Thursday, 10 April 2014

If I had a shop...

My Highlights of BCTF 2014

I have just got back from exhibiting at The British Craft Trade fair in Harrogate. Feeling rather blerry eyed but very happy to have met some wonderful new stockists and catch up with existing Lucy Alice stockists. All to be revealed soon! 



As I was sat at my stand I started to wonder which products I would pick to stock in my imaginary bricks and mortar shop. It must be such a huge task to think of collections, customers and calculations but Im sure a lot of the selections made are simply down to a love of beautiful things. If you love it, it will be much easier to sell it to somebody else right?! 

Anyhow he is a small selection from the talented bunch at this years fair...


Memo Illustration

Gorgeous screen printed stationery inspired by vintage finds. All made by Helen, a self confessed collector and hoarder of 1940's and 1950's memorabilia. Kitsch, colourful and fun.






Bug

Jewellery handmade by designer Ellie Ingram. Playful miniatures such as jam on toast and cassette tapes are beautifully made into jewellery that tells a story and will be treasured for a lifetime. 






Lauren van Helmond

I just love these...





 Megan Alice England

Bright and Bold screen printed textiles by Megan Alice England. Her stand stood out from the rest, a lovely fresh collection that makes you smile.





Sarah Jane Brown

Beautiful, delicate metal sculptures made with driftwood and plenty of character! I can just see one of these on my mantelpiece.






Friday, 11 October 2013

A Nursery in Yellow & Green...


There is only 2 weeks to go until we welcome little baby Arnold into the world and today I made the finishing touches to the nursery. I have spent months scouring Pinterest for inspiration, painting old furniture all sourced from my Grandmas old house and scouring charity shops for bargains. Hopefully the room shows that with a little bit of paint, a sewing machine and time, you can create a lovely little hub for your newborn on a minuscule budget.  I was able to use some of the material I have had stashed away for years, using it to make a cot valance, covering an old toy box to double up as a seat as they get older and also used some old wrapping paper to revamp a tired bookcase. We went for a unisex palette of duck egg blues, lime greens and I couldn't not add a little yellow into the mix! The result is a mix of calm and contentment, it is defiantly our favourite room in the house. What do you think?
Now all we need is a baby...


Things may be a little quiet on the Lucy Alice Designs front for the next few months as we adjust to our new family life however with thanks to my very helpful husband the online shop will be open over Christmas with new lines being added over the next week, so those little Lucy Alice gifts can find a way under your tree! 

Sunday, 6 October 2013

New Stockist's Alert! : Yellowstone Art Boutique & The Butterfly Rooms



.Hello to my favourite month: Hello Woolly Tights : Hello Beautiful Colours : Hello Halloween & Hello Baby Arnold.


It is hard to believe that October is here already, things are moving so fast with Christmas approaching and the birth of our baby imminent! To catch up on some Lucy Alice news here are two fabulous new stockists for this beautiful new month! 


Yellowstone Art Boutique, Trentham, Staffordshire

Yellowstone is run by Hannah Stoney who opened the shop in 2011. A delightful contemporary boutique full of designers who have trained at university and are new to the craft world. Hannah now stocks a selection of my cards and jewellery. Take a look at this cute little video to find out more and be sure to make a visit if you are in the area!



                  



The Butterfly Rooms, Saltaire 



My jewellery can also be found in The Butterfly Rooms in Saltaire. A shop bustling with unique and inspiring gifts all sourced from British designers and makers. Products range from baby clothes to cosmetics. I wish I lived closer so I could indulge in some Christmas shopping! 

www.thebutterflyrooms.co.uk  73 Bingley Road, Saltaire BD18 4SB

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Wedding Stationery : Dusty pinks & pretty florals

Last month I sent off a selection of wedding stationery for Louise & Jon and I can now share it with you all!

Louise's wedding theme was based around dusty pinks, delicate florals and rustic details. A very pretty & romantic brief for stationery which was a pleasure to work with...









Congratulations to the newly weds!


P.s. I am now a married lady!! Stay tuned to hear all about the big day! 

Friday, 12 July 2013

3 weeks to go...DIY & the hen do!

With only 3 weeks to go until we tie the knot I am busy making all the finishing touches and finalising the structure of the day! This was the bit I was most looking forward to and ow how I have enjoyed myself. If the day doesn't go as smoothly as planned at least people will have pretty things to look at right?!

I have also just come back from my hen do in sunny Brighton. We all dressed up as 1950's housewives and spent the day at a beach hut along the seafront. Ate picnic food, played party games and paddled in the sea. It was a brilliant surprise and so nice to do something so different! 


Here is a sneak peek at what I have been up-to...

These pictures have been shared via Instagram, you can follow me here: http://instagram.com/lucyalicep

Sewing metres of hand printed table runners!
Measuring up : The view from the wedding venue

The hen's and me outside the beach hut!
A sneak at our wedding stationery


Bride to Be!


Hen do invitation!


 Happy Days!



Friday, 5 July 2013

Blog & Buy Sale Summer Wish List

My little bird earrings are currently part of the Blog and Buy Sale Summer Wish List!


Blog & Buy Sale creates a platform for independent designers to showcase their work and then points the public in the right direction if they wish to buy the products directly from the designer. 




If you would like to purchase a pair of bird earrings please visit my shop!

There are some fantastic products within this Summer's showcase. I love the range of fresh colours, quirky illustrations and bold patterns. I have picked three of my favourites below. 

1. Beautifully drawn and very witty, illustrated cards from Mister Peebles


2. Brilliant idea...Colour-In Seaside Tablecloth by Eggnogg


3. I love the retro feel & simplicity of these funky coasters by Anna Dent Studio



Dont forget to head over to the Blog & Buy Sale and pick your favourites! 

Sunday, 30 June 2013

5 weeks to go...Stationery: 'Oh Happy Day'

It is 5 weeks until our big day and I am hoping to blog each week about our plans and inspirations! 

I will getting married to the boy I met in the first year of university over 4 years ago. We will be wed in the village church across the road, followed by celebrations at the village hall. We have planned the day to be a very relaxed affair with a village fete theme, full of d.i.y details and a very small budget to boot! 

We started planning the day back in April 2012 when Harry proposed after we moved into our first flat. To be honest we have been very laid back with the whole 'wedding planning' thing and everything (so far) has been quite straight forward.  We picked a date, booked up the church, village hall, photographer, hire of equipment and caterers all very early on last year. We then set about putting a guest list together in order to send out our save the date cards. (The exciting creative bit!)

The research and inspiration started almost immediately, one word...Pinterest! I am sure you have all heard of Pinterest but for those of you that haven't, Pinterest is a virtual pin board where you can save and group together ideas and images for any occasion or theme. It has been my best friend throughout the whole time and id say it is a definite must when planning your wedding. You can also create secret boards so your wedding plans are kept a secret! 

You can follow me and view my boards here: http://pinterest.com/lucyaliceporter/ 


We have decided on a theme of a yellow, village fete, mismatched day full of fun d.i.y details and we wanted our invitations to reflect this. 

All images from Pinterest


So here they are, our save the dates and invitations, designed by myself and lovingly hand assembled by the Fiancee! 








'Oh Happy Day!'