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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.

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…

19 days to Christmas

6 Dec

Finding Handmade Gifts for Christmas

If you are rushing round for last minute inspiration, you could check out these blogs:

All items are handmade in the UK by independent designer/makers, and are for sale in each designers shop on Folksy.  Don’t forget, I will also be posting handmade gift ideas every day on my Christmas Countdown, plus I have my own Original Minnie online Folksy shop .

Happy browsing!

Last POSTAGE dates for Christmas

Once you’ve found a great gift, you need to make sure it will get there in time for Christmas Day, especially if you are sending cards/gifts abroad.  If you live in the UK, you could check out the Royal Mail website for their official information.

Original Minnie Last Postage Order dates for Christmas 2010

Original Minnie © Last Order dates for Christmas 2010


Last ORDER dates for Christmas

If you would like to order any cards or gifts from the Original Minnie Folksy SHOP in time for Christmas, the last dates for you to order and pay by are:

  • posting to UK & Channel Islands: 12 noon on Tuesday 21st December 2010
  • posting to Europe: 12 noon on Monday 13th December 2010 (that’s only a week away!)

Any orders made or paid for after these times may not arrive in time for Christmas Day.

(PLEASE NOTE: Original Minnie is not responsible for the content of other websites).

Viva Illustration

16 Jul


Continuing with the Spanish theme, I just had to post these pics from the amazing hotel I stayed in Madrid.  This was the cafe/bar where you had breakfast, and I just love the illustrations on the wall, retro themed decor, and cake stands.  I would love to know who the wall drawing is by – do you know …?

Madrid hotel breakfast © Original Minnie

Madrid hotel breakfast – yum © Photo Original Minnie

Madrid hotel cafe © Original Minnie

Madrid hotel cafe © Photo Original Minnie

Madrid hotel cafe wall © Original Minnie

Madrid hotel cafe wall art © Photo Original Minnie

Viva Espana

12 Jul


Well, it seems like its Spain’s time at the moment, what with Rafael Nadal winning Wimbledon last week, and now their footie team becoming World and European champions!

I know I’ve neglected the blog recently as I am busy with a stationery commission, so I thought what better chance to catch up, than to post some of my recent trip photos, and what better place to start than the capital, Madrid?…

Original Minnie Madrid Palacio Real

Madrid Palacio Real © Photo Original Minnie

The Royal Palace in Madrid – what an impressive building.  This was one of my first stops when I arrived in the city, and the heat from the sun, sitting in the massive courtyard area was intense.

Original Minnie Madrid Palacio Real Peacocks

Madrid Palacio Real Peacocks © Photo Original Minnie

These peacocks were relaxing in the shade, keeping guard over the palace.

Original Minnie Madrid Gran Via

Madrid Gran Via © Photo Original Minnie

The Gran Via is one long street of beautiful buildings, highly maintained with ‘posh’ designer shops and hotels.  At one end of the street you are welcomed by this building.

Original Minnie Madrid El Botin

Madrid El Botin © Photo Original Minnie

Depending on which guide book you read, this is the oldest restaurant in Madrid, Spain, Europe, or the World?! Either way it is old, being established 1725!

Original Minnie Madrid Puerta de Alcalá

Madrid Puerta de Alcalá © Photo Original Minnie

Welcoming you into the city centre in the middle of a traffic junction – every capital city has to have one – London has Marble Arch, Paris has the Arc de Triomphe, and Madrid has this one – the Puerta de Alcalá.

Original Minnie Madrid Retiro Park Gardens

Madrid Retiro Park Gardens © Photo Original Minnie

Next to the Puerta de Alcalá, you can enter through the gates of Madrids Retiro Park. I visited on a Sunday, and the main walkway was alive with street performers, musicians, puppet shows, cartoonists, etc. This was another area within the Retiro Park, which was much quieter, and more manicured.

Original Minnie Madrid Retiro Park Lake

Madrid Retiro Park Lake © Photo Original Minnie

It’s obviously a massive park, with its own boating lake and several imposing statues, fountains, and this building which I never found out what it was…?

I still have more pics to post from Madrid and Seville, so until next time … ¡Viva España!


26 Jun


Original Minnie Bee on Rhododendron

Bee on Rhododendron © Original Minnie

Just a little post to share this quick nature snap.

I’ve been out in the garden and parks over the last few weeks taking photos of flowers for a special stationery commission, and snapped this pic.  Its amazing how fast they work – I had several attempts at a ‘bee on a flower’ pic before I caught this one.

Remember… the Bees need our help!

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