Thursday, 31 December 2015

Things that made me happy in December...

So, before we see out 2015 and welcome in a new year, 
heres a little round up of some December happiness...

See you in 2016!

(image above copyright of louise/loveprintstudio blog)

Favourite thing that happened...
Christmas! (obvs)
and some down time with family and friends

Feasted on...
this slow cooked beef stew with celeriac mash
this pizza topped chicken and chips
this white chocolate berry cheesecake
way too much naughtiness over Christmas!

Pitch Perfect 2
Love, Rosie
Salmon Fishing in Yemen
Jurassic World
In the Heart of the Sea

the return of Luther to our screens!

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
The Riverman by Aaron Starmer

Listened to...
Coldplay - Jono McCleery - Beth Orton - Adele

this (a definite mantra for next year!)
this beautiful Rifle Paper inspired cake goodness

this beautiful winter scene by Yelena Bryksenkova
these mint snowman marshmallows
seeing one of my P&C artworks used across a beautiful kitchen range for Ulster Weavers. Seriously though..a cat tea cozy! Who couldn't love that!?

The Year of Cozy and The Cook & Baker

with this

Crushing on...
these shoes! Oh my...

this pinner

Inspired by...
this, and will keep repeating it to myself for the whole of next year!

at this

Looking forward to...
what 2016 has in store!

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

x x x


Thursday, 24 December 2015

A peaceful Christmas...

The last of the Christmas moodboards on the blog today... a peaceful Christmas.
Something we all want right?

I want to wish all of my lovely readers of this little blog exactly that, and a big thank you for continuing to read the posts and following my goings on; here, on instagram, facebook, pinterest...
And if I don't pop back in before then, have a happy and healthy start to 2016!

See you back here soon!

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x x x 


Wednesday, 23 December 2015

It's nearly Christmas!

2 more sleeps, and all is...

(image above copyright of louise/loveprintstudio)

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This & That...

This lovely Christmas sign
That beautiful citrus wreath

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Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Take Four...Christmas bakes!

I don't know what you'll be doing this Christmas Eve, but I'll be spending mine in the kitchen.
I have a very nice white chocolate and berry cheesecake to prepare and maybe a few cheeky mince pies, yummy!
Here are some other lovely festive bakes that look soooo good...

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Monday, 21 December 2015

Three lovely things...

It's Christmas week!
These will be the last few posts before I sign myself off for some much needed rest and relaxation over the festive period.
So, in full Christmas mode now, and no apologies for it, with it being the big day on Friday, here are three lovely christmas crafty things that have caught my eye in blog land recently.

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Friday, 18 December 2015

A golden Christmas...

Another festive moodboard today, and this time its a golden Christmas...
This might be one of my favourites, and most definitely satisfies my inner magpie at this time of year.

Happy Friday!

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Thursday, 17 December 2015

Colour crush...

Bit of a festive colour crush post for you today...

(clockwise from top left)

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Wednesday, 16 December 2015

A sparkly Christmas...

The next installment of Christmassy moodboards today.
So far, we've had a classic Christmas
and next up, is a sparkly Christmas.

Glitter overload!
Never a bad thing right?

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x x x


Monday, 14 December 2015

Etsy shop find...a chat with Sally Payne!

Sally Payne is a UK based freelance illustrator and print designer.
Using a range of mixed media techniques such as collage, line drawings and digital, she creates beautiful artworks, predominantly for the children's market.
Sally has only recently opened an etsy shop selling her lovely designs as art prints and digital downloads but with the items for sale so far and with more being added soon, it promises to be very lovely indeed.
Go and have a little nosey here.

And for now, lets get to know Sally a little better...

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

I have always loved being creative, I can remember as far back as Primary school loving anything art related. 
I studied Textiles at University and focused on printed textile design. 
After leaving University I was lucky to be taken on freelance by a studio and started my design career from there. 
I also trained as a teacher and still teach Graphic Design now part time. 
The balance of the two jobs is nice, however I also have 2 small children so my life is anything but quiet, I'm constantly multi tasking! 
I am currently designing for the children's apparel market which is great, I also take on commission work which varies from cards, web design and illustration.

2. What books/ magazines have you recently bought that you’re loving?

I love books, I have all the print pattern books and I'm very excited to say I'm going to feature in the new book! 
I also love making things so have tonnes of craft books, in the hope one day I'll get around to making again!

3. Obviously your etsy shop has only just recently opened featuring lots of art prints. What other loveliness can we look forward to seeing for sale in your shop in the future?
I would love to sell some of my original collages, my favourite media is working with paper, my paper animal creatures always seem to get such a lovely response. 

4. Who are your favourite illustrators/ designers and what inspires you?

I have so many - I love Jane Ormes, her prints are great. 
I come across designers so frequently on Instagram, particular favourites are Lorna Scobie, Lizzie Mackay, Studio Lillaform and  Rosie Harbottle. 
So many things inspire me, books, visits out, pinterest, I try my best to update my blog frequently and aim to do work just for me every few days as quite often it leads to ideas for my freelance work.

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

It starts by getting my children up and ready for school, get home, clear up, make a cup of tea, sit at my desk, work through my daily to do list, pick the children up - 
 make dinner, put the children to bed then normally I work in the evening, I find I'm very creative at night even though generally very tired!! What a glamourous life I lead...!

6. What are your top three blogs?

Print Pattern
Pop i cok - Dawn Machell
Jane Foster

7. Your days are spent freelancing as a surface pattern designer. 
Who would be your dream client and what kind of products would you love to see your designs on?

A dream client has to be Paperchase - obvious I know but I love everything they do. 
A huge dream would be to illustrate a children's book - I think that would have to be the best job ever...

8. Best things in life…

 1. My family
 2. My cat
     3. My Mac - couldn't live without it!
  4. Sunshine
  5. Holidays

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

My approach is very varied dependent on the brief or style of work I'm doing. 
I normally start with hand drawn sketches or paper based collages, scan them in and edit digitally. 
I like to try new things so I'm always experimenting with new approaches and techniques. My blog is a great place for me to just do what ever inspires me - I love the freedom it gives me.

10. What art do you have on your wall?

A real mix - some of my prints, Jane Ormes and Jane Foster screen prints, new graduate work which I try to buy when I visit the degree shows, my children's drawings, Amy Blackwell paintings - all sorts! 

11. What’s the most rewarding thing about being a surface pattern designer?

I can honestly say the most rewarding aspect of my job is that I love what I do, which I think is a huge privilege. Also great when you spot your work in the shops!

12. Whats your favourite book from your childhood? 

Not sure I can remember! 
I love all of Richard Scarry's books and probably any of Roahl Dahl's books.

Thanks to Sally for taking some time out to be part of the etsy interviews!

You can follow Sally here...

x x x

Friday, 11 December 2015

Inspired by...Yuliyart...

I recently included a piece of Yuliya's artwork in one of my moodboard posts, and since then have had chance to see even more of her work, and it's beautiful.
So, I thought I'd share some of it with you today.
Yuliya has a society 6 shop where you can buy her designs in many forms; art prints, t.shirts, pillows,  i phone cases and more! 
She also has a blog where you can keep up to date with her lovely work too.
Here are a few of my favourites, starting off with a suitably festive artwork...

(all images above copyright of Yuliyart)

x x x

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Colour crush...

As promised, its not all festive frolicking around here.
You can still pop in to see regular posts, and today it's colour crush time!
Loving these soft acidic tones...

(clockwise from top left)

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x x x


Monday, 7 December 2015

A cool, calming Christmas...

It's another festive post for you today. 
Last time we had quite a classic take on Christmas with a red and white moodboard
and todays is a cool, crisp mint and white with a subtle hint of gold.
Frosty, ice whites and minty menthol this one!

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x x x

Friday, 4 December 2015

Colour crush...

Time for a colour crush post today I think.
How beautiful are these colours... loving that blush pink mixed with gold, ocre and yellow tones, yum!
A perfect pick me up for a slightly grey and miserable Friday here in the UK.

(clockwise from top left)

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Wednesday, 2 December 2015

A classic Christmas...

I was so close to starting Christmassy posts towards the end of last month, but I didn't do it, I stopped myself, and now it's December, here goes!
First up in the blog festivities, a classic Christmas moodboard.
Now, I'm sure I've mentioned before, 
I'm not a huge fan of the colour that shall not be named (cough,!), but it definetley gets the better of me at this time of year and I succumb to a house filled with berry, ruby, crimson and cherry.
So, heres my ode to magenta, just once a year, in all its Christmassy glory...

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Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Things that made me happy in November...

I can't quite believe it's December today!
Where HAS this year gone, seriously.
Oh well, here's to a festive filled month, the last one of 2015, let it be a good one please.
Here's what I filled my November with...

(image above copyright of louise/loveprintstudio)

more books!

Feasted on...
this chicken with tomato and basil cream sauce
this lime coriander chicken with mixed rice and black beans
this cheesy tomato and sausage pasta

Listened to...
James Morrison - Seal -  Jamie Lawson - Paul Heaton - Karise Eden

these little beauties
these colours

'Aurora' in Anthropologie
this in my life!

this little lovely

Nightbird by Alice Hoffman
Welcome to Rosie Hopkins Sweetshop of dreams by Jenny Colgan

American Sniper

Inspired by...
the beautiful artwork of Lara Hawthorne

this pinterest account
this instagram user

Laughing at...
this...yes yes yes!

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

x x x

Friday, 27 November 2015

Etsy shop find...a chat with Julia Staite!

This months etsy interview sees me chatting with Julia Staite.
I recently came across her etsy shop and loved it straight away. 
Julia is an illustrator turned designer/maker, and using collage, pen, paint and pencil, she creates whimsical artwork which she then uses to make soft toys, prints, cards, cushions and other items to sell in her etsy shop.

So, have a scroll down and lets get to know Julia and her beautiful artwork...

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

I did my degree in illustration and worked as a freelance illustrator after graduation until my first daughter was born.  
While taking some time off with her I started making things which developed into products so I set up an Etsy shop!  
I found it a much more flexible way of working and being at home with my daughter. 
Its now the main part of my work, although I do still do some freelance design and illustration work - such as my craft project page in preschool magazine DOT.

2. Describe a typical day for you…
Well my youngest daughter is only 3 and only does two mornings at nursery so I have to work around her most of the time!  
As a result I probably don't have an obvious routine - I hop about from one job to another depending on whatever is most urgent, in-between jigsaw puzzles and colouring in.  
When the girls are in bed I get to sit down and work in peace for a few hours!  
I usually only work on new designs in the evening when there are no distractions!  

3. Can you give us an insight into your creative process?
All my designs start as pencil drawings - I have to work things out on paper rather than the computer.  
When I am working on designs to print onto fabric I then digitally trace and colour them.  My favourite bit is turning the fabric into products - seeing the idea in my head become a real thing!

4. What’s the most rewarding thing about being a illustrator turned designer-maker?
I get to create every day!  
And I get to make things that other people like enough to buy for their children.

 5. What made you decide to open an etsy shop and when? And whats been your most popular item sold in that time?

I decided to open an Etsy shop as I was designing and making things any way and thought earning some money from it would be a bonus!  
That was in 2011 and things have changed a lot since then as the business has grown.  Overall my most popular item has probably been the personalised alphabet blocks as they were one of my first products but these days the softies are most popular.

6. Have you always been interested in designing children’s products?
My illustration style has always had a leaning towards the children's market but it wasn't until I became a parent myself that I became interested in designing for children.

7. What are you currently passionate about/ fascinated by and how is it inspiring your work?
I think inventing characters has always been my main passion, and my children are my main inspiration - and chief product testers!

8. What books/ magazines are currently on your coffee table?
I only wish I had time to read a book or magazine!  
I do like to flick through Mollie Makes when I get the chance! 

9. What art do you have on your wall?
Surprisingly little, its mostly photos of the kids! 
We do have two lovely early 20th century Japanese wood block prints on the living room wall though which I will never get bored of. 

10. What are your favourite books from your childhood?
Enid Blyton mostly!  
The Faraway Tree and The Wishing Chair especially!

11. How would you describe your designs?
Unique, whimsical and fun!

12. The best things in life
1. My family (of course)
2. A full nights sleep
3. Drawing
4. Sunshine
5. Coconut 

Its always nice to see the work spaces of designers, and Julia very kindly sent over some snaps of hers...

Thanks to Julia for being part of the etsy interviews.
You can follow her here:

x x x
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