Monday, 30 September 2013

Meme Gifts Giveaway - Grumpy Cat

As you can probably tell from my Grumpy Cat Etsy Love post the other day, I'm a little in love with Grumpy cat right now. So when Meme Gifts agreed to give away a grumpy cat figurine it seemed like perfect timing.

Meme gifts specialises in Meme related paintings and figures. The shop is run by talented artist and jewellery maker Joanna Zhou who also runs an adorable kawaii shop, Maqaroon. As you've probably guessed, my favorites of Joanna's work are the cat meme figurines of course!



The lucky winner of this giveaway gets their very own Grumpy Cat figurine. Good luck guys!

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Friday, 27 September 2013

Lizzie and Jaqueline - Two more designs for Yull Footwear

As I'd explained in my previous Yull Footwear post, I entered a British themed footwear competition at Yull. My first design was based around the hustle and bustle of Piccadilly, these two are more regal and feminine. I think these fit the feminine and classic Yull Footwear style really well. I wanted to name them very british names, so Lizzie is named after good old Queen Liz. And Jaqueline is a female version of the Union Jack.

You can see more of my shoe designs here.


Thursday, 26 September 2013

Etsy Love - Feeling a little grumpy

Today I'm the opposite of grumpy, because I'm spending the day working on an illustration of Grumpy Cat. So here's a little Grumpy Cat Etsy love to make your day ungrumpified.


Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Cosmos and Crayons Converse

Last week I blogged about an illustration I did for Ginge for her Birthday, well here's the second half of her present, some hand painted converse. I based the Converse on her Cosmos and Crayons blog, where she illustrates herself and Sloth and their adventures. I also painted a colourful solar system, because Ginge is a totally rad science nerd.

I now have a Custom Converse listing on my Etsy Shop for anyone wanted some hand painted converse.


Monday, 23 September 2013

RUDEGIRL giveaway!

I am SO excited to bring this giveaway to you guys today. It's brought to you by RUDEGIRL who makes the coolest crop tops and caps. I love the patterned material she uses, I could imagine Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj and Rita Ora rockin some of these delicious tops.

The lucky winner of this giveaway gets their very own Donut Crop Top.
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Sunday, 22 September 2013

High Top Bootception

Yo dawg, I heard you like boots, so I put boots on your boots so you can wear boots while you wear boots. Before you class me as insane from reading the last sentence, read this.

These designs are based on my High Top Boot pattern, because who wouldn't want shoes with shoes on?! They're inspired by Dr Martens, my fav kind of boot. I did these for my portfolio when I found out I had an interview for London College of Fashion, I also got the opportunity to show them to the lovely people at Dr Martens when I had an interview for their factory internship. I'm really happy with how these turned out. I love combining classic shoe designs with busy patterns. I think the lilac ones are my fav but I am a little bit biased towards anything lilac.

You can see more of my shoe designs here.


Friday, 20 September 2013

Happy (super late) Birthday Ginge!

It was Ginge's Birthday last month, and I forgot to share this until now. For her present I painted her some special Cosmos and Crayons themed converse (I'll post pictures of these soon!) and I made this derpy illustration of us both. You can tell I've been watching too much Adventure Time, because I can't stop doing AT style mouths.

I miss this girl a whole lot, she's the derpiest and bestest friend a girl could have. Check out her blog for her science facts and other creative goodness.

If you'd like your own derpy digital illustration you can get one here, just mention you want it in this style when you order. Contact me at ponychopsshop@gmail.com or message me at my Etsy Shop with any questions.


Thursday, 19 September 2013

Piccadilly Boots - A design for Yull Footwear

A few months ago I entered a competition with Yull Footwear to design some British themed shoes. This was the first pair I designed, named Piccadilly, so I thought it was pretty apt to share these with you since I've only just moved to London. I wanted to capture the hustle and bustle of Piccadilly with the red buses. I also wanted to keep my bright and fun signature style, but to incorporate Yull's elegant, practical and classical style into the design too.

You can see more of my shoe designs here.




Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Adventure Time giveaway winner! And a Lumpy Space Princess pattern


A big congratulations to McJilly Math for winning mine and TeeToo's Adventure Time Giveaway! If you're super bummed you didn't win, don't worry! Andrea from TeeToo has added her Lumpy Space Princess pillow pattern to her blog, so you can make your own now!



Monday, 16 September 2013

Halloween in September?! A spooky Crankbunny Giveaway

I know it's a little early to be thinking about Halloween guys, but I'm already excited about it. It is my favorite holiday after all.

To get you all in the Halloween spirit early I have a creepy awesome giveaway today from Norma at Crankbunny. Crankbunny is an animation director by day and paper puppet magic rabbit fish maker at night. The artist Crankbunny / Norma V. Toraya creates and sells all sorts of different handmade paper puppet dolls, pop up cards, and other paper toy novelties. All the goodies in the Crankbunny shop are created, cut, produced by one set of hands in the good ol' USA.




The prize for this giveaway is the paper doll Veronica (pictured above) with her closet of creepy clothes.

Veronica's Spooky Closet is a large paper puppet doll set filled with
various Halloween costumes, outfits, hats and horrific fun masks. Dame
Veronica always has trouble deciding what to outfit to wear!

With a penchant for glamour & a bright full moon, Veronica knows the
best way to dress from day to night is with an variety of scary masks,
hats, tops and skirts to choose from. Her closet includes the
following:
- Witch hat, Black Cat mask, Skull mask, Scary Pumpkin Head mask
- Top and bottom gothic outfit, Top and bottom skeleton outfit,
Matching black top
- Two Candy Corn cards to write a scary message on!
- Veronica, dressed up in a basic carnival goth outfit.
- Instructions

Good luck guys! I hope Veronica has got you all in the mood for dressing up and eating candy. 

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Sunday, 15 September 2013

High Top Boots Pattern Design

A few months ago I had an interview at Dr Martens for an internship. I knew I wanted to put some docs friendly designs in my portfolio, so I designed some fabric with high top boots on it.

I'm really happy with how these turned out, my original intention was to put them on some boot designs (I'll post these at a later date). But I like the way these turned out as just a pattern.

I'm thinking of making them available on Spoonflower soon, what do you think?

More of my illustration work.




Saturday, 14 September 2013

Revolt - My second week!

After the first couple of days of feeling extremely sore after my Revolt exercise videos (I was literally walking like a penguin), I decided it was time to look at some good stretching techniques for after my workout. I tried out a few, but the following video feels like it gives me the best stretch and I feel so much better after workouts now I'm doing it.


This week I've been packing to move to London, so have had very little time to fit in exercise, but I've managed to only miss 1 day. Revolt has been really easy to fit around my life so far. I haven't stuck to the diet plan too brilliantly for the first week, as it was a detox plan and there weren't many vegan options. As I mentioned in my last post I've mainly been eating clean, cutting out wheat and sugar and drinking lots of Sunwarrior protein shakes. I feel like I have a lot more energy after cutting out the wheat and sugar especially and I'm feeling stronger over all from exercising more. So far I'm really impressed with the Revolt plan.

Friday, 13 September 2013

Etsy Love - London

Today is the day I move in to my new flat in London. I'm so excited and nervous! I've never lived this far from home so it's going to be tough being so far from my amazing friends, animals and family, but I know there are lots of new and exciting opportunities in London.

I decided it's probably apt to schedule a London themed Etsy treasury today. So here are my top London themed Etsy goodies:


Thursday, 12 September 2013

Interior inspiration

It's almost time to move! So I've been looking at decor for my lovely new room. The room is a really bright room with lots of light and a beautiful bamboo floor, so I'm wanting to echo that in the decor. I'm hoping that in moving (and selling half of my stuff) I'll be able to focus on a more minimal and tidy room instead of my usual style of covering every surface possible with little dog ornaments. I'm sure there will still be room for my poodle tea set in my new room though ;)


1. I've never been a fan of yellow until recently, now I'm obsessed with yellow geometric prints. I think this cushion from Fine Fresh Design will compliment the blue bedding and pink rug so well.

2. I saw this little guy in Urban Outfitters London last Tuesday and immediately fell in love, I think he'll be perfect on the back of the door to hand my coat or dressing gown on.

3. I think this zig zag rug from Urban Outfitters will go so well with the blue Mod Cloth bedding.

4. I love this blue geometric bedding from Mod Cloth. I'm obsessed with pattern and colour, so this is right up my street.

5. I literally let out a squeal when I saw this wallpaper from Wallpaper Direct, it's the most perfect thing ever. My room is only rented so I won't be wallpapering it. But I need to use this beautiful paper to decorate some of my storage boxes.

6. I've always wanted one of these clocks. This one is from Firebox. I think it will balance out the black of my poodle tea set.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Warby Parker Fall Collection 2013



As a kid I never needed glasses, I remember looking at my friends who needed them and being a little envious of theirs. I wanted to be able to wear bright turquoise "The Little Mermaid" glasses to school. Don't get me wrong, I am so thankful I don't need glasses yet, but I see the way glasses can frame someones face, make a statement or pull an outfit together. When the "nerd glasses" trend started I was one of the first to jump on the bandwagon. I don't think I was even being ironic, I just loved the way I could wear an extra accessory on my face!

Today Warby Parker launches their fall 2013 collection of eyeglasses, and I'm smitten with each and every pair. They look like something you'd be delighted to find in a vintage shop, like they have a history to them, they're timeless. I could imagine a 1950s business man (or every male cast member of Mad Men) smoking a cigar in a pair of these glasses, which, weirdly, makes me want to wear them even more.

Here are some of my favs from the new collection, there are plenty more amazing styles of eyeglasses and sunglasses available on the website. They even have a pair named Preston which remind me of my home town, Preston.





Monday, 9 September 2013

Sharodactyl Art Giveaway!

This week I'm bringing you a giveaway from Sharon at Sharodactyl Art. Sharon is sickeningly awesome at illustration. Her creations are the perfect combination or cheeky and adorable. I love the sexy, pin up style of her illustrated ladies.

The winner of this giveaway will win:
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Sunday, 8 September 2013

Blogwatch - 08/09/13

I can't believe we're over a week into September already. Time is flying by! Here's some of my fav blog posts from my blogging buddies in September/August. As usual, if you have any blog posts you'd like to share with me, send me a link in the comments section :)


I'm not the only one moving to London soon, my fellow purple haired blogger Sarah from The Laughing Medusa is moving there too! She has a ton of great London & travel themed guest posts on her blog at the moment, including this fabulous Big Ben party hat tutorial by Juni from Hey Juni.


Since starting my Revolt program (I blogged about it here) I've been cutting out sugar. I'm missing it terribly and craving these delicious but healthy oatmeal pancakes by Chocolate Covered Katie.


Amy from ART of the HEART celebrates her 100th post with a beautiful pastel outfit post. Oh gosh, I'm having to use so mcuch self restraint not to buy the unicorn t-shirt.


My girl Wensdi from What Is Wensdi shares another of her beautiful illustrations. While you're there, check out Wensdi's new blog layout, I think it looks so rad.


Sarah from Bring More Yarn is getting me in the back-to-school spirit with her first day of school outfit. Sarah is so awesome at putting outfits together, somehow I don't think my back to school outfit will be this co-ordinated.


Rosa from Pink Milk and Cookies painted some adorable hand painted brooches. I love the pastel shades she's used.


Adrian from Adrian Loves Owls shares her fav vegan restaurants from where she lives. I was so surprised to see Loving Hut in the list, I had no idea they had restaurants worldwide. I'm looking forward to trying out the Loving hut in Camden when I move to London!