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New Year, New Products, New Projects

We are really excited to bring out lots of new pieces we have been working on in the background of the busy winter period. We are also working with some really great clients we haven’t worked with before on some incredibly worth while projects.

In the meantime whilst we will show snippets of what we are working on and keep you up to date with what we are both up to. Pip is mostly sleeping or yapping.

Keep an eye out for new work announcing in Spring.

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Christmas Delivery Dates

This time of year is busy for all and its easy to loose your head a little. To make life a little easier here are some key dates for last postage to different countries. This way you can have the best possible chance to get your orders in and let them arrive before Christmas day.

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Liverpool Music Week 2017

WOW what a brilliant week Liverpool Music Week was!  Definitely one where much coffee was needed quite a few times a day to help us through the designing, printing, cutting, selling and actually seeing some of the bands playing!  But it was all worth it mainly because the music festival was kicked off in the shape of a rather big glittery disco ball by the amazing CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers at the ECHO arena and we were there!!!  We had no idea what to expect from the disco legends and were blown away by their electric energy and ability to get everyone up from their seats to dance!  They were fantastic and the official poster for the performance by the talented Horse Graphic Design portrays this beautifully!

(Official CHIC merchandise by Gary McGarvey/Horse Graphic Design).

We were also asked to do a few official gig posters for some of the bands who played as part of the festival; Lost Horizons/Bella Union, The Orielles and Everything Everything.  And so these are the final results:

 

All three bands were brilliant and the closing party at the Invisible Wind Factory was a great night with Everything Everything headlining.  We even got the chance to go backstage afterwards and meet the guys from Everything Everything and get one of the posters signed; always a huge bonus!

All in all, Liverpool Music Week was a very tiring few days (what’s sleep?) but also really fun and we got to see a few other bands play throughout the week as well.  After all there’s not many people who can say they design posters for some of their favourite bands, get to watch them perform and on the odd occasion, meet them, so we definitely consider ourselves lucky in that respect.

So, make sure you grab your tickets for next year’s Liverpool Music Week when they get released ‘coz if this year was anything to go by then you’ll be in for a treat!

 

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Liverpool Print Fair

So during all the mayhem of Liverpool Music Week we decided to take part in Liverpool Print Fair but what’s more, Scott helped to organise the fair along with the guys from The Print Social.  So, as you can imagine it was a pretty testing couple of weeks at the Toucan Tango headquarters!  BUT we got through it, even managing to enjoy ourselves along the way too.

The fair was held at The Bluecoat which is always a great spot in town to draw in the public and entice them with printed goods.  Such a good turn out too, it was busy all day with lots of people coming and going and giving lovely feedback.

My favourite story of the day was surrounding a gentleman who had come in with his wife to have a look around and made a bee-line for our stall.  He asked to buy the Everything Everything poster and so I explained to him that the band were playing that night but he told me he wasn’t actually interested in the band, he wanted to buy it because he used to work in the Invisible Wind Factory way back when it was a working factory.  We appreciated his honesty and loved his reason for buying the poster.  It just shows how differently people look at artwork and we love that!

Thanks so much to everyone that dropped by to browse, say hello, purchase our items and give us really kind feedback, it makes all the hard work worth it!

A massive thanks to Scott and The Print Social for organising and delivering such a great event.  Well done guys!

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Liverpool Sleepout 2017

So we made it through the night and came out the other side! I, Luce, along with three of my Merseyside Etsy teammates took part in The Whitechapel Centre’s annual fundraising event; the Liverpool Sleepout to help raise money for the homeless in and around Liverpool. 

Between us we managed to raise just over £1300, contributing to the total figure raised by all who took part which now stands at over £40,000!  A staggering amount which will most certainly help to do more amazing work at the centre.

Our makeshift shelter for the night made out of cardboard ↑

We spent the night knitting (or trying to knit in my case) some woollen paper chains to give to The Whitechapel Centre to use as Christmas decorations in their charity shop – Open Door.

I’ll admit I was feeling slightly apprehensive about what to expect at the Sleepout and although it was pretty windy during the night and we thought our cardboard shelter was going to blow away, we were very lucky with the weather.  We managed to stay dry and warm and that’s the main thing; something which we all contemplated that night and thought about the homeless whose first priorities on a day to day basis would be just that, as well as staying safe on the streets.  Things that we take for granted every day.

I’m really glad that I took part in such a worthwhile cause especially as homelessness in the U.K is soaring.  If sleeping rough for one night will help vulnerable people then I say more of us should do it and gain an insight into the struggles people face every day. We felt incredibly lucky to be able to go home, have a hot bath and get into a warm bed.

Thank you so much to everyone who sponsored us and shared our fundraising page to help get more donations! It was greatly appreciated!

If you would like to find out more about The Whitechapel Centre and the wonderful work they do visit their website; https://www.whitechapelcentre.co.uk/

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The Good Life Experience

Wow! What a weekend we had at The Good Life Experience!  It was such a brilliant few days spent on the Hawarden Estate in North Wales.   The festival curated by Cerys Matthews and Charlie Gladstone is so well thought out with such attention to detail in every corner.  I mean isn’t that just the prettiest campsite you’ve ever seen?! 

We were very much looking forward to this festival all through summer and it was certainly worth the wait that’s for sure, the weather didn’t even disappoint (much to our pooch Pip’s delight).  It was a brilliant event to be a part of with everyone seeming to be having a great time and seeing so many adults almost regress into their inner child and enjoying the old-fashioned ways of having fun.

               

Despite the grand setting of this festival; on the grounds of the Hawarden Estate and being overlooked by two castles, The Good Life Experience is of a very laid back and welcoming nature.  Inviting all to simply have a good time, whether you be a family, a gaggle of friends or of the four-legged variety.  It centres itself on the celebration of all things outdoors, good wholesome food and getting back to the basics.

We tried to incorporate these fun aspects within the official poster we designed and printed for the event with 50% of the proceeds from every poster sold going to Shelter Cymru – https://sheltercymru.org.uk/  

Our stall in one of the three makers tents set up at the festival ↑  The guys responsible for The Good Life really know how to celebrate makers and shout about how important it is to buy from independents. There was a great selection of different crafts on offer, ranging from beautifully made hats and ceramics to high quality axes and pizza ovens to name but a few.  Lets just say we came back with lighter wallets(!)

 

Wild baking chef Tom Herbert’s book signing and then smoking them for that campfire smell, (great little read if you want to get into some wild baking yourself like we do!)

   

 

Such an amazing festival for dogs too! Why should man’s best friend be left behind at home while you’re having all the fun, not here! Our pooch absolutely loved it and was so tired for a whole week afterwards; too much partying eh Pip?!

One of the lovely cabin-like bars set into the trees ↑

Pedlars Summer Camp shop ↑

There was lots of good music on each night too, EZZA were awesome.
We also got to see The Orielles again too and they even came by our stall to say hi! 

So I think it’s safe to say that a fabulous weekend was had by all and we certainly suffered with the festival blues for days to come afterwards! We’d absolutely love to be part of The Good Life Experience again next year so we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed!

 

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Northern Craft Summer Fair & PIN DROP

When we applied to the Northern Craft Summer Fair we had no idea we would be asked to take part in this awesome exhibition, Pin Drop.  Carley & Sean commissioned 21 artists, designers and makers to each design a pin badge that would depict the North of England.  Well we jumped at the chance to be a part of this!  Our design came from the inspiration that is our little dog, Pip.  He’s a little Chorkie but with way more Yorkshire Terrier in him than Chihuahua, so we thought what could be more northern than a little Yorkie?! (Well probably a lot more but we love dogs!)

The whole event was very secretive and Carley & Sean made sure not to unveil any of the pin designs until the weekend of the summer fair.  However, they asked a local Instagrammer and designer herself, Kim Lawler of Finest Imaginary, to pick her five favourite designs and share each of them on social media and amazingly we ended up being one of them! 

How cool are the other designs by Drew MilwardTelegrammeDick Vincent and Amy Panda?! To see more of the pin designs and to see which ones we picked up at the fair check our Instagram page or better still, read all about each designer/maker by checking out this link by Northern Crafthttps://www.northerncraft.co.uk/pin-drop

 

We thoroughly enjoyed the Northern Craft Summer Fair at Northern Monk Refectory in Leeds two weeks ago and even took Pip along with us!  As usual he was an instant hit meeting lots of new people but by the Sunday he was done and asleep under the table for most of the day.  As usual the fair was brilliantly organised by Carley & Sean even to the point of them arranging a free lunch for every stall holder by the fabulous Golden Balls Kitchen and Manjits Kitchen UK

Thanks for another great event Northern Craft and of course to all the lovely folk who came by!  See you at the South Bank Social in Leeds on the 26th August! 

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Share the profit…

Something we haven’t really shouted about but which is a massive part of our brand is that we raise money for various causes that we feel strongly about.  We decided that we would give a percentage of our profits from the craft & print fairs we take part in to different charities.

So far we’ve raised money for the Liverpool homeless and housing charity, The Whitechapel Centre.  These guys do such a wonderful job for people who are living on the streets or struggling to maintain their accommodation, teaching them the life skills needed for independent living.  Homelessness in the UK is soaring so we felt it only right that some of our profits went here, after all there is that saying that everyone is only a pay check away from becoming homeless.  If you want to see what amazing things The Whitechapel Centre do, click here: http://www.whitechapelcentre.co.uk/

Half of the proceeds of the poster we did for the Independent Liverpool Gin Festival in April went to The Whitechapel Centre so if any of you bought one of these we hope you’ll feel very proud knowing that half of your hard-earned cash went to this worthy cause!

We have recently set up a Just Giving page for our charity donations.   So, if you’ve bought anything from us this year you’ll be able to see that some of your money will have gone to the Alzheimer’s Society, a cause that is very close to our hearts: https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/

Also, if any of you lovely people have purchased one of these ‘Bad Ass’ pins from us, we hope that you’ll be happy to know that for every one we’ve sold, £1 has gone to The Donkey Sanctuary.  This brilliant charity makes a profound difference to donkeys and people all over the world.  We love donkeys! Check out their work here: https://www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/

After the great opportunity we had selling at Liverpool Sound City as part of Screenadelica and Flatstock 60 at Primavera Sound Festival we decided to donate a percentage of these profits to Refugee Action in the light of the refugee crisis.  This charity does a hell of a lot of work in the Liverpool region as well as nation wide, check them out here: http://www.refugee-action.org.uk/

 

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The National Festival of Making

Did you guys see the hype surrounding this festival?  We couldn’t wait to be a part of The National Festival of Making up in Blackburn!  Before we left to drive up on the Saturday morning we were watching the BBC Breakfast News coverage of it so obviously we were excited!

The craft fair, just one part of the festival, was located in the grand Edwardian King George’s Hall in the centre of Blackburn.  A beautiful interior.

We really enjoyed this event as it felt very much like everyone was part of a big ‘makers’ community and we didn’t go hungry what will all the wonderful homemade food on offer!

Big shout out to one of our neighbours; Aliyah Hussain (Instagram page @ahussain.jewellery) who won the Crafts Council award ‘Ones to Watch’.  She makes beautiful jewellery using ceramic and the shapes and colours are fabulous!  Go and see for yourself: http://www.ahussainjewellery.co.uk/  I even had to buy a necklace for myself! 

A huge thanks to all who came by and said hi and of course to those who bought from us!

Thanks for a great weekend Blackburn!