As it’s Valentine’s Day today, I thought I’d spread some love and make some love hearts for designers. Enjoy!
(If you can think of any more design/type-related things I should add, I am definitely up for expanding the collection!)
Today’s Gift Guide features some amazing products from Cheerfully Given, an online marketplace for creative Christian gifts from UK designers and makers. I’m thrilled to be one of the sellers on the site and love being a part of a wider community of Christian designers. If you’ve got Christian friends or family and want to give them something extra special this Christmas, this blog post is for you! (Also make sure you check out the rest of the site because I don’t have space for all of the wonderful treasures you can find on there!)
1. A3 Fruits of the Spirit screen print by Hannah Hunter-Kelm
I’m a big fan of anything screen printed and this A3 print looks fantastic – I love the texture of the stamped oranges, lemons and limes.
2. Skandi Notecard Set by Morning By Morning Illustrations
This set of 10 notecards with geometric designs are perfect for sending to friends or giving as a gift – I love the colour scheme.
3. It Is Well Enamel Pin by Franchette Atelier
This pin is soooo beautiful and features a line from one of my favourite hymns – “It is well with my soul”. The lettering is exquisite and would be a very lovely addition to my pin collection.
4. Personalised Anchor Necklace by Katy Day Designs
This dainty necklace made from solid sterling silver features a tiny anchor and initial tag and would be the perfect gift for someone special. It’s inspired by a verse in the Bible from Hebrews 6:19 which says ‘You have this hope as an anchor for your soul’.
5. 2018 calendar by Ali Marriott
This calendar has the cutest colour scheme and features an encouraging Bible verse each month set in lovely typography. Perfect for hanging in the kitchen on your office.
6. Be Firm and Steadfast Postcard by Christian Lettering Company
This postcard is so pretty, I love the combination of type, illustration and the colour scheme.
Hope you’re feeling inspired to buy some unique Christmas presents, happy shopping! 🙂
If you’ve seen my blog or Instagram before, I’m sure you’ll know that I’m a big fan of all things Southsea. One of my favourite things about living here is the number of local, independent, small businesses, and I love being able to support them by shopping with them and shouting about their lovely stuff!
This Christmas I’m aiming to shop local and shop independent for gifts – not only is it great to support small businesses but you can find some beautiful and unique gifts that you know you won’t find anywhere else! Today I thought I’d share some of my favourite gift ideas from some wonderful Southsea-based small businesses – it was so hard to narrow it down to a short(ish) list! 🙂
1. Sunshine candle by Angela Chick
We all love a good candle and this one looks very good. It’s hand-poured with natural soy wax and the smell sounds like it’ll transport you directly to lazy summer evenings on the beach.
2. Mini monstera necklace by Mica Peet
Mica Peet has a seriously cool range of jewellery – mainly inspired by plants and pink. This mini monstera necklace just looks so cute and I’m particularly in love with the green one! (Hint hint!)
3. Glazed ceramic pot by Rose Clover
Rose Clover is a talented local florist and she’s just opened up a new shop on Albert Road which is definitely worth checking out. These glazed ceramic pots complete with cactus would be a very welcome addition to the plant collection.
4. Fabric heart banner by Gingerthread House
Kate from Gingerthread House designs the coolest products, I love her quirky and funny illustrations and the way she uses colour. This fabric heart banner would look great on my wall!
5. Floral mini spa gift set by Southsea Bathing Hut
I have quite dry and sensitive skin so any products which only use natural ingredients are a winner for me. Southsea Bathing Hut have a wide range of soaps and skincare that are all natural and vegan and best of all, are inspired by life near the sea. This mini spa gift set includes a great selection of some of their best products.
I’m well aware that this list is by no means exhaustive so if you know of other Southsea-based small businesses that you love and want to support this Christmas, please let me know and I’d love to discover more!
One of my favourite things about living in Portsmouth (apart from the beach!) is the wealth of local creative talent, and yesterday I was lucky enough to be able to pop along to the opening night of a photography exhibition by two of my favourite Portsmouth photographers, Charlotte de Quatrebarbes and Michael Mackenzie. I met both Charlotte and Michael about a year ago on some of the Strong Island photo walkshops and enjoy seeing the creative photographs they take – often conceptual and abstract, and always interesting – which definitely appeals to me as a designer!
The exhibition, titled Pieces of Portsmouth, features 20 photos taken by Charlotte & Michael around Portsmouth. Both of them are incredibly talented at finding beauty in shadows, reflections, textures and hidden details and I loved every single one of the photos they selected for the exhibition. Running from 5-14th October at The Teatray in Southsea, the exhibition is well worth visiting if you are a fan of all things Portsmouth and I will definitely be popping back for another look before it finishes.
All of the photos in the exhibition are available to buy in a limited, signed edition of 20 original prints, and all of the proceeds will be donated to the Life House, which is a local charity aiming to help homeless people in Portsmouth.
If you’re not already, make sure you’re following Charlotte and Michael on Instagram and if you have time to pop in to The Teatray to see their exhibition before 14 October, I would highly recommend it! 🙂