We finally made it through what seems like the longest month.
This month, my FREE desktop wallpaper for my email subscribers features a bright red squirrel by some pink and pretty cyclamen flowers. These flowers are such a welcome sight throughout the winter months, adding a much needed pop of colour to a dark and grey landscape. I love their hopefulness, in their delicate, vibrant petals.
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For the last couple of months, behind the scenes I have been developing lots of new greeting card designs. The publisher I work with, Art Eco Designs, are off to Spring Fair International at the NEC this month, so the plan was to provide them with lots of new things to take with them....
Among the new designs are plenty of new occasion cards, plus two new mini collections of birthday cards. Firstly a collection of bright floral cards, in my signature style using fresh spring colours, with foil finishing touches, as shown above....
The other new mini collection is a very celebratory, birthday collection featuring glamorous little figures and inspired by the party spirit of The Great Gatsby. With an art deco inspired look and feel, these cards will also be foiled to add plenty of sparkle and shine...
I've also added LOTS of new designs to my occasions collections too.
Over on the wholesale page of this site, I have added an updated catalogue with all the new designs in it. These designs are VERY hot off my desk, so the catalogue has lots of TBCs where the product codes need to be. They can all be ordered through Art Eco Designs at great wholesale prices and terms. Once all the codes have been assigned, I will add them into the wholesale catalogue, but they are available now.
The full collection will be launched on Art Eco Designs/ The Heart of a Garden's stand
at Spring Fair:
3-7 FEB 2019, NEC
VISIT STAND: 3N15
Finally, I can't talk about February without mentioning Valentine's Day. Over on my Etsy, you will find my Valentines and Love section full stocked and ready for you, including these two bright floral cards featured above.
Have a very lovely February.
May the longer daylight hours
and pretty spring buds
always make you smile!
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!