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


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


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 as well as in both my Folksy and Etsy shops too! Go quick, before they all drive away for the festive holidays!


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 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...


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! 


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.


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


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! 

Sunday, 2 November 2014


I had such a lovely experience reflecting on things once a day throughout October as part Gala Darling's #lovetober. If you don't already know of or follow Gala Darling I recommend you do, she's such an inspiring (and mighty awesome) lady!

#lovetober is a fantastic little Instagram challenge which encourages you to think about positive things on your life and pick one each day throughout October which is to reflect a certain theme set by Gala Darling at the start of the month...

I was so inspired by the idea and excited about the list of potential themes and the photographs I may be able to take, source, conjure from the past that I committed to taking part straight away! I even set a little reminder in my phone to complete the mission every day. 

Now I'm not going to go into detail about why I picked each one, some are super personal, some are silly and some are just beautiful images so I will just post them all below (in date order) so you can see what each theme meant to me. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed selecting them and I hope it makes you think about the little things each day which make you smile too... ENJOY!

You can follow my little adventures and daily 'smiles' through any month, any time of year over on my instagram feed. Don't forget to say 'Hello!'