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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Well last year was another busy one for me, and I’m really looking forward to 2015. I’ve got lots of exciting plans for my work this year, you can keep up to date by signing up for my newsletter here.

I went on a couple of amazing trips last year, Norway in January  and then to California in October, both places I’ve wanted to visit for a long time and they were incredible. Here is a picture of me birdwatching in Yosemite!

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HAPPY CHRISTMAS!!!

The last Christmas orders have gone out now and I just wanted to say a huge thank you to all my customers and I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas! I won’t be closing shop for Christmas this year, I’ll be posting all orders out within 3 working days, but please allow for any delays with delivery due to bank holidays etc.

Thanks again and Merry Christmas!!xxx

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It’s been a while…

SO I’ve just realised how long it has been since I last posted an update! 2014 has been busy busy busy so far. In January we moved house, from Nottingham back to my home town of Otley in West Yorkshire. We’ve been enjoying being so close to the countryside, lots of lovely walking and cycling. We had an incredible trip away to Norway, so so much snow! I got lots of new designs finished up once I got back from Norway and launched 3 new collections just in time for the British Craft Trade Fair in April. The new collections, all along a Coastal theme, were: British Coastal Birds, Seaside, and Beachcombing.

Last week I got an amazing email from a couple who had liked my owl temporary tattoo stickers so much that they got real tattoos of them!!! I can’t tell you how exciting this was!!!

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I’m working on three new ranges at the moment, one of which will be launched mid August so watch this space!

 

Happy New Year!

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So 2013 was without a doubt my busiest year so far. Last April I did my first ever trade fair (BCTF in Harrogate), which went really well, bringing me some fantastic new stockists and keeping me busy with orders right through to Christmas. Just before Christmas I nipped up to Sheffield for the launch of the Revealing Craft book which I’m featured in, it was great to meet everyone involved and I was really pleased at how the book turned out! The next day I posted out the last orders before Christmas, shut up shop and headed up to Yorkshire for a lovely Christmas with friends and family.

Now that 2014 is here I’m facing a hectic few weeks. After 13 years living in Nottingham I’m moving away, back to my home town of Otley and I couldn’t be more excited (or stressed!). Whilst I’m catching up on orders and emails from the Christmas holidays, we have just over a week to pack up and move, then we’ll have just a couple of weeks to settle in before we head off on a trip to Norway!!! So it’s going to be a bit of a chaotic start to the year but it should be a fun one!

I’m also working on a few new things, including the succulent drawings above which I’ve finally finished after starting them 3 years ago! I’ll be adding a card and print and maybe more to the shop soon so watch this space.

All the best for 2014!

Kate.

birdwatching in Norfolk

I’ve recently been on a lovely family holiday to the north Norfolk coast for a much needed break from work, and for once it really was a break from work as there was no internet and virtually no phone signal!

We did a fair bit of birdwatching, we visited Pensthorpe (I couldn’t go here on the last family holiday, so was really excited to go this time) and later in the week had a fantastic, drizzly day at Titchwell. We also saw some fantastic marsh harriers and lots of waders whilst wandering the marshes and beach.

At Pensthorpe I saw my first bearded tits! This was the one bird I was really wanting to see on holiday and hadn’t realised that Pensthorpe had an aviary with them in, along with turtle doves, avocets, ruff and stilts! We also saw some lovely ducks and geese, the white cheeked pintail and puna teal’s were my favourites! Oh and red squirrels and corncrakes too! (my camera ran out of battery after I’d taken one pretty poor photo of a red squirrel, so unfortunately no pics of the lovely ducks!)

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On our visit to Titchwell I was determined to spot some bearded tits so I could tick them off my list (seeing them in an aviary doesn’t really count!). When we arrived the helpful woman in the visitor centre told us what had been seen that day and where so we first wandered up to see the spoonbill, which were fantastic to watch feeding, when not feeding they just stood in a group huddled up looking grumpy (I love grumpy looking birds).

We started walking up towards the beach and spent a lot of time watching the reedbeds (where the bearded tits had been seen earlier that day) but no luck. We did see reed warblers (including some young ones hiding in the reeds whilst their mum brought food, and also sedge warblers, and more marsh harriers. I got bitten and chased by a horsefly so I did a lot of jumping around like a fool and embarassing myself.

We then spent a lot of time trying to identify waders, we saw spotted redshank, loads of avocet, knot, dunlin, ringed plover, bar tailed and black tailed godwits, oystercatchers, curlew and more that I know I’m forgetting. Then we headed up to the beach seeing some reed buntings on the way. The beach at titchwell is lovely and we saw terns diving to feed.

Then it was pretty much home time, but we still hadn’t seen the bearded tits and I had stated earlier that I wouldn’t leave until I saw them! On our walk back to the car we stopped at the reedbeds again and I saw two people watching one particular spot, I looked and saw two flashes of orange but they had disappeared before I got my binoculars out. Then someone came out of a hide that we’d completely missed out, and said if we went in there we’d see them just a bit further up the reedbed. We went in and there they were, we saw three for quite a while darting in and out of the reeds, females/juveniles, no males unfortunately, but still, I’ve finally seen bearded tits!

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(For some reason this was the only photo I took at Titchwell, I think I was too excited to remember to take more!)

I had a little time whilst away to carry on working on my new bird range, which will be coming out in January. Here’s a little sneaky peek at some of my drawings:

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British Craft Trade Fair 2013

Last week I packed up my work and headed up to Harrogate for my first British Craft Trade Fair. I had a great time, everyone was so friendly and my sister was exhibiting her jewellery there too. I’m going to be very busy for the next 6 weeks working on orders for a lot of amazing new stockists!

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