So You Want To Work For a Design Agent ?!

OK, so Im no expert, but I do know a little bit. So I’m sharing that little bit of knowledge that I have. This is my personal opinion on the subject.

When I first stepped into the surface pattern design arena I could see there were some clear choices that I had to make as to which way I wanted to go.

1 – Work for an agent

Pro’s

I sit at home and design all day whilst the agent does all the selling for me. My work will be seen at many big trade shows world wide.

Con’s

I have to give the agent a hefty fee for doing this.

2 – Work for myself

Pro’s

I get to design what i want, when i  want and get to keep all the money earned

Con’s

As well as designing I’d have to do all the business side of things; selling, marketing, getting a great deal, understanding the laws behind licensing, keeping on top of the money side of things, paying for flights to the States, accommodation, following up after the show, social media……..it goes on and on and on!

For me there was no contest. After a few years in the industry and after seeing all the many, many designers out there doing it their way, to me it just seemed so much easier to do what I’m good at (designing) and let someone else do what they are good at (selling and all the business side)

Read other designers accounts here (When you get to the blog, scroll down) on a blog I used to run.

What’s the reality of working for an agent? (Bear in mind that EVERY agent is very different and this is just what I have been told by fellow designers)

The reality of working for an agent is probably not what you think. It is lovely being able to work from home and do what you love, but it’s hard work. Most agents will expect at least two designs a week from you. Each of these designs will consist of a main piece and also two or more co ordinates. You will also be expected to produce more Christmas designs than anything else. Also Halloween, Easter, Mothers Day, St. Patricks Day etc. You name the celebration, then you will need to design for it. Some agents take you on their books and leave you to it. They realise that you are a precious artist and know that pushing you won’t be productive, so they leave you to it and hope you come up with the goods – no pressure! Some give you trend reports and push you to design in a certain kind of style, some want you to be free and only design in your style. Some just want Christmas, Halloween etc and LOTS of it!  – the more the better in fact.

First Look at YOU

So basically what I’m saying is that if you really want to work for an agent, then you need to look at how YOU work first. Can you work fast? Are your designs simple or more complicated? Are you more illustrative, great at designing for children (you need a publishing agent), or much more pattern based? Are you more stationery or fabric/or does your work fit well in both categories? Can you design Christmas/holiday in your sleep? Can you design something you hate and a lot of it or do you only want to design what you want to design in your signature style? Are you fast paced or are you like me – I can design like crazy for six week, but then need to take a month away from designing. Or are you super consistent – Can you design weekly without feeling the need to take a break? Once you figure out how you design, then you can start looking at agents and seeing who suits YOU, not if you suit THEM. It’s really important.

Next Look at the AGENT

OK, once you’ve worked out how you design, then you need to start looking at the agents that you are drawn to. Look at how active they are on social media. Look at if they promote all of their artists equally. Look at how professional they look online, does their website have a portfolio for customer access? Look at what shows they attend? Do they attend the bigger ones regularly- the ones that you’d like your work to be shown at. Look at their artists to see if your work would fit in around them. Would your work stand out too much or would yours be too similar? Have their artists been on their books a long time or is there a high turnover? Look at who they sell to. Scroll their social media and see who their customers are? Are their customers who you’d love to work with?

Once you’ve found a few agents that work for you, I’d then try contacting the artists that work for them. Obviously be super polite and ask a few questions about how they find working for that particular agent. How much work are they expected to do. How much help do they get with trend reports. How much feedback do they get. Do they have weekly/monthly Skype chats? Do they have a group FB page? Are they friendly/approachable? Are they allowed to do other work outside of the agency? Is the work sell outright or is it all licensed work? How much do they get paid? Are they paid on time? Do they get paid in US$ or GB£? Who are their customers? Do they get many commissions? Are the artists equally promoted? Which shows do they attend? Do they send their work via computer or do the artists have to print it off themselves? Does the agency prefer the artist to work in PS or AI? Are the agents super picky or are the artists expected to make just a couple of changes to their work?? (I once spent a whole weekend rearranging a polka dot design for one agent – It must have been about 60 changes!!! So it’s really good to know how the agent works!)

OK, next thing is obviously to contact the agent with your work. You’ve probably read this before, but you will need the e mail to be short, friendly and to the point. Explain that you feel that your work would suit their agency and state what you feel your strengths are. I think as well as a great portfolio, agents will go straight to your IG page to see how active you are on there. How often are you posting new work, are you trying new ideas regularly/doing courses, how keen are you, are you a happy positive poster? Do you have a life outside designing? What are your interests? You can show them all of this on your IG feed and it all counts. Some agents will be looking for YOUR unique style and others will be looking to see if you will fit nicely into their team, so again it totally depends on which agent you are looking at.

What do they want to see in your portfolio?

LOTS of Christmas/Halloween/St Patricks/ Valentines/Thanksgiving/Easter/Birthday/Fathers Day/Mothers Day ETC, ETC……

Florals/Kids/Cute/Fluffy Animals/Animal based/Typography/Geometrics/watercolour

Anything that is on trend right now and for next year. If you can incorporate any of the themes above with what s on trend right now then do it and let the agent know that the work you are showing them is ready for sale right now. The agent should be salivating at this!

How to Present Your Work

So when you present your work you need it to look professional. This (below) is the way a lot of agents like to receive work.  So you have the main piece which would be what would go on the front of a card or a t shirt (example) then the main co ordinating design to the left, which would be quite detailed and then the co ordinating smaller patterns – the more, the better! Don’t forget to add your colour swatches, I think 12 is about the maximum, including white and black. You can have tints of the colours you use on top of the 12, but again every agency is different.

Personally I would add to my emailed letter links to my website/IG account and I would also add in some designs, around 8 – 10. Five holiday, one floral, one kids, one that’s super on trend, one masculine and one that is very much your own style. Link to a portfolio on your website, but I think if the images are there as soon as they open up the e mail then if they like what they see they won’t put off reading the email until later…and then forgetting. It’s there, in their face as it were!

Tips

If you get nothing back, don’t worry. That agency is not for you. If you are really determined to work for them, go back in a few months once your work has progressed. If you get turned down but you do get an e mail back, ask them why? Try and learn from the knock back rather than taking it personally.

Trends – Look on Pinterest. Google trends for kids 2018/colour trends 2018/look on IG (Instagram) at some of your favourite designers and ask yourself why are they all designing with a tropical theme right now? 😉 Look at designers who are doing courses and who are posting their work on IG. If theirs is a decent course then whatever they are being encouraged to design will all be on trend right now. There’s lots of ways to find out what is on trend and to be honest unless you are with a very unique agency, they will all be wanting you to work towards whats on trend right now.

If you get lucky and get accepted, don’t be surprised if you don’t sell anything for months and months. Sometimes it can take a very long time to be accepted by the agents customer. I only sold one design in six months and I’ve heard similar. Same with the big shows, don’t be surprised if you sell nothing or very little. Its normal. If you really want to make it happen with an agent then you need to be determined to make it work. If you think the agent is a good fit with you, if they are doing everything to help you; giving feedback, supporting you, getting you commissions etc then push through and keep working with them. If they aren’t, then maybe it’s not a good fit for you. Only you can decide.

Fees

(This is just research I have personally done by asking fellow designers – It can vary a lot)

Fees – “Usually around” 60% to you 40% to the agent

Paid per Design – “Usually Around”  £300 – £400 per design. Stationery sales are “usually” higher

Where to find agents

Look on Print and Pattern around show time and see all the flyers. Usually ALL the design agencies will advertise their designers on there, so just search. Also go to the address books of the big print shows. They will all be listed on there.

DO YOUR RESEARCH – Its great working for an agent, but I reckon it’s probably even better if you can work with an agent that is the right fit for you. Don’t do like most artists do and just feel privileged to be taken on by an agent. Be picky and choose who you want to work for.

Good Luck – If you found this blog helpful please feel free to share it on your personal/business pages and don’t forget to show my ETSY store some LOVE pretty please. Ive only just started up on there and I’m working really hard to get it up the Google ranking ladder..

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Never Give Up!

Well I’m sure you’re all wondering how Blueprint went and I have been rather quiet on the subject recently haven’t i? Hmmmm….

Well, I could say that I did really well, but you know me, I’m honest, so I’ll give you my honest answer. And that is that I didn’t do very well at all!! Oh No I hear you cry, all that work, all that time, all that effort. And for what?…..Nothing! Well I don’t feel like that at all. Well, ok, maybe a little. I mean I really could do with the money right now and I did spend a good five months working my tail off……

But six months ago I was given an opportunity to work for an agent and was given the opportunity to put my work out there and in front of the people that I have been gagging to get my work in front of for a long time. It was an opportunity I couldn’t say no to. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and I knew I would have kicked myself if i didn’t give it my very best effort. I thought to myself that I would give it six months, see how I go and make decisions as to which way I went after that. If I do well and I enjoy working for an agent, then I’ll carry on down that road, but if I don’t do well or if I don’t actually enjoy it then I’ll move on. I always thought that I had nothing to lose. It was something that I had always wanted to do – dream job and all that and if it didn’t work out then at least I would have a portfolio of work that would be all on trend for 2018 and I would never look back in anger, wondering…what if…..

A lot of people think that six months is not a very long time and that to become noticed then you have to carry on for much longer, so that your agents customer gets to know your work and your particular style. But in all honesty after six months of banging out design after design and having to design for Christmas/Valentines/Halloween etc on a weekly basis, well I realised that it wasn’t really what I wanted to do. I found it all rather dull, monotonous and factory like. And that’s probably good because nobody wanted to buy my designs anyway! LOL! No, honestly, I think my work was good – my agent kept telling me it was, so it must have been, right?! However, I think my work wasn’t enough “on trend” (I find it very difficult being told what I can and can’t design. I feel it takes away my creativity and my uniqueness as a designer and that in itself is my failing – my stubbornness!) and I also feel that there is a mountain of other designers out there (unfortunately the market seems totally saturated these days) that are way, way better than me, much more focused and passionate than me and willing to work much harder.

So what’s next for me?

Well Im not saying that I will never work for another agent ever again. I may one day, but not just right now. I’ve spent a couple of weeks looking at my options, weighing up my skills, thinking how I can carry on working around my children, so I can be there for them after school and in the holidays. I have looked at all sorts of jobs and I’ve come to the realisation (doh! I hear you all scream!) that the best thing for me to do is to work from home. But how and doing what has eluded me up until this week.

So I’ve decided to really put my 100% effort into selling my product again. I have a great, unique product, I have suppliers ready to go, I have tonnes of knowledge and experience in my field, so why not? Others are doing it and they are making it work/making it happen, so why can’t I?! I’d be mad not to. In fact it makes me really quite excited starting from scratch!

I have my knowledge and skills from running a very successful business, Cheeky Pickle for so many years, I now have the added skills of knowing how to use Adobe Illustrator, I can design patterns in my sleep, I can “do” websites and kind of understand how social media can help to push my business forward. – Always more to learn on that front!

So where have I gone wrong in the past? 

I think in the past, or rather since coming back to the UK, I’ve been designing and making my product to be (hopefully) sold on the bigger selling platforms, example NOTHS. In Australia we didn’t have big name selling platforms like this, so I was so excited to jump aboard ASAP. However, I think that that has been a major mistake. I’ve forgotten about “my” customer. The customer who has been loyal to me for years and years and I went straight to thinking about the big market customer. So when NOTHS said no to my product, I just gave up. I was really upset at the time as I had originally been accepted. I had loaded all my products onto my store, I had paid for professional photo’s to be taken etc, etc and then after months of hard work I was turned down (OK I was a bit more than a little upset, but I’m over it now……honest!). But looking back at me giving up trying to sell online after that was complete madness! You should never give up, NEVER!

Now I’ve decided that it’s going to be my business; I make the decisions, I make it exactly how I want it to look/be, I find my own customers and I work as much or as little as I want. I won’t follow what others are doing and I won’t play the big players game anymore. I’ll go back to the beginning and I’ll just do it my way!

So now I’m starting from scratch. I’m thinking of my business as a new and exciting (ad)venture and I’m going to put the passion and the energy that I used to have for my Cheeky Pickle business back into Ali Benyon Designs! I know it’s not going to be plain sailing, but I really feel that I can make this work for me. Instead of taking giant leaps, I’m going back to basics and I’m going to take tiny, baby steps. And I’m going to enjoy each and every step, however hard they are!

I have just re opened my ETSY store and would LOVE for you to take a peek and favourite some of my products. You don’t need to purchase (well, you can if you want to!) but if you just favourite some of my products then it really helps me go up in google rankings!

Thanks guys!

Ali xxxxx

Blue Print Show and 20 Things You Didn’t Know About Me!

Oops….it’s May already!! Well I did say that I would be busy in the first half of this year didn’t I?!

So what have I been up to?

In December I was signed up by a design agent, Cinnamon Joe Studio where I have been busy since then designing like crazy for them. I’ve had a few sales, but I was really chuffed when I sold a Valentines design to Hallmark a couple of months ago. It really did make me finally feel that I am “good enough” to work alongside other designers within the surface pattern field.

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I’ve learnt so much in the past five months. I’ve learnt a lot about colour, working with trends, making my designs better and a lot more detailed, adding texture (to EVERYTHING!) and thinking about the saleability of my designs. I’ve always just designed what I’ve wanted to design, but when you have to design towards a trend/theme, especially a theme you’re not too fond of, then it’s a lot harder!

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Next week is the deadline for my first ever big trade show – BluePrint in New York and I am really excited to see how my designs will be received. Wish me luck!

Everyone has been doing this over on IG recently, so I thought I’d join in!

20 things you didn’t know about me (Blimey, 20! – Here goes!)…

1 – I was an aerobics instructor and personal trainer for many, many years and loved it. In fact I’m contemplating going back to it part time!

2 – I am very particular about my tea – it HAS to be Earl Grey and only Twinings Earl Grey. I have to keep an emergency pack in my bag just in case I’m at someones house and they decided to give me Breakfast tea – OMG, just the idea of it!

3 – I’ve just started working in a cafe to get me out of the house and meet people again. (It’s so lonely working from home) and I LOVE it! In fact I’m thinking of doing a Barista course!

4 – I try and exercise daily to keep me sane! I am definitely one of those people who needs a daily serotonin boost or I can get very down – The Black Dog and all that!

5 – I’ve also worked in a travel agency ( I was rubbish!) and as a teaching assistant in a primary school (I was pretty good at that I think) – Just call me Mr. Ben!

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Cornwall – My favourite place EVER!

6 – I’ve lived and worked in many countries: Manchester, Loughborough, Milan, Rome, Vienna, Copenhagen, Lisbon, Porto, St. Ives (Cambridgeshire) Melbourne, Sandbach! (I know! How did I end up in exotic Sandbach?!)

7 – My favourite place in the whole world is Cornwall

8 – My dream would be to own a little cafe by the coast….Cornwall obviously!

9 – As well as tea I am also very particular about coffee – it has to be good coffee and extra hot, oh and if the froth isn’t just so, well then it has to be sent back! Be warned all those barristas out there!

10 – I’ve always loved cats and had no time for dogs until we bought our lovely Dougal the Cavapoo six years ago. I am now completely converted and have turned into such a dog lover!

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Gorgeous Dougal!

11 – I’m not materialistic at all and I spend all my money on holidays. My husband and I never buy each other Birthday and Christmas gifts as we think it’s a total waste of money. We’d rather put the money towards a family adventure!

12 – I had never been abroad until I was seventeen. At 17 I travelled around Europe with a tent and ruck sack on my back with my first ever boyfriend. I did it again the next year, but to different European destinations….with my second boyfriend! I’ve not stopped travelling since!

13 – I’m originally from Manchester.

14 – I’m a better mum than I thought I would be, and I am very strict!

15 – I learnt to surf on Fistral Beach, Newquay when I was 28 and loved it. I used to go to the same beach every year as a child, where I used to body board on WOODEN BOARDS – I know – how old am I?

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TRAVEL!!! – I LOVE IT! I love hill walking and being in the mountains

16 – I think the Aussies are the best people I’ve ever met. “Good on yer Aussies”

17 – It’s VERY hard to make me laugh and most comedians just don’t come close. However I am partial to a little Peter Kaye, Graham Norton and I only have to look a Chevvy Chase and I’m in stitches. I do like a bit of slap stick!

18 – I lived in Melbourne for ten years. My husband, the kids and I are all now dual citizens of the UK and Australia.

19 – Before Ali Benyon Designs, I ran a very sucsessful business called Cheeky Pickle and had my designs in shops all over Australia

20 – I studied art for 7 years in total. A Level for two, Foundation for two (It should have been one, but I was having too much fun with all those boyfriends and needed a second year to actually crack on with some work!) and then a Degree in Textile Design for three years.

 

Hello 2017. Nice to see you!

Happy New Year!

We spent some time these holidays in bonnie Scotland. There was nothing to do at all other than walk along the cliffs and relax, which was absolutely perfect. I pretty much turned my phone off for two weeks (I highly recommend a total social media detox!) and spent some fab quality time with the family. Lovely!

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I now feel relaxed, refreshed, raring to go and can’t wait for what 2017 has to bring. I think it’s going to be a good one!

My words for this year are “relax” “me time is ok” “be easy on yourself!”

At the end of last year I received some exciting news about creating some work for a design studio. So I won’t be doing many markets for the first half of the year. I’ll be head down and very busy designing like crazy, trying to make a good impression! Unfortunately I won’t be able to show you any of this work, so if you wonder why I’m just showing you tiny snippets of new designs rather than the whole thing, then this is why. This is something I’ve dreamed about for a very long time, so I hope it’s the start of something great for me. I’ll certainly be giving it my 100% effort that’s for sure! So if I’m a little quieter than usual over the next few months, don’t worry, I’m still around. I’ll just be super busy doing what I love!

Wish me luck on this next adventure! 🙂

Farewell 2017!

Well another year has gone….where did that one go?!

It’s been a really tough year for me this year, both for my business and my family. Even though it’s been a great year in many respects; we’ve loved getting to know our country again, we’ve loved showing the girls all the beautiful places where we grew up and holidayed as kids ourselves. Visiting Europe and letting the girls see other cultures, taste different foods and see different types of architecture. And we’ve loved climbing some big hills and getting out and about in the lovely countryside and coastal areas that the UK has to offer. Watch out Cornwall, we’re back in May and can’t wait!!

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It’s also been hard starting again from scratch, settling the girls into new schools (two schools in my eldest daughters case as she started Hight School this year too) My poor little one has taken a full year to settle into Primary School, with daily tears and very high anxiety, being in and out of hospital with one thing and another all year hasn’t helped either, making new friends and becoming adjusted to new habits, routines and day to day stuff. It’s actually been much harder coming back to the UK than it was going out to Australia to be honest. Growing up for the past ten years in Australia and bringing our kids up there, our eldest was 10 months when we landed, we had changed, we had probably changed  a lot more than we thought we had. And getting used to Brits and their little ways has been harder than we expected after being used to the laid back Aussie way of life for so long. We are a lot more Aussie than we ever thought we were and probably a little less British! Does that make sense?

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It’s been hard starting the business from scratch too. I’ve worked so hard all year. I’ve created a brand new website and shop, created new, more commercial (hopefully more sellable) designs, new products, found new suppliers, taken endless photo’s and then had some professional photos taken of all my products (as mine were all terrible!).

I’ve been out and about showcasing all my new work at many markets and events, trying to gauge my customers opinions and of course trying my hardest to sell what I do! It’s been hard, hard work and the return has been very little to be honest (as you know, I’m always honest!). Christmas markets are fabulous as you can imagine, but the rest of the year is so, so. In September I tried once again to be accepted to sell with Not On The High Street (A selling platform in the UK), but was turned down again because my product wasn’t commercial enough (or maybe not personalised enough) even though I had spent all year trying to design my product so that it would fit in with their concept/customer and changed what they had told me to change when they initially turned me down a year earlier.

So towards the end of the year I had to do some deep thinking about my product. Did I want to create a more commercial/sellable product or did I want to carry on doing what I believed in and create what I loved? Well, I tried the commercial stuff (albeit only a few designs if truth be told) and it just wasn’t me. Yes, I realise that that is how to make money (which is totally what I’m trying to do right?!!), but for me I was selling out, my heart wasn’t in it and it just didn’t feel right. I got very down about things and for the second time this year I really did think about giving the business up. It just wasn’t making me happy anymore. It wasn’t like in the early days where I felt like I had a real connection with my customer out there, the customer who chatted and laughed with me daily on Facebook and who came back to order from me again and again. It’s not like it was back then unfortunately, now it really is like talking to myself when I’m on Facebook and turning those very few likes into sales is getting harder and harder! It felt like it was  all effort and very little gain, plus I hadn’t actually done any designing since March and I really did wonder what the point to it all was. I was a textile designer, who didn’t design?!!

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So after a few down months, after a long and hard think, I decided to just get back to designing again – for fun! Just to do what I love and what I was born to do. I’ve been doing that for the last three weeks and it’s honestly the happiest I’ve felt all year. So, I finally found my answer! Get back to doing what I love, relax and see where it takes me!

Thanks for sticking around, commenting, liking and sharing on FB, buying my stuff and just being there. All that stuff really and truly does mean a lot to us small businesses who are trying our hardest to make a living from doing what we love! 🙂 Have a wonderful Christmas  – Love Ali xx

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Preparing for Christmas

I’ve been a little more prepared for the onslaught of Christmas this year. I’ve been busy in the background, organising new products, updating my event layout and stocking up on Christmas cards and tags.

I’ve also introduced personalised prints and cushions to my product list, which are proving to be really popular already.

Here’s a list of the next few events I’ll be showing at, please come and say hi if you’re around 🙂

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One Year Anniversary

Can you believe we’ve been back in the UK for a whole year!? I can’t! It’s really, really flown. So much has happened and so many emotions have been felt; from tears at the school gate, which have lasted a little longer than expected, to moving house, meeting up with old friends and for my eldest child, saying goodbye to Primary School and preparing for the next stage in her life – High School. It’s certainly been a mad, hectic and very emotional year.

The kids have worked so, so hard (new school, new friends, new routines, SATS, preparing for high school and more. Aren’t kids amazing?!). We’ve been worried if it will all turn out ok, I’ve had a few rather stressful periods with work, almost handing in the towel and seriously going to find a “proper” job on two occasions, there have been tears and  tantrums (me!), we’ve climbed a few big hills (literally), been camping, exhibited at many different markets and events, got tiddly with old friends, swam in the cold, cold sea (wet suits are super cheap over here!) and holidayed in my most favourite place in the world, Cornwall.

But what we have achieved in one year is quite phenomenal and I am so proud of us all for staying strong through a rather tough old year.

Now we’ve been here a year we realised it was about time we started to lay down soon roots and that means starting a few renovations on the house. We’ve decided to start with the dining/family room which at the moment is a bit of a walk through room to the kitchen. I want a real seaside/Cornish feel to this room, one where we can relax, eat, read, have friends over, do homework, a real multi functional room. I’ve been slowly putting together a few items and love the feel that is coming together already. The floor boards are being fitted this week, so it’s all getting quite exciting!

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I’ve also recently moved into my new “hyde’ or rather home office which I feel will be a huge turning point for my business. It’s been put to the test already this week and has proven to be a fantastic location for all my product photography as I have light coming in from two directional windows, which is perfect for the look I’m trying to achieve.

So at the moment, as well as enjoying the summer holidays with the kids, I’m very slowly putting my product photography together. I have so many products and each product needs at least three shots to show it off to its best. So it’s just a case of head down and work through things super slowly!

Here are a few of my favourite shots I’ve taken over the weekend..

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June

Well it’s been an emotional June and I’m feeling rather exhausted. My computer totally crashed on me earlier in the month, leaving with me with a huge lesson to learn….back up, back up, back up!!!

Yes, for three whole weeks, I really did think that I had lost about six months work. I was devastated as you can imagine and was really ready to throw in the towel. So I took a little break, went on holiday to stunning Cornwall with my family and came back (slightly) refreshed. Pic taken of my gorgeous girls by my Hubby – Benyons Corner

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When I returned, I started looking for “real” jobs and actually filled out a couple of application forms. By this point I hadn’t touched any design work for about four whole weeks and in all honesty, it was killing me! I knew that I had to get back behind the wheel and start designing again. So slowly but surely I have started to draw, design  and think in a creative way again. (It never went away really, no matter how much I tried and I really did try, honest!)

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Some new card designs I’ve been designing. There will be 20 new card designs coming very soon!

So it was back to it.

But then we had the news of the referendum outcome on Friday and that has sent me reeling once again. I don’t usually get political, but I, like many Brits am feeling depressed, upset, angry and rather deflated right now. The creative in me has disappeared once again, but I’m sure she’ll pop her head out again soon.

As I get older I’m learning to listen to my body; to not just go at life like a bull in a China shop, but to slow down, smell the roses, put my feet up when it feels good to do so and not feel guilty about it….I’ve learnt that and also to….. BACK UP, back up, back up!! LOL!

 

Upcoming Events. Come and see me at – 

 

Rode Hall Farmers Market- Saturday 2nd July

Leek Sunday Supplement- Sunday 3rd July

Nantwich Brocante Market- Saturday 6th August

 

 

 

 

May already!

I can’t believe we are in May already! Last month for me has been all about getting some new stock together. So gorgeous coasters, note cards, gift tags, t towels, tote bags and personalised prints have been being delivered from the printers and I’ve been busy sewing fabric covered notebooks, using my own designed fabric. They will all be available to purchase in the shop soon, but for now you can buy them at the following markets and events.

My next months events –

May 7th – Rode Hall Farmers Market

May 14th – Sandbach Makers Market

 

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