Friday, 30 December 2011

Last bit of Sunshine this year...

I know I've been a little quiet over Christmas but as you may have gathered from my last post I've been taking a much needed mini break and enjoying time with my family, friends and generally doing a lot of jolliday type things... including a lot of eating! Yum!

Anywho, I'll be back in full swing soon enough with lots of exciting sunshine plans for 2013 but until then here's a quick update to show off some of the commissions & projects I was busy doodling this Christmas...


 Dom & Lizzie : Wedding Sunshine 


James & Julie : Sunshine


My Mama & Grandad  Sunshine 


My Nanna & Grandad  Sunshine 

I'm not 100% sure when I'll be blogging again but it shall be very soon in the shiny new year! I will just take his opportunity though to thank you all for what has been a fantastic year for Hello Sunshine and I would like to wish you all a VERY happy, shiny and adventure filled new year! Huzzah! ✭

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Wonderful Winter Walks

A wee while ago, just before Christmas, my folks and me went for a wonder around Wollaton Park in Nottingham. It was my Mummy's birthday and to celebrate we went for a mahoosive yummy breakfast at The Wollaton Pub & Kitchen (amazing pub!) and followed it with a walk in the beautiful sunshine.


Wollaton Park is a brilliant nearby treasure in Nottingham and since I can remember we've always headed there for walks, adventures round the lake, many a bike ride and trips around the hall but this particular Sunday we discovered something new!


I've always known that Wollaton Hall had an Industrial Museum in the courtyard area of the grounds but for years now it hasn't ever been open when I've ventured that way but this time it was! Steam was pouring from a huge Traction engine as we walked up the hill in the sunshine and as we wondered through the yard several jolly engineers were wondering around in Santa hats keeping a small selection of steam engine parts running.


The volunteers who help run the 'Sunday Steaming' events at Wollaton Hall are trying to get the museum open more often and I really hope they do! It was brilliant wondering round learning about and taking in all of the history that's on our doorstep! We learnt about the mine shaft and mining industry, spoke to a very talented metal smith who still creates beautiful metalwork for many a people and places in Nottingham and we even saw a miniature working model of Goose fair in the 1800s! 


So if you're stuck for something to do over the chilly winter season and fancy some fresh air and maybe a history lesson or two check out the 'Sunday Steaming' sessions and head over to Wolly Park!

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Goodbye Sunshine. Hello Christmas!


As the amazingly beautiful picture above suggests, last Friday marked the end of an irreplaceable mini-era when I had to say goodbye to my Design team in Boots.com and pack up my desk to move upstairs. Yes! I have a brand new job as assistant brand manager in the Christmas team at Boots and although I'm not going far from where my old team sit, it was an emotional day *sniff*

To give you a teeny tiny inkling about just how amazing and lovely the people I work with are, I thought I'd share a few of my 'Goodbye gifts' with you. I can honestly say, I feel like the luckiest lady in the world after everything my team gave me last week and I seriously can't thank them all enough!

I was over the moon and nearly popped when I unwrapped the following pretties:

 some beautiful red kitchen scales....


a shiny new bike basket....


and a drop dead gorgeous Rob Ryan tea towel...







Not only did I unwrap those beauties I also got lots of lovely smelling things, pretty make up, my favourite wine, strawberry laces and a lot of handy health and beauty products! I was amazed to say the least but not as amazed as when I opened the most amazing hand made card I've ever seen - yep the one at the beginning of this post was drawn especially for moi! 

I spend a lot of time doodling sunshine caricatures and cards for people because it makes me happy to know my drawings can make someone smile so much. But to have one that's drawn for me, of me... well needless to say I nearly broke my face smiling so much when I received it!

Although I have moved to a perfect sounding job over in the Christmas brand team, I have had to leave behind the most amazing group of people I've ever worked with. I'm mahoosively pleased I can still pop downstairs to see them whenever I can though... I just hope that the feeling is mutual as I think I maybe be seeing everyone a lot when they thought they were rid of me! 

Thank you to everyone at Boots.com, especially the Customer Experience and Design team! 

Craft. Design. Contemporary.

So who's knocking about Nottingham this weekend? Come and join lots of talented beans selling their wares at another spectacular treasure filled festive Saturday and Sunday at the Nottingham Contemporary.


Saturday 10th Dec : 10am - 6pm
Sunday 11th Dec : 11am - 5pm

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

A fond farewell to Movember...

This last month has been full of facial hair and funny faces, needless to say I've loved it! You can't go into a shop or walk down the street or through the office without seeing a moustache! It's brilliant and when so much money is being raised for such a fantastic cause it becomes an amazing thing!

I know a lot of top blokes who have sprouted some weird and wonderful shaped facial hair for this month and I salut them whole heartedly. Today I joined the cause I donned a fake moustache for the day in the office in response to a couple of guys who didn't fancy partaking in Movember but were happy to sponsor a lady to...


With my love for facial hair I was delighted to take part and am proud to say I raised £40 for the great cause but man did it make for a sweaty, itchy and uncomfortable top lip for the day! I have a lot of respect for the Mo Bro's out there putting up with it for a whole month! Well worth it and I think you'll agree... we all looked pretty smart in the office today...


I must admit I shall miss the amount of facial hair that has surrounded me for the month but my love shall not be shaved away with many a moustache today. It just means I have to find other means of fulfilling the need to see moustaches from day-to-day... 


...starting maybe with this rather lovley set of mugs from Peter Briegger. What do you think? 

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Sunshine in Edinburgh!

I am very excited and over the moon to be able to tell you all that you can now buy Hello Sunshine up in the beautiful city of Edinburgh!

You can find a selection of jewellery at the wonderful Red Door Gallery on Victoria Street now! YAY!


Be sure to pop along to their blog and facebook page to keep up to date with this lovely gallery and it's creative adventures... Better still why not take a trip up to Edinburgh and see for your self!


Thursday, 17 November 2011

Winter Craft Fair : Sheffield

Anyone up North this weekend? Why not pop into the Sheffield Student Union, start your Crimblemas shopping and say "hello!"


Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Let the Magic begin...



An exquisite & eclectic mix of all things festive, in the beautiful Georgian country house setting of East Bridgford Hill. 

Enjoy mulled wine and Christmas music while you shop for original, vintage and handmade gifts by talented local designers and find a mouth watering array of festive food and drink from passionate regional producers. 

All the ingredients for the perfect Christmas! 

Tickets are £5 per person and include a glass of mulled wine, free parking, fun demonstrations to give fresh inspiration for festive entertaining, gourmet tastings and exquisite shopping!

Pre-booking is essential. Buy your tickets here: www.fabulousfairs.co.uk and keep up to date with the event on their Facebook page! Hope to see you there!

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Perving on pretties...

It's been a while since I pulled together a mini wish list of all of the pretty things I've been drooling over so what the hey... here's some treasures for you to perv on to! ENJOY!


1. Sunshine yellow wellies : Hunter
 2. Fairisle earmuffs : New Look
3. Moustache Mug : Urban Outfitters
4. 'Our Adventure' cushine : Rob Ryan
5. Hazlebee tshirt design : HazleBee
6. Daffodil yellow satchel : Retro Satchels.com
7. Wicket bike basket : Halfords
8. Topiary Balls : eBay
9. Red kitchen scales : Dotcom giftshop

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Let the festive funtimes begin!

Next Sunday to be precise... Come along to the wonderful Staunton Arms in the Vale of Belvoir for their Christmas Fayre! Mulled wine, Turkey & Stuffing cobs, live music and plenty of treasures to browse all in the comfort of a heated Marquee in a beautiful country village setting! PERFECT!


Hope to see you there ready to start a bit of festive shopping and enjoy a glass of mulled vino!

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Wedding stationary with a smile!

I have now done a few wedding stationary commissions since starting Hello Sunshine and as much as I love helping people create something to be part of their big day, making stationary is hard work and very time consuming. It's sometimes hard to maintain that warm fuzzy feeling when you're cutting the same template of card for the 300th time.

But... I can honestly say that it's ALWAYS worth it and this time round I can 100% say that with every piece of card I cut, every sheet I glued and every fold I made, I had a smile on my face!

Adam and Lindsey are getting hitched next year and the design they chose for the front of their invites was one of my sunshine caricatures but with a cheeky sense of humour and some extra fun added!

Below is that illustration and I hope you can see why I have been smiling throughout creating such a wonderful commission for my friends....


I just hope the future Bride and Groom are as happy as I am with the finished invites!

Monday, 24 October 2011

So who's joining me for a beer this Saturday?


Curiosity.Haus Indie Market 
Live at Bunker Hill

Saturday 29th October : 12 - 5pm

"As well as the usual eclectic mix of Craft, Design, Art and Vintage wares, the event is coinciding with the pub’s very own beer festival! There will be live music, food, an array of real ales and tricks and treats for customers!

Most importantly, we will have a host of handmade wares from local designer makers, vintage clothes, accessories, jewellery, textiles, ceramics and homewares as well as cakes ...phew! So come along and fill your boots, it's going to be a great day!

As well as a great selection of independent designers, we will have the Oxfam Vintage Boutique with 
their Autumn Winter collections and Live music brought to you by Notts about Music!"

To keep up to date with this AWESOME event and for more information please check out the Curiosity.Haus website, their Facebook page and Twitter!

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Cheeky Crimblemas Cards...

Here's a peek at a few of this years Christmas cards to come from the world of Hello Sunshine. In previous years I've had a horrible habit of making soooo many versions of so many cards and then being left with a squillion to put on sale in the new year!

This year I've narrowed it down to 8 designs so far featuring 4 characters. They may look familiar but have always proved popular so I thought I'd give them a bit of a 'refurb' and another chance to shine this festive season. I'll be sure to share the final cards and prices with you as the weeks go buy but for now here's a peek at the rough beginnings...


Sunday, 16 October 2011

Lovely dates for your diary!

Just a quick one to share a few exciting dates for some fantabulous events that will be happening in and around Nottingham over the next few months... so get your pencils and diaries (or a scrap of paper) at the ready and take note!

: OCTOBER :

Bunkers Hill
Sat 29th Oct 
12-5pm



: NOVEMBER :

The Staunton Arms
Vale of Belvoir
Sun 6th November
12 - 5pm



East Bridgford Hall
Sat 12th November
Tickets: £5



Poppy & Pint
Fri 18th November
7pm onwards (get there early for your goody bag!)




Sheffield Student Union
Sat 19th November



Chatsworth House
18th - 20th November


: DECEMBER :


Waterstones Top Floor Gallery
Nottingham
3rd - 4th December



Nottingham
10th - 11th December




I'll make sure you guys are the first to know as I get more information about each event as they approach but until now, write it down and start saving those pennies...

Friday, 14 October 2011

A special piece of sunshine just for me...

I have been hankering after a certain piece of silver from the talented Alys Power for a long time now! It got to the point when I broke -  I couldn't carry on seeing Alys & her treasures at the fairs I did and carry on denying myself! So I decided that as soon as I'd made enough pennies from my own sales that would treat myself!

So after some hard work and selling in Hello Sunshine land, I ordered my commission and after a wee while of excitement and anticipation, I got the most wonderful parcel in the post...


Alys Power's work is just amazing! It's inspiring, beautiful, unique and... well I want it all! When I saw a lovely ring from her Wordsmith collection with the words Hello Sunshine letter-pressed onto it, I knew that one day I had to have one in my life!


And now I have one of my very own and I wear it with pride! I just love it... trouble is now I'm starting to think I should 'reward' myself with treats more often! Lets see what else I can add to my wish list...

Friday, 7 October 2011

Indie Market this October anyone?

Yup you heard it right... the FANTABULOUS Curiosity.Haus are brining us yet another awesome event! Not only will your favourite designers and makers be selling their treasures, it also ties in with a BEER FESTIVAL! 
Curiosity.Haus Indie Market 
Live at Bunker Hill

Saturday 29th October : 12 - 5pm

"As well as the usual eclectic mix of Craft, Design, Art and Vintage wares, the event is coinciding with the pub’s very own beer festival! There will be live music, food, an array of real ales and tricks and treats for customers!

Most importantly, we will have a host of handmade wares from local designer makers, vintage clothes, accessories, jewellery, textiles, ceramics and homewares as well as cakes ...phew! So come along and fill your boots, it's going to be a great day!

As well as a great selection of independent designers, we will have the Oxfam Vintage Boutique with 
their Autumn Winter collections and Live music brought to you by Notts about Music!"


To keep up to date with this awesome event and for more information please check out the Curiosity.Haus website, their Facebook page and Twitter!

Sunday, 2 October 2011

The sunshine is back!

It's been a wee while hasn't it? I hope you haven't missed the tales from hello Sunshine land too much! I have been poorly and had one or two things to sort out over the past couple of weeks but I'm much better now and back on it!

So to start the ball rolling, and to celebrate this bonus week of wonderful sunshine we've had, I thought I'd share a bit or commissioned sunshine with you all! My very good friends Sarah and Colli have recently moved into a new house with their beautiful bambino Beth and two cats, Ralph and Colonel Jenkins.

As a house warming present I created a special family portrait sunshine for them to hang in their new home...


As ever it was a pleasure to do, I'm massively chuffed with how its turned out and the doodled peoples here seem to love it just as much!

YAY for SUNSHINE!


Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Sleep, sleep and more sleep...

I have been a tad run down lately and as much as I try to hide it and plough on with a smile on my face I'm afraid to say I've finally had to give in...

So from my bed, I just wanted to let you all know that if it's a bit quiet on the Hello Sunshine front for the next week or so it's because I'm getting some much needed rest and time out. This way I'll hopefully be fighting fit to tackle my to do list for the exciting festive season that's slowly creeping up on us!

Over the past 24 hours I've had 18 hours sleep and could probably do the same today! So without further adieu I shall bid you all a mini farewell and delve back into my cuddly duvet. Don't worry though as I'm sure the sunshine won't be gone for long...

Monday, 19 September 2011

Hello Sunshine at From the Wilde!

I am delighted and very excited to be able to announce that you can now buy Hello Sunshine jewellery at From the Wilde. This site is jam packed full of so many high quality, unique, quirky and fabulously made treasures and I am over the moon that my work was accepted to sit alongside such beauties!


If you haven't been along yet you must! Head on over to From the Wilde and bask is all of the wonderfulness... not forgetting to take a peek at Hello Sunshine jewellery while you're there of course!



Sunday, 11 September 2011

Mini Sunshine Towers project...

A few months ago you may remember my mini mission to pimp up a couple of old bar stools which went rather well (you can see the results here) Seeing as I counted them a success, when I was given these two old mirrors last month I set myself the challenge of pimping them up too!


I love my little house and as most people probably have, I have a never ending list of things I want/need to do - most being BIG projects! But being able to tick off even just the smallest of things from this list makes me feel massively proud and gets me even more excited about the next project I want to tackle, which is yet to be confirmed.

Anywho, as I'm feeling mighty chuffed with myself I thought I would share the results with you all this fine blustery weekend. So without further adieu here are my shiny new pimped up mirrors...


Saturday, 10 September 2011

Thank you!

I just wanted to drop by quickly to say a BIG MAHOOSIVE Thank you to everyone who managed to make it along to the first Eclectic Presents evening at the Poppy & Pint.

It was a GREAT success and the atmosphere was incredible from the off! We even had people queuing out of the door in anticipation for their goody bag! Hi-5 to the lucky first 50 who managed to get their mitts on one and for everyone who missed out this time... get a wriggle on next time and make sure you're there before 7pm.

Special thanks have to go to the lovely Vicky Matthews and Alys Power who both did an awesome job of hosting such a fantastic event! Hi-5 ladies and thank you so much for letting me be part of it!

Now... here's some exciting news for you... the next one will be on Friday November 18th... and you know what that means... CHRISTMAS! So get that date saved in your diaries and make sure you're first through the door!

Until then though, here are a few photo's from last night... apologies for the dodgy lighting but hopefully I'll be able to provide you with more fab ones soon as there was an official photographer doing the rounds... exciting!


Sunday, 4 September 2011

Fancy a pint and some crafty treasures this Friday?

Well you're in luck! Yup it's this Friday 9th September that the fantabulous The Eclectic Presents are hosting their Shopping Extravaganza at the Poppy and Pint in Lady Bay, West Bridgford


So take a gander at this little invitation, pop along to the lovely blog and check out all of the mega talented  beans that will be selling there wares at the extravaganza!

As well as their blog you can find out more and keep up to date through their Facebook page!

Hope to see lots of your smiling happy faces there!

Friday, 2 September 2011

Brighton Bank Jollies!

I thought I'd drop by to share some mini jolliday snaps from my break in Brighton. The weather was glorious, the fish n chips perfection and the sea and sky as blue as ever! Needless to say good times were had... even if the sea did sneak up on my whilst paddling and soak my pants through!


Here are some holiday snaps for you... if you haven't been to Brighton before I recommend you sort it out and go and enjoy this wonderful place!

I Brighton

Friday, 26 August 2011

Where can you buy Hello Sunshine?

Did you know that you can purchase you very own piece of sunshine from the following treasure filled places? No you didn't know? Well I'm jolly glad I shared this with you then!


Keep your eye on my blog and facebook page for the latest news of new places to buy Hello Sunshine goodies from, whether it be shops, galleries or exciting events...