Friday, 13 January 2012



Remember me?

Many moons ago I used to write a little Blog (*gigglesnort) but have recently fell off the rails and not written at all.

I thought it high time I popped in to say Hello, wish you a very belated Happy New Year and to let you know that yes, I'm still here.  And how about you - are you well?  Did you have a nice Christmas?  Goodness me it's been a while hasn't it!

It's nice to be back although I'm up to my eyeballs in all things new.  My little girl started Big School last week and I have gently been acclimatising myself to 5 full days of being practically child free.  I confess to finding it a derailing experience, yet in some ways it is ridiculously exciting to find myself with just me for company, to have all this time at my disposal to do with what I will...bliss yes, but in many ways I do miss that dear little ball of energy and am practically dizzy with excitement when it's time to go and fetch her home.

So..although I have all this extra time, I'm still getting used to it and can't say I'm getting anything extra done.  However, I have been busy on a commission which I've really enjoyed doing - it's been a while since anything like this bobbed along...

Surprisingly, from showing this picture on my Facebook Page yesterday, I've had rather a bit of interest from this morning I have been beavering away to create a New Page on my website...

...which makes the whole process heaps easier for everyone.  You are most welcome to take a look if you like by clicking here.

As an antidote to work related things, I have made a New Year Goal to start walking more this year.  Before I had my little girl, we would walk all over the place, disappearing for hours on end up mountains and the like.  It was glorious.  Now she is older we have discovered after several short(ish) excursions that she too enjoys walking, as long as it includes falling down small ravines, jumping in mud and leaping about in streams.

We like all that, so off we went last Saturday on a little 3 mile jaunt not far from our house.

We didn't realise that there was a gale force wind blowing at the top of the hill, the poor wee slip of a thing nearly took off, it's a miracle we managed to grab her before she sailed over the hills to Manchester.

But still, it was a lovely way to spend the afternoon and we look forward to more walks as the weather improves.  Have any of you noticed that the evenings are slowly, ever so slowly getting lighter earlier?  Isn't it just the best thing ever?  It fills me with such excitement, makes me think of all the nice things waiting just around the corner; drifts of snowdrops and crocus, warm evenings sat in the garden, trips to the coast, camping....ahhhhh...lovely!

Anyway, it's time I was off - a cup of tea calls me before I have to head up the hill to collect the exuberant Small, I hope you all have a smashing weekend and look forward to catching up with you and your blogs again soon.

With much love
Julia x x x


  1. Good to see you here again Julia. :o) It looks as though you've been very busy with the new web-page, it looks fantastic! I was very sad when my youngest went to school all day. I'd get tearful going past our usual places we went together like the library and the park! I'm ok now and fill the week no problem at all! ;o)
    Jess xx

  2. Lovely to see you posting again Julia and that commission is gorgeous. Enjoy the quiet moments as you will enjoy the rowdy ones all the more for it! x

  3. what a brilliant idea with names!!! had a look on your website. It's amazing!! I am sure there will be lots of customers!

  4. Lovely to see you back Julia. The name painting is really great! I have decided to walk more this year and have ordered a pedometer so I can see my steps every day! I am sure you will find ways of filling your time now your little one is at school. x

  5. Hi Julia , great to here you are well and keeping busy. I love your name paintings and hope you get lots of orders . Here's to 2012 :0)
    Jacquie x

  6. Hi Julia. I love your new name illustrations, it is gorgeous. It is tricky filling the time when they are at school without constantly drifting off thinking about how their day is going, but make the most of it because it flies by. I am also looking forward to the finer weather on it's way ~ January is such a terrible month. To think Christmas was only 3 weeks ago, feels much longer. Great to see you back blogging Hugs Em x

  7. Hi Julia....lovely to see your blog post. That little name painting is lovely. What a gorgeous gift for a new born.
    Your little one off to 'big school', a transition for you both. All the free time...but where does the day go??? I know just what you mean.

    Happy 2012 Julia (and family)

    Jacky xox

  8. Hi Julia, lovely to see a post from you. You have been busy, great commission. I'm sure you will be getting lots more work so enjoy a bit of quiet time.
    Carol xx

  9. I'm glad to see you hera again! Happy new year!
    P.S. I'm italian, so please excuse me for my english...;)

  10. Dear Julia, nice to hear from you and we are all here for you! All we are now and then too busy or just don't find the mood for wiriting.
    Your new painting is really sweet and adorable and I think your unique idea is fantastic!
    Have a lovely time and hope to see you soon!
    xxx Teje

  11. Great to see you again! I love, love love your artwork!!

  12. Lovely to see you, Julia. The name pictures are such a good idea, I'm sure they will sell like hot cakes. The one you've shown here is so pretty. Your little girl looks very happy to be out and about! Soon you will get used to her being at school, and your days will take on a whole new rhythm. Enjoy your weekend.
    Helen x

  13. Lovely to see you back in blogland Julia. Christmas feels long gone now doesn't it.
    Walking with little ones how wonderful, I've always walked loads with my gang and now they are all grown up it's something we all enjoy doing, especially my daughter who lives up your way! The difference now is we normally head for the pub not the ice cream van LOL!

  14. Lovely idea and website design. I hope they do well!

    Irene :)


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