Friday, 30 December 2011

Last bit of Sunshine this year...

I know I've been a little quiet over Christmas but as you may have gathered from my last post I've been taking a much needed mini break and enjoying time with my family, friends and generally doing a lot of jolliday type things... including a lot of eating! Yum!

Anywho, I'll be back in full swing soon enough with lots of exciting sunshine plans for 2013 but until then here's a quick update to show off some of the commissions & projects I was busy doodling this Christmas...


 Dom & Lizzie : Wedding Sunshine 


James & Julie : Sunshine


My Mama & Grandad  Sunshine 


My Nanna & Grandad  Sunshine 

I'm not 100% sure when I'll be blogging again but it shall be very soon in the shiny new year! I will just take his opportunity though to thank you all for what has been a fantastic year for Hello Sunshine and I would like to wish you all a VERY happy, shiny and adventure filled new year! Huzzah! ✭

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Wonderful Winter Walks

A wee while ago, just before Christmas, my folks and me went for a wonder around Wollaton Park in Nottingham. It was my Mummy's birthday and to celebrate we went for a mahoosive yummy breakfast at The Wollaton Pub & Kitchen (amazing pub!) and followed it with a walk in the beautiful sunshine.


Wollaton Park is a brilliant nearby treasure in Nottingham and since I can remember we've always headed there for walks, adventures round the lake, many a bike ride and trips around the hall but this particular Sunday we discovered something new!


I've always known that Wollaton Hall had an Industrial Museum in the courtyard area of the grounds but for years now it hasn't ever been open when I've ventured that way but this time it was! Steam was pouring from a huge Traction engine as we walked up the hill in the sunshine and as we wondered through the yard several jolly engineers were wondering around in Santa hats keeping a small selection of steam engine parts running.


The volunteers who help run the 'Sunday Steaming' events at Wollaton Hall are trying to get the museum open more often and I really hope they do! It was brilliant wondering round learning about and taking in all of the history that's on our doorstep! We learnt about the mine shaft and mining industry, spoke to a very talented metal smith who still creates beautiful metalwork for many a people and places in Nottingham and we even saw a miniature working model of Goose fair in the 1800s! 


So if you're stuck for something to do over the chilly winter season and fancy some fresh air and maybe a history lesson or two check out the 'Sunday Steaming' sessions and head over to Wolly Park!

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Goodbye Sunshine. Hello Christmas!


As the amazingly beautiful picture above suggests, last Friday marked the end of an irreplaceable mini-era when I had to say goodbye to my Design team in Boots.com and pack up my desk to move upstairs. Yes! I have a brand new job as assistant brand manager in the Christmas team at Boots and although I'm not going far from where my old team sit, it was an emotional day *sniff*

To give you a teeny tiny inkling about just how amazing and lovely the people I work with are, I thought I'd share a few of my 'Goodbye gifts' with you. I can honestly say, I feel like the luckiest lady in the world after everything my team gave me last week and I seriously can't thank them all enough!

I was over the moon and nearly popped when I unwrapped the following pretties:

 some beautiful red kitchen scales....


a shiny new bike basket....


and a drop dead gorgeous Rob Ryan tea towel...







Not only did I unwrap those beauties I also got lots of lovely smelling things, pretty make up, my favourite wine, strawberry laces and a lot of handy health and beauty products! I was amazed to say the least but not as amazed as when I opened the most amazing hand made card I've ever seen - yep the one at the beginning of this post was drawn especially for moi! 

I spend a lot of time doodling sunshine caricatures and cards for people because it makes me happy to know my drawings can make someone smile so much. But to have one that's drawn for me, of me... well needless to say I nearly broke my face smiling so much when I received it!

Although I have moved to a perfect sounding job over in the Christmas brand team, I have had to leave behind the most amazing group of people I've ever worked with. I'm mahoosively pleased I can still pop downstairs to see them whenever I can though... I just hope that the feeling is mutual as I think I maybe be seeing everyone a lot when they thought they were rid of me! 

Thank you to everyone at Boots.com, especially the Customer Experience and Design team! 

Craft. Design. Contemporary.

So who's knocking about Nottingham this weekend? Come and join lots of talented beans selling their wares at another spectacular treasure filled festive Saturday and Sunday at the Nottingham Contemporary.


Saturday 10th Dec : 10am - 6pm
Sunday 11th Dec : 11am - 5pm