Hello stranger

Hello! apologies for the total and utter lack of blog posts. I have been rather busy...moving into my new house! Yep, we bought a house. I've been dreaming about owning my own space for quite sometime now, it feels so good to finally be here. We moved in about a month ago. We've done a tiny bit of work (like fitting a bath for Lizzie and a walk in wardrobe for t̶h̶e̶ ̶g̶r̶o̶w̶n̶-̶u̶p̶s̶ Lizzie to play hide and seek in) but other than that it's pretty perfect. Matt has an office downstairs, Lizzie has a perfectly proportioned sunny bedroom and I have an office/studio over-looking the garden. Hooray!

In other news the Mama necklace received some really nice reviews. The first was from one of my favourite mama bloggers Fritha. I started reading her blog, Tigerlilly Quinn, when I was pregnant with Lizzie and have been a faithful follower ever since, so I was thrilled when she recommended the mama necklace as a mothers day gift. The second was from fountain of parenting knowledge My Baba. They recommended the mama necklace for eco mamas. Thanks so much!
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Introducing the mama necklace

Anyone who knows me, or who reads this blog, will know how much motherhood has changed my life. So I thought I'd make something that celebrated that, and here it is - the mama necklace. A delicately engraved, hand lettered, mahogany necklace. A tribute to the most important ladies out there - the mamas. Where with pride :-)

To celebrate the mama necklace and mothers day I'm offering free shipping in my etsy shop until March 31st! Use the code MAMA31 at the checkout to claim. 

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Inspiration wall

Today, in a retro throw back kinda mood, I decided to make a little inspiration wall in my office. It was so much fun! I loved the process of arranging all the pretty bits and memorabilia that I've been collecting, and it beat spending a couple of hours on pinterest (only just though, I do love to pin). It's a mixture of the things that inspire me right now (spring palettes, prints and pattern and a whole lot of florals) and the things I find inspirational on a more general level (family, childhood, motherhood and WOmankind). Plus a valentine from Lizzie who is quite the budding artist!

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Happy new year!

Wow, what a Christmas! Last summer I joined Notonthehighstreet (after deliberating about the hefty sign up fee for a year or so), it was hands-down the best business decision I've made so far. Things were a little slow at first but come October business started to pick up and by November I had more orders than I knew what to do with. Literally. I sold out, re-stocked, shuffled Elizabeth around, glued, sanded and filed until my fingers bled, packed orders, and cued in the post office daily for a total of 10,000 hrs (it felt like), until it was finally over. I also did 3 successful Christmas markets (and one unsuccessful one which will hence forth never be mentioned again). I was too busy (STRESSED) to take many photos but here's an IG of my stand:
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It was the most successful Christmas I've ever had and has given me oodles of confidence in my business, my products and myself. And the best thing? Lovely people posting lovely pics of themselves styling out their Jules and Clem. Here are two of my favourites - Jenny (@jennywdean) and Laura (@_g3)
So, it feels good to be starting 2014 in this positive place. I have lots of new ideas to work through and am excited to steer my business in a fresh direction. I haven't designed anything new since I was pregnant with Lizzie - the last year has been almost entirely dedicated to the business side of things, enjoyable in its own way, but I am so very ready to do something new. I'll share as much as possible on my blog and IG account. Stay tuned. 


Stockholm

We got back from Stockholm the weekend before last but, as Lizzie doesn't have a nursery place yet and Christmas orders are revving up, I haven't had time to post about it until now. Stockholm is a thoroughly beautiful city and autumn was the perfect time to visit - not too cold and bursting with colour. Fleetwood Mac were amazing, legendary, wow. It was an emotional gig and I'm so glad I got to see them, that's one ticked off my bucket list*. The rest of the holiday was spent eating extremely rich and expensive food, cycling round parks, drinking beer and visiting the odd museum. We stayed at hotel skeppsholmen on Skeppsholmen (nicknamed the museum island as it houses the museum of modern art and the architecture museum). I could not recommend it more; the island itself is tiny and very picturesque, the hotel chic, well designed and quintessentially Swedish. Here are some photos:

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Mid-afternoon pick me up
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The Nordic Museum
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An exhibition devoted to stripes
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Our preferred mode of transport
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Tourists
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Söder viewed from the ferry
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Pretty tree on Djurgården
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Outfit details
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The fort at the end of Skeppsholmen looking particularly autumnal
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Looking up on Gamla Stan 
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Museum nerd selfie
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The streets of Gamla Stan
My best Stevie shot
Lindsey Buckingham: legend.

*I don't actually have a bucket list
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