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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas


I have just added a couple of Christmas cards to the shop.  I wasn't going to do xmas cards because they (obviously) has such a short selling period, but my husband asked me to design some to send out to his clients/suppliers etc so I whipped these up!  The front says "Happy Holidays" so as to be politically correct and the inside is blank so you can write whatever you like! Get them over here. Chop chop!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Crafty Fox This Saturday

Hey Londoners!  I'm going to be at the Crafty Fox Market at Brixton's Dogstar Pub THIS SATURDAY, December 10th.  Come and say hello and stock up on xmas gifts!  The market runs all weekend but I'll only be there on Saturday, so that's a good day to pop in!

There's a Facebook event here for the market with some details on how to find it etc.

Fingers crossed I'm going to have some new brooches available on the day.  They are being made right now, I'm really hoping they'll be ready by Saturday!


Bamboo Fruit




This week I bought a Wacom Bamboo pen to use with my iPad.  These are my first play with it, just some random sketching in the Wacom app.  It's quite nice to use, takes a little getting used to, but it's much easier to draw with than yr finger!  I like it.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Collections


Finally, I have all four designs in my 'Collections' set of greeting cards in stock!  Check them out in my store!  You can buy a whole set together, or each one individually, here you'll find the cameras, watches, mugs and snow domes.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Butch Walker

Somewhat off topic.. I wanted to share with you some photos.  I took these shots of Butch Walker when he was in London back in July.  Not only is Butch's music great, but what a nice guy!  Of all the bands I have shot over the years, he has got to be the most relaxed and at ease in front of the lens.  He knew how to pose, he knew when to stop yapping so I could get the shot.  The wheels on my ol' band photo bike were a little rusty so I was a bit apprehensive about shooting someone so, well, important?  But he put me at ease with his manor and I managed to get some shots that I am absolutely chuffed with.







Speaking of photography... I am lusting after this camera so bad.  I can't stop thinking about it.  I'd never heard of it until I saw it in the incredible B&H Photo in New York over summer.  I held it in my hands and it felt like a real camera.  It feels so old school that when I hold it, my thumb is looking for the film winding lever!  

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

New Prints!

Ahoyhoy!  I decided to do some prints of my collections series while I decide if to make them in to greeting cards... they are in the shop!  These prints are A4 size but I can do them in A3 so if you fancy one of those, get in touch!










First of all, thank you to everyone for all the lovely comments and messages on my last post, it's very kind of you!

Today I thought I'd share with you one of my favourite views in New York.  This is take from the High Line Park, looking north up 10th Avenue.

The park is built on an old elevated railway line and it gives you a neat perspective of the city the you can't get anywhere else.  This section crosses over 10th Ave so you can stand and watch the traffic appear from underneath you.  It's pretty cool.  The park is a great space that has been developed and landscaped in a really modern yet tasteful way.  It's a must if you are in NYC.

Last time we were in New York, that billboard on the left had some horrible slogan plastered on it advertising a car park!  This time I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was covered in a beautiful black and white landscape photo of some snowey mountains, with no branding at all!  It improved this photo 10 fold!

Monday, October 31, 2011

What I wore...


So... the week before last, we made a spur of the moment decision to pop to New York and get married.  We decided on Tuesday, flew out on Friday, registered on Monday and were married on Tuesday! 

We were sort of planning to get married, but hadn't set anything solid, so I had bought an outfit to wear but that was it.  Husband had to buy a shirt, suit pants and of course we had to find the rings!  Our hotel was right by Macy's so we sorted his outfit the day after we arrived.  Then I bought some white converse, I wanted something I could wear again, and I never do heals, so a crisp white pair of Chuck Taylors seemed like the way to go.  Last it was the rings.  We thought for kicks we'd see what they had at Tiffany's, when in Rome right?  We wanted silver or white gold rings as we both have an aversion gold jewellery, but apparently Tiffany's don't do either!  After that we were led on a bit of a wild goose chase around the city, one shop telling us to go to another, each recommending another that was a cab ride away!  We ended up in Greenwich Village, basically a world away from Tiffany's in the diamond district.  We were told the stores down there might have something a bit more "alternative". Apparently a plain silver band is "alternative".  We asked at a few shops in the village and were met with mostly blank stares and a few people told us to try the diamond district!!  Feeling despondent we were walking down Bleeker Street scratching our heads and wondering what to do when we came across a street market.  One of the four stalls in the market had rings! Lots of bad rings with dolphins and nike logos, but there shone a small selection of plain silver bands!  Eureka! (sorry, bad, tenuous pun).  There were maybe six of these bands, and they had the perfect size for each of us!  So the biggest ordeal of the whole experience was trying to find the rings, and even that was only about two hours!  After that we bought some sleigh bells from the next stall down.

The ceremony was at the City Clerk's Office and it was perfectly nonchalant.  We had my husband's(!) mum and a close friend of ours who lives in New York there and the ceremony lasted about two minutes!  We didn't even realise the clerk had started the ceremony at first!  We only told our immediate family that we were going to do it so it was a big surprise to everyone.  Neither of us are into lots of pomp and ceremony and hate being the centre of attention (there's a reason both of us were/are the keyboard players in our respective bands!) so it was just perfect for us.  After the deed was done we had a lovely brunch at a place called Imperial Number Nine, then went back to our hotel to change, then went to the top of the Empire State Building!  I feel so lucky that we were able to be married in my favourite city in the world!  It was such a lovely and perfect day, I wouldn't have changed a thing!  We flew home the day after and are now back in London and very happy to be married! 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Mugs are in!

Exciting news!  My mug cards weren't supposed to arrive until tomorrow but they've arrived today!  Hooray!  I really love this card, I hope you do to.  Pop over and grab one if you are so inclined!



Monday, October 10, 2011

Computer Arts Projects


Just popping in to let you know that there is a little interview with me in the current issue of Computer Arts Projects magazine, issue 155.  It's a UK mag and it's in shops right now, I think it will reach europe and the states in the next month or so.

In the interview I talk a little about selling on Etsy.  I was chuffed when I was asked to be in Computer Arts Projects because it's a great magazine I often read!  This issue is filled with advice for artists wanting to start selling their work online!

I also wanted to let you know that my mug cards should hopefully be back from the printers on Wednesday!  I'll let you know when they are up in the shop.  I'm working on a series to go with it, you can see another design I've just finished here.

Oh yeah, have you voted (for me, obviously..ahem) in this week's Spoonflower contest?  Voting ends in a day or so!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Spoonflower Contest






This week I've entered my first competition at Spoonflower!  The theme for the contest this week is root vegetables, just in time for the cooler weather.  I decided to create some cute characters for my entry.  I hope you like them, they make me smile!

If you fancy it, pop on over to Spoonflower to cast your vote.  The way the voting works is that it shows you all the entries in a random order, spread over a few pages (ok quite a few..) to vote (hope fully for my design!) you click on it when you see it on a page.  You then have to page through to the end to submit your vote.  The good thing is that you don't have to register for the site in order to vote.

If you like my design I'd really love it if you could take a few minutes to vote for me.

If you want to have a look at the design in various sizes you can view it's individual page here.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

It's a bit muggy...


I've been working on some new card designs.  What do you think of this one?  I'm thinking of having a batch of them printed soon.  Would love to hear your thoughts!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

New York by Instagram

My name is Amy Walters and I am an Instagram addict.  Here's some pics from our New York trip taken on my phone (in flight mode to avoid horrendous roaming fees!)...








Saturday, September 10, 2011

New York

Eyup.. I'm back from my travels (again)... I have so many sweet continental photos to show you.  But in the interest of chronology I thought I should first show you a few photos from our trip to New York a couple of months ago.  Man it was so hot.  40 + half the time we were there.  I feel hot just looking at these photos.  See how there's basically no one around in the photos?  That's because THEY MELTED.













Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sushi!

Ehhh, long time no blog... you know how it is..ahem!

So my mum is in town, all the way from Australia.  Yesterday I had a small victory by getting her to try sushi!  She's not one for trying food that she doesn't know, and she was, like probably a lot of people, under the impression that sushi means raw fish.  My victory was made all the sweeter by the fact that she actually liked it, and asked to go again!!! Win!!  It was a bit of a chicken extravaganza for her but I stuck to my usual veggie favourites.

We're off to Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Paris for a week from Thursday, so I'll be closing my shop tomorrow.  If you need anything, get in there now!

Also don't forget I have a bunch of fabric designs for sale over at Spoonflower if you are sewing machine inclined!

If anyone knows any great art supply shops to visit in Paris or Amsterdam, please let me know!  I'm interested in what pens lie beyond these shores.

See you after my continental adventure!


Friday, August 5, 2011

Fabric!

I received the swatches for my new fabric the morning we left for New York, I'm so happy I finally have the chance to show them to you!  If you go to my profile on Spoonflower you can see (and buy, obviously..cough cough) all 10 designs.  I hope you like them.  I think they will make great library bags (do kids still have those?) smocks, pencil cases for the little ones.  I'm sure you guys can think of some other great projects to use the fabric for.  If you do buy some be sure to show me know pics of what you use it for!









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