Colourful Amsterdam

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An Evening Of Screen Printing

Last night I popped* up to London town to attend a little screen printing workshop at Drink Shop Do, hosted by the ever lovely Zeena Shah.

*when I say popped, what I actually mean is bribed my 2.5 yr old to let me go with a packet of Frozen stickers, weaned my 5 month old onto evening bottles a week ahead, found some clothes that were not covered in sick and ran for the train with a breast pump in my bag. Hey ho.

Anyway, what an inspiring and fabulous evening it was…


Drink Shop Do is a quirky cafe venue near Kings Cross and the ceilings were adorned with flying fish. Nice!



We were given a sheet of newsprint and pair of scissors to create our designs and stencils. My friend Alex decided immediately that she wanted a pear print and so ensued many a joke around a ‘nice pear’…oh the laughs.

giraffe sketch - jainaminton

I’ve got a bit of a thing for giraffes at the moment so this was my final sketch for my stencil.


Quite tricky to cut out with scissors as opposed to a craft knife…


Decided at the final stage to make this for my daughter, so added her name. I did cheat and use a craft knife for this bit…


My other screen printing buddy made a lovely set of mountain peaks…


Zeena helped us print our bags… this was the best bit.


Pear success for Alex!


Mountain joy!


Ta Dah! So pleased with my bag, even though the giraffe on the left looks like he’s got a Slinky for a neck. It’s the taking part that counts!


A well earned glass of wine while we chat about how screen printing is our new favourite craft and how we’d like our own studio. Sigh.


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The Making Of Love…

I’ve been busy squirrelling away making orders from my online shops of late.  I’ve sold a lot of Love Words recently (maybe because wedding season is upon us?) and I thought I’d share the process with you…





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Dad Tash


Just got back from the park and had a quick idea for a Fathers Day card. Great, I suppose if your dad has a handle bar moustache, otherwise, not so much.

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Nap Time Mirror

It’s only since buying our new home in the Kent countryside that I’ve bothered even considering up-cycling any furniture.  Didn’t seem worth the hassle in tiny north London flat with no garden…

So I decided to see what all the fuss is about with Annie Sloan Chalk Paints.  These are basically paints that ‘everyone’ raves on about for painting furniture but the main draw for me is the fact that you don’t need to sand or prime your surface. I don’t have time for sanding faff.  I bought 2 tester pots in Paris Grey and Antoinette to try out on an average/ugly gold framed mirror with a shiny, laminate type surface. I used the Antoinette with the tiniest blob of grey in it… the paint went on super easy and dried within 10 minutes (hot day).  After 2 coats, it looked a bit amateur but the nice lady in the shop did warn me of this initial disappointment and said to ‘not lose faith and to apply the wax’.  So I did. I then sanded some parts down so that the gold underneath peeped through in parts for a truly authentic Shabby look and waxed it again.

Voila.  I had up-cycled something into a fairly boring, dusty pink, shabby chic version of itself…hmmm.  This mirror was screaming out for some Ta-Da! So I decided some gold leaf polka dots would do the trick. Easily done by cutting out circles in masking tape, painting gilding glue within the circle, applying the gold leaf and peeling off the masking tape to reveal a nicely imperfect dot. I’m happy with that.  Even happier that the whole process took 2 hours and was achieved during a one-off, flukey, never happens mega nap…both kids at once! Yay me.

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Washi Tape Jars


Just spent 20 minutes jazzing up my jars when I could have been hanging the washing out.

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Swallow, Cut and Paste

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My craft maternity break is coming to an end and I’m gearing up for my Not On The High Street store to open its doors again tomorrow…eeek!  Not sure how I’ll cope if it all suddenly kicks off but I’m looking forward to getting back on the Sellotape wagon.  I’m up most of the night anyway, might as well put sleep deprivation to good use…

I’ve been making these swallows as alternatives to what I currently offer, they will all be available on the site soon, as a set of three different sizes.  Some bright colours for the glorious summer ahead, whoop!

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It begins…

This is it…my blog has begun! Ooooh the potential.

It’s taken me AN AGE to write my first post so I thought I’d just get it out there and we can all move on with our lives…


More to come, watch this space…

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