon become Bumble and Boo. I started Locketz when I was 13 and now that I’m building it into a full time business I think it’s time for the brand to grow up with me! So here’s a sneaky peak of my new branding…All very exciting!

I’ll reveal the main logo soon. But as a designer, I can honestly say the logo is one of my favourites out of all the logos I have ever designed.

I’m hoping to fully launch in the next few weeks and I’m even thinking of throwing a big launch event. I’ve wanted to organise a craft fair for a long time so I thought why not couple a craft fair with a launch event. Watch this space!

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#FMSphotoaday 26th January to 1st February 2015

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A very yummy looking Photo a Day for the last week of January and to welcome February. Yes that’s right, I made it a whole month! While my photos haven’t necessarily been posted every single day on the correct day, I’ve still managed to take a daily photo. I don’t always have the time to stage the photos as well as I’d like to but I’ve found that I think about composition a lot more and how to make my photos exciting. I’ll just have to be a bit more organised!

Find out more about the Fat Mum Slim Photo a Day Challenge here. Why not join in? It’s fun and gives a little creativity boost each day.

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