photo of a bunch of penguin birthday cards all stacked on top of each other.

New Penguin Birthday Cards Available Now

7th April 2020

These cards have been in my shop for a little while now and I wrote this blog post a couple of weeks ago about them… Read more

January page of 2017 penguin calendar sitting on a miniature easel, styled in front of a plant and pencil pot.

The Story of Penguin and a Brief-ish History of my Business (Part Two)

28th February 2020

Last week, in part one, I started at the very beginning of Penguin’s story and covered the start of my business story. If you haven’t… Read more

a pencil illustration of a penguin jumping in the air

The Story of Penguin and a Brief-ish History of my Business (Part One)

21st February 2020

Last month, I spent a lot of time thinking and planning about the why, how and what of my little business. I’m sure you’ll hear… Read more

"Macaroni meal planner" meal planning notepad with an illustration of a penguin eating a bowl of (possibly) macaroni. There is blank space for your meal plans for monday to sunday.

Shop News | Pink Friday, Notepads & Hertfordshire Etsy Team Market

27th November 2019

There is so much going on at Sian Shrimp HQ at the moment with Christmas less than a month away, and I didn’t want you… Read more

Shop News | Last posting dates before Christmas 2019

22nd November 2019

My last posting date before Christmas will be Friday 20th December, so please order before 9 am (UK time) on Friday 20th December and your… Read more

Three Years of Sian Shrimpton Design & Illustration

Shop News | Stickers, Postcards & Christmas!

23rd October 2019

There has been a lot going on in the shop since the last time I posted, so I thought it was a good time to… Read more

Penguin Desk Calendar 2020

Shop News | Kickstarter Campaign, Penguin Calendar 2020 and Surprise Boxes

18th September 2019

Hello Hello! Long time no blog! How have you been? I’ve wanted to update the blog for a while now but other things have always… Read more

Sian Shrimpton Festive Events 2018

Shop News | Festive Events Calendar 2018

1st November 2018

We are fast approaching that time of year when everywhere you go, they’re playing Wizzard or Michael Bublé and Noddy Holder is shouting through the… Read more

Cute Penguin Rainbow note card - Illustrated Card

Shop news | New Penguin Cards, 2019 Calendars, sneak peeks and 10% off

12th September 2018

Good Morning, how is your week going so far? For a while now, I’ve been trying to make a plan for this blog. I’ve read… Read more

September Free Penguin Desktop Wallpaper

September 2018 Free Penguin Desktop Wallpaper

1st September 2018

September already and I fear time is moving incredibly fast, please slow down world! I must start off with an apology, I seem to have… Read more

Penguin Enamel Pin Kickstarter Campaign Sketch

The Story behind my Penguin Enamel Pin Kickstarter Campaign

18th May 2018

If you’ve followed my work for a little while, you’ll know that I created a little Penguin Character a while ago. Penguin has featured on… Read more

May Free Penguin Desktop Wallpaper

May 2018 Free Penguin Desktop Wallpaper

5th May 2018

…and just like that, it is May already! I can’t quite believe it. April was a seriously busy month for me, which was absolutely fantastic.… Read more

Sian Shrimpton Penguin April Desktop

April 2018 Free Penguin Desktop Wallpaper

1st April 2018

Last month I was complaining about the snow and it feels like it has only just melted, it has certainly been a strange start to… Read more

Penguin in the springtime for the March 2018 desktop download

March 2018 Penguin Desktop Wallpaper

2nd March 2018

This month’s calendar page and desktop background feels like some sort of silly, non-funny joke at the moment considering the weather that we’re having in… Read more

Sian Shrimpton February Penguin Desktop

February 2018 Penguin Desktop Wallpaper

1st February 2018

Hello and Happy February to you! A lot of people have said how long January felt but I’m glad that it was a long month,… Read more

Sian Shrimpton Beautiful floral Valentine's Card - Illustrated & Hand-lettered Card

New Greeting Cards in the shop

29th January 2018

Today I’m pleased to share my new greeting card designs with you. A lot of you have requested birthday cards when I’ve been at craft… Read more

January 2018 Penguin Desktop Wallpaper

January 2018 Penguin Desktop Wallpaper

15th January 2018

Good Afternoon! How is your January going so far? I’m pleased to introduce to you my new selection of Penguin desktop wallpapers for January. It… Read more

2017 in numbers

3rd January 2018

Happy New Year! I hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year wherever in the world you are and however you chose to celebrate.… Read more

Sian Shrimpton Design Colourful Note Card

Things I’ve learned from my first year being self-employed

27th October 2017

After celebrating my business birthday on 3rd October, I thought it would be great to evaluate my first year of working for myself and write… Read more

My first year of self-employment

24th October 2017

Wow! 3rd October marked one year since I officially became self-employed and I can’t believe how fast that time has gone. This time last year,… Read more

Sian Shrimpton Design Penguin Calendars 2018

Penguin Calendars are back for 2018!

12th October 2017

Hooray! They’re back! The Penguin Calendar was my best seller last year. I was only just starting out and was a little overwhelmed by the… Read more

Sian Shrimpton Design Penguin Pins

Penguin Enamel Pin Badges

11th October 2017

These have actually been in the shop for a little while now but I’ve been dreadful at updating the blog, so please forgive me. I’ve… Read more

Wedding Stationery: Charlotte Collection

18th August 2017

To celebrate the launch of my new Wedding Stationery Collections, I thought I’d write about each collection so that you can get a bit of… Read more

New website – SianShrimpton.co.uk

7th August 2017

  I’ve wanted to change my URL for a while now. Sian Louise will always be my name but it was a URL that I… Read more

The Olive Kitchen branding

12th July 2017

When Rachal, contacted me about the branding for her new Vegetarian & Vegan catering company. I was over the moon! I’ve been good friends with… Read more

Sian Shrimpton Greeting Card Design

Graduation Card Design

10th July 2017

With the end of term fast approaching for most schools and students moving into a new academic year or even a new school, I was… Read more

Thank You Card Design

7th July 2017

I was asked to design a set of Thank you cards for my client to give to a group of people, who generously donated prizes… Read more

Introducing my new Love & Lilah store

4th July 2017

I’m pleased to introduce to you my wedding store on Love & Lilah. Love & Lilah is an online wedding store that brings together a… Read more

April & May: Wedding Stationery, Afternoon Tea & Our Anniversary

28th May 2017

Well, I haven’t exactly stuck to my weekly blog plan. Life gets busy and the blog seems to be the first thing to suffer, sorry… Read more

Wedding Stationery: The Rhiannon Collection

22nd May 2017

To celebrate the launch of my new Wedding Stationery Collections, I thought I’d write about each collection so that you can get a bit of… Read more

Dollhouse progress

7th April 2017

I previously wrote about my dollhouse on the blog before all of my previous posts went into the abyss, never to be seen again! So… Read more

March: Meet the Maker, creative block and herbs

31st March 2017

Yay! I’m finally getting to grips with this whole blogging regularly thing! Here is what March looked like for me. March meet the maker As… Read more

February: my birthday, penguins and letters

17th March 2017

Well, that was February! Whoosh! And now we’re over half-way through March and I’m posting this late again. I’m determined to get his blogging thing… Read more

January: new site, new ventures, new thinking

15th February 2017

A lot of work has been going on behind the scenes around here, I’ve been thinking a lot about a lot of things but specifically… Read more

2016 in Review

4th January 2017

It feels so bizarre looking back to the start of  2016, it doesn’t feel like long ago that we were ringing in the New Year,… Read more

Meet the Maker Week – Day 5

2nd December 2016

This week I’m joining in with #MeetTheMakerWeek organised by @joannehawker and today is all about you guys, my lovely customers. In the short time that… Read more

Meet the Maker Week – Day 4

2nd December 2016

This week I’m joining in with #MeetTheMakerWeek organised by @joannehawker and if I were to take an “in action” video right now, you’d see me sipping on lemsip, wrapped… Read more

Meet the Maker Week – Day 3

30th November 2016

This week I’m joining in with #MeetTheMakerWeek organised by @joannehawker and today is about where I work. This is my little office, I’ve had this… Read more

Meet the Maker Week – Day 2

29th November 2016

This week I’m joining in with #MeetTheMakerWeek organised by @joannehawker and today is for introductions. So, this is me, I’m Sian Shrimpton and I’m the… Read more

Meet the Maker Week – Day 1

28th November 2016

This week I’m joining in with #MeetTheMakerWeek organised by @joannehawker . So here goes, my name is Sian Shrimpton, I’m based in Hertfordshire and this… Read more

Etsy Shop now open!

24th November 2016

If you follow me elsewhere on the internet, you’ll know that back at the beginning of October, I made the leap to open my Etsy… Read more

A photo of a sketchbook page with a hand painted alphabet on it in lots of bright colours, painted in different styles.

My Sketchbook

26th October 2016

I managed to almost fill a whole sketchbook last year for the whole year, I used a Moleskine sketchbook (rather than a plain notebook as… Read more

Our Wedding Invitations

4th October 2016

When we were planning our wedding, it was without a doubt that I was going to design our Wedding Stationery. It made sense because I’m… Read more

Hello again

1st October 2016

Hello again! This is a very unexpected post because you may have noticed that all of my previous blog posts have been deleted. I started… Read more