Creative · Nature

Just be You…part 2!

I think the time has come to accept that clearing my busy mind of all the things I have to do & all things I want to do isn’t as easy as I think. Now I’m not complaining here. In fact far from it. It’s actually been quite eye opening to see that this is how I work best. Little did I know that this is where my journey would take me but here I am, saying I’m ok with my crazy busy chaotic creative mind. I totally accept that this is who I am. This is me, and I’m achieving more creatively than I think I ever had.
Now anyone who knows me even remotely well will be rolling their eyes about now thinking “took you bloody long enough” but I guess these are things we need to discover in our own time. My last blog post (now part 1 to this one) Just Be You or even perhaps this whole journaling my creative journey thing is perhaps what has got me to my accepting state of mind.

Loved the stars print available to purchase…click image to visit shop!

I finally have my shop open again, and although there is only a small amount of items currently available I dream one day it will be stocked to the brim of all the whimsical ideas in my head. A more popular item is a favourite of mine to create, and I can’t keep up with how quickly they sell…perhaps I should put in a pre order system?* Wildflower was inspired by a tattoo I have on my wrist, and creating this hand has inspired me to add to my tattoos! It’s a win win really!


To be able to make what I do, regardless of what I think others want me to make has been such an eye opener for me. I’ve no idea why it took me so long to realise this state of mind was the way forward. I’ve lots of personal projects on at the moment that I’m really enjoying. Projects that my old state of mind would of doubted my ability to do and a negative approach of what would be the point if nobody liked it. The point is because I like doing it. I LOVE doing it. Its my mindfulness. It’s my escape. Its my way of sharing what I see with others. If what I create helps others to feel the peace, the serenity & the moment of escape required in our less than slow lives then thats a plus with me.

Sketching my way through the Alphabet!

All the projects whether personal, or commissions or future ones I’ve yet to get started on are all part of this creative journey for me. To have the encouragement and wonderful responses from the folk that live in my phone, the folk that most I’ve never even met (lets change that if you’re reading this, you know who you are!)  is all I need to remind myself that I do what I do for a reason. To see things visually is such a blessing and it’s only now I’m grateful for that & If I can share what beauty I see with others then that to me is worth a happy dance!


Print available to purchase! Click image to visit my shop.

Love Victoria

*taking a note to look into that option!

Creative · Nature · Seasons · Slow Living · The Great Outdoors

Wildness is a Necessity


‘Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilised people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity…”

John Muir said that, and he wasn’t far wrong!


We try to visit the Scottish highlands at least once a year, and each year I leave feeling inspired and ready to create. There is an innocence to the wildness out there, at points it seems you are the only person around for miles, so small and so fragile. The weather can turn from a gentle breeze to a full blown storm in a matter of minutes and usually (always) I’m unequipped to deal with that but if I was I would stand and take it all in just that little bit longer. Take a few hundred more photos and sit and sketch with a flask of tea by my side. In reality I’m screaming “stop the car” at my husband so I can dive out, brave the wind/rain/snow/sleet and take a photo.


The last couple of months have left me feeling a little un inspired with regards to getting creative and I feel rather off the ball since having my baby but I know that my creativity isn’t something I can switch off. It’s always there yet sometimes I am so busy with being mama that it’s had to take a back seat. A change of scenery was definitely in order, for all of I us I think. This year though, I didn’t take my sketchbook as I knew there wouldn’t be the time to sketch but I did everything I could to take it all in. I took many a photo on my phone and vowed next year I’ll have purchased a camera so I can take proper photos. I made mental notes of the colours of the heather, the mustard yellows and the earthy greens so I can use this in my future work. I slowed down so I could just stop and breath it all in because Scotland to me, feels like home.


I don’t think any of us wanted to return to reality. Perhaps their reasons weren’t the same as mine, I imagine it had more to do with returning to school and work but I know I was sad to leave the wild ruggedness of Scotland behind. I left with a knowing feeling I’ll return sooner rather than later and if I manage to grab some time to myself to create then hopefully I can put some of these memories and feelings into a piece of art or two. The time has come to start making and selling again. My maternity leave is coming to an end soon and the time to get back on the ball is fast approaching. I can’t say I’m the type who puts on her business head well but as long as I have the inspiration then I’ll have the urge to create, and as long as I’m creating then hopefully I’ll be selling and the cycle begins. Plus its the perfect reason to head back north to the mountains…any excuse!!


Oh and before I go, look as this handsome chap we got to meet while we were there. Highland Safaris, if you ever find yourself in the area is well worth a visit!


Love Victoria


Creative · Nature · Seasons · The Great Outdoors

Seasonal Inspiration


If every day throughout winter was crisp & clear, or even dry, I’d venture out a lot more. Unfortunately in northern england its often raining, and that certainly doesn’t entice me outside easily, but on those winter days when the sky is clear and blue, and everything has a clean fresh feel about it, I can’t wait to wrap up warm and head out for a brisk walk to blow away the cobwebs.

I find the muted shades so inspiring. The greys, the blues and the greens are always a favourite. The starkness of the bare trees, the atmospheric feel when the fog starts rolling in and even those days when its raining from sunrise to sunset, the deep grey colour of sky reminds me of a colour I’d like to paint my walls in (I really must get that colour matched one day soon!)


I like to incorporate these colours into my home and throughout my artwork but I’ve found through hindsight some of my previous work never really fully incorporated the image I had in my head. Although the work in itself was fine, something about it wasn’t quite right and I’m currently making an attempt at taking more time to get my head and my hand working on the same idea. A task in itself it seems and a lesson on slowing down and believing that in its own time, it will all work out as its meant to…perhaps theres a lesson for living life in there too!! I want to be producing the type of work I’d like to adorn my own walls with. Work that catches my attention, that gets my childhood memories of wonder reminiscing and my adult self dreaming of that little escape.


The earthy shades of autumn and the clear crisp days of winter are colours that attract my attention most, the simplicity of a winters day in the country and the warmth of an Autumn day in the forest are  feelings that I’d like my artwork to reflect and I’m working on putting an idea thats been floating around my mind for quite some while now into fruition. It’s taking its time but I did find the other day the little person I’d created in my head was screaming to get out and onto the paper. She, as of yet is just a mere sketch, has no colour and the placement of each piece is still unknown, but she is here, peeping her head out into the big wild world, eager to share her adventures with you. Perhaps I’ll call her Fern after my daughter, perhaps she’ll have an animal friend who joins her on her little adventures, possibly a fox, or perhaps a hare? I’m not 100% but I do know she’s here to stay, and  now I have the task of trying to get the image in my head, down on the paper so she can be made into prints.


I will be making sure that I continue to get outdoors and into the country as often as I can, even if its only for half an hour because it is there that my inspiration appears. The little adventures I dreamt of as a child and I dream for my own girls now. The moments of escape from the daily chores and the to do list are where I create the images in my head and I’d hate to lose her now she’s here, I’m far to keen to see what adventures she’s about to get up to..I hope you are too!

Love Victoria

Creative · Nature · Seasons · The Great Outdoors

New Beginnings

I always see January 1st as a fresh start, although if I’m honest its always usually January 7th by the time I make the appropriate changes that I planned! It takes a good week to come down from the buzz of Christmas but I get there eventually!


I spend some time contemplating the last year. What can I improve on that perhaps I didn’t do particularly well with. Where shall I be taking my business in 2017. What personal achievements do I want in 2017. I see the mistakes I’ve made in business and in life, I see the strength I’ve had. I see my beautiful little family standing strong beside me and that in actual fact, I’m stronger than I realise. That in fact I can achieve whatever it is I desire as long as I believe I can.

I make notes, I make lists, I organise the shit out of the year ahead! Always in a fresh new notebook,  which is important if one is starting over a new!  😉  I start as I mean to go on, ok kinda because theres still loads of christmas chocolate left in the house and those chocolate coins are screaming out to be eaten! But the motivation to make this year my best yet is strong!

I see so much light at the end of the tunnel for the year ahead, light that perhaps has only been a dim flicker for the last 6 years. I’ve won some and I’ve lost some and I’m ok with that now.


The lovely Sarah and Lisa mentioned that they have a word for the year. A word they keep by them to help them along throughout the months, reminding them that they are capable of whatever it is they plan. It got me thinking about what my word would be for this year. It didn’t take much thinking to be honest. My word for 2017 is going to be BRAVE. Brave enough to be me regardless of what others may think.  Brave enough to follow my dreams. Brave enough to hold my head high and move forward into 2017.

What word would you choose for the coming year?

I’ve plans for new creative makes. Seasonal artwork and a possible new little person (of the fictional variety) for my little business this year. It’s all about following the pull of the seasons, my love of all that is nature and the causes and effects of a time well spent out in the wild.

Now if I could just add a few more hours to each day, I may get my Etsy shop re stocked, sooner rather than later!!

Wishing you all the strength to achieve your goals and desires throughout the coming year.

love Victoria.


Creative · Nature · Seasons

Festive Traditions & Makes

Christmas is upon us,  and I couldn’t be happier about it! Come December the 1st (Ok, around mid November if I’m honest) little bits of holly start sneaking indoors and fairy lights start appearing. I start pinning things on Pinterest and my creative to do list gets bigger and more unattainable by the day!

I did though get time to make a family advent calendar. Not sure wether this will turn into a family tradition or a possible one off for 2016 but its added an extra bit of excitement to each day so thats never a bad thing!


Its an exciting year for us this year as its my baby’s first Christmas and with my eldest Rosa, being at a great age for still believing in the man in red I really want to take the time to let it all soak in. To not rush the days past with the usually day to day chores and spend them creating & baking and filling them full of memories and traditions. It seems I have a mini Mary Berry on my hands who adorned her christmas tree biscuits with chocolate drops & snow, and did a better job at it than I think I would of done!


One thing we do every year is head over to the Christmas tree farm to get our tree, we went a little earlier this year to pick it and couldn’t of chose a better day as it was all frosty and white. A real winter wonderland. If little lady hadn’t of complained the entire time her feet were cold then it would of been even more magical but so be six year olds I guess!


Each year Rosa and I make Christmas decorations for her to give to family & friends, this years inspiration came, of course, from Pinterest. They are really easy to make, and she only required me to help her with the cutting out as we didn’t have a cookie cutter in this shape.


We’ve used Air dry clay in the past but this year we had some clay we could bake in the oven. We got ours from a ceramist we met at Potfest but air dry clay would work just as well. I cut out a gift tag shape from some cardboard to use as a template and using a knife, cut out the tags on some rolled out clay. We used wooden guiding sticks so it was all a similar width then placed a hole through each one for the twine to go through once baked. Rosa collected some herbs and leaves from the garden & we used those to create indented patterns on the tags. At this point we followed the guidelines for baking, then once ready Rosa painted them using an acrylic wash in an earthy green shade which is lovely for Christmas. I love to incorporate nature where I can into our crafts and this was a great one to do, plus I think I’d be happy making these myself one day…another craft added to the Pinterest to do list!!

I guess the list will stay long but, but I’m ok with that because these are the things that make December fun for us. The housework may be slacking slightly but it can wait because Christmas only comes around once a year and I’ve whole board of gift wrapping inspiration I’ve not even stared looking at yet!

Are there any traditions or festive makes you have each year? Pop a little comment in the box below or take a photo and tag me in it on Instagram I’d love to see!

Happy December!

Love Victoria



Nature · Seasons · Slow Living

So Good In Every Way



As we say goodbye to Autumn and welcome in the shorter days I find I’m getting outdoors less and less. I really should try harder though because there’s something wonderful about wrapping up warm, heading out for a long walk & coming home to an open fire,  cosy blankets and a nice hot mug of tea!


So when chatting to the fabulous Ali about being guest judge for  So Good In Every Way  What more of a perfect excuse to remind myself to just slow the heck down. We decided on using #sgiew_wonder  and I’d love it if you’d join me over on Instagram for the next couple of weeks where I’ll be hopefully taking the time to remind myself of all the beauty that nature has to offer and the sheer pleasure of warming cold toes by the fire. Its the simple things really!


If you head head over to Ali will explain ‘How To’ and you can follow the So Good in Every Way team over on Instagram.





and me @featherandwild

Don’t forget to use #sgiew  &  #sgiew_wonder on your photos and I’ll be picking my 9 favourites in a couple of weeks!

Love Victoria


Creative · Forest Schooling · Nature

Giving Nature a Home

Doing our part in giving nature a home, however small that part may be, is so important.

Now, I’m not about to say I’ve never killed a house spider thats threatened me on a dark autumn evening. Or that I’ve never batted a wasp thats flew too close to my face, or my G&T. But all in all , I’m happy for the wee beasties to live in my garden.

My eldest daughter who is six has always loved the bugs. Everything from slugs to spiders (although she’ll admit that those big legged pesky ones that live in her bedroom aren’t her favourite!)
She has a lovely habit of bringing the odd snail or worm into the house, much to my delight, so it made sense to build a bug hotel with her in the garden. At least then she’d have somewhere else to put her ‘new pets!’

I had a quick look on Pinterest for some ideas (whatever did we do before Pinterest?) and asked her dad for some help sourcing some of the bits we needed. We gathered up some of her vast collection of shells  and made a special trip to to the woods after school one day to gather sticks and pinecones which is always extra nice this time of year.

It took around two hours to complete our hotel, that included gathering all the equipment and another trip to get some more leaves and evergreen branches.


If you fancy having a go at making one of these hotels yourself I’ve put some brief instructions below and if you don’t have the space to build a bug hotel like this there is  still things you can do to give nature a home. Take a look over at where there are loads of ideas to suit everyone.

To make a Bug Hotel you will need:

◦ Old bits of wood. Pallets are great for this and easy to come by.

◦ Bricks (around 18-20) we had 2 on each side, 4 in total on each level.

◦ Straw

◦ Bark

◦ Old logs

◦ Old terracotta pots, small ones!

◦ Woodchips/shavings

◦ Hollow bamboo canes

◦ collected treasure from the beach or forest. Razor clam shells are great. Sticks, acorn cups, pine cones, dried leaves, moss etc!

◦ A drill

For the Hotel sign (not essential, but nice!) 

◦ An old piece of wood

◦ Some rope

◦ A pyrography pen


You need a level ground to start and a nice spot! Ideally next to flowers, plants etc. We used an old paving slab under a tree.

Build up the levels by laying the bricks, then the wood, then the bricks etc as many levels as required. We did five levels, but you can do less and add more at a later date.

Then fill in the gaps with your collected bits & pieces. We put plenty of dried leaves down. Filled the terracotta pots with straw or wood shavings, placing them on their side so beasties can venture in to keep warm. Placed some evergreen around some hollow tubes and drilled holes through some old logs. We then filled any space in-between with the shells and pinecones etc.

The sign was made using an old spare piece of wood. We drilled a couple of holes in either side to tie the rope through so we could hang it. My daughter wrote on it in pencil the name she chose for her hotel. She was quite original with her choice and called it ‘Bug Hotel!’  😉  To make this weather proof I burnt over her writing with the pyrography pen.

This was definitely, in her books one of her favourite activities. From collecting the pine cones and sticks in the woods to the excitement of knowing her first bug had taken up residency. It doesn’t end there though, she’s out daily seeing who new has checked in! Even her dad at one point questioned who was having more fun building it, him or her. So its proof this activity isn’t just for the kids!

If this has inspired you to create your own home for nature then please do let me know. I’d love to see a pic of your final masterpiece!

love Victoria

P.S Apologies for lack of progress pictures. We were too busy concentrating on the task it completely slipped my mind to photograph as we went along!