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Introducing… Mam, I Am.


So a few weeks ago I posted about struggling with the decision on keeping The Sketchbook Artist as a behind the scenes of my life or making it strictly business. Back then I decided that I could continue posting about work/family perfectly fine together (which you can read here) but I have noticed recently that I haven’t been posting about them equally and this blog was becoming more of a family life blog than a behind the scenes of TSA.

So I introduce to you, my new blog, Mam, I Am.

Please note that I will be transferring all of my Project 52 posts and soon my Work-At-Home-Mama posts. So from now on The Sketchbook Artist’s Blog will be strictly business!


Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant Hapus (Happy Saint Davids Day!)


Well it’s the start of a new month, can’t believe we already have 2 months behind us this year! To all my Welsh friends Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant hapus! It’s the day of the Welsh saint David and I can imagine many children back home being dressed head to toe in their Welsh costumes!

So, I think 1st March is a good date to start reflecting on how my “New Year Resolutions” have been going… well I’m going to be completely honest…. they haven’t! I’m pretty sure I’ve already broken every single one! But… a new month, a new start…. I must keep trying, right?! Otherwise what’s the point..?

Buzz lightyear!

So far 2013 hasn’t been too shabby! I’ve watched my little toddler turn into a 3-year-old boy! I’ve seen my niece turn to the lovely age of 1 and was very happy to see her first steps, at her birthday party! (Great timing or what?!) We now own a car so life’s been a little easier for getting around but it’s also been rather expensive… damn you petrol prices. I’ve also been arranging seeing friends a bit more and have already had one of my best friends stay up for a few days and have arranged for another to come over in a few weeks! So happy times ahead too! I really do miss all of my friends from back home and I get ridiculously home sick every now and then, even though I’ve made some great life-long friends in Gloucester, nothing beats a good catch up with your besties from school! So as you can see my social/personal life has been doing rather well so far this year, which makes me a happy girl.

Work wise though I have been slacking, I’m still struggling to find the happy balance of work/family/me time, which I think is a normal battle for the freelancers out there but I am definitely not anywhere near fixing that problem. I planned to draw at least once a week which even that I didn’t commit to! I have been working on bits and bobs but nothing major mainly experimentation to get the juices flowing. I have made a submission for Ballad Of… Magazine but I don’t want to show that until I get a response. It’s not my usual style so I don’t really feel comfortable/confident about it. I am happy to announce that I have now had 3 sales in my Etsy store!! Wooh! Which may seem a ridiculous thing to celebrate about but seeing as I only had 1 sale last year and I’ve had double that this year already, the only way is up, right?!

Well that’s my ramblings for today, thanks for listening.

Testing Out the Camera…


Even though I consider myself a creative and tend to take to most ‘creative’ subjects with ease one of my weakest points I think is photography. I have always been the finger-in-the-picture , heads-chopped-off photographer. I don’t know why but it just doesn’t come naturally. A while back I asked for quite a good camera as a birthday present so that the camera can do the work for me. Obviously I had to work on not chopping heads off myself but a better camera does make it easier to take a nicer photograph. It’s probably a big no-no by all the photographers out there but I love the preset filters on my camera! They make life so much easier for people like me.

So with all the lovely snow, I took the camera out for a little practice :).

Unfortunately some of my favourite photographs that I took show some street signs which I don’t particularly want to be posted on the blog. Overall though, I’m pretty happy with these photos :).

Any tips from all you wonderful photographers out there?

The Time Is Near…


So as you may remember from some of my previous posts. This year Jack turns 3!

Which means… he’s going to be starting preschool. This is a wonderful but scary prospect for us both (okay it may be scarier for me). Since we have moved to Gloucester, we haven’t had the same support system (family close-by) , there fore for the past 18 months it has been myself and Jack almost every single day. First the thought of Jack at school delighted me, I am desperate for some ‘me’ time and Jack is just as desperate to interact with other children. That time is nearly upon us as he will be starting in March and the closer that date gets the more anxious I feel about it. I feel ridiculous admitting that I fear it may be me crying at the school gate and not Jack. He’ll be there not wanting to leave and I will be in the house twiddling my thumbs. Well only time will tell, hopefully it won’t be that bad. Anyone else feel/felt this way? Would love to hear how you coped.