I'm staring down Christmas like a head on collision, but have still managed to sneak some hand made products in there for a couple of First Christmas presents for some tiny people I know. No better time for some personalised zebras printed in Midnight Blue I thought!
Are Zebras just for Christmas, or should I add them to the repertoire?
Just got through the final market of the year (out of a grand total of two!) It was a lovely place and lovely people, but being outside for two days took its toll on my extremities! Saturday was very quiet, but Sunday picked up nicely. I met some other lovely stallholders, but am now kicking myself for not robbing some business cards, as I'd like to keep in touch... If you happen to be reading this, please drop me a message!
One of my favourite moments of the day - a 10 year old boy trying out my bamboo dip pens wrote "Even in death may you be triumphant." That'd be Oxford for you!
Forgive the low phone quality pics, my camera has gone travelling (with friends, it hasn't been stolen!)
I ordered some fabric from Spoonflower. You send your design and it's digitally printed onto one of their categories of fabric. I chose some luxuriously heavyweight linen-cotton canvas, and frankly love it!
I used some of my more intricate designs that would be entirely impossible to screen print in my make do and bodge "workshop." Paired with some heavy creamy Calico, a hand printed button or two, home printed label (scroll down for tutorial) and my new sewing machine (a wonderful surprise gift from my parents) I created some super squishy cushions!
I was persuaded to try a new supplier for my ceramic transfers. I won't name and shame them yet, as they're making promising noises about fixing the problem. I shouldn't have rushed ahead without doing a test batch, but they came so highly recommended...
Such a disappointment to open the kiln door and see pesky visible edges around the images which shouldn't be there, and washed out colours. On a huge batch. I'm going to see if refiring them at least makes the visible edges fade, if not, half price ceramics all round! Either that, or a smashing party!
Have you ever had unwelcome surprises whilst making? It's hard not to get disheartened!
I enjoyed putting together a leaflet for these lovely people with illustration and photography to advertise their charity shop and coffee shop in Hereford City. Check it out here. Hopefully it'll help them generate some much deserved customers to raise money for the anti-trafficking charity The Freedom Project. If you look closely you'll notice it matches a poster I put together earlier in the year.
Oh and they're always looking for new donations, so if you get some things for Christmas that really aren't your cup of tea, here's a great place to pass them on, guilt free!
I was asked by these lovely people to design a matching range of photographs for their cafe. I've been itching to try out printing onto canvas for a while, courtesy of Iain Lilleystone, and had great fun making the wooden frames with my wonderful Daddio to stretch them over. I went for a green theme, and am rather chuffed with the final outcome, hopefully they are too! See them for yourself and let me know what you think!
Super excited to present my new ceramic range, Blue Trees. I'm hoping to build up stock soon, but at the moment they're made to order, so please get in touch asap if you fancy some for Christmas.
Espresso Cup and Saucer
Teacup and Saucer (imagine the saucer!)
Dainty Serving Bowl