Wednesday, 31 August 2011

What I Wore.. Retro Pattern

 
 

Top: Portmans  Cardigan: Target
Skirt: Thrifted   Belt: Thrifted  Ring: Bouvier
Shoes: Rivers

I love dressing up to go to work and I always have fun putting fun eclectic outfits together, especially after a weekend of finding some lovely vintage pieces. This handmade 1970s print skirt is a sweet shape for Spring and the geometric pattern is so much fun.  On the same outing, I also found this vintage belt, which I know is going to be a staple piece in my wardrobe.   Teamed with my favourite red heels, I had a most lovely (nearly) Spring day in my new skirt.

Do you dress up to go to work?

Much Love
xxx

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Little Collections..


I was playing in my vintage studio space over the weekend and I noticed, I was creating a few little unexpected collections, without even realising it! It seems I just can't get enough sweet milk jugs and pretty floral linen.



When it only takes three pieces of goodness to start a collection, I have to wonder, how many other collections I'm creating. Well one can never have too much vintage!

Do you have any little unexpected collections in your home?

xxx

Monday, 29 August 2011

What are you reading?


Between reading for work and Uni, catching up on blogs, magazines and browsing travel guides for NYC, I haven't read a lovely novel in such a long time.  I miss having a story to relax with and I'd love some recommendations. Something delightful, romantic and quirky would be fabulous!

What are you reading at the moment? 

xxx

PS. Be sure to check out my Spring Time Giveaway!

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Flea Market Finds..


Happy Sunday! I do hope you are having a delightful weekend and have enjoyed a little time to relax and of course thrift! As always there were so many wonderful finds last week.  It's so much fun to see what everyone finds.  You are an endless source of inspiration for my thrifting adventures.  You can check out everyone's treasures over here

So this week I did a lot of thrifting! I had a few free afternoons and went straight to my favourite thrift shops to search the racks and shelves.  I showed a few cute dresses I found in my creative space on Thursday and I found a few more since then, which I can't wait to show you later this week.  Here are some of the other bits and pieces I picked up on my adventures.


I was over the moon to find this lovely Japanese tea set for $3.  In the background is a gorgeous 1970s skirt which I can't wait to wear and of course an thrifty outing is not complete without a scarf or two.


I also found a sweet little leather bag (perfect for festivals), a 1970s belt and sweet milk jug.  In the background is a wild 1980s dress, which was one of my favourite finds and thanks so my dear friend Laura from Kit and Nancy I now have a serious obsession for vintage linen, so I'm just loving this floral pillow case. 

So what have you found this week?  To play along just leave a comment and add your flea market blog post link in the Linky below so we can all check out your goodies. It would be just so sweet of you to link back here from your blog too, so that others can play along.  Remember you can play any time during the week! Oh and pop over to Apron Thrift Girl for Thrift Share Monday.  Please feel free to upload your fabulous finds to the Flea Market Finds flickr pool too.   Looking forward to seeing all of your lovely thrifty pictures. If the Linky disappears, just refresh your browser.

Happy Thrifting 
xxx

Saturday, 27 August 2011

What I Wore.. 1920s Inspired




So as you can see, Her Library Adventures had a little makeover today.  I'm still working on some new buttons, but it is all coming together just how I was hoping.  I thought it might be fun to have a new picture to match my banner, so I played dress up this afternoon with my favourite new hat I bought from one of my favourite stores Dangerfield when I was in Melbourne.  I was feeling very 1920s indeed!

Dress: Kmart (cheap and cheerful!)
Shoes: No! Shoes from Petrol Boutique

Hope you are enjoying your weekend!
xxx

Happy Weekend..


Happy Saturday! And it is a lovely Saturday indeed.. What are your plans this weekend? Today I'm all about adventures, perhaps even of the pirate variety.  We are doing a little thrifty outing this morning and then I'm looking forward to spending the afternoon amongst fabric, buttons and books about NYC.  I just love Saturdays! I'm also getting a little giveaway prepared so keep a lookout for it on Monday.  Here are a few of my favourite things for the week.. Enjoy!

A totally sweet dress

The new LadurĂ©e shop opening in NYC just in time 

The ever inspiring Mandi - Modcloth Blogger of the Moment

This gorgeous linen

Inspiring studio spaces

A very sweet boutique

This fabulous e-course which I can't wait to do!

Much Love
xxx

Image via The Society Inc newsletter


Thursday, 25 August 2011

My Creative Space..

 

This week, my creative space is all about vintage dresses! The last few weeks I've been so busy with my Uni courses, I haven't had a chance to play in my vintage studio.  I've been stocking up on some wonderful vintage pieces and today is the first opportunity I've had to really check everything out.  It's like Christmas! These are a few of my favourite pieces, I am particularly partial to the yellow dress with the black buttons, I can't wait to see what it looks like on.  I think know where I will be spending my weekend! 

Pop over here to check out all the wonderful creative spaces!
Much Love
xxx

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

What I Wore.. In Melbourne


I love dressing up and what better place to play than Melbourne.  Whilst I was the a few weeks ago, I found a few lovely new pieces to add to my wardrobe and just had to share them with you.  I've been searching for the perfect black felt hat for ages and I'm so excited I found one, just in time for my trip to NYC.

Hat (new): A cute little shop on Brunswick Street
Jacket: Karen Millen  Top: Dotti
Skirt (vintage): Currency Vintage Clothing, Brunswick Street
Tights: Kmart  Boots: Myer

I really wish I could wear hats everyday, they are definitely one of my favourite accessories.  What accessory do you love to wear? 

xxx

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Lace up your dancing shoes....


Performed Live by Lark from Bruce Moyle on Vimeo.


One of my favourite musical vintage bloggers, Claire from Jemima & Geraldine is part of a wonderful gypsy band called, Lark and this is a gorgeous film clip they made recently.  Can you guess the song? It's the theme song from Tetris and it totally made my day! Lark have the most wonderful gypsy sound and their great quirky song choices are just so much fun. Make sure you turn it up and find a dance partner.  Be sure to check out Claire's gorgeous vintage dress too!

xxx

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Flea Market Finds..


Happy Sunday! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend! The sun is finally out here and I think Spring is in the air, so I'm definitely enjoying my Sunday.  I hope you've found a moment or two to do some thrifting.  For heaps of lovely inspiration check out all of last week's finds over here

So this week, I've had so much fun thrifting.  Friday afternoon I hit my favourite thrift shops and found some wonderful vintage dresses and yesterday I had a great time searching some little shops I've never been to before, on the outskirts of town.  


My favourite finds included, two wonderfully bright vintage dresses, a sweet blue glomesh bag, some pretty linen, two fabulous pieces of Pyrex to add to my collection and of course a Sophie thrifting trip would not be complete without a couple of tea cups.  


My find of the week, was just perfect for my kitchen makeover.. a gorgeous set of vintage mustard canisters for $5.  They certainly add a lovely splash of colour to my kitchen.  

So what have you found this week?  To play along just leave a comment and add your flea market blog post link in the Linky below so we can all check out your goodies. It would be just so sweet of you to link back here from your blog too, so that others can play along.  Remember you can play any time during the week! Oh and pop over to Apron Thrift Girl for Thrift Share Monday.  Please feel free to upload your fabulous finds to the Flea Market Finds flickr pool too.   Looking forward to seeing all of your lovely thrifty pictures. If the Linky disappears, just refresh your browser.

Happy Thrifting 
xxx


Saturday, 20 August 2011

If I were a bookshop..

There's No Place Like Here: Brazenhead Books from Etsy on Vimeo.


If I were a bookshop, this is exactly the kind of bookshop I would be.  Tiny, hidden away, deep in New York City, a secret from the outside world, with one with a very passionate owner, who loved each book as much as I did.  Check out this lovely little Etsy film to find out all about Brazenhead Books and read the whole article over on the Etsy blog.

xxx

Happy Weekend..



Happy weekend everyone! I hope you are having a lovely day! I'm enjoyed a fabulous morning of treasuring hunting, venturing to all the little thrift shops on the outskirts of town. I found some lovely bits and pieces to add to my little kitchen makeover and can't wait to start decorating. Oh how I love kitschy kitchens and vintage Pyrex! What are your weekend plans? Keeping with the kitchen theme, here are some of my favourite kitchen and recipe type links from the week.

This gorgeous post all about enamelware

Emma's recipe for stuffed mushrooms

And Laura's yummy slice recipe

A great vintage Pyrex guide

Wonderful kitchen storage ideas

Rachel's lovely vintage inspired kitchen


Much Love
xxx

  

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

90s Film Style Icons


Yesterday I showed my English class, Baz Lurhmann's Romeo and Juliet.  As I watched it, memories came flooding back to the summer of 1996, the days I spent creating my bedroom just like Juliet's and the moments I longed for a pair of beautiful wings.  So today I thought I'd pay homage to the 90s films that help to shape my love for fashion and design.


1. Romeo and Juliet - Everything about this film still makes me a little giddy, especially the final scene and Juliet's beautiful angel costume. 

2. The Craft - Of course, during my short gothic phase, I loved this! I spent days searching for a pair of black knee high socks and suspenders. 

3. Clueless - The knee high socks continue, but with time with perfect Twin Sets and Mary Janes.  Every time I watch this film, I just smile.

4. Empire Records - To this day, one of my very favourite films.. I attempted (quite unsuccessfully) to emulate Liv Tyler's look for years.  Empire Records, changed my world.

I would love to about the films that shaped your teenage fashion years. 
I'm also looking forward to sharing my favourite classic film style icons later in the week.

Much Love
xxx


Monday, 15 August 2011

Monday Evening..


Weather: Cool and overcast
Writing: Quiet journal musings
Drinking: Lemongrass and Ginger tea
Listening: St Germain - Tourist
Buying: A bookish birthday present for my Dad
Enjoying:  A night to unwinding after a crazy weekend of essay writing
Loving: Only 43 days until NYC! 

xxx


Waiting For Spring..


When the days are the shortest, the nights are coldest, 
The frost is the sharpest, the year is the oldest, 
The sun is the weakest, the wind is the harest,
The snow is the deepest, the skies are the darkest,
So polish your whiskers and tidy you nest,
And dress in your richest and finest and best...
For Winter has brought you the worst it can bring,
And now it will give you
The promise of Spring.

A little bit of nostalgia.. This is much loved childhood poem, from my favourite picture story book, The Secret Staircase by Jill Barklem.  Hopefully it will help bring on Spring!

Happy Monday!
xxx


Sunday, 14 August 2011

Flea Market Finds..


Happy Sunday everyone! I do hope you are having a lovely weekend and have enjoyed some lovely sunshine and a spot of thrifting.  Thanks for popping by and playing along! I just love checking out everyone's finds and I learn something new every week.  Check out all the wonderful finds from last week over here.

This week, I found a few lovely bits and pieces and although I thought it was the local stores were a little light on cuteness, when I got everything together I realised I'd had quite a good week of thrifting.


In my little stash was a pretty polka dot dress, lovely vintage pillow case and a few pieces of Japanese crockery to go into growing collection. My favourite find for the week and perhaps even the year, has to be these gorgeous vintage Salvatore Ferragamo shoes.  

So what have you found this week?  To play along just leave a comment and add your flea market blog post link in the Linky below so we can all check out your goodies. It would be just so sweet of you to link back here from your blog too, so that others can play along.  Remember you can play any time during the week! Oh and pop over to Apron Thrift Girl for Thrift Share Monday.  Please feel free to upload your fabulous finds to the Flea Market Finds flickr pool too.   Looking forward to seeing all of your lovely thrifty pictures. If the Linky disappears, just refresh your browser.

Happy Thrifting 
xxx



Saturday, 13 August 2011

Happy Weekend..



This weekend I've got some serious essay writing to do, but before I settle down at the computer, I'm looking forward to enjoying a few lovely things, including a new hair colour, catching up with the Fine and Sunny girls and of course a spot of Saturday morning thrifting.  What are your weekend plans? I hope you enjoy my favourite links for the week.

The perfect to do list

I'd love to do this wonderful course

Fabulous vintage inspired hair tutorials

Emily Green's beautifully colourful guest posts

Wild vintage wedding

Bake in style with this gorgeous pie plate

Truly delightful yellow heels

xxx

Embroidery Hoop by merriweathercouncil available on Etsy



Thursday, 11 August 2011

My Creative Space..


My little creative space is a hive of activity this week.  You see I had an idea on the way to Melbourne (plane trips are the best time for daydreaming) all about fabric, ribbon, buttons and a little destash to make a little extra play money for to take to New York.


So I am gathering up and organising my supplies (who knew I had so many buttons) and will be opening a little Her Library Adventures stash shop next week which will include, lovely little bundles of fabric, notions and vintage bits and pieces and as well as some of my favourite vintage scarves for sale. 

I'll be having a little giveaway too, so pop back soon for more info.
  For many more lovely creative spaces pop over here.

Happy Thursday!
xxx

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

New York, Here I Come!




So my exciting news for the week continues... I'm going to New York in September! I am beyond excited to spend two weeks in New York as a very special birthday present from my parents.  And even more wonderful is I get to take my two favourite girls! I can't wait to wander the streets with my mum and sister. Oh the mischief we will get up to!

Have you been to NYC? Do you live there or close by? 
I would love to hear your tips, tricks and secrets of the Big Apple!

PS. I've just bought The Stylist's Guide to NYC by Sibella Court and I'm devouring every page.  It is just amazing and a must for your coffee table and handbag!

Much Love
xxx

Gorgeous illustration by Julie Mercier


Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Introducing Wilde Asher..

I'm so excited to be sharing with you a new adventure that I'm embarking on with my favourite partner in crime, my mum Annie.  For many years, we have talked about going into business together.  We have worked together in the past and always knew that the right day would come then we could join forces and create something of our own.  After many phone calls and skype conversations, we are finally at a point now, where I can introduce to you, our new project, Wilde Asher.  


'Wilde Asher is an online concept store featuring exclusive Australian homewares and vintage. We are a mother, daughter duo with a passion for the unusual.  We live in a world of bold colours and off beat tunes.  We love the details, the rich, vibrant nuances of life.  We revel in old films, post-modern art and magic realism.  We saunter through the unknown and relish in wild adventures.'

Right now, we are in the process of designing and creating our online store which will include some wonderful Australian homewares and textile designers and an exclusive range of soft furnishings created in collaboration with Brisbane artist, Dale Burke.  Wilde Asher will also be introducing our own a range of eclectic hand crafted jewellery and accessories.

I'm so delighted that Sophie Isobel Vintage will now be partnered with Wilde Asher to offer a unique collection of vintage women’s clothing, accessories and homewares with a focus on Australian design. 

Stay tuned for updates and launch date information soon.
Much Love
xxx

Monday, 8 August 2011

A Weekend in the City..


I had such an amazing weekend in Melbourne, wandering the streets with my mum (my partner in crime), I just had to share some of my favourite moments with you. As you can see, I didn't even take my 'good' Canon with me, I took all my photos on my iPhone and I can't quite believe how well they turned out.  The sunset on Friday was just amazing and without a camera ready at that moment, I could never have captured it.  So must say, I am now officially a fan, of iphoneography, but I promise I will never go past a good Polariod.   So here is my Melbourne weekend..


1. Celebrating at Little Creatures, 2. Dinner at Copperwood, 3. My new favourite book from Readings, 4. The view from our hotel room.


1. Sunset on Brunswick St, 2. Buying up a storm on the way to Lygon St. for dinner, Coffee from Diner @ Trunk, 4. Overlooking Life Instyle (what a view!)

I will be back later this afternoon to tell you all about new adventures! I'm so excited!
It's going to be a big week indeed.

Much Love
xxx

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Flea Market Finds..


Happy Sunday! I do hope you are have s most delightful weekend and that thrifted finds have appeared to you in abundance.  I'm so delighted to see everyone finding such wonderful bits and pieces.  Are you searching for anything special at the moment? Check out all the lovely finds from last week over here.

So this week, I took a little thrifting adventure on Wednesday afternoon.  It was lovely and quite and I searched high and low for lovely treasures in a world of my own.  It is my favourite time of day to go thrifting, I spot things that I never would on a weekend.


I stumbled upon a stash of lovely retro patterned cups (I think I'm just a little bit obsessed) and the sweetest little bunny.  But my favourite find for the week, was definitely this lovely ripple pattern crochet blanket.  

So what have you found this week?  To play along just leave a comment and add your flea market blog post link in the Linky below so we can all check out your goodies. It would be just so sweet of you to link back here from your blog too, so that others can play along.  Remember you can play any time during the week! Oh and pop over to Apron Thrift Girl for Thrift Share Monday.  Please feel free to upload your fabulous finds to the Flea Market Finds flickr pool too.   Looking forward to seeing all of your lovely thrifty pictures. If the Linky disappears, just refresh your browser.




Saturday, 6 August 2011

Happy Weekend..



Good morning! I hope you are having a lovely start to your Saturday.  This weekend, I'm in Melbourne for Life Instyle. My mum and I are on a very exciting adventure and I can't wait to tell you more about it very soon.  Things I'm loving; seeing my mum,  wandering the streets of Melbourne, chatting lots about our new project, checking out all the wonderful exhibitors at Life Instlyle and taking heaps of Instagram photos.  Check out Her Library Adventures facebook page for lots of fun updates.  Hope you enjoy some of my favourite links from the week..

The most lovely office space..

Life as an RV Intern (what fun!)

I would love a portrait by Moorea Seal

This beautiful post about finding time for yourself

This totally gorgeous little film

The new Free People catalogue film is just gorgeous- makes me feel like I'm back in Venice

Much Love
xxx

Friday, 5 August 2011

Journal Fun.. Wreck this App

Two weeks ago, something very exciting happened in the world of journals and iPhone apps, Keri Smith took Wreck this Journal to a new level with the introduction of Wreck this App for iPhone.  Wreck this App has the same structure of Wreck This Journal but allows its users a new kind of accessibility to journaling. Now you can take a picture, manipulate and draw on it and share it through social networking within minutes anywhere you are. What I love about Keri’s journaling philosophy is the idea of getting out of your mind’s way and just allowing the creative process to flow in the moment. 



Here is a little intertextual example from 'Wreck This App' - I took a photo on my iPhone (of my Wreck This Journal),  edited it in Instagram, added it to a page from the Wreck This App and added text. You can then save and share you page wherever you like.  What fun!
So now with Wreck this App, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter, there really is no reason to be bored or uninspired ever again.. Now you just need to decide what to play with first! You can read all about the app on Keri's blog.



xxx



Journal Keeper - Come on Over, Clover

Today I'm so delighted to share with you the gorgeous journals of Kara from Come on Over, Clover.  I was so happy to meet Kara (online) a few weeks ago through our Uni course and instantly fell in love with her sweet, whimsical artwork and blog. Kara's process is amazes me, a love the the her free flowing sketches and pretty girly details.  She has certainly inspired me to play a little more with illustration and colour.

Here is a little bit about Kara's Creative Process



"I am an obsessive journal user. My journals from my teen years are my most treasured possessions.. there is so much of me in them! I use journals to write poems, recount events and mostly to draw in and make collages within. Often my artworks are purely in the form of journals and don’t get any larger than that.. 





I like to let myself ‘play’ in my journals and as I do I document myself. Sometimes I will do a sketch of something and then before I have finished it I will think of another way to draw it and start a new sketch.. this process often goes on for many pages or whole journals."

You can see more of Kara's delightful journals and artwork on Come on Over, Clover and on her illustration blog.


Much Love
xxx

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Journal Inspiration..


Need a little inspiration to get you started in your journal?  You just can't go past Elsie's Photo Journals E-Course.  I can't get enough of Elsie's courses, they are so much fun, full of beautiful pictures and wonderful tutorials. The great thing about this course is, you can go at your own pace and revisit it whenever you like, so inspiration always a click away.  

Check out all the details over here..

xxx

Image via Red Velvet

My Creative Space..


Over the weekend I gave my office space a little makeover.  I spend a great deal of time in this space and am always inspired when it looks and feels lovely.  With so much going on in my world at the moment, I wanted to have a creative space that's simple, organised, warm and cozy where I can blog, research, write and create.

So here is my little revamped office nook...


What I love most about my office is that I have two desks, my computer is on the left, which leaves a large space free to make lots of mess!

I also love have a whole wall to use as an inspiration board. At the moment its been decorated with a vintage Beatles print and a couple of 1970s plates, a Papaya print and a few postcards and an ideas list.


I've got all my favourite books and notebooks handy..


And of course a pretty spot to stash pens, glue, scissors and MT tape.

It might just be my favourite spot in the house and it's just lovely to have somewhere inspiring to spend write and create. 

Be sure to check out all the lovely creative spaces over here.

Much Love
xxx

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Top 5 Journal Tips..


Today I thought I might share with you my five top journal tips.  These tips have come from time, playing around and lovely ideas from many of my favourite books on writing and creativity.


1. Take your journal everywhere..
Buy a journal to fit in your handbag, or perhaps a handbag to fit your journal.  Take it with you wherever you go. Let it sit with you while you have coffee with friends, or even go grocery shopping.  Let your journal enjoy everyday adventures and become part of your world.

2. Remember to capture the little moments..
If you take your journal with you, you can capture the little moments.  I love to collect pretty business cards, tickets and street press.  I also love writing on a Saturday morning when we go out for breakfast, watching the passers by is always inspiring. Documenting everyday moments through words, illustration, collage or a mix allows you to embrace your journey, even if it is something you often see as routine. 

3. Make your journal feel like home and visit often..
My favourite tip... I find that if I only visit my journal occasionally, we never get acquainted.  I leave the first page blank and fill it with all my very favourite bits and pieces as I 'move in' to my journal.  I also try and make a little bit of time each day, particularly at night, to pen a few lines or create a little collage.  I find this helps me to be at home in my journal space.  


4. Don't be afraid of white pages, get in and play..
I know, white pages can be a little daunting, but it's all about having fun.  One of my favourite ways to 'play' is through 'cut out poems' like the one above.  Choose a page from a magazine, find words you love and create something new. Grab a glue stick and paste it onto a lovely picture.  It's so much fun!

5. Fill your journal with beautiful inspiring and positive things..
One thing I've learned over the years is that journaling is very different to keeping a diary. I write quite a bit throughout my journal, but rather than concentrating on my personal life,  I write about my creative world, which includes my passions, dreams and ambitions. I stay  positive and this helps me to want to come back day after day. If I need to vent I use bits of scrap paper, that I can throw away, before I begin creating a new page. I find this a really important part of my creative process, because I love opening my journal and finding tiny, inspiring moments that make me smile. 

I hope these little journal tips might intrigue you to dust off that lovely notebook and explore the journalling world.

Much Love
xxx


PS. Here's a list of my favourite and inspiring journal and diary keepers.


Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Journal week - Tools of the Trade..

First I must say, I just love talking about stationery, so may be a long post.  Best to grab a cup of tea and get comfy.

 My first journaling tip for the week is all about finding the right tools of the trade.  Now in comparison to many pastimes, journaling is pretty cheap. However, I've realised over the years... just because you buy a pretty journal or pen, doesn't mean that you are ever going to use it (I've done this many times).  

What makes a good journal? My thoughts here are, it's all about personal preference.  After experimenting with journals for seventeen years (oh my), I know now exactly what I feel comfortable with.  My tip, find out what you like, but more importantly, find out what doesn't work for you.. That way on your next venture to the newsagent or online in search for that perfect journal, you will know just what you are looking for.

So, here are all the tools I use to create with...


 I use three different journals. I know, three is a little excessive, but I'll tell you why. 

1.  A4 hard cover sketchbook - (bought from the local art supplies shop): I use this as my inspiration journal, which contains mostly interior design and fashion images.  I tend to curate the pages, based on colour and theme, and don't worry too much about their overall form.  I began keeping this type of journal after creating large process journals at Uni and find them perfect for pretty A4 magazine pages.

2. A5 Moleskine journal - (available here): Over the years I have found A5 size journals work for every day creating as they fit in my handbag.  The beauty of this Moleskine is that it has a soft cover, so it's not too heavy.  I don't leave home without this journal and it provides me the perfect space to document, explore and reflect all the things I love.  I keep everything in here.. Tickets, polaroids and precious bits and pieces from friends.  It truly is, my creative pulse.

3. Extra small size Mokeskine notebook (available here): I am a constant note taker, I use this notebook very haphazardly, from daily to do lists and shopping lists, to blog ideas and writing exercises. It is the perfect pocket sized companion and cuts down on my random list making. 

Note: All my journals have black covers and blank pages. Black covers, because I get bored easily and having a simple cover means my journal can grow with me as I change my mood and style.  Blank pages allow me to write and collage freely, without lines getting in the way.

 Now to the 'accessories'.. which are relatively small in comparision to my journal collection.


I only use Artline pens to write in my journals, perhaps through habit but I find they last for ages and flow really nicely.  I use a 0.4 for my everyday writing and a 0.6 to make notes in my inspiration journal (see here).  I use UHU glue, because it always sticks well and I love little sewing scissors because they stay sharp and cut lovely intricate lines.

My tips for pens.. Try as many as possible.  As a writer and a teacher, I write all day! I use different pens for everything I do.  I feel that a pen can really help to establish and transform your writing. For instance, I correct essays in pink pen, write business notes  and post its in blue pen and always have a pencil in my hair for random scribbles. Play around with different styles and decide what works for you.. I promise it will help.
   
So I hope my tools of the trade tips have been useful.  What do you use? I'd love to hear your tips and experiences!

Much Love
xxx