Let me show you our new birthday calendar. It's letterpress blind printed on very thick pure white paper and gift wrapped in a black box and tissue paper. For a bit of colour the pages are put together with an orange ribbon.
I think this makes a wonderful gift for anyone not just for the forgetfull ones but anyone who likes stationary, still uses an address book and prefer to write cards to emails.
The calendar contains of 12 white pages, each dedicated to a month and one front page where you can write the owners name. It's truly beautiful, and best of all you can use it year after year. Birthdays, Anniversaries, names days.....
Just a little peak into Audrey's little studio where she creates her cards. My dad used to be in printing all his life and liked visiting him at work, I love the smell of new paper. Audrey makes mainly cards using "blind press", no colour press. There are truly beautiful. Have a look here. Soon we will be adding couple holiday designs as well.
Autumn is my favourite season. I like autumn colours, conker picking,
flying a kite, apple cider, meals from pumpkins. Last five years it is
even more beautiful, Hugo celebrates his birthday in October.
Don't you just love stories like this? as they say in the video, it' s not hard to do things, but keep doing them. It's very inspirational to see that you can make it happen if you work hard and keep your passion alive. You can now visit the restaurant here. Also if you are interested in supporting other creative projects head over at Kickstarter, where you can discover & help to fund other ideas.
Couple of weeks ago I finally finished decorating Anya's new bedroom. Painted walls, floor, cupboards in white, made curtains, bought a new rug and moved stuff from her old much smaller room and some toys and books from downstairs. She was so happy when she got back from school on that day. She was literally jumping up and down.
are amazingly resourceful and creative, great artists, great
builders, they are eager to know and learn everything. I love to
watch my son in his 'work' (as he says), it's really inspiring, I
learned a lot from him.
We spent a few days with
friends in London at the beginning of this summer. For Hugo it was a
week full of powerful experiences. First flight, he saw London buses and taxi, dinosaurs in the museum and in particular he
found a new friend who, like him, enjoys running, climbs everywhere and they both have love for drawing and books! And he also discovered Gruffalo
He loves everything 'English' now. After returning back home ABC song sounds again and again and he builds London all the time... . One morning I found him in the kitchen copying letters
from a book, he also "baked" Gruffalo crumble recently and today I
found the "Garage" made of paper wrapping. And he wrote everything by himself! He will go to school in two years, just
celebrated fifth birthday. But more on that next time.
And a bit of inspiration from the faerie world of children.
As I mentioned in my last post it has been 3 years since I opened a little shop on Etsy. Something that was only meant to be a hobby when on maternity leave with my daughter Anya grew slowly into a business.
When A. was one I made a picture for my friends wedding and a couple of others just to be creative and do something else, have a hobby. I had a few positive comments on flickr and this blog so decided to open a shop on Etsy. It was easy to set up, be part of the Etsy community and always have quick feedback.
I was so happy when people started writing about my work on blogs and other websites. I was working myself, just a few hours a day when Anya was sleeping.
A Few months later I joined Not On The High Street. They have been very supportive and encouraging, it was good for me. I didn't have a much of an idea what I was doing. Later that year I was very lucky and my work was featured in Real Simple magazine in their summer gift guide. My picture was featured on a full page of the magazine. I was warned to be busy after that, but didn't realise how much work was going to be involved. I worked with the help of my family about 18 hours a day and had to close the shop a few times as I couldn't cope with my orders. I was completely unprepared, with the work load not having had this experience.
I worked as an interior designer and visual merchandiser before, but I had never sold anything, I didn't have a clue how to price items, how to deal with wholesale. I just knew how to make things pretty:)
That year I employed two part time girls to help me out with my orders. Both mums with small babies as well.
My business has grown slowly and steadily since then. I have been learning everything myself, from photography, styling, dealing with suppliers, absolute lack of sleep and little time for my daughter. She was often playing in the background while I was packaging pictures and replying to emails.
But she has been my inspiration, energy boost and a little friend:)
I missed on lots of opportunities due to my complete absence of business mind at the beginning but I don't mind that. I wanted to grow my shop comfortably, in speed which I could keep and stay sane.
In last 3 years I had workspace in our kitchen, upstairs in a little studio and now outside of our home in an office. I employ 5 part time girls. I'm still learning so much, making small steps one by one. I have more responsibility not just to me but other people as well.
I feel very happy I can be doing something what I love, work hard but also take time off when I need to. But I believe none of this would be possible without people around me, our customers and also this blog and community, you.
I had so much unexpected support from you guys and I'm immensely grateful for that. THANK YOU!
Hi, my name is Veronika and this is my inspiration corner, project playground, and a random diary of my life. I have a shop, like to take photos and do a bit of styling. If you would like to use or publish any personal material from this site please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or link back to me. Thanks x