Hello and welcome to Adventures & Tea Parties, a fun accessory brand, creative lifestyle blog and freelance writing service run by me, Joanna, a self confessed colour and music addict.
In the shop you'll find a whole range of colourful gifts and treats, from men's fashion accessories to personalised wedding gifts, colourful jewellery, fun homewares and cute pet accessories. There are lots of lovely gift ideas for weddings, hen parties, engagements, birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine's Day and more!
Over on the blog I share all sorts of creative inspiration from colour themed photography, interviews with bloggers and designer/makers, tips running your own business, and lifestyle musings, such as my upcoming post on how creativity saved my bacon and really kick started Adventures & Tea Parties!
Adventures & Tea Parties initially began as a side hobby. No kitchen table moments but definitely a coffee table or two, covered in design ideas, fabric samples and exciting plans. That journey began in earnest at the end of 2012, while I was working full time and facing the onslaught of what became a series of personal tragedies. My business became my crutch, my happy place. Every lunch break, evening, weekend, any available slot of time I could find was spent drawing, sewing and learning my craft. What was a happy, creative distraction soon became an all-encompassing passion. In spring 2016, that hard work and passion finally paid off and I quit the day job going full time on Adventures & Tea Parties. I haven't looked back since.
Everything you see in the shop is designed and handmade by me in my Somerset studio. I also work with Bespoke Laser UK and Zap! Creatives who help manufacture both the acrylic and wooden jewellery and accessories and also, the enamel pins. All raw materials are sourced from UK suppliers.
As part of my creative business, I also offer a freelance copywriting, blogging, and photo styling service.
Currently, I blog and photograph for This Is Your Kingdom, sharing ideas for lovely things to see and do in the UK. My posts have been featured several times on the homepage and in their popular newsletter. I am also a copywriter for Judy Andrews' branding and design agency, specialising in retail copy to help brands stand out from the crowd.
Previously, I was one of the core content creators for De Agostini's Simple Stylish Makes blog, writing and photographing original creative lifestyle content in line with their brand values.
I love working collaboratively and sharing products, brands and services that fit in with the Adventures & Tea Parties vibe. If you'd like to have your brand featured or work with me collaboratively, then I'd love to hear from you, so do get in touch.
WHEN I'M NOT WORKING...
I can be found exploring either on foot in the countryside (usually with binoculars because I'm very much an amateur birdwatcher) or in a city soaking up exhibitions, good food, gigs, and anything creative.
When I'm at home, I can usually be found out in the garden. I absolutely love growing my own flowers and food. Over the past few years I've been trying to master the art of growing juicy, colourful squashes and tasty sweetcorn. I've still got quite a way to go on that front but that's part of the fun, right?
As well as being a plant lover, I am also a complete and utter music addict; listening to it, watching it and dancing to it. I truly can't get through the day without it. My other passion is colour, in any form; from clothing to accessories to buildings, flowers, inanimate objects, anything! I think colour is such a wonderful mood changer and so varied in its scope, it can change how you view or feel about something very quickly. In fact, I love colour so much that in June 2017 I created the #ColourMyEveryDay Instagram Challenge, encouraging people to discover and appreciate colour every day. It has become so popular that not only has it been featured in the top 15 hashtags to live your life in colour by Mollie Makes but it has recently run again for the third time and the excitement levels from Instagram users went through the roof! If you're intrigued, take a look at the hashtag feed and keep an eye on my Instagram feed to find out when the next week long challenge be starting.
Now, that's enough about me. Who are you? I want to hear all about what gets you out of bed in the morning, so come say hello. You can find me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. I do love a good natter!