national stationery week | 24th to 30th april

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stabilo pointmax pens

sticky notes from mustard - oxford ruler

stationery! as an illustrator myself, and i can say on behalf of many creatives i know – we all love it. in some cases it quite literally facilitates our work, other times it’s a product we make and sell, and on a base level – if its well designed it’s often pretty to look at too.

if you didn’t already know, next week from the 24th april to 30th, is national stationery week. rejoice!

one of the main messages of national stationery week is actually to encourage people to write more, especially children. a worthy cause i think. writing is a wonderful thing. like at christmas, there’s a ‘seven days of stationery’ which goes as follows:
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rhs cardiff 2017

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yellow and red tulips - RHS cardiff

pink, layered tulips - RHS cardiff

a couple of sundays ago, i went to RHS cardiff in bute park. laura from side street style invited me along – how could i say no? we actually went together last year too.

when spring comes around after a seemlingly endless winter, it’s always wonderful to see flowers come into bloom, trees begin to bustle with leaves and the skies are blue. as much as i enjoy seeing flowers and nature in general come back to life, it’s always going to be a special treat to go to a flower show, a place literally dedicated to flowers, gardens and nature!
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snapshots of my week – 14th april

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red and white striped tent at rhs cardiff

ferris wheel signage close up

i wrote ’14th march’ in the title about 3 times there. in denial that it’s half way through april already!

i had wanted to go to london this week, or next week but as always, finances don’t allow. i try and see my dad 3 or 4 times a year but that doesn’t always go to plan, and sometimes the only way i can get to london is if i’m going to an event and travel is covered. as i’m not an in demand or ‘cool’ blogger those opportunities are few and far between. i always appreciate the opportunities i do get though! i wish he could come to me from time to time but he’s too ill for that.
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spring fling | new collages

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spring fling collage by laura redburn

spring fling pattern pouch

some new work, finally! not been creating as much as i want to lately. largely due to financial stress (a mixture of general worry, and spending lots of time looking for/applying for jobs) and being a bit busy trying to do other things. well aware i should make more time to make art, but it’s hard at the moment.
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