Buying British & Handmade

I love taking advantage of worldwide social media to encourage and publicise the success of artists & craftspeople. I also feel that if you want to support British industry the best way you can do that nowadays is to buy locally and/or from small business. There are lots of awesome people who are stepping out…

Mission: A Bond of Two Halves

When you think of mission, the likelihood is you picture people travelling, even if only down the road, in order to reach people who might need help in a number of ways. When travel has become easier than ever before a lot of the ideas wrapped up with mission are about the developing world, building…

Breaking My Heart; Loving More Fully

Sometimes it is hard to think of pain as ever having a point or being a good thing. Sometimes this makes us incredibly angry and that is honestly OK. On the other hand pain can sometimes be the basic sign that change needs to happen. Sometimes our hearts need to break so we understand exactly…

Planning A House Without The Pride

  I love houses that become homes. I love how a building can start to symbolise who lives there and represent the life they are trying to live. This is a bit strange seeing as I was unbelievably bored by architecture in Art History classes. I think this is because the walls, the roofs, the…

New Year & Resolutions For 2014

This is the time of year that the internet fills with resolutions, challenges, advice, and leftovers from the feasts enjoyed previously. Although I don’t want to bore you all silly I thought I would think over, and write about, the lessons from 2013 and my hopes for 2014.

The Sensible Decision

If you’re anything like me you have often felt like you’ve been thrown into adulthood a bit soon… even if it happened years ago, sometimes being an adult can feel far too much like hard work and being a kid (even if you hated it at the time) the far more relaxing and enjoyable part…

Knowle Parish Magazine: Mama Vs. Clutter-Monster

(Article written 14th August 2013, and published September 2013.) My name is Elle and I’m clutter-phobic. More specifically impending baby clutter (although adult clutter isn’t much better). I am currently 18 weeks pregnant and shops are taunting me with multicoloured plastic, pink blankets, blue onesies and baby animals on everything. I walk into a department…

Career vs. Motherhood: Politics of Guilt

Women as a whole are very good at judging other women and using guilt to tell each-other that we’re not doing woman-hood properly. I’ve seen it massively in feminism and wedding prep, and it is often in the church too, and it’s sad that it is likely this that is starting to give the basic…

Furnishing Our Home With Very Little Money

So for the first time in our lives, and definitely in our marriage, Bear and I are moving into an unfurnished home. This has meant that we have had to actually think a bit more seriously about our furniture and think about how we can afford to furnish our home. Our new home has 3…