Our Blogtacular makes (+ a blogging break)

West Elm Photo Booth at Blogtacular | Seeds and Stitches blog

Hannah here: Blogtacular was last weekend, the culmination of a lot of excitement and work and planning.  It was full of amazing people, late nights, endless talking, lightbulb moments, some supremely colourful outfits, nerves, new friends, caffeine and the cause of a huge amount of career/soul searching. 

Blogtacular 2015 Official Photos by Piers MacDonald. Thanks Mollie Makes

Our Blogtacular makes

We were chuffed to be on the bill this year, in the Creative Genius Bar. We were in charge of running the crafting and ran three activities all around the theme of mantra’s and encouraging people to encourage themselves. The 4 words used in each of our three crafts were ‘Say Yes, ‘ Brave’, ‘Create’, and ‘Grow’. The first craft was made possible by the loan of some Cricut machines. We made mini pennants and 4 different words in a variety of different colours for people to assemble into broaches or hanging pennants. The second craft involved a semi circular wooden necklace, cut by the brilliant people at Laser Bean (ace and affordable laser cutting- check them out if you need any laser cutting!) Blogtacular attendees were invited to paint the front of the necklace in Annie Sloan paint then stamp one of the words on the back of the necklace - thus wearing their mantra against their hearts as a reminder. The third activity was ‘a note to your future self’-a postcard, illustrated by Teri at The Lovely Drawer, full of words of encouragement  written by attendees to their future selves, which will be posted at a date in the future.  We hope people left feeling a little more bolstered, with a albeit metaphorical pat on the back.  

It was so amazing to meet so many people at the stall, HELLO if you’re reading this! Thanks for all the lovely feedback and conversations. I wish I could have spent more time with everyone though, I’d hoped to meet some people in real life from the Blogtacular twitter chat for example, but didn’t really get chance. But everyone was so up for talking,  I appreciated all the quick hello's waiting in line at the loo, grabbing a cup of tea, or on the way to a session. 

Blogtacular 2015 Official Photos by Piers MacDonald. Thanks Mollie Makes
Blogtacular 2015 Official Photos by Piers MacDonald. Thanks Mollie Makes  | Seeds and Stitches blog
Blogtacular 2015 Official Photos by Piers MacDonald. Thanks Mollie Makes  | Seeds and Stitches blog

We were mostly manning our stall but we got to go to a couple of sessions; both keynotes by Grace Bonney and Anthony Peters plus Davina went to the the styling session from Betty Magazine and I went the Instagram panel.

A few thoughts  from the conference:

  • Air your fears. Talk to other people. You’ll probably all be in the same boat (thanks Grace!)
  • Blog from the heart. Quality over clickbait. Be you. People like to know the people behind the blog (again- Grace- amazing)
  • Instagram from the heart too. But acknowledge that if you’re a visual content producer, Instagram IS work, so with that in mind stick to some guidelines that you set yourself. Be on brand and write a list about what each picture should be about and look like. Have a consistent editing style and consistent content.  
  • See Instagram as a micro blogging platform; it could well be the future of blogging anyway. Have you noticed how the new sponsored posts work? 
  • Give advice, be real, support others. Show your followers love. 
  • That in an increasingly digital world, it’s good to actually make things with your hands, to give your brain a chance to operate different neural pathways. Analogue still has a huge role to play. (Thanks Anthony!)

 

Blogtacular 2015 Official Photos by Piers MacDonald. Thanks Mollie Makes  | Seeds and Stitches blog
Blogtacular 2015 Official Photos by Piers MacDonald. Thanks Mollie Makes  | Seeds and Stitches blog
Mantra postcards by The Lovely Drawer for the Seeds and Stitches craft stall at Blogtacular | Seeds and Stitches blog
Blogtacular 2015 Official Photos by Piers MacDonald. Thanks Mollie Makes  | Seeds and Stitches blog

Taking a break

I did in fact follow Grace’s advice and ended up airing my fears in a big way to some blogging friends at the evening do- Pintacular. Those conversations along with the other inspiration and ideas from the conference have left my head whirling with ideas and inspiration.  We feel like we need a bit of time to process it all and figure out how we’re going to take the blog forwards. Couple that with feeling pretty exhausted after all the prep for the conference  and we’ve decided to take a short blogging break. Maybe 1 week, maybe 3,  just some time to recalibrate, be, and plan. I may pop in with a few very quick posts related to published interiors pieces (trying to stick to my promise of blogging the houses whilst their out in the mags so you can read more about them if you wish) but otherwise… a breather. 

We hope you’ll stick with us. 

Hannah + Davina

Most of these photo's are by Piers MacDonald with Thanks to Mollie Makes

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Soulful Homes: Hannah and Jonathans art filled Hoxton House

Hannah and Jonathans house. Photography Kristy Noble, Styling Hannah Bullivant | Seeds and Stitches blog

Hannah here: I thought i'd show you a few of my favourite snaps from a home currently out in Real Homes that Kristy and I shot together. On the surface, I absolutely loved this families love of colour, music and art; their home has all three in abundance. There are at least three sets of record decks at various points in the house and original art and prints everywhere you look.  But below the surface, I particularly loved the story behind this one; how Hannah and Jonathan met and shortly afterwards discovered a surprise pregnancy, then took on a mammoth renovation together with the goal of creating a happy home (achieved x 100.) They also, slightly hilariously, have completely clashing tastes with one preferring traditional details and fixings etc and the other prerrfing ultra modern, but they've just about managed to combine the two, with a few bumps in the road along the way! They prove time and again that it's possible to have a practical family home that is also stylish, fun and design led. You can see more photo's and read more about the project in the magazine or here. 

David Shrigley salt and pepper shakers. Hannah and Jonathans house. Photography Kristy Noble, Styling Hannah Bullivant | Seeds and Stitches blog
Hannah and Jonathans house. Photography Kristy Noble, Styling Hannah Bullivant | Seeds and Stitches blog
Hannah and Jonathans house. Photography Kristy Noble, Styling Hannah Bullivant | Seeds and Stitches blog
Hannah and Jonathans house. Photography Kristy Noble, Styling Hannah Bullivant | Seeds and Stitches blog
Hannah and Jonathans house. Photography Kristy Noble, Styling Hannah Bullivant | Seeds and Stitches blog
Hannah and Jonathans house. Photography Kristy Noble, Styling Hannah Bullivant | Seeds and Stitches blog
Hannah and Jonathans house. Photography Kristy Noble, Styling Hannah Bullivant | Seeds and Stitches blog

The story is available second rights via our agency, Narratives. 

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Easy DIY chalkboard pennant mantra banner

DIY Chalkboard Pennant Mantra Banner | Seeds and Stitches

Hannah here: Hurray! Davina and I are finally catching up with this lovely space of ours. We are still super busy behind the scenes, mostly with Blogtacular prep which is THIS WEEKEND! Eek! so excited! So all of our crafting time has gone into that. However, today Frankie had a magic car nap which enabled me to finish up this super simple and quick little DIY for a Making Monday. Chalk board paint is so versatile and can be painted directly onto fabric. I can change the mantra according to how i'm feeling, and brave is a good word for me at the moment as i've been saying yes to so many exciting but scary things.

Materials for DIY chalkboard pennant mantra banner-

Materials:
Chalk board paint (I used the Homebase brand)
Sponge paint brush
Fabric scissors
Sewing machine and thread
Piece of dowelling
White fabric
Chalk
Twine

Process:
1) Use a ruler and pencil to neatly cut out your desired pennant size from your white fabric, adding 6 cm to the top edge and 2 cm around the remaining three edges for the seam allowance. 
2) Fold over all of the edges by 1 cm and press. 
3) Fold over the top edge by 3-4 cm and press. This will leave a hole big enough for a thin piece of dowelling to fit through the top. Fold over the remaining three edges by 1 cm and press. Sew all around the edges, ensuring you leave the holes open at the  top of the sides for the dowelling to fit through. 
4) Paint the chalk paint onto the pennant. I used plain white sheeting fabric and a sponge paint brush which worked well. It’ll probably need two coats. Allow to dry.
5) Thread the piece of dowel through the top of the pennant and attach the string, then hang on the wall.
 6) Write a message or mantra onto the pennant. The genius of this DIY is that you can simple wipe it off and write a new mantra or reminder on there whenever you feel you need a change. 

Enjoy! 

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Norfolk in Bloom

Davina here - Every year we go on holiday to Norfolk with Nick's family and every year I am amazed by the volume of the beautiful wild flowers. This year I finally decided to photograph a few. So here are the images - just a few of the many wonderful wild flowers near where we stay. 

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Sisterhood Camp

Sisterhood camp Golden hour shoot with Toast | Seeds and Stitches blog

Hannah here: I'm not quite sure where to start with this. Maybe back to the email that popped into my inbox months back, inviting a group of Lou's friends to camp together.  Or maybe back to the beginning of Lou and I’s friendship, many years ago when our blogs were babies. Maybe I should start at the bit where I flapped and faffed and thought, nope, not brave enough for that. Thankfully following anxious tweets between Hels and Alexis and I along the lines of "Are you going?" and " I'll go if you go" etc.  I decided to say yes, and not only go, but help Lou to organise parts of it and style it too. And my, am I glad I did.  

Louise picked me up on Friday morning, along with the quite frankly shocking amount of boxes of props and styling stuff I needed, and off we set on what would be an unexpectedly long 8 hour journey. We got to know each other very very well!  The two of us, bundles of giggly anxiety (with rather stiff legs!), eventually arrived, dumped our bags inside the beautiful geodesic domes at Loveland farm and begun what turned into the most beautiful, whole hearted weekend of sisterhood and creating. 

Sisterhood camp Golden hour shoot with Toast | Seeds and Stitches blog

Some favourite moments.

A sunset phototshoot in a field overlooking the sea, women wrapped in the most beautiful products from Toast. Hair flying in the wind, feet bare, shutters clicking.

A barbecue that turned into a fire and necessitated s’mores and coats and blankets and yawns then sleeping cosy in the teepee’s. 

The most gentle and restorative morning yoga session run by Melanie.

Gathering picnic materials together whilst listening to the sounds of hammering filling the air during the leather craft workshop, run by Golden Bear Belts. 

Laura, Lou and I dashing ahead to find the perfect spot for our cliff top picnic at Heartland Quay. Taking a few minutes after styling it to lay back on the sun warmed grass and just soaked it in; the ocean, the cliff tops, the bird song, the seagrass…before everyone else arrived. Enjoying the haunting and beautiful folk music of the Woof and Wilde who happened to be practicing near by and whom were persuaded to play for us in exchange for lunch. 

Filling jars for the table arrangements under the excellent tutelage of heather from Church Park Flowers. Then styling the evening meal, decking the tables in the most decadent linen from Linen Me (such a treat to work with!) and festooning the dome in garland lights from Lights4Fun. The amazing group of women who helped. Placing the most beautiful foragers necklaces in each setting around the table from Silver Pebble. Tea lights twinkling in jam jars. 

Having been clear and beautiful all day, the sky clouded over and started to rain just as we sat down- providing the most beautiful soundtrack to our meal. Then we feasted, and I mean feasted, on the most delicious middle eastern three course dinner from Two Birds Kitchen- who also happen to be some of the loveliest and accommodating people we’ve worked with (multiple allergies and intolerances were no sweat for them). 

Post dinner, with a couple of glasses of wine in us, a group of us braved the rain in our swimming costumes to get in the Hot Tub provided by Devon Wood Craft (sneaky peak here!) Shreiking into the darkness, cold rain pattering on our faces, the heat of the water warming our very bones, an internal oven that kept us cosy all night long. Unforgettable. 

Sisterhood camp evening meal styled by Hannah Bullivant | Seeds and Stitches blog
Sisterhood camp evening meal styled by Hannah Bullivant | Seeds and Stitches blog
Sisterhood camp floral workshop led by Heather Eales | Seeds and Stitches blog
Sisterhood camp floral workshop led by Heather Eales | Seeds and Stitches blog
Sisterhood camp floral workshop led by Heather Eales | Seeds and Stitches blog
Sisterhood camp picnic styled by Hannah Bullivant | Seeds and Stitches blog
Sisterhood camp picnic styled by Hannah Bullivant | Seeds and Stitches blog
Sisterhood camp picnic styled by Hannah Bullivant | Seeds and Stitches blog
Sisterhood camp picnic styled by Hannah Bullivant | Seeds and Stitches blog
Sisterhood camp picnic styled by Hannah Bullivant | Seeds and Stitches blog
Shibori workshop led by Heather and Bethan at Sisterhood Camp | Seeds and Stitches blog
Photo of the middle eastern feast by Two Birds Kitchen, by bethan at Decorators Notes

Photo of the middle eastern feast by Two Birds Kitchen, by bethan at Decorators Notes

Table setting styled by moi, pic by Katy at Apartment Apothecary

Table setting styled by moi, pic by Katy at Apartment Apothecary

Everyone helping everyone else;  I could go on and on with collaboration after collaboration…. it was wonderful. I'm still processing lots of it. I have that strange feeling after a retreat where you feel really intimate with people you hardly knew beforehand, you know? I keep wanting to call Lou as I'm so used to chatting to her on the phone! Anyway. 

I'm excited to say that it looks like Sisterhood 2016 will definitely be going ahead, and will be ticketed and open to all. If you want more information when it becomes available, sign up here! We' be thrilled to meet you there!

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