Unicorn stationery haul!

If you follow all of my businesses, you'll notice I've been on a bit of an accidental shopping spree recently... oops! Needing some more stationery (when do you not need more stationery?) for the studio and also to perk up the day job desk, I popped to town and found...

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Fling 2017 – a return to my magical self

My first Fling festival was in 2011, and still stands out as one of the most magical experiences of my life. My first performance there was with my troupe Paper Dolls Burlesque in 2013, running a tent, performing and getting people to dress up and do burlesque themed...

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Sometimes, self care looks like…

going to the beach and watching the sea and getting a sense of perspective. And sometimes, it looks like setting a reminder on your phone to actually bloody well eat proper food before the evening arrives! After the recent heat, a gorgeous day yesterday (including...

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My silly kittens are 4!

Luna and Clover, unbelievably, turn 4 today. Or at least I think they do - had to pick an arbitrary date for when we thought they were born when I got them, and while the vet registration says 25th, I have always celebrated on 22nd. They have been properly in the wars...

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June check in

Just checking in - I really miss blogging like I used to, as more of a journal of my life. Over the 12 and a half years I've been writing about my life on the internet, I've seen blogging change and evolve and shapeshift so many times. I haven't quite worked out where...

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Three months (and the importance of sleep)

On Thursday it will be three months since I lost my beloved Dad. I can't believe it's been such a long/short time without him - I know it's still early days in terms of grieving and learning to live without him, but at the same time it feels like I've lived a thousand...

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Finding home

For the longest time, I thought "home" was a place. Where you live, the house or flat or other dwelling that you return to. During the days before my beloved Dad passed away, in a tiny hospital room in the acute cardiac unit, I realised that I was wrong. Home is not...

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Love, loss and grief

There’s still no easy way to say this, so here it is: on 8th March 2017, my beloved Dad passed away, with Mum and I by his side right to the very end. It was a gentle, peaceful step over after a few traumatic days in hospital, and I will always be thankful that we...

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How to wear your cats on your ears

Some time ago, the wonderful Laura Sparling created a limited edition run of custom cat lampwork beads - you could choose all the options and they would look, more or less, like your cats. LOOK AT THEM.... they even have the right colour eyes!!  Obviously I thought...

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Happy Jars

I've written before about having a jar to track how much you actually get done even while you feel like you're just spinning your wheels. My jars have come out of storage (finally!) and this year I've decided to use them as happy jars. Partly because I now have my...

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I'm Carla, a quirky thirtysomething with a penchant for unicorns and glitter. I believe in magic and make-believe, and the gorgeous rebellion of making your life absolutely your own. And I'm a proud multipod!

I am a photographer and catalyst for small business owners, and a real life mermaid. I photograph people as they truly are, help women see and step into their brightest and best selves, add a sprinkling of magic to the mundane, and am a happy ambassador for stationery and slow living.

Proud to be both girly and geeky, when I’m not writing, photographing or daydreaming, you can find me dancing burlesque, riding my bicycle Bluebell, growing herbs and collecting typewriters.

2018-19 Things

Things I want to do in 2018 & 2019. I only got round to updating this in November 2018 so it's covering both years 😉 From my Daydreams To Do list and also from my general goals for the year.

~ Draigcon and/or Wizardry School ~ Steampunk events ~ experiment with film cameras ~ walk more ~ explore Colchester ~ beach time ~ kitty portraits ~ western riding ~ spa days ~ kayaking ~ learn to make bath bombs ~ recreate Lush's Angel's Delight soap fragrance ~ slow reading club ~ craft gatherings ~ work in sterling silver ~ build a catio ~ handwritten letters ~ photobook of the house project ~ print my own photos ~ explore

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