Wednesday, 30 January 2013

ladies who print

Mary Kate McDevitt
Bunny Pumpkin
I'm taking a short break this week. A few days at my folks house in sunny Lincolnshire while George is away on a last minute business trip in Abu Dhabi. Gives me plenty of time to trawl through reams of inspiration on the internet. Here is a selection of work from three talented lasses who have recently impressed me. Enjoy!

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

paper wings

As a huge fan of Beck, Jessica Hische and the art of paper cutting I can't think of a nicer thing to share with you. Jessica has recently designed the packaging for Beck's new project Song Reader. One very talented Beck fan in Japan has transformed it into a three dimensional work of paper art.

Monday, 28 January 2013

do the dishes

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6
Lord knows housework is boring enough, especially that most boring of boring chores - drying the dishes! So I'm sure one of these pretties will help matters. And if you simply don't do housework, then hang one on your wall!

Saturday, 26 January 2013

while i'm away

I'm off for a few days. Taking Leo to see his grandparents in Lincolnshire while George is away on a last minute business trip to Abu Dhabi (at least it's warm). While I'm gone the shop will stay open so that you can still take advantage of the last week of my January sale (prints are up to 30% off with many being discontinued). Any sales made this week will not be processed until I return at the beginning of February. However, I've got a couple of nice little posts scheduled for this week, but in the meantime, why don't you pop over here for some pinspiration.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

lost type

Are you a lover of type like me - appreciate a really good typeface, but frustrated by how much it costs to buy a decent font? Then you will like Lost Type, a pay-what-you-want type foundry, the first of its kind. Founded by Riley Cran and Tyler Galpin, Lost Type distributes fonts from designers all over the world. Users have the opportunity to pay whatever they like for a font, you can even type in '$0' for a free download! Designers are young, up and coming talent, so why not show your support and view the whole range of fonts over on Lost Type.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

colour for a reason

Spring is just around the corner! No, really it is. But if you don't believe me and you need something to remind you, these gorgeous colour-filled shots from the new spring catalogue by Marimekko should do it!

Monday, 21 January 2013

paula mills home tour

Welcome to another week! Are you snowed in? I hope wherever you are you are warm and safe. Here's something to make us feel warm and cosy. Recently spied on sfgirlbybay, the amazing home of artist Paula Mills. You can see the whole tour here. Be sure to also check out Paula's beautiful work.

Saturday, 19 January 2013

fifty five hi's

I am always in awe and ever so slightly jealous of really super-talented so and so's who manage to master the balance between humour (just read this guy's FAQs) and superbly executed design work. One such so and so is Mr Ross Moody of Fifty Five Hi's. I absolutely adore his gorgeous retro radio print available as an 8x10 letterpress, and retro camera print available as an 18x24 screenprint. There are a ton of other wonderful retro-inspired illustrated and typographic prints in the store. And some really cute Valentine's cards too!

Friday, 18 January 2013

retro ceramics

top: canisters // left: square butterbox // right: jam pot
 I can promise you that I never ever tire of mid-century and retro design! It will be an enduring life-long love for me. I love the simple, fun and colourful designs. Last year I bagged myself a lovely set of Hornsea Heirloom canisters from Good North on Etsy (who was kind enough to throw in a little milk jug too). I've recently been busy designing some patterns (all will be revealed later) heavily influenced by said items and in my research stumbled across this lovely Hornsea design called Springtime. Seems I will have to get my collecting hat on!

Thursday, 17 January 2013

lovely bargains


If you've still got a few pennies left over from Christmas and you fancy spending them on something rather lovely, you could do worse than get yourself over sharpish to Emma Lamb's shops on Etsy and Folksy. I adore Miss Emma and her pretty retro-inspired crochet and she is currently selling everything, (including customised options), at 15% off! Just enter the code NEWYEAR at the checkout on Etsy. Her Folksy shop is already marked down and ready for you to grab bargains at will! Well, what are you waiting for...

Thursday, 10 January 2013


clockwise from top left: love warriors // paper cut invite // doillies shot by Jose Villa // carved eggshells

I'm trying to get back into blogging on a more regular basis (honest). My only real regular activity online in the past year has been via Pinterest which is addictive for me. I've recently pinned some beautiful intricate things and I love this return to really labour intensive handy work. Isn't everything here amazing!

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

the big january sale

First off I'd like to wish everyone a very happy new year! Welcome 2013!! Goodness, how time flies. Anyone made any resolutions? I can't believe nearly a year has gone by since I was anywhere near what you could describe as active around here. I've kept my shop ticking over, but I haven't had much time to concentrate on it. So I've had a good sort through and think it's high time I dusted off the shelves and had a grand clear out. From the end of January I will no longer be selling my digital collages. They've served me well and been some of my best sellers, but I no longer feel they really relate to what I'm doing anymore, so it's time to say a fond farewell. All my digital collages are now 30% off in the shop, with everything else at 20% off. I'm hoping to start concentrating on producing some new work soon! Oh, and I've also got some potentially exciting projects in the pipeline, but more of that next time.