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Illustrating Life

10 Apr

Introducing … Pikaland

I  have added a few new blogs and websites to my blogroll recently, and just thought I would properly introduce you to one of them – Pikaland.

This blog is all about illustration and art, but it features so much more than just pen and pencil illustrations.  They find and champion examples of any and every type of illustration you can think of – and more.  Previously I have seen work large and small, from illustrators who use paper folding, watercolours, wood carving, computer programmes or textiles to create their work.

There will probably be styles that you love and styles that you don’t, but if you are ever struggling for visual inspiration, try a look here

I’ve been featured …

2 Apr

… by the Inspired Celebration blog

I was very pleased to have one of my greetings cards featured on the Inspired Celebration blog recently, as they also believe in the ethos of handmade, and supporting independent UK designer makers.
Whether you are organising an event yourself and are looking for ‘that’ special touch to add to your celebration, or if you are attending a Wedding or party as a guest and are looking for a unique gift – Inspired Celebrations will often have beautiful suggestions for you.

So if you like the idea of including handmade designs within your celebration but don’t know where to start, try taking a look at their blog.

Cadbury visit

14 Jan

You cant beat a bit(e) of Cadburys chocolate, so I had great fun when I went to Cadbury World recently, in my old haunting ground of Bourville in Birmingham!

Who doesn’t like chocolate?!?

New Year, New Buttons

6 Jan

Found these little beauties in a local charity shop – some really pretty colours in there…

Original Minnie colour buttons

Original Minnie - colour buttons

Ive given them a good wash, and just need to decide how to put them to best use now…

2 days to Christmas

23 Dec

If all this talk of Buying Handmade for Christmas has inspired you, there are lots of places on the web now where you can purchase direct from the maker all year round for birthdays, anniversarys, thank yous, or just to treat yourself.  If you have a creative hand, you can even set up your own shop!

Handmade Pledge Badge from buyhandmade.org

Handmade Pledge Badge from buyhandmade.org

  • You know about Folksy already (all UK makers, some selling worldwide, in £ GB pounds)
  • there is also Etsy (worldwide makers, some selling worldwide, in $ US dollars)
  • and Zibbet (in $ US dollars)
  • and Misi (mostly UK sellers, some selling worldwide, in £ GB pounds)
  • and MyEhive (mostly UK sellers, in £ GB pounds, $ US dollars, and Euros)
  • and of course you can buy direct from the maker face to face at local Craft Markets and Fairs
  • and more…

If you have any recommendations of where to find quality handmade, please let us know and leave a comment…


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3 days to Christmas

22 Dec

Alternative wrapping

Following on from yesterday’s Countdown to Christmas of 4 days to Christmas, I thought I would let you know about an alternative method of wrapping presents – furoshiki.  Furoshiki originates from Japan, and uses beautiful neck scarfs and knots to wrap a gift, instead of using paper, boxes, bags, and sticky tape.

I first came across the concept of furoshiki at a Lush shop (national chain of handmade cosmetics shops).

But after a browse on Folksy, I have found myfuroshiki‘s shop where they print and make some of their own fabrics for furoshiki wrapping and giving.

Myfuroshiki Purple reindeer wrap scarf

Photo from Myfuroshiki Folksy shop - Purple Reindeer Wrap

One of the best things about furoshiki is that you are giving two presents instead of just one, as the wrap can be used afterwards too as a little scarf, or used as a bag tie, or wall hanging… very eco friendly.

You can find out more about Myfuroshiki and ideas on how to use furoshiki by having a peek at their blog.


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Winter Wonderland

21 Dec

How cute are these illuminated animals?

Look carefully and you may just spot a rare pair of ‘glow in the dark’ penguins!

Penguin lights at a Winter Wonderland walk

Penguin lights at a Winter Wonderland walk © Photo Original Minnie

Polar Bear lights at a Winter Wonderland walk © Photo Original Minnie

Polar Bear lights at a Winter Wonderland walk © Photo Original Minnie

Sorry the pics aren’t great, but I thought the life-size Polar Bear was especially cute and had to be shared!  I snapped them recently at a local Winter Wonderland lights walk, and it was appropriately very cold too!  Brrrr.