2018 in review

As the year draws to an end, I thought I’d take a look back at what i’ve been up to the past 12 months..

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JANUARY. I started the year with a re-organisation of my studio, including getting new shelves for my stock & supplies. I also went to my first ever trade show - Top Drawer at London’s Olympia. This was a flying visit (literally), as we flew down to London and back in a day!

FEBRUARY. It snowed for a week straight, which meant having a few days off work. I’d never seen Edinburgh in the snow before, and it is as beautiful as ever. I also launched a range of Edinburgh greetings cards and took some fun photos of them for the launch.

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MARCH. I took some time off work in March to visit my brother in London and my friend in Brighton for a couple of days. I enjoyed March Meet the Marker and took lots of behind the scenes shots for instagram, such as this one of my studio (its never usually this tidy!)

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APRIL. I had family come to visit for a few days in April - we went on a sightseeing day trip to St Andrews, stopping at a few places in Fife along the way. I read my first book of the year (finally having some time to read!) and ate some really tasty food!

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MAY. My birthday month and maybe my favourite one to look back on. I took a week off this month (there’s a bit of a pattern here..) to celebrate and roadtripped down to Norfolk with the boyf. It may have taken about 10 hours to get there (traffic), but we had the best time! I got to show him Wells-Next-The-Sea, which is my ultimate happy place. It was a pretty special trip!

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JUNE. Ah, sunshine at last! I launched a range of 55+ greetings cards this month and felt pretty pleased about it as I’d been working on them for a few months. I also visited home for a couple of days and got to see my favourite fluffy boy for cuddles!

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JULY. Look at all the blue skies!! July was a super hot month, which meant one I struggled with a bit as I don’t really like / do well in the heat (I moved to Scotland for a reason..). However, I did try to embrace it my attempting to do my accounts outside in the park and sight-see a bit on my lunch breaks.

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AUGUST. I left my wonderful job at Curiouser and Curiouser in August for an exciting opportunity at my other job (UoE Visitor Centre). I also had my dad & brother come to visit and we took a lovely walk to Dean Village via the Water of Leith.

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SEPTEMBER. More photos of my fluffy boy Clovi when I went home to visit family with the boyf. We also played mini golf and I got in a bit of a mood as I was loosing, badly. My illustrations started to be sold at the UoE gift shop in the form of postcards!

OCTOBER. I launched my 2019 calendar!! My favourite product of the year and another one that was fun to photograph. After doing a live drawing event for Edinburgh University, I was inspired to doodle on the A-board at work.

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NOVEMBER. In short, there was a lot of Christmas prep this month. I took part in my largest Christmas Market yet (even roped in my mum to help) and launched a few new festive products to my shop.

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DECEMBER. Feelin’ festive! I took part in the Summerhall Christmas Market (one I’ve been wanting to do for years) and was blown away at the success of it (thank-you all so much). I cooked Christmas Dinner for the first time ever and tidied the flat from top to bottom before taking lots of cute photos of our decorations.

Bring on 2019..