Saturday, 26 July 2014

Society6 vs Redbubble

Both have introduced bedding to their collections this month - both as duvet covers without pillowcases. The prices compare as such. (these are based on my prices, each designer sets their own on RB) 
            Redbubble Society6
Twin       £58.73           N/A
Queen    £72.78         £58.34
King       £86.32         £76.02
Also - why in america is queen smaller than king? That’s gonna confuse a lot of British folk. Luckily they supply dimensions.

             Redbubble  Society6
Twin         68” X 88”       N/A
Queen     88” X 88”      88” X 88”
King        104” X 88”   104” X 88”
oh no, scrap that. This just brings us onto another thing to consider my fair countrymen and women - our ‘double’ duvet size is 200cm (77”ish) squared so the US ‘twin’ is a UK ‘single’ but still pretty much neither of these products will fit our duvets comfortably

I’m gutted. 

Buuuuut If you’re still interesting in purchasing a new duvet from either of these companies (maybe you’re not english…maybe you have a US duvet for some reason… maybe you’re clever and are going to use it for something else entirely like a wall hanging or a summer sheet) I personally recommendRedbubble at this point from the designers point of view. 

My reason being that with Redbubble you can be really picky about layout and size as you can upload an entirely separate high res file for it, where as with Society6 you have to use the same upload file for the duvet as the tote bags and scatter cushions. I’m worried about upscaling, and personally for my designs - i’ve found that this hasn’t translated well. You can see for yourself on the pics above.

Also it infuriates me that i cant opt out of some of the designs for bedding with S6. If i want totes and cushions i have to have bedding - regardless of whether the design suits it or not - please don’t judge me on that!


Well, i hope that helps some people even if it does put you off buying something with my design on. I’d rather you know what you’re getting yourselves into. :)

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Hydrangea gradient circle

I don’t know if this is normal. Where i grew up, in the south east of England, on the chalky downs, you only ever saw Blue Hydrangea - we knew it as the litmus plant. 

…But where i live now, you get hydrangea is all colours these were all picked on a short 5-10 minute walk to and from my local supermarket.

Anyway, was playing with the heads when i got in and figured they’d make a pretty neat clock.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Redbubble front page!

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Best of Redditgetsdrawn

Update: 25 days ago, this image won me the honour of my first “Best of Redditgetsdrawn winner” status. I definitely did not see that coming. I gots the warms and fuzzies.
been out of the portrait saddle for a while - verrrrry quick sketch of redditgetsdrawn user itsandychecks

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

watercolour cacti and succulents

ended up making a pattern with these cacti and succulent drawings i did a way back anyway 

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Library - Day 1

I have been working on a project with the Henry Noble Library in Douglas. They have asked me to make the Library a bit interesting for the month of February. 

I chose to postpone mentioning anything online so as not to draw attention to it while it was happening. I wanted it to be something people stumbled upon, not something people seeked out.

 Each day i went in and added a little something, i saw it as an opportunity to treat the regular 'customers', an opportunity to make some people smile, or make them question why i did what i did.

February 1st - 

 So here is the first day. i simply made a hella lot of tiny bookmarks shaped like baby seedlings and placed them in horticulture related books. The section looked like it had come alive over night. Like Totoro had been and done his thing. I visited regularly throughout the month and topped them up, as to be expected, some of the books were taken on lease, and some were taken home regardless. :)

Thursday, 30 January 2014

I won something!

Fantastic News! 
I am happy to announce that i was picked not only in the top 10 designs for the Great Barrier Reef spoonflower competition. But i actually came third! 

See the design on Spoonflower:

The design is available straight away in 8" swatches, fat quarters or by the yard.

For this week only, you can get it in a specially discounted fat quarter bundle of 10 winning fabrics for $60 (£35) instead of $110 (£65) by visiting here:

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Mini Bird Book


 Chough (caaig)

 Raven (feeagh)

 Guillemot (Stronnag)


 Ringed Plover & Little Auk

 Oyster Catcher


 Golden Plover

Artic Tern (Gant Arctagh) & Curlew (crottag)

some bird sketches  i drew whilst moseying around the Manx Museum (from Taxidermy) trying to keep warm. The book is an elastic bound one i made quickly with a note paper pad backing, and a handful of sheets of copier paper trimmed and folded.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

New Clocks!

Society6 have gone done it again. New products! 

Wall clocks! That look rather fetching with patterned backgrounds!

 Also there’s free shipping on selected items til sunday! No code needed that i’m aware of. 

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Sea Urchins

Newwww pattern of colourful sea urchins for another spoon flower competition about the Great barrier reef. 
If you want to, you will be able to vote on this design using this link from some time midday EST (5pm GMT) on the Thursday 23rd January 2014 for a week.

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Charter Stones

New repeat pattern inspired by Garth Nix’s “Abhorsen” series. 

Still my favorite books to this day.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Cheater Quilt

This is my entry to this weeks Spoonflower competition. ‘Spring floral cheater quilt block’ I was only allowed to use nine colours, of which i chose three, and white. ( i just don’t like pink) 

I hadn’t heard of cheater quilts before now. but, in essence, someone would buy a yard or three of this fabric, some padding and a backing fabric, and stitch along the lines to make a quilt instead of cutting out the hexagons.
It will be available here:

The competition doesn’t open for voting until Tuesday, but i’ll be sure to remind y’all. ;)

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Goat Cushions

Finding photos people have posted of my goat patterns!

Available from:
Society 6 as all manner of products
spoonflower as fabric by the yard, fat quarter or 8" swatch

Don't forget! For every sale of this design i will donate half of the proceeds to the Boughton Monchelsea Sanctuary for Goats or ‘Buttercups’. UK Registered Charity No 109927

If you’d like more information about the Charity or like to donate here is their website :