Hope you are all well. I'm just about coping with working through the school summer hols, though it is always challenging.
It's lovely having our girls around all day and at least we've been making the most of being based in the Westcountry by getting out and about with short camping trips and days out around Cornwall, Devon and Somerset. My favourite day out so far has to be the one to the Eden project a week ago. I've always wanted to visit it but it's taken us until now to have the chance, so we seized it and had the most fantastic day out together. The kids were very impressed, had loads of fun making and doing things there..plus they learned loads of important stuff about the environment, food production and our planet which impressed me more! All I can say is Eden Project - we will be back soon!
As well as getting out and about, I've also been getting stuck into some new designs. I posted some new gift wrap and notecard designs on here a couple of weeks ago - they were the beginnings of a new collection about the glories, inspirations and joys to be found in gardening. I've given this collection the working title of 'Bloom and Grow' or 'Bloom' for short ...but I'm not sure yet. I'm currently developing 12 greetings cards on this theme, some of which will start emerging as illustration prints in my Folksy and Etsy shops soon, like the two designs here....
You can now find 'Perch Long' and 'Bloom Where You Are Planted' listed as:
Framed prints on Folksy: http://folksy.com/items/4432247-Bloom-Where-You-Are-Planted-10x8-Framed-Print
And Unframed Prints on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/159397168/a4-unframed-illustration-print-perch?ref=shop_home_active
As well as the new 'Bloom' range I've been having a bit of a sort out behind the scenes on my website to get things more streamlined and ready for autumn. The thing about the website is you learn as you go and start to see ways of improving things and how to make life easier for yourself - but in order to make those improvements it often requires a good stint of concentrated, uninterrupted effort, so this is as good a time to do it as any.
My other news is, I've been in the Western Morning News last week. This little article about my Living The Dream range appeared on 8th August in the business section and if you want to read the piece you can view the online feature here:
Have a great week!