Thursday, 4 September 2014

New downloads section!

I've been wanting to bring back a free downloads section for a while now and a blog post I read by Jenny Hyde earlier this week helped to push it along a little.

I'm a worrier and I'm a lists person. I'm also very forgetful. I try to write everything that I need to do down because otherwise it just doesn't get done. I have a diary... which I forget to use. So as you can imagine, my desk is covered in pieces of paper with things to do scrawled all over them.

It was this bit of Jenny's post that got me thinking about my own lists:
If you need a bit of clarity on your to-do list, ask yourself:
  • Does it have a definite deadline? If so, stick to it. If not, reconsider.
  • Will it make a difference to your business today, next month, or by the end of the year? If it’s going to radically improve your sales/income, efficiency or brand perception, move it closer to the top of the list.
  • Is it something you really, really want to do? If it isn’t going to get you out of bed in the morning, it goes down the list. And make sure you’re really imagining the reality of making whatever it is happen – unglamorous boring bits and all.
I have the tendency to write lists and tick them off in any order as and when I decide to act on them. All the most important things usually get ticked off first and then the other bits just lay around until I do them or until they get moved to another list.

So, what I have done to help organise myself (and you guys, if you want) is to create two new lists.

The first is for the most important things that need doing, things that you can't ignore no matter how boring. They are necessary and you need to do them. In my case that would be things like, sort out the mountain of invoices and other paperwork, think about doing my tax return and sending out this months invoices.

The second is for things that still need doing but they are less important than the first list. These are things that may not have such a close deadline or tiny little tweaks to things here and there. For example, in my case this week it was adding some new social media icons to this site and making a list of things that I need to buy stock-wise.

These lists are now available to download for free in my downloads section of this website. All you need to do is print them out and then scribble all over them to your hearts content! I hope that you find them useful as I know that I will.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Woodland Friends

Late last year I sold my last prints of these lovely chaps and put them into retirement. The size print I had created a bit awkward to say the least and it turned out to be bit of a faff. These were originally created for an exhibition of Character Beermats that I was in with Inkygoodness.

Over the last few weeks I have pulled these creatures out of retirement and have found a new use for their lovely faces! You may have already seen on my social media but these are now available as pocket mirrors and magnets! I'm really pleased with how bright and vibrant the print has come out.

They have all been listed in both of my online stores and I have even made a special discount code for anyone ordering through Etsy. Just enter the code WOODLANDFRIENDS at the checkout and you will receive 20% off of anything that you decide order until September 1st 2014. Fingers crossed these go down well!

Monday, 25 August 2014

Create and Thrive

Since the start of August I have been taking part in the Create and Thrive instagram challenge. Everyday you are prompted to share a different aspect of your business through picture form via your instagram feed. Some of the themes are pretty simple, work space, hands and sketchbook for example. Whilst some of the themes require a little more thought, action, vignette and in the world are a couple that took me a little longer to think about. Everyone who is taking part is using the hashtag #CTMonthInTheLife. It's a basically what the hashtag says, a month worth of images demonstrating how you go about your creative life.

It's actually quite a nice little challenge to be doing because I am sharing with my followers on instagram and my likers on Facebook little snippets behind the scenes. It helps to build up a trusting relationship with future customers and shows that I am not just another faceless organisation.

It is also really quite interesting to see how other creative business' function and just to be nosey at their spaces, materials and how they interpret the themes. 

If you want to catch up on the pictures that I have posted then you can either pop over to my Facebook page or view them on my Instagram timeline.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Wedding Activity Book for Children

I am so excited to tell you that my Wedding Activity Book for Children has now been listed in both of my shops! It really has been a long time coming and I've had many hurdles that I have had to try and jump over, but it's finally done and I couldn't be happier with the end result.

This book features 18 pages of activities for children to complete whilst they are sat at the dinner table and when the adults are making boring speeches that the children might not really be interested in. There are many things to including a word search, crossword, I-Spy, design your own cake, spot the difference, plus many many more.

It is A5 in size so it is a perfect size for completing at the table and it has been printed on uncoated paper. This means that your little one can happily use felt tip pens (if you are brave enough) without them running straight off onto everything else.

Fingers crossed the little people enjoy completing them as much as I did designing them.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

You Rock!

Remember that little milestone I was telling you about last week? Well this little beauty landed on my door step yesterday morning. It may just look like a lovely simple card by Bread & Jam but it is actually from the partner team at to say congratulations on the order milestone.

It is little things like this that make me smile and makes me feel like I'm actually doing something right. You know those days when you're just feeling a bit rubbish about everything? Well this sort of thing makes all of that go away! Unexpected happy post is definitely the best. I've even had a couple from happy customers. Those really are the icing on the cake. Lovely jubbly!

I think I'm going to make a conscious effort to send out a bit more happy post. Starting with the giveaway prize that is on its way to its new home tomorrow.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Happy Planets

Let's start this week with a bit of happy because lets face it, Monday's aren't exactly everyone's favourite day of the week. They definitely aren't my favourite.

Last week I managed to finally get these little happy things listed in my NOTHS and Etsy shop and are both available as pocket mirrors or magnets. Everyone needs a little happy to carry around with them and so I made some pocket size pieces for just when you need some. They also fit my little motto just right: 'happy design for happy people'. Do you think I've said happy enough times yet?

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Craft Swopping

A couple weeks ago I was asked by the lovely Megan from Megan Tucker Illustration as to whether I would like to take part in a Craft Swop Circle. Needless to say, I had no idea what she initially meant but couldn't wait to take part. It was pretty simple, we all put together a little box of craft materials that we could use but aren't using at the moment so that someone else can make use of them and potentially expand their craft repertoire.

In each box we had to nominate a 'craft dare' this is where we had to challenge the recipient to make something new with something that we had included. Emma, the lovely lady from Devotion to the Dream sent me this box and my dare was the Mister Huey's Color Mist and stencil. Now, I'm not going to lie, I have never, ever heard of these before so I wasn't really sure what to do with it. So, I grabbed a kraft box and started stenciling! Needless to say I got it everywhere but it left quite a fun effect!

It's definitely not perfect but I gave it ago and tried something new. I did think about using it to decorate the inside of the boxes for medium sized orders but after touching it I realised that some of it came away on my fingers so I think I'll leave that idea for now unless someone knows of a way to fix it?

My first experience of a craft circle swop has been a good one and it's meant that I've tried something new and found some new, interesting and creative people to follow. If you have a great crowd of crafty friends then I definitely recommend creating your own craft circle swop. You'll end up with lots of new bits and bobs that may even help you to create your next big thing. Who knows?