Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Colour crush...

Seeing lots of yummy yellow tones recently when out on the old shopping trips, 
and there have been many! 
Bit unusual I guess, for the time of year, with stores launching their autumn/winter collections...but gorgeous nonetheless, and a nice pace change to see some fresher colours for fall, so here goes with a colour crush...
How beautiful is it paired with grey and peachy tones in that top right image, yum!


1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

(clockwise from top left)

x x x

Monday, 18 August 2014

An ode to the pancake!

Well, another New York trip is all over.
There was a lot of walking, (my feet and knees hurt...a lot!)
a lot of eating (of course, right?)
and a lot of laughing (as always),
happy days I say!

My love of pancakes is always reignited after a New York trip. 
Although to be totally honest, it never goes out, ha! 
My pancake heaven is always found at 'The Cupping Rooms' in Soho.
Seriously..
the yummiest...
ever!

So in an ode to the pancake, here's a few good ones to try soon...


Blueberry muffin and buttermilk pancakes cake - averie cooks


 Good old fashioned pancakes - kitch me


Blueberry pancake bake - oh sweet basil


Ten minute mango pancakes - deliciously ella


The single pancake - Joy the Baker


Blueberry pancake french toast bake - rachel schultz

x x x

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Paper & Cloth at Printsource!

Paper & Cloth are off again...
New York here we come!
Hope to see you there


(image above copyright of Paper and Cloth Ltd)

x x x

Friday, 1 August 2014

Hello August...

Hello to you August!
Don't go so quick as the last lot will you?


(image above copyright of louise/ loveprintstudio blog)

This month brings with it another trip across the pond for Printsource with the lovely Paper & Cloth, hope to see you there!

Ooh ooh, and lets not forget a bank holiday here in the UK, happy dance time!

Have a good one everyone.

x x x

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Instagram snaps....July 2014

Ok, so July's just about done and dusted!
Scarily over halfway through 2014 and only five months to go till Christmas!?
Anyway, after that slightly worrying thought...here's an Instagram round up of my happenings in July.

We spent a lovely, very warm week in the Lake District, soooooo nice.
Cake was eaten, afternoon tea was drank, and yet more cake, mmmmm,
and a good time was had by all,
fluffy ones included.

I discovered Grassmere gingerbread...oh my, yummy.

Paddling in Coniston Lake

Boat rides and long walks in the sunshine

July was my birthday month and also wedding anniversary, and pressies included new additions to my oh so novelty sock collection and cookbooks a plenty, including Meringue Girls, Oh she glows and the new one from Leon.

Along with my new found smoothie love, I've also become quite taken with fro-yo...good old frozen yoghurt, and on this occasion, tried freezing little cubes of the stuff with teeny tiny bits of strawberry inside, yum!
Good for snacking on hot summer afternoons

More walks with my boys

Hope you all had a good one too!



x x x

Monday, 28 July 2014

Etsy shop find...a chat with Ilona Drew

I'm in today showcasing the next etsy shop owner, and this time, its the turn of Ilona Drew of 'I Drew This'
Ilona is a surface pattern designer and illustrator who has worked for Watermark Publishing and Carte Blanche Greetings so has a great understanding of the greeting cards industry.
Her etsy shop stocks items such as greetings cards and prints with more to come!
Using techniques like spray paints, pens, pencils, collage mixed with Illustrator and Photoshop, she is able to create beautiful designs with a lovely naive feel.

So, here we go, get the cuppa...


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

I consider the beginning of my creative career to be when I began at Stourbridge College
 in the West Midlands, the college had a great reputation for its art courses and my Mom 
did her BA there when I was a little girl so it was a bit like home from home as I had spent 
so much time there. 
I studied a BTEC which introduced me to the idea of how I would apply my style to different mediums and I thrived on crafts, painting and especially print.
From there I went onto the Surface Pattern BA at Staffordshire University, a brilliant course again giving you the opportunity to dip into glass, ceramics, paperwork and textiles. 
I ended specialising in printed textiles and from there I went to UCE in Birmingham to complete my self initiated MA, it was there I realised that greeting cards was a lucrative field which offered in house positions.

After freelancing for a year I then landed a two week job trial at Watermark Publishing, a greeting card publisher based in Kettering with a great ethos for graduates and individuals looking for experience designing for the high street. 
It was an incrediably hard working company and I went from design junior to designing card ranges and managing projects and people in just four years.

After that four years it was time for a relocation and Brighton had always appealed, I accepted a job offer from another greeting card publisher Carte Blanche, similar in size to Watermark Publishing. 
My job role was to create new greeting card ranges which I did quite independantly with their studio.

After two years I decided to go freelance, I had always liked the idea and it seemed like the right time.

Since going freelance I have gained a lot of experience of the different ways you can go with your artwork for example agents pro/cons, illustrating for editorial/kids textiles/books/cards, lots about licensing your artwork and most recently trade shows, 
it certainly has been a journey so far...



2. What books/ magazines are currently on your coffee table?

I have a three year old so honestly my coffee table is mostly covered with stickers and plasticine, however upstairs next to my bed is my turf and currently home to some much loved Frankie back issues, Bazaar Style by Selina Lake, Becoming a Successful Illustrator by Derek Brazell & Jo Davies and Show & Tell by Dilys Evans.


3. Who is your design hero and what inspires you? 

I love the artwork of Gyo Fujikawa, I grew up cherishing a book called Come Follow me, she had a long career and a sweet sentiment to her illustrations. 
Anyone who has had a long freelance career I find inspiring, 
I love to learn about their journeys, its a tough game!!



4. Tell us about a typical day for you...

I get up around seven with my daughter, make her breakfast, get her dressed and mostly run around like a headless chicken for half an hour before taking her to preschool, then I like to go to the gym, I use it as time to wake up and organise my day in my head before heading to the studio.
I then spend an hour or so emailing and organising any orders/invoices for I Drew This and then around lunchtime settle down with some design work. This might be a comission or a project I have set for I Drew This.
I try to get out and soak up the Laines for 30 mins or so mid afternoon before going back to the studio and working until about eight when I will either meet up with a friend for some dinner or head home.



5. Complete the following sentence...
- My happy place is.........

Lying in bed on a Sunday morning listening to my daughter and husband downstairs chatting away.


6. Where do you work? 
Describe your studio/work area...

I work in a co-operative studio in the heart of the Laines in Brighton called Studio Greenhouse.
There are ten freelancers in the studio ranging from an italian translator, fine artist, film editors, architect and childrens book illustrator. 
I have a cosy corner of the studio with my desk, mac and walls behind me which is perfect for planning my shows and a cute view of the top of Brighton Pavillion out of the window at the far end of the studio.


7. What art do you have on your wall?

I have my fathers art on my walls along with some of my own.


8. Why do you like being an illustrator/designer? (in 10 words or less)

There are endless worlds to explore...



9. What's the first thing you think about when you wake up in the morning?

My daughter.


10. What are your top three blogs?



You can follow Ilona here...




Thanks to Ilona for taking the time out to share a bit of her world with us!

(all above images are copyright of Ilona Drew and are a selection of items from her etsy shop or website back catalogue)

x x x

Friday, 25 July 2014

Going dotty!

Dotty, dot, dot!
That's it...

Happy weekend all!


x x x

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

New blog find...Bea's Cookbook

I discovered a lovely new blog recently...Bea's Cookbook.
Bea, originally from Poland, has been living in the UK since 2006 and started her blog in 2013, packed full of beautiful food photography and recipe ideas.
Here are a few of my favourites...









There are soooo many lovely images to 'oooh and aaah' over on Bea's beautiful blog...definitely worth a little visit!

You can follow Bea on pinterest, facebook, and twitter

(all images above are copyright of Bea's Cookbook)

x x x

Monday, 21 July 2014

Colour crush...

It's summer summer summer!
And seeing as the weather is glorious at the moment, here's a super summery, happy, colourful colour crush post for you this sunny Monday...

Hope you all have a good week.


2 | Floral

(clockwise from top left)

x x x

Monday, 14 July 2014

Cake, cake and more cake...

Well, I'm back from an absolutely gorgeous week in the Lake District.
I couldn't believe how lucky we were with the weather...
It was soooo hot!
We had expected rain and grey days after closely following the weather reports leading up to our break, but no..the weather gods were on our side and graced us with lovely gorgeous shiny sun, yay!

There'll be some photos to follow soon, as you can imagine, I took several hundred and it will take some time to trawl through and edit, etc...

A lot of our time in the Lakes was spent eating and drinking (of course, right?) and we got through quite a few afternoon teas and yummy sweet things. 
To say I'm finding getting back to my healthier diet and my first fast day a little tricky is an understatement!
Well what are holidays for if not to over indulge a little?

Anyway... a little 'Take Four' post inspired by my munching of them all last week, mmmmm.



x x x

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Mood board yumminess...

I'm taking a little blogging break for a few days, so I thought I'd leave you with this yummy mood board to peruse.
A selection of lovely things inspired by all things beginning with p...pretty, pastels, party!
Happy weekend everyone!




x x x

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Hello July...

Well, that's another month...
gone...
just like that...

And hellooooo to July!

Now this one's a good one...birthday month, wedding anniversary and more lovely things, yay!
Hope you all have a good one too x


(image above copyright of louise/loveprintstudio blog)

x x x

Monday, 30 June 2014

Instagram snaps...June 2014

Well, let's see...
 What did June bring...

Yummy new purchases from Anthropologie

The beginning of an obsession with smoothies

A new camera! (happy dance)

Some P&C bits spotted in Paperchase

Pancakes for breakfast

A little work in progress for my 'Hello June' post with some Sharpie pens (big kid right?)

Al fresco lunchtimes (sun, yay!)

Fathers Day and a country fayre 

Lots of healthy eating and venturing into eating raw with these raisin and ginger bars. 
Raw brownies and chocolate using cacao powder coming next, mmm. 
(watch this space)

Lots of moments of utter cuteness from the fluffy one we call Alfie

How was your month?


x x x

Friday, 27 June 2014

Etsy shop find...a chat with Mademoiselleyo!

I'm chatting with another owner behind a beautiful etsy shop today.
This time its the turn of Mademoiselle Yo.
There are some lovely items for sale in her shop and Yolande has sent me some little sneaky peeks of her new calendar for 2015, available towards the end of the year.

Go get that cuppa!


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

I began to design at the School of Fine Arts, in Lyon, to prepare my work as a photographer; I drew to research ideas for staging objects. 
I pursued photography work in black and white since leaving Fine Arts and you can see exhibits, even if at the moment this work is in stand by! 
I did some book projects, and with my husband we created a small Publishing House, 
releasing the first calendars and cards to fund our books. 
Then I decided to create  Mademoiselle in 2009/2010 to devote myself more to my illustrations.
I opened my shop and sometime did fairs also.
In parallel, I work as a freelance textile designer, designing surface patterns for children and illustrations for stationery with the awesome studio Paper and Cloth.


2. What books/ magazines are currently on your coffee table?

When I buy a book with "beautiful" illustrations, I put in a corner of my apartment, I open it whenever I pass across and look at the pictures.
Grain de sel, is a local magazine for children's activities and family with lots of design to discover 
I also have travel books, novels, etc...


3. Who is your design hero and what inspires you?

Rob Ryan, I love his paper cuts, the small details. 
I also like the staging of Christian Voltz and Isidro Ferrer very poetic.


4. Tell us about a typical day for you...

I start by looking at my emails, respond and prepare my orders to send in the day. 
I have a coffee. 
Then I look at my favorite blogs Print & Pattern, Loveprintstudio, my brain starts... 
Once I made this little ritual, I start my work day. 
There are days drawings in my sketchbook, and then days where I work the color of my drawings on the computer. 
There are days when I look for colour trends, trends for textile design, 
and more technical work layout, or cut paper to prepare cards or calendars.


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

I draw with a pencil directly or black felt (Micron) in my sketchbook.
I scan drawings and I work the colours. 
I use wallpapers, coloured paper or I draw with a colored pencil, then I use as color. 
I make all-over geometric patterns that I also use for my coloured birds. 
The layout is important, I like to put in place the drawing in space. (Often white) 
For the geometric all-over, I also make drawings in my sketchbook, research association forms and then I work the colours and the all-over with my computer.


6. What art do you have on your wall?

On the wall behind my desk, I hang the drawings I'm doing. 
I love screen prints, prints and drawings. 
I'll see fair creators, and I try to buy prints.
A poster of a Czech illustrator years 70 serigraphs, a print of Angela Harding and Clare Curtis ...


7. What makes you laugh?

Children make me laugh, especially their sentences. 
I remember my daughter; we made a cake, flour was not well mixed with eggs, 
my daughter told me "there are a lot of big words," instead of saying lumps!
(il y a plein de gros mots", au lieu de dire plein de grumeaux!!!)
This is a French expression I can translate the feeling. 
The word has the same sound but does not mean the same thing.


8. What are your top three blogs?


Anna Emilial, I love these designs, and I love the red houses of the Scandinavian countries.

Sandra Juto, I love his way to show us Berlin.
Ana Ventura is a Portuguese illustrator, I Love Lisbon.


9. Why do you like being an illustrator/designer? (in 10 words or less)

I find a lot of freedom, a lot of creations in the world of illustration, continuous innovation.


 10. What do you do in your spare time?

I work a lot ... 
but when I stop, I'm a fan of reading, I have a big stack of books next to my bed!! I love going into bookstores. 
In the city where I live, there are several literary festivals, I'll listen to authors talk about their books. 
I like to know how they found their characters, how it grows or not with their lives. 
I also love to see shows, contemporary circus. 
That's all that I love living in the city see lots of shows, concerts, strolling in the street.




 You can find and follow Yolande/ MademoiselleYo here...



 Thank you so much Yolande for sparing the time to share a bit of your world with us!
Merci beaucoup Yolande d'épargner le temps de partager un peu de votre monde avec nous!

x x x
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...