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  • Henries Awards 2019 Finalist

    Henries Awards 2019 Finalist

    Chuffed, Chuffed, Chuffed.

    Three words to describe me recently, (or one, depending on your approach to counting) as I've been nominated as a finalist for this little (star) category:

    The Lynn Tait Most Promising Young Designer or Artist Award

    At the year's Henries Award, billed as 'the ultimate accolades in greeting card publishing'.

    Which is nice, isn't it?

    To put it in context:

    14,000 cards were entered into this year’s Henries and these were judged by an impressive judging panel, made up of 50 top retailers (including buyers from Paperchase, Scribbler, John Lewis, Fenwick, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Moonpig, as well as many leading independents).

    To put it in even more context:

    Most of the people that entered Actually Know What They're Doing and also Do This For A Living Because They're Proper Designers & Artists and very good at it.  So this is really quite humbling.

    If you had a hand in this, then thank you very, very much.  That cheered me up no end.  Your bribe can be claimed using the claims form that we spoke about earlier.

    There will be a no-holds-barred awards ceremony at a fancy Hyde Park hotel at the start of October.  After which I will go mysteriously quiet & never mention it again, because I didn't win and I'm probably harbouring a grudge.

    some ink nice henries award finalist 2019 most promising young designer artist

  • Some Where Nice - 2019 Edition

    Some Where Nice - 2019 Edition

    And now for a new installment of our rare yet excellent feature:

    Excellent Places To Stay That Happen To Be Decorated In The Some Ink Nice Colours of White, Wood & Dark Green.

    This month we visited 1898 The Post, in Ghent, Belgium.  (Also known as Gent, in Belgish).

    Train to London, Eurostar to Brussels, Double-decker train to Ghent (Gent in Belgish), tram to the front door of 1898 The Post.

    It's housed in the upper floors of the old postal headquarters, right in the middle of the city.

    And it's amazing.

    (p.s. this is not a paid or sponsored post or anything, but if anyone from the hotel isn't too offended by me repeatedly using the word Belgish, and would like to invite us back, then please do)

    I mean, look at it:

    1898 the post ghent gent belgium dark green hotel

    1898 the post ghent gent belgium dark green hotel

    1898 the post ghent gent belgium dark green hotel

    1898 the post ghent gent belgium dark green hotel

    1898 the post ghent gent belgium dark green hotel

    1898 the post ghent gent belgium dark green hotel

    1898 the post ghent gent belgium dark green hotel

    1898 the post ghent gent belgium dark green hotel

    1898 the post ghent gent belgium dark green hotel

  • The World's Best, Tastiest & Healthiest Sweet Snack

    The World's Best, Tastiest & Healthiest Sweet Snack

    I'll keep this post brief.

    Because it's fairly self-explanatory.

    The World's Best, Tastiest & Healthiest Sweet Snack is:

    Frozen Raspberries.

    It's summer.

    It's hot.

    You want something cold.

    And sweet.

    But healthy.

    And natural and everything.

    So get yourself some frozen raspberries.

    Buy a bag, or freeze your own.  Up to you.

    They're amazing.

    Like little nuggets of ice cream.

    Or sorbet, if you want to be picky about it.

    And they're RED and BRIGHTLY COLOURED.

    So they seem exciting.

    Sometimes I think my life should be more fulfilling.



    Bonus Tip:

    If freezing your own, spread out a sheet of baking paper in the freezer.  When you put fresh ones in, spread them out so they don't touch.  Then they won't clump together and go weird and mushy.  You can bag them up when frozen.

  • One Little Tip For Coping With Stress

    One Little Tip For Coping With Stress

    A bit off topic, this.  But.

    Stress is a massive thing.

    But it's sometimes dismissed a bit casually.

    Partly because we all too often start comparing our own mental load with other peoples', either favourably or unfavourably.

    For instance, 'What have they got to complain about?  They've got it easy'.

    Or the flipside, 'What's wrong with me? Everyone else seems to be doing just fine.'

    The thing is, as the saying goes, everyone is fighting their own secret battles that you know nothing about.

    I read a thing recently (I forget what), but the gist of it really struck a chord and it boiled down to this:

    A lot of what causes us stress, really stems from our perceived lack of control.

    It struck a chord so much that I made that there little graphic, above.

    So when we have a lot on our plate.

    Or not much time, to do a million things.

    Or there are things that need doing, but we don't know where to begin, or how to get them done, or we're simply in new, unfamiliar environments.

    Whatever the reason, we ultimately do not feel that we're in control of things.

    And that's stressful.

    You can have all the same things going on around you, but if you feel you're on top of them?

    Not so stressful.  Just, well, 'busy'.

    I don't know about you, but personally, this one little thing has helped me re-evaluate how I look at a situation.

    And reduce my stress a little.

    Because it's not actually being in control that's important (which is impossible most of the time anyway), it's the feeling of being in control.

    And there are things you can do about it.

    You can make a to-do list of single tasks, for example.

    Ones that are individually simple and straightforward to do.

    So the Big Scary Task is broken down, and you feel like you're actually doing things towards it.

    (While also not having to remember all the little things you need to do)

    Let's say you have an important pitch, interview or meeting coming up.

    You can research the subject to death, memorise absolutely everything you can about it if you want.

    So at least you know that when the time comes, if there's anything you can't do or answer, you've done everything that you reasonably could have done.

    These are fairly flippant examples, but the point is this:

    Some things you simply have no control over.

    Yes, you can plan for a lot of eventualities, and do what you can to anticipate them.

    Other things?  Completely out of your hands.

    I've found that once I can identify those things, allow myself to take a step back and instead do the best I can with whatever the outcome is...

    ...then I make a conscious decision to not try to control them.

    And my perception that I have no control diminishes.

    And my stress diminishes.

    Like I say, it's not a perfect solution.  But it's helped me a little.

    Maybe it will help you, too.