Something wicked this way comes….

So, how have you been?

I’m good thanks, I know it’s been quiet here, but there’s been a lot going on behind the scenes….well, mostly in my brain, but still! 😅 I’m still trying to be vegan, and taking life back to basics in general. I’m focusing on self care & spring cleaning my life, nesting in my new home (it still feels weird to own it even now). I still don’t know what to do about the business… I still feel disconnected from it, but I’m slowly being creative again, so I know Stitches & Stars will continue, just not right now.

The blog is going to be more of an alternative lifestyle blog for now, so if you’re interested in spooky aesthetics, witchcraft, tarot, feminism, toys & general nerding out, great! If not, well…this is kinda awkward 😅


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Hello 2018!


Crikey, where does the time go?! Today is the first day of 2018 and I still can’t get over how much everything has changed in a short time! This year is the first time in really…well ever, that I’ve found my own confidence, and I’ve felt as happy and as peaceful as I do.

So for this year it is really important for me to stay motivated and live the good life.  I want to cut back on material things and declutter, keep being creative, spend time with my people and find the magic in every day. 🙂

Since we all know I love a good list, I thought it’d be neat to make one of goals, priorities and things to do…although, like me, it’s a work in progress!

  • Keep being brave.
  • Make time for self care.
  • Do yoga/pilates regularly.
  • Be more vegan
  • Cook more.
  • Restart Stitches & Stars (and rebrand!).
  • Read 36 books.
  • Watch 52 films.
  • Get the spare room/studio sorted.
  • Listen to more music.
  • Create for fun – not just for the business.
  • Make my house a home – well, more so!
  • Spend time with the people that matter.

I know, I know…exercise, eating better…not groundbreaking goals for New Years’ resolutions but then I guess you can’t beat the classics! For me they are also tied into self care and my mental health. It’s a catch 22, when they fall by the wayside, I know I’m struggling…but when I’m struggling, its so hard to look after myself. However, I can only do my best, and that’s what I plan to spend 2018 doing! So no more beating myself up, avoiding issues or putting up with shit. 2017 has shown me that I’m stronger than I ever thought possible, and that I have so many ridiculously lovely people in my life, so I’m all set.

I really hope 2018 is kind to everybody.

Much love, Jess x

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A fresh start…

…and I don’t just mean blog wise!

So much has changed since I last blogged. I’m both not the same person and on the other hand, more me, more certain than I’ve ever been.

I’ve been signed off work for 2 months with anxiety and depression, I went through CBT, I (well we, it was mutual) decided to separate (and then get divorced). I moved house. To put it mildly, it’s been exhausting. But its also been liberating, and exciting. Yes, there’s been low patches, and tears, and more than a few panic attacks. There’s been days of muddling through in a zombie like fog. But then there’s been laughter, as in so much it makes me cry (happy tears!). There’s been support, I am surrounded by so many fantastic people, and feel so chuffing lucky to have the friends & family that I do. And there’s been strength. I am so much stronger than I thought, and again this is partly (a big part) down to the support!

But what I’ve gone through isn’t easy. Sitting down with people you know and telling them you’re depressed, that you’re getting divorced is a test in itself. Admitting it to yourself is the worst and trickiest bit. But I did it, and I did it while focusing on the good, looking on the bright side, taking the piss and having a laugh. Yeah, I know I’m tooting my own horn here, but fuck it I deserve it!

So while the business takes a back seat and gets rebranded and relaunched next year, I’m going to blog. Stitches & Stars has always been about spreading good vibes, but now I really have focus and a stronger understanding of that. So thank you so much for reading this, and for still being on team Stitches. Your support really means the world to me, and I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings for us.

Much love,