Colouring for relaxation and creativity

I am a bit late to the adult colouring book party but now I’m here, I’m wondering what took me so long! One of my intentions for 2016 is to disconnect from technology more and spend more time indulging in more creative and more relaxing pursuits.

I had a pattern colouring book when I was little that I loved, full of geometric patterns so that was something I wanted when looking for a book. I purchased the Indian Summer colouring book from Amazon, for it’s intricate bold patterns and mandalas…I knew I would enjoy this! As the patterns feature some very tiny details, I opted for some fine liner pens to add colour to my new book.

I’m so glad I purchased this – the patterns are stunning and my mind wanders as I decide what colour to choose next for the patterns. It’s a great relaxation tool and I find hours pass as I colour in. I’m looking forward to adding to my colouring book collection so I can enjoy different themes…the Liberty books look amazing and I’m still dreaming of geometric patterns too!

The colouring book I’m using below is Really RELAXING Colouring Book 6: Indian Summer: A Jewelled Journey through Indian Pattern and Colour: Volume 6 (Really RELAXING Colouring Books) and I’m filling it in with Staedtler Triplus Fineliner 334 SB20 Tips Desktop Box – Assorted Colours (Pack of 20)


Wishlisting: Business, Blogging and Branding!

I’ve been so inspired recently to make big changes to the way I run the business (Ruby Wren Designs) and I have lots of plans and dreams! I follow some amazingly wonderful small businesses who are my fellow NOTHS partners and Etsy sellers. So many of whom are so spot on with their branding, it makes me both incredibly inspired and jealous at the same time! These people make it look easy (although I know they all put so much work into it!) and their brand image is so consistent through all their products, photographs and marketing. I look at these people and think “wow” and their branding is so good I can spot their products photos at a glance in amongst others and know it’s theirs without clicking further. They’re the people on my social media feeds who have a loyal following, customers interacting on each post and trying to grab the newest products even before they’re available on their virtual shelves.

These sellers are my motivation and inspiration as I try to create a clear brand identity for Ruby Wren. They’re unique, each with their own style that works for them, but they all succeed in creating the most amazing, clear image of their business to their customers. As I try to work out how to harness some of that branding genius for myself, I’m creating a wish list of the best books on branding, blogging and marketing that I can find. Some of my fellow sellers have offered some great recommendations and my Amazon wishlist is positively bursting with…well, positivity!

The first book I ordered from my wishlist is How to Style Your Brand by Fiona Humberstone (recommended to me by the lovely Leeanne of Supercaliprint…who is an inspirational seller with the most amazing branding, stunning photos and fun products!)

I can’t wait until the Amazon man delivers this book and I can absorb everything that’s written on the pages! I’m so excited about learning everything there is to know about making a strong brand, and this book looks amazing and totally relevant to me…especially with so many ‘business’ books looking so ‘businessey’ and not at all suited to a small, creative business.


I’ve also added to my wishlist the Daily Greatness Planners. I keep seeing these advertised on my Facebook feed and they just look so unbelievably stunning. I’m not sure if I want to invest in the Daily Greatness Journal or the Business Planner – I’m sure either will work perfectly at inspiring me daily and keeping me motivated. I have a birthday in November, so I’m thinking I might treat myself with any birthday funds from family!


Other books on my wishlist include:


Book Swapping in Liverpool

We spent the weekend in Liverpool and managed to spend a few hours in the Liverpool One shopping centre (which is a really great shopping destination!). One thing that caught my eye, was the book swap area that had been set up outside – a lovely decked area for reading, with books stored inside the trees for reading or swapping…take a book, leave one in return. It reminds me a lot of those telephone boxes that have been turned into mini village libraries. Such a great idea and beautifully executed!