Blogtacular 2017: The Year of the Creative Tribe


Two weeks have passed since I attended Blogtacular. I’d initially hoped to get a blog post written up in the days immediately after the event, but when I sat down to jot my ideas, I still found myself processing everything!

For me, Blogtacular is one of the highlights of my year. Not only is it a chance to have a few days away in one of my favourite places, it’s also an opportunity to surround yourself with creative people who just ‘get’ what you do. It’s a time to mingle with like-minded people, to be inspired, and perhaps most importantly, to feel empowered to do the things that you truly want to do. Continue reading

Creating a Dream Living Room with West Elm UK

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Photo: West Elm UK

We moved into our home back in late 2015. It was very much new in that it had only recently been built. Buying a new house has it’s pros and cons; on the plus side you can pick your kitchen and bathroom tiles, which saves a lot of effort. On the down side, every room is painted a charming shade of magnolia and you can’t redecorate for the first year (the house needs to dry out). Continue reading

Why I’m off to Blogtacular 2017

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Blogtacular 2016 (Photo courtesy of Mollie Makes and Will Ireland)

If you follow me on any form of social media, you’ve probably spotted that I’m a big fan of Blogtacular, a wonderful independent company that run regular twitter chats, host podcasts, and of course, run a big conference in London once a year.

Last year was my first time attending Blogtacular and I LOVED it. So much so, that as soon as tickets went on sale for 2017, within an hour I’d snapped mine up. Back in 2016, I wrote a post with some goals for the conference, and I found that really helped me get the most from the two days, therefore it only felt right to write another post ahead of the big weekend. Continue reading

Learning to Weave with Peas and Needles

IMG_5565As you’ve probably guessed by now, I love trying out new crafts. I spend far too much time on Pinterest looking at all the different things I can try and dreaming of all the beautiful things I can make.

Attending a workshop is a great way to learn a new skill and meet lots of lovely creative people in the process. I’ve taken a few workshops over the years, but have been meaning to do more. The Old Fire Station announced a while ago that it was holding a weaving workshop, but as it was the Bank Holiday weekend, I’d hesitated about signing up. When I saw the week before that there were still spaces, it was obviously a sign that I was supposed to go! I was also becoming increasingly aware that in six months time I’m not going to be able to give up a Saturday afternoon that easily and thus need to make the most of it while I can. Continue reading

Cambridge Creatives Photowalk

IMG_5489What do you get when you mix around 70 creatives, a lot of colourful clothing, some heart shaped balloons, a few gorgeous satchels, and a beautiful city? It can only be the Cambridge Creatives Instagram Photowalk!

Last weekend, I ventured over to Cambridge for an afternoon of sightseeing and photography with lots of like-minded ladies. Organised by the lovely Jo from Hello Sunshine and Claire of Claireabellemakes, I knew that I was going to have a lovely time. Continue reading

Oxford Instameet: Autumn 2016

Another month, another Instameet. In reality, it’s actually been three months since the last Instameet I attended, but time goes so quickly!

On 1 October, Independent Oxford ran their Autumn Instameet, and after the fun I had at the last one, there was no decision needed about whether or not to attend. We met again at Modern Art Oxford, but this time in the fantastic Missing Bean pop-up café. The Oxford Instameets always start with a natter over some tea and cake, which is a great way to get to know your fellow photographers. Right from the start, it was clear that the theme of the day was going to be yellow. I was pretty happy that my teapot matched my trusty yellow raincoat, and already had my first photo opportunity! Continue reading

The Handmade Fair 2016

img_2531If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that I went to The Handmade Fair on Friday. It’s safe to say that I’ve been excited about going for weeks (correction, months), and this year wasn’t a let down.

I wanted to start this post by reflecting on why I was so excited. Looking back, it’s because I learnt so many new skills last year. Through the workshops/talks, I discovered a love for calligraphy, learnt how to lino print and then used those skills to make all of our Christmas cards! I also enjoyed being surrounded by so many other creative people. I’ve been to other shows before, but The Handmade Fair is so different, there is a real sense of community. Continue reading

Oxford Instameet: 9 July

IMG_1757I’m an Oxford girl born and bred. (Well, technically born in Oxford, but raised very nearby!). I’m well aware that although I live so close to a beautiful city, if I’m honest, I probably take it for granted. Walking past some of the sights isn’t necessarily a big deal anymore, and I rarely take photographs. But this may be about to change.

I wrote a few weeks ago about attending the Blogtacular photowalk, which I loved! That was co-hosted by the lovely Natasha of Candy Pop, who just happens to be a fellow Oxford resident. She invited me to attend the Oxford Instameet on 9 July, and meet some fellow Oxford Instagrammers. Still on a high from Blogtacular, I put the date in my diary right away. Continue reading

5 Key Thoughts from Blogtacular

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Blogtacular 2016 (Photo: Mollie Makes/Will Ireland)

Before we begin, this is a long post, best read with a cup of tea and a chocolate biscuit! This will be my last post on Blogtacular, at least for a while. I intend to reflect properly in a few months time to fully understand what I got from the day and what changes I’ve made, but for now, lets focus on the event itself. I’ve already written about the wonderful people, and the inspiring photo walk, but what about the main event, the actual conference?

I woke up at 7am raring to go, doing my usual morning routine of going on Instagram straight away; it appeared that I wasn’t the only one excited! As I packed my bag, it felt a bit like the first day of school, but this would actually be fun and the people were probably a lot more welcoming. Continue reading