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2017 – the year I’m not reviewing

2017 – the year I’m not reviewing

For the first time in the 13 year history of this blog, I'm not doing a roundup post - I can't face it. Nice things have happened this year, but the balance is eclipsed by the loss of Dad. I have just come home from a week with Mum (Luna & Clover came too) and it...

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

With bittersweet, very mixed feelings, I'm approaching the end of Christmas Eve, the first one without Dad. We went to his pub for a drink on Friday afternoon, and they'd put both his plaques up in his indoor & outdoor spots - he'd be SO pleased by this, I can't...

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Into autumn

Into autumn

I can't get my head around the fact that it's October. October! With the falling of the leaves and the crispness of the mornings, it couldn't really be any other month - but I was still surprised to see leaves on the ground when I walked into work the other day. So...

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Bicycles and burlesque

Bicycles and burlesque

I've been in a real funk for what feels like ages now, and while I know some of this is because tomorrow marks six months since we lost Dad, which is normal and natural, some of it is more inexplicable and just annoying. I've struggled to create, to sleep, and...

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Unicorn stationery haul!

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

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…

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!

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

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)

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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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.

2020 Things

Things I want to do in 2020. Partly from my Daydreams To Do list and also from my general goals for the year.

~ Steampunk events ~ experiment with film cameras ~ walk more ~ explore Colchester ~ beach time ~ kitty portraits ~ western riding ~ spa days ~ silversmithing ~ learn to make bath bombs ~ recreate Lush's Angel's Delight soap fragrance ~ work in sterling silver ~ build a catio ~ handwritten letters ~ photobook of the house project, the cats, Poppy & Dad ~ print my own photos

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