Happy new year! It's bright, it's shiny, and it's only just beginning. I hope everyone had an amazing time over the festive period - we went over to the sunshine coast for a very relaxing and uncharacteristically chilled christmas at a beautiful cottage by the sea. Log fires, walks on the beach, hot tub drinks, and most importantly peace and quiet. It was just what we both needed after a really busy year, and cooking christmas dinner for two instead of six is really easy!
Some of you may have noticed that in 2014 I did not post a single blog entry. This was because I decided to really take some time out and away from my brand and my art, and give everything a little breathing room. I had originally planned on writing a few posts just to keep things fresh, but just before my birthday in January, a very dear childhood friend passed away in England, and it really took the wind out of me. I realized that I was spending too much negative energy on this area of my life, and it was bringing me down. Life is short! and I want to spend every second of it happy with myself, my work, and people around me.
So I ignored my blog completely, spent that energy and time with friends and on personal projects. I changed my priorities and direction, and found some amazing inspiration in the weirdest places. Taking time out is really important to rejuvenating yourself, and that is exactly how I feel; fresh and brimming with new ideas.
My talented friend Paula told me in September that she was thinking of doing the Make It Vancouver craft fair, and I decided that I was maybe ready to get back into the swing of things. I applied, got in, and had an amazing show. I'm so glad I took the chance! I got so much great feedback from everyone, and sold a lot of pieces of original art and illustrations to a lot of wonderful people. Nothing has inspired me as much as that show, so I wanted to say a massive explosion of thank yous to everyone that came and supported all the talented Makers and Creators of Vancouver. Thanks to you, I have a fire starting within me again, and the courage to pursue what I love, and there is nothing more valuable to me in this world. Thank you.
So here's the exciting bit - what are all these brill new ideas and plans I have for the upcoming year? Well, here's a copy of my rough notes to give you some insights on what to look forward to....
More illustrations -
keep your eyes peeled for more of the good stuff, I just discovered Downton Abbey and it's lovable characters...
Prints of my illustrations -
prints will finally be available in my online shop, so if there's something you especially love, now's the time to say so
Painted plaques -
the painted wooden plaques I sold at the craft fair before christmas will be available in the shop also, and commissions will also be available - stay tuned
Digital art downloads -
more of the freebies, including blog icons, banners, badges, and some printable things too
necklaces have had a makeover, and traveled down a fun and exciting path to bring you a lot more variety
Collage originals and prints -
for those of you who loved my harbour village collages, more are on the way, as originals and as prints
Along with more blog posts, instagram updates, useful tips and tricks, and of course any personal commissioned pieces that you'd like are of course available as always. So stay in touch, and be sure to check in on all the new things happening. And enjoy your brand spanking new year!