Tuesday, September 17, 2013

A house a home

Home is where the freaking couch is.  Where the coffee is.  Where the hugs are.  Where the tear-wiper-awayer-is.  Where the warm bed and the shower is.  Where the friends are.  Where the unbiased support and the hot meal and the genuine kindness is.  Where the love is.

New pillow to put in your home.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Badgers on bikes

Sometimes something is as likely to happen as a badger on a unicycle playing a harmonica.  These are the things that you need to make happen!  A pillow to remind you to achieve the unachievable.  Pillow measures 15cm x 17cm and comes in yellow, grey, green, pink and blue.  Buy one now!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Lions and tigers oh my

I worked with film director Rafal Zielinski recently on some graphics for a kickstarter campaign for a new film.  The screenplay for the film was written by Gina Wendkos who also wrote Ginger Ale Afternoon and The Princess Diaries.  We shall see if it makes it to the big screen!

Spend that paperrr

Yo! Exciting times. You can now make purchases with your credit card in my etsy shop.  This means you don't need paypal. This means you can buy loads of kitty pillows and not worry about paypal getting all up in your business. In celebration of this here's a coupon code: CHACHING for free shipping all weekend.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Staffordshire Bull Textile-er

I got some new dog pillows for your eyes. Can you tell I dream of sharing my life with a terrier?  Oh how much better things would be if a four-legged dude joined me and my fiance in Manchester.  For now, we will just have to make do with textile-based dogs.

One of each colour currently available but wholesale requests more than welcome!  Both ready to purchase through my etsy shop. x

Friday, September 6, 2013

Summer of RUN

With a gammy foot and a temperamental leg the lack of running-related social media posts on my behalf has decreased over the past week or two.  And for a few weeks before that my life has consisted of 80% work, 90% wedding planning and 80% running. Yeah, somehow that adds up to way more than 100% - hence why my leg and foot probably decided to kick off.

To bring you up to speed (some sort of attempt at a pun?) on my summer of running, I'm training for the Mablethorpe Marathon on October 6th.  It's a very small (still 26.2 miles, hyuck) race - only 500 entrants - two laps of a half marathon course.  Flat, by the beach.  The site describes it as 'friendly.'

I chose Hansons Marathon Method for my training plan this time around and I'd highly recommend it. If you like running, it's like music to a control-freak, plan-driven, numbers-orientated runner's ears. You run almost every day.  Except Wednesdays.

You'd think - my legs will get tired.  But, my legs are actually (aside from this week's exception) stronger.  I feel less tired.  I'm (dare I say it?) faster.

A few things that have made my summer running very enjoyable:
1.  I got sent some GU Chomps.  They're super tasty and a nice alternative to a gel.  I used them for before a Tuesday evening speed session when I realised I'd been working like a chicken with its head cut off all afternoon and forgotten to eat something sensible and needed some sugar to amp me up for a sweaty session.  They also work for during long runs - nicer texture than a gel.  I usually don't have stomach issues with gels and didn't have issues with these either - but I know some people do so ya know make sure you try anything on your training runs before using on race day. Obvs.

2.  I got track in my life.  A coach that explains to me where to put my arms and my neck and that I should be running faster, come on, you're almost at the line, you should be right at my side not behind me, you can run faster you're just not trying hard enough.  It's cleaner running - no cracked pavements or people standing at bus stops or red lights to slow you down.  Pretty liberating!
3.  My footwear has branched out.  I have shoes for different occasions.  Get down with different shoes.  Treat your feet! Adds a little bit of variety to a running schedule (and a little bit of chaos to our apartment storage... let's not go there...)

4.  I've learned about blisters.  The hard way.  These 2XU moisture control socks are a new discovery.  Who knew there were socks that stopped that blister business before it started?  They are lovely. And they're pink! (Thanks 2XU for sending me these.)
5.  Iron.  If you run loads, you need an iron supplement.  If you don't take an iron supplement, you'll most likely start to feel dizzy all the time and super tired and convince yourself you're pregnant. I bought Floradix FLORAVITAL from the crazy hippy healthfood store.  There's plenty of other (cheaper) supplements to go for though!

6.  Maca.  It's pretty new to me and I've been introducing it slowly to my shizzle.  Maca has apparently been used in Peru for endurance and energy for over 2000 years.  It's pretty dense in minerals: calcium, potassium, iron (see above), phosphorus, magnesium, silica and zinc. All things runners kinda need.  Someone told me maca powder was taken by Inca warriors before going into battle to increase their strength, stamina and endurance.  
Not that I like to pretend I'm an Inca Warrior or anything... ahem...
I was sent some tablets to try, and have been told these ones are entirely vegan...

In general I would probably go for a powder to add to smoothies and salads - there is an organic brand which you can buy from Amazon for like £5.  The Naturya brand also do Chia seeds and other lovely vegan goodies. 
7.  We Do Run Run and the twittersphere (oh god, I've actually said that word?).  When I first started running it was just me, some crappy trainers I'd bought from Sports Direct and some admittedly embarrassing Girls Aloud on my ipod.  A few years later and despite still blasting a bit of Cheryl from time to time, running for me has really changed. And it's mostly down to all the interesting and inspiring people I've met via - the internet.  Go check out We Do Run Run and I can guarantee you'll be shuffling into a pair of shorts and cranking up the volume on your awesome music choices before you know what's happening to you. 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Shop at the Old Fire Station

I have a super new stockist, Shop at the Old Fire Station in Oxford.  They ordered some totes, cards, stickers and pocket manfriends to sell in their shop and I know the products will fit right in with their other stock.  If you're in Oxford, go and visit.  Send me a photo!

Bad bad kitty vest

 Looking for something cool to go running in?  How bouts this awesome BAD KAT vest?  I've made a white version. It's a one-off. I might make some more. I might not. It's there for whomever feels brave enough to wear such a badass article of clothing.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Drawing all the people and animals

I've had a little friend in my studio recently, Basil cat from next door comes to visit sometimes to keep me company and make sure I get loads of work done.  Some recent portraits I've done, obviously with Basil's help:

I am now doing family portraits as well as couples and pets.  Get in touch if you're interested!  (You can see a whole lot more of the portraits I've done on my website.  You can also order portraits directly from my etsy shop.
I love my job. The end.

With Brave Wings

Hello, just wanted to let y'all know that this pillow (which sold out for a little while) is back in town. I have made some more and they are available to order directly from my etsy shop now.