This weeks inspirational quote comes from a Ellen Giggnbach, an artist whom I admire greatly. I just hopped over to her website and loved the answer she gave to the following question. It sounds easy to do but living in the moment is a daily practice for me. It's hard to get out of your head & I mean really out- letting go of all the chatter & becoming truly present. Try it & see how you feel.
Do you have a life motto?
Something that you find inspirational and drives you?
I have learnt to relax and enjoy the little things in life. Every day I go for a walk, and instead of looking down, I look around me at the flowers and birds, smells and colours, it's about living in the moment,
Today I've been reminded that time is flying by and soon it will be Autumn. I REALLY don't want summer to end! I feel so much better in myself when it's warm & sunny- I think I must have been a reptile in a previous life because during the winter months all I want to do is curl up & hibernate (not sure my 3 year old would approve of that). Here's a sweet project I did a while ago that's helping to keep me in a summery mood!
Happy Monday everyone. Lately I've been looking for daily inspirational quotes to comfort one of my closest friends and I noticed that I loved reading them as much as he did. With that in mind, every Monday I will post one of my favourite quotes here to inspire you too! Here's my first, enjoy!
I've been taking an e- course with Sarah Ahearn Bellemare and it's been a joy. Through showing me her painting process (which is fascinating to watch) she has taught me various new techniques- my favourite tip so far has to be a game she taught us on how to get yourself unstuck when you are staring at a blank canvas & have no idea what to do or where to start.
Here are some backgrounds I created using Sarah's game, not sure where they will lead yet but I had so much fun creating them. I just let my inner child come out - I didn't care if it looked ugly, I just kept on going & enjoying the process, I ended up going to bed pretty late that day!
If you would like to find out more about Sarah's course, it is called Painted Pages and I would highly recommend you having a look.
P.S I forgot to mention I also got a little 'fun-filled class pack' in the post with an envelope to open each week of the course. Every time I open one of the envelopes it feels like I'm opening a gift & really brightens my day :-)
So I was flicking through my latest catalogue from JoJo Maman Bébé and low & behold I see the tables & chairs I designed for John Crane looking back up at me! I let out a rather loud, excited yelp & then had to show it to every unsuspecting individual who knocked on the door (inc. the post man, Tesco delivery man & someone trying to sell me a new door.....). Anywho as you can tell I really am very chuffed indeed. If you want to take a peek, click here for the table and here for the chairs.
Hi there! Here's a peek of what I've been up to. Any available time I've had recently has been used to design as much as possible for Surtex. Wish I could go! You can find my work at the Cinnamon Joe stand- Booth 312.
Hello. My agency Cinnamon Joe, fellow artists & myself have been featured on the Print & Pattern blog. Print & Pattern has to be my favourite 'go to' places for inspiration so it's always an honor to see my work amoungst so many talented artists & designers. To take a peak click me :)
Is such an amazing & proud moment when you get to see your designs on final products. Last year I designed some characters for toy company John Crane & here are a few completed products with my characters on :)
Hello all, is the sun shining where you are? We are finally seeing some sun here in the UK & it's making me feel soooo much better in everyway.
Things have been very busy over the last couple of weeks- the usual- deadlines, being a Mummy, keeping (or trying to keep) house work under control! My little rabbit George had to be taken to the vet in the fear he had Snuffles (sounds cute but its deadly :( ), thankfully our vet doesn't think he has it but it was still an added strain that's still worrying me a bit. Piggy (affectionately known as, you'll hear why in a mo.) George's new girlfriend whom we adopted from a rescue center, is settling in very well. She's on a diet- let me tell you- I have never seen such a huge double chin on a bunny before! Her previous owners apparently fed her digestive biscuits & cooled down tea would you believe! She's already lost a lot of weight & can now clean herself properly again & run around & enjoy herself without getting out of breath in the first few minutes. Good news!
Here's a little pic of them having a cuddle. Awe! Sigh...........
And here's a snippet of a wrap I designed last year, I'm in love with the colours on this and it just made me my heart sing when I was designing it.
We've actually had some sunshine this week. Wooooohooooooo! It's made me feel like spring is nearly here & has inspired my next design (still a work in progress). It may all change, but for the time being it's making me smile.
Oops :( Have I been away that long? Time is flying by- how can it be February already? I've been a busy bee with various projects not to mention that Valentine's Day is fast approaching so orders for cards & prints are coming in. Want to see them? Click here for my NOTHS shop. In the meantime I will leave you with some cupcakes I am working on today. Cupcakes always make me happy and a little hungry.......
P.S Back soon with some paintings I've finally got round to adding to my Etsy & NOTHS shops. Follow the links to take a peek if you'd like :)