Blog Hop!

I'm VERY excited to have been nominated by Tigerlilly Quinn to answer some question for her Blog Hop! Whoop! I really enjoy reading Fritha's blog so I was tickled pink when she asked me. Its great to be involved with the blog hop as its another chance to get to know more bloggers and discover new blog addictions (hehe)! So here we go!  

1. What have been the doings/makings/scribblings at your desk this week?

I've been making a new batch of Donut jewellery and baking! 

This week is the start of The Great Blogger Bake Off challenge so I've been slightly neglecting my real work for baking! I decided to ask other baking bloggers to share recipes each week due to my slight obsession with The Great British Bake Off. What I've learnt is that I can't follow a recipe, I need to buy a sieve and I'm now obsessed with pastel coloured frosting! Meanwhile, back in reality I've been updating my wholesale lists as in the land of retail its Christmas buying time so I'm preparing to be busy! I love finding new shops to stock my jewellery and make new business relationships. I've got some exciting partnerships coming up in Austalia and Belgium this month. When my jewellery goes to new exciting places I feel like a part of me is going there too - I always make a note of the places I ship my jewellery and imagine new customers walking around wearing my jewellery!

2. Where are you currently finding your inspiration? (Influences, heroes, sources of inspiration, paths exploring)?

Image from NEONLDN's Etsy shop 
I'm on pinterest everyday and I'm trying to find a Christmas theme for my packaging at the moment.  I'm being inspired by neons and geometric shapes, I'm usually pretty traditional when it comes to Christmas but I can't resist standing out from the crowd and offering my customers something new. 
I'm also looking ahead to my 2015 collections and jotting down designs. I'm not a great sketcher but I love designing in photoshop, something you wouldn't have heard me say 4 years ago! 

A little sneak preview of whats coming up next year! I'm designing a unicorn collection and maybe a Rose collection too - I'm obsessed with everything roses, the flowers, the fragrance! I'd be surrounded by them all day if I could. 

3. How important is being creative to you, and how do you blend this with your work / life / family balance?
I think everything I do ends up being creative! Even when I wash the dishes I'm day dreaming of being in a washing up liquid commercial and for my work, designing and making jewellery for my brand I Love Crafty I'm being creative everyday. Its kind of impossible for me to think about not being creative as its how I was brought up! My Dad was an artist and my Mum was a film and art historian tutor so we were always making, drawing and painting. Its how I'd like Lux (my daughter) to be brought up. Working from home with Lux (plus my dog pal Bellamy) is a big juggling act but I mainly work while she naps (she's a great napper) and in the evenings when Jon, my partner comes home. Its not always easy and sometimes I defiantly get the balance wrong. Jon owns his own business too so he completely understands that when you work for yourself theres sometimes no strict "work hours." I'm lucky in that I LOVE what I do, its not just my work, its my hobby and obsession! Most of the time when working I don't feel like I'm working at all, but Jon reminds me that I work very hard. 

Hope you enjoyed my blog hop! Time for my two nominations!

1. The amazing and inspiring Kate from Scathingly Brilliant. I've been reading her blog for years and I find her so inspiring, she also runs her own business and Etsy shop and always has really interesting posts about blogging. I also love her sense of fun and bright clothing style and the fact that she likes my jewellery makes me so happy!

2. My second choice is Sophie, the beautiful brains behind the amazing hair accessories brand Crown and Glory. Her blog, Crown and Glory Behind the Scenes is a fab read but be warned, if you're like me you'll be reading it for hours! HA! I can't wait to hear her answers as she's always very insightful and helpful. 

Whoop! Let the Blog Hop keep on hopping'!