So I recently bought the Viking an XBox One as his old one was on the blink. He’s since spent the vast majority of his time playing the Lego Movie Game on it, so I decided to entertain myself this morning! Had great fun with this piece experimenting with geometric shapes and bright colours. It matches the sunshine outside!
You can see the finished version in my portfolio. Prints and art postcards coming soon!
Coming July 2014 to my Etsy shop, limited edition art postcards of Laura (2013). This is a very limited run of just 10 prints, so you’ll have to be quick!
Usually to get going when I start work I have to do a quickie-sketch before starting the real deal! Usually I just do one of myself, but I’m particularly happy with today’s one, so much so that it turned into a finished piece and is now my Etsy avatar. Hope you like it!
So my lovely new business cards arrived today from moo.com, and I love them! So so happy, and can’t wait to have some finished products to send them out with.
Over the next few weeks I’ll be working on and finishing up some exciting new projects that I can’t wait for you to see, including some more portrait commissions, some save-the-dates for a friend’s wedding and some new illustrations! I’ll also have some limited edition art postcards of my piece ‘Laura’ for sale once my Etsy shop officially launches. Exciting times!
So since I started blogging here, I haven’t posted often – mainly due to the fact that I started it just before serious wedding planninng began! Since we’re also expecting our first child in September, planning everything was taking up pretty much all of my mental faculities and blogging fell by the wayside.
But it was So. Totally. Worth it!
The ceremony was at Bracknell House in Buckinghamshire, with a reception after at a local pub, and our fabulous friend Jaz at J. Nicholls Photography caught it all on film for us. It was a very small, intimate wedding with a lot of contributions from family and friends! I did my own make-up for the day – not much different to how I normally wear it, though I did stick in some contact lenses for the occassion! – and my mum did my hair for me.
Flower crown by the awesome Crown and Glory. Can you tell I was a tiny bit excited?!
The ceremony was short and sweet. Our witnesses, Kerry and Ben, did a reading each; Kerry’s was Edward Monkton’s “A Lovely Love Story” – featuring dinosaurs! – and Ben read an extract from Les Miserables (the book by Victor Hugo, not the musical) that is very personal to me. We exchanged our rings, which are sterling silver and made by Solo Jewellery on Etsy, and then we were married!
We then retreated to the pub, which we’d decorated that morning with white bunting and centrepieces that I’d made myself, for cake and champagne and a chilled out afternoon with our family and friends.
Our cake was gorgeous and delicious, made by the lovely Time for Cake and topped with Lego figurines of Thor and Hermione(!) and some super cute cake bunting. Love!
Our budget was extremely limited, so most creative elements of the day were DIY! I picked up a load of artificial flowers from IKEA to make bouquets for me and my two bridesmaids, which I then wrapped with turquoise ribbon. I was so proud of them! The Viking got a matching buttonhole too, and my bouquet is now proudly displayed in our bedroom. I love that it’s going to last forever!
Being 22 weeks pregnant (at the time – I’m now 26 weeks!) it was important to me that I felt super comfortable on the day, which worked out well as big floofy dresses aren’t really my style. Instead, I wore a buttermilk coloured maternity dress that I picked up from Asos, and white Doc Marten boots that I picked up on ebay and customised with turquoise ribbon laces! I had a matching ribbon round my waist with a gorgeous vintage turtle brooch that belonged to my Nana and served as a very special something old, borrowed and blue.
As the evening wore on we had a BBQ and a disco with a playlist we’d made ourselves – we wanted to make sure that our guests could rock out to celebrate! It was an awesome night, and one we’ll never forget. Now we just need to get on with moving house and getting ready to be parents! What a year this is turning out to be!
I had a few hours’ break between seminars today, so I used the time productively and upload a series of illustrations that I’ve been working on to my Society6 shop (for prints and throw cushions) and my RedBubble shop (for clothes, postcards and greetings cards).
I wanted to create a series of simple, elegant pieces with children’s bedrooms in mind, and I think I achieved my goal! They’d look so cute hanging on the wall or scattered around the room as cushions. I hope you like them too!
The next series-project that I’ll be working on keeps home decor in mind, but has a much more adult theme. That’s right – they’re a series of nudes! I can’t wait for you to see them when they’re finished – once again they’re simple and elegant (I hope!) and would be beautifully tasteful in any home.
I’m so glad that my creative juices are really flowing at the moment; it makes it so much easier to squeeze in productive art-making time inbetween University work!