Thursday, 31 December 2015

Things that made me happy in December...

So, before we see out 2015 and welcome in a new year, 
heres a little round up of some December happiness...

See you in 2016!


(image above copyright of louise/loveprintstudio blog)

Favourite thing that happened...
Christmas! (obvs)
and some down time with family and friends

Feasted on...
this slow cooked beef stew with celeriac mash
this pizza topped chicken and chips
this white chocolate berry cheesecake
way too much naughtiness over Christmas!

Watching...
Pitch Perfect 2
Love, Rosie
Salmon Fishing in Yemen
Jurassic World
In the Heart of the Sea

Enjoying...
the return of Luther to our screens!

Reading...
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
The Riverman by Aaron Starmer

Listened to...
Coldplay - Jono McCleery - Beth Orton - Adele

Sharing...
this (a definite mantra for next year!)
this beautiful Rifle Paper inspired cake goodness

Loving...
this beautiful winter scene by Yelena Bryksenkova
these mint snowman marshmallows
seeing one of my P&C artworks used across a beautiful kitchen range for Ulster Weavers. Seriously though..a cat tea cozy! Who couldn't love that!?

Buying...
The Year of Cozy and The Cook & Baker

Agreeing...
with this

Crushing on...
these shoes! Oh my...

Following...
this pinner

Inspired by...
this, and will keep repeating it to myself for the whole of next year!

Laughing...
at this

Looking forward to...
what 2016 has in store!


So, that was a round up of my month,
how was yours?

x x x

Thursday, 24 December 2015

A peaceful Christmas...

The last of the Christmas moodboards on the blog today... a peaceful Christmas.
Something we all want right?

I want to wish all of my lovely readers of this little blog exactly that, and a big thank you for continuing to read the posts and following my goings on; here, on instagram, facebook, pinterest...
And if I don't pop back in before then, have a happy and healthy start to 2016!

See you back here soon!


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x x x 

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

It's nearly Christmas!

2 more sleeps, and all is...

(image above copyright of louise/loveprintstudio)

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This & That...

This lovely Christmas sign
That beautiful citrus wreath


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Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Take Four...Christmas bakes!

I don't know what you'll be doing this Christmas Eve, but I'll be spending mine in the kitchen.
I have a very nice white chocolate and berry cheesecake to prepare and maybe a few cheeky mince pies, yummy!
Here are some other lovely festive bakes that look soooo good...



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Monday, 21 December 2015

Three lovely things...

It's Christmas week!
These will be the last few posts before I sign myself off for some much needed rest and relaxation over the festive period.
So, in full Christmas mode now, and no apologies for it, with it being the big day on Friday, here are three lovely christmas crafty things that have caught my eye in blog land recently.





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Friday, 18 December 2015

A golden Christmas...

Another festive moodboard today, and this time its a golden Christmas...
This might be one of my favourites, and most definitely satisfies my inner magpie at this time of year.

Happy Friday!


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Thursday, 17 December 2015

Colour crush...

Bit of a festive colour crush post for you today...


(clockwise from top left)

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Wednesday, 16 December 2015

A sparkly Christmas...

The next installment of Christmassy moodboards today.
So far, we've had a classic Christmas
and next up, is a sparkly Christmas.

Glitter overload!
Never a bad thing right?


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Monday, 14 December 2015

Etsy shop find...a chat with Sally Payne!

Sally Payne is a UK based freelance illustrator and print designer.
Using a range of mixed media techniques such as collage, line drawings and digital, she creates beautiful artworks, predominantly for the children's market.
Sally has only recently opened an etsy shop selling her lovely designs as art prints and digital downloads but with the items for sale so far and with more being added soon, it promises to be very lovely indeed.
Go and have a little nosey here.

And for now, lets get to know Sally a little better...


1. Can you tell us a bit about you and your background... 

I have always loved being creative, I can remember as far back as Primary school loving anything art related. 
I studied Textiles at University and focused on printed textile design. 
After leaving University I was lucky to be taken on freelance by a studio and started my design career from there. 
I also trained as a teacher and still teach Graphic Design now part time. 
The balance of the two jobs is nice, however I also have 2 small children so my life is anything but quiet, I'm constantly multi tasking! 
I am currently designing for the children's apparel market which is great, I also take on commission work which varies from cards, web design and illustration.


2. What books/ magazines have you recently bought that you’re loving?

I love books, I have all the print pattern books and I'm very excited to say I'm going to feature in the new book! 
I also love making things so have tonnes of craft books, in the hope one day I'll get around to making again!


3. Obviously your etsy shop has only just recently opened featuring lots of art prints. What other loveliness can we look forward to seeing for sale in your shop in the future?
I would love to sell some of my original collages, my favourite media is working with paper, my paper animal creatures always seem to get such a lovely response. 


4. Who are your favourite illustrators/ designers and what inspires you?

I have so many - I love Jane Ormes, her prints are great. 
I come across designers so frequently on Instagram, particular favourites are Lorna Scobie, Lizzie Mackay, Studio Lillaform and  Rosie Harbottle. 
So many things inspire me, books, visits out, pinterest, I try my best to update my blog frequently and aim to do work just for me every few days as quite often it leads to ideas for my freelance work.


5. Tell us about a typical day for you...

It starts by getting my children up and ready for school, get home, clear up, make a cup of tea, sit at my desk, work through my daily to do list, pick the children up - 
 make dinner, put the children to bed then normally I work in the evening, I find I'm very creative at night even though generally very tired!! What a glamourous life I lead...!


6. What are your top three blogs?

Print Pattern
Pop i cok - Dawn Machell
Jane Foster


7. Your days are spent freelancing as a surface pattern designer. 
Who would be your dream client and what kind of products would you love to see your designs on?

A dream client has to be Paperchase - obvious I know but I love everything they do. 
A huge dream would be to illustrate a children's book - I think that would have to be the best job ever...



8. Best things in life…

 1. My family
 2. My cat
     3. My Mac - couldn't live without it!
  4. Sunshine
  5. Holidays


9. Can you give us an insight into your creative process?

My approach is very varied dependent on the brief or style of work I'm doing. 
I normally start with hand drawn sketches or paper based collages, scan them in and edit digitally. 
I like to try new things so I'm always experimenting with new approaches and techniques. My blog is a great place for me to just do what ever inspires me - I love the freedom it gives me.


10. What art do you have on your wall?

A real mix - some of my prints, Jane Ormes and Jane Foster screen prints, new graduate work which I try to buy when I visit the degree shows, my children's drawings, Amy Blackwell paintings - all sorts! 


11. What’s the most rewarding thing about being a surface pattern designer?

I can honestly say the most rewarding aspect of my job is that I love what I do, which I think is a huge privilege. Also great when you spot your work in the shops!


12. Whats your favourite book from your childhood? 

Not sure I can remember! 
I love all of Richard Scarry's books and probably any of Roahl Dahl's books.


Thanks to Sally for taking some time out to be part of the etsy interviews!

You can follow Sally here...

x x x

Friday, 11 December 2015

Inspired by...Yuliyart...

I recently included a piece of Yuliya's artwork in one of my moodboard posts, and since then have had chance to see even more of her work, and it's beautiful.
So, I thought I'd share some of it with you today.
Yuliya has a society 6 shop where you can buy her designs in many forms; art prints, t.shirts, pillows,  i phone cases and more! 
She also has a blog where you can keep up to date with her lovely work too.
Here are a few of my favourites, starting off with a suitably festive artwork...








(all images above copyright of Yuliyart)

x x x

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Colour crush...

As promised, its not all festive frolicking around here.
You can still pop in to see regular posts, and today it's colour crush time!
Loving these soft acidic tones...


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x x x

Monday, 7 December 2015

A cool, calming Christmas...

It's another festive post for you today. 
Last time we had quite a classic take on Christmas with a red and white moodboard
and todays is a cool, crisp mint and white with a subtle hint of gold.
Frosty, ice whites and minty menthol tones...love this one!


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Friday, 4 December 2015

Colour crush...

Time for a colour crush post today I think.
How beautiful are these colours... loving that blush pink mixed with gold, ocre and yellow tones, yum!
A perfect pick me up for a slightly grey and miserable Friday here in the UK.


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Wednesday, 2 December 2015

A classic Christmas...

I was so close to starting Christmassy posts towards the end of last month, but I didn't do it, I stopped myself, and now it's December, here goes!
First up in the blog festivities, a classic Christmas moodboard.
Now, I'm sure I've mentioned before, 
I'm not a huge fan of the colour that shall not be named (cough, cough..red!), but it definetley gets the better of me at this time of year and I succumb to a house filled with berry, ruby, crimson and cherry.
So, heres my ode to magenta, just once a year, in all its Christmassy glory...


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Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Things that made me happy in November...

I can't quite believe it's December today!
Where HAS this year gone, seriously.
Oh well, here's to a festive filled month, the last one of 2015, let it be a good one please.
Here's what I filled my November with...



(image above copyright of louise/loveprintstudio)


Buying...
more books!

Feasted on...
this chicken with tomato and basil cream sauce
this lime coriander chicken with mixed rice and black beans
this cheesy tomato and sausage pasta

Listened to...
James Morrison - Seal -  Jamie Lawson - Paul Heaton - Karise Eden

Loving...
these little beauties
sequins!
these colours

Wanting...
'Aurora' in Anthropologie
this in my life!

Sharing...
this little lovely

Reading...
Nightbird by Alice Hoffman
Welcome to Rosie Hopkins Sweetshop of dreams by Jenny Colgan

Watching...
Whiplash
American Sniper

Inspired by...
the beautiful artwork of Lara Hawthorne

Following...
this pinterest account
this instagram user

Laughing at...
this...yes yes yes!

So, that was a round up of my month,
how was yours?


x x x
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