Country Living Harrogate and Glasgow

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It’s been a long while since I’ve had a chance to update the blog as things have been incredibly busy here with preparations for the upcoming Country Living Fairs in Glasgow and Harrogate.

It’s an incredible event and also it’s the start of Christmas shopping, the fairy lights, gorgeous spicy smells, getting together with friends and family…I love the romanticism of  the season!

So if you want to find gifts that are unique and of exceptional high quality, then Country Living Fairs are for you.

I’m also incredibly grateful for being part of the PR drive that I was asked to be involved in for Harrogate Country Living, I had my photo taken with the amazing Manda McGrory of Treefall Design. So far we’ve been featured in several press releases, news paper articles and appearing in the Country Living Mail outs. So it’s all been brilliant and really I can’t wait to start the shows next week!

So if you wish to come and say hello, DYP will be on stand F63 at Glasgow Country Living at the SECC from Thursday 21st until Sunday 24th November.

Then we head home and start at Harrogate Country Living at the Harrogate Conference Centre from Thursday 28th November until Sunday 1st December and will be on Stand F32.



Father’s day is June 16th

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Just to let you know that Father’s Day is on June 16th this year, if you wish to order your personalised Father’s Day card then you need to do so by Thursday the 13th June as that is my last posting day.

You can either order through Not on the High Street, Folksy or email me at with your Dad’s name and whether you’d like ‘Dad’ or ‘Daddy’ written.

There is free P&P to all UK mainland addresses and the card costs £4.99


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Happy May Day!


Happy May the First! It’s a great time of year and with spring being a little late, the view from my studio window is a sleepy back garden stretching and waking up.



This week I’ve been experimenting with screen printing, not my usual area of print but as I’m starting to plan for Christmas it’s a new challenge. With several large events booked already for this year, I’m looking ahead to what customers mostly need from a paper stationer. In particular wrapping papers and cards. Also several retail outlets are asking for Christmas collections, it’s all a bit scary to be this organised to say the least!

So with organising in the air I’ve decided to sit and plan my entire year with deadlines for reaching stock. It’s quite refreshing to see how a year in work could pan out and it’s given me a really good indication of what customers will need in the next 12 months. It’s also not as scary as I thought it would be, and it’s given me a proverbial kick up the derriere!

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Preparing a screen for Christmas wrapping paper


This planning has lead to me creating a marketing brochure that highlights my bespoke work and personalised collections. I love the internet and the fantastic opportunities it brings to showcase handcrafted skills. However, I love to see and touch, smell and experience something before I buy it and though a photography speaks a thousand words, at times it is difficult to convey the quality of paper or the tactility of a printed piece. So I’ve created a fab little book that shows samples and individual works I’ve been commissioned for, these will be available on request and printed to papers that I work on. So keep your eyes peeled for updates, once I have them ready to photography I shall be waxing lyrical about them!

In other fabulous news, I made the front page of Folksy and am their featured seller. You can read my interview with them here.