Today I am sharing my Handmade December favourites, which include some items I just can’t get enough of. Enjoy!
I’ve been a Macrame Bicycle Bracelet making machine. And it’s been so great to see them sell so quickly for the You Can Bike Too fundraising campaign. I love the new colours too.
For UK readers, there is still time to order one of these for Christmas delivery. Last posting date is 20 December.
Christmas party outfits – I am trying to limit the amount of Christmas parties I go to (migraines are a nuisance like that), but I am definitely going to be wearing my handmade fascinator this year. We made these on my birthday day out at Drink Shop Do.
I cannot tell you how much I adore Mustard Coloured Yarnat the moment. These balls from Tiger are just £1 each for super soft acrylic. I might have to make some mitts out of this, but do comment if you have any better ideas!
I’m feeling much love for Handmade Subscription Boxesthis month. The Goodie Goodness box is such a winner for lovers of handmade and the clay Christmas decoration in the December box is just gorgeous.
I am scouring my Christmas boxes and Pinterest for Christmas Wrapping Ideasthis year. I like to change it up each year and use yarn and brown paper and of course something glittery! This year, I am loving these wooden Christmas tree pegs from Tiger, not technically handmade, but they will be paired with stamped wrapping paper and crochet yarn chains for twine.
I bloomin’ love scentedcandles. I just can’t get enough of them. As a pet owner, I’m super paranoid about the house smelling of cat (my friends tell me it doesn’t, but I am always cautious), so scented candles are a must.
At the recent From Cambridge With Love market, I picked up these scented candles from Harpers Bizzare that smell like baked goods. They are made with all natural ingredients (soy wax) and are vegan too.
G has nabbed the Bakewell Tart one for his man cave!
Resourceful Restoration – these salt and pepper mills are hand painted by Stuart who runs his furniture restoration business of the same name. I spotted them on his Facebook page as he was packing up for a fair and snapped them up before he could sell them! Please check out Stuart’s website for retro and vintage furniture inspiration.
Glittery Christmas Decorations have taken over my house this year. The Christmas tree is adorned with glittery red bows and ornaments. I expect the cat will be glittery by Christmas eve as she loves to get involved with all the decorations!
Can you spot the mini toadstool ornaments on the tree too? I will be sharing more of my Christmas decor on Wednesday.
What are you loving this month? Please share in the comments below!
Morning all! Today I am sharing very exciting interview with an amazing creative duo as part of my Creative Inspirations series. Vivid are an arty duo living and creating in Edinburgh, Scotland, with a passion for eco-friendly and quirky gifts. They write a stellar craft blog and stock illustrated stationery, prints, bags and accessories in their fabulous Etsy store. One of my favourites for sure! I’ll hand over to Vicky now…..
Tell us a little about yourselves and Vivid Please! How did it all begin?
We are Vicky and David, the creative duo behind Vivid Please, and we’re so excited to be hanging out with you today! Well, we first met whilst working at an advertising agency. We’re both quite little people and are pretty quirky so naturally we were drawn to each other! We found we had a lot in common; we liked creating and designing and made a lot of our own stuff outside of working hours and eventually we decided to take it to the next level and started to make stuff together. It started small with cool things we’d thought up and wanted that we couldn’t seem to find in the shops and it grew from there. We found our little projects were getting a lot of attention and decided to grow our hobby into our business. It’s been a lot of hard work, but it’s a total dream!
Working as a duo must be fun?! What roles do each of you play and what’s your favourite thing about working this way?
Working as a duo is the best thing ever! We have the same sense of humour and can finish each others sentences, so it works out phenomenally when we’re working on something creative and one of us gets stuck! Having said that we do have our own roles that naturally work to each of our strengths. I (Vicky) am the one who illustrates, works on the blog posts and does a lot of the photography side of things, whereas David is the brains of the operation! Haha 😉 He does all the hard work, like designing our beautiful blog and packaging and a lot of the admin side of things. He loves a good spreadsheet!
Do you have a dedicated work space or studio?
We’re currently in a bit of a state of flux on the studio at the moment. Vivid HQ is getting a little too large for the current situation so we’re going to get a little studio space soon 🙂 Nothing lavish, just somewhere to type in peace!
Because I’m a bit nosey, I love learning about people’s creative processes. How do you begin to work on new design concepts? Are you inspired by anything in particular?
Ooh! Tough question! This is the kind I love to read and hate to answer hee hee 🙂 For us, a lot of our work is based on our ridiculous sense of humor, so a lot of products derive from going out and living our lives (often in the pub!) We find it impossible to come up with something if we’re drawing a blank so there will be periods we take a break and do something else. I love looking though cookery, arts and craft books for inspiration and we both love to wander the supermarkets and check out the branding. Simple things like typefaces and colour combinations can be really inspirational if you look at it in a different light (namely not when hungry!)
When lightning strikes it will start out as a quick scribble in one of our notebooks and we take it from there. Knowing our strengths is really helpful because I’ll often think of something I can’t make, but I know David can. As we have similar tastes in graphic design, he can translate my jargon thoughts into something beautiful!
I’m a big fan of your art print cards and engraved pencils – what are your best sellers?
Aww! Thanks Claire 😀 Our little pug is everyones bestie! He’s such a little charmer that at fairs everyone wants to take him home. Our spectacular glasses cards would be a close second with our I Love You A Latte in at 3rd. They’re a lot of fun to sell at markets because people are really expressive when they look through the collection. It’s so great when they laugh out loud – we know we made it happen! As for our pencils, it’s gotta be our set that includes our “Feeling Notey”, “Yeah, Write” and “Words Are For Nerds” pencils that get the best reaction, but our new “Awesome” and “OMG” ones have been going down a real treat too! During Valentines our “Wood You Be Mine” ones get really popular too. It’s incredible how many pencil puns there are 😀
Is there anything exciting ahead for Vivid Please? Can you share any secret plans for the future?
We’ve been keeping it a bit of a secret, but we’ve just been the first artist box for an awesome new crafty subscription service called Goodie Goodness. They’ve just launched this month and there has been a lot of excitement and wonderful feedback from it already. People have been blogging our products like crazy and someone even put the opening of the box on Youtube – hands down the best video we watched all year! We’re hoping to be doing more fun and creative stuff like that soon. In this business anything is possible and it’s always and adventure!
And lastly, a silly question…if you could be super heroes for the day, what powers would you have and why?!!
Best. Question. Ever.
I think my powers would be the ability to time travel. I’ve always thought I was born in the wrong era (I love the 50’s) so I would love to go back, nab me some awesome dresses and bring them to my current lifetime!
David on the other hand says he always feels he needs to be in more than one place at once. A duplicate Davey to work his day job and one to help me with the fun stuff at Vivid HQ would be ideal!