Are you working today? are you feeling guilty that you’re not working today? either way, i just wanted to remind you that you’re not a robot and taking a break is a good thing 💛
i’m not going to sit here and pretend that i’m not going to sneak in a few hours because i will. i don’t want to start the week with a stressful tuesday so a few hours will go a long way! but i’ll be doing the bare minimum to get by, popping to the shops and hanging out with my dad too 😊️
hope you’re having a great holiday! 💛
Oh hey! it’s friday 🙌🏻 and just in case you didn’t know already, you rule!
sending lots of bank holiday sunshine and good vibes your way! do you have any fun plans? i’m hoping to repaint our fence and hang out at the garden centre and hoping ross decides he needs more plants 🌱✨☀️
stickers available through my etsy store only! ✏️💛
What does this box look like to you?
to most it will be a box with a pretty sticker surrounded by colourful tissue paper. but for those in the know and who follow @theyaymakers will know that it's a box full of colour, surprise and indie goodies!
but why am i showing you this box? well, i'm doing a take over where the surprises inside are designed by me! and! there will be some exclusive items to the box that you won't be able to get anywhere else. and! we're only making 100 of them.
if this sounds like something you'd like to look at then pop over to @theyaymakers where you can sign up to a one time email list that reminds you when they go live on the 2nd june!
do we have any yay makers subscribers over here? or are you new to whole subscription box deal?
Wow, you guys! thank you so much for all of your kind comments and messages about the launch of my new bags! i really wanted to reply to your comments individually to say thank you but didn’t want to enter myself into my own giveaway multiple times and it would be dead awks if won 😂 i just want you to know how grateful i am for them, it means a lot! 💛
whilst we’re chatting about new things i wanted to show you this. it’s been top secret for a while now and it’s been nearly a year in the making... oops! it’s a collaboration that @stitchsperation and i have been working on since last summer!
in an attempt to not over work last week and trying to finish work at a sensible time, i pulled this out to keep my fingers busy! i forgot how therapeutic cross stitch is and just how much i like doing it! it’s one of those crafts that you can take anywhere with you. like here, i took to my mother in laws house when we were looking after the animals this weekend and stitched in the sunshine!
i’m hoping now that i’ve put it here and it’s out there, i’ll actually finish it and be able to share it with you guys! are there any other cross stitch lovers out there? 🙋🏻♀️
Closed - *announcement & giveaway*
eeek, they're here! so this is what i've been keeping quiet and occasionally melting on the side! i don't know but i've been really nervous about launching these. i think it's because i really like them and want them to do well!
these personalised wristlet pouches come in either a white design on a lovely pink or a rose gold design on a white wristlet. and i've got 3 designs to choose from. just incase you're wondering what on earth could i use it for, let me give you a few ideas! perhaps you're getting married and want somewhere to stash your phone? or maybe your bridesmaids need a place to stash theirs? or you're going out somewhere nice and would like a new accessory? or you just plain and simple want one!
well, how would you like to win one! i want to celebrate the launch of these by making one just for you! don't worry, i won't melt it, i think i've got that down now!
how to enter:
1. be sure to be following myself @joannehawker
2. drop a comment below and tell me why you’d like to win, what you'd use it for, or simply tag friends who you feel just shouldn’t miss out it's up to you!
disclaimer, this giveaway is in no way affiliated with instagram. this giveaway closes on monday the 20th may at 10am uk time. this giveaway is open to the uk only (sorry!) the winner will be drawn via a third party, random comment picker and will be announced via instagram stories later that day. ✨
good luck! i'm off to pace the room whilst crossing my fingers that these go down well!
I’m going to keep telling myself this when i show you one of my new ranges on friday. truthfully i’m scared but i know that feeling will only be temporary.
✨ i’m scared because i care
✨ i’m scared because it’s new
✨ i’m scared because i’ve put a lot into it in terms of money and head space.
💛 but i also know that it’s not the end of the world if it does go wrong. there is plenty of room for learning and i know it won’t always been plain sailing. but there’s always that little n****e isn’t there?
🎉 friday will also see a giveaway of the new product in the hope that it helps to take the pressure off a little bit! 🤞🏻
what ever it is that you might be fearing lately, remember that that feeling is only temporary 💛 you’ve got this 💪🏻
I’m back!! did you miss me? i missed chatting with you! i’m feeling all recharged, much more positive and feel like i’ve got a fresh new mindset.
i learnt a few things during my break in japan. firstly that i spend wayyyy too much time worrying about social media. and not only that but i spend far too much time sneaking in cheeky checks! i think finding a way to limit those checks is the way forward!
i also learnt that i spend too much time working and not enough time outside. at times, the boundaries between work and personal time get incredibly blurred and i don’t get any down time. my to do list is long, and is continually growing but working non stop and running myself into the ground isn’t going to help me tick things off any quicker.
today is going to be crazy catch up day and then normal service shall resume, hopefully! what i have missed whilst i’ve been away falling in love with mt fuji? what have you been up to? have you hit any milestones? what’s new? tell me something positive! 💛
My creative juice/batteries have been running a little low lately. so, i’ve decided to recharge them whilst having a little break with my favourite. and the scariest part of that means that i’m also going to take a short break from the ‘gram...
i’m not gonna lie. that part actually terrifies me a little. i know it’s going to be hard to come back and my engagement is going to be at an all time low, but, it’s better than scheduling content for the sake of posting right?
if i’m being extra honest, i haven’t really known what to post in anyway. i know that i need to share more of what i make product wise, after all i’m running a business, but it’s hard not to feel deflated when those posts don’t do very well. algorithms are weird! so i’m hoping a little break away will refresh the brain and i’ll come back a bit more positive with a few more things to talk about.
if you want to see what i’m up to when i’m not on this account, i do have a secret ig account. it doesn’t get updated too often but it’s the stuff i can’t post over here. i’m called @sheleftthehouse if you wanted a nosey. 💛
in the mean time, i’d love to know what you like reading about on these little squares. or how you find inspiration for your posts 🙌🏻
I’ve done some more drawing for me for once. it’s not often i draw things for myself and i wasn’t sure if i was going to show you, but here it is!
well, i say ‘it’, there are actually three of them. this one is called ‘tewksbury street’, and was the first house ross and i lived together in over in cardiff!
i thought they were going to be a quick job but they actually took a lot longer than i thought! but that doesn’t really matter because i enjoyed doing it. in true joanne style though, i did consider turning it into a business thing 🤦🏻♀️ but i don’t think i’d be able to charge enough to cover the time it took (unless i managed to get super speedy with them!). so for now at least, these are just for me 💛 i hope you’ve managed to sneak in some drawing or craft time for yourself recently?
I did it! a few of you wonderful humans asked if i was going to turn my previous post into a card! so guess what, i did! i love that some of you want to be able to tell other humans how brilliant they are 💛
this is going to be my face this afternoon imagining all the faces of the people who receive this card ☺️ i’m hoping that it’s a little snippet of sunshine on this gloomy wet day! 🌧☀️
Happy bank holiday my favourite humans 💛
have you had a good one? did you enjoy the sun? have you eaten your weight in chocolate? or maybe you spent it catching up on jobs or work? either way, i hope you’ve had a good one you wonderful person! 💛
Oh hey! 👋🏻 it’s me!
i thought i’d pop over and say hey! this is my face. it’s been a while and there’s probably a few more grey hairs since this was shot but we’ll overlook that fact okay?
there is a reason i’m showing you lovely wall though! i’m on a hunt for pastel coloured walls in the south west! they don’t have to be strictly walls, beach huts would count! do you know of any? this was actually taken on plymouth hoe and is supposed to be red but my filter made it pink! 💛
do you know of any pretty pastel walls in somerset or bristol? or maybe even devon? there is a pink wall in my village but it’s right on the main road and i don’t fancy my chances at being road k**l for the sake of a photo 🙈🥞 <— that would be me, only more gross looking!