Hello & Happy September!
Not just a new month, but a whole new season.
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To say goodbye to summer, this month's design is a trip to the botanical gardens for a last look at the roses, cosmos and hydrangea. Through the flowers a proud peacock can be spotted, to add to this splendid sight in calming hues of violet and blue.
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August has been an intense juggling act, as I am sure it has been for most working parents.
This summer has been particularly lovely here in the UK with plenty of sunshine.
This past month, I've been squeezing in family days out and a very hot and sunny week in Cornwall - which has been great for inspiration and memory making.
All that combined with fitting in ongoing work and projects with the children home. It has to be said, freelancing from home during the school holidays really does test skills and patience. I am sending big love to all fellow freelancers and parents, whatever your field of expertise happens to be. Rest assured that we have nearly made it - September is here at last!
I think the key is to accept it and make the best of the situation, because they don't stay little for long and nests are soon emptied...
Of the ongoing projects I've been working on, one of those has been (and still is) developing some new occasions cards for wholesale. The aim is to fill some of the gaps in my occasion card offering. A couple of weeks ago my first samples of these cards arrived and have now been listed over at my Etsy shop....
Another new product to arrive from the printers in August are my Nature Guide A5 Notepads. These have my Wildflowers and Butterflies Guides on the front. Printed on the inside front and back covers are the matching wildflower and butterfly patterns. The colours are bright and as we say here in Somerset, they're definitely lush!
The inner pages are smooth, plain white recycled paper - the idea being they can be used for sketchbooks, notebooks, planners or bullet journals.
These are sold in packs of two for £9 over at my Etsy. I have also added them to a gift set bundle where you can get the two notebooks plus the two signed prints of these nature guides all together for £20...
It's around this time of year when people are out visiting places, that my cards get spotted. I really must say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who spotted my cards in shops
throughout the summer and took the time and trouble to let me know.
Over the past few years, some of my designs have found their way into shops at resorts, gift and book shops across the UK. It always blows me away at how kind people are to take a store snap and send it to me and let me know where they saw my designs. It's always exciting to see my work in shops, especially as I don't really know exactly where they are (because the distribution of the cards is handled by the publisher I work with).
It means a huge deal to me to be shown them in situ, so thanks again!...
In the pics above - spotted in Waterstones, Staines (left). Spotted in National Trust, St Michael's Mount, Cornwall (right).
As thoughts turn to the start of a new season and back to school, I am definitely feeling like it's the beginning of a new term. My recent doodles have began to reflect the change in seasons and I am looking forward to getting back to a more settled routine.
I wish you all a lovely September!
Happy April & Happy Easter!
This month I want to share some of the recent designs I've done with an Easter theme. These new designs are now available to retailers at wholesale prices, via the publisher I work with, Art Eco Designs . It's a bit late for this year, but these will also be available from my Etsy and Folksy shops in time for next Easter.....
In the meantime, I'm letting their sugary sweet colours fill my blog in the hope that they will brighten your day...
March was a very busy and chaotic month, what with all the snow days causing disruption to work and family life. It feels very good to see the spring flowers now, like a new beginning.
I've been working on lots of graphics commissions this past month whilst trying to keep adding to my licensing portfolio. I am hoping that April will be a month of more opportunity to create more portfolio work. With that in mind, I want to create something new everyday to put it out on my Instagram. I've been interested in some of the 100 day Instagram challenges I've seen, mostly starting in April, in the past couple of years. I'm not sure I want to be brave enough to declare a 100 days challenge as that makes it big and scary and very off putting.
So I'm just going to start with focusing on trying to create something nature themed each day throughout April, no matter how small, in an effort to make each little thing add up.
I like the idea of small progress each day adding up to big leaps forward.
We shall see - but those are my plans for this shiny new month and I look forward to at least having a go!...
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Have a wonderful week
& a Very Happy Easter!
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