being away.

Hello lovelies, I got back from Cornwall on Tuesday and since then I’ve been so busy trying desperately hard to sort things in my life out. I only wish I could share a little more with you, but I know that there are people out there that read this and I am wanting to keep a few things close to my chest until then. Its all wonderful news, don’t worry.

I have also decided that this week will see the closure of my jewellery store RubyRaeLove, not through any particular reason, I just feel that the market has moved on since I opened it up back in 2011 and I can’t keep spreading myself so thinly. Being a full time artist is what I want to focus on and my Etsy shop is doing really well at the moment and so I am going to be focusing my attention on that. Thank you for all your support you lovely lot. 

Since I got back from cornwall my illustrations have taken a more colourful route, I forgot how inspiring the sea can be and not to mention being able to relax and stuff your face with food! I actually put 4 pound whilst i was there…and god does it show but It was so lovely to not worry. I also fell a little bit in love with cats and the colour mint, I can understand the mint but the cats? I have a bit of a fear of animals so thats a first, I have featured a few cats in my new illustrations inspired by my long weekend. Whilst we were staying in Looe where my Great uncle Bert lives, we visited him me for the first time and for mum the first time in years, he’s dyeing of cancer which was awful and sad as you can imagine but he is the loveliest man, i drew him a boat on the sea as he was harbour master at Fowey so he loves boats, we sat and chatted for hours. He looked so fragile and was in a lot of pain but him and mum laughed so much it was lovely to see her with members of her family, as we don’t really know her side that well. A few days later when I had left and mum had stayed on she visited him again, and he had framed the drawing and said it was the best thing he had ever been given. Thats the nicest thing anyone has ever said about my work, sounds silly but it meant a lot to both of us. It seemed a bit like a hello gift as well as a parting gift, as I don’t think we will meet again.  That wasn’t mean’t to sound all down and dramatic it was just a very strange emotion to get my head around. So after me and mum ate a lot of cake to cheer ourselves up she is rather wonderful!

I think that encounter with Bert and life fragility made me realise, really what I should be doing with myself so I have made a massive list with the help of dad to get my life back on track. 

I decided that I would change my room/studio becoming uninspired in your work place can just be the worst so i took down a few of my illustration and replaced them with ones by other illustrators and artists and made it look a lot cleaner. I mean to be honest i am the messiest human ever, so when I say i cleaned and re-arranged things it was obviously very needed. I have also purchased a lot more professional items to get prepared and ready for a few markets coming up, Organised what is that?! haha gosh you can tell I haven’t written a blog post in a while…rambling away. 

So I thought for all you lovely lot I would mix up a few instagram photos of my last two weeks for you all to peak at, you can find me on instagram over at _ellamasters_ or click on the IG logo below my face in the top left hand side. 




  1. June 24, 2013 / 7:34 pm

    Very moving story. You got even better gift from him than you gave.

  2. June 24, 2013 / 8:09 pm

    It sounds like you had a lovely time. And it's always good to have a little move around and use inspiration to make positive changes in life. I hope things go well for you 🙂 Your posts are always so lovely to read, and your photos so pretty to look at 🙂

    Cat, xo

  3. June 24, 2013 / 9:20 pm

    Sounds like a perfect little trip away Ella, must be nice to meet family and just be there during such a fragile time. Your workspace is so different to mine, but worlds more inspiring for sure! I'm still dithering between a quote print and your Paris illo to frame for my home office! xxxx

  4. June 24, 2013 / 10:09 pm

    lovely pictures, but also nice to read the stories

  5. June 25, 2013 / 11:48 am

    I'm glad you got to meet your great uncle Bert, and I'm so sorry to hear that you won't meet him again. Life is such a fragile thing – it usually takes sad things to remind us. I love your work lately, I've been following your Instagram and your teacups are beautiful. The colour is really refreshing 🙂 I hope you're feeling invigorated by your new organised space xx

  6. June 27, 2013 / 10:11 am

    I just discovered your blog and illustrations and I love them! And… I have that second cup! 🙂

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