At the beginning of the year, I had an idea for a new personalised family print to sell on my Not On The High Street shop.
Roll on a couple of months and I’ve finally got around to getting the first samples designed, printed and photographed. I’m so pleased with them — particularly as any new designs are few and far between these days! Plus I’ve just set up a little online shop of my own too, to sell some of the products that I make, through my blog.
Amazing how my life has shifted. Before I had the twins, my days would be spent sat in front of my Mac, designing products or patterns or creating branding for companies. These days I rarely get chance to sit and create something new. I think about new designs all the time but getting a little run of uninterrupted time, to sit and create, is rare.
That said, I wouldn’t change it for the world. I’m in the enviable position of having a skill that can be carried out anywhere that I can plug in my computer! I am a stay at home, work at home mama.
It’s a lucky state of affairs and something that I’m so grateful for.
I’ve not always been so solitary in my work though. Before we moved up to Northamptonshire, I was a freelance art-director and used to spend Monday to Friday shooting everything from homes and interiors to fashion or food. It was a fabulous career!! Exciting and varied and — if I’m totally honest — didn’t really feel like work at all ;) I absolutely loved it and really miss the camaraderie of the photographers and stylists that I’d work with on shoot days.
These days any photoshoots that I attend are a million miles away from the high budget, well organisedA little make-shift set, created in a quiet corner, at home.
The photographer is me.
The stylist is me.
The art-director… well, you get the drift! ;)
It’s amazing isn’t it? The things you learn, throughout your life; skills you pick up or the time you spend watching other people. All being stored away for future use.
And now they’re all being utilised and I’m creating my own product shots, for my own products. If you’ve have told me I’d be doing this, a decade ago, I wouldn’t have believed you!
Life is funny isn’t it? It can take you places that you’d never expect to go.
Creating lovely things to adorn the walls of other people’s homes fills me with joy! Being able to make something, that will be enjoyed year after year — and treasured — is a lovely thing and something that I’ll never tire of.
Do you have an idea for a personalised print? I’m always open to suggestions and absolutely love to create new designs for people. Drop me an email if you do — email@example.com — I’d love to hear from you!
Or pop along to my online shop to see what else I’ve been up to!