So aside from it being the summer/winter solstice (depending on where you are the world) and just four sleeps until Santa shows his jolly face, today also happens to be my birthday, so I'm off to hide in a dark corner and eat cake (which I feel is a perfectly reasonable reaction to growing older). See you on the other side tomorrow.
Monday, 20 December 2010
Head over to the ISAK blog to view the countdown so far and to take part.
Friday, 17 December 2010
Alice has a background in textile design and a love of all things hand drawn. Her work tends to focus around nature - birds, animals and landscapes - with plenty of geometric patterns also thrown into the mix. Alice has an Etsy shop where she sells some of her designs as prints, pendants, brooches and pocket mirrors, and you can find more of Alice's work on her website, blog and Society6 shop.
In all of the madness I forgot to wish my lovely boy a happy birthday in yesterday's post! We spent his birthday evening eating his favourite dumplings and spring onion pancakes and drinking beer. What more could you want? And on that note, I hope you have a lovely (stress-free) weekend. See you back here on Monday!
Thursday, 16 December 2010
The pear illustration in the photo above is so cute! Elisabeth's Fine Little Day label includes prints, posters, pillow cases, postcards, cutting boards and wallpaper, and each one is simply charming (especially the wallpaper range, which was illustrated by Elisabeth's young son Otto!).
Wednesday, 15 December 2010
Tuesday, 14 December 2010
I really like the balance between Jamie's intricate drawings and the big, bold, gemoetric shapes. If you'd like to see more, Jamie has a range of his illustrations available as prints in his Etsy shop, and also has a website (although it's currently under construction), a blog, a Flickr page and a profile on Society6, so go and check them out.
Monday, 13 December 2010
These cute little notebooks are handmade using a mixture of papers including brown, white, graph and lined, and have been stitched with thread and finished with beveled edges. They are available with both plain and printed covers featuring Stephanie's original ink illustrations. I like that they're an ideal size to keep in your bag for jotting down notes, and would also made ideal stocking stuffers. Visit the ShePinTea Etsy shop to view Stephanie's full collection.
Friday, 10 December 2010
Finally, these Christmas card packs have been letterpress printed on an antique printing press using 100% cotton rag archival paper. There are two designs available ('The loveliest moments are shared at Christmas' and 'The sweetest of joys are those found at Christmas'), and there are three of each design per pack.
I was lucky enough to see an old Heidelberg letterpress in action this week and it truly is a fascinating printing method, so I love that Bespoke Press are keeping this tradition alive. To check out all of the Bespoke Press items pop over to their online shop (with free shipping before December 15). I have a thrilling weekend of work ahead of me (boo hoo!), but I hope you have a lovely weekend wherever you are and whatever you're doing.
Thursday, 9 December 2010
Aside from her Christmas/Holiday collection, Amanda also has a range of general greeting cards, note cards and prints available in her Etsy shop, so pop by if you’d like to see more. You can also check out Amanda’s website and blog for further information.
Wednesday, 8 December 2010
Over the years Belinda has worked as an in-house illustrator/designer for a greeting card company and also as freelance illustrator. She has a slight obsession with all things mid-century, which really comes across in her lively and colourful designs.
These cards are just so cute and lovely. You can purchase Belinda's cards via her online shop and Etsy shop. Belinda also has a lovely range of general greeting cards, invitations, notepads and textiles available (I particularly love her owl cushion design), so do check out her website if you'd like to see more, and while you're at it, why not pop over to Belinda's blog.
Tuesday, 7 December 2010
Kathryn is clearly a talented designer and has achieved a lot in her short career. She originally studied graphic design at university and then took up an internship assisting the Interiors Editor at Wallpaper* magazine (dream job!). Following her internship, Kathryn went on to establish the interior department at Absolute Design, where she found her niche and style direction, and this led her to set up her own interior design consultancy. I find Kathyrn's career progression so inspiring.
There is so much attention to detail in this house, from the white painted brick walls to the wooden staircase, parquet flooring and vintage furniture and ceramics (yes, that is a Cathrineholm teapot on the fireplace!). If you like these pictures, head over to Kathryn's own website to view the rest of her lovely house.