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SHOP OPEN

Just popping in briefly today to let you know that the shop is open again for all your greetings cards, prints and enamel pin needs (haha well maybe not all of them, lets not carried away now). 

I have lots of ideas up my sleeve for new products and a bit of a redesign of the shop and website, and I will slowly be working on those in every nap time available over the next couple of months, but I thought I might as well get the shop up and running and then I can add and change as I go along. 

If you sign up to my newsletter which is going out tomorrow there is a 25% discount code to spend in the shop - a big thank you for those of you who have signed up already and are following along and getting up to date news, discount codes and freebies etc.

I have really felt so blessed because of all the support of my small business this past year - it has started to grow in exciting ways and I have really enjoyed working on it. 

If you do want the discount that I mentioned above I have made it super easy and have inserted the sign up box below so that it is easy peasy! 

Have a lovely Tuesday!

The nursery
This lamp shade makes me so happy - it catches my eye every time I pass by the room. It is from  Lisa Jones Studio . 

This lamp shade makes me so happy - it catches my eye every time I pass by the room. It is from Lisa Jones Studio

We are very very blessed with our living situation in London because we live in a small 3 bedroom house just for the two of us. Frankly, having 3 bedrooms in London is pretty much a luxury whatever size they are and we try really hard not to ever take it for granted. 

Over the last few months we have been doing lots of re-arranging and sorting (and getting rid of stuff) and have turned the smallest box room into a little nursery for the baby. We haven't gone over the top and it doesn't look like one of these nurseries that you would see on pinterest, but it is functional and cosy and we enjoyed picking out a few pieces to decorate it and make it feel homely and cosy for the little guy. 

Since being pregnant I have discovered so many incredible small businesses selling amazing things for babies (and some of the things we got were not for a nursery specifically). I wanted to try and support some of those small businesses - because I know how important that is as small business owner myself. I have also included some things from creatives that we already owned. 

We decided to paint the walls a light grey and keep things pretty simple and neutral. Here are a few photos sharing some of the little details that we have put together. Some of the toys are things we have inherited or that have been made for us and I have even made some of the toys myself! 

This mobile was made by my amazingly talented and lovely colleagues at work. They spent months working on it and I absolutely love it. All of the little animals are made from felt and every single one is different and has its own little personality! At the moment I have hung them on the wall but when the baby is in a crib each strand has a ring on the top so that I can thread them onto a mobile! 

This mobile was made by my amazingly talented and lovely colleagues at work. They spent months working on it and I absolutely love it. All of the little animals are made from felt and every single one is different and has its own little personality! At the moment I have hung them on the wall but when the baby is in a crib each strand has a ring on the top so that I can thread them onto a mobile! 

I have loved this print from  Sarah Abbott  for ages and NM loved it too so we didn't hesitate to get one for the nursery. 

I have loved this print from Sarah Abbott for ages and NM loved it too so we didn't hesitate to get one for the nursery. 

In this room there is a weird sort of solid block that covers the stairs - which was always a strange feature in the room, but now it is making the perfect changing station. We decided to get a waterproof tablecloth from the local fabric shop and then just make sure everything was handy and in easy reach.

In this room there is a weird sort of solid block that covers the stairs - which was always a strange feature in the room, but now it is making the perfect changing station. We decided to get a waterproof tablecloth from the local fabric shop and then just make sure everything was handy and in easy reach.

I love this print from  Kate Alizadeh  (she is a super talented illustrated based in Cardiff). It wasn't in her  shop  but I think I saw it on her instagram and emailed her asking if she could do me a print and she obliged. 

I love this print from Kate Alizadeh (she is a super talented illustrated based in Cardiff). It wasn't in her shop but I think I saw it on her instagram and emailed her asking if she could do me a print and she obliged. 

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I recently started sewing more and attempted to make this bunny rabbit. You can find the pattern I used here on  Purl Soho  (amazing website!). It is pretty wonky and badly made but am hoping that adds to its charm and that the little guy will like it. I made  another one  for my Godson too. I really enjoyed making them and would like to experiment with making more toys. 

I recently started sewing more and attempted to make this bunny rabbit. You can find the pattern I used here on Purl Soho (amazing website!). It is pretty wonky and badly made but am hoping that adds to its charm and that the little guy will like it. I made another one for my Godson too. I really enjoyed making them and would like to experiment with making more toys. 

This wall hanging was a gift from a friend a while ago from  Sass and Belle  and fitted in nicely on one of the walls. 

This wall hanging was a gift from a friend a while ago from Sass and Belle and fitted in nicely on one of the walls. 

The print on the left is by  Laura Redburn  - Its not for sale in her shop but I saw it on her blog and she kindly made it into a print for me a while ago. The print on the right is one of mine and is  available in my shop . You can choose between grey and green because its double sided.

The print on the left is by Laura Redburn - Its not for sale in her shop but I saw it on her blog and she kindly made it into a print for me a while ago. The print on the right is one of mine and is available in my shop. You can choose between grey and green because its double sided.

These two little guys were knitted by my mother-in-law and i LOVE them. She has serious knitting skills so I am pretty sure this little guy will never be short of knitted toys or clothes.

These two little guys were knitted by my mother-in-law and i LOVE them. She has serious knitting skills so I am pretty sure this little guy will never be short of knitted toys or clothes.

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I also made these little ABC cube rattles. I was inspired by some that Artemis of  Junkaholique  made - and I just sort of made it up as I went along but I think there are loads of tutorials for similar things online. 

I also made these little ABC cube rattles. I was inspired by some that Artemis of Junkaholique made - and I just sort of made it up as I went along but I think there are loads of tutorials for similar things online. 

I hope you have enjoyed this little tour of our nursery. I am sure it will change over time as the baby grows and has different needs but I am really pleased with this as a start. I want to share some pictures of the new studio space too at some point so keep an eye out for those. 

Have a lovely weekend! 

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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.

Things I am loving on Etsy - Nursery edition

I think I have mentioned it before but we have been re-jigging and painting the rooms upstairs in our house to make room for the baby. We have done some serious de-cluttering and so far I am really happy with our choices and how things are coming together.  The thing that is really missing though is artwork for the nursery walls! So obviously I got lost in the rabbit hole of Etsy looking for some. I was a bit disheartened when I first started looking - I searched for nursery prints and there was just so so much stuff that wasn't my style (and depressing when you find things that are blatant rip-offs of your friends work!). I guess there is so much on Etsy now, that you have to trawl through quite a lot to find the gems. BUT I persevered and forgot about looking at things that were specifically for a nursery and just found illustrators I liked. I REALLY love the prints I found below and think all of them would look great in a nursery (or anywhere in the house to be honest). Now to decide which ones to get! 

1. Plantas Prints - by Depeapa

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You know what, I think this bird alphabet by illustrator Sarah Abbott might be the winner. I have admired this print for ages but had forgotten about it - I think it would look perfect on the nursery wall! 

What do you think about these prints? Do you have any other favourites you have found?

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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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Calder & Byrne
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Guys I have slightly switched up my posting schedule this week, because I am so excited to share with you today the launch of a new online shop called Calder & Byrne created by the wonderful Siobhan from Bless the Weather. I am so so honoured that she is stocking some of my prints and greetings cards, and I am looking forward to working with Siobhan and Calder & Byrne more in the future. Siobhan has such great taste and so this shop is just packed full of things that I want to buy. That was pretty much Siobhan's inspiration for the shop - to create a place where you can go and buy a whole variety of items that would be great for gifts and also to treat yourself, but they are all in one place so you can kind of do a one stop shop order! I know already that this is the place I am going to be going for birthday presents and also maybe little treats for me :)

The other main goal of the shop is to support local and UK based artists, and that is kind of how Siobhan and I connected, we actually live fairly near each other! She can pretty much just come round and pick up stock when ever she wants. I love that community feel and am just so excited to support her vision for this. So seriously, support the small businesses and the one man band makers in the UK and go spend some of your pennies in Calder & Byrne! Two of the prints they are selling of mine are totally exclusive to C&B so that is the only place you will be able to find them!

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All of these images are copyright Calder & Byrne.

I hope you all have a lovely Tuesday and enjoy browsing the shop

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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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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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Chloe Trundle

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.