Getting There In A Roundabout Way!

Good Morning Darceys Angels! there is a saying that man makes plans and God laughs, I had a plan to put a video of me painting on here, but it turned out a bit ….meh….and then I got involved with something that diverted my attention for a bit (more of that later) and…anyhoo this is how the week went.

As you know I’ve been designing  Christmas cards, first I did our CEO Darcey…..



And then to avoid a row our VP Milo had to have one……..


This ones called Surprise!

Finally, as we are an all inclusive company I thought we had best do a cat design, however our own cat Jasper is a 17 and half bag of bones bless him, so I searched for a stock photo (that means copyright free) and chose this one…….


as you can see I was so lazy I just screen shot it! I wanted to add some Christmas to it so I replaced her paw with a bauble. Now I expect proper artists have a method to where they paint first but you know thats not my style! look what I did first………..


Yep! I did the bauble first, what can I tell you I love a bit of sparkle!

After some concentration it ended up like this………..


I put more of a smile on her and a bit of tinsel around her ear. This ones called Dreaming Of Christmas.

It was at this point that I got distracted in the most useful way, through the magic of Facebook I was made aware of a lovely local boy called Sumner Malik, Sumner is suffering from a brain tumour called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma. This is a diagnosis that brings a life expectancy usually counted in months rather than years. Sumner’s family and friends are doing everything they can to raise some money for some treatment that will prolong his life.

Sumner’s story hit me straight in the heart, I have given a portrait voucher to the auction of promises that is being held, and after a bit of a think I have decided to donate 20% of the sales of these Christmas cards to Sumner’s appeal. As soon as they are printed I will let you know and hopefully Darcey’s Angels can show Sumner some love.

In the meantime if you feel generous Sumner has a page on

Have a super week


karen xx














Mikado, Maltesers And Mum!

Morning my lovelies! Welcome to the delayed post about my mums 70th, delayed so the birthday girl didn’t see her cake before she got to eat it! 

When I was planning this post I had in mind a very glamorous, Instagram worthy thing of loveliness but as yesterday progressed I realised that wasn’t important, it was the little details, the traditions that are important to your family that matter, that happen every birthday or Christmas, here’s ours…

1. There is always a theme, for mums birthday it was very loosely the Mikado….

My mum is a very talented lady and as a teenager had done all the set for her schools staging of the Mikado, and had the opportunity to be a window dresser.Her life took a different turn from there for one reason and another, so I just wanted to remind her of how clever she is.

2. There is quite often a themed cake but not yesterday……

This cake had to be malt as its my mums favourite, and this took it to the next level! To make your own you will need the magic gizmo that supports the pouring part, head to Also, my daughter to make the incredible vegan chocolate cake!

3. Indoor fireworks….that we let off outside (because of the number of asthmatics!) …….

And sometimes whilst it’s still light outside!

4. We get a little bit dressed up, sometimes according to theme but it was a bit hot for kimonos, but mum still beat me in the glittery nails competition……….

5. My sister in law always looks amazing, and never seems to get hot and sweaty like the rest of us……

Here she is looking like Jackie O….grrrrrrrr….

And let’s not forget the birthday girl……..

This was not yesterday’s outfit but she’ll kill me if I post an unmasked one! My mum is brave, talented, opinionated, supportive and as mad as a bag of badgers, and as it says at the top of this post I wouldn’t know how to love without her.

I love you, you ginger nutter!!!

So here’s to tradition and dressing up like parrots, have a great week!


Karen xx


Do your Facebook and Instagram feeds contain a lot of images captioned with #Blessed? Mine does and it made me think what I have that would merit that description, this is what I came up with.

This Saturday most of my family are gathering to celebrate my Mums birthday and the arrival of our new puppy. I love my family so much, it is full of talented and loving adults and six of the brightest, funniest children you could wish for. Here we are on a family holiday ……….


So far, so #blessed right? Not completely, all the adults have had health scares and the majority live with serious chronic illness, some of us have faced life threatening illness. Throughout our trial and tribulations we have always had the unconditional support of the red head in the centre of the group – or mum!

My mum has dealt with her husbands illness for the best part of 40 years, her own illness, and for the last two years a condition that can only be managed by aggressive steroid therapy. I could tell you how brave she is, how generous, but let’s just celebrate what makes her great.

My mum loves make up as much as me, one of my earliest memories is of her alpplying her cake mascara, for the youngsters amongst us this what it looks like……..


In in fact she loves her make up so much, she has made us promise that is she is ever in a coma, we will come and put her make up on and dye her hair which brings us to its colour…..


Her hair is Titian red naturally, now it receives a little chemical assistance 😉

She is also multi talented, she makes coffee cake that would make an angel cry…..


And knits, sews and quilts, here are the quilts she made my dogs, yes you heard me correctly, dogs…


She is the queen of malapropism, for example “the cheese straws have a touch of canine pepper in them”!

So thats just a few of the things that make my mum great, and in the most public way possible,I wanted to say….

Happy Birthday Mummy!!!!!


Karen xxx