Monthly Archives: March 2012

First lampshade commission in pictures

So, I did it! I made my first commissioned lampshade! It is for a lovely little girl called Erin, for her new bedroom. I was rather nervous about it, but having complete design control made it so much easier. I hope she likes it. I thought I would share with you in pictures how my morning has gone… Before ou take a loo, I have to point out none of this would have been possible without of Ruth @quincylampshades who provided me with a one – to – one tutorial back in January.

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They’re here!!!

I picked up what is hopefully the first print run of my first series of greetings cards today. I am so pleased with them – they look like proper, actual, real cards like you can get in the shops! So as of tomorrow, they will be available to buy from Austi & Co. in Malvern ( If you want to see what the six designs look like, check out the mrsmcindoe Facebook page.

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mrsmcindoe makes cards

This week I have mostly been thinking about and working my first range of greetings cards. It’s all rather exciting, if a little nerve-racking. Who knew it was so much effort for a greetings card!

A local design and print company has been sourced and engaged (The Whole Hog –, envelopes and cellophane bags have been sourced and purchased (and have actually arrived), and my first invoice (for the card shop) is about to be produced.

So, all being well, you should be able to buy my cards in the shops (well, just the one shop to start with!) by the middle of next week – yay! The shop in question is Austin & Co. at The Courtyard, Malvern ( It’s a great little shop if you are a fan of all things paper – pop over and have a look!

I am hoping they will be available to buy online by the end of next week too, with another exciting new venture – watch this space!

In the meantime, here is a sneak preview of the original artwork for one of the six cards….

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Where does inspiration come from?

This seems to be a question I am often asked. I find it quite hard to explain, as I take my inspiration from the world around me – shapes that I have seen in nature, in advertising, in architectural detail, food, fashion….. it is a never-ending list. Any image that appeals lodges in my head somewhere, and may or may not resurface at a later date, be that an hour later, or several years later.

I take lots of photographs, not always very good, but they feel important to me, and perhaps they help lodge the images in my brain .There are thousands and thousands of pictures on my computer that I have never gone back to, so it’s not like I spend hours trawling through old images for ideas, the important ones stick where it matters. So to show you what inspires me, here are some images from a walk to the pub on Saturday. We walked up to an amazing pub, The Turf Locks, just outside Exeter. Hope you like…

the curve of the path, the tall masts of the boats, the colours, the shadows….

the light, the colours, the textures, delicate new life v. harsh old twigs

always take loads of pictures of branches against the sky
love the shadows
wallpaper inside the pub – very pretty
mouse inside the pub – think it is made of very thin hardboard with patterns/pictures laminated/printed onto it? Pretty cool, whatever…
love the pattern and the muted tones
an interesting lamp, shapes, patterns, shadows
I love this type of grass – not sure what it is called! And the clouds, gotta love clouds – the colours, the light, the patterns, the movement…

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So many things to do this week – exciting!

I think its going to be a busy one this week, so am going to write it all down now for two reasons – one, I might not get another chance or a while, and two, so I can refer back to my list when it gets hectic later in the week!

So, here is my list of jobs…

1. a visit with Mark Hogan at The Whole Hog today – I’ll let you know how we get on – we are meeting to discuss options for greetings cards and limited edition prints, and also to find out if scanning my work into the computer is going to be a better option that photographing it.

2. I need to write some copy for the library to go in its ‘whats on’ section for my exhibition. I wonder what people are making of it so far – might have to go down and have a snoop tomorrow.

3. Meeting with a lovely lady called Zoe to discuss local art and craft fairs – hopefully I am not to late to get myself booked in for some later in the year.

4. I have several commissions to work on – trees, dogs, logos and lampshades….. if I ever find any time to do any cutting that is!

5. I have forms to fill in for handmadeofbritain who will be selling my work very soon.

6. and of course my full-time job of washing, cleaning, tidying, feeding, shopping, cooking, tidying, playing, helping, teaching, tidying, listening, disciplining, 6 piece jigsaw puzzling, play date arranging, oh, and did I mention tidying?

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Exhibition Month

I have been so tied up with my own exhibition setting up that I completely forgot to mention that my amazing new friend Jill has got an exhibition of her own happening this month. If you happen to be in Malvern, please do go and check it out – Malvern HIlls Gallery

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….everyone loves Owls, don’t they? They remind me of childhood – partly 70’s desgin stuff, and partly a fab childrens book – The Owl Service by Alan Garner.

Anyhoo….twit twoo….

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World Book Day

World Book Day – what are you doing to celebrate? My eldest chimp is off to school as a rather bad tempered version of Pippi Longstocking (and Monkey-Moo is going as Mr Nelson). Not sure if the plaits will last all day, or the freckles!


And as for me, I am setting up my first exhibition in the local library – pretty cool that it is on the same day as World Book Day as I love books! Wish me luck….

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