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Two Weeks of Creative Freedom: The £95 Project

I got in a January slump. I got so bogged down in goal-setting and resolution-making, that I forgot to draw anything for three weeks. And then I started thinking that I hadn’t drawn anything and I hadn’t sold much of what I already had in stock. Slightly obsessively stalking an illustrator I admire on Instagram was torturous, as she complained of the too-many-orders she was taking whilst featuring outgoing piles of addressed parcels. And then I started doubting this whole business venture.  Continue reading Two Weeks of Creative Freedom: The £95 Project

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Floral Trends in 2018: Two Key Updates

Though I have always haboured a fascination with floristry, and fancy it as one of those dreamy careers (early starts and hours on one’s feet aside), I have never been too impacted by floral trends. But since touching on the wedding industry for the past few months, I am suddenly aware that the floristry scene is subject to shifts in style as much as the interiors, fashion and lifestyle sectors. Continue reading Floral Trends in 2018: Two Key Updates

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IN MY SQUAD: Georgia de Lotz, Product Photographer

It dawned on my the majority of suppliers I have most engaged with over the past three months in business are young, female entrepreneurs. It wasn’t a deliberate move, but perhaps subliminally I have found comfort and reassurance from building a network around me of talented individuals who have already ventured out solo to seek creative fulfillment and combat the challenges of somebody else’s workplace. So kicking of a series of blog posts, I interview Georgia de Lotz who has just styled, photographed and edited a beautiful series of images for my wedding bouquet illustration service. Here’s why Georgia is in my squad:

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Secret Santa Under £10 Ideas

It’s a minefield, isn’t it? You want to find Secret Santa gifts that are thoughtful, but not too personal or that could be subject to misinterpretation. If you are looking for novelty stocking fillers under a tenner, Google has no shortage of suggestions. But here is a more curated edit of my favourite high street finds (or online with free delivery) for under £10, for those who appreciate little luxuries. 

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The Blogs I Really Read

Instagram and blogs are such a wonderful source of inspiration, but sometimes I find my resources need a refresh. As autumn turns to winter especially, I love to cosy up and have a nosy into other people’s homes and wardrobes. So if Christmas is getting too much airtime on your social media feeds, here is an edit of the 5 lifestyle blogs I really do read. I’d love to hear about your favourite online reads.  Continue reading The Blogs I Really Read

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How To Choose a Picture Frame on a Budget

How to choose a picture frame is a hot topic and I frequently receive advice-seeking queries from my customers. Framing can have a totally transformative impact on your artwork, but it’s often a bit of an after-thought. Finding the right thing can take time and cost more than you may have initially considered. Here are a handful of dos and don’ts for buying on a budget, inspired by real questions I have received from my commission and art print clients, plus annoying and expensive mistakes I have made myself.  Continue reading How To Choose a Picture Frame on a Budget

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Featured in BBC 1’s DIY SOS The Big Build: Children in Need Special

I love Children in Need. Ever since I was teeny tiny, I can remember it being a really special night, where we could stay up late and enjoy all the Specials and watch the fundraising ‘totaliser’ triumphantly breaking its own record. Now, as a mother to little ones, it’s a different story. Where we used to change the channel during the sad bits, now I sit transfixed, tearfully in awe of the courageous children and often heartbroken parents.  We support financially, but always in the sad acknowledgment that it’s not enough.  Continue reading Featured in BBC 1’s DIY SOS The Big Build: Children in Need Special

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In Your Home: Part One – The Colourful Vintage Collector

It’s been a real thrill to start to receive photos of my artwork in my clients’ homes. In the hope that you will also enjoy a snoop around, I’d like to introduce a blog series showcasing how botanical illustrations may find a happy home in many different interior environments. First up is 2017 Amara Interior Blog Awards-nominated and self-confessed DIY nut, Anne Marie Stoltman. She is a colourful vintage collector and cleverly combines her old-fashioned treasures with a cool contemporary palette and plenty of plant life. Let’s take a look at Anne’s living room. Continue reading In Your Home: Part One – The Colourful Vintage Collector