Vegan Cheese & Chocolate Haul!

Morning everybody!

Baxter and I had a very productive day yesterday shooting our new Vegan Haul video, which this time is all about the yummy cheese and chocolate products I have found. Check it out!

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A dreamy seaside stroll!

I grew up by the seaside in Kent and yesterday I returned home to spend a few days with my family.

I love the sea! I miss it so bad now I live in the midlands. I find it so calming and peaceful. I took Baxter to Whitstable this afternoon and took a few snaps, including the one above of a heart-shaped stone I found on the beach.

Whitstable is a small fishing and harbour town about 10 minutes from my parents’ house,¬†famous for its oysters which I’ve never partaken in of course I normally opt for a glass of white wine instead ūüôā

In recent years the town has attracted a lot of artists who have set up studios and boutiques in the town which I really love to look round, it has a young laidback vibe.

On this occasion though I just walked the path by the beach.

Baxter isn’t a huge fan of walking on pebbles but he sniffed round a bit, and then we sat together on the beach looking for more heart pebbles and taking in the sunshine.

Baxter & I deliver my Etsy sale!

Whenever I make a sale on my Etsy store I have a tradition when it comes to despatch day: no matter what the weather, I grab my iPod and Baxter and I stroll down to our local village post office.

It’s a really precious feeling to me, to have¬†things¬†I have imagined and created be purchased and go off to all corners of the globe.

It’s also a great feeling to walk past the big office block, like so many I have worked in before, and think ‘it’s 11.00am and I am outside in the sun and fresh air with my dog, my tunes and a piece of my art that someone has bought from me, actually bought!’. It feels right,¬†and it feels like utter peace and contentment in my heart.

The tunes help as well – today’s highlights were ‘The Unbirthday Song’ from Alice in Wonderland, ‘Fat-bottomed Girls’ by Queen and ‘Fool on the Hill’ by the Beatles. I naturally gravitate towards peppy beats and motivational (or silly) lyrics, and just generally feel kick-ass!!!

So if you ever see me walking along with a huge grin on my face, you’ll know I am delivering a sale!

I thought today I’d take a few photos of our journey so you can come along with us – for a truly authentic experience you may want to peruse¬†them whilst listening to a Disney soundtrack of your choice ūüôā

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Here I am all wrapped up – we’ve had some snow¬†over the last couple days so it’s a bit slippery but surprisingly not too cold.

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And here’s my walking companion Master Baxter leading the way!

IMG_6120Baxter’s a funny old thing (aren’t they all!) he hates the rain and wind, but snow and ice are¬†absolutely fine. In fact he kept trying to rub himself on the ice!

IMG_6127Here we are at the Post Office. I tie Baxter up by the ‘Walls Ice Cream’ sign¬†and pop inside: I love handing over my card, it’s so exciting! Then I come back out and give Baxter a few treats for being a good boy, and then we walk home.

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When I get home I mark my Etsy sale as dispatched, and then Baxter and I have a celebratory snuggle.

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And that’s it!

Have a happy Hump Day everybody ūüôā xx

iTunes, smarties & sausage dogs

I’ve been in my studio for 3 hours so far today¬†and my time has been apportioned thus:

Painting = 20 mins
Downloading music = 30 mins
Organising my iTunes library into playlists = 30 mins
Eating smarties = 30 mins
Playing with Baxter = 1 hour

I am just not feeling productive at all! Which is weird because as soon as I woke up this morning¬†I gave my daily gratitude to the Universe, I gave myself a reiki treatment and then did some yoga. So I was warmed up, balanced and feeling great:¬†surely the best way to maximise the day’s¬†productivity?

But no. Maybe this is my higher self’s response: that I need to play and take some time out. And eat a lot of smarties. It makes me feel guilty though, especially when I’ve been on such a roll yesterday this week both with my Etsy store (I uploaded 5 new items, check them out here!) and my gradual weaning off sugar and dairy.

In fairness, perhaps it isn’t such a great mystery why I’m not focused 100%,¬†with this¬†happening, but what you gonna do!

Baxter & I get a-craftin’!

After yesterday’s epic tidy-up, today was FINALLY time to start creating! ūüôā

I found some doodles in one of my sketch pads and turned them into six new greeting card designs! I’m really¬†happy with them and can’t wait for you all to see them – I hoped to upload them to my Etsy store today but alas I have run out of glue so I wasn’t able to assemble the cards to completion.

I’m really proud of all I’ve accomplished today,¬†I worked really hard all day and didn’t even get distracted by catching up on the Christmas Day episode of Downton Abbey! (I know I’m very behind!).

Again today I felt really fulfilled and content. I KNOW this is how my spirit team would have me feel every single day, and feeling so¬†‘in flow’ gives me so much confidence and strength. I have managed another day without fretting about¬†the future or about money; in place of fear I have allowed myself¬†complete faith in the Universe.

This morning I had Baxter in the room with me: he isn’t used to the room so spent a good 1.5 hours sniffing round. Finally he got sleepy but he wanted snuggles with his mummy, it’s not the easiest thing in the world drawing and painting with a dog on your lap but it wouldn’t be the same without him!

Baxter & me at my desk

Baxter & me at my desk

Although at this point I did have to give in and give him a bit more attention!

Baxter not helping me paint!

Baxter not helping me paint!

I’m out¬†all day tomorrow visiting my best friend and her new baby, so my products won’t go live¬†until Thursday. I’m also thinking about changing my store’s name so will get some time to contemplate on that further. But for¬†now,¬†I’m off for more Baxter snuggles!