Posts tagged etsy
Shop update: New Print
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I don't update my online shop nearly as often as I would like - and frankly that is just life - I can't always do it all, but I try not to give myself too hard a time over it. I know there will be periods where I can spend more time on it than others and that is ok. I am having a bit of a push to get lots of new products into the shop that have been hanging out as ideas in my head for far too long now. Last week I put up the new Father's Day Cards and this week I would like to share with you a new print that I designed.  

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When I read this bible verse from Psalms I knew that it was something that I wanted up in our nursery so that I could read it on a regular basis. Then I decided it would be a great gift to give to a couple of my friends who have recently become or are about to become parents. I wanted to keep it simple but I also wanted the type to be white rather than black and a bit more subtle than my other prints. 

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I decided to go for a simple grey background but then I tried a green version and liked that too - so I decided to get them printed double sided so that my friends could choose which colour they prefer and fit better in their homes. Genius huh! It is basically two prints for the price of one! 

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I got a few extra printed to go in the shop. They are printed on really beautifully textured card and as mentioned above one side has the grey background and then the other has the green background. They are A4 and could be displayed in a standard A4 frame or would even look cool on a clipboard on the wall, or washi taped on too. 

I think they would be perfect for a kids nursery or as a gift for a new mum. Or actually they would be great to inspire and encourage anyone. The Psalms really are beautiful.

If you want to get your hands on one they are on sale for only £6.

A notebook giveaway
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Hi, my name is Liz and I have a notebook addiction. It is a bit of a problem really, I seriously can't get enough of them. I have quite a collection at home, and some of them are so pretty that I can't bear to use them. Crazy huh! I also can't seem to give gifts to my friends without there being a notebook in there. So eventually me designing some of my own just had to happen. 

I am so excited that I will be selling these at the Crafty Fox Market on Sunday - and then next week I will aim to get them up in the shop

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In these photographs are only the A5 notebooks but there are also a couple of little A6 ones too which would be super handy to have in your bag for quick notes and lists and things. Also did you noticed the inked polka dot insides. I love that bit! The notebooks all have blank pages inside. 

So anyway here is the exciting bit. I have decided to give a few of them away! In the next couple of weeks I am going to be sending out my very first newsletter (eek!) - Everyone who signs up to the newsletter in the box below will have their name entered and I will pick two names at random to win a set of the two A5 notebooks. I will email the winners on Monday (5th October).

Also, in case you were in any doubt here is a great article about why you should carry a notebook with you everywhere

Hope you all have a great weekend and if you don't have plans on Sunday come and visit Crafty Fox and say hey! I would love to meet you in person!

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life lately
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I thought I would do a little post today with a bit of a catch up on how things have been going. Since February I have been working 4 days a week at my job and then one day a week (and some evenings and weekends), I have been focusing on my own freelance work and my shop. It has been great and I have enjoyed it so much. I have been managing to juggle my job, the blog, the shop and freelance pretty well. I have been getting enquiries and jobs from new clients and it really feels like my business has been growing. 

Anyway part of the deal with me working 4 days at my job, was that over the summer when things get busy at work I would go back to 5 days, so that is what will be happening for the next 3 months. I have decided to try and be realistic about what this is going to mean and as a result I have decided to go down to posting two times a week instead of three. This will start from next week, and I will probably post on Tuesdays and Fridays. Then in October I plan to go back to posting 3 days a week again. 

I would love to get some feedback from you my lovely readers about what you like and what you don't on this blog, because although I blog because I love it and find it a great creative outlet, let's be honest I am hoping that people are reading and enjoying what I post. I think in the next couple of weeks I will put together a little bit of a survey, which should hopefully help me think about my content and how to develop and grow my little business over the summer. 

I am also planning to start a newsletter which will include discount codes for the shop and extra content and free downloads that are not available to anybody else. This probably won't start until October but I have put a sign up box in the right-hand menu of this blog, so if you are interested feel free to sign up now so that you are all ready for some inbox fun in the autumn!  

Ok I have waffled on long enough - I just wanted to end by sharing a little summer discount code for the shop. If you use the code SUMMERSUN you will get 15% off everything in the shop for the next two weeks. If there is something you have had your eye on now is the time to nab it! 

Hope you are looking after yourselves in this mini heatwave and have a lovely Wednesday! 

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(photo by Samee Lapham

things I am loving on Etsy

I felt in the mood for a little round up of some things that I am loving on Etsy so here is my latest edition. Recently I have been really re-thinking what artwork and prints that I have on my walls. I am moving some things around and also in the market for some new artwork to fill in some gaps. There is loads of amazing artwork that you can find on Etsy so I thought I would share some of my favourites that I have found in my searches. Hope you enjoy! 

1. Succulents Print - Small Adventure - Everyone is crazy for succulents right now and this would have fit in perfectly with yesterdays 'blush' moodboard. This illustration would be a beautiful addition to any wall. 

2. Sweater - Karolin Schnoor - I am a huge Karolin Schnoor fan and I have loved this print for a long time now. I love the monochrome and the composition of this piece. 

3. Coney Island - Sophie Backall - eek! how cute is this illustration. I think this would look so fun and playful on the wall. Those tattoos! That moustache! 

4. My Brain - A Pair of Pairs - This print totally sums up how I feel so often! That is probably why it's so popular, so many people can relate to it. Simple black and white but lovely hand lettered type.

5. Woman and branch - depeapa - I really like the childlike nature of this illustration. It is so simple but just so perfect. I think this would add a great pop of colour to a wall or room. 

6. Get Lost in Nature - Worth While Paper - This is such a great bold typographic print. Love the combination of type and foliage. 

Now just need to decide which of these to add to my collection! Hope you all have a lovely Wednesday. 

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things I am loving on etsy

Guys, I have been finding so many beautiful shops and amazing things on etsy recently and I haven't done a post sharing what I am loving on etsy for a while (since this one) so I thought It was time. I have been umming and ahhing because I have a gift voucher and I just can't decide what to spend it on! I have tried to keep it to the UK and Europe but the odd US/Aus entry might have sneaked in! 

1. How cute is this calligraphy kit. This would make such a great gift for a creative friend or just for yourself if you wanted to learn. Ever since taking this modern calligraphy class I am obsessed with all things calligraphy. 

2. I love this shop Depeapa - and I am a fan of all things spattered ink...this bag is cute with the little blush details too. 

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3. I love love love this shop and especially this hands print. Would look so good on my wall! 

4. This thank you stamp is so cute. It is always nice to say thank you right?

5. Not sure why but I am currently obsessed with ring dishes. I haven't bought one yet but am on the look out and this one is super cute.

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Hope you all have a lovely day - and enjoy perusing these etsy shops.

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Mother's Days Card
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Guys, I want to do you a public service and remind you that Mothers Day is on March 15th (well in the UK anyway, US folk you don't need to panic until May) so you have two weeks to get yourself sorted and get a card to let your Mum know how much she means to you. 

I recently designed 4 different Mothers Day cards which are all available in the shop. I hand painted all of the designs with ink and then played around with them on the computer to get the colours and composition exactly how I wanted them. Each card is printed on really lovely white 270gsm card and they come with a kraft envelope. You still have time to order one if you fancy - just tootle on over to the shop

It's so funny because when I designed these cards I definitely had a couple that I liked more than others but it always seems to be the way that people prefer the ones that are not my faves. Bottom right of this set has been the most popular by far (so far) - not at all what I expected but interesting!

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I have been working on some other cards recently too - you can see some below but check out the shop to see the whole collection. I am trying to add new designs a lot more regularly to the shop these days so it is always worth checking back. I have been focusing on cards mainly recently but I have some new print designs in the pipeline so hopefully it won't be long until there are more of those up there too!

Hope you all have a great Weekend!

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Whats up in the shop

As I mentioned on monday I have been trying to be a lot more consistent with what I have been posting on my blog, instagram and twitter and so far this year I have been managing to do it and I am loving it - but as a result my shop has been a little bit neglected. Over the last couple of weeks I have been working on re-photographing the products and trying to make things a bit cleaner and more consistent in the look (haha I think my word for this year is consistent - that seems to be what I am all about right now). I still have a way to go but below are a few of the updated product shots. 

I am working on new prints and cards which hopefully should be up on in the shop in the next few weeks and I am also putting together a new wholesale catalogue...so if you run/own a shop and you think my cards would be a good fit please feel free to get in touch and I would be happy to send you a copy when it is ready. 

Inspired by Karolin Schnoor

I have been admiring the work of Karolin Schnoor for a little while now, and it was these screen printed envelopes that cemented my love (I don't think I would ever be able to send them to anyone though, they are just too beautiful). Karolin is a German illustrator and designer who lives in London and she has a pretty lovely client list having worked for people like The Barbican, Creative Review, Huck Magazine, Little White Lies and the V&A. 

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When I was picking which images to use for this post I was drawn to her black and white illustrations. I love how often she works with black and white and then includes a bright pop over colour, like the first image and the neon pink glasses in the prints below. She also does lots of beautiful illustrations with colour which you can see on her website

I am hoping one of these days to add one of these beautiful prints to my collection. Check out her etsy shop if you fancy one too. Hope you all have a great Thursday and keep your eyes open for the free download tomorrow. 

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My goals for 2015
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To be totally honest I am not into New Year's resolutions at all. I always choose things that are just way too ambitious and not really achievable and then it doesn't last very long. I do like to set myself some goals though, things that I can get my teeth into and that I have the whole year to work on. I guess its normal to have a think about these when there is a New Year but sometimes I like to set myself some goals in the summer too to give me some added motivation and drive. Looking back on last year I feel really pleased with how I did with some of my goals. I really wanted to lose some weight, and although it wasn't as much as I hoped, I lost a stone and it felt great. I really noticed a difference. I also (re)launched my etsy shop and really pushed things forward, which was something I had been wanting to do for ages. I also took on some new freelance clients which has been really rewarding and a great experience. 

This year I think my goals are probably fairly similar to last year's (not sure I published last year's on the blog though) but just pushing things along slightly. So here we go. 

1. Keep trying to be healthier. I know this is going to be on my list of goals probably for ever but I think it's something that I am always happy to be working on. I want to be much better at looking after my body and being a bit more mindful about what I am putting into it. I love food so much and so I want to find a way of not denying myself everything to the point I don't enjoy it anymore, but to be more creative with healthy lunches and little treats. On the exercise front I would really like to get into running again. A couple of years ago I did really well and built up to running a half marathon, but it's amazing how easy it is to slip out of it. Ideally I would like to get into the habit of running home from work as often as I can fit it in to my schedule. 

2. Blog more regularly. Over the Christmas break I have tried to put together a bit of a blogging schedule so that I can be more organised and plan in advance for some of my posts. I am hoping I will be able to keep this up. I am aiming to post 3 times a week for now (I'm not going to give myself a hard time if it's only 1 or 2 on the odd occasion though). Anyway you will probably be able to see how this is going. I am really hoping that over the year my writing, photography and the quality of my content is going to improve. 

3. Grow my Etsy shop. I want to carve out time to create more products for my shop this year. I feel like I am developing a style that I am happy with and so I need to make time to create regularly. I also want to work on my wholesale catalogue. Before Christmas my cards were stocked in the Turpentine (Brixton) and Bias (Peckham) - which are both shops that I love and I would love to get my cards stocked in more independent shops in London and the UK. 

4. Live more simply. I know this is all the rage at the moment and there are lots of blogs dedicated to living a simple life - but it is something I want to take seriously in 2015. It really is crazy the amount that we consume, and I know I could be a lot happier with less possessions and a less cluttered life in general. This won't be easy as I do love to shop but I am going to work on it. I guess this all links in to saving money too. I would really like to do a big trip to the US this year but to make it happen it will involve cutting back and saving the pennies for sure. 

The postcard in the picture above is by the very talented Jen Collins. I got a little set of them before she closed her etsy shop. I love them - they totally motivate me. This one will be going on the wall to keep me motivated in 2015. 

Hope you all have a great week! 

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! 

things I am loving on etsy

Since re-launching my etsy shop I guess I have been hanging out on there quite a bit more, and so I have been discovering lots of beautiful shops and things that I love. Etsy really is such a lovely and wonderful community and I just love exploring and finding creative and inspiring people – So I thought I would share some of the things I have found recently and that are on my wishlist! Expect more of these sort of posts in the future! 

Miplusedesign has become a firm favourite etsy shop of mine. I just love the beautifully simple designs > and I pretty much love everything in this shop. 

If I had a bottomless pit of money I would snap these beautiful dishes up in a heart beat. Can you imagine these on your chest of drawers holding rings and jewellry? Stunning. 

A beautiful simple triangle necklace that I would happily hand round my neck! 

sadly these beautiful cups with handlettering don't ship to the UK. 

These are quite possibly the most beautiful envelopes I have even seen. If i owned them though I don't think I would be able to send them to anyone.  The rest of Karolin's shop is lovely too.

Etsy shop launch

Happy Sunday! I am so excited to be able to finally share with you my etsy shop! I have been working on it for quite a while now and the day has finally come to launch it! Head over there now if you are interested in typographic prints, greetings cards and envelopes made of old maps! I am planning to keep adding things to it every couple of weeks so it should be worth checking back every now and then too!

While stocks last I will be giving away a free tote bag with every order over £20 - so if you see anything you fancy get in there quick! The tote bag has the slogan 'Off on an adventure - back soon' on it and was hand drawn by me with an illustration of a bike. There are 20 of these tote bags so get in there before they are all gone. 

Over the coming months I am also planning to do a giveaway and some promo codes so keep checking back here on the blog and on twitter to find out what is going on and maybe snag yourself a cheeky discount! 

Anyway I am so happy to finally be properly involved in the wonderful etsy community (I have dabbled a bit in the past but am taking it a lot more seriously this time!). I would love to hear from you, so feel free to get in touch if you would like anything at a different size or if you would like me to work on a custom order for you! Check out the new shop here.

Have a great week! 

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. 

My Fave etsy shop - Wood & Grain
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This week I am breaking from tradition and instead of featuring a round up of things I have found on etsy I am just going to show you one shop I have found. Let me introduce Wood & Grain. I am in love. Their shop is divine and just filled with simple and beautifully crafted things inspired by nature. A lot of the items they sell are for weddings (why did I not find them 5 months ago!!) but they also have other cute things like the thank you stickers (middle top) and also gift tags (bottom left and bottom right) which I am drooling over and may need to put in a little order pronto! They also have a lovely blog - check out this awesome invitation suite (below) that they did for their own wedding! - Incredible. Go check out their shop and blog. This is definitely my favourite etsy shop right now. I will let you know when I find another gem.

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My Favourite Taupe
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This week I decided to go with a colour theme rather than a type of thing. Here is a little round up of my favourite 'Taupe' things on etsy - inspired by the bean who is the creator of number 4 because she is loving taupe right now! Ok well maybe some of them are brown, beige, cream etc. but they are all fairly similar. I am loving all of these things. My etsy wish list is growing rather long! So you can find all of these lovely things here: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

My Favourites Bracelets
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So I was always a big chunky silver jewelry kind of girl, but recently (well since the engagement ring, 1930's, vintage, gold, thin etc) I have been rethinking my accessory taste and have been embracing more dainty feminine gold jewelry. I really fancy some gold bracelets, thin simple ones that could be stacked. These are my favourite ones that I have found on etsy so far. I am particularly in Love with 1 and 7 (ahem wink wink nudge nudge NM!) but I like the way 2 and 8 introduce a bit of colour as well! Find them all here 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8. Also can I recommend buying things on etsy. The people are really really lovely.

My Favourite Rings
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So I have been looking for wedding rings on etsy recently...and I have found so many lovely rings. I thought I would do a round up of my favourites. I don't think I would wear all of these but I really like them. It is so funny how my style has changed. I used to be all about big silver chunky jewellery (which I still really like) but recently I have been leaning towards more dainty simple gold rings - I think influenced by my engagement ring which is thin and gold. You can find them all here - 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 and just for the record my fav's are: 2,5,6,7 - which ones do you like?