Well hello May! One of my favourite months for blooms, but spring is so mixed this year isn't it? From t-shirt to winter coat, this season is certainly keeping us guessing to how we should attire.
As for nature, the trees are gently saying goodbye and de-robing their blossoms now as new green leaves start to unfurl and many flowering bulbs such as tulips and bluebells certainly seem late this year. I'm just waiting patiently for the lilac in my garden to bloom which is normally on cue for my Mom's birthday mid May.
In this month's #createinspring blog I'm going to review what's been keeping me busy, unveil my latest guest judge and see who Sue, from @apetalunfolds, selected as favourites for the #createinspring hashtag photography challenge.
April seemed like a short month, by the time you take out the holidays, but I've been working on a new shape, I fulfilled some smaller and larger commission orders, and I've been learning to develop my photography skills. A particular highlight was seeing my incense holders launched at Honest Skincare (and they will be available soon online at Honest and in their Great Western Arcade store too).
This month I was really fortunate to be featured by Mollie Makes magazine. The article showed behind the scenes photography of my garden workshop and talks about my creative journey so far. I felt so proud to see myself in print, and there's lots of useful tips for fellow makers about growing a brand and gaining visibility.
The image above demonstrates the floral magic of my guest judge this month. This inspiring lady currently has a full time job, but still manages to create the most wonderful content, makes art from preserved flowers as well as running botanical workshops. Not bad 'eh? I'm talking about Bex Partridge from @Botanical_tales.
Bex has agreed to give away a handmade flower press complete with a mini guide on how best to press flowers for her favourite entry in the #createinspring gallery. One of Bex's hobbies is to use the pressed flowers to make picture frames and birthday cards, which is such a nice pastime.
How does your creative process work? Do you have a plan in your head as to what a wreath will look like, or is it an organic process. I loved your spring wreath with the daffodils. What inspired that floral arrangement?
Creativity can be a stumbling block for many of us. Your Instagram gallery is fulled to the brim of original images - where do you go to seek inspiration for your images and your work? What tips can you give to people who are hoping to win this month's #createinspring prize?
I wanted to thank everyone who has been joining in with #createinspring. The gallery has gone from strength to strength. Here are the favourites from last month as chosen by my guest judge @apetalunfolds.
@petalandbird is also April's winner due to the lovely composition with the delicate flower crown and real blossom - so pretty! She will be receiving my green porcelain budvase and blossom twigs made by Sue.
I look forward to seeing what May brings to your creativity. And look forward to seeing your styled images of how May effects your making and creating. To take part in the competition to win one of Bex's flower presses and guides, which she has donated, then don't forget to tag @botanical_tales and myself (@ceramicmagpie), with the #createinspring hashtag.