PATTERN PLAY WEDNESDAY |04

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Totally been doing this for a month now! wooo.. I have to say it’s rather fun setting down some time either Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning to just create something, just trying to decide what to do with them all..maybe I’ll make prints or maybe cushion covers…that could be fun. ANyway i’ll stop waffling as I know this is meant to be a nice short and sweet post for your Wednesday blues..so this pattern literally took me like 5 minutes. A few clicks on Photoshop and an obsessive grid lover nature and above is what I came up with…I would love to do this pattern for my big bathroom upstairs….it would be so much fun no?? What do you guys think?

 

Anyway happy Wednesday everyone and remember to tag your patterns with #wflovespatten!



HOW TO DO A TRULY AWESOME GALLERY WALL ON A BUDGET

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Ok so I love filling my house with beautiful and textural things, and so I have many mini gallery walls up. I’ve been collecting artwork and little nik naks for years now and so have grown a rather half decent collection of odd things. Now I don’t own any originals ( I wish ) but the pieces we own, me and Richard have picked out because we like them. I think we would all love to be able afford a n original Jenny Saville or Nan Goldin piece, but let’s be honest, they are way out of our budget, and even for me spending a few hundred pounds on once piece isn’t really an option. But there are ways to fill your home with beautiful pieces. So today I am going to show you the start of one of my newest collections that will hopefully going in my hallways, its pink themed..as you may notice. Which wasn’t actually done on purpose, I guess I’m just drawn to that colour at the moment. But I will take you step by step of my process, so grab a cup of coffee and let’s get lost in overly pretty graphics and patterns.

Also I apologise for the photos, my camera is still broken (waiting on spare part) and so these are good old iphone pics!!

Ok let’s talk sources. You have Etsy, which is great for art pieces, and you can pick up some truly beautiful screen prints, drawings and prints for not a lot at all, take a look at my favourites on Etsy as I’m always favouriting prints and artworks.

Then you have your local charity shops and car boots, where you can pick up lots of different things. Maybe vintage scarves that might look cool in a frame, old postcards too always look awesome.

If your after artwork and you don’t mind spending that little bit more, check out sites like Artfinder as they have a variety of artists in every medium you can think of.

So those are my go to places, but I also like cards that you can get anywhere, nowadays the graphics and typography are so on point they are like little mini artworks themselves.

Right now let’s talk my new gallery wall plan.

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I’ll do it row by row and give you links to what I can, though I must mention a good amount are from A Beautiful mess when they had their 10 items for a $1 each, so I stocked up on cards and just decided most were too cute to use! But always check back on their shop as they are always doing lots of offers. Ok let’s get to the pink overload!

Row 1:  Today is your day, A Beautiful Mess, Geometric card, A Beautiful Mess, Pink and Green neon card, Etsy,  Screen Print, Etsy,

Row 2:  Bon voyage, A Beautiful Mess,  Have a nice day, A Beautiful Mess,  3 Stickers, Etsy, Hello postcard, A Beautiful Mess, 2 stickers that came free with an enamel pin I brought, Etsy,  Palm Tree Hotel Card, A Beautiful Mess.

Row 3: Good Morning Card, A Beautiful Mess,  Vagina Haircuts, Etsy,  World’s okayest morning person card, A Beautiful Mess, 2 badges from a carboot in Canada.

Row 4: Pink cube geometric card, Etsy, Badge vintage from carboot, Slay Mama, Etsy,  Palm Trees, A Beautiful Mess,  Spread eagle lady, Etsy.

I am loving all the pink hues and strong contrasting typography..eek so fun right?

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With the stickers, I think I will find some plain but maybe textured white card to stick them on and then frame. This would work really well with patches too on a piece of fabric like denim which gives a high contrast. Oooo maybe I should start a patch wall.

 

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I have a few ideas of how I am going to do the badges, once I have made up my mind I shall do a post on it..and on the final gallery wall too.

 

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But like I said you don’t have to spend a fortune, and there’s never a rush. This has taken me about 4 months to collect with the badges being in a box for about 4 years!! As I was just never sure what to do with them, it can take time. Have fun and go out hunting for some inspiring pieces!

 

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Another fun thing, is with some of the cards that came with bright envelopes I will probably use them as a little mount so there’s another pop of colour. All I need to do now is find frames. For this I will either look at Ikea or possibly hunt round some charity shops. I’d like them all to be white frames so that it’s not an overload of dark colours, so for this I will spray paint the frames white so they match..but this is a long project finding frames! There are always options to get things professionally framed but that can be quite expensive, especially with a collection of this size.

 

Happy Tuesday

x

 



PATTERN PLAY WEDNESDAY |03

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Here is the third installment of pattern fun Wednesday, I hope your all having a good morning, I’ve been up since 5. It seems this is Archer’s new natural wake up time..so I’m a little tired..exhausted ha. Anyway I did this pattern last night, and actually worked with paint to canvas rather than digital. It’s so easy to create little pattern artworks. As you can see with this one, all I did was tape off a section and then using Archer’s paint circle brush pad things I created the double polka dot effect. Super simple and super cute..I like it when colours come in 3 so quite often I pick ony 3-4 colours when doing a patter…unless i’m going full rainbow of course!

 

Anyway would love to see some of your pattern designs, tag us in them on twitter and instagram using #wflovespattern.

 

Happy Wednesday!



PATTERN PLAY WEDNESDAY |02

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So it’s that time of week where I spend my morning doodling and coming up with a fun new pattern. Now I started this one yesterday, and it took me a while but I love the outcome of it..just have a guess of what I was craving while I was doing it! I had  lot of fun coming up with cute mini patterns to put on all the little doughnuts…totally craving some iced doughnuts now though!!

 

Happy Wednesday all, follow along on the journey with #wflovespatterns on Instagram, would love to see some of your doodles!

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So to help us all get through the week, I thought I’d start a new series, where I publish a new pattern/picture for that humpday Wednesday..just as a little boost of creativity. Maybe we can get a # going…#wflovespatterns. Yeah I like that. Anyway here’s my first pattern of the series, loving bright contrasting colours at the moment, so let’s get those clashing patterns going.

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I also wanted to say a big thank you to everyone response to my post on Monday, all the love and thoughts mean so much, so thank you x



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So I don’t want to like complete ignore the fact that I have called this post untitled, to be honest I didn’t know what to call it…hey I’m back..my month off..these just didn’t fit to me.  I haven’t blogged for quite a while..for the longest period ever…even after having Arch I only went a few days before I started up again. But I needed this month. I’m kind of contradicting the subject of this post with pretty spring pictures. I really have no idea how to go about it..but hey let’s just start with a few facts. Firstly Parenting is HARD AS FUCK.

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I love Archer, but it’s not been an easy ride this motherhood thing. When Archer was 10 weeks I had a meltdown. I wouldn’t let my sister leave, I didn’t want to be left alone with him, and while expressing every 2 hours which led to just 1 bottle of milk, I was exhausted, devastated and defeated. I spoke about my breast-feeding journey, or more importantly lack of, but I didn’t go in deep about my mood and the aftermath. I gave up expressing 3 days later when one of the health visitors came out to talk to me about my mood. Richard was called home, at the time by my rather worried sister, and we decided on a new plan of action to help boost my mood. I was visited a couple of times for a few weeks, for chats, and my friends rallied to cheer me up. It took a while for the guilt of not nourishing my baby with my own milk to go, but it did and I started to feel better in myself.

 

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But parenting was still hard work, but let’s be honest. All parenting is hard work. I was burning the candle at all ends. Doing commissions, nurturing Archer, doing the blog and sometimes doing this on my own while my other half worked stupidly long hours. Not helped that both set’s of family live a fair distance away. During Richards late finishes I was finding myself having a mere 40 minutes break (where I would normally shower/ do jobs) each day between Richard getting up than having to go to work again..I was a mummy machine, killing myself to get sponsored posts out and cling onto some identity which didn’t label me as ‘just a stay at home mum’. I’d have mini meltdowns of exhaustion and upset every month or so. Me and Richard would emotionally vomit, get in some help from the family, then I would be on a high for the next couple of weeks till the next burnout.

 

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Second fact, mum guilt is REAL. I was doing my blogging work at midnight, showering at 9 in the evening when Archer was in bed. I’d then deal with Archer’s hourly wake up calls before bringing him into bed with me at 2 am. I’d go to groups, do baby activities with Archer, cook him healthy food, sing dance and everything in between. I never neglected Arch, and I would never want to. But if for a few days I didn’t have the energy to take him out, and I just put cbeebies on, man the worry and guilt that I’m not nurturing my child would sink in. Comparing Archer’s progress to other kids didn’t help at all either. We really shouldn’t compare but let’s be honest all mums do this at some point. I have the overly hyper/destructive child out of the group, this being especially noticable at soft play. Something I came to hate. Why? Because it makes your  heart beat fast, your face bright red and your patience completely deplete. As I looked at other mums around me, enjoying their time, looking all-powerful and mighty in their honest motherhood state. It occurred to me, and though I hate myself even when I type this..I don’t enjoy being a mother.

I love Archer, I wouldn’t give him up for anything, but there was a point when I was really struggling with this idea that my main thing in life was being a mother, and I wasn’t enjoying it. I found myself thinking, maybe this is kind of normal, Archer was having a particularly bad period regarding his behaviour..and well parenting is hard right..but this feeling didn’t leave…and with it came overwhelming guilt and sadness.  I wanted to enjoy Arch. I wanted to be the best mummy to him.. I wanted to enjoy this special bond..this gift that some people go there whole life wanting and sometimes can’t have..

Something wasn’t right..I mean this wasn’t normal right?..let’s cue 5 more months of me battling this unbelievable sadness and guilt. After a very difficult weekend at the beginning of this year, my mum witnessed a meltdown, and expressed concern for my mood. With some hope I came to think, oh maybe this isn’t normal, maybe this is just a hormonal inbalance..maybe I could begin to enjoy motherhood. Did I go to the doctor..no. Let’s just say the stigma attached to post-natal depression was something I didn’t want to deal with, and I was convinced that with better eating and excercise and regular emotional vomiting with Richard we could cope and work through it. Just as a side note, emotional vomiting is talking not actually like being sick…just so you know.

Anyway the next few month were brutal. My monthly meltdowns became weekly, then daily. Me and Richard called quits on my attempting to deal without help, just over a month ago. It was a morning where I had been watching Arch downstairs, and suddenly something switched, and I didn’t want to be in the same room with anyone. I went upstairs gave Archer to Richard and pretty much hibernated for a few hours. Something had to be done. The next morning we were at the doctors.

I was diagnosed with Post Natal Depression. In hindsight I should have gone back to the doctors after the meltdown after the 10 week episode. But I didn’t. I can’t get that time back with Archer, where my patience, happiness and attitude might have shaped different memories. But I can’t think about that stuff. Because there were good times, it wasn’t all dark. It was more that the sadness encroached more and more and became an annoying little niggling feeling. But I can tell you something. The last month has been quite possibly one of the best. We have made the effort to see more family, enjoy the sun and many flowers.  I DO enjoy being Archer’s mummy. And I have waited 20 months to feel that.

 

 

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OFFICE STATEMENT WALL CHOICES

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Hey guys, so following my moodboard that I did the other day for my office, I’m trying to decide how to do the statement back wall. Firstly excuse the photo quality, my camera is still broken, so this is an iphone picture. Also the mess, but hey I’m sorting out my office so yeah. So while trying to come up with an idea, I came up with loads..crazy right, but I narrowed it down and I need your guys help….thoughts guys thoughts?

I’ve put the patterns down below to get a better idea.

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See I love the idea of doing this, as it would be like having a wall covered in rainbow hundreds and thousands…fun but it might make me want to eat my weight in cake everyday…circle-confetti-pattern-1

 

So this is Richard’s favourite one, i really like the triangle confetti outline..plus it reminds me of 90’s beach huts..

 

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I have a piece of art work like this, and well if you follow me on instagram you will know that I’m crushing on the grid pattern quite hard at the moment. Plus this just reminds me of Hockney’s work too…. pretty pretty pink.

 

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And the first design I did. I love the strong green with the confetti accents..but it is only half the wall…ahh I dont know guys!! Help! I’m leaning towards the giant light teal circle.

 

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MY OFFICE MOODBOARD

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Ok so me and Richard have sat down and ‘tried’ to work out some sort of system when it comes to getting our house finished…the task at the moment feels neverending..and with a limited budget, we are doing most of the work ourselves. So back to the logic. At the moment the garage is pretty much filled with my office stuff, as well as many corners of the house. So if we get the office finished, we can empty the garage, which will give us a whole space to do all the handy work, which will in turn relieve some of the chaos and DIY paraphernalia thats taking over our home..

So to my office, I want somewhere that’s bursting with energy but also somewhere me and Richard can go chill and relax. With a bar..it could also be a little entertaining spot too. So to the moodboard above. Here is a list of my sources of images and products, just before I forget.

PrintEtsy

Ice Cream Cone Planter  Aww Sam

Fur Throw  Etsy

Sofa  Ikea

Bar Cart  The Every Girl

Hanging Planter  Etsy

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Ok so I already have the sofa, though it has an older cover on it, hence lots of cushions needed and I also have a unit for the bar cart too. Regarding artworks, I’m always on the look out for new pieces, and want some really interesting ones to keep the creative juices flowing. I’ve brought some already, but I rather like the look of the functional glass art pieces here. It’s totally different and not something I normally go for, but they look so cool. I also kind of want a giant canvas to put up against one of the walls..because you know why not.

I’ve painted the room white, but I’m looking to do a pattern on the back wall..possibly like the confetti one I quickly designed for the moodboard. Because I have the white walls, it’s ok for me to go bright with colour in the accents and furniture. With the art work, ornaments and even my favourite books. But I really like the idea of the back wall, having a pop of colour and being a big feature in the room..what do you guys think?

Now you may be thinking why do you need a bar cart and sofa, isn’t this just another form of procrastination. And, yes yes it is. But the idea behind the office, is that I want it to be somewhere me and Richard can go chill in the summer evenings. Also in my mind it’s safer to have a bar cart in a room Arch won’t really go in, rather then one just in our living room. Hello drunk toddler worry.

To keep me on track with my work, i’ll invest in a cute wall calender, and Richard is currently building me a side board which will run down one length of the office. Perfect for holding all the props and craft tools. My desk is already set up, and I have a chair similar to the one in the moodbaord, but it’s teal..and lacking the pink fur throw…which Im pretty sure I need in my life.  If your thinking well jeez that’s a lot of colour and pattern overload, then yes..it is, but remember, I’m pairing the colour with white walls and a bare wood desk. The natural greenery of plants (hello how cute is that ice cream planter DIY??) will help keep the pallette from looking to over colourful. I’ll make it work! But I’m just excited about having somewhere to create, and somewhere to keep the craft explosion mess so my living room doesn’t suffer.

Lastly, I’m on the hunt for some artwork, i’m rather into hand drawn illustrations and typography prints at the moment, so if you have any recommendations leave me a link, or send me an email!

 

Happy Friday!

 



JUST ME

I’ve never really done this before, I mean I’ve done personal posts and such, but never started a blog post without having an idea of what the post is going to be about. So let’s just wing this..and I apologise if it turns out to be super boring..

This is where I guess you tube comes in handy like with vlogging, but man do I hate seeing myself on film. And not because i’m not so great at body confidence ( yet) but it’s my voice..like I sound young..teenage almost babyish young and it makes me super cringe..anyway. I’m thinking of using this platform every now and then just to get rid of the jargin that’s in my head. I spend a suprisingly large amount of time just me and Archer. Richard works crazy long hours, we don’t have family around, I see my friends with babies once a week or so, and we do quite a few baby groups, but man are mummies clicky. So I find myself  talking to Arch a lot, and most of his responses are dog and quacking..Oh the weirdness of being a mother hey.

But recently I found myself questioning a few things..which though he tried, Arch just couldn’t give me a definitive answer…so what do you guys think

Do you think Trumps tan colour is actually called cheeto orange dust?

Why aren’t blueberries blue on the inside..it really bugs me..

I think these two are for sure the more important questions that I have been pondering the last week or so..

 

I think that’s about it for my ramblings, hope you all have had a lovely Wednesday..man was it long though..I just worked out and I’m now currently sat on the sofa attempting to recover while watching Mad Men..the first season, yes I realise I’m like 10 years too late..but oh well..

 

 



VALENTINES DAY FUN PHOTOSHOOT

Ok I gave myself the mission to try to put myself out there more on the blog, and so thought what better way then doing a fun valentines day shoot with my sister and my very talented friend Letty. Let me start off by saying that we started the day with 7 beautiful bright red heart balloons. By  the end of the day we had 3 left..1 we gave away to a lovely girl named Kat, check her site out here, and the other 3 got lost to the sky..thanks to poor tying (letty) and abby not grasping how strings work..lots of laughs and awkward poses later here are my favourite shots..

asos-curve,-curvy-girl-plussize-fashion-style-valentines-day-So incase some of you have never seen me, which is a high possibility because I really don’t post many pictures of myself on here. Here I am…totally regretted the nude tights in the end…black would have suited so much better…oh well. Surprisingly I don’t totally hate this picture. Letty is pretty good at managing to make me look less like a character from Wallace and Gromit.  I feel like I’m on this journey of trying to learn to appreciate, care and love my body. Since having Arch I’m probably at my biggest I have ever been, which is pretty much down to a few factors that I won’t go into for now, but it’s all a learning curve..isn’t it.

I need to do a big shout out to my best friend Letty for being the photographer/stylist and confidence booster for the day. Go check out her work because shes crazy talented. And shes like my saviour for most things!

 

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Quite possibly my favourite picture of the shoot….

 

Abby wears New Look dungarees ( no longer available) , vintage top and Dr Martens boots..

I’m wearing pink pinafore dress from ASOS, which is sadly out of stock but here’s something similar. My coat is ASOS too..out of stock obvs..

My bag is ban.do, fun fact it’s actually a cooler bag, but it was too cute not to use as a bag. Quite possibly one of my favourite purchases EVER.

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So we went to the beautiful Nottinghill Gate, where everyone dreams of living in one of the colourful houses, fun fact no.2 as I was posing in front of the pink house ( see pic below) the owner came back..not awkward at all..

Abby my darling sister looking effortlessly beautiful as always.

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Here’s me before I awkwardly backed away from said pink house…

Here is wishing you all a lovely Valentines day or Galentines day xxx