Friday, 27 November 2015
I've decided to get the festive feeling flowing with a little Black Friday sale - you can get 15% off anything in the shop with code SDTBF15 so it's a good time for a little handmade shopping - be they gifts for friends or for yourself!
Hope you have wonderful weekend, friends
Tuesday, 24 November 2015
Brrrrr! Dunno about you but that cold snap came out of nowhere here in the south of England... So I have spent a couple of days working from home dressed in ALL of my jumpers and a hat. Time to get cosy! I'm thinking mulled wine, pub fires, Tuscan bean stew and apple cakes. Yeeeaaahhh.
What's your cosy ideal?
Saturday, 14 November 2015
Maybe, like me, you have lots of crafty friends and family members who you'll be thinking of giving gifts to this festive season? There are a million beautiful gift ideas out there, but I sometimes wonder about the value of giving someone a 'thing' that they may or may not ultimately use very much. Well, what if instead you gave them a new skill, and the equipment to make themselves something that they can then decorate to their own taste, enjoy the process, and develop from there?
That's why I developed these DIY bookbinding kits. They contain everything you need to get started on a really easy-peasy bookbinding stitch that anyone can do in an hour or so, and once mastered opens up infinite possibilities for making books and notebooks. Paper, card, thread (more than required for the starter project) and a good, sharp quality bookbinding needle.
The kits are currently available in two versions, to make a blank pocket notebook/sketchbook and a 2016 journal - and I'm also thinking of creating a recipe book for the maker to note down their own favourite recipes in. What do you think? Would this be a gift that would interest anyone you know? I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Thanks everyone, and enjoy your Sundays - even if the cold wet winter weather has finally arrived where you are, like it has here!
DIY kits from Super Duper Things
Thursday, 5 November 2015
Sunday, 25 October 2015
Sunday night celebrations! Super Duper Things now has a new website live at superduperthings.co.uk. Check it out and let me know what you think! I'm also super excited to say that I'll be participating in Etsy Made Local and Crafty Fox markets in December, those of you who are London-based it would be so good to see you! There'll be loads of great stuff at both.
New songbirds print and copper flags available in the shop.
Thursday, 1 October 2015
I've been working on a new series of posters, based on simple and playful geometric shapes in colours that make me feel happy! I think they'd be rather good in a kid's room, as well as something to brighten up a home office or bedroom.
It's nice for me that the series is finally finished and available, because I've had sketches and the workings of it around for absolutely ages!
Up top there you can see my fern print, too, which comes in a whole range of colours. I'm rather pleased with that hanger as a way of displaying it :)
Sunday, 27 September 2015
A couple of weeks ago we had a fantastic few days in Copenhagen, basically walking, eating and drinking our way around the city. The weather wasn't always great shakes, but we had a great time - it was my first visit there and I loved it quite as much as I've long suspected I would! We had a cute little Airbnb in Nørrebro, which was the perfect place to explore from.
The holiday was to celebrate (and form a little mental break!) the fact that I've stopped working full-time to do an MA here in London, and work on a freelance basis. It's a scary but very exciting new adventure...
Tuesday, 8 September 2015
For several years now I've been desperately in love with the very distinctive work of Hungarian-born illustrator and designer Anna Kövecses. Shape, colour, type and a little playful humour: perfect. If I feel a bit sad looking at her site for a while usually sorts it out...
Plus, this Coloradore project is great, especially if it's her colour use that gets you going, or you just fancy some posters. Nice one, Anna!
Sunday, 16 August 2015
Last weekend we went to two weddings - those two days could not have been more packed with joy and prosecco and happiness and beautiful flowers and great food and hugging!
I wanted a couple of small, homey but home-made gifts to give the respective couples, and I thought that a jade or money plant would be just the thing. Who DOESN'T fancy a little luck and prosperity when they've just paid for a wedding, hey?!
Anyway, I had a very rock'n'roll Friday night in the week before, watching The Bridge (four years after everyone else - I'm always late to these TV parties!) and painting flower pots. I used normal acrylic paints, then when they were dry masked them off and spray painted them with this nice metallic gold stuff. It tends to wear off a bit, but I think that will make for a quite nice 'aged' effect (hopefully!?!).
Tuesday, 28 July 2015
Sunday, 26 July 2015
If you follow me on instagram, you'll already know that my brother, sister and I took a trip to Shetland at midsummer. We were staying on Unst, the most northern island - in fact, the most northern bit of the whole of the British Isles.
These are some of my favourite photos from around the island - it was the most relaxing, wholesome, fresh and clean place I've been for a very long time! We had such a great time cycling and walking, visiting golden white beaches and staying up in the almost eerie midnight twilight. Plus, we got much closer than we'd bargained for to some puffins, which just about made my sister's year.
Not gonna lie - it was COLD! I'd just come from 24 celsius London, and although I knew it was going to be a lot cooler, and I'd brought wooly jumpers, I still somehow ended up wearing ALL of them everyday! When the sun did come out though, it just lit everything up - the colours of the island all intensified into the most vibrant green, turquoise and gold. Beautiful.
Sunday, 19 July 2015
Some photos from around the house lately... a bit of baking, a new cactus (only just picked all the prickles out my hands from carrying it home!) and the ever-growing lot of glass jars that, as the boyfriend says, are taking over the kitchen. But... so useful, no?!
Also, a new(ish) arrangement of prints above my desk. The one top right is from the wonderful garden book club, the 'Curiouser and curiouser' print can be found here, and the geometric one will soon be in the shop.
We're so enjoying these long, hot lazy weekend days. I need to be more careful though, got the silliest shaped sunburn yesterday when I missed some of my back with the suncream!