I love being creative. Unfortunately my actual creative skills are reminiscent of a toddler with a felt pen – dangerous and unpredictable, and will generally colour outside the lines by accident. Yep, I’m not the best drawer, colourer-inner (that’s definitely a word) or designer in the world but there are some people who are. They’re not me, just to clarify. Again.
I’ve been ordering from some amazing small businesses lately – and please note, when I say small business I mean absolutely no disrespect whatsoever: the hustle is real for these girls and they are most definitely smashing it!
Now, like most bloggers/22-year old women/humans, I love stationery, and postcards, and quotes and prettiness. Let’s have a look at my favourites, and the amazing businesses they come from!
My Instagram looks like a shrine to That Lame Company at the moment and I’m not even sorry. Chloe is smashing it out of the park with Pinterest-worthy prints, stationery, greetings cards and stickers. Don’t even know where to start? She offers customised bundles and lucky dips at various price points (perfect if you’re on a budget or if you want to treat yo-self) and if you’ve collected a fair amount of her stuff (like me), even lets you request that they’re not included in your order!
My personal favourites are the rose gold prints, and the incredibly apt “I should have done this stuff yesterday” to-do list, which speaks to my actual procrastinating soul.
My parcels have always arrived quickly and safely, and are packaged ADORABLY with stickers and doodles on the envelope. Also, can I get an amen for FREE UK POSTAGE? Amen.
If you don’t know Jemma, you’ve probably been living under a rock, or like, in the countryside somewhere where there’s no wifi. This blogging queen has taken to Etsy to sell her gorgeous illustrations, stickers and prints. I love Jemma; she’s done so much for the blogging community (she’s the queen who started #thegirlgang, don’tcha know?), so naturally I want to support her creative endeavours and, completely selfishly, get some pretty stuff for my new house.
I’ve only ordered once from Jemma’s shop – scandalous I know – but as I type there’s a cheeky little tab open with my Paypal details ready to go. My personal faves from her store are her sticker packs – I picked up the self-care stickers to remind me to take some time for myself sometimes. Everything is illustrated in true Dorkface style – bright, happy and girly!
If you need a bit of help with staying organised, Jemma creates blog planner and bullet journal stickers so the inner organisational freak inside all of us can take a deep breath…and chill out.
Home of the Ultimate Blog Planner (ie the spark that gave me back my blogging mojo), Dot Creates has everything you’ll ever need to get your organising on. Danielle even has a section for bloggers, which houses the Blogger Essentials Box (it’s on sale, people, quick!).
I picked up the Blogger Essentials Box and did an actual shriek of happiness when I opened it (the packaging was honestly so exciting; it was like opening a birthday present!). Everything is just so Instagrammable! Materialism aside, the blog planner is actually simple enough to customise to your liking – with handy little check boxes to tick off once you’ve written a post, taken photos, sorted your links and finally published your masterpiece.
Off you go; go and support these wonderful women and their businesses (and while you’re at it, let me know of any other creative businesses I should be sending my wages to!). Speak soon!