Monday, November 17, 2014

Jennifer's Xmas Bags in Target !

Exciting times ! The new range of fun Xmas bags designed by Jennifer are now out in Target stores all over the USA. It looked like one or two had sold out already, and it's great to see them out in the store !

Here are some shots of the bags on display :

 The nice thing is the bags have © Designed by Jennifer Rehm for Cinnamon Joe Studio ! 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Memphis Dawls : Rooted In The Bone

If you haven't heard these ladies yet, I am sure you will soon :) ! They have their first album out called Rooted in the Bone, but unfortunately the video's on Youtube don't really live up to the great songs on the album.

The title song Rooted in the Bone is beautiful, this one is called Begin The Begin :

Try and get a listen to the album, and hopefully there will be more clips up on Youtube soon ! 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Ryan Adams : Music For The Weekend !

It's been a while since Ryan Adams had a new album out or toured, but he did get married to Mandy Moore so maybe that had something to do with it ! He has a new band and this album is self titled, it is one of his best so far ...

Love this track :  Gimme Something Good :

He has been on tour in the UK but of course he gave Belfast a miss, maybe next time ! 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Evolution Print Fair 23rd - 25th of October 2014

We are showing at the second Evolution Print Fair in Eindhoven from the 23rd - 25th of October.

The Evoluon is a fantastic venue for a design show, and it looks like it is sold out again this time. There is a fantastic mix of top quailty design studios there from all over the world, so hopefully it will be well attended.

Here are some photo's from last year :

We are in Booth 2.02, so hope we see you there ! 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

George Ezra : Music For The Weekend !

George Ezra is from Hertford in the UK and is only 21 ! Here are a couple of tracks, the first is Blame It On Me :

The second is Budapest, both songs are on his first album Wanted On Voyage : 

What a voice ! 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Andrea's Let's Go Collection At Camelot Fabrics !

The weekend went by so quickly, but at least our Irish 'summer' is still hanging on ! 

Andrea has a new fabric collection at Camelot called Let's Go. It features the ubiquititous fox and other cute woodland characters all having fun camping and canoeing in the autumn ! You can check out all the prints and colours for Let's Go and Andrea's other collections at

If you are a crafter or quilter you should check out the Camelot Fabrics blog, it has loads of updates and  idea's for new projects.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Indigo September 2014

It was exciting going back to Indigo again, the area was very well laid out and full of great design ! This Indigo was certainly the busiest show (for visitors) we have done in the past few years, and it was how shows used to be, I am guessing before the recession hit, this show had a real buzz. Being a last minute exhibitor meant our booth had to be fitted in, but we ended up in a very good place that could be seen from all round, including from Premier Vision. The good thing is we connected again with some clients we had not seen for a few years, and we also have some good follow up contacts, which is really what these shows should be about.

Here are a few shots of the booth :

We might be back for the Spring Indigo show too ..  hold this space ! 

A big thanks to Bowie at Print Pattern for putting our flyer up on her blog too !

Friday, September 19, 2014

Last Minute Indigo 2014 !

We usually plan shows way in advance, and to be honest showing at Indigo was not in our plans this year. But we have a lot of exciting new prints in the collection, and we have not shown in Paris for years, so out of the blue Indigo here we come ! The show organisers have been very good at finding a space for us, and helping us put a booth together, plus we have everything we need for the booth, so Paris here we come !

If you are coming to the show and would like to see the print collection, please email us ( for an appointment at Booth 5U65. See you there ! 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Ben Howard

I can't believe we have gone this long without featuring Ben Howard. We went to see him at Belsonic in Belfast last year, the last date of his tour and he was excellent. His live set is so good, he crafts his songs, and they just carry you along …

This one is Keep Your Head Up and was filmed at Pinkpop in Holland in 2013 :

This track is Old Pine, it's not live but it has a great video : 

The summer in N Ireland is usually two weeks in May, but this year we have had a proper summer ! I think this music is perfect for 2014  ! 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Tiger Kitty in Target !

Nothing better than seeing your design on product in the store ! Tiger Kitty spotted this artwork she did for American Greetings, on a roll gift wrap and greeting card in Target. Really cute characters :

Target always have such a great stationery section. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Paul : The Joys Of Travelling !

The week before Surtex I planned a trip to see a couple of customers up in Cleveland. 

I had spent the Monday sorting the prints out, and packing them into two suitcases. I was booked to fly from Newark to Cleveland via Philadelphia ( US Airways will always take you the long way round whenever they can :). So the flight left on time and landed late for whatever reason and we deplaned at Terminal F in Philadelphia. US Airways flights usually only give you 40 minutes to connect, but the next flight to Cleveland was from Terminal B, which, due to the layout of the airport must be at least three quarters of a mile away. So I follow the signs for the buses to Terminal B, and then get caught up in a snake of a queue which is alongside different queues all queuing for buses to different Terminals. I should make the point here that Philadelphia is an extremely busy airport. However the buses all pull up at the same door, so whenever a bus pulls up everyone surges forward thinking it is their bus ! Also waiting for these buses are people in wheel chairs so you can imagine the chaos. Eventually I get on a bus for Terminal B, already ten minutes late and stressed for the next flight. I thought as I got off the bus, there is no way I am going to catch this flight but hurried to the gate none the less. When I get to the gate the flight is delayed by two hours, and that information had only just gone out. No seats, loads of people standing all around moaning about how bad US Airways are, and apparently this is normal for them ! So my original flight was due to arrive in Cleveland at 10.50, this one did indeed take off two hours late and I arrived in Cleveland around 12.15, gone midnight !
I was quite groggy by now because I had fallen into a deep sleep on the short flight, and I headed down to the baggage claim to collect my two suitcases. All the baggage came through but one of my suitcases had not arrived. I queued to see the Baggage office, there was only one person on duty. I finally get to speak to her and my bag was left in Philadelphia ! I told her in an almost polite way that I had flown all the way through from N Ireland for a meeting at 10.00 am on Tuesday morning, and now I don't have half of what I need for my meeting. I told her the flight was delayed two hours so how did they manage to leave my bag in Philadelphia ? What a waste of time asking that question was ! So she told me the bag would be in Cleveland on the first flight in the morning and they would deliver it to my clients office, but she could not guarantee it would be there in time for my meeting.
So I head outside to get the shuttle bus to the Car Rental centre, and luckily enough there was one waiting. Dollar is not in the Car Rental centre, but I have to get the bus there, so the Dollar bus can take me to my prepaid car about a mile away.  So I arrive at the Car Rental centre at around 1.30 in the morning but there is no Dollar bus there. I ask inside and apparently Dollar closes at 12.30 …
So I wheel my bags over to Hertz. no cars left at all, apparently it's the same for everyone, but I could try National at the end. The guy there wasn't sure if he had anything but asked me to wait while he went outside to check. He came back five minutes later, apparently it's my lucky day because he still had a Ford F250 pick up truck ! No choice so I booked it, loaded the bags on the seats behind the driver's seat and CLIMBED up into the cab. It actually felt great ;) ! All I needed was a baseball cap and some chewing tobacco … open road here I come !
So I arrive at the Radisson for my prepaid room really tired, at around 2.00 in the morning. The manageress on duty asked how she could help me, I told her I had a prepaid room but could not be bothered to tell her why I was so late checking in. I am sorry sir we have no rooms left !!! The day manageress had overbooked the hotel. I was thinking the pick up truck was not so bad a deal after all, especially as I had nowhere to sleep ! To her credit the manageress then got onto the Courtyard Marriott just behind the Radisson, and they paid for me to stay there for the night, and she also gave me a voucher for a Radisson breakfast, which was not so far away by now.    
By the time I climbed into bed I had gone past the point of sleep, and my meeting was at 10.00 in the morning ! Needless to say the suitcase I was missing turned up at the clients reception after my meeting.

The magnificent Ford F 250 ! 

The flight back that evening to Newark with US Airways was just as eventful and I did not get into the hotel until 1.30 in the morning ! I have since vowed never to fly with US Airways again !

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Beehive 2

Here are some more fun prints and goodies in The Beehive in Atlanta : 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Beehive, Atlanta !

It's been a while since we visited The Beehive in Atlanta, so we headed down south after Surtex, and there were lots of exciting new things in the store. There were cute toys, prints, clothes, bags, jewelry and things for the home, all made by several different artists :

More images tomorrow ;) !