Telcos and House Moves

So, my Internet access has been a bit patchy since I have just moved house. It’s not just the packing and unpacking that has kept me offline, but the fact that it takes 15 DAYS for me to get Internet access. Electricity? That takes two days, but Internet and VoIP? I still don’t have it. Is it just me or is that just a ridiculous amount of time to wait in this day and age? I’m hoping to have it all up and running by Thursday, when I’ll also open up my Etsy shop again. Maybe Friday I’ll also have the time to do something towards my collaboration with Anastasia and Sally!

Creative Collaboration – AC’s Turn!

Oooh. Head over to Anastasia Drawing & Dreaming to see what she did for her first go at our turn-based collaboration. She’s decided to stick with the AWESOME orange, blue & black colour theme started by Sally at Jambo Chameleon, but has used collage for her piece. I have no idea what I’m going to do, but I’m so glad it’s my turn next!

Note: Edited to clarify my late night wordage.

Creative Collaboration Club Begins!

In my last post I mentioned that a collaboration was brewing between myself and Anastasia from Anastasia Drawing & Dreaming (and Percival Road!) and Sally from Jambo Chameleon.

How it works
Each week one of us will post a creative work of some kind on our blogs and the following week the next person will create something inspired by that and we can do this in any medium.  It’s an exercise in riffing off each other creatively, a space in which we can just have some creative play time and where we aren’t pressured by too many rules!  Actually, the only rules are that we have to take inspiration from the previous piece (or pieces), and we take turns!

It’s Started!
The first piece has been posted over at Jambo Chameleon and Sally has served up this little gem to get us going.  There is so much in it.  It’s the perfect starting piece and I’m already dying to see what Anastasia will come up next!  Also, I’m so freaking busy right now, but I still can’t wait for my turn!  Ah, but this is why we started doing this.  Many hands make light work!  A perfect plan for the busy, yet compulsively creative! And our readers get a post on the project every week.  Stay tuned!

Paper Ivy in Postal Travels Magazine

I was very excited to wake up to an email from Tee at Postal Travels Magazine.  Both Tee and Karina reviewed some Paper Ivy items and they are in the latest issue.  See what they have to say here!

Go to pages 40-41 for the review of Paper Ivy products.

ptm_coverPostal Travels Magazine is an online zine for letter writers and the pen pal community at large.  They review stationery, books, sites that help letter writers and letter writing related DIY’s.  They have a bulletin board where you can post messages or request a pen pal. In this edition, they even do a letter writing set up: give you tips on organising your writing materials and keep your letter writing process organised (this is especially helpful if you have more than one person that you write to regularly). Honestly, I need to put some of these strategies in place so my correspondence has a better turn-around time!  You’d think I would be all over this, but noooo.  I need to work on it!

Did I mention that they are also super nice people?  They are.

Check them out in these places!
postaltravels.tumblr.com
postaltravelsmagazine.blogspot.com

On Little Ones and How They Grow up

I was reading the post: “No More Hokey Pokey” by Pip over at Meet Me At Mikes. She was talking about what it’s like to have kids that are nearly adults and how it changes things (for the good and the not so good). I’m looking forward to the stage she’s at in some ways (No more nappies. Seriously. Other than having a little one in hospital it is THE worst thing about parenting). The post made me think about where my kids are at…

  1. It makes me a bit sad that my 5 year old has the demeanor of a shirty 13 year old.
  2. Then I feel comforted by the fact that my 2 year old is still so little and sweet.
  3. I look at said 2 year old and realise how tall he is getting.
  4. I think telepathically at 2 year old: “Stop growing up”
  5. 5 minutes later we are all on the couch and they won’t let me up because they don’t want to stop cuddling me.
  6. I figure it’s not so bad yet.
  7. I still secretly look forward to them being old enough to make coffee for me.

Blog Upkeep, Notes + Want to follow?

I’ve been doing a little maintenance around the blog.  You may have noticed I’ve tidied up the sidebar so that there is a little line between the sections, so that it doesn’t look so jumbled in together and everything has it’s own place.  This makes it a bit easier to digest.

I’ve also added a small “About” blurb so that people can get a quick impression of what the blog is about without going to the “About” page and so they can see the person who is behind it.  An improvement yes?

The other thing is a “Follow me on bloglovin'” button on the sidebar.
Follow on Bloglovin
Bloglovin’ is a blog reader so you don’t lose all the great blogs you come across and it will tell you when they post something new.  You can search for blogs, subscribe to them and you can even organise them into categories to suit your browsing mood!  I can’t live without a reader and since Google announced that it was retiring Google Reader I started using bloglovin’.  The options to my mind are bloglovin’ and Feedly.  I may go over to Feedly in the future, when they add more of the options I want, but for now, bloglovin’ is for me!  Why? It’s interface is easier to use and it lets me know how many subscribers I have through them.  Although Feedly is a bit slicker, has better use of space, nicer design details some things aren’t immediately obvious and I think they need to have more emphasis on certain navigation items.  Of course, you can use either to follow the Paper Ivy blog, but it’s a quick click on the bloglovin’ button to sign up.

I’d love for you to keep in touch!

Black Friday Through to Cyber Monday Sale! CYBER2012

Hello there!  I don’t do this often, but I’m having a sale in my Etsy shop this weekend!  If you do want to take advantage of the sale >>> Make sure you use this coupon code at the checkout: CYBER2012  Don’t forget to use the code!  It’s not hard to use, just easy to forget to use it and then the discount isn’t applied to your total. Oh no!  Don’t let that happen.  Here is a little how to just in case you can’t see where to apply the code.

http://www.etsy.com/help/article/350

Enjoy!

NOTE: The above code is for the Paper Ivy Etsy store only.

Wearables in the Online Shop Now!

You’ll be pleased to hear that the Paper Ivy Wearables are now in my Etsy shop!  So if you have been keen to pick one up, now’s the time!  The range online is limited at the moment, mostly because I haven’t had the time to take photos of everything, but there are a lot more in the works, including pendants and adding the option to have the pendants in walnut too.  Here is  a sneak peek at what’s to come for the Paper Ivy Etsy shop.

Blossom Tree Brooch in Walnut

I have lots of stock ready for Christmas and will be adding more items to the shop over the next few weeks.  If you’d like to see the range in person, come and visit me at the Dreamers Markets.  If you don’t see what you’re after you can always send me an email and I can make up an order for you.

Brooches and earrings

Looking forward to showing you more soon.

Paper Ivy Brooch Poll

I want to make more of these illustrated wooden brooches, but couldn’t decide on which designs should be made first, so I made a little poll on facebook.  Can you help?  Click HERE to let me know what designs you think would look best?

I would really appreciate it!

What inspires Paper Ivy?

Wonderful customers:  Ok, so we probably established this in my last post: “Why is Paper Ivy Passionate About Stationery Design?”   Getting some support from customers and admirers lets me know that someone out there likes what I do.  These are the people I get up in the morning to make things for.

Other designers and their work: I am a huge fan of other designers, illustrators, makers and artists.  I really enjoy seeing what they’re up to, what colour combos they’re using, what kinds of design, illustration, photography, painting, or whatever else they’re using.   I really don’t think creative people should be islands.  I really think they benefit from seeing the work of others.  This is not to copy anyone; this is what inspires me to lift my game!  Or maybe they’ll introduce me to a way of portraying something that blows my mind, helps me to see differently and therefore helps my development as a creative person.

The creative community at large: Whether a person just appreciates creativity and is involved at that level in attending exhibitions, markets, lurking on creative blogs, or they are still in beginning stages, or they are professional; no matter what the discipline or medium being used, or even the particular style, I’ve found a great deal of support from other creative people.

My children and the things that interest them:  I love how they respond to things and that their experience of everything is different.  I also love to look at vintage children’s books.  I am also very inspired when my children aren’t around, because I’ll know I’ll be able to get things done!

Travel: Putting myself into a different culture or place where even the everyday is different is hugely inspiring. It shakes up my normal thinking.

Train in Japan

Nature: One of my favourite things to do, ever, is to lie down under a tree and look up through the leaves and watch small glimpses of sky and clouds as they pass overhead, then I intermittently close my eyes and listen to the sounds around me.  I think the creative brain needs to rest in order to be inspired again and the resting can be just as important as the stimulus.

How about you?  What inspires you?