First (and very possibly last) ‘Podcast’

We all make decisions we may live to regret, creating this Podcast could be mine. I recorded and edited this in a couple of hours to prove a point to myself, and hopefully to you too. If you’ve got an idea don’t keep procrastinating, give it a go. I’d like to quickly caveat my use of the word ‘Podcast’ for fear of retribution. I’m sure the criteria for describing it as a Podcast requires it to be longer than five minutes, informative and entertaining, I cannot promise any of these sadly. As a fan of Radio 4 Woman’s Hour I’d just like to apologise to the nation in advance.

This is for all the mum’s out there who’ve taken a career break to have children. Returning to work at a level which recognises your worth and allows flexibility is something to be celebrated. But sadly this doesn’t happen very often. How can you find that elusive job and get your mojo back?

I’m cringing as I say the words ‘mission statement’ but essentially my mumblings are an explanation for why I started Social Butterflies and hopefully how it can inspire you too. I’d love to hear your thoughts – please don’t leave me hanging in a virtual bubble! Hopefully my words mean something to you. Or even if it’s just to tell me to stop making bad recordings!

CV reality check

I work from home a couple of days a week, and like all women I end up doing chores in between work. Loading the washing machine, unloading the dishwasher (and reloading), checking the fridge for missing items before the inevitable ‘top-up’ shop to the supermarket later (I feel a sad sense of achievement if I can avoid going at least once a day). My ability to multi-task is second to none, as is my ability to procrastinate. The internet has been calling me today with its cheeky loveliness and I’ve been powerless to resist. However, and quite unbelievably, amid endless cups of tea, a quick power-up in the form of a few ‘Waitrose-mini-hot-cross-buns’, I have actually written my CV. I know, I’ve even impressed myself.

I run this magazine alongside my day job, and I’m currently trying to find time to launch my freelance business (digital marketer and editor). During this process I’ve been going through my CV for the first time in a long while, and oh my lord it’s been an uphill struggle. Does anyone else find writing in a self-promotional style buttock-clenchingly awkward? I’m happy to write about other people and tell their story, but when it comes to listing my own experience and achievements I feel out of my comfort zone, much like Nigel Farage at a Eurovision party.

Writing down your professional story is an exhausting process, but once you’ve written it you can spend an infinite amount of time refining it, or as I like to call it, disappearing down the rabbit hole that is Pinterest (goddamn you Pinterest). There are so many styles and designs these days for CV writing that I find it all a bit overwhelming. So I’ve decided to stick to my guns and opted for simplicity. A clean design coupled with riveting lists of experience and achievements *should* speak for themselves.

Part of the reason I’ve done this, is so I have a clear vision of what I can offer, what I know and how much that is worth to a business (and I don’t just mean financially, don’t underestimate sparkling wit and personality). If you’re thinking of returning to work, looking for a new job or perhaps starting a business, writing a CV can be a cathartic process – think AA meets NCT (but with jobs) – the first step is admitting you’ve got a problem, and remember, it’ll be worth the pain! It’s a good idea to get other people to check for errors obviously, but most importantly, writing about yourself in the third person (always a bit weird, but necessary in this context) helps you think objectively about what it is you have to offer. Which, I can guarantee will always be more than you think – age for once is a distinct advantage!

Desk reality: clearly need to buy A LOT more wine by the way

I’ve used two photos to illustrate visually what I mean about having a ‘CV reality check’. The main image is obviously not mine but an idealised, Instagram composition (credit to desk of dreams creator: Emma Highfield). The second one is the reality of my home working situation (it’s my kitchen table surrounded by crap). My point is that you need to think of a CV as you would the picture perfect desk – it’s a contrived version of reality. We recognise the same concept in the real picture, i.e. there is a table and a computer, the similarities end there sadly. So don’t stress about how to present yourself on paper – just write it down and tidy it up later.

We all have bundles of experience to offer future employers, particularly once you’re over the hump of, ahem…35 (ish). We should learn to celebrate our achievements for what they are, not compare ourselves to Instagram perfection (that gorgeous desk can bloody well piss off with all its neatness). Being a mum unofficially qualifies you as a PRINCE2 practitioner, referee, chauffeur, wine taster extraordinaire, UN diplomat (I could go on). Basically you’re awesome, even if at first glance your CV needs sprucing up.

Baking with style

Candice Aboderin is a mother, vlogger and runs her own cake business Cake By Candie. A zest for life shines through in her YouTube videos, which she began as a way of capturing family life for posterity. Candice waxes lyrical on a range of different topics and doesn’t shy away from uncomfortable truths. We asked her to share her story and one her favourite cupcake recipes.

Tell us about yourself

My name is Candice Aboderin and I am 29. I currently run my own cake business Cake By Candie. Prior to motherhood (finally making me take a long walk off a short bridge) I dabbled in advertising and marketing roles, my last job before going alone was with Penguin Random House Publishing. My daughter Esme-Olivia is three and can be very frank about my cake designs, so I still feel like I have a boss of sorts! Apart from that, I love making videos I began doing so just to document my family life, as after my father died I realised I had no video of him. I find comfort in the fact that should I no longer be here and Esme has a burning question she knows that mummy probably made a video about that. I didn’t think others would find it interesting but here we are! As time has gone on it’s made sense to start making baking tutorial videos. With business’ heavily dependant on Google search algorithms, the more content tied to my business name, the better.

How has digital technology and social media changed the way you work?

Thankfully, I’m young enough to say that I don’t know life without it. When it comes to running a cake business, the plus sides are tremendous. Gone are the days of sourcing bank loans and dealing with overheads. With a bright, beautiful Instagram, authenticity and most importantly a great product, you are able to run a business from your sofa! The consistent downside to social media, is watching others and their numbers thinking that you or your business is not doing as well as it should. Whenever I feel those feeling creep in, I know it’s time to take a little break. Personally, it has really helped me build a community that have shared my business and content no end. I am forever indebted to women whom I haven’t (yet) met. I don’t ever see it changing the way I work but hopefully, it will continue to enhance it.

Pink Faux Velvet Cupcakes: far easier twist on the red velvet classic

Ingredients

Cupcakes
7oz caster sugar
7oz butter
7oz self-raising flour
1tbsp milk
¼ tsp red gel food colouring
1tsp vanilla extract (optional)

Buttercream
9oz butter (softened)
1lb 11/2 oz icing sugar, sifted
1/4 tsp red gel food colouring

Method

Cupcakes

  • Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius (fan) or 180 degrees Celsius for gas/gas mark 4.
  • Line a cupcake tray with cupcake cases and set aside.
  • Cream together the softened butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.
  • Beat the eggs in one at a time until fully incorporated. At anytime if you see the mixture curdling add in a tablespoon of flour. Then throw in the rest.
  • Now add the gel food colouring and combine until your mixture is positively pink! At this point if you want to use vanilla extract, throw that in too.
  • Fill the cupcake cases two-thirds full. I find the easiest way to do this with an ice cream scoop but using two spoons will suffice if you don’t have one to hand.

Buttercream

  • Beat together the softened butter and sifted icing sugar until pale and fluffy. Consistency is key here, so try not to over beat as it can make the buttercream too runny. Once done, add in the food colouring until a desired shade of pink is reached.
  • Once the cakes are cooled you are now at liberty to get the party started. For beginners, there is no need to fuss with a piping bag and nozzles, you can jut use a palette knife (even a butter knife will do) and spread until your heart’s content. For those that want to try their hand at piping, I have instructions in this video.
  • Lastly, sit on the sofa and stuff your face!

Candice is following…

 

I love Yvadney and all that she creates. A part-time stylist and full-time mum, it’s wicked to see a mother who hasn’t got totally lost in the SMA sauce and still takes pride and finds a way to have fun with the way she looks. She also created an awesome platform Mum’s That Slay which celebrates a plethora of mothers tackling teething while wearing Gucci loafers. I love it!

Motherhood_RXMotherhood, especially motherhood as a black woman, can be really lonely. I’ve lost count of the times I’ve been to a mother and baby group and been the only POC in the room. Visibility is so important. I love the way MotherhoodRX don’t exclude anyone but really work hard to lift up black mothers who aren’t usually represented in mainstream media

June AmbroseThe queen of celebrity styling (can you tell, I really love playing dress up?). June Ambrose is such an inspiration. With a glowing CV and such a positive outlook to life, her Instagram is where I go to feel good. Plus she styled, Jay Z who is my fav, married to everyone’s fav Beyonce. So June Ambrose has breathed the same air as Beyonce. I’ll take my kicks where I can get them!


Candice’s work 

cakebycandie.com
youtube.com/c/candiescorner
instagram.com/candiceaboderin
instagram.com/cakebycandie

Something for the weekend

Meet Claire Robinson, a travel blogger, digital trainer and consultant based in the Cotswolds. An established career as an advertising creative enabled Claire to go freelance as a creative copywriter seven years ago to work more flexibly around her daughter. As well as writing her travel blog Weekend Candy, running training courses and launching her digital consultancy, Claire has found time to share her story and her Spring weekend recommendations with us.

Tell us about yourself

By day I’m a freelance copywriter for digital and advertising agencies, then by night I’m the founder and owner of a travel blog about weekend breaks in the UK and Europe. I’m not quite sure how I ended up here, but I guess it had something to do with doing English at university, followed by a creative writing MA. I’d always wanted to write (particularly about travel) and kind of fell into my first writing gig with a small nutritional company after university. From there I went to a publishing house, then to advertising agencies where I worked in the creative department and came up with ideas for advertising and digital campaigns. I went freelance about seven years ago to help fit in with being a single parent to a beautiful girl. I didn’t know if freelance would work, but I’m a big believer in ‘leaping and building your wings on the way down’. Thankfully it worked (big yay) and I’m still freelance with a good base of clients. My blog Weekend Candy, started after I won Eurostar as my freelance client. I was writing travel destination content and it reignited my passion for this sort of writing. In the old days, to be a published travel writer you’d need to be featured by a magazine or newspaper but digital has changed all that (very big yay!). Knowing this, I gobbled up books about blogging and went on courses about starting and running a blog – then I just did it. I pressed publish on my first piece and have never looked back!

How has digital technology and social media has changed the way you work?

Digital technology has made it possible to live my dream: travel, write and share my stories with others. I think it’s incredible that people with a passion can now turn that into a viable online business, it’s so exciting, so liberating. It’s wonderful watching and sharing in others successes online.

I love the way digital has broken down traditional barriers: we’re no longer tied to 9/5 or an office desk. We can work from just about anywhere. One day I hope to be fully remote, working when I want, where I want – that’s the next part of the dream. I also love the instant gratification that comes with working in a digital medium as opposed to print. I can see immediately who’s read my posts, who likes my stuff, the affect my work has had (if any!).

Social media is my closest friend! It’s the lifeblood of my blog, driving traffic my way, but more importantly, allowing me to connect and reconnect with exceptional people, readers and long lost friends. I love that I’ve friends via social who I’ve never met but feel close to because I follow their online lives.

I’m a huge fan of live broadcasting and ‘stories’. Both are great for my brand because they give people real insights into me and my life. It also allows them to see behind the scenes of the work I do. I think that helps people feel connected to my brand and, hopefully, deepens their loyalty to me.

Social has also allowed me to co-found a group called Cotswolds Bloggers and Influencers – connecting brands with local bloggers for mutual benefit. We started it with a Facebook group and the group is growing rapidly. We host social events and will be launching training sessions and Insta-walks soon, too. All thanks to the power of social.

TOP WEEKEND CITY BREAKS FOR SPRING

BRISTOL: FOLLOW THE BANKSY TRAIL

DO THIS: Zip straight to Bristol’s gritty graffiti core with a Where the Wall Banksy Street Art Tour. Led by street art legend (and Banksy mentor) John Nation, it’s two hours of brilliance serving up works by Banksy, Inky, Stik and Nick Walker.

SEE THIS: Cruise around Stokes Croft for a while longer – the tour ends here – lapping up the eclectic vibe before heading to Bristol’s historic waterfront. Bristol Harbourside today is almost Parisian in its cosmopolitan style. Trendy bars, shops and galleries flag the dock where the city once traded with new colonies. Cross to the M-Shed where Bristol’s past and people are innovatively celebrated in three exhibit-filled floors. Don’t forget to check out the famous Banksy The Grim Reaper on the First Floor just outside the Bristol People Gallery.

EAT HERE: Fill your belly with a distinctly modern crust in Pieminister, Stokes Croft. Industrial in décor, inventive in design, it’s got enough hipster pies to satisfy the most fussy pie-lover.

STAY HERE: Retreat to the enchanting Boutique Arthouse B&B five minutes’ drive from Bristol’s city centre. Run by art lecturer Sadie Spikes and her husband, it’s a B&B that’ll leave your soul nourished and your spirits forever lifted. I can’t wait to return.

DISCOVER MORE: What to do in Bristol in 2 Days

EDINBURGH

DO THIS: Walk the The Royal Mile, said to be the oldest street in the city. It snakes through the old town from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyrood house flanked with shops selling tartan, whisky and shortbread; restaurants, bars and cafes; and historic monuments. Afterwards, pay a visit to Edinburgh Castle. It costs £16.50 to get in, but is worth the fee for the treasures inside.

SEE THIS: Take a tour of Greyfriars Kirkyard – the graveyard surrounding Greyfriars Kirk church near Grassmarket. It’s alive with history and character and is particularly famous for Greyfriars Bobby, the loyal police dog that wouldn’t leave his master’s grave for 13 years.

EAT AT: Scotland is synonymous with whiskey. So to mark the partnership, eat at the Whiski Rooms restaurant where they serve seasonal Scottish food. And if you want a dram of whiskey on the side, you’re in the right place: tastings are also on offer.

STAY HERE: Just a 10 minute stroll north of the hustle and bustle of famous Princes Street, you’ll find Nira Caledonia – a boutique, luxury hotel nestled quietly in a high-class, historic neighbourhood. (Romantic Getaway Packages start at £176.)


Claire’s following…

Paris in Four Months
For her beauty, style and astronomical success I have to say Carin Olsson. I love her pictures and watching her Instagram Stories. She’s definitely my go-to Insta-Crush for inspiration and to stay on focus in that medium. She’s also my injection of Paris beauty when it’s a grey day in the muddy Cotswolds!

Melyssa Griffin
A true girl boss and entrepreneur. She went from designer to creative coach in a relatively short space of time. I love the in-depth, no-nonsense, smart-talking, free value she gives to women who want to rock their online business. I’ve bought a couple of her courses and find her a real inspiration.

The Blonde Abroad
Kiersten Rich was the first travel blogger I came across and had the sort of fizzy, feel-good blog that I aspired to. She’s always full of beans and her articles and pictures are so vibrant that you totally get sucked into her travels.


Claire’s work 

weekendcandy.com
instagram.com/weekendcandy
twitter.com/weekendcandy
facebook.com/helloweekendcandy

Workshops
I’m fortunate to be working on many exiting projects at the moment. The first is two workshops I’m running with Lucy from On the Luce. We’ve co-founded Cotswold Bloggers and Influencers and are now offering training to aspiring bloggers and businesses. Our first two sessions, Blogging for Business and Social Media Booster, are being held at Meggies in Stow on the World. Click here to book tickets: cotswoldsbloggers.co.uk/training

The Business Suite
Secondly, I’m also setting up a digital business suite for SMEs who want to start rocking their online presence, called The Business Suite. Once launched, it’ll have online courses, free downloads and bags of free advice about blogging, social media and websites. To sign up click here: weekendcandy.leadpages.co/weekend-candy-business-suite

A passion for life and food

Anna Mapson is a nutritional therapist who lives in Bristol with her family. Her inspirational story puts into sharp focus what’s truly important in life. Anna had a very rare form of cancer whilst pregnant and suffered both the loss of her baby and intensive chemotherapy. But her positivity shines through, and with her old career and health problems behind her, she tell us her story and shares some of her nutritious recipes.

Tell us about yourself

I’m a nutritional therapist and I help people feel reconnected to the food they eat, supporting them to feel energetic and well nourished. I work with clients via Skype across the UK or face to face in Bristol.

My background is as a management consultant in financial services, so quite a different lifestyle to the one I have now, but I love working for myself, and seeing health improvements in my clients. I have a nutrition business, Goodness Me, and I also work with a partner at The Gentle Touch, a pregnancy and postnatal support service providing baby massage/yoga, baby weaning and nutrition advice in Bristol.

Before becoming a nutritional therapist I had always been into healthy eating and keeping fit. My turning point was having a molar pregnancy about five years ago (a very rare cancer in which a tumour grows in the placenta). I needed six months of very intensive chemotherapy, on top of losing a baby, and this turned my life upside down. Being forced to stop work and just ‘be ill’ was very hard for me as I’m a real do-er, but what felt traumatic at the time, especially being out of control of life events, has led to some very positive changes in all aspects of my life. I don’t know if I would have taken the big risk to leave a well-paid job and retrain without that crisis point.

I love working for myself and the freedom that gives me and the family. I’ve got two daughters, and as my children get older I’m starting to get more time for working on business plans. It’s very hard balancing family commitments and my work goals.

As well as the two businesses I’m also a school governor, so I’m always dashing from one thing to the next and just about scraping by! My daughters love getting involved in taking photos of food and ‘putting it on the blog’ as they say, as well as helping me cook. I get them involved in chopping veg, as well as other preparation, we love to make biscuits and flapjacks together – they are always asking if their creations can be shared online!

How has digital technology and social media changed the way you work?

I love Instagram, I use it all the time for posting recipes and connecting with other food bloggers. I love to show new recipes that I’ve created, or just what I’m feeding the kids that night to give people ideas. It can be very boring to cook for a family day in day out, so I also highlight the benefits of foods that nourish us, explaining how vitamins and minerals are important to our health.

Facebook has been useful too for building a brand, I find it’s chattier and you can put more personality into the conversation. I have just ventured into Facebook Live which is scary but a nice way for people to get to know you. Like most of us, I can all spend too long online, but I love my jobs so much – fiddling around with photos and nutrition blogs sometimes feels like a hobby!

For The Gentle Touch Emma and I don’t have much time face-to-face time together for business planning as we both have young families but we’re always in touch on text, WhatsApp and Facebook messenger, so it helps keep us connected. Working with a good friend is brilliant, we support each other and keep each other going through tough times. It helps that we are both very ambitious for the business and have big plans together over the coming years!

Anna’s healthy lunches for working mums

Here are my tips for eating during the day, whether you’re working from home or at an office. Firstly – forget sandwiches! Focus on protein for lunch to avoid an afternoon energy slump and get your carbs from starchy veg instead. Add healthy fats to each meal to keep you fuller for longer, and don’t forget to drink water!

Healthy lunches can be prepared in advance

Make extra helpings of dinner each night, so that you can take some into work for lunch the following day. If you don’t have anywhere to reheat then use a flask which will keep things warm.

  • Batch cook and freeze – creating 2-3 portions of a soup/stew containing pulses like beans or lentils will mean you have a few lunches ready to go as back up.
  • Roast an extra tray of vegetables on a Sunday and keep them in the fridge and use them as a base for lunch. Add chickpeas, boiled eggs, tinned sardines or a piece of chicken.
  • Take a packet of oatcakes, some cut up vegetable sticks (carrots, cucumber, celery) and some hummus or guacamole as a snack

Lunch recipe ideas

  • Roasted sweet potato wedges and a salad, tomatoes, peppers, a tin of sardines. Add hummus, green beans, eggs, or some toasted pumpkin seeds.
  • Cook brown rice, near the end of cooking throw in some kale. Drain. Grate some carrot and any other salad items, add chick peas. Create a quick dressing by mixing tamari (or soy sauce), lemon/ lime, and tahini as a dressing.
  • Roasted butternut squash with quinoa, tomatoes and a green salad.
  • Gluten free pasta with some sautéed vegetables and half a tin of anchovies.

Quick lunches to make at home

  • Scrambled or poached egg with avocado on rye toast. Add spinach, fried tomatoes or a green salad.
  • Omelette with spinach, pepper, mushrooms and tomatoes.
  • Miso soup: you can get sachets of soup to which you just need to add in some noodles, tofu and broccoli to make a meal.

Healthy snack ideas

  • Piece of fruit and handful of seeds
  • Oat cake with nut butter
  • Avocado and handful of nuts
  • Smoothie with vegetables, fruit and seeds

Mint choc energy balls

These can be made and kept in an airtight container for 3-4 days. They are a sweet hit but containing protein and fats to help keep you going.

Ingredients:
100g cashew nut
100g sunflower seeds
100g dates
40g cacao powder
Mint essence drop

Method:
Blend nuts and seeds in powerful blender (e.g. Nutribullet) and then mix this powder with the dates, cacao and mint essence in a blender.


Anna’s following…

Lizzie Loves Healthy: she has some delicious recipes for the whole family and it’s refined sugar free, dairy free. I like her approach to family cooking because it’s honest and she sneaks in nutrients to kids’ diets.

Nicky for Life: a lovely approach to nutrition for little people with some tasty recipe ideas.

Bees Nutrition: energetic and interesting posts about supporting your body through diet and lifestyle.


Anna’s work…

Nutrition
goodnessme-nutrition.com
facebook.com/GoodnessMeNutrition
instagram.com/goodnessme_nutrition

Pregnancy and Postnatal Support
the-gentle-touch.com
facebook.com/TheGentleTouchBristol

The artist celebrating UK cities

Emmeline Simpson is a Bristol based artist who produces artwork and gift products which celebrate the UK’s best loved cities. The inspiration for turning her hobby into a business came when she became a mum – she rediscovered her love of Bristol whilst pushing her young son around the city in his buggy. It was then that Emmeline realised there was a gap in the market for creating products which showcase artistic cityscapes.

Tell us about yourself

It all began 2008 when some friends in Bristol were getting married. What gift could I get them instead of vouchers that would really mean something?  As I gazed at their view from where they lived one day, with the vibrant yellow of the Bristol ferry ‘Matilda’ and the coloured houses of Cliftonwood, I decided I would create a collage of this view as a gift for them. I had always had a passion for painting and drawing, now was a chance to put it to use for a purpose. Around the same time I was developing my work of Bristol as a hobby, having exhibited every year at the Totterdown arts trail. I was seeing that people really wanted to buy a picture that would bring back a memory, or that they had a personal connection with. People would come to me with lovely stories like: “I wanted that picture because we got engaged on the suspension bridge”, or “I live in one of those coloured houses”.

The opportunity to turn my hobby into a business came in 2009 when I pushed my first son Finlay around the streets of Bristol in his pram. Having worked away for some time, I was re-discovering Bristol again and I would spend time photographing the city. As I did so I also could see that the city was not being celebrated enough. Having lived here for ten years after moving from Surrey I saw Bristol as a vibrant city with a strong identity that people really connected with. I myself am extremely passionate about the city and feel very fortunate to be living here. Yet as I walked around and saw what was on offer in independent shops, the tourist office and the museum, I saw that there was a need for high quality souvenirs which celebrated the city. I could see from my experiences exhibiting at the arts trail, that people also wanted something more than a picture to display on their wall, perhaps there was a place for a functional objects inspired by Bristol?

 

So I began to consider what products I could create which would fill this need. I developed my work further and got my collage images made into greetings cards. Gradually local shops began to stock them and I set about developing the range further into other products. The range now includes mugs, tea towels, placemats, coasters and fridge magnets. I have also recently expanded to develop products inspired by the cities of Bath, Oxford, Cheltenham, London, Cardiff and Edinburgh. My aim is quite simply that my work will be loved by those who live in these cities as well as those who are passing through, and that they will bring back happy memories to those who have moved on.

How has digital technology and social media changed the way you work?

Digital technology is essential to the process involved in making my collages as whilst they begin as a collage drawn and assembled by hand, I usually take these collages and work on them in Photoshop to produce the finished artwork which is reproduced on placemats and coasters.

In terms of social media, Facebook has grown hugely since I started the business and having a Facebook page has really helped to grow the business and the brand. It’s been a lovely way for customers to interact with me, for example when someone posts a picture of some placemats that have made their way to New Zealand, or one lady in Australia who made a skirt from one of my tea towels. Instagram has become the social media platform where I feel most at home, especially being a visual person, and it’s been a great way of sharing my new artwork or products with my followers. I have really enjoyed been part of Igers Bristol especially as it’s all about posting photos of Bristol which inspires me to look at my city from new and different angles and get inspired by the photos of others – I try and go along to their ‘Instameet-ups’ when I can and this has really helped build the Instagram community and put faces to names. There is also a great community of fellow artists and small business on Instagram and being part of it makes you feel connected which is really important when you work on your own a lot of the time.

As someone who creates artwork inspired by UK cities, where are your favourite places and why?

Bath: I love walking to Victoria Park from the centre, and going past the Royal crescent, it reminds me of how inspired I was when I sat there drawing the scene a few years ago – the park itself is such a great place to take the kids.

Edinburgh: I love Victoria Street which leads down to the Grassmarket, it’s on my list as my next Edinburgh scene to draw!

Oxford: I love the meadows at the back of Christ Church which are so pretty in the summer. I have drawn the Christ Church quad but not that view as yet!


Emmeline is following…

 

 

 

 

@porthjess (Jessica Siggers): I always remember how she was one of my first supporters, and customers, and how she then asked me for business advice over a slice of cake. We have become firm friends over the last few years as I have seen her business grow and flourish and now I feel like I am the one coming to her for advice!

 

 

 

 

@poppytreffry: I had the pleasure of meeting her recently and I’ve always loved her work. I admire her for what she has achieved with her business, especially with so much of her work being hand made.

 

 

 

 

@lovegiveink: their Instagram is so pretty to look at (not to mention their fantastic business story).

 

 

 

 

@jennyhyde: Whose wisdom and honesty I admire.


Emmeline’s work…

emmelinesimpson.co.uk
facebook.com/EmmelineSimpsonDesign
twitter.com/emmelinesimpson
instagram.com/emmelinesimpson

Stockists: Bristol Guild, Bristol Museum, M Shed, Pod Company, Stanfords and Bristol Tourist Office.

Collage technique workshop: Saturday 8th April, @19alexandraroad.

Five podcasts you need to hear

I have confession to make, I was (up until recently) a Podcast virgin. Yes it’s true, I didn’t realise there was a whole world of aural pleasure to be had (no sniggering). Seriously though, if like me you’re often looking for ways to cut out the noise of work, children, (perhaps even partners), then look no further than my Podcast picks. It’s by no means exhaustive, and I’m sure you’ve got your own favourites (or disagree with mine). In fact, there were so many possible choices that I may well do another list soon. But for now, have a listen.

Warning: put your headphones on for number 3…

(1) Hashtag Authentic
Sara Tasker (Me and Orla) shares tips on making the most of Instagram – there are four in total so far, well worth a listen.

 

(2) Ctrl, Alt, Dlt
Emma Gannon is a blogger, author, speaker and all-round digital wiz. Check out her podcasts Ctrl, Alt, Dlt. My favourite is the one with Gillian Anderson and Jennifer Nadel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(3) My Dad Wrote A Porno

Jamie Morton reads out chapters from the books written by his Dad. Pant-wettingly funny stuff (I recommend listening to this with headphones on and a glass of wine in hand!).

 

(4) This American Life
A broadly journalistic theme runs through each weekly show, with some humour and essays. Difficult to categorise, but it’s quite addictive and definitely worth a listen.

 

(5) The Guilty Feminist
Funny stuff, in particular check out the one with Phoebe Waller-Bridge – creator and star of genius BBC Three comedy Fleabag.