April Favourites 2016

I’m back after an unplanned (short) break from blogging. I HATE not blogging or being productive, but after fainting and banging my head last weekend I had to rest up for a few days and do absolutely nothing. It was pretty scary as it brought on a crazy migraine with visual disturbances and all sorts, but I’m pleased to be on the mend now.

One thing I did want to mention that was so helpful to me this month was the Migraine World Summit. It’s aonline event which I would recommend to anyone who is trying to learn more about current and upcoming treatments for headaches and migraines. Even though I’ve suffered for 20 years, I learnt so much and feel like I have some hope again.

So anyway, I’m a little delayed with my April Favourites, but here are a few things I’ve been loving this last month. The first thing I mention is always an experience I’ve enjoyed and hands down it was the knitting workshop I attended at Purl Alpaca. I had the best day. I’m working on a full blog post about it so stay tuned, but in the meantime here are some CUTE ALPACAS FOR YOUR EYES.

Sitting-AlpacasIn the most predictable fashion, some stationery appears in my favourites this month. Unwrap Colour released some amazing copper washi tape selections that I had to snap up for planner purposes of course.

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Online haberdashers Sew Crafty have recently expanded their craft ranges to include stationery! I picked up some Paper Poetry washi tape and sticker sets as I couldn’t resist the watermelon and pineapple themes. I’m already using them in my planner so don’t forget to check my Instagram to see my weekly layouts.

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I made some new washi tape storage in the studio as I wanted all the rolls on display rather than in a big heap that I had to trawl through each time. I grabbed a wooden dowel from the hardware store and attached it to my pegboard with some hooks. It also gives me a finite amount of space now so hopefully I wont overspend! No promises because y’know, stationery addiction.

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Colouring books are always my faves as you may know from this post so I picked up this beautiful one from Emma Margaret Illustration. The Positive Thoughts colouring book has some great images to colour and lifts your spirits at the same time. We’re going glamping next month so I think I’ll take it then as we are going to switch off completely. DIGITAL DETOX HERE I COME (how on earth will I not Snapchat though?!).

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I picked up this glitter jar in John Lewis which I decided to use for pencils on my newly tidy desk and stationery corner. My love for glitter isn’t diminishing anytime soon.

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Continuing the gold theme I picked up this Kate Spade Gold Dot Travel Cup to have tea in at the day job.

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After successfully keeping a succulent alive at the day job (I’m a serial plant killer), I decided to pick up a mini cactus and this marbled clay planter from Papur Shop on Etsy.
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I’ve been enjoy a number of different craft supplies this month but the best has to be Liquid Leaf Metallic Gilding Paint because I’m clearly having a gold and copper moment! I have been practising some brush lettering with it in my sketchbook which I know isn’t perfect, but it’s good fun to try. I love the freedom of a sketchbook as I can dip in and out of it when I please, with no agenda or strict theme.

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Another favourite for April was definitely the Lucky Dip Club Breakfast Box. Having just turned 2, Lucky Dip Club is going from strength to strength and supports different designers each month giving it such a community feel. Leona is definitely the most inspiring girl boss around.Lucky-Dip-Club-Breakfast-Box

Each box has an enamel pin to collect – this month it was a fruit loops pin!Fruit-Loops-Cereal-Enamel-PinThe Girl Planet zine is always my favourite part of each box. It was great to see Kim Lawler sharing a day in the life and my friend Sarah sharing a vegan french toast recipe.
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I finally tidied the studio a little more and have a few more boxes to hold another Instagram Craft Sale soon. I hung my new tassel banner which I got from this shop on Etsy.
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They say April showers brings May flowers. I was lucky enough to be given two bunches of flowers from friends this month. Yellow tulips are just the cheeriest bloom!
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Continuing the flower theme I also wanted to mention some fundraising my friend Leanne is doing for the Stroke Association’s Make May Purple campaign. Her Dad sadly suffered two strokes earlier this year and she is making these crochet flowers to raise awareness and money. If you have a moment, please read Leanne’s post here and donate if you can. If not, at least click through to the link that educates about recognising stroke symptoms – it’s something everyone should know.

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I also binged watch the 2nd season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix and watched Carpool Karaoke on repeat on YouTube – I’m obsessed with the Elton John one. What have you enjoyed this last month?

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