Sunday, 29 September 2013

Getting seasonal

I'm currently home in the UK and holiday-ing in St Ives, Cornwall. It's absolutely blowing a gale outside but we wrapped up warm and ventured out to find a nice roast dinner, to no avail. Instead, we stood under a porch scoffing pasties, happy days! 

Can I ease you gently into my Autumn/Winter range of things...? I know we'd all like to hang onto the lovely summer we had for as long as possible, but I've already been sending boxes of Christmas bits to stockists and it would be rude not to keep you in the loop! 

My new Stag apron is perfect for Autumnal hosting, a thoughtful seasonal gift or for the super organised- Christmas (It is under 14 weeks away now after all!)

Screen printed in the UK in a nice Chestnut brown onto natural cotton canvas and tied with twine, available here for £20 including free p&p with mainland UK orders. I hope you like it, I know we'll be cooking up the perfect cold weather feasts in ours!

I have more exciting things to come, so stay tuned...didn't want to frighten you off with full blown festive singing & dancing just yet! I imagined the collection up in July, so personally, am fully there with bells on already! X

Thursday, 12 September 2013

A little of lately

Hi! There's been a few things happening recently I thought I'd let you in on...

We are now selling on Not on the Highstreet, which is very exciting! Hoping it will open my work up to a broader audience, then I get a bit more cash to make more things- my head feels like it might explode with ideas! And the wheel goes on...let alone pay the rent/ phone bill/ food/ the odd flight home & my longing for new shoes...I'll crack it some day!

I have some new 100% recycled cards, in a nice square size for generous writing room, seen them in the shop yet? I've also made the big decision to offer you (in the UK) a nice FREE shipping option across everything. You're welcome!

There's four to choose from including a slushy 'Forever' swan design for weddings, anniversaries & engagements, a sweet new baby option, a 'Thank you' and a 'Cat Friends' Happy Birthday to match my new tote, below. They seem to have been warmly welcomed by you on Facebook, hoorah!

On a more personal note, we've both been fighting a miserable cold which hasn't been much fun. It's feeling a little cooler in Finland now, but still beautiful sunny days too as we merge into Autumn. Not dissimilar to the UK really. I'll be popping home soon mostly to launch Christmas (there, I said it!) stock I've been working on- will keep you posted...I read there's only 15 Saturdays or something left until the Big C, yikes! I'm also going to pop to Cornwall whilst I'm back, it's been a few years and I can't wait...

Plus, I've run out of my preferred tea bags and am using them each twice daily now, desperate times! I remember visiting my mum's uncle in Spain years ago, who had devised a washing line across his kitchen for hanging his precious 'Marks & Spencers English Breakfast' tea bags across to dry out and re-use. It hasn't quite got that bad here yet...

Before I got ill I had a really great week- I caught Kustaa Saksi's exhibition in Helsinki, who I hadn't heard of before but was totally blown away by his intricate & graphic big weaves. It's interesting how here in Finland, graphic designers are turning to textiles, seen Klaus Haapaniemi's work? It's rather beautiful too. 

Here's some images from the exhibition. I've never weaved before myself, and not sure that I'm patient enough but would rather like to have a go now...

I also had a nice evening of stitching & coffee drinking in a little gallery led by lovely Finnish textile artist Sonja Lofgren. I haven't stitched since I was at university and so enjoyed it, it's like therapy.

I embroidered fish & chips and dreamt of summer...

It's almost Design Week in Helsinki, more inspiring times to come, happy days! S x

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Free Shipping!

For today only I'm doing a special code in my Etsy shop for FREE shipping, including on my end of the line sale items which will be taken out of the shop tonight- grab a bargain whilst you can! 
Enter code SHIPME at the checkout, shop here...


Sunday, 1 September 2013

British Badger love

This week's been a pretty gloomy one for our British Badgers with the recent cullings...It's so sad- they are such magic and beautiful creatures. I felt compelled to paint one and posted it to Facebook in the week and it's now added to my Society6 shop in the form of gadget cases, prints, cards and cushions. I really hope they don't disappear off our countryside's radar all together...X

A new month, a new tote!

September is upon us which means Autumn (I LOVE Autumn) & back to school...ease yourself back into things with our fun, new 'Cat Friends' tote bag!

Screen printed in a nice deep berry magenta and a smattering of lovely illustrated felines, this tote will carry your books, shopping or cardi now it's getting chilly again. They also would make the perfect gift, woldn't you say? Shop for them here! X