Friday, 6 December 2013
Friday, 29 November 2013
Friday, 22 November 2013
I am currently working on a couple of blog posts about my Renegade experience (I know, talk about behind!) For those of you who don't follow me on Instagram, literally the day after Renegade I wound up with a nasty UTI and only now do I actually feel pretty much back to normal. It really knocked me for six, and meant I was behind with my to do list, so blogging got pushed to the back burner temporarily.
But in the days after Renegade I was absolutely overwhelmed (whilst lying in bed feeling very sorry for myself) by the number of people who included Ladybird Likes in their round up of Renegade Craft Fair. It truly made me smile reading what people thought of my stall, and seeing who bought things from me, and the fact that anyone would take the time to write about and post photos of it. Here are the ones I've found so far, and thank you to all who've blogged about Ladybird Likes at Renegade.
http://astitchinteatime.wordpress.com/2013/11/17/renegade-craft-fair-london-2013/ (Daisy posted an awesome round up)
http://magpieontherun.com/2013/11/13/jewel-street-the-cat-lady/ (this lovely lady snapped a photo of me wearing my cat collar clips for her jewellery blog)
http://www.littleleightree.co.uk/2013/10/5-crafters-i-cant-wait-to-see-at.html (April is such a cutie and wrote a post before her trip to London about the sellers she was most looking forward to seeing at Renegade and included us - we also got to finally meet on the day which was awesome!)
http://needlesandroses.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/renegade-craft-fair.html (Anni named us as one of her top three stalls from RCF, which is an absolute honour considering the level of talent showcased there)
http://claireabellemakes.com/2013/11/11/renegade-craft-fair-london-2013/ (I managed to squeeze in a very brief chat with Claire about the fair - so nice to finally put a face to online friends!)
http://www.the-smuggler.com/design/the-renegade-craft-fair/1284 (SMUG store is one of our newest stockists, and they came to visit Renegade - it's so lovely to be part of the little creative SMUG family)
http://www.imbeingerica.com/2013/11/renegade-brick-lane-london.html (the lovely Erica visited Renegade and purchased one of my vintage style fashion lady brooches)
http://www.themadjournal.com/2013/11/renegade-craft-fair-1.html (love this super cute Japanese blog who featured Renegade including a picture of some of my wooden bow ties)
I promise I will have some pics from the fair up early next week, plus I have a post about selling at craft fairs, featuring photos of my stall at Renegade, to share with you all. So if you're thinking about starting doing craft fairs I hope it will be of use to you :)
Posted by Zoe Jade at 19:44
Tuesday, 12 November 2013
I've loved Rob Ryan's work for a long time. I don't even remember when or how I discovered it, but as soon as I saw it I was drawn in by the beautiful words and the tiny details. A few weeks ago I bought two new screenprinted zines from the Rob Ryan Etsy shop - I only own a few items by Rob, even though I'd happily fill my house with them.
As with all Rob's work, the story within the piece is beautiful and inspiring and uplifting. I love the colours used in each zine too - very simple colour palettes but so fitting.
I also received this beautiful hand screenprinted fabric invite to Rob Ryan's newest exhibition (which is on in London right now) - I think I might try and get this framed, it's so incredible!
Rob even included a handwritten card in with my order - it's the little details that make all the difference. Sadly I didn't get to meet him at the book signing (work overload) but I will be visiting his exhibition at the Sims Reed Gallery next week hopefully. It will be my first time seeing his original work in person, so I'm really excited!
Posted by Zoe Jade at 10:41
Monday, 11 November 2013
Last Thursday I attended the private view of the SMUG Christmas shop, and believe me when I say it is awesome. So many gorgeous things - I made a few cheeky purchases (some for myself and some for Xmas gifts) and have added lots of items to my Christmas wish list! SMUG are selling a few Ladybird Likes items in their store and online currently, including our arrow print wooden laser cut bow tie, which you can see in the flyer for the Christmas shop above. So pleased they included one of my bow ties in this beautiful set up. If you live in or near London then I'd highly recommend a visit to SMUG for all your Christmas gift needs.
I'm currently still recovering from an amazing weekend at Renegade Craft Fair - I will be blogging properly about the fair later on this week, but for now I'm catching up on emails and the like with a huge cup of tea.
Posted by Zoe Jade at 10:36
Wednesday, 6 November 2013
It's time for the third annual Renegade Craft Fair in London! I will be there this Saturday and Sunday (9th and 10th November) selling my things, alongside over 100 amazing designer makers. It runs from 11am till 6pm both days in the Old Truman Brewery on brick Lane (in the upstairs bit - there will be loads of signage though making it really easy to find from Brick Lane!)
We will have loads of new items not currently available online, so it's perfect for Xmas gift shopping (or treating yourself, ahem!) If you do come along then please come and say hello. I'll be the one running around like a headless chicken with a Starbucks in each hand. If you can't make it then fear not - we are selling at LOADS of awesome markets and fairs over the Christmas period, and you can see the full list on our events page.
Posted by Zoe Jade at 17:30
Friday, 11 October 2013
it's been a long time coming, but I have finally added our newest range to the Etsy shop! I think this might be my favourite collection so far as it uses new techniques, new styles of jewellery, and features one of my all time favourite thing - CAMERAS! this collection uses photographs I've taken of cameras from my own personal collection, which have then been transferred on to wood and laser cut.
there are also pieces which feature laser engraved ply, which gives such an awesome effect, and which I will definitely be using again in future collections! there is also a new style of brooch, featuring a dangling mini camera charm (you even get to choose which camera you'd like dangling!)
there are bold camera brooches in five different styles, which look awesome on girls AND guys (so the perfect Christmas present for that analogue photography loving boyfriend/friend/brother/Dad who is so difficult to buy for)
and of course we had to make camera collar clips, which are also available in five different styles (I may have a pair of each style because I literally couldn't choose - these white polaroid ones are my current faves, pinned to my chunky knit black cardigan)
and finally we have LOTS of necklaces - each of the five different camera styles comes in two size options. the mini version is dainty, and looks great layered with other pieces, or on its own for a casual look. the large is more of a statement piece, perfect for when you want to stand out.
to see the full range go to our Etsy shop and simply search 'camera' - you'll be able to see all the items that way :) oh and be sure to let us know which item is your favourite, if you can pick just one that is!
Posted by Zoe Jade at 20:05
Friday, 27 September 2013
Thursday, 26 September 2013
I love social networking sites (big surprise, I know!) and Instagram is probably my favourite of all of them. I'm super nosey, I love seeing photos of what people are doing and where they are. I also love it because I've found out about SO many lovely and talented people through Instagram, and one of them is Oh Gosh, Cindy.
her illustrations are absolutely perfect - and she picks the coolest subjects to draw. Ghost World, Game of Thrones, Grease, Clueless, The Addams Family, and Moonrise Kingdom, all in one place? my idea of heaven. the only problem is I want all of them. every single one. I think I'm going to start my collection off with the Clueless print though, because it's one of my all time favourite films!
are there any other awesome illustrators/makers I should check out? lately I've been really loving finding new people to follow - I have so little time to go and search for cool new shops on Etsy, so if anyone has recommendations then please do let me know!
Posted by Zoe Jade at 10:14
Wednesday, 25 September 2013
I'm useless at printing photos, at keeping journals, at doing anything with the endless amount of paper and tickets and leaflets and cards I collect from 'important' places or events other than putting them into a box where they end up faded and forgotten. I always want everything to be 'perfect' and so in the past, when I have tried to make scrapbooks, I've always given up after a few pages, because it never looked how I wanted it to.
since going out with Jonathan (six months next week, time sure does fly when you're having fun!) I've been trying (admittedly quite unsuccessfully) to keep some sort of record of our relationship. I scribble memories down on scraps of paper, force him into every photobooth we pass, tape cinema tickets into notebooks, and I've even been printing off some of my Instagram photos. it's not perfect, but then again nothing is. basically all I have right now is a stack of bits of paper with scrawled notes on, and some highly questionable photos. but that's the whole point isn't it? nothing is perfect. our lives aren't one neat series of events, so it seems crazy to try and contain them within some picture perfect photo album with neat annotations.
here are a few of my recent favourite snaps from my instax mini camera (if like me you want to keep some sort of record of your life's events, I'd HIGHLY recommend an instax mini camera. no waiting around or remembering to get photos printed, just make sure you get a close up lens so you can take self portraits too)
these were taken on a day trip to East London with Jonathan and his brother. looking at them reminds me of so many happy things, like bowling at All Star Lanes and me being useless, and going home to watch Extreme Couponing and eat crisps in bed.
I wouldn't swap these for all the shiny perfect professional photographs in the world. these are my memories and they are perfect to me.
Posted by Zoe Jade at 10:51
Tuesday, 24 September 2013
right lovelies - I have some exciting news. I will be selling at the Crafty Fox Market at the Dogstar in Brixton next weekend (Sunday 6th October)! it is such an awesome market, and there will be lots of incredibly talented people there, including some of Ladybird Likes' friends such as Stacie Swift Illustration, Mister Peebles, Love From Hetty and Dave, Oh My Clumsy Heart, Custom Made, Designosaur, Hello DODO, and Home Slice Design. phew! see what I meant when I said it's going to be incredible?! you can see the full list of all the lovely designer maker types who will be selling right here
we will be debuting some of our new ranges, which won't even be online to buy for another few weeks, so if you live in London, or fancy a day trip, I would highly recommend it! there is also another full day of the Crafty Fox Market on the Saturday, with all different sellers, so you could make a weekend of it! oh, and I have finally gotten round to updating the events page on my website with some of the markets I have booked for October/November/December, and I will be adding more as I find them out so do check back. please do come and visit us at one of our markets if you are local - we always have exclusive market only items which can't be purchased online, and we always have little gifts for anyone who mentions reading our blog!
Posted by Zoe Jade at 12:56
Friday, 20 September 2013
this is just a very quick post because I have literally just (via someone else's Instagram feed) discovered this incredible E.T. illustration by the oh so talented illustator Isobel Kho. the design is available as a print, or as a tote bag, or as a set of three stickers in Isobel's shop (which also has some other amazing designs, OBVS). I think I want/need them all in my life asap.
go check out this talented lady and you will not be disappointed! I'm going to introduce this 'we like...' as a weekly feature here on the blog to highlight some of the amazing crafty people/things I find during my time on the internet.
Posted by Zoe Jade at 10:37
Friday, 13 September 2013
Friday, 6 September 2013
this quote feels very appropriate right now. it's been a tough week over here, and there have been tears and lots of soul searching and wondering why I'm doing this whole running my own business thing. there were several reasons behind this (as well as just being a bit hormonal and blah) one of which is that the lovely Miss Sarah Cake emailed me to inform me that she thought a company on Instagram had copied two of my bow tie designs. I had a look and it turns out she was very right. they had also copied several of Miss Sarah's cake topper designs, as well as several other laser cut artists work. I am not really sure how to proceed with this - I have been informed of several people in the past making items a little bit too similar to mine, but I've always kind of pushed it to one side and given them the benefit of the doubt. but this is all just too familiar and I feel I should say something, even if it just makes them aware that I am keeping an eye on them in case they feel like copying any of my other pieces!
the whole 'copying' thing in the craft world is a bit of a funny subject - when you are all small businesses it's hard to go pointing fingers, and when people make similar items around a popular theme it seems unavoidable that there will be crossover with designs that look similar even though the artists genuinely had not seen the others work. but where do you draw the line between items that may just be a coincidence, and genuine idea stealing?
I've also been struggling a lot with my productivity lately - and with feeling like the business is not moving forward fast enough and in the right directions. the last few months I've been experimenting with new (to me) techniques whilst still working with wood, and it's been really tough. I get easily disheartened when things don't work first time, or don't turn out how I imagined they would. I'm also hideously impatient, and tend to rush into things at 100mph and then realise in hindsight I went about it all wrong. one example is ordering 100 camera charms and not doing a printed out version of all of them to check how the size scaled down, and ending up with them being WAY bigger than I expected. if I'd just stopped and made a mock up I would have realised that it was going to be too big and could have altered the size before it was cut. or ordering a job lot of braided bracelets because they seemed like a bargain, and then not actually knowing what to do with them when they arrived! it's all a learning experience though right?
I'm feeling a bit more positive right now about it all - I spent Wednesday sitting in a cafe with the boy-o making plans for world domination, and that helped me get my head back on straight. I also made a list of all the reasons why I love doing this, running my own business and being self employed, so I can look at it when I'm having those unavoidable moments of self-doubt. don't get me wrong, I absolutely love what I do, and am so incredibly grateful that I get to do a job that means so much to me. but it is so hard at times, and anyone who thinks running a handmade business is all sitting there making pretty things is very wrong!
(ps. the photo at the top there is a mock up of a laser cut wood wall hanging that will be part of a new range available in October with pretty quotes on woo!)
Posted by Zoe Jade at 12:33
Friday, 30 August 2013
Wednesday, 28 August 2013
as you may or may not already know, me and my sister are currently recovering from a long bank holiday weekend at Frightfest - a four day horror movie festival at Empire Leicester Square. it's become a yearly tradition of ours to go and watch as many horror movies as possible in four days (we are both pretty big horror fans) and this year I thought I'd post a brief overview of a few of my favourites that we watched over the past four days in case any of you lovely people are horror movie buffs too!
- V/H/S 2 - we actually saw the first V/H/S at Frightfest the other year, and we both absolutely loved it. it's basically a compilation of short movies that are supposed to be 'found footage' of bizarre occurences. I think we both ended up preferring the second V/H/S to the first, and I just really hope they make more of them as I love the concept of getting different film makers to make shorts and then just joining them together with an overall story. the subject matter of each short is so varied, which makes it even more enjoyable - like watching four horror movies in one!
- The Grief Tourist - we weren't actually going to watch this, but we had a long gap between films, and decided we'd squeeze this one in rather than sitting around and falling asleep! I'm so glad we did as it ended up being one of my favourites of the whole festival. it follows a man visiting places where famous serial killers lived/worked/killed and shows the unravelling of his mind as he becomes increasingly obsessed with one particular killer. the downward spiral reminded me of those central to many of Aaronofsky's films, with the lead character in The Grief Tourist eventually being revealed as a serial killer too. beautifully shot, and utterly compelling to watch.
- Big Bad Wolves - the directors of this film premiered another of their films at Frightfest a few years ago called Rabies, which me and my sister watched and really enjoyed, so we knew we had to see Big Bad Wolves. full of dark humour, even whilst dealing with a subject as sensitive as pedophilia, the film built up perfectly until the final climactic scene, with a twist I didn't guess (I'm awful at guessing plot twists at the start of a film thus ruining the rest of it!)
- Contracted - an unknown STI infects a host, slowly turning her into what can only be described as some sort of zombie. it follows the main character from the moment of infection, showing her physical and mental deterioration as she tries to keep the truth of what is happening to her a secret from her friends and family. although I found it ever so slightly predictable, what I loved most about this film were the moments of gore - not gore like you see in slasher movies, or zombie movies, where it's all missing limbs and entrails being removed. but gore more like you see on real life medical shows. there is a moment where she realises one of her fingernails has gone black, and she is able to just lift it off her finger (with a lot of pus involved of course.) for me that is worse than any amount of decapitation or slicing and dicing!
did anyone else go to Frightfest this year? if you love horror and live in/near London then I'd definitely recommend going next year - you can buy single tickets for individual films, so you can watch one film or thirty, depending on how much you can stomach!
Posted by Zoe Jade at 00:14
Monday, 26 August 2013
my name is Zoe, and I have a problem. I cannot stop buying books. there is no more space in my house. I have a huge bookcase downstairs which is crammed full (two rows deep) of books, plus another bookcase in my studio with some of my craft books on. then there are piles of books next to my bed, by my computer, under my desk.... but I can always justify buying books. these are my most recent acquisitions, thanks to an Amazon evoucher courtesy of Redress Law who specialise in Will Disputes
below (from top to bottom) the books are: Fluffy Humpy Poop Puppy - awesome graphics, adverts, illustrations, and generally cute pictures featuring dogs of all shapes and sizes. if you like cute drawings of dogs then this book is for you // Charley Harper: And Illustrated Life - he is one of my all time favourite illustrators and this book gives an overview of his life's work. I cannot recommend it enough, it is so beautiful! // Studio Ghibli - a buttload of info on Studio Ghibli films, with the focus being on Hayao Miyazaki (my favourite anime director, and the reason I purchased this book!) // Hello, Cutie - photos and background info on all things cute and kawaii // Ami Ami Dogs - a guide to crocheting amigurumi dogs of all kinds. I will be making EVERYTHING in this book, for reals.
all these books are available on Amazon if you want to purchase them - and if anyone else has purchased any good books recently (I particularly love craft books, graphic novels, and books about Japanese culture!) then please do share in the comments as I'm always looking for new recommendations to expand my library!
Posted by Zoe Jade at 10:17
Friday, 23 August 2013
I've been slowly working on rebranding Ladybird Likes - I felt it was a bit too twee and basic before, and I wanted the brand to feel a bit more minimal and clean so that I could design a wider range of products under the same brand name and branding. part of the redesign was thinking about what I wanted the Ladybird Likes brand to be. I've always loved the idea of inspiring people and motivating people, and I wanted to somehow incorporate that into our brand, so I came up with the idea of designing some movtivational postcards and stickers to include with our online orders.....
I wanted them to be pretty and to fit in with the Ladybird Likes aesthetic and colour scheme, and to be things that people wouldn't just get and chuck in the bin, but would actually put up around their room, or send on to a loved one and spread the love.
I really hope you love these postcards and stickers - I was thinking of maybe making up sets of all our postcard designs (plus a few others I've been working on) to sell at craft fairs over Christmas - what do you think?we have made up little packs containing two postcards, two stickers, and a couple of business cards, which will be going in with all orders from around the end of October (we are using up all our old style business cards and free gifts first) - we will also be sharing more of our new branding, including our new packaging and business cards, over the next few weeks.
Posted by Zoe Jade at 17:48