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!

Caro Davies
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.

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53 Comments

  1. Morna
    21st April 2015 / 6:49 am

    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!

    • 21st April 2015 / 10:07 am

      Aaah thanks so much Morna :) It’s a skill I’m forever grateful for! I’m really pleased with them — so nice to be able to make things to put up at home x

  2. Christine Kenny
    21st April 2015 / 7:35 am

    These are so beautiful and so unique. Stunning work, Love it! Popping over from #TwinklyTuesday

    • 21st April 2015 / 10:07 am

      Thanks so much Christine — that’s really lovely of you x

  3. 21st April 2015 / 8:21 am

    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 :-)

    • 21st April 2015 / 10:12 am

      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

  4. 21st April 2015 / 8:35 am

    I love this! We’re currently redecorating our living room so I might have to consider one in our new colour scheme :) #TwinklyTuesday

    • 21st April 2015 / 10:13 am

      Aaah that’s exciting! I love redecorating! But, hey, if you don’t find a colour you like, I could always create a bespoke one for you!! No extra charge :)

  5. Mackenzie Glanville (reflectionsfromme.com)
    21st April 2015 / 9:04 am

    You are awesomely talented! Love them, really love them

    • 21st April 2015 / 10:13 am

      Aww thanks Mack — that’s so lovely of you. You’ve made my day :)

  6. 21st April 2015 / 9:08 am

    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

    • 21st April 2015 / 10:16 am

      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!! ;)

  7. 21st April 2015 / 9:36 am

    I absolutely love these, and wold look fab in my kitchen. You’re very talented! :-) #twinklytuesday

    • 21st April 2015 / 10:16 am

      Aaah thanks so much Sophie — what a lovely thing to say! :) x

  8. Laura @ Life with Baby Kicks
    21st April 2015 / 9:40 am

    I LOVE these, I have pinned to come back to later!! #twinklytuesday xx

  9. 21st April 2015 / 12:21 pm

    Wow, good for you. What a cool skill set. I really like the posters, frames and the set up. I’m sure they’ll be selling like hotcakes.

    #twinklytuesday

    • 21st April 2015 / 6:11 pm

      Thanks so much :) The prints sell sell well on on Not On The High Street but I thought it was high time for me to have my own little shop! So pleased to have finally done it :)

  10. 21st April 2015 / 12:47 pm

    Oh wow, these are gorgeous. Will pop over to your shop :) It’s fab that you can use such a wonderful skill in this way xx #twinklytuesdays

    • 21st April 2015 / 6:13 pm

      Thanks so much Rachel. It’s so nice to be able to work from home, that’s for sure :)

  11. Tickle Fingers
    21st April 2015 / 2:19 pm

    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

    • 21st April 2015 / 6:15 pm

      It doesn’t matter where you harness your creativity! The fact that you have an outlet for it is brilliant — as is being able to stay at home :) We’re lucky girls indeed x

  12. LittleOandMe
    21st April 2015 / 2:33 pm

    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…
    #TwinklyTuesday
    Becky xx

    • 21st April 2015 / 6:16 pm

      Aaah thanks Becky — that’s so sweet of you! :) Always happy to take commissions too, if you can think of something you’d like but don’t see in the shop x

  13. Stacey
    21st April 2015 / 5:18 pm

    These are lovely! May have to check out your shop on payday

    • 21st April 2015 / 6:18 pm

      Thanks so much Stacey! I hope you see something you like! :)

  14. 21st April 2015 / 9:12 pm

    These are lovely, I really like the grey one :). I love the fact that one door closes but another one opens… well done you for seizing it :) #TwinklyTuesday xx

  15. Rachel - tenminutesspare
    21st April 2015 / 9:54 pm

    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

    • 22nd April 2015 / 1:27 pm

      Thanks so much Rachel! that’s so kind of you to say! Hope you find something that you like :) x

  16. 21st April 2015 / 10:00 pm

    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

    • 22nd April 2015 / 1:30 pm

      Thank you Becky! On both counts — that’s lovely of you to say! x

  17. 21st April 2015 / 10:01 pm

    I love these recipes so beautiful and heartfelt the perfect gift x

    • 22nd April 2015 / 1:31 pm

      Thanks Sarah!! I hope they sell as well as the book cover prints! :) Everyones that’s bought one so far has been really pleased, so it bodes well! x

  18. 21st April 2015 / 11:38 pm

    Saying hello from #TwinklyTuesday – absolutely gorgeous work! Thanks for sharing – so much positive energy for this link, I’m loving it! Feeling inspired xx

    • 22nd April 2015 / 1:33 pm

      Aaah thank you so much! :) So happy you’re feeling inspired! :)

  19. 22nd April 2015 / 4:46 am

    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

    • 22nd April 2015 / 1:34 pm

      Thanks so much Sadia! It’s amazing how much I’ve picked up over the years… so nice that it’s all being utilised now! :)

  20. 22nd April 2015 / 1:15 pm

    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 :)

    • 22nd April 2015 / 1:41 pm

      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! ;)

  21. 22nd April 2015 / 8:01 pm

    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 :-)
    #twinklytuesday

    • 22nd April 2015 / 8:53 pm

      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! :)

    • 23rd April 2015 / 11:10 am

      Aww thanks so much pet. All this praise is making me feel a bit awkward!!! So happy you like it :)

  22. 22nd April 2015 / 11:17 pm

    Oh these are wonderful – what a brilliant idea!! I love the uniqueness of them – you’re v talented! #twinklytuesday

    • 23rd April 2015 / 11:10 am

      Thanks so much Mim — that’s really lovely of you x

    • 23rd April 2015 / 11:15 am

      Thanks darling — that’s such a lovely thing to say xx

  23. Lauren
    23rd April 2015 / 4:28 pm

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

    • 23rd April 2015 / 5:46 pm

      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

  24. 26th April 2015 / 1:54 am

    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

    • 26th April 2015 / 1:48 pm

      Aaah what a lovely thing to say! Thanks so much pet — that’s so sweet of you to say! x

  25. 26th April 2015 / 6:00 pm

    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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