With a new year comes thoughts of what you might like to do differently. It may be the typical list of eat better, dry January, hitting the gym, doing that DIY job that you’ve been hiding from for months. Equally if you’re creative the new start may leave you brainstorming how you could turn your creative hobby into a business. For some people it’s that burning question that keeps on popping back into their minds and for some it’s just a little ‘what if’ niggle that gets shelved over and over because after all, ‘life’s too busy’ or ‘you probably wouldn’t be a success anyway.’ It’s tough to get up the nerve to just start, partly as you often don’t know where to start and so you continue with the same old 9-5 hustle! I’ve been there and I empathise but I come bearing good news that there’s help at hand. My first port of call was to open an Etsy shop in order to kick off my own business and I’m so glad I did. This year Etsy brings you Etsy Resolution, a free four week bootcamp starting at the end of January, designed specifically to help you with everything you need to know in order to set up shop, so you can feel confident to get rolling and smack the new year in the face!
How is December upon us already?! November was the biggest blur with fairs, pop up shops, setting up my workshops, orders and moving house to boot. That being said I need to embrace that the festive season is here and therefore not long until gift giving. Tis’ the season for a holiday gift guide don’t you agree?! If you’re stuck for ideas and pushed for time to get your thinking cap on then hopefully these curations will help you with some much needed inspiration. All of these gorgeous items are from Etsy which means they’re all made by independent designer makers which (being one myself) I think is a great way to shop at Christmas. We all appreciate your support so much and you can rest in the knowledge that so much time and effort has gone into each item!
You may have noticed my posts taking on a much more Summery vibe of late, for which I’ll make no apologies, unless you live in a country that is currently experiencing mid Winter. Perhaps just store these tips and freebies up for when the warmth returns. I’ve fallen in love with all things indigo and thought it would translate rather nicely into dinner ware for a Summer party or get together. Balmy evenings spent with friends are always a great idea so above I’ve pulled out my favourite Etsy finds for you to have a gander at. They’re so pretty and I’ve especially fallen hard for those painted spoons!
I’m soaking in some Monday mirror inspiration as I’m currently feeling compelled to fill my home with more of them. Unfortunately I don’t really have any wall space left, having successfully covered every inch of spare white! Having said that I’ve been looking to sub one in the place of our bedroom mirror, a very generous wedding gift that is stunning but no longer goes with anything in our home. I’ll ponder that one.
You may have made all sorts of resolutions this January but perhaps there are some you haven’t made because you feel they’re too big, too crazy, too overwhelming and so it’s easiest not to set yourself up for disappointment. I know that mindset well. If you’re a maker, designer or creative, you may well have little pipe dreams of turning the hobby that you so love into something you could earn money from, maybe even do full time one day but it’s all to easy when it’s just you beavering away on your own in your room making projects for friends, to see that as ‘head in the clouds’ kind of stuff. You may, like me 3 years ago, think you’ve just got a creative brain but couldn’t handle the business side of things.
Hello!! I’m back from my little break and ready to crack on with some fun content for the new year! I don’t know about you but there’s something about the start of the year that sets me into full speed Spring cleaning mode! The appropriate season for the name never inspires quite the same amount of enthusiasm for the task as the transition between December and January. I felt like our flat was bulging at the seams before Christmas with any hint of order having been lost a couple of months prior. When I’m busy I get sloppy with organisation around the house and items that make there way into the home are shoved somewhere random to be dealt with later, ‘later’ being a fictional concept akin to unicorns and mermaids. Working from home adds to the amount we have to store with stock, postage tube rolls, papers, camera equipment, large background boards, endless props for styling etc etc. I think the big tell tale that something needed to be done was when I realised we’d spent 2 months carting a metre by a metre box full of tube rolls between our bedroom and the living room depending on when we had guests and when we needed to sleep. That along with my everyday technique of finding an outfit involving the release of my jumbled pile of creased clothes from the shelf into an enormous mountain on the floor (The ‘not so’ Lovely Drawer).
Happy Friday folks! I guess I should say happy Black Friday but that sounds a bit weird. Remember you can get 15% of in my Etsy shop on all prints and cards through today and tomorrow with the code BLACKFRIDAY. Just enter at the checkout.
Back to the point of this post and I’m so excited to finally reveal my exciting plans for December! For some reason I was unusually organised in thinking up and setting this plan in motion way back in August but I’ve been bursting to let you in on the fun in store ever since. I’ve teamed up with West Elm and 11 über talented blogging pals to bring you a little peek into our Christmas style for the first 12 days of December, hence the rather self explanatory title of this post.
A few weeks ago I had the absolute pleasure of teaching a talented group of bloggers how to brush letter. I was over the moon that Etsy asked me on board for the Making With Etsy blogger event and doubly happy when I saw the stunning location for the afternoon. If you haven’t been to Bourne & Hollingsworth in Clerkenwell then you jolly well should. The painted white walls, string lights, marble tabletops, botanical patterned chairs and hanging planters in every corner make this place so instagrammable you’ll want to have your phone glued to your poised hand. The large windows and glass ceiling panels mean the whole space is flooded with light even on a cloudy old day.
Since arriving back from Budapest it very feels like it’s time to take the bull by the horns and throw myself head first into the run up to Christmas. I can’t live in denial any longer. To kick things off I’ve added a bunch of new products to the shop! I’m excited to reveal a new selection of prints, including a completely customisable print where you can decide on the phrase or sentiment, as well as the size and colours. Not only does it mean you can get exactly what you want, it also makes a great Christmas gift for someone special. There’s nothing quite like a personal touch. Find all of them right here.
Well hello! No need to panic, I’m still alive and kicking! I say this as the one who’s fully aware I haven’t posted in over a week, whilst realising you probably haven’t even noticed. Throw a holiday on the horizon into an already busy season of work and it makes for carnage! Anyway I’m not going to babble on about workload. It is what is is and all you self employed fellow team mates out there will empathise with getting (or not) the right balance.
The reason I’m posting this is to show you one of the many things I’ve been up to recently. I don’t tend to share my private commissions in this space anymore but this one was such fun and so beautifully photographed that I thought, why not?!
…And breathe! The bank holiday weekend is here! I am in fact working today, leading the very first two brush lettering classes open to the public with Quill London which I’m really looking forward to. Although I’m rather looking forward to a work free Sunday and Monday too! To celebrate, I’m running this awesome giveaway with Spreadshirt. You may not have heard of them but Spreadshirt are T-shirt printing experts but don’t just print T-shirts. They print on 180 products, from totes bags, to mugs, to aprons, to hoodies, to scarves, to shopping bags, to badges, to mouse mats, to phone cases, to umbrellas….the list goes on. You can choose from a number of their own designs or upload your own custom design or photo, which got me very excited!
Spreadshirt is all about letting your creativity run wild, to personalise a range of things for yourself, as a gift or even for events like weddings and parties. You can even offer your designs to the marketplace and start earning money from every one sold! Uploading designs is easy and you even get a little preview of what the the product will look like.
This is later than promised but better late than never! I’ve added three more prints to my Etsy shop so you can pop over and have a gander. I particularly had fun with these three, getting my spontaneous brush strokes in gear and making a bit of a mess.
Hello! Well I’m excited to release four of my seven new prints today! They were all originally made with ink and watercolour (my obvious favourites). I really love creating new prints and having a license to go crazy with reams of paper….all over our dining room table. I’m the kind of person who loves coming up with loads of ideas and versions at once and then coming back to the pile the next day with a fresh head to select the ones I scan in and work up. That seems work for me.
You may have seen me keenly instagramming this a week or so ago and if you didn’t make it along then you missed out, but perhaps a blog post will suffice. Etsy became a bricks and mortar pop up for 3 days in central London and it was a sight to behold. There were so many good looking pieces under one roof, all merrily mixed in with each other and styled like a real shop. Thankfully I got to have a peak with the press before the shop actually opened to the public because I hear it got super busy with manic Christmas present shoppers.
Happy Friday! I’m feeling a lot more fresh faced this Friday than last and looking forward to an evening of scarves and fireworks but let’s talk Christmas! I’m very excited to bring you this years Christmas card range from The Lovely Drawer. Firstly thanks so much for all your love and encouraging messages when I posted a sneak peek earlier this week. It’s great to get feedback, especially as I’m sat working on my own at a desk.
All designs are originally hand inked / painted and put together with a vibrant colour palette. I’ve thoroughly loved designing these! It was a little gem of creativity in the midst of a blurry October. All cards are A6 printed on 280gsm Nettuno textured board, scored, with a blank inside and kraft envelopes.
The ‘Falala’ set above comes in a pack of 8 (two of each design) for £10.00 and the ‘Joy to the world’ set below comes as a set of 6 (two of each design) for £8.00 and has the corresponding Bible verse printed on the back. Uk postage is £1.20.
If you fancy buying a pack then you can head over to me Etsy store or if you’d like to buy them direct then drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy!
So for the first year in a long time I’m embracing Autumn. Maybe it’s something to do with not having been on a soaked holiday that’s made the transition a lot easier, I’m not sure. Now I’m just thinking ‘hurry up, get a bit colder so I can get my coats out again.’ Anything in between is just plain confusing. In this autumnal spirit I thought I’d gather together some items to help inspire a spot of Autumn entertaining. Not that you need to go to town every time you have people over but sometimes it’s nice to put a bit of effort in. I enjoy that sort of thing.
- Try making a pine cone garland. It’s probably one of the simplest DIYs you could ever make and it’s essentially free.
- Why not give the plain white bowls a rest and try these gorgeous ink affect hand painted porcelain bowls. The colours are so striking along with that shot of gold.
- Bring food out on a wooden serving board to add an element of rustic, laid back charm. No need to plate everything up before hand.
- Tie everything together with a linen table runner. Table runners really do make dinners a bit special.
- It’s pumpkin season. That time of year when Pinterest goes crazy cuckoo with thousands of pumpkin drinks, meals & desserts filling up feeds everywhere. Why not try this pumpkin ricotta gnocci with pancetta and seared radiccio recipe.
- Brighten up the centre of the table with some seasonal flowers. Dhalias are about at this time of year and make beautifully big blooms for a centre piece. Arrange them in something sweet like this blue spotted clay vase.
- For so many years I had an aversion to candle stick holders and now I love them. Tie the metallics in with this metal candle holder.
- Sip your tipple out of a gold rimmed goblet. Classy.
I found out that I won the room makeover challenge, hooray! You may remember the print I made for it and now you can buy it from my Etsy shop, double hooray! If you fancy adorning your walls with this inky number then you can find it right here. A little note to say a change on delivery in my shop. If you buy two prints then postage is the same price as one so that’s pretty handy!
Have a fun weekend!
Happy Weekend! I’ve got a brand new set of wedding stationery waiting for you in my Etsy shop, hurrah! For choice sake I’ve been trying to create a wedding stationery range with lots of variety, each one with a very different feel and this is the newest addition. You can find this set right here. And remember I receive custom orders on Etsy too, so if you want to add or remove something or even change the design slightly then a price can be arranged for that. I always have ideas for more Wedding sets but not enough time to do them all, such is life. But I’ll continue to add to the collection so stay tuned.
I’ve also finally updated my wedding page! That took about a century longer than intended. Now if you click the ‘Weddings’ heading above you’ll find a much more comprehensive site section to navigate around. It outlines the 3 different types of wedding design I do and whilst I still very much supply finished artwork as PDFs, The Lovely Drawer now prints your invites too! ‘Finally’, I hear you say…I know. Having spent a lot of time working for clients that wanted digital designs, more and more I was having requests from people who wanted the whole shebang from start to finish, understandably. So take a look! Once again my lovely husband coded it all from scratch and within about a day once I gave him all the elements. I literally don’t know how things would materialise at The Lovely Drawer without him….well I guess my purse would just be a lot lighter.
Hi lovely people! Well this is exciting! I was asked to do a guest curation post for the Etsy Uk blog which basically means picking some lovely things from talented makers around various themes. Of course I said yes and got to work trawling through all manner of gorgeous products (it’s a tough life) to bring you my selections. If you’d like to have a proper look then go over to the UK Etsy blog. I hope it inspires you this Tuesday. Hope you all have a lovely day!
I hope you all had lovely weekends enjoying the sun and making the most of the extended light hours. Mine was a longer weekend than usual with a fun Birthday Friday off and lots of treats but now…time to get back on it! To start the week, here are three shiny new prints that I’ve just added to the shop especially to brighten up your Monday! Click on over to my Etsy shop for a closer look.
Have you seen the brand new Etsy Uk advert? It’s so exciting to see time and effort being poured into the promotion of independent designer makers and sellers. Go Etsy! If you haven’t seen it then here it is…
Well hello! Blogging has taken a back seat over the last two weeks but I hope you don’t mind too much because it’s all been in aid of getting my new Etsy shop off the ground, yay!
I often get asked why I don’t have an Etsy shop and I’ve asked myself the very same question over and over. It’s practically a right of passage for any aspiring designer maker but I kept on saying ‘I just don’t have enough time right now’ and shelved the idea as a rosy, future goal. Then I went freelance and time and space to focus opened up and so I bring you all my starter collection of DIY Wedding Printable sets and Art Prints. Here’s a little peak of a few of my products but come right this way if you’d like to see the rest of The Lovely Drawer shop on Etsy.
I really hope you enjoy my shop and I look forward to bringing you more! I will also be making some exciting changes to my Bespoke Wedding Packages in the near future so keep a look out for that.
Image from West Elm Uk // Text by The Lovely Drawer
Last Friday I visited the Etsy pop up at West Elm London. This was West Elm’s first one in the UK and did not disappoint with an inspiring selection of talented Etsy designer makers. I love that West Elm collaborates with creative communities and independent artists to give them a spotlight and to make unique, hand crafted design accessible to the masses. They also run creative workshops from time to time so keep your eyes peeled for them. Here are some of my favourites shops from the day…
Rachel Loves Bob is totally my cup of tea. It was very hard to restrain myself from buying out the whole stall. And look!…Those triangle necklaces remind me of this little DIY. So if you want the more polished version, here’s the Etsy shop for you. I love that her pieces a striking and yet totally wearable!
These delicate patterns from Lulu & Luca really caught my eye from well over the other side of the room. Having worked in fashion for many years she switched to print and rekindled her love of screen printing. She uses such a lovely colour palette that would suit any home.
You’ve guessed it, Neon London is a whole shop devoted to neon brights. Just standing within a metre of this stall made me feel super happy. A reasonably new seller to Etsy, Sophie has built up a wide array of colour popping goods to satisfy any neon craving. Neon London has very kindly given all Lovely Drawer leaders 10% off until the end of April! To make the most of this simply use the code LOVELY10.
I’ve come across Ladybird Likes before but since then she’s created sooo many more adorable accessories. She uses laser cut wood and retro imagery to create these little beauties.
Chocolate Creative was probably the shop with the most variety. Her Etsy shop is extensive but I particularly love these geometric patterns mixed with the romantic photography. Simplicity = clever in my book.
Aren’t these ceramics from Baskakova beautiful?! So many lovely shapes and muted tones mixed with hints of deeper colour. These were definitely a favourite. I was already picturing them on my table. A talented lady!
Jimbobart certainly brought some humour to the pop up. So many silly scenarios turned into these humorous illustrations that take on a human feel. I loved his light hearted approach to ceramics.
Mark from Patternalism was definitely the friendliest seller! We had lots of fun chatting to him about the nature of a double life, working full time and then staying up to all hours doing the creative stuff you love. All his patterns are hand stamped and come in any colour you want.