Thursday, 27 November 2014

black friday/cyber monday are almost upon us!

hey there lovelies and a very happy thursday to you, wherever in the world you may be. today i wanted to share with you a little about my upcoming black friday/cyber monday sale in my store and over on the cgs!

if (like me) you haven't quite completed your christmas shopping this year, this could be just the ticket!

i have lots of gorgeous goodies available over in the store - from original art work, custom art, prints and cards to necklaces and ecourses! all of which would make purrfect gifts this christmas!

i also have (for the first time ever!) included the cgs in the black friday madness!

there is (as darla is telling you above) a whopping 30% off everything!

the sale begins on friday 28th november and runs through til the end of monday 1st december - so grab a bargain while you can.

an extra special bargain is my new ecourse - capture your inner goddess. it is currently on sale at an early bird special price of only £20 and will be until the 1st december. with an extra 20% off that price the course will only cost £14! it will be the perfect antidote to the post christmas slump (as it begins on 5th january) as well as being a good start to your new year's resolutions - goddesses unite!

all of my courses and the curiously gorgeous sisterhood membership can be bought as gifts, and i can send out lovely gift certificates for your friends and loved ones.

so they're perfect!

don't forget to head on over to my store or the cgs tomorrow and bag yourself a serious bargain.

happy shopping!!

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

great recipes for winter treats

hey there lovelies and a very happy wednesday to you, wherever you may be. today i wanted to share with you a gorgeous round up of wonderful winter treats to warm the cockles of your heart!

i have been so busy lately, but really feel the need to spend some time cooking up a storm. perhaps these posts will help me get my cooking mojo back :)

i hope you enjoy them too!

my favourite ever cupcakes - lovely lemon cupcakes. yummy yet light at the same time.

wonderful egg-free fruit loaf. perfect for winter days - it will keep you warm and toasty for sure!

pear and apple crumble. so yummy, warming and with bonus fruit juice too!

indian rice pudding. yummy, quick to make, filling and so so warm! plus lots of leftovers for microwaving!

chocolate bark. the ultimate easy, guilty winter pleasure. 

which of these recipes takes your fancy? i'd love to know!

have a great day lovelies!

ps. don't forget about my black friday/cyber monday sale - starts this friday! 30% off everything in my store :)

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

a little black cat

hey there lovelies and a very happy tuesday to you, wherever you may be. today i wanted to share with you a recent custom order i created.

i had a call from a bakers small biz called the little black cat. she wanted a cartoon of a little black cat with a wedding cake, as this was a new offering she wanted to offer.

i began with a simple sketch of a wedding cake.

then added in a cute kitty, peeking around the edges of the cake itself.

the next layer is watercolour pencil.

adding in some light and shade.

i then added in some alcohol markers to make the colours more vibrant.

cute, but not quite finished.

metallic sparkles - everything looks better with metallic sparkles!
i added in some digital effects to this one - heart overlays. even more sparkly!

another digital version - with super sparkles instead.

i love doing these little business illustrations. they're so much fun! if you'd like to order one of your own, here's the listing you need.

ps. don't forget about the black friday/cyber monday weekend sale in my store! 30% off everything across the store - including custom art! starts this friday!

have a great day lovelies!

Monday, 24 November 2014

we are all goddesses

hey there lovelies and a very happy monday to you! i really hope you are well, wherever in the world you may be.

my mind has been kind of pre-occupied lately on the subject of goddesses

it is my fervent belief that we are all goddesses - each and every one of us!

i wonder if we all know that though? do we feel convinced of our goddess selves? do we truly believe that we have what it takes to be a goddess? or do we talk the talk instead of walking the walk?

we can all talk about being a goddess. about capturing our inner glow. about accentuating our most positive aspects and celebrate our general gorgeousness, warts and all! but do we actually do this? do we truly believe those thoughts? have we taken them to heart and allowed them to really work their magic on our outlooks and our lives?

for example, take these pictures i am sharing in this post. they show me in various different locations (plus murphy in one of them). they bring back happy memories for me of days enjoyed and time well spent.

there's a crucial thing they don't show however. me. my face. my body. they could really and truly be photos of just about anyone.

i have always been somewhat camera shy - i never really feel that the photos i take (or others take) actually look like the reflection of me in the mirror. i really struggle with this. i would go so far as to say that i hate having my photo taken.

is it truly possible to see yourself as a goddess yet be concerned with having your photo taken? have i truly accepted my goddess self if i am still harbouring doubts about having my picture taken?

i wondered just how many other people (especially women) wrestle with this problem? how many others are hiding in the shadows and avoiding the camera lens at all costs?

and i wondered at how we could get past this, collectively. with support, encouragement, friendship and fun.

i think it would be truly awesome to represent our own goddess selves on our own terms. in our own way.

whilst having the most creative fun it is possible to have!

now, the ecourse itself if on early bird special - basically, if you sign up before 1st december you get the course for only £20 (rrp £30). so the time is definitely right. another cool thing to remember though is that my etsy store is having a black friday/cyber monday sale starting on 28th november. so for a further 30% discount head on over this coming weekend and bag yourself a super bargain!

it is also available with a gift certificate option if you're buying for friends and family. perfect for christmas!

i did a video interview with the lovely lyn thurman all about capturing your inner goddess and why art and creativity are so important to me and such a fabulous ingredient for a contented life.

you can check the interview out here.

have a fantastic day lovelies!

Friday, 21 November 2014

freebie friday!

hey there lovelies and a very happy friday to you, wherever you may be. today is freebie friday once again - yay!

i have a lovely art print to share with you, inspired by philippa gregory's white queen. i loved the tv series and was inspired to create her straight after it.

simply click on the picture mock up above to view, save and download your art. i would recommend printing onto canvas photo paper for best results.

have a fantastic friday and a wonderful weekend lovelies!

Thursday, 20 November 2014

the secrets of the tarot

hey there lovelies and a very happy thursday to you, wherever you may be. today i wanted to catch you up on some of the things i've been learning on an ecourse i am really enjoying.

i shared a little about numerology last week, and have moved onto the lesson on tarot this week.

i am finding the whole course really fascinating, and wanted to share a little more about the things i am learning.

did you know that tarot cards were simply used as playing cards when they were first introduced? and they still are in some parts of europe. no one is quite sure where they came from (there are mixed accounts) but they are very popular with people wanting to look into the future and plan, or to support and help them feel confident in the decisions and life choices they have made.

the deck is split into the major and minor arcana, and into houses or suits too. the four suits are cups, wands, swords and coins.

rich patrons used to have their own set of cards designed specially for them by an artist, and there are lots of different styles to choose from too.

the course doesn't just share the history of the tarot though. it shows you how to begin working with it too.

you get a guide to the different types of tarot decks you can choose as well as suggested exercises for honing your skills with the cards.

to begin with, it's advised that you pull a card each day and discern it's meaning. leave the card out during the day and keep returning to the meaning of the card. you can repeat this exercise each day until you have remembered carefully the meanings of each card in the deck.

i am also learning about how to spread my cards and determine their combined meanings more carefully.

i am really learning so much!

i would definitely recommend this course if you're interested in any of the mantic arts (as it covers them all!)

even if you're not interested in setting up in business, you just want to read for yourself, it is a great course for giving you all of the information you need in such a clear and concise way.

what new things are you learning at the moment? i'd love to know.

have a great day lovelies!

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

tips and tricks: social media sharing

hey there lovelies and a very happy wednesday to you, wherever you may be. today i wanted to share with you some tips and tricks for sharing regularly on social media.

for those of us without a never ending marketing budget (me!) then social media sharing is definitely the way to go.

planning and scheduling:

i tend to sit down each week for about an hour each sunday to schedule my posts for the week. i also place ads in my local paper for my private teaching services.

i plan out which items to focus on each week, which days to post about what and make sure my posts are spread out through the day. once i have that planned out and written down i am ready to schedule!

i use a combination of different platforms for my scheduling, depending on where i'm scheduling to.

then i get my links together and shorten them (and customise the url) using bitly. i keep my bitly links all stored in a notepad document so i can reuse them easily each week.

my favourite schedulers:

i use this to automatically share my blog posts via facebook, twitter, linkedin and flickr. so easy to use and set up :)

nb. i schedule my other posts (talking about my ecourses, shop etc) via the scheduler on my facebook page. i have found that my posts reach more people that way. facebook is a funny old fish really!

i use this to share my ecourses and shop via my google plus pages. again, pretty simple to use and set up.

i use this to share my ecourse and shop posts to linkedin, twitter, facebook pages. it's a little more tricky to set this up, but perfectly simple once they have been set up.

the best things about all of these tools? they are all free to use!

how do you go about sharing on social media? do you have any favourite services?

have a fabulous day lovelies!