Happy New Year

I know I’m a little late to the party but….Happy New Year! I hope you all had a lovely festive break.

Teacup House was a flurry of business in the run-up to Christmas.  I was delighted to get all orders out the door on time and there was plenty of relaxing over the holidays, mostly in front of the fire and not too far from a box of chocolates.

I got such a buzz preparing my Christmas orders, knowing they were going to be opened and enjoyed by so many people on Christmas morning.  I even received some messages and photos on the big day to say how much they were loved and deemed ‘the best Christmas gift’ by recipients, which obviously made me very happy indeed.

I was also SUPER thrilled to create a doodle for Coronation Street actress Catherine Tyldesley, commissioned by her good friend and stylist Martine Alexander.  I was soooo excited when Cath shared the doodle via her Instagram account saying that she loved her gift!

I thought there would be a little lull in January, but I’ve been straight back to work preparing some gorgeous family doodles.  It feels like a tonic to be creative again after a few weeks off.

On the home front, the kittens are settling in well and growing every day.  They’ll be big enough to be let out soon so I’m busy sorting out a cat flap for them.  They always take a great interest in my work. In fact it’s safe to say that every time I sit down to doodle, they climb on my knee and snuggle down!

We have my son’s birthday this month too, I can’t believe he’s 12 already.  Plans and preparations are in full swing, but I think we’ve reached the ‘low-key’ birthday stage now where a trip to the cinema with a friend is deemed perfectly acceptable.  I can’t say I miss the stress of organising full scale kids’ birthday parties!

As for me, I’m always glad when January comes around. I love New Year because it means getting back to the gym and healthy eating (which I love) and pondering goals and planning for the year ahead (always a positive thing to do).

I have a couple of ideas for Teacup Doodles that I’d like to realise this year.  One of them is to offer local doodle workshops for children.  I’m not sure how it will work just yet but I’m excited to see if I can turn that dream into a reality along with a few others.  Watch this space!

By the way….if you would like to send me a photo of your family with your doodle, I will share it via my social media!

Love Toria

xxx