Spring has sprung upon us.
This month, my FREE desktop wallpaper for my email subscribers is channelling all the spring vibes. I saw a little blue tit perched at the top of the cherry tree in our garden this week. It was a beautiful blue sky day and the little bird was singing it's heart out.
As soon I saw it, I knew what this month's desktop wallpaper had to be!
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The beginning of February I made a rare trip to Birmingham to visit Spring Fair International at the NEC. My friends at Art Eco Designs had a stall there this year, the first time in five years. As I mentioned in last month's blog, the end of last year and beginning of this has seen me working on lots of new occasion card designs for them to take along. With many of my new designs very hot off my desk at the end of January, it was well worth my long journey to Birmingham to catch a first glimpse of them all as sample stock being launched at Spring Fair.
It was wonderful to catch up with everyone on the stand and chat to the sales team about what's in demand from stockists - a very productive day indeed.
Best of all was being able take the opportunity to arrange to meet up with some of my artist friends who live in the midlands and north England. That was exactly what I needed, to be able to wander around with great friends who work in the same way (from home, around their families, creating and designing for licence). It was lovely to be able to celebrate seeing each other's work on stands, gather ideas for coming trends, colours and themes....
I always come away from events like this with my head buzzing with ideas, it can be very overwhelming. Thankfully, I am a few years in to my creative business and know that it's important to fill that notebook up straightaway and then put it to one side. There will be obvious things to prioritise and action straight away, and other things that would be great to re-visit. That's why I enjoy travelling to events like this by train as it gives me a few hours straight after the event to gather my thoughts and jot them all down on the journey home....
Now that we have reached March, that means that it will soon be Mother's Day
here in the UK.
The date to remember is Sunday 31st March this year.
Over at my Etsy and Folksy shops, I have a bright collection of floral and sweet Mother's Day cards and gift ideas. The images featured here include some new designs for this year...
I hope you have a lovely month.
Don't forget to look up to the branches of the trees,
you never know who you will see singing their song for spring
from behind the blossom!
Hello and Happy December!
A little later than usual, but better late than never - my new desktop wallpaper for all the lovely people on my mailing list has been mailed out today, so please keep an eye out for it in inboxes.
This month embraces winter and hopefully sets a beautiful festive mood featuring a nordic reindeer in the snow.
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Now that December has arrived, it's important to let you know the postal deadline dates, so that it's clear when last orders before Christmas can be guaranteed from my Etsy and Folksy shops...
To make things simple, I've popped the Royal Mail deadline dates below in this blog post.
I use Royal Mail International Standard for all overseas deliveries and Royal Mail 1st and 2nd class services for all mainland UK deliveries....
Given Royal Mail's deadline dates above for overseas deliveries,
my deadlines to get orders in before Christmas on my Etsy and Folksy Shops
are as follows:
Africa, Middle East - DEADLINE HAS PASSED (30th November)
Cyprus, Malta, Asia, Far East, Eastern Europe
(except Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia) - ORDER DEADLINE WEDS 5th DEC
Caribbean, Central and South America - ORDER DEADLINE WEDS 5th DEC
Greece, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand - ORDER DEADLINE FRI 7th DEC
Canada, Czech Republic, Italy, Poland and USA - ORDER DEADLINE WEDS 12th DEC
Finland, Sweden - ORDER DEADLINE WEDS 12th DEC
Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland - ORDER DEADLINE FRI 14th DEC
Belgium, France, Ireland and Luxembourg - ORDER DEADLINE FRI 14th DEC
For UK orders, the deadlines are as follows:
Mailing Tube Items (A2 Wall Planners, A3 Posters)
Sent 2nd Class - ORDER DEADLINE FRI 14th DEC
All other items (A4 wall calendars, cards, wrap, notebooks, illustration prints)
Sent 1st Class - ORDER DEADLINE TUES 18th DEC
That's the important information out of the way.
In other news for December, Folksy have created a lovely little animation for the festive season to showcase products from their makers. It's part of their '12 Days of Folksy' over on their social media. You are able to view the first scene from the film over at Folksy's Instagram. Along with the film, they are running giveaways from featured makers throughout the 12 days.
I'm so happy to say my 'But First Tea' print has been included in the film and giveaway. To be in with a chance of winning this print, you can follow Folksy here:
I wish you all a very wonderful festive month!
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