Around Here

As we come into this new season of Spring, so my life is slowly changing and moving forward.  I honestly feel like I’m blooming for the first time in a long time.  Most days for me are filled with love and laughter.  It’s been a long time since I’ve felt so relaxed and happy.  I’m not talking about the general niggles of every day life but the overall feeling.  Are you happy?  Are you sad?  Are you depressed?  Are you content?  There’s no doubt that the loss of my parents, my aunt the various complications that their deaths left us with, has taken it’s toll on me.

It’s with such joy that I realise I’m truly contented and happy even though we’re about to embark on some major changes in the coming months both personally and for our business.DianeR_blog-March2014-2
We’re making a big move down to Cornwall later in the year and so things are slowly being sorted out and packed.  Our home is on the market and we’re praying for the right family to come along and buy it.  It’s been a happy home for us for 5yrs and I want it to be a happy home for the next people.
And as if that’s not enough for me to take on, I’ve just started a new online design course, Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design – Module 4.  I love a challenge!  I have big dreams about my art and work and so I know I need to keep learning and keep pushing myself forward.  The exercises and live briefs in this course will definitely push and challenge me and that’s what I need at the moment.  I want to have my designs licensed.  I want to create tangible products.  Create craft products, fabrics and home decor stuff.  I love colour and pattern and the creative process so I’m pretty sure I’m on the right track.DianeR_blog-March2014-6
While my days are full with work, doing online courses and sorting the house out for the big move, we also take time out to be with our family.  Last week we picked my oldest two grandchildren up from school and then took them all out for dinner.  It’s soul refreshing to spend time with those little people.  I can’t begin to express the love I have for them.  They are delight and it fuels my creative endeavours somehow.  I step away from my studio and computer, spend quality time with my family and come go back refreshed and renewed.  I dont’ know how to explain that connection with them all and how it does truly inspire me.DianeR_blog-March2014-4
One of the most exciting happenings around here is a whole new brand/product that Steve and I are working on.  We came up with the idea some time last year during one of our business meetings.  Looking for new ideas of how we can marry up our work with DAZ3D and my more 2d graphic work.  It grew from there and we’re planning a launch for late Autumn this year.  I can’t say much more than that for now.  We’re working on the new website and FB page so once they’re up and running we will start putting out little teasers.  Fun!  Fun! Fun!
So there’s a lot happening around here and it’s all making me happy and grateful for the life I have.  And tired.  Ha!  How’s your Spring shaping up?  Does your life reflect the Seasons?  Funny how that happens sometimes.  Please do leave a comment or pop over to my FB page to say hello –



  1. Hi Diane,
    Just found your site today through Great Graphics Design on Google+. I read your biographical story and now this post. I can identify with so many things you have experience. I am also experiencing so much joy at this time in my life. God has blessed me with the opportunity to work on my own business. Anyhow, I signed up to follow you. I want to learn more about graphics.

    Spring is wonderful!

    • Hi leallyson, so happy you found my website and stopped by. Thank you for taking the time to read my story. So happy to meet you especially via the Great Graphics Design group. Now off to have a look at your work. x

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