Monday, 9 February 2015

I made you a (Valentines) mixtape


I thought I'd put together a mixtape of Valentines songs that hopefully aren't too mushy! These are all songs that remind me of my other half, so there is a bit of a mix in there... It's funny thinking about the music that provides the soundtrack to our lives. Jonathan goes through phases of getting a song stuck in his head and singing it over and over for up to weeks at a time, so these songs always remind me of him! I love remembering where we were when we heard certain songs - Haim makes me think of our first mini break together, listening to their album full blast in the car. The 1975 makes me think of our first gig together to see them, drinking alcopops and shooting the crowds with the GoPro. Get Lucky makes me think of the silly videos he used to send me when we were first dating, when he was OBSESSED with that song, and used to film himself singing it and send it to me!

I've made the playlist on Spotify if you'd like to have a listen - just click here to check it out.

1. Latch by Sam Smith
2. Sex by the 1975
3. Yes, I was Drunk by Twin Atlantic
4. Naughty by Matlida the Musical Soundtrack
5. The Wire by Haim
6. Get Lucky by Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams
7. Gosport Nancy by Bellowhead
8. Something from Nothing by Foo Fighters
9. The Mother We Share by CHVRCHES
10. Drunk in Love by Scott Bradlee and Postmodern Jukebox (this is an INCREDIBLE cover of the Beyonce song, which my friend Cristina sings on!)
11. Blame It On Me by George Ezra
12. Love Is an Open Door by Frozen the Soundtrack (yup, we are those people...)

I'd love to hear what songs remind you of your partner and why - please feel free to share them in the comments!

Valentine Printables


It's only five days until Valentines Day and if, like me, you are not very organised and/or are a bit short on cash then fear not! I've scoured the internet for some super awesome and FREE printable Valentines cards and gifts that can be whipped up in a matter of minutes.


 These adorable 'Wild About You' printables by Sarah M Style are most probably designed for kids, but I think they are so sweet and would make a funny alternative Valentines for any adult too. Simply pair with an animal toy (or how about making an animal figurine, or buying something else animal themed?) for a gift and card in one!


 So yeah, I love donuts, and when I saw this free printable I did let out a few little squeals and giggles. You could use the printable to create a card on its own, or buy/make a donut (or a whole box of donuts if you're like me) and attach the card for a tasty way to show you care! The donut printables were created by the oh so talented Damask Love.


These airmail paper plane love notes by No Biggie are so simple but so effective. You could easily whip up a bunch to give out to your friends and family. I think they'd be cute attached to a travel themed gift - maybe a travel journal and pen for someone who goes away a lot? Or combine with an airmail letter writing kit thats practical whilst still being thoughtful.


 My love for Heidi of My Paper Crane pretty much knows no bounds, especially since she posted this free printable for such adorable Valentine cards. They are the perfect size for popping in with a gift, but aren't overly mushy or cute.


 Every Valentine celebration needs some decorations - how about this 'Love You Like Crazy' free printable banner by Tomfo? Hang somewhere that special someone will see it, to let them know you love them, or you could even send it in the post to someone further away.


Finally, these 'You're All Write' cards/gifts by She Wears Many Hats combine three of my favourite things; heart shapes, stationery, and stupid love themed puns! Again, these are aimed at kids, but what adult wouldn't love getting one of these from their Valentine? Why not mix it up and buy a fun pen to insert in the card?

So there you go - I hope they've given you some inspiration for Valentines Day! There are LOADS more awesome free printables for all occasions over on my Pinterest so do follow us there.

WE ARE THREE!


That's right guys, yesterday marked THREE WHOLE YEARS since I opened my Ladybird Likes Etsy shop back in 2012. At the time I had no idea if anyone would buy anything, I just knew I wanted an excuse to make stuff! If you had told me three years ago that this would become my full-time job, and open up so many doors for me, I'm not sure I would have believed you.

This job is my dream. Creating, meeting people, expressing myself through craft, growing my skills, sharing what I make with you all - it has become my whole world, and I can never, ever thank you guys enough for making it happen. Without you Ladybird Likes would not be here today. Every time I get an order, or an email about an opportunity, or someone leaves me nice feedback, I can't help but smile (and occasionally do a little happy dance which apparently makes me look like a penguin.) I never take any of this for granted, and I never will. Thank you for helping make my dreams come true.

So to celebrate I'm offering a whopping 33% off EVERYTHING in my Etsy shop for one day only! Just enter the code WEARETHREE when you checkout and it will deduct a third of your total (excluding shipping costs.) You can use the code as many times as you like, but it will expire at midnight tonight. I'm also going to be having a giveaway over on my Instagram later today so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for that. xoxoxo

Sunday, 8 February 2015

things I love right now...


Something I want to do more of throughout the year is keep a record of the things I am doing/enjoying/thinking about each month. Taking time out from the craziness of life to reflect a little, and appreciate the things I have. So I will be posting once a month some of the things that I'm enjoying and am thankful for. I'd love it if any of you wanted to leave some things you love/appreciate right now too in the comments...

- having two doggies for company at the weekend (which is when we dogsit my Nan's dog Poppy.) I can't imagine not having at least one dog around the house at all times - it feels so empty when they aren't here.

- re-reading The Walking Dead graphic novel series - the latest installment of the graphic novels comes out soon PLUS the second half of the current TV series is back on in a few weeks, so it felt like the perfect time to re-read them. They are hands down my favourite graphic novels - I'm a huge zombie movie fan and they translate so well into this style too.

- the new The Whitepepper collection - currently lusting after everything and planning my next purchase, which I think may have to be the dinosaur print dress.

- expanding my repertoire of recipes (some good, and some not so good!) I've been trying to eat better since the start of 2015. Not a diet as such, just thinking more about what I eat and how much I eat. Cutting back on carbs, processed foods, and fizzy drinks, and eating more fruit and veg. One thing that always holds me back is my lack of skills in the kitchen, but I've been pushing myself to try lots of new recipes lately and, even though I've had a few disasters (melting a colander was a low point) I'm really enjoying it! Plus it's given me more energy, and I've lost a bit of weight as a bonus.

- exploring the potential of moving to Brighton - everything is a bit up in the air right now, but I feel excited for the future and seeing what it will bring for me and for my business.

- my new Blythe doll family - after lusting after other people's Blythes for around ten years (yup, that long!) I finally took the plunge and purchased a few for myself. I'm definitely a bit hooked, and cannot wait to add more to the collection. Also, I am addicted to shopping for Blythe clothing and accessories on Etsy! I've bought each of my girls an outfit, but think I made need more....

- making metal stamped jewellery - I recently bought some metal stamping equipment and am OBSESSED right now! May have got a bit carried away stamping rude words on to everything...


Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Jubilique and Louise (and a giveaway)


One of my favourite things is discovering new designers and makers who make lovely bits and pieces. I have decided to start sharing more of these here on my blog as I think it is really important to support other creative people and to help promote companies you love, particularly small businesses.

So without further ado, I want to introduce you to the wonderful Jubilique and Louise, selling all manner of gorgeous bits and pieces (including incredible wooden house-shaped displays which I have been coveting!) My absolute favourite though are the ceramic face dishes. Each one is hand painted, so no two are identical, and I just adore their faces and expressions!


 Of course I had to buy up the blue hued ones in their recent online sale, and I just love how they look all displayed together. I haven't quite decided what to do with them and how to show them off best, but I will be sure to share when I have. Such cuties need to be on display for all to see.


 You can even have a custom ceramic face made with your choice of hair colour and eyes etc. I think these would make incredible gifts - how about personalised ones for your bridesmaids as a quirky wedding gift? The attention to detail and the quality is spot on whilst still maintaining a really handmade feel.


 I'm delighted to be offering up two gorgeous Jubilique and Louise face plates to two lucky readers! The competition is being held over on my Instagram page (follow us @ladybirdlikes) - head over there for all the details on how to enter.


And finally if you'd love to have your business featured on my blog and social media channels then please do get in touch at ladybirdlikes@hotmail.co.uk - I hope to feature one company every fortnight, with a little giveaway to accompany it. So be sure to check back to find more awesome creatives to follow!

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Gocco Workshop


If you follow me over on Instagram you will know that yesterday I went on a bit of an adventure, visiting Rochester in Kent to participate in a Print Gocco Workshop run by the uber talented Xtina Lamb who is part of the Medway Fine Printmakers. Held at Intra, which is a not for profit arts venue, giving members of the public access to art equipment usually only available to specialised artists. In addition to running open drop in style creative sessions, they also offer more specialised craft workshops, including ones using Print Gocco.

I have been a bit of a gocco fan since I bought some gocco printed postcards at a craft fair many years ago. I remember researching what this weird 'gocco' thing was, and being so intrigued that a little battery operated lump of plastic like that could be used to produce such beautiful artwork. As one of my goals for 2015 is to learn new things, I thought that 'using a print gocco' should be one of those things.


To start with Xtina showed us lots of examples of art created using a gocco printer, giving us ideas of what the gocco can do, and the effects you can acheive using it. She also talked about creating pieces using more than one screen, to further layer the colours.


 We looked at several different styles of gocco printers - they all work on the same principles, but there are a few versions which are all slightly different. Xtina talked us through the basic workings of a gocco, how to put it together, expose a screen, and then use that screen to print. She also showed us her incredible Screenfax thermofax machine, and gave us an insight into how this compares with a gocco.


My favourite part (obviously!)was choosing which colours of ink to use to print with! I ended up going for a pale pink as I wanted to include my prints with Valentines orders. Xtina has SO MANY inks in some really gorgeous shades, and I was impressed with the selection available. She also gave us some tips on other mediums we can use for printing with gocco as the inks are becoming increasingly difficult to buy now.


 The next step was to expose our screens using artwork we had brought with us. I used a design from one of my postcards and prints because I ran out of time to come up with something new (typical huh?!) In hindsight I wish I'd had something with a bit more detail to print as the gocco seems to love things that use lots of lines and detail, whereas my image was quite a large block of colour. But you live and learn, right....


 Finally it was on to the printing - as my piece had quite a large block of colour it proved a bit trickier to print, but I really enjoyed it! And once the screen is all inked up it's so quick and so easy to produce multiple prints. I became a bit like a madwoman, printing dozens of pink bears and covering every available surface in them.


And voila - here is the finished pink bear postcard. He is a super limited edition just for Valentines, and I will be popping them in with Valentines orders until they run out... Huge thanks to Xtina for being such a knowledgable teacher and for sharing all your gocco knowledge. I am always amazed by how inspiring it is just talking to someone who is an expert in their field. If you are interested in gocco and would like to learn more about it then I cannot recommend these classes enough. Even if there isn't one listed on the Medway Printmakers site, just drop them an email as Xtina may be able to schedule one.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Guildford Vintage Fair


So I am delighted to announce that my first fair of the year will be Vintage Guildford. If you're a Surrey local (or just fancy a lovely day out doing some vintage shopping and listening to some awesome music) then do come along! It looks set to be absolutely fabulous and Guildford Cathedral is a beautiful location.

When:  Saturday 7th February 2015 (11am till 4pm)
Where: Guildford Cathedral, Stag Hill, GU2 7UP (short walk or bus ride from the town centre)
What:  around 35 awesome vintage and retro stalls (plus some handmade ones like me!), a vintage beauty salon and barber shop, live music, workshops, and a tearoom! What's not to love?
How much: it costs £2 per person to get in, but there is so much to do and see that I think it's a bit of a bargain.

Let me know if you are coming along and be sure to say hi! I will have some of my Valentines goodies available to buy if you are looking for a last minute gift, plus I will be giving out lots of freebies with any purchases made.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Doe a Deer


A few weeks ago myself and the oh so lovely Heidi from Heidi's Tea and Tiffin decided to do a handmade swap. Not only is Heidi such a sweet and kind person, but she is also crazy talented. Some people have all the luck huh?! She makes the most gorgeous felt deer head trophies, which I fell in love with as soon as I saw them, and Heidi being the babe that she is agreed to swap one for some of my jewellery. She made me a completely custom deer to my specifications (you can choose to have antlers or not, choose the colour of the mount, colour of the deer, and a bow in any colour, and choose from a small or a large sized one - this is a large.) I have named her Dolly (after Dolly Parton obvs) and I absolutely adore her!


Not only did Heidi send me this incredible piece, she also sent me a handmade felt polaroid camera pin, and a Moomin pocket mirror. Isn't it funny how you can 'meet' people online who, without ever seeing you in real life, just totally get you and what you're about and what you like? Thank you Heidi, for making gorgeous things, and for being so wonderful inside and out. Here's to many years of friendship and fun times!

Friday, 23 January 2015

Valentine Swap!


Following on from how popular my Christmas card swap was in December, I thought it would be super fun to organise a Valentines themed swap. This time I will match people up with a swap partner and you will send that person a Valentine themed card and small gift or love token. Then in turn you will receive a card and gift from someone else. Who doesn't love getting nice things in the post?! Below are all the details you need to know and how to participate;

How to join - simply email me at ladybirdlikes@hotmail.co.uk by Wednesday 28th January at midnight with your name and postal address, plus your instagram/twitter handle if you have one, and also whether you are happy to send internationally or not.

What happens - I will email everyone with the name and address of their swap partner on Thursday 29th January. If you do not hear from me on this day please email me in case I have missed someone off! You will then have until Monday 9th February to send your swap goodies to your swap partner! Please DO NOT join this swap if you cannot send by this date. Also, if you are based outside of the UK, you may not receive your parcel by Valentines Day as you may be matched with someone from a different country.

What to send - you can send anything you like, whether it's handmade, vintage, or bought. We want you to be as creative as possible. The only criteria is that the theme is love/friendship/connections. You can interpret this however you like. All swaps must include a card/postcard and a gift.

So let's get swapping! I hope lots of you lovelies will join in - please repost/retweet/share on instagram about the swap so we can get as many people as possible involved and sharing the love!

Valentine Sneak Peeks


So I have been a busy bee behidn the scenes, getting everything ready for Valentines Day which, I'm not gonna lie, is probably my favourite holiday in terms of designing products and making DIYs! It's the perfect excuse to indulge my love of all things pink, sparkly, kitsch and a bit over the top! Below are a few little sneak peeks at some new products, things that will be included in the extremely awesome Valentines themed goodie boxes, plus a few DIY projects I've been working on which will be on the blog in the next few weeks.


 dinky 'message in a bottle' kits which will be in the goodie boxes - my favourite part is the teeny glittery triangles I had left over from cutting out the tags to tie on the bottles. I couldn't bear to throw them away. Each bottle will have a roll of paper inside to write a love note on.


 the glittery fabric also will be used for a DIY tutorial, showing how to make some super quick and easy no sew Valentine decorations (it's hard to tell in the photo but those embroidery hoops are actually dinky - only 3" wide. Apparently Valentines also makes me obsessed with things in miniature!)


 sadly I can't claim to have made these arrows, but they will be the prize in one of many giveaways I'm running over Valentines (because Valentines is all about love, and boy do I love you guys)


playing around with ideas for packaging and little added extras to pop in with all online orders over Valentines - and yes, those envelopes are made using wrapping paper customised with my instagram photos (more info on that to follow!) Also, how cute are the (again, tiny!) muslin drawstring bags - I couldn't find a pale pink fabric paint, so used normal acrylic paint and I love how they turned out


And finally, a look at some of the jewellery that will be in goodie boxes and in my Etsy shop - these pieces are all SUPER limited edition, and feature vintage Valentines imagery. 

The goodie boxes will be launching on Tuesday 27th January at 7pm in my Etsy shop - there will only be 25 boxes available, and you will get four pieces of jewellery, a message in a bottle kit, plus a whole load of stickers/postcards/other goodies all for just £20! And of course everything will be beautifully wrapped and presented in Valentines themed packaging. If you want to order and send it direct to someone else, we will even hand write a little love note for you!

Our Valentines jewellery will be available to buy in our Etsy shop from Wednesday 28th January - all pieces are limited edition and once they are gone we won't be producing any more, so get them while you can! Of course as well as these pieces we have our permanent range of heart jewellery, including heart collar clips, and heart necklaces, available in a range of colours, some of which are glittery!

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Books To Read in 2015


Each year I make myself a 'to read' list of books I want to/need to read over the next 12 months. I tend to buy books as and when I see them in charity shops and car boot sales (I hate paying full price for books when I can get them for 50p second hand!) then keep them on a shelf until I need something to read. This year I thought I'd share with you what I'm hoping to get round to reading!

1. Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger (it's sort of got my name in the title, plus I absolutely loved Catcher in the Rye!)

2. Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham (one of those books I've seen pretty much everyone I know post about, so I felt almost guilty for not having read it myself)

3. The Border Trilogy by Cormac McCarthy (I have read most of McCarthy's work over the years, and this is one book I have been really looking forward to. I cannot praise his writing enough. This is three books in one, which I think has put me off as it's a pretty hefty tome, but I'm actually excited to get stuck in)

4. The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood (yup, this is the book that Zac Efron movie was based on. Haven't seen the film, but my obsession with reading books that have been turned into films apparently knows no limits!)

5. How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran (I saw a woman reading this on a train, and she was shaking with laughter at it. I bought the book purely based on this reaction, as there are few thinks I enjoy more than crying with laughter at a book.)

6. Doomed by Chuck Palahniuk (do I really need to say any more? This is the only Palahniuk book I haven't read and I've been saving it. I think once I've read it I may just go back and re-read all his other books for the tenth time.)

7. Yes Man by Danny Wallace (purely because I want to watch the Jim Carey film they made of it, but won't let myself until I've read the book!)

8. No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July (so much love for Miranda July. I've wanted to read this book for yonks now, and thought the time was right.)

9. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (yes, the book that inspired the Miyazaki anime! I am such a huge Hayao Miyazaki fan, so when I discovered this book I had to add it to the list)

10. The Green Mile by Stephen King (one of my favourite films ever, plus I have a huge soft spot for Stephen King. Might sound weird but I used to be obsessed with his books when I was about 10-12 years old. I've never really been a fan of reading age appropriate books!)

So there you have it - 10 books to read in 2015. I'm hoping I will be able to squeeze in a couple more here and there. Do you make a similar 'to read' list for the year? Or do you have any books you'd highly recommend? I absolutely LOVE getting books recommended to me.

thoughts and ramblings

Today, and for the last week or so really, I've been thinking a lot about what freedom of speech means to me. A lot of it stems of course from the murder of the Charlie Hebdo journalists and staff in Paris last week, but actually part of it has also branched out from some things I've seen happening online lately. A couple of days ago I saw a well-known video blogger post about receiving abuse from some of her online followers, specifically targeting the way she looks. Not just this, but they also were criticising her daughter's appearance in some of the photos she had shared of them together. Seeing this, reading these completely mindless abusive comments, it made my heart ache. Then I saw that someone had called out one of the people leaving these negative comments, telling them if they didn't have anything nice to say, then they shouldn't say anything at all. The response to this was 'I have the freedom to say whatever I want to whoever I want.'

It's true. People have fought and died so that today we have the freedom of speech, but is this really what you think they had in mind when they gave their lives? So that we could troll other people online and tell them they are too fat, too thin, have horrible hair, that their children are ugly. Why do people seem to think that because you have the right to say whatever you want, that you should? Would they say it to the person if they met them face to face? My guess is that they wouldn't, but that the internet gives them protection in a way - they can hide behind an avatar and hurl abuse at people they have never met, safe in the knowledge that there will be no 'real-life' repercussions for them. There is no excuse for it. How would you feel if every time you posted a photo online you had hundreds of people comment on it mocking the way you look, how you're dressed, what colour lipstick your wearing.

I genuinely don't understand why anyone would treat another person this way. The only answer I have come up with is that these people are jealous and insecure. It's like my parents always told me - people that bully others do it because they are weak and have no self-confidence. If they were strong and confident and happy then they would be too busy getting on with their own lives to have time to criticise other people's! If it wasn't such an awful way to behave I would almost feel sorry for them.

Sure, there are people online that I don't necessarily enjoy. Their lifestyle isn't one I would like to live, they don't dress in clothes I like, they sometimes do and say things I don't think are very wise, but as long as they aren't hurting anyone or doing anything illegal, then who am I to get involved? What gives me the right to comment on their photos telling them that they are behaving like a prat, that their skirt is so short I can see what they had for breakfast, or that their new tattoo looks awful? 

There are people being slaughtered in their hundreds in countries around the world, because of the greed of a few. Children are dying of AIDS, lack of clean water, starvation. Even in this country people are living below the poverty line, or are forced to sleep on the streets. And yet there are those out there who use their voice and their freedom to tell someone on Instagram that they look disgusting. It just isn't right.

Monday, 12 January 2015

2015 Goals


I'm not a big fan of resolutions. I don't like saying 'I will do this' because usually that makes me want to do the exact opposite (what a rebel, huh?!) Instead I like to set myself goals for the year ahead. I'm a big fan of goals because alongside goals, I give myself rewards for reaching those goals. And who doesn't like rewards?! I always like to share my goals online, because it makes them feel more real by putting them out there and making other people aware of them.

Personal Goals

- pass my driving test (and buy a car)
- try my hand at screenprinting
- experiment more with my juicing and try adding new stuff to my daily juice
- plan trips to other parts of the UK
- learn to play the ukelele
- go to Longleat Safari Park
- crochet something using t-shirt yarn
- learn to weave on a loom
- make at least one recipe from each of my cookbooks
- learn calligraphy and practice each day
- finish my crochet ripple blanket
- make new penpals and send snail mail once a month
- use my sewing machine (possibly take a course to learn to use it properly)
- shoot at least one roll of film per month
- embroider all of the embroidery patterns I have purchased before being allowed to buy any more
- read all the books in my 'to read' pile (I'll be sharing what these books are tomorrow)
- take a ceramics course
- blog outfit posts (I'm hoping this will encourage me to not slob around in jeans and baggy jumpers every day, and also to find new outfit combinations)
- have a go at using a letterpress

Business Goals

- create new ranges using new techniques/materials
- run more business talks
- update my product photos
- have a craft project published in a magazine
- collaborate with at least three other artists/makers
- create monthly goodie boxes
- have some professional photos taken of my work
- launch a range of stationery and gift items
- post more DIY projects on my blog (at least once a week)
- reach 10k Instagram followers
- attend at least one craft fair/market per month
- improve my knowledge of Google Analytics
- send email newsletters to customer and stockists every month
- give back to the community through my business - in particular I'd like to do something for the Dog's Trust we rescued our dog from, and also to the hospital that helped my friend overcome cancer
- reach out to potential new stockists

As you can see a lot of my goals centre around learning and trying new things, and also finishing up/using up what I already have. I'm a really big believer in keeping your mind active, and it's something I've neglected a lot recently. I love learning new things, particularly when it comes to craft, so a lot of my goals involve learning new craft skills. My goal is to ultimately try and use some of these new skills to create new products for Ladybird Likes.

What are your goals for this year? I'd love to have a read if you've posted them somewhere, and maybe we can encourage each other? I'll be updating on here as/when I've achieved some of my goals, so watch this space...

Saturday, 10 January 2015

2014 - a year in review


In an attempt to pick myself up and try to get back to business, I've been looking back over 2014, and trying to remember why I do this, and reignite my love for this little business of mine. I'm proud of how much I have achieved this year (and a little bit shocked that I crammed so much into one year that seemed to fly past!) This is now my third year running Ladybird Likes, and whilst I've done lots already, there is still SO much I still want to do. But for now I'm reflecting and regrouping.

I wanted to share with you a few of my highlights from 2014, which were that I;

* had my moon collar clips featured on Doctor Who! A definite career highlight for me, I loved seeing Clara Oswald, the new Doctor's companion, wearing my jewellery on the TV. They were also featured in loads of the promotional photos for the new series, and are now on display at the Doctor Who Experience!


* went on the most incredible holiday to Austin! It's hard being self-employed and going on holiday as you never want to switch off and let go, but this was probably the first time since starting Ladybird Likes that I properly got to relax, and I loved every minute!


* held my first ever jewellery making workshops at SMUG in Islington. I taught a bunch of super awesome ladies to make wooden jewellery, and definitely got the bug for teaching and crafting with others. I can't wait to do more in 2015.


* created a bunch of DIY posts for my blog, including this one to make a vintage letter writing set, and this one to make a folded book photo display.


* got featured in a bunch of awesome magazines, including three awesome features in long-time favourite Mollie Makes, plus a super awesome mention in Frankie magazine.


* made my first ever sourdough bread from scratch and nearly burst from pride (cooking is not my strong point so it's a miracle it wasn't ruined)


* had my first experiences of public speaking about business, which were a huge success! I was invited to talk about various aspects of setting up and running your own business at Spring Fair International, and at the Crafty Fox Talks, which gave me the courage to start giving solo talks too, which I will be continuing into 2015 too.


* Ladybird Likes went to their first ever trade show at Top Drawer. One of the busiest/most stressful periods of my life (don't do a trade show, craft fair, and go on holiday all in the space of a fortnight guys unless you are good running on zero sleep.) But in all seriousness, it was such a good experience, and I loved doing it.


* learnt to knit thanks to my wonderful friend Siobhan, as well as how to crochet a granny square, and to crochet a ripple blanket. I've been working on several crochet projects, and am pretty proud of how far my skills have come in the last year!


* was on the TV! oh yes, little old me and my jewellery bits were on CNBC as part of a news feature about Etsy. It's probably the most nervous I have ever been EVER (I considered not going when I woke up on the day) but it ended up being really fun, and was all over too quickly.


* created tons of new products, including lots of limited edition items for my goodie boxes, and new stationery items too. I absolutely love making new things, and cannot wait to do lots more of it this coming year.

* attended the London Blogcademy, which turned out to be one of the best weekends of my life, and I left feeling so inspired.


* launched Crafty Catch Up Club, providing a monthly meeting for creative people to get together with others who share the same passions. I hope to continue this, and get even more people involved (drop me an email if you want to sign up to the newsletter!)

*was invited to showcase my work at West Elm, as part of an Etsy pop up shop, which was so much fun, and I was honoured to be chosen. I also returned to West Elm a few months later to run a jewellery making workshop for their customers.


2014 was an amazing year, and I feel so lucky and so humbled by it all. Despite all the setbacks I am excited to see what 2015 holds, and to try and make some of my dreams a reality, even if some of them have been put on hold. I'll be sharing my goals for 2015 in the next few days