Something for the Weekend

Today’s eye-candy is provided by these oh-so-cute bags from Made by Loulabell.

Made from vintage curtain fabric and left-over upholstery scraps, the shape was inspired by a late 60s pattern that Verity Warne, Made by Loulabell’s designer-maker,  found in a charity shop.

Verity is a real fabric gannet and lover of vintage style and design – particularly from the 50s, 60s and 70s. When she’s not creating lovely things, Verity also teaches workshops in Oxford at sewing & upholstery shop Darn it and Stitch and writes tutorials and feature articles for UKHandmade magazine and blog. 

You can view more items from Made by Loulabell here

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Top draws

Recently my friend pointed out to me how much she liked the packaging design of the cereal brand Mornflake (stick with me on this one!). I know what she means. Well, there are worse ways to start your day than with tasty, wholesome goodness and a box in front of you that looks a bit like one of Angie Lewin’s prints.
It got me thinking about packaging design; something I’ve always been rather keen on ever since I worked in a London design agency, many moons ago. I decided to have a rummage through my cupboards to see what else I could find. The Mornflake box is not alone it seems! Take a look around your supermarket and you’ll see that more and more brands are turning to beautiful illustration to decorate their packages and make them stand out on the shelf. It’s not just about pretty patterns either. The kind of brands that favour this type of look are intelligently appealing to a certain customer. Notice how all the examples below are to be found on slightly more natural, wholesome, even healthy goods that are bought, in the main, by a particular sort of consumer.
Regardless of demographics and buying types, I just think it’s great that packaging (which we do still need in some shape or form) can be a positive experience and even a showcase for beautiful illustration and graphic design.

What do you think? What are your favourite packaging designs and why?

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Vintage craft patterns

Look what I unearthed at my local charity shop the other day! I found a box full of these craft magazines from a collectors’ series called Pattern Library, dating back to the Seventies.

Aside from my interest in craft, I just love the unmistakeable retro colours and designs of these patterns, from the groovy flower power style illustration to the cute and kitsch projects for the home. They say if you want some inspiration, look no further than the past…

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Something for the Weekend

This Friday’s special little something comes from AllJoy Design and, true to its word, this company’s products do bring a smile to the face. Having just moved house, I finally have a box room that is designated space for my home office so I’m on the look out for any nice bits of stationery that I can buy under the guise of ‘office supplies’.
This sweet looking apple is actually a notepad. Each slice is a piece of paper (complete with a seed). Apparently it’s advisable to buy two, otherwise you will never bear to use it – I can imagine! There’s also a red apple and a juicy looking pear too, if that takes your fancy. Note-taking has never been so tasty.

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Be super in the Community

Just a quick post today to tell you all about a brilliant campaign from one of my favourite retailers White Stuff. 
If you’ve ever wanted to do your bit and make a difference in your local community but are not sure how to without the necessary funds, then why not enter this competition? Those lovely people from White Stuff are giving away £5000 towards a community-based project. It could be anything from sprucing up the local park or giving the church hall a makeover.
Get your thinking caps on because you will need to tell White Stuff in 200 words or less why they should give the money to you and the deadline for entries is 7th Feb. For more info and to enter click here 
Good luck!

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