Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Instagram snaps...April 2014

Here's a little peek into my instagram world for April...

Plenty of time spent in the kitchen...
hot cross bun bread and butter pudding comes highly recommended, utterly yummy!
a ridiculously huge pink easter cake for a lovely dinner with the folks
and just to balance out all that naughtiness, some super healthy meals being nibbled lately,
(obsessed with stir drys at the moment, blame the 5:2)

a very little, yet glamorous fluffy assistant helps me out in the kitchen...

my lemon obsession continues with this beautiful spring daffodil bouquet...

my plan to run away with Mr Timberlake didn't quite go as hoped, 
however his concert was AMAZING!

a handy daily reminder that I can't do everything...
(desktop design courtesy of design love fest blog)

my book this month; Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, read in about a week, really nice, easy read,  thats difficult to put down...

and my first lunch al fresco style for 2014, sooo ready for summer now!

So..hope you all had a fabulous April, lets see what happens in May shall we.
Another couple of bank holiday weekends...
A little trip across the pond for me with the lovely Jen of Paper & Cloth, see you at Surtex,
and hopefully lots of other lovely things!


x x x

Monday, 28 April 2014

Etsy shop finds...a chat with Faye Bradley!

I'm having a chat with Faye Bradley for this months etsy shop post...
Faye has recently graduated from Falmouth University and enjoys creating characters and writing stories for children. 
She has art prints, cards, cushions and bags for sale in her shop so be sure to check them out.

Heres a little gander into her world....
Grab that cuppa!

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

Since a young age I have always been very creative, 
I would draw lots of little people and cut them out and make up stories about them, 
my Barbies didn’t even get a look in! 
It wasn’t until I embarked on an Art Foundation Course after my A levels that I discovered what illustration was and that I could make a career from it.



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

Mike Perry – Over and Over a catalogue of hand drawn patterns. 
Mike Perry is great, this book is especially good to flick through to leave me feeling inspired. 
George Orwell – Down and Out in Paris and London. 
I have just finished this book and it is such a good read, the perfect example of a modern classic.



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

I am a fan of simple Scandinavian style design. 
I am also inspired by the painter Egon Shiele, his mark making is so bold and full of energy.
For me, inspiration comes from a variety of places, 
I am obsessed with the detail and the diagrammatic layout found in old charts.



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

Every day is quite different which is what I love about illustrating. 
My day usually starts on the computer, emailing and processing any orders that I may have on Etsy. 
After that, I usually begin drawing or painting for my current project. 
Later on in the day I will take a break to get some fresh air by walking the dogs or going for a run. 
It is important to have time out when you are self employed but sometimes it is difficult to tear yourself away!


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

I find my inspiration can come from anywhere – looking for old paper to create collages with, colour palettes or a refreshing walk can allow lots of ideas to spring up.
When approaching a brief I usually begin with lots of tiny, very messy little drawings to get ideas from my mind on to paper. 
These will go on to be developed (quite a lot) before the final idea is finished.


6. What art do you have on your wall?

An amazing drawing of a brain that my boyfriend did, 
he used just a fine black pen and it is incredibly detailed.


7. What are your top three blogs?

thebeetleshack.com– a wonderful lifestyle blog by a lovely Australian lady called Emily about her young family.

pikaland.com – a delight of lovely images, interviews and more!

Wholelarderlove.com – I real wholesome blog. 




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

Every day is different!


9. What is your favourite piece for sale in your etsy shop, and why?

I think it has to be my ‘Wonderful Whales of the World’ print. 
I created the image when I was still at university and was fascinated by Whales. 
They are so interesting to draw with all their lovely barnacles. 
It has now become my best seller!



You can follow Faye on Facebook
and click here to visit her illustration website

(all images above copyright of Faye Bradley)

Thanks for taking some time out with us Faye!

x x x

Friday, 25 April 2014

A mini colour crush...

Some of the most popular reads on this blog are the regular colour crush posts, so I thought I'd start doing some mini versions alongside the usual ones.
Sometimes you just come across photographs, illustrations, prints, etc... that feature colour palettes deserving of a post all to themselves...
And this first ones a corker, featuring the artwork of Lulie Wallace.
She uses some stunning colour combinations in her work and this is just one of my favourites.



Hope you like the addition of these mini posts.. and don't worry, 
the usual colour crushes will still be popping up as normal.

x x x

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Three lovely 'lemony' things...

Oops..
Have you spotted it yet?
Yep...
Another post with a shade of yellow in it!
I'm seriously obsessed.
Hopefully you're currently sharing my passion, otherwise, skip past this post, sorry.

Anyway, three lovely things of the lemon variety coming your way today...



x x x

Friday, 18 April 2014

Favourite easter pins...

Happy Friday all! 
And it's a good one, yay!
I've gathered together a few of my favourite Easter 'eggy' pins...
And if anyone's interested, I have a pinterest board called 'good egg' if you share my love of that little oval thing all dressed up to the nines and want to follow.
Hope you all have a glorious, sunshine filled extended weekend, enjoy!


1 | Gold leaf and wash tape eggs..too beautiful

2 | DIY easter eggs...love these!

3 | Confetti dipped easter eggs...gorgeous colours


5 | Easter party...yes please!

x x x

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Colour crush...

I couldn't resist doing a colour crush post during this Easter week,  and in terms of a yummy colour combo for this holiday..what better than a gorgeous candy inspired pinks and aquas selection?

And seriously..how fab are the 'eggs on a shelf'! (6)
And that skirt (2)...enough said (dreamy)


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(clockwise from top left)

x x x

Monday, 14 April 2014

This and That...

Leading up to the Easter weekend,
I've got a few 'eggy' related posts on their way for you, and first up is this one...
These are two of my current favourite pins, beautiful images and how gorgeous are the colours?

That... a beautiful living garden


x x x

Friday, 11 April 2014

Inspired by...Urban Road

I came across this website and shop only recently, and it was love at first sight!
Australian based Urban Road sell an extensive collection of original and inspiring art prints, tote bags and cushions that blend with your home decor.
Suzie Atkin, the artist behind Urban Road uses such beautiful colour combinations in her work, it's hard to pick a favourite, so here are a several...

Happy Friday!









(all images copyright of Urban Road and taken from www.urbanroad.com)

x x x


Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Pinterest picks...lusting for lemon!

I think I'm obsessed with lemon/yellow/ocre/saffron 
(and various other shades/combinations of...) at the moment.
I've done several posts now that feature yellow in some way, shape or form...

There was 'Mellow Yellow'
a definite yellow and cake themed three lovely things post, 
and then this recent colour crush post with gorgeous rich blues and saffron.

Strangely, when I think about colours I'm loving at the moment, 
yellows don't really feature too highly. 
It's more sugar pastels and neapolitan shades doing it for me lately, but somehow in my subconscious, there it is! 
My happy little world of all things lemon...
Welcome once more...


1 | This glorious meringue topped lemon pie

2 | Beautiful colour combo in outift form

3 | Abstract painting by Britt Bass



6 | Fabulous shoes,no?

7 | Ham and eggs..yes please

x x x



Monday, 7 April 2014

Take Four...Spring Florals

Seeing as we're feet first into Spring now, (even though it's pouring with rain as I write this) 
and very quickly heading into Summer, 
I've got a little gathering of some spring florals in todays 'Take Four' post.


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(clockwise from top left)

x x x

Friday, 4 April 2014

Hello April...

I'm a little late saying it, but, it's April!
And so... 2014 continues to fly by...
Stop it!


(image above copyright of louise/loveprintstudio)

x x x

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Colour crush...

I'm in today with another colour crush post for you...
Loving these bold, striking, rich blues and yellow tones together.
How stunning is that photograph of the elephants!? Amazing...


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(clockwise from top left)

x x x

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