The Motherhood Photography Workshop: Learning How to Use my Camera

IMG_7200At the start of the year, I made a resolution that 2017 was going to be the year I learned how to use a camera properly. I LOVE taking pictures, but am heavily reliant on my iPhone to do so. Photography is incredibly important to me for so many different reasons, but the main one is that it was my Grandad’s favourite hobby. I have many memories of him taking photos at all our family events, and in most of the photos I have of him; he’s there with his camera around his neck.

Since finding out I was pregnant at the start of the year, many things have taken a back seat, and using my camera was one of them. That being said, there has been a little niggling feeling deep inside that now probably was the time to learn. Continue reading

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A Trip to Hello Dodo Land

IMG_6679I’ve blogged time and time again about my love for independent makers and designers. Since first discovering Hello Dodo I’ve been in love with their bright colours and quirky prints. Based in Worthing, they make t-shirts, prints, sweatshirts, and much, much more. One of the reasons I love Hello Dodo so much is that Mr Makes adores their stuff, and so I know I can always find something perfect for him (his last Christmas, Birthday, and even Valentines have featured Hello Dodo in some way).

A few months ago, Hello Dodo announced that for one week only they would be taking over Colonnade House in Worthing and hosting a pop-up shop. An excuse to visit the seaside and buy lots of shiny new things? I was instantly sold, and Mr Makes didn’t need much convincing either. So, on a sunny Saturday morning we set about on a road trip to Worthing to visit one of our favourite creative businesses! Continue reading

Blogtacular Photo Walk 2017

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Photo courtesy of: Blogtacular and Amber-Rose Photography

Although I was quick to write up my post about the main Blogtacular event itself, it suddenly dawned on me that I’d neglected to write my follow-up post about one of the most exciting parts of the weekend… the photo walks!

I had my first taste of photo walks at Blogtacular last year, and it’s safe to say I was hooked right away. Walking around new places with fellow creatives taking photos is now one of my favourite things to do, and so as soon as the sign-ups for this year’s photo walks opened up, I was instantly filling in my details. Continue reading

Blogtacular 2017: The Year of the Creative Tribe

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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