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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

A few days late, but given that I’m actually managing to write this in January, I’m going to see this as a win!

Despite 2016 being quite a suspect year in general, in our house it was quite a year! I finally took the plunge and opened my etsy shop in March, we got a new car in April, and a few weeks (or maybe days) later, we put an offer on our first house. It took until September, but we finally got the keys and then spent October making it both liveable and lovable.

October also marked two years since going freelance, and although sometimes it can be a bit scary seeing empty pages in the diary, I’m still so glad I did it!

Since moving into our first home we’ve done exciting things such as buying curtains, light fixtures and even a rug – a huge step for us! Then we had the most laid back Christmas Day at home, just us two and the pets – bliss!

I can’t wait to see what 2017 holds!

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My best 9 illustrations according to instagram!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

It’s that time again; nights are drawing in, there’s a chill in the air and mince pies are sneaking into the shops… it’s the lead up to Christmas!

So to help spread the festive cheer, I’ve added a pack of 8 Christmas cards to my etsy shop!

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There are a couple of traditional cards

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A couple of cards for animal lovers

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And a few cards filled with Christmas characters embracing the festive spirit

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So hopefully, with this selection, there is something for everyone. Stock is quite limited, so head on over to my etsy shop if you’d like the chance to buy!

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Autumn leaves and new house keys

On 30th September, after 5 months of waiting, we finally got the keys to our first home!

We collected the keys at lunchtime and drove over to the house with champagne and strawberries to enjoy in our new house.

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We spent an unglamourous two hours hoovering up spiders, pulling down curtains and lampshades, and really this should have been a big hint as to how we’d spend the first month of owning our home.

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Throughout October, we pulled up carpets, ripped out a bathroom and painted every wall in sight, finally moving in on 29th October with two scaredy cats and rather a lot of boxes.

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As a result, most of my painting this autumn has been on walls rather than in my sketchbooks, but I still managed to fit in a few autumn themed illustrations.

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I spent most of my days dressed in scruffy, paint covered jeans and jumpers, so it’s nice to imagine what I could’ve been wearing to enjoy sunny autumn days.

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And despite being fully prepared for any trick or treaters on Halloween, we didn’t get a single visitor! So, unfortunately for us, we’ve had to eat all of the chocolates ourselves…

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Once we’ve finished putting the house back together again, I’ll share some before and after photos so you can see the transformation from unloved rental to very-much-loved first home. Now to prepare for our first Christmas in our new home!

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Summer round up

It looks like Summer is officially over for yet another year, but that does mean that Autumn is just around the corner.

This Summer, I was lucky enough to spend a lot of time at home painting and enjoying the sunshine (and rain showers!).

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I designed and printed 16 new cards for my etsy store (go on, have a browse!), I painted 8 christmas card designs that I’m no longer keen on (typical!) and I’ve finally found my own painting style.

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Well, hello there, indeed! I’ve been trying to figure out for so long what kind of style I wanted for my illustrations and I am so glad I’ve found it at last!

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As a lover of childrens’ books, fairy tales and animated films, it’s surprising that it took me so long to realise that this is what would capture my imagination and give me most inspiration.

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So now my sketchbooks are slowly filling up with cute and colourful illustrations of little ones on adventures, playing dress up and making friends. I share most of my favs on instagram, so follow me there for the latest illustrations!

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Good weather for ducks

No matter how strongly the sun is shining, you know it’s only a matter of time before it starts raining again. After all, it is the Great British Summer!

Even as I write this, I’ve just had to dash outside to bring the sun lounger in. What started out as a glorious August morning has turned into an unpredictable day swinging between toasty sunshine and spots of rain. Oh well, it started brightly!

When I used to visit my Gran in the summer holidays, we’d look out on rainy days to see ducks merrily gliding along the river at the end of the garden. They’d be swimming along in the rain, diving in, in search of food or an unlucky holiday maker handing out bread under cover of a large umbrella. I’d huff and slouch my shoulders at another day wasted and my Gran would cheerfully say ‘well, it’s good weather for ducks.’

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So maybe, it’s time to stop frowning at the rain clouds and embrace the British weather.

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And perhaps, it’s also time to invest in a good anorak and wellies!

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Even more cards in my Etsy shop!

My card empire is growing! I now have a grand total of 28 card designs available in my shop!

Following on from adding my Happy Cakeday cards to my Etsy shop a few weeks ago, I have now added another 3 sets of cards to my shop!

Firstly, as it’s wedding season, I thought I had best add some of my own designs to the card choice:

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I’ve also added some cuddly teddy bear cards for new arrivals, either new babies or new pets :)

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And as previously promised, I’ve finally added my animal cards to the shop!

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Here’s a quick snap of a giraffe card that I sent out yesterday, along with all of its postal packaging:

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So, this will be the last card announcement for a little while (phew!), as I’m already back to my sketchbook trying out some new designs and trying to build up the courage to add my custom name illustrations to my shop! Is it silly to be nervous of adding it in case someone actually orders one?!

So, I will leave you with the new offer I have running in my shop, you can buy 4 cards for £8.50 – go on, you know you want to! And as always, thank you so much for supporting me on this journey! I appreciate every like and share as much as any purchase!

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New cards in my etsy shop!

I’m excited to announce a week of new cards being added to my etsy shop!

This morning, I added 3 brand new card designs to my etsy shop, all wishing you a happy cakeday!

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I have some wedding cards, animal cards and new baby cards to add in the following week, so this is just the beginning! Check out all my cards here: bethanyrobyn.etsy.com

In the meantime, I’m just going to nip and paint my nails, just in case!

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Where has the time gone?!

Time passes in strange ways.

It feels like it was only a few weeks ago that I was celebrating the arrival of spring and getting excited about designing a few new cards for my etsy shop. Now its over two months later, I’m sat in glorious summer sunshine, that may or may not be here to stay, and I’m still yet to print my new cards!

Life, or rather work, seems to get in the way!

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Last week, I was in Denmark for work. It was lots of long days, laughs and walking in inappropriate shoes. After weeks of prep, it was over in a flash. I got to meet lots of lovely new people and explore a little bit of what seemed to be a beautiful and relaxed country.

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And so, I’m back home, lounging in the sunshine, getting ready for the next project and putting the final touches to my new cards. As a little sneak peak, here is one of my new wedding cards, soon to be stocked in my etsy shop:

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As a slight aside, a HUGE thank you to those of you who have bought my cards! I don’t think Clintons have anything to worry about at the moment, but it’s so exciting every time someone chooses to send one of my cards!

Recently, my sketchbook has been filling up with little characters such as the adorable little boy with his duck below. As you probably know, I love children’s stories and animated films, so hopefully, if enough little characters appear in my sketches, I’ll be that little bit closer to creating my own story.

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So in celebration of the arriving Summer, here is my Summer girl dreaming of days filled with daisy chains, adventures and ice cream. I hope the sun is shining where you are, as I’m planning on making the most of my time off in the sun and am heading out in search of a cornetto!

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Spring inspiration

So finally, Spring has sprung! Thank goodness, I didn’t think it would ever stop drizzling.

Spring is the time for new beginnings, and as you may remember me mentioning once, or maybe twice… my spring has started with my band new etsy shop! Please check it out and if you like my cards, please spread the word and send people my way!

Since designing the cards, I’ve been thinking about what else I should stock in my shop, and recently I seem to be filling my sketchbooks with animal illustrations, here are a few I’ve been working on.

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Daffodils are my favourite flowers, so bright, sunny and spring-y, so I love any chance to sneak them into a painting!

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I don’t think all Easter bunnies are the same, I think some love their job, they are dedicated and serious bunny-types, whereas some others are a little more relaxed, they take the time to enjoy the flowers as they do their egg hiding duties!

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I have two words… otterly adorable :)

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I know an aardvark is an unusual choice, but after seeing you can bottle feed them at the zoo, I’ve found them fascinating. They had some aardvarks on the ‘Secret life of zoos’ programme on tv and they essentially spend all day snoozing on their backs, licking at imaginary termites in their sleep – too cute, I love them!

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It’s official, life should have more puns – it took me days to come up with this one, and it’s extra special as this was the illustration I did for my mum’s mother’s day card.

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And finally my loving llamas, no pun here unfortunately, but I am open to suggestions!

These are what I’ve done so far, and now I just have to decide whether I want to sell them as cards or prints, or both – what do you think? Do you have a favourite?

Thanks again for all your support, it all seems so exciting!

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Drumroll please… my Etsy shop is now open!

It’s open!! It’s finally open!

I can’t believe that a dreary, drizzly Tuesday in the middle of March has ended up being the day I opened my Etsy shop!

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I’m so excited, you may be able to tell :)

This is the first time I’ve put my art out there for actual strangers to love or hate (here doesn’t really count!) and I hope these 12 greetings cards are just the beginning!

Without making this sound like an awards acceptance speech, I would never have opened my shop without so much lovely encouragement from quite a few people. My Mum, obvs, was as supportive as always, my friend Catherine was my number one consultant throughout the whole process and a big bunch of people on a great Etsy facebook page reminded me I wasn’t the only one struggling!

So lovely people, please have a look at www.bethanyrobyn.etsy.com and tell me what you think!

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