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Little Beehive Co-Op

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Welcome to the coolest new shop in Nelson – Little Beehive Co-Op!
I cant even begin to explain how thankful I am for this beautiful little space (and especially to the 2 wonder woman who went forth and created it. Sooo incredibly cool.
Little Beehive Co-Op is just that – a Co-Op. Its brought together by 20 creatives in Nelson who pay for their space in the Shop and display the work of artists, photographers, jewellery makers, ceramic artists and clothing designers.
Everything in the store is handcrafted by New Zealanders, in-particular Nelsonians.

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I have a range of Clouds of Colour original drawings, prints, cards & stationery.
If you’d like to read more about it, theres a pretty cool article here, otherwise pop in to 123 Hardy Street, Nelson! xobec

10 ideas to keep creatively inspired

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Something I get asked a lot is how I stay creatively inspired. Well, I have a mixture of techniques that I’ve learnt over the years and today I’m sharing a few of these…they may not work for everyone but its cool having some ideas up your sleeve just in case! Here goes…

❤ Grab yourself a takeaway coffee and head to the beach for a long walk – enjoy & take in your surroundings! Chances are you’ll come back full of fresh & exciting ideas.

❤ Pinterest! It’s one of my most favourite ways to stay inspired. Create a new board that involves something from your bucket list. My favourite one is ‘dream home’ – I can drift away for an hour pinning like crazy!

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❤ Go out with your camera for the afternoon and capture things you wouldn’t normally notice. The wobbly crack in the path, that ladybird on a leaf, the textured clouds at sunset. Anything that is different and beautiful in its own way.

❤ Go to your local bookstore and immerse yourself in the sweet smell of new books & magazines. Pick up ones that interest you and just browse.

❤ Read through your favourite blogs. I have a routine now where I save my faves to my desktop and every morning I read them. There are so many amazing people in the world and filling your own life with the best is important.

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❤ I love going to craft stores when I’m stuck on a creative project. Walking up and down the isles – looking at everything sparkly, crafty, patterned and pretty.

❤ Recycle centres & thrift shops! What I love most is that you never ever know what you’re going to find. It’s like diving into a treasure chest of glistening goodies. I’ve had days when I desperately need a new idea for a painting (and nothing is inspiring me) and then there sitting right at the back of an antique store shelf is a beautiful china teacup decorated with floral goodness – the perfect object to sketch ideas from.

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❤ Positivity! This one is massive. If you’re being negative about a creative project, it’s never going to flow or be what you imagine. Be positive. Love yourself and the creative process.

❤ Try a new healthy recipe from a different culture! I like to imagine everything I’m doing when I cook, is being photographed. That way, I take pride in what ingredients I’m adding, I appreciate the combinations & colours and I take time with the final presentation of the dish!

❤ Music!! The whole time I paint – or actually as soon as I get up, I switch on music. Music is amazing for the soul and I honestly don’t know what I’d do without it. Have a good old dance and sing if you wish!

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If all of these fail, I’ve found is that taking an hour or two to just not think does a huge amount of revitalising. It stops you putting stress on yourself to complete something like a painting or homework or blog posts. Go for lunch, have a bath, go to a movie, hang out with friends or just chill on the sofa. Everyone needs a break!
Do you have any other ways of keeping your creativity inspired? I’d love to hear them…

A creative collaboration

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Ohhhh man I.AM.SO.EXCITED. Look at my new hoodie!
A few months ago, Paula from The Seamstress NZ approached me asking if I would like to do a design for one of the stunning hoodies she makes. I was way too over excited then, and now after seeing the end result (and wearing it!!) I can hardly contain myself. I’m in awe of how ultra amazing and talented she is. She uses old vintage fabrics to line the hoodies and during these cool winter days, its the perfect snuggly accessory.
Make sure you check out her online shop here and like her Facebook page so that you can keep up to date with her beautiful designs.
What do you think?!xobec

Feature: The War of Art book

My lovely brother sent this book to me for my birthday. He thought it would be good for me to read if I ever get creative block. And it is! Very easy to read, you can flick to any page and get inspired. The book is about resistance and how that force will stop us from achieving what it is we really want to do. If your goal is to lose weight and exercise, resistance is what keeps you on the couch. If you want to be an artist and make money from your passion, resistance gives you excuses not to sit down and draw.
The book then helps you overcome these obstacles. I highly recommend it for you all you lovely creatives out there that need some inspiration!
Have you read any good books lately? I need some summer reads! xo Bec

5 DAYS OF FLOWER ART: Day 4, Lilies

Day 4 of mine and The Little Leaf‘s flower art project! Some simple lilies :)
Thank you all so much for your feedback and love towards my blog, in the past few weeks especially. Im getting closer and closer to living my dream and having my own creative business for all to enjoy! xo Bec

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