January started really well with my book Tea and Cake being featured in You magazine. I did my very first Style Icon illustration, which turned out to be a whole series which I’ve loved doing. From the very beginning of the year I was really busy working on a whole host of lovely projects, including my work for Hand in Hand.
In February I had a wonderful time attending LFW with Lionheart, and one of my reviews actually ended up in the printed magazine, which was a first for me.
I had been working on a very exciting secret piece with Amelia Gregory and five other illustrators, which went on display as part of Shelter’s Up My Street exhibition in March.
In April I took part in Shipshape Studio’s Illustration and Design Forum which was really fun and a big success.
In May I visited York with a lovely group of bloggers.
In June I officially launched my book Tea and Cake and celebrated the queen’s diamond jubilee. I also won a competition designing a jubilee print and enjoyed afternoon tea at Liberty with Charlotte Taylor.
In July I generally did a lot of drawing and pottered around in the garden. I was busy with lot of branding projects, blogger banners, greetings cards as well as preliminary sketches for my children’s book.
In August I had my first glimpse of Hand in Hand’s redesigned soaps and they went on sale in Anthropologie. I also thoroughly enjoyed the Olympics, the good weather and attending as many exhibitions as I could.
In September I once again attended LFW, then went back to my parents in Suffolk to look after my mum who wasn’t very well. By this time I was well into the work for my first children’s book, Hansel and Gretel.
In November my boyfriend and I took a much needed holiday to Marrakesh, whilst I still need to blog about! I was also featured on the Laura Ashley blog which I found father exciting.
In the beginning of December The Enchanted Forest opened to the world, and was a marvelous success. I also continued to work my little socks off finishing the artwork for Hansel and Gretel, as well as greeting cards, packaging and branding projects. On the 18th of December I headed home to Suffolk to celebrate my birthday and Christmas and to have a serious rest.
I am very excited about 2013. I have so many exciting projects beginning and even more ideas forming. My goals for 2013 are to continue to continue to make my living doing what I love, illustrating, but also to look after myself a little bit more. Hopefully yoga classes and more time spent with friends will help me achieve a bit more balance in my life.