Blog Hop

I've been seeing these Blog Hop's going around some of my favourite blogs lately so I was chuffed when the lovely Lauren from The Dare Project nominated me. I love Lauren's blog so it was even more of an honour that she thought of me, thanks again!

I thought I would write these answers as if you are a new reader to my blog, and if you are a new reader to my blog, hello! 

1. What have been the doings/makings/scribblings at your desk this week?

Well I’m currently planning a wedding in around two months time (after getting engaged around three weeks ago now) so most of my thoughts are wrapped up in lots of craft ideas and how we can create something pretty for very little money. I enjoy a challenge! ;)

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2. Where are you currently finding your inspiration? (Influences, heroes, sources of inspiration, paths exploring)?

We’ve recently taken our first trip abroad as a family (to Paris) and I was totally hooked with the whole experience. I’m really excited to travel again with my little family so that’s certainly something we are looking into doing more and more. I tend to find inspiration just from daily life, we live in a city and I find urban life very beautiful. I’m always discovering something new out on adventures with my little boy in the city I love living in!
In terms of heroes, I find Elsie from A Beautiful Mess very inspirational, her's was one of the first blogs I ever read and she is a testament to how you can make your creative dreams come true! 

3. How important is being creative to you, and how do you blend this with your work / life / family balance?

Being creative is something I find hugely important, its one of the main elements of what makes me feel like ‘me’. I’m glad you say ‘blend’ as I certainly don’t think I’ve balanced this as well as I could do with family life but then again I’m not sure I ever will! My son Wilf spends two days in childcare for me to work on my blog, reply to emails, photograph, edit and so on so forth. We made the decision to look into childcare when we realised that my blog was viable as a method to earn money from home I tried initially to do this with Wilf around and I spent a lot of time saying ‘wait a minute’ ‘not now’ or ‘let me just reply to this email..’ and it wasn’t fair. Now we have a better balance but I still spend every evening and lots of my weekends catching up and trying to fit in what is probably a 35 hour job around half the amount of childcare ;) All that being said blogging and photography really is my passion and I love every minute of it, I’m so grateful to have a job I enjoy this much and gives me this amount of creative freedom!

Now it’s time for me to nominate two bloggers to continue the hop with!
Firstly one of my new-ish favourite blogs The Cat You and Us. I've been reading Daramis's blog for around a year now and I love everything about it, from the beautiful photography, travel, fashion (I learnt what a skort was!) and of course their amazing cat Juno! If you've not come across it you are in for a treat!
The second blog I'm nominating is Laura from I Love Crafty she's another Bristol based blogger and also a creative mama to one cuter than cute baby Lux. I actually stock some of her amazing jewellery in the shop! She recently posted her daughter's birth story which moved me to tears. I can't wait to hear how both these amazing bloggers answer the questions! xx


Fiona Peacock said...

I love that bottom photo of Wilf, it's just beautiful. I think it's amazing that you've created a full-time job with by blogging. And even more so that you fit it around limited childcare, I find that really tough and have to keep reminding myself that this is what I want, and it is worth it. Knackering though, right? x

fritha strickland said...

I think it certainly is tough you're right but I guess one of the many benefits is that I'd be doing this stuff anyway (taking many many pictures and recording our moments) it's just I'd probably be trying to do that and work at another job so I know I'm super lucky to be in the position I am in! xx

Elizabeth@rosalilium said...

I agree with you, Elsie has been a big inspiration for so many of us, that we can live a create life and forge a business out of it.
I'd put you up there too, it's been great to follow your successes and make a business out of your blog whilst being there for your little one.

Damaris / The cat, you and us said...

Sweetest pictures Fritha! I understand moving to a new place during your teenage years must be quite difficult. I loved following all your goodbye to Wales pics on Instagram as well! xxx

Damaris / The cat, you and us said...

Thanks for the nomination!! I am beyond happy to have met your blog during this last year, being able to witness all your daily adventures with your sweet family, and I seriously admire your creativity, style & professionality. Oh, and that cute videos you make! big love :) Can't wait to see the crafts you come up with your wedding :)

mummydaddyme said...

I have really enjoyed looking at your pics on instagram over the last few days, it must be hard to say goodbye to a place that played such an important part of your growing teenage years. These are beautiful photos of you and your boy. x

laura redburn said...

this was really interesting to read! and i will never get over how awesome that embroidered dress is.

kathrynsharman said...

I think it's really hard to think about blogging as a 'proper' job even though that's what it is and therefore it's also hard to justify childcare too and this is something I've often felt guilty about. I think you have a great balance and the cross-over between business and pleasure is always going to be a bit blurred because blogging is fun and we'd be taking all these photos anyway! P.S. Your blog has always inspired me, love it! xx

Tiffany Grant-Riley said...

I'm finding it really hard to juggle my two (one almost 4 and the other nearly 11 month) with my blog and the work it's creating and I often find myself doing the same "Just a minute, when I've done this" to my son, he's so used to it now that he says "have you finished your work now mummy?" and I find it heartbreaking. A difficult thing to strike a balance with (in fact, impossible) but it's inspiring to see you managing to make it work Fritha! x

Lia Billimore said...

They are lovely photo's - an emotional time i'm sure xxx

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