"I can do all things..."

Here's what grew out of my day today, 
between pots of tea, lunch with a friend 
and reading the latest Cecelia Ahern.

(Sorry to have become one of those bloggers who scrawls their name on images 
but I've recently suffered the fact that the downside of image sharing is image stealing!)

I planned to paint the verse on, but chickened out and did a font overlay instead.
I may still paint the words on. 
After all, the real painting looks a little unfinished 
and it would be nice to pop it on the wall without having to get a print of it done!
... Anybody else suffer the sort of painful indecision 
that results in half finished projects scattered around the house?

I've been thinking for a while about working on a set of art 
- both painted and embroidered -  
inspired by my favourite quotes / songs / verses.
It's about time I filled my Folksy store back up.
What do you think?

Have a lovely weekend everyone.


Inspired by... Archery

Sometimes we find inspiration in funny places. 

My husband is (amongst many other geeky things) a keen archer.
His little man-corner of the house is filled with bags of feathers and bits of wood,
our kitchen table is, more often than not, rigged up to be his arrow-making table,
and it only recently struck me that he is actually a much more committed crafter than me.

A little handful of his handmade arrows.

As I've watched him working away mixing glues and picking different colours and shapes and woods and whatever else he's up to, I've found myself feeling a little in love with the whole thing* 
and suddenly drawn to lots of lovely bits of crafting and creativity featuring bow and arrows. 

* plus there is the guilty geek in me who does spend a lot of time playing Zelda games 
/ loves Hunger Games / watches Brave more than is probably acceptable. 

Here's some of my favourite Archery-inspired finds...

These beautiful wooden Bow and Arrow earrings by smalladventure are just too lovely! 
I love the little details, and the rest of the Etsy store is well worth a nosey 
if you're into cutesy outdoorsy prints. 

I love the style of this print from RiverLuna
One day, when we have an actual studio space in our house, 
I might just allow a little archery corner just so I can decorate it accordingly!

This bow and arrows printed fabric is so adorable.
(not that there's anything adorable about archery - it's very manly... sorry honey!) 
You can find loads of other beautiful fabrics in Katherine Codega's Etsy store.
I'm a big fan of "mountains" and "anchors aweigh"

This arrows illustration is right up my street. 
I love the simplicity of Bluestar Ink's pieces. 

These little pins from Miniature Rhino just stole my heart.
I still have a little fabric pin-badge kit that needs something this lovely doing!
Jessica Marquez (shop owner at Miniature Rhino) also recently released the book 
"Stitched Gifts", which I can tell you, is an absolute delight!

This print by Juan Chavarria Jr. has been doing the rounds for a while and I completely adore it. I can be found 9 days out of 10 wearing a little ampersand necklace, so this combination is a winner in my books.

The simplicity of these earrings by Touch the Dutch is stunning.
These with a plain tee and my favourite shorts and I'd be good to go...
...just in case anyone's looking to buy me some earrings. 

OK now we're talking decoration!!
The colours, the geometry, the size combination... 
I could definitely permit this one in the man corner.
This set is available from Austin Made This.

What inspires you by surprise? 
Do you ever look at something in a new light and feel driven?

I feel a blog series coming on...


A Saturday with myself

Ever have one of those weeks where you're so busy 
that the idea of doing nothing sounds like the most exciting concept in the world?

Today was one of those beautiful lazy days where,
by not forcing myself to do anything in particular, 
I let myself do lots of the things I love.

Starting the day with a doodle. 
I woke up in a sunny mood and stuck on a seriously old mix CD, 
including Shining Light by Ash, for those who recognise the lyrics. 

I made myself a promise last year that when it comes to my creative journal, 
I will not tear out pages that aren't perfect, won't rub out lines that fall in the wrong place 
and won't shy away from sharing anything less than beautiful.
I have to say, having read this and this earlier in the week, I think it's great to share imperfection.

When I realised I was cranking out my old CDs at 7.00am on a Saturday morning 
(sorry neighbours - I don't know when exactly I became one of those morning people!)
I decided it was time for a quieter creation.
The last time I went to see my parents, my mum took me along to a little crafters' group she goes to and I learned to macrame... I've been dying to sit down and do some more as I love how it looks 
(and it's ridiculously easy to do the basics!)

...which reminded me, it's been years since I had a play on that bead loom I used to love so much...

This style of bracelet has been in every shop I walk into this Summer and I'm kicking myself for not getting myself on my loom and filling my Folksy shop up while the sun shone. 
There's nothing to stop me dragging the trend into Autumn on my own arm though!

and once I was all jewellery-making-ed out for the day, 
I figured it was time to get my bake on!

My husband has been away all week and it's meant that we've spent his birthday apart. 
Him not really being one for birthday celebrations, 
I decided the least I could do is to whip up a batch of 
Happy (late) Birthday / Welcome Home cupcakes for his return tomorrow!

 I used a simple Primrose Bakery recipe and I have to say, best buttercream icing ever!
Whilst deciding what to do with the excess, I may have eaten it all.

...and with a cupcake (yes I know I said they're for my husband, 
but you have to make sure they taste good before giving any away, right?) 
and a cup of earl grey in hand, I retired to the sofa to call one of my best friends who just got proposed to in Paris and heard the whole beautiful story, followed by a phone call to my mum to discuss my recent failed attempt at learning crochet.

What do you do with a day all to yourself?

Hope everybody is having a lovely weekend!