Why shopping small is huge

Why shopping small is huge

I totally understand why small business are called 'small', in many ways we are tiny but it always sounds odd because on the inside... it feels huge. 

Since running my own business, I hold even more respect for small, independent businesses, and it gives me a lot of joy to support them wherever possible, especially for Christmas shopping and amongst the increasing pressures of Black Friday...

November 26, 2021 — Lorna Gibson
Just As You Are

Just As You Are

I just wanted to take this opportunity to remind you how wonderful you are. Just as you are. Because sometimes it's easy to forget. And it's especially easy to forget if you're being questioned through a lens of society's most common list of expectations.
November 16, 2021 — Lorna Gibson
Mr Bear is featured in Cheshire Life

Mr Bear is featured in Cheshire Life

I was absolutely delighted to be featured in Cheshire Life this month, especially so because the November issue is full of sparkle and festive treats. 

There were so many moments of doubt along the way making this film, so the moments of recognition like this are truly wonderful. 

November 16, 2021 — Lorna Gibson
Daylight Spendings

Daylight Spendings

I loved to think of the daylight saved being bottled up annually in a jar. An hour's worth of beautiful light from October 2013, waiting to be released when needed, or to be shared on a warm summers evening, a sparkly release of glowing sunbeams. Like an extra strong home brew spontaneously uncorked with a twinkly smile.
October 28, 2021 — Lorna Gibson
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I'm late...I'm late...

I'm late...I'm late...

While standing beside a clock, the tick seems so constant, yet time is so strangely inconsistent. From the bizarre time soup of a painful loss to the eternity of each second while holding a plank in the gym.

October 15, 2021 — Lorna Gibson
If Christmas Is Hard

If Christmas Is Hard

23rd December 2019 I sat beside my Christmas tree in my PJs with tears rolling down my face as I read so many heartbreaking comments of all the people who  had 'needed to read this today'. I replied with hugs and condolences to as many as I could, many people had lost loved ones that day. I vowed right there that I'd make sure to create a physical card the following Christmas. 
September 16, 2021 — Lorna Gibson
You ARE an artist!

You ARE an artist!

Along my creative journey, I've been given a few permission slips, and I can't tell you how much they've helped! Permission to embark upon a creative career, permission to call myself a creative, permission to call myself an illustrator, permission to call myself... gulp... an artist. Each one has been a delightful nudge of encouragement for which I've been truly grateful. 

August 19, 2021 — Lorna Gibson
Magic is the wonder

Magic is the wonder

A short poem I wrote for Lionheart magazine about my thoughts on what magic is, called Magic Is The Wonder
August 05, 2021 — Lorna Gibson
Blank Page

Blank Page

Few things make me as wriggly and uncomfortable as a blank page...
July 19, 2021 — Lorna Gibson
How failing led me here

How failing led me here

Before I started Toots Design, I created a hat brand with colourful winter beanies...

Here is a little behind the scenes about how it came about, and how it became a  part of the journey to finding you here now. 

July 15, 2021 — Lorna Gibson
Friends In Small Places

Friends In Small Places

I think many of us will freely admit to having a phobia of some kind. Mine is spiders. I had no fear of them until a tarantula was popped into my hand at London Zoo when I was 5. Totally spooked, that was game over for me. What started as mild aversion grew and grew until any spider was a problem. Later in life, I worked hard to befriend them as a way to shrink the fear... Which is how I came to write about Dave.
June 11, 2021 — Lorna Gibson
The Other Side Of The Wall

The Other Side Of The Wall

Putting on a brave face alongside the things that worry us is so tiring.

Sometimes the thoughts and feelings themselves can be as (if not more) frightening than any situation we face. It takes great strength to hold them at bay, and it takes great strength to face them too. So if you recognise yourself holding up the wall with all your might, you are stronger than you know. And if you recognise yourself sitting with the courage to let them out, you are also made of more magic than any Marvel superhero.

June 01, 2021 — Lorna Gibson