A day in the life at The Lightbox

Hello there, so as we are in January - just and we are all about the new, we thought that we would share another new feature we are doing on the blog for this year.  Telling you a little bit about our other day job lives that you maybe don't see the rest of the time.

New In Handmade January 2017

We are launching a brand new monthly feature for you this year, we will be bringing you the best new handmade products from our fave makers every month. Hopefully, it will become a place you can come and find all the best newness from all over the maker community in one, link-filled post of joy.

Sew Crafty Sub Club 2017 with GillyMac Design

I don't normally share everything going on over in my online store Sew Crafty here on the blog but we are starting a fun new project that I thought might be of interest to our readers here so on this occasion I thought it made sense to let you guys in at the beginning. 

Introducing a brand new venture for Sew Crafty, in association with the fantastic GillyMac Designs

Make it: Disney inspired Mouse Ears


Our first tutorial of 2017 and its a nice simple one to get you back into the swing of things.  It also is inspired by all the Disney adventures I saw over the last few months of 2016.  Clearly Disney is still the place to go and so why not make your own ears, for your own adventures or even just to wear around the house!

Live it: Places and Spaces - The Design Museum

Something a little bit different for you today.  I wanted to share some places and spaces that either mean something to me, inspire me or relax me, so that maybe they might do the same for you, or we can share spaces and see what makes us more us.

The Design Museum has always been a favourite of mine and when the opportunity to work in collaboration with them for my Masters came up over ten years ago, I jumped at it.  It has just moved from its Shad Thames roots to its new home at the old Commonwealth building in High Street Kensington.  This had always been a favourite building of mine, since when I used to get the number 9 bus passed it when I used to live in Hammersmith.  I am so glad that the building is in use again and even better that it now houses one of my favourite museums.

When you walk in, it certainly makes you look up!  There is so much space!  Lots of open walkways and seating for visitors to sit up and stare.  Which is what I did!  There are some paying exhibition spaces and a free space that takes you through the story of design. Some people think that design is not something that they are a part of, think about or that includes them, but as the Design Museum says itself 'Design is everywhere and continues to transform the lives of everyone around the world through the partnership between the designer, the maker and the user'.

From your bed you woke up in, to your bowl you had cereal in and the car you went to work in this morning, everything incorporates design.  Without it, nothing would be the way it is, whether ergonomically designed for comfort, or aesthetically pleasing for fun.


The beauty of the building itself really does make the most of the design in it though.  It sets the scene and makes you feel comfortable.  As a museum and gallery goer/worker I feel my most comfortable in these spaces, but the Design Museum certainly lends itself to feeling relaxed and thoughtful.  I could happily spend an hour or two sitting on the benches looking around and people watching.

Is there a favourite Museum or Gallery that you guys like?  Anywhere that always gives you inspiration?

H,xxx

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Planners to try for 2017

Hello!!!

We are back!  A nice long break for us, which included lots of family time and both of us getting ill!  So that's always nice, hence the slightly longer absence from you guys!

How are you?  Did you have lots of fun and enjoy eating your way through the fridge?