Sunday, 25 December 2016

Happy holidays everyone πŸ±πŸŽ„πŸ±‬


With us heading off on our jollies after Boxing Day (YAY!) it will be a bit quiet on the blog until the New Year (Boo!) HOWEVER, you can keep up to date with all Hello Sunshine happenings, including a little post-Christmas sale, over on social media (YAY!)

Just make sure you're following @sunshine_jo on Instagram and Twitter and have 'liked' the Hello Sunshine facebook page. If it tickles your fancy, you can also see a bit of holiday spam over on the @jo_want instagram account

So... until next year I wish you all the very bestest and all the happies for the festive jollies and beyond! THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING SO BRILLIANT!


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Friday, 23 December 2016

Thank YOU!



Yes, YOU! Thank you all for your continued love and support of all things Hello Sunshine this year! I'm officially calling it Christmas break time and I am ready for all the food, drink, fun and a mini getaway in the hills over NY!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!

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Friday, 16 December 2016

LAST 'in time for Santa' POST RUN TODAY!

The Sunshine van is making its last 'in time for Santa' trip to the Post Office this afternoon πŸŽ…πŸ»  Get your order in by midday TODAY if you want Sunshine in time for Christmas!


I'll still be packing and posting orders next week (up until the 23rd!) BUT between a hectic schedule and the possible postal strike interference I cannot guarantee you'll get anything in time for Crimbo if you order after midday today.

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT & LOVELINESS! 


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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

TWO craft fairs, ONE weekend!

It's going to be a killer 4 day working weekend but OH WHAT FUN it will be too! I can't wait to join in my VERY FIRST Cambridge event with the local Etsy team on Thursday and then it's back up to Nottingham for the wonderful Craft.Fair.Contemporary on Friday, Saturday AND Sunday!

So if you find yourself in Cambridge on on Thursday and need a Sunshine fix then pop down to the Etsy Made Local Christmas fair at St Andrew's Street Baptist Church between 12 midday and 8pm!


More info available on the Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/591282184330091/

And if you're further up North for the weekend then why not come and start some Christmas shopping and enjoy a mince pie and mulled wine on Friday evening when Craft.Fair.Contemporary opens? I for one can't wait for my first mince pie of the season! Eep!


OPEN: Fri 6 - 8.30pm, Sat 10 - 6pm, Sun 11 - 5pm

More info available on the Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/857902664341692/

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Monday, 28 November 2016

#MeetTheMakerWeek

YAY! The lovely Joanne Hawker is running another #MeetTheMakerWeek. If you missed it, Joanne also ran a month long Instagram challenge back in March (#MarchMeetTheMaker) which was so much fun and had a pretty huge following - just check out the hashtag on Intsagram!

This time it's just for a week and I'm excited to take part again so make sure you keep up with the Instagram posts on my feed here and through the hashtag #MeetTheMakerWeek this week.

Here are the prompts to give you a clue as to what's to come...



I can't wait to find out more about people and meet/instastalk more creative folk! It's such a great challenge - will you be joining in too?

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Wednesday, 23 November 2016

THIS WEEKEND: The Harley Christmas Art and Food Market

You can find me and a stall of Sunshine at The Harley Gallery Christmas Market this weekend. With lots going on from food and craft stalls to open studios and exhibitions, it's a gorgeous location and surrounded by incredible countryside - perfect for a day out! 


OPEN:  Fri 10 - 5pm, Sat 10 - 5pm and Sun 10 - 4pm

Hope to see you there!

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Sunday, 20 November 2016

Copper Boom studio & Gilmore Girls pins

Eek! There's only two more days to show your support and invest in Copper Boom Studio's crowd funder! Whether you're a small business owner, a Gilmore Girls fan or both, they have some AMAZING packages on offer and they get to keep whatever is raised - so every penny really does count!


Pop over to the Copper Boom Studio crowd funding page NOW to see what's on offer and how they can help you grow your business ...and your pin game!


BOOM!

Friday, 18 November 2016

Friday Sunshine ☀︎

Hello! It's that time of the week again and I have the most wonderful portrait I'd like to share with you all. You might have seen me post a peek last week over on instagram already but I wanted to share it over here too and tell you why I loved creating this portrait so much.

This is Emma and to celebrate her 30th Birthday her lovely husband Robin asked me to create a special Sunshine portrait of Emma and a few of her favourite things...

© Jo Want 2016

Not only did I love the fact I was able to draw such a cute portrait featuring the BEST yellow raincoat I ever did see and a huge mug of tea but Emma is a fellow creative who I had the absolute pleasure of meeting at Blogtacular this Summer. Emma and Robin have both bought treats from Hello Sunshine in the past too so there was a lot of love felt!

Emma has a wonderful blog called Em Makes and Bakes and has also recently launched CREATE! Craft Kits, which is a brilliant collaboration with Rachel of Handmade by Holchester. To celebrate the launch of CREATE! Emma and Rachel kindly crafted and sent the most perfect banner featuring my little Toby Cat silhouette design. It now hangs proudly in my studio and needless to say I was thrilled with both my gift and the idea of the kits, I mean look how bloody cute this is...


The craft kits are perfect to get craft lovers of all abilities making and each kit is designed to teach you step-by-step how to create something beautiful whilst also allowing the maker to be creative. There are currently 4 kits available in the Handmade by Holchester Etsy shop. Make sure you pop over and have a look, I'm in love with the cotton candy dance fabric - how about you?

Hopefully you can see now why I was so excited when Mr Makes got in touch and asked me to create a portrait of Emma. Not only is it one of the sweetest I've doodled for a while but it also means a lot to know that fellow creatives are so happy to receive and commission work from me! 


from Emma's colourful instgram account

Hope you all enjoyed this little bit of Friday Sunshine and make sure you pop over to Emma's blog and lovely, colourful instagram feed to say hello and discover her wonderful world of crafting! I'll be back soon with some more Sunshine sharing but in the mean time...

HAPPY FRIDAY!
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Thursday, 17 November 2016

CHRISTMAS POSTAGE DATES πŸŽ„


A little note to let you know that if you would like some Sunshine in time for Christmas then all orders must be placed by 5pm on the dates listed below pretty please...


SUNSHINE PORTRAITS

🌎   INTERNATIONAL : Fri 24th November  πŸŒŽ 
πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§   UK : Saturday 3rd December  πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ 


JEWELLERY

🌎   INTERNATIONAL : Mon 5th December  πŸŒŽ 
πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§   UK : Mon 19th December  πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§


The online shops will remain open over Christmas but please bear in mind that any orders placed after 5pm on Friday 23rd December WILL NOT be processed until Tuesday 3rd January 2017.



THANK YOU!

*runs off singing Christmas songs*

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

NEW! Project Van designs & jewellery!

✨ NEW SUNSHINE VANS ✨

It's been a wee while coming but the dream is one step closer with the brand new Sunshine Van jewellery collection, featuring a cheerful necklace, brooch, cufflinks and super sweet stud earrings...


View the new jewellery collection in all its sunny glory over in the shop now: hello-sunshine.co.uk but be quick, there are only limited numbers of the jewellery available at the moment! Don't worry if you miss out though, I'll be busy making more and happy to take pre-orders.


✨ COLOUR-ME CAMPERS ✨

The Colour-Me Camper family has grown massively overnight! Who knew vans were so frisky? Another 15 campervan designs have been added to both the greeting cards and colouring pages in the shop. Pop over to the shop to meet the gang, including Josephine, Joy, Janet and Jennyanydots!



✨ FESTIVE VAN FUN ✨

As well as the regular family, you can now find some extra fun and festive Campers listed in the shop too. There are 5 new designs, featuring Campers who just love Christmas, including my personal favourite, the Pudding Van!



✨ PINS PINS PINS ✨

Although it's not quite ready to share yet there will also be an extra special version of the Campervan enamel pin joining for Christmas! YAY! But until then you can still find the original happy little Sunshine Van pin hanging out with the rest of the family here.


PHEW! That's an update and a half! I hope it's put a smile on all you Campervan fans though and you enjoy checking out the new goodies in the shop. Ooh and don't forget you can enjoy FREE UK postage on everything! WOOP!

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Friday, 28 October 2016

✨ SpoOOooOOky little announcement ✨

Get ready for Hallowe'en and show your love for little black kitties with 15% off all black cat jewellery, including enamel pins! 🐾   Just pop in the code MEOW before you checkout.


If that wasn't enough of a treat, all orders placed between now and Monday will also get extra little Halloweeny treats thrown in πŸŽƒ  That's if Toby Cat doesn't pinch them all first....


Find your purrfect Hallowe'en treat in the shop NOW and enjoy FREE UK postage on everything! YAY! Offers end midnight on the 31st October so don't miss out!

Wishing you all a spook-tacular Friday and Happy Halloween!

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Friday, 21 October 2016

Friday Sunshine ☀︎

Hello and HAPPY FRIDAY lovelies! I hope you've had a great week so far and if not, I hope this little injection of Sunshine helps put a smile on your face!

I thought I'd share a few peeks of recent Sunshine doodles I've been creating as part of INKtober and also in preparation for my first ever LIVE PORTRAIT event. Eek! I'm not going to lie, although I'm rather looking forward to getting to draw lots of different Sunshines all day, I'm also a tiny (massive) bit scared about the idea of painting in front of people - so much so that I very nearly decided to pull out of doing it!

However, I have decided to embrace the fear (if you never try, you'll never know right?) and after enjoying playing with new ink pens, watercolours and a variety of friends, family and magazines as inspiration I think I'm actually more excited than scared... that might change on the morning of the Handmade Nottingham Winter Market though.

So... here are a few of the portraits and scenes from my desk over the past couple of weeks, including a couple of outtakes of Pegs fighting for my paint water!







I hope you like them and if you're in Nottingham on Sunday 13th November be sure to pop by the Malt Cross, have a wander around the market stalls and come see me making a mess and painting people in the corner!

HAPPY FRIDAY!

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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Dates for your diary...

It's that time of year again when the cat dungardress and cheesy grin comes out more often to play behind a stall full of Sunshine! So I thought I'd write a quick little post with all of my upcoming events between now and dare I say it... CHRISTMAS! YAY!


So go grab your diaries and pencil in the following events if you fancy some festive shopping and especially if you're interested in popping along to see me try something completely new at one of the events... live Sunshine portraits! YIKES!


RENEGADE LONDON




HANDMADE NOTTINGHAM WINTER MARKET


This is where you'll find me set up and ready to paint people! YIKES! Yup, you read it right, I will be sat in the Malt Cross but not behind a stall this time, come and sit for your very own Sunshine portrait. They will take 10 minutes and cost £15 per person for an A5 watercolour and ink portrait.




HARLEY GALLERY CHRISTMAS ARTS MARKET




ETSY MADE LOCAL



CRAFT. FAIR. CONTEMPORARY



Phew! And that's where you'll find me this festive season! There maybe a couple more popping up but I'll be sure to update you with any more must know event dates and you can always sign up to my newsletter here or pop over to the Hello Sunshine facebook page where all of the events are also listed.

In the mean time... please excuse me as I have some watercolour and ink portraits to practice and a butt load of Christmas jewellery treats to make for you all! YAY! 

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Friday, 14 October 2016

A bit of Royal Friday Sunshine ☀︎

Don't worry, after Wednesday's epic waffle I promise this post will be short and sweet, as well as being mind-blowingly exciting! Well maybe the latter is more relevant to me but still...

For this week's Friday Sunshine I'm SO EXCITED (and a teeny bit proud) to be able to introduce you to Clarence the Corgi who is soon to make an appearance on new products for The Royal Yacht Britannia! EEK!


I was thrilled and honoured to be asked by the team at The Royal Yacht Britannia to design him towards the end of last year. It's felt like aaaaaages that I've had to keep this to myself and I still have to keep pinching myself to believe it's all coming to life now. I just hope Her Maj approves of my Corgi doodles too!

You can read a bit more about it and their other work with British Creatives over on their blog at: www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk



See I told you it was short, sweet and EXCITING! I hope you agree with at least one of those statements anywho...

HAPPY FRIDAY! 

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Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Wednesday Sunshine ☀︎

Crikey! It's been a while hasn't it?! I must apologise, things have been rather hectic these last few weeks and blogging (even remembering to schedule pre-written stuff) has fallen off my radar *slapped wrists* So I thought as it's been so long I'd write a 'Wednesday Sunshine post' as well as planning a rather exciting Friday one for later this week!

So what on earth have I been up to since the last Friday Sunshine post? Which was over a month ago now - YIKES! Well, in a nutshell (and between day to day work/admin/studio life) I have...

Grown project Van with the addition of a motherflippin' PIN!


Designed a map and bingo card for the Cambridge Photowalk


Taken part in some pretty amazing blog interviews


Continued training for and COMPLETED my very first MARATHON!



Been blown away by an amazing feature in Caboodle


Had a sunny, fun and food-filled holiday in the Basque Country


...and then I returned home to be knocked sideways by the lurgy! YUK!


I'm starting to feel a little better now though thank goodness - after nearly a week of snot and germs! I think my body just had to shout at me (quite loudly) after all the running about, work and adventuring I've been cramming in to my days this last month.

So I've been taking it slow recently, mainly because I've felt terrible but also because it's important to once in a while and it's been nice to take time to catch up mentally with everything that's been going on lately. It's also allowed me to try to think more about the coming months and attempt to get organised again... instead of write pointless panicked lists and cry which I tend to do when I'm run down and stressed.

Germs aside though, a fair bit has happened this past week which I'd like to shout about before I run off to fetch more tissues and drugs (prescribed ones that is).

On Monday, the wonderful Copper Boom Studio launched their amazing Crowd Funder, which I'm so excited and super proud to be a teeny tiny part of! Copper Boom Studio is a new, fast growing business created specifically to help small, independent businesses grow and succeed. It's AMAZING and you should definitely pop over to the crowd funding page below and watch the lovely video to find out more about how you can show you support and also get your mitts on some Gilmore Girls inspired pins!


I've also continued with my little #HelloSunshineINKtober project and started a little album over on my Facebook Page. Being able to do small, quick doodles and play with ink and paint has helped me feel like I'm actually getting something done in between the naps and snotty sofa time too!

I was accepted to Renegade Craft Fair in London again! Which filled me with equal amounts of excitement and workload panic at the same time. It's an honour to be able to say I'm going back though and I can't wait to see lots of familiar, creative faces and catch up with all those I instastalk!


...and I tided the studio! I know, it might not seem like a big deal but when you're poorly and everything seems like a struggle it feels like a BIG achievement!


Anywho, that's it from me for now, I hope you didn't miss me too much whilst I was neglecting my blog and I hope you've all had a lovely week so far with lots to look forward to this weekend!

HAPPY HUMPDAY EVERYONE! 

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Wednesday, 5 October 2016

INKtober

I might not be able to keep this up all month but what the hell... I thought I'd take part in INKtober (although I haven't started with the official prompts, just playing with ink pens & watercolours).  If you're interested in how my scribblings with ink and paint go, feel free to follow the hashtag #HelloSunshineINKtober over on Instagram.

I started the month with drawing the plants in and around our Airbnb on holiday and continued to pick up my sketchbook and pens/paints every day since... here's what it's looking like so far...





I hope you'll continue to follow along too!

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Friday, 30 September 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KITTIES!

Eeep! Guess which tinkers turn 4 years old this week?

I'm, such a bad cat mum leaving them to go off on holiday on their birthday! Rest assured they are back at Sunshine Towers being spoilt rotten with cuddles a plenty and you can be damn sure they'll be getting ALL the fuss and love in the world as soon as I get home!

Illustration © Jo Want 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PRINCESS PEGS & TOBY CAT!

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Monday, 26 September 2016

PSA : Public Sunshine Announcement

I'm off on my jollies for a week tomorrow - YAY! So just a quickie (ooer) to let you know that all orders placed AFTER 6pm tonight will not be processed until WEDS 5th OCTOBER.


Get your orders in this afternoon if you want a quick Sunshine fix before then. The Hello Sunshine shop and Etsy will be staying open while I'm away so you can still place orders, you'll just have to wait a wee bit longer until I'm home again to post them.

Ooh and if you want holiday spam be sure to give my @jo_want instagram account a little stalk over the next week. I'll be posting to odd snap to my Facebook Page and my @sunshine_jo account too.

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Sunday, 25 September 2016

#HelloSunshineMarathon

If you follow my @sunshine_jo instragram you *might* have noticed the odd post with the hashtag #hellosunshinemarathon. On my personal account (@jo_want if you also follow that) you will have seen it crop up much more as I took a silly snap of my feet after every training run along with a quote from some of my favourite Will Ferrell films.


I will most likely write a longer, more informative blog post about my marathon training and the experience leading up to, on and after the day itself but for today I'd just like to say...

I ONLY WENT AND BLOODY DID IT! 


Yup, today I plodded my way slowly around 26.2 miles of Nottingham listening to Disney soundtracks and eating haribo. Not a bad way to spend Sunday 😎


Now... where's ALL THE CHEESE?! 

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