In the last week, the universe has been dropping subtle hints to help me sort out my business and it all started with @jensincero liking one of my posts (which, by the way, i was fan girling all over!) when this happened, i realised i hadn’t listened to her yellow badass book in a month or two and picked up where i left off. it immediately started telling me that i need to stop being the employee in my own business and to be the boss. i needed to stop working in my business and to start working on it if i’m going to get to where i want to be. this then led to carving out time blocks to work on things that will help move the business on, like designing and listing new products and booking train tickets to a show this weekend so i can finally move onto something new! it also led me to committing my ideas to paper and digging a bit deeper about what i want in my @thedesigntrust planner. the universe is working it’s magic to give us the help we want but we just have to open our eyes to signs and act on them 💛 i’m just happy i was awake enough to notice this one! have you noticed any recently?
You might start seeing lots of different illustration styles going on here over the next few weeks/months and i hope that’s okay? i don’t draw as much as i used to and that’s really sad 😢 so i’m going to use social media as my excuse to draw and experiment with procreate and it’s many capabilities! the terrible drawings will remain hidden 😂 the good ones will be posted here and perhaps the ones i really like will end up in my shop! ✏️
this was the drawing i was photographing the other day and couldn’t resist using my new @lucyandyak dunga dress as a photography back drop! the print has been listed in all shops, yay! 🙌🏻
do you still draw for fun or is it all for your business now?
‘i love giving the tax man all my money’ - said no one ever! 🐷
if you’re a small business owner you’ll be well aware it’s tax return month and therefore empty your bank month 🙈
usually this month would really stress me out and i’d question why i’m still doing this and why don’t i just get a ‘proper job’. however this year, i’ve got a whole new take on it. even though i’m massively down on last year, i’m grateful (though i really don’t want to hand over the cash) that i’m paying tax because it means that i’m still doing something right and that there are still people out there who want a little piece of my work 💛 whilst i’ll never enjoy paying the taxman, i can still be grateful that i have a business to run ✏️ hands up time 🙋🏻♀️ how many still need to complete their returns? 😏 <— this is my smug done and dusted face 😉
Although this image is all about the snap snap, i wanna know what makes you tap tap!✨💛✨
i’m having a bit of a funny five minutes with my content (it happens every january!) and i’m a bit unsure of what i should be making so who better to ask than you guys! why do you follow me? what has made you stick around? (thanks by the way, i love you for that 💛) is it the behind the scenes? the colourful posts or maybe my challenge #marchmeetthemaker or something else entirely? i’d realllly love it if you took one minute to let me know 😘
p.s, i’ll be listing this print soon, once i decide on a photo i actually like!📸💛
Just a quick reminder for you today that you can’t please everyone and actually that’s okay!✨ i can’t seem to find the words to explain what i want to say about this this week because they keep coming out all wrong 🙈 so instead, it’s simply serving as a simple reminder to those who may need it. myself included 💛
It’s january which can only mean one thing... preparation for #marchmeetthemaker is in full swing! you may have remembered i asked you to do a quick survey at the end of the last challenge which has been a great help! i wanted to know what your favourite prompts were so rest assured the top 8 will be back in some form but two from the top 10 were also in the bottom 10 😂 so i’m going to have a long hard think about those! i’m popping over today asking for your input in case you didn’t get a chance to take part in the survey or you’ve recently joined me! i want to know what you want to see! after all this challenge is for you! i’ve already got my own ideas but would love to hear from you too! what prompts would you like to see?
I’ve only been back in the studio 2 days and this little fella has already been given the chop. this year i plan on discontinuing a number of lines and moving onto something new but i’ll tell you about that when i manage to figure it out. i feel like this little bear has had his run and it’s time for something else. only i have a problem. whilst i only have one pack of gift wrap left on etsy, i have hundreds of gift tags left over and no idea what to do with them! i really dislike waste so i’m not keen on just chucking them. do people buy tags without gift wrap? should i list them in packs for extra cheap to help re-home them? what would you do with them wise insta friends?
Happy new year my favourites! i thought about setting resolutions today but then thought nahhh! what’s the point in lying to myself. let’s face it, i’m not going to go to the gym and i’m not going to start changing for the sake of it being a new year. so i’m going to just continue being me. i will probably set some goals though, but i’m even wondering if i change the way i do that. i’m thinking more of a bucket list of things i’d quite like to do but never find the time for. and, there’s no pressure if i don’t do them! so here’s to keeping on being ourselves this year 💛
I looked at my top 9 in my stats but wasn’t really feeling it. it was very text heavy so i decided that i wanted to create my own top 3 based on things that have made me happy through out 2018 rather than something based entirely on an algorithm or likes. so here is my mini slideshow!
✏️ #marchmeetthemaker was always going to be in there. you guys never let me down and i found so many new amazing people to chat to, follow and be in awe of. you make me so proud to be a maker and a part of such a friendly community 💛
🗣 the next image is quite important because you guys have made me realise that i can talk to you about almost anything and you’ll always be there. in a world where most human interaction happens online, i feel like talking freely on these posts is such an important thing to make people realise that they’re not alone in their struggles and that we all have a lot more in common than we might think. it’s also a good excuse for me to actually draw and practise scribbling on procreate!
💍 my final image was taken the day i married my favourite human, so naturally this was one of my favourite posts! and the love from so many corners of the internet was incredible! the wedding blog post is coming by the way! it’s just taken a lot longer than i anticipated for many reasons i won’t bore you with!
✨ so there we have it, some my top moments of 2018 and i look forward to making many more in 2019! what are your favourite moments?
I just wanted to put this out there so people who struggle with christmas know they’re not alone. it’s okay not to like christmas. it’s okay not to feel jolly. it’s okay to feel like this. it’s okay that you want it to be january already. and it’s okay that christmas isn’t something that you enjoy. your feelings are valid, and no one should tell you otherwise. i just want you to know that i’m with you. i find christmas very stressful, and the forced happiness, just because it’s christmas gets too much for me. so, if at any point you feel like you need an escape or a moan, this festive season my inbox is always open and i’ll do my best to reply! i can’t promise i’ll be super quick but i’ll keep checking 💛 together we’ve got this 💪🏻
Boom! and that’s santa grinch done! time to tidy my studio, clean my house and catch up on life! this christmas has been much more crazy than i ever could have imagined and i’m so insanely grateful to each and everyone who purchased a little something from me this year. you’ve helped me to break so many personal records! from number of orders in a day, to the most my printers have ever done at once and the most i’ve ever taken to the sorting office in one trip. you are amazing! now if you don’t mind me, i’m going to be napping on my desk! i hope you’ve all had a brilliant december and aren’t too burnt out? 😘