Wednesday, 17 January 2018

A walk on the coast of Guidel

Last weekend we took advantage of the fantastic weather to explore a new place around Morbihan, only 30 minutes away from where we live. I say fantastic weather because honestly, it has been so horrible and rainy around here lately that a sunny afternoon was like a miracle ha!

The interesting thing about the coast of Guidel is that it has a beautiful beach that is very popular with surfers, as well as a natural reserve split into two main lakes: Le Grand Loc'h and Le Petit Loc'h really close to the coast. There are plenty of walking paths around the whole area and the views are just breathtaking. More photos below!

We started off with a walk around the Petit Loc'h and I couldn't help but feel like I was back on the coast of North Wales in some places! I can't believe how much the beautiful landscape in Brittany makes me think of North Wales sometimes. We definitely chose the right place to move in France!

We made our way to the beach to watch the crazy surfers braving the freezing cold water before walking along the coast. There were so many of them! You can tell this spot is very popular. We were mostly impressed by the view of the crashing waves on the old military structure though. And that light was just perfect!

We saw a few remaining bunkers and old military buildings along the beach, and there's even a 18th century fortress further away that was originally built to defend the area from English invasion. It certainly gives a different feel to the beach and makes you wonder about all the horrible events that must have happened there.

We really took our time and were stopping here and there to take it all in and snap some photos. It did us really good to just stop for a moment and breathe. With everything that has been going on lalety, we forgot how important it was to just have a break and not feeling bad for not doing anything productive for a while!

Also, I took a photo of that camping sign because there were loads of this type of signs dotted around the area and I found them really pretty and different from the usual boring ones! I particularly liked the colour combo on the one above.

More beautiful landscapes! By the time we finished our walk though, the paths were crammed with families and their dogs having a Sunday stroll so I think we timed it right!

We came back home feeling amazing and we even stopped at the Boulangerie to get a Galette des Rois (we're a bit late for the epiphany but hey, better late than never!). We thought to ourselves that we'll have to come back during Summer to have a dip in the water!

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Wallpaper Giveaway - Run With It

First wallpaper giveaway of the year! I wanted this one to be quite special but had no idea what to do. I was back from my holiday slump and had no inspiration at all. Until one day when I was falling asleep, I thought about having warm cream and pink tints in wavy shapes with a dark blue circle and loads of breathing space around. And the idea was born!

I didn't do any sketches this time and went straight on Photoshop. I was basically going with the flow and it felt really good. Hence the title of the wallpaper set! I had an idea and I just ran with it to see where it would take me. The result is very different from what I usually do but I think this is why I like it so much. Hope you do too!

These wallpapers are free as usual but I would just like to remind people that they're only for personal use, thank you :)


Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Hello 2018!

Let’s be honest, 2017 was kind of messy for us! Moving back to France with my Welsh boyfriend (now fiancé!) wasn’t the easiest task in the world. We lived at my parents for three months, trying to work as much as we could on our freelance businesses whilst looking for a car, a house to rent and most of all, dealing with the bloody French paperwork (which is hell by the way).

Things got easier when we moved into our house in April and we finally managed to settle a bit. Apart from the fact that the house was literally empty at the beginning, we managed quite well and things got a bit easier. Work was getting better and we started planning things. Towards the end of year, we just felt happier about our life and where we were at. But still, I think I’ll always remember 2017 as just a blurry, kind of crazy year and in a way, I’m glad to start a new one and leave it behind!

I feel like 2018 is going to be a good one, and I’m going to do everything possible for it. On a personal level, it’s going to be the year that we bring Jason’s old Ford Capri back from North Wales which is very exciting, and it’s also going to be the year of our marriage, which is even more exciting! We’re planning the smallest wedding in the world with only our close families (literally just our parents and siblings) and we’re so happy about that. We have a tiny budget for it as we both agree that spending a lot of money for just one day doesn’t feel right to us, and the fact that it’s going to be very simple is perfect for us.

We’re also hoping to be able to plan a couple of weekends away or even just a nice holiday somewhere nice. We’ll see! I decided that there was no point planning too much and having loads of goals to reach by the end of the year. I prefer to go with the flow and see how things turn out!

Business-wise though, I am planning to change a few things, the main one being the growth of my Etsy shop (yay!). I finally feel like it’s time to offer more than just greeting cards and I’m currently working on three illustrated A4 prints for kids bedrooms, two notebooks (A5 and A6) with nice lettering and patterns on them, and even a tote bag with a nice print on it! I’m really hoping that it will bring my shop to the next level and that you guys will like them all :)

I’m also concentrating on the fact that I’d love to work on more children’s books and I’m going to do my best to attract the right people/clients for it. Plus, I’m still part of TeamAuthor Uk and I’m excited to work on more exciting projects with them!

So yeah, I’m happy to have a fresh start and I’m definitely looking forward to everything that 2018 holds for us. Make sure to follow along!

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Noël à Bon-Repos

This is my last Christmas related post, I promise! January is just around the corner so I have no better time to share our festive day at the Abbaye de Bon-Repos. Plus, I don't know about you, but I intend to stay in that Christmassy mood as long as I can!

The weekend before our holiday, we made our way to this beautiful place that we always like visiting, expecting to see a full-on Christmas market. Well, that wasn't quite the case but we still had a very nice time! I think I didn't quite understand the fact that although there were a few activities inside the Abbaye and that the place had been decorated for the occasion, the rest of the area didn't have anything Christmasy happening, so of course, no market was taking place at the same time.

Anyhow, we still went inside and enjoyed hearing the band playing whilst looking at the current exhibition. More photos below!

We really liked some of the artist's illustrations and you can tell straight away that he's passionate about the whole celtic culture around Bretagne. Some of them really had a nice feel. He's known under the name of Brucero and you can have a look at his work right here.

Also, even though the photos don't look great because of the lighting, we enjoyed discovering some parts of the Abbaye that were all decorated for the various activities they'd planned. The dragon was quite impressive!

After warming up with some hot mulled wine (you can see the steam coming out of the glasses!), we went for a long walk around the Abbaye, waiting for the sun to go down so that I could take some photos of the historical building with the lights on. We didn't stay until it was properly dark though so the lights don't look very impressive unfortunately!

I hope you all had a great Christmas and I'll see you in the new year!

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Joyeux Noël + some news!

First of all, Merry Christmaaaaaas!! I've been off work for a couple of days now and I'm currently staying at my parents to spend some much needed time with my family! My sister is home too and as she's been living quite far away the past year, it's so nice to catch up with her too.

I'm looking forward to a nice meal tonight with my auntie and uncle Nadine and Titi and my cousins that I haven't seen for a long time too. And of course, I'm looking forward to a very festive Christmas day tomorrow, exchanging gifts, eating way too much food and spending time with some more family. It's days like these ones that I feel so grateful for life in general and even if things are not always perfect, it's so much better to concentrate on the positive and spend time with the ones you love :)

I'm hoping that you're all having an amazing time too!

As for the life update, boy have I got some news for you... Last weekend, Jason proposed to me!! Yes, we're ENGAGED! I feel so grown up just saying it haha. We're both very happy and although we're not spending Christmas together this year (he's back in North Wales for two weeks), the fact that he did it just before leaving made everything feel extra special. Every time I look at my pretty ring, I have a big smile on my face and it makes me think of him and how much I can't wait to be married to the love of my life. I know, very soppy indeed, but it's the truth!

You should have seen our parents reaction when we announced the news! We kept it a 'secret' for a couple of days as we wanted to see Jason's parents on Skype to tell them and we waited to see my parents before announcing the news too. Plus, I definitely didn't want to share it on social media before telling our close family first.

You're going to ask me 'So how did he propose'? Well, it was nothing crazy or over the top but it was perfect to us. He took me to a restaurant for a nice meal on the Saturday night and as we didn't come back home late, we just watched a bit of TV before going to bed. The problem is that he didn't plan the fact that I would fall asleep on the couch in my PJs! But it turned out quite good for him as whilst I was snoozing on the couch downstairs, he prepared the bedroom all nice upstairs and put some candles on so that when he woke me up and I opened the door, it was a proper surprise to me! He said he wanted to treat me to a nice massage but that first he had something to ask me about.

And so he kneeled down (bear in mind that I was half awake and in my PJs) and asked me to marry him! I of course said yes :). We're super excited about it all since then! If you'd like to see a picture of the ring (that is just so beautiful and perfect for me), head over to my Instagram!

I'll probably post some updates about the wedding but I have to say, don't expect anything big because it's going to be the smallest wedding in the world ;)


Monday, 18 December 2017

Coup de Coeur - Alyssa Guerrero

I've discovered this super talented lady through Instagram (check her out!) and I'm so pleased I did. I love everything she does and I'm always looking forward to the next piece of design she's going to share.

Alyssa Guerrero is truly an inspiration for me in terms of her illustrative and lettering skills. She manages to represent a fruit or even a building with only a few lines and honestly, I'm always in awe of people that can do that! Plus, her artworks always have this vintage feel with a lot of texture, which is exactly what I like!

Lately I've been working a lot more digitally for my client projects and Alyssa makes me want to grab my brushes and paint again. If you're digging her art too, you definitely need to have a look at her shop right here. Also, check out her blog to download the 'Just Start Yo' wallpaper!