April 2015

National Stationery Week

National Stationery Week image via death to stock

This week is National Stationery Week! It is a celebration of “the written word and all things stationery – the wonderful products which make it all possible, and give so much pleasure to so many people.”

Being both stationery lover and supporter of small businesses, I am sharing where you can buy stationery from small businesses. If I have forgotten to include you or you know anyone that sells stationery, feel free to leave links in the comments below – I love discovering new businesses to support!

Made By Mrs M
Cardboard Cities
Fox & Star
Chloe Hall Illustration
Georgia Bosson

To celebrate, I naughtily bought couple of notebooks from Andsmile, started using one of my brand new notebooks and sent a greeting card to my friend. How are you celebrating guys?

Latest Commission // George

Emily's commission

This was a commission I was working on last January. This was special to my client, Emily because the chap in the painting was her late grandad and it was gifted to her parents at the end.

In the photograph I was painting from, George was standing on a jetty at his favourite place. Emily asked me to paint the picture lighter and bluer than the photograph provided and I’d like to think I have achieved that well.

When her parents received it, I got a message from Emily saying –

“They absolutely love it. My mum cried and is still looking at it. They both said thank you very much. It’s a very special beautiful painting.”

I spent a month and half with this painting, drying time including and it had become quite special to me too. I am very honoured to be asked to paint such a special and sensitive portrait.

New Notebooks





If you didn’t know already, I am a big fan of stationery. I collect notebooks. I have two and half drawers full of notebooks. I think I was influenced by my mum, all my life I have seen her loving notebooks and she’d have each notebook for recipes, dream house and so on. I remember that she had a box full of empty notebooks with the sign saying “Keep out” with funny drawing of skull and bone!

Pictured above are my new notebooks:

This pen is a Livework brand (Snowgray).

I am not sure if I can bring myself to write in them, they are so pretty! Weirdly (or not?), I always feel my notebook is ruined when I write in it. But I do get over that feeling eventually. I have that notebook to scribble down recipes I found or invented, at the start I was annoyed with myself for ruining it and then I got over it – it is useful and I can’t live without it when I cook.