Friday, April 22, 2011

Vintage packaging

Love this vintage packaging. Vintage linen thread from Burgandy Brocante. Thanks Fiona, for the tip - not me, my friend Fiona!

More vintage tin treasures

The faded colour palette of this beaten up, vintage kid's cup and pitcher is so charming - I can't get enough of it. I'm quite obsessed with these miniatures - as you can tell - I seem to have featured a few of these recently - but that's what it's all about - passion. From 5 Gardenias.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Vintage flat files

Fantastic vintage flat file for someone this morning. This is a great buy - a really useful piece. Most of these flat files are usually really large and heavy - this one is compact and very useable - any takers?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Look how easy it is to make a repeat pattern with Laura Worthington's Wallflowers font from Myfonts. Easy peasy!


Kidimo gives new life to vintage shop signs - in Paris - I know you are going to love this. What an amazing interior space. These images are via Graphic Exchange.

CraftedSystems works in collaboration with the YWCA Women's Shelter of Portland, Oregon. Homeless women at the shelter are trained and provided employment assembling each piece by hand.100% wool felt rugs - available, for good cause, from here

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Can I help?

I'd like to tell you about a brand extension that I'm launching this week . . .

Every week creative entrepreneurs email me with questions about starting a small business. I love talking about business and I'm flattered that people come to me for advice. I can talk for hours on the phone about design and branding, marketing and social media. I love seeing business happen - especially in the creative world. I firmly believe that when creative people apply themselves to business it can only make for a better world.

So I've decided to start offering consulting services to creative entrepreneurs.

I've been a self employed artist, living with another self employed artist for over 15 years. Along the way I've learned what it takes to turn passion into profit by learning every aspect of the business from the ground up. After a number of years as a freelance designer/illustrator helping build brands for clients I turned the table and developed my own brand, Cartolina, which I'm proud to say sells in some of the most beautiful stores around the world.

I live the life, I walk the walk and I understand how it feels to be responsible for your own small business. If I can help you - I'd love to! Details here.

And the winner is . .

Congratulations to Doug today - his illustration(below) was selected out of 7000 entries to be featured in the American Illustration Annual, 30th anniversary edition. This is a juried annual with stiff competition and I'm very proud of him :-).

This illustration was for Bicycling Magazine.

Xenia Taler

Very sweet and original design from Canadian Xenia Taler. A birdie trivet for your table with cork feet - lovely!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Inspiration - colourful characters

I like these - I find them very inspiring. Sweet, little, chunky figures. The colours are so watery and spring like - I think it's more fun to be inspired by the curious than the obvious.

Salt and pepper shakers from A Vintage Season.

Vintage treasure!

Beautiful vintage engraving from a french dictionary applied to this simple pendant from Sushipot. Love - this - image!

Nice little, vintage inspired, gift tags.

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