Happy Hallowe’en!

Happy Hallowe’en From Happydesigner!

There are few people who don’t like this time of year (according to the incredibly scientific research I’ve done amongst most of my family and friends). Yes and the clocks have gone back (extra hour in bed FTW!) the days are now shorter, but this is now the season of snuggly jumpers, open fires and hot chocolate. The radiators come on (who doesn’t love heating their socks of a morning) and the leaves colour the pavements in autumnal shades. You can put wellies on, kick the leaves about, wear some gloves and a big scarf, and pretend to be a dragon in the colder air on the way to work or school. You can legitimately fill your hot choc cup with more marshmallows than you can fit in your actual mouth, and practice some epic apple-bobbing and pumpkin carving! Because, whilst this time of year is usually when the shops start rolling out their baubles and tinsel (even though we can all agree October is just TOO EARLY), before we get there we have to get past Hallowe’en (or Samhain) AND Bonfire Night! Again, I think we can all agree that Bonfire Night is one of the more peculiar English celebrations, but everybody loves a sparkler (just make sure your pets are safe and don’t get scared!) and nearly everyone loves dressing up.

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Hallowe’en Costumes and Pumpkins

This year, whether you’re invited to a party or just at home awaiting the trick-or-treaters, you can enjoy some spooky fun! Pumpkin carving is always creative, and if you’re clever you can re-use the pumpkin! Try making a sweet or savoury pie (or both!) with the flesh (oooh spooky already!), although make sure you have enough to keep the pumpkin upright! It may look scary but you don’t want a sinking pumpkin before the big night. We also love roasting the seeds, sprinkling them with some seasoning and eating them as a tasty snack.

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Over the years we have tried all kinds of fun shapes and faces, but we have found that the old ones are the best. Check out our gross pumpkins, made by two twelve year old boys who were let loose with paint, goopy pumpkin insides and feathers! You don’t need to stick to the pumpkin for inspiration, we got a craft kit out and made sure our pumpkins were suitably scary! The only problem now is whether the trick-or-treaters will be too frightened to come to our house! *spooky laugh*

Carving a Funny Pumpkin

children's illustrationIf spooky faces are just a little too much for younger Hallowe’eners, why not try and do what Gillie suggested and see who can make the funniest face in their pumpkin? Funny faces are great for kids as they won’t be trying to copy a design; they can be as creative as they want and you can be as encouraging as you want, because there won’t be anything to compare the pumpkin to! Or, if you do like to copy images, you can see if you can use some Happydesigner inspiration; perhaps try to carve a Percy Bat, or a stripy Tiger? You could have a go at one of our creeeeeepy craaaaawly spiders if you like – they can be as crawly and creepy as you like!

Whatever you do this Hallowe’en, make sure you enjoy yourself and have some creative fun! Oh, and don’t eat ALL your sweets in one go or you’ll make yourself very poorly. So kids, keep an eye on whoever is taking you out, because you know they’ll only complain when they have a poorly tummy from all the sweets they’ve eaten!


Have a happy Hallowe’en, love all of us at happydesigner!

A few of my previous clients

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  • “Thank you, Sarah, for the amazing work you did on the illustrations for my book. Working with you has been so easy thanks to your enthusiasm, flexibility, support, professionalism and, of course, the amazing quality of your work." – Stuart Neath

  • “When we first contacted Sarah, Dainty Dizzy was a concept;  an idea to be shaped into a brand.  Sarah took this idea and illustrated it perfectly….and our brand look and feel was born.” – Dainty Dizzy

  • Sarah is professional, friendly and very knowledgeable, she delivered 100% with a new logo that was spot on! We can't recommend her enough!” - Lucy @ Get Active

  • “Books arrived safely today- I am absolutely delighted with how they look – I can’t thank you enough – you’ve made my dream come true :)” – Jane Collins

  • “Sarah’s advice has been invaluable, she could have just illustrated my first attempt but knew there was more to be had from the story and pointed me towards the right help." – Darron Jon Love

  • "Sarah quickly understood what I wanted to achieve and the look I was after. Sarah kept me informed and brought me into the whole process” – Darron Jon Love

  • "I am absolutely thrilled with the colours and love the look and overall feel of the book, its so different and unique, thank you so much"
  • "These posters and flyers are perfect”
    - Julia G, Manager at the Truro branch of Pets at Home

  • Sarah really understood the brief right from the beginning and has been able to translate my ideas and mental images, that at times were quite specific, into magical illustrations that are better than I’d ever hoped. She has absolutely nailed it!” – Gareth Edwards

  • "I can’t speak highly enough of Sarah! She has brought Roopert Snoopert to life in a way I could never have imagined.
    The illustrations are fantastic! Sarah keeps you update with progress from the draft stage right through to sign off." - Paul Micklewright
  • "It's been great working with Sarah as our illustrator! She's been so great in taking all feedback on board and delivers work of the highest standard. Would 100% recommend :-)" - Michelle Gibbs, Doodle Dozen Series
  • "Sarah understood what I was looking for and produced a fantastic logo for me.  She is very approachable and friendly – I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her” Katie Jarvis, Fancy Prints

  • "Thank you both so much for your hard work and dedication. Sarah is a fantastic illustrator! It is nice to know I have worked with someone who is so professional at her job, and will certainly remember her for the future if I need another book illustrating."
  • "The logos are absolutely fantastic, they are spot on brief and are even better than we imagined!Paolo Pini, Step Up To Languages

  • Sarah is an extremely talented designer and illustrator. She has that rare gift of being able to find something in your business or character that you never knew existed" Craig Green

  • "Sarah loves her work, her friendly ‘can do’ approach is reassuring whether you’re on your first or tenth book."  – Darron Jon Love
  • "I hope my recommendation will persuade you to use Sarah! I cannot fault her, for her professionalism, enthusiasm and talent." - Michelle Hawkins, Director: The Flying DoDo

  • “Sarah’s re-branding of my business has given it a much needed fresh and quirky feel. She provided us with an extremely friendly courteous and efficient service and injected an energy into the project, that only Sarah could.” – Discovery Leisure

  • "Outstanding illustrator with exceptional talent. You couldn’t wish for a better artist, as it would be impossible to find. Such a spectacular gifted designer who is always happy!" - Rachel Lake

  • “I am so happy that I found Sarah to bring my book to life. Sarah took the time to listen and really made the effort to make sure that I was happy and her brilliant designs translated the words of my book into a beautiful visual story." - Jodie Jackson

  • "She has a keen eye for the quirky detail, she is punctual and a joy to work with. I simply cannot praise her enough.” - Clickety Books

  • “I was so nervous ringing you as i've never done anything like this before, but you were so friendly and put me completely at ease.” - Donna Purvis

  • “Sarah was lovely to work with and keen to make sure that the illustrations were a perfect match for the story. It’s obvious that she really cares about her work and wants you, the author, to be happy with the final results.” – Marion Adams

  • "WOW! Love it! I'm so happy with what you've produced- and with so little input from me. FANTASTIC!!! THANK YOU” - Darren Pascoe: 'Red Rabbit Book'

  • Sarah has a great insight into how to best produce a children’s book and is really helpful in getting you there! I really cannot recommend Sarah enough – brilliant designer, friendly and professional. The experience has been a great one!“ – Jodie Jackson
  • "Sarah is amazing - very fast at understanding the requirements, great pictures and never too much trouble. I recommend her wholeheartedly" - Fernando Caldeira-Saraiva