A whirlwind weekend in Singapore

This time last week I was cycling around warm and sunny Singapore with my bestest of friends. It was a whirlwind of a trip, I left Amsterdam late Thursday night to arrive Friday afternoon in Singapore and I returned the following Monday night, I had three full days to enjoy myself. It’s crazy to think it’s possible to have a long weekend the other side of the world. My friend (who I’ve known since we were both seven) has lived the last ten years in Vietnam and only recently moved to Singapore to have a very beautiful and happy baby (which was one of the main reasons I was making the trip).

I drank quite few G&Ts on the top of the Marina Bay Sands

I was nervous leaving my three children and flying such a long way by myself, I am not the most confident of flyers so this was a big deal to me. I now wish I had done it sooner. My husband had an army of women (his Mum and Sister) to help him out in my absence. As I took off from Amsterdam feeling rather a lot of conflicting emotions I realised that this was my first solo trip in nearly eleven years of having babies – so I figured I deserved it!

Gardens by the Bay

It was super relaxing to hang out around the city, I did do a few touristy things, but I mainly enjoyed just wondering the streets (without trying to keep track of kids). It’s such a mix of East and West and beyond clean! I really enjoyed visiting the National Museum of Singapore and the Gardens by the Bay.

China town.

I will obviously be adding a Singapore print to my shop at some point in the next few months, the colours were super inspiring.

Thirteen hours later I landed back to a snow covered Amsterdam, three excited children and one tired husband. I have so many goals for this year, it’s the year my youngest child will start school and will have more time to give to my business. This trip was such a special way to start what I intend to be positive and inspiring year.

What to gift?

Well it’s been FOREVER since I was here. That’s the problem with so many platforms to manage, before you know it your own, actual website is three years out of date (the renovation is now in full swing).

It’s that time of year again, I start fretting about gifts (being British living in Holland it means we have Sint and Christmas – it’s endless!). I began a tradition with the kids of trying to stick to 1. Something you want 2. Something you need 3. Something to read 4. Something to wear…. don’t worry, this is rarely adhered to 100%.

I love the fact that people gift my prints, may be they have family or friends that are keen travellers, their partner is from New York but they now live in Paris or maybe they want to inspire their kids to one day travel the world. Either way I think it’s pretty cool and a real honour.

Below is a little gift guide for items I think would go down pretty well (even though I do say it myself).

For your teenage daughter. Aztec Feathers.



For your teenage boy. New York Brooklyn Bridge.


For your travel, loving friends! Take advantage of my many Special Offers.


Just a few suggestions to get you thinking. Have a lovely weekend!

I was different…

I am returning to more of a routine with work after the summer holidays, Dutch schools started back this week, it’s quiet(ish) around the house and I am trying to remember how to speak Dutch, goodness knows what my conversations have been like at school this week.

In the Spring I was contacted by a stylist who wanted to use some of my textiles illustrations for a magazine shoot, notably Ariadne at Home. I knew this was for the august edition which felt like a life time away. During the summer it was actually my husband who remembered to check the magazine shelves whilst in Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to see if there was a copy. Low and behold there was my I was different textiles canvas on the front cover! We were on our way to England with our three kids, my husband said ‘you should get this online now’ (we tend to get a bit excited about these things). So rather foolishly we started to try and take photos, tweet, instagram etc etc whilst on the escalator (the flat one!), however no one took any notice of ‘mind your step’ so we ALL went head over heels, buggy tipped over at the end of the escalator whilst looking like incompetent parents, permanently attached to our phones. Oups, yup just a little embarrassing, luckily no one was hurt.

Any way it’s lovely to see my work in print and made for nice start to our holiday in England.



Greetings cards

I am slowly getting my new greetings cards sets in to my Etsy shop. So far I have my traditional four cityscapes of London, New York, Paris and San Francisco, The Dutch set and my Teapots and Teacups. I’ve had a lot of fun sorting out these sets and I will eventually be offering most of the illustrations in my shop as greetings cards.

Traditional city set: London, New York, Paris and San Francisco, available here.


The Dutch Set, available here.


Teapots and Teacups, available here


To market, to market…

I have done two markets in as many weeks, which on top of the day to day upkeep of my online shop, design work and my commitments to my rowdy brood I find it busy and yup really rather tiring. However, I really enjoy going to markets and fairs, it makes me look at what I do from a very different perspective. It doesn’t always fill me with confidence, as these two markets were not the best for me in terms of sales, with these beautiful, sunny days, people are sensibly soaking up the sun rather than seeking a retail experience. But these more challenging circumstances force you to look at what you can do better, asses what is not working and make a few little plans to improve things.

I spend most of my time hiding behind my computer, counting pixels. When I get  emails informing me of sales I think ‘hurray I am doing something right’, I don’t get to whiteness the people that click on by my items. I don’t for one minute think every one should like or appreciate what I do, my point is that I am not really exposed to that online, you are when you are at a fair or market. You can see how some one looks at your work, you can see how they react and this is really helpful, even though sometimes it can make you feel uncomfortable. And of course not every market place is really ‘your gig’, but hey you’ve gone and you have to hold your head up, pretend you’ve had more than 5 hours sleep and crack on with it. I have regularly been at fairs where I have sold a lot of work, of course I have come home with cash in my pocket and a spring in my step. However on reflection I didn’t learn much about what I do, my business and how I can improve it.

This is me before I set off on my 10km bike ride to Amsterdam, and what a beautiful bike ride it is through the forest. We don’t own a car and this bike is MY LIFE, I can fit all (3) kids in it plus all my packages for my post office runs, plus you can cycle it on snow, cool right?



This is my stall at the Small Business Network Pop-up boutique yesterday. The location is gorgeous and very well organised. I met some really great people, other small business owners that have the same hopes, fears and dreams as I do. It is so motivating talking face to face with people and it made me realise I need to get out more.

Any way while the last two weeks of preparation, cycling, some more preparation and some more cycling weren’t as productive as I had hoped for my shop, it did make me assess a few things that I can improve… so watch this space and thank you ever so much for supporting me.

Laura x