What music do you listen to to stay motivated while working?
I switch between old records and shitty 90's YouTube playlists - it's all about balance right? 😂😂
A reminder, because those "best nine" grids have already started popping up in my feed: IT'S NOT YOUR BEST NINE IT'S YOUR MOST "LIKED" NINE. THE QUALITY AND VALUE OF YOUR CREATIVE WORK IS NOT DETERMINED BY ALGORITHMS AND THE FLEETING ATTENTION OF SOCIAL MEDIA. ❤
My favourite view of #Sheffield
. Such a fantastic city. In front of me a city so packed full of culture, history and talent, and behind me the glorious Peak District. 10minutes in either direction... which way would you go?
Les boules de Noël sortent du four ! Prêtes à être accrochées au sapin 🎄😊
Elles sont en boutique ! N’hésitez pas à me contacter pour plus d’informations 👩🏻🎨
It’s Friday! How has your week been? Have you been doing the day job or working the day dream? Or both?!
I’ve tried to focus mainly on Silly Heart this week but in reality still had to skip between businesses every day. It’s been scrambling my brain a bit but I’ve had several signs from the universe that I’m on the right path. 🌙
One, someone I hugely admire and had been putting off contacting because I worried Silly Heart wouldn’t be their cup of tea got in touch with ME.
✊🏻 Two, new ideas for content and firmer plans have been flowing out of me really naturally (along with a lot of other stuff, thanks to catching my daughters’ latest lurgy. Hot right?)
And three, two people got in touch out of the blue to thank me for helping them and their small businesses this year. The very reason I started all of this!
It truly is the case that when it is right, it is easy. That even when it’s hard (late nights, empty bank account, scrambled brain) that it feels easy, because things keep falling into place. ✨
So what is it for you? What do you keep finding yourself doing/talking about/thinking about when you should be working? Because maybe that’s the work you should really be doing. And there is no better time than now.
So I was totally going to share a photo of my face today, but then I had a better idea! To change things up a bit, I want to introduce you a great friend of mine that you just NEED TO MEET! ❤️ Meet my friend Sarah from @sarahmay_designs
This babe is a ray of sunshine and I am so so blessed to have met her! THIS IS WHAT I LOVE ABOUT INSTAGRAM! Somehow, saying yes to a random DM (from none other than another amazing babe @jessthrowiton_
) led to another couple of YES’s and it all led to us meeting Sarah and Randall who are simply amazing at everything that they do! From photo booths to planning and styling weddings, to styling the most epic shootouts, they are such an inspiration and someone definitely worth following! Also, I love sending her all the stuff because she always gets the cutest photos! 😉❤️ If you haven’t followed her yet, please do!! We can’t wait to see all that 2019 has in store for this sweet couple! ❤️ One last thing, be a yes girl every now and then! You just never know where those yes’s might lead you! 📷: @embldn
Yesterday was the start of my long Summer holiday break and I was snapped by Captain Mac beginning the day doing what I love best.
Lemon tea, watercolours, birdsong, a gentle breeze and lots & lots of time.
We’re currently ensconced in our little beachside bungalow with good friends nearby, long days, beautiful nature in abundance, my hammock swing, good books and all kinds of deliciousness - true bliss.
I know that this a true privilege and believe me I’m really grateful.
Wherever you are in the world, whatever your circumstance - my hope for you is that you experience a moment or two of Serendipity in the coming weeks.
Sending a gentle hug on the sea breeze xx
A little bit of Winter today...
Say hello to the first colorways in the Canyons Series and the Peaks Series! 🏜⛰
I made 4 of each for my In Stock Shop and they sold so fast, but I’ll have more on the way soon! Annnd there will be TWO NEW colorways from the Peaks Series available in my small update on Monday! 🤩
I can’t let the day go by without wishing my love a happy anniversary! I’m proud that we’ve partnered together in business as well, that it’s brought us closer and allowed us to spend more time together as a family. This is going to be a transformational year. Cheers!
Hey Iceland, stop showing off alright?
“Love is sweet” gingerbread people 😍💖🌈 happy Thursday everyone!! 😍💖🌈 swipe left to see up close and all the sparkle ✨✨✨ How is your week going so far??? @artisticisle.watercolor
colors: Jade, Ignotus, lumos, Berry Christmas, hickory, noir oxide, rose gold, unicorn, eye of newt, kryptonite, dragon, and wolfsbane 😍💖
💖 Paper: 4x6 @cansonpaper
#artisticisleartist #artisticisle #artisticmedley #decemberchallenge #watercolorchallenge #watercolor_daily #watercolor_gallery #communityofchristiancreatives #rootedartists #doitfortheprocess #communityovercompetition #watercolor_guide #thatsdarlingmovement #makersgonnamake #girlswhopaint #etsyseller #christmasiscoming #instaartistic #artisticprocess #handmade #instaartist #worldofartists #holidayart #happyholidays #merrychristmas #winterwonderland
❄️ #inspiring_watercolors #watercolorartist #mycreativelife #prettylittleinspo
Pinkness in progress 🌸🌸🌸
Playing around with some paper tonight..
So many people have asked if I’ve gotten a lot of drawing done/received inspiration etc. during this recovery period. •
The truth is...no.
Besides an occasional sketch (and paper writing) I haven’t done anything.
I’ve taken walks, watched a lot of Hallmark and Law & Order, and listened to a lot of music.
These past six weeks I’ve had the chance to just REST. Be Still. •
I don’t have a ‘be still’ personality. My idea of resting is watching a movie while sketching or planning etc. And in the end, I think this might have been better than all the sketches I could have done. And who knows how it will influence my art in the future. Reflecting on stillness - We’ll see where it goes. ❄️❄️❄️
It's totally alright to not do it all.
It gives you the time and space you need to focus on the things you’re best at, so you can serve your people, whole-heartedly. 😌
So for these things that you're still trying to figure out, why not just ask people who have been there, done that? 💪🏻
Déjà vu😮!... it can catch you at the wierdest times, triggered by the strangest things🌀💬 It happened last night as I painted my lampshades with Netflix blaring in the background, I had definitely been here before🤔! -but too many other variables, the documentary that was playing, the feeling of the bits of fabric and wire offcuts underfoot and the precise taste of the apple I was eating said otherwise... it was so vivid, and I actively I took a moment to register all these little things...💭💭💭We don’t often take that time to notice those tiny fleeting details🔍, the feeling of the first mark made on a fresh sheet✏️, the sound of satisfaction when cracking open a fresh tin of paint🎨, the smell of new cushions... all the individual abstract fragments of experience that go into making a whole... maybe I was a bit loopy, over tired and having a moment of hyper awareness yesterday but as I went to post this painting detail today, a square of paint I have seen many a time before... it was the minutia that caught my attention and today the face in the art was not lost on me!👩🏽🎨🙈🤠
What does mental health mean to you?⠀
I’ve been having one of those days where I’m not exactly sure what the solution to my problem is. Heck, I’m not even sure what’s the actual problem. And before you know it, the best answer is to leave the problem alone and come back to it because making decisions when you feel pressured to solve things isn’t always the right choice.⠀
Over the last year, I’ve realized that social media is becoming both a blessing & a curse in my life. But it’s up to me to create the boundaries for a healthy relationship with it. And it’s also up to me to recognize when I need to step back from things for my mental health. Today was one of those days.⠀
So tonight’s question: what are you doing today for your mental health? Is it asking for help? Is it taking a step back? Is it saying no when you’d normally say yes? ⠀
One person’s mental health battle doesn’t look like someone else’s. And wherever you are in your journey, always remember. You matter. You are important. And God saw the whole world and still thought it needed one of you. You are loved.
PomPom help needed! Grey or Cream?🤷🤷🤷
Hey lovelies can you help me out? I've added some fringe to my Vstitch Super Scarf (which I totally love💖)....but then I decided it also needs Poms!🤦😉 So which colour shall I go with?
Also would beads on the fringe be too much? Lol 😂.
One more thing.....Howwwww hectic is Christmas this year?🎅🎄🎁 Mr D got a Hernia from picking up (not so little) Miss D and is now waiting for emergency surgery 🤦 which won't be until the new year...so he's on the settee for the next 3 weeks whilst I "do" Christmas...needless to say my tree still isn't up😂🎄how about you? Have you checked much off your list?
Big loves 😘🙏💖
#pompomdilemma #superscarf #winterishere
Christmas is almost here! 🎄🎁🎉 What’s your favorite gift to have either received or given away?
Design element of some branding I’m working on // Can’t wait to share the final work! ✨
Illustration detail for packaging design // The indigenous trees of Socotra, Yemen
Doing my best to accessorize with the scenery ✨ the colours alone in Italy are inspiring