Friday, 30 July 2010

Pocket Money Picks 30/July

How are you friends? I had a lovely day today as I was invited to my first picnic of the summer - thanks Kara!

This wasn't the perfect, pretty type of picnic you might find photographed on a beautiful blog somewhere but a real picnic with crumbs, grass covered blankets and tea in a thermos...not a champagne flute in sight but it was perfect and it was fun. Just the way I like it.

Lets round things up for the week with today's Pocket Money Picks and get the weekend started shall we?

Here you go lovelies, enjoy the weekend...

1. Wolf King Card $4 - Hillary Bird

2. Scrap Pack $6 - Briones + Co.

3. Thick Black Paper Yarn 12 Yards $5 - PaperPhine

image source: 1, 2, 3

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Michelle Mason's London Tea Towels

I'd made a note to tell you about some sweet tumblers designed by Michelle Mason for The London Transport Museum but then I found these tea towels on her website which I love even more!

I think Michelle's bold and colourful illustrative style captures London perfectly and most importantly her work really makes me smile.

Michelle Mason has illustrated several other iconic London scenes for her line of cushions which I would love to see printed up as tea towels too. They show the Tower of London, The 'Gherkin', Piccadilly Circus and my favorite, the Columbia Road Flower Market.

Michelle's designs are all made here in England which I think is fantastic and im sure they would make the perfect souvenir or holiday gift if you would like to take a little bit of London home with you. If you are visiting London this year look out for her pieces at these museums and boutiques


On another note...

I am so pleased with the response I've receieved after posting my reader survey on Monday so a big thank you to you if you're one of the wonderful people that took part! If you haven't completed the reader survey yet and would like to you can do so right here.

It has been fascinating reading through all your responses and the feedback had been even more useful than I expected. I think it will really help me focus and make the blog even better going forward so thanks again :)


See you on Friday for Pocket Money Picks :)

image source: michelle mason

Monday, 26 July 2010

Reader Survey

Pretty please will you help me out with a little something today?

As you know, I have been working on improving the blog these past few weeks and I want to know your thoughts on a few things because obviously my blog would be nothing without you!

I have put together a quick questionnaire to help me find out a little more about you and what you would like to see here so if you have a few minutes to answer just 10 simple questions please click to take part and start the survey. Thank you in advance for your time! 


Friday, 23 July 2010

Pocket Money Picks 23/July

I'm so relieved that the weekend is here, I just feel like totally switching off for a few days to recharge! How about you? Do you have anything nice planned, perhaps some craft projects to work on?

If you feel like treating yourself to a little something I have three new Pocket Money Picks for you right here...

1. Hankie $10 - Down Home Amy

2. Lovebirds Letterpress Flat Notes $8 - Parrott Design Studio

3. Vintage Post Card Gift Tags $8 - Benign Objects 

Enjoy the rest of the day lovelies and I will see you back here Monday x

Image Source: 1, 2, 3

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Modern Pop Prints

I came across Modern Pop this morning and wanted to share Ryan Beshara's wonderfully chic prints for children with you here too!

Ryan Beshara has some great art for boys like the American Racing Drivers Club print below but she also has so many lovely gender neutral prints that would look beautiful in any child's nursery. I really love the colours Ryan works with she has the sweetest colour palettes so be sure to have a look for yourself!

Although Ryan's prints are mostly aimed at children (and parents!) I simply adore Alphabet Soup which I think would look beautiful in a home office, library or studio, don't you think?

Have a lovely day friends...

See more of Modern Pop here... website, etsy, blog, twitter you see that little strip of tape up there? Well I downloaded it from Creature Comforts and so can you, right here

image source modern pop

Monday, 19 July 2010

Inspirational Workspaces

Hello lovelies did you all enjoy the weekend?

I have been busy pinning and re-pinning all sorts of wonderful things on Pinterest over the last few weeks and it has revealed something to me...I have a growing obsession with studio and office spaces. This is probably because I have neither so I live vicariously through the lucky people that get to create in these amazing work spaces!

Here is a collection of my favourites...


psst...the background I used in this layout is a free download from Meredith Fenwick and the tape strips are from Pugly Pixel ;) 

image source:pins 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 via pinterest work space board

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Pocket Money Picks 17/July

I know, I know this should have been posted yesterday so I wont chit chat i'll just give you the picks you've patiently been waiting for!

1. Tiny Stained Clothes Pins $7 - Olive Manna

2. Helen Dardik Mod Kitchen Fat Quarter £2.95 - Fabric Rehab

3. Book Plates PDF (includes 8 designs) $5 - Happy Doodle Land

I hope you all enjoy the rest of the your weekend, come and tell me all about it in the comments section. I love hearing from you :)

image source: 1, 2, 3

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Sol Linero

I first came across Sol Linero's work a few months ago when Grace posted about The Working Proof on Design Sponge. I was so excited by her 'Dreaming About Shoes, Poncho and Lupita' print that I had to see more. 

I think its Sol's bold use of colour that first attracts me to her work as she mixes so many of my favorites like orange, bright turquoise blue, muddy yellow greens and the most vibrant candy pinks, wonderful! 

Finding more of her work on Flickr I was led to her website which is what I really wanted to tell you all about today because it is just so fantastic.

Sol describes as being simple, cute and fun but I definitely have to add inspiring to that list. 

Sol's webpage inspires me in so many ways. Not only does her site give me creative inspiration but it reminds me to keep things fun and functional, to think outside the box and above all experiment with colour. I think the light flicking on to illuminate the 'about me' blurb is genius :)

I'm sure you will really enjoy Sol Linero's work and her website so be sure to check it out for yourself. I should also tell you that you can shop at the Sol Linero Etsy Store if you would like a little piece of Sol Linero art for your home.

Speak to you soon friends.  

-pssst...i couldnt talk about Sol Linero without mentioning Poncho her gorgeous pooch and Lupita the adopted Kitty who stars in many of her prints aren't they the sweetest!

image source:, the working proof

Monday, 12 July 2010

Elle Decoration Illustrator Jenny Bowers

Jenny Bowers work is fantastic! I'm really happy to share some of Jenny's illustrations with you today because I think it's just what we need on a Monday. 

I discovered her wonderfully bold illustrations in Elle Decoration(uk) and really admire her vibrant colourful style. The simple shapes, lines and bright colours make for some really fun illustrations, dont you think?

These images are taken from the March and June issues of Elle Decoration and you can see more of Jenny Bowers work here.

Have a lovely day friends!

image source: photographs taken by me of the March(2/3) and June(1) issues of Elle Decoration(UK)

Friday, 9 July 2010

Pocket Money Picks 09/July

Happy Friday everyone, how are you all? This week has been good to me, two deliveries from the fabric store and one more on the way! I feel like it's been a productive week and I've got that real buzz you get when you start a new project. I cant wait to share more with you.

As it is the end of the week I've rounded up three more Pocket Money Picks which I hope you like. Aren't these cards sweet?

1. I Missed You Too Much... Bear Card $3.50 - Studio Llama Llama

2. Maple Girl, Unicycle Girl & Owlie Card Set $8.50 - Sam Wedelich

3. Thank You Flower Card $4 - Monkey Mind Design

I hope you have a fantastic weekend, do you have plans? I am going to do some more work on this project so hopefully I will be able to give you another peek at what I'm up to next week.

See you Monday lovelies!

image source: 1, 2, 3

Thursday, 8 July 2010

My Workspace

Yesterday I really felt the need to get away from the computer and do something crafty so last night I started drafting some new patterns for a project I have in the pipeline.

I thought you might like a little glimse at what im working on so heres how my messy workspace looks today!

The next step! Im off now to find some co-ordinating fabrics and stock up on more linen now the first pattern is out the way :)

Do you have any projects on the go? I'd love to hear whats going on in your craft space this week. 

See you tomorrow for Pocket Money Picks!   

image source: make, do & send

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Flora Douville Prints on Sale!

We are half way through the week, whoo hoo! On the one hand it's lovely looking forward to the weekend but I often feel a bit panicked when I get to Wednesday as I usually still have lots to get done before the week is up!

I love Flora Douville's illustrative style, it takes me back to thinking of all the wonderful picture books I loved as a child. Browsing the Flora Douville big cartel store just now I realised she has a sale on (including the above print) and thought I must share the news with you.

Doesn't this bear just make you smile? I think he has a very jolly, friendly expression which makes me happy :)

Cherry-ho friends... 

image source: flora douville

Monday, 5 July 2010

A little blog with some big ideas...

Ta da! Make, Do & Send has a new look, what do you think?

I have several secret projects on the go relating to the blog and this redesign was top of the to-do list. I am coming up for my one year blog anniversary so it seemed a good time to reassess things round here and have a bit of a spring clean. I wanted to give the blog a clean more grown up feel that was easy to navigate which I hope I have achieved here. I really do hope you like it :)

There are a few more updates to the blog which I will introduce over the next few months but one new feature that I have added is the Guest Book.  A few people have admitted to secretly lurking on Make, Do & Send reading all the posts but never commenting. This is fine as we all dart around blog land and don't always have time to post comments but if you don't comment I cant find your wonderful blogs and follow you back. The Guest Book is therefore a place for you to drop by just once and introduce yourself. Hopefully it will turn into a great resource full of links to all your fabulous blogs for me and everyone else to enjoy. Chances are if you like Make, Do & Send me and my readers will like your blog too so stop by and let us know a little about you and your blog :)

I have been thinking alot about where the blog is headed and how I can improve things for you, my lovely, lovely readers so if you have any feedback for me regarding the blog I'd love to hear from you so why not leave a comment or drop me an email?  

Have a great day friends x

I couldn't make it all about me today so here is a lovely craft inspired illustration by Alyssa Nassner that I found on Twig & Thistle. I'd love to have this hanging next to my sewing machine and Im sure you would too. Its just perfect isnt it.

image source: twig & thistle via adriana bellet/pinterest 

Friday, 2 July 2010

Pocket Money Picks 2/July

Happy Friday all. The weekend is here and so are the Pocket Money Picks...yippee!

1. Fill in Moving Announcements $8.50 - Perideau Designs

2. Scattered Hearts Folded Card Set $10 - Everything Little Miss

3. Autumn Leaves Accessories Pouch $8 - Small Square Design


I will have a little surprise for you all Monday so I will see you back here then. Take care lovelies! :)

image source: 1, 2, 3