In my opinion South African sunsets are better than anywhere on the world 🌍
The traditional safari lodges at @lionsrock_sanctuary rock look out on to open plains, which are often filled with impala, wildebeest and Zebra. Each evening you also get treated to a spectacular sunset right from the comfort of your terrace while the lions below roar 🦁. In which country have you seen the best sunsets?
This week I’ve made an action-plan on how to get to where I want to be. I’m currently writing a blog post on what it means to be successful, and it has made me very carefully think about what it is that I want in my life. Of course, writing an action-plan does not mean that I’ll be able to stick to it 100% - things change, life happens, but it does mean I have some kind of direction, which is really important. Have you got some kind of plan, or are you just muddling along??
Yesterday marked 1 year since I walked down the aisle to my best friend and all-time supporter @joshblack12345
To quote his card to me, we managed a year without killing each other and here’s to many more🎉
Tomorrow, I’m on a flight back to SG to sort some things out, and I’ll finally get to my inventory to ship out orders received this past month.
A big thank you to all you out there who’ve been so patient and understanding, not long now till your package gets to you!📦
This will be the last time I ship my orders out of Singapore🇸🇬 as I move to base in Sydney🇦🇺
Take this opportunity to enjoy the lower shipping rates AND 20-30% off ready to ship items before I update my website on this Wednesday.
No code needed, shop link in profile!
DAY 15 • IN THE VASE • Good morning! I wish I felt as cheery as my tulips this morning - my 2 year old has become a newborn again waking 6+ times a night! 😴 All suggestions how to get him to favour his bed over mine are most welcome 🙌🏻 Have a lovely Monday 🌷
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Bright leaves cheering up a damp, grey London morning 🍃
💃🏻 FANTASTIQUE 💃🏻 When @emmajanepalin tells you there's a jumper with a nod to your blog name... you've gotta buy it - I've been trying to explain how to spell it for almost 10 years now! Ha 🙌🏼💪🏼👌🏼 Things are changing a lot this week - I finished my part time job and I'm now full time freelance, so I'll wear it to remind myself that I'm fantastique & I'm making fantastique decisions 💪🏼😘💃🏻 I am open to fantastique ideas and projects - bring it on! 💃🏻😘💪🏼 Plus the weather has turrrrned, so at least I'll be fantastique and cosy 😜❤️👌🏼
It’s been tipping it down all day, here, so we’ve had a really lazy, cosy day, playing card games and watching Netflix. And now we’re about to have fish and chips for tea - Sunday goals ❤️ What’s everyone else been up to? PS Swipe to see more pics of our living room makeover - Mr P was nervous about us painting the walls pink but he loves it now, and I think the dark blue woodwork breaks it up! [ #capturingcolour#colourinmysquare#bluebellgray ]
DAY 14 • DUVET DAY • I wish I was curled up in my duvet today but instead today was the day I did all my housework & changed the beds. My mum always says a bed doesn’t look ‘made’ unless it has been ironed! I don’t iron my bedding - do you? 🤪
Jet-lag got me like 😴 Hey people, I’m baaack from my holiday! ✈️ Florida was great fun. Crammed in so much cool stuff, & had a social media break - but its good to be back! 🙃 The shop will re-open tomorrow as soon as I’ve got home, recovered & unpacked! (Also, got a bunch of brand new shiny products to photograph & list too!) 😆🐈❤️
DAY 13 • WORDS IN DECOR • Only one day late! Yet again this prompt always appears yet I still don’t have any ‘words in decor.’ The only words I have around are the months on my calendar 📅
apple picking right from grampa & geema’s apple trees. also my mom dropped off some apples that grew off the tree my grandpa planted and grew before he passed away this year. so we are just going to make the best darn apple pie ever this weekend. 🍎🍏🍂🥧
the girls’ beautiful lil dutchi bikes are from @linusbike ✨most amazing bikes ever!!!!
It’s a good day on the trail when all my favourite colours are combined perfectly in nature! What’s been your fav spot to explore this autumn? Comment below! I’m already planning next year’s adventures - and am thinking east coast! #larchmarch#hike365
Enjoyed a little Saturday stroll around the lake with @fern_tickle ❤️
Half of the Adventure Belt team has despatched to France for half term 🇫🇷With 3 young children it’s fair to say we were dreading the journey but actually it was fine. Trunkis, our adventure belt, snacks and iPads were all our friend as ever 😀
If any TV channels are looking for new programme ideas, may I suggest to you: EXTREME NESTING where each episode, a pregnant lady and her partner have a race against time to renovate & redecorate before she goes into labour. We will happily be on episode one. Our loft extension will *nearly* be finished by the time I come home from hospital with these twins next week 👶👶 but brilliantly our living room revamp is complete & I can’t stop looking at our new wallpaper - which was a gift from the amazing @bluebellgray. I’ll share some more pics of the room tomorrow but you know when you just can’t stop smiling? That’s how much I love it 💕 [ #bluebellgray#colourinmysquare#capturingcolour#colourfulmums#lifecloseup#mumsthatslay ]
I know pretty much all my captions say this, but aren't autumn colours just the most beautiful?! 🍂💛 Had another horrendous night with Dougie, I feel a bit like I've been hit over the head (actually, I was headbutted several times in the night...) So I think today needs to be a relatively slow, easy day! What's everyone up to this weekend? 💛🍂
I’ve been a little bit lacklustre this week, literally off-colour and not on my usual form. Randomly, my emotional monochrome automatically extended to my wardrobe 😳
Thank goodness for my vegetable drawer and nail polish, or I’d have had nothing to post! #digdeep 😆
Things are looking up though. I’m oop north - where everyone is friendly - with my boy for some filming. We’ve discussed our favourite words (his is ‘hypocrite’), read books in bed, and used all the instagram filters. Now for a huge breakfast before a busy day at work.
What’s your favourite word?
DAY 12 • FRIDAY FEELS • This Friday feels all stuffed up! I woke up with the cold this morning & it’s been getting gradually worse throughout the day. I’ve slathered myself in Arlo’s Snufflebabe but it’s not breaking through my blocked up nose one bit. Other news is our garage conversion is almost complete. Check out my stories for a peek at its progress 🤧
Winnie absolutely adores her colourful travel system. We managed to pick up an absolute bargain as this was a discontinued fabric design from @cosatto that we managed to find online.
Winnie spends ages looking at all of the patterns inside her carrycot and we’ve had so many compliments out and about with her.
The Cosatto giggle 2 system is super lightweight and easy to use & manoeuvre 👍🏻
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Notice anything different about me? New bio pic, new title in my bio? Yep, that’s me, I am The Overthinkers’ Coach. I have been working towards this for such a long time and finally (finally!) I can announce the news that you can now work with me one-to-one as your overthinking coach.
We can talk about what's going on in your life that's stressing you out, the knots you feel tied up in trying to keep in control and take care of everyone and everything, the 'what if' thoughts that spin through your mind and make you feel stuck. Together we'll start the untangling, we'll look at how you want to feel, what you want your life to look like, and we'll make a plan to start clearing the path that you want to walk along.
I won’t push you in a direction I think you should take, or tell you which way to go. I’ll use my years of knowledge and experience dealing with overthinking to support you to find the way forward that's right for you, that you want, and be right by your side every step of the way.
If you're ready to take action to free yourself from overthinking, to move towards living the life you want, to work on your specific challenges in your unique life with someone who understands and hears you, follow the link in my bio to read about my new coaching services, with a special introductory offer. And if you have any questions please ask away.
It feels so good to finally have this out there in the world! I’m still sharing through my weekly podcast, Facebook group and online courses, this is an additional service I have for you.
And this is the new pic on my About page (she’s killing me with that paw), and my homepage has had a refresh too, there’s been much activity on my website!
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Is it just me that finds rearranging the office such a great source of inspiration?! This is one of my favourite corners right now, probably because of how well all the colors work together at the moment 💛✨
Speaking of colors, since you seemed to enjoy having a peek at my process yesterday, I’m replicating it today sharing how I build color palettes in my Stories. It’s a real labour of love! I take the time to go through each component of each option to make sure the undertone is perfect and everything works nicely together. But color palettes don’t just have to be pretty, they need balance and a real designer eye to make sure they’re optimised to be used in web and print (that’s why I suggest you avoid to handcraft your own palette if you don’t have the skills 🙅🏻♀️). Color palettes are such an important component of branding, the base of a well-focused identity, and the one medium to communicate your brand’s values and message, and I like to make sure each palette I build is tailored to talk to my clients ideal clientele directly ✨
If you miss any of these process BTS, just know I’m saving them all in my highlights 😉 - finally found a proper use for them!
I think it’s *supposed* to be spring here in #Sydney, but it’s been raining ALL the time this past week and it doesn’t feel like it is the season of colours because everything is just grey and gloomy☔️
In case you missed it, together with my shop update next week (tentatively 17 Oct, Wed), I’ll be revising some product prices and shipping rates.
Do take this opportunity to snag that MELO handmades item you’ve been thinking about, like these pastel floral earrings and enjoy sale prices & low shipping rates!💕
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AND POSE💁🏻♀️ Happy Friday dreamboats! Hope you’re all posing by a colourful wall with a level of sass that would put Beyoncé to shame💃🏾
11th of october..
sometimes i need days to take me away from my daily rhythm, I’m traveling to Göteborg for 3 nights to attend a conference i’ve been waiting for about a year now, I’m going with my dad, who’s also very excited. 🤩
our trip to the ferry went well, the trip over the sea with the ferry went very well as well, the sunset was ah-mazing (hence the photo!), even though a ferry full of men truck drivers aren’t my favorite place to be as a young woman 🤦🏻♀️
anyway, we finally arrive in sweden 🇸🇪, Göteborg is beautiful! we drove over a big beautiful bridge that we sailed under!
but Göteborg is currently under a lot of construction 🚧
so our GPS kept sending us into truck parkings, roads under construction and in general.. just the wrong turn and re-freaking-routing all the time.
so what should’ve been a 22 minute drive ended up being about an hour, we get to the hotel, my tired dad speaking danish to the swedish receptionist and we get lost trying to find their parking house, we go back ask again, get there, but the keys don’t work, we go back to the hotel again, are being told to find a random place outside with parking tolls, we get almost lost and ask a few swedes and finally! find a place, we go back to the hotel and the keys to our room doesn’t work, so just as I run downstairs to ask the receptionist to help us, I hear my dad yell.
it finally worked after our 19th try 🤦🏻♀️🙄🙈😂
anyway, the nice receptionists asked if she could give us a drink as a plaster on the wound (is that a scandinavian saying only maybe?🤔). she brings up two huge mugs with tea 🍵 & coffee ☕️ (+ lots of MILK🥛! as i requested 😏) AND the most delicious moisturized brownie cake to us.
we used 1 hour to find parking, but the end-reward was pretty much worth it!
anyway, this conference is quite important to me and my dad, it might even be life-changing.
so i think someone or something out there don’t want us to go, but thank you Jesus for nice receptionist-ladies who bring you brownies after a tooo long drive in Göteborg. 😅
I’m ready for a good night sleep and to take on tomorrow!
how’s your day been? 🖤
I’m in the final stages of preparing for @thehandmadepopup and the shop update for my holiday capsule which means getting everything picture perfect, photographing, editing, writing, and uploading!💪🏻
A big shout out to @bobbinandink, where I cut and sewed these advent calendar pouches while waiting for my sewing machine to be shipped✂️➿
More about them in my stories!
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When you've been staring at the same four walls for twelve days and all you want to do is go outside, or even just see another wall that isn't your bedroom's!! Preferably in the sunlight like this one. Hoping the TLC I've tried to give to my body these two weeks goes "one way" and that's to a full recovery!
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ICE ICE BABY🍦My jeans are thrilled that it’s no longer summer and acceptable to eat ice cream at any given moment. But my heart is sad. Very, very sad. Farewell ice cream, hopefully see you soon👎🏻
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Another knitted painting WIP. These pieces are for an exhibition called Missing Elements that I am participating in with my exhibiting group, Room 6, at the Knit and Stitch Shows this Autumn/Winter. We are previewing a piece each at our Open Studios in Owslebury which opens tomorrow. #hampshireopenstudios#knitandstitchshow2018
GLIDING INTO THE WEEKEND LIKE🦆 Oh hello Friday, you were a long time coming! Hope your weekend is equal parts tranquility and fun✨ If you find yourself in Hyde Park pop and see The big colourful London Mastaba by @christojeanneclaude Just casually floating in the Serpentine Lake. On a side note, there’s no swan emoji...🤷🏻♀️
AD: So fresh and so clean clean! As we've been renovating our bathroom, a new toilet was a priority. It may seem like a silly thing to be excited about, but its been so nice to have! Its quieter and much prettier! Plus, it’s been cutting down on my cleaning time thanks to the ContinuousClean system where a cleaning solution is automatically dispensed with every powerful flush. It literally cleans itself- thank you modern technology! Has anyone else replaced a toilet and wondered why you waited so long?! #sponsored@kohler#kohler#kohlerideas