Share the love Sunday!

Happy weekend friends! I hope that whatever you have been up to, it's been a good one.  

I have decided to start a new weekly series here on the blog - as I was flicking through my feed reader I was thinking about how many great blogs there are out there. So I thought it might be fun to share some of my favourites! That way you might find some new brilliant reads and I get to show some love to the bloggers who keep me entertained. Each Sunday I will be sharing 3 blogs and 3 awesome reads from the week.

So without further ado....

1. Sunny Sweet Pea 

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Jenny's blog is one of my regular reads - I love to keep up with her life in Norfolk and her weekend vlogs are so fun! Visit Sunny Sweet Pea

2. A Rosie Outlook

A more recent favourite, pretty much everything about Rosie's blog makes me happy and her outfit posts are adorable. Visit A Rosie Outlook

3. Oak and Oats

I have been a reader of Oak and Oats for a while now. I absolutely love Elizabeth's Week's End linkups - this girl takes the most gorgeous Instagram pics. Visit Oak and Oats 

FAVOURITE READS THIS WEEK

1. How to make a feather garland -  Tales form a Happy House

2. Ultimate Dinner Party - Bumpkin Betty

3. The #lifecaptured Project - Life Captured Inc (absolutely can't wait to join in with this!)

Please do show some love and pop over to say hi to the lovely bloggers featured above! If you have any great recommendations, leave a comment below.  

Design Files : Favourite Fonts

Isabella :: West Coast :: Bulgary :: Amelian :: Naive Inline :: Phalanx 

Friends, I have a confession to make. I'm Gemma, and I am a font addict. 

It's true - I can spend hours font shopping on my favourite sites and typography is often a key part of my design work.  So I thought it might be fun to share some fonts I have been crushing on lately... they are perfect for creating invitations or sprucing up a blog. 

What do you think, which one is your favourite? 

Self care in Winter

I love autumn and I love winter, but whilst the crisp morning walks, cosy jumpers and hot chocolates are great - it can be easy to get worn out with the pressure of all the christmas prep. My stress levels are certainly much higher than normal, as I try to finish off work projects, craft decorations and make plans for the holiday.  So I have been thinking a lot about ways to implement a little self-care and help avoid the winter blues.... 

1. Keep things simple

Christmas is my favourite time of year, but it can be super easy to get caught up in the whole thing. The pressure of creating the 'perfect' christmas - the presents, the food, the decor. It can all get a bit much and sometimes I don't know when to stop.  This year I have toned down my plans, remembering that the important thing is that we are together and I'm giving myself space to actually savour the season.  I have simplified ideas for decorating our home, I have opted for a simple but delicious menu for Christmas lunch and there will be emphasis on making sure everyone has a great experience of christmas, not a giant pile of gifts. 

2. Take time out

Finishing up work tasks before Christmas is super stressful - Once I have my biggest project out of the way, I plan to take an afternoon off work to do nothing. I might curl up and watch a film, go out for a coffee, or go for a long walk in the local countryside. It will be a step away from all the planning and creating and shopping. 

3. Get outdoors

Shorter days mean less daylight and that can lead to a big case of the winter blues. Getting outside, even for 10 minutes can make a huge difference. I'm lucky that I have a dog, as it means I have t go out no matter what the weather is like. If you don't work from home you could take a stroll on your lunch break or walk to the office.

4. Drop the guilt

Want that peppermint hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows on top? Have it! Christmas is the time for a little indulgence - mince pies, christmas cookies, mulled wine.... the temptation is everywhere. I have decided that I am going to allow myself a few treats, without going crazy and I am not going to allow myself to feel guilty about a single one of them! 

How about you? Do you have any tips for keeping sane and healthy throughout winter? 

Announcement :: LP Shop Opening!

I'm super excited to let you know that you can now shop products with designs by LP Studio.  I've partnered with Art Rookie to open a shop and bring you products such as mugs, plates, phone cases, art prints and more! 

There are a few designs available now (including 2 christmas prints), and more to come over the following weeks. The products would make great gifts and there are lots of different options to choose from!