One idea, one business, one baby!

I’m writing this while I watch the Wedding Singer for the millionth time. I love this film! How can you not love a film with a montage (including shopping and cake) to You Make My Dreams Come True and a Billy Idol cameo? I’m not sure why I put it on, it’s really distracting!

Anyway, back to the blog!… I started drawing cartoons of bands to create an A-Z of Music ready for the arrival of my baby. That was now nearly a year ago and I can’t believe how time has sped by. It’s a bit of a cliché but I can understand why so many people say it.

In between looking after my bundle of joy (who at 11 months is now a little bag of energy) and the delights of him learning to roll, crawl, wave and clap, I set up Rock ‘n’ Roll Babies.

Baby and the A-Z of Music poster
Baby and the A-Z of Music poster

By Christmas 2018 I was nearly ready to roll, having completed a to do list that included setting up a website, social media, designing a logo and organising print. I knew January would be a bad time to kick things off so I’ve let things develop slowly, selling to friends and family and building up new ideas for characters and products.

Just one of my lists
Just one of my lists

I also undertook my first craft market, which was a bit of a rollercoaster. Highs of my first sale and positive comments from market goers and other traders. Lows of returning home with most of the stock and wind that made me want to throw the towel in – a big thanks must go to my co-star and seasoned market pro for the day Sarah (Clay on Words) who chilled me the hell out and reorganised the stall to make it a bit more wind proof! Then more highs of a creating a successful competition, a very happy winner and my first commission.

Me at the Market
Me at the Market

With just over two months before I return to work my thoughts have turned to the people I’ve spent time with during my year off. I decided to thank them by paying homage Rock ‘n’ Roll Babies style and I set about creating cartoons of the lovely ladies who run Bloom Baby Classes, Susie my wonderful postnatal pilates teacher and new friend who organises the best parties (where you can dance all night), and the amazing consultant and team at the hospital who have helped me recover from the trauma of birth (no more details needed!!).

New portraits
The Bloom team
Pilates portrait
Super pilates portrait

I’ve still got baby to look after and the prospect of going back to work but I’m loving this chapter of life!

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