A good cuppa

Having almost run out, I was very relieved when the postman delivered my recent order of my favourite Devon blended loose tea. Having originally discovered this perfect cuppa at Route 2 cafe in Topsham, I had been delighted to find it online at  (http://www.teasme.co.uk/about).  Now I can’t be without it!

IMG_0795Of course, the perfect tea requires the perfect accessories – china cups; pretty pottery teapot; and ginger biccies from a Sadler china biscuit barrel.

Time to settle down then, with a nice cuppa and plan my next design. I’m working on ‘redshanks’ at the moment and will let you know how I get on.

Putting my stamp on it

“Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there”

Josh Billings

I was very excited to receive my first logo stamp in the post this week – handmade by the very talented people behind ‘Wood n Stuff Rustic’ (http://woodnstuffrustic.co.uk). I love the feel of the solid wood in my hand and the beautifully carved logo in rubber on the reverse. I ordered the larger size with the idea of sprucing up plain paper bags and simple product packaging but am now very tempted to get the smaller size as well…..just because….

Having a logo stamp tells me that I am a little further along in my journey of developing a brand identity. I am sticking at something….a look…..a motif…..something identifiable and consistent.

 

Now all I have to do is get a nice blue ink pad!

Playing with ‘straplines’

ETSY has been busy re-designing shop-fronts. I have used that as an opportunity to re-think how I describe what it is that I do. I seem to have outgrown my first strapline, ‘Coast and Country Textiles’: firstly because with the advent of my greeting cards range, I no longer offer textile products alone; and secondly because my work has naturally graduated towards the coast rather than the country. Time for a re-think.

Playing with straplines is an interesting  activity. It has forced me to take a step back and look at my work from the outside. I have had all kinds of conversations with myself as part of the process and in the end I have decided to go with ‘Contemporary Coastal Style’. I will live with that one for a while and see how it feels.