Friday, 12 June 2015

Father's Day

Father's Day is only around the corner so I thought I'd show you this card from my shop! It's just the thing to give to your dad on his special day....

Looking for a Father's Day gift?
I've had a browse around some cool independent shops and made a mini list of my favourites for you. I think these shops have loads of really fun, unique gifts perfect for Father's Day - I hope this is helpful!

I love the Grumpy Pygmy Bear :)

Have a look at Nicola's aprons & cushions

If your dad has a beard & loves dinosaurs this is the shop for you!

Have some lovely nostalgic gifts for adults too

Friday, 5 June 2015

Mailing list

A few weeks ago I set up a mailing list for the first time. I've been meaning to do this for a while but for some reason I felt anxious about it which held me back (silly me). But anyway, I finally pushed myself to do it. I think that sending you emails & things through the post will be a super fun way to tell you about my latest news, products launches & competitions etc...

Thanks so much to all the people that have joined so far! Since I've been sending out these little sign up slips with orders from my shop lots of you have posted them back to me. I'm really touched by the love letters, words of encouragement and cute gifts that I've received too. This has made me really excited to start sending mail out to all of you!!!

To join my mailing list please send your name, email & postal address to (Letters via post is available to people who live in Europe only)

If you want to receive news by email only you can sign up here :)

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Grumpy rainbow pot

Look at this amazing rainbow pot Emma Carlisle made for me!
Isn't it the cutest thing ever?

I think Emma's new ceramic artworks are adorable so I was super excited when she asked me if I'd like her to make a pot based on one of my illustrations - obviously I said yes! Many of you will recognise this grumpy rainbow pot from my Cactus Club print. If you love collecting cactus plants this print is perfect to arrange with your cactus hoard....  And Emma's charming ceramics are awesome to use as planters.

I only started my cactus collection in April so I've been searching a lot recently for unusual pots around charity shops, car boot sales & Etsy. Where do you buy your cactus planters from? If you could recommend any indie shops or designer makers in the comments that would be great - I'd love to see your suggestions!

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Two years!

Hoooraaaay!!! My little business is turning two in June, it's pretty exciting! I'm always SO grateful for your amazing support. Thank you to everyone who's shown me love and encouraged me over the past two years. I've never written about how I came about doing all of this so I thought I'd share my story with all of you.

I started this blog back in the summer of 2010 when I was an art student & I've been sharing my illustrations on here ever since.  When I graduated from uni I was really unsure of what direction I wanted to take my work. I think I found the whole thing a bit too overwhelming.

After spending quite a long time exploring & researching all the different things I could do; I came to realise in June 2013 that I really wanted to start designing & selling my own product range. I didn't have much money to begin with but I saved up enough to get my first set of cards & prints produced to sell in my etsy shop. (I'd opened an etsy shop previously but it kinda freaked me out so I left it empty for a while wooops!) Since then my products have continued to grow into jewellery, books and original paintings.

Progress has been slow but I'm super proud of how much my confidence has grown, especially in last few months. The business has built up really quickly since Christmas, it's been awesome! I've learnt so much and can finally see that all the hard work is beginning to pay off. Owning a creative business makes me incredibly happy, its an amazing feeling to be able to make money from doing the things you love.

I'm going to be honest here and admit that I've made sacrifices to start my little business (I think that most people do but they don't like to admit it). I couldn't have got where I am now without my marketing/design job and I have recently had to give up my car! But this doesn't bother me because I'm working towards my dream. If I have to make a few adjustments to make that happen, then so be it. I always think to myself; walking is much healthier than driving everywhere & I've learnt tons about online marketing through my extra job (which has proved very useful!) - they can't be bad things can they? Staying positive is the most important thing :)

Throughout June there will be giveaways & fun treats to celebrate my business birthday month woo woo wooo!!!  I have lots planned so keep your eyes peeled.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Link love #1

I thought it would be fun to start sharing some of my favourite websites, blogs, articles & businesses along with other things I come across on the internet...

Here's my first little list:

1. I've been following #gdiherts degree show updates here

2. I'm totally loving everything made by intwosandthrees

3. Cute Mod Dolly dresses

4. Toby's daily cat drawings are amazing on his I Like CATS instagram feed

If you have any of your own favourite links feel free to share in the comments :)