Friday, 24 March 2017

Over the sea...

One of the lovely things about receiving commissions is that I end up drawing things I would never have thought of otherwise. As in the case of this house portrait, the original of which is located far away and across the ocean in the Outer Hebrides.

Thanks to the undoubted miracle of Google Streetview, I spent a happy few hours imagining myself a terribly long way from here whilst I painted.  The portrait was commissioned as a gift for a couple who had moved to the mainland after bringing up a family in this home. I was particularly asked to include the tree as they were very proud to have grown it from a seed; it's so windy on the island trees are few and far between.

Commission your own portrait of your house or other beloved building - wedding venue, pub, school or shed - via my Etsy shop.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Hand lettered watercolour cards

A bit of a departure from some of my previous designs, but I'm really pleased with these hand lettered watercolour cards. I made them primarily for myself (all the best things seem to start that way...) as I'm frequently frustrated that I can't find the perfect card for a birthday or whatever. Especially for men, when the designs seem to heavily rely on boats, beer or gardening. Or golf. So I came up with these which I'm fairly confident are suitable for pretty much any recipient. Even tiny children who could use them as some sort of alphabet primer

Now available in my Etsy shop for the princely sum of £2 each. And free postage to the UK for the rest of March with the code SPRING17

Friday, 10 March 2017

Asters + free postage

(Please imagine me doing whatever the e-equivalent may be to sweeping out cobwebs and opening creaky windows as I try and remember which way up the laptop goes and which bit of the pen is the inkiest...)

Spring is apparently sprung so I felt something flowery was probably the best way to ease myself gently back into the world. So here is an aster addition to my collection of floral cards. 

Did you know that, much like a birthstone, you have a birth flower? I did not, but do now after being asked to create an aster card to celebrate a September birthday. If you're keen to know what your birth flower might be (and they differ, like so many things, between the US and UK) Wikipedia proves itself as useful as ever.

Aster cards available in my shop,  now fairly well stocked once again. I'm also offering free postage on any orders over £10 until the end of March with the code SPRING17

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

A (not so) brief hiatus...

Due to the impending new arrival I'm planning on starting my maternity leave at any moment (just as soon as I've finally cleared my desk...) so won't be taking on any new commissions or posting updates until January 2017. Do email with any requests for after that date though, and I'll be in touch as soon as the tiny overlords allow.

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Change of Address Cards

As I've mentioned before, I'm quite convinced that having your own bespoke stationery is the utter height of elegance and sophistication. Imagine being so fancy that you don't have to write your address on the top of the paper each time you settle down to your correspondence! (Probably with a china cup of Early Grey at your elbow, as you pen charming thank you notes for recent soirĂ©es at which you were highly diverted by bon mots from the cream of society.) (I have, quite possibly, over thought this.)

Anyway, if you're moving house (or have recently moved and your Royal Mail redirect is about to end and you really don't want to have to renew it) maybe consider some bespoke change of address cards from my Etsy shop! These are customisable to various degrees: blank (still have to write your own address - the humanity!), printed with your new address above my illustration featuring a row of beautiful homes, or printed with your address and a custom portrait of your new house. 

Something to suit every budget and which will look perfect stuck to the fridges of your friends and family to make sure all your Christmas cards get to the right place in the future!

Friday, 13 November 2015

House Portraits

As I've said before, I much prefer drawing portraits of houses to people... houses don't mind if their windows are a bit wonky or you've made their roof slightly peaked. They don't tend to care whether you've got the exact ombre of their brickwork or if you've taken a bit of artistic license with the girth of their chimneys...

Building portraits are also the perfect gift for those people you know who've just moved into their dream home, your parents who are downsizing from the family house to a bijou flat, the just-married couple who spent months finding the perfect wedding venue and would love a permanent reminder, or that chap who's really far too attached to his shed... Really, they're the perfect gift for all!

Commission your very own portrait by visiting my Etsy shop, or email me to discuss options. 

Monday, 2 November 2015

Christmas Cards + free postage!

As Hallowe'en is now officially over and our pumpkin lantern (affectionately referred to as Mr Pumpy) is slowly deflating in the time-honoured fashion, it's probably acceptable to start thinking about Christmas. Only thinking, obviously, and maybe doing a tiny bit of pre-emptive shopping and planning; I fully endorse saving all the proper festivity and excitement until December.

But to ensure that December has ample time for the important things (drinking anything mulled, plotting wildly inappropriate Secret Santa gifts for colleagues, Lindt chocolate balls, planning what to get in the sales, trying to decide whether you do actually like mince pies, gathering around the piano for a good carolling, locating the festive axe to chop down the tree - delete as appropriate) I also endorse the early purchase of a few lovely Christmas cards from me to share the festive spirit with your nearest and dearest. And if you do them nice and early you can be frugal with a second class stamp!

A mere £3 each for a beautiful, large, square, heavyweight textured card, featuring one of my original illustrations with a kraft envelope. Plus I'm offering free delivery on Christmas cards to UK addresses throughout November with the code NOV15. The link to my Etsy shop is above, or you can click here.

Deck the Halls

Merry and Bright

Mistletoe Kisses

Snow on Snow