Sunday, 31 July 2011

Swapshops = Awesome!

One of the best perks of moving in crafty circles and meeting like minded arty folk has to be the joy of swapping treasures! If you love somebodies work and they happen to love what you do just as much there's nothing better than a good ol' swapsie! I have met some awesome people since setting up Hello Sunshine, one of them being the lovely Katrine (Katie) Brosnan who does the most wonderful quirky and fun prints and illustrations.

I have a thing about facial hair (if you hadn't already guessed!) I mean who doesn't love a good handle bar moustache? So when I saw one of Katie's prints at the Secret Garden Craft fair in Sherwood last month I knew it had to be in my life.

It just so happened Katie had been eyeing up some sunshine so I was massively excited that in return for one of my birdie necklaces and brooches I finally got my sticky mitts on said amazing moustache print which now hangs proudly at the top of my stairs in Sunshine Towers.

I thought it would only be fair to share this awesomeness with you... so please bask in all of it's glory! BIG Thank you's to the lovely Katie!

Pop next Saturday in your diary...

Nottingham Contemporary Craft Market
Saturday 6 August, 11am - 6pm

The very first craft market features twenty two designer makers from around the East Midlands, from recent graduates to established designers. A whole range of items will be for sale, including jewellery, ceramics, illustration and textiles.
Prices start at £2.

Featured Designer Makers
Alys Power
Andrew Tanner
Corrina Rothwell
Debbie Bryan
Emily Smart
Emma Britton
Glynn and Carol Parry
Hannah Lobley
Hannah Stevens
Helen Shere
Jason Holroyd
Jo Want
Joe Bright
Kate Broughton
Kay van-Bellen
Lesley Elliot
Mandy Bensley
Milly Moore
Rhea Clements
Sarah Allen
Sarah Turner
Suet Yi Yip

Nottingham Contemporary, Weekday Cross, Nottingham NG1 2GB

Thursday, 28 July 2011

It's finally... Time for tea!

It's here! It's here! I can finally share my new range of jewellery with you! So please say a big 'Hello' to all the shiny new teapots and teacups that feature in 'Time for Tea' by Hello Sunshine.

This mini-range will start to creep into my Etsy & Folksy shops very soon but if you can't wait and want to get your hands on a piece tea themed sunshine right now please get in touch via my website: In the mean time why not have a closer gander...

Necklaces: from £20.00

Brooches: from £10.00

Studs: from £6.00

Danglies: from £12.00

Friday, 22 July 2011

A little bit of commissioned sunshine...

Recently I was asked to create a 'Sunshine' picture for a friend who wanted to treat her bestie to a special 18th birthday present. As I must have said a squillion times before I love doing these illustrations for people and I hope that the birthday girl loves it just as much!

Alex & Beth : 2011

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

A couple of dates for your diary....

Summer Fete at the Staunton Arms
Vale of Belvoir

Saturday 30th of July
12 - 5pm

Lots of craft Stalls, a tasty BBQ, beverage and a free bouncy castle for the little ones!
Check out the Staunton Arms facebook page for more info and up to date news


Nottingham Contemporary Craft Market
Lace Market

Saturday 6th of August
11 - 6pm

Lots of treasures by a whole load of talented artists, designers and makers!
Check out the Nottingham Contemporary facebook page for more info and up to date news


Monday, 18 July 2011

25 days to go..

..until I'll be rolling down some hills in a massive squishy ball! Woooo! Yup I'm going Zorbing finally, it's been on my to do list since the 'sport' (!?!) came out and in 25 days James and me will be travelling to Loughborough to partake in some mega fun times!

Have any of you guys been before? I'm thinking I'll have to try the 'water' roll as well as a 'normal' roll... something strangly exciting abut the idea of feeling like you're in a washing machine...

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Time for tea? Why yes I believe it nearly is!

I have been going a bit cross eyed tonight after spending all day on the iMac at work to then coming home and spending all evening on trusty Mr Macleton, who is my Macbook to any of you who haven't met yet...

It has all been for a good cause though because now I can share a sneaky peek of my new 'Time for Tea' range of laser cut treasures! Yay! 'Time for Tea' is a new mini range of necklaces, brooches, earrings and lapel pins to support my larger 'Tweetness & Light' birdie range of jewellery. Some pieces have been tried and tested in the past and due to spiffing feedback have made the cut and others are shiny brand new!

So with out further waffling... here's a cheeky peek at some of the newbies....

There's still some work to be done but keep your eyes peeled for the unveiling of the new full range over the next few weeks! As ever, if you see anything you take a fancy to please get in touch via my website or my facebook page!

Saturday, 9 July 2011