Tuesday, 15 October 2013

No, I don't like carrots

I am a vegetarian, and I don’t like carrots. REALLY don’t like carrots.

It’s not the biggest confession to ever be announced on the internet, the revelation that I’m a veggie isn’t going to have the slightest effect on anyone's day, other than the odd chicken or two. But the vegetarian thing isn’t the point. It’s the carrot thing. 

Just because I’m a vegetarian, doesn’t mean that I have to like all vegetables. In particular, ridiculously popular orange ones that actually taste like pencil lead. And no, you cannot just add a few to my plate to make the colour balance better, it’d be less offensive if you just poured on the gravy.

Then I chanced across this image, which I feel perfectly sums up all my emotions regarding carrots. I’d like to call it miserable carrot chops. And I feel no need to rant any further.

Friday, 23 August 2013

Colour Makes People Happy

I have seen this shop before, I think I actually wandered past it when I was last in London, but today I actually paid it a little more attention. It certainly was worth the attention. And after doing a little bit of internet research (which was meant to be a quick five minute glance, but ended up in me reading the website from cover to cover), I can honestly say – I like the sound of this guy.

The Colour Makes People Happy Store was set up by Simon March, and in a nutshell, he mixes paint. Good quality paint, that costs London prices. But what he actually sells, is probably more of an insight into you. Not led by current colour trends, not dictated to by glossy magazines, not distracted by romanticised colour card names or deterred by the mishmash of other colours found in the typical ‘lived in’ home. Simon enables (and I’ve used that word quite literally) you to choose the right paint for you. Your home, your life, your personal style.

The website is well worth the visit, it’s a colourful breath of fresh air, the photography is inspiring, the descriptions aren’t patronising (in fact they’re pretty humorous, and well worth the read) and his ethos is clear. Colour makes people happy. And I agree, find out more for yourself here.

Hoppity Hoot characters

I imagine a lot of fun was had here, creating this wonderful bunch of characters. The Hoppity Hoot characters look as though they weren’t drawn with pen and pencil (as is the usual fashion), instead they look like they were created as a free-style form of paper collage. I imagine when creating these characters the designer regressed to being five years old again. Chopping up pieces of brightly coloured paper with no care for logical proportion or scale. Battling with the glue stick desperately trying to stick pieces of paper to each other, and not to fingers. And scribbling back into the pictures with a thick black felt tip pen. You know you’ve had a truly creative day when you have stray bits of paper hiding in your hair, glue all over your fingers and your workspace looks like the paper shredder and the coffee machine have just had a fight. Of course this is all purely speculation . . .

The fun in these characters transpires across the entire bedding range, it's just good fun through and through. Available to buy here at Mamas and Papas.

All images copyright Mamas and Papas Holdings Ltd 2012

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Sofa video

Sofa So Good from Puff&Flock on Vimeo.

Sofa, so good . . .

I found this today - I'm slightly in love with it. I think it's because it contains so many of my favorite things, texture, stop motion video and inanimate objects with heaps and heaps of character . . .

I simply just had to share.

The details:

Sofa so Good is a very special comfortable and comforting sofa designed by Elisabeth Buecher and Amelie Labarthe. Curl up into the welcoming arms of the sofa and forget about all your worries.
Originally commissioned by Designersblock, Sofa So Good was made in collaboration with Ercol, a traditional furniture company based in right here in England. Elisabeth and Amelie chose to reinterpret one of their iconic pieces: the Studio Couch. Sofa So Good was first presented at
Birmingham Interiors and Milan Furniture Fair in 2010 and on the Nelly Rodi Sweet Freaks’ trend space at Maison&Objet in January 2012.
Find more here.

Twinkle twinkle

This is the Millie and Boris bedtime book which features two bedtime stories, the classic rhyme of twinkle twinkle, and a lullaby. A beautiful way to send your little ones off to sleep. 
The illustrations match back to the gorgeous Millie and Boris interiors collection, available to buy on the Mamas & Papas website.
All images copyright Mamas and Papas Holdings Ltd 2012

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Some lovely illustrations . . .

I thought I'd use this opportunity to share a bit of lovely character design with you. These noisey books form apart of the Mamas and Papas own brand book range, and are available as a board book with sound chip, gift set with travel toy or as a buggy book. 

All images copyright Mamas and Papas Holdings Ltd 2012

Friday, 15 March 2013

Spring is in the air!!!

Spring is in the air, and the turn of the seasons brings with it the latest gift collection from Mamas and Papas - Welcome to the World.

One of the key ideas behind this range is personalisation, making these gifts the perfect keepsake items, that can be cherished for years to come.

My favorite product in this collection is the brushed silver money box, which is such a beautiful rounded shape.

All images copyright Mamas and Papas Holdings Ltd 2012