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. 


Hey ho guys! I hope you’re all doing well despite the freezing cold weather, which I’m currently loving at the moment (sarcasm here). I though I’d write up a quick post about last week’s Blue House Yard Saturday Market as it turned out really well.

So I was there early-ish to set up- it always takes longer than I always expect it to. TBF, I spent the first 10 minutes faffing around and trying to keep warm! Even though it was really cold (that wind had a proper bite to it) the market was still really busy; it was lovely to see locals passing by the area. I met Sonia Bienek who runs ‘Sonia B Textiles’ as I had a stall right next to hers, so we were mostly chatting away about what we do, paper (standard convo I think with most designers), and generally just sharing our own experiences of selling work. I think when you do markets you always end up meeting people either from different or similar background and you’re all in it together for the day- sharing that moral support/exchange of knowledge with one another is such a humbling experience.

I really enjoyed it and it’s been such a long time since I last did any kind of craft market! It does take a lot of time to prep but it’s definitely pays of in the end.

If you’re planning on doing a market I have a ‘to do list’ on Google Keep as it keeps me focused on what I need to do. Plus it’s easy to tick off things as you’re going along.

Here are some things to keep in mind (btw, the advice below are all my own opinions based on personal experiences from past shows and craft markets):

A Short (& Concise) Guide for Craft Markets:

The first rule of thumb is: don’t leave it to the last minute! I can’t stress that enough as you want to allow yourself time for displays to arrive etc. Panicking and stress is the last thing you want!


  • First up, organise your stock. Always bring more than you need as it’s always better to be over-prepared. I will normally go through what I have and plan to have a range of items starting from £1.50 to upwards of £25.00. Of course, this is dependable on what you make! I also look at who is selling on that day as it gives me a ball-park figure of pricing and selecting stock that sort of doesn’t clash with other sellers.
  • Get your cards/prints etc. packaged and labelled up. So if it means buying extra cellophane bags or ordering more stickers online then aim to do that a few weeks before the market starts. Have your prints backed up using sturdy heavy-weight card or paper.
  • Bring paper bags or boxes with you so that when people buy a couple of items they can take their wares away safely. Some customers will say no to a bag if it’s a small item.
  • Have a price list ready as well as price tags for all your items. I printed everything out and then clipped them to the actual products using small bulldog clips as it was super windy on Saturday. Thanks Sonia for the handy tip!

Presentation and Setting Up

  • I did spend sometime looking online on Pinterest and other craft fairs for some inspiration. I liked the look of simple wire frames to hold my cards and prints, which I bought from Flying Tiger. You can also try Ikea or your local charity shop for something slightly different e.g. wooden boxes can double up as an extra stand. I’m not super handy when it comes to DIY (I wish), but you could make your own table stands or magazine rack to save on costs as well as having something unique. I also went on Renegade Craft Fairs Tips and Tricks section for more ideas about layout and presentation.
  • I bought a white sheet from my local fabric shop on Turnpike Lane (£8.00 for 4 meters of fabric. Not bad, like). Tables are often grotty so having a nice clean sheet to make your products look nice is important.
  • I said previously I didn’t do a mock up as I already had in mind how I was going to display my wares. If you have the time and the room I would do it anyway and take a couple of photos so you have something to refer to.
  • I went on eBay and ordered a cardboard card rack to display my greeting cards. It was worth the money as it gave that extra height and appeal to my stand.
  • Get your promo things printed and done such as business cards, promotional postcards/stickers.
  • Have an eye-catching banner that represents your work and business on display!

Other Things

  • Check the weather. Yes, check the weather! I wasn’t prepared on how cold it was going to be. Layer up as the days get colder and bring a cardboard box or a rug to stand on. I have a fold-away camping stool which fits nicely in my suitcase, although I didn’t sit down as I was standing and moving around just to keep warm!
  • Have pens, pins, clips, paper ready on you.
  • Compile a stock list so you know what you have on the day.
  • I don’t have a card reader, not like it was a hindrance, but perhaps it’s something worth considering if you do craft markets on a regular basis.
  • Have water and snacks on you to keep you going throughout the day.
  • Keep float money on you. £10 in change is max for me.
  • Most importantly, have fun!


I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this and if you have any tips you’d like to share then please leave a comment below. I’ll be back at Blue House Yard for their Christmas Market this coming Saturday (more info here) so do make sure you pop along if you’re in the area.


Hello there! Hope you’ve all had a spooky Halloween- this month has gone too fast, right? We went to Kotor last week and had an amazing time (the last of the summer days as we were saying!). I’ll be writing up a post for it over the weekend, plus photos to edit as well so it’s defo a weekend job!

I’m running another sale in time for Christmas so keep the dates in your diaries and make a note of it as Christmas (already??!!) is creeping very quickly around the corner!

More blog posts coming right up in the next couple of days as I’ve been meaning to write up another post about Inktober. Enjoy the rest of the week!

Hi all, hope you’re all having a super weekend! I’ve only got two more weeks left until the half term and I’m literally counting down the days!

True to my words I’ve been keeping up with Inktober and it’s been a lot of fun! I’ve been doing two or three prompts in one go, which I think the whole point of it is that you can take your time with it and not stick to it religiously.

#Swift (1/31)

#Divide (2/31)

#Poison (3/31)

#Underwater (4/31)

#Long (5/31)

#Sword (6/31)

#Shy (7/31)

#Crooked (8/31)


Well, that’s it for now. I’ll be updating my Inktober drawings as I’m going so follow me on Instagram or Twitter for the latest updates.

I’m making ramen noodle soup from scratch so I’ve got to go and check it now (probably loads of photos of dinner later on!).

Thanks for reading as always and enjoy the rest of your weekend!