The 100-Day Project: Challenge Complete!

Back in July, I announced that I’d decided to have a go at my own 100 Day Project, with the intention of creating a piece of original hand-lettering each day. There were a number of reasons for having a go at the project; one of the main ones was that I felt I was starting to lack inspiration for my Instagram feed, and some days I was struggling for ideas of what to post. Secondly, I really wanted to develop my hand-lettering skills, and I liked the idea of being able to do so digitally. Finally, it would be an excellent way to count down to the baby arriving and document some of those important milestones along the way.

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Now that the challenge is over, I thought it would be good to share my honest experience of doing the challenge, both positive and negative! Continue reading

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Creative Chats: Geo Heaven

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Photo courtesy of Sarah Empson/Geo Heaven

Next up in my series of Creative Chats is Sarah of Geo Heaven, an amazing independent maker that I had the pleasure of meeting at Blogtacular earlier this year. I’ve actually followed Geo Heaven on Instagram for a while, but it’s just not the same as meeting someone in person! Sarah makes the most incredible 3D jewellery as well as some amazing pin badges.

 

So, read on to find out more about Sarah, how she came up with the idea for her business, and how she runs it alongside a full-time job. Continue reading

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

Creative Chats: Twin Pines Creative

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Image courtesy of Twin Pines Creative

It’s been a while since I posted a Creative Chat, but I can promise you it was worth the wait! In this post I’m chatting to the lovely Cat from Twin Pines Creative. I first met Cat at Blogtacular last year, when I sat next to her and Jo from Hello Sunshine at a writing workshop. I immediately realised how cool Cat was when she loaded a picture to Instagram from that session and I realised that we had been using the exact same pen (it was a fancy Ban.do one, not just any old Bic ballpoint!). We’ve stayed in touch via social media since then and I can always rely on a bright picture from Cat’s Instagram feed to brighten my morning. Continue reading

New Product Launch: My First Range of Prints

IMG_7129Launching new products has been on my to-do list for sometime now. I dipped my toe into the water last year when I worked with Rachel on Create Craft Kits, and whilst I loved working on a collaboration, I’ve been thinking about launching a solo project in the months since.

Earlier this year I started to think about the events I would be attending over the summer. I wanted to be able to take something physical with me, to share with fellow creatives, and even swap for other goodies! I took the plunge and came up with some ideas for prints based on some doodles I had previously shared on Instagram. Continue reading

Things I’m Loving: August 2017

THINGS I'M LOVING- AUGUST 2017It’s been a while since I’ve written a round-up style post, so thought it was about time for another one. As well as using my blog as a place to share my makes and experiences, I do like to use it as an opportunity to show off the work of others.

Plant fever has definitely taken over the Makes household. Earlier in the month I posted a blog post for those who wanted to dip their toe into the world of indoor gardening, and I got so many lovely comments about it. This month, I’ve been treating myself to some gorgeous pots from Geo Fleur, including a melting mug from Studio Arhoj that I’ve been eyeing up for a while. Geo Fleur were running a fantastic offer where if you ordered over a certain amount, you’d receive some surprise goodies too. I was over the moon to receive a gorgeous polka dot planter as one of mine! Continue reading

Becoming a Plant Lover: An Honest Guide for those with Zero Gardening Experience

Summer style guideIf 2016 was the year of the pin badge for me, then 2017 has definitely been the year of the houseplant. When we moved into our house at the end of the 2015, we didn’t own a single plant. By the end of 2016, I could probably count our plants on one hand. By August 2017, we have almost 20.

For full disclosure, I’m not a natural gardener. One of the main attractions of our current house was that the garden wasn’t too big, and being a new build, the entire thing would be turfed. Not a single flowerbed to weed! It’s not that I don’t like plants, it’s just that both me and Mr Makes only really get time for our hobbies at the weekend, and we’d much rather spend our time sewing, crafting, baking, cycling, etc. You get the picture.
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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