Monday, 23 January 2017

Take Four...midi skirts

I know they've been everywhere for a while now, but ooooh I'm still loving a pleated midi skirt.
Velvet, pleather, metallic, glittery, sooo nice.

Here are a few favourites...

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x x x

Friday, 20 January 2017

Etsy shop find...a chat with Little Cube Boutique!

Todays etsy interview is with Sarah Betz, aka Little Cube.
Sarah is an illustrator and designer who creates beautiful patterns and illustrations for children.
Based in Paris, she created Little Cube back in 2001, and opened her etsy shop last year, selling art prints and postcards, perfect for your little ones nurseries and bedrooms.

Away from her etsy shop, Sarah has worked on projects with Paperless Post, Cloud9 and Plumeti, 
and licenses her designs for use on wallpaper, fabric, decor, fashion and more. 

You can also buy her clip art via
Busy lady right?

So, lets get to know a bit about Sarah shall we?

Grab that cuppa...

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

Hello, I am Sarah, a children's illustrator from Germany, living and working from Paris.
I have always loved to be creative during childhood - I had the chance to grow up close to nature and my Mum used to take us for long walks to discover the forest. 

We brought our little treasures like nuts or leaves from the walks and created cards or fantasy creatures from them at home. 

I also remember that I loved  to write and illustrate magazines for children and sketch little plans of how I would decorate my home or draw what I could plant in the garden.

I have actually studied Graphic Design but then later decided to pursue my dream of creating illustrations for the kid's market. 

After my studies I thought of going either to Amsterdam or Paris and I landed in Paris where I began working for a French company designing wall stickers and more for children. 
Now I am freelancing full-time and am lucky to license and sell my designs to various companies all over the world.

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

There is not really a typical day for me, it depends if I have meetings on the projects I work on... but I am not so much of a morning person, 
so I use mornings to organize, answer mails, make lists etc 
and then start designing later during the day. 
If I have the time, I love to draw in the evenings as I can completely concentrate then. 

Also, I like to go out and walk around or go to one of the lovely Parisian markets for my lunch break.

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

If I work on a commissioned project, I begin to do research, make mood boards and sketch from hand and then later re-work everything in Illustrator or sometimes Photoshop. 
If I work on self-initiated designs for my catalogue, 
I love to think about the possible product first. 
Will it be pattern for home decor or a placement print, will it be used in a stationery product? 
From then I think about colours, themes and start sketching.

4. Where did the name ‘Little Cube’ come from and is there a particular thought/ meaning behind it?

Actually, the husband of a friend of mine came up with the idea for the name, I didn't want to use my own name and when Martin proposed "Little Cube" as a name I thought it fitted well, it reminded me of the cubes we played with as kids and I liked the idea of having a cube as a symbol for playing.

5. Who are some of your favourite illustrators/designers and what do you like about them?

I love Shinzi Katoh for his cute, retro characters and sweet and playful patterns. 
And Anna Walkers illustrations, 
the atmosphere and colours of her images and I enjoy looking at her process, 
how she develops her characters and stories.

6. Youve only recently opened your etsy shopwhat is your favourite item listed? 
And what kind of products can we expect to see in the future?

There are actually two, The Cat Print and the Animal Alphabet are my favourites. 
am currently thinking of adding stickers to the shop. 

Maybe pin's, let's see!

7. What are your top three blogs?

and then, not a blog, but I love being on pInterest!

8. Where do you find inspiration and what are you currently passionate about or fascinated by and how is it influencing your work?

Paris was, and still is one of my biggest sources for inspiration, I can't stop looking at all the little scenes happening on the streets and we have a lot of cute shops for kids here and inspiring libraries. 
I also love the Trends workshop by Design Garden classes: http///
You can discuss your process and final sets with fellow students and it's such a great way to come up with new designs for your portfolio.

9. How would you describe your work/ style?

Cute, simple and poetic.

10. What makes you laugh?

My brother's dog, my friends and Chandler from Friends! :-)

11. What's your guilty pleasure?
Long sleep-ins on the weekends and I spend a lot of money for food, but I don't feel very guilty about it ;-)

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

Being able to do something I love every day! 
And the excitement when I have finished a new design and feel all happy about it!

(all images above copyright of Sarah Betz/ Little Cube)

A big thank you to Sarah for giving us an insight into her world.

You can follow Sarah/ Little Cube here...

x x x

Monday, 16 January 2017

Inspired by... Meri Meri

Let's face it, Meri Meri don't do themselves any favours; consistently delivering utter are they going to better that?? 
They always do beautiful products, like, always. 

So, I thought I'd take a little look at what they've been up to recently and share some current favourites.
Their new home collection is available from mid Februrary.
Those cushions! 
Those colours!

(all images above are copyright of Meri Meri unless stated otherwise)

x x x

Friday, 13 January 2017

Something for the weekend...a giant jaffa cake

A giant Jaffa Cake!
Oh yeah!

Does it get any better than that?
Probably one of the best flavour combos, mmmm

See the full recipe/ method here, or see this, and many more fabulous recipes over at

x x x

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Colour crush...

I've loved this combination of peaches and blue for so long now...

(clockwise from top left)

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

x x x

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Creative Quarters...Jodie Smith

The next designer to be featured in Creative Quarters is Jodie Smith...

Jodie Smith is a Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern student at Leeds College of Art, due to graduate Summer 2017. 
She has developed an illustrative, playful style with a love of 
colour and characters and feels this lends itself well to designing for children. 

Jodie would like to design children’s clothing, books, 
stationery and greetings in the future and is seeking either freelance 
or in house work but is also considering looking to be represented by an agent. 

She is also thinking about developing her storytelling skills through an 
MA in children’s book illustration in a few years time.

Jodie enjoys traditional drawing processes such as collage and lino printing but also likes using illustrator for its graphic quality. 
She is constantly inspired by children’s book illustrators but her all time favourites are Eric Carle and Christian Robinson, two fellow collagers.

2016 was a busy year for her. 
In February she exhibited at Premiere Vision in Paris in February 
where she met Lemon Ribbon who she later completed a placement with. 

She was shortlisted in a live brief with Tigerprint and also came second in a live brief with Hallmark where she won a cash prize and another placement. 

Jodie also exhibited at Surtex NY as well as MoOd in Brussels, all with Leeds College of Art. 
She was shortlisted for the Mollie Makes magazine handmade awards 
under the ‘Youth’ category and got to present her future business ideas to the panel of Pinterest and Etsy, which was very exciting. 
It made her more determined to have her own business in the future.

In her spare time she enjoys visiting new places, going to cafes for tea and cake and cuddling cats, as well as blogging at Pattern Perspective where she celebrates all things pattern and places/things she finds inspiring. 

She finds inspiration everywhere but especially when visiting exhibitions, galleries, museums, antique markets and vintage shops.

Jodie can’t wait to see where 2017 takes her, especially life after university, but first she has got a degree show to design and hopes that she will be exhibiting at New Designers in Summer (exciting!)

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I hope you've enjoyed reading a little about Jodie,
and seeing a selection of her work.

To get in touch with her, please visit her website here for details.

If you missed the last Creative Quarters post featuring Karen Thaco, you can read it here.

And don't forget, if you'd like to be featured, 
please send examples of your work with links to website portfolios, 
and some info about you and your background, etc... 
to Louise at 
Look forward to hearing from you!

x x x

Monday, 9 January 2017

Take Four...berry accessories

Feeling a lot of love for all things berry, plum and burgundy toned at the moment.
Such a lovely colour for the beginning of the year when everything's a bit dark and dreary.
How nice is that coat and boot combo??
And that bag....

1 | 2 | 3 | 4

x x x

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Paper & Cloth at Printsource...

It's showtime again!
The portfolio is all packed up and headed off to NYC for Printsource.
Take a look at the Paper & Cloth blog for more info, and have a great time if you're planning a visit to the show to see the new Spring/Summer collections.

(image above copyright of paper & cloth design studio)

x x x

Friday, 6 January 2017

Little Spaces...Pretty Bohemian

One for the girls today, and some inspiration for a beautifully styled, 
pretty bohemian themed room...

For more inspiration on 'Little Spaces', click here.

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

x x x

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

A shiny brand new year!

Welcome 2017!

A shiny, brand new year, full of possibility...

(image above copyright of louise/ loveprintstudio)

x x x

Friday, 30 December 2016

Roll on 2017!

Well, we're pretty much rounding up 2016 now, 
and getting ready to welcome in, with open arms may I say, 2017!!
I really hope next year is a good one, and for all my lovely readers and followers of this little blog, may it bring with it, good health, happiness, love and laughter.
Thank you once again for following my goings on, and for all the lovely comments you leave, here and over on instagram, facebook, etc... 
I really appreciate hearing from you, and it's lovely to be part of a great blogging/ social media community.

Happy New Year to you all...

2017...lets do this!

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

x x x

Wednesday, 28 December 2016


Heres a little peek at my goings on over on instagram recently.
The last few months of 2016 have been pretty quiet, and to be quite honest, it's just how I wanted it.
Rainy days at home, reading, baking, snuggling up with the fluffy one...and then getting the house a little festive.
Oh and I can't forget to mention the Star Wars themed party for the boy,  back in September, ha! 
Well, the force was well and truly with him on his big 4.0!
(How much longer can I get away with calling him 'the boy do you think'?!)

You can follow along with me here...

x x x

Friday, 23 December 2016

Dreaming of a white Christmas...

Please can we have snow on Christmas Day this year...
When I was little, we'd always have snow around the big day, (poised with hat, gloves and sledge) and now, nothing, nada, zilch. 
Oh, unless you count that horrible mid January slush (or one year, even in March!) we get that makes everything icy, grey and miserable.

So, please, please, pretty please, with a cherry on top, lets have some glorious, bright white, glittering snow on Christmas Day. 
Yay to that!

I'll be back next week with a few more posts before the New Year, but for now,
Merry Christmas everyone! 
Hope you all have a fabulous time.

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

x x x

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Take Four...festive drinks

Some fancy festive drinks in todays 'Take Four' post...
That mint hot chocolate looks amazing!
And those marshmallows...mmm

Misteltoe punch from A Beautiful Mess
Fresh mint hot cocoa with Matcha marshmallows from The Bojon Gourmet
Cranberry Rosemary holiday punch from Cupcakes and Cashmere
Honey blueberry hot toddy from Foolproof Living

x x x

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Colour crush...

Such a lovely combo in todays post.
Gorgeous bright blue hues with icy pastels and fresh mint greens...

(image credits clockwise from top left)

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

x x x

Monday, 19 December 2016

Monday giggles...

(image above copyright of louise/ loveprintstudio)

x x x

Friday, 16 December 2016

Shop independent... Deco Baby

Deco Baby is an online shop, full to bursting with lovely items for your little ones.
Stocking brands such as Hibou, Little Lovely Company, Meri Meri and OYOY, its a little one stop shop to get some great gifts this Christmas.

(You can see the previous gift ideas posts on Berylune and Ruby Roost here)

Here are a few favourites from Deco Baby... 

"Deco Baby is a new online shop selling stylish, modern d├ęcor and accessories for your children's spaces. 
With a carefully, curated collection of modern & retro inspired products sourced from designers and brands Worldwide, Deco Baby’s ethos is simple; we hope to inspire you to be creative, make your nursery truly amazing and most importantly delight both you and your little ones.
Deco Baby is located in Guildford, a picturesque and historic town situated in the picturesque Surrey Hills, barely 30 miles from London. 
The surrounding countryside and nature is echoed in several of the product lines sold; including birds, butterflies & trees [to our knowledge Guildford does not currently have any monkeys roaming free, but if you hear any different, please let us know!].
Whilst we cannot guarantee our products will prevent your baby from waking you, we can try to ease environmental concerns from keeping you awake at night; Products are sourced with this purpose in mind and the majority of Deco Baby packaging either includes a high-percentage of recycled product or is manufactured from sustainable sources."
x x x

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Mid week giggles...

When everything gets a little bit much...

(image above copyright of louise/loveprintstudio)

x x x

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