Helen Barker Painting

Happy New Year! Blogs, vlogs and extra togs.


Hello creative soul, welcome back to my blog. I’m launching my new year – and a happy new year to you – with plans to take my blog to the next level. I was thinking over Christmas how much I’ve missed writing, and how much writing helps me through good and bad times. So I’m going to be brave and share more with you.


Illustration from The Big Alfie Out of Doors Storybook © Shirley Hughes, 1992

I was reading a Shirley Hughes book to my daughter at bedtime the other night (I LOVE SHIRLEY), and I felt so alive just reliving the childhood experiences she captures so well. Playing in the mud, watching people in the streets, colourful foods and plants and boots and hats, chasing around outdoors and hiding indoors – her work really spoke to me of my own childhood. As I sat with J on my knee reading to her I felt this amazing sense of being given a second chance. I get to relive these moments with my own little girl now. And I also felt super inspired to do my own watercolours of childhood moments. So I’m going to take J out and we’re going to record a few little moments of childhood joy and use them to make some artwork/play/explore. Which leads me to the next thought…


This will be me. 

VLOGS. I’m going to be extra brave and start a vlog. I am really super excited about being able to talk directly to you, share some film and capture some of my processes so that you can use them too – little tips and tricks and ways to paint, draw and doodle. I’d love to share what I love about creativity, and I truly believe everyone is creative and that YOU CAN PAINT. I’ve even ordered a couple of nice lights and microphone so you can actually see and hear me. LUCKY YOU.


My new bed shall look JUST LIKE THIS. Yes. 

Thirdly, TOGS. Isn’t it cold?! I just feel so cold all the time. Don’t you? So I’ve made the most of the boxing day sales and – for the first time ever – done an online sale shop on boxing day for a new duvet. I’m super excited about this – THAT’S RIGHT – I’M TALKING ABOUT A DUVET – because it’s a feather down one and I’ve got some linen coming too. SO basically my new years resolution is to make my bed look and feel like a hotel bed. So that despite constantly being dragged out of it by a toddler, I can truly feel I am gaining some sort of luxurious comfort time at night. TOG IT UP. Cosy cosy cosy winter time is here – time to snuggle up under your duvet and do some doodling and watch some vlogs – join me!


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