Be Happy!

Be Happy!
Rainbow smiles to carry everywhere

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Craft Fair Date Change!

Ok, slight change of plan... the 24th Nov craft fair has been cancelled :( 

However I will be there on the 8th December instead! This also gives me extra prep time so expect even more loveliness on show. No excuses for my table not to be stunning and fabulous then!

So everyone is more than welcome to come along to Cafe Camino in full festive swing on the 8th Dec

Looking forward to meeting everyone! :)

Monday, 5 November 2012

Had confirmation that I have been accepted to my very first craft fair! 

24th November with Market Tree Events at Cafe Camino. Check it out here... Doors are open 10 to 4 and I'm looking forward to getting all my Christmas shopping done! 

Just a little nervous though, whole new world this. Wish me luck and friendly visitors (like you if you are local!) who love rainbow happy books! 
Now my brain is buzzing with display options. How on earth am I meant to settle on just one?

Monday, 27 February 2012


Hello online world!
Please accept my humble appologies for my inexcusable absence from this virtual stage for the last wee while. I have been busy shaking my head and physical world into a closer semblance of order (well...creative clutter, but that's the best kind of order!).
Back in Jan I challenged myself to have 100 books in my wee shop by the end of March...insert blushing face here...shall we just say that I have quite a bit to do if I am going to hit that goal! But I am still telling people about it to try and shame myself into action. I think it will work soon!

In any case, I will be back soon (maybe with a slightly different focus for my musings as I feel I need a little more scope here for full inspiration) and I promise to bring some fun and firework sparks of creativity when I brave the spotlights again.

Enjoy your extra day this year everyone! What will you do with it? :)

Monday, 16 January 2012

Personal 'Be Happy' Books

My family is all about creativity but my mum and two sisters all feel the lack of summer sunshine pretty strongly. I decided that a 'Be Happy' book would have to be made for each of them to keep the smiles topped up until the longer days come back. The challenge was to make them each very personal but still be recognisably a 'Be Happy' book that would make them smile when they saw it.

I was inspired to make the 'Be Happy' series of books one gloomy grey day when an unexpected rainbow caught my eye and lifted my spirits with its glorious jewel-like colours. I thought that it would be amazing if everyone was able to carry something bright and cheery with them to lift their spirits when needed and, ta da!, the ‘Be Happy’ books were born. I use my own personal copy mostly for inspiring quotes but it also gets ‘additions’ from friends adding cheery notes or hugs when they get inspired!

I have never shown one of these to someone without a smile appearing, love that reaction! 

Begone Blue Days! 
Hello Sunshine Rainbow Moments! :)

Here are the results...

Firstly; lots of rainbow pages on the inside and a happy green outer with leaf and flower beads for sunny summer reminders!

This next one was for my mum with her wonderful appreciation of the ridiculous, hence the 'Laugh' charm and the fun toadstool.

 These all had rainbow pages scattered throughout for fun and bright inspirations, as well as making sure that I left plenty of space for them to write on plain cream backgrounds too. Some quotes and thoughts just work best on traditional paper I think.

 Last but not least a wee deep blue sky book for with bright accents, including a smiley face bead! 

 I do have to apologise for the 'less than perfect' photos, the better camera and daylight were just not available so there were originally intended as just reference shots. Too much fun not to share though, and they loved them which is the most important part!

What do you carry around to keep you smiling? Photos of loved ones, worry stones, sketchbooks, all of the above and more? Whatever it is I hope it pours out sunshine whenever you need it!

Monday, 2 January 2012

DO!!! - Happy New Year!

That's my word for the year...  DO!

No more just looking, thinking and musing. I am going to act on those inputs and DO! I think it's going to be amazing to see just how many things I can fit into a day.

Already this year I have networked, caught up with family and friends, tidied the house (well, parts of it), cleared my studio ready for the next projects and the commission I have waiting for me. I have been running and done the stretches. I have cut my hair and dyed it PURPLE and I am so happy because I have been intending to do this for literally years!

I have a list of inspirations for books which I just have to create, as well as a need for more simple stock for my etsy shop. I have put new inspirational quotes up to keep me motivated and I have a few gigs booked for the next few months (live music just seems to set my brain on fire with ideas, essential every once in a while).

I am so excited about all the places that 'DO' is going to take me!

I hope you are just as excited about your New Year plans and that you have had a lovely start to 2012 already. I wish you the very best of fun, dreams and adventures in the year to come.

I will share with you a wonderful quote from one of my favourite writers, these are the best wishes for the year ahead ever...

"May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art - write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself." - Neil Gaiman