Monday, 1 September 2014

Instagram snaps...August 2014

Well well...into September we go.
White rabbits!
But before we go too head-on, here's August in instagram form.
Hope you had a good month!

Mine went a bit like this...


It seems a lot of my month involved food... (obviously right, why wouldn't it?)
Pancakes at The Cupping Rooms in New York, a must on every trip.

Lots of new cooking books to add to the shelf; Jamie's Comfort Food, the new Bake Off book, The Green Kitchen amongst others, eek!
Running out of room...new shelf required soon me thinks.

I made some glorious granola too, super healthy, vegan, all those yummy super foods included
(recipe coming soon)

Watermelon smoothies, tick

Watermelon, strawberry and lime infused water, tick

We had a little venture across the pond for Printsource.
A little shattered on our return but who better to spend a couple of chilled sleepy days with..my fluffy boy curled up beside me.

Ooh and the new collections from P&C for Lilipinso were launched, yay!
And I finally got around to attacking my studio walls with the stickers from the previous collection.

It officially got cold at the end of the month too, so the novelty socks were out, piggys!
Love these guys

And tea hearts...not much else to say.


x x x


Friday, 29 August 2014

Etsy shop find...a chat with Lesley Grainger!

Well, its that time again...
Grab that cuppa, a few biscuits and get yourself comfy!
This month we're getting to know Lesley Grainger, the artist behind the etsy shop.
Originally from England, where she studied art, but now living in sunny California, Lesley creates whimsical and unique designs inspired by her children, colour and nature.
I first noticed Lesley's work during my University days so its a pleasure to include her work here on the blog, enjoy!


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



I began as a self taught graphic designer, then I decided to do a degree in Illlustration. 
I studied in Yorkshire, England where I'm originally from. 
Once I graduated I did a lot of magazine illustration and freelance design. 
I also went through a phase of selling hand-painted glass. 
In 2008 I ventured into licensing art. 
I launched my website in October 2008 and my business grew from there. 
My first really exciting job was having children's wall art for Target in 2010. 
I exhibited at Surtex for the first time in 2011. 
I'm still licensing but I am also selling some of my own pieces in my etsy shop. 
Currently I'm also enjoying painting abstracts. 
I don't want to just do one thing, I like to create all kinds of art.



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

A couple of my favorites are Uppercase Magazine, Print & Pattern, Moyo, Creative Lettering.
I want to read the 'The Big Leap'



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

I just can't get enought of abstract, it inspires my soul.
I admire so many different artists for different reasons.
From children's books to abstract.
I also appreciate the works of Klee and Chagal, they've been an inspiration to my painting. I also love European style illustration.



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

I work from home, I have a studio in my house, it's a room with lots of light and space. 
I work on a mac and wacom tablet. 
I acutally paint in my garage, it's always a big mess but my husband doesn't mind at all. 
I do have a dream studio in mind that I would like to have one of these days.



5. What art do you have on your wall?

All of my abstracts, they're everywhere. 
My son has my Target Stores wall art.



6. In three words, describe your work...

Happy, colorful and intuitive.



7. What makes you laugh?

I love Melissa McCarthy, she's hilarious. 
British comedy and humour. 
Also my husband and kids, we're always messing around. 



8. What's your guilty pleasure?

Any type of chocolate, especially English.



9. What are your top three blogs?





10. Whats the most popular item for sale in your shop and also your favourite item?

My shop hasn't been going that long, people love the fabrics. 
My favorite is Pretty Poppies Print.



You can follow Lesley here...

pinterest | facebook | twitter | website

(all images above are copyright of Lesley Grainger and are taken from Lesleys website or etsy shop)

Thank you Lesley for sharing a little bit of your world with us!

x x x

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Mini colour crush...

I'm popping in with a mini colour crush today.
I couldn't resist doing one after seeing the absolutely gorgeous paintings by Erin Fitzhugh Gregory.
The colours she uses in all of her works are stunning.
Don't believe me, take a looksie..yum!


(Image above copyright of Erin Fitzhugh Gregory)

x x x

Friday, 22 August 2014

Three lovely things...

Ooh nice things, nice things!
I can see an obsession beginning...midi skirts, uh oh..
I seem to have been pinning an abundance of them lately, and this one's particularly lovely in a gorgeous floral print and gorgeous colours, not much more you need, right?

And look at those nails...

Happy Friday!


2 | Nails

x x x

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

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