Friday, 26 December 2014

Sneaky early surprise...

I hope you guys are all having a wonderful Christmas! As promised my online shops are now open again so if you have some Christmas pennies to spend you can treat yourself to a bit of sunshine! YAY! And what's even better is that as an early surprise you can get a bloody amazing 50% discount in my New Year SALE if you use the code SUNSHINE50 when you checkout! DOUBLE YAY!

Head over to www.hello-sunshine.co.uk or my Folksy or Etsy shops to make the most of this cheeky offer.


Please note though - all orders will be processed, packed & posted from 3rd Jan onwards. Even though my shops are open and the code is live now, I will be going on my jollies from 27th Dec - 1st Jan… I still wanted to give you all the chance to bag a bargain with your Christmas cash monies though. ENJOY!

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Just a quick one to wish you all an absolutely VAN-TASTIC* Christmas filled with cheese, smiles, love and festive fun!


Thank you all for supporting my little business and helping make 2014 super special for me - I couldn't do my dream job without you all! THANK YOU and here's to a bloody awesome 2015!

*sorry about the cheesy pun but it had to be done!

Friday, 19 December 2014

That's all folks! (until Boxing Day anyway!)

It's Christmas jollies time! All online Hello Sunshine shops are now on holiday for Christmas! WOOP!

Thank you all for your continued support with my small business this year and for shopping independent at Christmas. You're all AWESOME!


Wishing you the MERRIEST of Christmases and here's to a bloody fantastic 2015! Thank you all!

Thursday, 18 December 2014

*DING DING* "Last orders please!"

That's right folks, you have until MIDNIGHT TONIGHT to place your online orders for festive Lucky Dip Bags and still get 40% off the rest of my jewellery over at www.hello-sunshine.co.uk (using the code CRAZYCRIMBO)


All of your orders will be posted tomorrow and my online shops will close for Christmas. Go! Go! Go! 


HAPPY SHOPPING FOLKS and thank you for shopping independent this Christmas - you all RULE!!

Monday, 15 December 2014

** IMPORTANT DATES & INFO **

IMPORTANT SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT (I always wanted to say that!)


I will be taking all of your lovely orders up until midnight on Thursday 18th December. Any orders placed after this may not arrived in time for Christmas I'm afraid.

I will be posting all of your festive parcels and goodies via Royal Mail on Friday 19th Dec, which means you should receive them all in time for the big day.

All of my online shops (hello-sunshine.co.uk, etsy and folksy) will be closed at midnight on FRIDAY 19th DEC until Boxing day.

Thank you all so much for EVERYTHING this year! Your support with my little business has been magnificent and it's you guys who make what I do a complete joy! I cannot thank you enough!

Festive treats for you all!

Just popping by on this chilly Monday morning to let y'all know that LUCKY DIP BAGS are still just £5 and this week only (before final orders midnight Thurs 18th Dec) all bags will be festively wrapped* with extra special TREATS inside! WOOP!

You can also still get a whopping 40% off the rest of my jewellery range over at www.hello-sunshine.co.uk using the code CRAZYCRIMBO


*kitty not included (sorry folks!)

Thursday, 11 December 2014

40% OFF! Yup that's right... save a MASSIVE 40% on everything!*

As a huge ass THANK YOU for being awesome and supporting my little business I'm offering 40% off all jewellery at www.hello-sunshine.co.uk


Just enter the code CRAZYCRIMBO when you checkout and enjoy the bargainous glory!

*excludes cards & lucky dip bags

Monday, 8 December 2014

GIVEAWAY ALERT!

As a HUGE THANK YOU for everyone's continued support and general awesomeness I'm going to run a wee GIVEAWAY over on my Facebook page!


For your chance to win not one but TWO LUCKY DIP BAGS just like and comment on the post at the top of my page, tagging the lovely person that you would be happy to share the prize with...

You have until Midnight on WEDS 10th Dec. GOOD LUCK!

Sunday, 7 December 2014

A century of sales on Folksy!

WOOP! 100 sales on Folksy! How awesome are you guys!? VERY AWESOME!! Thank you all so much for your continued support! It means a helluvalot to me! I'll be planning some special treats, big discounts and exciting giveaways for you all between now and Christmas so keep your eyes peeled!


Saturday, 6 December 2014

Small Business Saturday and 30% off!

"Small Business Saturday exists to support, inspire and promote small businesses on the 6th December and beyond and it's TODAY!" - from SmallBusinessSaturdayuk.com


And I'm offering a cheeky little discount over in my online shops to celebrate and help encourage people to shop local and support small businesses this Christmas.

Just head over to www.hello-sunshine.co.uk, my Folksy or my Etsy shops and enter the code BIZNIZ at the checkout for a magnificent 30% off! WOOP!

Enjoy!


Thursday, 4 December 2014

Craft.Design.Contemporary

Not long now folks... Join the festivities with mulled wine, mince pies & a brass band for the open eve of the Craft.Design.Contemporary market TOMORROW.

There will be tonnes of talented stall holders there all weekend so do pop in to the Nottingham Contemporary and say Hello! I'll have my little stall of Sunshine there FULL of bargains and those ever popular Lucky Dip bags for £5!


Friday 5 December, 6pm – 8.30pm
Saturday 6 December, 10am – 6pm
Sunday 7 December, 11am – 5pm

Monday, 1 December 2014

Happy 1st of December everyone!

I have a small treat for you all.... LUCKY DIP BAGS! They are now available in my online shop! YAY! www.hello-sunshine.co.uk 


Containing at least 2 pieces of jewellery (earrings, brooches, lapel pins or necklaces) plus other little surprises these are perfect secret santa supplies, smashing stocking fillers or just a lovely little treat for yourself!

Thursday, 27 November 2014

The Christmas Art & Food Market THIS WEEKEND!

Not long now! Pop along to The Harley Gallery for a weekend of seriously special Christmas shopping on the Welbeck Estate...

The Christmas Art & Food Market and Harley Open Studios 
Saturday 29th November - 10am - 5pm
Sunday 30th November - 10am - 4pm 


You can find out more over at The Harley Gallery website.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Christmas 'Sunshine' doodle deadline : 30th November

A wee reminder that all custom 'Sunshine' doodles are available to order for CHRISTMAS up until 30th NOVEMBER. Drop me a line if you're tempted to turn a loved one (human bean or pet!) into a 'Sunshine' this Christmas!





Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Handsome kitty cats.

Introducing a trio of handsome kitties who I'v had the pleasure of doodling recently...


Muffin and Lewis


and Toby

Friday, 21 November 2014

Friday filled with Renegade love and excitement!

Not only am I about to pop with excitement about being at Renegade Craft Fair in London again this weekendI literally cannot contain myself about the fact I will get to see and meet so many people who I admire and whose work I LOVE.

The list is massive and I'd love to feature everyone but I'll just share a few of my favourite designer makers with you all and insist that you visit the Renegade London website and take a moment to perv at the Roster and take in all of the wonderful talented people who are exhibiting.

So here, without further aduei or waffle are the people whose work I've been swooning over on Instagram for the past year or so...










There... now tell me you're not excited about the possibility of a shopping spree at Renegade this weekend?? Boy, I wish my purse was bottomless! If I come away with any money I make from selling my wares this weekend it will be a miracle... SO much awesomeness to buy!

I do hope Santa is reading this...

Monday, 17 November 2014

On the production line this evening...

It's all go at Sunshine Towers this week preparing for the Renegade Craft Fair in London! EXCITING TIMES!



Thursday, 13 November 2014

LONDON CALLING!

Not long now until I’ll be taking my little stall of Sunshine down to the big smoke for the amazing Renegade Craft Fair. I'm so excited (and super nervous) to be exhibiting this HUGE event with so many other talented makers! 


I can’t wait to meet everyone - visitors and stall holders alike - and start some Christmas shopping myself. If you're in London next week do pop in to say Hello!

You can keep up with Renegade by following their BLOG, FACEBOOK, TWITTER, PINTEREST, and INSTAGRAM. Makers will be using the hashtags #RenegadeCraftFair or #RenegadeLondon for their Renegade-related posts and also using the hashtag #RCFprocess for a cheeky peek of craft fair preparations. So make sure you tag along for the adventure too!

Monday, 10 November 2014

THEY'RE BACK!

That's right folks.... the festive Camper vans are back for another year and this time they are joined by a shiny new SANTA VAN!





You can brighten someones Christmas with a doodle and daydreams of travelling in a classic camper with these Christmas cards. Available in four different designs (Santa, the Christmas Tree, Rudolf and the Pudding) for £2.50 each or why not splash out and buy all four designs in a wee bundle for £8.00.


Each card is A6 in size, printed on white linen effect card and blank inside for your own scribblings. Also comes with a recycled brown enveloped and is packaging in a clear cello bag.

Available to purchase now in my website shop at www.hello-sunshine.co.uk as well as in both my Folksy and Etsy shops too! Go quick, before they all drive away for the festive holidays!

BEEP BEEP!

Sunday, 9 November 2014

INCOMING : First Christmas Market!

Not long now until my first CHRISTMAS Market (yeah I said the 'C' word!) 

You'll find me and my little stall of Sunshine at The Bearded Tit craft market next Saturday, alongside lots of other talented folk selling their beautiful wares. The event kicks off at 11am on Saturday 15th November and goes on until 5pm. You can find out more about the event over on their facebook page though. 



Go on... take a day trip to Leeds, grab a beverage from the bar and come and do some Christmas shopping! You know it makes sense...

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Fantastic Mr Fox

Boggis, Bunce and Bean missed this fantastic fellow but make sure you don't!


You can find this cheeky little fellow in my shop at www.hello-sunshine.co.uk and both my Folksy and Etsy shops. You can purchase him as a necklace, a brooch and even a little pair of studs.




Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Blog Hop

A few weeks ago the lovely Deborah of Deborah Ballinger Illustrations nominated me and the very talented Lucy Alice Designs for the Blog Hop. I had never heard of a 'Blog Hop' before but essentially it seems to be answering three questions and passing it on to two more creative blogging beans.

So better late than never, here are my responses to the three Blog Hop questions...

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN MAKING AT YOUR DESK THIS WEEK?

The past few weeks have been very festive shaped at Sunshine Towers and I have had a few snow storms and spells of black ice on my desk...




You can join in with the festive snowstorms now too and purchase your own sunshine packed Snowflakes (studs, necklaces and brooches) online through my Hello Sunshine ShopFolksy shop or Etsy shop. YAY! 

WHERE ARE YOU FINDING YOUR CURRENT INSPIRATION?

For the past month I have been inspired by Gala Darling and her amazing #lovetober intsgram challenge. You can read about (and perv at) my month load of smile inducing snaps in my blog post from Sunday 2nd Nov


This little daily challenge of documenting things in your life which inspire you has keep a huge smile on my face and reminded me that even in the darkest of times you can shine through. I guess you could say my inspiration at the moment is simply POSITIVITY. Whether it's in others who inspire people or within myself and appreciating it's power in daily life.

HOW IMPORTANT IS BEING CREATIVE TO YOU, AND HOW DO YOU BLEND THIS WITH YOU WORK/LIFE/FAMILY BALANCE?

In short, creativity is just built into me and it's super important to me that I keep it alive and happy to fuel my dreams of being able to take Hello Sunshine into a full time career. 

If I'm honest though, I am a bit rubbish at balancing everything - I'm bloody brilliant at organising myself and packing everything I can into my days but recently I have discovered (the hard way) that this isn't a healthy way to carry on, especially when you leave little or no time for yourself to relax and recover.

It turns out that having a part time (mighty busy but awesome) job at Boots HQ, passionately building up a creative business, being in a long distance relationship and having a wealth of awesome friends and family around me is not only amazing and something I am thankful for everyday but is also very tough to balance in a healthy way. 

I am working towards finding that balance and if I have any advice to share on this matter it would be to take that much needed time off. Whether you spend an eve on the sofa watching your favourite film, meditate, take a nice bath with a book, go for a run or have a nice long cuppa tea - take the time to do it and focus only on that at the time (no distractions/phone/tv etc). You'll be surprised how nourishing these little things can be for the soul and how that small moment of calm every day can make a big impact on you and your life balance.


Right so, seriousness done. It's nomination time and I would like to nominate two very talented ladies who's work I love and admire greatly. Both Nottingham ladies too I nominate my lovely long time friend Amy Blackwell of Audrey and Illya and the mighty lovely Hannah Stevens Illustrations.

Thanks for reading my little Blog Hop post everyone, I hope I did you proud Deborah! 

Monday, 3 November 2014

WEATHER WARNING!

Flurries of snow and black ice coming in fast! 








You can now find all of these snowy shaped goodies in ALL of my online shops! YAY! And to celebrate you can get 20% off all Snowflake designs in my Hello Sunshine shop when using code "LETITSNOW" Double YAY!!

Happy snowflake shaped shopping boys and girls!