Saturday, 31 December 2016

Highlights of 2016

2016 has been quite a year, I started a new digital marketing job, had some amazing trips around the UK to The New Forest, Norfolk, Rye, Oxford and stayed in a yurt in Sussex. I also learnt how to crochet, got an allotment and dyed my hair pink.

Work wise, I began stocking some of my card designs in Paperchase and Scribbler via Whale and Bird. I worked on an exciting project for Lucky Dip Club, reached 200 sales and over 100 five star reviews in my etsy shop. Being interviewed by Just A Card was a great opportunity to share my work and I enjoyed illustrating a logo and lots of cakes for Rosina Makes. I made up a hashtag #girlswhomake to inspire and encourage other creative girls by posting questions on my Instagram and Twitter, it was fun getting to know everyone and I want to do more regular posts in the new year.

My new years resolution in the last year was to draw and paint more, which I did. In 2017 my goals are to improve my photography, learn how to sew and do screen printing. I also want to make more time for my creative work, get out of my comfort zone and collaborate with others.

Friday, 23 December 2016

Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas! I just want to say thank you for all of your encouraging messages and comments on social media and ordering goodies from my little shop this year, your support means so much. My shop is now closed and your Christmas orders have been posted. I've decided to take a mini break to organise my studio and design some new jewellery, zines, stickers, cards and more for 2017. The shop will relaunch on 25th January {my birthday!} 

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Hello November

Happy November! Here are my favourite pictures that I have made so far this autumn:

- My new Christmas card design
- Squashes and imaginary pumpkin friends at the allotment
- Hey pumpkin #inktober drawing
- I painted fox brooches
- Pink hair don't care
- Strange but cute stickers I made
- Pattern and lettering for autumn sketchbook ideas blog
- Art for Girl Planet zine by Lucky Dip Club
- Autumn giveaway won by Tea and Crafting

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