Redesigning My Blog Icons

Like any other four or five months, a few days ago I felt the urge of sprucing things up a bit in my blog. I didn't want to make any major change, so I decided to start off by cleaning up the sidebar.

If you've been around for a while, you may remember the icons I used to have in the sidebar under the 'navigation' tab. I drew them back in 2014 and still kind liked the handmade feel to them, but I was starting to feel like they were quite 'messy' and it was bothering me a little.


The line weight was different for almost every icon, and moreover, being all the same colour it was hard to read them at first glance (and also, let's not forget that the font I used was atrocious). Overall, I just thought I could do better than that.

For the new icons, I wanted to keep the same designs but make them cleaner by redrawing them completely in Illustrator.
The first and most obvious change is the colour palette. It went from a simple black and white design on a solid background to a 3 colours design on white.
There's no particular reason behind the colours I picked, besides being chosen to compliment my 'signature' pastel blue shade.


I decided to make a couple of changes as far as the categories go: I scrapped the 'review' category, which wasn't very pertinent anymore, and substituted it with a 'London' category, which is definitely more relevant now. The second change was to update the 'personal' category icon with something I think expresses it a little bit better.
I also changed the font with a new one I made using my handwriting.


For the same reasons, in addition to that, I decided to change my social icons to make everything flow better together, but in this case I kept the old hand-drawn logos and changed the background to a different shape, sticking to the new pastel palette.

What do you think? ☺ I'd love to hear your thoughts on the new designs!
ƒ. xx

Introducing My New Collection of Notebooks

I'm so excited to finally release into the wild Etsy world, a new little product I've been had in the works for a while now: notebooks!
Personally, I'm someone who's constatly buying notebooks, as I like to keep many at a time - each for a different purpose - so it was only natural that it would have come a day when I'd finally design my own.

I wanted to keep the design quite simple but still have it to be eye catching, so I went for a colour block kind of style. Of course, me being me, I had to include flowers in the mix - bacause as you may know, I'm an hardcore flower fan!

The notebooks are available individually or in a set, and come in three different colours: cherry red, blue, and gold, and they all feature different flower designs.

I would love to hear what you think of them! ♥
If you'd like to have a closer look, they're now up in my Etsy shop.

ƒ. xx
P.S. Any notebook order before the end of the month will receive a cheeky freebie ☺

Screen Printing Workshop at Top Drawer

▲ Lexington Print in copper and black by Daniel Heath at #LiveTheStory at Top Drawer

▲ Lexington Print in copper and black by Daniel Heath at #LiveTheStory at Top Drawer

I said it before but I'll say it again: screen printing is awesome. Even more so when done live by such a talented artist as Daniel Heath, who demonstrated the technique using his new Lexington design, featuring large art deco windows.

▲ Daniel Heath introducing screen-printing

▲ Daniel Heath introducing screen-printing

The workshop was held at Top Drawer, and In The Window kindly invited some bloggers along to learn about Daniel's process of making his handmade wallpaper prints and to try it first hand.
In fact, that's exactly what In the Window is all about: connecting designers and makers with a community of design enthusiasts so that they can discover and experience not only the process, but also the story behind the finished products.

▲ Tasha & I having a go at pulling the print

▲ Tasha & I having a go at pulling the print

Seeing an artist at work is really something else, and being able to learn and ask questions about the design and making process was such a valuable experience. I definitely left the workshop way more inspired and motivated to make the dream of having my own little studio come true someday. A girl can dream, right?

Tasha also vlogged the event, so you can have a look at that too if you like ☺ (there's also lots of stationery eye candy in the video, so be prepared to be in awe).

If you could see anyone at work and learn from them, who would that be?

ƒ. x

// © All photos courtesy of In The Window