We've almost made it through January, the days are starting to feel a little longer as the daylight hours stretch a little more each day. It's a beautiful day here today, bright sunshine with a shimmery, frosty, sparkle everywhere. I don't mind winter when it looks like this.
However, to me, January always feels a bit of a tricky month. It feels like a stiff shift of gears after the Christmas break. Where a big push is needed to get back in the flow of work and pick up projects from where they were before the holidays, whilst at the same time planning for the year to come. It feels like the passage of one year to the next brings with it a big sense of time marching on and a niggle that we should all be doing more because there goes another year.
Yet look again and there's spring, quietly resting in the flower beds and hedgerows, gently waking up, shaking off the winter slowly, gathering itself ready for what lies ahead. Knowing that the best is yet to come.
I think we can all learn a lot from spring - nature's start to the year...
Which is why I've been busy developing lots of spring designs for my Spoonflower and Etsy shops and they are all up and ready to be seen bursting forth with all their floral prettiness...
Over on my Etsy shop I have a January sale running until the end of the month on all illustration prints and gift wraps - which includes these brand new gift wrap designs as an introductory offer....
I've also added some new pieces to my Society 6 shop, including this phone case.
Best of all, one of the pots of daffodil bulbs that I popped around our house at the beginning of the month has bloomed today.
What a wonderful sight!
My eldest daughter thinks I'm a little crazy for getting so excited about seeing a daffodil bloom. She is 10. My reply to her was ' To me, seeing my first spring bloom of the year is as exciting as Christmas day is to you!'.
She still thinks I've lost the plot. I can live with that!
The print in this image was by Alexandra Snowdon from her Etsy shop Snowdon
I hope you have a lovely week.
I noticed this morning that it's been nearly a month since my last blog post (and dare I say, it's only a month to Christmas Eve). So, it must be time to share some of my festive offerings with you and summarise my November...
This month has whizzed by, with all the dark, cold and rainy days I have been focusing on the design work on my desk. This month has seen a lot of commission work as my clients prep up for what is often their most busy time of year. Among the projects I've been working on, there's been plenty more pattern work and I have created a new set of fabric designs for Spoonflower. I am happy to say I ordered proof swatches of that collection this week and will have 15 new prints available to purchase from Spoonflower very soon. If you'd like a little peep at what's coming, you can see those new designs here....
There are also quite a few festive patterns already listed and available on my Spoonflower, including this new Robins print, ideal for anyone who fancies a bit a of seasonal creative project to see them through the dark winter evenings (the test swatches look quite pretty in 5" embroidery hoops as pictured below). You can find my current Autumn & Winter Spoonflower fabric collection here...
And, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas over at my Etsy and Folksy shops as they are now stocked with all things festive, including these new Christmas card designs, and restock of my festive wraps...
If, like me, you are now frantically ordering things online for Christmas, you may find this little guide to the Royal Mail posting dates for this year very handy.
Please be aware that with my online shops, most items are posted within 3-5 working days of placing an order. With that in mind, I am calling Thursday 15th December my last day for Christmas orders for UK and Wednesday 30th November for most International destinations. Orders made after those dates are unlikely to arrive in time for Christmas....
I hope posting these dates here is as useful to you as it is to me. I have also put a slide of it on the about section of my Etsy shop too.
Have a lovely week and happy Christmas shopping!
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