Doodles and fun inspired by Lilla Rogers new book

I ordered Lilla Rogers new book before Christmas and it arrived this week – yipee! It’s just what I needed to spur me on. It’s uplifting, lighthearted, motivating, to the point and practical without being heavy going. Visually it’s a delight of course and its FUN. Something I need 🙂 I particularly love the tiny tarot at the end which I’ve already made my own version of and put in a pot I made at ceramics class years ago!

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I carved out some time for myself not doing my hand painted orders (you do need a break sometimes!) to play. Ages ago I’d painted a yellow background on wood and a few coloured circles. I saw it lying on the side in the studio and decided to play with it adding more to it.

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This led to designing a card for a friend with it.. and then I did another and put it in my Etsy shop inkpaintpaper.

Next I painted a couple of small background patterns, sketched a rabbit baby and designed some new baby cards.

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One set large and personalisable (available at Moobaacluck on Notonthehighstreet.com) the other two are smaller simply with “It’s a girl!” and “It’s a boy!” on the front. Find them in my Etsy shop too.

Hope you like them! And thank you Lilla 🙂

Gems

I recently signed up to Seth Godin’s blog and each day I am sent a gem, some more fathomable than others.

I like today’s about decisions:

‘…….Your job is to make decisions.

The thing is, the farmer who grows corn has no illusions about what his job is. He doesn’t avoid planting corn or dissemble or procrastinate about harvesting corn. And he certainly doesn’t try to get his neighbor to grow his corn for him.

Make more decisions. That’s the only way to get better at it’ – SETH GODIN

It’s so easy to let yourself go around and around in circles when you have lots of options.

Another thought-provoking blog entry I encountered suggested that in order to plan your year, your life really, you should work out how you want to feel, rather than what you think you want. You can listen to Danielle La Porte’s MP3 recording all about The Desire Map here.

Of course there are oodles of interesting  blogs at this time of the year, I bet you’ve come across some that make you think. Share some here if you like.. may be you’ve written one 🙂

I also had a think about three words to sum up my approach to the coming year : health, thoughtfulness, balance.

Happy New Year

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November 6th Part 2. To London to meet the very lovely Holly Becker aka @Decor8 and fellow #bywbootcamp bloggers

Photos by Gabriella Buckingham. Top: Images from the book: right – Holly’s own space. Bottom: article in The Simple Things magazine: book jacket converts to inspiring poster!

Arriving at Anthropologie at 4.50ish I realised that I needn’t have worried about showing my invitation which I’d left unprinted in my email. The shop was open – naturally.

I wandered about enjoying brightly coloured confections everywhere I looked, working my way around the floors. Finally at the top I saw stacks of Holly’s beautifully designed books.

This was the British press launch of Decorate Workshop: A Creative 8 Step Process For Transforming Your Home by Holly Becker with photography by Debi Treloar.

Quickly I bought one only to have the shop assistant take it away and give me a receipt instead to furnish Holly with ( so she would sign a copy later and save my arms). That was a great idea. Only I knew I’d have to leave to catch my train at 7.45.

Later when I introduced myself to Holly I had grabbed another copy and foisted it on her to sign which she very graciously did.

Bottom right: Holly with James Leland Day – a stylist from New York whose home appears in Decorate Workshop

I am so pleased to have made the effort to go. Like many bloggers I’d gone alone but I did know there would be at least a couple of familiar faces  there. I met  Fiona Humberstone for the second time, who runs a fabulous brand styling business and on line course which I highly recommend. There were oodles of blogging boot campers and other professional bloggers, a handful of whom I did manage to chat to or at least say hello to.  Lady in red Tiff, Adri, Yvonne, Kirsty, Geraldine, Rona, Anna and wonderful photographer Ingrid. Let me know if I missed you out , I know I spoke to others!

Champagne and cake were served. I managed to ignore the cake, which was difficult believe me. Holly spoke about her 8 step process to guide people through decorating projects while being interviewed by the very popular  Will from Bright Bazaar 

James Leland Day then spoke about his approach to styling before the book signing. Sadly I then had to dash off to catch my train home to Norfolk.

On the way home I looked through Holly’s wonderful book. I definitely found it inspiring. Daunting in some ways because Holly encourages you to really examine your own taste and why you like what you do. It is suggested that you write on the pages of the book and explore your own loves and translate these for your home or project. Subsequently though I found myself reassured that my own home may be messy but there are certainly many very personal quirks and beautiful things to make more of. I will enjoy working my way through and playing in earnest early next year.

Thank you for a memorable day Holly; I wouldn’t have been in London had it not been for your invitation and Blogging Your Way Bootcamp.