Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle

On a grey Saturday afternoon, Jason and I decided to head into town to explore a museum or two! With le Musée des Beaux Arts and le Musée Dobrée both closed for having some renovation work done on their site, I thought it would be nice to visit the Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle in Nantes.

One section was closed unfortunately but we enjoyed going around the rest of the museum. First, what a beautiful building! And secondly, you can touch most of the stones and rare gems on the ground floor! Paradise for kids (and big kids). Although it felt a bit weird being surrounded by basically, well, stuffed animals on the first floor, I did think it was all very well presented and super interesting for families. And actually, most people we saw there were families with very noisy kids.

You can stay a solid 2 hours if you're really taking the time to read all the research behind each exhibit. Here are some photos!

I recognised a few fascinating creatures from the Devonian time thanks to the fact that I've watched Ponyo many many times (if you haven't seen this animation by Miyazaki, you're not my friend anymore) and have you seen the colours on this bird!!

After that, we went around the town centre to find somewhere for a nice coffee (and beer for Jason) break and we even had a cheeky brioche before taking the tram to get back home. Overall, a lovely afternoon :)

Friday, 24 March 2017

Interview for Baby Book Club

Happy Friday guys!

A couple of weeks ago, I came across Baby Book Club on Twitter thanks to a client and as they were searching for children's books illustrators to interview, I didn't think twice before contacting the founder Hannah!

I had a lot of fun answering to her questions and you can find the whole interview RIGHT HERE :). I love their concept and the fact that the subscription process is so easy. Make sure to check them out at the same time!

Hope you all have a nice weekend. We're picking up our keys to move into the new house tomorrow so we're super excited!

Monday, 13 March 2017

Clearance Sale in my Etsy shop!

You know when I mentioned earlier this year that one of my goals was to create a new collection for my Etsy shop? Well, I've finally decided to start working on it and I'd love to start from fresh so I'm running a clearance sale! All my cards are down from £2.80 to £1.40 so this is definitely a bargain :)

I'll make sure to keep you all updated with the new cards that I'll be designing and I'll probably be sharing some sneak peeks along the way. But in the meantime, you can shop all my discounted cards RIGHT HERE.

Thank you!

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Proud to be a woman!

Proud to be a woman, proud to be my own boss and proud to never shut up!

People often told me when I was growing up that I was too loud, too expressive, too honest and that I needed to learn to be quieter and basically, not myself. Although I always felt it wasn't fair, after my teenage years, I tried to shut up more and I finished this journey in depression, with an eating disorder. After that, I decided that enough was enough, and if I wanted to be myself again, I had to stop being like everybody else and trying to fit the mould. I became myself again, never mind if some people weren't happy about it! I'm still sensitive, respectful and considerate. Being honest doesn't make me a rude person.

Being a woman to me today is to get control of my life, be proud of my choices and always be true to myself. But it's also tearing up in front of an emotional Disney movie, putting lipstick on when I feel like it, and complaining about this stupid belly that is never completely flat. We're not perfect, we'll never be, but I try to remind myself everyday that I should be proud of where I am, who I am, and where my choices will take me.

(Now I feel that I should have included 'Run the world' by Beyoncé haha!)

Happy International Women's Day!

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Le Chronographe

One of the good things about living close to a massive city, is that chances are, it was already a busy city in Roman times.  Lately, archeologists have found loads of objects and proofs that show how people were living at that time. Rezé, which is facing Nantes on the other side of La Loire, was called Ratiatum and was known to be a successful port town for at least a century.

They found so much remains in Saint-Lucien that they've decided to build Le Chronographe to tell people all about it. As the entry is free in February to celebrate its launch, we went there on a rainy Sunday to see what it was all about.

We found the exhibition really interesting and Jason was pleased to see that there were a few bits translated in English, which was quite nice for me as I didn't have to translate everything for him ;). Also, as designers, we couldn't help but notice how well designed the whole project is (I still have the leaflets with me for future design reference!).

Also, not pictured is the Chapelle Saint-Lupien that they opened to the public for the occasion, just a few meters away from Le Chronographe. They dug out so much that the archeologists found remains of a couple of ancient sarcophages, and Roman walls even deeper below. I just think it's fascinating to see how the generations of people living at the same place always built on top of the old floor level, creating these layers in the ground that people nowadays can study to learn more about the history of our ancestors.

Have a great week (fingers crossed there will be no further power cuts)!

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Giveaway - March wallpapers

Happy 1st of March! Who's like me and literally CANNOT wait for Spring? March to me is the light at the end of the tunnel, when it's suddenly getting lighter, warmer and more colourful. It makes me so much happier to wake up with the sun rather than getting up in the dark and I can always tell how my motivation levels change when the days are getting longer. So there you go, I wanted to represent the fresh but happy month of March with these cute otters having fun in the middle of the river!

In other news, this month should be our moving month so fingers crossed we'll find somewhere nice to live! We've finally bought a car and we're almost done with French paperwork. If you're following on Instagram, you'll probably get some sneak peeks of where we're going to move ;)