Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Three lovely things...

How adorable are these three little lovelies?

This beautiful handmade bowl in the form of a cute little cat (1) is by Clay Opera and you can see more of their work by visiting their etsy shop.

I'm loving this outfit combo (2) from des petits haute
That lovely doodle tee is available on their website, and how nice does it go with that soft pastel blue coat, a simple skirt and tights, yummy!
And it'll soon be the weather for it...

Those nails (3) would go very well with that outfit too, oooooh lovely
Find them, and other nail art ideas by following @yuqico on instagram

x x x

Monday, 24 August 2015

Take Four...gorgeous girly rooms

Oh, to be little again...
How about these for some seriously gorgeous girly havens?
Yes yes yes!

x x x

Friday, 21 August 2015

Colour crush...

Ooh its that time again, and no better time than a Friday for a colour crush post right?
I'm feeling some serious love for this colour combo at the moment, just gorgeous...

Happy weekend everyone!

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 

(clockwise from top left)

x x x

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Autumn / Winter 2017 Trends...

I'm sure many of you follow Emily Kiddys blog so will have seen her autumn/ winter trend boards already, but I was pleasantly surprised to see one of my little designs featured on her 'Happy Camper' board for a transitional boys story.
You can se more of Emilys trend direction here.
And see her trend pack available to buy here.

And here's my artwork...

And really, thinking about it, the speed this years going, it'll soon be October! 

x x x

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

New York, New York!

We're back from New York!
Every time I visit this fabulous city, I'm always amazed by it; its hustle and bustle, the never-ending fast pace of it all, the beautiful skyline that you can never get bored of seeing, and this last trip over the pond was no exception.
Stunning views from the top of the Empire State building, strolling in Central Park on a ridiculously hot sunday afternoon, witnessing the memorial at the new One World Trade Centre, walking along the high line at dusk...

I love to visit and marvel at its splendour but I do also love to get back home.
I miss my home comforts, the quiet, and of course, our fluffy one...that face when I get home...

Anyway, enough of my ramblings, I'm back, so will be returning with some new colour crush posts and photos from my trip very soon.

(photo above copyright of louise/loveprintstudio)

x x x

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Join me on bloglovin'...

I've been using bloglovin' to keep up to date with all my favourite blogs for a good few years now.
It's so easy to use and it's available on desktop, mobile, iPad, etc...
I probably use the app on my phone most of the time, and all it takes is a finger swipe to zip through all the posts in your feed.
You can even categorise blogs into groups, so if you just feel like reading some food blogs, you can, or if you need a bit of eye candy in your life, have a little nosey through some design blogs.
You can follow me here and why not get started and give bloglovin' a go?
To do just that, click here.

Here's a little snapshot of my page...

x x x

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Paper & Cloth at Printsource...

It's that time again...we're heading off for New York New York!
Here's a little peek at the studio eflyer. 
Head over to the Paper & Cloth blog to read a little more...

(image copyright of paper & cloth design studio)

x x x

Monday, 3 August 2015

Monday moodboard...

A little bit of strawberries and green (sorry)
But it does make a lovely combo here...

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 

x x x

Friday, 31 July 2015

Things that made me happy in July...

Well, there goes one of the best months of the year, 
(with a birthday, wedding anniversary and holiday thrown in the mix, how could it be anything else?!)

July, you were a goodie!
Here are my favourite things about it...

a relaxing afternoon spent at Kenilworth Castle with my boys,
which obviously included an afternoon cream tea, mmm...
(pics above)
a lovely week spent in Greece followed by some downtime in the UK

Looking forward to...
jetting off to NYC next month... Printsource here we come!

Before I go to sleep by S J Watson
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

Snacking on...
these energy bars
these baked tortilla chips
homemade flapjacks

Listened to...
Joy Williams - Mika - Danger Mouse - Jhene Aiko - Years & Years

Feasted on...
lots and lots of naughtiness on holiday!
this avocado and tomato toast with balsamic drizzle
these breakfast roll ups
this teriyaki salmon and broccoli bowl
this avocado egg salad

these fruit infused waters

a lovely Australian kids lifestyle blog, Once Upon a Monday
The Little Loaf blog

my new Olivia Burton watch 
(birthday pressie from the hubby)
seeing a preview of the new autumn collection from Paperchase.. artwork from Paper & Cloth, 'Nordic Lights', it's a beaut!

Homemade Memories by Kate Doran
these lovely japanese watercolours
A lot on her plate by Rosie Birkett
new Aqua Sphere swimming googles, wooooo hoooo!
(goodbye to my knackered old Speedo ones)
Honey & Jam by Hannah Queen

another holiday...

these amazing edible flowers!
this beautiful floral notebook from the Rifle Summer collection by Anna Rifle

Crushing on...
these colours in the CIFF kids Spring/Summer 2015 campaign

Before I go to sleep (nowhere near as good as the book in my opinion) 
Into the Woods (very much a love it/hate it film I think...wasn't keen)
The hundred foot journey (loved it!)

this instagram account

Giggling ...
at this
(too funny)
and these

Favourite things that happened...
celebrating my birthday and wedding anniversary (busy month!)

So, that was a round up of my month,
how was yours?

(photos used in this post were taken by me for use on loveprintstudio blog, 
copyright of louise/loveprintstudio)

x x x

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Etsy shop find...a chat with Melanie Mikecz of Twoems!

Todays sees us getting to know another etsy shop owner, 
and this time its the turn of Melanie Mikecz of Twoems.

Melanie is an artist specializing in digital mixed media; using original paintings and sketches before transferring them into photoshop to complete her beautiful, striking, bold artworks that she then sells in her etsy shop as canvases and growth charts.

Colourful abstract designs and animals feature in her designs and are perfect for your little ones to add some fun to their little spaces!
I'm sharing some of my favourites in this post, but head over to her shop to see more!

So, cuppa in hand, lets get to know Melanie a little more...

1. Can you tell us a bit about you and your background... 

I got my start as an artist by colouring on butcher block paper on the kitchen table at the age of three. 
Since then I have gravitated towards various artistic pursuits (macaroni art in kindergarten, ceramics in eighth grade, painting in high school, print making in college). 
My formal training was in the Visual Communications department at the Washington University School of Art. 
My first job out of school was as a graphic designer at a small firm in Boston. 
I gradually made the transition from full time designer to full time, independent artist/illustrator over the course of several years. 

2. Who is your design hero and how do you stay inspired?

Two of my faves are the French artist, Sonia Delaunay and American illustrator, Mary Blair.
I find social media (mainly Pinterest and Instagram) a great way to get a daily dose of inspiration/procrastination. 

3. Tell us about a typical day for you…

One of the things I love about being an independent artist is that I don't have to keep office hours. 
Typically I like to work a few hours in the morning (sometimes in my pjs). 
Then spend some time away from the studio with my kids in the afternoon. 
After the little ones are in bed, I get back at it. 
Evenings are my favorite and usually most productive times to work. 

4. Can you give us an insight into your creative process?

I usually start a new project with some visual research. 
Then I spend a few hours with pencil to paper sketching rough thumbnails. 
My more detailed sketches are done on the computer (my college art instructors would shudder at this). 
I create the final art on the computer using a catalog of painted swatches that I've amassed over the years. 

5. What art do you have on your wall?

I have some of my own artwork, some of my three year old daughter’s (her favorite things to draw are skulls), my husband’s music poster collection, artwork by Maria Carluccio, Jennifer Mercede and a blank spot reserved for a Sarah Giannobile original.

6. In three words, describe your work…

Vibrant, quirky, happy

7. What’s your favourite book from your childhood?

The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

8. What are your big loves?

My family, art, chocolate chip cookies, crossword puzzles, Hawaii, sangria and sunshine

9. The colours in your artwork are beautiful, so rich and vibrant. 
Where does the inspiration/ influence for this come from? 
Or are they colours that you’re naturally drawn to and enjoy using?

Hmmm that’s a tough one. 
I guess I’m naturally drawn to certain colors/palettes. 
I obviously like bright, happy colors and I rarely use black.

10. What’s the most popular item for sale in your etsy shop? And your favourite?

The animals are the most popular, especially the hippo, zebra, and peacock. 
My current favorite is my Fox in Flowers art. 
We have a bit of a fox theme going on in our house at the moment.

11. What are you working on currently, any big plans for the coming year you can share with us?

I’m just coming back from maternity leave, so I’m not currently working on anything huge. 
I have a new coloring book that just came out called, Creative Creatures.
You can find it at Free Period Press and 
I also have some rug designs that should be available soon.

12. What’s the most rewarding thing about being a designer/illustrator?

I get to do what I love all day and (usually) someone pays me to do it.

A big thanks to Melanie for taking the time to be part of the etsy interviews!
(all images above are copyright of Melanie Mikecz/ Twoems)

You can follow Melanie here;

x x x

Monday, 27 July 2015

A holiday snapshot...Santorini!

Time for a little look at the gloriousness that is Santorini..
I really can't stress enough just how amazingly beautiful this place is, seriously...

It's ridiculous.

I'd seen so many images on the internet of this little greek island before we visited, and always presumed it couldn't look as amazing as it does in those photos...


Strikingly bright ultramarine skies, against a backdrop of calm blue seas, cool crisp white buildings and marbled floors, beautiful views...aaah take me back...

(all photos above copyright of louise/ loveprintstudio)

x x x

Friday, 24 July 2015

Colour crush...

A nice soft and pretty, feminine colour crush post for your Friday...
Have a good weekend everyone!

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

(clockwise from top left)

x x x

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Midweek moodboard...

Time for some hump day loveliness...
Happy Wednesday!

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9

x x x

Monday, 20 July 2015

A holiday snapshot...Crete!

Well, as promised, here are some photos taken during our time in Crete (Santorini to follow soon).
We had a lovely relaxing week spent at a beautiful hotel near Rethymnon.
A lot of time was spent on the beach where I devoured two fantastic reads, 'Wild' by Cheryl Strayed and 'Before I go to sleep' by S.J Watson, highly recommend both books!

There were a few cheeky cocktails, and obviously we overindulged on the food side of things,
(it's a're allowed right?)
We spent some time wandering around the narrow little streets of the Old Town, Rethymnon, exploring the shops and crafts, before trekking up to visit the Venetian Fortezza.

Our hotel was right on the beach so we saw some amazing sunsets and had the opportunity to go parasailing, such a great experience!

Well, enough of my ramblings.
Here are a few snaps...

(all photos above copyright of louise/loveprintstudio)

x x x

Friday, 17 July 2015

Party party!

Theres a hint of self indulgence in todays post...
As it's my birthday, I thought I'd do a little party inspired gathering of gorgeous images.
Happy Friday!

Party table - who wouldn't want a super snazzy balloon centrepiece on their party table? 
Party hats - consider me wearing one of these all day with a big smile on my face!
Mini ice cream cone balloon sticks - oh my.... enough said
Confetti girls - I shall be walking around today in a cloud of sprinkles and confetti (ha!)

x x x

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