Sunday, 27 May 2012

Gems: Typography

I am a complete typography fanatic. Its something I wish I was better at (as well as drawing faces, saving money and perfecting the perfect hair quiff) I practice almost daily. It features heavily in most of my illustrations. I've been finding the current trends in typography fascinating - we've really come full circle in design are embracing some really delicious retro / vintage typography - which is totally fine with me.

So, I thought I would share a few of my newest favourites with you. I haven't been able to find the original creators of some of these pieces, if you know any of the ones I've missed please let me know and I'll credit them. Click on the images to take you to their websites.

I hope you've had a great weekend!
Steph xo

Friday, 25 May 2012

Friday Favourites - 25 / 05 / 2012

Hello again! I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful sunshine we seem to have suddenly got a lot of here in the UK, Shiny. I've been picking out some of my favourite treats on Etsy for today's (particularly cheery) Friday Favourites. This week seemed extra tough for my to settle on my favourites. Have you SEEN that Cotton Candy fudge? Incredible. All my treasuries items are clickable (thanks to this great code generator that allows you to put your treasuries into blog posts rather than taking screenshots) So go click on some treasures!

'Friday Favourites - 25 / 05 / 2012' by stephsayshello

Wooden Bird Brooch

Preserve fruits and family r...

Colored Pencils fine art pho...

Scandi style screen printed ...

Tote bag on cotton - Knee Hu...

50 Assorted Library Cards

Snow Bear Brooch/ Pin

Ralph- Limited Edition Robot...

Mid Century Orange Lion Bank...

travel photograph / map, wan...

Ceramic Owl figurine - choo...

happy little houses paper cr...

Julie's Fudge - COTTON C...

SALE Living in treehouse won...

Retro Quote print, pop art p...

Porcelain Peanuts

Have you discovered any treats (Etsy or otherwise) this week? I'm always on the look out for beautiful things with a story. I have my eye on this wooden bird brooch on Etsy & this Moby Dick T-shirt from the wonderful Out of Print online shop.

Have a lovely weekend,

Steph xo

Friday, 18 May 2012

Friday Favourites

I've been really getting into Etsy recently. I've had an Etsy shop for a couple of years now, but (rather stupidly) never made much of it. So these last couple of weeks I've been completely sucked in! I never really realised how much there was to selling on Etsy. It seems making your shop stand out is a full time job in itself!
   I'm 100% addicted to making treasuries - I thought I might try and make this a weekly thing - there really are some treasures to be found! Here are a few of my favourites from this week:

'Friday Favourites - 08 / 05 / 2012' by stephsayshello

pale fuchsia geo ring

Crazy Cat Lady Hoodie - CAT ...

Edible Vintage Candy Buttons...

Traditional Silhouette Colle...

Vintage Cassette Tape Player...

Gun, Bomb, Knife & Drugs quo...

Springtime Owl Print

Lampworked Glass Candy Frog ...

Only 10 left, if you purchas...

Goodie Gumdrop Soap Set

Retro Style Camera Bag or Pu...

Sleeping like a log

abstract seedpods 1 . set of...

The Rucksack / Backpack in C...

OWL Pillow Cover- cushion 10...

Prairie Home 8x10 print

Do you have an Etsy shop? Send me a link, I'd love to take a peek! My shop is here.
Steph xo

Friday, 11 May 2012

My First Book Cover!

 Eee. I am really excited to finally be able to share one of my new commissions with you (I say new, it feels like years ago that I finally finished this piece!) The really lovely folks from Pan Macmillan got in  touch before Christmas wanting me to create a front and back cover illustration for Hayley Long's newest book! Ace! I got sent this copy last week, and I've got the go ahead to blog the crap out of it! YES! The book is out in June, go check it out!

My original artwork. The colours have changed a couple of times
& as much as I tend to shy away from neon, I really love how
bright they've gone with the colours.

- Steph xo