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Scuba diving teddy bear wins a competition

wooohooo we’ve won a competition involving a photo, a teddy bear, scuba diving, and a very confussed Egyptian man!

Back in October we went on holiday to Egypt and flew with Easyjet.
While we were on the plane we saw a teddy bear that they were advertising called ‘Gulliver’ well Gulliver Bear likes to travel and easyjet were holding a competition and asking people to take a photo of gulliver bear on holiday!
As most of you know my husband has a bit of a teddy bear problem and insists that all bears should have a good home so buys one every time he sees one for sale!
We were going to Egypt to do some more scuba diving in the Red Sea and take some more underwater photos for my portfolio so thought this was the perfect opportunity to take some photos of Gulliver bear!
We found a shop that sold scuba diving gear so went in and bought Gulliver bear some goggles to wear, the sea is so salty in Egypt, it really stings your eyes and he’d get a much better view of all the pretty fish and coral with goggles on.
We found the smallest goggles and went to pay for them. The Egyptian shop owner told us that these weren’t very good for an adult and we should get masks and snorkels if we wanted to see more. We tried to explain they weren’t for us, they were for a teddy bear but he didn’t understand, after about 15 minutes of trying to explain he sold us the goggles and thought they were going to be used by a child!
We went back to our room picked up our scuba gear and kitted Gulliver bear up ready for a dive.
We had to walk past the shop to get to the beach and the man who had sold us the goggles was outside so we showed him Gulliver bear sporting his new goggles!
He hooted with laughter when he realised the goggles were for a bear and called all the other shop keepers out to take a look!
Gulliver bear grew very famous on holiday and grew to know all the dive instructors and hotel staff very well! He enjoyed 12 dives while he was on his trip and grew to be very good friends with some clown fish too!
Easyjet have featured one of our pictures in their in-flight ‘Traveller’ magazine and we won 2 flights on easyjet so will be returning in a few months for some more scuba diving and underwater photography! Gulliver bear is so looking forward to his next adventure in the sea and I’m sure the hotel staff are looking forward to seeing him again too!.

Photos of Hippy Gift Shop Products on Zazzle

Here’s a few photos of some of the products from the Hippy Gift Shop including a Laptop Sleeve with matching iPhone 4 Case and funky Shoes.

The hippy gift shop has a HUGE range of unique funky and psychedelic matching gifts, stationery and accessories that are available to buy worldwide. All of the gifts are created using my own crazy and colourful artwork so will make a special and unique gift … or a treat for yourself!!

The shoes aren’t available at the moment but new styles will be coming out soon so make sure you bookmark the Hippy Gift Shop and visit again to see lots of other psychedelic surprises!



<p>Here’s a few photos of some of the products from the <a href=”″>Hippy Gift Shop</a> including a <a href=”″>Laptop Sleeve</a> with matching <a href=”″>iPhone 4 Case</a> and funky Shoes.</p>
<p>The hippy gift shop has a HUGE range of unique funky and psychedelic matching gifts, stationery and accessories that are available to buy worldwide. All of the gifts are created using my own crazy and colourful artwork so will make a special and unique gift … or a treat for yourself!!</p>
<p>The shoes aren’t available at the moment but new styles will be coming out soon so make sure you bookmark the <a href=”″>Hippy Gift Shop</a> and visit again to see lots of other psychedelic surprises!</p>

My adventures in the new office begin!

I’ve finally moved in to the new office and have christened it already by eating far too many mini chocolate chip muffins and saying ‘cheers’ with a can of coca-cola!
The weather has been awful for the last few days and we didn’t think it was a good idea to move electrical and paper equipment during all the wind and rain, the sky was blue this morning so we made today the day!


My graphics company Pix and Mix is now part of a group of company’s called Gareth Holsgrove Associates Ltd, this will give us all the resources to offer an even better service.
We will be introducing lots of new and exciting things over the next few months so I can’t wait to finalise the details and offer them to the world.


Another partner of our company is Spectrum Lifestyle that sells DVD’s and online books.
Spectrum Lifestyle is run by 3 very talented and creative young adults, they also moved in to the office today and seemed far more organised than me.  All of their DVD’s have been put on the shelves in alphabetical order, it seems they are suffering from a severe case of office OCD, I do hope it’s not infectious!


My wonderful hubby also came along and helped us to move then spent a few hours putting my new desk together, he feels like he’s been on The Krypton Factor now, I’ve never seen so many different shaped and sized screws in my life, I’m sure he’ll be dreaming about them tonight!

Just as i am finishing this blog and looking forward to a nice dinner and chilled evening in front of the tv our Carbon Monoxide alarm goes off, my hubby has just phoned the gas company up and they’ve told us to turn the oven and heating off and not to turn anything electrical on or off untill they arrive in 2 hours, i’m so glad my laptop and tv are already on although i do have to keep the windows and doors open and freeze my feet off untill they arrive!!


Anyway I’m going to be updating Pix and Mix’s website over the next few weeks and adding the new services.
You can still contact us via the website you wish to talk about work.


As for my online gift shops I’ve added even more gifts to both so pop in and check them out here
Photography Gift Shop
and here
Hippy Gift Shop

Scuba Diving in Sharm El Sheikh Egypt

I’m back after a fantastic scuba diving holiday in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
We did our PADI open water course last year and went back to the same hotel (Reef Oasis) to get some more diving in!
The sea seemed a bit colder this year and there seemed to be less fish around than prevoius years which was a shame but we still had a great time scuba diving and snorkeling.
I also tried out my new underwater camera, its a Panasonic Lumix DMC – TS3 It’s quite good but i’ll have to save up for the underwater camera case for my Canon D60 as i’m so used to using a manual camera and only being able to use an auto mode is frustrating!
I’m glad to say we didn’t see any sharks while we were there, although i did get a fright from a 3ft Trigger fish who decided to chase me! I think I scared him away with my bright pink fins kicking franticly as I swam in the opposite direction … he had big teeth!
I’ve put all of my underwater photos in to a slide show (audio visual presentation) that you can see on youtube here


And all my photos from around the hotel are on an audio visual presentation here
I thought i’d make these AV’s from my un-edited holiday snaps instead of uploading the pictures one by one to the net as it’s much quicker and easier for everyone to see.
I also have many pictures here that i’ll be uploading to a stock library and my POD sites that are a better quality so keep watching, their will be lots more to see over the next few weeks!


I’ve had my brake now and have to go back and sort our house out, the builders are in replacing our kitchen and i have lot’s of graphics work to do too, i’ll need another holiday after all of this!

Builders in the sky!!! Shocking Photos!!



Thousands of metres up the vertiginous slopes of Shifou Mountain in Hunan Province, China, a team
of workers, operating with hardly any safety measures, are building a footpath

The workers are building a plank road on the side of the mountain that, once it is finished,
will stretch for 3km (9843 ft) and be China’s longest sightseeing footpath

48-year-old Yu Ji (above) is one of the workers and he has been working on high cliffs building such plank roads for more than 10 years. He comments: “Young people don’t want this job, as it requires them to stay deep in the mountains for months or even years”

Yu Ji takes charge of the most dangerous part of the project –
drilling the holes to set up pipes to support the footpath

Building a plank road on Shifou Mountain is difficult because the
cliff stands vertical at 90 degrees, without any slope or alcoves

A finished section of the footpath

I’ve just updated my flikr photography stream

I’ve just updated my flikr photostream, hope you enjoy looking at my photography.

I’ve got lots more to add over the next few weeks too so keep watching for my latest uploads 🙂


Brighton beach sunsetEvening at Brighton BeachPeacockinfered rainbow fairy castlemacro red hot poker flowerbright orange tulip flower water drop on a red gerbera flowertiny purple flowersblack and white butterfly with purple flowersblack and white butterfly on a daisyred daisyblack and white butterfly on purple flowers orange butterfly on a daisy flowerpink gerbera flowerorange tulip flowersred and white striped lily flowercherub garden statuelilac purple tulip flower orange and black butterflyabstract red gerbera flowerabstract rainbow lights reflectionroche chapel in cornwall ukdreamy tulip flowersorange and black butterfly on purple flower


My Top 10 Favorite Photographs

I’ve created this blog to show my top 10 favorite photos that i’ve taken over the last few years.

They’re all available to buy as framed prints, posters and canvases in my shop as well as many other items like clothing, shoes, iphone and ipad cases, greeting cards, mouse mats, mugs and loads more

Please visit my UK shop here

or my dot com shop here

I hope you enjoy looking 🙂

Pink Yellow and Orange Roses Triptych Picture

Baby Grey Owl

Purple Masquerade Mask

Orange Daisy Gerbra Flower

Psychedelic Bright Eyes

Black Labrador Dog

Purple Water Drop

Yellow Daisy Gerbra Flower

Cute Lemur Stripey Tail

Bright roses with raindrops

Happy days in the sun

The sun is shining and I’m out in it! I’ve been taking macro shots of flowers this morning after spending a lovely evening with friends, films and Italian food! good times 🙂