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Hannah Longmuir Studio Tour 2021

I’ve been meaning to share some of the photographs that Lauren from The Colourful Edit took in the studio earlier in the year.  Here’s a selection of my favourites: The studio is such a warm and quiet and happy place.  It is just the spare bedroom in our house but I feel like I’ve gone …

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I was going to write a blog post with 10 things I’ve learnt from 10 years in business.  I started it and realised I would much rather hear from some of the amazing women who I’ve met in the past 10 years.  I’ve met so many talented, capable, interesting women with brilliant businesses since I …

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This week marks ten years since I registered as self employed and began my business journey.  Ten years!  I honestly can’t believe I’ve been doing this for a decade.  It genuinely still feels brand new.  I still look at other businesses and think how nice it would be to be that established and to know …

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Happy Thinking of You Week! Thinking of You Week is organised by the Greetings Card Association with the goal of highlighting the the emotional impact that sending a handwritten card can have.  The emotional significance of the written word during lockdown has been made clear by new Royal Mail research, which reveals that one in five …

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Our little baby boy, Murdo (or The Piglet, as I most often call him as he makes lots of snuffly piglet noises and has legs that look like sausages), was born in May and since then we’ve been enjoying getting to know each other. It’s been a rollercoaster of a ride – as any new …

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I’ve been asked a few times since I moved studio space last summer for some pics of the studio. I see artist’s studios on Pinterest that are filled with green-leafed plants, quirky finds and tastefully splattered paint. Mine is not like that. I have a lot of piles of cardboard boxes and some functional shelving. …

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As each of the spring flowers comes out, we get a little closer to the estimated due date of our little baby. First it was the snowdrops, then the crocuses, then the bright yellow daffodils and the calm white narcissus, and then the little blue muscari grape hyacinths came out. Grape hyacinths are my favourite …

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I like to take the opportunity at the start of the new year to take a moment to look back at the year that has just left us, and to look ahead to the year to come.  This year it seems particularly poignant as we are expecting a baby in April.  There’s not been many …

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As part of the Just A Card campaign that highlights the value of shopping from independent makers, shops and galleries, I’ve put together a quick guide to some of my favourite makers in right here in the Scottish Borders.  Don’t worry if you’re not in the area to buy from them: they have online shops! …

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I read one of these 10 things posts a few years ago and thought that if I made it to 10 years in business I would write one.  So here it is!  My reasonably limited wisdom after ten years of making mistakes and pottering through the sometimes intimidating world of trying-to-make-money-from-art. 1. Be the turtle. …

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