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.


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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:


5 tools that will help keep your blog organised - including Trello, Dropbox, Hootsuite and more! Post from This Little Space of Mine


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.


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  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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Making a cosy stripe blanket

One of the best things – if not the very best thing – about crafting is being able to make something for a loved one. I made Attic 24’s cosy stripe blanket for a friend of mine, who is expecting her first baby this month. I made it back in March so I’m pretty happy to finally be able to share it with you today!


Making a cosy stripe baby blanket - pattern from Attic 24 and made using Stylecraft Special DK. Post from This Little Space of Mine


If you’re a regular reader you may remember seeing this very colour scheme pop up in my baby colour scheme ideas post last month. It was the closest I could come to sharing what I’d made before the baby shower and I referenced the colours chosen as being a middle ground between neutral and gender specific. I knew my friend was expecting a little boy, but didn’t want too much blue, or anything too bold, and felt like she’d want something more ‘natural’ and warm, so after playing around with my yarn pegs I decided on Stylecraft Special DK’s Cream, Stone, Parchment, Duck Egg and Soft Peach. There’s an argument to say Soft Peach isn’t really boy-proof, but with the balance of the other shades I think it’s fine.

Before I go into anymore details, here’s a bit of essential information you need if you’d like to make a cosy stripe blanket.

You’ll need:

A couple of other bits of information for you:

  • The finished size of the blanket was: 78 x 91cm
  • I adapted the pattern with a pram/buggy in mind, so worked to 124 trebles and 40/41 granny’s
  • Lucy works with a 4mm hook, but as my tension can be a little tight I opted for a bigger hook – one that I’m more comfortable using

I’ve mentioned the shades I worked with, the ordering was Cream, Stone, Duck Egg, Cream, Parchment, Soft Peach. The Stone and Parchment shades felt close, so I opted to keep them apart. I think it was my Mum who said there was a classic Neapolitan ice cream feel about the colours together and I quite agree!


Making a cosy stripe baby blanket - pattern from Attic 24 and made using Stylecraft Special DK. Post from This Little Space of Mine


The cosy stripe blanket had been one I’d had my eye on for a long time and after A LOT of back and forth about what I should make for the baby, I decided to go for the cosy stripe – mainly because I liked the stitch combinations and felt like I would be able to make it. I don’t consider myself as a pro-crocheter just yet, so I wanted something I wouldn’t struggle too much with.

It was certainly a step away from the ripple blanket I’ve been working on and did present me some challenges; those challenges taught me more about crochet so weren’t negative ones in the slightest. The one area I struggled with – and ended up unpicking half of it because – was not adding/forgetting stitches, specifically on the rows of trebles. This caused the blanket to angle itself and grow very oddly, so I unpicked it and made a note of exactly how many stitches should be in each row. Yes, checking them after every row might seem tedious, but for me it meant no more mistakes and that I’d be able to keep its shape.

Once it was finished there was still a little wonkiness, but a quick wash sorted that out; that’s another good thing about Stylecraft Special DK – wash proof. Perfect for a baby!


Making a cosy stripe baby blanket - pattern from Attic 24 and made using Stylecraft Special DK. Post from This Little Space of Mine


How cute is this border? I love the shape of each of the blue sections, kind of like a semi-circle.

All in all this project has a thumbs up from me; the pattern was fun to work on, I loved the colours I chose (even after a couple of moments of doubt), it turned out well and the best thing? My friend loved it when I gave it to her at the baby shower. To make something for her baby felt incredibly special, and I hope to make lots more for him in the future!

So have you every made the cosy stripe blanket? Big thanks to Lucy for Attic 24 for sharing her patterns, they’re always a joy to work on. Love to see pics if you have made one!

Leanne x

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Life as a crafter: my current works in progress – June 2016

Hello! I’m back today sharing how I’m getting on with my crafting projects – my works in progress and the things I’d like to make this year. I don’t normally post on a Saturday, but hope you’re around to have a read.

If you’re a regular reader you’ll know to keep it flowing from month to month I have a) created a spreadsheet (because I love a good spreadsheet!) and b) I’m going to copy and paste from post to post and adjust the wording if I’ve made progress. If you see any bits repeat, it’ll tell you I did nothing on it all month!


Life as a crafter - my current works in progress - This Little Space of Mine


April was mainly about making crochet flowers for Make May Purple, but I also managed to finish a granny square scrap blanket I started making last summer. You might also notice that I’ve added a couple of projects to the ‘on my radar’ list, which I’ve promised myself I won’t start on until I’ve finished the ripple blanket. Promise, promise, promise! Anyway, let’s check out the list…

Completed
  • Crochet flowers for Make May Purple. I finished Make May Purple having raised over £650 which included making 100+ flowers. Completely and utterly beyond any expectation I have – a big thank you to everyone who supported me and Stroke Association.
  • Attic 24 ripple blanket. Finished this just in the nick of time! Once I got close to finishing I had that burst of energy to just get it done, so finished it just after the bank holiday weekend. More pics and a write up to come soon.
Underway
  • The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery ‘Let’s go on an adventure’ stitch-along. This month the top row will be finished – wowee, half way there! This month’s pattern is for Russia and I’m looking forward to working on it.
  • San Francisco tapestry cushion. I got myself started on this a couple of days ago, getting the frame ready and starting on the wording. It’s going to be a long term project but one I plan to enjoy over the warmer, summer months (when they decide to arrive!) You can see the kit I bought here.
  • Sew La Di Da dress. I started this around May 2014 and haven’t finished it. To make matters worse there’s not much more to do. I can feel my Mum frowning at me as I type this. Must get this Sew La Di Da make finished for spring.
On my radar
  • Simply Crochet’s bright granny square blanket. I’ve decided on the colours so I’ll be ordering the yarn soon. The plan is for it to match our living room theme and sit on the back of our sofa.
  • Socks! My Mum bought me everything I need to start, for my birthday, so there’s no excuse not to learn how to make them for myself.
  • Patchwork quilt. My friend has asked me to make one using her baby daughter’s baby grows, so this year my Mum and I are going to tackle it as a joint project together.
  • Tilly and the Button’s Françoise dress. I completely forgot about this; my friend bought me this shift dress pattern for Christmas. I love the style of the dress, so perfect for me.
  • Weekender blanket with Stylecraft’s newest colours. I’ve wanted to make Cherry Heart’s blanket for a while and the newest colours from Stylecraft would be a great colour combination for it – plus when it was limited edition I bought two packs and have now idea what to do with them! Not sure I like how they’re joined in her pattern, so may look for something a bit different.
  • Scrap blanket for charity. I still have a lot of scrap yarns that I need to do something with, so I’m going to continue making blankets like the one I did for Freds and give them to a cat charity. I might opt for a big granny square blanket next time.

If you fancy seeing my previous month’s WIPs and progress, here are a couple of links for you – January, February, March, April and May.

What’s on your list? Have you been working on anything exciting in the last month?

Leanne x

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A look back at May 2016

Hello! I hope you’re having a good week. I’m back today with a look back at May, all with a little help from photos from my Instagram feed.


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


Oh May, where do I even begin? It was the month of fundraising for the Stroke Association’s ‘Make May Purple’ campaign and I wrote a little about why I wanted to raise awareness here. Through the month I was crocheting flowers and in the end sold over 100 and raised just over £650 for the charity. To say I’m overwhelmed by the amount raised is an understatement; I had no idea I’d be able to raise that much, or that my crochet flowers would be in such demand. Everyone says I should be proud, and I guess I should be. It’s been good to have a focus and feel I’ve made a difference. Other crafts kind of took a back seat, but I did manage to finish the ripple blanket I started a year ago.

May was sadly the month we lost my Grandad. I knew it was coming, but it didn’t lessen the pain and the grief we’ve all felt. While I’m pleased he’s at peace and free of pain, I’m going to miss him a lot and I haven’t quite got my head around the fact I won’t see him again. Grief is a funny old thing and has been coming in waves at unexpected moments. I hope to be able to put it all in its place this month. My memories of him include his wonderful knitting and I wrote a little about this just after he died.

We also celebrated a year in our home! Wowee, the time has flown! But what wonderful memories we’re building in our lovely home; I wouldn’t change it for the world. We’re starting to get more into gardening (well, Stu is), we’re making progress on getting some curtains replaced and I’m hoping we can get some garden furniture soon, in time for summer (if it ever arrives!).

I also made some good progress on a new (and super exciting!) project, which I’ll be sharing more about with you next week. I’m finally listening to some of those day dreams I’ve had for the last year and working on something that’s making me really happy. Can’t wait to share with you!

So next month… could be quite big actually! It’s certainly busy. We had a baby shower for my friend Victoria on Monday and her baby is due this month (unless he’s late of course). Eeeek! I cannot wait to meet him. It’s also my friend Hollie’s hen do next weekend and the following weekend I’ll be at Blogtacular too. I love Blogtacular and I’m looking forward to being in a room with a lot of my blogging pals – messaging via email just isn’t the same. I wrote here about last year’s event if you fancy a read. It’s also Wimbledon and Glastonbury, two things that’ll have me glued to the telly.

Do you have anything exciting planned for this month?

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 – June 2016

Hello, I hope you had a good bank holiday weekend! Today marks the last day of May, so I thought I’d catch up on what I’ve been reading this month and what I plan to read next, all part of my 2016 goal to read at least one book a month, as part of Circle of Pine Tree’s the year in books.

I’m about the enter the sixth month of the challenge and I’ve noticed that my reading has slowed down in recent months. Probably because I’ve been reading ‘bigger’ books that take a little longer, but perhaps it’s also a seasonal change? Do you read more/less in the summer? It certainly makes sense that I’d read more in the cold months; though I’m looking forward to Greece in August – I always love reading lots when I’m on holiday and can fully relax.


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


Before I talk about The Happiness Project, my choice for June, here’s how I got on with May’s read.

The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell

Another read I thoroughly enjoyed. The Year of Living Danishly, had my laugh, learn and stop for a moment to think about what’s important. The insight into Danish life is detailed and well-researched and I felt like I really learned something; there were several moments where I’d say to Stu “Did you know Danes…” to which he’d usually respond with you “you and that book”. While I’m not about to jump ship to live in Denmark, it’s certainly made me more hungry to visit there and I loved Helen Russell’s approach and raw honesty about the changes she and her husband were making in their life. There’s a quote on the back page which referenced the story being poignant and I certainly agree; those last couple of chapters are thought provoking and very sweet. Highly recommend this book.

June’s book choice

Having loved The Year of Living Danishly, as well as listening to the Happier podcast with Gretchen Ruben and Elizabeth Craft this past month, I’ve decided to re-read The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin in June.

I first read The Happiness Project in 2012 when, looking back I’d suggest I was quite unhappy. Fast forward four years and, with the exception of recent events, I feel happy and content in my life and with the people in it. I thought it would therefore make for an interesting contrast – perhaps it’ll change my opinion on the book? All I know is that I thoroughly enjoyed it the first time round and took a lot from it – probably more than I realise – so definitely nothing to lose by re-reading. When I picked it up again the other day I noticed a lot of post it notes I stuck in it; clearly there were some bits and pieces I wanted to hold onto, so I’m curious to see what they were.

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!

Leanne x

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Colours to inspire: purple

In keeping with the purple theme this month, as part of Make May Purple, today’s colours to inspire post is taking on a purple theme. To catch up on other colours to inspire posts I’ve popped the links below for you.


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


Purple is one of those colours I’m not normally drawn to, but since making the purple Heidi Bear pony last year I’ve warmed to it. That and now the purple flowers for Make May Purple, it’s a colour I’m certainly getting used to using. It’s the same with any colour, team it up with the right shades and it’ll come to life. Unless it’s red perhaps, I’m not a fan of red!

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 - purples. This Little Space of Mine


Photo from Felicity at craftingwithfelicity. Firstly, I love that this is called lily pond, but more so I love the gradient from purples to greys to blues. Even if you’re not a purple fan, it’s complimented by the other shades and the variety of colours makes for a really pretty piece. Felicity is a big fan of the ripple blanket, so do check out her feed for other colour combination ideas.


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


Photo from Sarah at littleduckcrochet. Oh I think I’m a little in love with this colour combination; Sarah’s gone for a more muted, pastel looks that feels perfect for a baby blanket or similar. I love how Sarah’s balanced out the colours with cream in between rows and isn’t her crochet super neat?


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


Photo from Nat at little_v_and_me. Just how cute is this? I just love how Nat’s teamed up with purple shades with blue, similar to Felicity’s lily pond blanket. I could imagine these shades being used for decorating walls – perhaps a darker feature wall followed by a lighter shade, or cushions to tie it all in.


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


Photo from Rosina at zeensandroger. I couldn’t have a colours to inspire post without one of my favourite colour combinations – pink and yellow. Another ripple blanket, but very different to the lily pond and I like the pastel tones with the brighter yellow and stronger purple shade to tie it all together. Plus the light blue is a really nice touch.

Which is your favourite? Any that specifically stand out? I think my favourite this month goes to littleduckcrochet.

If you’re new to 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: craftingwithfelicity, littleduckcrochet, little_v_and_me and zeensandroger.

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