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Celestial Bedroom Moodboard

In very exciting news it looks like I may soon be getting my own flat! So I’ve been daydreaming about all the decor and D.I.Y I will be doing!!!! So I will of course be blogging about it all. To start with I’m making moodboards for each room, here’s my ideas for my bedroom. I’m going with a magical/celestial theme.

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Clockwise from the top:

  • On one wall, I will have some narrow shelves with some of my favourite things, including my Harry Potter replica Time Turner, and my Luna Lovegood wand from the Harry Potter studio tour.
  • Also on the shelves I will have this amazing illustration I’ve just bought by Oh No Rachio! ‘Be Kind’ is my motto in life.
  • I love this fairy illustration by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite. I like the black and white theme. I have a set of black and white tarot cards I bought from ebay after reading ‘The Night Circus’ by Erin Morgenstern and I intend to put a few of these in frames on the wall.
  • Winking Eye Pillow Set from Urban Outfitters.
  • Glitter paint by Craig and Rose to go on top of…
  • Dark blue paint on one wall. To look like a starry night!
  • Example! Photo from Pinterest.
  • White Sun and Moon Throw to go over my bed.

It will be interesting to see what the finished room looks like, and whether I change my mind before then!

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International Women’s Day- Women Who Inspire Me

Today is International Women’s Day. I think it’s a really important time to think about how women have shaped the world, past, present and future. Also to think about the injustices that still face women around the world and what we can all do together to change that. To find out more have a look at the International Women’s Day website.

I want to share a list of women that inspire me and who I look up to, so here goes!

1. Malala Yousafzai

Malala is a young Pakistani advocate for female education and now the youngest ever Nobel prize laureate. She was shot in the head by the Taliban just for going to school, and miraculously survived. Her story shook the world, and she has used that to continue to speak out against the Taliban and for girl’s education around the world, seeing education as a way to empower women out of poverty. She has had to leave her home and everything she knew. She is fearless and amazing!

www.malala.org

2. Emmeline Pankhurst

Emmeline was the founder of various women’s organisations to fight for the right to vote. Literally fighting in some cases, as she founded the more militant Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) also known as the Suffragettes, who threw bricks through windows, started fires and went on hunger strikes in prisons. During the war they halted their cause to join the war effort. Married women or women who owned property were first allowed to vote, then women over 30, but she didn’t give up and just a few weeks after her death women were granted equal voting rights with men.

I recommend her book ‘My Own Story’ which details their efforts up until the war broke out, and shows just how long it took, how much opposition they faced, and just how militant they became!

3. Nicki Minaj

Despite what many people think about Nicki Minaj she is a very intelligent woman, and she is passionate about women and the inequalities she see’s, especially in the rap music industry. A lot of what people don’t like about Nicki is the way she acts, much of which is just how the men in that industry act. She talks a lot about being seen as a bitch when she acts in a strong powerful way, where a man might be seen as a boss. I just like her! I think she’s funny, she is unapologetic, she is body positive and she is outspoken, all things that women are often told they can’t be. Here’s a Buzzfeed article with some great quotes by her.

13 Reasons Why Everyone Should Be More Like Nicki Minaj

13 Reasons Why Everyone Should Be More Like Nicki Minaj

4. J K Rowling

Because Harry Potter. I love the mix of characters in her books, and the stories, it’s just my childhood! She wrote some really strong women in the book, as mothers, teachers, fighters, sportspeople, politicians. Successful, intelligent, beautiful, evil, good. And also, because she fell off of the Forbes Rich List as she gave so much money to charity!

5. April Ludgate (Parks and Recreation)

April Ludgate is my spirit animal and my alter ego. She says all the things I would want to say if it was socially acceptable. Buzzfeed!

The 20 Most Relatable April Ludgate Quotes From "Parks And Recreation"

6. Lucy Holmes

Lucy began a petition to ask The Sun’s editor to remove page 3 photos of topless girls from the ‘news’paper. Since then she has gathered huge amounts of supporters and opponents. Much of it has come in the form of abuse and online trolling, even at times from the ‘news’paper itself. Where I feel I might have given up and hidden under a rock, which is what they want, she hasn’t done. She has grown the campaign, organised protests, and continuously answered ignorant and boring questions from people. Read more about the No More Page 3 campaign and like them on facebook if you want to get involved.

7. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)

Jane had an abusive childhood, no family, sent away to a boarding school where everyone is really mean! She ends up working as a teacher in the school she went to. She advertised and got herself a job as a governess in a large house, she made prospects for herself. She was plain and quiet but she wasn’t going to be treated like she was worth nothing.

“Do you think I am an automaton? — a machine without feelings? and can bear to have my morsel of bread snatched from my lips, and my drop of living water dashed from my cup? Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! — I have as much soul as you — and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you. I am not talking to you now through the medium of custom, conventionalities, nor even of mortal flesh: it is my spirit that addresses your spirit; just as if both had passed through the grave, and we stood at God’s feet, equal — as we are!”

8. Grumpy Cat

BECAUSE SHE IS SO DONE WITH EVERYTHING AND SHE DOESN’T EVEN CARE. And she’s cute.

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Make a House a Home

I don’t know about anyone else, but I spend a lot of time imagining what my perfect house would look like! I live with my parents at the moment, but with my new job starting next month, I’m starting to think about getting my own place!

The best place I look for inspiration is Pinterest!! Here’s some of my favourite pictures so far.

If you want to see more, you can follow my Interiors board on Pinterest!

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Josie Likes… Cath Kidston’s ‘Coming Up Roses’

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This book grabbed me while I was looking round a Cath Kidston Store. It is a beautiful hard back book, in true Cath Kidston style and not just on the outside, the inside is absolutely filled with photos and illustrations. The book itself is quite short and doesn’t take long to read, but I found it really interesting to read about how Cath started out and how she became so successful, especially as I hope to one day do craft full time myself. It reminds you of how hard it is but that if you have a good enough and unique enough idea it is possible. Overall, a good and easy read about the story behind one of the biggest brands in the craft world.

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Josie Makes featured on So Joey Creates

So Joey Creates

Big thanks to Joey at ‘So Joey’ for blogging an interview with me!

Check it out at So Joey Creates

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A Little Book of Craftivism

I recently attended the book launch of Sarah Corbett’s ‘A Little Book of Craftivism’, as one of the crowdfunders via the website Indiegogo. This book is a great introduction to craftivism, as well as having ideas for projects to get involved with, and inspiration to keep you going! This form of activism enticed me as a shy quiet person I didn’t feel I wanted to go out, join groups and shout. That doesn’t mean that you have to always be alone, as there plenty of chances to meet other craftivists or start your own group and spread the word!

Two of the projects I have gotten involved with include ‘I’m a Piece’ and ‘Mini Protest Banner’.

This is just such a beautiful book, it is pocket sized, and has some lovely photos. It would also make a great gift for anyone, you don’t even have to be crafty to support them- they use the term ‘craptivist’!

Sarah Corbett with the Little Book of Craftivism

Check out http://craftivist-collective.com/

Buy the book:
http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/craftivistcollective
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Book-Craftivism-Sarah-Corbett/dp/1908714077

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So Joey Creates

My friend Joey also has a blog, which you should definitely check out! She does a lot of paper craft and scrapbooking. I just love these speech bubbles she makes!

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http://www.sojoeycreates.blogspot.co.uk

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