Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Closing for Christmas

The STACIE SWIFT Etsy shop and Not On The High Street shops will be closing today at 4pm for a few days. I'm still suffering with bad sickness and am hoping a Christmas break will help ease the festive stress and get me feeling a bit more normal again. Shops will reopen on Boxing Day with a sale and some offers!

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Baby Bleurgh.

This word pretty much sums up how I've been feeling the last few weeks. If you read my last baby post you'll know I was having a pretty rough time with morning sickness, and I had hoped as I reached the end of my first trimester things would improve.

Oh, how wrong I was!

If anything things got even worse and so I've been back to the GP for more anti-sickness medication... turns out that was a good idea as I am on the cusp of being too dehydrated and having to go to the hospital to be put on a drip. Eek!

So as with before, work is on the back burner a little bit. I am still sending out orders and replying to emails but things are a little slower than usual, I hope you understand.
This perfect, tiny human is worth every second of feeling bleurgh... and emails can wait, right?! :)

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Christmas llustrations for Joules

Earlier this year I was contacted by the lovely design team at Joules to help them create some artwork specially for their womenswear Christmas ranges. More used to illustrating cards and prints this was a really exciting brief for me and took me back to my Art Foundation at London College of Fashion many moons ago!

I got to visit the Joules Head Office and spent a day sat in with their design team before presenting my ideas to the head of design. They wanted a selection of animals and typographic designs and eventually progressed five ideas to final artwork.

I've been waiting for months for the jumpers to be released but they've finally hit the website.

As you can see, they have adapted my original artwork in house and used the ideas across a couple of different knitwear and jersey options. Whilst it would have been nice to see the jumpers made in the exact designs I created, I am still happy to see my ideas have made it to production!
There are a few designs that I haven't yet seen so hopefully these made it to production too and will appear in the shops before Christmas.

It was great fun working with the high street, I'm hoping 2015 will bring other freelance opportunities so if you want to commission me get in touch!!


Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Hey, Baby!

Argh, I've been so out of the loop with things in the last few weeks. As you've probably seen via the STACIE SWIFT Facebook and Instagram pages I am growing a tiny human at the moment (due to hatch next June) and it's really knocked me for six!

Baby Cherry seems to be trying to outdo the Royal Baby and has been making me super sick (seriously, whoever named it morning sickness is a fool. Sick. All. Day. Long.). Along with a couple of other slightly worrying moments, getting used to anti-sickness medication and extreme tiredness, the last couple of months have been a little bit crazy to say the least.

If it sounds like I'm moaning, I promise I'm not. We've had two scans so far at around 6 weeks and again at 10 weeks and seeing a tiny dot with a flickering heartbeat grow into a healthy little jellybean has been the most amazing thing ever - and of course makes all the anxiety and feeling poorly worth it.

Hopefully as the next few weeks pass I will get back to being my normal, workaholic self! Thank you to everyone who has been patient with me in the meantime. It's been hard not being able to explain why I've been out of the studio so much, and as a one-woman show it can be quite overwhelming to get behind on orders and emails and feel like I have been letting people down but you've all been so understanding.

I'm hoping to start adding a few more baby-related things to the blog and update everyone with what's going on as Baby Cherry grows. Hopefully you won't mind a little more baby talk on the internet :)


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

NEW Tiny Totes (Get Yours For Free!)

Since they launched in August, the STACIE SWIFT Tote Bags have been selling like hot cakes... turns out there are lots of Crazy Cat Ladies out there in particular ;)

I wanted to create some smaller bags, the perfect size for kids (or for grown ups to carry lunch or a book) and thought my Woodland Creatures would be a great fit for these new Tiny Totes.

These bags are just £5 each and would be a great Christmas gift, especially coupled with some matching stickers!

You can also get one of these Tiny Totes for free if you've yet to make an Etsy purchase. Etsy are giving £5 vouchers to anyone making a first time order, you just need to click here to get your voucher code :)

Which one would you spend your voucher on?


Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Logo Design Commission ~ Sketchbook to Final Artwork

Recently I designed this cute crabby logo for the lovely Rachael from Foxglove & Gingersnap.

Rachael got in touch as she wanted a new look for her business page - sticking with the crab and foxglove images she wanted something that was still going to be immediately identifiable. This was her original logo:

I came up with a few ideas that were a little softer, featuring the handwritten font Rachael had asked for.
I always start with rough artwork in pencil, from here there's lots of room for tweaks and changes before settling on a final design.

We tried some variations in scale and font - and also gave the googly eyes a go - before settling on a final image. Once Rachael was happy I then redrew him in pen to create the finished outline.

By adding some colour and a few extra flowers the final logo was completed. It looks pretty snazzy on the Foxglove & Gingersnap page, don't you think?

If you'd like to commission your own logo or design work please get in touch ~


Friday, 3 October 2014

Special Offer: Crazy Cat Goodie Boxes

Friday is usually the day for my Friday Feline post but instead this week's dose of cats comes in the shape of these Crazy Cat Goodie Boxes!

The STACIE SWIFT Blogger Boxes got a great reception when I posted them up a few weeks ago so I have created a special cat themed collection all boxed up in a pretty parcel.

Each box contains:
Crazy Cat Lady Tote
Cat Stickers
True Love Cats Card
Crazy Cat Lady Card
Menagerie Mini Prints (Tiger Collection)

There are only a handful of these parcels available and they only cost £15 per box! They will go live in my Etsy shop at 7pm this evening - I'll pop a little reminder online but get in quick if you want one.

More boxes will also be coming soon, themed with other STACIE SWIFT goodies :)