6 new designs finished and a 50’s inspired weekend away

What a productive week! Six, gorgeous new’deer little forest‘ designs have been added to my collection.

Now it was time for a weekend away of fun with the girls!

With my portfolio in hand and my dear friend Anna from Cooper photography, we headed along the coast in the blustery rain to find our boutique B&B by the sea. Brighton is heaving with B&B’s and knowing where to stay that’s chic but cheerful and most importantly within budget can sometimes be like finding a needle in a haystack! So we were more than over the moon when we arrived at our lovely B&B ‘Sea Breeze’ and were welcomed by the friendliest owner. Our stay was like home from home and with an unexpected room upgrade and chocolates by the pillows, we couldn’t have been happier!

The wind and rain put a stop to fish and chips on the sea front so instead we headed out to find boutiques to browse in and coffee shops to relax in. Stumbling across the cutest boutique ‘Posh Totty’ on Bond Street was a real find! A beautiful, vintage style, beach boutique selling unique and handmade items, carefully selected and arranged to make shopping there a real treat! Such a pleasure too to chat with the friendly Megan about the brilliance of buying and selling handmade and homemade products.

We also stopped by Sydney Street Gallery, a lovely gallery selling local and handmade art  and also wonderfully friendly and enthusiastic about Deer little Forest products. So despite the rain, it was a great start to the weekend.

Meeting Hayley and the girls out of the rain for lunch, we opted for cosy fish and chips and warming crumble dessert before heading off to get ready fifty’s style for our vintage inspired night on the town.

What a perfectly, girly and vintage inspired weekend away!

A delicious Saturday

This Saturday the Hampshire Farmers Market was held in the beautiful grounds of Winchester Cathedral so I couldn’t resist an early morning stroll through the rain to taste the home-grown and home-baked goodies and delights on offer.

I took my rose and little blue dog along with me and we feasted on date and apple scones and sticky toffee cake! The stall holders, although very chilly offered us warm smiles and interesting chatter about their local, organic produce. Little blue dog was a hit with everyone in his fetching green coat, although I do believe he would’ve been much happier snuggled up at home.

A quick dash in to Ginger Two, the best coffee house in Winchester, and we warmed ourselves with mugs of Earl grey.

Small dogs also allowed, so little blue dog was happy once again!

 

A busy week in the deer little forest

It’s been a busy and exciting week in the deer little forest. More wonderful card orders have come in! Dealing with customers face to face is one of the aspects of my job I love, it’s always so rewarding to hear that my artwork gives others pleasure and I always feel very humbled to receive an order or commission for my work!

I have also been busy working on new card designs and joining the GCA, which has already proved beneficial and a great help. I recommend it to anyone starting out in the greeting card industry as they give you valuable advice and support in all aspects of the business. For us at ‘deer little forest’ lots of exciting trade shows and other events to plan for in the months ahead!

This week the thunder storms have been awesome, bringing beautiful rainbows and much need rain for the allotment. In between showers I have actually managed to start sanding my gorgeous, rustic trestle tables too. So really an all round busy but rewarding week.

Home grown loveliness

We are lucky enough to have our own lovely allotment patch right in our back garden and with Spring in the air, we have been busying ourselves sowing seeds for home grown edibles, Yum! You don’t get much more home grown than this!

So far so good, The birds have been kind and tiny shoots of shallots and broad beans have sprouted. Next, runner beans, tomatoes and potatoes, delicious!

I think ‘Little blue dog’ has been enjoying the sunshine too and finds the allotment patch the warmest spot in the garden!