Thursday, 17 April 2014

west elm workshop

do you like making stuff? do you live in or near London? then why not pop in to my drop in workshop at West Elm on Saturday 3rd May?! for one afternoon only you can come along and for the tiny sum of £4 you can create your own wooden beaded necklace just in time for Spring!

 between 12pm and 4pm I will be hosting a painted wooden bead workshop, where you can come along, pay just £4, and choose from a selection of different size and shape wooden beads to decorate and turn into your very own necklace!

 West Elm, in case you don't already know, is a super cool interiors store on Tottenham Court Road - I was part of an Etsy pop up shop there last month, and the shop has such a lovely vibe, it's really bright, and the staff are awesome! so make sure to pop the date in your diary and come by and say hi and make a necklace while you're at it!

When: Saturday 3rd May 2014
Where: West Elm, 209 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7PN
Time: 12pm - 4pm
What: come and paint wooden beads and thread them into a necklace
Cost: only £4 per person (includes five beads, paint, chain/cord for the necklace, and jewellery findings)

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Crafty Fox Talks

as my business has grown I get more and more emails and messages asking me questions about every single aspect of starting up and running your own business. I try to reply as much as possible, but it's hard when time is very limited! it got me thinking about ways I could share some of the things I've learnt along the way with others who are going on the same journey as me business-wise. so when Sinead from Crafty Fox emailed me asking if I'd like to be part of their next Crafty Fox talk, I immediately jumped at the chance.

 the event is titled 'The Nuts and Bolts of Creative Business' so will cover a range of topics from taxes, to pricing, to staying motivated! I will be sharing a little about the journey that got me to where I am today, and some of the things I've learnt along the way. also speaking at the event will be Caroline Rowland, founder of the oh so awesome 91 magazine, and Emma Jones, founder of Enterprise Nation.

if you'd like to come along you can book your ticket right here - there are limited places left and these talks always sell out fast. I am also looking into doing further, more in depth talks on setting up and running a creative business, as well as offering one to one mentoring where I can answer specific questions you may have about any area, as well as providing a personalised critique. would you be interested in this at all? if you're based in London I'd be happy to meet over coffee, with sessions being a minimum of one and a half hours long. if you're outside of London I can arrange Skype meetings to discuss - the minimum for these would be one hour. if you'd like any more information you can email me at - I will also be blogging about this in the near future so watch this space!

Thursday, 10 April 2014

does competition kill creativity?

a few months back I was interviewed for an article in Mollie Makes, and just today I received my copy of the issue with the article in. the article is title 'does competition kill creativity?' and it focuses on the way in which, most often through social media such as Instagram, we find ourselves constantly comparing what we are doing, or making, or wearing, with other people. rather than getting on with making things we want to make, we find ourselves looking at the craft project someone else just posted a photo of on Instagram, and getting disheartened and feeling inadequate.

it's a topic very relevant to me, and I have a much more in depth blog post on the subject scheduled for next week, so do look out for that. it seems to be one of those topics that lots of people can relate to, yet it's not considered the done thing to talk about openly.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Crafty Fox Markets

Crafty Fox is one of our all time favourite markets here at Ladybird Likes - run by the amazing husband and wife team Sinead and  Stephan. We will be selling at not one but TWO Crafty Fox markets in April - this Saturday 12th April we will be setting up stall in the Bussey Building in Peckham, and then on Sunday 27th April we will be at The Dogstar in Brixton! As always there is an incredible line-up of designer makers at all four Crafty Fox Market dates, so do go check out their website, and make sure to pop along and say hi! 

Saturday, 5 April 2014

boomf instagram marshmallows

for our one year anniversary my boyfriend bought me a box of Boomf marshmallows with photos of us on - I've wanted some for AGES but it felt a bit indulgent buying a box of marshmallows with photos on for myself! they are so awesome, but the only problem is I don't want to eat them....

has anyone else tried them? did you actually eat the marshmallows or did you just keep them for show?! (my hoarding tendency is showing through here - I can't bear to part with them, I just want to keep them forever!)

Friday, 4 April 2014

cats and pugs a-go-go

we've been rocking out pug and cat themed jewellery for over a year now at Ladybird Likes - but we constantly received emails and comments that you guys wanted MORE! well, it took us a while but we finally got round to creating a whole collection of cat and pug jewels so y'all can show your love for the furry creatures to the whole world! the entire collection is available right now in our Etsy shop - click here to see all cat related items and click here to see all pug related items! (be sure to read to the bottom of this post for details of a special offer!)

 our cat and pug range now features four brooches, seven necklaces, and four pairs of collar clips! prices range from £9 for the brooches, to £22 for the cat or pug statement necklaces.

 our 'I Like Cats' and 'I Like Pugs' necklaces, plus our cat and pug statement necklaces (shown below) have been so popular on Instagram and Facebook - we only have limited stock of each currently so if you want one you'll need to be quick!

 for this weekend only you can get 15% off your whole order - just enter code CATSANDPUGS when you checkout! this code will expire at midnight on Monday so hurry if you want to use it! AND every single purchase from our cats and pugs collection from now until midnight on Monday will receive a FREE cat or pug themed brooch as shown below (we will put one in based on what you have purchased - so if you buy a cat necklace you will get a cat brooch!) these brooches are not available to buy online, so make sure you get your hands on one!

friday favourites

1. 世界是我們最後的希望, 2. summer, 3. blue 1, 4. Meow, 5. well, good morning, 6. dress., 7. a deer a day #132, 8. Forgotten, 9. where each house has a different color

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

i heart iphone photos

march has been a busy and very exciting month here at Ladybird Likes HQ, and april looks set to be even busier and even more exciting! I can't wait! I thought I'd take a moment though to look back at some of my instagram photos from the last month.... (all descriptions are written clockwise from top left)

we were delighted to be invited to sell at the first UK Etsy x West Elm pop up shop // my favourite part of spring is when the trees are full of blossom - I walk past this one every day on my way to the post office // shooting the first ever Ladybird Likes video with my oh so talented other half // I found this in a box of treasures I'd forgotten about and shared a little bit about how Ladybird Likes came into existence!

 making a conscious effort to get more of my instagram photos printed out - loving these super cute photo strips // I finally visited the classic car boot on the Southbank and had the best time eyeing up all the vintage goodies // buying a whole tray of succulents to be used in an upcoming workshop // finally learning to crochet granny squares - I can't wait to start making a blanket!

 visited my first car boot sale of the season and picked up some great finds including this beautifully illustrated record // making samples for some new workshops I'll be offering up - so in love with this braided beaded necklace // making new crafty friends who want to do handmade swaps with you is the best - I got this amazing ladybird brooch from Luna on the Moon // celebrating one whole year with this boy - he bought me instagram marshmallows!

if you're not already following me on instagram then please do - I share lots of little snippets of my life over there and my instagram name is @ladybirdlikes xoxo

Monday, 31 March 2014

polabora instagram prints

as you may have noticed by now, I am a little bit obsessed with Instagram. I love documenting little snippets of my life on there, and am now trying to make more of a conscious effort to print out as many of my photos from there as possible. there are SO many sites now offering easy and super cute ways to print pictures straight from your Instagram account, and I'm trying as many as possible it seems! today I want to share with you my latest find - a very new company called Polabora. they offer two super adorable ways to print your pictures, the first being as little retro polaroid style prints... they are a dinky size, perfect for pinning around your room, using as tags on presents, popping in with a notecard - so many possibilities!

 the second option is the photobooth-style photo strips. I think I might have fallen a bit in love with these. I have them EVERYWHERE! on the fridge, using as a bookmark, stuck on the wall in my studio, next to my bed. the image quality is really good, especially considering all my pictures were taken on my iphone, and I like the paper they are printed on (like a glossy photo paper - I don't like photo prints to be on thick paper, but maybe that's just me!)

Polabora prints are already pretty darn reasonable (about £9 for a set of 20 polaroid style prints!), however they have oh so kindly offered all you lovely Ladybird Likes readers a special discount code! simply enter the code LADYBIRD when you check out and you will receive a whopping 20% off your order! just be warned - it will expire two weeks from today (so on the 14th April!) so go use it now! it's the perfect excuse to get some of those pictures printed out....

Friday, 28 March 2014

beaded braided jewellery workshop

one of my aims for Ladybird Likes in 2014 was to start teaching workshops and look at potentially getting into running craft parties. I love crafting with others and spreading my love of handmade far and wide in as many ways as possible. so I'm delighted to announce that, in conjunction with SMUG in Islington, I will be hosting four Thursday evening craft clubs, each time making something awesome and fun to take home, and learning a new craft! first up is a braided beaded jewellery workshop....

 you'll be given a selection of different coloured beads to choose from, and shown how to string them and braid them to create either a necklace or a bracelet that is completely one of a kind! we will provide all the tools and materials you'll need, and show you step by step how to create something you'll want to wear all the time. once you've learnt you'll be able to make as many as you'd like at home using the skills we've taught you.

we will also provide you with an equipment and materials shopping list, should you wish to carry on beading after the class, which will include where to buy everything you'll need at the best possible prices!

 when: Thursday 3rd April 2014    5:30pm - 6:55pm
where: SMUG store, Camden Passage, Islington
how much: £15 per person (includes all materials and equipment)

you can book your ticket now right here - there are only eight spaces available so get in there quick if you want to join in!