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Shop News and International Women’s Day

I have had very busy days since the launch of the new Wildflowers Collection with lots of new orders coming in. However, getting to the post office has been a bit of a challenge in the stormy and windy UK weather! We haven’t been too badly affected here but many parts of the UK have been terribly battered by the storms and rain.

 

Shop News

Good news! I am very excited that a selection of my products have been chosen for a pop-up run by Curated Makers. The pop-up will be at John Lewis & Partners at Trafford Centre (Manchester) from 24th February to 22nd March.

 

International Women’s Day

The other day, I was looking through some old work. I came across the line drawings of inspiring women that I did for Inktober 2016. My subjects are inspiring for what they have done, and continue to do, to help develop our world to a better, kinder, fairer place. I could add so many new portraits to that project. I am happy that our voices are getting louder. Perhaps I will revisit it again sometime.

While browsing the pictures, I remembered that next month International Women’s Day comes around again, on the 8th March. This year the theme is: An equal world is an enabled world.

It is the 21st Century and yet we still need to rally and continue the fight for equity and equality. International Women’s Day focuses on this and there are so many ways to get involved. Pop on over to their website to see how you can get involved and help get our voices heard.

https://www.internationalwomensday.com/2020Theme

We must continue to campaign to remove the prejudices, barriers and injustices that blight so many lives:  We can all have an impact on how this world changes.

 

Mother’s Day

My Inktober project focused on famous women that I find inspiring. However, I  do not forget that I stand on the shoulders of many unsung women, my mother, my grandmothers and their mothers, who were not famous or well-known, but nevertheless important, for they conquered the everyday.

I am looking forward to celebrating Mother’s Day, with my mum on 22nd March, and International Women’s Day, on 8th March, with our worldwide family.

I hope you will join me in saying a big thank you to our mothers and all those women who went before us – I am sure we would not have the opportunities available to us now, if it wasn’t for all they have done.

You Are Lovely, Mum

This year, I am selling Mother’s Day cards for the first time! I have designed it so it is suitable for all year round, because of course, mothers around the world are awesome every single day, not just on Mother’s Day, and should be celebrated all the time!

I am starting with why my mum is simply amazing, with the most recent example. The other day, I made a mistake ordering new greeting cards, and accidentally bought 250 cards instead of 50. I contacted the printing company to amend my order and they wouldn’t let me because they had already started production. I had a mini-meltdown over how much I had just spent, thinking I wouldn’t be able to sell that many new cards.

While moaning to A, I received a how-are-you type text from Mum, and I replied to tell her what had just happened. Without question, and even with my assurance that there was no amending the order, Mum gave them a call and in the next few minutes I received an email that my order was cancelled and would be fully refunded, and I could reorder my cards in the correct amounts. I was gobsmacked, and of course very pleased! She just saved me a lot of money. How?! My mummy is magic.

This is just one of the many small things my mum does for me. More importantly, she raised me to be a strong woman and good person. I had difficult times during my teenage years due to the death of my father, who I was really close to, and she was always there for me. Even now with the ups and downs of my business, she is very supportive and gives me advice whenever I need it.

I am also grateful that she learnt sign language for me and my sister, who is also deaf, so we could communicate fully and have full access to education. We struggled to learn to speak from an early age and we wouldn’t have been able to learn without a language.

All of which is to say: you are lovely, mum!

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