Friday, 20 November 2015

What Matilda Wore

I've been wanting to start a series of baby outfit drawings for a while... Matilda's outfits are way cooler than mine. I live in leggings and tops that are easy to breastfeed in, nicely accessorised with tired eyes and pinned up hair at the moment - Vogue won't be calling any time soon :)

Planning Matilda's outfits is my most favourite thing though, she looks so cute in everything and I'm so fussy about her wardrobe it probably borders on obsessive - but hey, there are worse vices to have!!

This first drawing was a bit rushed but it was nice to get doodling again. There will be plenty more to come! Search #whatmatildawore on facebook or instagram if you fancy having a nose.


Monday, 9 November 2015

Custom Children's Illustration - Little Mouse

The lovely Kat from Burnish and Black commissioned me to create a little mouse illustration for her son Leo recently (he will join another mousey illustration I created last year).

This happy little guy started off as a little pencil sketch before turning into a full colour art print. Such a lovely tradition to have a series of personalised artwork as Leo grows each year.

If you would like me to create a custom image, perhaps of a favourite toy or animal you can contact me via the STACIE SWIFT facebook page for more info.


Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Coming Soon...

You might have seen my facebook post about planning on getting a bit more work done in the next few weeks...I promise I have some new things coming soon!!!

Matilda is nearly six months old ~ seriously, where has that time gone!? ~ and I've been away from my desk and out of the loop for a while. It's been lovely concentrating on being a Mum and it's bloody hard trying to find extra hours for work with a wriggly, demanding little lady to entertain but I am determined to get back to my desk a bit more now she is a bit bigger.

I've got a few commissions to share and some new ideas up my sleeve so hopefully will have some bits and bobs and some Christmas offers to post up shortly!

Thank you for sticking around while it's been so quiet around here.


Sunday, 6 September 2015

Colouring Sheets + A Cat Dress

Recently I was contacted to provide a bumper batch of colouring sheets for a lovely line of subscription boxes.

The Blurt Foundation works to increase the awareness and understanding of depression and each month send out pretty packages named the BuddyBox... 'Our new subscription care package makes a thoughtful gift for anyone who could do with a boost. And if you’re living with depression, buying a subscription for yourself is a great way to enjoy a little self-care.'

I sent off an order of 600 cats and dog pages...printing, folding and packing 1200 sheets of paper while juggling the demands of a very lively 4 month old baby was a challenge to say the least! But we got there in the end (luckily we have very understanding customers). And Matilda helped out by wearing a cat dress and making funny faces.

She's definitely keeping me on my toes but we have managed to get a bit of work done in between baby massage, rhyme time, singalongs, weigh-ins and play dates ;)


Friday, 7 August 2015

Act of Kindness 4/12

I'm a bit behind on my Acts of Kindness, lots of things have taken a bit of a back seat while I enjoy being a Mum to my little Pickle for a bit. One of the things that I have done is have a bit of a clear out, breastfeeding means that there are lots of bras and clothes that are no longer practical / don't fit!

I saw a link to the Smalls For All charity on facebook, they send new pants and new or used bras to Africa for people that may not otherwise be able to afford them.

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Here's what they say on their website:

'Not only is it a health and hygiene problem for many poor African communities, as women often only own one pair of tattered pants or have none at all, but underwear is also seen as a status symbol and offers a degree of security. Women who can afford underwear tend to be seen as having someone who cares for them – a husband, brother or father. They are not on their own so they are not seen as vulnerable.'

So with that in mind I've parcelled up a load of bras to send on in the hope they'll be of use to someone else. A great idea!

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Back Open!

I've not had much of a chance to be in the studio since Matilda arrived but we're finally a bit more organised and able to take orders again!

Cards, prints and custom design are all available over in the STACIE SWIFT Etsy shop if you need some illustrated goodies in your life.

I am aiming to be back to keeping the facebook and instagram pages more updated too (fingers crossed!).


Friday, 29 May 2015

An Update: Finding Our Feet

We've had a bit of a roller coaster ride since Matilda arrived three weeks ago. Popping out early has it's consequences and our dinky doll was really quite poorly and needed a stay in hospital and lots of visits and checks to make sure she was ok.

Luckily she's doing really well and is absolutely fine now  - and loving being at home enjoying lots of cuddles with Mummy and Daddy :)

We're still finding our feet a little bit (especially now Jon is back at work and we've just got each other for company!), I have managed to get a bit of work done though during nap time and I am working on an exciting baby related new project so will have more to say on that soon!

All being well I will be reopening the STACIE SWIFT shop in the next week so I will keep everyone posted - Matilda will be helping me pack cards and wrap parcels in no time.