christmas Tag

Hello folks and welcome to 2020, a brand new start to the New Year! I hope you all had a relaxing Christmas and New Year, unfortunately I was struck down with the flu over the Christmas so I was sick for most of it. We went round to my mother-in-law’s neighbours house for a big fat turkey dinner and we were completely stuffed by the end of it. I was still sick up to this point but by the Sunday I had a fever for most of the day and I couldn’t even get out of the bed… flu jab for me this coming Christmas (will be on my to-do list for sure!).

I’ve been meaning to write up a post about 2019 but I didn’t have the time to do it over Christmas or the fact of the matter is that I was so lethargic last week I had absolutely no energy to do anything. I’m now feeling much better so now’s a good time to reflect on the past year. Last year was jam packed with lots of life changing moments i.e. we got married, went to Japan, a friend had a baby, Savina went back to Australia…

I took part in Art at the Deli’s artist exhibition back in late spring and I show cased previous work under the theme ‘animal menagerie’, overall it was a great success as I had lots of people commenting about my work. Plus, it was great to be supporting a local business in Doncaster as well as the creativity within the area.

Me, matching my outfit with my work.

The next big thing that happened last year is that we finally got married! We spent the whole year planning, crying, shouting, raging and more planning (not in that order but you get my drift). I had to keep going back to Doncaster for my dressings but you know what? All those mega stressful moments was totally worth it. Everyone on the day was helping out and things fell into place; folks chipping in with moving tonnes of flower decorations, Savina (the super trooper person that she is) just stepped in and orchestrated people whenever they needed to be shuffled in and out of places. Totally couldn’t have done it without her, she held me and Sam together like cement. We’ve both said we were utterly grateful for her help right from the start. She’s now back in Australia so we were hoping to visit her at some point in the future.

After the wedding, we went out our mini moon to Cornwall for a quick getaway and we really needed that time just to breathe, be away from London for a couple of days and enjoy each others company.

A couple of months later we went away to Japan for our honeymoon and it was such a memorable and fantastic trip I’d love to do it all over again. Japan, you spoilt us and treated us like kings and queens. We ate so well those two weeks I can’t stop harping on about the food. The people are absolutely lovely; really helpful folks wherever we were and everyone went out of their way to help us when there was a language gap. That didn’t stop us from doing and seeing amazing things… a long and dreamy sigh here. Japan is calling me and I plan on going there again in the future and explore more of the islands down south. Sayounara!

Myself and my friend Monica Moro who runs Cook with Amore took part in two craft markets over Christmas. It was great to get back into the swing of things and I’d love to do more craft markets this year.

The London Crafters in West London

Last year I didn’t get the chance to make much artwork, so I’m a bit disappointed by that. Fair enough we had the wedding to plan but even times when I did have the time, let’s just say that I wasn’t super motivated and kept on doubting myself. Over the past month or so my Etsy shop has been really busy, as in, busy with orders for a particular print. Like I’ve said before, I have no idea where the traffic is coming from so I’d like to say thanks to everyone who has purchased it. I feel like the universe is in our hands- no matter how tough things get you have the choice and the power to make those changes. I honestly believe and live by this quote. So this year I’d like to be more focused on my work as well as concentrating on my Etsy shop and make a proper push for it. Let’s see where things go, who knows what’s going to happen in the next couple of months but it’s great to see the momentum gaining slowly but surely.

Readers. I’m going to end it here on a high. Wishing you all good health, luck and all that jazz for the start of the year and the end of the decade. Take care and thanks for reading as always!

I have added a couple of new products in my Etsy shop in time for Christmas!

I’ll be adding more things over the next couple of weeks so keep your eyes out for more new pieces of work. I’m also doing some prep work as I’ll be taking part in two Christmas Markets in London: the first one is The London Crafters on Saturday 30th November at St. Stephens Church, W2 5QT. More information about the even can be found here on their Facebook Page.

 

The next one is The Hackney Christmas Market in the Bohemia Place Market, Hackney, E8 1DU on Sunday 8th December. I’ll be sharing a stall with my friend Monica who runs Cook with Amore (she’s a super talented chef specialising in vegan cooking and she made our wedding cake for us as well). 

Thanks so much for reading as always and enjoy your weekend!

Happy Saturday everyone! We made it through the week! I hope you’re all having a chilled out weekend, or if you’re me, looking up Christmas presents (love doing it right at the last minute). It’s great just to have the weekend to myself as the last couple of weeks have been proper full on, it’s amazing what a couple of days of doing nothing can do for you. I was completely burnt out at work this week due to stress and anxiety. It was pretty unpleasant as I was completely overwhelmed and exhausted by everything, I couldn’t even focus in the morning so I had to go home. It just goes to show that it’s so important to be mindful: you need to take care of yourself, listen to your body and take time over things. In light of this, I’m going to take it easy either by cutting my hours there and start to think about myself more. I follow quite a lot of artists on Instagram and I’ve seen some rather poignant posts about self-care: nourishing your body and mind and slowing down.

In other news, I’m taking part in Blue House Yard’s Christmas Market this year. I did it last year and it was really good- I met loads of people throughout the day and it’s lovely just to chat to people: some who live locally or those passing by. Either way, I stepped up my game this afternoon and designed two new Christmas cards (see below) and redesigned a couple of old ones from a few years ago. There’ll be two collections of cards this year, which I’ve never done before, but I thought it’d be nice to offer some more designs to customers or if they wanted to buy some separately then they can.

More details about the market can be found either on my Facebook page or alternatively you can visit their Facebook page here as well.

Have a great weekend everyone and look after yourself.

Hey! How’s your Christmas been? Are you still in a food coma? Have you been binging on Christmas films like me? I’m going to be squishing in a Christmas update and work which has been published in a local magazine called Doncopolitan. They contacted me about a year ago and I never got round to submitting any work for them. For once, I was super organised, and got back in touch with them asking them if I could submit any illustrations for their Christmas edition. Fast forward a few months later and I now have a (few) physical copies of the magazine in my hand! Doncopolitan is a local magazine promoting and celebrating local talent, creativity and events in Doncaster. I felt like the magazine should get some serious coverage as Doncaster is in need of something different- in a good way- and when you think about the significant changes Doncaster has undergone (and is still continuing), local artists and businesses should get the attention they deserve.

We spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at our house (our first Christmas in London!). It was pretty exciting to be spending time in our house over Christmas and it  made it even more special as well. We had the dogs visiting us, it was like Jumanji vibes but in a good way! For Christmas dinner, we had pheasants and bacon in cider sauce, loads of veggies, roast potatoes, mashed celeriac with bread sauce. Delicious to say the least! This was then followed by tons of amazing cheeses and crackers.

I’m going to end the post here with some more photos of Mario posing next to the Christmas tree. I just wanted to say Merry Christmas and wishing you all a very Happy New Year! Thanks so much for following me, it really means a lot, and here’s to 2018!

 

Jo x

Christmas is literally round the corner, and with that in mind, I’ll be closing my shop over the Christmas period from 22nd December until 2nd January 2018. I need to put my feet up and take a well deserved break! So now is the time to make any last minute purchases!

I would like to say a massive thank you to all my customers who have supported me this year; by buying from me you are supporting a tiny, independent business who’s passion for producing beautiful artwork for all is a dream come true! I hope 2018 will be a year for happy times, good things to come, positive vibes and continuing to grow and learn from previous experiences.

Of course, an obligatory post of ‘2017 highlights’ will come, but until then here’s a photo of Mario looking uber handsome. Just because.

Jo