From Holidays


So I haven’t written a blog post in a while. In fact I’m completely guilty of abandoning it for a few years! What happened? Well, I suppose life got in the way. Working full time, running a business in my spare time and day to day ups and downs means writing a blog post comes fairly low on the list.

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Happy new year!

It’s this time of the month when I do a round up of what I’ve been up to over the last few weeks. This week it’s hard to look back without going all a bit Christmassy on you, which I’m sure we are all over by now! So here’s a little round up (and I’m still in a holiday-induced daze so all I can think about is eating chocolate and watching films in my pajamas-sorry).

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Venice: colour and texture

I’ve recently returned from a few days in Venice. I’d never been before but was struck my the texture and colour of the city, especially when we were lucky enough to have a day of beautiful weather without a cloud in the sky. The bright blue really set off the whites, yellows and reds of the buildings, so much so I felt the need to try and re-photograph everything I had taken pictures of the day before as it looked so much better.

You can see a million photos on the internet of the iconic buildings, canals and gondolas, so in this post I’ve rounded up some of the images that most show off the rich colour, weathered textures and beautiful stone in the city. I hope you enjoy them.

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Creative Easter Ideas

It’s not long until Easter, so if you’re itching to use it as an excuse to get creative, here are some of my favourite ideas from the web:

Black and white eggs


Stylish looking eggs from Obviously Sweet blog.

Cheesecake filled chocolate eggs


YUM! see the Rasberri Cupcake blog for more.

Eggshell flower arrangement


Great way to decorate the table this Easter –  from Martha Stewart

Photo decorated eggs


Love these eggs with faces! By A Subtle Revelry

Painted eggs


One of my own makes from last year – check it out here.

Easter bunny cake topper


So cute! Visit the Cake Journal to make your own.



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Knockout sale now on

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are now relaxing in front of a fire or something equally festive!

As you know after Christmas comes the sales and we are no different – the Knockout sale is on now. Head over to my Not on the High Street and Etsy shops for lots of sale items, some reduced by up to 50% while stocks last.

Get 25% off selected lino prints and 30% off selected screen prints:

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Christmas clown

Merry Christmas!

Just a quick blog post to wish you all a Merry Christmas! I hope you have enjoyed my blog throughout 2012 – expect it to be even bigger and better in 2013.

I’ll leave you with a photo of one of the handmade ‘Christmas’ clowns that are hanging in my tree. They were made by my nan years and years ago and still come out every year!

Christmas clown

chritsmas place cards free printable

Free printable: Christmas table place cards

I hope you are nearly there with your present buying and Christmas preparations!

One thing that I always overlook, or don’t really think about until the last minute, is laying and decorating the table for Christmas dinner. If you’re like me you’ll probably rummage through the drawers to find every mis-matching table mat available, then cover the table with candles and maybe some spare foliage or baubles. This year I am a little bit more organised and decided to make some place cards. I designed them digitally in two different designs, so they just need printing off and cutting out.  As it’s Christmas I thought I would share them with you.

Download your free pdf here and get printing. Please note the pdf contains two pages, one for each design: Christmas place cards free printable

And here’s what they look like – sounds like a cool party huh?

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PDF page one:

chritsmas place cards free printable

PDF page two:

chritsmas place cards free printable

Free printable christmas gift tags

Free printable: Christmas gift tags

It’s nearing the time when all the shopping is done and you need to wrap all the Christmas gifts up. This week I have put together a free PDF printable of some awesome gift tags to help you make the job a bit easier. Simply download the PDF and print on the thickest paper you can, trim the tags out and hole punch. Thread a ribbon or string through the hole and you’re done. Simple as that.

The design of the tags is based on my voucher design, I’ve just modified it slightly and added some humorous gift-related sayings. If you use the tags I would love to see a picture, email me at and I might even feature it on my blog!

Download the two page PDF here: free printable Christmas gift tags

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