Love Is?

Morning petals! I was just packing away my Valentines card and it set me to thinking how lucky I was to have such a great gift from my husband. The gift wasn’t particularly expensive but it was chosen with careful thought and a whole treasure hunt set up to find it……………

I applied a magical filter to these photos because it felt so magical to me! As an Alice in Wonderland nut it couldn’t have been more perfect. The gift?……..

A bottle of love potion tea from the tea wizards at Bluebird tea in Brighton, this black tea tastes like a dark chocolate rose cream. Next to it a jar of Valentines fudge from Brighton too, full of strawberry it was delicious!

What did I do for this lovely man? Hmmm… I really thought I had nailed Valentines with this comic themed card…..

Pretty cool right? The gift was not so inspired, a comic that he had chosen himself. This is where we get to the point of this weeks post, what does love look like the other 364 days of the year? What do we do for each other that still says I love you and I care? That lovely husband bought these home on Saturday when I was being tortured by arthritis……….

And this morning before 8, I made sushi and packed this bento box…..

Because when it come to love the devil really is in the details, its not found in the grand gestures or the expensive gifts, it is the small considerations often when you least feel like it, that show you care.

I expect you have heard this at weddings “love is patient, love is kind etc,etc ” well actually a lot of the time love is shouty, love is moody and other things unrepeatable here. It is at those moments where we need to dig deep and demonstrate our love.

So in the words of a lot of chat show hosts – be kind to one another, and next week I am hoping to have a great DIY for you.


Karen xxxx


I’m A Big Shot Now!

Morning Pickles! Do you remember I said I was going to follow my friend Niks advice? her New years resolution was to do the same stuff but just put in an extra 5 or 10% effort.

It made so much sense to me and now I try and practice this every day by just asking myself what can I achieve today that will benefit my business. Bear in mind that there are some days when pain has the better of me, so some things I do are really small but they still benefit the business. Here’s the things I did this week:

First up I detoxed my mind………..


This is one of those planners from Mayi Carles of Heartmade Blog but you could head up a piece of paper in the same way. This gets you a clear set of priorities that need doing that day, week, month and year.

I tooled up………

As cutting with scissors is getting increasingly difficult, the lovely Mr Darcey Sleeps bought me a Sizzix Big Shot, this will cut paper naturally but also felt and material making my life sooooo much easier! find them at many online retailers but have them at £55, which is very cheap.

I regimented my social media………..

Just a simple chart but for me a real necessity, I am not of an age group that does this instinctively so I need reminding!

I also made stuff………..

Instead of crafting like an idiot in a few weeks leading up to a craft fair I have quietly been making Easter things like these eggs designed by Emma at Emma kindly makes her patterns copyright free as long as you don’t mass produce them.

And I painted………

This is always a quiet time of year for commissions so this year I am using my downtime to paint for Lindfield Arts Festival and with the aim to produce some prints and cards.

So you can see it wasn’t a huge week of work but definitely one where my business was at the heart of everything I did.

Have a super productive week, whatever you are up to.


Karen xx


It’s All Kicking Off!

Morning loves! It’s probably no surprise to you that I belong to a lot of Facebook groups, everything from networking to Slimming World support. 

It’s on the Slimming World page that things got a bit weird this week, a lady had posted late at night about her drunken daughter coming home late and throwing up everywhere which had set her anxiety off. Mostly everyone had been very supportive and had told tales of their own in order to make her feel like she wasn’t alone.

However this was where it got a bit messy, some people started to question why she was posting this on a page devoted to diets, why did she feel the need to share and worst of all that she was attention seeking. Having been that anxious myself I felt terribly sorry for her and that reaching out had caused her to get a negative reaction really upset me.

This set me to thinking about my own anxiety, it’s well documented on this blog how I had therapy, took medication and eventually got back on my feet. But what about the day to day stuff? Because it never goes away and you need strategies for that daily stuff. Here are mine:


  when I was really ill I couldn’t get to the bin which is a mere 10 feet from the house. I started walking down the drive at first and then to the post box , eventually to the entrance of our woods. Finally when Darcey arrived into the woods themselves.

Meditate/ be mindful………

There are many apps out there to help you with this one, I use At Ease and Buddhify, if that doesn’t appeal try and focus on yourself, treat yourself like you would a friend that was feeling like this, use kind language when you talk to yourself.

Avoid stimulants………

This is definitely for when you are very anxious, no caffeine, no sugar it’s that simple I’m afraid. Your body needs no more stimulation than what it’s already getting from your over anxious brain. 


These two handle this for me nowadays and I’m very privileged to have this wood so close, but I started out on an exercise bike. Exercise is a no brainer, you have to burn off all that adrenaline that’s whizzing round.

On the spot strategies…………

I also do this one – count backwards from 300 in groups of 3, I guarentee you won’t be able to think of Anything else when you do this!

Finally, talk, I talked to everyone about my anxiety and every time I did, the person I was talking to would have an anxiety story to tell, their own or a family members.

And if by any chance someone talks to you about their anxiety please try to listen without judgement, I guarentee you it has taken an awful lot of courage for them to speak, even if they are on the “wrong” Facebook page.


Karen xxx

Dreary,Disinterested and Dim!

Morning treacles! Mr Darcey Sleeps had a birthday this week, this automatically means a trip to London in our house, he got to choose the activity and took us off to see the exhibition of Elton Johns photography exhibition – The radical eye.

Off to the Tate Modern we went, situated on the south bank of the Thames, which was not looking its best due to some impressively dreary weather……

the Tate Modern is an old power station, and is really imposing especially when you get up close…….

Once inside you find yourself in the Turbine hall, this house quite spectacular works on a mammoth scale, this one (which was being repaired at the time) was a giants version of the old magnetic fishing game………

Once we had oohed and aahed over the turbine exhibit it was off to the exhibition. Elton  John has an extensive photography collection including this iconic image by Man Ray…….


I think we can all agree that this is a cracking image, the composition and subject matter meeting in the most spectacular way.

However this is where me and the exhibition stopped seeing eye to eye, me the person who lives a completely visual life was…….bored! I don’t really know why, I could understand why the pictures were significant and why you would collect them but they didn’t light my fire. Maybe it was because they were all in black and white I just don’t know.

Feeling a little deflated we took a walk over the millennium bridge and took photos of the stunning views, including the new Globe theatre………

And St Pauls cathedral perfectly framed at the other end of the bridge……


A ride in a black cab with a fairly homocidal driver (we gently hit a Deliveroo driver and then cut in front of another cab which descended into a brisk argument with a barely veiled threat of violence) took us to Chinatown which was still wearing its `New Year finery……….

The birthday boy was in the mood for Dim Sum, all those tasty rolls, packages and dumplings! we had a fab meal here…….

As always we concluded with a bit of shopping in the chinese supermarkets and also the Japan Centre just round the corner in Shaftesbury Avenue.

I bought a fab book called Hello  Tokyo………..

Its full of cute ideas for the home and every other aspect of your life, expect to see some makes soon.

so it only remains to say what I should’ve said last week…



Karen xxx