As always, we are busy bees here at 91 HQ, packing up your orders of the SS18 issue, while working hard on the AW18 edition. In case you missed it, we now have all the back issues of our Seek Inspire Create e-zines available to download for £2 each or £5 for the past three. They are still free to our mailing list subscribers, although it is only the current one which you will be able to access, and we realised that lots of people had missed some so we wanted to make them available at all times. We've also been busy planning for our upcoming workshops this year - the next one is on the 7th July in London where you can learn how to get your indie brand noticed - focusing on PR and photography. We still have a handful of spaces left on that one, otherwise I am running creative masterclasses in Surrey later in the year.
We've also welcomed two new team members in recent months. Melissa Burgess has taken over from Lucy as our designer on both the magazine and the e-zines, and Shelley Welti is our new marketing manager. Here's a little peek at what we've all been up to when we haven't been knee deep in 91 work! :)
Miracle Mornings - Shelley Welti, marketing manager
Over the last few weeks, I've been trying out Miracle Mornings (originally a book written by Hal Elrod, and now a 'movement'). It is based on the premise that how you start your day determines the quality of your day and ultimately, your life. Admittedly, I haven't managed to tick off each of the suggested activities (silence, affirmations, visualisation, scribing, reading and exercise) every single morning, but I have loved having quiet time, curled up with a cuppa, journalling and reading, as the early morning sunshine streams through the blinds. It's made me far more productive than before when the first thing I did was check my emails. So much so that I think I'm going to continue getting up that little bit earlier...
Bellenden Road, Peckham - Melissa Burgess, designer
As a graphic designer, I am easily seduced by a well thought out logo, charming business cards and attractive window displays, so when I stumbled upon beautifully quaint Bellenden Road in Peckham, south London, I knew I’d discovered a special little enclave of the city. Each business on the road has applied care and attention to their branding and merchandising, such as gorgeous pub, The Victoria Inn, butcher’s shop Flock & Herd, and my favourite - General Store. Perhaps it was the big Sicilian lemons in the window or the natural bees wax candles hanging by the door that drew me in. The store has the charm of an old-time grocery shop mixed with bold design and nicely packaged goods. Check out their website for a taster, generalsto.re, before heading to Peckham for a Sunday stroll.
Lagom by Linnea Dunne - Olivia Williams - brand manager
This month I’ve loved dipping into this gorgeous book - LAGOM by Linnea Dunne. All about creating balance in life, lagom [pronounce can “lah-Tom”] is an art perfected by the Swedes for this feeling of “not too little, not too much, just right.” The book is a guide sharing simple tips on how to bring that feeling into our own lives and homes and I must admit, I am totally sold on the theory. Just picking up the book seems to make me feel like I’m doing something to reduce the flurry and noise in my life. Order a copy here.
Decorative Living Fair - Caroline Rowland, editor
Every year, if I can, I like to make the trip down to Kent for the annual Decorative Living Fair. Not far from Tunbridge Wells, set in the beautiful surroundings of Eridge Park, a collection of antique, vintage and handmade sellers come together for a few days to sell their wares. With many of the stalls outside, when the weather is kind, it makes for a lovely afternoon of browsing beautiful finds for your home and garden. This year, I found the perfect piece of furniture for an awkward space in our home, and solved my bread-bin-dilemma with a great vintage alternative. There's a while to wait for the next event, but follow them on IG for details so you can pop it in the diary.
Lost Gardens of Heligan - Laura Pashby, deputy editor
I recently took a trip to Cornwall, where I visited the Lost Gardens of Heligan, a lush green paradise filled with the romance of the past. The Lost Gardens have a poignant history, an enviable botanical collection and glasshouses galore; perfect for plant lovers and fans of the IG hashtag #ihavethisthingwithglasshouses!
Flowerbomb! by Hannah Read Baldrey - Kath Webber - sub editor
Hannah Read Baldrey’s recently published book Flowerbomb! has been brightening my week with it's wonderful array of floral inspired craft ideas. With everything on how to dry and press flowers (see the SS18 issue of 91 Magazine to see how to use them!), to embellishing clothing and accessories, cooking and baking with a floral theme and even making a temporary tattoo, this book is a source of inspiration for any maker. I’ll be starting with the crochet flowers to stitch on to a plain grey sweatshirt, but I also love the templates for the embroidery projects and will certainly be trying my hand at floral bath bombs and paper anemones. Order a copy here.