Tuesday, 17 August 2010
Wednesday, 21 July 2010
Sunday, 20 June 2010
(A little snap shot of my desk while preparing some prints to be posted)
My shop at Epla doesn't have a feedback system, so I decided to send out a small survey to my first 50 customers to make sure they were all happy with their prints. I was very excited to only get positive feedback, and at the same time got some input for potential new products for my shop. As a thanks for completing my survey, one lucky lady won a print of her choice. She chose the Toothbrush print, and here it is, almost ready to start it's journey over to Norway.
I usually keep the A4 size of the prints I send, as this is more flexible when it comes to choosing a frame or way to display the print in your home. Each print is signed, and has also got a label on the back with the title of the print, date created and signature. It is then posted in a cello sleeve in a hardback envelope.
Sorry about the terrible mobile phone photo. I am in the process of buying a new camera, and hopefully that should mean more and better photos for the blog!
Saturday, 15 May 2010
Friday, 30 April 2010
I've also been doing lots and lots of thinking about the way forward for my business. I've been thinking big, and thinking hard, and hopefully I'll have some exciting stuff to show here quite soon. In the meantime though, I will make sure to pop up here more often.
The photo above is from something else that has been taking up quite a bit of my time lately - my man and I are getting married in September, and this week we had a pre-wedding photo shoot with our awesome photographer. In the hunt for the perfect location we got completely stuck in the mud, and I literally had to get down and dig to get Rich's shoe back. It was pretty funny! I do think the mud adds a little something extra to the photos though, wouldn't you agree? :)
I'm busy designing our invitations right now, and will show them here a bit closer to the day when all the guests have received theirs. I do love designing stationary, but for some reason it's so much harder to choose what direction to take when designing for myself!
Tuesday, 16 March 2010
Those great folks over at Epla continue to be oh so good to me. It was a great surprise when they contacted me to ask if they could use my Captain for a header for Barnas Epla (Epla for kids). I said yes of course!
Today my pictures popped up as today's featured products on their Facebook fanpage.
On a slightly less egocentric note, I was quite intrigued to see how Epla would look without the wintery theme, and I love the way they have kept the design very similar but swapped the snowflakes for some subtle brush strokes. They have really managed to create a great site, and it's a joy to use! It is so inspiring with people who have a good idea and really go for it and make stuff happen.
You can read an interview in English with the people behind Epla here.
Sunday, 14 March 2010
Friday, 12 March 2010
Friday, 26 February 2010
Thursday, 25 February 2010
Look, Tuva's whale has got a little cousin! Meet Dolphin. These two look really sweet together. I might have to get them framed and show you a photo of them in some more inspiring surroundings.
Wednesday, 24 February 2010
I was contacted by my local paper (back home) in January asking if I fancied doing an interview. Ignoring my love of my relative anonymity I said yes, and this is the result of a few emails back and forth between me and the reporter, Ingvild. Almost a full double page spread as this week's Laurdagspraten (Saturday chat). Fun! The headline reads A creative soul in Charles Dickens' home town.
Huge thanks to all of those helping my new Epla shop reach 25 sales already!
Sunday, 21 February 2010
You might have noticed a small change here on the blog? Yep. I have decided to leave the cold*toes name behind. When I started this blog, I wasn't really sure what I wanted it to be or if I was even going to keep it up, but now it seems to make more sense to use the same name as my business. I now go by the same name on my website, my Epla Shop and my Etsy shop. All the URLs are still the same though. A more interesting header might pop up one of these days when I have a few spare minutes.
Tuesday, 16 February 2010
Lena of the lovely blog Bo med barn (Living with children) has a little write-up of my work today!
The blog is written in Norwegian, but is packed full of lovely photos so I can recommend a visit for non-Norwegian readers too. The blog is mainly centered around children's interiors, and shows off some really great and creative spaces.
Thanks Lena :)
Posted by Marianne M at 12:17
Tuesday, 9 February 2010
Saturday, 6 February 2010
Illustrator Lynne Chapman writes a blog that is a real treasure trove for anyone interested in illustrating for children. She writes honestly about her process and shows us some great work-in-progress photos. Her posts on the creation of the book Bears on the Stairs are especially great.
Last week, Lynne posted some pictures of what her publisher had said was the Dutch edition of the book Stinky. After a few seconds of feeling quite exited that I was suddenly able to read and understand Dutch, I realised that this book surely had to be Danish. I sent Lynne an email to let her know, and because she is generous enough to give away the foreign editions of her books, she sent me one of her Danish copies!
One of the spreads from the book, where Stinky is having afternoon tea with the monkeys. Don't you just love the eye contact between the monkeys and Stinky?
Lynne also included a lovely post card and one of her bookmarks. The bookmark is a great idea as an alternative business card. The format has enough space for a short introduction, a list of some of her books, and links to her websites.
I do love illustrated end pages. It just adds that little something extra to a picture book. Love this little fatty with his banana and straw.
It's interesting to see how the Danish publisher decided to design the cover, using very different typography. The title has also changed a bit in the Danish version. The full UK title is: Stinky! Or How the Beautiful Smelly Warthog Found a Friend, while the Danish title simply reads: Stinky gets a new friend. Scandic love of less is more, or just lazy translation? Hm. Not sure...
Stinky får en ny ven is a very sweet story about finding friends who will love you for who you are, and about being misunderstood. The illustrations add some colourful humour that helps keep the story from getting too sweet and mushy.
Wednesday, 3 February 2010
There is one expression that perfectly sums up growing up where I did:
You don't have more fun than you make yourself.
We may only have had one TV channel until well into the nineties, but three little girls with lively imaginations rarely have trouble finding something to do. The detective agency I founded with the clever S and the brave L is still going strong. We have solved some big mysteries in our time, and I'm sure there are more to come!
One day I will write a book about those three little detectives.
(This week's IF contribution - just a wonky little sketch)
Tuesday, 26 January 2010
This was originally a little sketch I made for my friend *S* when she found out she had to have braces put back on her teeth in her 20's. She was not very impressed, so I made her this little character to make her laugh.
Not quite sure why she's wearing a crash helmet, but maybe it's because she is known for being pretty unlucky and clumsy! Actually, I don't think she is more clumsy than the rest of us, but she has the guts to laugh at herself and admit when she has done something clumsy whereas I would just go bright red and pretend like nothing happened...
This was originally just a sketch, scanned and coloured digitally in flat colour, but I fancied having a go at a pastel version. Not the most amazing thing, but it'll do nicely as this week's IF contribution.
Monday, 18 January 2010
(Some more character sketches I've been working on)
The sun is shining today and the temperature has crawled up to 6 degrees, much to the relief of the people around here. English people are good at a lot of things, but snow is not one of them! It's all a little amusing to someone from a winter country. To be fair though, it is not often they have to deal with this much of it.
I have just about got back into the rhythm of things, and have had a nice and productive January so far. Today is set aside for sketching, so I've got my coffee and my moleskin ready and am all set.
Tuesday, 12 January 2010
Eg har åpna ein liten butikk på epla.no!
På denne fine sida kan vi kjøpe og selge i norske kroner, og ikkje minst oppdage spennande nye ting laga av kreative "naboar".
Akkurat no er det mest kjente trykk å finne i butikken min, men nytt og friskt stoff er på veg!