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Tips for your first craft fair
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Guys I mentioned it enough times on here for you to probably have worked out that on Sunday I was selling at Crafty Fox Market in Brixton. One of my goals this year was to sell my products in person at a craft fair and I am so glad I achieved it. 

It was a really great day and I loved meeting so many customers in person and also other makers who I had been friends with online for a while but not met in real life yet. 

Whilst it is still all fresh in my mind I thought I would get everything written up and share a whole load of tips for doing your first craft fair (or some tips might be handy for old seasoned pro's). Some of these things were tips that people shared with me before the event (thank you so much!) and some are things I worked out and learnt on the day. 

Packing list - For peace of mind work out way in advance of the event everything that you need to take and then as you are getting everything packed and ready you can just tick off the list and feel confident you haven't forgotten everything. I did have a dream (nightmare!) the other day where I turned up and had forgotten everything. 

Phone/device charger - I decided to get this for the market but I think it will probably be handy for so many life events too. There are loads of different makes and styles of these but I decided to go for an Anker one which would charge my phone 6 times over. If you are doing a craft fair and have a smart phone with a crappy battery then this is a must! ESPECIALLY if you are taking card payments using your phone. You don't want your phone to die and then not be able to use the card reader/take photos/book a taxi etc. 

Card Reader - I debated about whether to take one or not as I didn't know whether I would be doing a lot of craft fairs in the future, and I didn't really want to shell out £70/£80 for one - so I decided to go for iZettle as they have a card reader you can get for free. They take a 2.75% cut (or lower depending on the volume of your sales) which seemed reasonable to me. I was so impressed with this. I didn't use it loads as a lot of people came prepared with cash and people don't tend to buy a greetings card using a card, but I did use it a couple of times for larger sales and I think it was totally worth getting. It was so easy to set up and really easy to use on the day and it felt really good to know that I wouldn't lose out on any sales due to not having one. 

Box of tricks - This is a box that you fill with things like masking tape, packing tape, paper clips, safety pins, string, glue, pegs - anything that could come in handy when putting your stall together. Having all of this stuff made me feel so much better even though I didn't need to use most of it. You never know though when you are going to need to tape/peg/pin something in place. 

Suitcase - I pulled out the biggest suitcase we had and filled it with everything. When you are selling notebooks, prints and cards that thing got heavy quickly - luckily for me the venue was only a very short taxi ride away so it wasn't too bad getting the suitcase there. It was a bit tight squeezing the suitcase under the table but it worked out fine and if you have a bigger table then this wouldn't be an issue at all and is a great place to store it. I had all of my extra stock in there too so I could just duck under the table and get things whenever I needed to stock up cards or prints. 

Attitude and mood - I tried really hard to stand up behind my stall as much as possible (rather than sitting down and pretty much disappearing behind the card stand) and to smile and look as friendly as possible. I want to be friendly and open to chatting but also not pushy so that if people wanted to just browse the stall without any pressure to buy they could totally do that to. It was a hard balance to get but I think your mood and attitude at these events is really important. I really think that people who are shopping probably subconsciously pick it up, and if you look sulky and like you don't want to be there that is not going to make them want to come over and chat about your work. 

Biz cards - Not everyone will necessarily want to buy things on the day. I have definitely gone to markets before where I wasn't ready to make a decision but took away biz cards/postcards and checked them out again online later. I think it is sooo important for people to have something they can take away. Get more than you think you will need printed. People who pick them up might turn into customers later on. 

Table cloth - It totally depends what kind of look you want for your stall and some people didn't use table cloths and it worked well but I decided to get a really big one so that it covered all sides of the table so that people couldn't see all the stuff I had stored underneath. Zoe suggested getting a cotton dust sheet which was one of the best tips I was given. I got one from a local paint shop - it was £7 was totally massive and will cover all sorts of size tables in the future and I really liked the material. 

Practice your stall - I wish I had done this earlier on (but wasn't ready) but I am SO glad that I practiced my stall beforehand. I set everything up as I was planning to on the day. It was really helpful to take some time to think as a customer and work out the best way of presenting everything, labelling everything and how much to put out. I did actually slightly change it around on the day because of lights reflecting on my prints and things and what looked best but I think as I had a practice it saved a lot of time and was just a case of tweaking things rather than starting from scratch.

Stock - I don't think anyone will ever be able to give a clear answer on this as there are so many variables but before I went I really struggled with knowing how much stock to take. I erred on too much rather than too little as I knew I had another craft fair coming up in a few weeks and so would be able to take left over stock to that too. I am glad I did as my stall looked full and well stocked all day long. 

Take food - I don't know about you but I am super grumpy when I haven't eaten and I wanted to be totally on top of my game so that I had lots of energy and was friendly and alert when customers came past. My lovely husband was around for the day and he brought me a yummy sandwich, chocolate and diet coke to keep me going. If you don't have someone with you who you can send out to get treats then I would definitely recommend bringing a packed lunch. Also another tip, make it something that you can eat over a long period of time (it took me two hours to eat one sandwich), and also that doesn't look totally gross to eat - I had to keep ducking down to grab a bite of my sandwich behind the stall because no one wants to see that. 

Anyway I hope if you have a market coming up or if you have been thinking about doing one then this is helpful. I had such a great day and feel like It was such a good experience. I am looking forward to my next market already which will be on Friday 16th and the Green Room Cafe in Stoke Newington. If you are free come and pop by, it would be lovely to meet you. 

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Inspired by: Kate Pugsley

For a bit of Monday inspiration I wanted to share the work of Kate Pugsley with you. Kate is an illustrator based in Chicago. She studied illustration and is also a painter and surface designer. I really love her illustrative style and the colours that she uses. I find the work of illustrators really inspiring when it comes to thinking about colour palettes for my design work (I might do a separate post on that soon!).

The illustrations have a simple and childlike quality and are super fun and quirky. I really love the music class illustration below. I think a lot of the subject matter is also things that are very relatable to people. She also has some great colourful abstract pieces too.

I am always on the look out for beautiful illustrations and art work for my walls and Kate has an online store where you can buy some of her prints. Check it out here!

Anyway I hope you all have a lovely and inspired Monday. 

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Free gift tag printable

Guys I don't know what it is about May but it is one busy month for birthdays for me! Seriously there are so many. Anyway I have been wanting to make some gift tags for a while that I could use on my gifts to make them a bit cuter. I am a kraft paper, bakers twine wrapping kind of girl and like to keep things simple and I think these tags fit in with that perfectly. I printed them on white card and kraft paper but you could print them on any colour you like if you wanted to brighten your gift up! ALSO I doubled up on tags as some are patterned and some have type on which I think worked quite well. There are 8 tags for you to choose from and you can them HERE, All you need to do is print out on whatever card you like, cut them out along the lines and then punch a hole in the end! 

These tags are only for personal use and most not be re-distributed or used for financial gain. 

Hope you have a lovely Friday and a great weekend!

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Book Review - Make Your Mark: The Creative's Guides to Building a Business with Impact

This month I am reviewing another book from the 99U Make Your Mark series put together by Jocelyn K Glei: Make Your Mark: The Creative's Guilde to Building a Business with Impact. Last month I reviewed Manage Your Day-to-Day

I found this book a little bit harder to get into than Manage Your Day-to-Day which I couldn't get enough of and read super quickly. I think part of the reason for that was the first half of this book it really felt like it was talking about tech start ups and companies that had grown quite big and so I guess it didn't feel super relevant for my little one man band 'company'. But when I did get into it I think this book did have a lot of valuable advice and ideas. 

Like Manage Your Day-to-Day (and I am guessing the other book in this series too) It was divided up into 4 sections which then each contained articles by various authors. These sections were 1. Defining your purpose, 2. Building your product, 3. Serving your customers and 4. Leading your team.  Again the book was peppered with lots of inspiring quotes too. The one below is one of my favourites.

"Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity"

- Simone Weil – The creatives guide to building a business with impact

The bits of this book that really had an impact on me and got me thinking about how I want to run my business was section 3 about serving your customers. It got me really excited and inspired about things I can start doing now in my little business to make the customer's experience as good as possible, and as a result I am going to sit down and brainstorm ideas to make sure that when people receive products from my shop that they feel delighted that they shopped with me. 

The other bit I found really interesting was section 4 about leading a team. Now, I don't have a team right now but it made me realise that actually I would love one day to grow my business to the point that I could employ a small team. There was so much good advice for leading a team and how to inspire and nurture your team. I think this is a book that I will keep on my shelf and although some of the content didn't feel totally relevant to me right now, I think as my business grows this will be a really helpful book to come back to time and time again. 

I think what I really do love about how these books are laid out is how easy they are to dip into and how the essays are by a variety of really interesting authors and in really manageable chunks. They also have a spread at the end of each section with the key take away points from each article which is so helpful. 

All in all I would definitely recommend this book to people. I didn't get as into it as Manage Your Day-to-Day but there was a lot of wisdom packed in the pages. 

Next month won't be another book from this series..I will move onto something different. I hope you all have a great Friday and weekend!

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New Greetings Cards

When I set up my etsy shop a month or so ago my plan was that it would predominantly be a print shop, but I wanted to have a bit of variety so I put some greetings cards and envelopes in there too. It's funny how things go but so far the greetings cards seem to have been more popular. So I have been focusing on those over the last few weeks and coming up with new designs. 

I've posted most of the new cards up in the shop now (there are a couple more to come). All of the cards are folded and printed on a lovely 270gsm acid free snow white stock. They are all 210 x 148 mm in size. Each card comes with a coloured envelope, all of which are made from the highest quality coloured paper. They are 135gsm, 229 x 162 mm in size and have a gummed flap. 

Also today I am putting together an order for the Turpentine in Brixton. It is seriously one of my favourite shops and so I am so excited that they will be stocking my cards - If you haven't been there you should check it out. It is full of a hand picked mix of design led indie craft, art prints and giftware as well as hosting a wide range of evening and weekend art workshops and courses. It's such a good place for getting unique gifts or to just treat yourself!

I have a wholesale catalogue now so if you are a little independent shop/florist and you think my cards would work in your shop please get in touch - I would love to hear from you! 

Happy Monday - Hope you all have a great week! 

Blog love

My list of blogs that I follow has been growing quite a bit recently. One of my favourite things is finding a new blog and then spending a ages going through all the old posts and getting totally inspired. I think I like seeing people's journey and just appreciating their style and asthetic choices. I have also been enjoying blogging more recently. There is still a lot more I would love to be able to do in this space if I had a little bit more time...but its my space and I am enjoying hanging out here. I thought for a bit of inspiration I would share some of the blogs I have been loving recently. sorry if these are all old news and you already follow them all! 1. Bless the Weather

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If I were you I would have some down time over the easter break and check out these lovely blogs and get all inspired. These are some talented ladies. I think what I really love about all of these blogs is they have really good photography on them...another reminder and dose of inspiration to get snapping.Will be taking the DSLR on easter adventures with me for sure!

2014
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Happy New Year!

WOW what a year 2013 was. I do love the new year because I usually feel lots of hope and excitement about the year ahead. It feels so full of opportunity. I haven't really set any new years resolutions this year. I decided to give myself a break and just see what happens. One thing that is on my mind and I want to be a little bit of a motto for this year is to think about consuming less and creating more. We live in a society that is all about consumption these days. I had a really great first few days of 2014 creating things. On new years day NM made an amazing loaf of wholemeal bread and I designed and made some birthday cards to use this year. I finally found some time to start the coding course I have been wanting to tackle for ages. When having a bit of a clear up of the house I found some bright red wool and decided to knit myself a new scarf. I have been loving having something to do with my hands while watching tv. I found an amazing cookie recipe and made a batch to take over to a friends for dinner, and I started a new notebook (bottom right with alphabet on it) that my lovely friend Emily gave me and am already filling it with ideas and things I want to do...exciting! So yeah...the first 6 days of 2014 have been pretty creative and I have been loving it.

I have also set myself a little photography challenge. To try and get me to be a bit more observant and creative about what is going on around me I am going to try and take a photo everyday and post it to instagram  for the whole year. I am also going to to them all black and white. You can follow along at #mosley365 if you fancy it and follow me here. Above are the first 6 days.

That is all for now...am hoping to get back into more regular posting soon.

Introducing: Chloe Trundle
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I am super excited today to be introducing Chloe Trundle one of my super talented and awesome friends. We have now known each other for about 8 years. We have holidayed together, lived together, and just generally been through loads of life changes together and I am so happy we are still close. Chloe is such a creative inspiration to me. Anyway check out what she has to say about what she does...and peruse some of the lovely work she has created recently. 

Where do you live and how do you think it influences your work? I currently live in the countryside - in Hungerford, West Berkshire. I've moved here recently to live with my bf, I was living in London Fields, East London. He's a country boy through and through, and was never going to move to London so I moved to be with him. To be honest, I love living here, it's so refreshing and couldn't be more of a contrast to the place I've just left. I am only an hour away from London, but would actually say now that I'm no there I strive to stay inspired and in-touch with things more than I did before the move. I now have a dog (by default) and my morning walk with him in the open countryside really helps me think through my day ahead and is one of the nicest ways to start the day.

How would you describe what you do?  That's tricky. I am a bit of a jack of all trades. I'm never really sure that's a good thing either! Creatively, I don't like being pigeon-holed, this has always been my downfall - well, career wise I think this is a downfall. This is why I've made the decision to go at it alone, and create my own little brand, doing what I love. This is not for the faint hearted, some days I get really fed up with and think maybe I'd be better off with a "normal" job. A saying that I find super relevant is "Follow your dreams, or you'll spend the rest of your life working for someone who did." I am stubborn, ignorant, but determined...so yes, I want to do what makes me happy. Life is too short working a job you hate, wishing you were doing something else.

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What are your tricks for getting inspired when you have a creative block? Know thyself. If you're having a block, sometimes it's for a reason and having an "off day" is okay. It's hard being super productive all day, every day. It is totally fine to walk away and do something else. Ideas pop up sometimes when you least expect it. Pinterest helps - but only in small doses! I go on there for 15 minutes or so in the evening, a few days a week. Too much of that kind of thing steals valuable "design time".

What is your favourite project/piece that you have worked on and why?  This "I just want to drink coffee, create awesome things and sleep print." print, is one of my newest designs, and probably one of my new favourites. It's witty and fun involvesnice typefaces.

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If you could learn a new skill what would it be? I would love to one day own a letterpress or a screen print studio. That would be the dream. Screen printing, I get, - but learning how to use a letterpress machine would be so cool!

What is your favourite song right now? Ultraísta - Gold Dayzz (Maribou State remix) - has been my song for the summer.

Which designers/artist/photographers get you super inspired and excited? I find it hard to be inspired by one person for any length of time longer than I week. Fickle, I know. At the moment, I love the Scout & Catalogue blog, she's super talented and her collection of leather goods are stunning. Graphic Artist, Santtu Mustonen createswork I find very inspiring and easy on the eye. There is also a lot of great talent over on Etsy.

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How do you relax and unwind? I'm about to do this much more effectively now I don't live in London! I love walking Rudy (the dog) in the woods by my house, I'm really into cooking these days, driving my car along the country lanes or going fishing my bf, Andrew.

What is your top tip for life? If it doesn't make you happy, don't do it. A content and happy soul is very good for your health and well-being. I'm 27 and I've only really just learned this!

If you would like to find out more about Chloe check out her blog, her etsy shop and follow her on instagram and twitter. Thanks for sharing with us Chloe. Check out my previous interviews with Bianca and Belinda too. 

Creative Mornings
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Have you heard of Creative Mornings? If not you need to. They have just created a beautiful new website. (seriously hot stuff!) It is a breakfast lecture series for creative people and is happening in 57 cities around the world. Now I haven't actually made it to one of the London creative mornings yet, but boy have I been making the most of the website. All of the talks from all of the cities are filmed and put up on the website and each month there is a different theme. I am slowly working my way through them and they are so inspiring. I have gotten into the habit of maybe once a week watching a talk while I eat lunch at my desk. I have discovered some incredible creative people, seen some wonderful work and been made to think. Today I watched a talk by Mig Reyes and it was frankly brilliant. I have been reminded that ugly is part of the process and maybe beautiful isn't always the point. I think we do all get a bit fixated on making everything beautiful all the time. I guess as designers that is what we are taught to do, but actual Mig is right. Ugly is part of the process and so is breaking things and making mistakes, I am going to try and be less ashamed in future of the ugly things that I create, because to be honest its all part of learning and becoming a better designer.

CreativeMornings with Mig Reyes from CreativeMornings/Chicago on Vimeo.

A few of my other faves have been:

Jessica Hisch

Lisa Congdon

Nick Cambell

Happy Friday! Hope you all get inspired over the weekend! Will be posting another interview next week which I am excited about...keep an eye out!

Introducing: Bianca Cash
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I am so excited to start this series of little interviews with creative people I admire and who have inspired me. I am pretty chuffed that the lovely Bianca has agreed to be the first. I first noticed Bianca on instagram a few months ago and have been a fan ever since. She captures the world in a really beautiful way and also her inked typography is HOT STUFF! Read the interview below, get inspired and go follow her on EVERYTHING.

Where do you live and how do you think it influences your work? I live in Melbourne, Australia. I am currently studying at Swinburne University of Technology - the design campus is in an inspiring creative inner city suburb called Prahran.

In general, Melbourne's a pretty cool city (slightly bias...) A lot of my favourite design studios are in Melbourne.

How would you describe what you do? Oh gosh, umm. Haha.Right now, I study graphic design full time. On the side I freelance as a designer and photographer. Most of the design work I get commissioned to do is logo design - especially in ink. Basically I spend a lot of time with a paint brush, paper and ink and also a lot of time on my pretty iMac.

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What are your tricks for getting inspired when you have a creative block? Most of the time when I'm in a bit of a blah creative block, I try to get creative by hand.Get back to the basics so to speak. I usually mess with some inking. Or if I can get away with it, I remove myself from being creative for a little while. A little space can help, I find.

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If you could learn a new skill what would it be? Ohh, I would love to be able to do more fancy things with typography. I wanna design a typeface! One day hey?

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What is your favourite song right now? Can I pick a couple or a few? It's so hard to choose... I am loving City and Colour's latest album 'the Hurry and the Harm' and Matt Corby's latest song 'Revolution' has been on repeat too.

Which designers/artist/photographers get you super inspired and excited? I'll start with Paul Rand, Alex Stitt and textile designer Vera Neumann. Melbourne has some incredible studios, I especially love the work that comes out of Motherbird and A Friend of Mine and Mildred and Duck. I also just recently spent four weeks interning at Kish and Co.

How do you relax and unwind? I can be a bit of a home-body (sometimes) - love sipping on a hot tea and listening to music. But I also love spending a day out: brunch with friends + browsing cute stores or a market. I love casual photo walks too.

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What is your top tip for life? Be kind. I think if I had to choose one, it would be that as it kinda covers so much.

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If you want to find out more about Bianca check out her website, her blog and follow her on instragram and twitter. Thanks Bianca for sharing your beautiful work with us! The cafe photos above were taken by Luisa Brimble

Birds with bow ties!
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Seriously - what could be better than beautifully illustrated birds with bow-ties? Nothing i tell you. I am in love with this illustration of birds of australia by Amy Borrell. She has loads of other lovely illustrations on her website too. What a talented lady. I wouldn't mind owning this print. Christmas is not too far away eh?! I had better start dropping some unsubtle hints. Happy Wednesday.

All Change - time for a studio
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So its pretty crazy around here (well its not really but it feels like it to me) and the next 2 months are going to be full of change. Its exciting but also a bit overwhelming! In less than 2 weeks my housemates are moving out...and then in less than 5 weeks I will be LIVING WITH A BOY!! (admittedly an extremely a very neat a tidy boy - but still!) - Anyway one of the things that I am really excited about (after getting married to NM obvs) - is that we are going to have a lot more space and I am going to finally have a little studio/office space which I have been dreaming about for ages. I can't wait to have a space that is designated to all my creative and crafty books and tools - and just a space that I can make super inspiring - a lovely place to work basically. For ages I have been collecting images on pinterest of things that inspire me that I could one day do in my home/garden....and I know we will probably do a bit of decorating and changing of things when NM moves in...so that it feels like our home and not just my home. So first stop studio/office. Here is my moodboard of pretty things that I am getting excited about. If you want to follow me on Pinterest please do!

(next week I think I will do a kitchen moodboard)

Here are links to all of the images:

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Paul Rand - Legend

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The last few days I have been on a course. It reminded me how much I love learning and how inspiring it is. Especially when it is design related! The tutor showed us this video of Steve Jobs talking about Paul Rand. Paul Rand...what a legend. Its kind of sad that these days designers don't have the guts to talk to designers the way Rand did. I love the bit where Steve explains that Paul didn't do options. He solved the problem and expected to be paid for it. It challenged me and encouraged me that I need to have more confidence in myself as a designer. I think I have got a bit used to bending over backwards for the client and as a result the designs usually get watered down or totally ruined. I am going to try and fight for my designs more. Go check out some of Paul Rands work...what a legend!