Friday, June 19, 2015

Hello Cricket!

A few months before Clyde was born another litter of stray cats arrived at the office and there was one that looked just like Bubsy.  Gareth managed to tame her and although we had just shifted house and had a baby we decided we needed her in our lives. Before Bubsy Gareth wasn't really a cat person, he had allergies and thought they were a bit standoffish. Since we adopted Bubsy he has become crazy about cats. Maybe even more than me if that was possible. So even though we knew it might not have been the best timing we had to keep her as he would have been heartbroken when something would inevitably happen to her on the mean streets of Brunswick.

Her name is Cricket and she looks very similar to Bubsy but with a bit more grey. They are getting to know one another and it seems like they are getting friendlier, but there is still a fair bit of play fighting, possibly even real fighting going on. They can sleep near each other without too much trouble, so we are taking this as a good sign!

 Adopting a stray cat isn't easy, they are not so adept at going to the toilet, but we figured we were more prepared after dealing and learning from Bubs. Although I think we have hit our kitty limit with two, so my dreams of becoming a Wacky Feline Woman with 11 will have to wait! You can follow Bubsy and Cricket on Instagram for updates on their antics.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

What Cha Been Up To?

So things have been a wee bit quiet on the home front, because the home is now full of baby! After 9 long months of pregnancy we welcomed our first child into the world at the end of January. His name is Clyde and he is pretty adorable! I think everyone thinks that about their own baby and if they don't we doubt they will tell anyone. Work wise we are now learning what the new normal is, juggling a business with a growing human. We hope he will inspire a whole new range of cards, including a new type of birthday card in which on your birthday you send a card to your Mum to say thanks for going through labour just so you could enter the world.

You can still find us each week at Rose Street Market and we are still updating our Instagram and trying to limit the amount of cat baby photos we put up. Stay tuned for our next post introducing another new member of the family. Yes, we got another cat.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Long Haul Flighing - must have items!

We recently flew over to Scotland and I realised it was my 5th overseas flight in 16 months. Here is a list of my must have items.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Frankie Illustration

If you've picked up a copy of the current issue of Frankie Magazine and made it almost all the way to the end you might have seen my illustration for the feature on what is on your bedside table. When I read the brief I did a big old happy face because I knew it meant I could draw two of my favourite things, my teddy bear Pinky and our cat Bubsy.

When I was about 8 I had a made up gang called the Freezer Beezer gang. It was a little strange as it included myself and the Pinky, along with one of our dogs, one of our cats and my horse. I had this weird thought obsession that one day the gang would only include Pinky and myself, but somehow inclusion into this gang would prolong the lives of the pets included. 8 year old girls, always thinking of death!

As you can see the picture is pretty true to life, Bubsy does love to ransack my bedside table, they are real scratches on the front and that weird green thing is the ugliest drink bottle I've ever owned. The lamp is part of a matching set by Tamara from Retro Print Revival and I think the based might have been a hand made job by my grandad that I stole from home a number of years ago.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Life InStyle wrap

We just finished up our annual trade show Life Instyle on Sunday here in Melbourne. It is the 6th time we have exhibited in Melbourne and it feels like we have come a long way from our little First Instyle stand back in 2009. For those who don't know, Life Instyle is a trade based event where people can showcase their products and shop come along and place orders. So if you have a shop you buy our cards from, there's a strong chance we chat to them at the show.

For this show I wanted to do something a little different, but sadly stand design isn't my strong point. While I can come up with good ideas, actually making them happen is another story. A few years ago I got my Dad to make some A frame stands that were good, but could only hold one card. While I didn't think this would be an issue, if you had a few people in the stand looking at the cards while at the same time someone was placing an order by taking cards off the shelf, it didn't really work. So this time we went back to the Ikea Ribba shelves we used way back in 2010 and had been gathering dust under out bed. They could hold a few cards so it made things much easier.

The sink was aquired by another request to Dad (living on a farm there is always loads of sinks??) but both Gareth and I had worries that it might not work, but I had a vision in my head and often when that happens there isn't much to stop it happening. Whether it happens well is a totally different story. We built a wooden stand to sit behind the sink, sourced the taps a few days later (a friend had some, they were perfect) and the landscape image was a printout from Officeworks with the view looking out from my house back on the farm. I sewed up the bottom sink skirt and the curtains were a last minute a-ha moment I put together during bump in.

The bricks sadly are not real, I printed them out and then went on an date with some double sided tape. Tip: Always buy more double sided tape than you need and don't calculate how much you need while walking to get lunch.

When I was putting the photos into my folder I spotted my planning drawing and had a giggle at the side by side so I thought I would share that. It's almost identical!

Now we just have Top Drawer in London next month to plan for!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Magnificent Betty

Some of the images of Sunday night's Mad Men episode popped up on our facebook feed today and we noticed resemblance to one of our cards. When we designed it we did have Betty in mind, but this shot (apart from the ciggy) is pretty spot on.

I think I'll need to reference that jacket with those over sized collars in a future card though, they are just too good. Our Mum the Magnificent card is available on Etsy, for those lucky enough to have a Betty Mum (hopefully without the withholding, emotionally immature ice cold thing she has going on!)

Monday, April 7, 2014

How to save some bucks