December 2017

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

Hello folks! How are you all? The dreary rain that we’re having at the moment has made me want to hibernate for the next few days (or months even); Netflix and hanging out with the cats is my perfect night in! I’m not terribly fussed with having massive nights out either- getting sloshed to the point that everything is one hazy memory is like, nah, not for me. Binging on Netflix- hell yes! ?

I always enjoy writing up about the year as it gives me time to reflect on what’s happened, in terms of small achievements and goals that I’ve reached. I’m not one of those people who makes New Year Resolutions as a: I never stick to them and b: I find that if I restrict myself to stop doing or eating less of something, well, I’ll do it even more! So I decided not to do it anymore and I think everything in moderation is important.

For me, this year has been a lot of understanding my mind set and mood in that I can say ‘no’ to things without feeling guilty about it. There are days when I feel quite low and once I feel like that it can be difficult to go out and be ‘normal’. You know, put a brave face on and mask my feelings of anxiety and insecurities. I suppose when I look back at the year I think of all the negative things that have happened as well- those experiences seem to resonate with me the most. I’m not going to label them as ‘negative moments’, but instead, see it as a way of growing and learning to be kinder to myself.

By the way, this is in no order of importance or significance!


This year we took out the laminate flooring and were planning on sanding and varnishing the floorboards… six months later and it’s still looking the same! I was going to do it myself over the summer, then decided not to since it’s a massive job to do on my own and it’s pretty messy as well. Apart from that, all the rooms are painted and we had the bathroom done back in spring. We were looking to getting an extension done, but all in good time I think! One can keep on Pinterest dreaming.

The cats are doing great (photos to show proof of this). They’ve been enjoying the back garden and lounging around the house where the sunny spots are!


Sam and I have definitely visited a lot more places this year. We went to Granada at the start of the year to visit some friends followed by a weekend trip to Cornwall. Unfortunately, my memory card for my phone seems to be corrupt so I’ve lost quite a lot of photos from this year! Ugh. Technology. 

Back in October we went to visit Montenegro with his mum for a couple of days and I would love to go back there again. The food was amazing and the scenery was absolutely breath taking; the mountains would look completely different depending on the time of the day. When the sun was setting the mountains turned to hues of blues and purples with the sun glowing in the distant- just beautiful is the only way I can describe it.I have always loved visiting new places (as you can probably tell) and I’d love to travel more next year.


When I look back at my work from this year I noticed that it’s changed slightly in that I’m now more confident with using drawing inks. I’ve moved away from making collages, which I don’t think it’s a bad thing, but it’s always great to be able to try new things out. The Inktober Challenge (ok, I didn’t finish it!) was brilliant as it really pushed me to make images in a short amount of time and just go with the flow.

This year I’ve made more of an effort with my Etsy shop in terms of developing more products across the year and paying more attention to product photography. The photos have been neglected for so long so I decided to give my Etsy shop a make over: new banner, logo, taking better quality photos and updating it on a frequent basis. So next year I’m planning on investing more time into it and looking to do more arts and crafts markets as well. The Blue House Yard Market gave me a proper boost of confidence and just getting out there and meeting other creatives is always fantastic. Plus, chatting to the public about what I do really inspires me to keep going and make more art. I really love what I’m doing right now so 2018 will be an interesting year!


I’ve been quite honest about my social anxiety and anxiety on my blog as it’s a good place for me to be open about it. I had a proper bad panic attack at the start of the year where I fainted and basically landed on the floor and hit the back of my head. That wasn’t a pleasant experience to say the least but it made me realise I needed to take control of my anxiety and get help; too long have I ignored it and thought I don’t need help. Now I’m waiting for CBT so let’s see where that goes.


I turned 30 back in May and, nope, I don’t feel any different whatsoever. I still like Hello Kitty, Tamagotchis, Sanrio stationery so nothing will ever change by the sounds of it!


There are a couple of things I would like to get cracking with next year. One is my driving lessons as I passed my theory test back in August so I need to get a move on with it. I had a couple of driving lessons back in the summer, however, I didn’t get on with my driving instructor so I’m still looking for one.

I also want to do more arts and crafts market so my action plan in the New Year is to get in touch with organisers and start doing more around London.


I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post! Is there anything you’d like to share in the comments section? How’s your year been so far? Are there any other things you’d like to do or start next year?


Oh dear! I’m a little bit behind with updating my Etsy shop. My bad! I’ve been meaning to add new products ages ago but this thing called time there’s never enough of it during the day! I’m delighted to share with you all two new pocket mirrors and notebooks now available in my Etsy shop.

Winter Flowers Notebook: £3.00

Summer Flowers Notebook: £3.00

Set of Two Notebooks £5.00

Unicorn and Swans Pocket Mirror: both £3.00 each

Swans Pocket Mirror: £3.00

Unicorn Pocket Mirror: £3.00

If you’re still looking for that perfect gift then have a look in my Etsy shop. I will be closing it this week for a couple of days so get your orders in as soon as possible if you’d like it shipped before the big day!

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.



The weather has changed very quickly, right? I’m currently wrapped up warm: layered up with my jumper, thick socks and slippers to finish it off. And did you see the snow today? It’s always so magical to see snow, that is, until you get outside and it’s all mushy and watery!

Recently, a friend of mine at work asked to me create an artwork for her nursery as she’s having a baby in January. She wanted something autumn related for the nursery as it’s one of her favourite seasons. My friend was absolutely delighted with the print when I gave it to her too!

She had seen some of my work on my website and told me what elements she liked, I then planned out a rough sketch in my sketchbook. Once my friend okayed it I began painting out some of the elements I’d be using: leaves, flowers, and some squiggly mark-making patterns to fill up the spaces around the fox. After painting out all the elements, as well as drawing out the fox, I scanned everything into Photoshop and layered it up with different paper and textures to give it a handmade feel to it.

I do love taking on commissions that are for special occasions: be it someone’s birthday or for a house warming gift, I feel like I’ve done my part in creating that joyous moment. One happy, happy person (plus baby)- yay!

If you would like a custom piece of artwork please get in touch with me providing details of the occasion, who’s it for, what size you’d like it and any themes/ideas you had in mind! I look forward to hearing back from you.