Vintage Christmas cards & home decor twinkle

This year's Christmas card design was a thinker, I needed to create something that worked alongside our designbytic branding but also, The Ink Closet. A touch of vintage never hurts at Christmas - and so, I found a cute Dachshund/lady picture and a Santa. I illustrated a Cheltenham-inspired stamp which put my 'stamp' on it, and worked in a designbytic pattern on the inside. Gift tags were also made to tie this in with the pressies.

My Christmas groove on, I went a bit crazy with home decor. Being our first Christmas in this home it felt like the perfect opportunity to find some new bits, Homesense was the perfect spot for this. The tree was covered in mostly 'white paper' decorations with a hint of red (no tinsel allowed). I also found a cute paper sign from Homesense, which I think is a Meri Meri goodie. When it's not falling down, it looks great. 

Merry Christmas

Sunshine & Smut


Whilst writing about my sunshine filled adventures, the rain pours outside. Typical. When it has actually been sunny - Lola and I have been making the most of it - admiring the fields full of yellow and the bright blue skies. Having lived in the Cotswolds for well over a year now, the changing seasons still never fail to inspire my Instagram photographs. Post-walk I have been relaxing on our new sofa and armchair, which I love! Retro green with dark wooden legs, decorated in vintage floral cushions and crochet throws. 

I have also been trying to get into my new book 'Smut' by Alan Bennett. I say 'trying' because he usually writes screenplays and this is evident in his writing. You wouldn't say it is easy to follow but the lead character in one of the stories (there are two) is called Mrs Donaldson (I am Miss Donaldson), which, along with the lovely front cover encouraged me to buy it. There are some um...shocking moments? The title probably gives this away... 

Another exciting 'adventure' has been getting my agency website live. I previously wrote about how The Ink Closet isn't best placed to showcase my Cotswold based brand and marketing work - so Design by Tic was created. If you follow me on Facebook and Twitter you'll have seen the website went live last week and I'm really pleased with it. Take a look, any thoughts/feedback would be appreciated...