Sunday, 29 January 2012

I'm in a book! A real book!

I'm currently dancing around the house because today I found out that the doodle that was selected to be in the official 'What I Wore Today: Doodle Yourself into a Style Icon' book is now published and available to buy on Amazon... How exciting is that?!?!

You can pre-order the book through Amazon but if you don't have the pennies you can also click on the 'Look Inside' link to preview lots of the lovely pages. If you look closely you may even spot my doodle!

Needless to say I've already ordered my copy as I can't contain my excitement! I'm so so pleased, proud and happy to have one of my very own drawings published in a book that people can buy! If any of you lovelies do end up purchasing the book too I'd love to hear what you think!

You can keep up to date with all of the fabulous 'What I Wore Today' shenanigans at the following places...

Saturday, 28 January 2012

New arrival at Sunshine Towers...

As much as I'd love to tell you all that the new arrival is a lil' Kitty or Shiba Inu pupski... I'm afraid I'd be telling porkies BUT it is still rather exciting! Especially for any of you who have been to Sunshine Towers since I moved in and had to try and get comfortable on the teeny tiny sofa, one of the the 'throne' or even the floor or a garden chair... it's very exciting!

So you may remember the living room at Sunshine Towers looking like this...

Don't get me wrong I LOVE my 'thrones' and the little leather sofa I have but it wasn't really a comfortable environment for snuggling up and watching films or even just having a cuppa of tea in your slippers. So in the name of all things comfy may I introduce you to the new love in my life ...

"I shall call him Squishy and he shall be mine!" 

Needless to say I think the next couple of weeks anything and everything I need to do at home will be happening on the sofa... except washing the pots which could get messy...

Friday, 20 January 2012

Two wheel love ♥

This is my beautiful bicycle, she is called Pi and I love her so very much!

I wanted to show her off now she is donning the beautiful basket my fabulous old team bought me before Crimblemas! I think it suites her don't you? Heehee!

Friday, 13 January 2012

A wonderful way to recycle & a fab Christmas present!

If you hadn't gathered by the title of this post I just wanted to take the time to  shout about a present I got for Christmas this year because I think it's just brilliant!

Imagine you're having a clear out of your ever growing collection of arty crafty creative wares and you come across some old paint brushed, maybe from school art classes, maybe from college days or just because you love painting so and have hordes of materials...

Now imagine taking that old and used paintbrush and turning it into something you can wear and carry all of those memories with you! Great idea yes? Well I thought so and when I found out more about ZincWhite and their quirky wares, I feel in love with what they have to offer.

Head on over to to check out there products, "Where discarded objects become desirable again."

The most exciting thing about the recycled paintbrush necklaces are that some were actually artist's paintbrushes donated to ZincWhite. On the pack for my lovely little red brush necklace (featured at the start of this post) was the following information about said paintbrush:

"This paintbrush was kindly donated by Ian McGenn. The artst Ian McGenn is from Leeds and he broke his neck playing rugby for his school when only 16 years old. He paints with acrylics, holding the paintbrush in his mouth and his naturally delicate style suits close up art work of flowers which are his favourite subject."

How amazing is that? Not only is it a great creative idea but for it to have come from such a talented fellow creative in the first place is just brilliant! You can see more of Ian McGenns work at Mouth & Foot Painting Artists here:

So if you're looking for something a bit unique, very creative and want to give back to your paintbrushes, pencils or other unloved items head over to ZincWhite and check it out!

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Sunshine wellies to fight January blues!

Before Christmas I invested in some new wellibobs, I'd been hankering after these beauties for a long time - I mean sunshine yellow wellies! What could be more perfect to tackle the snow, rain and puddles of winter?

With the dreary weather we've been having lately they have been out and about a lot so far this year and to celebrate both the wellies and the arrival of 2012 I thought it was about time I started my 'What I wore today' drawings again - It's been a while *slapped wrists*

My aim is to complete one a month so I will have a lovely collection of 12 by the end of the year and to provide a nice snapshot of my year in drawings! So without further adieu here's the first 'What I wore today' for January 2012... 

...keep your eyes peeled next month for February's! 

Sunday, 1 January 2012

B'Bye 2011, Hello 2012!

It's safe to say that 2011 was a jam packed year filled with ups, downs, ins, outs, sunshine, smiles and plenty of adventures! I am massively proud of everything I've accomplished this year, particularly with Hello Sunshine and my mission to make Sunshine Towers into a home.

There's still plenty more to do for the shiny new year but before I let you in on my mini mission for 2012 I thought I'd share a snippet of some of my favourite bits from the past year…

Reading from left to right, top to bottom here's my top 12…
*cue cheesychart countdown music*

:: Finally completing 4 beautiful photo albums from my travels.. 3 years late! ::
:: FOOD! Eating out, cooking at home, Al fresco, picnics and more... ::
:: One of my sunshine caricatures in ink on my friends arm! Woop! ::
:: My present to me that was the beautiful Hello Sunshine ring by Alys Power ::
:: SUNSHINE TOWERS! Having my own space to start & build a lovely home ::
:: Trips to the seaside! Brighton, Hunstanton and Cae Du to name a few! ::
:: Spending time in the spring preving on blossom and planning my tattoo ::
:: The head over heels, soggy, laugh till to wee fun that is zorbing! ::
:: Adventures on my bike and in the sunshine - many a mile smiling! ::
:: The moustache = weddings, fancy dress, movember and more. I ♥ facial hair ::
:: One of my 'What I Wore today' drawings being chosen for a WIWT book! YAY! ::
:: Releasing my 'Time for Tea' jewellery range & celebrating new stockists! ::

There are so many more moments, adventures, events and occasions I could pick out and waffle on about but I hope this gives you an inkling of what Hello Sunshine land has been like in 2011...

I can't finish the subject of 2011 though without mentioning that it has been the first and most wonderful year I have spent with my teeny tiny perfect niece, Alexis Jenna. AKA Lil' Lexie, AJ & Lexie Loo! She's been a constant ray of sunshine and it's safe to say this is one proud Aunty Jojo right here! I'm VERY excited about spending 2012 and beyond with this beautiful little cheeky face...

For 2012 I don't have any resolutions as such but I do have plenty of mini missions.. So to kick of 2012 as I mean to go on, here's a sneaky peek at some of my many things I intend to nail this shiny new year!

*Re-design & update - she needs a facelift!
*Finish pimping & decorating the kitchen at Sunshine Towers ready for cooking & baking adventures
*Plan & run off to as many new cities as possible - UK & lands afar!
*Expand the Hello Sunshine collection with a shiny new range
*Paint & put finishing touches to the bathroom at Sunshine Towers
*Start my blossom tattoo designs… and maybe the ink side too
*Enter at least 3 fun runs between 5-10km
*Read at least 10 new books this year
*Infiltrate at least 10 new shops/galleries with Hello Sunshine Jewellery
*Explore more of Nottingham on my bike... with picnics in hand (well.. basket)

Phew! I think that's enough for now but how about you? How have you reflected on the past year? Has it inspired you to take on more challenges or made you take a step back and plan some time to chill out more? However you decide to face 2012, I hope it's with a smile and a sunny outlook!

Happy New Year to all of you lovely folk and as always, thanks for reading my ramblings!