Monday, 20 October 2014

monday mantras for patience and wisdom

hey there lovelies and a very happy monday to you wherever you may be. today i wanted to share with you some of my favourite mantras about patience and wisdom. 

with that patience and wisdom comes silence for me. i am really feeling the need for quiet and calm lately. i'm feeling a little battered and brusied lately (what with having the flu for over 3 weeks, plus some disappointing sign ups for my local workshops).

life has seemed hard and a little more of an uphill battle than i like it to be.

so what better remedy than some lovely photos with gorgeous uplifting quotations? here's hoping they will be uplifting for you too.

have a fantastic day lovelies!

Friday, 17 October 2014

freebie friday

hey there lovelies and a very happy friday to you, wherever you may be.

today is freebie friday once more, and this week i have a gorgoeus moon-loving desktop background to share with you.

simply click on the picture mock up above to view, download and save this lovely art to your computer.

i hope it brings a little moonlit magic to your own desktop.

have a fantastic friday and a wonderful weekend lovelies!

Thursday, 16 October 2014

logo designing adventures

hey there lovelies and a very happy thursday to you, wherever you may be. today i wanted to share with you some lovely logo designs i have been working on lately.

they are for a business called butterfly business and i have had a huge amount of fun creating them.

in the above picture you can see some of my initial sketch ideas for the butterflies.

my customer wanted butterflies and pastel colours. she was also interested in the idea that the two b's of the name could be put together themselves to create a butterfly in themselves. which is pretty cool!

my first response to any design work is to produce some pretty quick ideas that can be sent out with minimal delay and fuss.

this helps me to get a better idea for what the customer really wants. no matter how many questions you ask of a person it can still be really difficult to get into the mind of that person fully until you have actually presented something to them.

if you've ever watched property programmes on tv such as location, location, location you will see that kirsty and phil do much the same thing. they show houses that test the customers priority list and force them to reveal what their bottom line really is.

my initial sketches here work in a similar way. i get a very quick initial idea of exactly what the customer does/doesn't like so that i can get the design on track much more quickly.

i coloured my butterflies according to the design brief, then set about scanning them and creating some logo ideas. i came up with a logo idea for each of the four butterflies here and experimented with placement, colour and design.

here's the design i came up with for the pink butterfly. i played around with the double b butterflies idea here, and took that a step further by mirror writing the business tagline.

here's the purple butterfly mock up. different font, layout and feel altogether. this was actually the customers favourite, so this is the idea i will be working on and developing.

another part of the order was to include a banner idea, which i have done above. i've gone for a multi-coloured mixture of all of my butterflies which the customer loved.

there's still a lot of work to do but the design process is one that fascinates me genuinely. trying to get inside the mind of the person commissioning the work is always tricky but it is a challenge i relish.

sometimes these initial quick ideas become the final finished product (which is definitely a bonus!) but more often, they are just a starting point. it's good to send something out quickly when you're not too attached to it so that you can check that your vision and your customers visions are on the same track after all.

if you would be interested in ordering some design work yourself, feel free to check out my logo package on etsy.

have a fantastic day lovelies!

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

my october intentions

hey there lovelies and a very happy wednesday to you, wherever you may be. today i wanted to share with you my intentions for october and a little of how i go about setting those intentions.

i use some ancient wisdom to help me amplify, boost and magnify my ideas each month, and indeed each day. this gives me more of a sense of power and importance surrounding those intentions. it also forces me to slow down and really spend some time with those intentions. to expend some energy in the setting of them (and ultimately the getting of them).

i use the planning sheets from my living more intentionally ecouse (which you can see in the picture above) to set up my monthly altat, reflect on my goals and set my intentions. here's a little more about my process.

my first job is always to dismantle the previous months altar. i collect together the herbs i have added to the altar daily into a jar. my intention with these is to (at the end of the year) release these herbs into the earth, water and air in order to set free my intentions into the universe more powerfully.

i also set aside the elements of my new altar that i want to include. i have some stalwarts that always appear  my smiley buddha, my black obsidian, quartz and amethyst crystals, a conker and a coated coin from a prosperity ritual.

i also keep lakshmi and rhiannon on my altar too. lakshmi i give my worries to, and rhiannon i share my goals with. both support my ideas in different ways.

october is a red month, so a red candle plus a red stone are added to my altar.

i also picked out a selection of red mini tumbled stones to give as offerings to my altar each day.

i then moved onto herb gathering. i have a list of different herbs (and therefore different things to focus on) each month. as you can see from my above scribbles, i often substitute herbs so as to use what is on hand for me.

i put my selection of herbs into a little pot. i will add little pinches to my altar each day as well as using some for my candle ritual for the month.

i added some acorns here too. perfect for an autumn altar.

i use a tea light candle for my candle ritual and you can see in this photo i have lit some sage incense to clear the space.

now it's time to sit down with my planning sheets and map out my goals and my plan for october.

i also wrote my scroll of inention (which will be left on my altar for the month).

here's my completed altar, surrounded by cleansing sage.

here are my daily offerings which i will give to my altar each day. in this way i keep on gently nudging my subconscious to remember my intentions and my goals for the month.

my planning sheets are added above my desk space to keep them close to my mind too.

here you can see my vision wall in all it's glory - i love that i get to work beneath that huge source of inspiration.

do you set out monthly intentions? what are your rituals/plans/routines around goal setting? i'd love to know.

have a great day lovelies!

ps. if you'd like to invite some of these practices into your life my ecourse could be just what you are looking for.