A while back I recieved an email from Charlie of Cherry Pie Lane (imagine my excitement people), alas, my dream of being paid in the form of cake was quickly dashed, but very quickly replaced by wanting to own lots of beautiful ceramic designs.
Cherry Pie Lane already had an online presence but it was time to upgrade to something that was easier to manage and give the business a new face-lift. Charlie wanted to start using the create.net system for her e-commerce solution. I believe that we found each other through the mighty twitter-sphere, although I am lucky to be in create’s little ‘black book’ of WDK designers and often get referals via that route.
So, Charlie gave me a detailed design brief which was along the lines of ‘I like clean lines, pink gingham and linen’. Simple really.
After a few rounds of revisions, me insisting on ‘less is more’ when it comes to gingham and some whipping sessions (don’t ask) we arrived at the final result. Although I jest about the loose brief, I knew that Charlie had a clear vision of what she wanted and it was up to me to translate that into a website that not only looked delicious but worked for Cherry Pie Lane.
It has been a pleasure to work on this project with such a fun and clever lady and I am thrilled that the website really does let the designs shine and take centre stage. Check out the new website and tell me which designs you love. My personal favourite has got to be the circus inspired designs, but I may just be channelling my inner clown.
Late last year I was asked by the very talented papercutting Goddess Kyleigh to help her set up and develop her own website. Kyleigh is a best seller on Not on The High Street, but she had never had time to set up her own website.
So the idea was that Kyleigh would provide me with a design concept and I would ‘plumb’ it into an e-commerce platform. We discussed various options and in the end we settled for a system that offered flexibilty to grow and be 100% client manageable.
It was a great pleasure working with a designer who knew what she wanted, but who was also open to suggestion when it came to adapting her ideas into something that would work online.
We actually completed the website last year, but because Kyleigh was totally swamped with orders over the holiday period she wasn’t able to finish uploading products to the site. I only nagged her a few times over that period. Honest.
I am thrilled to announce that it is finally launched and it is totally magnificant. Please go and admire the unique designs and wonder at the skill (there’s a clip you can watch) at what it takes to complete a custom papercut.
Thank you to Kyleigh for allowing me to be a small part of her papercutting empire. It was a pleasure working with such a talent.
I received the most amazing package of goodies the other day. I had asked the very lovely sewing and hand stitching goddess that is Marna of Little A Designs for some special rosettes.
I knew they were going to be gorgeous, but I was blown away at all the attention to detail, from the washi tape ribbons to the hand made ‘little a’ ceramic buttons to the authenticity certificates. Beautifully presented and all made with love. When you commission something from Marna, expect something very special indeed.
My only dilemma is that I want to hang my HQ rosette in the middle of my monitor so I get to look at it all day long, however, this makes is a tad difficult to do any actual work.
I look forward to wearing my ‘nobber’ and ‘cakeface’ rosettes with utter pride.
As promised recently I have now produced my grammar postcards in large format A3 posters.
These would make perfect gifts for friends, family members, teachers or anyone who appreciates the humor in grammar (or someone who is slightly obsessed with grammar, and needs to get out more).
If you’re anything like me, once you see the wrong use of your/you’re it will be almost impossible to see anything else.
“Help! I can’t seem to stop correcting other people’s grammar. *Sobs*
Awww, there, they’re, their.”
“The difference between knowing your shit & you’re shit.”
“Let’s eat Grandma!
Punctuation saves lives.
Let’s eat, Grandma!
Think of the Grandmas.”
What’s your favourite twitch inducing error? Posters can be purchased in the shop.
I love sketching and illustrating especially with simple black pen. I like the crispness of a black and white design. Sometimes I toy with the idea of introducing colours into my designs but invariably I always return to the black pen.
The other day I received an order for a ‘Love u’ code card and from someone in Canada (I love the idea of being international). I subsequently found out that the buyer found my card via a google search using keywords ‘Science Valentine Card’. How awesome is that? Just goes to prove that it’s worth updating your website content and blog.
So, today I am mostly wrapping up A2 periodic table of elements posters and illustrating geeky, nerdy and IT related valentines cards and the sun is shining AND it’s Friday.
If you would like a card, please go to the online shop where there are a few geeky designs to choose from. Have a great weekend
Some of you may have seen my tweets regarding a new design project I have been working on involving science and geeky stuff. I was asked to design a poster of the elements for my friend as she was looking for something funky and different having struggled to find anything that she liked online.
I am not suggesting that I have re-invented the wheel, but I have to say that I am so pleased with the result. You know you’ve done a good job when the MD and staff of the printing company compliments you on the work.
I’d like to credit Mrs Sausages-Milk for the idea (11.456%) and thank her for checking and re-checking the table, even if she did get one ‘wrong’.
Now you just have to help me decide on which one is the best colour palette and do you prefer A2 traditional layout or widescreen layout? Decisions, decisions…
Periodic Table of Elements Brights Framed
Periodic Table of Elements Warm Framed
Periodic Table of Elements Neutral Unframed
Periodic Table of Elements Brights Wide Unframed