Happy New Year to everyone! I began the new year with an order of 'hearty' products for a new stockist, the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth.

They wanted to be prepared for St Dwynwen's Day, the Welsh patron Saint of lovers, our equivalent of Valentines Day, except ours is on January 25th each year.

My leaf tile pictures have been growing in popularity and so Woody and I have endured the rain, hail and generally soggy weather conditions to search out some suitable emerging leaves. We've found plenty to inspire us and been busy making leafy pictures to frame.

Some will be for sale at my first fair of the year, the Penarth Handmade Market, Mothers Day Special, at The Paget Rooms on Sunday Feb 28th from 11-4.

I had the pleasure of having a stall at the Christmas Handmade Market in Rhiwbina last year, if you like quality hand made products at a well organised event, then you're in for a treat, make a note of the date!