About Me and Design Rocks!

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Hello and welcome. Here's a bit about me: I've spent my childhood and a lot of my life traveling. Places, colour and pattern are my biggest inspiration. I've surfed & lived in a tent in Cornwall. Sketched my way round Morocco. Designed from an antique textile archive in Manhattan (dream job!). Styled and written for an interiors magazine on the sleepy island of Malta. Now I live in Manchester, UK, where I run Design Rocks greetings cards. Whilst in Manhattan I amassed a large collection of vintage textiles. These were used as inspiration for my first card range, Vintage Rocks! We sell wholesale so if you'd like a brochure visit the website or get in touch. Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Let the crafting commence!

We've started a craft revolt. We've spurned our traditional commercial Christmas which was all about 'stuff' and have opted to 'keep it real' this year. The baby Cheeses did not wake up in the manger and demand his Wii consol.
Spurred on partly by thrift and partly by a creative drive to get away from a commercial Christmas, the girly group are now meeting once a week to industriously churn out home made gifts for all. ('Oh no' groan the family). I offered to knit my sister in law a jumper with one arm longer than the other - she said she could use it as a straight jacket and could she have a Selfridges voucher instead. I said no of course and that she must suffer the home made goods.

Aim of the game: To be totally creative, spend no more than £50 on everybody, have fun and come up with original ideas to share with y'all.

Items created so far: Home made chutney x 7 jars.

Tune in to follow our experiment, through success and disasters we'll bring you the reality of crafting your own christmas. Can it really be done?
I think Tracy already failed on the cost, she spent £20 on mags for ideas and about fifty quid on materials in a buying frenzy! But I'm loving her ideas sketchbook so she gets to continue to the next round.

Coming soon: Pics of chutney, the recipe and cool labels. Clay tree ornaments, home made books, custom aprons, lavendar door hangers and gingerbread toys.

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