Friday, December 29, 2017

Witchy Vintage Style Homewares Haul

I recently fell head over heels back in love with all things Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite, Arts and Crafts movement and Gothic Revival, as you will have seen if you read this post. It helped me realise that my ideal life would be to live in a Gothic Revival house in the woods that looks out over the sea, and to spend my time making beautiful things, collecting interesting objects, looking after an extensive plant collection, spending time in nature, looking like a Pre-Raphaelite muse, and generally being a little bit witchy and bohemian. Although this isn't entirely possible for me right now, I wanted to incorporate some of the aesthetic aspects of this into my current home, to help keep the dream alive. Having things which fit my visual preferences in my surroundings really help to inspire me and keep me on track, so it's something that is pretty important to me! It turned out that I already had a lot of things which would fit perfectly into this dream life aesthetic, and I'll be blogging about those soon,  but I wanted to share a few of the new pieces I picked up for my surroundings. Most of the items are thrifted, and there are a couple of new pieces as well.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Snow Day

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Enchanted Parade

To be entirely honest there are few things about the festive season that I really enjoy. The consumerism, stress, expectation and music are not really my cup of tea. But I've been trying to focus on the things that I do enjoy, make my own traditions, and prioritise those.  One of these traditions is to attend a lantern parade each December.  

Monday, November 27, 2017

Woodland Graveyard

I'm not sure whether I'm just becoming more Goth as I get older, but I've developed a bit of a penchant for old graveyards and cemeteries. I've always thought they were extremely beautiful, and they're also havens for wildlife. They appeal to my attraction to the places that seem in between worlds. One of the biggest and most beautiful cemeteries in Bristol is Arnos Vale Cemetery, which I'd been meaning to go to for ages after passing it fairly frequently and catching peeks of the Victorian splendor inside. Of course, I chose to go alone, a couple of hours before they closed, on one of the mistiest, gloomiest days of the year. At least it was atmospheric, I guess?

Friday, October 20, 2017

What's Inspiring Me Right Now

I was recently in Bournemouth for a few hours, and made a flying visit to the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum. It's wonderful and amazing and I definitely need to make a return visit, but what I loved most about it was the building itself. It's a rather Gothic looking Edwardian building, with absolutely sumptuous decor.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

The Forest Mermaid

I've realised that in all the time I've been using this name, I haven't properly explained what a forest mermaid is, or what it was supposed to mean. 

The Forest Mermaid came to me in the middle of the night. I was lying awake, worrying about the future, and trying to think what it was that "defined" me. "The Forest Mermaid" floated into my head, and although it didn't make sense at the time it seemed perfect. I drifted off to sleep, and by the time I woke the next morning, The Forest Mermaid was starting to make a lot of sense.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Autumnal Thrift Haul

The seasons definitely affect my shopping habits, so it's no surprise that my recent thrift finds have all been rather autumnal.

Friday, September 22, 2017


 Sunflowers seem to be everywhere I go recently. I have seen them in the expected places, the Botanic Garden and the city farm allotments, but also in the most unexpected places. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Magic Of Glastonbury

Glastonbury is a place I had felt a pull to visit for a long time. With its associations with King Arthur, Paganism, witchcraft and all things mystical and magical, it seemed like it would be my dream place, and I had vague memories of its magic from visiting as a child. But it was also somewhere I was avoiding, worried I had built it up too much in a combination of imagination and memory, and that in reality it would be just a tacky tourist cliche.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Bee Festival Haul

I recently visited the Bee Festival, which had stalls with lots of bee and pollination related things for sale. I thought it would be interesting to do a little haul of what I bought there. Everything available there was very ethical, and most of it was locally grown or produced, so it was exactly the kind of thing I like to support.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Bee Festival

At the beginning of September I went to the Bee and Pollination Festival at the Botanic Garden, an event I had been VERY EXCITED about for a long time! I'm fascinated by pollinators such as bees, butterflies, bats and moths, and I love honey, so I was really looking forward to reveling in all these for a day.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Summer Thrifting

I did A LOT of thrifting this summer...probably too much, if my bank balance is anything to go by. But I did get some lovely things, so here is a round up of them all! To start off, I picked up this gorgeous leaf necklace, which I think looks very elven. It's a beautiful necklace but also makes a good circlet on my head.

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Magical Meanderings

This summer I went on one of the most magical, breathtaking walks I have ever been on. It started in a beautiful meadow, filled with wildflowers. Perched on the thistles were clouds of six-spot burnet moths, their black and red colouring contrasting beautifully with the soft mauve of the thistles.  White butterflies flitted above the grass.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Summer Blaise

Back in early summer I went to the Blaise Castle Estate, the former grounds of a mansion house which is now a public space. In addition to some naturally occurring features, the parkland was landscaped to provide interest on carriage rides, and the result is a place which looks like it is straight out of a fairy tale. The combination of whimsical features and beautiful nature is perfect for me.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Iridescent Mermaid Garland

After making my white paper gem garland I still had a little bit of the shimmery white wrapping paper I used left, so I decided to make a mermaid themed garland to use it up. I used real scallop shells as a template, then I cut out three bigger shell shapes and two smaller ones.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Botanic Garden

The Botanic Garden has long been one of my favourite places in Bristol, and I recently went for an overdue visit. I was a bit worried that the gardens might be quite empty so late in the summer, but they were still buzzing with life-literally, as almost every flower seemed to have a bee on it!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Summer Walk

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Crystal Mushrooms (A.k.a. I Tried A Pinterest Craft And It Actually Worked)

Sometime several months ago, I came across this Pinterest pin showing some magical looking mushrooms made from glass bowls and vases glued together. It seemed simple enough and I loved the results, so I kept an eye out in charity shops for pretty glassware I could make some mushrooms with. Eventually I managed to gather enough pieces to make two mushrooms-individual pieces of glassware in the right sizes were surprisingly difficult to find!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Summer Woods

Friday, August 11, 2017

Natural Beauty, Skincare and Haircare Haul

I have VERY sensitive, combination skin, so after years of having allergic reactions and breakouts I switched to using only natural, plant based skincare products, and that seems to work for me. I also like that the products have less of an impact on the earth. For years I swore by the Waitrose Pure range, which is made from 97% natural ingredients, fragrance free, cruelty free, and also fairly reasonably priced. However, there isn't a Waitrose which stocks the full Pure range anywhere near me, their packaging is not entirely recyclable, and they insist on continuing to advertise in The Daily Mail, so when my stockpile of their products ran out at the beginning of the summer, I decided it was time to move on to new things.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Witchy Clothing and Homewares Try On Haul

Over the last few years my style has gradually got more "witchy", with lots of black and darker colours, long skirts and dresses, velvet, and crystal jewellery. Recently I've been wanting to reflect that in my home too, and I've ended up picking up quite a few witchy homewares, clothing and accessories over the last few months.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A Mermaid Guide To Bristol

Bristol is a city with a maritime history, and one of the reasons I love living here so much is because of the beautiful harbour, tidal river and abundance of nautical features. The whole city is arranged around the water, and it has really influenced the look and feel of the city-some parts of Bristol look so much like the seaside that I almost expect to turn a corner and find a beach! So it makes sense that there are lots of mermaid treasures to be found, if you look hard enough.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Ducklings and Moorchicks

Bristol Harbourside is great for many reasons, but one of the best things about it is watching all the water birds. In one spot there's a little floating artificial marshland to encourage wildlife, which always seems to have a duck or a swan or a moorhen hiding away somewhere in it, as well as some pretty flowering water plants. I was peering over the walkway one day in early summer to see if I could spot anything, when suddenly I saw a whole brood of ducklings.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Iridescent Pastel Mermaid Haul

So here's part two of my humongous pastel-y shiny haul, all the mermaid-y things!

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Iridescent Pastel Unicorn Haul

I seem to be in the throes of an intense obsession with all things pastel, iridescent, unicorn-y and mermaid-y right now, and I am loving it. I've always had a bit of a soft spot for these kinds of things, but over the last few months I've really been embracing them, so of course my shopping habits have followed suit. In fact I've ended up accumulating so much over a few months that I've had to split this haul into two parts-this part will be the things that make me think of unicorns, and there will be a mermaid themed part two!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Amphora Aromatics Event

A couple of weeks ago I went to a blogger event at Amphora Aromatics, an incredible aromatherapy and natural skincare company in Bristol. It was a chance to look around the shop, chat to people who work for the company, and get introduced to their new AA Skincare natural beauty range. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Exploring The Iconic SS Great Britain

The SS Great Britain is a Bristol landmark, of huge local and historical significance, and an Instagrammer's delight, so it seemed odd that despite my love of Bristol and all the beautiful things in this wonderful city, I'd never visited. A couple of weeks ago I decided to change that, and headed off to explore this huge iron ship.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Looking Back At Spring


I spent a lot of time outside this Spring, and took a lot of photos...and then forgot to share most of them. So I thought I would do a little look back, at what was a spectacularly beautiful Spring.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Woodland Walk

Monday, May 29, 2017


If I had to choose an overall favourite flower (which would be tough, because I love so many), it would probably be bluebells. I find them utterly enchanting.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Spike Island Open

Over the early May Bank Holiday weekend, Spike Island art centre had their annual open event. I'd never been to Spike Island before, despite walking past it more times than I could count, so I took advantage of the event and popped in on their opening night. I'd been under the delusion that Spike Island was "just" an art gallery, and had no idea that the building also housed Spike Studios, with many artists studios.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Spring Thrifting

It's time for a round up of everything I thrifted this Spring! Over the Spring months I have had a really good run of luck with thrift finds. I actually worked for a chain of charity shops until this year, and although I found a lot of awesome stuff at work, the last thing I wanted to do in my free time was thrift. Leaving that job has re-awoken my love of searching for thrifted treasures, and I've been enjoying exploring some of the charity and second hand shops in my new area. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

My Crystal Collection

Over the last few years I have slowly built up a collection of crystals. Many of them were bought in a very lucky charity (thrift) shop find of what must have been someones geology collection, and I have added more thrifted finds and a few pieces from various crystal shops. I love how crystals look and they are very much a part of my "aesthetic", I enjoy learning about geology and the scientific aspects of them, and I also like to have them around for their energy and metaphysical properties.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Jack In The Green

 ♫ Dance with me Jack, dance along the highway ♪

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Sculpture Festival at Bristol Botanic Garden

Over the Easter bank holiday weekend I visited Bristol Botanic Garden, for their Easter Sculpture Festival and Quilting Exhibition. I had been to the Botanic Garden many times before, but never for this particular event, so I was intrigued.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Playlist: Moving On to Better Things

I wasn't really sure how to phrase this post. Suffice to say, there's been a lot of crappy stuff happening in the last half decade or so of my life, and it has weighed heavy on me. I finally feel like my life is moving on from that. I really want to leave it all well and truly behind me and emerge shiny, happy and FABULOUS from the ashes!

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Adventures In Fabric Dyeing

A while ago I thrifted a carrier bag full of very old Dylon dyes (the ones that came in tins, anyone remember those?). There were an array of wonderful colours, and I wanted to experiment, so I grabbed all the light coloured natural fabrics I had to hand and set to work.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Museum of the Moon

I've been following Bristol based artist Luke Jerram's work since I went to his wonderful, surreal Withdrawn installation in 2015. So when I read that he would be touring a new, moon themed installation, I was very excited, and hoped that it would stop off in his home city at some point. After much anticipation, it was announced that Museum of the Moon would be open to the public at the beautiful Wills Memorial Building (part of Bristol University) over the last weekend in March. The amazing Neo Gothic architecture of the building was the perfect backdrop to the surreal sight of a mini (but still pretty large!) moon, seemingly floating above the ground of its own accord.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Goats In The Gully

The Avon Gorge and the land on top of it, known as The Downs, is a pretty special place. Not only is it rather spectacular to look at, it's home to everything from nesting peregrine falcons, to rare plants such as the Bristol onion, Bristol rockcress, and Bristol whitebeam trees (which you will notice all have EXTREMELY ORIGINAL names).

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Serene Snowdrops

I am endlessly delighted and fascinated by snowdrops. Every year when the first shoots start appearing, I enter a full on snowdrop obsession and have to seek out as many as I can for their short flowering season. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

A Mermaid Playlist

Recently I started to think about mermaid music. Music that makes me feel (more) like a mermaid, music that I think mermaids would listen to, music that could be made by actual mermaids who are masquerading as music artists. The result was this watery mermaid playlist. Do you have any favourite mermaid-y songs?

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Window Wanderland

In February I went to a lovely community event called Window Wanderland. It was started in Bristol and now takes place in several areas of the city, plus a few other cities across the UK. The idea of it is that people decorate the windows of their home or business, and when darkness falls they light them up, creating an illuminated artwork, installation or scene. Something to brighten up the dark nights and bring a little light and joy to the cold, gloomy winter.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

What's Inspiring Me Right Now: The Ac!d Reign Chronicles

Although I've liked Grimes' music for a while, her album came out when I was going through a very different musical phase and deep in an obsession with a different band. So although I thought the visuals for the first video from her Art Angels album were interesting, I didn't pay a lot of attention to the rest of them. That is, until a couple of weeks ago, when Youtube autoplay did something good for once and started playing the video for World Princess Part II. The castle they were dancing around in looked awfully familiar, and I realised that it was Chepstow Castle, a place I've visited many times.  In fact, all but one of the video locations were places that I'm very familiar with and have spent a lot of time around at different points in my life. It was really eerie but strangely fascinating to watch a music video shot in all these places that I knew so well.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Nature Journal | January

This year I decided to keep a nature journal, with paintings and drawings of the animals, plants and weather I see each month. I thought it would be interesting to look back on at the end of the year, as well as being a great way of improving my art skills. 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Lantern Parade

Last week I went to Bedminster Lantern Parade, a procession of handmade lanterns and local bands through the streets of the Bedminster area of Bristol, put on to bring a little light and cheer to the winter darkness. It was sweet, uplifting, and very, very Bristol.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Winter Sunset

Monday, January 23, 2017

How I Made My Thrifty & Creative Planner Set Up

I really want to be more organised this year, so I set out to re-vamp my planner in a way that would encourage me to use it. I ended up being really pleased with my planner layout and the way I decorated it, especially as it ended up being very low cost! 

Friday, January 20, 2017

OOTD | Fairy Tale Forest

This is the outfit I put together for visiting Strange Worlds. It seemed appropriate to dress for the occasion, wearing something with a hint of dark fairy tale. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Strange Worlds: The Vision of Angela Carter

The Fairy Tale, Di Oliver

For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by fairy tales. As a child I was enthralled by the pretty princesses and magical phenomena, but as I grew older I started to notice the darker elements of the tales, to wonder what was going on behind the scenes. Why were the (usually female) protagonists always warned to stay out of the woods, away from the tower, or not to go to the ball? What was lurking there that was so dangerous? And was it really dangerous to the protagonist, or was there something more oppressive at work? When I discovered the work of Angela Carter, who so skillfully weaves all these questions into a tapestry of magical realism, carnival colours, and often shocking sexuality, I was completely entranced. Her writing made me think deeper about not only the stories I had grown up with, but the real world, and my place in it. It made me realise that magic can be found in the strangest of places. Above all though, her writing conjured up a series of very clear images, pictures in my mind which have influenced me ever since.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

#CreativeKickstart October, November and December

#CreativeKickstart is a hashtag to share what we've been making and being inspired by each month, created by my merfriend Cuttlefishlove. I kept up with it for a few months in 2015 but then lost track. In 2016 I wanted to post a photo for each month, so that I could look back at the end of the year and see my creative journey. The last quarter of 2016 got pretty hectic for me, but I was determined to finish my year of #CreativeKickstart, so here are the photos for October, November and December!