Coming soon + Latest work

Hello friends! 

You may remember a little while ago that I shared the mood board for the rebrand of my design business, LP Studio. Well, I'm super excited to announce that the new website will be live on monday! I can't wait to share it with you, in the meantime here is a sneak peek of some of my latest work...

I'd love to know what you think! 

Lessons in being thankful

We don't celebrate Thanksgiving here in the UK but reading all of the Thanksgiving related posts from my US friends, has made me think about all that I am thankful for. 

I'll be honest, the last few weeks have actually been a bit rough. There seems to have been so much that has gone and could go wrong. I have been guilty of stomping about in a cloud of constant worry and stress, focusing on all that is not 'right'. Then I read this post by Chelsea and it was like a slap in the face (in a good way, I promise!). 

Even when life isn't quite how we want it to be, there is SO much to be grateful for. I mean really, life could be (and certainly has been) so much worse. Talk about a big reality check. So even though I don't celebrate Thanksgiving, I still want to take time today to be thankful.  

I'm thankful for Mr Lovely :: It took me a long time to 'settle' into our relationship but he was patient and understanding all the way along. And now as we enter our 4th year together, I am so thankful for all that he is and all that our relationship has become. I'm thankful for looking to the future with him. 

I'm thankful for the 2 amazing kids in my life :: I'm thankful for how they have accepted me into their life, I'm thankful for the cuddles and I'm thankful for all they have taught me. 

I'm thankful for blogging :: More specifically, I'm thankful for each and every one of you reading this. Your comments, tweets, likes and the fact you show up here to read my ramblings overwhelms me. Thank you.

 I'm thankful for my work :: That I get to spend each day working from home, designing, writing and blogging for my job is more than I ever dreamed of.  I'm in a place where I feel like my hard work and many many months of struggling are finally paying off, and for that I am thankful. 

I'm thankful for my family :: Aside from Mr L and the kids, I am thankful for my parents and my sister. Both my parents are quite far away at the moment but I am grateful for emails and Facebook chats. I am so thankful for my sister - for her sense of humour, even in the rough times and for her support and encouragement. I'm also grateful that she will get excited about green smoothies with me! 

So, yes I have so much to be grateful for.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my US friends! 

5 Things :: Pinterest Edition

My Pinterest obsession has been rekindled after a brief lull. I have been gathering inspiration like a magpie collecting shiny things. These are five favourites of my recent pins - you can see more here.

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Ps - I guest posted over at the Wetherills Say I Do yesterday... head on over to read the biggest lessons I have learnt from blogging! 

My Favourite Independent Magazines

As much as I love to read a book, I also love to sit down with a good magazine. I do however, get frustrated with the regular 'glossies' and the fact I get halfway through the magazine before getting to the end of the adverts and actually reaching the content. Also, as I try to avoid all manner of celebrity 'news' there are few magazines I read regularly (the exceptions being Simple Things, Living Etc. and Country Living). 

A couple of months ago (yes it's taken me a while to get around to this post!), I decided to try out some independent magazines. The main reason was to do some research for an editorial project, but I fell in love with the magazines I found and thought I would share them with you. 

Another Escape

Another Escape is a gorgeously designed magazine that focuses on inspiring people and their stories. I got lost in its pages, reading about Inuit kayak building and Hanji paper making. The magazine itself is ad free and the photography is just beautiful. And it's created here in the UK, so yay for that!

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Trouvé

Trouvé is a magazine that celebrates creativity and those who live a creative lifestyle, so as you can imagine I love it! It's pages are full of stories of makers, creatives and those who are forging their own path. The design is just perfect and my issue arrived wrapped up so beautifully I almost didn't want to open it. Oh, and it came with a free art print that now graces the wall of my office. Why, thank you very much. 

Lagom

Another UK-based magazine, Lagom is described as a publication “about people who make a living from their passions, and pastime activities that offer inspiration.” and it certainly doesn't disappoint. I loved reading about creative places and spaces, craft and projects and the lifestyle section contains recipes and ways to relax. Again, the design is flawless and whilst the mag is 'sponsored', the ads are few and are in keeping with the general feel of the magazine. 

Over to you... do you read magazines? Let me know if you have any recommendations!