Friday, 13 December 2019

election rant

I wanted to take the dog with us to vote last night so that I could use the suddenly popular #dogsatpollingstations But by the time the other half arrived home it was cold, dark and chucking it down. So we went in the car. Without the dog.

Anyway I'm glad the damned thing is over now. I'm bloody sick of seeing political rants everywhere. I haven't asked a single person how they voted. I don't care. As long as they're funny, kind and entertaining we can be friends. All those people who think that others, who don't share the same political views, are idiots get on my chuffing nerves. I'm hoping they all shut the fuck up now and go back to moaning about the weather and the amount of dog poo they encountered on the school run.

Monday, 9 December 2019

monday mood

Getting out of bed in winter is a complete ball ache. How is it Monday already?

Friday, 6 December 2019

christmas party round1

I will be leaving my desk this afternoon to go to my work's Christmas do. There will be two of us in attendance. Me...and my favouritest art director. 
If it goes the way it usually does we will have consumed 3 bottles of prosecco before we remember to eat and we'll have to resort to a plate of mushrooms and chips to soak it all up. 
Who needs a fancy eaterie when you're hammered 😬😂

Thursday, 5 December 2019

christmas catchup

Taking a nano second break from the busiest December in the history of Dawn Machell to share what I've zapped on instagram in the last couple of days....cos I'm too busy being busy to remember to double post.
It's not an advent. But it's close. (Rejects from my christmas card design which I niftily shoehorned into my schedule)

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

winter blues

I hate bloody winter.* 
And I hate it when I say yes to too many jobs.
And I'm very grumpy.
And I need a holiday.
That is all.

* Yes I am aware that it's still probably sodding autumn. And no that doesn't make it any better.

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

weekend visitor

The eldest came home from uni for the weekend. It was so lovely to have her back. And all her washing. And her long shopping list of urgent requirements.
She won't be home till Christmas now.
But it's ok cos we're going to Durham for the night on Saturday and we're gonna hop up to the Toon to take her out for some grub on Sunday 😊

Monday, 4 November 2019


I could call this "Monday morning warm up". 
But really it's just me avoiding the real work list after a fab week away in the Lake District with my sis and two teenage boys. (Our own teenage boys, not two random ones that we picked up en route).
Back to the 673 emails in my inbox now then....

Saturday, 2 November 2019

october 19

The October pattern is a little thin on the ground due to me being v busy churning out stuff for other people all month.
It's great to be busy but there's often not that much creativity involved in the jobs I do. Most clients tend to play it safe, terrified of taking a risk and doing something different when big bucks are at stake. I can't complain. It pays the bills. But I need to do my own stuff to keep me sane.

Saturday, 26 October 2019

crap weather

My car pinged today when I started it. It was the warning ping to alert me that it's 3 degrees outside! 3 bloody degrees! And pissing it down. There was no ping for the rain. I didn't need one. I was soaking bloody wet walking the 4 steps from my front door.
To cheer myself up I booked a little trip to the Algarve. Not till February. (When it won't be that warm obvs) But the thought of it will keep me going through January. Have I mentioned I hate January?

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

snail mail

Well she might be studying Latin and learning all there is to know about Ancient Greece at university...but it was little old me who taught the eldest how to buy a stamp and post a letter yesterday. Winning at life.

Friday, 11 October 2019

fat birds

Fat birds.
In a pattern.

Thursday, 10 October 2019

fly away

To hibernate or fly away. That is the question. Sadly the answer is neither. Too much to do mate.

Wednesday, 9 October 2019


It was dark when the alarm went off this morning. 

Sunday, 6 October 2019

weekend end

Weekends aren't long enough.
That is all.

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

september 19

So this was September... surprisingly mucho considering I don't feel like I've had much time for personal work of late...