Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Colour Crush: Orange & Grey

My favourite colour scheme at the moment has to be orange and grey. 

As its gone colder, i've started wearing a warmer coat, so I usually combine it with a long knitted top as shown below. 

Grey Coat is from Select 
Knitted Orange Top is from Peacocks

So here are some items to inspire you too :)

Thanks to the featured makers as always and enjoy!

x x

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Stocking Fillers: Rubber Stamp Sets

Yep, that time of year is almost here (I know, I know, but a lot of people have stuff out already, promise!)

Little gifts are sometimes the hardest to buy; you've got the big gift and want to add to it, but what!? 

Here we'll look at rubber stamp sets; cute little collections of stamps that are great for lots of crafty projects (and they're fun!)

These sweet little Floral and Fauna stamps are from Urban Outfitters and feature designs that are bang on with the woodland trend.

These come in a compact tin with a black ink pad, so you don't have to purchase one separately.

The site also has other designs such as a vintage set with a typewriter, phone and camera. They also do letters and number sets too. 

I've actually seen these on Etsy too, so search around!

Boots also has this really cute set of rubber stamps, as seen in their Christmas catalogue I picked up last week.

These go down the more handmade/handcrafted line and are really great to show off you've made something by hand.

This set also comes with its own tin and ink pad. Super handy!

If you're looking for something more handmade and unique, pop over to Skull and Cross Buns, who specialise in rubber stamps.

They have a wide selection of stamps for many occasions, including Christmas, and stock ink pads in a variety of colours.

All the stamps are hand carved (wow!) so you won't get anything like it elsewhere. 

There are a lot of different stamps and ink colours so have a look around and find ones that will make great presents (or even treat yourself!)

x x

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Spotlight On: Woodland Creatures

Now autumn is in full swing, woodland creatures are being featured in designs for clothes, stationery and jewellery, just to name a few.

Here we'll help keep you up to date on which creatures are leading the woodland trend.

To give a better variety, i've mixed both high street and handmade, as both offer very different options.

Owls are arguably the most popular woodland animals at the moment; you're bound to see them online and in most high streets in some form or another.

Ranging from cartoon to realistic, there are hundreds of different ways to incorporate owls into your work. There are many aspects to focus on; the feathers, the huge eyes and the wide range of owl species.

The great thing about owls, is that you are just restricted to browns and greys. Lots of owl designs include pink, blue, yellow and red to spice them up.

Of course, due to the popularity of the owl motif, it's already been done before, so avoid owls if you want to stand out a bit!

Cute, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, squirrels practically scream woodland and autumn (not literally, that would be creepy)

They're not as easy a shape to work with as owls, but they aren't as overused and really bring a sense of autumn, especially if a couple of acorns/nuts are included in the design.

You can always experiment with bright colours, but greys, golds and browns, as shown above, work really well.

Antlers or no antlers, stag/deer really invoke the forest look and unlike other animals, don't need bright or even autumnal colours to look good.

The silhouette is very powerful compared to owls and squirrels and if you decide on a stag design, the antlers are very eye catching and can add some much more detail.

If you're not too confident on designing the body, some designs only focus on the head and the antlers, as they're considerd the stand out part of the animal (as horrible as that sounds)

The bright orange coat, the white tip of the tail and those adorable ears make foxes are popular choice for the woodland trend.

It offers some of the brightest natural colour combinations and no one can resist it's cheeky charms can they!?

The fox isn't as "awww!" as say the squirrel for example, but it can be used in a more modern way, without going over the top in the cuteness department. Heck, you can go the other way and make them sexy!

Other Animals
As well as the ones listed above, there are many other animals that can be considered for woodland designs.

Badgers, hedgehogs, rabbits, hares, raccoons and skunks can also work in wonderful ways. Definitely do some research to see what other animals you can incorporate in your designs. 

Well, there you have it! Hope this has been of some help and look forward to seeing what you can come up with this autumn ;)

x x