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Miniature Masterpieces

Super talented illustrator Chloe Giordano (from Oxford in the UK) likes to describe herself as an “avid reader, history lover and dreadful knitter” – a little modest don’t you think?

Chloe’s embroidered illustrations of woodland animals are so intricate and delicate that my eyes water just imagining the intense love and concentration that must go into each and every stitch. Each hand crafted piece is insanely detailed – with all the rich colours being painstakingly built up thread by thread – a true wonder.

Check out more of Chloe’s work here

Chloe Giordano

Chloe Giordano

Chloe Giordano

Chloe Giordano

Chloe Giordano

Typography good enough to eat

Jessica Hische is a true inspiration to me. I have always envied her gorgeous typography talents and consider myself super lucky to have heard her speak at the Design Indaba – so amazing indeed.

Well now I can say I truly have drooled over her work – check out her latest project for Starbucks (in colaboration with BBDO). So gorgeous (and all edible). I have died and gone to heaven!

Jessica Hische

Jessica Hische

Jessica Hische

Jessica Hische

Pretty Pretty Kitties

Okay, I have to admit it – I am completely addicted to that TV show “The Great Bristish Sewing Bee”. It basically a show where contestants are challenged with various weekly sewing tasks – at the end of each week one contestant is eliminated leaving us with the final week where a winning “Sewing Bee” is crowned.

So – to get my creative juices flowing, I dusted off my trusted sewing machine and tackled making some softies that I have been imagining making for a while now. After lots of sketching, planning, pattern making, adjusting and re-adjusting – a litter of three kitties where born. What a proud mummy am I?

Naturally to put these new creations to the ultimate test I had to try them out on the smallest people I know – my twin niece and nephew. After much pulling, prodding, stroking, hugging and kissing my kitty trio where finally given the toddler seal of approval. Dominic did not want to go home without his new friends and Annabelle kept saying, “They are cute – They are cute!” – so I am super chuffed!

I thought I would give you a sneak preview of my little kittens. I plan on putting them (and more of their siblings) up on my online store (on Hello Pretty) – so watch this spot for more info. In the interim if you are interested in getting your paws on an original Pretty Pretty Kitty, let me know – I would love to create a kitty for you.

Pretty Pretty Kitty

Pretty Pretty Kitty

Pretty Pretty Kitty

Kitty Graffiti

I have been waiting for the perfect opportunity to start putting some photos from our recent trip around Europe up on the blog.

As today is World Cat Day (isnt every day?) I thought I might start with some feline inspired graffiti we spotted in Berlin. If you have already been to visit this special city you will know it is super charged with amazing street art and super cool graffiti – perfect for Instagram.
Needless to say I took a gazmillion photos (no, I wont bore you with all of them) but here are a few kitty specific pieces. These pud-tats where all created by Rabea Senftenberg

Hope you had a purrfect World Cat Day?

kitty grffiti
kitty grffiti
kitty grffiti
kitty grffiti

All photos taken by me (follow me on Instagram here)

Recent Work – KIN Culture website

KIN Culture

I recently had the pleasure of working on the design for the online presence for KIN Culture, a faith based organisation where orphans and vulnerable children are given a home and a bright future.

The job, was from beginning to end, such fun. The team from Kin Culture are really amazing and we gelled really well right from the start. The brief was simple – keep it clean and totally different to other charity websites – ie not a site filled with sad photos of poor starving orphans who desperately need your help.

In fact, the client’s feelings where so strong on this, that they decided to do a photo shoot, ensuring the perfect shots that would best suite the website style and the business’s tone and approach. Luckily all the right people where available to help out and after much planning and and organising we where set.

One afternoon of fun and laughter washed with a ton of green powder paint – and voila – the most amazing photos (& video) ever.

Thanks to Kikitography for their crazy photographic skills and to Shoot and Create for their ultra cool “Behind the Scenes” videography.

Going forward I will be working with the team from KIN Culture to take their website to the next level. They are about to start serious work on the actual development of their village and with this the website is expected to help generate necessary publicity and involvement needed in such a mammoth task.

Be sure to check out the KIN Culture website here. Also check out their Facebook page – to see what they are currently up to. This is such an exciting project, perhaps you too can get involved.

Best of luck team!

INTERESTED IN MY DIGITAL DESIGN WORK?

Are you keen on doing some similarly exciting work online? Then why not check out my portfolio. I am available for all forms of digital design and would love to chat about your project.

Also don’t forget about my Blog MakeOvers – I am always keen to get stuck into a fellow blogger’s redesign and would love to hear from you.

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KIN Cluture

Seize the day

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I admit – it’s been a long while since my last post – in that time so much has happened.

I launched two new and exciting websites – really cool.
Alexis and I travelled to the other side of the globe & visited 5 new countries – so so amazing!
Then sadly we came home to a mini train smash/family crisis that needed a lot of immediate decision making and a bunch of lifestyle changes for all concerned – not ideal.

So sadly, blogging and getting back into the swing of things has taken a back seat – also not great.
BUT – this week I am determined not to let the outside world get the better of things, so I hope to be back to some form of routine as soon as possible.

Thanks for hanging in there with me.

Here’s to not giving in and not letting life overwhelm you!

(typography poster from here)

Early Birds

It’s 7am and the sun isn’t even up yet – winter really is not agreeing with me. Thankfully we leave for Europe on Friday and apparently the sun is up in Berlin at 4:30 in the morning. Hooray!

Do you also need at least two cuppa’s to face the dark and cold world? Then you are going to love this packaging from Douwe Egberts – Simply divine.
(Found via Free Flavour)

Early Bird

Below The Surface

It seems that lately I keep stumbling over amazing designs coming out of Russia. My latest find is this campaign entitled “Below The Surface” by Saatchi & Saatchi Russia done for the Schusev State Museum of Architecture in Moscow.

Found via Fubiz

Below The Surface

Below The Surface

Below The Surface

Below The Surface

Below The Surface

Below The Surface

Below The Surface

Below The Surface

Below The Surface

Below The Surface

Below The Surface

Below The Surface

Felted Cat Caves

Stripes (#bestcat) is a cat who loves to cuddle and in winter if there is a blanket to burrow underneath she is there. Most of the time this is terribly sweet and yes, I am so blessed to have such a loving companion to keep me going while I work, but occasionally when I am trying to work on something very complicated her persistence is not so welcome.

You see, somehow Stripes knows when a deadline is eminent, that’s when she insists on pushing all the pens and pencils off my desk, she then tries to curl up on my mouse hand and if that doesn’t work (which it normally doesn’t) she then tries to squeeze herself onto me lap (under my desk) and then as a final distraction she always insists on using my keyboard as a thoroughfare – without fail managing to activate all sorts of weird Photoshop setting that I simply cannot turn off… yikes!

So in an attempt to maintain peace in our house I have been shopping about for cute cat hideaways. I found a few really gorgeous felted examples and may well have to place an order soon.

Cat Caves

Cat Cave

Cat Cave

Cat Cave

You can find the first 5 cat caves here.
The last three cat caves can be found here.

Berlin 2014

Berlin 2014

Planning for a trip overseas is not for the faint hearted – if you are booking airline tickets or trying to secure the perfect AirBnB spot then you have to be ready to pounce as soon as you see a price that suites you. It’s quite the experience and knowing where to search for the best prices can be very intimidating, there are a bunch of great online airline booking services and some are far more efficient than other. I landed up using a combo of Kayak, TravelStart and SkyScanner – they are all easy to use, give you the widest choices and offer the most competitive prices.

Then, once you have secured your flights, booked your train tickets and settled on your accommodation – you need to start planning stuff to do when you get there. This is the fun bit!

Our first stop is Berlin. Berlin is such an exciting city and we are meeting friends there and will spend the first six days of our trip with them exploring the city. Luckily Desmond and Toni are very familiar with the Berlin way of life as they spend most our winter months working in Germany (Toni’s homeland) so we will have the perfect guides while there. None the less I have done quite a bit of research into the best things to see and do while enjoying the German sunshine. My primary objective is to not be too touristy – don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind the odd selfie in front of the Brandenburg Gates, but I want to see the real Berlin.

If you are also planning a trip to Berlin have serious FOMO – then are going to need to check out these websites:

Design Sponge Berlin City Guide
Unlike Berlin Guide
The Thrilllsit Berlin guide
Exberlinner
Petite Passport
Cee Cee
Stil in Berlin

Oh and if you are a Pinterest nut like me, then check out my travel plan pins here.

Next on the agenda is to plan what we do in Prague, Budapest and Vienna – so more tips and tricks to follow soon.
Hey – if you have been to any of these cities, then I would love to hear from you. What do you recommend? Where should we avoid? All hints are welcome.

Happy holiday planning!

Photo credits:
The Fernsehturm
Sun Loungers
Abandoned Amusement Park

Weird is Rad

Just a quick hello and an appology for the lack of posts on my blog recently – been very busy working on a cool website for an even cooler commercials director (soon to be launched) and planning our trip to Europe.

weird is rad

Found here