Big Art Day Out 4

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
– Picasso
Once a year Matt does an art workshop called BIG ART DAY OUT – makes space for us grown ups to – be artists – to create – to let go – to eat doughnuts – to draw and doodle – I look forward to it every year – I think we need to follow the children on this one – us grown ups need to make space to play – whether you feel like your creative or not – I believe we’re all made in the image of God – and as I look around I see his creativity all around me and in all of you
Some highlights from last saturday…
Making something with your hands is also really therapeutic. So head to the woods, find a stick and get painting. Or my favourite exercise – draw with your eyes closed! Some of my best work!
Thank you Maffew! So good to be childlike and get out of my comfort zone. Already looking forward to the next one!
“creativity takes courage” – I think that’s for us grown ups – I look at Issy and see her create so freely, without hesitation – without rules – she’s my role model! I challenge you – be a kid in your creativity today.

A space that reflects you

Happy New Year! Can i still say that?! it’s February tomorrow – but i told myself i would start blogging again in January – I’ve just made it! Hope the year has started well for you. I don’t start my year with resolutions as such, as i always break them! but i definitely have projects that i get excited about – and my first one of the year was to have a beautiful bedroom – I’ll be including simple DIYs, how to nail down your ideas, where to shop, and how to bring God’s revelation in, in simple beautiful ways.

We’ve been in our house a year now – decorated a couple of bedrooms when we first moved in – but when matt went away a couple of weekends ago i thought i’d suprise him by decorating our bedroom! Regretted the decision slightly when i realised how much work there was to do, but thanks to my friend Sarah for helping me paint and my mum and dad for being total legends, it was well worth it!

If you fancy a little interior update – here are some simple and cheap things you can do to personalise your space

1. Pick your vibe – i wanted a peaceful organised space where we could relax

2. Pick your pallette – this would normally be a base colour and a couple of accent colours – mine were off white, duck egg blue, blush, and  forest green. Mood boards are a great place to start – home magazines or even just Pinterest – after a while you’ll see a thread and your palette will come together. I saw a painted wardrobe on Pinterest in duck egg blue and I’ve based the whole bedroom around that!

            I salvaged Matt’s Nana’s wardrobe doors – and for a year they’ve just been propped up in the corner gathering dust
– we finally got a joiner to build them into a wardrobe! I love that they have a story and add nostalgia to the room.
I love re purposing things and giving old pieces a new lease of life. I used chalk paint (i got mine from b&q but there are plenty of places that supply it – you don’t need to prime or sand! amaze! just a quick clean and start painting! Take off hinges where you can to get a nice finish.

3. Rethink the space – be clever with storage – storage off the ground will make the space feel bigger – if budget will allow – built in furniture is a win. But sometimes just a declutter is whats needed – we got rid of 3 pieces of furniture! The crate was a gift and is a cute way to display some pretty things.

4. Treat yourself – buy a couple of new accessories to freshen up the space. If you’re on a budget – instead of buying a whole new set of bedding we just bought some new pillowcases in my accent blush colour to make it feel new. I’ll list some go to shops at the end.

5. Personalise – I’m a big believer in your home reflecting your personality and your stories. And it’s not too difficult. But for me, even further than just personalising it, using it as a platform for God’s word and the promises that God has spoken to me – so i’m reminded visually of what God has said – I don’t have to rummage through my journal, its all around me.A lemon fridge magnet from our honeymoon
“You are loved” – a gift from matt from LA
“Be still and know that I am God” illustration from Matt
Forest curtain panel to remind me of a verse that God always brings me back to – Jeremiah 17:8-
“They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

Matt wrote a poem for me on our wedding day – “He has placed you like a rose in my garden” – so i wrote it out and put it in a frame that i had lying around and found a nice pic of a rose from Desenio

What does God want to remind you of? Why not take those moments out of your journal and peg them on some string, or frame them in some cute frames – or find a fabric like my evergreen curtains – little reminders all around you of His promises. Have fun surrounding yourself with things that spark joy.

I’ve always loved interior, i have memories of watching changing rooms with my mum and a treat is a home magazine in a coffee shop, but whats really exciting is that one of my clients who i do design for wants me to be involved in the interior and furnishings of their new building – so i’m excited about what that process will look like – i’ll keep you posted.

Thanks for reading and happy home-making x

as promised here’s a list of shops that i love for homeware:

h&m home
jewellery peg / pillowcases /forest curtain panel

prints and frames

iconic lights
table light

maisons du monde

oliver bonas
jewellery stand / pink suitcase

and i always scour charity shops for frames or ornaments that i can spray paint or change in some way.



Hello. I’m back. It’s been a crazy 10 months – new baby, house move, leading church, and so much good… and also some hard. I’ve got so much to share, so much that God is doing, speaking, so much that he is teaching me at the moment, but this is just a brief little moment from the Lord that i wanted to share with you.

Tonsillitis! Oh my goodness! If you have had it, you know I’m not exaggerating! So painful. Tonsillitis invaded about 2 weeks ago. I literally couldn’t speak. Matt took the day off to look after the girls and i had to write him notes as what to do. And the irony… I went to the doctors, and they gave me antibiotics. 2 tablets 4 times a day – when you can’t swallow! The Joys! Anyhoo, driving to the doctors, i had a moment of revelation. What a gift it is to speak. Issy all morning was telling me “mummy i love you” – and i couldn’t say it back. I was silent. On the way to the doctors i heard God say, “What are you doing with your voice? Are you speaking the words that i’m asking you to speak?”

What a gift to speak. What a gift to have a voice. What are you doing with yours today. It’s so simple. Are you building one another up, and encouraging one another? Are you telling your loved ones how much they mean to you? I love it when God is straight to the point with me.

God is life, love, and I want Him to overflow from me. My prayer for us – let our words bring life.

p.s i’m excited to be illustrating again. So as i write i’ll hopefully be sharing these doodles with you too.



Glory Baby

Sat here feeling very much 37 weeks pregnant:

swollen feet – check

crazy unstable emotions – check (sorry matthew)

ever expanding belly – check

sleepless nights – check

crib built – check

a big long list of things i want to get done before baby arrives – check


And i’m grateful. So grateful for all the above. In all the uncomfortableness, making a baby is a beautiful gift. And i can’t wait to meet this little one. It’s taken me 37 weeks to actually stop and realise that I’m pregnant. With Issy running around and consuming all my time, this little one hasn’t really had a look in. But now i’ve finished work, I’m trying to rest, and have some me time, and focus my mind. To be still, and thank God for his faithfulness and his peace. To prepare my mind for the joy that is labour! Because, in this resting, I’m reminded of a little one that didn’t make it this far. My glory baby. Who was promoted to heaven a bit earlier than was expected.

Last April we had a miscarriage. I know too well that this is a familiar story for so many… I started bleeding at 10 weeks, so we had a scan. Heartbeat was fine, and everything looked healthy. But the bleeding continued, so we had another scan. There was no heartbeat this time. We had issy with us, and amazingly, my Dad was also in the hospital having a check up, so he came and took Issy while we tried to digest the news. Devastated, we went home, and I basically miscarried that afternoon. It was really painful physically and emotionally as we wanted to have faith for a good report. At what point do you stop praying for this life, and accept whats happening. We prayed, and released the baby to God whatever the outcome, but it was a hard tension with believing for a miracle. But i knew my body was miscarrying, I knew the baby was gone. All three of us on the bed, praying, worshiping, issy copying my “pain” face and jumping on me (a beautiful little distraction) – it was a really surreal afternoon but a beautiful one that i’ll never forget – knowing God’s peace and his loving arms around me, with my two faves, saying goodbye to one that’ll we’ll see another day. I miss them everyday, but i know they’re safe enjoying heaven’s lullaby.

About two months before this, God had put a scripture on my heart, and i really felt the need to memorise it. Romans 15:13 – I never do this. I wish i did it more. It consumed me. Filled me. Grew in me. I knew it was truth. It was God preparing me to have hope on the very day that would feel hopeless…

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It was weird, but i had “all joy and all peace” – for He is the God of hope. He is faithful. I did grieve. I cired a lot. My hormones were all over the place and it took time for my body to heal and for me to be in a place to try again, but in the midst of the storm, i was so thankful that God had prepared my heart with his words, to know that He is the God of hope and that despite my circumstances, i could still have His peace and joy, that only comes from knowing Him. (below: issy being my joy in the middle of the miscarriage)


He is with us in the pain, and He will turn your mourning in dancing. He is the God of Hope.

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This song came on my spotify the other night. I cried again. And i thanked God for His hope and this new little one. Glory Baby, by Watermark
If you’re still waiting, keep holding on to hope. He is faithful. And if he is speaking to you through his word, don’t let it pass and don’t rush on. Let it grow. Let it sink in. It’ll be for a reason. I’m so thankful i stayed on those words of hope with my glory baby.




getting organised

I was supposed to post this in September… just a month late. Oh to be organised!

I’m a definte mixture of being organised and being scatty – which drives my husband’s OCD crazy. I know some people are really gifted in this area, but i’ve come to realise that i have to work quite hard at it, but when i am organised, life is so much more simple, and to be honest, when things are simple, there’s more room for the fun!


So for me, i see September like the new year really. The obvious shift in season, and the end to the summer holidays and beginning of school. For me, January 1st – there’s no change really, it’s still cold, but there’s now no presents to look forward. So when i came accross this diary that starts from September, i got all excited, and organised. Just putting a few simple things in place has helped me plan my social, work, issy, husband, church, chores, birthday, and every other thing we need to remember calendars.

Another thing that i’m not so great at is simply being motivated. Again, some people wake up with adrenaline through their veins seizing the day – sometimes, i struggle to wake up! So for me, my faith is key in this. Waking up and knowing who i belong to (Jesus) and how he sees me (a daughter) and that i’m part of a beautiful adventure (his kingdom) – these simple truths motivate me, and a real simple way, on top of the obvious reading your word, and spending time with your maker, is to create an atmosphere at home/work that inspires you to think upon the one who is truly the only inspiration. Simply by decorating your home with bible verses and art that points to jesus. So in that unmotivated hour, (or morning!) a glimpse at some pretty truth, is simple and effective enough, that it might just steer me out of my cloud and up to the mountain of praise and purpose.


1. Busy B Diary – Amazing week view twice – so you can see home/work or appointments/birthdays – starting september – plus little pockets throughout to hold those receipts or appointment cards

2. Busy B Calendar – every family member can have a column, plus it has very handy pockets

3. Worship project prints

4. Magnetic Shopping List – such a time saver!

5. French Press Morning prints

6. Storage suitcase – filing, nick nacks, random toys – when i have a pretty box i dont mind tidying my things away

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