Showing up in print never gets old! I'm especially thrilled with the write up in Period Homes and Interiors in their December edition. Exactly what I needed to cheer up this grey wintery day! Head to the shop if you'd like to browse what they're talking about for yourself!
Hey cat people, did you know there's a magazine called Your Cat? Did you also know that they've featured my Inky Kitten tea towel? Pretty nice. I do now own a free sample of kitten food that I don't know what to do with though.
If you're a member of luxury lifestyle store ACHICA, you might just see a familiar face on there at the mo! They're running a promo of my products starting today until Monday. They also describe me as "the highly collectable artist." Snigger!
I don't know about you, but one of my favourite things about designing is seeing it transform form an idea or a sketch in to real life. It's not always a possibility to see the end result however, so I've trawled the web for impressive free templates to mock up design ideas into reality. It can also be a really useful tool to help Clients visualise what you are designing. Enjoy!
Click on the image for the download page.
PS Please note I haven't used them all myself yet so you're not allowed to be sad with me if some don't work well. (But please do let me know.)
My super creative husband has been stealing my camera equipment more and more, and frankly is showing me up! He's had work featured on Speedhunters, and has just launched his own brand. If you're a bit of a petrol head, I'd definitely recommend checking him out!
So the prize for that House of Fraser competition was a 2 week pop up shop in House of Fraser's Oxford Street store, with the potential of stocking their website for a year depending on how it went. I didn't win that.
But their COO Nigel really liked my work and wants to set up a meeting with their Homewares Buying Director to discuss stocking House of Fraser directly.
Even if he ends up being too busy to ever email back, I'm pretty chuffed right now.
Today was scary. (Here's why if you missed it.)
I didn't feel like it went brilliantly and it was over in a flash without me really feeling like I'd made the impression I wanted to.
Hohum, I met some lovely people and I'll be happy with whatever comes from it. I was unbelievably chuffed to have made it this far and kept checking my emails in case they'd only sent it to me be accident. The link below is a tiny video taster of the day, made by The Great Retail Revival posted by another entrant.
Oh. My. Gosh. So you know that competition I entered to be stocked in House of Fraser… I've made it through to live judging - THIS FRIDAY! So I'll be doing a presentation to the COO, a few Telegraph Editors, and a handful of other big wigs. Anyone want to help me write a business plan?
I was forwarded this link by a family member, which was a competition to be stocked in House of Frasers's Oxford Street store for a two week period. Apart from sounding amazing, I thought it looked like a brilliant excuse to get to grips with the video capacity of my camera and have a bash at editing it.
Turns out I found acting as natural as the trees - that is to say very wooden and creaky. Neil is a very patient (and helpful!) man.
Update: Editing video of yourself really boosts self esteem... Oh no wait, I mean exactly the opposite of that.
The video is linked below - any thoughts? Please don't be too honest ;)
Please, please, please read this if you're a trader who exhibits at shows, or just someone whose contact details might be in the public domain. You might save yourself a lot of hassle and even a lot of money.
I've received a letter like this after each show I have done. The first time, I didn't realise that it was a scam until almost too late, so this time I thought I'd make sure no one falls into that trap.
At first glance it looks like a letter from Top Drawer - the trade show I recently attended, but if you look closely, there is a very pale logo behind showing the real origin - a company based based in Mexico called Expo Guide. Attached is a form asking for up to date contact details. A fairly routine occurrence, and you might just absentmindedly fill it in and post it back.
I've circled the really sneaky bits in red. There is no affiliation to the event, and filling out the form actually means you're signing up for a three year listing priced at 1271 Euros a year, or whatever they choose to call the equivalent in Mexican Pesos.
DON'T DO IT!!
Burn it or rip it up, or report it, but please don't fill it in (unless you think it sounds like a good deal!?)
One of the images below shows the actual terms and conditions printed so palely that they are almost indecipherable. I've edited the image to make them possible to read. In my case, the letters have been sent after Top Drawer (this is what they have to say on the matter), but I expect that they probably target attendees of any trade shows. It only takes a handful of people to fill them out and then feel sufficiently threatened by the subsequent inevitable debt collecting letters to make it worth their while.
Please share this with anyone you think might be a target, and hopefully one day they might cease to exist.
That's all a bit serious. Here's a picture of a cow to cheer us up :)
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