28 June 2017

TAKING STOCK | JUNE 2017





Here we are again at the end of yet another month! July is up next and I honestly can't wait to see what it brings (hopefully the launch of Leaf Lane Studio!). I'm afraid my life isn't overly interesting right now (well, it is to me obviously!) and it doesn't make for thrilling reading but I figured that these posts serve as great diary entries for me as well as some light amusement for you (hopefully) so I am going for it regardless :-)

m a k i n g :: such a huge mess all over the lounge. There are piles upon piles of paperwork and notebooks and post-its; I am a mess! Although I have made a start on sorting it out now.

c o o k i n g :: some newly discovered chicken sausages. Super low fat and low carb but high in protein; lovely!

d r i n k i n g :: mint green tea to try and help me feel less bloated; the hot weather really makes me feel all the bloat!

r e a d i n g :: so many 'how to's' for Mail Chimp, Wave Accounting and Squarespace! I haven't had the time to read anything else recently.

w a n t i n g :: to have a fitness coach again. This is now a reality and we will be starting work soon. I honestly cannot wait! (Separate YouTube video to come on why I have chosen to work with a coach again).







l o o k i n g :: flustered and tired (and bloated!).

p l a y i n g :: my husband Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince's 'Summertime' as he claims to have never heard it in his life. Wtf? Who hasn't heard that song?! If anyone is interested, Joe's previous address is: The Rock Under the Other Rock, Rock Lane, Rock Town, The Centre of the Earth.

d e c i d i n g :: to totally change the customer experience I thought I would put in place for Leaf Lane Studio for something that makes it so much more personal. Customer service is my joint number one priority, alongside providing high quality products of course, therefore this new change will make the whole customer experience even more lovely.

w i s h i n g :: I could go on a spiritual retreat. I have always really fancied one and will put it on the bucket list!

e n j o y i n g :: putting styling/mood boards together for product photography shoots for the business.

w a t c h i n g :: Land Girls on Netflix. I love that series so much. The style back then was so glamorous.

w a i t i n g :: for some of the pretty packaging I have ordered for my new business to arrive!

l i k i n g :: my surprise Haribo 'bouquet'...I mean, does it get any better?!

w o n d e r i n g :: If that scorching hot week we had last week was the summer.

l o v i n g :: my new 'boyfriend' jeans from Zara (thanks mum!).

h o p i n g :: to find some time to fit meditation back in again. I have let it slip recently just because I have either been so tired that I have been getting up later or just because I have got up and shoved myself straight in front of the computer to start work. It does me so much good so I must try and get up earlier again to do ten minutes at the very least.

m a r v e l l i n g :: over all the gorgeous home-ware on Anthropology <3

n e e d i n g :: new gym kit, new make up and a massage! (In any order really!).

s m e l l i n g :: all the pretty flowers in our garden. If you have seen any of my vlogs recently, you will know how fascinated I have been with all the things popping up in the flower bed, seemingly overnight. I have gone out into the garden every morning to look at how it is doing and have a good old sniff!

w e a r i n g :: winter jumpers still. Why?

f o l l o w i n g :: Janet Murray, after finding her podcast, Soulful PR, super useful for my business! She is so helpful and so easy to listen to.

n o t i c i n g :: Taylor Swift is back on Spotify! Woo-hoo.

k n o w i n g :: that I have broken all my rules by watching 'just one episode of Love Island to see what all the fuss is about', hating it and then watching it every day since. Send me all the help. Actually, don't bother.

t h i n k i n g :: about what Christmas products I want to make! :-)

That all pretty much sums up my life right now. I have my mum coming to stay next week and may have to put her in charge of vlogging whilst I am doing all the other things... mum, if you are reading this, get your YouTube cap on ready (and bring some sunshine with you because its horrible out there today!).

If you guys do a 'Taking Stock' over on your blog or know someone who does, let me know in the comments; they are such a great read!
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25 June 2017

WEEKLY GRATITUDE



We have somehow managed to reach the final Sunday of the month already! Are we all ready for July? I know we have five more days of June but, you know, it's good to be prepared.

This week has been as busy as all the rest but with the added bonus of some pretty amazing weather. It has been so lovely to be able to go outside and feel warmth on my skin, although poor Joe and his horrible hay-fever has had a slightly different experience to me I think. I have quite enjoyed being sat at my desk with all the windows open, smelling the fresh air and feeling all kinds of happiness from the vitamin D!

Joe had a visit from one of his friends this week, so they were off doing man-things whilst I worked out how to do various things on my website and added exciting content to it including terms and conditions and the like! It has all got to be done though and I have to say that Squarespace has been one of the more simple platforms I have experienced. I am certainly not one to build websites but, at this stage, I am doing it all by myself and am pretty happy with how it is looking.

Onto this weeks gratitude list! (This weeks vlog linked right at the bottom of this post if you are interested!)

:: I am super happy that I made it back to the gym this week without too much anxiety. It was fairly peaceful in there when I went in on Monday and Wednesday afternoon so I was able to get on and not worry too much. (If you want an update on my health and fitness journey, just read Wednesdays blog post which you can find right here!).

:: On Thursday I listened to Amanda Bucci's latest podcast which is an interview with Grace Beverley (Grace Fit UK on Instagram). Grace is only 20 years old but making quite the mark within the fitness industry, whilst also studying at Oxford. The reason I found this podcast episode of interest to me is that it made me realise just how many people go through struggles with dieting and food. Grace shares her story of how she finally reached a more sustainable health and fitness routine after years of restriction and strange fad diets. I guess I find it interesting listening to other peoples journey because it can be quite isolating when you get stuck in your own head all the time.

:: Cough cough -salted caramel Haagen Dazs- cough cough. No more to add.

:: This week I have been putting my very first Leaf Lane Studio freebie out in the public realm (gulp!). If you want to know more about it please scroll to the end of this post for all the details. What I want to say right here is how grateful I am for you guys being super supportive. You are so awesome and so sweet in the comments and good luck wishes you send me. You make me super happy every day.

:: For weeks and weeks we have had lots of buds and new pants showing signs of life in the garden. Seemingly overnight we were hit with a wave of HUGE stalks with big old buds and they are finally coming out. Some are as tall as me and it was only recently that I realised that they are one of my favourite flowers... agapanthus! I am SO excited! We have white ones and blue ones all about to open and I actually ran inside the cottage to tell Joe what I had discovered! It was so hard to know what they were going to be until their little shell popped open.

:: On Monday evening a friend from my previous work place popped in as she is currently on holiday with her family here. I have put a little clip in this weeks vlog of us on the beach walking Huxley her gorgeous dog! It was lovely to see her and have a catch up!

:: Joe and I have been on a Harry Potter mission the last few weeks and, seeing as he has been off work we have cracked on with our binge watching! Gotta love a HP marathon! Whilst Joe's friend, Glynn, was here I was also put through some 'boys films', such as Sharknado 4; it's kind of 'their thing' to watch terrible films and, whilst I would normally roll my eyes in despair, I must admit that I actually quite enjoyed watching a couple of bad movies! The tomboy in me resurfaced!

:: On Friday we ventured into Penzance so that I could pick up my amended proofs for the business and I am happy to say that my first range will officially be ready for me to photograph for the website soon! I am super nervous to do the pictures myself but looking forward to the creative challenge too. I am in the process of looking online for some simple, yet beautiful props to use. My aim is to have my second range over to the printers for proofs so that I can pick up the first lot and the proofs for the second range at the same time.

:: You may have seen this on my Instagram this week but Joe and I are trying to train our little bear to shake paws after we brush her. We always give her a treat so that is the incentive! She is doing so well and every time she actually does it my heart just melts <3




Leaf Lane Studio - the latest news is that I have a free offering for you guys who may be getting wed, close to getting wed or know someone who is! I have put together a free Wedding Planning Checklist for you, which you will get straight to your inbox. All you need to do is head over to the website and sign up! This will get you onto my newsletter and open the door to all the behind the scenes 'goings on', other freebies and sneak peeks into the new products coming out. If weddings aren't your thing then I would love you to sign up anyway as it isn't all wedding related content. Stay tuned over the next couple of months to see what is coming up (the best place to do that is join the newsletter family!). It's super easy :-)

Last but not least... this weeks vlog! I would LOVE it if you could subscribe to my channel (if you are not already of course!) - just click here to go to YouTube and hit the subscribe button!

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21 June 2017

A NEW CHAPTER IN MY HEALTH & FITNESS JOURNEY



I wrote a blog post back in April titled 'Building a Better Relationship with Your Body', in which I talked about body confidence and the relationship I have had with my body over the years (it has been a big old roller coaster!). Whilst I stand by every single word of that post, I also like to be transparent about all things connected to my mental health in the hope that others, in a similar situation to me, may not feel so alone. 

Before I go into this post I just want to say, as I always do when I fear something may trigger someone, that if anyone wants to chat with me about anything that comes up in this post please comment below or feel free to drop me an email on fromlucywithlove@outlook.com - but please remember to speak to the professionals if you feel you need more support. I suffered for years before finally getting proper support and now, I can honestly say, with the help of a minimum amount of medication, my mental health is a lot more stable.

As you will already know if you have been a long-term reader of my blog, I have had quite a long term 'thing' with my weight. I judge no-one who is curvy (I love curves) or anyone who is 'overweight' but, for me, I don't feel well (mentally and physically) if I am carrying more weight than I should and my body does not react positively to it. On the flip side of that I would never want to be too 'slight' either. I adore muscles and being strong is something I love. Physical happiness is very much an individual thing and we all feel differently about our bodies and the weight we feel is ideal for us (and that is awesome). The long and the short of that very waffled paragraph is that this post is only my thoughts on my own body so please don't think I am judging. Read my last body confidence post to see that I will never judge anyone.

Last year I worked with a coach on-line on a 12 week transformation programme and it was amazing. I got results, learned so much about the food I was putting in my mouth and lost fat, which was my goal. The style of the programme was meant to be intense and designed to get results, and it really did. Over all I have kept off the weight, only fluctuating here and there at 'that' time of the month!

Almost a year on from the end of the programme and I am now in a different situation, particularly mentally. I am confident that I have a good knowledge of nutrition but what I find troublesome is my mental relationship with food. I am struggling and it is making me unhappy and anxious. It is such a strange place to find myself because I can, and do, make very good choices with food. I know what my body needs and I give it what it needs 85% of the time. 

I am also finding the mirror is my enemy once again. Honestly guys, I am aware how stupid it all is but I am also not willing to let it take a hold on me. I have been disliking what I see in the mirror for as long as I can remember. There are things I have to learn to accept and there are some things I can improve on and it is time I focused on those things. It is so pointless looking at loose skin on my inner thighs and beating myself up about it because, unless I have it operated on, it is not going anywhere. This time of year it is magnified by the heat and I let it make me feel disgusting. I am doing my best to overcome that by journaling daily and getting my thoughts on paper, which helps me a great deal.

After several weeks of struggling to go to the gym for the worry of what people will think when they look at me I decided the time had come to snap out of it and so I have made the decision to do some more coaching. This time it is different though; although it is an on-line programme, the coach I will be working with is an awesome personal trainer who takes clients at the gym I go to. We had a chat and her approach is slow and steady and she is aware of my current food issues. I am starting with her soon and cannot wait. More on that when I get going but I wanted to let you guys know about the latest stage of 'Lucy's Self-Love Project'!

There are so many crazy, psychological facets involved in learning to accept the skin you are in isn't there? I just find it frustrating that I spend so much of my precious time on this planet worrying about going somewhere for the fear of what someone might think of how I look. If anyone has any magical remedies for this stupidity please get in touch! (ASAP!).

Anyway, what with Leaf Lane Studio almost there and a new coach situation (thanks to my ever so amazing husband) I am hoping that I can stop feeling so anxious and start enjoying where I am in my life right now.
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18 June 2017

WEEKLY GRATITUDE



I feel like I start each Sundays 'Weekly Gratitude' with the same sentence of 'What a week!' but, quite honestly, I feel like that fits to each and every week at the moment. If you guys have ever started your own business then you will know what I am saying here! No two days are the same and, what I have learnt is that all the plans in the world don't mean something comes out the way you intended it to! But, unlike times where that is the case, for me, most things have come out much more positive than I could've imagined. I am trying to develop the business owners 'thick skin' that I keep hearing about but it doesn't come naturally to me. I am opting for a more 'medium-sliced' skin (wow, that sounds very Hannibal Lecter doesn't it!). I am just trying to dive into the situations I am afraid of and deal with things as they happen. I have realised how many stories and scenarios I actually build up in my own head only to find that they are much easier/less stressful then I told myself they would be. Say I am not alone?!

The other thing I have learnt this week is that my lovely husband has never heard the song 'Summertime' by Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. I learnt this last night and have been in shock ever since. How can someone reach almost 37 years old and not know that summer anthem? Discuss! Love him to pieces for the innocence. I think his music education of rock and metal may have bypassed the cheesy pop era of Jazzy Jeff. Shame though... tuuuuunnnneee! :-)

After that long waffle about life, let's get onto the happy part and all the good things that have been this week!

:: After realising that we hadn't been to the beach for several days, Joe and I had a lovely evening walk on Wednesday, after work. It was such a warm evening and the first time I took a paddle in the water. It felt so good and so grounding to feel the waves lapping around my feet.

:: We have so many birds nesting around our house; in the bushes, the roof and nearby trees and yesterday morning, whilst we were having a little mooch out in the garden, Joe spotted some teeny, tiny baby sparrows that looked like they were taking their first flight out of the nest. I have never seen birds that small! They were so sweet and looked so excited to be flying about.

:: I feel like this week has seen some really big progress in my business-to-be. I picked up my proofs from the amazing (and very patient) printers, Headland Printers in Penzance, and was incredibly happy with how they are looking. It is strange, after all this time to be able to hold physical products in my hand and see stickers with my business name on it! I felt like a kid when I got them home and started showing Joe! See this weeks vlog at the bottom of this post for more!

:: A weekend in the sun has been much needed. This week I have felt better in myself (in comparison to last week), but I did get hit with a migraine on Friday night, which made me feel shocking on Saturday. Several naps/lay-ins and some time spent chilling out in the garden seemed to help so much though. This is the first weekend in a long time that has actually felt super-relaxed for me. Putting on sun cream and sitting in the warmth of the rays felt wonderfully healing. The only thing I have to complain about is the straight line of redness I have across my shins from rolling up my jeans for 20 minutes on Friday lunchtime. Rookie mistake = burnt legs.

:: Yesterday I dug out a book that I bought a few years back and just couldn't get in to, called 'From Atoms to Angels'. Isn't it funny how sometimes you know you will like a book and that it kind of 'calls' to you but, for whatever reason, that moment just isn't the time for you to read it. Now though, however, it seems like the right time and I am devouring it totally. If you are into your slightly spiritual books (it isn't totally 'fluffy') then give it a little read. I may write a post about some of the points soon as it really speaks to me. It certainly isn't the easiest read I have had but I am loving it now and felt glad I got it all those years ago!

:: It wouldn't be a gratitude list without something food related. Whilst doing the weekly shop in Sainsburys this week, I picked up some of their yoghurt coated, gluten-free rice cakes. They were so good. Unfortunately they seemed to disappear rather fast though. Must be some kind of magic.

I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend. Joe is off for two weeks now so I need to find some immense self-discipline and carry on with my working hours regardless. As Gemma so rightly pointed out to me this week '...the light is at the end of the tunnel' and it truly is. Leaf Lane Studio is almost a physical thing now and I cannot tell you how good (and slightly terrified!) I feel. I am a happy bunny right now to have the opportunity to try and work for myself and am looking forward to launching it in the next few weeks.

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14 June 2017

DREAM VERSES REALITY | STARTING A BUSINESS



Unless you are brand new to my blog (hello and welcome if you are!) it will not have escaped your attention that I am launching my business very, very soon. With that being literally all I can think about at any given moment, I thought I would write a post about the craziness that is starting a business. 

A disclaimer: I am loving every single (mad as hell) second and what follows is purely tongue in cheek (just in case you think I am serious and send help). Well, I am serious, of course, this is not too far from the truth but just remember that I am passionate about what I am doing and wouldn't change it for the world... I might consider it for a packet of chocolate digestives though!

Dream - I will be working from home and will be able to have a lovely lay in, lazily put on a full face of make up, choose a somewhat stylish outfit to wear and finish at a reasonable 'o'clock'. I will then be able to float in a bath that smells like heaven and read a book to help me escape into a fluffy world of fairies and unicorns.
Reality - I go to bed thinking about all the ideas I have, drive myself insane, finally get to sleep past midnight and wake up looking like something the cat dragged in. I get up, make tea, try and cover the dark circles under my eyes and pull my somewhat greasy hair up into a ponytail or scruffy bun. I work all morning, break quickly for lunch, fit in a training session, shower, make more tea and get straight back to it. 

Dream - Each day is an inspirational love-pod of joy. I am motivated; doing the things I have longed to do for so long and cannot believe that I am now actually doing them!
Reality - I sit at my desk with, what I consider to be, a great idea. The artwork commences and suddenly I realise... this is sh*t. What am I doing? Why did I think I could do this? How am I trying to do this? Actually... this might have something going for it, maybe it'll be okay. I quite like this now. This is the best thing I have ever made! {A couple of hours later} What was I thinking?

Dream - Just think of how amazing it will be working from home! I can eat all the healthy things. I can sip on green tea all day and drown myself in pure spring water and snack on bowls of health every afternoon.
Reality - Oh my God, is that the time? Crap-sticks... runs to the kitchen and open fridge. Finds one egg, a moldy pepper and a diet coke. Great. Note to self, must go shopping.

Dream - I will be at home with my husband and cat all day, how lovely.
Reality - I never see the hubby and, when I do find the cat, laying up on the bed, I feel the need to curl up next to her and nap. That would be a perfect afternoon. But, who on Earth has the time for naps these days?!!

Dream - At least I know exactly what branding I want for the business. That is one of the hard things all sorted out. Now all I have to think about is the packaging, which will be easy!
Reality - I redesign the logo a million times; switch all the branding colours (only to go back to the original ones from last year) then go online to order envelope samples, only to realise there are millions to choose from. I love envelopes but, my goodness, they come in all shapes, sizes, colours and designs. I am like a kid in a sweet shop which only means one thing: procrastination! #getawriggleon

Dream - I will have a dreamy work-space, like all the ones I have on Pinterest and I will be sure that everything has 'its place' so I can find anything I need easily.
Reality - Chaotic, paper piles and notebooks. Probably shouldn't mention the post-it notes!

Joking to one side though guys, this is all coming together so wonderfully now and I am super excited to share everything with you. I do feel slightly chaotic in my head but I really think I wouldn't be normal if I was finding this all simple and plain sailing. I think I have now mastered the joys of MailChimp and will be launching a little freebie soon (within the next three days!) so I will let you know when that is ready!

I would also love to have a newsletter for the blog now that I know what I am doing so I will add that onto 'Lucys-ever-expanding-list-of-things-to-do' and bring that to you really soon. I am keen to have a space to share exclusive content with you and I think a newsletter would be great.

Lastly, if you didn't see my latest weekly vlog, panic ye not! Check it out below! I would absolutely love it if you would subscribe to my YouTube Channel also. It means so much and I am trying so hard to grow the channel (not easy when you are my age let me tell you!).

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11 June 2017

WEEKLY GRATITUDE


^^ I love seeing the moon out during the day like this ^^

It's Sunday again and, you know that means a 'Weekly Gratitude' post from me! How has this week been for you? In all honesty, this week has been strange from start to finish for me. It started off amazingly, dipped in the middle and picked up again this weekend (see the vlog at the bottom of this post for more!).

This country has been through all levels of emotion over the last month or so and it really feels a bit up in the air still, which is why, for me anyway, remembering to take note of all the amazing things in life is even more important. Let's do it!

:: As I write this the sun has come out, for pretty much the first time this week. That is something I am so happy about. Yesterday I was having a mooch on Instagram and watched a load of peoples Insta-stories and I was jealous to see several people laying out in their gardens, enjoying soaking up the sun and preparing cold drinks to sip whilst they got a tan. Meanwhile, Joe and I, were in the house, wrapped up in big winter jumpers! Even the birds weren't really about yesterday and Gizmo slept all day long. She just never ventures out when the weather is horrible!

^^ 'Mummy, make the rain go away please!' ^^

:: We treated ourselves to a beautiful dinner on Friday night. Fish and chips. Yum. Need I say more? We drive  for 15-20 minutes to get ours from a fabulous restaurant in Carbis Bay who do the greatest fish and chips ever! So worth it guys.

:: If you watch my vlogs (today's vlog linked right at the bottom of this post) then you will know that I love my training. It really helps my sanity and is a great way to pick up my moods and to help keep me more productive during a general days work. This week has been a training disaster. Not sure why, but on Tuesday I walked out the gym mid-session and didn't go back all week. That all sounds very negative for a 'weekly gratitude' list but the point I am leading to is this; for the first time in a long time I let go of the huge guilt I have around missing training and let my body chill out a bit. I did do some cycling yesterday and will again today, but I let myself rest. Did I feel bad? A little, for sure, but I knew I must need it because it isn't like me to just not want to go. I love the gym, so I felt like I should listen to my body and my intuition and just go back fresh and ready to go on Monday.



:: I had a pretty productive week business wise; learning a fair amount about Mail Chimp (#mybrainismelting) and finally getting my anxious backside to the printers to put in my 'blue range' to get samples ready for potential customers (beautiful brides to be). I know I keep harping on about my vlog but I tell you guys so much in those little videos that I can't help but point you in the direction of them so that you can see a bit more of what has been going on this week.

:: On the topic of my 'blue range'; it now has a name and everything! About time right? I will tell you what it is in the next video! I am super excited to have finally come up with a name for it. It took a while because I am dedicating it to someone and I wanted it to fit the situation perfectly. Joe actually came up with it and it couldn't be more perfect. Watch this space.

:: If you follow me on Twitter then you may have seen me mention this last week but I was doing yet more mooching, this time on Spotify, and stumbled across Taylor Swift... she's on Spotify again! Okay, I know I am 36 and should probably be listening to Radio 2 or something grown up and nourishing for my soul, but sometime a girl just needs a bit of Taylor to sing to on a grey old June day you know?

:: New jeans!!! I am so happy to have finally replaced my old Zara jeans that I loved so much! The new pair are also Zara, but it took a bit of time to find a pair I liked as their sizing is beyond madness. I tried on a pair of size 14 jeans that were 3 inches smaller on the waist then a pair of Zara size 12 jeans I own. I give up on sizes! Anyway, the ones I got are a boyfriend style and I love them! Shopping for jeans gives me a headache though!

That is all for this week guys. Right now I need to get my backside into our garden and do some tidying up post-stormy week! I went out briefly mid-week to pick up palm tree leaves that were scattered everywhere, but today calls for a bit more work. Wish me luck! Also, I think we have yet another snail in our hall way that needs re-homing! The little ones seem to (somehow) squeeze their way under the front door or else they sprint in when I let the cat out!! Or maybe they are an advanced species and have already invented some kind of new travel technology that involves them dissolving into silver liquid, Terminator 2 style. Clever little buggers.

Keep scrolling down for this weeks vlog!



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7 June 2017

A LITTLE UPDATE



It's been just over a week since I posted which is because I was a bit poorly last week and hadn't got myself together enough to schedule anything (sorry guys) but I am feeling a bit more human again now and am bringing you a casual update post today! Also, I have had a few questions about vlogging and people asking me when my business is going to launch so I will answer those questions whilst I'm at it!

First of all I want to say a big old 'Happy Birthday' to my dad, who is in Spain right now (he is always away on his birthday!). I never really talk about my dad on here because he likes to keep himself to himself so I respect that. Have a good day Popple, love you xx

Let's get going onto some stuff that's going on right now!

:: Weird energy levels.
I am struggling right now and trying to understand the fact that there is absolutely no routine to how my mind and body feels anymore. It is frustrating the life out of me and means that I am out of bed like a spring lamb on one day and then dragging myself about like an extra from a zombie film the next. It is something I am not dealing with very well as, on the bad days, it makes me feel beyond useless and unproductive. My mind starts racing with all the things I have to get done and then I seem to lose myself in a pit of doom! In contrast, on the 'up' days I am ticking things off my 'to-do' list like a woman possessed and have endless amounts of energy. Send help... I also spent several hours last week in back to front gym leggings!

:: Vlogging
Thank you to all of you that have been in touch to say that you enjoyed Every Day in May (click here to go to my playlist on YouTube if you want to see the videos!). I really enjoyed doing it and will definitely be doing daily vlogs again. My focus at the moment is all on launching Leaf Lane Studio but I am continuing my weekly vlogs throughout this madness and will go back to doing more videos when the business is up and running! Thank you for all your understanding whilst I am working on this new venture, it means so much to have your support.

:: Husband Update
Despite my strange mood and the inability to put a pair of trousers on the right way round, I still have a husband! That is not the reason I mentioned Joe though! I wanted to say how proud I am of him and his band, Minus Cube, for everything they have been doing but, more specifically, last week they put up a music video for their song 'Into the Air', which is my favourite song of theirs. Joe spent a long time trying to find someone to collaborate with on a video before stumbling on an animation made by some super-talented students and getting permission to use it for the song. I absolutely love the finished video and I wanted to share it with you guys. The lyrics are linked in the information box underneath the video on YouTube, which you can access right here if you are interested!


:: Leaf Lane Studio
So much has been happening for the business and it is so exciting! I am officially a fully qualified grown up now as I have registered the business and opened a business bank account (even typing the words 'business bank account' makes my stomach do flips!). I am also going into see my printer this Friday, to arrange to get my first lot of samples printed. I am starting off with my 'blue range' (which now has a name by the way!) and once that is done I will be getting more ranges printed for customer samples, taking product photos and getting the site off the ground! The 'paper products' side of things won't be too far behind and will be available both on www.leaflanestudio.com and on an Etsy store that I will be opening shortly after the website has launched. I am working as hard as I can to get a small range of products out for you guys but obviously I will be constantly adding to the ranges and creating seasonal products too!

Today I am busy learning all about the various things that Mail Chimp has to offer as I will be giving away a little wedding-related freebie to my Leaf Lane Studio newsletter subscribers really soon. It won't all be wedding related talk so, if you are interested in keeping up to date on everything then stay tuned, keep an eye on the Leaf Lane Studio Instagram and sign up to the mailing list!

Have a great rest of week guys and I will speak to you all really soon.

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