In celebration of Mums


That special day each year when we celebrate and thank our mums is fast approaching – 15 March is Mothering Sunday. Obviously Mums love homemade creations hand crafted by their clever children, but if you’re looking for a gift in addition, or to give something different, we can help. Take a look at our Mother’s Day department where you’ll find cards, wrapping paper and a variety of gifts for mums and mums-to-be.

And if there’s anything we can do to help you make your mum happy just let us know!


Happiness is… vol. 18

Not only is it Monday again, we’re into another month too! Now it’s March surely it’s time for Spring to properly show itself, isn’t it?

So, what had you feeling warm and fuzzy and smiley last week? I’m feeling v thankful for a really quite great week:


::  I’ve been making more scrummy recipes from the Deliciously Ella cookbook and can recommend the almond and chia energy bites if you like something sweet with your cuppa
::  I’ve been chain-buying tulips so I have a touch of Spring indoors, whatever the weather’s doing outside, and blogged about the simple joy of Friday Flowers
:: Seeing my designs come to life with a delivery from the printer always makes me super happy so boxes of four new notebooks had me beaming!
:: Georgie found some sunshine!
:: We celebrated our nephew and niece’s birthdays with a lovely family lunch, homemade birthday cake and much excitement over presents
:: I launched Happy Paper Club yesterday morning and was completely overwhelmed with the response – all the March boxes sold out in one and a half hours! I’m already on the case to make sure I have a lot more boxes for the next release on 1 April…

What little or big or funny things made you smile in the last few days? I’d love you to share them with me in a comment below, or link me up on twitterinstagram or facebook.

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Happy Paper Club is open to join now!


I’m delighted to announce that Happy Paper Club is now open and ready for you to join!

You can choose to buy a one-off taster box, join the Club for six months or take out a rolling monthly subscription with extra benefits. There are a limited number of boxes available and once they’re gone, they’re gone! The next month’s boxes will be available to order on 1 April.

So, I look forward to welcoming you to Happy Paper Club!

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One small step of kindness to yourself, one giant leap in your own happiness


Many years ago I worked in the same part of London as where I lived. Every Friday lunchtime I went to the market stall and bought bunches of flowers to arrange in my flat and enjoy over the weekend and into the following week. Fresh flowers have always made me smile and as my husband and I had just bought our first home together I wanted to make it welcoming and cosy. My workmates were highly amused by my routine, greeting me with exclamations of ‘ Hey, Friday Flowers!’ when I walked in the door with my bouquet of blooms.

It was such a simple way of giving myself a happiness boost. It didn’t cost a lot, or take much effort, but I felt like I was treating myself every week with something that would continue to make me smile for several days to come. I fell out of this routine, probably when I worked further away from my home, but recently I’ve been getting back into the habit and I love having fresh flowers around the house again.

What are your ‘Friday Flowers’? Is it taking a candlelit bath, having tea and cake in a local cafe or going for a bike ride? Perhaps it’s curling up to read uninterrupted for a couple of hours, or it’s taking a yoga class. I’m willing to bet whatever it is that makes you smile and lifts your heart doesn’t cost much or require hours of your time. But I also bet that you don’t do it very often. You’re busy taking care of everyone else and putting their welfare before your own.

Making your own happiness a priority is absolutely not being selfish, just in case you’re thinking it is. When you’re feeling good you’re much more able to deal with everything life throws at you, take care of those around you and be a cheery person to be around. You might need to move a couple of things around to find the time or money but what a reward you’ll get for making that effort! I’ve even drawn stick people to illustrate how your happiness benefits others in this post.

So, when you think of it like that, your ‘Friday Flowers’ isn’t so much of a treat as more of a necessity, wouldn’t you say?

PS Happy Paper Club launches on Sunday 1 March, yes, this coming Sunday! There are a limited number of boxes available so be sure to sign up for the newsletter so you’ll know the moment you can join Happy Paper Club. Go to the website to check out all the details.


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Happiness is… vol. 17

How was your week? Whizzed by in a bit of a blur? I bet there were several things that were pretty top-notch about your week, but can you remember them a few days later? Taking a moment at the end of each day to jot down three things that were good about your day not only helps improve your mood long-term, it also helps you remember the good stuff in the short-term!

Here’s a handful of what had me smiling last week…


:: the little stick people I sketched to illustrate the point that your happy mood has a positive impact on someone three people away from you seemed to tickle and hit home with some of you!
:: we’ve had a few sunny days, hooray! I was most intrigued by this cloud formation that looks a bit like a cyclone funnel sliced in half…
:: I had several little chunks of time to sit and read. Oprah Winfrey’s book, What I Know For Sure, is a collection of her magazine columns and makes for great, thought-provoking reading
:: I asked you to nominate someone who could do with a little mood boost in the form of a Happy Post Day giveaway and I loved the response! You’re a kind and generous bunch, you lovely people
:: my new food processor was delivered (yay for finding forgotten birthday gift vouchers!) so I’ve been having a play and will be trying out some Deliciously Ella recipes very soon

Take a moment to think about the highlights of last week, recalling happy memories has been proven to make you feel happier in the present. Whatever it was that made you smile I’d love you to share them with me in a comment below, or link me up on twitterinstagram or facebook.

PS Happy Paper Club launches in less than a week – on Sunday 1 March! Go to the website to check out all the details.


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