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April sketchbook Hannah Longmuir

April Review: New Life The Baby arrived at the end of March.  Life has been a bit topsy-turvy since then.  Here’s a very brief review: She’s safely here! Our wee Trixie girl has joined the family.  Her birth was joyful and peaceful and straightforward and I am beyond grateful for that.  She’s got these wonderful …

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March sketchbook page, hare, Hannah Longmuir

March Review: Waiting for Spring (and baby) I’m writing the March review a little early because by the end of the month I might be completed lost in a bundle of newborn blankets and sleepy, milky days. March has been a month of waiting. I think I expect spring to whizz and pop into abundant …

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Snowdrop Sketches by Hannah Longmuir

February Review: Stormy but sweet This is how February went: snowdrops, muddy puddles, blackbird, pheasant, snowdrops.  All with a background of wind. Outside, February was stormy.  Dudley! Eunice! Franklin!  More trees down, more powercuts.  We found a whole nest, perfectly formed and still intact, on the ground.  Beautifully arranged sticks and little fluffy white feathers.  …

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Lockdown Wildflowers by Hannah Longmuir

Lockdown Wildflowers: How I Made My Biggest Drawing Yet I’ve recently finished my biggest, slowest, most favourite drawing ever.  Here’s a little summary of how it came about: Lockdown 2020.  Sometimes I forget how extreme it was and then I remember a detail – like there being chains round the gates of play parks, or …

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January sketchbook page Hannah Longmuir

January Review: Slow, Sleepy, Sleepless I always look forward to January.  It seems like it has so much potential.  But somehow it never quite goes to plan. I like the idea of January being a clean slate.  A fresh, cold start.  There seems to be so much to like about January.  Bright, chilly mornings; good …

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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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I’ve chosen the oystercatcher as my bird of the month for April.  I’ve always loved oystercatchers.  They were my Gran’s favourite bird (and I have a Mairi Hedderwick oystercatcher print that was hers).  They are seaside nostalgia.  They are noisy and bold and a bit extra.  They eat cockles like Londoners.  There’s nothing not to …

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[This year I have decided to study two big Horse Chestnut trees near our house.  This is Part 7 of my sketchbook-learnings.] I’m a little behind with my update on the chestnuts.  Things have been really very busy in my little business.  It has been so hard for brick & mortar shops this year, and …

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We are just back from a much needed few days by the sea.  I’ve always been of the opinion that the closer you are to the ocean, the better you feel.  I’ve just googled “why is being by the sea good for you?” and this is what I’ve learnt: doctors have been prescribing curative trips …

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