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Labradoodle Inspired Baby Mobile | Handmade Baby Mobile

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I recently was commissioned to design and make a handmade baby mobile, which included a beloved family pet, Ted the labradoodle! I was told the nursery decor was inspired by neutral tones so my initial thoughts were to work with a grey and white colour palette. Stars and clouds are great to include in any unisex nursery, so I worked to incorporate the little Ted amongst this.





This was such a fun project, it was an interesting challenge to work out how to include a Labradoodle in the mobile and to try and make it resemble Ted, but I'm really pleased with the results! The most important thing is knowing that it was the right fit for its new home and thankfully, they absolutely loved it!

I've made quite a few bespoke baby mobile designs now and it's so lovely to think something I've made is going into such an important space, a new little bubba's nursery!

If you are interested in a bespoke baby mobile design, please email me for more information.

Katie x




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June Update - Moving House | Putting Etsy on Hold | Personal Projects

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It's been such a busy few months, I can't believe we are already half way through June! All creativity has been put on hold in my life recently, after a slow start to the year, all of a sudden there were so many other things to worry about instead of painting and making.

One thing that really took over recently was moving house. Jason and I made the decision to move back to my parents for the summer (and let's be real- potentially beyond that too!) to mega save for a deposit for our first home together.

We have lived together for nearly 6 years in privately rented accommodation and although we loved the location of our home (the flexibly and ease of living in the middle of town was a dream), we knew that to move forward with our saving goals, it would be so much easier to be out of the renting system. We have already been saving away for the past few years so just a few months at home could change our situation so quickly. Ultimately, we know we are very lucky to have the option of moving back to my parents whilst we save. Jason had said to me multiple times this year would be about sacrifice but of course, all of our hard work will pay off eventually. So it is all positive change!

My goals to relaunch my Etsy shop for summer have been pushed back somewhat due to everything that has been going on so far this year, which I actually feel okay about. I knew my new working schedule and having less time for my art would knock me back a bit, but it's all about readjusting and renegotiating my time. I haven't given up on any of my personal projects at all, I'm just giving myself some time to figure it all out at the moment.

I'm just about to start painting another welcome board for my friend's wedding, which will great to push me back into painting- I feel like I haven't done any in so long! Amongst smaller commissions, baby mobiles and the odd creative project here and there, I'm plodding along just fine!

Now that I'm settled, I'm really looking forward to long summer evenings, painting away in bright rooms with countryside views. Our last house was always so dark, it got pretty depressing! It will be great to know I can get in from work and get a good few hours of painting done each evening if I choose to.

So here are a few mini goals I'm setting for the next few months:

  • Regularly update my blog and Instagram with projects I'm working on, the re-launch of my Etsy shop and any new DIY projects!
  • Upload some new DIY tutorials, bullet journal and painting videos to my Youtube channel
  • Re-launch my Etsy shop, with paintings, prints and cards
  • Stay inspired and make time for the things I'm passionate about! 
Are you setting any goals for the warmer months? Let me know!

Katie x
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Winter in Budapest | A Photo Diary

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This January, I took Jason away for his 30th birthday to Budapest. It was our first time visiting the city and I'm so pleased we got the chance to experience Budapest in winter. It was absolutely freezing but that just added to the wintery mini-break vibes. When we were at the top of Budapest castle over looking the city, it was so picturesque covered in snow, it really was the prettiest of places! We were even treated to some winter sun on our final day, it was the absolute dream of a mini break!

From the offset, we piled on the layers, drank lots of mulled wine and explored the city. There was so much we wanted to see and do and we did manage to fit a lot in over the 4 days. In general, Budapest is small enough to walk around and find everything you're looking for but not so big that you have to really pre-plan your journeys. We only used public transport once or twice and that was to get to specific areas and when we did, it was super cheap and easy to navigate. It was honestly one of my favourite places I've visited, it was perfect for the chilled out but fun long weekend away we were looking for.

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The Highlights

One of my favourite moments was visiting the Szechenyi Thermal Baths. It was so bazaar running across snowy pavements to plunge into the steamy outside baths! The steam coming off the water was so thick we could barely see each other! It was the perfect way to spend a long morning, we actually went here on Jason's 30th birthday and it was such a lovely way to start the day.

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I absolutely loved just being able to walk around the city in general, I was so surprised that everything was walking distance and we barely had to use public transport at all. It was pretty awesome crossing the chain bridge over to Buda and hoping on a tourist bus to visit the castle. The views from the top were pretty spectacular. Definitely worth a visit if you are checking out the city.

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We had a few recommendations to check out the Pinball Museum. This was a little further out, but it was easy enough to grab a bus that took us pretty much to the front door. It was a really fun way to spend the evening, playing on vintage pinball machines and other retro arcade games. Time went so quickly when we were there, it felt like 5 minutes but was actually 3 hours! They have a pretty cool selection of merch there too, we each bought a pinball museum t-shirt as a nice memento.  

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You can't go to Budapest without visiting the ruin bars! We had such a fun night getting merry at Szimpla Kert, the original ruin pub. It is filled with eccentric decor, cool light features and hidden areas. Our favourite room was covered in old television sets, wires and fairy lights but there were so many different areas to explore, it was hard to choose! 

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Overall, I loved the city and would jump at the opportunity to go back! Let me know if you've ever visited Budapest and what your highlights were :)

Katie x



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2018 Creative Goals | Regaining Creative Motivation

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When it came to 2018 resolutions, I decided this year to take the focus away from materialistic things or the usual dieting goals that leave your self-esteem in tatters, instead, I tried to think of achievable goals that I know I would be inspired to work on throughout the year. Resolutions I'm actually excited about!

So I decided to log in my bullet journal a few creative areas that I wanted to improve on or put more time into this year. I would love to look back this time next year and see actual improvement in my skills instead of focusing on the things I haven't achieved! I feel like tracking it this way will keep me motivated to be creative and will have a positive impact on my productivity. Maybe I will do a 6 month update to prompt myself and see how I'm doing!

If you feel that your creativity has lagged somewhat at the start of this year, I urge you to jot down 4 or 5 achievable creative goals you can keep working on to help you feel motivated again. Here are mine...

My 2018 Creative Goals:

1. Take Better Photographs
This year, I feel really inspired to learn more about photography. I've been watching tutorials on Youtube about DLSR photography and iPhoneography, however, I'm pretty sure the best way to work on this is just to get out and about and actually take some photos! I think I might set myself some mini projects this year and maybe even look into a short course I could do to really immerse myself in. It seems so appealing, mainly because it would just be taking up a new hobby, no pressure! Unlike with my art, which I am always working on for my Etsy shop, this will just be for fun. Fingers crossed for pretty Instagram feeds and colourful blog posts!

2. Visit More Art Galleries
Sometimes, when the only art you look at is created by your peers on Instagram, you can get in this weird headspace where you constantly compare yourself to others and inevitably, don't feel that great about your own work. Not all the time of course, it can be super inspiring and it's always great to see what everyone else is up to! However, visiting galleries has this refreshing impact where you can just walk around, look at completely diverse work and feel so inspired. Not one floral painting in sight! Even sculpture and installation can spark your imagination, which is great, if like me, you mainly work in 2D.

3. Read More
It doesn't get much better than finding a book you completely love and struggle through very tired eyes to put down, does it? I really enjoy reading but never really make time for it anymore. Well, this year, that is going to change! I don't think I'm quite ready to start a 50 book challenge, but I definitely want to work through some books that have stacked up in my bookcase, that I've wanted to read for ages. It's just finding what book to start with that will be the problem!

4. Keep Painting
Quite a straight forward goal, but I want to keep up the time and effort I put into my painting last year. I really felt like I was getting into a rhythm with it, but with the rush of Christmas and new year, that has dropped off somewhat. I'm looking forward to making new work and start some new products for my Etsy shop!

So there are my (slightly belated) 2018 goals, already I feel like these prompts have made a difference. I've been to a few galleries and I've been playing around with photography! Did you set any creative goals for 2018? It's not too late to think of some now! 

Katie x
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Starting Over | My Creative Year in Review

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What I learnt creatively from 2017

As it approaches the end of January, I've been feeling reflective about the last 12 months. 2017 was definitely a year of transitions and adjustments. In some ways, it felt like I didn't move forward enough but in others, I know a lot has changed. In the obvious sense, I got a new job which I’m so happy about, I travelled more and created life-long memories. I visited Hastings for my birthday, went to Barcelona for my friend's hen do and enjoyed a week in the sun in Menorca! These were all amazing experiences that I feel so thankful for. I’ve really tried to impose more gratitude into my life this year and focus on the positives. Overall, it had its ups and downs but a lot of good came out of 2017!

It definitely has been a year of personal development. 

2017 reignited my love of painting again. It was a funny one because putting time aside to develop my work meant that my Etsy shop and little craft business took a back seat for a while. I feel like I asked myself a lot of questions this year about where I’m at with my creativity, which has always been so influential in my life. 


Before I went to uni, painting was such a huge part of who I was. Making art was the bane of my life and also the thing that pushed me the most! Art school made me question so much, teamed with the most challenging years for my mental health, I never felt like I was achieving enough. It has only been this year, at 27 years old that I’ve really allowed myself to start painting again. I've allowed myself to make mistakes and see where this could take me. If you had told me a few years ago that I would find a passion in watercolour, I would have never believed you! Oil painter through and through me. Well, that’s why experimenting and pushing yourself is such an interesting exercise, you never really know where you're going to end up! 

I can’t wait to see where getting back into painting will lead me. I have so many ideas already for updating my Etsy shop, YouTube videos and more topics to talk about on my blog! It really is quite amazing how creativity has a grasp on your life, it can affect your mood, your personal progression and even your confidence. So bazaar. But there you go! 

Who thought anyone could get so emotional about painting, eh?! I guess you’ll either get it, or you won’t! I hope 2018 brings you the confidence to push yourself and your creative projects. Did you grow creatively last year? I’d love to hear your stories! 

Katie x


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My Etsy Shop Relaunch! Christmas Cards Galore!

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It's been a very crazy few months for me and one of the reasons has been my Etsy shop relaunch. I've been working away painting and designing a small collection of Christmas cards for what feels like months. I can't believe they are finally all finished and in my shop! At some points, it felt like this would never happen.


This year has been a huge learning curve for me, I'll talk more about this as we approach the new year but I'm hoping 2018 will be the year I finally find my feet creatively. Relaunching my shop this month has been a huge step towards this and I'm so excited!

I would love to hear your feedback on this, every bit of support is so precious to me so I would be so grateful if you came and said hello on Instagram or Facebook.

I'm now in the full swing of festive cheer and to have my Christmas designs out in the world is the cherry on top of a wonderfully plump mince pie.





Here's to a wonderful December!

Katie x

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DIY | Felt Poison Apple Halloween Tutorial

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It's that time of year again! Pumpkins at the ready, it's nearly Halloween! Oohhhh! I'm really excited about the DIY tutorial I've made this year, it's based on one of my favourite Disney films, Snow White. I've wanted to make a poison apple since last year, originally I wanted to do it in clay but I was a bit pushed for time (clay projects take a couple of days due to drying time) so decided to do it in felt. I'm actually so pleased I did it as a sewing project because I think it came out great. I wanted to make a decoration that could be hung on a door handle or hung amongst other decorations. I think it would be perfect for any Halloween party!

Watch the video below:


Make sure you check out my previous Halloween videos in my Youtube playlist.


Happy Halloween folks! Let me know if you take on any crafty projects this weekend and make sure you pop over to my instagram (@katiekdiy) to say hello!

Katie x

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