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Different valentine’s day cards

I have been getting all creative and have designed a series of cards with romance in mind.

I have tried to keep it non-soppy and a little funky. They are all hand-drawn with ink onto card, freestyle. Completely original and limited. Currently on sale at Gift Wrapped and Gorgeous website and my own shop. Free postage on all cards.

‘Mr. Crayons’ wants me to introduce a “Do you love me more than my avatar?” card. Even geeks need to send cards…

Floral heart

Be still my beating heart

Marry me?

More than…(cake)

Sweet enough

More cards can be seen in the ‘Homage to Handmade‘ page.

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Ruby Wren Designs

Following my previous post about the new Ruby Wren logo, I am delighted to announce the brand new Ruby Wren Designs website and blog!

Hayley asked me to design and set up an ecommerce solution for her very stylish and unique range of eco greeting cards and stationery made from elephant poo. She also wanted a blog that was easy to use (I just love love love WP) and integrated into the shop side.

I have to say I am really pleased with how it has turned out. It certainly is one of the prettiest sites I have designed. It helped that Hayley was a very accommodating client (i.e. she went along with all my ideas). All my clients are lovely, beautiful people, but I am especially fond of those who don’t answer back…too often.

Hayely is going to be running special promotions during the first week in January, so be sure to visit Ruby Wren Designs each day and follow her blog for lots of other offers throughout the year!

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A bunch of monsters

I have quite a few children to buy gifts for and I wanted it to be of a handmade variety. Having very little sewing skills, opted for the safest option I contacted the lovely theothermousie and commissioned her to make me a selection of kitties, elves and sock bunnies.

She didn’t disappoint. They arrived within a week and have been dispatched all over the world and around the country to fill the stockings of my good friend’s children.

I hope they all like their monsters/kitties/elves.


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Pretty poo

Did that title get your attention? Thought it might. Don’t panic, I haven’t gone all gross and lost the plot, well not the whole plot anyway.

I was recently asked to work on a new logo for the lovely Hayley at Ruby Wren Designs. Hayley is a designer and creates some fabulous cards using the most eco of materials, elephant poo! Her handcut designs make great use of the paper stock which is thick and very soft, it doesn’t smell either, which is always a bonus in a greetings card.

Hayley wants to take her business to the next level, she is taking part in the Princes Trust scheme and wanted to refresh her branding in line with her new online shop, website and blog (more on that another time).

My brief was something delicate and pretty using a pastel colour palette. I came up with a couple of ideas, but I definately had a favourite. I was delighted when Hayley choose the ‘right’ logo. After a few tweaks, we came up with this. Ta-da!


I am really pleased with this design. I think it really captures Hayley’s sense of style and the unique nature of her cards. I am looking forward to watching her business blossom and grow in 2010.

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Gingham love

I am a big fan of gingham, just makes me think of happy summery thoughts for some reason. Probably something to do with picnics and summer living.

Anyway, the very clever Pennydog recently purchased some vintage style gingham ribbon which she was going to make into a bracelet.

Viola, one gingham bracelet and it’s mine! (Mwwaaaahaaah)…


Pennydog is offering a whooping 15% off all items on her online shop using code “pennytweeter”. What is even better is that if you can’t see the colour you want or a certain size, she’ll make it for you, that is what I call bespoke service. Go and have a look, you know you want to.

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Artisan Show Nov 09 Pictures

It was worth the wait, Mrs Pink Milk just uploaded the photos for the show and they are just wonderful. I loved seeing all those lovely things and talented artisans and it makes me want to do it all again!

Some of my favourites:

Christine Pike, working at the wheel and making everyone marvel at her freestyle sculpture.

Birdhouses each with their own satalite dish or analogue aerial, mini birdhouse and stairs. So popular with the visitors that my friend brought one in the morning, then sent her hubby back in the afternoon for another two. They must be setting up an bird centre?

FiddlyFingerWork, fabulous colours and textures.

Hook and Scumble, a personal favourite with ‘Mr.Crayons’.

You can see more photos at Pink Milk Photography.

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A day at the fair

Well, the Artisan fair has been and gone, and what a day!

I had lots of help, so firstly a huge thank you to Mrs Pink Milk and Wendy at Diva Wrappings for their help setting up Friday evening. It made a huge difference as the morning of the fair ran smoothly and there were no glitches for me in terms of getting the tables ready for all the exhibitors.

Mrs Pink Milk has taken lots of photos of the day as well as most of the lovely tables, so we have to be patient and wait for her to recover and post those (hint, hint).

I had such a fun day, I knew I would be in love with all the things there and I was so glad that other people, visitors and artisans alike, felt the same way. Goes to prove that quality does speak for itself.

My personal highlights for the day:

Slugs and Snails, Land Cuckoo and Cherry Trees girls spending most of the day wondering around in their socks.

Pennydog, recalling her journey adventure to Peterborough across country, literally.

Chilling out with MuranoSilver+Mum and watching a master ‘trader’ at work.

Sniffing chocolate soap. Yum.

Seeing Mr Crayons chatting to the artisans and being genuinely interested (and impressed) with their work.

Offering a flyer to a girl in the square and having her run away from me screaming was if I was offering her a dose of rabies.

Noticing the free stars on the ledge in the hallway disappear within a hour. Everyone loves a freebie.

Oh, in case you didn’t already know, the winner of the best dressed table went to Slugs and Snails, by 1 vote. She was delighted with the accolade and her prize which was a necklace from Hook and Scumble, which I knew she was a huge fan of already.

Would love to hear your highlights, so please leave a comment.

For those of you kind enough to ask if I will be making it a regular thing…well, I need to watch some x-factor and turn my brain off for a while. Watch this space though.

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Made by Artisans Show

Well, it’s been a bit quiet on the blogging front as I have been madly preparing and adding things to my to-do list (as well as adding to other people’s lists too) in time for the first artisans show this Saturday at Peterborough Cathedral.

Along with that I have been doing my day job and churning out website designs and branding and well as looking after 2 small children. Talk about challenging!

My lovely artisans have been sending me some goodies. Some 50 peeps will be lucky enough to have goodies packs rammed full of vouchers, free samples and prize draws. Thank you for all the generous donations.

Fingers crossed for good weather and I’ll be sure to post some pictures of the event (courtesy of Pink Milk Photography no doubt) once everyone has had a chance to recover.

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Too much thinking required

I need some help. I can’t decide on a colour. Banner is going to be 5ft x 3ft and needs to stand out, not too Christmasy (as I am reusing it for other shows). This is what happens when I have too much freedom and there is no client to reign me back.

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Brigantia Bag – Special Commission

Remember that handbag I commissioned the other week? Well it arrived today and it is just beautiful, great attention to detail and very well made.

My requirements were for something that was a cross between organiser bag and work bag with plenty of slip pockets inside and out for my paper samples and pantone swatch book (yes I do take that everywhere I go – sad) and would fit A4 landscape.


Notice the cute turquoise brooch? That was included as a thoughtful freebie. It’s not everyday you can say you have a bag designed just for you!

Thank you to Kim at Brigantia Designs.