Sunday, 29 July 2012

Guest post?

Hello everyone,
What a busy time it has been lately, I am loving the proper arrival of British summer though. The sun is shining and it makes me happy!
So I was wondering if any other designers/artists wanted to guest post on my blog? I have heard it's a great way to get your name out there and a good way to get more followers. What do you think? Worth a go? Anyone done it before and can offer any tips?

Tuesday, 24 July 2012


Everything is going a little bit Olympic crazy over here at the moment. With only 3 days to go the tempo is really building for the opening ceremony and the two weeks of sport. I have tickets to the hockey and cannot wait!

I have just spotted this on Design Week and really like it, time for a download maybe?

'Sure to come in handy this summer as spectators struggle to get to grips with rhythmic gymnastics, the modern pentathlon and other Olympic delights, clever app Curly’s Guide to Sports provides a simple explanation of the rules of 74 different sports.'

Monday, 23 July 2012

Happy Monday Bloggers!
Hope the sun was shining with you too this weekend. I had a very relaxing weekend in the park listening to a brass band and reading my book, it was very peaceful.

Dunelm Mill are selling some of my Vintage Map and Keep Calm designs - you have seen a lot of the Keep Calm stuff but I thought I'd show you my new pen designs and the very first rage I did at my current job.

Friday, 20 July 2012

New fabric swatches

Some new Spoonflower test swatches arrived today, and here they are! This hurried photo taken this morning before I dashed to work doesn't do them justice really do here are the digital designs too. I like the squid.

So today marks the half way point of working my notice. In two weeks I shall officially be a full time freelancer! I am very excited! I have so many exciting plans for designJessica and this blog and I can't wait to get the ball rolling...probably starting with some proper fabric collections with proper colourways and design direction. Keep your eyes peeled for some updates :D

Monday, 16 July 2012

RAF Officers Summer Ball

I love my life! Check out me and my gorgeous friends at the RAF Brize Norton Summer Ball. It was Alice in Wonderland themed and we were spoilt rotten! There was a mad hatters tea party, waltzers, circus dancers, a big top, champagne and lots of lovely boys in uniform. What a fantastic way to celebrate my new career choice! Huge thanks to Miss H for taking the photos, thank you ladies for a fab night and extra brownie points to E :)

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Commissioned Bespoke Design

Hello bloggers,
hope you're having a wonderful weekend. I am currently sat about to have a lovely Sunday lunch and blogging.

I was recently commissioned by a friend to design a one off piece for a little girls first birthday and this is what I did. It was really enjoyable and a possible new avenue for my new design career.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

BIG news

I never really realise how lucky I am until something big happens.

Yesterday I handed in my notice - as from the 10th August I will be a full time freelancer! I am so excited!!! I have so many ideas and so many plans, it's an exciting time for designJessica! It's also a tiny but scary. I never realised how giving up a stable salary might worry me so much...the cure? Probably the best friends in the world and the most supportive boyfriend you could ever wish to have. So I'd like to say a huge thank you to them and especially to E for being acerer!

And so it begins, I am a freelancer

To be continued...

Sunday, 8 July 2012


Hope you have all had a fantastic weekend and that you weren't too affected by the awful floods that have hit the UK recently.

I unfortunately had to dash down to Torquay on Saturday to visit my sick mum and the flooding was horrendous! The view from the train was pretty bad and we were rerouted quite a few times to get through. It was a bit eventful but happily mum is a bit better and appreciated our efforts. Our poor front room roof wasn't too happy with the rain either. We spent most of Wednesday night putting buckets under leaks! I'm hoping that all bad things do come in threes and that this week will be much better. I hope you are all ok.

In other news something exciting will be happening tomorrow with designJessica, I will update you as soon as I can. Hope you all had great weekend and are enjoying the last few hours of freedom.

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Very Hungry Caterpillar

Look! My Eric Carle Very Hungry Caterpillar collapsible storage box is now available for you to buy at The Works.
Playpennies have also blogged about it - I think they came out quite well (don't think she was that impressed with the Keep Calm one though!)

Monday, 2 July 2012

My new studio space!

Hello lovely bloggers,
Well I finally joined the 21st century and got myself one of those new fangled iPhones that everyone is raving about and oh my goodness haven't I succumb to the stereotype! I have been synching, tweeting, instgraming and now blogging from my shiny new phone! I am pretty sure that Apple will be living off the revenue from my purchases for an awfully long time.

To match up with new organised self I also blitzed the spare room and have set myself up with a new desk space from where I can work on lovely new designs - or maybe just instagram everything! Anyone else find it a bit soulless but completely addictive? I do!