Sunday, 23 October 2016

Girl Planet zine

I love reading the Girl Planet zine that arrives every month with my Lucky Dip Club subscription. So when the editor, Zabby asked me if I wanted to illustrate the September issue I instantly said yes! I created artwork for the front cover, calendar, colouring page and an article about getting crafty down your local written by Dominique Bennett. Zabby also interviewed me about my art, this was featured on the LDC Loves page.

The theme for September was art attack so it was really fun to work on the illustrations. The contents of the box didn't disappoint either. I especially loved the handmade marbled pouch by Pup Tart and that giant rainbow eraser.

If you want to find out more about these super cute boxes filled with surprises, look up #luckydipclub on Instagram and have a peek at over 8000 customer photos.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Get ahead with your Christmas prep

If you have a small crafty business like me, it's that time again to start planning your marketing activities for the festive season. Work out what you are going to promote and how for popular shopping days like, Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. You could create a social media campaign, offer buyers a discount, advertise in your local newspaper or think about taking part in a craft fair.

To help you make a start on planning your promotions, I have made a list of popular Christmas {2016} shopping days.

Buy British Day - 1st October
Black Friday - 25th November
Small Business Saturday - 3rd December
Cyber Monday - 28th November
Free Shipping Day - 16th December

Have I missed out any key Christmas shopping dates? If I have, let me know in the comments.

If you like the robin card shown in the photo above you can buy it here

Monday, 19 September 2016

The New Forest

At the weekend I went on a mini break with my boyfriend to The New Forest. We did lots of walking in the woods, visited cosy pubs and enjoyed the beautiful scenery. There were plenty of cute animals and wildlife, it was lovely to see all of the donkeys, cows and ponies roaming freely.

I took my travel sketchbook with me to scribble in and collected pine cones, leaves and berries in the woods to draw. Also the ponies were so cute, I couldn't stop drawing them!

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Autumn sketchbook ideas

My end of summer sadness has transformed into excitement for the new season. Autumn is my favourite time of year and I'm looking forward to cosy nights in, baking pumpkin pies and golden walks in the woods. The beauty of autumn is super inspiring so I'm planning to do lots of painting in my sketchbook. I have shared some of my ideas below, hopefully they will inspire you to do some drawing too!

- Foraging for blackberries and apples
- Woodland animals
- Pumpkins and squashes
- Bonfire night
- Colourful leaves
- Woolly scarf and mittens
- Collecting pinecones
- Halloween
- Mushrooms 
- Hot chocolate

Don't forget to follow me on Instagram to see my latest sketchbook pages.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Hand painted fox brooch

Embrace the changing season with a new handmade fox brooch! You will have the chance to get one this Saturday from my etsy shop. This super cute piece of jewellery is great if you're looking for something a bit different to wear in the autumn. It's perfect to pin to your woolly cardigan or coat and wear on woodland walks or trips out to sip on mugs of hot chocolate.

I have painted these brooches individually so each one is a unique piece of art. They have been varnished and finished off with an easy fastening pin on the back. Only five have been made so far - don't miss out on Saturday!