Month in Review // Feburary 2016

February was a busy month for me. Not only did I celebrate another birthday, but I was working on both new products and my first launch in a physical store.

Really excited at having my products now stocked in Studio Souk, a beautiful store in the centre of Belfast which stocks only products by creators and makers living in Northern Ireland. If you live in Northern Ireland, or have a trip planned here soon, go have a look!

So what else have I been up to this month?

Watercolor illustration of Haruki Murakami's novel After Dark by illustrator / artist Karen Muray of A Rose Cast
Watercolor illustration of Princess Bubblegum from Adventure Time by illustrator / artist Karen Muray of A Rose Cast
Crazy Cat - Lady Wooden Brooch of a Girl and Her Cats by illustrator / artist Karen Muray of A Rose Cast
Freebie // February 2016 - Downloadable 'Take a Leap' Printable

New Creations

What I’ve been Loving and Lusting Over

Necklace production for Studio Souk on Instagram
Necklace production for Studio Souk on Instagram
River Lagan / Lagan Towpath, Belfast, Northern Ireland on Instagram
Daunt Books, London on Instagram


  • As of March, my products are being stocked in a physical store for the first time! Studio Souk in the centre of Belfast. So a lot of work in February was getting prepped. Here are a few necklaces being created.
  • I turned 33 in February. As a present to myself, I went on an eight mile walk around Belfast forests and parks. This part of the River Lagan is about a three minute walk from my flat.
  • Took a little trip over to London to see my brother, sister-in-law and niece. Finally got around to visiting Daunt Books. Urgh, how perfect is this bookstore?
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Other Happenings This Month

  • Reading // The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, by Jonas Jonasson. I picked this up in Daunt Books as the storyline sounds perfect for me; an old man, who has been a participant behind the scenes in many key events of the twentieth century, goes off on an adventure. Such a fun book! (Follow me on Goodreads)
  • Watching // More Parks and Rec. I only have one season left (cries)
  • Listening // I’ve always loved listening to non-English music. Before it’s largely been Japanese or Russian, but I’ve had Gwenno’s Welsh language debut album ‘Y Dydd Olaf’ on repeat over the last few days. I especially love ‘Fratolish Hiang Perpeshki’
  • Playing // Back onto Bioshock after a while away. I need to play games more often. When I take a break, it takes a while to regain my coordination!
  • Eating // ALL of the healthy things! I’m trying to eat as healthy as possible to help with a wee medical issue. Also means dougnuts and other ‘bad’ food aren’t off limits if I’m good most of the time ^_-
  • Learning // Researching how to create a few new types of products (Who likes pins?)
  • Doing // Planning our bathroom redo. Yay for hopefully soon getting rid of our 15-year-old cheap builder grade bathroom suites!

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Karen Murray of A Rose Cast

Hello, I'm Karen

I'm an illustrator & designer from the UK, producing my own products as well as custom illustration for clients, both big and small.

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