I don’t know if it’s because a lot of my work relies on the right light or because I’m a summer girl at heart, but I’ve noticed the days are getting shorted and the evenings are getting darker. I am always shocked when summer starts drawing in. The seasons seem to change way to fast and all of a sudden it’s time to dig out the jumpers and scarves again.
It’s a classic case of don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. I spend most of the summer enjoying longer work days. I can take photos later and push myself to work that little bit harder, but then feel like I’ve spent the whole summer indoors. As soon as the seasons begin to change it reminds me that I’ve missed the whole summer and all that much needed vitamin D. I regret spending all that time indoors and crave being outside in the sun.
But I have been learning this summer that if you want the changes to happen then it’s really up to you to make them work. It’s a hard line to draw. I’ve been focusing on organising my time, working on being more productive and only taking on projects I think will either grow my business or fulfil me creatively. That last one is tricky. We’re currently saving to buy a house and the pressure is on to make more and more money. Turning down paid work can be difficult, but it’s necessary to put in place all the plans I have and take a little bit of time off to enjoy these last weeks of summer.
So along with my work life balance I’ve been making a change in my wardrobe as well. I don’t usually wear many dresses. I feel self-conscious in them and often just choose jeans or trousers instead. But in the spirit of embracing the summer I’m changing my go to style as well. This dress is perfect because it feels casual and the length is great for cycling in (which is much harder to find than you’d think at 5’9″).
After all these changed I decided I’d finish off with a new haircut. Why not!? I’ve gone for a longer bob that I can wear messy day to day. It’s easy and summery and a change for the better.
The funny thing about packing up hundred of We Make Collective kits and sending them off all around the world is imagining each kit being opened and wondering what beautiful things are going to be made with them. One of my favourite parts of running a subscription kit service is getting to know your names really well. When you pop up in my inbox or I’m printing out your address labels, I feel like I get to know you even though I don’t know what most of you look like!
I really feel like I’m in the middle of this fantastic little community so this month I wanted to try to get to know you all a little better.Of course I started with Instagram (because who doesn’t love it)! And I have so much help from Claire to run it and keep on top of all your fantastic photos. I also love how it’s such a positive place. Somewhere we can all go to share, with a community of supporters cheering us on.
But even in the most friendly climate sharing can be scary. To encourage you to share your kits we’re giving anyone who does 10% off their next subscription as a small thank you. We know it’s hard to put yourself out there. We hoped to ease you in with a picture of the kit but we have also seen some of you share your makes. Which is awesome! Keep sharing them with us!
Here are some of our favourites so far. We’ll be sharing our highlights here on the blog every month so keep them coming please!
You can never have enough rings, so naturally by extension you can never have enough ring holders. In the past I haven’t worn very much jewellery. Most likely because it’s always stored away, hidden from my morning eyes. But the more I keep it out and on show the more I remember to accessorise on a regular basis.
These DIY balsa wood ring holders are made from thin strips of wood which are easy to cut with a craft knife meaning you don’t need any special tools to create and build up shapes like these ring holders and this planter. Keep reading for more:
Happy weekend! I’m writing this from my living room on a fully charged laptop, a cup of coffee on the table in front of me and without using up all my tethering allowance. What a wild Saturday night. But after exactly two days and four hours of no electricity these little everyday normalities are actually a real treat! I’ve spent the last few days in the dark, figuratively and literally. And as much as I already love candles, I’ve developed a whole new appreciation for those waxy lumps!
Over the past 48 hours I’ve realised you can never have enough candles. It also helps if they smell good so when the lights do come back on you can enjoy the way your home smells and the miracle of electricity at the same time!
I’ve rounded up my favourite candles to buy or DIY so you can always be prepared. And even if your lights stay on they are so pretty you’ll love them anyway.