Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Spring Summer 2018 Tiny House of Rym...

The new kids and baby Spring/ Summer 18 collection from Swedish design brand House of Rym is looking very lovely indeed.
Made of 100% organic cotton and full of gorgeous colour palettes and beautiful prints.
Plush toys, baby blankets, wallpapers, rugs and more, featuring woodland scenes, floral prints, birds and whimsical characters. 
It' all about fun and play!

(images above © House of Rym)

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Monday, 26 February 2018

Etsy shop find...a chat with Nicola Rowlands

This months Etsy interview is with Nicola Rowlands.
Nicola is an illustrator and designer based in Manchester and her etsy shop is full of wit, humour, quirky characters, lovely lettering and positive affirmations across some fab products; greeting cards, mugs, notebooks, cushions...

Head over to her etsy shop for plenty of LOL's as you scroll through some fun and fabulous items, and all of you lovely readers get free shipping on orders above £5 with coupon code 'LOVEPRINT'.
You lucky lot!

So grab a cuppa and a biscuit (or three), and lets have a little read about Nicola shall we...

1. Can you tell us a bit about your background?
 I'm a small business owner, illustrator and mum of two living in south Manchester. 
I was born in Wales and spent nine years living in the USA. 
As a kid I studied design and art direction (D&AD) at Manchester. 
I sell via Etsy, Not on the High Street, on my own site and also wholesale worldwide. 

2. Tell us about a typical day for you...
Toast, smoothies and coffee in the kitchen with the kids.
Nursery run for the 3 yr old.
Nap time for baby/catch up on emails/orders for me.
Walk into town to post orders/pick up groceries/ go for coffee date with youngest.
Back home for lunch then nap time and get some drawing/invoices/orders sorted.
Nursery run, bath time, dinner and then sorting schedules or emails in front of TV.
3. Can you give us an insight into your creative process?
I keep a messy book of lists and ideas. 
I also work on an iPad pro whilst sitting on the sofa in the evening.
When it comes to a new collection, I collate all my lists and files from my iPad and bring them together on whatever product seems appropriate for that design' mug, card, stationery. That's the fun bit but also the bit I procrastinate most! 

 4. What's your favourite item listed for sale in your shop? And the most popular item?
Fave item are my mugs... currently the veganaf one!
Most popular item is my "pick 7 cards' pack. 

 5. Your designs are full of wit and humour...what makes you laugh?
 Michael McIntyre, Miranda Hart and Jerry Seinfeld. Mel and Sue on the Bake Off. The other night I watched the comedians in cars episode with Seinfeld and Will Ferrell and it really tickled me. Basically dumb stuff makes me laugh.  
6. Where do you work? Describe your studio/ work area...
 I have an office which now also contains my daughter's bed so I have to finish work before her bedtime at 7 which is maybe a good thing but it's also the only time I can get any work done - once the kids are in bed! So I've been really compartmentalising my work and doing different tasks from different places, hence me answering these questions from my iPad on the sofa! I also have a stockroom in the cellar and can also be known to work from the car when the kids are both asleep in the back seats! 

7. Tell us ten random facts about yourself...
1. I played the flute in the marching band in high school, and yes I did go to band camp.
2. I was born in Wales 
3. I have slept in a hammock for three months in the rainforest of Borneo. 
4. I have ran 2 marathons 
5. I ran one of them under 4 hrs 
6. My son was born posterior which means he was backwards to the normal way babies are delivered 
7. I am 5ft11. Tall! 
8. I worked on the illustration team creating backgrounds for the children's series "let's play"... the marathon episode, Egypt episode, postman episode and others are all my artwork. 
9. I keep coconut oil in most rooms of our house... I use it for everything. 
10. This year I had a 10cm cyst removed from my ovary. General anaesthetic is a treat for a mum of two kids who doesn't get much sleep!  
8. What are you currently passionate about or fascinated by and how is it inspiring your work?
At the start of the year I stopped eating meat... we eat very little dairy at the moment because of my daughter having eczema and I have also made a huge effort to avoid processed foods and refined sugar. I can't tell you how much of an effect it's had on my mental state. Game changer. Anyone wanting to read more can I recommend The Kind Diet - by Alicia Silverstone
9. What are your favourite books from your childhood?
I remember loving the Famous Five books, Goosebumps, Babysitters Club, and Harry Potter!

10. What's your guilty pleasure?
Made in Chelsea! Gossip Girl. Long Island medium. Say yes to the dress. 90210. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Cheer squad.

A big thanks to Nicola for taking the time to be part of the etsy interview feature, and giving us an insight into her world.

You can follow Nicola on various social media below...

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Friday, 23 February 2018

Five instagrammers to follow if you're a party lover...

Here's another five fabulous instagram accounts to follow along with, especially for party lovers!
Be sure to check out their feeds and hit that 'follow' button for design inspiration and party goods for your next celebration. 
If you missed the last little creative round up, see it here.

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Monday, 19 February 2018

Creative Quarters...Megan Carter

The next designer to be featured in Creative Quarters is Megan Carter.

Megan Carter is a UK based surface pattern designer and has been working as a greetings card designer for the best part of twenty years.
She graduated from Staffordshire University with a degree in Surface Pattern Design and went straight on to work for Hallmark for 5 years, designing greetings cards and accessories for Marks and Spencer’s.
Megan then went on to work for UK Greetings where she has worked up until the present day. She has worked on a part time basis over this last 10 years since having a young family to look after.
In 2016 Megan took the decision to broaden her horizons and explore new areas to apply her design work to.  
She has always loved the thought of seeing her patterns on fabric and wallpaper. She loves making patterns that are bold, beautiful and colourful, striking to the eye with a twist of the vintage attached to their contemporary style.
She takes inspiration from nature, particularly flowers, Art Nouveau, the Arts and Crafts movement and mid century design.
She also loves the patterns of Marimekko, past and present.
She has had the recent pleasure of becoming part of the Hansen Print and Textiles group of designers. Represented by Nerida Hansen, she will be having her first collection of designs showcased at Surtex in New York this spring!
You can view Megans recent work in progress on her Instagram feed
You can also view her work through her online platforms:

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

If you're interested in working with Megan, or to get in touch with general enquiries, please visit her website for details.

If you missed the last Creative Quarters post featuring Jiah Harrison, 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!

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Friday, 16 February 2018

Freebie Friday!

A nice little freebie for you today.
Happy Friday!

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Happy Valentines Day!

(image above © Louise | Love Print Studio)

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Monday, 12 February 2018

Elephant juice!

aka, I Love You!
Are you all ready for the most luuuurved up week of the year?

(image above © Louise | Love Print Studio)

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Friday, 9 February 2018

Valentines crafts to try this weekend...

Well, the most loved up day of the year is nearly upon us.
Wasn't it only Christmas like five minutes ago??
Anyway, I could go on about how fast the year is already flying by, but I won't, and instead I'll share some of my favourite old & new Valentines/ Galentines DIY's and crafts from around blog land, to try this weekend.

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Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Paper & Cloth at Premiere Vision...

Off we pop again, the second trade show of the year.
The new Paper & Cloth SS19 collection will be at Premiere Vision next week, February 13th - 15th, stand 5V69.
Pop by and say hello if you're visiting!

(image above © Paper & Cloth Design Studio)

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Monday, 5 February 2018

Colour crush...

You can't go wrong with a bit of pink, mint and khaki can you?
Throw in a shot of tobacco and peach and you're onto a winner...

(image credits clockwise from top left)

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

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Thursday, 1 February 2018

Studio Loco...

Studio Loco is a children's lifestyle brand, designing and selling contemporary nursery decor. 
Nathalie De Bock, the stylist and graphic designer behind the brand, has created an abundance of quirky and interesting products in their online shop, from cushions, mugs, notebooks and postcards through to wall stickers and posters.

Taking its name from Nathalie’s own children, Louise and Colette, and naturally inspired by them continually, the range of home and giftware aims to capture a care free sense of adventure...

Follow Studio Loco on instagram and facebook.

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