DYP back on Folksy and a catch up

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So I’m back from BCTF, which was a different experience and one I’ll unlikely repeat as there are other shows that the work I produce is better suited at. It was though, a brilliant experience and I got to meet a lot of lovely people, some new and some old but still it was a blast and I loved every minute. (Yes, even the bits where nothing much happened!)

From the show came lots of new ideas, and if you follow my twitter and facebook feed, you might have seen that I’m currently exploring my profanity collection of cards. Now I love swearing and I know loads of you do too, you buy enough of my sweary cards and you let me know often that you love the swearing. In fact you want more of it!

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BCTF 2014

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This year I’m all about the wholesale and the trade side of business, so tomorrow I set up for my first ever trade fair. It feels a bit strange because I’ve been wholesaling and doing trade sales for as long as I’ve retailed. Yet this show feels different from the heady, adrenaline fuelled rush, slight panic driven feeling that often accompanies retail fairs I’ve previously done.

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Mother’s Day Twist

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If your mum isn’t really into the traditional flowers, and sparkles then why not have a look at the prints and new cards I’ve been working on. I have quite an extensive collection of wood and metal type and I love photographing them; so I decided to create a collection of Mother’s day cards and prints that you can find in the DYP shop.

Next week I’ll have the framed versions of the prints up for sale but for the time being you can buy the unmounted versions of the prints and order the cards. I love them because they’re so different from the usual stuff you tend to find and they’re not pink! 😉

Let me know what you think, I’d really appreciate your feed back!

Bec

Letterpress Photos into Postcards and Prints

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I love my job, it’s brilliant and fantastic and challenging. I also love photography and for a while now I’ve often taken photos of my working progress whilst I’m printing. I love to show my progress as that’s an interesting insight into how I work and the processes involved to produce the work I do. Often I’m asked why I can’t produce work faster, well I don’t have an auto feeder press, my press is driven by foot power and she is quite a temperamental  madam at times!

However, I also love to photograph my wooden and metal blocks, I have a lot of them and I catalogue them but of recent I’ve been puttong them together to create a series of postcards and prints. Also I’m looking at offering them as a digital download for screen savers to desktops/mobile backgrounds and so forth.

So would you be interested in buying my photos of my printing blocks? Do you like the idea of a collection of postcards that are framed or large prints for you to frame and hang yourself? I already use some of my block photos as screen savers and background wallpapers, and I’ve been exploring having framed prints made up to post out.

Let me know your thoughts as I;m really excited about this slight change of direction.

Bec

 

Mother’s Day 2014

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It’s been a whirlwind of 2014 so far and Mother’s Day is fast approaching! So far I’ve uploaded the personalised Mother’s Day card to Not on the High Street and here at Do You Punctuate? You can have these cards personalised to read your recipient’s name but also can change the mum to read ‘Grandmother, Mom, Mummy, Mam, Aunty, Nanna, Grandma, Gramps etc… I wanted to offer as much choice as sometimes it’s very difficult to find a card with your favourite name on.

Also I’m off to do my first official Trade Fair at the beginning of April at the BCTF (British Craft Trade Fair) and so I’ve been incredibly busy with getting prepared for all the gubbins that comes with doing wholesale. Though I already do sell wholesale, this suddenly seems very serious and what ‘proper grown ups’ do when expanding their businesses! Suffice to say, I’m really looking forward to it and gives me a chance to display my work.

In other exciting news, I’m having quite extensive work done to my printing area and a joiner is coming out to fit proper shelving for my type trays and paraphernalia and fit new doors! There is something about organising that gets the creative juices flowing!

 

 

Valentine’s mad Dash

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Gosh, it’s been non stop this week and I just want to thank you fab bunch for being so supportive of my little print shop.

I tend to do my print runs in 10s but this week they’ve been done in the 50’s! It would seem that profanity sells and you guys absolutely love your swear words. So with that in mind I’m definitely going to be fleshing out and researching the profanity!

At Christmas, I did a series of rather cheeky Christmas and New Year cards and launched them at the Country Living Fairs. Unsure whether they’d go down well, I tentatively displayed them and waited…well they were a roaring success and I’d sold out in the first day. So this and Valentines is definitely a sign that profanity sells! I love a good swear word or five 😉

So if you want to have your own swear words printed to a card then get in touch. I’ve had several commissions come about this week to personalise cards with endearments you call your sweethearts. And they’re so rude! 😉

So if you’re wanting your own commission, get in touch or if you prefer have a peruse through the Valentine’s Cards here.

Have a great weekend!

Bec x

 

Valentines Cards are here!

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It’s almost that time of year of endearments, slushy poems and declaring your love in a  romantic way!

Well this year I’ve been printing something a bit different…and you can find these naughty cards right here in the shop!

If you prefer your Valentines to be a bit more forthright and frank, and help get a giggle going then these are perfect for you!

You can also find perfectly lovely Valentine’s Cards here as well 🙂

So have a butchers, let me know what you think?

Bec

 

 

We’re currently away but will be back soon!

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Just a quick note to let you know that DYP is currently away at Country Living Fairs for Glasgow and Harrogate. You are still welcome to place orders and these will be dispatched by 4th of December.

If you have an immediate enquiry then please email: hello @ doyoupunctuate.com and we shall endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible!

 

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Buy your Christmas gifts Locally!

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As a designer maker/printmaker I always try to find gifts that have been made locally and are usually of superior quality than the stuff you find on the high street. It’s really important we help support small businesses, so here is a list of some of the fabulous Christmas gifts made right here in Yorkshire.

So to start with is Melanie Ellis who runs Spring Lark (I have several of Melanie’s pieces and she is fab!) Have a look at her Bob Bob Bobbing along cushion which you can find here.

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Photo Credit: Melanie Ellis

Leigh Shepherd is a fab upcycled jeweller and these domino brooches are a must have!

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Photo credit: Leigh Shepherd

I can very much vouch for the amazing products Rachael of Myroo creates (I am very fond of her Lemon butter!) Here however is the equally divine Geranium hand treatment.

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Photo Credit: Rachael Dunseath

Have a look at Laura’s ‘Made by Lolly’ gorgeous brooch: ‘The cute as a button Retro Felt Flower Pin Badge has had a Christmas make-over – and now features a Scandi Style hand stitched snowflake and a teeny tiny dark grey polka dot button…’

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Photo Credit: Laura Smith

Manda McGrory of Treefall Design creates beautiful children’s clothes, home accessories and toys.

Have a look at her Etsy shop here.

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Photo Credit: Manda McGrory

Having worked with Scamp before, I’m very excited for you all to see their stunning tree decorations. A beautiful personalised wooden christmas decoration, perfect for a special gift for a very special (or hard to buy for!) someone or ideal as a keepsake for a baby’s first Christmas gift.

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Photo Credit: Stacey Harrison

Kimberli of the Red Corvid is a brilliant Paper artist and she has created some gorgeous gift tags to add a special touch to any Christmas gift!

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Photo credit: Kimberli Werner

Next up is the brilliant Lynsey from Swirlyarts, who writes: ‘from pre-loved to re-loved – fun and funky gifts made from upcycled paper and fabric’ These fab Robin tags are all made by Lynsey who is the master of all things upcycled!

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Photo Credit: Lynsey Searle

Alison Young of Alison Young Jewellery makes some fab Robins as a side venture. These will be on sale on my stand at Country Living Glasgow and Harrogate but if you can’t make those fairs, then you can contact Alison via her Etsy page to purchase these amazing Christmas robins, which come with detachable Holly.

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Photo Credit: Alison Young

I absolutely love Rachel’s work, here is a gorgeous necklace and I love the star! Taken from Rachel’s site here is an extract of the necklace description:’A swarovski crystal star hand wire-wrapped with a freshwater pearl and Swarovski briolette bead. Choose either berry and ice or classic black and silver.’

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Photo Credit: Rachel Johns

Tracey from Ruby Spirit Designs makes beautiful jewellery and I’ve chosen these cufflinks because I’m biased towards fab typography! Have a look hereto buy these brilliant cufflinks.

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Vicky of AccidentalVix creates some of the loveliest dribble bibs and this one is perfect for the Christmas season!

You can you find this bib here at Etsy:

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Photo Credit: Vicky Morse

Corinne LaPierre is Queen of Felt! I love her kits and they make fab gifts too!

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Photo Credit: Corinne LaPierre

Helen Russell Creations are beautiful, have a look here at ‘Five Minutes peace’. 🙂

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Photo Credit: Helen Russell

I absolutely adore Karen’s work as she combines renaissance art styles into contemporary pieces to wear. You can find her fab shop here on Etsy.

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Photo Credit: Belarouci Designs

Kirsten of Quernus Crafts is a very talented lady, look at these gorgeous santa Sleighs!

You can purchase items from Kirsten at the Country Living Fairs or sign up to her mailing list for her up coming tours for 2014!

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Photo Credit: Kirsten Miller

Paula at Wychbury designs makes lovely pin cushion rings, I’m a bit partial to this one…

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Photo Credit: Paula Perrins

Liz Samways of Inkylinky makes beautiful jewellery and prints. Here is an gorgeous example of her work:

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Photo Credit: Liz Samways

Lucy of Use or Ornament: ‘Going green never looked so glam!Make your favourite shoes fabulous for the works do, parties and more with my upcycled shoe clips.Find them here at Etsy:

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Photo Credit: Lucy Sangster

Neil of Sciart Images creates stunning work, here he explains the process: A solution of citric acid was evaporated on a microscope slide to form crystals. By viewing these crystals using polarised light microscopy, amazing and interesting colours and patterns are seen. This is due to the crystals forming regular arrays and interfering with the light path to give the colours seen (no colours were changed using a computer).

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Photo Credit: Neil Taylor

I have a fascination for all things crowns and this is by far no exception. Made by the brilliant Urban Fox!

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Photo Credit: Urban Fox

Nina of Nina Made it has created a fab Christmas plaque and here they are via her website: 

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Photo Credit: Nina Made it

Helen Dyer from Silver and Stone Jewellery has the most gorgeous pair of earrings here on folksy.

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Photo Credit: Helen Drye

Nel, Nan and Noramake fab little elf Booties using some pretty impressive chunky wool!

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Photo Credit: Eleanor Thompson

Louby Kapow makes super awesome comic book jewellery, accessories, man things and furniture from upcycled vintage comic books so you can indulge your inner geek and I can decorate the world in comics! Kapow!

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Photo Credit: Louby Kapow

Daisy Florence Designmakers some of the most beautiful pieces of work, I think you’ll love them too!

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Photo Credit: Anne Crowther

Sue Whyte of Whyteglass has some cheeky Christmas puddings to hang for Christmas!

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Photo Credit: Sue Whyte

Check out Jennie’s JLW Illustrations for this stunning Wall Calendar!

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Photo Credit: JLW Illustrations

Order your santa sacks from the Brilliant Pink Pineapple! 

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Photo Credit: Pink Pineapple

The Demented Squirrel (What a fab name!) Makes lots of lovely gifts. I really love this Christmas Stocking!

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Photo Credit: Demented Squirrel

Chrissie Freeth is a brilliant Handloom weaver with some pretty impressive Looms! Have a look here at her website.

Now if you want to go to actual shops to buy locally created products that are totally unique then below are a selection of shops who are paving the way forward for alternative high street shopping.

Fabrication

Fabrication Crafts Ltd social enterprise in The Light, Leeds City Centre, selling work by over 50 local artists, designers & makers, everything from Jam to Homewares, jewellery, body products, clothing, kids stuff, furniture & art work. Many one off pieces, bespoke items & a wide range of prices & presents for all. Open 7 days a week

Created in Yorkshire

Created in Yorkshire is based in the Ridings Centre in Wakefield and houses an impressive collection of designer maker goods. With an emphasis on being produced in Yorkshire, Lynne the founder strives to curate a varied selection of high quality crafted goods. Visit the CIY page for opening times.

Our Handmade Collective

Positioned within the Handpicked Hall shop in Leeds, you can find a vast array of beautiful gifts and high quality craft, visit Claire’s facebook page for opening times.