An artist with a flair for business is looking forward to her first London exhibition after a whirlwind first year selling stone coasters, mugs and tea pot stands.
Katie Brown, 30, prints her colourful artwork on to the items and sells them from her Blue Butterfly gift shop in Brackley.
But Katie, who lives in Towcester, is now doing money boxes and iPhone cases and needs someone to work part-time to deal with demand.
The former vets receptionist opened her shop in Courtyard Mews, Market Place, last year but had to move next door for a bigger store, where she can also paint from.
“The beach-hut-style kind of drew me in and it’s perfect for painting in,” Katie said.
“Since last year, the business has doubled in size which is obviously really positive.
“I’ve been painting since I was six and would always paint gifts for family and friends but I wanted to do something I love.
“So I had to be brave – I just left my job.”
Katie is preparing her products for the Country Living Spring Fair at the Business Design Centre in London on March 18.
But first she will first display her ‘quirky and romantic’ range at the MK Handmade and Vintage Fair at The Centre:MK on February 28.
Katie, who grew up in Newport Pagnell and went to Ousedale School, admitted she is a little nervous.
But she cannot wait to show-off her range to more potential customers.
She said: “It will be good to meet new wholesalers, different people from different places.
“I’ve just got to keep moving forward with it and see where it goes.”
Katie’s designs include multi-coloured hares, kissing penguins and heart-shaped flamingos.
She paints ducks, butterflies, birds and flowers and heat presses them on to the white-coloured items.
But you can buy the paintings on their own, neatly framed and gift-wrapped for loved ones.
Visit www.facebook.com/bluebutterflyart to see Katie’s range and keep up to date with new products and paintings.