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// designosaur collaboration out now!

Meow! If you follow me on Instagram and Facebook you’ll know that yesterday me and designosaur released our little limited edition collaboration we’ve been working on!
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe result of our collab is two bags which are kind of insane but I love them. As they might not be what you were expecting from us, I thought I’d share some of the inspiration and process behind them…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo about a year ago it was first suggested between us that we should get together to make something; but we wanted to make something a little different. designosaur are known of course for being laser cut jewellery designers (check out their shop here) and I am known for making things with cats on. We wanted to incorporate both of these things but also mix it up a bit. The idea was to make a clutch bag that incorporated laser cut elements, and that’s how it began.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe next part took a loooooong time. Not because we are lazy, but actually the opposite! We are both super busy all of the time with our etsy shops and other jobs, and craft fairs, and Christmas and pop-up shops and the Brighton Etsy team that a million things got in the way! We had a joint Pinterest board that we would pin inspiration to, but apart from that it took several months to get ideas onto paper for what we would actually make. So what were our inspirations? It’s amazing really because we both have pretty similar taste. We both love the 90s, pastel colours, clear acrylic, emojis, fast food, faux fur, glitter… the list goes on. We also knew of course we HAD to include CATS and DINOSAURS!
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEverything started coming together and I made lots and lots of illustrations that I then turned into fabric. We chose a sweet pastelly-mint-teal with white illustrations for a cotton lining which features in all the bags, and a purple colour-pop faux suede for the purses. We knew we also wanted a fun faux fur in a pastel colour, so found this amazing luxury long-pile fabric which is so soft and lovely for the clutch bag. Karli and Jaq then turned my illustrations into acrylic charms (I don’t know how they do it! Magic!) in sweet clear pastel shades with etched details, and I got to sewing! The main thing that you need to know about this is that my flat is now covered in a layer of pastel pink fur from cutting into the fabric. It’s nice but not when it gets in your mouth/guts.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEach clutch bag has 14 laser cut and etched acrylic charms! 13 of them are individually hand sewn into the fur, and then one is on the zipper. As you can see all of our favourite things feature… cats, dinosaurs, burgers, bones, pizza, aliens, little angry faces. I love them! I also convinced designosaur to make this ring from the bone illustration. It doesn’t really fit with I like CATS or probs designosaur but I don’t care cos I LOVE it. I’ve worn mine pretty constantly since I got it.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe other fun thing about this collab is that all orders come with a free sheet of stickers we designed to go with the collection!
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo there’s the story! And I’d love to know what you think! Maybe it wasn’t what you were expecting but I hope you’ll still love them ! Everything is super limited edition, and you’ll find them both in my shop here and designosaur‘s here.

YAY!

Toby =^._.^=

// Mother’s Day Gift Guide

It’s one week today until Mother’s Day in the UK (15th March) so I thought I would get together a lovely little gift guide with cards and gifts from Etsy sellers across the UK. First up, my pick of the nicest cards!

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Well, I feel like I would be betraying myself if I didn’t start off with something from the I like CATS shop! Here’s my latest card which is perfect for all the purrrfect mums of the world, featuring my princess kitty illustration. Find it here!

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This card by LHdesign features Lola’s hand lettering. I love how simple yet heartfelt it is. Another great thing about this card is that 50p of all sales go to Women’s Aid, the UK charity helping women and children who are victims of domestic abuse. Find it here! 
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This card by Pygmy Cloud is the cutest!!! I can deffo relate to the little happy cloud. Here’s hoping for some lovely sunshine for all the mums on Mother’s Day! Find it here!
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helloDODO designs always have a clever twist, and I love the hidden heart in their Mother’s Day card. Find it here! 

// CARDS

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There are many pieces of jewellery in designosaur‘s shop that mum’s will LOVE, but you really just can’t go wrong with this chicken brooch! Find it here! 

MD_6These lovely new floral necklaces by i am acrylic have been inspired by a 1940s silk scarf and the Iris flowers of Ruth’s childhood. They are so sweet and I love the colour combinations! Find them here!

MD_7For a gift that’s more personal, Actually I Do creates beautiful custom embroidery hoops with your choice of word or message. It gets extra points cos it’s like a card and a gift in one! Find it here! 

MD_8For the crafty mum, Yellow Bear Ware’s upcyled knitting and crochet needle jewellery is a really beautiful and inspired gift. Have a look in the YBW shop for lots of different colour combinations in rings, necklaces and earrings. Find the necklace pictured here! 

Do have a look at all the shops featured, they all have really lovely things for sale! Leave a comment and let me know if you’ve been inspired by any of my picks!

xoxo Toby =^._.^=

// 500 Etsy Sales!

This weekend I was super happy to pass 500 sales in my Etsy shop! It’s such a great feeling knowing that people really like my products and actually want to buy them too!

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Looking back to this time last year (when I had only 31 sales!) it’s amazing to see how much my brand has grown in 12 months. I want to say a big thank you to anyone who has ever bought anything from me (whether via Etsy or at a market) and supported my shop!

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As a celebration I’m running a giveaway via Instagram and Facebook. Head over to my pages to enter for a chance to win a big prize bundle worth almost £50!

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Toby xo

 

// GRAB BAGS!

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This weekend I’m having a grab bag sale!

To make room for new designs and new products, I’ve put together some large and extra large lucky dip packages, each with a huge value of items for a tiny price!

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The large grab bags will be just £10 with over £40 of I like CATS goodies inside, including…

1 x Cat case made from I like CATS original design fabric – Usually £12
1 x Hand painted wooden brooch – Usually £8
1 x Pair of hand drawn cat earrings – Usually £8
1 x hand knitted cat face brooch – Usually £6
1 x Coin purse Fluffy OR made from I like CATS original design fabric – Usually £6.50
1 x I like CATS badge – Usually £1

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The extra large grab bags will be just £20 with over £60 of I like CATS goodies inside, including a fluffy pencil/make-up case, which will never be made again!

1 x Fluffy Cat pencil/make-up case – Usually £15
1 x Cat case made from I like CATS original design fabric – Usually £12
1 x Hand painted wooden brooch – Usually £8
1 x Pair of hand drawn cat earrings – Usually £8
1 x hand knitted cat face brooch – Usually £6
1 x Coin purse made from I like CATS original design fabric – Usually £6.50
1 x I like CATS badge – Usually £1
1 x Pair of hand drawn googly eye hair slides – Usually £4.50

The grab bags will be available this Saturday from 10am, with only five large and four extra large packages available, be quick or be disappointed!

Better still you can get £5 towards your order FREE if you are new to Etsy! Sign up via this link to take advantage of this offer!

 

// SPRING MARKETS 2014

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Some big work deadlines have meant I’ve been a little quiet lately, so I thought I would let you know what else I have been preparing for!

I have two upcoming spring markets, both taking place next weekend (Saturday 12/13th April)

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Once again I will be returning to the fantastic Fairy Tale Fair which is always one of the most fun fairs to take part in. Alongside all of the brilliant stalls selling handmade goodies there’s loads for all the family to do, with a pop-up tearoom selling delicious lunches, cakes and refreshments (this will be run by Rosehip who were there at Christmas too, and kept my belly and eyes very happy with their whimiscal menu), an amazing facepainter (there for the big kids too!) and musical entertainment. I’m really looking forward to seeing all of my crafty pals again including Cat-a-cake creations (who is also the fair organiser), Cheap Frills, Retro Violet, and Yellow Bear Wares, amongst many others!

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On Sunday I shall be London bound to once again sell at the Peckham Crafty Fox Market. I’m really excited about this as the one I did at Christmas was definitely a highlight of my 2013 markets! Crafty Fox is taking place over 2 weekends both in Peckham and Brixton, with different sellers on each day. With me on the 13th you’ll find the likes of Katze Shop by Rosa Pietsch and Ooh La Lapin.

At both fairs I will have my usual selection of cat gifts including my cards, iPhone cases, hand drawn earrings and necklaces, rings and hand sewn cases.These are also available to buy from my Etsy shop HERE.

I won’t be doing a huge amount of markets this year, so do be sure to catch me while you can!

Greetings cards available now!

As I said in my last post I recently updated my Etsy shop with some new items, including lots of greetings cards!

Cat plate cards

In fact, there’s cards for all occasions, from birthday cards…

Grey cat happy birthday

 

Happy Birthday Birthday card

Dino catand blank cards for Mother’s Day, or to say Thank you or Get Well Soon…

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Yellow cat face pattern

OR if you just want to say MEOW!

Black cat meow

 

They can all be found in my Etsy shop NOW! Click HERE to buy!