Friday, 18 December 2009

Christmas cards, mugs and trips to Norfolk

Merry Christmas everyone! I'm finally getting into the Christmas spirit! Deadlines have been met, and the snow is finally starting to make an appearance! 

Here are two christmas cards, I designed a few weeks ago. I think my friends and family may have been getting a bit sick of receiving the last lot, and out of the three designs,  I have no idea who's had what, so... I thought I would do something new. I may sell them in my etsy shop next year, depending on the response!


Here is a mug I painted for my gran for Christmas. Since she's in her 90's I'm hoping that it's very unlikely for her to see this blog before christmas, and spoil the surprise!

Last weekend, I dragged my poor boyfriend, miles and miles to the amazing St. Jude's in Norfolk. It was their Christmas Exhibition opening, featuring the work of Ed Kluz, Angie Lewin, and Chris Brown. The day was full of mince pies, mulled wine, and lovely people. Ed Kluz had created some absolutely stunning mixed media collages and screen prints, which I believe have nearly all sold out! Boo! Definitely worth a peek!

This one, is a particular favourite! 

Monday, 7 December 2009

Winter finds...


Much to say today! I've just returned from a fantastic weekend in Brighton, where I have consumed far too much delicious cuisine, champagne, and spent a little too much money...the latter having something to do with the fact, I found, possibly the most amazing shop in the world! It's hidden amongst the 'Lanes', and it's called 'Utility'. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find anything on the internet about it. Luckily for you, I took many pictures... 

I'm not sure exactly how you would describe it's wares... I guess Vintage household/hardware, and retro design. It houses real feather dusters, enamel teapot's, brooms, ribbons, screen printed tea towels, vintage glass jars, original letter press posters; dating back to the early 1900's, and so much more! 

Some things are reproductions of classic household items, such as the feather dusters, and wooden scrubbing brushes. Other stock, such as table cloths, and letter press posters are original vintage, and since, I guess are in limited supply, will change quite frequently. The tea towels and ribbons are all modern day designs which carry, not only the logo of the shop, but uphold their simple, stylish yet practical ethos. I have to say, it is also ridiculously well priced... which is refreshing. They could have quite easily charged a fortune, for their retro hardwares, and vintage posters, but there is a real honesty about this shop, classic, simple and useful stuff, for not a lot...and lethal, because you spend more than you think! The people were super nice, and a must for anyone who ever goes to Brighton! BUY BUY BUY!

One final bit of exciting news...the Red Door gallery have put pictures on their blog, of their tree filled christmassy windows! The tree is covered in decorations, that have been produced for their 'Have yourself, a merry little christmas' project (a project run every year, where they get designers and artists, who exhibit in the gallery, to design some unique christmas decorations). If you look carefully you can see some of my baubles snuggled in amongst the branches! There are a few things on that tree I would rather like myself. If you are near by, go in and grab yourself a masterpiece. Ooo, and their are also some of my christmas cards hiding their too. If you aren't near the Red Door, and you would like some cards, you can also buy them from my etsy shop.

Just found the Utility's at it's basic stages, but more pictures!