Sunday, 26 August 2012


The past few days I feel I have hit a bit of a creative block and have really struggled to produce anything without tearing it up or throwing it away. Even writing letters to friends and family which I usually love doing has been difficult as I just found myself getting so frustrated and worked up about what to put. I even went back and edited a recent post, replacing the image I had drawn and uploading one by someone else because I felt mine just wasn't good enough. Anyway, this evening as I was talking to a friend online and looking through a blog, I accidentally leant on my keyboard and clicked on a random link which led me to this blog:

It has to be fate! 

Here are two thoughts that I should always keep in mind, they are perhaps more about motivation rather than creative inspiration but still relevant I feel!

Tuesday, 21 August 2012


 Big congratulations to my Sister and her partner who got engaged over the weekend! I am so excited for the wedding and we have all been coming up with ideas already! Here is the engagement card I made for them, which hopefully they should receive today in the post.

Monday, 13 August 2012

Up, Up and Away

Every summer there is a hot air balloon fiesta in Bristol, where 150 of balloons of every imaginable shape and size take to the air - weather permitting! There is also an amazing night glow where the balloons glow in time to music as well as a fireworks display. The fiesta is held in Ashton Court Estate - a beautiful part of Bristol which is actually right next to my University campus. I went last year with friends but unfortunately the weather was so bad it wasn't safe for the balloons to ascend. This year it was a beautiful weekend for the fiesta and I have seen some great photos that friends from Uni have taken. I was hoping to see the balloons from the garden but apparently the wind was blowing in the opposite direction as I didn't see any!

So here is my own little balloon with the hope that next year I will get to see them all!

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Moonrise Kingdom

A friend shared this link with me earlier and reminded me of how much I enjoyed Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom' . The story is melancholic, heart warming and unexpectedly funny with excellent performances from all the cast. I much preferred it to Anderson's other hit  film 'The Royal Tenenbaums', although there is a definite similarity in the tone and style in which the films are shot. 

The poster below is one I found on one of the tumblr blogs I follow daily:
The blog features contributions from lots of different artists and there are lots of awesome posters on there for a huge variety of films and tv series so its worth looking through the archive for your favourite. I'd love to get some of them printed out and they'd make a great present for film fans. Not sure what the deal is with copyrighting on some of them though, so if you re blog please make sure you credit the original artist! This one is by Sam Larson.

Friday, 10 August 2012


I was listening to my ipod today and realised that two of my favourite songs both mention a blackbird....

Two different songs, both beautiful and uplifting... Listen and enjoy!

"You were only waiting for this moment to be free..."

Monday, 6 August 2012

The Importance Of Home....

Never underestimate how wonderful it is to feel at home with someone or somewhere... 

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Birthday cards, party ideas and creative frustration....

I think I mentioned in a previous post that my Grandma would soon be celebrating her 90th Birthday... Well time has passed very quickly and it is now less than a week before her birthday and I feel quite annoyed with myself for not having started making a card and present a bit earlier. Ideally I would love to visit her on Tuesday when she will be having an afternoon tea party to celebrate both her birthday and her 60th wedding anniversary; I have so many ideas of how I would decorate the room: diamond bunting, place cards, sweet pea garlands, party hats, helium balloons, ahh the list goes on. However time and distance means that all these big ideas will have to wait for another occasion - next time I vow to be more organised rather than wasting my time moping around the house and lazing in the sun!

This evening I did start work on the birthday card; I chose the theme of poppies as this is the birth flower of August. My mood this evening wasn't the greatest, and so the card I started got ripped up and thrown away as I wasn't happy with it. However the envelope escaped my anger outburst so here is a picture of that:


The card itself will be similar in design, I would like to find a short poem either about August or poppies but have had no luck so far (except from the famous Flander's Fields one which isn't exactly appropriate!) so if anyone knows of one please let me know! I will post a picture of the card when it is finished - that is if it doesn't get ripped up again!