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    This weeks #fridayfurtherreading is slightly late - maybe I can call it Saturday school instead? . The article which really struck a chord with me this week was by @elin.loow in her Teacup Owls newsletter. In it she talks about the destructive spiral we can get into where our output goals get in the way of our ability to create - with anxiety and self-doubt about our ability to meet those goals creeping in and making them even harder to achieve. I know I recognise this in myself. I only have…

    This weeks #fridayfurtherreading is slightly late - maybe I can call it Saturday school instead? . The article which really struck a chord with me this week was by @elin.loow in her Teacup Owls newsletter. In it she talks about the destructive spiral we can get into where our output goals get in the way of our ability to create - with anxiety and self-doubt about our ability to meet those goals creeping in and making them even harder to achieve. I know I recognise this in myself. I only have…

    More pastel loveliness from @bloomandwild - fragments from my Mothers Day bouquet. . Over on my Stories you can see that Ive been experimenting with drying flowers. Ive tried several ways of drying them - putting them in Tupperware boxes full of rice (and then finding them mouldy a week later) covering them with silica gel and putting them in the microwave. But the latest method - drying them in the oven - is the simplest and most foolproof one Ive tried so far. . As ever you can get 20…

    More pastel loveliness from @bloomandwild - fragments from my Mothers Day bouquet. . Over on my Stories you can see that Ive been experimenting with drying flowers. Ive tried several ways of drying them - putting them in Tupperware boxes full of rice (and then finding them mouldy a week later) covering them with silica gel and putting them in the microwave. But the latest method - drying them in the oven - is the simplest and most foolproof one Ive tried so far. . As ever you can get 20…

    A cup and a wreath. . When I joined @instagram last year I signed up to courses from @makelight and @me_and_orla to try to learn more. Both courses encouraged you to discover the style and content which appealed to you by exploring Pinterest. In my case this was pastels florals the odd pretty facade (preferably in ice cream colours or covered in blossoms) and lots and lots of teacups surrounded by flowers. Something I had never seen before discovering Pinterest and Instagram but which…

    A cup and a wreath. . When I joined @instagram last year I signed up to courses from @makelight and @me_and_orla to try to learn more. Both courses encouraged you to discover the style and content which appealed to you by exploring Pinterest. In my case this was pastels florals the odd pretty facade (preferably in ice cream colours or covered in blossoms) and lots and lots of teacups surrounded by flowers. Something I had never seen before discovering Pinterest and Instagram but which…

    I love the colours of this @bloomandwild Secret Garden bouquet - it might be one of my favourites from their range so far. This pale blue jug is a present from friends many years ago - I think it is from the @verawanggang homeware range.

    I love the colours of this @bloomandwild Secret Garden bouquet - it might be one of my favourites from their range so far. This pale blue jug is a present from friends many years ago - I think it is from the @verawanggang homeware range.

    We have some very happy news to announce. We are expecting a baby at the end of August (or beginning of September if his approach to timekeeping is anything like his brothers). . Edward is very amused by the idea that there is a baby in my tummy and keeps asking when it will get here and how big it is. Is it as big as a banana now? (Yes). When will it be as big as a dinosaur? (Never I hope - unless its one of the really little dinosaurs...) . #pregnancyannouncement #rainbowbaby…

    We have some very happy news to announce. We are expecting a baby at the end of August (or beginning of September if his approach to timekeeping is anything like his brothers). . Edward is very amused by the idea that there is a baby in my tummy and keeps asking when it will get here and how big it is. Is it as big as a banana now? (Yes). When will it be as big as a dinosaur? (Never I hope - unless its one of the really little dinosaurs...) . #pregnancyannouncement #rainbowbaby…

    Inspiration. It can be found in the strangest places and the most obvious - on Instagram or Pinterest in films or books or paintings in shop displays or advertising posters in fairy tales and myths in proverbs and idioms in dreams in chance conversations and in the things we see around us. . I was lucky enough to win a prize from one of my favourite Instagrammers @kutovakika in her recent giveaway - a copy of her @onceuponapp  photo book about finding magic in the mundane. She shares some of…

    Inspiration. It can be found in the strangest places and the most obvious - on Instagram or Pinterest in films or books or paintings in shop displays or advertising posters in fairy tales and myths in proverbs and idioms in dreams in chance conversations and in the things we see around us. . I was lucky enough to win a prize from one of my favourite Instagrammers @kutovakika in her recent giveaway - a copy of her @onceuponapp photo book about finding magic in the mundane. She shares some of…

    Expecto Patronum! . Edward claims that hes a Hufflepuff and with a giant badger for his patronus I think he might be right. He still has to work on holding the wand the right way round but I think his spell casting is pretty good for a two year old. . Thanks very much to everyone who entered our Hogwarts Pride giveaway this week. The winner of the Hufflepuff prize bundle including goodies from @fredaldous / @leuchtturm1917 @thestencilhouse_ and @selettiworld is... . . @blossoms.and.wren…

    Expecto Patronum! . Edward claims that hes a Hufflepuff and with a giant badger for his patronus I think he might be right. He still has to work on holding the wand the right way round but I think his spell casting is pretty good for a two year old. . Thanks very much to everyone who entered our Hogwarts Pride giveaway this week. The winner of the Hufflepuff prize bundle including goodies from @fredaldous / @leuchtturm1917 @thestencilhouse_ and @selettiworld is... . . @blossoms.and.wren…

    Some Friday #floralhideandseek - backstory to this post below. . 1) I wanted to get some florals into the house and thought that it might be nice to get some blossoms (especially since the ones outside are a bit disappointing). . 2) I was amazed to discover that a branch of blossoms was only 3 at @marketflowers. Note to self - remember to check out the foliage stall next time since it turns out its much cheaper than flowers. . 3) Id been catching up on @kutovakikas blog and enjoying her…

    Some Friday #floralhideandseek - backstory to this post below. . 1) I wanted to get some florals into the house and thought that it might be nice to get some blossoms (especially since the ones outside are a bit disappointing). . 2) I was amazed to discover that a branch of blossoms was only 3 at @marketflowers. Note to self - remember to check out the foliage stall next time since it turns out its much cheaper than flowers. . 3) Id been catching up on @kutovakikas blog and enjoying her…

    A floral stylist or photographer in training? While hes currently more interested in the video games on his toy camera than in using it to take photos Edward does seem to be developing an interest in flowers. . A few weekends ago he met a little girl from his nursery in the park. His opening gambit (Amelia I like you) having succeeded they then played together for the next hour. As we all left the park I overheard the following conversation: . Edward: I like flowers. Do you like flowers?…

    A floral stylist or photographer in training? While hes currently more interested in the video games on his toy camera than in using it to take photos Edward does seem to be developing an interest in flowers. . A few weekends ago he met a little girl from his nursery in the park. His opening gambit (Amelia I like you) having succeeded they then played together for the next hour. As we all left the park I overheard the following conversation: . Edward: I like flowers. Do you like flowers?…

    Ever since I did @edenblooms and @jannelfords floral workshops last year I have wanted to be able to arrange flowers properly. I think its fair to say I havent quite mastered it yet - my arrangements are unbalanced and keep toppling over the Oasis gets so full of holes that it crumbles and I never seem to buy enough foliage to cover the foam completely. This was my latest arrangement of roses and waxflower in a rare moment of stability. . #nonchalantinstagramscissors  #myfloraldays…

    Ever since I did @edenblooms and @jannelfords floral workshops last year I have wanted to be able to arrange flowers properly. I think its fair to say I havent quite mastered it yet - my arrangements are unbalanced and keep toppling over the Oasis gets so full of holes that it crumbles and I never seem to buy enough foliage to cover the foam completely. This was my latest arrangement of roses and waxflower in a rare moment of stability. . #nonchalantinstagramscissors #myfloraldays…

    Morning tea with the last fragments of my @bloomandwild flowers. . Thats a bowl of petals you can see there not a bowl of sweets (and therefore an entirely inaccurate representation of my week which has been far heavier on sugar - notably chocolate - than blooms). But then Instagram always seems to be more about aspiration than accuracy... . #bloomandwild #letterboxflowers #flowerstoyourdoorstep . #naughtyteas #adoremycupoftea #homeisacupoftea #teaandseasons #coffeeandseasons #tv_soft…

    Morning tea with the last fragments of my @bloomandwild flowers. . Thats a bowl of petals you can see there not a bowl of sweets (and therefore an entirely inaccurate representation of my week which has been far heavier on sugar - notably chocolate - than blooms). But then Instagram always seems to be more about aspiration than accuracy... . #bloomandwild #letterboxflowers #flowerstoyourdoorstep . #naughtyteas #adoremycupoftea #homeisacupoftea #teaandseasons #coffeeandseasons #tv_soft…

    Happy Thursday everyone! How has your day been? . I was meant to go for a run tonight and had my running kit on and everything. Then I looked out into the park and saw that it was full of proper runners - a running club I think - hurtling round at high speed. So I had a @lindoruk truffle and a @seedlipdrinks and tonic (#notsponsored) and settled down with Instagram instead. I will definitely go tomorrow though - the lighter evenings are finally making it possible to exercise after work so I…

    Happy Thursday everyone! How has your day been? . I was meant to go for a run tonight and had my running kit on and everything. Then I looked out into the park and saw that it was full of proper runners - a running club I think - hurtling round at high speed. So I had a @lindoruk truffle and a @seedlipdrinks and tonic (#notsponsored) and settled down with Instagram instead. I will definitely go tomorrow though - the lighter evenings are finally making it possible to exercise after work so I…

    Easter morning under the blossoms. . I took a photo under this tree with Edward just over a year ago and wanted to return to the same place. After various photos of me trying and failing to persuade him to wear the bunny ears this was the final picture - hes planting a big sloppy kiss on my cheek possibly out of relief that the photo shoot was finally over. . #littlefamiliesofig #adventurelikebeatrixpotter #awanderfulchildhood #kindermemories #the_sweet_life_unscripted #pinklinker…

    Easter morning under the blossoms. . I took a photo under this tree with Edward just over a year ago and wanted to return to the same place. After various photos of me trying and failing to persuade him to wear the bunny ears this was the final picture - hes planting a big sloppy kiss on my cheek possibly out of relief that the photo shoot was finally over. . #littlefamiliesofig #adventurelikebeatrixpotter #awanderfulchildhood #kindermemories #the_sweet_life_unscripted #pinklinker…

    Happy Easter Monday! Its very damp and grey here so here are some rose petals to summon back the spring and some black coffee for shaking off the post-chocolate lethargy. . #bloomandwild #flowerstoyourdoorstep . #fouriadorefriday #tv_living #loveliest4 #global_ladies #momentsofmine #mywhitetable #stylingtheseasons #alittlebeautyeveryday #byarrangement #embracingtheseasons #quietchaotics #inspiredbypetals #petalsandprops #botanicalpickmeup #nestandflourish #simplethingsmadebeautiful…

    Happy Easter Monday! Its very damp and grey here so here are some rose petals to summon back the spring and some black coffee for shaking off the post-chocolate lethargy. . #bloomandwild #flowerstoyourdoorstep . #fouriadorefriday #tv_living #loveliest4 #global_ladies #momentsofmine #mywhitetable #stylingtheseasons #alittlebeautyeveryday #byarrangement #embracingtheseasons #quietchaotics #inspiredbypetals #petalsandprops #botanicalpickmeup #nestandflourish #simplethingsmadebeautiful…

    Coffee and a starburst of petals to start the new week. . It seems as if after weeks of winter all the blossoms are coming out at once. Im scurrying to keep up with them mourning the magnolia worried that Ill miss the wisteria and vowing that at some point I will make a note of every flowering tree in London - exact locations and when to visit for peak floral photogenicity (is that even a word?). If theres already a book or blog post that exists on this I would love to know about it.

    Coffee and a starburst of petals to start the new week. . It seems as if after weeks of winter all the blossoms are coming out at once. Im scurrying to keep up with them mourning the magnolia worried that Ill miss the wisteria and vowing that at some point I will make a note of every flowering tree in London - exact locations and when to visit for peak floral photogenicity (is that even a word?). If theres already a book or blog post that exists on this I would love to know about it.

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