Artists I admire/Inspiration for a Monday

I thought we all need a little inspiration for a freeeeeezy Monday morning! Here are a couple of Artists who are inspiring me today...
Fiona Hewitt - I just love her style of design, so retro and colourful and girly

Julianna Swaney I just love how detailed and delicate her work is..
Every time I see an amazing illustrators work I am so inspired about how much beauty is out there, and then I worry that there is too much and I wont get to see it all! Ha! xoxo
 Oh! without realising I became a massive cliche (American Beauty)


They'll inherit your soul

 Our weekend..

I have to say January 2011 has pretty much extended December 2010's suckyness..I know January is never a great month, and the 24th surpassed itself in being statistically the most depressing day of the year! Monday involved me winning the battle of not crying at work but then losing the battle of not crying on the train/to Tom/to my mum..it was great to reach the end of this week. 

I hope I don't seem ungrateful or self centred when I write about negative feelings..I guess I know alot of blogs keep up a standard of only writing about positive things and I think its really great how they can maintain that, after all we all have bad days right? But I guess for me I like to use my blog as a therapeutic place to say how I feel about things (good and bad). I'm lucky that for the most part they are good (and of course I'm not about to go sharing every last detail of my most personal thoughts and feelings.)
 I love sharing with you all the cute and inspiring things I have seen or am experiencing but I wouldn't be true to myself if I didn't say that the past five weeks have been the hardest in my life so far. 
I have previously suffered from depression and anxiety and it concerns me that I could end up heading that way again. I think mental illness is something people should talk about and not be embarrassed of..its just being ill, like any other illness, like breaking your leg or what have you. Its not your fault. 
I'm lucky I have people I can talk to, I'm (so) lucky I have Tom and my family and my friends :) I think I am going to slow down a little for a while too, take it easy and look forward to our very soonish holiday to Barcelona!

Anyways - Friday night involved drinks with friends and a much needed unwind..one or two glasses of wine soon turned into four large glasses, whoops! I am still paying for that one! And today we went to feed the ducks
Hope you all had a lovely weekend (thanks for listening) xoxo


10 things I love friday

She and Him

Mad Men

This completely and utterly amazing shop...um I know Ive only just had my birthday but if anyone wants to get me one...

My mama sent me these pics today which made me smile :)
Creature Mag did a little feature of Tea and Crayons over on their site. Thanks Guys!
Friday drinks (I cannot wait, pretty much a bad week this week) check out this wine case, oh my gosh it would drive me mental!
This boy. I love you
This print
this photograph taken by my mama
this made me laugh
Happy Weekend!xoxo


God's Little Eskimo

Some illos I did for Hels Martin over at Amelia's Magazine

It was for a review of the band 'God's Little Eskimo.

In other news, Maddie cat biffed Rockie cat in the face this morning after he tried to kiss her...unrequited love *sigh*

Happy Thursday! xoxo


Like I'm the only one..

365 - from top to bottom - left to right
view of my shoes on the way to work, a meerkat (is that how you spell it?) I was tempted to buy Tom in a charity shop, me (new camera effect) and a flee market off Stokes Croft on Sunday.

Hope you all had a lovely weekend? This week so far I have mainly been:

Illustrating some commissions for Amelia's Magazine
Receiving some potential amazing news from one of my favorite shops..fingers crossed on this one!
Trying out some new veggie chicken burgers..we decided we like them..I made a mondo burger (that would rival gourmet burger kitchen) and we couldn't even fit it in our mouths!
Watching Mad Men..I am now half way through series two!
Crying on the phone to my mama (has to be done once in a while and I was due a good cry)
Planning for the future, I have some exiting and uplifting ideas

Phew, and its only Wednesday! Drinks tonight with a girlfriend can not wait! xoxo


Valentines Cards!

So a little shameful self promotion is in order ;)

Just a little note that my valentines cards are now in my Etsy shop. (I think they look kinda cute if I do say so myself). Also remember to use discount code 'moonbeatle' at the till for all of Jan for 20% off all orders. 

You could team it up with other love related products for a full set!

Hope you had a lovely Sunday! xoxo


Back When

Looking through old family pics and feeling nostalgic. Are you aloud to want to be that young but want to be a grown up at the same time? Seems like back then was so simple..xo


10 things I love Friday

10 things that would make me happy, ha!
This beautiful dress.. *sigh* I wish I was an house girlfriend..
this print 
hehe I just saw this and it made me giggle, still havnt seen the film though!
aww I do too
Yer yer yer!
Love this print


I think the colours in this one are amazing! 
and lastly this one! So cute! Have a lovely weekend! xoxo

365 Project

Maddie, my shoes, lunch and my granny's typewriter (which is now mine) xoxo

A Cat and a Fox

After such a self indulgent post as the one below I felt I must make amends with a sneak peek of some illustrations I am working on. xox

What I drawed..

So me and Tom were a thinking the other day and we came up with this idea..I was thinking how much I love doing 'What I Wore today' posts as I love dressing up and love fashion and photography but something seemed to be missing. I think this is a much better idea as it incorporates everything I love!

Well that's the basic idea..I'm not sure if it would be better to draw the clothes and leave me as a photograph or visa versa, although personally I think I would have more fun drawing different outfits than my face all the time..

I have to say that I do love posing for photographs although it does feel like a very vain thing to do. I had a extremely short-lived 'career' as a model circa 2004-2008. (I feel I can sort of justifiably call it career as I have had more paid modelling jobs than illustration jobs, ha!) I mainly used to model in university for extra money (not that kinda modelling btw!) or to help out my photography pals. I did get to model for a couple of the fashion graduates and attended London graduate fashion week to see my pics blown up large scale..I wish I had those pics now but they are lost :(

At the end of my third year in uni I got a call from a modelling agency asking for me to visit them in London Town to get a portfolio done etc. After I had finished my studies my mama and I travelled up for the weekend and it was one of the best weekends of my life. It was a super dooper long day, but was fun to get styled and made up and the photographer was a really nice guy who told me that I was a really 'sweet' person and to 'never lose that'. I think that was his way of saying 'your a nice person, this isn't the industry for you!' Afterwards we went for dinner and I called my dad and brother and gushed to them about how amazing it was. I had this little fantasy about how I would move to London and make it big and have enough money to be able to provide for my family. The same fantasy I have these days about winning the lottery :)

Of course none of that transpired but I don't feel the slightest bit regretful about it. I know I'm not suited to work in the modelling industry, firstly without degrading myself I'm not striking enough, nor am I plain enough to be blank canvas. I am painfully shy and lacking in self confidence. Also on being approached at the Clothes Show age 19 and sent to the modelling stand, the photographer told me a was a little 'squat' and it basically ruined my day (for the record I am 5, 9..). 

Anyways I digress, but whilst we are on the subject I wanted to share with you some shots from my favourite photographer Rebecca Parker. I am so glad to have these beautiful pictures by her to show my grandchildren some day! 

I am the top right in first page and bottom left in the second :)

(Plus she has already agreed to take pics for me on my 'someday special day' (very far away in the future) which is pretty awesome as her pictures make me think of fairy tales and I'm sure she is destined for amazing things!)
 Well this has turned out to be a very long post! Hope you liked my waffling xoxo
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