109 weeks and 4 days | A personalised family print

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.

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A personalised family print | smoke grey with white accents

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! ;)

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A personalised family print | white with grassy green accents

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.

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My personalised family print | orange with white accents

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 — caro@thetwinklediaries.co.uk — I’d love to hear from you!

Or pop along to my online shop to see what else I’ve been up to!

About Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

53 thoughts on “109 weeks and 4 days | A personalised family print

  1. These look lovely. I wish I had a better eye for design but since I don’t I’ll just have to visit your shop instead!

  2. I love those personalised prints – what a lovely idea. So glad that you are enjoying the way you work now and being able to utilise all your skills whilst still being a stay-at-home mum – sounds like you have the best of both worlds :-)

    1. Thanks so much Louise. I really am!! It’s really hard work — trying to juggle everything but so, so rewarding. I’m incredibly thankful to be able to stay at home with the boys but continue with my work xx

  3. These are beautiful, what an amazing idea! You’re very talented :-) I know what you mean, I’m a designer too but have so many ideas in my head and not enough time to do it. Still I love being a mum and now I love having a blog to share a bit of creativity. #twinklytuesday
    Sabrina x

    1. It’s hard isn’t it? Most creatives I know generally have a head bursting with ideas!! They wake me up sometimes and I have to write them down!! Lovely to be able to create lovely things though isn’t it? Be it writing, art… babies!! ;)

  4. These are lovely and very appropriate for my line of work. Like you I love that I get to create while also being a SAHM. My art talent is sadly non-existent so my creativity goes into the kitchen. #TwinklyTuesday

  5. These are so lovely, you are very talented! We are moving house soon and I would love to have one these for the new pad! Off to check out your shop…
    Becky xx

  6. These prints are beautiful! I’m going to have a little look at your shop now. Also a lovely inspiring story. Thanks for hosting #twinklytuesday

  7. You have a real gift for design. They are gorgeous! It’s amazing how it’s a treat to be creative when you don’t get to that often as a mom! Your website is beautifully designed too – no surprise there! :) #TwinklyTuesday

  8. Caro, these are just exquisite. I know what you mean, though, about picking up skills from watching others. It’s a mixture of “I want to be just like that” and “by no means will I *ever* to that”! #twinklytuesday

  9. You are so talented, as you know I love love love my papercut and these are just as gorgeous! It’s funny how you learn extra skills through just having to do stuff all by yourself isn’t it! I’ll have a think for some ideas for you :)

    1. Aww thanks sweetheart :) SO happy you love your papercut. It was created especially for you and Rog — these days something emotive has to kick me into action to design something new. I so wanted to create something to treasure, that would make you smile xx

      PS — YES! Always love people to suggest ideas!! If you have an idea, let me know! ;)

  10. This looks lovely – I love personalized items like this, and your designs are wonderful. I keep thinking of getting one of my fave quotes done (a quote to do with my blog) but I’ve never got round to it! maybe that will be my blog birthday gift to myself last this year :-)

    1. Thanks so much Sarah! When you’re ready to have your quote turned into a print, let me know! I’d be delighted to design it for you! I can’t recommend the quality of the prints enough — they’re Giclée printed and the pigment is so dense and lovely. They’re really beautiful. My printer is a genius! :)

  11. These are beautiful, I love personalised things, going to check out your not on the high street shop now ! x #twinkleytuesday

    1. Aaah thanks so much Lauren :) If you look on the top menu on my blog — there’s a little link that says ‘shop’. I’ve popped the ‘recipes’ plus a few other bits and pieces on there! :) x

  12. Oh my goodness! I am just…just….I don’t have words these are so beautiful!!
    I am on my way to your shop now, I hope you take orders! haha

    Congrats on this! They are amazing!

    Have a wonderful weekend! x

  13. Awwww, you are one creative and talented lady. I love this new design. It is fabulous and I adore the personalisation of the family recipe. The grey design you did for Jess and the white and grass green design are my favourites. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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