Happy New Year!
I hope that 2019 is a very happy, healthy and peaceful year for all.
I always seem to wish the same things each New Year - happiness, health and peace.
Three precious things that I believe should never be taken for granted.
I'm not a great one for new year's resolutions, it's always an ongoing work in progress for me. I see each day is a new gift and a new chance to learn and grow. At this time of year there always seems to be lots of pressure to set goals and strive to be this, that or the other. When you think about it, really it all boils down to this..
We have all collectively completed another journey around the sun, together,
on this bit of rock floating in space - the third rock from our nearest star.
A beautiful, fascinating, awe inspiring rock, filled with stunning flora, fauna
and oceans teeming with life yet to be explored.
When viewed from space, there are no borders,
we are seen as one on our one and only life supporting planet.
What an amazing thing that truly is!
Maybe that's worth pausing to contemplate and appreciate at the start of a New Year.
I know I feel blessed to part of this whole phenomenon.
The beauty of our natural world is where I will continue to find my greatest source of inspiration for my creative work and I look forward to spending the coming year drawing lots more flora and fauna...
Talking of flora and fauna, let's start the year off with a bit of nature inspired design.
I'm happy to say, all be it a bit delayed, I have set up January's free desktop calendar wallpaper for everyone on my email list, which will be going out today so please check those inboxes, as this month's email will also have a little exclusive Etsy offer code for 15% off across my entire Etsy shop.
This month's desktop wallpaper has been inspired by two things. Firstly, the Pantone colour of the year for 2019 'Living Coral'. This gorgeous, vivid coral reminds me of some of the hues that can be found in the stunning sunsets we get around Somerset at this time of year. So, I've set my sunset in a scene with a hare on the Somerset Levels looking across to Glastonbury Tor (which is not far from here).
If you would like to get the FREE desktop wallpaper and the exclusive January offer code for my Etsy shop, then here's a link to where to join my mailing list:
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Today's post is illustrated with images I created on the lead up to Christmas.
Once again, I took part in an advent countdown challenge over on Instagram. These are the 24 images I shared throughout the challenge....
Most importantly, I want to say some big thank you's for 2018...
To everyone who purchased items from my online shops, or bought items with my designs on in bricks and mortar shops across the UK - a massive heartfelt THANK YOU!
I can't do this without you, each purchase you make means everything to me!
Also THANK YOU to those of you who left fantastic reviews on my Etsy and Folksy shops after your purchase. You have no idea how much those words mean to me, I am so grateful that you took the time and trouble. Each good review helps lift me up and carry me forward on the not so great days!
To all my amazing clients (you all know who you are if you are reading this):
THANK YOU so, so much!
I am very lucky to get to work with such lovely people who bring me great projects to work on. I love how each project tests my skills and ability and helps me see things in different ways. With no two days the same, I love our collaborative work as it gives me my much needed human contact and gives my brain a good old work out!
You are all so important to me and my little business,
I'm looking forward to lots more team work this year!
To everyone who has followed and supported my social media efforts this year:
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
The struggle is REAL with social media and me at the moment.
Some days it takes so much effort for me to actually post something at all.
Every single like and comment you have given me this year has been deeply appreciated.
In a noisy online world, it feels harder and harder to cut through and be seen, so to find that someone has seen and liked something means so much more now!
Lastly, Thank you to all everyone on my email list - especially during a year that saw GDPR thrown in the mix! Thank you so much for sticking with me. I hope you enjoy your free desktop wallpapers each month, I intend to continue to do these this year and look forward to sharing those with you.
I wish you all a wonderful January,
If the winter blues start to creep in, try and look for the signs of spring,
they are never far away as our world keeps turning on our next journey around the sun together!
Hello and Happy November!
A brand new month means a brand new desktop wallpaper for all the lovely people on my mailing list.
This month, as the nights become longer, we have a late autumn night sky with owls swooping under a shimmering, bright crescent moon.
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Now that Halloween has passed, I think it's about time to reveal my brand new collection for this Christmas!
The new collection has been inspired in part by some of the imagery I created when I took part in last year's advent countdown over on Instagram.
For the first few weeks of October I took part in Inktober over on Instagram. It's always a struggle to do these daily challenges, and I often find it tricky to keep them going, but I always have a go. I learnt early on, how great these sorts of online creative community art challenges are, for helping to stay inspired and to help build a collection of work that can then be used to build your portfolio for art licensing, or to create a brand new range of products - like this new one for Christmas...
This year I have created two new Christmas wrapping paper designs.
'Nutcracker' and 'Poinsettia'.
Both designs are now available from both my Etsy and Folksy shops....
On the subject of gift wrapping. A couple of days ago, I posted some useful information on my social media in response to something I saw doing the rounds on Facebook about wrapping paper. It was giving inaccurate information that's potentially damaging to the livelihoods of the thousands of people working in the gifts and greetings sector. It could also encourage people to not bother recycling things that can easily be recycled, which would be totally shameful. So at the risk of repeating myself if you follow me on Facebook...
It was all about a post I saw, urging people to use brown paper instead of wrapping paper this Christmas claiming that ALL wrapping paper was non recyclable.
"That's NOT entirely true!" I yelled at my screen.
It's an admirable thought, as we all want to be kinder to our planet, but it's a HALF TRUTH. As a designer of gift wrap who has been working with eco friendly producers of paper goods for a few years now, please allow me to clear this one up for you all....
Wrapping paper with shiny finishes, foil, glitter, laminated, coated finishes are generally the ones that CAN NOT be recycled....
However, ones that are not given this treatment, simply printed with a pattern or design (such as the ones I sell, pictured here) CAN BE recycled.
If in any doubt, you can scrunch the paper up into a ball in your hand and if it stays scrunched up then it's good to recycle.
I found out about the 'scrunch test' on the WRAP UK website (Waste Recycling Action Programme). Here is a link to the relevant details on that site for more useful information. It's a great source of facts on all things to do with waste management and recycling:
So if a brown paper festive season is not your thing,
you can have a colourful Christmas after all!....
Along with the new Christmas wraps, I have also created a set of 6, A6 sized
Christmas cards, to complement both the new gift wrap designs...
I hope you enjoyed the first look at my new collection for this Christmas.
I also hope that you find the information about the 'scrunch test' to find out whether gift wrap is recyclable very helpful too.
Have a great November!
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