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Pugly Pixel

16/11/2012

I’ll be honest with you, HTML and CSS used to give me the heebie jeebies. I couldn’t get past the idea that it was this weird techie language that I would never get my head round. I learnt French at school and it gave me brain ache – I thought learning HTML and CSS would be the same. I’ve been dabbling with the idea of designing and coding my own website/blog for some time now, but I always thought that the coding side of it would be my stumbling point. All of the info I came across on the internet or in books were all too heavily text based, I’m a visual person and I demand pictures!! So you can imagine my glee when I found Pugly Pixel’s ‘CSS Pretty’ ecourse. Via show and tell screencasts, Katrina provides you with the CSS/HTML know-how, to create a fabulous looking blog. It’s so easy to follow and what I love about it is that you can go at your own pace, dip in and out and rewatch videos if a certain part didn’t quite make sense to you the first time round. With these tools and little tricks from Katrina, I feel I now have the confidence to get cracking with my own website. Ooh, that little bit of excitement you get when you write out some code, refresh your browser and it works – it’s addictive! If like me, you want to get your code on, I highly recommend Katrina’s course! It really is empowering!

Image found here  ♥  Photographer // Will Davidson

short + sweet // design + quote #2

30/10/2012

I have a permanent pile of Frankie Magazines lying on my studio desk and the one on top, the one that I’ve been staring at for months had this quote on it. This quote has always rung home for me and I feel very blessed that I’m able to spend my days being creative, either getting stuck into a branding project at work or working on patterns for myself, doing the things that I love to do each day. So I thought I’d use the quote for a little side calligraphy project that I’ve been meaning to complete and share with you here on the blog. I love handwritten typography and it’s become quite the trend this past year. There are so many talented calligraphers out there, I wrote a blog post about some of my favourites here. As I mentioned in that post, my father was a great influence in getting my handwriting just right and now as a designer, I feel very lucky that neat handwriting is something that comes quite easily to me. I’ve really enjoyed the different stages of this mini project. The first step was to draw the quote in my sketchpad, it took a couple of practice goes until I was happy. I then cleaned it up in llustrator. The nice thing about taking it into Illustrator initially is that you get a vector graphic which is easily editable, you can move elements around and smooth edges up a bit more. Finally, I took it into Photoshop to create the background, adding some texture from a cloud photo I have and used brushes to create the watercolour effect. So much fun to do and something I will definitely be spending more time doing in the future.

Photography + Design // Made Different

Book of Deer SS/2013

18/10/2012

Now I was never a brownie or a girl guide, but you can’t help falling in love with Book of Deer’s latest SS/2013 collection. It’s simply beautiful. Inspired by the ‘heyday of summer camps, girl guide excursions and sitting around open fires with toasted marshmallows’, Eilidh’s new collection brings summer camp to us nature loving city girls. True to style, everything has been hand drawn with wonderful illustrations adorning cotton dresses and floaty tops. Prints of candy coloured tents in a watercolour forest and mason jars of captured fireflies that actually glow in the dark. I love this new collection, it’s great to see Eilidh’s brand developing and growing into something so special. Really inspiring.

If you want to find out more about Eilidh, then check out my interview with her here and you must drop by her website to see more from her latest collection. Enjoy.

Images : Book of Deer

Monday Cheer – Ignite Light Blog

08/10/2012

Happy Monday to you. I’ve spent a fair bit of my weekend, scrolling through page after page of the wonderful blog Ignite Light, I can’t seem to get enough. Beautifully curated, it’s one of those places where I want to pin every single image I see. It’s the life that I can imagine myself growing into it – baking, long sea walks, watching the rain from my porch with a cup of tea in hand, brunch and lazy Sunday mornings in big woolly socks. Now that would be the life huh? Have a good week.

Images      Relax  //  Enjoy  //  Comfort

Make me this weekend #2

05/10/2012

October is here and with it come the rainy days, chilly evenings and windy walks to work. I’m still making that transition from summer into autumn as we’ve just come back from our ‘summer’ holiday in Norfolk. So this week, in the midst of a new season clear out of my studio, I came across my big 15mm wooden knitting needles. I dabbled in knitting a couple of years ago, made a couple of snoods as gifts. I’m thinking as the chilly weather approaches, wouldn’t it be a lovely to make lots of snuggly things in front of the telly with a cup of tea in hand. Maybe a scarf with pockets and perhaps even a hood. I’ve made plans to visit some local wool shops this weekend, so I’ll let you know how I get on! Have a lovely weekend guys.

Images here

A bit of still…

24/09/2012

This past week, Mr Heff and I have been taking some time out on our annual vacation to North Norfolk. It’s been a great week so far, spending time with family and friends. It’s been incredibly relaxing, we’ve completely removed ourselves from our daily routines and not had to worry about impending deadlines and stressful workloads. Instead we’ve been doing lots of walking by the sea, working out in the garden, baking, sitting by the fire and flying kites on the beach. It really has been lovely. Today the heavens have opened, so I’ve spent the day catching up on my blog reading and putting together some posts for the made different blog. I’ve really missed blogging and I’m hoping over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be able to put together some more quality posts.

Images taken with my iPhone (clockwise):
Sunset seen from our house, Burnham Overy Staithe  //  Pretty coloured houses, Wells-on-the-Sea  //  Beach huts, Wells-on-the-Sea  //  Burnham Overy Staithe creek

Happy Snappy #3

31/08/2012

Happy Friday folks. It’s been a while hasn’t it. These past few weeks have been crazy busy with all sorts of work. I’ve been preparing for my best friend’s wedding, which is a week tomorrow…eek! I’m so excited! Not only do I have the honour of being bridesmaid, my best friend has given me the wonderful opportunity to take on the design for the wedding. From the invitations to the order of service, table plan and the favours. I’ve really enjoyed working on it, it’s been a real pleasure and now that everything is nearly at completion design wise, I’m so looking forward to the big day and getting to see one of my closest friends get married to her childhood sweetheart. After the wedding, I’ll post up some photos of the designs so you guys can see what I’ve been up to. I’ve still managed to take some time to post on Instagram and here are a few shots of what I’ve been up to lately. Happy September guys, my hasn’t it come round fast. Have a wonderful weekend.

If you’re already having fun with Instagram and fancy following me, my username is @madedifferent. If you’re not already on it, come join us. I promise you, there’s no going back, it really is quite addictive.

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