Well, hello 2017!
It's been almost a month since my last post, and whilst we're all over the post-Christmas blues and probably have broken nearly ever resolution made, it's been a very exciting and busy start to the year and I can't wait to share with you some of the new things that I've created and some of the new things that will be coming soon.
There's a baby on the way...
... and there's only 7 weeks till she will be with us in the world! It's been such an exciting time in our household getting ready for our little mini me to arrive (baby shower is happening next week!) and with all the usual preparations of buying prams, cots and sterilisers (which is an absolute minefield - it's up there with navigating the HMRC website) I've been getting everything in order to take some maternity leave.
I'll be out of the studio whilst I take my maternity leave and get to know this little creature myself and my husband created. Whilst I won't be taking on any new commissions or clients for freelance work, I will still be keeping my shops open to take your retail and wholesale orders, which leads me to....
A new member to the team!
My wonderful husband has *insanely* offered to run my online stores whilst I'm on leave, fulfilling your orders, answering any of your emails and even helping out to run my social media. He does work full-time as a graphic designer as well, so please be gentle with him as his response rate may be a little slow. He'll be running the show from around 2nd March, or whenever I can prise myself away from my desk to have the baby (maybe I'll just do some order packing from the Labour Suite ...).
All shipping lead times will be extended during this change over period, and whilst on maternity leave, so be sure to check when you can expect to have your orders delivered.
New things in the shop
A reboot for 2017 on an old but classic illustration I created of a Sacred Heart - hand-stamped in gold on matt black card I created these to be the perfect 'non-gushy' Valentines card for those who can't quite stomach all the puns but want the romance.
Foiled A4 Prints
I got a really fun new foiling machine to play with over Christmas, so have created some typographic based prints that can be foiled in either gold or silver. Both designs have been created to inspire, spread love and generate some good karmic vibes for the year ahead.
Mothers Day and Easter
My full Mothers Day and Easter range will be uploaded soon, and I promise there'll be tons of flowers and rabbits for this year's offerings. As always all my cards are blank inside for your own personal message.
A little website update
As you currently know I sell on Etsy and Notonthehighstreet, however I am currently building in an e-commerce function into this very website to make it a one-stop-shop for all things Deborah Panesar Illustrations! That means no more fussing with separate links and websites (unless you prefer Etsy and Notonthehighstreet, then by all means shop away!) and more time to browse items, blog posts and new work in my gallery without having to click to anywhere else.
And even better I will be able to take more forms of payment which include PayPal, major credit and debit cards, and even Apple Pay.
Sign up to my Mailing List to be the first to know when the new commerce site launches, and get your hands on some exclusive discounts and offers.
New craft market dates for your diary
This year I will be back on the craft market circuit (yay!) and am currently booked with the Seasonal Markets team in Birmingham for the following dates:
10th June - Summer Market
30th September - Autumn Market
2nd December - Winter Market
Seasonal Markets is held at:
The Bond Company 180-182, Fazeley Street, Digbeth, Birmingham B5 5SE
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