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Finding home

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

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

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

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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In My Postbox: January 2017

In My Postbox: January 2017

Considering we live in a heavily digital world, I still get an amazing amount of parcels through my actual letterbox - and this makes me happy. So I thought I'd restart my "postbox" series, with things that arrive, mainly unexpectedly. January's been a fabulous month...

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Making rainbow unicorn bark

Having recently rediscovered artist dates (I'm actually reading the Artist's Way now, along with two friends, and it is so far both wonderful and a bit uncomfortable), and with the studio now finished enough to work in, I've been collecting ideas of what I can do with...

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2016 in review: the roundup

2016 in review: the roundup

The last of my yearly review posts, this one is all the things that have happened this year. 2016 was hard... in so many ways, for so many people. So I'm focusing mainly (though not exclusively) on the good here, because those are the things I'd like to remember....

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2016 in review: Daydreams to Do

2016 in review: Daydreams to Do

Another year, another list to update - this time my epic Daydreams To Do list. In 2016 I managed to cross off... 2. Create the fantasy fine art photos that have been in my head for decades - after some tentative faffing in 2015, and some loving kicking from lovely...

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2016 in review: the sidebar list

2016 in review: the sidebar list

Well, on the surface this year's been a doozy. And not in the good sense! But instead of focusing on all the bad stuff, I thought I'd try and see what lovely things have taken place this year, against the background of the world going completely mad and me losing a...

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Seasonal musings, winter solstice and glitter jars

Seasonal musings, winter solstice and glitter jars

As Christmas Eve eve draws to a close, I am once again completely bemused by how fast the year has gone (I'm sure there is a conspiracy) and how much good stuff there has been in what feels, overall, like a very bad year indeed. I celebrated the winter solstice with...

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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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