Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Frost NYE

I took a few photographs of the bag collection out in the frost! I'm trying to take my product images in natural settings now instead of using a white infinity background, to display the products in a more realistic way. I think it does make it easier to see how products look 'in real life' rather than a clinical white environment when purchasing!

Although the colours of my accessories stand out rather nicely against white, I'd really like the essence of my website to be connected more to nature, rather than white space!

So this is project #1 for 2015! (Along with setting up my ASOS Marketplace Boutique! Excitingg!).

I hope that all you lovely people out there have a truly amazing New Year, I wish you all the best and hope that 2015 brings you 'Sweet' success and loads of happy memories and exciting adventures!

Monday, 15 December 2014

Clothes Show Live 2014!

The stand!
December 5th Sunrise!

The ASOS Marketplace!

The exhibitor map in the NEC entrance hall!
The Make-up bags on display!

Milly Jackson's Illustration of all the Grad's logos!

Eek! I can't believe I have only just got around to posting about this. November was the busiest month EVER for Sweet As Can Be!

Mid October, I saw a tweet from ASOS Marketplace reminding all of their followers that the Graduate ASOS Marketplace competition was still open! After hearing what an amazing experience it was from Emma Warren (a previous winner!) I applied without a second thought!

10 brands/small businesses would win the chance to sell at the Clothes Show Live (December 5th-9th), free of charge, within the Graduate ASOS Marketplace section!

Within a week and a half I was notified that I had been shortlisted to send a few samples of the Sweet As Can Be Collection! After posting, a nervous wait of what felt like eternity ensued! ( wasn't really that long :L) On the 30th October an email popped up in my inbox to declare that I had been selected! Amazing!

November was then a flurry of emails, quotations, careful organisation, stock sourcing and late night sewing. I dared to work on a new collection of bags simultaneously as I really wanted to be able to sell them at the show! 

December 5th soon dawned... (speaking of dawn it was an absolutely beautiful morning!) the next 5 days flew by. It was such a surreal experience, plus very tiring (I'm no stranger to the hard work of retail!). I received some really lovely feedback from customers; I met a watercolour artist who said the Purple Blossom Scarf reminded her of her paintings! ^_^ How cute!

The other graduates collections were incredible and so unique, I felt pretty darn lucky to be among them! I feel like I've just generally gained so much from this! It helped launch Sweet As Can Be into the big wide world!

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

The Handy Little Bag

I have started putting together a plan for creating some little makeup bags! Always so excited to extend the Sweet As Can Be range!

Pictured above are a few example images of my patterns displayed onto a zipped bag shape. I'm still narrowing down which patterns to use but these are definitely the current favourite 4!

I'm hoping to make them about 8/10 inches long at first, then potentially in a few different sizes and styles! The perfect little bag to store and carry more than just makeup! Pencil case, small clutch bag for a night out, or even to store your gameboy and ds games in… 

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Cold Body Radiation

A few quick abstract patterns put together this evening! I tend to find that the things I create encapsulate the current mood I'm in, or the things currently on my mind. After reading a Nat Geo story on the incredible fluorescent world beneath the waves and also re-watching the amazing series that is Human Universe created by Prof. Brian Cox, I guess other worldly landscapes and bioluminescence were playing on my mind!

Luminescence is a form of cold body radiation (light not caused by heat energy) hence the title!

(P.s. it turns out that 'Cold Body Radiation' is also the name of a band… and I am now in love with them)

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Mirror Mirror...

Sunset, Seafoam, Dawn, Purple Gaze and Forest.

So. A load of these beautiees arrived in the post at work yesterday. So pleased with how they turned out; Super vibrant and a great quality print and mirror! 

I think one of the things I enjoy most about owning a little shop is naming products! It really helps give each product an even more unique vibe. I've named the above pocket mirrors as Sunset, Seafoam, Dawn, Purple Gaze and Forest! Glorious, I know ;)

My brand is new to the block and I've only been truly focused upon it for the last few months (all work is done in my spare time as I already have a full time job!); Along the way I'm discovering more about what I'd like my shop to represent and what it means to others, as well as myself.

Lots of shops and brands seem to have a theme. Some are 'mermaidy' and 'beach' themed, others are 'street' or 'vintage'. I'm into nature, travelling, and being outside, and so eager for adventure, and so inspired by different countries and cultures. (I think this really helps when I come to name things!) perhaps my theme is something that I will realise with time… I will more than likely be about to drop off to sleep tonight and have a eureka moment then have to get up and write some awesome idea down! (Doesn't that always seem to happen!?)

...At the moment I'm just simply enjoying creating pretty 'sweet' things, that people will hopefully treasure as much as I do :)

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Dreamy Notebooks

I think many fellow notebook enthusiasts will enjoy this one…

I'm so easily won over by pretty little notebooks! I have a shelf on my bookcase completely dedicated to them. I've been collecting them for as long as I can remember, each one filled with stories, song lyrics, dreams, sketches, doodles, notes and lists. (And a few empty ones that are almost too pretty to write in!).

They're so great at capturing memories. Sometimes I'll spend an evening reading through the cute stories I attempted writing at age 12, or the emotional poem written at age 16 :L and all the doodles drawn during my school years (gosh that makes me feel old!). They really do capture the heart and soul of who you used to be; It's quite sweet reading through them again and discovering how much you've changed as a person.

These little gems pictured above are now available on Sweet As Can Be! The covers are made from recycled paper which I love.. always trying to be as sustainable as possible ;) ! Perfect for doodling, sketching, note taking or just staring at... like I sometimes do!

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Photographing Scarves For The Shop

I spent this afternoon photographing my scarves again! A designer friend suggested using additional photos to show how the scarves would look 'tied', and I think it helps displays them so much better! The above shot is my Lime & Purple square silk scarf.

I have so many ideas floating around, I've 'almost' lost track of what I'm working on next! I have a few new products on their way to me which I'll be adding to the shop veryy soon. (Some great stocking fillers for Christmas ;) it's only 80 days away!).

I've also been completed fascinated with jewellery design; I've found some incredible independent jewellery crafters on Instagram recently including Katy Fletcher Designs, The Serpents Club and Made By Fleur (who I found today!). So, naturally, I attempted to make something myself! I have never been an overly crafty person, so don't exactly have many supplies hanging around, or a pro jewellery design kit with a blow torch or anything fancy.. But what I did have was lots of fabric off cuts! I plaited together some fabric and just completely loved how it looked, so this is now my next project! If you'd like to keep up to date with my progress with it check out the shops Instagram account @Sweetascanbeshop :)

Monday, 1 September 2014

Slideshow Bob

A little bit of photography for the slideshow on my shop's front page! I've ordered a little collection of new products which I'll soon be uploading onto the site which is really exciting!!

It's so lovely to finally have a little shop to call my own, I've always admired all the little boutiques and shops from around the world that I've come across over the last 3 years (Dixi, Moon Tide, The Serpents Club, Her Tiny Teeth, Street Heart Boutique, Emma Warren, Casper & Pearl, Room 131, Crystal Cactus; To name but a few!). Each one has such a unique style and vibe!

I love this world that I've entered, of creating exclusive products that you wouldn't necessarily find on the high street. It's a great little community, everyone seems to support each other; It's hard work but just so incredibly worth it.

Monday, 30 June 2014

Sweet As Can Be is here!

So it's official! I have now opened my little online shop 'Sweet as can be' using BigCartel :) To begin with I will be selling my phone cases and also printed notebooks! Although I have a ton of ideas waiting to be played out!

It's nerve-racking and amazing all at the same time! The idea of spreading my designs and accessories nationwide and worldwide… I hope you love my designs as much as I do!

Friday, 28 February 2014

Floral Design Day

This is definitely a national day created for me! This is just a little 'mash up' of some of my favourite designs I've created over the last year :) 

P.s. I have some awesome things in the pipeline at the moment! 

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Neon Sign Typography

I'm currently going through a bit of a neon sign/arctic monkeys/chase and status phase... So this blog post was born! I was inspired by the beautiful work of Jung Lee and her neon type installation photography.

Due to lack of budget my neon signs are merely edited type! However I think I've pulled it off fairly well! The combination of the modern, and 'cold' neon typography and the dark natural landscapes creates an eerie and almost fairytale like scene.

Thursday, 30 January 2014

London Bokeh

A new design for the Beta Fashion Project entitled 'London Perspectives'. The challenge was to create a design, based on your perception of London, for a t-shirt to be sold at Vodafone London Fashion Weekend in Somerset House. The competition was judged by the Textile Federation's in-house team and also the Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council!
Alas, I did not win this time.. But it's always great to receive positive feedback, plus my design was featured on the Textile Federation's Facebook photo album! I overlaid my design onto a photograph of my t-shirt and mixed up the colours a little; When I think of London I think of nightlife, buildings and lights and 'Bokeh' photography seemed to be the perfect way to encapsulate that!