The Summer I Did All The Things

We are well and truly into Autumn with my seasonal allergies in full swing, but I’ve been meaning to share all the fun things I’ve been up to since the summer! It has been pretty busy working most weekends and I have had a blast. Since I’m now squirreling away preparing for Christmas in the studio, I wanted to document everything that has passed!

Back in August, G and I took a mini break to Margate for a weekend of beach walks, fish and chips and some Dreamland fun. We lucked out with the weather and found a gorgeous apartment which looked out onto the sea (picture below shows the view!). G had been working so hard on his latest game release at work so my goal was to get him to relax and enjoy the break!

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We visited the Turner Contemporary, Dreamland, The Old Town and took some time to paddle in the sea and take photos of beach huts. I also met up with the In Colourful Company and Lucky Dip Club gang for a day of rides and fun at Dreamland. Not gonna lie, I went on too many spinny rides and ate A LOT of sugar, but I survived the roller disco and had an absolute blast. Oh and I went on the world’s biggest bouncy castle because WHY NOT?!

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Also in August was one of the most fun days I had all summer. Viktorija (who you probably all know as And Smile) came to visit Jo and I for a day of bike rides and exploring Cambridge. We ate cheese toasties by the riverside and talked about life as small business owners. We cycled all around the city, went punting and shot silly boomerangs. I honestly felt SO happy at the end of that day, we laughed so much, especially after a run in with a hammock! I made a little video here if you want to see what we got up to.

In mid September I had the chance to be involved in The Handmade Fair with Pinterest. Crafting with Kirstie Allsopp was one of the highlights of my year and I have visited the fair every year since it began, so I knew I would have fun. I wrote an entire blog post about the day here (which includes a vlog) so check that out if you want to know more!

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Right at the end of September, Jo and I packed up our balloons and bikes for another Cambridge Creatives Photowalk. There was confetti, tandems, five dogs (including a pug puppy in a hoodie!) and so many lovely people to chat to. Sharing our city with new friends and creative pals is always a fun day – especially when you are introducing 50+ people to Jacks Gelato! We took a different route to last time and ended with a Food Park night market trip to stuff our faces with burgers and churros. You can see all the pictures from the day on the hashtag and here are a few of my favourites.

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Michelle and Elle also blogged about their experiences at the photowalk, which made my heart so happy! We also had support from The Cambridge Satchel Company who have kindly loaned us their beautiful collections for each walk since we started in September 2016! This yellow backpack satchel was the star of the show with everyone lusting over it.

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I also had a great day out with G to Friends Fest which was held in Clissold Park in East London. It’s an amazing fan event with set tours and photo opportunities. We even got to learn ‘the routine’. The weather was amazing and we had such a great time. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys the show!

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You might remember me doing a workshop for Disney last year – well this year I got to work with the same PR company to run a workshop for Wicked The Musical. Kids workshops are always nerve wracking for me (I’m used to adults!), but I loved seeing them all get creative and chatting to them at the show afterwards. We made witches hats, broomstick candy bags and sparkly wands. I had the best day (even though my anxiety was pretty high due to leaving our poorly kitty at home!). Getting to watch the show for the second time was just as magical.

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Finally, this month I had the pleasure of running my Etsy Educators class for a small group in Cambridge. We talked about how to set up a shop and how to get found in search, as well as marketing, photography and even packaging and shipping. Each attendee had a great product which was well developed and we are keeping in touch via a Facebook group. One person has already made her first Etsy sale which I’m so pleased about. It was fantastic to have the opportunity to work with Etsy on the class and to meet the other Educators too! I’ll share their shops on my social channels over the coming months if you are interested in finding some new work.

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So it was a busy summer filled with some exciting projects and fun days! I’m so grateful for all the opportunities that came my way. People ask me how I end up doing all these projects and I always say that it comes back to the blog. Of course I keep my eyes open and apply for things that I see (Etsy Educators for example), but sharing my work and interests here has led to so many things that I wouldn’t have done otherwise.

Now I need to get my head down and get making for the Christmas season! I’m working on new decorations which I am SO EXCITED about, so keep an eye on the shop and sign up to the newsletter to be the first to hear about new collections!

How was your summer?

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