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 fiancĂ©!) 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!