Thursday 17 January 2013


This is a tiny post just to keep this blog up and running really. A week on Wednesday our dog Castro, Scott and myself up sticks and move house. It's all happened rather fast and we're both feeling pretty wobbly about it. Our little grey villa is the sweetest of homes and our landlord is a gem, which makes the decision to move that much harder. But things change, our landlord wants to put the house on the market and neither of us much felt like moving in winter or living through open homes.
Our very pretty little grey villa, that we're leaving behind.

We literally looked at one place, only a five minute walk up the road on the sunny side of the street. If you know Dunedin at all you'll know that the extra sun is worth a lot come winter. It's an older, bigger place with stunning arts and crafts fittings. There's room for us to have a large shared office for grown up design business and a room each for our own personal work (mine will be a drawing and packaging room and Scotts will be for toy making). I'm letting go of my beautiful studio in town, it's so pretty and I'm very sad to say goodbye but really it's just a storage and packaging space. I'm much happier working from home and it's going to make life much easier having everything in one place.
Little zine mock up... not the actual front cover.

I've been on somewhat of a creative high lately. I know this won't last so I'm working as hard as I can to get as much out of it as possible. I finished my first zine last weekend (see my mini mock up to work out pagination) and am half way through my second. In true zine style I'm planning to publish under a hinden name and just let them go have their own space away from the pressures of 'Dear Colleen'. Anyway I have boxes to go pack. I might be a little quiet on all fronts until the moving is all done. But please check in next week as I have a couple of free valentines day printables coming (don't worry nothing too lovey dovey).

On a side note, I'm really keen to hear if there is anything people would be interested in me writing about in the future. I mostly just use this blog to share pockets of my life but would love to add more value to people who are good enough to read it.
Super happy Castro, killing a toy snake in his hairy bed!

Also here's a picture of Castro for Sue. Not quite a post but hope this covers it.


  1. Aww what a sweet little house! I know your new home will be just as nice :) Sometimes change is refreshing, no matter how settled you may feel in your life at the moment. And I love your dog! What a smile!

  2. I hope the move goes well! Good luck with all your new design adventures :) I bet the zine will be radtastic.