Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Stay Home

I've had Canada-based Stay Home in my bookmarks to share for a while, so thought it was about time I did a post.  I love these angsty little indie dolls, many of whom have been made as commissions by Olivia of Stay Home.  I think they would make great presents and they are really reasonably priced too for the work that must go into them - so many cute little details like their little trainers and tattooes. Stay Home has an Etsy store and a Blog.

Monday, 27 July 2009

Birdie books

Spotted by my boyfriend - love those birdies via ffffound via mint


Zo? Tucker's board - a runner up for the Decor8 moodboard contest
Sandra Earl winner of the Decor8 moodboard contest
Jeanne Wallace runner up of the Decor8 moodboard contest.

I love swatchbooks and here is a pretty little one via Prettylittlethings
Pangea Handmade does regular moodboards like the one above on her blog

Ness Donnelly's lovely board

Pupillottchen's gorgeous scrapbook and designs via Flickr

Gathering of items for moodboard by La Belle Helene on Flickr

Lovely 3d board by db1920 found on Flickr.

Some moodboard and other inspiration formats.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Inspiration ......

Images above from Flickr - click on image to see list of designers

Since I began regularly looking at other blogs I have noticed some really lovely mood boards and sketchbooks.  Here are a couple of my attempts at mood boards - over the next few days Im going to have a look at other peices various inspirational sketchbooks, journals and mood boards etc. If you have any lovely mood boards or journal entries on your blogs, please leave a comment.

Monday, 20 July 2009

Still on the theme of craft fairs ........

Next weekend is Sheffield's Music City Tramlines festival, with lots of music around the city and also another craft fair run by Sheffield Craft Mafia, so if you are about in Sheffield, get yourselves down there - there is a vintage tea party too so you can get your nashers round some fantastic cupcakes!

Candy Floss Craft Fair

Kiss Prudence
Charley Dreams
Dily's Treasures and Sophie Sylvester 
lilidrawspictures' stall

A few pics of the craft fair at the weekend at the Millenium Galleries.  My stall was a bit slapdash so I havent put any pics up of it.  Here are pics of a few of the lovely stalls.  I'll put more up on Flickr soon.  The fair was great fun and I got to meet a lot of new artists and craftspeople.  The quality of work was fantastic. Can't wait for the Christmas one:)

Friday, 17 July 2009

Candyfloss Fair Tomorrow

Come on down to the fair Craft Candy Candyfloss tomorrow if you are in Sheffield - Im having a pitch there and there will be loads of great stalls, selling jewellery, homewares, ceramics and much more!

Monday, 13 July 2009

Darling Clementine

I have been a fan of Darling Clemetine's work for a while and was happy to see a local card shop stocking these lovely new cards by the Norwegian design team in collaboration with Nineteenseventythree.  Darling Clementine has also been featured in the fab new book, Naive - my copy is on order - can't wait to receive it!

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Telle - Illustrator and Designer

Before I got carried away with my birthday and my fabulous cake, I had been posting about great illustrators, which I had been inspired by when I was in Paris.  

A while back I found Telle on the internet, a french illustrator who is the creator of these fantastic characters and plush toys. I really love looking at her great sketch book pages as well - such cute images!! She contacted me again recently and so I took the opportunity to ask her more about herself and her work.   I like her story as it shows you can follow your heart when it comes to your career, you just need persistence and also opportunities come along when you least expect it.

Telle didn't make it into art school and initially did German instead.  She worked in various jobs; hotels, banks and cinemas. When she lost her job, she told her boss that he given her a great opportunity as now she was going to become a children,s book illustrator. But things were not plain sailing as she didnt get as much illustration work as she had hoped but some time later when Telle showed her work at the Playtime show ( a great trade fair specialising in children's goods in Paris) she met a company called Trousselier who fell in love with her work! 

After meeting Trousselier she then worked for 6 months on the collection and in January 2009, the prototypes were shown on Maison & Objet, in Paris and now you can find her lovely plush toys in many stores - check her website to find out more.  

Whats next for Telle?  Well, she has lots of ideas and apart from finishing her book, which was her original idea she now also wants to design postcards, posters, coloring books and more!  Telle doesn't rest on her laurels - she is in the process of finishing a comic book to be available later this year and she is also thinking of more children's books using her characters Ninon and the Wolf who has been very successful in shops ( and who I adore!!).  


about the lack of posting, I've been so hectic lately, there hasn't been a minute to spare, but I promise to try and post much more regularly again, after the Candy Floss summer craft fair on 18 July.  


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