I got married! Everything feels…exactly the same, except now I have more time to get on with other things in my life. We were fortunate enough to have a wonderful honeymoon in the Douro Valley in Portugal, along the river through to Salamanca in Spain.

Duck In Boots


Hi all!

I’ve joined Duck in Boots in Sudbury and am selling prints on their site.

You can keep up to date with prints on their ‘Shop Small Business’ page.

I’m also participating in their Spring and Easter Facebook Marketplace event today at 5pm! You can join the event here. Please read the event rules in the description carefully.

I’ll still be keeping my Etsy store up to date, but there’ll be different promotions and sales happening at different times on each site, so it’s worth checking both! Duck in Boots is particularly close to my heart because my partner and I moved permanently to Sudbury during the first lockdown last year. Although my parents are here, we don’t yet know many people so I’m really keen to be part of the community – especially working with other small businesses.

Christmas 2020

Chatty, Step-by-Step, watercolour

That came round fast didn’t it?

I had bigger plans, as ever, to post more and complete more projects. But overall I think I’ve done well this year. I finished the Beardies in Need Christmas cards (I swear I will post about each one soon), finished some pieces in lockdown and even had a stall at a craft fair. It could be worse.

I have one more day at work and then out of office is going on. I think everyone really needs a break this year.

So, let’s ignore the Tier 4 stuff and the fact that so many of us can’t see friends and family. Instead, I’m going to think about what I can have this Christmas.

One thing is, I hope, plenty of time to just do nothing. Maybe Mario kart, maybe a board game, maybe just ditto watching the with a glass of wine and a fire.

Today after work I finished a long overdue Christmas card. It’s going to my parent’s grandparents and includes their two favourite kinds of dogs. It’s been a while since I did a good old fashioned step-by-step post.

As always, starting with the pencil drawing.
I hadn’t done any blurred backgrounds in a while (you know that Nigella Lawson effect? So it was fun to try something a bit different.
Finally I added in the white highlights and filled in the text.

If I don’t post again before, I hope that you have wonderful break. It’s been a tough year but, we’ll make it through.

Stay safe everyone.

Something a Bit Different: Interior Design Colour Palettes


On top of everything else, we’ve moved into a grade 2 listed Victorian terrace.

It’s charming and quirky, but also dated and spider-filled. So we’ll be gradually doing it up over the next few months (…years).

I don’t have lots of impressive Instagrammable photos of it, mostly because we barely have any furniture, but I thought it would be fun to share the colour scheme of one of the rooms. The photo is edited to show the colour more accurately.

living room