Looking for some Instagram illustrators to inspire you and bring some joy to your daily life? Then you’re in the right place. I’ve rounded up 8 of my favourite accounts to follow for colourful, happy-making illustrations, products and behind the scenes photos. Top tip: click the arrow next to the follow button to see Instagram suggestions. Yes, IG algorithms can be a pain, but this is something they’re actually quite good at.
Onward! To amazing illustrators!
The independent makers: ceramics edition. Having written about designer makers for a number of years now, I thought it was about time I start rounding up some of my favourite talented creators across different mediums. Let’s start with ceramics. There’s just something about them which I always find myself drawn to at markets and stores. Perhaps it’s knowing that the process of creating by clay or porcelain is not something that can be rushed – the hands of the makers have been so thoroughly a part of the process that I can’t help but imagine the hours spent slowly perfecting each of these ceramic delights. There’s so much texture in a piece, it’s so tactile, that bold colours are not always necessary to make the work stand out either. Of course, it could just be that the finished creations are beautiful and would look amazing in my home. Below, I’ve rounded up ten of my favourite ceramic designer-makers, all UK based, who might have a little something special to add to your home this year. Read More
Julia Georgallis runs The Bread Companion, a nomadic micro-bakery which travels about teaching newbie bakers & yeast enthusiasts how to produce their very own loaf. Having first met Julia through The London Artisan, the first thing that struck me (after the freshly baked bread smell, mmmm) was the eye-catching branding her mobile bakery uses. Which makes sense, considering Julia is also a designer. A baker almost by accident, Julia talks about how the worlds of food and design have combined in a way which allow her to live the independent life dream: a bit of travel, a bit of work and a lot of passion. In our interview, she gives some top travel tips, hails the importance of bread and shares a unique take on gathering inspiration. Read More
Following on from Monday’s post, I thought I’d round up some inspiring yoga prints so if the thought of doing yoga itself is still too much, you can always gaze at one of these in a mindful way & most likely get the same benefits…maybe.
Look, I know talking about yoga in January is quite the cliche. Judging by the limited space around my mat at classes this past week, I’d guess a lot of people have made yoga part of their new year resolution. Whether searching for stillness in frantic lives; needing to s-t-r-e-t-c-h after months on the sofa, or simply being swept up in the Insta-yoga culture, there is no better time to start than *now* (especially when it’s cold outside & you’d rather be home eating toast). Here’s why: Read More
It’s still not too late to buy your 2017 calendar, so here’s a selection of wall calendars to hang above your desk or in your kitchen – and all designed by independent makers. So you can get that feel good ‘I bought independent’ feeling all year round.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
In 2017, I plan to continue on my independent living journey & thought a check-in on my 2016 review may help encourage you to think positively about the days and months behind & all that was achieved in just 12 short months. Below, I break down a few of the components which I believe contribute to an independent life, which you can read more about in my original post: ‘What is an independent life?’ Read More
Having recently tried & loved a calligraphy workshop, the oft forgotten desire to try my hand at new things has been fully relit, hurray! So when London Local Etsy team asked me to review a workshop at their recent Etsy Christmas market, I couldn’t wait to give a Promises Promises jewellery making workshop a try. As I’ve mentioned before, one thing I really wanted to start building this year has been my collection of minimal jewellery by independent makers. I’ve done quite well so far with Annabelle Lucilla earrings & a Wild Fawn necklace and I’ve now happily added to this little collection with a necklace made myself. If you quite fancy creating something of your own too, read on to see how I got on – perhaps 2017 is the year you try it for yourself? Read More
Interviews / Reviews
I’ve recently been starting to pay a little more attention to what I put on my skin, knowing that I’d like to eventually switch fully to natural skincare and make-up. Not only better for the environment and my skin, but also another way to support small businesses and become a part of the independent life I’m working on. So discovering MBotanicals has come at just the right time. By really focusing on the most powerful natural ingredients, Rebecca Wright creates simple but effective skincare, soaps & those all important candles. I was kindly gifted a sample of products for review so I’ll start with that & then you can meet Rebecca to discover a little more about the maker behind MBotanicals. Read More
For some time now I’ve been hankering after a slightly simpler life. Mine isn’t especially overwhelming compared with others but sometimes it’s a bit much for me. It’s not just the physical accumulation of ‘stuff’ which is currently bothering me, but my whole digital life is pretty overwhelming too. Yours too? I thought going digital was supposed to be the answer to the problem! Anyway. Whilst the bigger task of downsizing and ‘living minimally’ still seems rather daunting to me, a beautifully simple piece of jewellery is a lovely reminder that less, is indeed, more.
So when Emma Barnes from Wild Fawn Jewellery recently offered me a necklace* from her eco-friendly silver jewellery collection, I took it as a chance to slowly start building towards and thinking about this simpler life which has alluded me thus far. A delicately hammered circle suspended by both sides on a simple silver chain has so far been the perfect statement/non-statement piece I’ve owned for some time. For me, there’s something about knowing the full process of how my necklace was made that serves as a reassurance that not all ‘things’ have to be ‘stuff‘. Some objects add to your life in a quiet yet strong way and this is one of them.
Emma will be selling Wild Fawn Jewellery at the London Local Team Etsy Made Local market this weekend. First though, read on for more about Emma and Wild Fawn Jewellery – a perfect read for anyone who’s been consciously considering buying ethically and simply. Read More