Monday, 4 March 2013

#simplepleasureschallenge February and An Update

February was a crazy busy month! I've had a to-do list as long as my arm written on my glass notice board every day lately, but I love having a full diary and lots to keep me moving and motivated. I always have more creative ideas when I'm busy, which can be irritating when I don't have time to pay attention to them, but as long as I write them down in my trusty notebook I know they'll be waiting for me when I'm ready. 

I always breathe a sigh of relief when March arrives, a clock change is on the horizon, and Spring bulbs start to appear. The #simplepleasureschallenge keeps me noticing these small changes as the days and weeks speed by.

Beatrix was absolutely thrilled to be featured in Miss Imogen Smith's Doggy Doodles series, complete with my very favourite teacup. Imogen is so talented and I was gobsmacked at how well she captured Bea's cheeky personality and smile. 

Some new buttons have arrived in my Etsy shop over the weekend, and some very Spring-like energy seems to be flowing from my paintbrush, as there is now a march hare and a lamb available. I'm working away on some custom orders and new designs as well at the moment, including my 'pouring teapot' buttons in different colours. 

February 2013 will go down as the month #PostCircle launched! The response has been incredible, with over 60 participants signing up. As you'll appreciate this takes a fair bit of organising; I spent a few hours sorting us all into groups last night, and as soon as the last surveys are in I'll be sending emails and we can get started! New members can of course join in at any time (and yes, chaps you are more than welcome too!) but I know you're all eager to get posting, so please bear with me and I'll be in touch in the next day or two.

Lastly, the perceptive among you have contacted me to say that my navigation bar and social media buttons are currently absent without leave. I've been having a few technical issues but have decided to take this as an opportunity to freshen things up a bit. I'm going to be working on designing new ones myself over the next few weeks, along with giving the Creatives Unite, Recipes and Bloggy Pals pages a makeover. Thank you to everyone who answered my cries for web design advice on Twitter last week, I thought I'd bitten off more than I could chew but with your help I'm well on the way to learning some new skillz innit!

Oh, and speaking of new skills, the learning to crochet? Let's just say that I'm grateful that Creatives Unite is now two hours long!

Enjoy your Monday,


  1. This post excites me for many reasons! First of all? I totally sympathise with having an overflow of ideas when you're extremely busy (also currently experiencing that now!!)

    Also spring is on it's way! More daylight and plenty of flowers and baby lambs. Heavenly.

    Looking forward to the Post Circle and thank you for the mention :) have a happy Monday xx

  2. yes,i agree creative energy seems to flow when u are super busy! loved catching up on all ur makings.lovely post.


    ps- looking forward to the post swap! its gonna be great.

  3. Oooh I'd forgotten about the imminent clock change - exciting times! x Jane

  4. Oh the pouring tea buttons are amazing and I like the excitement building for spring! I can't wait for longer daylight hours :)

  5. I love the buttons!I've only just heard about Creatives Unite via Knitrun4Sanity blog and i really fancy joining in!

  6. New follower here, I really am loving reading your posts and your photos are beautiful. I love the buttons, I don't think I've seen anything like them before!

    Rhiannon x

  7. I love your buttons, gonna visit your shop now. Such a lovely blog too :)

  8. Hello again
    Just popping in to say that your knitting buttons are particularly lovely indeed - could they somehow be incorporated into a little teeny purse?
    I look forward to seeing your creation
    best wishes

  9. You will certainly not let any grass grow under your feet!! Exciting times. :)


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