Wednesday, April 16, 2014


The MATS bootcamp assignment is taking a break for the month of April, but a few of the members have decided on an unofficial assignment for this month with the theme of underwater plants for dishwares.
We took a trip to The Deep recently and I took a few pictures of the plantlife and animals and used this as a jumping off point for my sketches
I'm endeavouring to learn more and try different techniques as far as my design work goes, so with this assignment I worked pretty quickly in pen and ink creating basic shapes and icons, then scanned my images and recoloured and rearranged to form a placement pattern:
Next up, I need to arrange my icons and patterns onto dishware - fun stuff.

Monday, April 14, 2014

When you get 2 days a week to work, progress on anything seems to take such a long time - it feels very much like I'm doing a bit here and a bit there and not really getting very far with anything, except growing my to do list. My brain is full of ideas and it's frustrating that I don't get to realise things as quickly as I'd like. I'm adapting to this though - it's going to be my working style for a good few years yet I think. It certainly does make you admire people who work for themselves part time whilst being a parent full time.
That said, I'm happy to report that my new print (of a wedding/anniversary nature) is now available in my shop.  

I'm finding instagram is pretty good for helping me quickly log day to day work progress or capturing moments of inspiration, and of course helping me capture lots of fun moments with my little chick. I'm there most days if you fancy a snoop, or just want to say hello.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

draw a bird day

Apparently today (8th April) is draw a bird day (who knew?), so I couldn't pass up the opportunity. Here is the bird I drew today:

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

So many ideas, so little time! This is a possible new print design for my shop - I'm thinking that I'll let the customer choose the personalisation - here are just a few of mine as prototypes:

This is definitely going to make it into the shop:
I've had the samples back from the printer and taken the necessary product shots, so just need to edit and write up the description and they will be ready to go. Like I said, so many ideas, so little time!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

MATS bootcamp March submission

I've just submitted my final design (plus a couple of coordinates) to the MATS bootcamp gallery for the March assignment. Phew!
I decided to go with the original retro feel design, but went with the blue/green palette.
I've looked at this a lot, and I think I'm pretty happy with it but just need to step away for a few days and look at it again with fresh eyes next week. I'm looking forward to seeing the gallery again this month - there is some fabulous work going on at the minute, it's so inspiring. It's safe to say, I am really enjoying this design bootcamp.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

party party

In an attempt to push myself out of my comfort zone, I've been playing with some of my hand drawn sketches, which I scanned into illustrator, then hand coloured and made into a placement pattern.
It's very different to my original idea - a lot more fun and kid orientated. As a kid I only seem to remember having Jelly at a birthday party, so drew on this as my inspiration. I'm thinking stationery or gift wrap would be a good application for this design
I've still a few days left before I need to submit my final design to the bootcamp gallery, so still more time to play!

Friday, March 14, 2014

I don't think you're ready...

For this Jelly.
So the theme of this months MATS Bootcamp mini assignment is jelly moulds. I own only one vintage glass Jelly mould so grabbed a load of pictures of moulds from ebay and started sketching without much idea of what I was going to do with all these sketches. And I have to admit I wasn't loving the theme initially. The main assignment revealed that the application was bolt fabric - something I feel quite comfortable with so I worked up a jelly mould pattern, giving it a bit of a bold retro feel, again something I feel quite comfortable with:

But the point of me taking the bootcamp is that I push myself creatively, to try things that are not in my comfort zone. I have a whole bunch of other ideas and still a week left before submission deadline so will be working up a few more ideas too. Despite not loving the theme to begin with, I'm really quite enjoying it now, and can't wait to try out a few new (and a bit more uncomfortable) things.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Rain Rain, Go Away

Although this months bootcamp assignment has finished, I'm still playing with my sketches, you know, just to see what happens. I felt my bird needed some wellies and an umbrella to protect against all that flippin' rain.

Saturday, February 22, 2014


I signed up to the Lilla Rogers bootcamp recently, just to give myself a bit of focus and a challenge.
I'm finding it quite difficult to find enough time for me and my work. Whilst being a mummy was the job I most wanted in the world (and incidentally it still is) I've found that I can't really turn off the creative side of me, so the bootcamp works perfectly for me because it's not a full time thing. It's a 6 month online course with assignments and deadlines, but it's not full on - it's enjoyable, and gives me lots of new design work for my portfolio too.

Our first assignment was a cuckoo themed one. Initially to sketch and create lots of hand drawn images and icons - which I don't do enough these days, and then to turn those into a design for a phone case. I've really enjoyed the first assignment, and could run and run with this theme. Bring on assignment 2!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

building family traditions

I made an advent calendar for my little chick this year. At 16 months, she is a maybe a little bit too young to fully appreciate it, but she knows what it is and she knows that she gets to open present from it and that sometimes it is something to eat and sometimes it is a toy to play with. I asked her where it was today and she pointed at it. A success then!

We'll keep the stars for next year once all the presents have been opened. A new family tradition in the making.
I love Christmas time. There is just a few more weeks of juggling work and being a mummy and then we can all sit back, relax and enjoy it.
Would a small sprinkling of snow be too much to ask for? Maybe in a few weeks time?

Friday, November 08, 2013

Putting the magic into Christmas

now then, am I going soft? or is this just an amazing bit of wobbly lip, lump in throat advertising that just makes you want to watch it again and again. And with a soundtrack from Lily Allen too. Thank you, thank you, thank you John Lewis.
Meanwhile I'm sat here at my desk sanding a huge pile of painted stars destined to become Christmas decorations. Dare I say it, it's beginning to feel a bit like Christmas.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Getting back in the saddle

Hello. Is there anyone there?
I have been gone an awfully long time haven't I. Being a mummy is an all consuming business. Days, weeks and months just seem to meld into each other and before you know it, 14 months (to the day) have passed since she came along and I wonder where all that time just went, in the blink of an eye.
Luckily I still think being a mummy is the best job in the world, but I do feel a yearning to reconnect with the designer in me, and slowly but surely, I've been getting back into the design saddle.

My NOTHS shop has been open a few months and I'm slowly starting to fill the shelves again. I'm not going to open my Etsy shops for a while yet, but I'm doing a bit of freelance here and there (whilst the little one sleeps, and on the days she is in nursery)

Some stuff that has happened/is happening:
I am published! My designs are featured in the new Print&Pattern kids book - whoop! I love the Print&Pattern books and feel so honoured to be featured amongst some of my favourite designers

My new hand painted hand stamped wooden Christmas star decorations are now available to order here

I now have a facebook page for my business. I finally caved - please do pop along and 'like' me.

Sadly, within the last week, we said a final goodbye to our beautiful Mellie cat. We are saddened about this beyond words. We will miss her with all our hearts.

I'm instagramming! It's kind of been my mini blog whilst I've been away from my big blog. Come and say hello, but be warned, I post lots of pics of my cute little chick  :)

And in the time I have written this, the chick has had her nap and woken up. Time to go and be mummy again.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

still here, just ticking along

I didn't really mean for it to be so long between posts. Being a mummy for the first time is an all consuming experience. It's been a great 5 months. It's definitely the hardest job I've ever had but without doubt the most rewarding too.
In one respect, I wish I had found or made some time to continue with my blog, for the sake of documenting 'on paper' the first few months with our lovely little Maisie. In another respect it was nice just to spend the first few months just being a little family of three (+ our 2 moggies) and adjusting to our new way of life.

I probably won't return to regular blogging again until I return to working full time, which won't be for a few more months yet. If you want to get in touch please use the form on the 'contact' tab.

Maisie's first Christmas

Monday, August 20, 2012


Who finally made her debut into the big wide world on 11th August - a few days later than expected but well worth the wait.

We'll no doubt have our hands very full over the coming months so I'm not promising any frequent blog posts and my work will be on the back burner for a while whilst we adjust to our new way of life too. We're going to be spending as much time as possible soaking up every ounce of this new little life we have created - our finest design project to date.
I will still be twittering away (very likely to be baby centric!) if you'd like to follow me there

Monday, July 09, 2012


I must apologise for the radio silence here. So much is happening. We're on the home straight now with only 4 weeks left until Baby Boo is due (how did that happen?) and much is being done in preparation of this, as well as plenty of work being done before it's time to give it all up for a while.
I have quite typically gone into a bit of a tidying, sorting and cleaning frenzy and have decided to clear the decks a little when it comes to my wooly stuff etsy shop, so I'm having a MONSTER SALE

Well actually, not just monsters, but everything in my shop is now 50% off - owls, kitties, phone cosies, cards and scrap bags, until further notice or until everything has sold - whichever comes first
Pop over here and have a nosy. I'm sure there will be a bargain to tickle your fancy.
***Edited to add  - you need to use the code Monda50 at the checkout to activate the discount***