Saturday, February 28, 2009

I'm a mug

Hello all,
So I have some mugs out, I'm kind of shy to say that my designs were picked by Dunoon to grace their mugs. I don't like to blow my own trumpet, even though its my job and I have to promote myself. I just do what I do and love my job. To think that other people like what I do enough to want to buy something fills me with absolute joy.

Anyway, back to the mugs, it all started about 6 months ago when they approached me, I was of course thrilled but couldn't quite visualise them. They have done a great job, I just wanted to point out that the bottom mug in the picture has the harbour by night scene (shown below) on one side, and the harbour by day(also shown below) when you hold the mug the other side. When the 2 images are together they create one picture.

They are fine bone china and come in a box and if anyone is interested they are available to buy here .
I did the two paintings in late 2007 as I had an idea for a childrens book in mind. The prints are here and the cards are here. They are still some of my favourites.

The place doesn't exist, only in my head, I wanted to create a harbour where lots of fun things might happen, conversations with the seagulls and the boats. It is something I am still working on, mainly in my head but would love to tackle one day. The hubby is also a very talented illustrator/animator/computer person so it would be a project we would like to do together perhaps. I think its the kind of thing I will have fun planning at those 2, 4 and 6 o clock in the morning feeding times that are fast approaching.

It is also a coincidence that the mugs come out this week as the image below also appeared here. Lucy over at Attic 24 so deserves her success this week being featured in not one but two magazines and to see they used my card with her crochet bunting was a thrill. She has a truly delightful blog that inspires many and her nature and honesty is so welcome in this blogging world. Her blog is always a riot of colour and a joy to read. We had a customer in the gallery today actually ask "have you seen Attic 24 today?" My poor husband didn't have a clue what she was talking about but then proceeded to phone me at home and asked " have you heard of Attic 24", well of course I have I replied.

So, there you go Lucy, fame in Anglesey too, people are talking about you!!!

(below is one of her delightful crochet brooches)

We share a love of colour. Although I sometimes feel I want to live in a cool calm grown up world of whites blue and greys , I am a big kid at heart and my heart leaps at bursts of colour, I guess you can probably tell from my painting.

Wow, this is one of my longest blogs to date. I am now off to search the net for a sewing machine. I want a cheapy cheap one, nothing fancy, I just want to have a play with some applique bits and bobs. Got a few little projects in mind. However I would like it to be able to do machine embroidery to. I have bought and sold and bought and sold so many sewing machines since leaving college 12 years ago which is why I don't want to spend a lot. I quite fancy this red one . I'm sure I am just being seduced by the colour and the fact it has been in tonnes of magazines recently. Any advice would be so much appreciated, if its rubbish, then tell me.
So, hope you are all having a great weekend, byeeeeee.........


Little Brown Rabbit said...

Hi Janet
The mugs are gorgeous!! I think the idea for one side being day and one side being night is really clever.
Also I've recently researched into sewing machines myself and I did get a lot of good advice from people. Most people were telling me to get a Janome as they are extremely well made and reliable- so I did and I've had no problems so far- I'm really pleased with it. I would have loved it in red though! The only thing I noticed on the model you like is that it doesn't appear to come with the normal JL 2 year guarantee? :(
Thank you also for leaving such a lovely comment on my blog. I always feel a bit star struck whenever you leave a comment because I've been a fan of your work for years! Ha Ha!

Attic24 said...

Hello Janet
Awwww thanks so SO much for the mention here on your blog, I am very chuffed! Yes, it was lovely that the post pictured in the mag featured your beautiful card along with my half made bunting, and how delightful that someone in your town recognised it as yours too, that story tickled me so much!

The mug are completely gorgeous. Love them :o)
Also meant to say yes I ordered stripy samples from the deckchair co and they are delicious, just trying to decide which stripe to go for.

I think it's great that you're finding your way back to textiles, I have a v old third-hand reconditioned Bernina, we always had Berninas at college and they are faultless. But I can see the appeal of the red beauty, lots of gals in Blogand have that one I've noticed.

Anyhow, long winded as usual, I do appologise.
Love and hugs to you, and a little kissy for your sweet baby-bump

ps Janet I've been to the sea today after a 4 month separation and oh what joy!! I thought of you xxxx

Swirlyarts said...

Hi there,

I just wanted to let you know that I have featured you on Cuteable today.

Lynsey x

syko kajsa said...

lovely, lovely mugs Janet! I know what you mean about the promotion, selling yourself is the hardest part of this work! I love Lucy's colourful work too and I do know what attic24 is :) About the colour- I am usually surprised when people think the stuff I make is intended for kids, I just make things I love myself! I am glad I am not alone with my child-like mind, if you excuse me :)

Hope everything is well with you and the belly!

syko kajsa said...

Forgot to mention that I am a Bernina fan too, but I've heard good things about Janome and have considered that when time comes to buy a second machine. The red one sure looks delicious!

coquet's cache said...

I'm very pleased with the mug I ordered. Tea tastes even better in it.

Sweet Pea Secrets said...

Hi Janet,
The mugs are gorgeous! I purchased one for my mom and you wonderfully shipped it all the way to the states for me to give on Monther's Day. The quality of the mug is amazing, and the art is superb! Thanks so much for being such a great artist!

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