Did I tell you I was on Create & Craft?

Yes, Ella doing the live TV stuff again – I thought I’d left that behind from my Restaurant Mag days. Anyway in April I did an hour’s live show with the very lovely Ben Moseby as brand ambassador for POSCA pens. It was great fun and everyone at Create and Craft made me feel really relaxed and welcome. Here’s some of Ben’s pics from behind the scenes…

Ella Johnston Ben Moseby Create and Craft
Me and Ben – pals
Customised leather jacket with POSCA by Ella Johnston
A little leather jacket I pimped with POSCA
Items decorated with POSCA by Ella Johnston
All decorated by me with POSCA pens

And here’s a closer look at some of the stuff I made for the show (pics by me this time).

Funky wellies decorated with POSCA pens by Ella Johnston
Funky wellies decorated with POSCA pens
Pimped POSCA display by Ella Johnston
Pimped POSCA display
Purse and water bottle pimped with Posca by Ella Johnston
Purse and water bottle pimped with Posca
Poly shapes marbled with metallic POSCA by Ella Johnston
Poly shapes marbled with metallic POSCA

HOME sign decorated with POSCA by Ella Johnston
HOME sign decorated with POSCA

Flamingo votives decorated with POSCA  by Ella Johnston
Flamingo votives decorated with POSCA

Make a Mindfulness Gift Box

Little box of mindfulness (c) Ella Johnston ellasplace.co.uk
Is there someone in your life that would benefit from practicing a little mindfulness? This box of tricks could be the perfect gift for them.

The concept of ‘mindfulness’ is everywhere now and has been for a while. For anyone who’s feeling a bit cynical about the term, I can understand, but I think it’s worth exploring.
Poska Pens pimped-up notebooks (c) Ella Johnston ellasplace.co.uk
Being mindful works for me. After years and years of throwing myself into my work and very little else, stepping back and becoming more aware of being in the present moment and enjoying the here and now has transformed who I am and how I am. It’s also freed me up to be more creative and be better to myself and the people around me.

Poska Pens pimped-up notebooks (c) Ella Johnston ellasplace.co.uk
As someone who loves to work and thrives on┬ábeing busy I really had to learn to be mindful. I mean really learn. At the start I needed it to be ‘project mindfulness’ (I know). So I made myself a mindfulness kit: candles to light in the evening or while I was having a bath to change the mood and unwind; a (personalised) notebook to write thoughts and observations in (and for doodles and sketches); soothing, properly nice hot beverages that I would enjoy sitting down to drink but wouldn’t be full of caffeine (I love tea pigs chamomile tea); colour therapy pages so I could absorb myself into making something pretty that wasn’t my work.
Poska Pens pimped-up notebooks (c) Ella Johnston ellasplace.co.uk
In those early days I really appreciated this ‘mindfulness kit’ but,┬áregardless of whether you subscribe to the concept or not, it also makes a great gift in itself. I put together a personalised gift box for new mums, friends who are working hard with an all-consuming project or a busy period at work and mates who simply need someone to tell them “I’m rooting for you.” I’ll sometimes swap the tea for hot chocolate for sweet-toothed friends and change the message on the notebook for something a little more rude for certain mates of mine who share my love of curse words (have I not told you that yet?). I’ve also been known to slip in a favourite book to read, which may not totally embody the mindfulness thing but is nice to have nonetheless. The box itself is just a shoe box covered in my scandi leaf paper. I’ve designed the colour therapy/colouring in sheets myself which you can download next week so watch this space. You can find out how to pimp up your candle votives here