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Month in the Life

Things to Look Forward to in February

Events, Exhibition, Inspiration, Month in the LifeKate Marsden

So I'm trying something new... for about 5 years now (yes 5 - quite ridiculous!) I've been starting each month by looking back on the last one. Last year in particular I found that a touch depressing (in a kind of ticking off the days until it ends sort of a way) so this year rather than going through the previous month, I'm going to list some things to look forward to in the new one! And here's my first stab at it...


February can be a bit of a miserable month. It's still pretty dark, the weather is still rubbish, and summer is a long long way away... However it is getting lighter, and:

1. Pancakes!!!! Who doesn't like a pancake? Enjoy lots of pancakes with toppings of your choice on Shrove Tuesday (13 February).

2. Go and see the Elizabeth Friedlander exhibition at Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft - it's open now and I'm hoping to go this month.

3. I'm also hoping to go and look at some fab upholstery at the National Centre for Craft & Design.


4. I have my first workshop of 2018 lined up on Satuday 24th - come and make a painted lampshade with me!

5. Valentines Day - can be good or bad depending on how you look at it, but increasingly it's about friends and family and doing nice things for people you care about rather than just the mushy stuff, and I think this has to be a good thing/excuse to do some crafting...

6. Joanne Payne (of Adventures & Tea Parties) is running a Colour My Everyday challenge on Instagram (it started on Monday but goes on until Sunday so there's still time to get involved/take in all the colour).


6. It's still cold and dark enough to justify lighting the fire.

7. From 22-25 February you can visit Collect at the Saatchi Gallery - I found this really inspiring last year - be prepared for very high end craft.

8. The spring bulbs are starting to appear. I'm looking forward to the daffs and then my really blousy tulips in another couple of months.

9. The Modigliani exhibition continues at Tate Modern.

10. Oh, and if you really do hate February, it's a nice short month so payday (and March!) will be here soon!


What do you have planned? Anything I should add to my list?

A (belated) Happy New Year! And looking back on December...

Month in the LifeKate Marsden

After the longest blog break I've ever taken, I'm back and (sort of) raring to go into 2018! I'm starting off with my regular month in the life feature, but in the interests of mixing things up (as that seems to be what I'm all about at the moment...) this may well be the last one in this format. Let's see....


So, here's a little roundup of my December highlights. I'll start thinking more about this year later in the week.


A family trip to the London Illustration Fair - which (perhaps surprisingly) went down well with everyone!

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Doing my Just A Card duty... I bought almost all of my Christmas presents at Crafty Fox Market or in Brixton Village on the same day, and felt pretty smug...


I reduced my alcohol intake and joined a gym. At the beginning of December. As you do... Still going well as I type, and I'm pretty sure this is one of the best decisions I've made in a long time!


A gave a talk to a room full of students at Coulsdon College - which was a little nervewracking but they were all super-friendly and nice, asking great questions, and I think I might've actually enjoyed it...


We had some cracking sunrises and sunsets.


I visited my beloved Barbican Centre for the launch of the latest Dream Plan Do book from Patricia van den Akker of The Design Trust (I'll be talking more about the planner later in the week).


I had stalls at two Crafty Fox Markets as well. The first at The Geffrye Museum...


...and the second at Mercato Metropolitano in Elephant & Castle (where they have fantastic food - you should check it out if you're in the area).


Finally (before all the festive stuff set in - you probably don't want to hear about that now!), I started preparing for the Quilters Fabric Sale THIS COMING WEEKEND at Farnham Maltings. Come and see me there on Sunday 14 January for BARGAINS!!!

Month in the Life - November

Month in the LifeKate Marsden

November was colourful but cold.... exciting meetings, but also big business decisions, a couple of short breaks and lots of being ill (both me and the little man). Here's my best bits...


Making origami Christmas decorations with my downloadable wrapping paper.


Feeling the cold!!


Exciting fabric related talks...


Prep for my pop-up at the Village Haberdashery.


A child-free trip to Ljubljana.


A weekend staying with friends (and building Lego!) in Manchester.




And teaching a lampshade workshop in Carshalton.

Month in the Life - September

Month in the LifeKate Marsden

September is always a busy month and this year was no exception! Here are a few of my highlights...


September is new collection time! Amazingly I managed to pull it all together over the summer holidays...


I launched my new collection at West Elm.


Working on samples for a new workshop.


Portfolio review meeting with Jehane Boden Spiers.


New (to me) bike!


The wonderful Just A Card Day.


My fourth year at Thread Festival of Textiles.

Month in the Life - August

Month in the LifeKate Marsden

I think frantic, but mostly fun, is probably the best way to describe last month! By the time we reached the end of the summer holidays we realised we'd only had two free days in six weeks. Back to school and work for a rest... Here are some of the best bits.

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Working on a logo for a band - this image didn't make the final cut!

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My birthday!

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A rainy trip to Winchester to visit friends - this photo was taken at Basingstoke Station.

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Back at the Olympic Park for the first time since 2012 for the World Athletics Championship.

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Sampling products for the new collection.

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Bumper fabric delivery (followed by bumper fat quarter prep...).

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New chair! And a new cushion from my new collection...

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Discovering the new Petersham Nurseries shop in Covent Garden.

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10th Anniversary Reading Festival weekend (might've met Ash... cough)!

Month in the Life - June and July

Month in the LifeKate Marsden

Two months for the price of one this time as I ran out of time to share June in July! A super busy couple of months with lots of colourful highlights. Here are just a few of my favourite bits...

More new street art in Croydon

More new street art in Croydon

New artwork

New artwork



Columbia Road Flower Market

Columbia Road Flower Market

Working on new ideas

Working on new ideas

Open Studios

Open Studios

Mollie Makes Awards

Mollie Makes Awards

Spending time in my new room

Spending time in my new room

Spending some time on a VERY long term project

Spending some time on a VERY long term project

A little 1-2-1 lampshade making workshop

A little 1-2-1 lampshade making workshop

Holiday time!

Holiday time!

Month in the Life - May

Month in the LifeKate Marsden

May was just non-stop! Lots of exciting stuff though (even though, as I type this all I want to do is sleep!). Here are some of my best bits...

Crafty Fox Market.

Hosting my parents' 40th wedding anniversary party.

Lots of new work for Carshalton Artists Open Studios.

Another fab lampshade workshop at Love Art.

Half term trips to St Leonards (top image) and Bristol (above).

Month in the Life - April

Month in the LifeKate Marsden

A little belated this month as I had so many other exciting things to share! April was busy - school holidays (although for the first week the little man stayed with his grandparents so I was free - or rather missed him really really badly!), starting work on new designs and getting ready for upcoming events, oh and then a certain person's 7th birthday. Here are my best bits...

Jewellery decoupage with Gabriela Szulman.

All four corners of London in one day!

Easter shenanigans.

The Japanese House exhibition at the Barbican.

New cards for Crafty Fox Market (last weekend).

Birthday time!

Month in the Life - March

Month in the LifeKate Marsden

I keep getting to the end of each month and feeling a little like I've been beaten up! March wasn't great - I was really ill, then my Dad was so ill that he spent a week in hospital. Everything that could go wrong did and by the 31st I was feeling pretty flat and tired. So bring on Spring and let's hope April's a bit better!

There were highlights in March though, and here they are...

Lampshade workshop at Love Art

An early morning preview at the British Museum

Finding time to get crafty (this is from the Comic Relief Crafternoon magazine)

Starting the studio revamp.

Making lots of samples for upcoming worksops.

An unexpected trip out of Kings Cross (I never tire of this ceiling).

And a sunny day for a wedding.

Month in the Life - February

Month in the LifeKate Marsden

February was all about the new stuff (oh and half term). Here's a little roundup of my best bits...

Lots of illustration and portfolio updates.

A day out at Collect.

And.... tote bag kits! Phew.

Catching up on the Just A Card blog.

Going back to yoga.

Launching my house illustrations.

Month in the Life - January

Month in the LifeKate Marsden

Well, that was a bit brutal. January was a tough month in more ways than one, not helped in my case by the fact that I was ill (twice!). There were a few bright points though and here are some of my highlights...

Starting off with some positive planning...

My first visit to the new Design Museum.

A lovely lunch with June Chanpoomidole of June Sees.

Working on the photography (again!).

Oysters in Whitstable.

Lots of sketching.

Month in the Life - December

Month in the LifeKate Marsden

For some reason December didn't seem to fly by as if often does (although Christmas itself was pretty quick - helped by a trip to visit the family in the countryside during those in between days so they shot by fast for a change). Here's what I got up to...

Feature in  Simply Sewing Magazine  - out now!

Feature in Simply Sewing Magazine - out now!

Trying to stay on top of the admin...

Delivering prints to the new Parklife Cafe in Croydon.

Another weekend pop-up at West Elm.

And my last event of the year - Crafty Fox Market at The Geffrye Museum in Hoxton.

Stocktaking, tidying and sorting stuff out after my last market/the last pre-Christmas posting day.

Making crackers to decorate the table - these are from a kit which came free with Mollie Makes magazine.

Cold and foggy walks in the countryside...

Then back to packing up a heap of sale orders! The sale continues here and on Etsy.

And another year was over...

Month in the Life - November

Month in the LifeKate Marsden

Every month seems to be more hectic than the last! In November I was unwell for the best part of a fortnight, visited New York and Sheffield, did my first Christmas market and the work rush started. And breathe....!

Here are my November highlights.

Christmas arrived in  the shop !

Christmas arrived in the shop!

It's that time of the year again! Restocking travelcard wallets...

With an A3 version of my Croydon Saffron Print at Croydon Saffron.

Graffiti spotting on my first visit to Croydon Boxpark (behind me in this photo).

NYC!! Keep your eyes out for a second post with more pics from New York.

Then home for tea with Hillary.

Making A LOT of noise about Just A Card.

At Crafty Fox and Folksy's Weekend of the Maker in Sheffield.

Lots of orders including these lovely custom cushions! The custom order date has passed but I do have some cushions in stock here.

Month in the Life - October

Month in the Life, Drawing, London, Sewing, Textiles, TravelKate Marsden

October was another super busy month! As I type I have a touch of the old jet lag so hopefully this makes sense... Here are some of my October highlights.

Fabric shopping at  Gather Here  in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Fabric shopping at Gather Here in Cambridge, Massachusetts

The month started with my latest photowalk (and boy does that seem like a long time ago now! - you can read all about it here and see more pics by searching Instagram for #madebymrsmphotowalk).

Lots more new prints in October including this drawing of Sheffield University Arts Tower which forms part of my new Sheffield fabric design - there's a new Croydon one too - take a look here.

Plenty of new prints and plenty of orders = plenty of studio time!

I produced some Christmas cards too, which went like hot cakes (one pack left at the time of writing...).

I had fun teaching my tote bag workshop again - this time at Love Art in Tooting.

I started the pre-Christmas travelcard wallet restock...

Visited Croydon Saffron (keep your eyes peeled for another post about this).

Before spending the last week of the month touring around New England (hence the jet lag!) - there may be more posts on this to come too.

But now it's November., so time to get properly busy!!

Month in the Life - September

Month in the LifeKate Marsden

Oh September... back to school, lots of events and meetings, unexpected best sellers and the lost of my beloved old cat. The beginning of the month seems like a very long time ago and I need a holiday! Here are my best bits...

Took the little man to visit my stockist Love Art (where I'll be hosting a workshop next weekend - come and join me!).

A wonderful weekend at West Elm - I'll be back on 10/11 December.

Playing with some different motifs for my Patternmash project - watch this space for a full post about my submission.

Another brilliant Crafty Fox Market.

A lot of cutting and pressing...

Thread at Farnham Maltings.

Finally finding some time for my needlepoint - determined to finish it soon!

Features in the Croydon Advertiser (above) and Quilt Now (below).

Month in the Life - August

Month in the LifeKate Marsden

August was all about juggling... Only a few days of childcare but a new collection to get ready - two short breaks away plus a week in Barcelona (which already seems like a long time ago!). Here are some of my highlights...

I popped into Habitat to see Sarah Awiscombe's room set before my meeting at West Elm (come and see me at West Elm this weekend!!).

Some wonderful, surreal sculpture at Doddington Hall.

A really lovely birthday with family and friends.

Stitching up frutiness with Crafty Catch-up Club at Tea & Crafting in Camden - follow @ladybirdlikes and @teaandcrafting for details of the next one.

Lovely Barcenlona.

Working flat out on the new collection.

And some ideas for something even newer...

The obligatory summer garden centre visit!

Month in the Life - July

Month in the LifeKate Marsden

July was a packed month! Rolling down to the school summer holidays, and rounding off with a lovely break in the South of France. Here are some of my highlights...

The ceiling of Marseille Airport

The ceiling of Marseille Airport

A pre-end of term studio tidy.

Post-coaching business planning - and boy do I have a lot to plan!

Making my first shrink plastic brooches.

Taking the little man to the Kusama exhibition.

St Tropez.

Some prep ahead of my meeting with West Elm - more information about my upcoming pop-up to follow!

Month in the Life - June

Month in the LifeKate Marsden

Well, that was quite a roller coaster of a month - I need a holiday... Despite all the doom and gloom, lots of really good things happened, so here are my June highlights.

Hard to remember it now, but we had a few days with really lovely weather in the second week of the month - before all the thunderstorms and floods! The flowers above were picked from my garden.

Quite a bit of dressmaking occurred. This dress and a tunic too.

The members preview of the new Tate Modern.

Two amazing days at Blogtacular! Read my main post here, and all about the photowalk here.

A really lovely meal out for Father's Day.

A lazy morning at Tate Britain.

Two new stockists in a week - head over here for my new stockists page.

Month in the Life - May

Month in the LifeKate Marsden

May always seems to be a busy month for me and this year was no exception! Here's a roundup of some of my best bits...

Lots of work for Just A Card, including getting my own flyers printed and writing several blog posts (catch up on the blog here).

I relaunched my other blog too (so yes, that's 3...) - do pop over and let me know what you think of it.

An amazing amount of beautiful blossom!

Three (yes 3) magazine features - this one is Quilt Now. I was also in Mollie Makes and Homemaker.

My winning entry for So Good in Every Way #sgiew (#vintagefinds) - I also judged #sgiew in the last week of the month.

A trip to the seaside (and the woods).

The lovely folks at Weaver Dee sent me all the bits I need to make a dress! Planning to get this finished to wear to Blogtacular. (WEAVER DEE SPONSOR MY BLOG AND SENT THESE ITEMS FOR FREE - SEE LINK IN SIDEBAR.)

A fab day at Crafty Fox Market in Brixton (you can see my Just A Card interview with Sinead of Crafty Fox here).

Month in the Life - February

Month in the LifeKate Marsden

I say it every month, but February does always fly by. Here are my highlights...

The Look Lane launch party - more to come on this soon!

Making Valentines biscuits with the little man.

Back to work!

A wholesale order for my new stockist, Barnaby & Co.

And my Nan's old Berylware tea cups!

Getting ready to launch my new Fat Quarter Club.