24 Apr 2014

New Products: Junk Food Phone Cases & A New Product Trial...

Mmmmmmm Junk Food!! Check out our new range of illustrated Phone cases! 
We've covered all the greats - pizza, ice cream & pretzels a delicious combination of salty and sweet; what more could you want in life? 

Available for the iPhone 4/4s and 5/5s we hope our tasty new designs have you drooling ;) They're now available online in our Etsy shop and will be available in our NOTHS shop very shortly. If you're loving these, you'll definitely want to check out our new Junk Food keepsake cards too - a match made in heaven!

ALSO! Keep your eye out for these awesome Nail Decals making their debut very shortly too! You might have spotted us talking about them on twitter after being asked by a customer if we could make some... Now we've got the know how, we're hooked! We're pleased to share that they went down so well we thought we would make them available to buy... 

What do you think? 

We'd love to hear your thoughts on them lovelies :) Currently we're trying to decide how many transfers to include per pack. How does 80 sound? Each one is pretty small so you can put more than one on each nail if you choose to. They're not sized to each nail because we liked the idea of being able to mix and match. At the moment there are 3 different colours of ice cream, two different styles of watermelon and two different flavours of donut as well as pizza slices, pretzels and cherry bakewell tarts. Good combination / quantities? All thoughts, help and advice much appreciated :D 
I can't wait to hear what you think!

We hope you love our new range... Which is your fave?

Junk Food Forever xox

23 Apr 2014

DIY Glitter Tote Bag (with free horseshoe print out!)

This week I decided to make a cute new tote bag for taking to Etsy School and the London Summit. I opted to go with a lucky horseshoe design because I need all the luck I can get! Hee hee! I have a horseshoe tattoo on my ankle and a real one in my studio... I absolutely adore them and decided to use it as inspiration for this week's Glitter Tote Bag diy.

This week's diy is a little fiddly, but not that tricky to make. I've created a free print out of our horseshoe illustration, which you can download and print out here.

You will also need a blank canvas tote bag, some freezer paper (or find my alternative here) a pencil, xacto knife, iron, a paint brush, mod podge and oodles of glitter.

Once you've printed out the horseshoe illustration, place it under your freezer paper and trace the design onto the paper side. As you'll be cutting out all of the black areas, you need to mark up some guidelines so you know where you'll need to place the dots and highlights as shown above. 

Carefully cut out the black areas using a sharp knife. Be careful to take your time here - small and short cuts rather than long ones will give you a better shape. Take particular care when cutting out the dot's and highlights and place them aside somewhere safe - it's easier to keep the left one separate from the right so you can match them up correctly later on.

Place the freezer paper gloss side down onto your canvas bag and then line up all of your highlights as shown above. It doesn't matter if they're not perfect, but do your best to match it up (use the initial print out for a guide if you get stuck). When you're happy with it, use your hot iron (take off steam setting) to stick it all into place. Take time doing this as you want to make sure that none of the edges will peel off when wet.

Mix your glue 50:50 with your glitter. Paint a thin layer around the edges of the template and work your way inside till it's all covered. I've painted over the dots here, but in hindsight it's easier to leave some of the white paper showing. 

Once the first layer has dried, add a second coat. I've found that two coats was enough to cover everywhere, but if you see patches once it's dried, give it a third layer for good luck :)

Now that's dried you're ready to unveil your masterpiece!
Start by peeling off the outer paper. You'll need to take care when taking it away from the sides of the glue, but if any of the paper tears off, you can always gently go round it with your knife.

Once that's done, carefully cut around one side of the circle (try to see if you can pick it up with your nails first - I cut my finger on the weekend so struggled with that!) and gently peel off the rest of the paper circle. Do this for all the little extra highlights and details added - it might be slow work, but they make all the difference :)

If you have any little scraps of paper still stuck to the glue you'll be able to scrape it off with your knife when you're done...

Super cute tote bag made up and hot to trot! I cannot wait to take this bad boy out on the town. So quick and simple to make but it looks so effective; I think it would make an adorable gift for bridesmaids as well as students plus it only cost pennies to make. Perfect!

Don't forget to download our print out ... or you can always create your own of course! What shape would you make? Perhaps you have a special occasion to make one for too :D

Happy Making!

20 Apr 2014

Happy Easter

We hope you all have a cracking Easter! I am super excited about finally cracking open my giant Kinder Egg... why can we not have these all year round? Think I might start a petition ;)
I hope you all got something sweet to enjoy the day with too!

18 Apr 2014

Don't Be Afraid To Fail...

If I could give you one piece of advice today, it would be don't be afraid to fail; be afraid not to try.

This week I have been totally consumed with setting up our new Etsy team; whilst I'm really excited to be working on it, I'm super out of my comfort zone! I hope to be networking with as many sellers in Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian as possible as well as setting up various events and workshops so we can help each other build stronger businesses and a better community for our makers ... I've never done anything quite like it before, but great things only come from leaving your comfort zone! 

I'm delighted to share that I have just been selected alongside 30 other Etsy Team Captains in the UK to attend the London Summit with Etsy this May... With over thousands team captains contacted to apply for the event and some stiff competition, I couldn't believe it when I got the email saying I had been picked! 

So, I'm looking forward to getting our team on its feet, and setting up various events and workshops with my lovely new team leaders and I'm going to make the most of being out of my comfort zone. I hope this little artwork inspires you to try something new today too!
I'll be sharing everything I learn from the event with you as soon as I'm back... I can't wait to get stuck in so keep your eyes peeled and watch this space :D

16 Apr 2014

What I wore... to the Grand Prix at Monte Carlo

Fancy a ride? Haha! Ok ok, unfortunately I wasn't in Monte Carlo for the Grand Prix ... in fact this was the fastest machine I rode whilst I was in town, but it's a pretty sweet ride none the less, right?!

I wore my summery watermelon dress for this lovely little day trip. It's delicious! It's by SugarHill Boutique and it was an exclusive design for Oliver Bonas but I think they're all gone now (sorry!) It's got a pleated skirt going on which is really popular right now, but I find these kinds of dresses always need a good belt on them. It looks a little bare with just a seam on your waistline!

Being only away for a few days, you'll notice that my black cardigan and polka dot shoes were both worn in my last blog post... They might be simple, but they go with everything, see? That's the most important thing to learn about fashion - invest in a few key pieces in your wardrobe that can match up with lots of your clothes. If I can ever afford anything from Chanel, it will be a key piece that you'll never see me taking off! 

It just goes to show, a girl on a budget can do lots of things if she sets her mind to it ;)
If you missed my blog post on our Top 5 Things To Do In Monte Carlo, you can catch up here