My name is Diane and I'm a freelance editor based in Melbourne, Australia. Notes to a Further Excuse is a design and lifestyle blog that brings together my love of design, illustration, homewares, stationery, photography, travel and all manner of other other lovely things.
I love these new mugs from UK online shop Howkapow. First, there's the Tutti Fruitt mug, which features a kaleidoscope of colours and striking geometric shapes. It has been designed in collaboration with Manchester-based graphic designer Matt Keers, who has some great work in his online portfolio.
Also new is the Round Birds mug, which I think is super cute (hardly surprising, seeing as how I love most things bird related!). The design features 24 bulbous birds from around the world, including a robin, pheasant, woodpecker and parakeet. There is also a matching slimline 2012 calendar available, which features a different bird for each month. The Round Birds range has been designed in collaboration with London-based designer Sam Harris. Sam has set up his own Round Birds website, so pop by if you'd like to see more of Sam's cute birds (which will soon be available to purchase as prints).
For those that haven't come across it before, Howkapow was set up in 2010 by husband-and-wife team Rog and Cat How, and stocks a range of work from new and independent artists, with a focus on the bright and colourful. To check out the full Howkapow range visit their online shop here.