Very sadly and suddenly we lost our little studio cat, Osc, last week. After 16 years of friendship he was my absolute best pal and a world without this smallest-of-cows seems very gloomy.
He was one of my favourite things to draw, inspired multiple card designs was my go-to subject matter if I was in a rut or needed to get the drawing-ball rolling. Osc was a champion relaxer and taught us all there is to learn about sleeping on the job (preferably on a shoulder or laptop).
There may be a little picture book collaboration in the pipeline that Osc has a staring roll in, so I doubt this will be the last we see of my Little Cow.
I’ve just got back from a short but sweeeeet week in Thailand for Boxing Day and New Year after a hectic Christmas period of retail fairs, last minute Christmas orders and commissions.
It was a perfect opportunity to slow down and reflect on what a whirlwind of a year 2016 was for my little business.
I’m very grateful to have such a kind and creative network of stockists around the world that I supply to and an awesome, supportive bunch of sales agents around the UK. I’m also lucky to have welcomed a full-time member of staff to the LMD team – my Dad! It was a big and intense interview process and Osc and I had our doubts, but his spreadsheets are more beautiful than my cards, so he’s here to stay!!
We’ve got 4 trade shows booked up for 2017, with Spring Fair fast approaching – gulp! Shows of any kind test my organisation skills and stress levels to their absolute max, as it doesn’t come naturally to me to plan in advance. Watch this space.
Anyway, Happy New Year everybody! I hope it’s the best one yet!