Friday, 29 August 2014

Woodland Friends

Late last year I sold my last prints of these lovely chaps and put them into retirement. The size print I had created a bit awkward to say the least and it turned out to be bit of a faff. These were originally created for an exhibition of Character Beermats that I was in with Inkygoodness.

Over the last few weeks I have pulled these creatures out of retirement and have found a new use for their lovely faces! You may have already seen on my social media but these are now available as pocket mirrors and magnets! I'm really pleased with how bright and vibrant the print has come out.

They have all been listed in both of my online stores and I have even made a special discount code for anyone ordering through Etsy. Just enter the code WOODLANDFRIENDS at the checkout and you will receive 20% off of anything that you decide order until September 1st 2014. Fingers crossed these go down well!

Monday, 25 August 2014

Create and Thrive

Since the start of August I have been taking part in the Create and Thrive instagram challenge. Everyday you are prompted to share a different aspect of your business through picture form via your instagram feed. Some of the themes are pretty simple, work space, hands and sketchbook for example. Whilst some of the themes require a little more thought, action, vignette and in the world are a couple that took me a little longer to think about. Everyone who is taking part is using the hashtag #CTMonthInTheLife. It's a basically what the hashtag says, a month worth of images demonstrating how you go about your creative life.

It's actually quite a nice little challenge to be doing because I am sharing with my followers on instagram and my likers on Facebook little snippets behind the scenes. It helps to build up a trusting relationship with future customers and shows that I am not just another faceless organisation.

It is also really quite interesting to see how other creative business' function and just to be nosey at their spaces, materials and how they interpret the themes. 

If you want to catch up on the pictures that I have posted then you can either pop over to my Facebook page or view them on my Instagram timeline.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Wedding Activity Book for Children

I am so excited to tell you that my Wedding Activity Book for Children has now been listed in both of my shops! It really has been a long time coming and I've had many hurdles that I have had to try and jump over, but it's finally done and I couldn't be happier with the end result.

This book features 18 pages of activities for children to complete whilst they are sat at the dinner table and when the adults are making boring speeches that the children might not really be interested in. There are many things to including a word search, crossword, I-Spy, design your own cake, spot the difference, plus many many more.

It is A5 in size so it is a perfect size for completing at the table and it has been printed on uncoated paper. This means that your little one can happily use felt tip pens (if you are brave enough) without them running straight off onto everything else.

Fingers crossed the little people enjoy completing them as much as I did designing them.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

You Rock!

Remember that little milestone I was telling you about last week? Well this little beauty landed on my door step yesterday morning. It may just look like a lovely simple card by Bread & Jam but it is actually from the partner team at to say congratulations on the order milestone.

It is little things like this that make me smile and makes me feel like I'm actually doing something right. You know those days when you're just feeling a bit rubbish about everything? Well this sort of thing makes all of that go away! Unexpected happy post is definitely the best. I've even had a couple from happy customers. Those really are the icing on the cake. Lovely jubbly!

I think I'm going to make a conscious effort to send out a bit more happy post. Starting with the giveaway prize that is on its way to its new home tomorrow.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Happy Planets

Let's start this week with a bit of happy because lets face it, Monday's aren't exactly everyone's favourite day of the week. They definitely aren't my favourite.

Last week I managed to finally get these little happy things listed in my NOTHS and Etsy shop and are both available as pocket mirrors or magnets. Everyone needs a little happy to carry around with them and so I made some pocket size pieces for just when you need some. They also fit my little motto just right: 'happy design for happy people'. Do you think I've said happy enough times yet?

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Craft Swopping

A couple weeks ago I was asked by the lovely Megan from Megan Tucker Illustration as to whether I would like to take part in a Craft Swop Circle. Needless to say, I had no idea what she initially meant but couldn't wait to take part. It was pretty simple, we all put together a little box of craft materials that we could use but aren't using at the moment so that someone else can make use of them and potentially expand their craft repertoire.

In each box we had to nominate a 'craft dare' this is where we had to challenge the recipient to make something new with something that we had included. Emma, the lovely lady from Devotion to the Dream sent me this box and my dare was the Mister Huey's Color Mist and stencil. Now, I'm not going to lie, I have never, ever heard of these before so I wasn't really sure what to do with it. So, I grabbed a kraft box and started stenciling! Needless to say I got it everywhere but it left quite a fun effect!

It's definitely not perfect but I gave it ago and tried something new. I did think about using it to decorate the inside of the boxes for medium sized orders but after touching it I realised that some of it came away on my fingers so I think I'll leave that idea for now unless someone knows of a way to fix it?

My first experience of a craft circle swop has been a good one and it's meant that I've tried something new and found some new, interesting and creative people to follow. If you have a great crowd of crafty friends then I definitely recommend creating your own craft circle swop. You'll end up with lots of new bits and bobs that may even help you to create your next big thing. Who knows?

Friday, 18 July 2014

Blog and Buy Sale - Summer Wish List Top Picks

Earlier this week the blog and buy sale summer wish list went live and as usual I entered a couple products into the list (I'm yet to miss one, even though I almost forgot this one!). Here I have featured my tooth fairy receipts (top row), personalised ombre hen party badges (middle row) and my personalised thank you teacher pocket mirror (bottom row).

There really are some cracking products from lots of small businesses over there and I've tried to whittle it down to my top 5 picks but it's so hard do that when there is so much talent. Anyway, these are my personal favourites in no particular order:

'Statement earrings featuring a stylised trees with a little bird and a little fox on the other side. Soldered within a hand forged irregular open circle for an organic feel and finished with a lovely frosted texture which has a subtle sparkle and is slightly rough to the touch.The overall diameter of each earring is approx. 4.4cm.'

I'm not usually one for jewellery as such because I'm not actually allowed to wear it to the day job so most of it just passes me by. But, I absolutely love anything to do with woodlands and the creatures that reside inside of them (even some of the ugly looking ones). So these were always going to catch my eye. The fact that the lines are not perfectly straight adds an element of charm and playfulness to them.

'Inspire someone with this original framed papercut. Featuring a farm-scape surrounding the quote "Every day is a good day, some are just better than others", this is hand cut from a sheet of white hammer paper. Measuring approx 7" x 7", the artwork is suspended over a sky blue textured paper, finished off beautifully in a white 10" x 10" box frame.'

Work that has an inspiring message behind can go a long away, especially if you're having one of 'those' days when nothing really goes as you want it too. Sometimes it's all you need to make you realise that maybe today hasn't been as bad as you think. 

'Juicy Mail is a set of 4 fruity gift cards.Each envelope can be peeled open like the fruit they represent. Once you write your greetings on the note card, put the card into the base of the envelope. Peel the adhesive strip and seal. The recipient will get the pure fun of peeling the envelope through the perforations. Perfect for party invitations!'

How great are these? I really love a quirky bit of stationary and this set really has raised the bar. It's not very often that I get happy post and these would most certainly be welcome, especially if you get to peel the letter open like an actual piece of fruit.

'Hello, we are Bread & Jam. We are a small creative team making fabulous things for your home and to give as gifts to friends and loved ones. Our philosophy is simple, take a really great quality basic and sweeten it up using our own designs.Whether our work is pattern or word based, our aim remains the same, we want you to pick up any of our pieces and raise a little smile.'

Did someone say adventure? YES PLEASE! There is nothing that makes me happier than visiting a new country, being stuck on the side of mountain in the crisp fresh air or wandering through woods and places that I have yet to explore. There is something about it that just gives you an extra boost of happy. Does anyone else feel that way or is it just me? Speaking of adventures, I need to hurry up and book my next one...

'This fabulous piece of statement art features 9 map locations of your choice from anywhere in the world. Or if you just like the idea of maps, any maps, allow us to choose for you. We'll select fine pieces based on colour and texture. Just tell us which map locations!'

I love love love this! Continuing with the previous theme of travel and adventure, this a fantastic alternative to the pins in the map scenario that I was thinking of doing. I know you only get 9 here but I would definitely set a side a wall for this and just fill it with all the lovely places that I have been and slowly build it up over time. Definitely a classy alternative to a standard wall map. The variety of textures, colours and density of the landscape would make a brilliant talking point. Unfortunately I can't make the image any bigger without it losing quality so if you want to see bigger you'll have to pop over to their site and check them out!

Okay, that's it! Those were my top picks but please go ahead and check out the rest of the wish list, you won't be disappointed and you might even find your next cheeky purchase. I hope you enjoyed my list. Have a great weekend guys! :)