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the small things | 6

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close up of ivy leaf

– i’ve said this one before – but people being kind to me, it means the world
– having a few nights sleeping straight through, this is a real rarity for me and even if i’m still feeling ill, depressed or anything else, it still makes a difference
– finding a lovely new scent (jade, from miss patisserie) it has all my favourite things of a fragrance – bergamot, floral, and slightly powdery/musky. it smells so similar to my custom floris fragrance, which i adore, so a spritz of this takes me back to that lovely experience.
– taking photos, always. always.
– stroking my boyfriends hair when he’s asleep. it fills me with love and happiness. also he hates his hair being touched so i feel a little cheeky too, ha!
– after years of searching, finding my dream crochet blanket
– having moments of clarity
– getting things done, especially when i’ve been putting them off
– when certain pains go away after days/weeks/months of having them
– very brief moments of forgetting i have tinnitus
– autumn/winter sun, and more specifically when there’s a chilly breeze – but being all wrapped up

a weekend in

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logs and foliage at the chickenshed

i’ve said a few times recently that i feel a bit ‘stuck’ at the moment. though i know it’ll take time and effort for that feeling to dissipate, there are times or experiences that definitely help me feel i’ve gone forward a bit, or at least recharged me for another part of lifes journey.

one such thing was last sunday, an event called weekend:in at the chickenshed in trelleck, monmouth, put together by olivia tripp. i don’t think there was a person there that didn’t leave feeling inspired, enthused and generally better for having been there. it was truly wonderful and by far one of the best events i’ve been to. and what a stunning location too!

view from the chickenshed

foliage posey and map

the event was on over the whole weekend, so some people got to stay the night, and a few others (like me) just attended one day. whilst there was plenty of time to chat and eat, there were three workshops to get our juices flowing. which segues nicely onto the first, which was from the juice collective who are cold press juice company based in bath. i enjoyed sampling their range, and there were even a few i liked which i wasn’t expecting to. always pleasant to be surprised.

before lunch we got to do a little styling with some boots from seven boot lane along the theme of ‘hygge’ it was such fun to set up little cosy scenes and i loved watching everyone be so creative with this. i chose the idaho boots and you can see mine and lauras setup below. loved the logs in the background!

fluffy rug on charcoal grey floor

seven boot lane boots

styling a photo from capture by lucy

a little hygge scene

also just before lunch we got to play (aka make flatlays) with some stationery from ohh deer. loved all the botanicals, so pretty! who can resist a bit a bit of stationery eh?

stationery from ohh deer

willy chase's popcorn

dinner table at weekend:in

cheese and chutney selection

bakewell from pinkmans bakery

dinner was simple but absolutely delicious – in the form of a spread so we could pick and choose what we wanted. i definitely had lots of spinach salad and hummus. though i shouldn’t eat gluten containing products (as i’ve said before, i do a up to a couple times a year as there never seems to be any ill effect from it), but this a m a z i n g bakewell from pinkmans bakery was absolutely worth it. so soft and moist and flavoursome and ..oh my goodness.

pens, pencils and paintbrushes

foliage flatlay at weekend:in

finally we had a watercolour workshop from wildflower illustration co where we got to make our own illustrated christmas cards and tags. as i know how to use watercolours i didn’t need any help, but i really enjoyed it as i’ve not done any painting for a while now! always forget how relaxing it is. her table setup was fantastic too and really helped to immerse you in the process of painting christmassy bits.

wildflower illustration co workshop

it was truly a wonderful day and i wish i could experience it all over again. won’t be forgetting it for a very long time though. i will say however i’m slightly annoyed with myself for not taking more photos/video clips, but i was so immersed by chatting that i got distracted! if you want to see more of the fantastic interior of the chickenshed, their site is linked above.

i’ll be doing a quick post soon with what we received in our gift bags too, as they were fantastic and i want to share the love just a little bit more!

thank you and well done to olivia for putting on something so wonderful and inspiring.

what makes you, you?

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items from etsy

i’m a firm believer in being yourself regardless of whether there is peer pressure or not. of course, if this endangers you in some way i hope you can be safe, or have a support network of understanding people that want you to be you. i don’t have a huge amount to celebrate about my childhood, but i thank my (formerly rebellious punk) dad for instilling a strong sense of self in me, and my past experiences (both bad and good) for making me who i am.

but on a more general level, i feel like you can’t truly be yourself if you conform to what society wants. sometimes it just so happens that what you genuinely like and enjoy crosses over with the majority and there is no shame in that – i can’t stand when people bash others because they like being trendy. it may not be for you (and it most certainly isn’t for me) but just let people be, and if they want to, they will develop in their own time.

even outside of the majority, even in more alternative circles, there will still be a given look or way of thinking. it’s just human nature, and you can’t avoid it. no matter how unique you think you or someone else is, there will always be another person out there that thinks, looks, or feels the same. if you can find ‘your people’, your ‘tribe’, then that is fantastic. community is a powerful thing.

etsy have had a recent campaign called #differencemakesus, which is all about sharing what makes you, you and the creative spin that makers – and buyers – put on things. difference and uniqueness makes you who you are. your experience and tastes make up your personality and who you are at your essence.

from history (and just plain logic and thought) we know that there are many humans out there that seem to have a cold dark hard and are bent on destruction both on physical, mental and emotional terms. but there are so, so, SO many amazing people out there. that are kind and warm, that will help the people around them and their wider community too. people that want to change the world for the better, whether that be by spreading a little colour and inspiration, making items that are practical and good looking, to those that help towards curing diseases and helping reduce the effects of climate change.

it all requires creativity, a simple idea or an incredibly complex one. the things that make you who you are important, and here’s to hoping that we keep celebrating our uniqueness and making the world a better place.

wildflower cards from galabeerandthedog | yellow bag from jalaldesigns | geometric magnets from snug studio | cat pin from hello harriet | ladybird pin from portobello vintage | cymk pin from hand over your fairy cakes | bird and cat postcards from essi kimpimäki | bird collage bits from pulp romance

disclaimer: though all items were bought with a gift card provided by etsy, all choices are strictly my own, and i wasn’t asked to write this post – just wanted to share the love a bit.