I thought I’d start a monthly round-up of things which have inspired me and/or created a moment of joy in my life over the past month. We do and consumer so much both online and you know, in real life, every four weeks that’s it hard to to keep track & reflect on it all. So this is firstly, a nice way for me to remember what stood out and secondly, hopefully you will discover something new that can inspire your own independent life too! Have a read & then tell me in the comments what’s been bringing you inspiration and enjoyment this first month of 2017.
When Pantone announced Greenery as its colour of the year, I was less than impressed, especially after the pastel tones of 2016*. Why? Because: confession – green is my second least favourite colour, after brown. (I know – *quite* the revelation!) I never buy any clothes or homewares in this colour, especially not in the insanely acidic bright Greenery seems to be. I do, however, like the concept of the colour being reflective of the outdoors and fresh, new beginnings. There are other shades of green I might be tempted by though: moss, jewel and forest are rich, luxuriant tones. So whilst I initially endeavored to find charming shades of Pantone’s hottest shade for 2017, it just didn’t quite work out that way. Instead, I was drawn to the more natural toned-down versions of green, and was rather happy to connect it with nature and natural products. So here is a small round-up of a few homewares which celebrate green and greenery and can all be found in stores stocking the best independent products.
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
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