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Christmas is Coming

Sunday, 19 November 2017

At the time of writing it’s five weeks until Christmas. Which sounds like ages away. It’s not!

I’ve been busily putting out new stock, some very Christmassy indeed. The gallery is literally bursting with new arts and crafts and looks wonderful. However, I’m still to succomb to winterfying the window and, at the moment, it’s still autumnal on Cloud 9. 

I’ll get all wintery this week though I think - look out...

A Week of Awards!

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Someone today suggested that I put money on the lottery because this week I’ve managed to pick up another two awards for the gallery! 

The first came on Monday evening when Theo Paphitis, former Dragon and entrepreneur, chose Cloud 9 as one of his twelve businesses to join his Twitter Small Business Sunday collective. The first I knew of the win was when my Twitter feed suddenly went crazy, with two hundred notifications and almost as many...

The Lovely Life Planner

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Last year I was telling you all about a wonderful life and business planner I’d been using and many of you followed suit and bought one of your own. I’ve faithfully used mine during 2017, logging my recovery after surgery and important dates and so on, but soon discovered that the planner didn’t quite have everything in it that I wanted and was a bit too airy-fairy for me. 

So I set about designing my own. 

What I’ve...


Friday, 1 September 2017

For the last few years Cloud 9 has been supporting the Small Business Saturday UK campaign. Small Business Saturday falls neatly between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the worst days for small businesses as everyone clambers to shop online, grab those pre-Christmas bargains and save as much money as possible. And who can blame them?

We are historically a 'Nation of Shopkeepers’, but small shops can really suffer at what should be the brightest...

I'm on Tour!

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Well, the wee van is loaded to the neck, with everything I think I’ll need, for this weekend’s Kirkcudbright Arts and Crafts Trail! 

I’ve got some new work to show, paintings that haven’t yet been displayed at Cloud 9, as well as my recycled accessories. I’m hoping that the display will encourage plenty of folk into our wee caravan awning. Everything will be for sale, with prices starting from £3, so mind and bring your pennies!

It's goodbye Tinies!

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Yesterday I parcelled up forty-eight tiny canvases, ready for their new owners. It literally took me all day to match paintings up to their destinations, print out a certificate of authenticity for each one and then carefully wrap them up in specially printed wrapping paper. 


So, at the moment, some parcels are winging their way to letterboxes, whilst others are waiting for their new owners to collect...

Guid Nychburris!

Saturday, 10 June 2017

When I first came up to Dumfries and started working in a local primary school, June came around and everyone started talking about Good Neighbours. It was the local gala and primary school children were all invoved in prize winning activities from handwriting to football and the event culminated in a gala day on the third weekend in June.

Imagine my confusion when I started getting written information coming through for Guid Nychburris, seemingly...

Open Studio Weekend

Sunday, 28 May 2017

It’s 8pm on Sunday night and two days of my open studio event have successfully passed by. I’ve met new customers and well kenned ones over the last two days and I’ve still got another two days to go! 

I should maybe feel a bit guilty riding on the coat tails of Spring Fling. I should be a bit shame faced at parking René outside Gracefield Arts Centre. But I don’t. I’m just doing what any sane business woman would do. I’m taking advantage of...

Tiny Paintings

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

My Tiny Painting exhibition opens on Thursday 18th May, 2017. Here’s a reasonably short video of me explaining what the exhibition is all about and how to get involved!  

It’s really easy to register at eBid. Just follow the link, click on the register button and add a few details. It’s free to join, free to bid and easy to pay - if you win!  Make sure to click that you want a ‘Buyer’ account. You can search for Cloud 9 in the eBid...


Saturday, 6 May 2017

I’ve long been a supporter of the Fairtrade movement, always buying Fairtrade fruit, tea and coffee. To exploit people for profit is abhorrant to me and I would rather pay a little more and have a guilt-free conscience than pay less and not care!

It was only natural for me to buy Fairtrade and Forest Alliance teas and coffees for workshops here at the gallery, and when I noticed that Dumfries Fair Trade were retweeting those businesses in the...