Tuesday, 29 May 2012

New design for Claireabellemakes!

It's been a hive of activity in evajeanie world. I have been making metres upon metres of union jack bunting, I am coming to the end of another big order and as I can see the end I thought I should quickly update my blog and let you know what has been going on.

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I planned to 'join up' my two design businesses, to firstly offer my graphics services to crafty folk, offering help with logo's and images for print and web and secondly incorporating some screen printed designs into both my graphics work and handmade items (this is a brief description, you can read the whole post here).

This new idea generated a lot of interest and the first of my new 'crafty folk' takers was the multi-talented Claire of Claireabellemakes. Claire is a keen blogger and writes a wonderful blog about beautiful Cambridge, where she lives by the river (only a tad jealous) and her hobbies and makes.

I was asked to design a new logo and banners for her blog and and new etsy shop and also social media buttons for facebook, twitter and pinterest. I started by asking a number of questions about the look and feel required for the designs (I also send out a short questionnaire to new customers to capture all the information I need).

Claire was really clear and concise about what she wanted and this made the job really easy for me, it also helped that we like the same kind of blogs and designs! Although she didn't have any imagery of her own to use I was happy to do some illustrations as part of the job and with discussion we decided a bike with a basket would be a great, alongside some sewing paraphernalia.

Here's the finished designs:

I'm delighted to say that Claire loved the finished designs so much that she wrote about them in her blog, she said "Thanks so much to Lindsay for totally understanding my concept and prettifying my online space :-) If you need any design work, I would highly recommend her! In addition, Lindsay specialises in fantastic sewn goods including some fab bunting for Good Housekeeping Magazine." You can read more on the wonderful Claireabellemakes blog here

Other Good things that have been happening:

I did screen printing all weekend, working on designs for new products and some kits, these will be blogged about soon but here is a little pic of some genius lady coating a screen that she had made herself from a picture frame she bought in an Oxfam shop, now that's my kind of upcycling, apparently it cost her £1.00!

I have also moved into my new studio, as I have been so busy making I haven't had time to move all my things in and prettify it yet, so here is a pic of me in my new space looking happy if a little tired (from all the bunting making).

Last weekend I had a stall at the ever lovely Warkton Craft Market, it wasn't the busiest day, but I still had a great time, the Market owners are so nice and make a really lovely environment for sellers and buyers, oh and the cheese scones were especially scrummy :) Here is a pic of me and my stall:

Bye for now as off-a-bunting-making-I-go la la la la la!

Monday, 21 May 2012

Still making Jubilee Union Jack Bunting

I can't believe I am still making Union Jack bunting! I made the first batch a few weeks ago for a special order for The Biscuit Factory gift shop and wasn't going to list the item in my shop, since then I have had an abundance of orders and I am also really delighted to say that last week I received an email asking if I could make a rush order of the bunting for Good Housekeeping Magazine as they had seen online it and loved it, they placed an order for 4 metres and are going to be using it in their Jubilee celebrations. I am absolutely delighted about this and had to stop myself from skipping to the Post Office this morning to send it off!

Monday, 14 May 2012

Doing some proper Graphics work

Today and tomorrow I am mostly going to be doing some 'proper' work, as most of you know I am a Graphic Designer and I don't usually document this work on my blog, largely because it's usually for private clients and it might not be appropriate for my blog.

But as I mentioned last month I am going to be joining the handmade and the graphics together progressively more, so I thought it might be nice to share some of the graphics projects I am currently working on too.

Today I am producing a set of religious symbols that will be used in a multifaith calendar that I have been commissioned to design. I have hand drawn these with a pencil and scanned them, I have then re-drawn them using illustrator. I am going to give the client two options so I will show the other option once complete.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Personalised Owl Bunting

I have just made some owl bunting for an order from notonthehighstreet.com and am really pleased with how it has turned out. I bought some chunky gingham fabric on Sunday when I was in Brighton from a magical little shop, the fabrics were stacked to the rafters and if I'm honest was possibly a bit of a death trap, but what a way to go!! I digress, I have used the lovely chunky lime green gingham in my latest bunting order and love love love it, I wish I had bought more!

I don't stipulate in my listings exactly which fabrics I use as I like to keep things fresh and make each design different, but you can choose a colour scheme. This customer chose pink and green which always work really well together. I am slowly replacing all of my photographs in my shop with up to date ones, it's starting to look a lot more how I would like it to.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Monday morning, erm actually it's Tuesday

Good morning peeps.
I am a bit confused about it being Tuesday as it definitely feels like a Monday, those pesky bank hols, I'm sure they are just there to throw out my body clock. This morning I was so unprepared for the day I didn't have any milk for cereal and Eva's pink milk, so I had to drive to the shop (which I hate doing as at 8.15am it takes forever, in fact I should have walked) I was feeling a bit stressed out about my early morning shopping trip but I actually managed to get most of my supplies for the week, including a cheese straw for my breakfast, which I have now eaten and it has certainly lifted my mood. So if it proceeds to rain all week as forecast I can now hermitise myself. I actually quite enjoy sewing in my cosy little work room when it's chucking it down outside.

The more observant of you will have noticed that I have changed my blog design. I just thought as I am making a lot of florally Jubilee themed products right now I ought to embrace the moment and signpost these makes. All of my items are available through my shop, if you have an aversion to red, white and blue, or you would like the design to fit with your own colour scheme I can make you a bespoke version, just email me. Here are some shots of my bunting in alternate colour schemes.

The new background image on my blog is a recent shot of my fabric stash and some vintage buttons. Its looks quite neat in the photo but I am preparing for a craft fair during the next two weeks, so I doubt it will remain in neat little bundles for long! I might photograph it next Friday just to see how it compares!

Hope you have a fabulous week!

Friday, 4 May 2012

Handmade Floral Union Jack Bunting

This week you have not heard from me as I have been locked away in my sewing room making an order for the lovely people at The Biscuit Factory in Newcastle.

The Biscuit Factory is one of the UK’s largest independent contemporary commercial art galleries, showcasing two floors of contemporary arts, crafts and design, offering a refreshing and sumptuous space and they wanted my bunting to sell in their shop, woop woop, how excited am I?!

I decided to take some photo's as I went along for you to see the amount of work (and fabric) that goes into making a wholesale order. It's a visual diary, the photo's are self explanatory...

So that's it, all ready to be packaged, wow that's a lot of bunting.