Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Guest Post: Christmas Wishlist by Honey Lemon Pie


I'm so excited that it's nearly Christmas!!! This year i'm spending it with my parents, my fiancé, my sister and her boyfriend who is flying over from America for a few weeks. I can't wait to eat lots of great food, drink wine, relax and of course exchange gifts. Now whilst i do like getting presents, i just love watching other people open gifts that you know they will really like and you've spent a lot of time and thought on.

So, this Christmas i've asked some of my favourite bloggers to share what they are hoping to find underneath the tree next week...

Today i'm very happy to share with you the wishlist of interior blogger Honey Lemon Pie!

These are lovely, such a nice contrast with the wood and a really nice versatile piece to pop on my window ledge with a gorgeous plant! 

OOhh Paper Pots at Accessorize Your Home

This is so nice with such beautiful photos. What a sweet idea and one I would love as part of my stocking fillers!

Pretty Polaroid Notecards & Envelopes at Oliver Bonas

Not technically a paper item but I really need a new lampshade for my front room and this House of Hackney shade would be amazing!

House of Hackney Lamp Shade at Liberty


Even if I don't get chance to travel much next year, this beautiful calendar will keep me inspired!

Rifle Travel Poster Calendar at North Light

What do you get if you cross an apple with a Christmas tree?

A pineapple

(Source of festive joke - Honey Lemon Pie)
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Monday, 15 December 2014

Office Crush #21

Good morning!

I cannot believe this is my first post in December - where does the time go?

I have to apologise for my little absence the last couple of weeks - it's been a mixture of business and pleasure so whilst there's been a lovely few days away in a rather festive Amsterdam, i've also been finding the working day getting longer and longer... I have always had a strong work ethic but oh my, i cannot wait for the Christmas break!!

With December bringing back those beautiful frosts (which i admit are a lot less beautiful when you're scraping your card with an old store card at 6am!) i have a rather beautiful, winter-inspired office crush to share with you again today....

Now i found this via Tumblr so i'm really not sure of the original content owner - if anyone does know please let me know so i can update this and also so i can explore more of their stuff as i adore their style!!

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Great.Ly November Update


Well i said earlier this week it was starting to feel a lot like Christmas and i have to admit, it's been all about Christmas over at my Great.Ly shop too this month!
I've been adding everything from cards to decorations to wrap over the last few weeks and have a created a Christmas collection to hopefully help give you some ideas for gifts and decs.
Today though i've picked out some of my favourites to share with you, which are all on my wishlist right now - happy shopping!

deer christmas card
Forest deer Christmas card by Jenni Haikonen 

noel christmas washi tape
 Noel sticky tape by Rosa & Clara Designs
black and white penguin print
Penguin print by Michal Marko

decoration stamp
 Ornament stamps by A Sensible Habit

christmas bunting garland
Noel garland by Rosa & Clara Designs 

printable christmas gift tags
Printable gift tags by Rosa Pearson

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Paper Crush: Eccentric Fox


For all of November i've been featuring the rather lovely Eccentric Fox as my monthly Paper Crush, which is something i do each month for one of my favourite stores or designers to share a little bit more about them and hopefully introduce you to something new and exciting too!

Eccentric Fox

Now i first met Zoe, the owner of Eccentric Fox, right at the beginning of my Paper Crush adventure earlier this year when she introduced me to the art of decoupage, which is something i've been working on this month too.
I'm really happy today to be introducing you a little better to Zoe and her store, which i highly recommend browsing as you get into your Christmas shopping too!

Hello Zoe! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hello everyone :) Where to begin! Career-wise I had a very traditional path up until this year - I spent 7 years as an SEO and digital marketing consultant before deciding to work for myself back in May. After helping other online businesses for so long I really wanted to set up my own, and so Eccentric Fox was born when I was still in my day job. I work freelance now which has been a huge lifestyle change, but it gives me the time and flexibility to pursue my own projects. I can't quite believe I worked up the courage to give it a go but I'm glad I did!

What's your inspiration behind Eccentric Fox?
I have a slight obsession with woodland creatures and spent ages trying to come up with a name with "fox" in it. To  be completely honest, it came down to a few options and I chose the one that had a .com domain name available! 

What's been your proudest moment so far in your journey with Eccentric Fox?
Making my first sale though the website. I listed my products on a couple of marketplaces and they sold really well, but the first time someone bought through my own site was a nice milestone.

Your products are great for crafting and making snail mail beautiful, do you have any creative tips for budding crafters?
Crafting doesn't have to be difficult or messy or take up a lot of room, and I think that's why I love paper products so much. I've never had the space for a proper 'craft room' but writing letters or a diary is something you can do in your favourite chair without making a mess. If you have some beautiful paper and stickers your letters and cards are going to look fab already, so I think it's a great starting point for anyone getting into crafting.

What are your top picks from your shop for Christmas?
I think there are some great stocking fillers, like these little cat sticky notes or mini envelopes

Diaries and planners make really good presents, and these "Cookyshop" diaries are really nice - every page is patterned or illustrated so they're a pleasure to use.

I need to mention my all time favourite cat stickers too, perfect for any crazy cat people like me. The only trouble is I struggle to use them as I want to keep them all!

With the new year round the corner, do you have any advice to anyone who wants to set up their own online store? 
I was able to set up my own website from day one, but if you find it a bit daunting there are some great platforms like Shopify that help you build an online store for a monthly fee. Using marketplaces like eBay, Amazon and Etsy is a great way to test the waters too before committing to your own site, so I'd definitely recommend giving them a go to test your products. Finally, sell something that you really love and there's a good chance other people will love it too!  

Monday, 24 November 2014

Office Crush #20

Good morning!

I can't believe how busy the last week has been - i've celebrated my 27th birthday, booked a venue and set the date for our wedding (yippeee!) and had a lovely break at Centre Parcs in Sherwood Forest with my family.
In the last week though it's also suddenly started to feel like mid December already! Everyone seems to be putting their trees up, finishing(!!!) Christmas shopping (Leicester High Cross was absolutely crazy on Saturday!) and arranging lots of festive dinners. Now you know i adore Christmas but it seems like it's catching on!!

I'm sorry i've not been able to share any stationery treats with you over this week, but i've got some rather exciting posts coming your way over the next couple of weeks... :)

But today it's all about a Monday morning Office Crush courtesy of Design Sponge - i love the combination of organisation and the mood board!

Design Sponge Office

Friday, 14 November 2014

AW14 at Ferm Living


So you may have seen some of my recent features on the AW14 collections from stores such as Rowen & Wren and OYOY - for me the Autumn Winter collections are always so exciting as it's the perfect time to get them all on my Christmas list! I'm also a really big fan of the colours that we tend to see at this time of year from metallics to crisp whites and deep blues, and not forgetting the traditional reds and greens too!

Today i wanted to share with you another festive collection of AW papery treats from one of my favourite homeware stores, Ferm Livingwho not only have a beautiful new collection of wrap and gift tags but lots of paper decorations for your home too, which i'm very excited to share with you today!

If you haven't had a look at Ferm Living's website before, i highly recommend a browse as their homeware is just amazing!