A look back at June 2016

Hello July! The start of a new month and hopefully a fresh start for us all. At the beginning of a new month I like to stop for a moment, look back on the weeks gone by and “put it all in its place”. Days, weeks, months and even years can roll by without even a moments glance, so it feels good to take a moment to look back. If you’re not a blogger, perhaps writing some notes in a journal would be a good option? It’s posts like these that make me happy to have a blog; an online record for me to look back on.

A look back at June 2016 - This Little Space of Mine

So with this post I’ll highlight a few bits and pieces from the month; including some photos from my Instagram feed – which is essentially my visual online diary. Are we friends on Instagram? Pop by and say hello if not, I’m over here.

June was one of those months I knew would be busy; you know when you look at your diary and think, yep, busy. I had two weekends away – one for my friends’ hen do and one for Blogtacular – and without those two days at home to rest, catch up, run errands and everything in between, it made the weeks a little busier. The good thing was I knew it was the case, meaning I felt prepared and didn’t stress out about it.

Blogtacular was a big highlight of the month. Blogtacular is a conference for bloggers and creatives and this was the third year running I’ve been. It was so wonderful to catch up with old and new friends and I left buzzing with ideas and inspiration. I’ll shortly be opening my Etsy shop, Fred and Bell, selling stickers for planners and notebooks, so I knew Blogtacular would help me put together and finalise plans I have for the shop. Fred and Bell is opening next weekend, so watch this space!

June hasn’t been without its bumps though; there’s been a few tricky family bits and pieces to sort and of course news of what happened to Jo Cox, plus the EU referendum has been a bit unsettling to say the least. These things will calm in time and sort themselves out, they always do, but it’s funny how national news can rock everyone. I certainly felt a little odd in those first few days after Jo Cox and the EU news and I know I wasn’t alone. I honestly hadn’t really thought I cared that much about the vote, but it’s our future and uncertainty is always unsettling.

Today also marks two weeks until my friends Hollie and Mikes wedding; last weekend we had a bridesmaids dress fitting and her hen do at the start of June was so much fun. So fun to get away for a couple of days; we did a hula hoop class, had afternoon tea, had cocktails and went dancing. Loved it! My other best friend, Victoria, is overdue now and we’re (im)patiently waiting for his arrival. I can’t wait to meet him! I talked a little this month about the cosy stripe blanket I made for him.

Also…. Game of Thrones. Have you been watching? Wow, the last two episodes were just so good, and now we have to wait 10 months for the next series. It all comes and goes so quickly!

Do you have anything exciting planned for this month? This weekend we’re off to Wales to spend time with Stu’s family; it’ll be fun to have some time together and I’m looking forward to catching up with Stu’s uncle, who is over from LA at the moment. It’s also Hollie’s wedding, they’ll be a baby arriving soon and I’m hoping for a bit of summer to arrive.

Blog wise, similar to what I did last year, I’m going to take a break from blogging over the summer holidays. It’s a great way to recharge the batteries, as well as giving me time out to think about content etc. More on that soon – I’ve got lots of good posts to come in the meantime!

Thanks for reading, hope you have a good start to the month! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram for all the latest.

Leanne x

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The year in books – July 2016

As we approach the end of June I thought I’d reflect on what I’ve read this month. Back at the end of 2015 I set myself a goal to read at least one book a month – joining in with Circle of Pine Tree’s the year in books. I love reading and loved it growing up, but as an adult I so rarely make the time for it in my life that it deserves. I figured that if I was accountable to others, or able to join in with people on social media, it might encourage me to shoot for one read a month. A book a month wouldn’t be a lot to some, but to me to get into that regular routine is so important.

My reading has slowed a bit since the winter months, but I’m still reaching my one a month target. I do find that as my reading time is mainly just before I go to sleep, I do benefit from having a read on a Saturday/Sunday morning to help me get stuck into a book – otherwise it’s a bit disconnected and I’ll read no more than about five pages before I’m asleep! When do you find is the best time to read?

The year in books - July 2016 - This Little Space of Mine

So before I talk about Better than Before, here’s how I got on with June’s read.

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

I steamed through The Happiness Project in the space of a week, which is always testament to how much I enjoyed it. Yes, I’d re-read it, but this time I feel like I took so much more from it and will keep with me some of the guiding points. When I read it in 2012 I’d put post-it notes throughout and most of these were around friendship and buying happiness, yet this time round what grabbed me more was about enjoying passions, relationships and handling day to day tasks. Four years on and I’m now a homeowner in a long standing relationship, so it’s good that I can still relate and take something from this read. It’s written in an easy-read kind of way which makes it accessible to all and I like the little honest snippets into her life and family. I liked it so much I ordered her newest book, Better than Before

July’s book choice

I’ve already made a start on this, but July’s read is going to be Gretchen Rubin’s Better than Before. This book is all about forming habits to have a better life and I’m hoping it’ll help me eat better and plan my meals more successfully. I’m so much more likely to eat better if I plan ahead and get myself organised, but I’ve tried and failed on many occasions to do it. Hoping Gretchen will save the day!

Have you read anything you loved recently? I hope my monthly posts on what I’m reading are inspiring you to read more. Don’t forget to catch the #theyearinbooks hashtag over on Instagram! I’ll be taking the month out in August, but plan to be back in blog land in September with a review and update of what I’ve been reading. No doubt I’ll be sharing on Instagram too!

Leanne x

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California road trip: 2 days in LA

Hello, how are you? Have you ever been on a “big holiday”? One that’s stayed with you long after it’s passed, with regular reminders and smiles about the time you had away? Our trip to California in April 2015 was most definitely that, yet we returned and moved house within a few weeks of returning… with the house move and logistics of being home owners taking over our lives. It feels like the house move stole California’s thunder; we didn’t have time to stop, remember, put photos in albums, bore our friends with stories or time to frame prints we picked up. I’m definitely not complaining – we were incredibly fortunate to be able to do both things in quick succession – but in today’s post I want to take a moment out to remember a few days of our trip. The time we spent in LA. I’ve talked a bit about our time in San Francisco, Yosemite and Carmel/Monterey Bay already, so do have a read of those posts too. I’ve still got a few more stories to tell… but these are most definitely just the tip of the iceberg.

I’ve broken it down into where we stayed, what we did, where we ate and our overall impression. If you’re due to go to LA soon, or planning a trip, I’d be happy to answer any questions this post might not cover so do email me. I love talking about California and would be only too happy to help.

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Where we stayed

We were incredibly lucky to have a relative in LA, Stu’s uncle, who we stayed with. It was a welcome break from hotels and felt like a little piece of home; he cooked us a BBQ, we used his washing machine and sat on his sofa one night drinking wine and watching Frasier. When you’re away from home it’s things like that you don’t even realise you miss and, as our time in LA was smack bang in the middle of our road trip, I’d like to think it helped re-charge our batteries. Stu’s uncle lives near the Balboa Pier, which is south of the city, near Newport Beach.

Where we ate
  • Dinner: The Albright, Santa Monica Pier. Driving from San Simeon, Santa Monica and a bit of Venice beach was our first stop. The Albright is just on the pier, looked empty yet served the best lobster rolls with fries. It didn’t feel like too much of a tourist trap and oh man, the food was delicious!
  • Lunch: Ruby’s Diner, Balboa Pier. After a morning of bike riding through the neighbourhood and along the beach, a good old burger and milkshake was just what we all needed. This was a real highlight of our stay; the location was just gorgeous.
  • Lunch: McDonald’s, Hollywood Boulevard. For shame, I know. Kind of felt like we needed to have one McDonalds meal and Hollywood a good spot for it. Pretty horrifying to see someone put extra sugar in a large coke, eeek.
  • Dinner: Live Basil Pizza, Downton LA. You know that feeling when you know you’ve eaten badly for too long and your body craves something healthy? That. So at Live Basil Pizza we stopped and had a salad and felt a million times better for it.

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What we did

Of course there are millions of things to do in LA, and so much more we know we could’ve done, but we knew with this holiday it was a quick stop at each location and that we’d make the best of the time we had. Being with family allowed us to also take some time out and enjoy home comforts and quality time together. We also managed to do the following…

  • Explored Santa Monica. Our first stop in LA after a long day of travelling and we walked along the beach and walked the pier. We both said we’d have liked more time there; it seemed like a pretty chilled part of the city and a place I could see us going back to one day. We parked there for $12 and, while it is a little touristy, didn’t feel too bad. Plus it was about 5/6pm we were there, so the sun was beginning to go down after a hot day.
  • Rode bikes along Newport Beach. Stu’s uncle is a keen cyclist and we had great fun riding around the local area and along the beach. It gave us a great feel for the area and there was something so happy about riding a bike in the sunshine in a beautiful location, even if we did get a little sun burnt – oops!
  • Drove up to Griffith Observatory. We knew we had to see the Hollywood sign and had heard a lot of good things about the Griffith Observatory. Once we were parked we opted to skip the usual “take a photo from this point” option and walked further up into the hills, which gave us a chance to see the sign closer, yes, but more so we got a great view out over the whole of Los Angeles.
  • Walked Hollywood Boulevard. I’ve got to say this was probably our least favourite part of our stay. It was exceptionally hot and we’d gone from the nice stroll around the Griffith Observatory to the incredibly busy, loud, hot and touristy part where it seemed the whole world and his wife was. Don’t get me wrong, it was cool to see the Hollywood walk of fame and it’s where I bought a couple of souvenirs, but that was it. It’s a place we’ve ticked off the list and will probably never return to.
  • Watched the LA Lakers play the Sacramento Kings at the Staples Center. On the flip side I’m so pleased we did this. It was at the end of a long day in the city and the perfect way to get a feel for “real” American life. Before we left for California I’d been browsing my Lonely Planet book and it suggested watching a sport, so after a bit of a hunt I found one of the last basketball games of the season was being played at the Staples Centre in downtown LA. Perfect. We bought a big drink and a pretzel and loved every minute of the experience. The atmosphere was incredible and I fondly remember the brass band playing and how much interaction there was with the audience – nothing like what we’d get in the UK.
  • Walked along Crystal Cove beach. Oh man, one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen, Crystal Cove feels like a little hidden part of LA that the tourists don’t know about. It’s probably so far from being the case, but it’s the feeling it gave us. So beautiful, please go there if you ever get a chance.

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Overall impression

LA was a mixed bag for us; on the one hand we absolutely loved spending time with family, riding bikes, walking, seeing Crystal Cove beach and going to our first basketball game. On the other hand, Hollywood really wasn’t for us. But we had to see it, no regrets at all, but it cemented in our minds that we’re not really into the super touristy areas and would rather see where the locals hang out – kind of like we did when we were in San Francisco. What made our stay in LA special was having time with family and being on the outskirts of the city – it gave us that bit of quiet and normality, a launch pad to then go and see the bigger things.

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Other places we visited on our road trip

If you fancy a look, here’s the map of where we visited on our trip. Before we went to California I also created a Pinterest board, with lots of ideas of places to visit – so be sure to check that out.

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Thanks for reading and letting me take a trip down memory lane, I hope you’ve enjoyed the post as much as I did reading it. Here’s to the start of a good week!

Leanne x

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The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery’s pumpkin passport – 6 months in!

Hello! I thought I’d share an update on one of my goals for 2016 today – to join in with The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery ‘pumpkin passport’ year long cross stitch project.

If you haven’t heard of The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery before I highly recommend checking out their website; created by Amanda and Ashleigh they offer modern, fun, kawaii-inspired cross stitch projects that are seriously cute. As well as many other products, they’ve also developed a year-long cross stitch project – set around a theme and with a new pattern released on the 1st of the month. I’d wanted to take part for a long time and this year’s theme is travel.

The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery's Pumpkin Passport year long cross stitch along - 6 months in!

We’re now six months into the project and so far we’ve stitched England, France, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Greece and most recently, Russia. On the 1st of every month (or 1am on the 2nd for us in the UK) the newest pattern is emailed over, with a clue as to what next month might be. I always like to have a guess, but have got it very wrong recently! I think July’s pattern might be Egypt, so watch out on my Instagram page to see if I’m right.

In terms of favourites… I’ve loved them all, but maybe The Netherlands has been my favourite? But then I loved doing London (I was definitely in the novelty phase!).

The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery's Pumpkin Passport year long cross stitch along - 6 months in!

It’s the first year-long project I’ve taken on since my knitted sky blanket and I love it; it’s reminded me just how enjoyable cross stitch is and I love seeing each pattern arrive. It was a Christmas gift from my Mum and it’s definitely a gift that keeps giving!

The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery's Pumpkin Passport year long cross stitch along - 6 months in!

Are you joining in with the pumpkin passport this year? Or any other year-long projects? Hope you’re enjoying it!

Leanne x

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5 things to do after Blogtacular

Wowee, what a weekend that was! I grabbed myself a ticket to this weekend’s Blogtacular event, booked a hotel on Brick Lane and spent a couple of days with a group of incredibly inspiring creative folk. It made my heart happy and I’m still buzzing from all I learned, the friends I spent time with, new people I met and goodies I came back with. I feel inspired to do more, stick to my goals, create new ones and… just keep going! Sometimes we can all fall into lulls, but Blogtacular will (and has in the past) 100% lifted me out of any slumps.

I’ve got lots to write about Blogtacular, and many, many thank you’s to say (Kat & co, I’m looking at you!), but today I want to kick off with 5 things to do after Blogtacular; this year was my 3rd time attending and in these past three years I’ve learned a lot about how to get the best from blogging events. It’s what we do afterwards that really counts.

So if you’re feeling those post-Blogtacular blues, I hope this post will help!

5 things to do after Blogtacular. Blogtacular 2016 has been and gone, but it's now the next steps that count! I've shared 5 things we can all be doing to make sure we get the very best from Blogtacular and all it has to offer! Post from This Little Space of Mine

  1. Write a list. And another. And another. Write as many as you need to. My list has consisted (so far) of emailing those people I want to talk more to, taking photos of things I want to share on Instagram (like our amazing goody bag!) and little tweaks and prompts I want to think about for my blog and Fred and Bell. Some of them are what I call ‘quick wins’ and some will take me longer to figure out, but this is the best way for me to keep on track and make sure I take everything I possibly can from Blogtacular.
  2. Make connections! Top of the list, just say hello. At the very least, give those new friends or speakers a follow on Instagram, Twitter and the likes, but don’t be afraid to send an email or a private message to thank them, continue the chat or arrange to see them again. It’s easy to walk away from Blogtacular, knowing you had a good time but doing nothing with it. What you do after Blogtacular is what counts, and those connections are hugely important. Don’t forget the Blogtacular Facebook group for attendees too!
  3. Write down those good feelings you felt. After the first Blogtacular in 2014 I walked away on this huge high, but slowly as “real life” creeped back in I forgot those good thoughts and goals I’d promised myself I’d work towards. After last year (and this year’s event) I always write down the goals, feelings and good vibes that make me smile and aim high. Putting them in a prominent place, like a notice board or on a wall, is a good way of keeping them in your mind too.
  4. Look up those topics and bloggers you didn’t know about. Did you have a Joey from Friends moment where you nodded along when someone talked about something you’d never heard of? Now is the best time to look it up and get in the know. Those little snippets are golden and will elevate your blogging/creative knowledge in no time. This year’s Blogtacular has made me want to give Snapchat another go and I’ve already spent hours reading Laura’s Superlatively Rude blog after her FAB workshop. Side note: have you listened to Laura’s podcast? It’s my new must-listen.
  5. Share stories and pictures. Those post-Blogtacular blues are horrible, so scrolling through the #Blogtacular hashtag on Instagram and Twitter has kept me going and I love seeing everyone’s pictures and memories from the weekend gone. Say hello or comment on the pictures you love – it’s all about making connections with the things we have in common with each other.

Were you at Blogtacular this year? I’d love to say hello to you! You can pop a comment to me below or reach me on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or drop me an email. I was the one handing out sticker samples for Fred and Bell – which were received so incredibly well (hurrah!). But more on that soon.

I’ll end with this post with a picture taken of me and Allison having a hug. I met Allison at the first Blogtacular and we’ve kept in touch ever since; I only ever see her at Blogtacular, but it’s always the best… she has the best advice and gives wonderful hugs.

5 things to do after Blogtacular. Blogtacular 2016 has been and gone, but it's now the next steps that count! I've shared 5 things we can all be doing to make sure we get the very best from Blogtacular and all it has to offer! Post from This Little Space of Mine

Let’s keep those connections going!

Leanne x

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Photo credit: A big thank you to Mollie Makes and Will Ireland for the photos used in this post.

Colours to inspire: blue

For this month’s colours to inspire post I’ve opted for a blue theme, sharing a few images/makes I’ve spied on Instagram recently. To catch up on other colours to inspire posts I’ve popped the links below for you.


Why blue? Well, it’s kind of an ode to my friend, who is expecting a baby boy this month – this week in fact – eek. I wrote a little about colour schemes for babies here and shared the baby blanket I made for him here. Blue isn’t actually a colour I often work with, but I think it’s a great all-year round kind of colour and finding these colour combos was a breeze.

Even though these are all pictures from homemade makes I hope these can inspire you in other ways too (should you not be a crafter). Perhaps you’re looking to decorate your house this year, or thinking about buying some new furniture, or looking for a new wardrobe, I’d hope there’s something for everyone here.

Found on Instagram - colours that inspire - blues. This Little Space of Mine

Photo from Liz at littlecolleydesign. This is just beautiful. No other words. I love it because 1) it matches the theme of this post and 2) because I really want to make a quilt, yet for some reason I haven’t done it yet! There’s an array of colours here, some are fairly dark, but the bright turquoise ties it all together in the best kind of way. Plus that backing pattern and deep blue/white combo looks so good. Liz has made a vast array of quilts so definitely worth checking out her Etsy shop.

Found on Instagram - colours that inspire - blues. This Little Space of Mine

Photo from Julie at littlewoollie. For something very different to Liz’s make, how about this clash-tastic bright crochet blanket? The red/blue/green/pink combination should clash, but there’s something about this that works. While I love the turquoise hearts, I was really drawn to the lime green heart and dark green backing too. On the blue side of things, there are two shades here – turquoise and a navy blue and I like how they’re paired with other shades throughout the pattern.

Found on Instagram - colours that inspire - blues. This Little Space of Mine

Photo from Ana at ana.moraissoares. The neatness of these granny squares, oh my! I mentioned in last month’s post how I like when colours are balanced out with a neutral colour and I like the use of two neutral colours here – a cream and an almost sage/olive colour. There are also two bright shades of blue that are repeated throughout. Ana has made some beautiful crochet projects so worth checking out her Instagram feed.

Found on Instagram - colours that inspire - blues. This Little Space of Mine

Photo from Sandra at sandracherryhrt. Last but by means least, I’m a big fan of Sandra’s work and I like that this idea is different from the others; blues are there but it’s not the strongest shade. I like how there are a couple of shades of blue and how they’ve been combined with pinks and oranges – so there’s quite a long of warmth. Plus there’s a thick band of cream granny’s to help neutralise this project.

Which is your favourite? Any that specifically stand out? I think my favourite this month is Liz at littlecolleydesign‘s quilt. Gorgeous shades all round.

If you’re on Instagram be sure to pop over to my page and say hello! As always, I’m on the lookout for more combinations, so shout if you see anything on your travels.

Thanks for reading!

Leanne x

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Photo credit: littlecolleydesign, littlewoollie, ana.moraissoares and sandracherryhrt.

5 tools that will help keep your blog organised

Hello! It’s been a while, but I’m back today with another marketing themed blog post, this time looking a 5 tools that will help keep your blog organised – all tools I use on a regular basis. If you fancy catching a previous marketing post, here are a couple of links for you:

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5 tools that will help keep your blog organised

So here are 5 tools that I’m using to help keep my blog organised; everyone is different and has their own way of keeping organised, but these are all tried and tested and tools I use on a regular basis. Love to hear if you have any other tools you use and love.

1. Dropbox

I’d be a little lost without Dropbox. I use Dropbox to store all images and WordPress back ups of my website (which I do on the 1st of every month). I’ve got Dropbox connected to my laptop too, so everything is in two places pretty much. I have a folder for each post, so I can quickly flick back to an old post if I need to grab a particular image, style or wording. I pay for Dropbox on a monthly basis, but given that I use it for my personal photos too, I think it’s well worth the money. Definitely a great back up system that can be reached when you’re on the move; I use it sometimes to grab photos for Instagram, as one example.

2. Trello

I’ve talked about Trello a lot, I feel like I could be an ambassador of Trello (I would love that), but seriously I would be a little lost without having Trello there to help me plan my content, keep on track with deadlines and make sure I have everything covered in good time. It feels like Trello was made for bloggers and you can read a little bit more about how I use it to organise my blog (and life) here.

3. Keep

The idea for this post came to me while I was sat in traffic on my way to work. I quickly noted down the key points in Keep and off I went. Keep, or any form of notes app on a smartphone feels like an essential for a blogger. There are so many times, at the most unexpected of places, that ideas come to me, or I’m reminded of something I need to do. Keep lets me quickly note it down without a further thought, ready for me to come back to later. Plus, with Keep you can colour code notes, add them to folders, add labels and a whole lot more. Keep is also available on desktop.

4. Hootsuite

If you want to spread the word and attract new visitors to your blog, sometimes scheduling posts and social media updates is the best way – especially if you have a full time job or a busy schedule. Hootsuite is one of the best; I use it for scheduling tweets only – but it can be used for scheduling Facebook messages and as a prompt for your Instagram posts. The reason I post Facebook separately – on Facebook directly in fact – is because you’ll apparently keep their algorithms happy by scheduling directly on Facebook. Anyone else heard that too?

5. Pen and paper

As much as I love technology, for so many things, you can never beat old fashioned pen and paper. I use my Erin Condren planner to note down the things I need to do, and would like to do that week. Sometimes blogging can feel overwhelming but by breaking it down into small manageable chunks it keeps it enjoyable. There’s something hugely rewarding about having a hand written list that you tick off through a day, evening or lunch break (if you’re like me).

I could’ve included so many more – Facebook, Drive, Slack, WordPress calendar are just a few off the top of my head. This gives a good starting point though. What tools do you use to manage your blog that you wouldn’t be without? I’d love to hear; love finding new web apps especially.

I hope you found this post useful; I’ve also got lots more ideas over on my Marketing and Blogging Pinterest board, so do pop over for further reads. You can also email or tweet me if you need a helping hand with any blogging questions.

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Thanks for reading!

Leanne x

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A chat with Hannah Bass

Hello! Today I get to share one of my favourite posts – talking to small creative businesses about what inspires them and how they keep creative. I’m talking today to Hannah Bass, owner of a contemporary tapestry business that designs and sells colourful, urban, contemporary designs of city maps from around the world.

I came across Hannah’s designs when I visited her stand at the Knitting and Stitching show in March this year and fell in love with her San Fransisco kit. It was one of those things where I saw it, loved it, walked away and kept thinking about it all day before my Mum and sister encouraged me to go back and treat myself. I’ve just got going with it, my very first tapestry kit, and I’m looking forward to getting stuck into it this summer.

I’m thrilled to have Hannah here on my blog today; so sit back, put your feet up and let’s have a chat…

A chat with Hannah Bass about tapestry, design and running her own business. Interviewed on This Little Space of Mine

Hey Hannah, it’s so great to have you here. Let’s kick things off with a little introduction to who you are…

I’m a creative soul. I’ve always loved making things, from playhouses for my Sylvanian families, to bespoke furniture for my clients. Bright colours, the outdoors, sport & travel make me happy. I became an Interior Designer after university. Ten years later I wanted to focus more on the ‘handmade movement’, to bring back the skills of our grandparents. In such a fast paced, high tech world, like meditation & yoga, needlepoint is incredibly therapeutic. It forces you to slow down and relax.

For readers who haven’t heard of your products, could you tell us a little bit about them?

I design graphic, colourful, contemporary needlepoint kits of city maps.

I have a busy mind, so needlepoint has always appealed to me – it calms me. I stumbled across my products by chance. I couldn’t find a modern needlepoint I wanted to stitch which fitted with my interior décor, so I designed a map of my home town, London. Friends liked it, so it grew from there. I’m quite an impulsive person, so I quit my job pretty quickly & started designing a few more round the kitchen table.

A chat with Hannah Bass about tapestry, design and running her own business. Interviewed on This Little Space of Mine

In such a fast paced, high tech world, like meditation & yoga, needlepoint is incredibly therapeutic.

I bought your San Francisco kit in March and I’m curious to know how you choose a city and how it goes from an idea to a kit that’s ready to sell.

Initially, I chose the cities that had an obvious theme: San Francisco – the rainbow, Barcelona – the Gaudi colours etc. These days it’s down to the most requested cities. Everybody has a different emotional attachment to a different place. My next 2 designs will be Berlin and Edinburgh.

So what does a typical day look like to you?

I usually answer my emails in bed, then make up the overnight online orders for posting. The admin, marketing & general ‘to-do’ list are sorted in the morning so I can empty my brain & focus on designing, the bit I love. I work from home so I like to get out the house at lunchtime to separate the morning and afternoon. I head to the gym for a swim, steam & sauna. There’s a great café there that’s lovely to work from too. I design in the afternoon and the evenings are spent stitching the next prototype.

A chat with Hannah Bass about tapestry, design and running her own business. Interviewed on This Little Space of Mine

Only do it if you love it. I love what I do and it’s perfect for me. But I’ve made a number of sacrifices in the process.

What’s the one piece of advice you’d offer to anyone thinking of starting their own business?

Only do it if you love it. I love what I do and it’s perfect for me. But I’ve made a number of sacrifices in the process. It’s hardwork, so your heart has to be in it.

What’s the key to a happy life for you?

Balance, I think. I’m a Gemini, so I’m an odd contrast of things. I’m overly social at times, yet very shy at others. I need people, but also peace and quiet. I love London, but I need to escape to the countryside every so often. Love, good friends, good hobbies & walking the dogs.

And finally, who would you invite to your famous person dinner party (dead or alive) and why?

Winston Churchill. He’s the ultimate ‘one liner’. Charming, intelligent, brave and funny. A bit of a dying breed.

A chat with Hannah Bass about tapestry, design and running her own business. Interviewed on This Little Space of Mine

A big thank you to Hannah for her time, it’s been a pleasure to get to know her a little better! You can catch Hannah over on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or, of course, her website.

Hannah has also very kindly offered a 10% discount to readers of This Little Space of Mine with the code thislittlespaceofmine (valid until the end of July 2016). Pop on over to her website and treat yourself to a new craft project.

If you fancy catching a previous ‘A chat with…’ here are a few links for you –

Finally, I thought I’d put out a call to see if there are any small business owners you’d like to see featured in this series? Or perhaps you’re a small business owner and would like to be interviewed? A chat with is taking a break now until September, but I’m on the lookout for suggestions so drop me an email.

Thanks for reading… I hope today’s post has inspired you to take up tapestry!

Leanne x

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Snapshots 007

Hello! How are you? I’m heading off to a top secret location today for my best friend’s hen do – super exciting! Before I head off I thought I’d share my 7th snapshots post. The idea with snapshots is to share things going on in my life or things that I’m excited about at the moment.

As always I’ve been noting down things on my phone that have caught my interest and today I’m sharing with you four of them. If you fancy catching a previous Snapshot here are the links to 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

Snapshots 006 - This Little Space of Mine

  1. Ever wondered what you look like after one, two or three glasses of wine? I laughed a lot at this post and collection of photos.
  2. I know this was a couple of weeks ago, but already I’m so excited for Beauty and The Beast. It’s a long wait, but catch the trailer here if you haven’t already.
  3. Eeee the new Erin Condren planner is now on sale! Are you a planner girl? Have you ordered? I’ve used my Erin Condren for the last year and it’s really helped me keep organised. There’s also a new sticker shop coming to town soon. 😉
  4. Sometimes I come across Instagram accounts that regularly catch my eye as I’m scrolling past. Do you follow any accounts like this? One that always grabs my attention is Sarah Benning‘s. Sarah sells contemporary embroidery patterns over on her Etsy shop and to say they’re beautiful would be a complete and utter understatement. I’d love to make one myself one day.

Anything caught your eye recently?

Leanne x

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Coming soon… Fred & Bell!

Hello! I thought I’d drop by with some exciting news… I’m opening an Etsy shop selling planner stickers. The shop will be called Fred & Bell and I’m busy working away on getting everything ready for launch at the beginning of July.

The idea with Fred & Bell is very much to sell high quality, functional stickers that are bright and colourful and will keep you happy and organised. I’ve loved using my Erin Condren Life Planner over the last year and to be now making my own stickers for me, and hopefully future customers, is super exciting!

I’ve wanted to start my own ‘thing’ for a long while, it was one of my New Year’s resolutions in fact, and with a long-standing love of stationery I thought I’d jump onboard and go for it! Some things are planned out, some things are yet to be decided. I’m learning something new every day, facing obstacles, learning how to work past them, and constantly thinking how I can offer the best possible product.

If you’d like to keep up to date on progress I’ve set up an Instagram page for now, though more is coming soon. Pop over if you can and help spread the word.

Oh and if you’re coming to Blogtacular next week I’m hoping to have a few samplers to show off, so be sure to find me!

Fred and Bell - a new UK planner sticker shop coming soon!

Blog wise, I’d like to keep everything the same, though it may be that things slow a little. Posts may drop down to 2 a week, but the idea with that would only be to ensure I’m still publishing high quality content and not… dribble, let’s say, just to keep up with 3 posts a week. I’ll be taking a blog break over August, that’s already planned, but back in September with new and exciting content.

I’ll keep you posted on how Fred & Bell is progressing and hope you’ll follow me along for the journey!

Thanks for reading!

Leanne x

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