Wednesday, 22 October 2014

wednesday wonders

hey there lovelies and a very happy wednesday to you, wherever you may be. today i wanted to share just a small handful of useful links with you that might inform, educate and brighten your day!

my first recommendation is a social media service called IFTTT. it allows you to update your social media channels much more quickly and effectively. it's part of a new strategy i have for keeping in touch with you lovely readers more effectively.

if you have any personal experience at all with social media management, you will know how frustrating facebook updates can be. less than half of the people who like your page get to see your updates, which is kind of frustrating.

i have a facebook page for this blog (which i cordially invite you to like!) and also a free facebook community perfect for creative souls.

because facebook is the most awkward of the networks (with the most hidden rules and therefore the most chance of hiding your posts from your followers) using IFTTT allows me to schedule everything within facebook itself, whilst allowing it to post to my other social media profiles automagically. which is cool!

i'll let you know how i get on with this new tool (this is my first week trialing it's use). feel free to let me know if you see more of my updates over on facebook :)

my next recommended piece of awesome information is craftyminxes free crochet school. this series of gorgeously informative lessons is such an awesome resource. full of useful information, and a total step by step guide to beginning your crochet journey.

i have started working my way through the lessons from the beginning once again. i really want to become a more proficient crocheter and to be able to read patterns and crochet perfect squares.

wish me luck!

my third and final link for today is a thought provoking article all about the cult of consumerism and planned obsolescence.

i don't know how much you are aware of this idea of creating goods in order to fail ultimately. therefore forcing us to buy new ones at regular intervals.

within the article reference was made to a light bulb that has been burning for over 100 years. these articles really make me think - i find it maddening that things like this are true. i feel a strong urge to somehow extricate myself from this consumer bubble we're all in. i feel the urge to come over all "the good life" and plant our own food and install solar panels on our home.

how do these kind of articles make you feel? do they strike a chord with you? do they make you think?

i'd love to know your thoughts.

have a great day lovelies!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

my cutest kitty instagram pics

hey there lovelies and a very happy tuesday to you, wherever in the world you may be. today i got all nostalgic looking through some of my older instagram photos and wanted to share with you my favourite ones of the kitties! look at lovely murphy - such a cutie pie.

i haven't been able to update my instagram feed for ages now - the latest update to the app means it no longer works on my android phone. hugely sad face over here! it looks like i might have to upgrade my phone at some stage after all. hugely disappointing for me.

darla waiting her turn on daddy's laptop.

darla loves her daddy so much. as soon as he sits down she is angling for a spot on his knee. then she gets herself all settled in.

the happiest kitty in the world. she loves being cuddled by daddy too.

the aftermath of an average brushing session with my kitty murphy. he is one fluffy cat!

this is the close encounter of a squirrel kind my kitties experienced during the summer.

here's little darla curled up on the bookshelf just like my wooden kitty ornaments! such extreme cuteness.

a close up and purring murphy - happy, furry, cute and purry.

just a little photographic round up of all things cute and kitty. i hope you liked it!

have a great day lovelies!

Monday, 20 October 2014

monday mantras for patience and wisdom

hey there lovelies and a very happy monday to you wherever you may be. today i wanted to share with you some of my favourite mantras about patience and wisdom. 

with that patience and wisdom comes silence for me. i am really feeling the need for quiet and calm lately. i'm feeling a little battered and brusied lately (what with having the flu for over 3 weeks, plus some disappointing sign ups for my local workshops).

life has seemed hard and a little more of an uphill battle than i like it to be.

so what better remedy than some lovely photos with gorgeous uplifting quotations? here's hoping they will be uplifting for you too.

have a fantastic day lovelies!

Friday, 17 October 2014

freebie friday

hey there lovelies and a very happy friday to you, wherever you may be.

today is freebie friday once more, and this week i have a gorgoeus moon-loving desktop background to share with you.

simply click on the picture mock up above to view, download and save this lovely art to your computer.

i hope it brings a little moonlit magic to your own desktop.

have a fantastic friday and a wonderful weekend lovelies!

Thursday, 16 October 2014

logo designing adventures

hey there lovelies and a very happy thursday to you, wherever you may be. today i wanted to share with you some lovely logo designs i have been working on lately.

they are for a business called butterfly business and i have had a huge amount of fun creating them.

in the above picture you can see some of my initial sketch ideas for the butterflies.

my customer wanted butterflies and pastel colours. she was also interested in the idea that the two b's of the name could be put together themselves to create a butterfly in themselves. which is pretty cool!

my first response to any design work is to produce some pretty quick ideas that can be sent out with minimal delay and fuss.

this helps me to get a better idea for what the customer really wants. no matter how many questions you ask of a person it can still be really difficult to get into the mind of that person fully until you have actually presented something to them.

if you've ever watched property programmes on tv such as location, location, location you will see that kirsty and phil do much the same thing. they show houses that test the customers priority list and force them to reveal what their bottom line really is.

my initial sketches here work in a similar way. i get a very quick initial idea of exactly what the customer does/doesn't like so that i can get the design on track much more quickly.

i coloured my butterflies according to the design brief, then set about scanning them and creating some logo ideas. i came up with a logo idea for each of the four butterflies here and experimented with placement, colour and design.

here's the design i came up with for the pink butterfly. i played around with the double b butterflies idea here, and took that a step further by mirror writing the business tagline.

here's the purple butterfly mock up. different font, layout and feel altogether. this was actually the customers favourite, so this is the idea i will be working on and developing.

another part of the order was to include a banner idea, which i have done above. i've gone for a multi-coloured mixture of all of my butterflies which the customer loved.

there's still a lot of work to do but the design process is one that fascinates me genuinely. trying to get inside the mind of the person commissioning the work is always tricky but it is a challenge i relish.

sometimes these initial quick ideas become the final finished product (which is definitely a bonus!) but more often, they are just a starting point. it's good to send something out quickly when you're not too attached to it so that you can check that your vision and your customers visions are on the same track after all.

if you would be interested in ordering some design work yourself, feel free to check out my logo package on etsy.

have a fantastic day lovelies!