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Interview with New Brewery Arts
My first interview with one of our lovely stockists who have been loyal to us for many years is New Brewery Arts in Cirencester. They have been selling our tiny gift cards for what seems like forever. I do hope they’ll continue! Alice has been kin...
Celebrating 20 years!
This year we are celebrating our 20th year in business. Quite an achievement really, and reason to get the blog going again, and tell you a bit about what we do. I shall write some posts about the journey I have taken over these 20 years with my gree...
When Inspiration Dries Up
When your creativity seems to have disappeared, what do you like to do to find that inspiration again? When your creativity has become stagnant, when your mind is overloaded with "stuff". For me creativity seems to wax and wane, and when it's wa...
A lot of people ask me about our trade shows and how they work, and what happens once they're over. Here's a little behind the scenes for you. Before the show, there's a lot of work involved.  The chaos of the halls before the show opens ...
Penny Lindop Designs at Spring Fair Birmingham 2016[/caption] January and February are tough, but exciting, months in the gift industry, following on so closely from Christmas. We go to 2 trade shows during this time, and tomorrow is the day I set o...
It's almost 2 years since I last visited my blog; I guess life got in the way, and technology got too complicated. But I'll try again; the blog has now moved to onto Wordpress' platform to join the website, but isn't really quite finished - like many...
We made a couple of trips to Taipei, and stayed in an airbnb for our last weekend.   One visit took us to the National Palace Museum where we thoroughly enjoyed an exhibition of calligraphy and art – sorry, photos weren’t allowed – followed by a gen...
I'll just finish this little series of posts on our Japan adventure with some random photos of things that appealed to me. Of course, the cherry blossom caught me every time I saw it We had a quick look in the gold leaf museum and thought may...
Day 2 of our Japan adventure took us to the old part of Kanazawa, known as the Higashi Chaya District. What a contrast to the rest of the town!  Chaya translates as teahouse, and this is one of the areas of teahouses, entertainment and Geishas. We c...
Since September it's been full on work down in the studio, but I've taken a whole month out to recharge and to visit my daughter in Taiwan.We made a quick visit over to Japan as we reckoned it may be the only opportunity I get to visit. Two full days...
National Thinking of You Week has been launched by the Greeting Card Association to highlight the emotional power of sending and receiving greeting cards. The aim is to create a wave of love, caring and happiness across the nation by getting everyone...
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="320"] For inexpensive quirky bunting have a go at making this, by recycling some unwanted greeting cards. We show you how[/caption]   I had a pile of greeting cards that we had discontinued,...
I recently broke a very special cup. It's not really a special cup and the saucer has long since been mislaid. But it's the cup I remember my dad using for tomato soup when I was quite a young girl. My parents divorced early on so I never spent as mu...
Just a few beauties from the Great Yorkshire Show last week - I thought I'd focus mainly on goats here as there were plenty of lovely sheep for you from the Royal Norfolk Show last month.  Goats - I really rather fell in love with them, but only had...
I don't get much chance to look around at the shows that I attend as these days I'm on my own. But in my short little wander this is some of what caught my eye this year at the Royal Norfolk Show - some of it is mighty big A fab display from the o...
I thought I'd help any of you who are wondering whether to change your hair style - to fringe or not to fringe. Have a look at some of these - some great styles here, I thought!                   And then, how ab...
Hi, it’s Emma from Taiwan again!   Today, I thought I’d look back at what I was expecting when I came to Taiwan, and what I’ve actually experienced. When you say the word Taiwan, maybe you think mass production, electronics and plastic toys – I di...
Rainbow Village, on the outskirts of bustling Taichung, is amazing. It took us a while to find, but what a find it is.   The government of the area wanted to demolish this old military dependants’ village, but they hadn’t bargained for Huang Yung-...
Two weeks to visit daughter Emma, and to see a little of the island of Taiwan – a country that is amazingly beautiful and full of the loveliest people. Two weeks of delight and unexpected discoveries. Worth the travel. A journey time of over 16 hour...
I'm just starting on next year's handmade calendar and, not wanting to duplicate ideas from previous years, had a quick look through the back issues.  Originally I thought a handmade calendar would be a fabulous way to welcome in the new millenium, ...
At the shows I'm often asked "What's it made out of?" Well, I use sheep's fleece, but in very small quantities, so this year I thought I'd take some fleece along with me. A splash of colour in the corners, I thought.  I cut a large sack to siz...
I love helping out at these bigger retail shows – there’s so many new people to meet, and so many new beautiful products to look at. In previous years, I have been known to slip away from the stand for an hour and get my Christmas shopping done early...
I thought I'd take you for a gentle walk today with Coota; he's our rescue staffie/lurcher cross who's been with us now for 7 months. I think he's doing really well, and to be honest, I think we're doing pretty well too since we've never had anything...
A little post from team member Emma out in Taiwan: It’s the first time I’ve ever celebrated Chinese New Year, and it was quite an experience! We all had a week long holiday (yay!), so we decided to take a trip to the beautiful Sun Moon Lake. H...
Yesterday we made a pilgrimage to Walsingham in North Norfolk for the snowdrops. What a fabulous few hours, with some rare sunshine and carpets of snowdrops to inspire and uplift. Here are a few too many photograpsh:   Rescue lurcher/Staf...
What a treat this morning was - the best walk with our lively rescue dog Coota. He met dogs to play with, he ran, and the best bit, he didn't race off after squirrels and deer. He's responding to the whistle too. It's such a good feeling when the tra...
These photos sum up my year. I intended to have 1 photo per month, but a couple extra crept in January - filled with breath-takingly beautiful walks in the snow   February - lots of playing with my new camera, a Nikon D3200 (still so much ...
As you may know, Penny has just returned from a very busy, but equally fun, two weeks in London doing the Christmas shows. Not only does she enjoy meeting some of our lovely customers, she also loves taking a look around the shows and meeting some ot...
Many ecommerce websites require products with white backgrounds – it helps your products stand out. Although I prefer products photographed in a setting, I do have to cut out the backgrounds sometimes. This is how I do it, using Photoshop – it may n...
I flew out to Taiwan towards the end of August, so I still haven’t been here for too long, but so far I love it! It’s very different from what I’m used to, but that’s definitely not a bad thing. I came here with a couple of friends, and together we ...
Knutsford is the town on the doorstep of Tatton Park, and it was fantastic to see so many shops joining in the celebration of flowers during the RHS flower show.  Here are some incredible displays:                   ...
It was our first time exhibiting the RHS Flower show at Tatton Park, and indeed our first visit to this part of the country. We took loads of photos and wanted to share some of the things that caught our eye over the week we were there. We had a hea...
My, that was quite a scorching hot Great Yorkshire show this year - a complete contrast to the wash out of last year! I was on my own this year for the show so I was very pleased to get this little message sent from Emma who is still overseas: He...
So this is my last ever blog post from Prague!  I’ll be back home in Norfolk for a few weeks before continuing my adventure elsewhere!   I thought I’d share with you a few of my favourite places from this beautiful city.     First up; Vysehrad, ...
I was very excited to find a North Ronaldsay fleece at the Royal Norfolk Show. It's from a 4 year old ewe called Dianthe. They're an interesting ancient breed originating from North Ronaldsay in the Orkneys where they have been fenced off the land an...
A short little post about our Whisper's last weeks, which may help one or two other people. Emma and puppy training   Nicola and sleepy puppy     ...
There's not much opportunity to see much of the shows I attend when I'm on my own, but here are just a few bits that caught my eye while walking in in the mornings: These alpines greeted me as I walked along to the Country Living Magazine's marque...
I use natural and dyed sheep's fleece for finishing all my greeting cards and art work, and many of the colours have rather bizarre names - horse, Buff Orpingtons, dachshund, pig, and the like (based on what we use them for). Well, we've run out o...
    You may have noticed a new page on our website dedicated to our border collie products. This is because, sadly, our lovely collie Whisper has been diagnosed with a tumour with no chance of recovery.    Whisper ...
  I had a nostalgic moment yesterday while undergoing a deep clean and expansion of the studio. I came across these sheets of permatrace with some of my original designs on, from when I started playing around with my woolly sheep – around 1994/5. ...
  Hello from a very un-spring like Prague! Apparently this time last year it was 20 degrees here; now we’re lucky if it gets above zero! But we don’t have snow, so I can’t complain too much!  And at least I can keep my running training up, as I’m ru...
Well, it's still pretty wet under foot down on our local fen, Scarfe Meadow. A week ago it was totally flooded, but I didn't manage to get down there with a camera. Today I just took a few on my phone - not a particularly nice day, just grey, a bit c...

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