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:

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:


Monday, 28 November 2016


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?


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!


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!


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...


Thursday, 17 November 2016


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...


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


🌎   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.


*runs off singing Christmas songs*

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

NEW! Project Van designs & jewellery!


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: 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.


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!


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!


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!