It’s a new month and feels like a good time to reflect on a difficult October, I’m not going into details but I’ve had a rough time recently, last month did not go to plan and I ended up in hospital. Although my friends and family are incredible it’s difficult to know what to do in certain situations and where to turn. One of the hardest things creatively that I have done is fill a sketchbook straight from the soul, based on lyrics by my favourite bands and my sanctuary when I want to be alone Love, Life, Loss came to life and now resides in Brooklyn Art Library. As much as I would like to flick through the pages as it’s such a personal project for me it was cathartic that it was posted off to new lands for others to view and all the more poignant that I can’t view it in person.

Why am I telling you this? Well, we all have tough times, it’s part of the rollercoaster of life (especially 2016 it seems) but we all find strength in different ways and for me that’s my sketchbook where I can lose myself in the pages. That’s exactly how Accidental Vix came to life when recovering from unexpected major surgery. This could be seen as quite a lonely process (don’t worry plenty of my friends and family have had me crying on their shoulders recently so I don’t lack support) and as my latest sketches will not be going anywhere but a dusty shelf I decided that I was going to open myself up again to share them with you. I also need to re-visit my old sketchbook to remind myself that after the rain come the rainbows, and for us to appreciate the highs we need to experience the lows. Another reason to dust off the sewing machine and sew some bright items for Harry before I start the preparation for Etsy Made Local on 3rd Dec.

What do you turn to in troublesome times?

Written by Vicky Morse

The designer behind Accidental Vix and mum of gorgeous and boisterous baby boy and wife to fab and supportive hubby with an aim to just be creative.