31 October 2019

FREEBIE ALERT!



Happy Halloween! Today I have a cool little freebie for you guys!

I have created some cute, seasonal artwork for you to jazz up your devices, including this ^^ 'Stay Cosy' illustration and a November calendar too! Both illustrations come in landscape and portrait orientations so you can choose what you use them for!

All you need to do to grab yours is CLICK HERE and sign up to my Leaf Lane Studio Love Notes and you will get an email come right on back with your free downloads on! Woo-hoo! (Check your junk mail if you are not seeing your downloads).

Please do share a screenshot on Instagram and tag in @leaflanestudio and/or @fromlucywithloveblog too and I will share your image on my feed so we can spread the love of the freebies!

Enjoy your seasonal goodies and I will see you soon for another post!

PS: Keep your eyes peeled as I will be releasing my new 'Floral Brights' mini-collection really, really soon!

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27 October 2019

WEEKLY GRATITUDE


^^ A slightly blurry, but equally pretty, double rainbow I captured this week! ^^

Welcome back to my weekly gratitude post! It's been a couple of weeks since I have popped one of these up for you guys; what with one thing and another happening, including being super poorly this week, it has been a bit hard to focus my brain box into writing anything at all, but I'll give it a go!

My new Studio Vlog (number 12!) has just gone live on my YouTube channel, and I have linked it below for you, I hope you enjoy it, please do subscribe if you haven't already, I am really (really) trying to to grow my channel (it is soooo hard!), so if you like what I am all about then please do come on over and hit the 'subscribe' button, I would really appreciate it. I also have a little update in the vlog, nothing super thrilling, but I just like to keep you guys in the loop! You can also see me working on my new Floral Brights collection too.


 ^^ Make sure you are following my Leaf Lane Studio Insta to see when my new collection comes out! ^^

Let's dive into todays list shall we?

:: This week I finally sat down and edited our Devon break pictures and put the footage together into a little video, have you seen it yet? Check out this blog post if you want to see what we got up to whilst we were away. The few days were super chilled, even though we did a lot, and went to a fair few places, we really had no set agenda and just went with what we felt like that morning. It was a well overdue break as we hadn't been anywhere since moving to Cornwall. Looking back on the footage and the pictures made me super grateful to have just said 'yes' to going and had the change of scene, even though it came at a really awkward time. I love Devon so much and definitely need to see more of it.

:: I don't know if you guys will know what I am talking about, but this week, fueled by my strange virus thing that showed up, I looked at my skin and just thought 'Sh*t, you are looking so dull'. I immediately jumped onto my 'church' (Boots) and had a scroll through their things (big mistake as always!). On Friday I received a little order of Vitamin C serum, a repeat purchase of my all time favourite oil cleanser and a couple of other things (next weeks Studio Vlog has a mini-haul for anyone who hasn't dozed off yet!). I have been making the effort to massage my oils and products into my skin and I think it already looks brighter for it (anyone who witnessed last nights Instagram story may have seen that I had a shiny old moon-face!).



:: I am loving all the autumn-ness (that's a word right?) right now. Stepping outside and smelling wood smoke, from log burners and open fires fills me with nostalgia and watching all the changes in nature taking place reminds me that we are very much on our way to fireworks and Christmas trees (although I am still in denial about the 'C' word due to what I tell you guys in the vlog this week... too many other things happening to worry or even think about Christmas!). I do adore Autumn though and hope that I can get out and snap a few more pictures of it before all the leaves drop.

:: Because the universe forced me to do absolutely nothing from late Tuesday onwards this week I actually found time to read (gasp!). I have had the Jen Sincero book 'You are a badass: How to stop doubting your greatness and start living an awesome life' for ages, but have never had a clear stretch of time to read it, but this week seemed like a great opportunity, so I got stuck in and, I have to say, I love this book! I am loving the no-nonsense approach to her writing, which is forcing me to rethink some of my ways and laugh out loud to the bits where I recognise myself fully (body shaming and imposter syndrome for example!). I am trying to make the effort to get into bed a little bit earlier now so I can continue to read this awesome book; the chapters are short, which means I am just about capable of staying awake for them!

:: Has anyone noticed how epic the sunsets have been recently? There is a timelapse of a particularly amazing one right at the end of the vlog (below) but they have just seemed so much more dramatic recently and the clouds have been getting seconds of gold, dusted underneath them, right before the sun finally slips below the horizon. Stunning.

:: Before this weeks lurgy took hold I managed to squeeze in a couple of dedicated 'painting days'; I have a commission that I really want to get finished before all hell breaks loose again (see vlog for details!). Actually guys, if you want to order any Christmas gifts, such as a cute 'initial' piece (pictured below) then pop over to my website and order yours asap! Click here to have a mooch on Leaf Lane Studio. The initials make cool additions to offices, gallery walls at home or kids bedrooms and, as you will read on my website, you can have any colour you want, but as standard they come in a deep blue/grey, but just email me if you want another colour and I will invoice you for the piece! I usually have a few of these to do for Christmas gifts so make sure you beat the rush as I will make them to order and it is first come, first served! Go, go, go!




I think I will leave it there for this week, but be sure to check back on Wednesday for another post, plus I have a freebie coming this week, which is guaranteed to jazz up your computer/device! Stay tuned! Have a great week guys!

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25 October 2019

DEVON TRIP | PHOTO DIARY



Welcome to my little Devon trip photo-diary! There are many photos here, plus a vlog right at the very bottom if you want to see more of this beautiful place!

We stayed at a little place called 'Start Bay Lookout', right on the cliff edge, by the village of Hallsands, which was sadly taken by the sea in the early 1900's. Hallsands was said to have been founded in the 1600's, but it wasn't until the late 1800's that it had built up into a thriving fishing village, with over 35 houses, a pub and a family-run fishing industry. The lookout point, right by the apartment that we stayed in, has a full timeline of events, telling the story of the village through to its destruction in the 1900's. When you stand on the lookout point, you get to witness the full scale of what occurred and are swiftly reminded at the power of the ocean. Head to my vlog below to see the view from the lookout.

I hope you enjoy these pictures, let me know in the comments if you have visited any of these places!


^^ Start Bay Lookout is a cute, seaside- themed apartment, full of sweet little trinkets ^^

^^ The coast path just outside the apartment, led down to this shingle beach ^^
^^ Seeing the rolling hills right by the sea was breathtaking ^^


^^ Our first full day was spent exploring Dartmouth ^^
^^ Dartmouth Castle ^^
^^ The pretty church at Dartmouth Castle ^^
^^ The castle-top views were pretty special ^^
^^ Walking the coast-path from the apartment to the lighthouse ^^
^^ Start Point Lighthouse ^^
^^ Overbecks, National Trust ^^
^^ This place has to be one of my most favourite National Trust house/gardens by far ^^




^^ How beautiful are the gardens here? ^^








^^ Rain coming in, but adding such beautiful contrast to the colours here ^^



^^ Hope Cove ^^






^^ Greenway, Agatha Christies holiday home - National Trust ^^


^^ The woodlands here were incredible ^^
^^ The hubby, wrapped up for an Antartic adventure as always! ^^


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3 October 2019

HUMAN KINDNESS



Human kindness goes a long way, we all know this, but I honestly think it is something we are truly lacking in as we move more and more into an age where life exists at the end of a device (I am just as guilty of that by the way, so no preaching here!). Last week I was reminded in a rather abrupt way, how important it can be to have a little chat with a stranger and share your day, even in a small way.

Last Friday, I had a really bad day. If you watch my IG stories regularly, you will know about this, as I had quite a lot to talk about on Friday night! I won’t go into it, it is only business related things that were super frustrating and, in the scheme of the way our planet is right now, it really isn’t a big deal at all. What I wanted to talk about was something that happened that made the day so much brighter for me.

My stress levels were through the roof, and had been for over 24 hours whilst I was sorting something that was proving to be an issue with a particular piece of work, and having been out and about problem solving on my day off, I was tired, emotional and frustrated. I was desperate to get home, make a coffee and, in all honesty, crawl into bed and sob, when I had a ‘pull’ from the universe to stop at Costa and go inside for a coffee. This may not seem like anything strange, only I never go in; if I want something I use the drive thru, being the stressed out introvert I am sometimes! But that afternoon was different,  I ‘had’ to go in, so I did.

I walk in, grab a tasty wrap and head to the counter to be met by a lovely smiley face, thank God, because I wasn’t in the mood for grumpy (I was already flying that particular flag very well!). The girl behind the counter and I chat a bit about the day and, when she asks how my day is going I tell her ‘not so great, I’m bloody stressed right now!’. So we talk a bit more and she says this to me ‘... you know what, what you need is a bit of human to human kindness, your coffee is on me’. 

Needless to say I almost burst into tears, I did well up but held myself together until I got back to the car because a) I didn’t want her thinking I was a total loser and b) there was a couple right behind me that looked unable to cope with a blubbering, hormonal, stressed out woman!

The effect that amazingly kind gesture had on me lasted for days; she totally didn’t even have to talk to me, but she was happily chatting, we laughed and even spoke about Boris Johnson’s hair for some reason, and it was just a lovely little day-brightening moment. That little bit of kindness, by which I mean the conversation, topped off with her giving me a coffee, made me feel reconnected to other humans again, at a time where other humans had really let me down.

Think about it, how many times do you do what I do and choose the drive thru to get a coffee, rather than add just a couple of minutes to go inside. Who knows how many missed opportunities there have been. It could be something similar to what happened for me today or, but don’t forget this part, you could be the one who changes someone’s day, and that is so powerful isn’t it?

That girl, whoever she is, is probably at home, having a cuppa, thinking about what she is doing tomorrow, unaware that she made me rethink the kindness of the human race. If only she knew! I feel like starting a hashtag, which I will steal from Peta, who suggested this one #findcostagirl, but realised that would be a very sad and quite ridiculous thing to do, considering I could just go back in and say ‘hi, it’s me, the crazy stress head you gave a coffee to... I just want to say thanks for being an amazing human being’.

Anyway kids, the moral of this story is to never under estimate the power of a small, random act of kindness. Always consider others because someone may be having a shocking day, but you may be the one to change that for them. We can all do a little bit more and we should be doing more. We all need to be a little bit more like ‘Costa Girl’ or, just because I can’t talk about random acts of kindness without mentioning her, a bit more like Emily Coxhead, creator of The Happy Newspaper, who is in the habit of leaving happy, motivational and inspirational notes behind on tables, or tucked in books in bookshops (usually her own book these days!). If you want a happy human to follow online, the follow Emily on Insta, she is the most magical lady going!
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