Thursday, 26 May 2016

Free UK postage ALL WEEKEND!

WAHOO! I'm starting the bank jollies early and offering FREE UK POSTAGE on absolutely EVERYTHING in my shop over at hello-sunshine.co.uk this weekend! YAY!


No need to add codes or anything, just fill your baskets and you won't pay a bean for postage at checkout!

HAPPY (early) WEEKEND EVERYONE!

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Crafty Fox Market countdown!

Eeek!

Not long now until the Crafty Fox Market hits Broixton in London this weekend! This week will mainly be about making up some jewellery and checking I have stock of everything before packing up and making my way there.


I'll be there on Sunday with a whole host of other lovelies - check out the full line up over on the Crafty Fox Market website:  craftyfoxmarket.co.uk


See you there?!? 

Friday, 20 May 2016

Friday Sunshine ☀

It feels like it's been a while since I shared some Sunshine doodles on a Friday so this week I'd like to share an extra special birthday Sunshine I was asked to create recently. Jess first got in touch with me about creating a meaningful Sunshine as a special gift for her Mum to mark a milestone birthday. Featuring her Mum, Dad and two beautiful dogs Kira and Erin, Jess wanted to capture them all and inject a bit of fun.


I love this Sunshine portrait for many reasons, the bowl of crisps on Jess's Mum's lap, the 'top me up now' gesture with the wine glass on her head and her Dad there in the background with a bottle of fizz and the gorgeous dogs at their feet. The feather has extra special meaning too and I'm so pleased we could capture it all to create this lovely portrait. I hear that the birthday girl was thrilled with her gift and even had it on display at her party by the cake. YAY!

I hope you all like the doodle too and if you ever want to find out more about how you can create a custom portrait for your loved ones (family, friends and pets!) then please do email me at bonjour(at)hello-sunshine.co.uk. I'd love to hear from you!

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Supper clubs, origami, sushi and wetsuits!

Over the weekend it was MY BIRTHDAY! I'm an excitable little soul and when birthdays roll around (especially mine) I'm always extra excited. This year I turned 32 and had the most wonderful weekend jam packed full of fun with friends, food, adventures and even learnt some new skills along the way. I wanted to write a little post about the weekend because it was made super special by so many people and most of them also run small, independent businesses that deserve shouting about.

First of all celebrations started on Friday 13th, unlucky for some but definitely not for me this time round as I was whisked off for the evening to the Gog Magog Hills for a pop up supper club ran by Guerrilla Kitchen. Now you might remember me mentioning Guerrilla Kitchen before as they are one of my favourite food vans I discovered since moving down here. They are already a star in my #fattybumbumdrawsvans project too so I was over the moon to hear that they were running a 6 course menu at such a lovely location so close to my birthday.

The food was incredible, The Shack at the Gogs was the perfect pop up location full of fairy lights, benches and a little bar which meant bubbles flowed as we ate our way through the tastiest menu.




The next morning I was up early and on the road to meet my lovely friend Cat (who runs Twin Pines Creative). She lives just outside Market Harborough and we were treating ourselves to a cheeky burger at MeatCure before we continued our travels to Tur Langton in order to visit Studio NL for a workshop ran by the mighty talented Origami-Est.

Image : Cat's Instagram


I have been following and chatting to Est, who makes the most beautiful origami wares and to Rox, who runs Studio NL for a while on social media so not only was I excited to be taking part in the workshop itself but I couldn't wait to meet them both too! The Studio NL space is gorgeous (visit if you can!) and the workshop was SO much fun! Est made it seem so straight forward and simple, it was a brilliant afternoon and I was thrilled to come away with a completed (and very yellow) origami lampshade! I would totally reccommend booking yourself in to any of Est's workshops or if you can't make them she also has a shiny new book available to pre-order NOW so you can learn at home.



Image : Studio NL Workshops Instagram


I didn't think I could take much more excitement in one day after the workshop and spending a wonderful day with Cat but after driving home I was off out again and ready for another workshop! This time with the lovely Claire (of Claireabellemakes) and we were off to make Sushi at Bridges, a cute healthy lunch and juice shop in the heart of Cambridge.

Sat around a table packed full of incredible fresh ingredients, we all had a lot of fun and giggles with the group, whilst following Meggy's professional instructions and ended up making the most amazing little rolls of sushi! I was super impressed that I actually managed to make something that looked like all the amazing rolls you see in restaurants.


Image : Bridge Cambridge Instagram


It was brilliant and something I would definitely LOVE to do again! Not only did we take away a little box of freshly made (delicious) sushi but we got to nibble along the way, have a couple of cheeky beverages and meet lots of lovely friendly faces. A perfect way to end my last day as a 31 year old!

After such a busy Friday and Saturday I was mighty happy to be able to stay in bed on my actual birthday, which was Sunday. I was thoroughly spoilt with brews in bed and a rather fancy home cooked breakfast by my wonderful bearded boy. I supped my tea happily and munched my way through amazing baked eggs with tarragon and gruyere which were served with freshly baked bacon scones... I was in breakfast heaven.


After opening some amazing and thoughtful cards and gifts from my family and friends I was informed that we had to leave the house shortly and I needed to pack a swimsuit and towel for a surprise adventure. EXCITING! I really wasn't sure what to expect but we hopped in the car and about 20mins later turned up here...


I had no idea that there was a place to do Wake Boarding in Cambridge and I was beside myself with excitement when we arrived at Hannam's Wake Hub! I always get over excited and then super nervous whenever I try new things - mainly because I'm so clumsy and often end up making a fool of myself but we got kitted out in our wetsuits and I couldn't stop smiling.


Will took to it naturally and made it look so easy (why do boys always do that?!) I on the other hand was more than wobbly and although I managed to stand up for most rides it wasn't without swallowing a lot of water and a spectacular face plant! I didn't care though, the sun was out, we both had fun and it was the best birthday surprise I could have asked for.

We enjoyed the rest of the day's Sunshine with a left-over-sushi picnic in the garden and beverages at the local pub by the river, it was a perfect afternoon and I felt lucky to have had the weather on our side all weekend.



In the evening I curled up on the sofa with Will and the kitties, a birthday cheeseboard in front of me and glass of red in hand - exhausted and happy with an overwhelming feeling of gratefulness for the wonderful people I have in my life. Each person involved in my birthday weekend, every friend who sent me a card or gift, every insta-pal and sunshine follower who wished me happy birthday made it so special. 



And folk wonder why I never stop getting excited about birthdays even though I'm getting old! ;) I hope you enjoyed reading about my fun filled weekend and I hope I have inspired you to hunt down the talented and lovely people and businesses who helped make my birthday so special this year.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

SHINY NEW KITTY PINS!

Shiny new Toby Cat & Princess Pegs enamel pins are GO! Head to my shop over at hello-sunshine.co.uk if you fancy adopting a pair of kitties to jazz up your lapels!



Also available as individual pins with free postage on all orders if you spend over £10! WOOP!


Friday, 13 May 2016

Friday Sunshine & Birthday weekend treats (for you!)

It's FRI-YAY and over the weekend it's my BIRTHDAY! I'm a tad EXCITED!

To celebrate (and because everyone likes presents!) I'll be popping an extra sunshine surprise in every order placed between now and 6pm on Mon 16th May. YAY!



Pop over to my shop at hello-sunshine.co.uk and treat yo'self!

☀️

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

My Hello Sunshine Team

I thought I'd take a bit of time to write a post I've been meaning to do for a while now. There have been lots of projects and shiny new work at Hello Sunshine HQ over the past few months and I can't let all the fun pass without talking about the special people involved with helping them all come to life! 

So... first up, you might have noticed at the start of April that a super shiny and very beautiful new website popped up over at hello-sunshine.co.uk. I'm in LOVE with it, everything about it is perfect and I have the very lovely Angharad over at Cardigan Web Studio to thank for it.


Shiny new website homepage thanks to Angharad

The best bit (other than it looking magnificent) is that I now feel confident in maintaining the site myself thanks to Angharad’s brilliant tutoring, her patience with my clumsy self and her ongoing support. I would totally recommend Cardigan Web Studio to anyone who is looking for any help with their website and online geekery.



Now I can't talk about my beautiful new website without mentioning wonderful Cat who runs Twin Pines Creative. Cat is the clever bean behind my lovely logo and branding and working with her to re-brand my little business last year was the most fun ever! She worked her magic to take my ideas and give my business the face lift it needed. I have Cat to thank for a helluvalot of the lovely branded material you see in real life and online as part of Hello Sunshine. If you ever need any kind of design work, then look no further than Twin Pines Creative.


Image from Cat's blog and website 

Speaking of bringing things together to look beautiful, I have to thank the mighty talented Holly Booth for her gorgeous product photography and styling. All of the new lifestyle images and product photography on my website, in my online shops and on a lot of social media is thanks to Holly and her camera. The wonderfully style shots help tell each story behind my ranges of jewellery perfectly and I couldn't be happier with how it all looks. I'm sure I don't need to tell you twice to give Holly a shout if you ever need a hand with photography.


And my business would not be where it is without the jewellery itself, which in turn could not happen without lovely, patient Laura and her mighty lasers at Bespoke Laser UK. Laura deals with many waffle filled emails with crazy titles from me regularly and magically takes all of my design ideas and turns them into perfect, laser cut pieces ready for me to make in to treats for you all. If you ever need help or advice with laser cutting and engraving then make sure you drop Laura a line.


Image from Laura's @bespokelaseruk instagram

These girl bosses are the BEST and make it feel like I have the most amazing little Hello Sunshine team. Working for yourself and on your own every day can sometimes feel lonely and is a very different working experience to what I have had in the past. One of the most valuable things I have learnt over the past year though is that you don't have to do everything yourself or on your own. It is SO MUCH MORE FUN to work with other creatives who are talented in their own fields to help bring your dreams and visions to life. I am so happy to have found so many lovely people to work with during my Hello Sunshine adventure and although it may not be a 'team' in a traditional work sense, I still see myself as being part of one, a damn good one too.


Holly's amazing photo's coming to life on little postcards designed by Cat

I have had some amazing projects this year, working with the ladies mentioned above and the feedback and love shown by everyone along the way has made my heart very happy. I am so excited to see what the rest of the year will bring and can't wait for new projects and workshops I have in the diary... not to mention a rather exciting collaboration coming up later this month thanks to lovely Leona of Lucky Dip Club! Eeek!


Image from the fun filled @luckydipclub instagram

Although I still spend the majority of my days in the studio on my own (with the kitties) I never quite feel alone. From shooting new jewellery with Holly, talking about design projects with Cat and website banter with Angharad to regular emails with Laura, plotting secret projects with others and friendly chats with my local post office, I work with some brilliant people and wouldn't change it for the world! 

But the 'team' doesn't stop there, not for me anyway because then there's YOU! The people who read my blog, interact with me on social media, buy my work online, come and see me at craft fairs. The lovely folk who ask me to draw their pets, their loved ones and other imaginative projects for them. The other WONDERFULLY TALENTED and creative individuals and small businesses in the online world who I chat to and am inspired by every day! YOU are all part of my Hello Sunshine world and I wouldn't be where I am without you all.


Thank you card designed by Cat and shot by Holly 

So I guess I am writing this little blog post to not only share my experiences and encourage supporting and working with other independent businesses but to also thank you all for your help, encouragement and support...

THANK YOU! From the bottom of my Sunshine filled heart!

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Bank jollies, Bunnies & BARGAINS!

White rabbits! White rabbits! White rabbits!


There's 50% off these little bunnies to mark the start of my FAVOURITE month! Head over to the BARGAINS section at hello-sunshine.co.uk to find the cheeky hoppers and enjoy free UK Postage over the bank jolly weekend too!