• Life

    Wise words to remember on difficult days

    We all have down days. Days where the sun doesn’t shine as bright as it normally does and your favourite foods don’t taste quite as perfect. On these kind of days I like to cheer myself up by reading through my “Wise words” board on Pinterest and make myself feel like a badass again. I thought today I’d share a few of my favourites that have helped me through some bad days recently. I hope they help you realise how amazing you are too. The way people treat you is a statement of who they are as a person, not…

  • Crafts,  Life

    Budget and beautiful Valentine’s gifts

    Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and I don’t know about you, but my purse is still trying to recover from the expensive Christmas period. To me, Valentine’s isn’t about big expensive gestures. It’s about showing the other person…

  • Life

    What I’ve learnt since moving in with a boy

    Back in 2017 I moved in with my boyfriend. We’d been together for about a year and half at the time and both needed a place to live in Bournemouth to finish off university. Now, it hasn’t been easy. Especially…

  • Life

    Feeling like myself again

      Recently I noticed that I’ve been feeling like my old self again. I’ve been doing the things I love and unapologetically saying no to the things that don’t bring me joy. It may have just been that I’ve come…

  • Life

    A very brief book recommendation

    Having been a fan of Parks & Recreation for a few years now, I decided to give Amy Poehler’s ‘Yes Please’ a read. I have to say, going in, I didn’t have the highest of hopes. I thought I’d probably…

  • Crafts

    Sunday morning magic

    Nothing quite makes me motivated like a crisp Sunday morning. This morning I got out of bed, after a sufficient lie in of course, sat down at my desk and opened up my ‘craft inspiration’ board on Pinterest. The first…

  • Crafts

    Upcycling a wooden chest

    A couple of weeks ago we went to a car boot sale on the hunt for a new project. We managed to find a wooden chest that we thought would be perfect to upcycle, at a bargain of only £10.…

  • Life

    Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door

    So after three years of studying and living in Bournemouth, my friends and I finally got round to visiting Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. It was the last day we were all going to spend together before they all moved…

  • Crafts,  Life

    How to open an Etsy shop

      Towards the end of 2015 I finally took the time to open Isla Jayne Crafts on the website Etsy. Hours later, I had my first order of fairy lights and I was ecstatic! ​ Opening an online shop can be very…

  • Life

    Espresso Kitchen

    The perfect place for a catch up with the girls, Espresso Kitchen is probably the quirkiest and cutest place I’ve ever been to. As you’ve probably guessed from the name, they are an independent café, all about serving the best…