Colouring Flowers Printable



With Mother’s Day coming up on Sunday and spring in the air here in (most parts) of the UK, here’s a downloadable sheet to colour in, covered in flowers 🙂

It could the part of a homemade Mother’s Day card, or some wrapping paper, or just something pretty to doodle on.  If you click on the image and save it, you can print it at home.

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Cuckoo Flowers and Daffodils



The latest prints that I’m selling to support the wonderful Flower Power Fund are available now!  You can find them in my online shop here.

There are two flowers this month, to match to lovely yarns from Beth at Beehive Yarns  –  Cuckoo Flower and Vintage Daffodil.


Lay Family Yarn Branding



I’ve just finished helping the lovely Lay family with a rebrand for their yarn dyeing business 🙂



Happy Hellebores



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The latest print and yarn for the fabulous Flower Power Fund are live now, and they are SO pretty.

There is a new knitting yarn launched every month inspired by a different flower, and I’m creating a limited edition print to match.  All of the sales are helping to raise funds for Marie Curie.  This awesome fundraising idea is all happening over on Instagram and its so lovely to be part of.

This is Hellebore, February’s hand-dyed yarn from Down Sheepy Lane in all its yumminess (available from their shop here):

It’s live!!!

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And this is my matching print (available in my shop here):

And they look fab together 😀

A Pretty Snowdrop Print



I’m really excited to launch the first in a range of 12 new botanical prints.

An elegant A5 print of a Snowdrop on lovely archival paper

An elegant Snowdrop – Galanthus nivalis. The first flowers to appear after winter in the UK, I love to see them break through the ground and remind us all that spring is coming. Their delicate heads are like little fairy skirts, and their simple white and green hues are so elegant.

A close up of the delicaet head of the snowdrop print by illustrator Sam Goodlet. A close up of the dA close up of the text on the snowdrop print by illustrator Sam Goodlet.

The Snowdrop is carefully drawn in pen and ink. I’ve added the the shades of green and and text digitally to create a limited edition signed A5 giclee print on lovely archival paper.

This is the first in a series of 12 artworks for the Flower Power Fund, fundraising for Marie Curie. 40% of the sale price of each print will be donated to Marie Curie (registered charity number 207994 England & Wales, SC038731 in Scotland).

The prints are to tie in with the 12 beautiful hand-dyed knitting yarns that are also being released for the Fund, one a month over the course of 2018. Each yarn is inspired by a different flower and I am going to draw each of them to create more lovely prints. You can find out more about the Flower Power Fund on Facebook here  and Instagram here.

You can find the gorgeous Snowdrop yarn by Norah George Yarns here.

You can find the Snowdrop print in my online shop here.

My Dog Stole my Photo Shoot



Me: I’ve got this idea for a little photo shoot to get some new pics to use in my social media. It’s inspired by Kate Bush’s Hounds of Love album pic..

Josh: Who’s a what now?

My partner and I have a lot in common, but knowledge of Kate Bush album art is kind of my specialist subject.

Some Googling later we found this wonderful article about the Hounds of Love photoshoot which includes a couple of amazing behind the scenes shots, and Josh kind of knew what I meant.

The idea I had was to print out some of the flowers I’ve drawn and kind of lie down in them with my hair all spread out.

So, we printed out the drawings, the light was great and we got some nice pics.  I hate having my picture taken, but these turned out reasonably ok.

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An in-progress shot from the shoot

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One of the nice shots that I’ll start using on social media and things

Then we thought we’d bring Shadow in, our prima donna rescue dog.  Adopted from Woodgreen 5 years ago, he’s alledgedly a Jack Russel X King Charles Spaniel and he’s very pretty.

Mostly spaniel with shiny fur and big brown eyes.  He’s hard to photograph because he’s actually brindled but it often comes out just dark brown.

Not today.  The light was perfect and he looked gorgeous.

Maybe a little too gorgeous….

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Shadow appears on the scene looking fabulous

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Shadow the Dog by

Shadow the Dog by

Shadow the Dog by

We didn’t manage to get a snap of us together (a la Kate) because Shadow kind of took over. He was the Hound of Love.

I think it’s time to just have to accept that my dog has better hair than I ever will…

And he just knows how to work a camera.

The Flower Power Fund goes live



EDIT: available to purchase NOW! link in profile! SO happy to be part of such a wonderful cause raising money for Marie Curie. @sherlock_knits is undertaking the most wonderful task of organising a year of flowers for all you yarn fans out there! 12 months, 12 dyers, 12 flowers. I’m honoured to be first up, dyeing up yarn for January. My flower is “Snowdrop” and it is in the dye pots right now! It will be available on 4 bases (Super Sock, Gold Sparkle, BFL Sock and MCN Sock) and will be on a Ready to Ship and Pre-Order basis. Photos of the yarn will follow later when it’s dry.! It will be available in the shop to purchase tonight at 8pm GMT, with £3.50 from the sale of each Skein being donated to Marie Curie. Artwork by @samdrawsthings #crochetersofinstagram #knittersofinstagram #operationsockdrawer #norahgeorgeyarns #mariecurie #flowerpowerfund

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An exciting new project launched on Wednesday at 8pm – raising funds for Marie Curie, 12 independent yarn dyers are creating 12 beautiful knitting yarns inspired by different flowers.  A new yarn will be launched every month in 2018.

Hand-dyed yarn is the designer end of knitting – the beautiful coloured skeins are generally created in small batches that often sell out reeeeeally fast.  I’ve had a little glimpse into this wonderful woolly world through created the branding for the gorgeous Hedgerow Yarns.  Jane’s scrummy creations sell out in minutes!

And following on from that bit of loveliness, I was commissioned by the wonderful Sarah Holmes to create the logo and branding for The Flower Power Fund.  You can find them on Instagram here and Sarah’s Just Giving page with more info is here.  Sarah is doing all sorts of awesome things to raise funds this year, and it’s not the first time.  Last year she ran a campaign that meant that everyone in a Marie Curie hospice got a beautiful pair of hand-kintted socks for Christmas, and sold a sock knitting pattern to raise almost £600.

The Flower Power Fund first yarn was Snowdrop by Norah George and it’s so pretty!  There is a limited batch ready to ship, and luckily this time they are also going to be made to order when that sells out.  They were snapped up really quickly on Wednesday after they launched 🙂

You can buy Snowdrop online here.

And if you NEED to know when all those lovely yarns are being launched and set your Yarn Alarm, you can sign up to join the mailing list and keep up with the news here.

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Welcome to January



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A new start. ⭐️ A clean slate. 🌟 Whatever 2017 brought you, and I know it’s been a tough one for many, well done for making it through. I love the feeling of a new start, it’s a bit like opening a new sketchbook for the first time. Who knows what those pages will hold. Some things you create you will love. Some you’ll want to throw away. Some days you won’t know where to begin. Some days you’ll wake with a clear sense of purpose. It’s all ok. ❤️⭐️❤️ These amazing fox masks were made by my awesome mum for us yesterday, using her super duper embroidery machine and a pattern from @urbanthreadsemb 🦊 mr fox and I actually went out and danced the night away for the first time since having Tristan and it was lovely! 💃 #happynewyear #2018 #urbanthreads #masks #fox #newbeginnings

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Is the 9th too late to say happy new year?  I guess so 🙂 And I’m not sure that’s the right thing to say anyway… I don’t know about you but I find that this time of year can be a bit hard and although I LOVE the feeling of a fresh new start, (it’s as good as starting a new sketchbook) once the Christmas decorations have come down things can be a bit gloomy…

One of the things that lifting the gloom for me at the moment is an exciting new project I’m working on focussed on FLOWERS.  All will be revealed in a week or so, but some clues in the meantime are that it came off the back of the branding I did for the wonderful Jane at Hedgerow Yarns, who’s Instagram posts are just the most beautiful thing:

And I’m starting with drawing some snowdrops.

I was doing some reading about the meaning of these precious little flowers, and the loveliest myth I found was from Moldova:  Lady Spring won the battle with the Winter Witch, but during the fight a few drops of her blood were spilled.  They blossomed into snowdrops, symbolising the victory of spring over winter….

If there’s a better metaphor for the fact that we have survived the darkest night and lighter days are coming than those first snowdrops appearing, I’m not sure what it is.

The Christmas I stayed in bed and ate pizza



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Pondering Christmas with the help of the Comfort Fairy

I have a little pattern of thoughts on loop at the moment that goes a bit like this…

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…”

No it isn’t.

“‘Tis the season to be jolly…”

No it isn’t.

Because, for me, winter isn’t this magical season full of jolliness and cheer. It’s the opposite. I live in the UK so…It’s dark. Grey. Cold. Wet. Bleak.

And I struggle sometimes to be festive.

Three years ago was particularly rough – I’d been through a break up, was living with my (very kind) brother and his girlfriend having left my home, and my dog was living with my (very patient) parents. Although I was in a good place in some ways, as Christmas approached I just felt sick. After talking to a couple of friends who never really ‘do’ Christmas, I opted out of all festivities, walked the dog, cried a lot and ate pizza. It was a tough day but I know it could’ve been worse. And opting out was what I felt I needed to do to cope that year; it needed to just be another day.

A realisation dawned on me as I thought about that year and everyone going through tough Christmases this year…

Winter is hard. Just plain difficult regardless of what might be going on in your life at the time.

Our systems are often run down, we’re not getting enough vitamin D, it feels like the sun has abandoned us and then we add in this sudden intense pressure to do Christmas Things in a particular way (be jolly, spend all the money, buy perfect presents for everyone, see family, overeat)…and that can just feel like too much.

But then I remembered…

We invented Mid-winter celebrations like Christmas because winter is hard.

The Christians were wise to move Christmas to match the pagan calendar to convert the Northern Hemisphere.  We need a celebration to mark the coming of the sun, as the nights stop lengthening and the days start lengthening instead. We need things like candles and warm food, evergreens, fires, companionship, compassion and sharing.

It’s not meant to be an extra stress or pressure; we didn’t invent it to make ourselves feel crap (there’s a whole host of reasons why it might have become that), but in its honest heart, it’s the opposite.

A time to take a breath. To recognise the darkness and that we are in its heaviest time. To find the light wherever we can. To be a light for others when we can.

And even though this year I’m feeling quite excited about Christmas, having those thoughts set me free.

It helped me to see that when I do struggle to feel happy and festive, that’s ok. If I don’t manage to send cards to everyone who sends me one, it’s alright.  If I can’t get my act together to give gifts, that’s ok too.  If I need to opt out, to reshape Christmas to suit where I am at the time, that’s do-able.

This year, I’m sending Christmas-time cards because I’ve missed the post.  And that’s ok.

So whatever the last year has brought you, in whatever position you find yourself in at Christmas; the biggest gift is to be gentle with yourself.

If we can remember that at the heart of these winter holidays is the idea of bringing light to the darkness, we might behave quite differently.  If you’re feeling dark and the fairy lights of Christmas are only making things gloomier, it’s ok to turn them off.

Feeling festive



On Saturday we had a Sam draws things stand at the magical Brockenhurst Christmas Fair – there was a Santa’s grotto and everything! I had my first mulled wine of the year and that festive feeling started creeping up on me.

Unicorns have been heading off to new homes as Christmas pressies – and the reaction to them in person just makes my heart sing. Wrapping up orders and posting them is making me feel like a Christmas elf 🙂

You can find the unicorns in the Sam draws things shop here, and request gift wrapping if you’d like to make it extra special with a hand-painted label.

We are also starting to get Christmassy in the art sessions I run with Busylizzy Winchester. Last week we made some snowflake decorations and fairies for the tree, and this week it’ll be Christmas cards. If you’d like to come along you can find out more here.


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