Showing posts with label Things I Like. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Things I Like. Show all posts

December 30, 2012

New Year, Another Fresh Start

Hands up if you're all set for 2013? 

Me? Kind of.

Let's recap... at the beginning of 2012 I wrote a similarly titled post about a New Year, Fresh Start. I rambled on about all the new things and adventures that this year would hold and whatnot, and I must say the year did not disappoint. 

I did some freelancing, got to work in new industries, tried making my own rubber stamps (but haven't blogged about it yet as I'm not very good at it and need more practice) as well as lots of other stuff; all in all I had a fun year. 

I must admit, the thing that I've neglected this year has been this blog and the Left & Write shop - tut tut to me. I did have big plans to do more stuff, but you know - stuff happens.

So, what's in store for 2013 for Left & Write?

For starters, the Left & Write shop will be closing [insert sad face here]. 
As sad as I am about doing this, it's for a good reason - I'm moving to Hong Kong. So whilst I'm getting settled there, I need to put the shop on hiatus... for now.

In the meantime, I'll try and keep the blog updated as much as possible and be sure to keep you posted on any stationery adventures I may have in HK.

To commemorate our move to Hong Kong and to remind us of home, I bought these prints from Fade Out Design which we plan on putting up in our new apartment. 

All that's left to say is, Hong Kong here we come, and...


The Peak, Hong Kong (Photo taken by The Husband - Isn't he good!) 
P.S Keep an eye out for the upcoming Left & Write mega-sale. Details to follow. 

March 22, 2012

Draw Something

Hands up if you're addicted to Draw Something?
I am! Both my hands are firmly in the air even though I need to put them down so that I can 'draw something'.

What a simple and genius idea this game is. A digital pictionary you can play with your friends using your iPads and iPhone (or whatever non-apple device you are using).

This game is pushing my drawing skills to the limit. Who knew stick men and women could convey so much.

I've started saving some of my efforts so I can look back and laugh. They are no where near as good as these drawings - or the ones that are appearing on the Draw Something Facebook page.

Clearly I've missed my calling as an illustrator. Right?
Can you guess what my drawings are? Answers below.

From Top - Bottom:
The Simpsons / Golum (Obvs)
Pencil / Google
Beavis / Outkast
Kanye / Tupac

January 05, 2012

New Year, Fresh Start

Firstly, let me say HAPPY NEW YEAR! Hope 2012 has been good to you so far.

Well as you can see I've been a bit quiet on the whole Left &Write front, but that's because I've been making some big (and scary decisions), the main one being quitting my day job to 'live the dream' - or that's the plan anyway.

I decided to leave my job as Online Copywriter for Urban Outfitters and go freelance with the hope of being able to work with other cool brands and other industries that will hopefully make me a better writer and also a better creative. You never know, I may also end up with free time to do a lot more with Left & Write and my other side projects; either way it's all very exciting!

That's why when I saw Ian Coyle's 73 Letterpress project on My Modern Met, they struck a chord. Inspiring, encouraging, and funny; here are a few of my favourites:

One final thing, if you'd like to hire me you can view my online portfolio and get in touch. Maybe we'll get the chance to work together this year. Looking forward to meeting you.

June 21, 2011

Crafty Downloads

I've currently got this 'Toolbox' background by Emma Kelly on my iPhone 4 and I thought a lot of you fellow crafty folk may also like it.

It's like an illustrated version of Things Organised Neatly.

Downloaded from: Poolga Available for: iPhone, iPhone 4 & iPad

November 21, 2010

All I Want To Be...

By: Clifton Burt
Nuff said really.

November 06, 2010

Read All About It

Since I got my Kindle, I have become obsessed with finding the perfect cover for my precious new reading machine.

Nothing that Amazon has had to offer so far has taken my fancy, until I saw these Kate Spade covers on featuring designs of literary classics by the in-house design team at Kate Spade.
Which one to choose?
The Importance of Being Earnest
Great Expectations
The Great Gatsby
Unfortunately they are not available on - Boooooo. However, I think I may have found something on good ol' Etsy.

Vintage Covers takes actual book covers from as far back as the 1920s and turns them into covers for your iPad, Kindle or Sony Reader. The choice is overwhelming, which is why even though I've had my Kindle for about a month, I still haven't been able to pick a cover.

I might just have to eeny meeny miney moe this decision.

June 17, 2010

London Calling

I can't believe I haven't blogged about these prints before, I mean I've only been ogling them for about a year.

Well, last week I finally got round to buying Famille Summerbelle's 'London' print. Love it. I bought it in the bright London bus red and cannot wait for its arrival.

The print is based on an original hand-cut paper map they produced, and depicts areas and attractions in and around central London. They even have maps for New York and Paris - which of course I want too!

I'll post up pictures once it arrives and is taking pride of place on our wall.

In the mean time have a browse over at their shop, or a read of Famille Summerbelle's blog.

March 29, 2010

What's In Your Trunk?

On a daily basis I not only daydream about dream living, but also about my dream workspace.

At the moment my 'workspace' is errm my lap and dining table as our spare room is currently a bit of a storage space right now, so my dream workspace is just that - a dream.

I saw this the other day and my jaw hit the floor... Mayfair Steamer Secretary Trunk by Timothy Oulton.

At $2995 it's not an impulse buy, but I would say if you have that kind of money spare - then how could you not want it?!

If anyone is feeling generous and would like to buy this for me, then please feel free to contact me. Thanks.

February 28, 2010

Dream Living

My friend Chloe and I have a term for our side projects and wishing we could work on them full time, and that term is 'Dream Living'.
We talk about living the dream, where we can work on making stuff all day every day. Ohhh, one day.

Well this 'Live The Dream' print from Made By Girl sums it up nicely.

January 31, 2010

How Do you Spell...

I love the internet and I love fonts, and I love biscuits.

So thanks to the internet - specifically my google reader - I was able to come across these amazing Helvetica cookie cutters by Beverly Hsu (via Made By Girl)
Needless to say I want.

Can you imagine serving these up? Oh what fun! You could spell out words to fit the occassion and then dive in and eat them all!

December 20, 2009

I Make Things

If you are dab hand at the arts and crafts and want the world to know, then this is the tee for you.

I can't resist a bit of Lazy Oaf, and whilst having a pre-sale browse on their website, I saw this 'mayzing 'I make things' tee.

It now has found itself on my 'I want' list which seems to be growing by the day - such is the power of the interwebs.

November 21, 2009

Dresser To Impress

Going to Anthropologie is both equal parts pleasure and torture.

I love practically all the homewares in the store, so much so I wish I could live in the shop, and it makes me sad as I can't have it all right now!

So when I saw this handcrafted sheesham wood Brigitta dresser in the new Regents Street store I nearly sobbed on the spot.

Just look at it...

I am going to pretty much stalk this piece of furniture until it is in my house.

November 03, 2009

Hello Pretty Things

The words want and need must be used when refering to these diaries from Smythson, which happen to be a collaboration with Erdem!
If I could swoon over stationery I would, in fact, what the hell... *swoon*

I would really like the Butterfly and Garden print Soho diary pleeeeasssseeeeeeee.

Thank you.

Fashion Girl Diaries

Butterfly and Garden Print Diaries

September 18, 2009

Paper Chase

Whilst waiting to settle down to a night of TV and potentially watch the last few episodes of 'True Blood' Season 1 (so excited) I thought I'd squeeze in a blog post.
After a quick browse through the internet I came across these paper inspired products.
I love graph paper and actually prefer it to regular lined paper, so I totally want these please.
Graph paper napkins, £3.50 - (Available at Colin Dowd)
Now you can doodle to scale!

These are also quite ingenious - wallets that look like a folded sheet of binder paper complete with authentic looking scribbles.
By Dynomighty Design USA, and available from: Design Boom

They also come in the guise of folded paper maps, or one of my faves - Airmail envelopes.

Clever no?

Well anyway, it's TV time now off to melt my brain with Vampire fodder. I love the fact that TV season is back - lots of new shows to look out for.

August 13, 2009

Prints Charming

What to do in a lunch hour around central London?

Visit the Prints Charming Liberty Print exhibition of course!

Luckily I only work 5 minutes away, so off we went.
Obviously when in Liberty you have to browse and oohhh and ahhh over everything.
I came out of there without any purchases, but with a list of 'I wants' as long as my arm.
However, by the time we reached the exhibition space on the 4th floor the ooohs and ahhhs didn't stop.
How could they when we were faced with lots of lovely floral goodness... from notebooks, hats, hairbands, furniture and more... (excuse the camera phone pics)

They had lovely furniture by Zoe Murphy complete with liberty print fabric lined drawers... so nice. I want in my house please.

There was also some information on who Liberty had done collaborations with, including Kate Moss, Nike, Opening Ceremony, APC etc al.

My favourite part though must have been the wall of swatches. Who needs wallpaper when you can have a little bit of everything to cover your wall!

To compliment your swatch wall, you could always get a lampshade to match...?

It was a lovely way to spend a lunch hour, and I not only got to see nice things, but I also got to test out my new iPhone photo editing app. What do you think?
From this...

to this...

(Pics are of the Liberty lights in store)

Anyway, if you are in the area it's definitely worth popping in to see. The exhibition is on until 2nd September.
After the Liberty lunchtime frenzy and being overwhelmed with nice things and florals, I was drawn to this maxi-dress in New Look.

I didn't get it as it was a bad fit, but the print was nice.

I was a bit miffed I was unable to get to the floral fash-mob Liberty had at 6pm, but they've put some pics up on their blog.

I wish I'd worn my Nike Liberty Print Blazers today... oh well, there is always tomorrow.