We celebrated Henry’s 3rd Birthday recently with a mini camping themed birthday party. He had just one little friend and some family over, and had a lovely day playing, eating and enjoying himself. The idea for his birthday theme orginated from him loving watching the cartoon ‘Miffy’ and one of his favourite episodes was about them going camping and the dog, Snuffy. He loves tents too, so I thought I would re-cover his teepee, and make him a toy Snuffy, and have a bit of a ‘Snuffy’s camping adventure.’
Funny that while working on a series about finding your style, Etsy is running a campaign called ‘Difference Makes Us‘. So I thought I would tie my next post in with this series. (Also sorry I have been a slack blogger, never ending sickness, injury, tantrums etc abounding in this household of late).
Spring has this amazing way of perking me up, and getting me feeling motivated. I guess that’s why people like to spring clean. After a dark, grey wet and very cold winter, mostly spent stressing out inside and struggling to get anything to dry. Seeing the sun shining and flowers all in bloom everywhere, throwing petal confetti parties, just lifts the spirits.
I have now been blogging and running a creative business for 9 years! (is it just me or is that a bit crazy??) anyway, despite having my own creative business for all that time, one thing I still struggle to settle with and feel at peace with is knowing my own style. As a designer, when you are constantly working on different syles to suit different clients and therefore exploring a lot of different styles through work, it can be hard to settle on your own personal style and say ‘this is me’ ‘this is my personal style’. It’s like having constant identity crisis, because I don’t simply stick to ‘me’ in all my work, my job is to tailor make designs to suit other peoples styles, not my own.
So I had some major computer complications recently, which got me behind on a lot of things. So I haven’t done a Charlie 6 month or 7 month post. (he is now 7 1/2 months). So I thought I would just do a quick general post on how he is going.
I have a really amazing ‘Plastic-Free July‘ find to share! When I was first researching homemade natural skincare, I learned that essential oils and herbs are best kept in amber jars, so they don’t lose their properties and keep longer, as it helps block light out. But recently I was introduced to Infinity Jars.. which is just one (well maybe 10) steps further.. these jars are amazing for preserving and keeping all kinds of goods, even fresh food! They can be used to store herbs, oils, teas, food, skincare products and more. As it is ‘Plastic Free July’ this month, it seems the perfect time to share these amazing preserving glass jars with you, as they really are amazing, particularly if you are keen on preserving and keeping food longer, because really food waste is just as bad as plastic waste, even though it decomposes, its just sad that so much is thrown away while others starve.
Featured Image from 1MillionWomen
Have you heard about plastic free July? I’s an initiative to encourage people to look at the plastic they use and try and cut back on your plastic usage (or if you are really keen cut it out for the whole month). It has inspired me to try and make some plastic swaps, and reduce our plastic usage. I am not sure if we could ever achieve a plastic free life, but the less if our lives the better we will be for it. If you want to know more, and why reducing plastic is important and ideas on how, see the official site.
Does anyone else experience this, where they feel like a certain theme or topic keeps popping up, as if there is this collective thought and without intention, somehow this topic is playing on a lot of peoples minds and almost seems to be trying to speak to you, because even though you aren’t looking for it it keeps popping up. Not sure how else to explain it.
So on new years day this year I had a 3 day old baby, and my only ‘resolution’ was simple to care for my tiny bundle and learn how to be a mummy of two. Now that my little man in 6 months old, and I am getting back into work and contemplating things I want to do and achieve, I thought the new financial year is a fresh start enough for me to write down my goals and get thinking about what I want to change and do and work towards.
Well I made it to 30! It was a cold wet day, and Dan took Henry for a few hours, so I could quietly potter around the shops with Charlie, which was a nice change from the usual stressful shop with toddler and baby in tow. And then we rugged up back home and had some pizza for dinner. Just a simple family day, enjoying the rain and relaxing.