mindfulness

My Etsy Shop is open: inspirational quote prints for your walls

I'm delighted to say that my Etsy shop is now re-open and stocked with my new range of inspirational quote prints in A4 format.

Many of you will know that I have been battling with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) for several years. I left my full time management job a couple of years ago to rest and recover. I naively thought 6 months should do the trick. Two years on and CFS is still very much a part of my life. So, fed up with trying to plan for a future that *might* happen if I got well, I started focussing on the present.

The quote above has been very meaningful for me, and has led me to this point of re-opening my Etsy shop. I started focussing on doing what I can, with what I have, where I am now, at home. For me, this meant building on the photography that I know and love, and developing some design skills. My chronic fatigue has been (is) a great teacher, and I'm grateful for the many lessons learnt and ongoing. I wanted to find a way to share some quotes and phrases that have been helpful and meaningful to me on my journey to recovery, and hopefully find a way to inspire, uplift and gently encourage others.

So the idea for this range of prints was born. I'm hoping to add to the range over time, so do let me know if there are any particular quotes or phrases you'd like to see in poster format.

The prints are A4 in size and have been professionally printed on beautiful heavyweight 300gsm paper with a satin finish. The text is smooth and crisp in print (it can look a little jagged in the previews).

The paper is nice and robust and is well suited to putting up on your walls with washi tape, providing a lovely economic way of displaying it. I have a grid of 9 prints on the wall above my computer and they look fantastic. 

I'd love you to pop over to my Etsy Shop to see the full range. I'm offering my lovely blog readers a 10% discount on the prints with code LAUNCH10: www.etsy.com/uk/shop/zoepower (valid until 25 October 2015).

I'm also hoping to add the prints as digital downloads in the coming weeks, which might be a more economical way to purchase them for those of you who are overseas.

My Red Bubble shop is still operating and offers a wider range of my photographs in lots of different formats, including postcards, greeting cards, phone cases, tote bags, cushions, pouches and more. Red Bubble print to order and despatch items directly to you (usually from the USA), so this allows me to offer a wider variety.

I'd love to know what you think of the new inspirational quote prints - comments and questions are always very welcome.

Flow Magazine

Have you met Flow Magazine before? If not, then it is my absolute pleasure to introduce you. Flow is a beautiful quarterly magazine all about living simply and mindfully, about slowing down and connecting to others and the world around you, and nourishing yourself creatively. As well as the magazine, Flow produce special issues, such as the ones above on Mindfulness, a colouring in book and the book for paper lovers (more on all those later).

Flow was born seven years ago as a Dutch magazine for paper lovers, celebrating creativity, imperfection and life’s little pleasures. Since then, we have expanded into an international brand, with magazines in English, Dutch, German and French, as well as a book in Japanese, special paper editions, digital apps, diaries, journals and other stationery products.

 

So what do I love about Flow? It's genuine. It's about life. It's beautiful. It's inspiring. Pages packed full of interesting, thoughtful articles and questions, interspersed with beautiful images and creative things to do. It encourages you to dive in, and tear and cut and stick and draw and write and ponder.... It's the only magazine that I read cover to cover, and then go back for more. Let me give you a little tour of some of the editions I have....


Flow Colouring IN Book

I recently treated myself to the Flow Colouring in book. How could I not? It's full of illustrations by two of my favourite artists, Helen Dardik and Carolyn Gavin. As well as colouring inbetween the lines, you are encouraged to add drawings and thoughts of your own. 

I had so much fun getting stuck in - and even added a few flowers of my own to the mix above :) I learnt that I much prefer pens to pencils, and that I "need" lots more colours! I also wore out my poor hand, which is not used to holding a pen these days! 

The illustrations are all so beautiful - it's hard to choose where to begin!


Mindfulness Special Issue

This is an absolute treasure. The regular magazines talk a lot about mindfulness, so I had a feeling it would deliver. It's a fantastic introduction to the subject, with lots of interesting thought-provoking articles, interviews and questions. All interspersed with plenty of space and beautiful images. And of course, lots of things to tear out, write in and on and display. There are lots of helpful reviews of further reading, courses and workshops too. It was an absolute joy to read and very hard to put down. I'm about to go back for round two....

I loved the tear out postcards with some beautifully illustrated quotes (trimmed and corners rounded by me) - some of these are going on the wall and some will be bookmarks. 

There are lots of ideas about how to use creativity to lose yourself in the moment and practice being present, without over-thinking. 

There is space to write and reflect...

And lots of interesting, helpful interviews. Highly recommended.


Flow Book for Paper Lovers

Flow have produced two of these gems now. 300 pages full of things to make and create with, put on your wall, send to your friends, and well, just admire....

To start with, I was really hesitant to "ruin" it. But the whole point of it is to tear, cut, stick, make a lovely mess...so now I rip away and make sure to use it. I don't believe in saving things for a special occasion - every day is special!

There is wrapping paper, gift tags, stickers, envelopes to make, postcards, craft paper, garlands, posters, paper dolls, and lots more. It's really thick - the spine is 3cm!

I especially love the writing paper, envelopes and note cards. Snail mail revival!

Lovely illustrations to colour in...

And lots of things to make, like this mini-bunting.

And this banner came with it - now brightening up my kitchen :)


FLOW MAGAZINE (INTERNATIONAL EDITION)

And last, but most definitely not least, we have the regular quarterly magazine. I subscribe to the international edition in English. Each issue focusses on something (the importance of playfulness this time, and all about slowing down in the previous issue), but the key themes of connecting, mindfulness, nourishing yourself and simplifying your life run throughout. There are lots of interesting articles and interviews with creatives, space to write and reflect, things to pull out, cut out and do. It's a substantial magazine with lots of food for thought. It's my favourite magazine - can you guess?!!

NB. This isn't a sponsored post. I just wanted to share something I love!

If you are interested in subscribing or trying out a single issue, you can do so online at flowmagazine.com. Flow is also stocked by some independent stores such as Magazine Brighton and the lovely Much Ado Books in Alfriston.

Have a lovely weekend everyone - the sun is shining brightly as I type this so I'm looking forward to getting out and about :)