I’m very excited to share that I am now selling my illustrations on Etsy. I’ve set up my very own store and I’m so happy! I’ve started with a limited run of different booze bottles and have big plans to expand with even more prints, stickers and greeting cards. I might even branch out into selling my macrame coasters but more on that side hustle later. I would love it if you could check out more store and if you love my drawings follow me on instagram. I’m looking to order more stock for my store and can’t wait to get selling.
Week 4757279 I’ve lost count!
It’s been a little while since I last did a staying-at-home diary entry. I guess with everything going on I sort of forgot about it but wanted to update y’all on some things that I’ve been up to and share loads of iphone snaps with y’all. Now if you follow me on Instagram you might of seen these on my stories -i know my last post was a life update but it was really about my new Etsy store.
Just want to check in with y’all. Hows everyone doing during this social distancing time? It’s strange I see on some peoples stories things look to be back to normal. Over here in LA we still wear face coverings/mask every time we leave the house or are in public. If you are not wearing one you’re not allowed into stores or supermarkets, its mandatory to wear them in public. We only have outdoor dining, all bars and clubs are still closed. All beauty salons and hair dressers are closed, unless hair dressers can work outside then they can. It’s a weird limbo, where things feel slightly normalised but at the same time it still feels very strange.
Over all we’re doing ok and have adjusted to Dave working from home and our new normal life of wearing face masks but our trip back home was cancelled, we’re not sure when we’ll see our families again which is tough but we’re very grateful for our beautiful little apartment and that we can now walk to the beach and go for hikes again. It’s those little things that are keeping us happy in such uncertain times. At the beginning of lockdown I struggled with my creativity, now I’m brimming with ideas. Like I mentioned in my previous post I’m working of Christmas cards, which means I now can’t wait till Christmas! I’m excited to decorate our apartment and to get a real tree for the first time since I was little and lived with my momma. I am sad we wont be seeing family but face time will have to suffice as we can’t do anything about it.
I’ve been tie-dying, sewing and illustrating. We’ve eaten lots of delicious food, gone for walks to the beach and on a couple hikes. Generally loving and enjoying our surroundings. Dog sitting and cuddling all of our neighbours cute pups. Making friends with our neighbours and playing socially distance lawn games. We really lucked out with our neighbours and throughout lockdown have become friends with them all.
I’ve been feeling like I’ve neglected my blog recently, it seems I can’t juggle multiple things as well as i thought I could. I’ve been pouring all my time into designing a range of prints and holiday cards, in the hopes to sell them this Christmas. I’m aiming to have them all designed by end of August and launched in my Etsy store by middle of September. I’d love to ship worldwide and for this to be achievable I need to allow plenty of time for shipping, as the mail in the US is slow to say the least. I’m planning to have a rang of 12 Christmas cards, to sell as packs and individually. I think I’m most looking forward to the product shots, I have so many ideas of how I’d like these to look.
I’ll also be selling vinyl stickers ideal for jazzing up note books, laptops or even reusable water bottles. As well as my illustrations in both little postcards and as bigger prints. It’s all very exciting if a little daunting. I’m relying on Dave to help fund and kick start it off the ground. My hope is things will sell and I can funnel that money back into more stock and options of prints for the store.
I’m also trying to come up with branding and it’s very apparent to me I’m no graphic designer, so if any of you followers have any ideas of my Illustrating Amy branding should be like, holla at your girl, I’d love to collaborate. I’ve really struggled to get a job due to old Rona, I’m hoping if i pour all my time into this new venture and have all my fingers crossed it will become my full time job. I have my first round of stickers and post cards on oder and will be heading to my store at the end of August, for now I’m stocking it with some of my most popular illustrations as downloadable prints. If you fancy getting your hands of one head over to my Etsy to take a look. Lots more will be coming to the store very soon!
Thats all my news to share. How have you all been? It’s taken some time to get used to this staying home and having Dave home all the time but now I don’t think I’d like it if he goes back to the office. I’m finally in my groove and actually getting up at a more sensible time and putting structure into my day. I also think it helps I have something to focus on. Hope you’re all good and able to enjoy the summer even with everything going on in the world.
Dress – Made by me
Sandals – Teva
Earrings – Zara
Photos by Dave Cox
Mediterranean Chicken Risotto
Since we’ve been on a health kick during lockdown, I’ve been searching the web for healthy but tasty recipes and I came across this mediterranean chicken risotto and let me tell you its the perfect Sunday dinner dish. I’d never had a tomato based risotto before but i love tomato based foods, for me this was a winning combination and I was able to add lots of veg into it too! I changed a couple little things from the original recipe by roasting fresh peppers instead of ones from a jar and i baked the chicken before adding it to the risotto. If you give this recipe ago, let me know what you think and if you’d change anything.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 3 large red peppers, slice and de-seed oven roasted
- 3 garlic cloves
- 400g dried arborio rice
- 2 chicken stock cubes
- 3 tbsp tomato purée
- 400g can chopped tomatoes
- 3 skinless & boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized chunks
- 1 large courgette, cut into slices
- 200g cherry tomatoes
- 200g baby leaf spinach, roughly chopped
- 150g cottage cheese or plain quark or Philadelphia cheese
- Slice and de-seed red peppers and roast in oven on 375 F for about 25 minutes and then set aside to cool. Once cooled purée the roasted red peppers and garlic in a mini food processor
- Lightly spray a baking tray with cooking oil and place chicken breasts in oven for about 20 minutes, these can be popped in the oven at the same time as the peppers. Once cooked cut chicken into bite-sized chunks and set aside till later – this will get cooked further within the risotto, I just prefer to bake for a little before adding to the pan with the rest of the risotto ingredients
- Place a large deep non-stick pan with a dash of oil placing it over a medium heat. Fry the onion for about 10 minutes or until softened, if it anything starts to stick add a little water
- Put 800ml water into another saucepan and bring to the boil and let over a low heat, add 1 chicken stock cube to the boiling water
- Stir the red pepper purée, rice and 2nd chicken stock cube into the saucepan with the onions and start adding ladlefuls of the hot water from the secondary saucepan, make sure you allow each ladleful of water to be absorbed by the rice before you add more. It’s important to stir often to stop the rice sticking (this is something I wasn’t that good at and Dave jumped into help me with it)
After 10 minutes, add the tomato purée, tin of chopped tomatoes and chicken to the rice, then continue adding ladlefuls of water
- Add the courgette and cherry tomatoes. After 5 minutes, add the spinach and basil and continue adding the water until it has all been absorbed and the rice is al dente – about 25 minutes or cook for longer if you do not like al dente rice
- Remove from the heat, stir through the cottage or cream cheese or quark. To finish it off we went with a good sprinkling of Manchego cheese. Enjoy!
Photos by Dave Cox & Amy Purfield-Clark