Well of course today isn't all about me.... 12th December is also National Christmas Jumper Day. Unfortunately I don't actually have a cheesy Christmassy jumper so will be wearing my stripy sweater instead - it's got a big roomy pocket. Anyway I was inspired to 'knit' a new Facebook Cover Image using my ever trusty Serif DrawPlus X5. Cosy huh? Have a great day... stay warm folks, it's chilly out today :D xxx
I feel so spesh!! Google knew today is my birthday!!
It's not every day a girl gets her own private Google Doodle so thought I'd share the love :D xxx
I'm planning a new project for 2015... a free downloadable calendar for each month. So as a trial I've updated my own desktop for December 2014.
Created as usual with my own icons, using Serif DrawPlus X5. This has been exported as a .png and will fill a 1920 x 1080 screen.
Just click on the image above, or the link in the text, to open the image. Right-click your mouse and choose to 'save as' to save the image on your computer. Then all you need to do is find the image in your 'Downloads' folder and again right-click over the image and just select 'set as Desktop background'... simples!!
Enjoy :D xxx
Ok so I haven't actually parked in Southwold (because I can't drive)... instead I had a really busy day yesterday creating various samples: car window stickers, bumper stickers and leather bookmarks; all to be produced as stock for selling at the TIC.
I've been asked so many times "Do you sell the 'I parked in Southwold' bumper stickers?" (Southwold is notoriously difficult to find a parking space especially during the summer season); or "Do you sell leather bookmarks" (I've discovered many people collect these from all over); that I decided to create our own stock as I was unable to source these items elsewhere.
All items were created using my trusty Serif DrawPlus X5. The stickers all use CMYK colours and although I have shown the bookmarks in colour here, the actual bookmark designs are created black on a white background as these will be foil blocked in silver on dark blue bonded leather.
I also spent quite a bit of time sourcing where to get the items printed, the best value for printing in various quantities (which also provide the most profit); and also the various specifications that different printers require for submitting work.
It was definitely not a five minute job - it took me the best part of all day, but I feel I was very productive. I can't wait now to place the orders and see the final items on display and available for sale!!
Just in case anyone was wondering about 'Monty' (seen here 'reading' with my daughter).... it is official, we are going to be keeping him. Sadly no one claimed him so a new pen was ordered from Amazon which arrived today. Welcome to the family 'Monty' :D xxx
My daughter found a young male guinea pig near to Blyford bridge, Wenhaston, early morning Friday 26th September. He is white with pink eyes and pale ears. He was in a pretty bad way - dirty and thin - so we have bathed him and are looking after him until his owner can be found.
I have contacted the local vets so they are aware as well. If no one claims him then we are happy to keep him but he is so friendly he has obviously been well cuddled and loved, his owner must be missing him. If anyone knows who he might belong to please contact me.
In the meantime we are calling him 'Monty'.... just because :D xxx
I'm a bit of a fan of social networking and truly believe that to get ahead you need to embrace as many ways of getting your name out there as possible - "covering all bases", so to speak.
So anyway, I have recently joined Google+ and although it is early days in that I am a 'Billy-No-Mates' and still finding my way around all the facilities, I have now added a good deal of my images as well as links to all my other social networking sites.
I've also FINALLY uploaded my first fabric design to Spoonflower, mainly it was an exercise getting to grips with correct sizes, formats, resolutions and repeating patterns. I've also been looking into ordering more postcards from the printers and possibly posters as well. All in all it's been another good day, I really feel like I've been quite productive :D xxx
Well I've had a really good morning sorting and adjusting my Weird Zebra Design website. Basically I've adjusted the portfolio to link to my sister-site 'Becky Canham', this way I will be able to concentrate on building my online shop again... getting out of the darkness of procrastinating to shine my light of productivity!! (because yes I am the worst procrastinator that I know).
Anyway whilst I was working, Primal Scream was playing in my head... quite fitting don't you think?
I think I'm going to celebrate with a hot caffeinated beverage.
Shine on :D xxx
Since early June I have changed my job yet again... previously I was working at a local printers but unfortunately I didn't feel I was right for the particular job I was doing, and really felt that I was missing working with the public. So when a position came up at a local Tourist Information Centre I absolutely jumped at the chance and knew I was suited for the job.
I actually applied for a part-time assistant's position but was offered the chance to cover whilst the supervisor is taking maternity leave.
There is still loads for me to learn but I have such a lovely team to work with, they have been fabulous and made me feel very welcome.
And wouldn't you know it? I've still been able to be creative and produce a flyer to show the location of the new premises. These have now been printed and I've been handing them out to the local shops and businesses as I introduce myself as well.
Created this little something... just because I'll always be a country girl and I don't think I'll ever end up living anywhere else. A few years ago I actually had my heart all set on relocating across the pond to the frozen north (North Dakota to be precise); but guess it wasn't meant to be.
I still live in the same village in Suffolk that I grew up in, I still see the same views every day and although some things change, new people and families move in, people and families move out, friends and family have died, been born, got married and moved on... but for me I actually feel very grounded here... generations of my family have lived here ~ it's my home, it has my heart, this is where I belong (well, for now anyway) <3