Art By Lena – Prints, Bookmarks & Stickers


Being part of the blogging world is awesome for finding the most talented and creative people out there. I can’t remember when I discovered Lena, but ever since, my social media feed has been full of the most colourful, eye catching and beautiful artwork. Lena blogs at Lena’s Notebook, sharing everything from bookish chat, to art tutorials and quirky coffee shop reviews. Alongside blogging, Lena creates gorgeous watercolour prints, bookmarks, stickers & more all inspired by dainty florals and colourful skyscapes.

I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of Lena’s October bloggers to review her stunning work (also see: Lauren’s fab review here) and I’m super excited to share with you this fantastic selection. Make sure you head over to Art By Lena to see the full creative collection of original artwork and pretty prints.

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Lena very kindly sent me this gorgeous and motivational ‘Follow Your Dreams’ original artwork, the colourful Ignite Your Dreams print, the inspirational Born To Shine sticker, and the stunning collection of skyscapes: Blue Galaxy Horizon, Vivid Landscape and Magical Mountains. So much amazing artwork! <3

Ignite Your Dreams A5 Print: If you know me, you will know I have a thing for bright and motivational postcards. So this colourful print fitted perfectly into my ever expanding collection. It’s printed on excellent high-quality smooth card and is ideal for livening up any space, giving you a regular boost of inspiration.

Born To Shine Sticker: Stickers are made for brightening up notebooks, amiright? And I was super happy to receive this one, as it looks so awesome on my bright yellow notebook! Lena has designed a range of stickers (aka. round magical discs) perfect for scrapbooks, journals, laptops, anywhere! Get sticking!

Follow Your Dreams Original Artwork: How incredible is this?! It’s colourful, it’s inspirational and it’s simply amazing. Lena has a real talent for creating original designs with absolutely gorgeous text, all decorated with the prettiest colourful flowers. Go check out the shop and grab yourself something unique & beautiful.

Vivid Landscape A5 Print: As well as cute flowery inspirational designs, Lena has an awesome collection of vivid and vibrant skyscapes. These prints are giving me all the festive vibes (too soon?) but I think they would be perfect for making your own handmade Christmas cards and getting all artsy, crafty and creative.

Blue Galaxy Horizon A5 Print: Here is another striking and eye catching print in the skyscape collection. These designs have such a magical and mystical feel to them, Lena certainly knows how to create a dreamy atmospheric scene using watercolour paints. Super talented! These are also available as stickers too!

Magical Mountains A6 Print: To complete the trio here is the bold & beautiful magical mountains print. If you enjoy scrapbooking or bullet journalling, then these are absolutely perfect to stick in for an Autumn/Winter theme. Or why not simply pop them in a frame and decorate your space with stunning art.

Thank you so much to Lena for this fabulous bundle of incredible artwork – my walls have never looked so pretty! As well as being a blogger and artist, Lena also runs a illustrated blog header design service (is there no end to her talents?!). Here is a selection of Lena’s fantastic designs which are brightening up blogs everywhere! If you are interested having your own unique and beautiful banner, click here for more info!

I hope you enjoyed seeing this collection of brilliant artwork by Lena. Which print is your favourite? Let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear from you! Lena’s links: Blog / Shop / Twitter / Instagram

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The YAY Makers: September Box

It’s that time of the month again where I share with you the latest bundle of fun, colour and awesomeness from The YAY Makers subscription box. Hold tight because this one is a blast from the past… a whole box of full of retro throwback threats to satisfy your inner 90’s child. Also: bring on the sugar high! <3

Who are The YAY Makers? The YAY Makers love teaming up with inspirational Indie artists to accessorise your life with colour and motivate you to get creative. Each box contains limited-edition products from talented makers, creators and designers from across the world. Go sign up and put some YAY in your day!

In September’s box: Back In The Day enamel pin by Squeals For Thrills / Personalised Banner by Cotton Clara / Lollipop by The Happy Mail / YAY mirror by RAD Creative / Tags by The YAY Makers / Retro Sweets.

Yes, the print quite rightly states, this box is totally awesome. As the days of Freddo’s costing 5p, Tamagotchi’s being our only responsibility and pick ‘n’ mix coming from Woolworths are long gone – The YAY Makers are bringing us a delightful nostalgia hit with this collection of 90’s themed goodies and sweets. 

In this month’s box, The YAY Makers have been super resourceful and have created handmade tags made from left-over inserts from previous boxes. This is such a cool way to jazz up presents and gifts – plus they are super easy to make so with Christmas on the way, this is such an inspirational idea!

Personalised Banner by Cotton Clara – this is exactly the kinda embroidery kit that I love, it’s so easy to do. Just one simple stitch is needed to complete this project – so perfect for beginners who want to create something fun and pretty without too much stress. The perfect way to unwind, relax and get creative.

How fantastic does this Lollipop by The Happy Mail look? Let me tell you, it tasted even better and was a proper trip down memory lane with all these throwback sweeties! The Happy Mail create fun, colourful treats bursting with rainbows, sprinkles, sweets and chocolate. They look and taste AMAZING!

If you think the sweetie lolly is impressive, you should see what other amazing treats are available from The Happy Mail. I’m loving the Halloween themed items and especially loving the Feeling The Love Junk Mail box – pack with 14 different fun sized delicious chocolately treats to share or not share.

Retro sweets! <3 The important question is: where you team fruit salad or team black jack? Vote now.

Back In The Day enamel pin by Squeals For Thrills – a maths class wasn’t a maths class without someone attempting to spell a cheeky word on the calculator, so this enamel pin gave me a good giggle. Lorna, the talented designer, takes inspiration from pop culture, cheesy music and 80s and 90s films and TV shows.

If you love this, why not head over to Squeals For Thrills  where you’ll find Queen, Elton John, David Bowie and tons more 80s/90s related goodies! My fave is the Elton ‘You Can Tell Everybody This Is Your Card’ greeting card. Brilliant! Also be super organised and check out the collection of retro Christmas cards!

Hooray For The YAY pocket mirror is designed by Jodie from RAD Creative and makes the perfect accessory to brighten up your make-up bag. Another colourful and happy gift from The YAY Makers! <3

I hope you enjoyed having a look at all the talented artists and Indie businesses in this month’s box. I love that The YAY Makers enable us to discover awesome creators and find new favourite shops! If you are interested in signing up for their subscription boxes, click here and let the colour and creativity come to your doorstep each month. You can also catch sneak peeks of their goodies over on Instagram too!

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BowlerBearDesigns – Happy Gifts & Colourful Cards

Guess who’s back… back again… back with a selection of happy and colourful gifts to share with you all. Yes, that’s right, it’s me. After six weeks away I am feeling refreshed and ready to update this space with some fun and funky things. And this post has it all, colour, fun, positivity and dinosaurs – yay x100! Let me introduce you to BowlerBearDesigns – I first discovered this cute and quirky brand when I received an awesome personalized print in my The YAY Makers – May Box. Then recently, the lovely Simone contacted me asking if I would like to review a selection of her latest products and I was like YAAASSS PLEASE!!! <3

BowlerBearDesigns are a husband and wife duo, with Simone (the artist) creating stunning prints and designs all popping with pretty pastels! I absolutely adore the amount of dinosaur-related goodies Simone has created, if you are a dino-fan you NEED to go browse the shop… it’s roar-some (pun fully intended). You can also get your hands on tote bags, badges, pins, postcards, letters, rainbows and tons more fun and fantastic gifts! Follow BowlerBearDesigns on Instagram to keep up with the latest colourful creations.

I was sent an fabulous bundle of colour: Yellow Dinosaur Tote Bag / B Alphabet Letter / Rainbow Shelfie / Dinosaur Pin Badge / Happy As Can Be Magnet / Tiger Postcard. So much awesome, thank you Simone! <3

Yellow Dinosaur Tote Bag: This is the most gorgeous sunshine yellow tote bag that reads: I’m just a girl who loves dinosaurs. How freakin’ cool is that. As we are now heading into Autumn, this would certainly brighten up the dullest of days and even if you are not a shopping fan, this dino bag will keep you cheerful.

B Alphabet Letter: These letters are such a fun idea! I especially love mine as it is in such a pretty shade of pink *heart eyes*. They are lightweight, freestanding, and look perfect on a desk or shelf – why not have an initial or spell out your whole name. They are also available is in a lovely blue shade if pink isn’t your thing.

Rainbow Shelfie: Rainbows and positivity – could this be anymore perfect?! Again, it’s freestanding and lightweight, so can sit on your shelf as a reminder to be kind to yourself. This would make such a cute gift for a loved one or just simply a little self-present to yourself as you are bright, beautiful & awesome.

Tiger Postcard: You can never have too many postcards and the more bright and colourful the better! Check out this gorgeous tiger with it’s pastel stripes – loves it! Whether you are a fan of tigers, or just cute postcards in general, then this is must-have for the collection. Go see the fab range of birthday cards too!

Happy As Can Be Magnet: This is such a cute and cheerful magnet! It is from a set of Mood Magnets where you choose the appropriate weather symbol to suit you mood, sticking it on the fridge for the whole family to see! Also available in dinosaur (‘extinct’ for a bad day) and plant (‘leaf me alone’) – brilliant.

Dinosaur Pin Badge: When I grow up I’m going to be a dinosaur… because why not?! This fun badge is a must-have for any dinosaur fanatic, or cool person. There is whole range you can collect, all with different dinos. I especially love the Dino Pin which was designed and inspired by mental health awareness week.

So there ya go! I hope you enjoyed seeing the cute and colourful treats I received from BowlerBearDesigns. I know they will be perfect for brightening up my desk space and reminding me to stay positive! A big thank you to Simone for sending me these lovely goodies, and don’t forget to head over to Instagram and give her a follow to add some pretty pastels (and dinosaurs) to your feed!

Which item is your fave? Let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear from you! <3

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The YAY Makers: May Box

Yayyyy, The YAY Makers Subscription Boxes have returned for 2019! Our monthly yay package was put on hold whilst Kate went on maternity leave to have the adorable Mabel (congrats!) and now they have returned with this super-fun box of goodies! Yipeeee! I’m so excited to share with you this months awesome bundle of happy and introduce you to some fantastically talented artists and creators.

Who are The YAY Makers? If you haven’t seen the boxes I blogged last year (October and November) then here is a quick catch up. The YAY Makers love teaming up with inspirational Indie artists to accessorise your life with colour and motivate you to get creative. Each box contains limited-edition products from talented makers, creators and designers from across the world. Click here to sign up and put some YAY in your day!

Each month you will receive a fab box of surprises which never fail to put a smile on my face. It includes all the ingredients which makes me ridiculously happy such as a limited edition enamel pin (pin addict here!) from a featured artist and an array of fun colourful things to brighten up your life and spark creativity.

In May’s box: Sparkly coin purse from Pup Tart / Personalised print from BowlerBearDesigns / Adventurer enamel pin from Ted & Kip / YAY Festival toppers from Poppekins / Badge DIY Kit from The Make Arcade.

Sparkly coin purse from Pup Tart: How gorgeous is this mini purse in this beautiful mermaid colour? Pup Tart is the talented creator Hannah and her incredibly cute doggie, Indy. Their slogan is: We love making pretty things and getting messy at the same time! And if you check out their shop, you will see a hugeee collection of pretty, sparkly handmade accessories from glittery bags to adorable pet party bow ties! The range is fun, bright and joyful and is constantly being updated with new and interesting designs.

Add some sparkle to social media by following Pup Tart on: Twitter / Instagram / Facebook.

Personalised print from BowlerBearDesignsI’m loving this bold and bright B print, I feel like it was made for Hello Bexa and fits in perfectly with all my other colourful postcards. BowlerBearDesigns are a husband and wife duo, with Simone (the artist) creating stunning prints and designs all popping with pretty pastels! Head over to their shop for thoughtful and special handmade cards and gifts – I’m especially loving the You Are All Kinds Of Wonderful rainbow birthday card and these freestanding decorative dinos!

For allll the pretty pastels, add BowlerBearDesigns to your socials: Instagram / Facebook.

YAY Festival toppers from Poppekins: I am already familiar with Poppekins, having discovered her awesomeness in the very first YAY Makers box I ordered. Poppekins is Carla van der Meer who designs fun and vibrant prints with an Etsy shop that is absolutely bursting with colour and creativity! My fave prints are the Follow Your Dreams postcard and this Rainbow love hearts postcard *heart eyes*. I just know these Festival toppers are going to be so cool for my creative projects, hello scrapbooking!

Keep up with all the colourfulness by following Poppekins on: Twitter / Instagram / Facebook.

Adventurer enamel pin from Ted & Kip: The talented featured artist this month is Anna, the illustrator and colourful quirky lady behind Ted & Kip. Anna creates weird and wonderful characters which aims to be unique, different and less cuddly than what is currently on the market. This prehistoric dino adventurer pin loves exploration and the great outdoors. Ted & Kip is all about quirkiness and imagination offering a range of fun products from pins to prints and badges to bags. Head over to Anna’s shop to see all the creativity!

Add some quirkiness to your feeds by following Ted & Kip on: Twitter / Instagram / Facebook.

Badge DIY Kit from The Make Arcade: In each box, The YAY Makers include things to inspire our creaYAYtiveness – this month we have a DIY badge kit from The Make Arcade who are passionate about sewing, crafting and making. The founder, Ruth, creates DIY kits, Craft kits and Sewing Kits to guide you and inspire you. My favourite kits are the brilliant Sewing Llama Kit, Sewing Rainbow Kit, and this Make Today Amazing Cross Stitch Kit. This is most definitely the one-stop-shop for all things crafty and creative!

Find your next DIY project here and follow along on Facebook too!

I hope you enjoyed having a look at all the talented artists and Indie businesses in this month’s box. I love that The YAY Makers enable us to discover awesome creators and find new favourite shops! If you are interested in signing up for their subscription boxes, click here and let the colour and creativity come to your doorstep each month. You can also catch sneak peeks of their goodies over on Instagram too!

Which item is your favourite? Feel free to leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you!

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