All your orders are so appreciated whenever you place them, but if you were planning on buying something from me this Christmas, I would really advise shopping early if you can. As you can see below, the post is likely to be very disrupted this year, so please do bear that in mind if things are taking longer to arrive. If you need something urgently, I will always do my best to accommodate, so please do get in touch.
I really enjoyed exhibiting in the Arts Market at the Malvern Autumn Festival at the Three Counties Showground over the weekend. I saw lots of friendly faces, the weather was on side, and it was the push I needed to finish my Inky Wildflower Alphabet! I managed to sneak round early on day 2 to have a look myself, the giant vegetables did not disappoint! Click on the image for a little taster incase you're considering visiting another year, perhaps I'll see you there.
I love books.
I've been prioritising time for reading more - as much to escape the screens as anything and have enjoyed putting some lists together of recent favs that I thought might help spark ideas and starting points on a theme. This list celebrates the joys, hardships and revelations that can come from tenaciously putting one foot in front of another.
The Salt Path by Raynor Winn
A beautiful and profound book, written about her experience of walking the South West Coast Path, with homelessness, personal reflection and overcoming hardship woven through. I loved every moment.
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Cheryl takes you on both her reflective inward and challenging outward journey, set along the Pacific Crest Trail in America. Tender, amusing and moving. I've not seen the film adaptation, let me know if it's worth a look!
Epic Expeditions by Ed Stafford
Expeditions from history are mingled with modern explorers with an emphasis on their kit lists and experiences. Great for gear geeks and armchair explorers alike.
Two Steps Forward by Graeme Simsion & Anne Buist
A fictional account of walking the Camino de Santiago. An easy read that I enjoyed, but I wasn't captivated, so would love to hear your recommendations for similar themes.
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
You know what you're getting with Bill Bryson - funny anecdotes and social history all mingled together. This one was about hiking the Appalachian Trail in America.
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
A moving account of one man's ultimately tragic journey to question everything that modern society accepts as "normal life".
Clicking on each book cover or title above will take you to an ethical online bookshop supporting independent UK bookshops, where you can read more details about each book and buy if you feel inspired - for full disclosure I may receive a commission if you do buy them, but all reviews are my own honest opinions.
I'll be popping up at a handful of events this Autumn and Winter, so if you'd like to come and say hi or see any products in real life before ordering, please do come along!
23th-25th September | Malvern Autumn Show
Three Counties Showground, Malvern, WR13 6NW
9am - 6pm each day
3rd November | Herefordshire Festive Gift Fair to support Megan Baker House
The Pavilion Rooms, Ledbury, HR8 2LP
4pm - 8.30pm
26th November | Christmas Lights Event at Malvern Priory
Great Malvern Priory Grounds, Malvern, WR14 2AY
10am - 8pm
2nd-4th December | Winter Glow at Three Counties Showground
Three Counties Showground, Malvern, WR13 6NW
Friday 3pm - 8pm | Weekend 11am - 8pm
ENTRY IS FREE, but if you'd like to see some of the paid attractions you can use this Malvern Winter Glow Discount Code SIGNMEUPWG22! for money off for a limited time
I'm very excited that my two different Grow Your Own Wildflower Bouquet sets are going to be featured by Not On The High Street in their Thank You Teacher campaign. I made a little video for them, click on the image below for the full thing. I hope you enjoy!
So I haven't quite finished my full wildflower alphabet yet, but I've got a little carried away and created a few new products with the illustrations that I have finished anyway!
How are you doing? I hope that Spring has been kind so far! I'm so appreciative of your orders and patience whilst I've been on my "break", it was exactly what I needed and I've got lots of exciting things to share very soon! I just wanted to let you know that all dispatch times are back to normal now and all orders are being sent out straight away. As a thank you, orders from now until 20th March will include a bundle of 8 of my new-ish postcards - no need to add a code or spend a certain amount or anything, I just wanted to say thanks!
The last few years have been a LOT for everyone. I hope you’re remembering to treat yourself kindly as we continue to come through it. Personally I’ve felt very much like it’s been a time to survive rather than thrive and it’s starting to take its toll. So I’ve decided to take a somewhat risky business decision - between 12th February and 12th March 2022 I will be slightly stepping back from what a normal day looks like and intentionally focus on creating.
My usual day to day looks a lot like getting orders out of the door and all the admin, stock managing, customer messaging and cardboard-wrestling that goes with that. I am always so grateful to be kept busy by orders, but I have struggled to find the time to move things forward in new directions, which I am desperately keen to do. I’ve got so many new ideas about how to make what I do more meaningful and be a bigger force for good than just supporting my own household, and they’re just not getting done.
So for my classically quieter time after the January sales have closed, I am just fulfilling the products that I have made to order and sent directly from my marvellous UK printers, so that I can spend less time in front of a screen and more time getting inky. As you’ll see from the selection in the Available category, this is still quite a lot of things - from cushions to worktop savers to faux leather phone cases. So if you’re still looking for any of those, they will be delivered in their usual time frame as described in the product blurb (most within 3-5 days.) For everything else, you’re very welcome to still place orders, but they won’t be sent out until the week beginning 14th March.
Everything will continue as normal until my “break”, so if you’ve had your eye on something for a Spring birthday or Valentine’s gift, you can still order and receive it as normal up until 11th Feb. I’m really hoping that I’ll finish this enforced semi-break overflowing with new exciting things to show you. As always, I love to hear your ideas and feedback, and I will still be checking emails etc, so please do drop me a message with any thoughts. Keep in touch :)
I'm not a massive fan of Black Friday, it feels like punishing the loyalty of the amazing support you've shown again this year to suddenly stick everything on sale. So instead, between now and Monday night (29th November), for every single order placed on katemoby.com no matter what size, I'll be planting one tree by partnering with One Tree Planted. We're hearing more all the time about the importance of repairing and safeguarding the natural world, and this feels like something tangible that I can do, with your help making it possible. A few ace tree facts:
Hopefully together we'll be able to plant loads of trees, but the treats don't stop there. As a thank you that you can enjoy too, I'll be popping in a set of five postcards (which are FSC certified of course!) worth £5 with each order no matter how small. Let's turn Black Friday green!
I've taken the decision not to do any in-person events this Christmas, so instead I've put together some neat little collections of my best sellers, to make buying that thoughtful gift as easy and enjoyable as possible. From selections for little ones, gifts for gardeners and treats under £10, you can browse these curated categories for inspiration. As always, thank you so much for every purchase, I'm really so very grateful.
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